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Welcome to Year 2 - Mrs Carrá, Miss Foster & Mr. Heydon

Welcome to Year 2 with Mrs Carrá, Miss Foster and Mr Heydon -

Overview of Terms 5 & 6

At the beginning of term 5, we will be continuing our topic from the previous term (Sowing and Growing) where we will learn about the parts of a plant and investigate the best condition for growing seeds. We will also be using ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ as inspiration for our writing, and looking at the art work of Beatrix Potter. When that’s finished, we’ll move on to the new topics for this term.

Topic 1: National Celebration

In this Unit pupils will look at the lives of two very important British queens, Victoria and Elizabeth II. They will compare their lives and look at how this country has changed in the years between their reigns. Pupils will find out about important traditions associated with the monarchy such as coronations, weddings and the Trooping of the Colour. They will look at the different countries that the queen rules over and how these too have changed over the years. In English they will be studying the fairy tale Cinderella and thinking about the classic features of this genre. In art they will look at famous portraits of the two queens and then create their own portrait of Queen Elizabeth using collage.

Topic 2 – Trading Places – Britain or Brazil?

In this exciting Unit pupils learn about the vibrant South American country of Brazil which played host to the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016. The Unit introduces pupils to the colour, drama and excitement of many different aspects of Brazilian life including language and customs, along with the Brazilian passion for carnival, football and Formula 1. In geography pupils will learn where Brazil is located and how big it is. They will discover that it is a country of great contrasts: old and new; rich and poor. In music pupils learn about the samba rhythms that provide the exhilarating soundtrack to Rio’s carnival. In design and technology pupils design flags that they could wave to support their country during the Olympic Games, and moving carnival floats.

Please note that this Unit does not go into great detail about the Amazon rainforest as there is a Unit dedicated to this important topic in Year 5.

Topic 3 – Home and Away

Through this Unit, pupils will consider the attractions of holiday destinations and explore and compare contrasting holiday destinations in the UK and abroad. They will use geographical vocabulary to describe the location, features and landmarks of these places. The Unit begins with pupils examining photos of holiday destinations, deciding what makes them attractive and then identifying places that they have visited on trips or holidays, or seen on TV or in pictures, or would like to visit. They are asked to think about the attractions in their own area, even if they have never visited them, and the activities they could undertake locally during school holidays before venturing further afield one day.

A double session of P.E will be taught on a Wednesday and will be outside whenever possible.

Children still benefit from reading at home every night and their reading journals should be signed at least 4 times a week. Homework will be given on a Friday and should be handed in the following Thursday. Homework can always be found on the school website.

Overview of Terms 3 and 4

Topic 1: Blown Away

Throughout this Unit, pupils will be exploring the world around them with a particular focus on weather and the different weather patterns. They will explore climates around the world, including the study of an equatorial area and an area close to the Arctic, through map work and role-play. Pupils will also observe weather patterns in their own environment through the creation of weather measuring equipment that they design, e.g. a wind measurement devise could be a stick with a ribbon on. Pupils will study weather poetry as well as a traditional Akan story ‘The Wind and the Sun,’ developing their vocabulary and understanding of story structure. They will also focus their attention on the formation of clouds and how these change with different weather patterns, through the exploration of clouds both in their local environment, in photographs from the internet and in art through John Constable’s cloud studies.

Topic 2: Town Mouse and Country Mouse

This focuses on the similarities and differences between two contrasting localities – countryside and city. In the classroom pupils will build two miniature worlds representing each locality, considering the similarities and differences. The story of the Town Mouse and Country Mouse will take pupils into the context of places being different and appreciating what they have as well as identifying with others who have a different environment. Communicating through letters, emails, internet and photos will show the pupils how we can use modern technology to get to know new places and people. Alongside this, there will be discussion about using technology safely. The study of habitats in science also helps pupils to learn about different environments by identifying which habitats suit different living things.

Topic 3: Sowing and Growing

This Unit introduces the pupils to sowing and growing their own food from seeds. In science, they will grow cress and beans and will find out about the conditions these seeds need to grow. To learn to think more scientifically, they will observe their seed carefully and record the changes they see. In English, the pupils will be studying the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. They will write letters and create their own versions of the story by changing the character or setting. In Art, we will be undertaking careful observational drawing and looking at the work of Beatrix Potter. In ICT we will be making PowerPoint presentations.

A double session of P.E will be taught on a Wednesday and will be outside whenever possible.

Children still benefit from reading at home every night and their reading journals should be signed at least 4 times a week. Homework will be given on a Friday and should be handed in the following Thursday. Homework can always be found on the school website.

Overview of Terms 1 & 2 - Welcome to Year 2 with Mrs Carrá, Miss Foster and Mr Heydon. We feel so lucky to have our wonderful class for a second year!

What do I need to be me?

Our first topic has a strong focus on science. We are very excited to have a butterfly house in the classroom in order to observe the lifecycle of a butterfly first hand. Besides this, we will be looking at the lifecycles of other animals and considering how we, and animals, change as we get older. As part of this topic we will learn about what we need to stay healthy including diet, exercise and sleep! We will be creating a ‘Healthy Café’ called the Butterfly Café where, in the fullness of time, we will be creating smoothies and healthy fruit kebabs.  In art we are looking at animal markings and will design, make and use printing blocks. We will also learn how to mix colours. Our work in ICT will support our design skills in art and we will also be recording the lifecycle of a butterfly using a variety of computer programmes. In RE our first unit focuses on ‘Beginnings’ and we will be looking in-depth at the creation story.

Through the Keyhole

Our second topic focuses on historical investigation. The children will compare old and new objects identifying similarities and differences between each. They will be introduced to the fictional character of Detective Clueless, a slightly ineffective detective who is not very observant! He needs Year 2 to help him solve some cases in Hythe. In science we will explore materials people use to make houses and bridges and how the materials are chosen for their qualities. In English we will write a non‐fiction book linked to our science work on materials. In art we will learn to sew cross stitch embroidery using Victorian samplers as inspiration. In RE we will focus on ‘Signs and Symbols’ and reflect on Baptism.

Flying High

Our third topic will look at the history of flight and the story of the Wright brothers. In geography we will create maps using aerial photographs and figure out directions for Farther Christmas to travel to our school / home! In D.T we will learn how to build sliders and pivot levers to make moving Christmas cards, and in art we will create Christmas decorations to jazz up the classroom and your living room for the holiday season! In RE we will look at ‘Preparations’ and why it is necessary to prepare during Advent.

 A double session of P.E will be taught on a Wednesday and will be outside whenever possible.

Children still benefit from reading at home every night and their reading journals should be signed at least 4 times a week. Homework will be given on a Friday and should be handed in the following Thursday. Homework can always be found on the school website.

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