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Year 2 - Thomas Barnado Class

Year 2 Spring 1 Curriculum Information

 

Welcome back! I hope you had a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thank you for working so hard last term, you have all made such great progress!

We once again, have a jammed packed half-term ahead for you which I can’t wait to tell you about!

We will start off our year by reading our class novel which is Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Nights’ by Linda Marsh. This intriguing book explores the beauty and power of his words through extracts from his play about fairies, magic, and love. This links incredibly well to our school values of compassion, curiosity, and respect.

Our learning aims throughout the next term are echoed through the picture book ‘The Boy Harnessed the Wind’ by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer. This book tells the story of a fourteen-year-old boy named William who lives in a small Malawi village. Suddenly, the village experiences a horrendous drought, which resulted in everyone's crops failing. Without enough money for food, let alone school, William spent his days in the library and eventually figured out how to bring electricity to his village. This compliments our learning of our new topic of Electricity in Science. Perhaps we all may become as clever as William throughout the next term of learning! Lyrically told and gloriously illustrated, this story will inspire the children as it shows how - even in the worst of times - a great idea and a lot of hard work can still defy all odds.

This half-term we will be exploring our Geography Big Question: How does the British Isles differ to Cape Town?’
We will get the opportunity to learn about the vast range of islands and countries that make up the British Isles and how their fascinating landscapes differ from one another. We will also focus on comparing British cities to the significantly different location of Cape Town in South Africa. We are looking forward to this as we hope it means we can explore the geology of other landscapes. This strongly reinforces our school value of curiosity as we will enthusiastically work together to discover the topography of the wider world.

In Science we will be having lots of electrifying fun when we delve into the world of ‘Electricity’. Our Big Question is: ‘What is Electricity and do all materials conduct it?’ We will be learning about the huge impact electricity has on our day-to-day lives. I think we all will find it quite ‘shocking’ how much we rely on electricity! Excitingly, we will also explore simple circuits and investigate conductive and non-conductive materials.

In Religious Education we begin our new topic of ‘Who is Jewish and what do they believe?’. At The Grove we love to learn about other cultures and the ideals of others. We are hoping that this broadens our understandings and acceptance of the world around us.

In Music, we are incredibly lucky to be having 6 more weeks of Recorder lessons! Then the children can take their recorders home to continue their practice. Might I recommend some noise-cancelling headphones!

Please do stay tuned on Class Dojo! I am so excited for what the next six weeks has in store !

Year 2 Autumn 2 Curriculum Information

Welcome back! Thank you for making me feel so welcome. I have enjoyed meeting all of you and getting to know the children!

We have a jammed packed half-term ahead for you which I can’t wait to tell you about!

We will start off our year by reading our class novel which is ‘Winnie the Pooh’ by AA Milne. This is a lovely book which explores the themes of bravery, courage, and friendship. The loveable honey eating bear demonstrates the importance of forming solid, lasting friendships. Though he severely lacks confidence in his own physical appearance, he shows that greatness is not measured by size. This links nicely to our school values, as we focus on courage, respect and acceptance.

We will complement our learning of ‘Winnie the Pooh’ as we read a book called ‘What the Roman’s did for Us’ by Alison Hawes. This fascinating picture book offers essential knowledge about the Romans and will tell us the impact the Roman Empire has had on today’s way of life in 21st Century Britain. This links to our first History topic ‘The Romains in Britain’ and will continue to support the content they have learnt during their History lessons, stimulating interesting discussions about who the Romans were.  

Not to mention that the children will also have a very exciting in-school visit session from a Roman Museum, where we will be unearthing the past!

This half-term we will be exploring our History Big Question: ‘What sort of people were the Romans?’
We will get the opportunity to learn about The Roman Empire and it’s soldiers and armies. We will also learn about important historical figures who made a difference – such as Julius Caesar and Boudicca.
We are looking forward to this as we hope it means we can explore the way the Romans lived and what legacy they left behind. This will link to our school value of curiosity as we work together to find out why the Romans still hold relevance to this day.

In Science we will be learning about the ‘Living Things in their Environment’. Our Big Question is: ‘Where do different animals live?’ We will be learning about how different animals in the food chain survive and live in habitats especially suited to them.

In Religious Education we will be continuing to learn about Muslims and their beliefs. At The Grove we love to learn about other cultures and the ideals of others. We are hoping to visit a mosque before the end of the term – watch this space!

We are really lucky as this half-term we have many more exciting events! For example, Diwali afternoon, Science Day, Theatre productions for the children and the magical build up to Christmas and their Nativity school play – just to name a few!

Year 2 Autumn 1 Curriculum Information

 

Welcome back to the new school year! Thank you for making me feel so welcome. I have enjoyed meeting some of you and getting to know the children.

We have a jammed packed half-term ahead for you which I can’t wait to tell you about!

We will start off our year by reading our class novel which is ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes. This is a brilliant book which explores the themes of bravery, prejudice and the nature of things around us. The Iron Man is a robot with a good heart however his appearance can be deceiving, and his natural instinct is to destroy. This links really nicely to our school values as we focus on courage and acceptance.

We will complement our learning of ‘The iron Man’ as we read a book called ‘The Tin Forest’ which looks at chasing dreams and making a difference. We will talk about how ‘one man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure!’ This book also provides opportunities for us to talk about recycling and waste.

This half-term we will be exploring our geography big question: What will I find in my local area? We will get the opportunity to learn about reading maps and how they are designed. We will create our own and explore maps of the local area and our school! We are looking forward to this as we hope it means we can get outside and explore Melton town.  This will link with our school value of teamwork as we work together to find buildings and monuments. Did you know that out school is nearly 100 years old?

In science we will be learning about the human body. Our big question is: Why and how should we look after our bodies? We will be looking at the human skeleton, the circulatory system and exploring how we should keep ourselves healthy.

In Religious Education we will be learning about Muslims and their beliefs. At The Grove we love to learn about other cultures and the ideals of others. We are hoping to visit a mosque before the end of the term – watch this space!

We are really lucky as this half-term as we will be learning about farming and animals. As you know, we are going to be going to visit Bowthorpe Park Farm. We are really looking forward to exploring the outdoors, meeting the farmer and his team and learning about how to protect our environment.

We are also looking forward to Roald Dahl day as we will explore some of our favorite stories and characters. Who is your favorite character? Why not work together to make a costume as I know Mrs Cheeseman has prizes for the fancy dress costume with the most effort.

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