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Year 2/3 Autumn 2 Curriculum Information

 

We start off the second autumn term by going back in time, to find out all about how the Monarchy has changed throughout the ages. To immerse ourselves in a History of the Monarchy we will read a book called ‘Gangsta Granny’ by David Walliams.

 

This is a book about a boy called Ben whose parents spend every weekend dancing, the 11-year-old ends up staying with his granny, whom he initially finds boring. Then one day he finds a huge collection of jewels in a biscuit tin and discovers she was once a notorious burglar.

 

Here we will explore our school value of responsibility and compassion as we find out about previous Monarchs and delve into a land of kings and queens, asking ourselves how has the monarchy changed over the years?

 

In Science we will continue looking at materials, exploring our school value of curiosity, and investigating some of the different materials that make up the crown jewels!

 

In geography and history, we will be learning all about the UK and how it has changed over the years, from a land of kings and queens, all the way up to the modern era. We will be exploring our school values of curiosity and perseverance as we will be looking into lots of different landmarks around our capital city, London, such as the Tower of London, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament, a place where democracy is currently established throughout the country. We will also look into how democracy has changed throughout the years and under different Monarchs.

 

We will also look at a gorgeous full-colour book ‘My Little Book of Big Freedoms’ illustrated by the former Waterstones Children's Laureate Chris Riddell, published in partnership with Amnesty.

 

We all want a good life, to have fun, to be safe, happy and fulfilled. For this to happen, we need to look after each other and stand up for the basic human rights that we often take for granted. This book features 16 different freedoms, each accompanied by beautiful illustrations. It shows why our human rights are so important - they help to keep us safe. Every day.

 

In PSHE/SMSC we will be considering the relationships we have with our grandparents. How even the old have so much to tell and can influence us, just like in ‘Gangsta Granny’!

 

We have many more things planned this half-term, which we can’t wait to share with you!

'Year 2/3 enjoyed there trip to John Fernely College where they got to make potions like Mr Gaskell's favourite wizard Harry Potter!'

'Year 2/3 enjoyed there trip to John Fernely College where they got to make potions like Mr Gaskell's favourite wizard Harry Potter!' 1
'Year 2/3 enjoyed there trip to John Fernely College where they got to make potions like Mr Gaskell's favourite wizard Harry Potter!' 2
'Year 2/3 enjoyed there trip to John Fernely College where they got to make potions like Mr Gaskell's favourite wizard Harry Potter!' 3
'Year 2/3 enjoyed there trip to John Fernely College where they got to make potions like Mr Gaskell's favourite wizard Harry Potter!' 4

Year 2/3 Autumn 1 Curriculum Information

 

We start off the autumn term by going back in time, two and a half million years, to immerse ourselves in Stone Age History as we read a book called ‘Oi Caveboy!’ by Alan Macdonald.

 

This is a book about a boy called Iggy who seems different from the rest of his tribe, the Urks. He seems different because he isn't interested in the usual things such as flint tools, hunting or boulder-rolling and is always daubing on the walls of his cave or coming up with infuriating new ideas! According to his dad: 'We don't need new ideas - we have plenty of old ones.'

 

Here we will explore our school value of curiosity and tolerance as we explore how we are different to Stone Age children and ask ourselves: How did early humans live? Do we have any similarities with humans in the Stone Age? How have we changed?

 

  As this book is also a celebration of friendship, we will consider, “Why is it good to get to know people who appear to be different to us?” We will spend a lot of time talking about the importance of friendship, what makes a good friend and why we should respect people from all walks of life.

 

In our science lessons we will be learning about rocks and fossils, in particular sedimentary and igneous rocks. This will be supported by the picture book we will be using called ‘Fossil’ by Bill Thomson. Visually told through art, this "wordless story" will spark the imagination and creativity of all of the class!

 

In science we will also be looking at materials and exploring the fact that the Stone Age people didn’t have plastic or metal. We will be investigating modern day objects that are made using plastic and metal and asking ourselves how would life be different without them?

 

In Art we will be looking at the illustrations of the animals on the inside cover of our supporting text ‘Stone Age Boy’ to create our own paintings of animals and people that have been captured in time from the Stone Age. Did you know that people in the Stone Age used tools to create art work on smooth rocks?

 

We have many more things planned this half-term, which we can’t wait to share with you!

Year 2/3 Curriculum can be found under Key Information- Our Curriculum
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