Traction Man is here! How would the world seem to you if you were only 25cm tall? In year 2, we will start the year with a unit of work about stories with familiar settings. The aim of this unit is for the children to plan and write a story of their own, describing a setting that they have chosen. We will explore the sights, sounds, tastes, smells and feelings of settings in other stories focusing on ‘Traction Man is Here’ by Mini Grey to begin with and then will continue our journey by crawling through Anthony Browne’s ’The Tunnel.’ We will practise using expanded noun phrases to describe familiar settings in unfamiliar ways. We will start to learn many of our year 2 common exception words and will use our knowledge of adding –ed to root words in order to write in the past tense. We will also have a grammar focus on singular and plural words.
At the start of the year we will recap our knowledge of number and place value. We will be working on recognising the value of tens and ones in a 2 digit number. We will be using < and > to compare and order numbers to 100. Using number facts, we will solve addition and subtraction problems using concrete and pictorial representations to help us. We will also be using the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction to check our calculations and also to solve missing number problems!
Our first exciting science topic is the use of everyday materials. We will identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass and brick for particular uses. We will find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching. At home, try to become familiar with how some materials are used for more than one thing. Think about unusual and creative uses for everyday materials you can find at home.
Say cheese! This term we are photographers. We will review photos online, practise using a digital camera, take photos to fit a given theme and learn how to edit them.
Do you know who invented the aeroplane? We will look at the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to the development of transport.
Singing voices at the ready! This term we will be exploring timbre, dynamics and tempo using our voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.
Art & Design Technology
Beep beep! Year 2 have the exciting opportunity to design and make their own moving vehicle as part of the transport and travel topic. We will experiment with, construct and join recycled, natural and man-made materials to create and evaluate our designs.
In this unit we will look at special places. We will look at internal and external features of places of worship and understand that there are rules to respect and follow.
Transport around the world can be very different. We will look at different types of vehicles used in other countries from elephants in Thailand to donkeys, tuk-tuks and dog-sleighs.
In Fit for Sport children will enjoy playing spatial awareness and coordination games that will develop skills needed in many sports. Indoor P.E. will involve the children becoming more familiar with a range of balances and coordinating their movements.
Bonjour! This term we will recap greetings and numbers to 20.