Year 2 Curriculum Newsletter
Topic: Fire! Fire! Local Study
Our topic this term is Fire! Fire! In History, the children will use their knowledge of the Great Fire of London studied in Year 1 to ask questions such was this the only 'Great' fire recorded. Through a local study of Nantwich, the children will learn about the Great Fire of 1583 which was a catastrophic event in the history of Nantwich, destroying most of the town. The children will compare the two fires, placing events in chronological order and using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They will ask why people behaved as they did, why events happened and what happened as a result. We will find out about the past from a range of sources including paintings, artefacts and the written accounts. They will learn about the role of an archivist.
In Geography, the children will study Nantwich as a local area. They will compare a village (Audlem), a town (Nantwich) and a city (London), identifying the physical and human features of a place. They will ask: How is a town different from the city? They will create simple maps and plans. They will give directions and use coordinates to pinpoint places on a map.
In Art, the children will look at patterns in buildings around them using a viewfinder and sketch chosen detail. They will create observational drawing, rubbings and prints. They will then discuss the geometric and decorative features of the patterns collected. The children will collaboratively create a collage. In Design and Technology the children will create design and make a fire engine exploring how mechanisms can be used in different ways e.g. wheels and axles. In Music, they will accompany a song with untuned and tuned percussion instruments and to compose a piece of music about Fire. They will explore the use of dynamics, tempo, beat and pitch.
In Science, they will learn about grouping and changing materials focusing upon the effects of heat on materials. They will also explore light and dark; creating an electrical circuit to light a bulb.
'Fire! Fire!' optional tasks. Your child can choose a task each week from the grid and respond. You could take a photograph of the results and send them to your class teacher via the class email address.
In English the children will study many versions of Traditional stories including Troll by Julia Donaldson and Troll Swap by Leigh Hodgkinson. They will also examine stories and myths about fiery dragons and they will look at stories related to Fire and its origins. Understanding the importance of sentence structure and the use of punctuation to demarcate sentences will be a key focus in writing. They will be concentrating on spelling homophones (see/sea) and common high frequency words. The children will be given extra common words as spelling every 2 weeks to learn.
The children will revise their spelling of the Year 1 and Year 2 common exception words.
Challenge: Correct the mistakes made by Mr Whoops.
Read Write Inc Spelling 2A
Throughout the term, the children will be concentrating on number looking at counting, place value, addition and subtraction. They will deepen their learning through problem solving activities and use reasoning skills to explain. They will also develop their understanding of money by counting money, selecting the correct amount, finding totals and giving change.
Maths Online Games
The children's wellbeing is our priority. We will also be developing our wellbeing toolkit and promoting self-regulation using The Zones of Regulation.
Amaven provide 'Movement of the Day' activities and homework targeted to meet your child's needs. Log in using your child's personal login and then complete homework tasks three times each week.
Cosmic Kids Yoga can be used for meditation and to try out a Yoga Session.
You can contact us at Pearl@stjamesaudlem.cheshire.sch.uk to share your adventures or ask any questions.