Key question: Where is the past in the present?
During the Autumn term year 2 will be taking a trip back in time through their own lives and those of others. They will explore key eras of British history, to develop and understanding of chronology.
The key focus will be significant events in the 17th Century, including The Great Fire of London in 1666, The Great Plague of 1665 and The Gunpowder Plot of 1605.
In English, the key texts will be:
Belonging by Jeannie Baker
The Great Fire of London: Gillian Clements
The Great Fire of London: Susanna Davidson
These texts will allow year 2 to develop the writing of setting descriptions and recounts, including diary entries.
In maths, our first unit will be on Place Value. This covers reading, writing and comparing numbers up to 100. Following this, our second unit will be Addition and Subtraction, where the children will recall addition and subtraction facts to 20. They will then begin to apply knowledge to numbers up to 100, using concrete resources such as bead strings, counters and base ten equipment.
The final unit for the first half term will be Money, where children will recognise and use the symbols for pounds and pence. They will also add and subtract coins up to £1, to find totals and calculate change.
In science, our topic is Everyday Materials (chemistry). The children will learn all about the properties of everyday materials, and how some can be changed (squashed, bent, twisted and stretched). They will perform simple tests, observe changes, and record data.
Indoor PE lessons will be dance lessons based on The Great Fire of London, using simple movements and patterns.
During outdoor PE lessons, children will explore basic skills around throwing, catching and travelling.
Our art for this half term will be inspired by Matisse and his artwork 'The Open Window'. Children will learn to mix colours for tints and tones, as well as creating secondary colours. Children will record from first hand observations of the world through their windows, and the work of other artists.
In music, children will use their voices expressively, rehearse with others, and practise keeping a steady pulse. The music will be linked to our history topic.
In computing, children will organise, retrieve, and manipulate digital content. Using iPads, children will take digital photos, edit, save them and learn to add captions.
In PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education), in these lessons we will think about communities. Communities that the children are part of and how they can contribute to them, as well as communities around the world.