Turquoise 2022 - 2023

Mrs Mckenzie

Welcome to Turquoise Class


We are a Year 2 class who are taught by Mrs Mckenzie, supported by Mrs Lister and Mrs Chadwick.

This is what we will be learning about in the Autumn term:


Place Value: Count numbers to 100; Use different ways to show numbers to 100; Use place value grids to make and compare numbers; Compare and order numbers to 100; Count in 2s, 5s and 10s; Count in 3s.

Addition and Subtraction: Use related number facts; Compare number sentences; Make number bonds to 100; Add and subtract 1s and 10s; Add a 2-digit and a 1-digit number; Subtract a 1-digit number from a 2-digit number; Add two 2-digit numbers; Subtract two 2-digit numbers; Find the difference between two numbers; Solve missing number problems.

Shape: Recognise 2D and 3D shapes; Count the sides and vertices on 2D shapes; Learn about symmetry; Count the faces, edges and vertices on 3D shapes; Sort 2D and 3D shapes.


We will develop our reading and writing skills across a range of genres and text types using high quality texts.

The children will write a circular narrative and a letter based on the book ‘A River’ by Marc Martin. We will then look closely at ‘The Night Gardener’ by The Fan Brothers to inspire our writing of a setting narrative and a diary.

In addition, we will have regular ’Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar’ sessions and we will have weekly Guided Reading and Handwriting sessions following the ‘twinkl’ scheme of ‘continuous cursive’. Everyone will also have a daily 20-minute phonics lesson. 


War and Remembrance

The children will learn about this significant event in British and global history: The First World War and Remembrance Day. The children will also find out about Walter Tull, a significant individual in British history who was the first black British Army officer. They will deepen their historical awareness and understanding by studying photographic primary sources and taking part in speaking and listening activities. As well as finding out why and how Remembrance Day is marked, the children will consider the experiences of soldiers in the trenches, the animals who helped them and the importance of women's roles on the Home Front.


Let’s Go to China

Turquoise Class will learn about the geography of China through focusing on the main human and physical features of the country, extending children’s knowledge of the world. The children will learn about the geographical similarities and differences between China and the United Kingdom. They continue to build on their map skills using atlases, world maps and globes more widely, along with using online mapping programmes and interpreting a range of information.


Computer Art

The children will learn key skills that will support progression within the KS1 Computing curriculum. The children will have the opportunity to learn about reproducing the painting styles of great artists using computer programs. Each lesson focuses upon a different artist and their particular style. The children will use this as inspiration for mastering specific techniques within design-based software. In the final lesson, children will have the opportunity to use a mixture of the styles and skills learnt within this topic to produce their own computer-painted masterpiece!

Using the Internet

The children will be introduced to using the Internet safely and with a purpose. They will be shown how to search the Internet using one word; how to make sense of the returned results; how to use “for kids” to return more suitable results; how to follow links and return to the search results. The children will be encouraged to use a range of search engines, including Google, Bing and Yahoo, and some more child-friendly engines like Kidrex. The children then learn to blog safely and responsibly.


Uses of Everyday Materials

The children will learn about the uses of everyday materials including wood, plastic, metal, glass, brick, paper and cardboard. They will then go on to compare the suitability of different everyday materials for different purposes. They will explore how objects made of some everyday materials can change shape and how the recycling process is able to reuse some everyday materials numerous times. Furthermore, the children will learn about new discoveries which have been made over time with a specific focus on John McAdam.

The Environment

The children will be introduced to the ecological challenges that face the modern world.

They will undertake a range of activities that challenge them to engage with environmental issues and to understand the simple changes we can make to live more sustainable lives. Throughout the lessons, learning is closely focused on the Working Scientifically strand of objectives, providing a range of opportunities for the children to apply practical scientific methods and skills.


Landscapes and Cityscapes

Turquoise Class will learn about the bright colours and bold brushstrokes used by the Impressionists, and other artists, when painting landscapes and cityscapes. They will be introduced to the work of Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, and Jean Metzinger. They will think about the similarities and differences between the work of the different artists, looking at the colours, painting styles, settings, and times of day. They will make paintings, drawings, and mosaic art, inspired by the three artists.

Design Technology:

Fabric Bunting

The children will learn about working with fabric. They will start by evaluating a range of existing bunting with a theme around counting. The children will then be set a design criterion. They will learn how to use a graphics program to create a design and template for their bunting. Working with felt, the children will cut out a bunting shape and use a simple running stitch. The children will be given the chance to explore different fabrics that they could use to enhance their designs. Using techniques such as sewing, stapling and gluing, the children will decorate their felt flag. Finally, they will evaluate their product.


Christianity – The Creation Story

The children will learn to re-tell the Christian Creation story and to explore how this influences how Christians behave towards nature and the environment.

Christianity – The Christmas Story

The children will learn to reflect on the Christmas story. They will explore what gifts Christians might have given to Jesus if he had been born in their town instead of in Bethlehem. 


Through the use of Music Express, the children will cover the topics: Ourselves, Toys, Our Land, Our bodies.

They will explore vocal sounds, play to a steady beat, explore timbre and texture, and play rhythm patterns on body percussion and instruments. 


Relationships – TEAM

The children will learn that if a team works well together, it has a positive impact on all of its members and what they can achieve. They will learn to develop successful collaborative working skills, such as good listening. Also, the children will learn about the importance of being kind to others, the effects of bullying and teasing and what to do about it if they see it happening, or it happens to them. They will also think about effective learning skills and how to identify good and not-so-good choices.

Living in the Wider World – Money Matters

The children will be encouraged to think about where money comes from and how it can be used. They will discuss the idea of spending and saving their money and begin to understand why it is important to keep belongings, including money, safe. They will also learn about the different things on offer when they go shopping and how we need to identify the difference between the things we want and the things we need.


The children will have two P.E. sessions. Indoor PE will be taught on a Monday. In Autumn term children will be working to improve their dance and gymnastics skills. Outdoor PE will be taught on a Tuesday. Lessons will include attacking and defending skills.

On these days, the children will need to come to school dressed in their P.E. uniform: navy shorts and light blue t-shirt; navy tracksuit and light blue t-shirt. No logos or football kits. Trainers should be plain black. All long hair should be tied back and earrings should be removed.


Maths: Maths homework will be set via Class DoJo on a Thursday to be completed by the following Wednesday. We ask for all children to continue to access Numbots online. Later on in Year 2, the children will also access TTRockstars to practice and improve instant recall of key multiplication facts.

English: English homework includes reading and spellings. The children’s books will be changed every Thursday and we ask that the children engage frequently with Spelling Shed to practise their spellings.

Reading: At Weston, we encourage children to develop a lifelong love for reading. We ask for children to read regularly at home to adults and to themselves. Reading is fundamental to the wider academic and personal development of children and the need for children to read widely from a broad and challenging range of texts is even more crucial this term, due to the protracted absence from school. Children will be provided with quality texts appropriate for their age and ability. Furthermore, Bug Club will regularly be updated with ebooks and accompanying comprehension tasks to help extend learning and reading skills further. 


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