Year 2 2023 - 2024
Welcome to Year 2
This term our topic is 'Movers and Shakers'
This project teaches children about historically significant people who have had a major impact on the world. They will learn to use timelines, stories and historical sources to find out about the people featured and use historical models to explore their significance.
We will also be learning about:
Science: habitats and what a habitat needs to provide through our topic called Habitats. They will explore local habitats to identify and name living things and begin to understand how they depend on one another for food and shelter. In our unit on Human Survival the children will learn about the basic needs of humans for survival, including the importance of exercise, nutrition and good hygiene and how human offspring grow and change over time into adulthood.
RE: the Bible and why it is such a special book to Christians through our unit of work called The Bible. In our unit on Christmas we will explore why the birth of Jesus was such good news.
Geography: historical landmarks and significant places.
History: a local historically significant person; historical vocabulary; chronology and timelines; historically significant artists, activtists, explorers, monarchs, and scientists; the difference bewteen facts and opinions and significant people from history (Christopher Columbus, Neil Armstrong, Rosa Parks and Emmeline Pankhurst)
Art: the work of significant still life artists and still life techniques through our topic called Still Life. They will explore a wide variety of still lifes, learn about the use of colour and composition and create still life arrangements and artwork.
Design Technology: sources of food and tools used for food preparation, why some foods are cooked and learn to read a simple recipe and make a new school meal that fulfils specific design criteria through our topic called Remarkable Recipes.
PSHE: For the first half term we will be completing a unit called Me and my Relationships where the children will learn about feelings and emotions, friendships and the impact of bullying. Our second unit is called Valuing Differences which will teach the children about how we are all special and unique and the importance of including and listening to everyone.
PE: different ways of moving and travelling to create sequences and routines in dance through a unit called Moving Along. They will also develop their ball handling skills in a unit called Bounce Ball. After half term the children will focus on jumping, rolling and travelling in Gymnastics and in our unit called The Great Outdoors the children will develop their teamwork skills as they complete a series of trails.
Music: South African music through our unit called Hands, Feet, Heart based on a song by Joanna Mangona.
Computing: Internet Safety where the children will develop their understanding of how to search on the internet safey and learn about emails, Coding where the children will learn about algorithms and how to debug a simple program and Spreadsheets where the children will collect data and present the information in a graph.
For more information on our curriculum, please see the curriculum tab on our homepage.
Pick and Mix
Your child will bring home their Pick and Mix linked to their topic. Pick and Mix projects are suggested activities that help to inspire children beyond the classroom. Each activity provides an opportunity for children to explore their topic further using a number of different skills. When children have finished a project, they can bring this into school where each class will have a designated time to celebrate the learning that has taken place. Projects can stay in school and be displayed on each class’s working wall or can be taken home.
If you have any questions about how to further support your child's learning at home, please contact your child's class teacher via Class Dojo or the school office.
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