Class Teacher - Miss N. Masterman
Teaching Assistant - Mrs H. Yates
Welcome to Year 2
In English this term, we will be using a story book called ‘A River’ to explore circular narratives. We will build on our knowledge and application of grammar including the appropriate use of contractions and conjunctions. In accessing the story, we will be practicing our reading and reading comprehension skills. The series of lessons will culminate in planning and creating our own circular narrative informed by the features we have noticed during analysis of the story.
This term, we will begin with a topic on place value where we will consolidate the children’s knowledge on place value in a 2 digit number and practise using vocabulary such as greater than and less than. We will then move on to our addition and subtraction topic where we will look at how to add and subtract numbers to 100, including crossing tens. The children will be applying their knowledge of number bonds to ten in order to help them learn their number bonds to 100. Finally, we will look at our shape unit in which the children will learn how to name and look at the properties of both 2D and 3D shapes.
In the first half term, we will be looking at Living things and their habitats. Through this learning, we will be looking at what is alive and how to identify something that is living and also the different habitats in our local area. As part of this, the children will be going on a bug hunt to see what they can find in the local habitats. In the second half term, we will cover our Animals including humans topic in which we will revisit the work we have previously done and then extend the children’s knowledge to look at how animals and humans change and grow as they mature, what they need to stay alive and how humans can keep healthy.
We will begin computing by exploring what a computer is and recognizing the various parts of a computer. We will then look at how technology is controlled and the related inputs that computers have. This knowledge will be applied through designing our own inventions and discussing its features including inputs and outputs. We will go on to explore the various uses for computers and how they work together.
In the Advent term, we will be learning about the Great fire of London. The children will be learning the key dates and people involved in this historical moment. We will finish the topic by looking at the effects that the Great fire of London had on London.
Our first RE topic is beginnings, through this topic we will learn the creation story and look at how God created the world and everything in it. We will move on to look at the Sacrament of Baptism and the key signs and symbols used within the Sacrament. We will then cover our Judaism topic where we look at Shabbat. During the season of Advent, we will be learning about how Mary and Joseph prepared for the birth of Jesus, including the Annunciation.
Applying previously acquired skills, pupils will use a range of marks to represent mood and movement. They will start to explore shape and texture through expressive mark making in response to a piece of music and descriptive language. Pupils will use a picture book or piece of art as a starting point for their own artwork. We will be looking at work by the artist Beth Krommes as inspiration. In the second block week, pupils will respond to music as they explore line, colour and space with paint. They will use traditional painting tools as well as make their own to manipulate the paint they work with.
In our textiles unit, we will begin to look at patchwork designs and consider why patchworks became popular. We will practise cutting out shapes in fabric and creating patchwork designs, look at using an applique technique and joining felt using an overstitch to create a bookmark. As a final piece, we will create a patchwork quilt using both running stitch and overstitch.
In food and nutrition, the children will explore a range of healthy snacks. They will begin by creating a salad jar, preparing the vegetables using a range of techniques including ribboning and grating. They will follow this on by looking at what free range means and creating a mini tortilla quiche, evaluating the final product for flavour. Finally, we will look at making healthier versions of crisps. We will look at the difference between white an wholemeal flour, considering why one is healthier and then use pitta break to create a healthier version of crisps. Finally, the children will once again evaluate this, considering the flavourings they chose to add.
In our first half term, the Musical Spotlight is ‘Exploring Simple Patterns’. We will be thinking and learning about all the Foundational Elements of Music with a focus on simple patterns in music. The children will be clapping, playing back and creating their own simple patterns in the ‘Understanding Music’, improvisation and composition activities.?
During Advent 2, the Musical Spotlight is ‘Focus On Dynamics and Tempo’. We will be particularly thinking about dynamics and tempo while working implicitly with all the other Foundational Elements of Music.??The pupils will consider the application of dynamics and tempo within listening, creating and performing.
Our first Module in PE is body management. We will be learning to distinguish between large and small body parts and discovering which we can use to balance on. We will then introduce movement to a sequence of balances and experimenting with tension and relaxation. In our second module, object control, we will learn to send and receive a variety of balls using a range of sports equipment including rackets and hockey sticks. We will also practice our dribbling skills. In interpretive dance, we will learn to create, refine and perform a dance sequence. This will encompass a variety of movements and styles. In indoor athletics we will learn to use the appropriate techniques in running, throwing and jumping.
Our first PSHE topic this term is Me and my relationships, in which the children will begin to examine their own feelings and start to learn how to self-regulate. They will look at ways to be a good friend and begin to understand what bullying is, and how this differs to teasing and general unkindness. After half term, they will move on to their valuing difference topic where they will look at how to be kind and not leave others out. They will also consider what makes good listening skills and how these can be used to help resolve disagreements.
Within our first unit of geography, we will be studying both human and physical features and looking at the differences between human and physical. We will apply this knowledge to the local area, considering the human and physical features we can find in Scunthorpe and within the locality of the school grounds.
In our second unit of Geography, we will begin by looking at what a rainforest is and exploring the climate of a rainforest. We will then move on to studying the Yanomami tribe and considering how they live. We will finish the unit by comparing our own lives and area with that of the Yanomami tribe, thinking about the similarities and differences and linking this back to our prior knowledge on human and physical features.