Welcome to Term 3 of Year 2.
Into The Unknown!
This learning unit focuses on making links across English, History, Geography and Art with the remaining subjects taught discretely.
The children's learning will begin with 'a hook' to entice them in to the new topic. The children will be given a mix of muddled puzzle pieces to solve with a partner. Who are the people are on the puzzles that the children create? And what clues can we see from the images that tell us about the people? Within their history learning, the children will go on to use their research skills to find out as much as they can about the 'puzzle people'. They will use a range of sources including, film clips, texts, reference books and images. As they discover and learn about the amazing explorers they will consider 'what happened as a result' of that persons bravery or expedition skills?
In Geography, the children will explore the oceans and continents of the world and use a globe and map to identify where specific explorers have been including the South Pole.
In English, the children will continue to further embed their use of conjunctions to help extend sentences within their independent writing. They will also further build on their use of adjectives to help add interest to their work and they will learn about suffixes (words ending with ly/ment/ness/ ful). Weekly spellings will focus on the common exception words that Year 2 children are expected to spell along with a mix of suffixes.
In Art, the children will use texture, paint and printing techniques to create their own images of the moon. They will use my creativity and historical knowledge to design my own commemorative stamp for specific explorers.
Maths: We will continue to work on mathematical fluency and reasoning. We will focus on multiplication (2x, 10x and 5x tables), division and 2D and 3D shapes.
Religious Education: The children will further explore the faith of Judaism and how this faith compares to Christianity. The children will read and discuss the stories of Moses and how he led the slaves to freedom and how this is celebrated and remembered in the Jewish faith through the special Seder Meal.
Science: the children will identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses. They will be encouraged to use their knowledge of materials and ask simple scientific questions in order to form an investigation on the most suitable material for the Explorer’s damaged coat and share their findings.· The children will also carry out simple tests to find which solid materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching and record their findings in a simple table.
P.E. will continue on Thursday but will move from Tuesday to Friday from Term 3. Please ensure your child comes to school wearing the P.E. kits on these days. With the weather getting colder, tracksuits may be worn. Due to Covid restrictions, P.E. is currently conducted outside and will be very much weather dependent.
Spellings will go home during the first week of term and spelling tests will move to a Thursday from Term 3. The spellings will continue to follow a cumulative approach and will focus on the Year 2 common exception words and suffixes.. Once the children can spell the words they can practice writing sentences with them in.
Phonics and reading at school: Children will continue with Song of Sounds and will be covering these sounds over the following weeks: wr/ph/wh/or.
Children will be taught reading through weekly guided reading sessions, they will be developing written comprehension skills and will read a range of texts through shared reading sessions. Children will also be given opportunities for free choice reading.
Reading at home: Ideally, your child should be reading independently every day and reading to another adult at least 3 times a week. Please be aware of fluency, accuracy, understanding of the text, expression and their ability to follow punctuation. This is also a time when you can ask them to re-tell part of the story, to predict what might happen and to question them about the characters, setting and plot. Your child should also be developing his/her opinion of the text and considering how and why events are happening.
Books can be continued to be changed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Thank you for your support. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.