Welcome to Year 2!
This Summer our vehicle is geared towards creating a Horrible Histories style episode about the Great Fire of London.
This term we will begin with our unit about Easter, the signs and symbols associated with it and the story of the Resurrection. We will also cover units about Pentecost, our Church and what it means to belong to God's family. Finally, we develop children's understanding of the structure of the Mass and what is taking place
We started the term with a unit of Performing Poetry, performing poems and writing some verses of our own. Diary of Killer Cat is our next focus text, when we will write diaries from the point of view of other characters in the story.
We have just completed our Fractions unit. We are now learning about describing movement and turns. Over the rest of the term we will also cover problem solving using the four operations that we have been taught this year, telling the time to the quarter hour and measuring mass in grams and volume in ml as well as measuring temperature using a thermometer.
In Science, we are learning about plants and the conditions they need to grow and then we will be finding out all about animals and their habitats.
The Great Fire of London is our focus and we are going to be History detectives and use lots of sources to answer questions about how it started and why it spread so far.
We are mapmakers this term. We will explore our local area and make maps and plans showing the routes that we have taken. We will use directional language to describe the route to someone else.
Using the work of Andy Goldsworthy as inspiration we will use natural materials to make patterns. We are also going to learn how to weave and create woven art work using flowers, twigs, leaves and grass.
After studying vehicles and how they move we will design and make a fire engine that could have helped fight the Great Fire of London.
This Spring our vehicle is geared towards designing and making an explorers based board game. We will use the knowledge learned in Geography and History to create action spaces on the game and we will use skills learned in Art to decorate it.
We started the term off reflecting on the journeys associated with the Christmas story and what these journeys tell us about Jesus' birth and the way people responded to his birth. We are now learning about some of the parables and miracles of Jesus. During Lent, we will focus on the theme of forgiveness and then find out about the events of Holy Week in more detail.
The term began with a whole school focus on The Wind in the Willows, during which we wrote a diary in the role of Toad. In line with our vehicle, we then read the Emporer's Eggs - a beautifully illustrated book all about Emporer Penguins. We did some further research of our own and then created non-fiction pages about Emporer Penguins to create a class book. We are currently reading The Lonely Beast. We have role played interviews with the Beast and are going to create scripts, leading to some narrative work of our own.
In Maths, we have looked at statistics and learnt how to complete tally charts, pictograms and bar graphs. We then did some measuring, learning about metres and centimetres. We are currently learning about 2D and 3D shapes and their properties before we move onto multiplication and division.
In Science, we are learning about the properties of materials and why certain materials are used for certain things. We have been carrying out lots of investigations to test certain materials for their properties.
Our History is all about explorers and thinking about why some are still remembered today, even though they died a long time ago. We have started by looking at Captain Scott and his expedition to the South Pole and using our knowledge about him have written a 35 word statement about him for his statue. We are now going to find out about the explorer Ibn Battuta and his travels in the Middle East and finally we will learn about Levison Wood, a famous, locally brought up explorer, who travelled the Nile and the length of the Himalayas.
We are going to learn about the five oceans and seven continents before looking in more detail at the hottest and coldest places on earth and where these are. We will then look in more detail at how life is different in these places compared to life in Uttoxeter.
We will studying the work of David Hockney in Art, looking in particular at his countryside scenes and his use of line, shading and colour, using both paint and digital technology.
We are going to study the design of bridges and explore using different construction kits and paper to make bridges. Using the knowledge gleaned from this we will design our own bridges that would help a stranded explorer to cross a crevasse.
This Autumn our vehicle is aimed towards creating a Christmas hamper to send home to our families. This will contain a handmade Christmas decoration, a uniquely designed gingerbread man and a calendar of historic buildings in Uttoxeter.
In RE this term we learn about characters such as Noah and Jonah in the Old Testament in our first unit. Then we move onto the life of Mary and Jesus and the call of the disciples and hear about saints who have responded to the call of Jesus. Finally, in the Advent unit, we focus on the preparation for Christmas through the story of John the Baptist.
We settled back into life at school by reading the book Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers and used it to inspire a range of writing including a guide to earth and researching endangered animals and writing a fact file about them. We are now reading Rabbit and Bear. As well as developing our own story writing we will learn more about bears and rabbits and create some non-fiction texts of our own.
In Maths we have recapped our knowledge of numbers to 100, deepening our understanding of place value and the range of ways these numbers can be partitioned. We have also been practising counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and have learnt how to count in 3s. We will then move onto adding and subtracting with numbers up to 100.
In Science, we started off the term with some eggs and watched these hatch into chicks. Since then, we have moved onto learning more about humans and animals and what they need to stay alive and how we change as we grow. Later in the term we will learn about healthy eating and we will design and make a gingerbread man to go in our Christmas Hamper.
In History we have looked at buildings in Uttoxeter to identify the difference between modern and old buildings. We recently went on a walk and discovered some of the amazing historic buildings that are in Uttoxeter and took some fabulous photos that we could include on our calendar. We also visited the War Memorial and this will lead in to us learning about what we are remembering on Remembrance Day and the significant individual, Walter Tull.
Geography is about discovering our local area. We will use our geographical skills to plan our route for our History walk around Uttoxeter using maps and we will examine aerial photos to help us recognise physical and human features in the local area.
Our Art is based on the work of L. S. Lowry. We will explore his works of art and then use pencils and paint to experiment in drawing people and buildings in a similar style. Finally we will create our own piece in the style of Lowry, using the photographs taken of the local area on our walk, as inspiration.
We will design and make our own Christmas decorations out of felt to go into our Christmas hamper. This means we will be improving our cutting skills so we can cut felt and learning how to sew!
October Half Term Homework
Our class saint is St. Claire of Assisi, the helper of the poor.
Over half term can you find out about someone who is in a position of wealth or power and uses it to help the poor in our world today. Bring it in on Monday as a poster or fact file.