This term Year Two will be exploring the themes of Human Rights and uneven distribution of power. We will be focussing on how historical events and influential people, including Dr Barnardo, had an impact on children’s lives in both the past and present day.
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 focus will be on multiplication and division where we will be using arrays to help solve tricky problems. We will be learning and applying key vocabulary including ‘multiplier’, ‘multiplicand’, ‘product’, ‘dividend’, ‘divisor’ and ‘quotient’. 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 learning about children’s lives in the Victorian Era and how the work of Dr Barnardo has impacted the lives of those in the past and continues to do so in the present day. In PE we will be doing dance. 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 be comparing and contrasting the properties of different materials. We will be planning our own investigation to determine the best materials that Angus, the main character from our core text, can use to transport water to those in need. Our RE this term will be focussing on the values and history of Christianity.
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.