1st Half Term
Our new enquiry question for this term is:
Home or Away?
We will be exploring a coastal area in the UK and in the Caribbean, with a focus on the physical geography, animals and habitats.
We will be exploring the question alongside the following key concepts:
Beauty Value Tradition Resilience Sustainability
The text we Year 2 be exploring to begin the term is 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch' by Rhonda and David Armitage. This text will be used to explore the structure of a story including the plot, characters and setting. The outcome will be to write our own stories where a problem is overcome and to also write instructions for sandwich making.
In daily phonics sessions we will be using the Letters and Sounds teaching approach to develop further understanding and application of phase 5 and 6 phonemes, graphemes (sounds and spellings) and spelling patterns as well as revisiting previously taught areas of phonics to further develop fluency. Whole class reading sessions will also be part of Year 2's daily timetable.
We will cover the following areas in maths throughout the first half of the spring term:
Within these areas we will be developing our problem solving and reasoning skills, and applying different strategies to arithmetic questions.
We will be utilising Times Table Rockstars to further develop children fluency with times tables. In school, we will be dedicating some time each week to using TTRockstars and would urge all of Year 2 to access TTRS at home to further develop their skills. RMeasi maths can also be accessed at home and school using the child's individual log in. It is designed to help students improve their maths skills and capabilities. It provides differentiated activities that allows children to progress at a pace appropriate to their own individual abilities.
Our science unit this half term will be LIVING THINGS AND THEIR HABITATS - below are the objectives that we will cover within this unit of work:
Explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead and things that have never been alive.
Identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants and how they depend on each other.
Identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including micro habitats.
Describe how animals obtain their food from plants and to other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food.
The focus will be local habitats and micro habitats and habitats in the Caribbean, linked with Year 2 geography.
Our Geography focus throughout the first part of the Spring term will be around the theme of coasts. All our learning will centre around our enquiry question, Home or Away?
During the first half of the spring term the main focus will be the home element of the enquiry. Learning about the UK coast line. Although we will be developing our understanding of the wider world through the naming and locating of the 7 continents and 5 oceans. The children will also learn to locate the equator, North and South Pole on a globe. The vocabulary North, South, East and West will be used and understood in relation to compass readings too.
We will focus our learning on exploring how different people have expressed their ideas about God, building on the learning begun and visitors to Year 2 of different faiths during the autumn term. Children will be given opportunities to talk about their own ideas about God. We will also consider the ways in which people care for the Earth.
In our PSHE lessons, we will think about Living in the Wider World. The children will begin to identify and respect the differences and similarities between people. Think about who is special to them and how special people care for each other. Children will begin to understand more about how people have rights and responsibilities. As well as thinking about what harms and improves the local environment.
We will have two PE sessions each week - one indoor, one outdoor. One of our sessions will be led by Coach Louise and the other by Coach Lauren.
This half term the areas taught will be:
Our Computing lessons will revolve around Scratch Junior and Purple Mash. Children will learn what an algorithm is, create a program using simple algorithms, understand how to use the repeat command and test and debug programs. Online safety will also be integral to all use of computing equipment across the curriculum. We will think about where to go for help if concerned, how to keep safe and show respect to others whilst using technology and develop more awareness around the importance of keeping personal information private.
Please see Year 2 Project Placemat, termly planner and homework menu for further details around Year 2 learning. Families using the school Dojo system will receive further whole class and individual child updates and information throughout the half term using this system.
Key question: Where is the past in the present?
Although our key question remains the same, we will shift our focus slightly this half term as we travel back in time for our history sessions.
Last half term we focused on The Great Fire of London, as children observed primary and secondary sources to find out more about this key event in history. The children surprised us with their ability to learn, remember and recall key facts about this event in history, even remembering dates, chronology and important people!
We were lucky enough to have a visit from some local firefighters, who put a modern outlook on fire safety, building on the children's knowledge of how the great fire was caused, and spread so quickly. The visitors commented on how engaged and knowledgeable the children were; showing great wonder and curiosity too. The children were thrilled to look around the fire engine, and so interested in the ins and outs of fire safety, they learned so much!
The children have written incredible diary entries from the perspective of people in the time of the great fire. They are so great, you would think that the children had actually been there! They used time conjunctions to structure their diary entries, adding in super adjectives to catch the reader's attention.
In English this half term children will be moving on to writing letters. The should be able to use what they have learnt from writing a diary entry to help them begin to structure a simple letter. We will begin by writing thank you letters the the visitors we have had for Interfaith week. Once children are secure in structuring a letter, we will move onto writing letters which include historical facts about The Great Plague of 1665. The children will learn the historical facts through the topic lessons and then apply these through their writing.
For Interfaith week, we had 3 visitors come into year 2 to share their faith with the children. We had visitors from the Nottingham Islam Information Point, Nottingham Buddhist Centre and the Eastwood Baptist Church. All of the visitors discussed what it is like to be a person of faith, how their faith is similar to others that the children may have learnt about, and what they like most about their faith. The children again showed such great wonder and curiosity, asking fantastic questions and remaining open minded; accepting the different views, ideas and opinions. We had fun tasting different treats, trying on clothing, holding artefacts and singing - even using instruments too!
Alongside this, children learned all about places of worship, key signs and symbols in different religions, as well as key leaders in each religion and what traits a good leader has.
A project we are starting this half term, based around our key concept of 'community', is a school brochure. We are hoping to capture what makes our school community great, who is in our school community and what our values are. The children will take pictures of people and places in our school community, and use their computing sessions to upload the pictures and create captions for the brochure to be printed. We can't wait to see the finished product!
We have already started to practise our singing for our Christmas production - Donkey's First Christmas. The children are doing a great job at remembering the lyrics, and we will be working on pitch and tone, to make sure we have our best singing voices ready for the performance!
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.