Spring Term Curriculum in Year 2:
Term starts with our learning about Christmas, building on our knowledge of the Christmas story from Year 1 and understanding the importance of the event. Later in the term, we will learn about the Parables and Miracles of Jesus and then Special Celebrations such as Baptism and Marriage before we learn about the importance of forgiveness during Lent.
Recounts are our first text type and we will be reading Diary of a Wombat and writing our own diary entries with a grammar focus on tense. We will then be learning how to write a detailed description of a story character with a grammar focus on the use of adjectives and expanded noun phrases.
We are starting the term learning about shape. We will be naming and describing 2D and 3D shapes and sorting them according to their properties. next we will learn about money. We will be able to name the coins and choose which coins to pay with. We will also use our understanding of subtraction to give change. We then move on to Multiplication and Division, recognising groups and how this relates to repeated addition and subtraction and the multiplication and division symbols.
In Science we are learning about materials and their properties. We will investigate the properties of different materials and think about why some objects are made out of a material because of its properties. We will carry out some investigations to test the suitability of different materials. We will explore the school building and identify the different materials it has been built from, commenting on their suitability for a purpose. We will also work like scientists in the classroom and test a variety of materials to decide which would be the most suitable to build a house for the Three Little Pigs.
In Geography we are learning about the weather in the UK in the first half of the term, will will then explore polar regions. We will learn about seasonal and daily weather patterns, comparing those of the UK with Antarctica. We will also explore the features of Antarctica. We will watch some weather forecasts and create our own in the style of a weather reporter. We will also keep a weekly weather diary. As we are unable to visit a polar region, we will create our own in the hall and explore what the area is like.
History is all about explorers. We begin with Ibn Battuta and his travels, then we find out about Captain Scott and his expedition to the South Pole and we finish off learning about Levison Wood, a famous, modern day explorer who went to Painsley! Hopefully, we will have an explorer workshop and dress as explorers for the day. We will also try to make contact with an explorer via email to link with our learning in computing.
In Art we are studying the famous British artist David Hockney. We will work on our mark making skills, practising techniques such as cross hatching and stippling. Our final outcome will be to create a landscape, canvas oil painting in the style of Hockney. We will display these in a pop up art gallery for parents to come and view.
Design and Technology:
We will investigate structures, their purpose and their design. We will learn about stable and unstable structures. We will use our skills to design and make a chair for baby bear. Hopefully, we will have a visit from an engineer who can speak to us about how structures are designed and built.
In PE we will be practising our gymnastics skills focussing on spinning, turning and twisting then stretching, curling and arching.
Our unit this term is digital writing. We will be using 2Write on Purple Mash to develop our typing skills.
In the first part of the spring term children will be exploring feelings through music by listening, playing and singing. Then, they will move on to create their own musical story in the second part of the term. They will be encouraged to use a range of percussion instruments, including the glockenspiel to improvise and compose to make their own music. They will be also thinking about how music forms part of their lives and how it makes the world a better place.