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Henry Maynard Primary School and Nursery

Learning, Working and Achieving Together

Year 2

Autumn 2019

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.

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 their co-ordination and balance as well as exploring moving their body to music and linking a sequence of movements In outdoor P.E. we will be practising our aiming skills whilst playing field games and striking games.

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

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

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