This term, year two will be exploring the global theme of Identity and Diversity through our core text ‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse’ by Charlie Mackesy. We will be reflecting on our dreams and hopes for the future through poetry and showcasing them within our Museum of Hope exhibition at the end of term.
In English, the children will be exploring narratives and will write their own, inspired by the core text. They will be developing their oracy skills throughout the term by taking on different discussion roles such as ‘builder’, ‘challenger’ and ‘instigator’ whilst also recognising how they can develop their presentational speech when speaking to different audiences. This will enable them to confidently recite their narratives orally, alongside their hopes and dreams poems written in RSE lessons, during the Museum of Hope exhibition. As we move into the second half term, year two will continue to draw on the theme of Identity and Diversity through the study of our core text ‘Island Born’ by Junot Diaz. We will be focussing on how we can celebrate diversity and what makes us all unique through comparisons of different localities and cultures.
In maths this term, we will be focussing on place value, developing our knowledge of tens and ones and building on our reasoning skills by working practically with dienes, place value counters and unfix. We will also be developing our knowledge of the four main operations as well as counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. Our RSE lessons will focus on recognising different emotions that we feel and learning different mindfulness strategies that we can use to help regulate and positively respond to different emotions. We will reflect and compare different emotions through music, art and poetry and will write our own acrostics and free verse poems. In art, the children will use colours to portray different emotions, taking inspiration both from the illustrations by Charlie Mackesy but also from Pablo Picasso’s line drawings. We will be experimenting with different mediums such as inks and watercolours to create our own continuous line outcomes in mixed mediums inspired by the core text. In science we will be learning about living things, comparing living and non- living things within habitats. We will then explore different microhabitats, research their features and then use our knowledge and understanding to design our own habitat. In PE, we will practise being mighty movers both in and outdoors through developing our running skills and our dance movements.
In Year 2, our reading books will be changed on a Monday and a Friday. Parents can support their children's learning through reading and discussing the books daily, recording in reading journals and by giving children the opportunity to visit the local library to read about and research our topics. We will also be sending out spellings and phonics or maths related activities on a Friday, which are due the following Wednesday. Additionally, there will be a variety of homework activities to choose from at the start of the term relating to our overarching theme.