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 we too can help others within our community. We will be supporting our local Barnardo’s charity shop by raising awareness of volunteering as well as volunteering our own time within school to support our school community.
Our core text this term is ‘The Journey’ by Francesca Sanna in English, which follows the journey of a family who were unexpectedly forced to leave their war-stricken country to find a safer place to live, whilst faced with different obstacles along the way. This focusses on the theme of human rights and uneven distribution of power and will encourage the children to empathise with different perspectives whilst considering the rights people have around the world - as well as how fair or equal these may or may not be. Our core text will influence us to write a recount from the main character’s perspective where we will be building on creating imaginative expanded noun phrases and using ambitious vocabulary to describe the journey faced, as well as rhetorical questions.
In maths this half term we will continue to focus on division, using arrays and the bar model to solve different problems, including those with remainders, as well as continuing to apply key vocabulary ‘dividend’, ‘divisor’ and ‘quotient’. We will then build on our division knowledge by focussing on fractions, applying the bar model to solve fractions of amounts including halves, quarters, thirds, as well as applying fractions to different contexts, such as shapes, objects and word problems.
Our curriculum lessons will continue to have a history focus, building on the knowledge gained previously on the impact Dr Barnardo had on children’s rights and society. We will be visiting our local Barnardo’s charity shop to interview the volunteers there to gain a better understanding of their role, as well as interviewing our school’s JLT to learn more about their voluntary role within school. This will give us a deeper understanding of how volunteers support within both our local and school environments and what we can do to support as well. We will write persuasive letters and posters to inform others what they can do to support our local charity shop and we will also be volunteering our own time within school to support different people such as JLT, Character Skills Ambassadors, librarians or different teachers and office staff. In PE we will be learning gymnastics indoors and building on our passing and dribbling skills for our outdoor sessions. Our art will have a watercolour focus inspired by the illustrations in our core text. We will also be building our awareness of different local artists and styles by visiting exhibitions at Rochester Art Gallery and Francis Isles Gallery during our Rochester Barnardo’s visit. 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 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 of Human Rights.