Year 2 Class Teacher
Welcome to Year 2!
This term our topic is ‘Watch this space’ as we investigate all things out of this world and the solar system. We will be visiting Devonport Park and writing our own version of We’re going on a Bear Hunt entitled ‘We’re going on an Alien Hunt’. We will be writing instructions to make rockets like the bear in ‘Whatever Next’ by Jill Murphy. Then we will make ‘Alien Art’ based on the work on Andy Goldsworthy and Peter Thorpe the space artist. Then in Science and DT we will make and launch our own rockets.
For our non-fiction part of the topic, we will be studying how space travel has changed over time, as well as finding out as much information as we can on Neil Armstrong. Our other research includes finding out about different planets and stars in our solar system.
Furthermore, we will be making space rockets out of 2D shapes in the ICT suite. Weighing, cutting up and make rockets out of fruit to sell at our Pea Pod. In addition to all of this, we will have our assembly on Friday 23rd June. Finally, don’t forget sports week beginning on 26th June.
As a school we will be working with a group called ‘Earth Jump’ to make our school grounds a better place over the next two terms. Our Year 2 part of the project is to make the allotment area of school more appealing. We have already been to visit some allotments in the local area and have created some mood boards of what we want the allotment to look like. Subsequently our topic this term will be ‘Global Gardens’. We will be taking ideas from gardens around the world and will visit Mount Edgecombe for inspiration. We will be editing, adding music to and making our own videos of gardens and flowers that we see and like. In Science, we will be doing lots of planting and investigations into what plants need to grow and flourish. We will be comparing gardens and woods in our local area to Brazil and their rain forests. This will lead nicely into our maths as we collect and measure rainfall and temperatures.
This term we will be having PE on Tuesday Afternoons.
This term our topic is ‘The Great Fire of London!’ We will be writing newspaper reports using our imagining muscle to pretend we were alive when the fire was raging. We will also be writing a diary entry like the famous diarist Samuel Pepys did, describing what we can see, hear and feel.
As it is our pea pod at the end of the term we will be baking cupcakes, as it is only fitting we make something that you would buy from a bakery, as this is where the fire started. Then in ICT and maths we will be making databases, charts and graphs to share information about which flavour cup cake is most popular in school.
In addition to this we will be investigating the difference between modern firefighting techniques and the olden day ones. Hopefully we will get a visit from the fire brigade or even go to visit a fire station.
Finally, we will be investigating why old fashioned houses burnt down faster than modern ones, comparing houses now to houses in the past, visiting the estate agents and writing our own advertisement for selling a house in 2017.
This term our topic is ‘Ice Age’. We will be reading a mix of fiction and non-fiction books leading to some fun writing, which will include writing a character description of Manny the woolly mammoth, instructions on how to wash a woolly mammoth, re writing the story of the 3 Little Pigs so it becomes the ‘Three Woolly Mammoths’ and writing a persuasive letter to the zoo asking them to free a Polar Bear.
In art we will be making our own ice age character and creating cave drownings. In addition to this we will be composing ice age music.
Our maths will include measuring water by volume and mass then seeing what happens to these measurements when we turn the water to ice. We will also be measuring lengths, to design and make our own Ice Age bee bot mats. We will then program the bee bots using positional language. This language will also help us to read maps.
Whilst we are looking at maps and globes, we will be researching cold and hot places over the world and comparing those climates to Keyham. Then we will identify seasons and daily weather patterns and notice the effects of global warming on our local environment and other places around the world, like the Polar Ice Caps. Finally we will be seeing what we can do to help improve this.
This term our topic is Celebrations. We will start by studying some celebrations from this country such as armistice and bonfire night. Then we will be writing firework poems, creating our own firework dance and creating firework artwork using music as a stimulus. Next we will be reading lots of non-fiction books all about various ways to celebrate, such as cooking, decorating faces and hands and dressing up. After that it will be interesting to learn how different countries celebrate Christmas and discover how festivals from a range of cultures differ.
In maths we will be learning to tell the time. We will also be adding and subtracting money to calculate how much it will cost to make and print our own Christmas cards to sell at the school fair.
Last, but not least, we cannot forget our pièce de résistance our Christmas play ‘The Wriggly Nativity’.
This term our topic is Journeys. We will be using our imagining muscle to write some of our own stories about journeys and we are hoping to go for a ride on a train to help us with this. One of the books we will be reading is ‘Oi! Get off our train’. Once we have read this we will be finding out where different endangered animals around the world live, discussing continents and seas. On national poetry day we will be writing messages in bottles and of course we will be celebrating 100 years since Roald Dahl’s birth.
Our Maths target is multiplication, so please help your child to learn off by heart their 2, 5 and 10 times tables.
PE will be on Fridays this term, although this might change as the year goes on. We will keep you informed.