Mrs Richardson and Miss Ratcliffe
Summer 1: Our topic this term in Year 2 is 'Global Gardens.' We will ask the question 'How do gardens around the world differ?'
Our exciting topic 'Global Gardens' will lead us to find out about gardens in overseas localities and compare them with our school environment.
Our Big Question: How do gardens around the world differ?
In History, we will be studying famous people who have made significant contributions both nationally and internationally. We will learn about famous people interested in the environment including Charles Darwin, Carl Linnaeus and Nicholas Grimshaw, Architect of the Eden Project. We will learn about Anna Atkins Botanist and Photographer who created detailed botanical illustrations. In Computing, we will ask: What does a Botanist do? What tools do Botanists use? We will use the Natural History Museum website as a stimulus and we will ask an expert for answers to our questions.
In Geography, we will be exploring a contrasting locality overseas and discovering where our food comes from. The children will be asked to use a globe and an atlas to name continents and oceans and to locate rainforests around the world. We will explore gardens in the U.K. and compare them with gardens in other countries.
In Science, we will learn about Seasonal Changes and Plants. We will use the text 'The World Came to My Place Today' by Jo Readman to find out where our food comes from. Then we will learn about Living Things and their Habitats. We will learn about animals to be found in the rainforests and the minibeasts inhabiting our gardens. The children will learn about life cycles and food chains. During Healthy week, we will be focusing upon the importance of exercise if we are to be fit and healthy.
Our Pathways to Write text is 'The Last Wolf' by Mini Grey and we will read 'The Fantastic Mr Fox' by Roald Dahl. We will use the story 'The World Came To My Place Today' by Jo Readman as a starting point and we will write narratives and simple explanations. The children will be looking closely at statements, commands, questions and exclamations. Understanding the importance of sentence structure and the use of punctuation to demarcate sentences will continue to be a key focus in writing. We will be concentrating on developing spelling rules when suffixes are added to a root word. The children will be given extra common words as spelling every 2 weeks to learn.
The children will continue revise their spelling of the Year 1 and Year 2 common exception words.
Throughout the term we will calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division within the multiplication tables and write them using the multiplication (x), division (÷) and equals (=) sign. We will deepen our learning through problem solving activities and use our reasoning skills to explain.
We will also be concentrating on 3D shapes and their properties (faces, edges and vertices). We will also learn about position and direction to describe movement and turns. We will use language such as 'forwards', 'backwards', 'up', 'down', 'left' and 'right' to describe movement in a straight line. We will write directions for given routes and record routes on 2D grids. We will deepen our learning through problem solving activities with money and use our reasoning skills to explain. We will be developing quick recall of the 2x and 5x tables.
In Art, we will describe the work of notable artists. We will study pictures by Monet of his garden and describe the techniques he used. We will ask and answer questions as starting points for our work. We will explore a range of materials when presenting our ideas.
In Music we will sing songs about the weather, in unison and as a round, and accompany with percussion instruments. We will use symbols to notate a weather composition in 'Whatever the weather.' We will compose jungle music with symbols on a grid through the Down in the Jungle theme.
In Design and Technology, we will create a computer generated image of a minibeast, print onto fabric and use a range of sewing techniques to enhance the image.
In R.E. we will focus upon Judaism. We will as questions such as: What do Jews say God is like? Why is Shabbat an important day for Jews? How do Jews prepare for Shabbat? We will examine artefacts and learn about religious practices.
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 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.