Welcome to Beech Class!
A very warm welcome to the Year 2 class page!
We hope you enjoy reading our Connected Curriculum overview for the term, including exploring our home learning activities which are inspired by our Topic.
In Year 2, we love to ‘Fly High and Soar like Eagles’ and we strive to be brave change-makers to make a difference to the world we live in. We enjoy making connections with one another, within our partnership with St Mary’s (Yate), with our past as we learn from those that have gone before us, with our local community and across different subjects to fully immerse ourselves in our learning.
We focus on developing the skills and confidence to speak out as in the words of Greta Thunberg ‘No one is too small to make a difference’.
Our values are at the core of what we do every day and we enjoy talking and learning about these during collective worship. During Term 1, our school value is ‘Hope’ as we will be learning from people who have lived through times of challenge and change and brought hope to their communities. During Term 2, our school value is ‘Generosity’.
A few messages from Year 2:
- We have so much fun in Year 2.
- We are kind to each other and nice to the adults.
- We have calm time and we have fun playing with friends at break times.
Mrs Woolford - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday morning
Mrs Tweehuysen (1:1) – Every day
Autumn Term Learning
During the first three weeks, Phase 1 of our Topic will be focused on reconnecting with each other, communicating our feelings and understanding the importance of friendship with the school value of 'Hope'.Our core text which will be inspiring our Topic sessions is calledThe Jar of Happiness by Ailsa Burrows. We will be exploring the Big Question of 'What is happiness?' by looking into ways in which we can make ourselves and others happy.
During Phase 2, which commences from Week 4 until the end of Term 2, the children will be exploring the Big Question of ‘What could we invent that could help to solve a problem?’ by learning about brave change-makers who have all had a huge impact on making positive change.
During Term 1, our brave change-makers are Annie Edson Taylor and Philippe Petit who have both taken part in remarkable events. During Term 2, our brave change-makers are Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison who have both made a huge difference by inventing something that has helped to solve a problem. With Science as a key driver, the children will explore materials to create a final product which is linked to light.
Throughout this Topic, our brave-change maker skills are communication and managing change. This means we will be participating in discussions and stating opinions in addition to listening carefully to others. We will also be describing feelings about changes in our own lives and locality.