In Year 2 the children have been so keen to tell us their knowledge of space, and have asked us so many big science questions connected with this.
Due to this level of enthusiasm, we have decided to expand our original idea of ‘Around the World’ as a theme to include the world and beyond!
The Year 2 class love the characters of Obb and Bob, who have joined us throughout the year in our phonics learning, and we will be following them and helping them on the journey to Earth.
Vocabulary: space, Earth, moon, day, night, dusk, dawn, morning, evening, second, hour, minute, week, month, year, seasons, climate
We will be continuing with number and lightening this term to support arithmetic skills, and the majority of children are now achieving 20 plus in the weekly checks. This is amazing and the children are so proud of themselves! To complete our maths learning this year, and to close as many of the gaps as possible to prepare for next year, our main focus will be column addition and subtraction. The children have been taught this before, and this will therefore be revision and ensuring confidence. We can offer support via Seesaw in terms of how we teach this.
Please do encourage your child to access Numbots and TTRockstars. They access these twice a week in school too, and we are seeing a real impact on their maths learning in school, as well as their fluency with knowing number facts quickly and from memory, as well as the 2, 5, 10 times tables.
Vocabulary: addition, subtraction, calculation, difference, exchange, tens, ones, column
The children have come so far with reading skills this year, and are now confident in using Reading for Inference skills including visualisation, activating background knowledge, predicting and being text detectives. Our next steps are exploring the VIP words and phrases within a text, and being able to say the gist of a text. Their comprehension has really developed, and we will continue to support this in the final term through non-fiction guided reading texts about rainforests, deserts and Antarctica. For those children completing Read Write Inc we will focus on building fluency and ensuring they know all their sounds in order to progress towards the end of the programme.
Our writing focuses this term will be very much on presentation and handwriting, key Year 2 spellings, and writing at length.
Our core fiction books for this term will be:
‘Beegu’ by Alexis Deacon, where Beegu finds herself lost on Earth and the humans are not overly welcoming.
‘The Way Back Home’ by Oliver Jeffers, where a little boy is lost on the moon, but he is not alone…
‘Man on the Moon’ by Simon Bartram, which tells us all about a day in the life of Bob the astronaut.
Vocabulary: non-fiction, information, fact files, gist, phrase, summarise
Other curriculum areas:
Science – Plants
Through our exploration of the world and different climates, we will label varius plants from around the world noticing their similarities and their differences. To explore this in real-life, we have some mystery seeds and bulbs to plant and bring home to care for! What will our plants need to grow successfully? How will we know if the plant will grow flowers, leaves, fruit? As our plants grow, we will monitor them over time to see how they grow and change, as well as thinking about the seeds and how these are dispersed to create new plants.
Vocabulary: Bulb, seed, root, stem, flower, pollen, nutrients, water, light, temperature
DT – Preparing fruit and using axles and pulleys
There are two projects we will be working to help Obb and Bob on their round the world quest. We know they love their snacks, so we shall invent and design a healthy fruit based snack as well as a vegetable soup for them.
To explore Earth, as well as other planets they may come across, Obb and Bob will need a vehicle like the Mars Rover. We will be designing and making this for them.
Vocabulary: fruit and vegetable names, names of equipment and utensils sensory vocabulary e.g. soft, juicy, crunchy, sweet, sticky, smooth, sharp, crisp, sour, hard flesh, skin, seed, pip, core, slicing, peeling, cutting, squeezing, healthy diet, choosing, ingredients, planning, investigating tasting, arranging, popular, design, evaluate, criteria
vehicle, wheel, axle, axle holder, chassis, body, cab assembling, cutting, joining, shaping, finishing, fixed, free, moving, mechanism names of tools, equipment and materials used design, make, evaluate, purpose, user, criteria, functional
Art – Andy Warhol and Pop art
We will study the work of Andy Warhol and his influence on the pop art movement, as well as building up our printing skills. We will also have a go at our own self portrait in the style of Andy Warhol.
Vocabulary: print, overprint, material, paint, colour, tone, texture, composition, line, curve
Music – Friendship Song
We will listen and respond to this song all about friendship, learn to play instruments to the song, improvise and compose music and perform the song.
Vocabulary: Pulse, Rhythm, Pitch, Dynamics
PE – athletics and jumping
We will focus on throwing and running in combination. The children will use both a vortex and the shot puts, as well as a relay with beanbags. We are also focusing on jumping- jumping for distance and also for height. We will try long jump, speed bounce, vertical jump, and will look to see how running before this impacts on the outcome as well as looking at how our arms impact on the distance and height that we generate.
Vocabulary: Motion, Propel, Arm swing, Relay, Baton, Sprint, Stance
Geography – What is discovery and adventure? How do we find out about different places?
We will follow Obb and Bob’s adventures from space down to earth, and use our knowledge of position and direction from maths and computing to help them reach various destinations. Our main focus will be hot and cold places, and exploring the differences, as well as thinking about how humans and animals have adapted to the extreme conditions.
Vocabulary: Map, United Kingdom, Continents, Compass, Distance, Ocean, Atlas, Climate, Destination, Weather, Season
History – Who was Neil Armstrong?
The children first learned about Neil Armstrong in Year 1, and we will revisit his voyage into space and compare this with modern day space travel, including Tim Peake and the Mars Rover exploration.
Vocabulary: Explorer, Navigator, Voyage, Conquest
RE – Creation: Who made the World?
Throughout our RE learning this term, we will understand how to retell the story of Genesis in our own way, that the ‘Creation’ is the very beginning of the Big Story of the Bible, understand what the story tells Christians about God, Creation and the world, and finally know how Christians might thank God for the creation.
Vocabulary: Creation, God, Creator, Christian, Belief, the Bible, Worship
Learning about the importance of rules and the consequence of not following rules. We will be discussing our environment and discussing how we can look after the environment in school and outside in the community. We will be talking about people who work in the local environment and how they impact and look after the environment. We will e looking at similarities and differences between people who live and work in our local community. We will be discussing opinions of things that matter to us and how our ideas and opinions help change things.
Vocabulary: Environment, opinions, safety, jobs, rules, consequences, impact, similarities, differences, community, listening to others, importance.
Computing – International space station
We will be learning that the International Space Centre is a ‘home’ in space for astronauts and how computers are used to collect data. We will be developing mouse and keyboard skills by creating digital drawings of basic items that astronauts would need in space. We will discover how to read thermometers and design a display to show data. We will also be looking at plants and creating an algorithm for growing a plant in space, including the use of sensors to collect vital data. We will be looking at what is required to support human life in space by exploring a range of both real and fictitious planets, interpreting data to decide whether they might be habitable.
Vocabulary: space, space centre, astronauts, data, digital, mouse, keyboard, algorithm, sensors, exploring, fictitious, interpret, habitable.
Links to Learning sites
Teach Your Monster to Read: https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/
Phonics Play: https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/
Important diary dates:
Start of term – 07/06/2021
Annual Reports – 13/07/2021
Open Evening (probably virtual) – 14/07/2021
End of Term – 22/07/2021