This term, year two will be exploring the global theme of Human Rights and uneven distribution of power. We will be focussing on how historical events and influential people, including Dr Barnardo, helped make an impact on children’s lives in both the past and present day. Through learning about the work of the Barnardo’s charity, we will be raising awareness about volunteering and then writing persuasive letters to encourage others to support our local Barnardo’s charity shop. The children will then see the impact of volunteering by taking on roles within the school community to volunteer.
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 generate two outcomes; the children will retell the story through role play which will enable them to develop their oracy skills through presenting. They will then write a written recount in the form of a letter, through the main character’s perspective to describe the journey faced.
In maths this term we will be learning how to divide, applying terms such as ‘dividend’, ‘divisor’ and ‘quotient’, which will lead us into learning about fractions. We will practise dividing amounts and problem solving into halves, quarters and thirds, applying formal written methods to show our working. We will continue to explicitly teach the 1- and 2-times tables as well as counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s.
Our curriculum lessons will have a history focus as we will be learning about Dr Barnardo and how he helped make an impact on children’s lives both in the Victorian era but also in the modern day. We will learn about Barnardo’s charity and then raise awareness about the impact of volunteering, writing persuasive letters to encourage others to volunteer to support their local Barnardo’s charity. We will also see the impact of volunteering by taking on roles within the school community to volunteer (e.g. in the library, being tidy monitors or recycling).
Our art will focus on printing in different ways; we will create outcomes of printed wheels to reflect the journey the characters took in our core text, as inspired by the works of local artist Rachel Moore.
In science, we will be learning about materials by investigating their suitability for different purposes.
Our RE will focus on Christianity where we will continue learning about Christian values and parables, such as the story of the Good Samaritan.
In PE we will be learning to improve our balance and be doing gymnastics.
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.