During our history unit we will be looking at significant explorers who travelled across the seas.
We will discover key facts, learn about their journeys and find out about their achievements in this field. Some of these people will include Francis Drake, Walter Kaleigh and Captain Cooke.
As part of our geography this half term we will be looking at oceans and continents of the world. We will learn how to name and locate these on maps and in atlases.
For our science topic this half term we will be looking at the use of everyday materials.
Our literacy theme this half term will be looking at traditional stories from around the world. The children will focus on adjectives and describing different settings.
We will then go onto looking at different types of descriptive poems.
During maths we will be looking at place value, recognising the value of 2-digit numbers, reading and writing numbers to 100 in numerals and words. We will then go on to addition and subtraction of 1 and 2-digit numbers. We will also look at multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables, including recognising odd and even numbers.
We will be designing and printing seascapes as part of our art and D&T unit.
In R.E. we will be learning about Hinduism and the festival of Diwali
The history for this half of the term will be the history of flight.
As part of our geography we will be looking at comparing countries, with a focus on Singachini Primary School.
As part of our literacy lessons we will be looking at adventure stories- around the world in 60 days. The children will have the opportunity to write their own adventure story. We will also look at writing biographies using factual language.
In our maths lessons we will focus on multiplication as arrays and repeated addition. We will look at division as repeated subtraction and grouping. We will also look at finding fractions of shape and quantities, properties of 2D and 3D shapes and continue with more addition and subtraction.
We will be designing and sculpting model aircraft as part of our art and D&T unit.
In R.E we will be learning about Christianity and the church.
The children have an exciting final term in Year 2 ahead of them.
Our topic this term is Let’s get cooking!
Our English topics this term include character descriptions, instructions, descriptive poetry and non-chronological reports. The children will write descriptions of pirates, instructions for how to make healthy meals, poems with a focus on imagery and non-chronological reports about plants and animals.
Maths work will continue to focus on number work including the following: number bonds, doubles and halves, multiplication and division facts, fractions, near multiples, place value and solving problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will also revisit shape, measures including money and time, position and direction and data handling.
Our science topics include animals including humans, healthy living and plants. To support our science work we will visit Lloyds Park and the Hollow Ponds and Kew Gardens in June. We are very excited about exploring our local area!
Throughout this term, our Geography topic will focus on the school and surrounding area. We will learn about maps and create our own using a map key. Using aerial photographs and maps we will explore the local area, identifying human and physical features.
After half term the children will look at Isaac Newton as a key historical figure.
In Art the children will look at patterns and prints, exploring Japanese printing. The children will produce their own prints, using polystyrene printing squares and ink.
TRIPS and WOW days
To finish our English topic on pirates, we will have a Pirate-themed WOW day on Friday 29th April. The children can come to school dressed as a pirate and will take part in pirate activities.
On Thursday 16th June Year 2 will visit Kew gardens to support their science topic of Plants.
The children will visit Lloyds Park and the Hollow ponds to support both our Science and Geography work. They will also explore the local area using maps and aerial photographs.
http://www.apps4primaryschools.co.uk/ - website with apps for primary school aged children. You can filter subjects and each app comes with a review. Some are free and others are not.
http://www.kidthesaurus.com/ - we use this website in class to improve our vocabulary.
Science - http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/z6882hv - lots of videos and information about animals including Humans and what they need to survive.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/6_7/health_growth.shtml : Health and growth game
Maths: http://www.ictgames.com/resources.html - lots of games to play to help with a range of topics.
http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button - choose from doubles, halves, number bonds, division facts and times table games! Can the children beat their top score? This is also an app.
Geography: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/teachers/keystage_1/games/geography1.shtml - have a look at these fun games and activities!
For our history this term we will be learning about the plague and the Great Fire of London. We will learn about specific people and events relating to these and will think about their causes and influence on modern day London.
Our science will also relate to the Great Fire as we consider the properties of building materials used at the time and contemplate how these enabled the fire to spread. The children will be learning about a variety of materials, thinking about their properties and comparing their uses.
This focus on building materials will also relate to some of our English work this term as we look at traditional tales, specifically focusing on the story of The Three Little Pigs. We will also look at poetry and rhyme during English lessons, and write newspaper reports about the Great Fire itself.
