Your last year in KS1 is one to remember! In Year 2, you are the role models to our younger children and take on the responsibility to support children to develop their positive behavior and attitudes towards their learning and life at St Alban’s. Year 1 is all about preparing you for life in KS2 and there is an amazing curriculum in place to study including: The events of the Great Fire of London, Grace O'Malley, the famous warrior and leader, and Great Explorers. Throughout our year together, we will go on some exciting visits to bring our topics to life and we get the chance to celebrate our learning and successes in our achievement assemblies with the rest of the school. Year 2 is also the year for SATS, but don’t worry, you will be more than prepared for them by the end of the year!
Autumn term in Year 2 starts with an exciting history topic: Grace O'Malley and Piracy. Of course, children have the opportunity to explore the legend of Grace O'Malley, her significance and consider how life has changed over time. Children also learn about living things and their habitats and deepen their understanding using our very own forest school habitats to understand more about microhabitats and the living things that live there.
Spring learning in Year 2 begins with a bang, crackle and pop! Children have the opportunity to learn all about The Great Fire of London, using historical terms to discuss the events and chronology of the events. Children also deepen their understanding in Design and Technology to design and build their very own Tudor house which, once made, could be set alight – which house do you think will still be standing?
In the last term of Year 2, children will go on a journey around the world, learning about different explorers and the mysteries they uncovered. They will develop their geographical skills and knowledge through an exploration of Australia, taking into account the features that James Cook would see now if he were still alive and considering the affect that humans have on the environment.
Why not take a look at some of these useful websites to use at home:
Maths and English - https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting
Phonics - https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/
SATs papers - http://www.primarytools.co.uk/pages/pastpapers.html
Timestables - https://ttrockstars.com/
Purple Mash - https://www.purplemash.com/sch/stalbanswv11