This term Year Two will continue to explore the themes of Human Rights and uneven distribution of power. We will use our knowledge of the impact Dr Barnardo had on children’s rights to consider how charities and organisations make an impact within the local community. We will be learning about different voluntary roles, then as inspired by Angus in our core text ‘Angus Rides the Goods Train’, we will be writing persuasive letters to raise awareness and to encourage others to support our local food bank through volunteering and donating.
In English, our core text this term is ‘Angus Rides the Goods Train’ by Alan Durant, which follows the journey of a young boy called Angus on his quest to help people living in poverty and animals in crisis. This focusses on the themes of rights and uneven distribution of power and will support us in engaging in debates on whether animals and humans should be treated equally and if some people deserve to not be treated with as much respect as others. Our core text will influence us to write a newspaper article as our final outcome, which will encourage us to build on our skills of writing in different tenses, from different perspectives, as well as introduce us to recognising and writing direct and indirect speech.
In maths this half term our foci will be shape, fractions and measure. In the first two weeks of term we will be recognising 2D and 3D shapes and comparing and contrasting them using carroll diagrams. During our fractions topic, we will be finding halves, quarters and thirds and applying mathematical vocabulary such as ‘numerator’, ‘denominator’, ‘part’ and ‘whole’. In our measure topic, we will be learning how to measure length, weight and time. We will also continue to develop our knowledge of counting in 2’s, 5’s, 10’s and 3’s.
Our curriculum lessons will have a history focus, where we will be writing persuasive letters and creating posters to encourage others to support our local food bank through either donating or volunteering. In PE we will be doing dance, learning how to move in time to a beat. In art, we will be creating observational drawings of fruits and vegetables, creating a mixed- media collage inspired by the artist Tom Abbiss Smith. In science, we will continue learning about materials by investigating their suitability for different purposes and using this knowledge to support our design of our own shelter. Our RE this term will be focussing on Sikhism and the Gurdwara as a place of worship.
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 read a variety of texts. All children have been assigned books on Bug Club (please check Parent Mail and Google Classroom for your logins) and the Year 2 virtual library will remain open on Google Classroom and will be updated regularly with a variety of texts. Midterm, there will be a variety of homework activities to choose from relating to our overarching theme of Human Rights.