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Summer 2

Around the World

This term we are going to be Explorers!

In English, the children will explore cities through the idea of travel and create their own recount travel brochure for a country of their choice. We will use the book A Walk in London to support their learning. We will develop our letter and story writing through the text The Dragon Machine. This will involve a grammar focus on expanded noun phrases and conjunctions.

Key Vocabulary - Story, Beginning, Middle, End, Plot, Setting, Dilemma, Apostrophe, Exclamation mark, Resolution, Adjective, Adverb, Noun, Suffix, Comma

In order to support children with the transition to year 3, we will be revising addition and subtraction methods which will build towards the column method that many of you will remember from your own school days. We will develop fluency of addition and subtraction bonds to 10, 20 and 100, as well as multiplication and division to develop mental arithmetic methods. Please do continue to practise at home the 2, 5 and 10 times tables, including the division facts (i.e. 12÷2=6).

Key Vocabulary - Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, Exchanging, Equal, Sharing

Through history we will learn about the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus, and find out how this was both different and similar to Neil Armstrong first landing on the moon. Imagining that we are explorers ourselves, we will explore how different materials are helpful (for instance strong, flexible or waterproof) and find out which materials would be best for some new shoelaces for some explorer boots! Our understanding of the compass points will develop as we learn how to make a compass, and how these helped explorers throughout history. The Beebots will help us to understand this, as we can direct them over world maps to a variety of places on each continent. Talking of directing, vehicles will become important as we begin to think about the materials these have been made from throughout history. How materials have improved and become more efficient over time. We will even design and create a suitable vessel for transporting objects back on a Beebot from an exploration into the unknown! How will we find out which materials suit this quest best?

Animals will feature throughout the topic, including understanding all about how certain animals grow and change, as well as where they live and how they suit their habitats.

Key Vocabulary - Continents, Oceans, Country, City, Mountain, Coast, River, Sea, Habitat, Predator, Prey, Food chain, Consumer, producer, Adaption

Our RE learning will take us on a tour round the world to begin to understand how different cultures celebrate birthdays, as well as the different festivals found in each world religion. We are also learning about Creation in Christianity. As we love to sing, in music we will be learning some songs from different parts of the world and we hope to be able to perform these to you later on in the term.

Natural materials will form our art learning, as we think about how Andy Goldsworthy uses the world around him and what nature has to offer in creating artwork and sculptures. We won’t be using paintbrushes this term, instead using natural objects including fruits to print, paint patterns and make 3D sculptures.

Key Dates - 

Week commencing 10th June - Phonics Assessment (Year 2 retake)

17th June - Year 2 Gardening week

9th July - Reports sent home

10th July - Year 2 parent / carer assembly and opening evening

12th July - Class hand up day

18th July - Summer disco (KS1 3.15pm - 4.15pm)

Year 2 school trip - TBC

24th July - End of term