Our Geography work will focus on comparing where we live with a non-European location and our religious education will look at prayer in Islam. In art we will use clay and other materials to build houses for the three little pigs.
Maths work this term will focus on statistics (interpreting data from tallies, tables and charts), accurately measuring length, mass and volume and increasing the pupils’ understanding of place value and the four mathematical functions.
We will begin the term by looking at animals around the world and the varied habitats they live in. This topic will inform our writing, during which we will look at animal poems, stories with unfamiliar settings and writing our own setting descriptions. Our art will also relate to animals with us drawing, sketching and painting creatures and their environments. We will learn about the animal groups and how to identify these, as well as thinking about how some animals have adapted to suit their environment. As part of our history and geography we will learn about famous explorers from the past and look at atlases and maps of their journeys across the globe. Our R.E. work will focus on Hindu festivals, including Diwali.
During the second half of Autumn term we will move on to looking at navigating the globe using flight rather than by sea. We will learn about famous achievements in the history of flight and key characters in the development of modern flying machines. In DT we will design and construct our own flying machines using what we have learnt. Our English lessons will focus on recount writing, with us completing diary entries and letters as famous aviators and writing factual accounts of their achievements. In R.E. we will learn about Christianity and the role of the church.
Throughout the term our maths work we will continue to build on pupils’ prior learning, consolidating number facts and methods for addition and subtraction and extending their understanding of place value, multiplication and division.
Summer 1 Ships Ahoy!
We will be starting the summer term by looking at the solar system and constellations, focusing on how they were once used by explorers to navigate land and sea. This will lead us into our main topic of explorers past and present, during which the children will learn about famous explorers such as Francis Drake, Captain Cook and Sir Walter Raleigh. As part of this the children will learn about the oceans, seas and continents and expand their geographical vocabulary.
During our topic pupils will have the opportunity to practise their writing across genres, including information texts, poetry, and narrative. We will be writing character descriptions, pirate limericks and reports about the solar system.
Our numeracy lessons will focus on solving problems involving money, including paying with coins, giving change and making totals. We will also be recapping fractions, both of amounts and of shapes, and will link this to solving division problems. During the term we will continue to practise our addition and subtraction skills, ensuring the pupils are confident using a hundred square, a number line and partitioning to apply known calculation strategies.
Our religious education this half term will focus on the role of the mosque in Islam, including features of a mosque, objects and symbols you might find there and its importance in the lives of Muslims.
Summer 2 History of Flight!
During the second half of the summer term we will be building on our learning from summer 1, moving from exploration of the seas to domination of the skies. We will learn about the history of flight through some of the most significant people in this field, from the Montgolfier brothers to Neil Armstrong. To begin the topic we will learn the legend of Icarus and how his desire to fly led to his downfall, discussing what we can learn from myths and legends. Our literacy will then focus on writing recounts and letters as the famous aviators we are learning about, as well as writing adventure stories set on the high seas.
Our science will focus on forces and motion, with us considering different types of force and how these have been harnessed for flight over the years.
We will use our topic work and our scientific learning to help us design and construct flying machines of our own which we will test run and evaluate.
During numeracy we will continue to practise multiplication using arrays, repeated addition and times table facts. We will learn about some basic equivalent fractions, such as 2/4 being the same as 1/2. Pupils will learn more sophisticated strategies for solving calculations, as well as recapping knowledge of 2D and 3D shapes and investigating units of measurement.
Physical education this half term will focus on athletics and team sports in order to prepare pupils for taking part in the school’s sports day and encouraging good sportsmanship between them and their peers.
In R.E. we will be learning about the Hindu faith, specifically looking at the daily life of a Hindu and the traditions and beliefs associated with this.
Spring 1 - Around the World!
We are very excited about our Spring 1 topic as we will be looking at animals all around the world! We will be comparing their habitats, diets and physical traits and thinking about how these might be specific to where they live.
As part of our geography work we will also be exploring the differences and similarities between various international environments. This will involve learning about climates, continents and landscapes.
