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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2. Our teacher is Mrs Willis and our TAs are Miss Mills, Mrs Swales and our LSAs are Mrs King and Mrs Trott.

Our topics are linked to our ‘Jigsaw PSHE’ curriculum. In our ‘relationships’ topic Year 2 are learning about the continent of Africa, but specifically the country of Zimbabwe. They will be linking this with their science topic of habitats, and will be focusing on the African savannah. Their trip to Paradise Wildlife Park will incorporate these topics. Their study of ‘habitats’ will also involve seeing first-hand the life cycle of butterflies and quails.
In English, the children will be focusing on the book ‘Anansi the Clever Spider’, based on traditional African folk tales. They will also be writing some African poems and information texts on African animals. The children will also be looking at African art, and developing their own style of African patterns. They will have the opportunity to print their patterns on textiles.

In our ‘Changing Me’ topic in the second part of the term, the children will be looking at the locality of ‘The Seaside’, and learning about its geographical features and wildlife. They will also be comparing today’s sea sides with a Victorian seaside. Their focus book will be ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’, which will lend itself to writing extended stories and devising zip wires! In DT they will be making puppets. In science, the children will focus on the topic of plants, and will be linking this to plant life around coastal areas.

During our Maths sessions, Y2 will continue to develop their fluency of number. The children have their own Maths packs, allowing them to represent their Mathematical understanding in different ways, using plenty of visual and practical tools as well as written methods. Our key phrase will be: ‘How can you draw it?’ (They may know that 83-36=47, but can they draw it as a diagram?) The children will also have lots of opportunities to carry out problem solving investigations, to develop their mathematical thinking.

Our values for this half term are ‘co-operation’ and ‘courage ’. As well as this theme being incorporated into our RE lessons, we will also be applying it in all areas of our school life.

In Computing, the children will be learning how to create a short multimedia presentation as well as learning to email.

In PE, the children will be doing bat and ball skills, as well as exploring African rhythms in dance. In the second part of the term they will be focusing on athletics.

In music, the children will be learning a variety of songs from different African countries. In addition to this they will have a chance to explore pitch, timbre, tempo and dynamics.