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Year 2



This term Year 2 will be learning all about animals! We will begin by looking at a variety of habitats, comparing the creatures that live there and considering how they have adapted to suit their environment. During the second part of the term, we will move on to focusing on how animals grow and change (including humans) and learning about simple lifecycles. The pupils will also learn about basic hygiene and ways to be healthy.

This learning will be incorporated into many areas of the curriculum. In English we will be looking at stories from around the world and writing setting descriptions for different habitats. We will then be writing animal riddles for our peers to solve and writing instructions for making (a healthy) tea for a tiger!

In Art we will be learning about prints and patterns and using what we find out to create camouflage pictures and animal prints. Our Design Technology work will have us planning and creating healthy, well-balanced meals.

Our Geography will have us thinking about how various environments and habitats across the world compare to our local area and we will also be learning about the continents and oceans.

Developing our mapping skills in Geography will also come in handy for our History topic which involves learning about famous explorers from the past. We will find out key facts about them and plot their journeys.

As part of their Religious Education the children will learn about the Hindu festival of Diwali and about the importance of the church within Christianity.

We will continue to have daily phonics lessons, along with reading comprehension sessions, to ensure both reading for understanding and word reading become established. Handwriting and spelling practise will also take place daily with a spelling test taking place on each Friday.

Our Maths this term will build on and consolidate written and mental methods for simple addition and subtraction. We will reintroduce multiplication and division and ensure pupils are comfortable with these concepts and have a breadth of strategies for solving arithmetic problems across all four mathematical functions. The children will be encouraged to use reasoning and logic when approaching all maths problems and we will discuss and practise a range of problem-solving techniques. 

During PE the pupils will build on skills such as defending, attacking and shooting. They will also practise hitting, catching and running. This will take shape in the form of team games and lessons that focus on one skill at a time. The pupils will also focus on coordination and balance.


Great website for finding out all about animals in different habitats:

Google Earth is wonderful for exploring the globe from your sofa!

A good introduction to exploration:

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