In literacy we will use some of the technical vocabulary we have learnt in science to write riddles describing various animals. We will then begin to look at fictional tales from around the globe, focusing on the story’s setting. We will finish the half term by writing persuasive leaflets regarding endangered animals.
Our artwork will reflect our topic as we develop our sculpture skills by creating animal figures and fossil imprints in clay.
In numeracy pupils will use what they have learnt as part of our topic to produce tallies and charts comparing and sorting different animals. We will revisit multiplication and division and continue to apply these functions to word problems and problem solving.
In R.E. we will be learning about Islam and the rituals and traditions of prayer for Muslims.
Pupils will continue to benefit from three physical education sessions per week, including gymnastics, team sports and consolidating general co-ordination skills.
Spring 2 - Read All About It!
During the second half of spring term we will be finding out all about the Great Fire of London! We will be learning about facts to do with this event and finding out how the fire started and spread. This will be linked to our science in which we will find out about the properties of different materials and what makes each one good for different purposes.
In literacy we will be learning about the features of news reports and using these features to write our own newspaper stories about the Great Fire. We will begin by looking closely at various news reports and identifying common aspects of these; including word types, structure and phrases. We will also collect relevant vocabulary before putting our news report together.
During this topic we will improve our D&T skills by building woodwork Tudor houses.
As part of the pupils’ religious education we will be learning about Christianity and the events of Jesus’ life and death. As part of this we will learn about and discuss the significance of the Easter festival for Christians.
In numeracy we will look again at 2D and 3D shapes, discussing lines of symmetry and angles within shapes as part of this topic. Pupils will continue to practise all four mathematical functions and use these to solve real life maths problems. They will rehearse and recite their 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables and learn how to recognise multiples of certain numbers.
We will spend the second half of Autumn term learning about plants and animals in our local environment. We will learn about which species might make Waltham Forest their home and why this is a good place for them to live. The pupils will look closely at some of these creatures and will be able to name and describe them and their habitats.
In literacy we will use what we have learnt about local animals to write reports as well as reading and writing stories where animals are the main characters.
In art we will look at some of the work of William Morris, focusing on his use of nature in his printed textiles. We will use various techniques to print some of our own patterns inspired by nature.
As part of the pupils’ religious education we will be learning about Christianity and the significance of the church to Christians.
Our daily phonics sessions will continue as children develop their knowledge of spelling patterns and improve their grammar.
In numeracy we will begin to explore repeated addition as a form of multiplication and use this to solve multiplication problems. The pupils will continue to develop their addition and subtraction skills as well as investigating various means of data collection and data sorting.
Ready, Steady, Cook!
Our topic in Autumn 1 is all about food! We will be learning about health and growth in science; finding out about different food groups, planning balanced meals and thinking about how people and animals grow and change.
Pupils will find out about how developments in recent history helped to improve people’s health, focusing specifically on medical discoveries and improvements in sanitation. We will learn about The Big Stink of 1858 as well as discussing why good hygiene is important.
Pupils will research healthy eating and use this to design healthy meals and menus that we will then make and taste in class.
In literacy we will be writing food poems and adapting stories about food using our own ideas. We will finish the half term by writing instructions for preparing tea for a tiger based on the popular children’s story.
In numeracy pupils will be consolidating their knowledge of number facts, such as number bonds, doubles and halves. They will investigate patterns in numbers, noting how adding ten to a number changes it and using this to consider the importance of place value in 2 and 3 digit numbers. Pupils will practise counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and will solve problems involving addition and subtraction.
In R.E. we will be learning about the beliefs, rituals and routines of Hinduism, focusing on the Hindu festival of Diwali.
As part of the children’s physical education we will be focusing on co-operation and skill development in team games. We will also be improving our coordination and balance as part of our indoor P.E. sessions.
Our topic in Summer term 2 is health and growth! Changes. We will be finding out about how plants, animals and humans grow and change, deciding how to stay healthy and learning about important discoveries in medical care.
Pupils will find out about the importance of historical figures such as Marie Curie and Alexander Fleming and the impact they had on health care. Children will have the opportunity to debate the merits and significance of each and they will sketch and paint portraits of these medical pioneers. They will compare health and hygiene in the past to modern day and consider how things have improved and what has changed.
