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Class Page: Year 2

Year 2 Topic Overview

In Autumn term, we have learnt about London and the Queen throughout the Irresistible Learning Curriculum. In the creative element, we looked created collages in Art and looked at building 3D models with our big red bus designs. The children really enjoyed learning about London and Paddington became our new favourite character! We explored London landmarks and made comparisons to home. We learnt about Queen Elizabeth II and her significant contribution in history.

In Spring term, we have learnt about India throughout the Irresistible Learning Curriculum.  We enjoyed a day our India day, where we dressed up and enjoyed lots of yummy food! There are many animals that live in India that we don’t normally see in England so we are taking a trip to the zoo for our Fabulous Finish. We cannot wait to have our parents in on Thursday 15th March 2018 for our class assembly and irresistible activities linked to our learning about India. Through DT, we learnt how to create a running stitch and are currently learning how to manipulate clay.

In Summer term, we will be learning all about the Farm throughout the Irresistible Learning Curriculum. This may lead to a few visits to Sandwell Valley to see how the landscape changes as the seasons change and to see what animals live on the farm. We will also explore food and where this comes from. Children will learn the importance of supporting farmers with their crops and how important the weather can be for them.

The Key Stage 1 topics work on a rolling programme – read below if you would like to see next year’s exciting topics!

In Autumn term, we will cover Africa and The Arctic throughout the Irresistible Learning Curriculum. In the creative element, we look at Tinga Tinga art and look at building structures through researching and building our igloo. We explore both places and make comparisons between the weather, the environment and how they live. We learn about Nelson Mandela and his significant contribution in history.

In Spring term, we will cover Into The Woods throughout the Irresistible Learning Curriculum.  We enjoy a day at Cannock Chase, exploring forest habitats, plants and trees. Children learn about the mythical character, Robin Hood, and the historical elements of the story, including King Richard. We create woodland creatures through clay modelling, where we learn to use relevant tools and simple techniques.

In Summer term, we will cover At The Seaside throughout the Irresistible Learning Curriculum. We will be using maps to find out about the seaside, so that we can make comparisons to where we live. We will also explore the story of Grace Darling and her heroic rescue. We are learning to sketch the seaside, so we will use Lowry and the landscape as our inspiration. We hope to see you all at Weston, as this will be our Fabulous Finish.

 

Lots of parents ask about how to help at home, if you would like to work with your child at home, you could try:

  • Lots of reading stories together through bedtime stories and reading for pleasure. You could share books through a local library, sparing any expense to you as it is free to join and take out books.
  • Phonicsplay.co.uk  – Lots of fun and free games to play that link with our phonics phases in school.
  • Creative development – using any recyclable materials to make animals/homes/scenes that might link to our current topic. This can improve fine and gross motor skills through cutting, measuring, folding and sticking.
  • High Frequency word practise –  all of the words that they need to know are on the Letters and Sounds website and can be printed in large print in pictures or colour to make them more appealing.
  • Making up stories together – whether these are written down or through oral storytelling and role-play we encourage the children to use their imaginations to improve their speaking, listening and writing skills.
  • Playing games on the way to and from school to encourage counting, letter/phoneme recognition and talking to them about their learning in the day.
  • Recognising numbers on houses in the street – this can help with odd and even recognition, as well as counting in 2s and writing their numbers effectively.
  • Use TTRockstars to practise times table facts, using the log-in details given out to each child.
  • Go onto Activelearn – our new Maths homework website. Children can do any activities and build up their gold coins to create bigger and better environments for them! Mrs Medhurst wrote all of the usernames and passwords in the blue learning logs for you, if you need a reminder.

We hope you enjoy exploring these topic with us!

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