This term Year Two will be focusing on the theme of Sustainability. We will have a Geography focus where we will be exploring our local environment and comparing localities both nationally and internationally. Inspired by our core text, ‘the Promise’ by Nicola Davies, we will consider how we can make improvements to our own environment to make it more sustainable but also consider how we can contribute actively and constructively to the school and wider community.
Our core text this term is ‘the Promise’ by Nicola Davies in English, which follows the journey of a young girl who lives in a city and attempts to steal from an old lady, but then goes on a personal transformation and decides to make better choices. She makes a promise to improve the city by planting lots of seeds that help brighten the environment, which considers the theme of sustainability and making improvements within our community. Our core text will influence us to write a setting description and then later on in the term our own story inspired by ‘the Promise’, where we will build on using a range of descriptive devices such as similes, metaphors and varied synonyms.
In maths this half term we will be focussing on the topic of measurement through learning time and length, and using this knowledge to interpret data as well as collate data in our own pictograms and bar graphs. We will be learning to sequence events through time and how to tell the time in 5 minute intervals as well as to compare durations of time and reason through problem solving. When learning how to interpret and represent data we will be using tally charts and differing scales in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. 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 geography focus, where we will be identifying human and physical features in our local environment and comparing them to other localities in the UK but also around the world. We will also be learning the different continents, oceans and compass directions. In PE we will be doing athletics for our outdoor learning and different fitness circuits in our indoor lessons. In art, we will be practising using watercolours, creating floral and nature outcomes inspired by the works of local artist Jackie Trinder.
In science, we will be learning about the parts of a plant and their functions, then we will plan and conduct an investigation to find out which environment is best suited to grow a seed. Our RE this term will be focussed on Christianity where we will be learning about who Jesus was, how important he is to Christians and different parables such as ‘the Good Samaritan’ and how we can be inspired by these messages in our everyday lives.
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.