Pupils will research healthy eating and use this to design healthy meals and menus that we will then make and taste in class.
In literacy we will be writing information leaflets giving advice on how to stay fit and healthy as well as putting together comprehensive instructions for how to stay safe around household medicines and maintaining oral hygiene.
In numeracy we will be looking at methods of data collection and ways of sorting this data. We will also be presenting our findings using charts and graphs. This will be alongside continuing practise of the four mathematical functions and consolidation of mental and written strategies for solving problems.
In R.E. we will be learning about the beliefs, rituals and routines of Hinduism, focusing on the daily life of a Hindu person and how they practise their faith.
As part of the children’s physical education we will be focusing on co-operation and sportsmanship, using these to devise and play team games. These will also play an important role in our athletics lessons in which we will practise some of the skills needed for the school sports day. The pupils will also be continuing to develop their sense of rhythm and response to a beat during dance and music sessions.
http://www.e-bug.eu/ (the hall of fame and the games are especially worth a look!)
During Summer term 1 our year 2 topic will be pirates and the sea! Ships Ahoy! We will begin with a pirate costume day involving a pirate party and prizes for the best ship or treasure chest made during the Easter holidays. This will take place on Friday 25th April.
As part of this topic we will learn about famous maritime explorers such as Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh. We will also learn about the geography of the continents and oceans and will experiment with painting seascapes using colour mixing and watercolours.
In science we will be learning about forces and movement and investigating how forces can change the speed or direction of an object.
In literacy we will be reading pirate stories, focusing on characterisation and character description. We will plan and write our own pirate stories as well as writing factual information texts about historical figures, geographical locations and forces.
In numeracy we will continue to consolidate addition and subtraction skills as well as developing multiplication and division strategies. We will also extend the pupils’ understanding of angles, co-ordinates and directional language.
As part of physical education we will be playing basketball, practising dribbling and passing, as well as developing our general ball skills, including kicking, throwing and catching. The children will also be continuing to develop their flexibility and balance during gymnastic sessions.
Our religious education this half term will focus on the life of Jesus and his significance to the Christian church.
Spring 1: The History of Flight!
This half term we are learning about flight! We will be looking at how and why people first came to develop flying machines and thinking about the long fascination with conquering the skies. We will be learning about famous pilots and pioneers of flight such as the Wright brothers, Amelia Earhart, Amy Johnson and Neil Armstrong. We will look at navigation, international tourism and space travel. Pupils will be designing and building flying machines and will have the opportunity to launch them in the school playground towards the end of this half term. Wonder if any will make it to space!
In literacy we will be writing poems, historical recounts and stories all set in space or to do with flight! We will be reading poems, story books and information texts to help us with our writing.
In Science we will be looking at electricity and how to construct an electrical circuit. We will experiment with constructing a circuit and will learn about the dangers of electricity.
In numeracy we will be concentrating on calculating and consolidating the children’s understanding of addition, subtraction and place value.
We will be learning about the importance of the Mosque in Islam as part of our religious education curriculum.
In P.E we will be practising our throwing and catching skills, learning to move to music and playing team games.
History of flight:
Spring 2: Read all about it!
Our topic in Spring Term 2 will be all about being journalists! We will be investigating, finding things out and reporting on what we have found! We will be going back in time to Victorian Britain and looking at some of the exciting new inventions being shown at The Great Exhibition in 1852. Pupils will have the opportunity to design and create their own new inventions which we will unveil at our own Excellent Exhibition! The children will learn about important inventors from history, including Frederick Bremer and Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
In science we will be learning to group materials and thinking about how materials can change. We will use this knowledge to help us choose the most appropriate materials for our new inventions.
In literacy we will be writing newspaper reports about the exhibition and about inventors and their inventions as well as scripting and recording our own news report about some of our own exciting inventions.
In numeracy we will continue to consolidate calculation skills as well as exploring repeated addition as a technique for multiplication and arrays. We will look again at 3D shapes and their properties and at measuring height, length, weight, capacity and time using standard units.
In R.E. we will be learning about the Christian Church.
As part of the children’s physical education we will be devising team games, playing handball and practising gymnastic skills.
Sorting and changing materials