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Year 2


Summer 1:

Our topic this half term is ‘Wind in the Willow’s. For this topic we will be reading parts of the story to find out more about the characters and where they live. This will really help us with our Science work as we think about ‘Living Things and their Habitats’. We will learn about what different animals need in their habitats for them to survive. We will try to name different animals and plants found in different habitats and describe how animals get their food learning all about food chains.   We are also looking at animals from the past, dinosaurs, with a workshop day and visit from a T-Rex scheduled very soon.  We will look more closely at minibeasts—the different types, where they live and what makes a good minibeast home. The children will design their own minibeast homes using ideas from the school grounds.

To help us even more with this and find out about different habitats outside the school ground we will be going on a class trip to a Rural Outdoor Education Centre at Ricroft Nuseries in Preston. The visit will be tailored to our topic but the children will be able to use the greenhouse, woodland and pond areas to carry out minibeast hunts and may even get time to build some dens in the woodland area. It will be a really exciting day out. Please make sure that children come in clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and that they wear their wellies—it sounds like they could get quite muddy!

In DT the children are going to design and make their own puppets of the characters from the Wind in the Willows story. They will then use these to re-tell the story to each other and hopefully to some children from a different class. We are also going to be finding out a bit more about the weather and looking at weather forecast. The children will be using weather symbols to write their own weather reports that they will then present to the rest of the class.

PE is now back to a Tuesday afternoon. Please make sure that children have their PE kits in school. We will also be starting up our Run-a-Mile challenge again now the sun is finally shining.

We are continuing to run our Forest Schools lessons which happen every Monday afternoon outside in our wildlife area and school grounds.  As we are now well in to the Summer term we are looking forward to every Monday afternoon being warm and full of sunshine to make up for the wet days we have had up to now.  Hopefully our wellies will stay clean!

Spring 2:

This half term our topic is ‘Farm Shop’.  This is an exciting topic where we will be learning all about where our food comes from and how it is grown. We will be finding out about the process that delivers milk from the cows to our fridges and how it can then be used to make cheese and ice cream. We will even be trying to make our own ice-cream and finding out about a local farm that make their own ice cream on site – Wallings – and of course we will have to taste some of their famous flavours too!! As well as looking at local foods we are going to find out where around the world different foods are grown.  We will be learning about how important it is that farmers in other countries are treated fairly, learning all about Fairtrade.

We will then look more closely at some of the different plants we can eat and how they are grown. We will be comparing the seeds from different fruits and  investigating what the seeds need to grow. The children are also going to become chefs as they design and prepare a healthy salad thinking about what types of food we need in our diet. In Computing the children are going to be learning some new skills as they create databases to help sort and group different plants and seeds.

This half term we have a coach coming in to do Cricket with the children. This will be on a Thursday morning.   Please make sure that children have some warm clothing to wear as this P.E lesson will be taking place outside.  Also suitable footwear will be necessary for these sessions too (pumps that fit OR trainers please).  We will hopefully be able to get started with our Run-a-Mile again soon as the weather improves.

We are continuing to run our Forest Schools lessons which happen every Monday afternoon outside in our wildlife area and school grounds.  So far, almost EVERY Monday afternoon has been wet, windy  and now icy and snowy too!  We are already looking forward to the summer term so that we can be warm whilst we learn and have fun!

Spring 1:

This half term our topic is ‘Explorers’.  The children are already very excited to be finding out about some of the different explorers we will be learning about. We will be finding out about Christopher Columbus and what he discovered on his journeys across the Atlantic Ocean, Neil Armstrong and his amazing achievements of being the first man on the moon as well as Amelia Earhart who was the first women to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. We will be thinking about what makes these explorers so great, how they prepared for their adventures and what it might have been like for them.

In DT we will be designing and making our own vehicles that could be used by an explorer. The children will be designing their vehicles and will be testing out the best way to join the materials to make sure that their vehicles move and can go exploring. To help us with this please could we ask you to send in some cardboard boxes – all shapes and sizes (no bigger than a shoe box) would be great. Thank you.

We will also be exploring a different country as we find out more about Kenya. We will be using maps to find out where it is, what the weather is like and learning about some of the animals that live in Kenya. To find out more about what it is like to live there we will be writing letters to some children in Kenya  and sending over some photographs to show them what our school is like to compare it with theirs.

This half term we will be doing PE on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon so please make sure that PE kit is in school. The children have been doing really well with our ‘Run a Mile’ challenge and it is great to see how proud they are that they are able to run more laps each day. Keep it up! We do try to get out each day and with the weather becoming even wetter you might want to send in a spare pair of shoes for them to run in.

We are continuing to run our Forest Schools lessons which happen every Monday afternoon outside in our wildlife area and school grounds.  So far, almost EVERY Monday afternoon has been wet and windy ,so we have made good use of our new waterproof clothing and wellies!  We offer apologies in advance of more muddy clothes to come I’m afraid.

Autumn 2:

We have had a fantastic start to Year 2. It was great to see all of the creative homework that the children brought in last half term. There were some brilliant models and projects and the children were very excited to share them with the class. They really enjoyed learning more about their local area!

We are continuing to run our Forest Schools lessons which happen every Monday afternoon outside in our wildlife area and school grounds.  So far, almost EVERY Monday afternoon has been wet and windy ,so we have made good use of our new waterproof clothing and wellies!  We offer apologies in advance of more muddy clothes to come I’m afraid.

This half term we will be doing PE on Wednesday and  Friday afternoon so please make sure that PE kit is in school. The children have been doing really well with our ‘Run a Mile’ challenge. They are really keen to get out each day and add laps onto their chart. Some children have already run enough laps to add up to half a marathon! We do try to get out each day and with the weather becoming even wetter you might want to send in a spare pair of shoes for them to run in.

This half term our topic is ‘Fighting Fit’.  Our focus subjects are Science and Art. In Science we will be looking at different ways that we can try to keep healthy. We will be finding out about why our diet is  important and investigating how much sugar there is in different cereals. We will also be thinking about why it is important to keep clean and wash our hands carefully. As part of the topic, in our PE we will be looking at some different types of exercise and thinking about why exercise is good for us. In PE we will be creating sequences in Gymnastics and trying out some Zumba in Dance. This will link to our Music where we will be finding out more about Latin music and using different instruments to create our own rhythms.

In Art we will be looking at drawing people and finding out more about the artist Keith Haring and creating our own versions of his work. We will be drawing each other to show different actions and using our drawings to create some class artwork.

Autumn 1:

We hope that you all had a lovely Summer holiday. The children have been telling us about the exciting things they did over the holidays. It is great to see them all back and ready for Year 2.

Mrs Fish will be teaching Yellow Class all day on a Monday and each morning of the week. Miss Riley will be teaching the class in the afternoons. Other adults working in our class are Mr Higgins, and Mrs Phillips who will be working in class on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

We are very excited to be starting our Forest Schools lessons which will be happening every Monday afternoon outside in our wildlife area and school grounds.  We have waterproof suits for everyone and wellies will be arriving soon.  It is hoped that we will be outside every Monday whatever the weather, so please be prepared for some possibly ‘muddier’ clothes than usual if it is wet.  We will be showing our work off on our display board in class so keep a look out to find out what we have been up to.

We will be doing PE on a Friday afternoon so please make sure that PE kit is in school. We will also be doing our ‘Run a Mile’ challenge each day out on the  running track. If your child needs a spare pair of shoes to run in please make sure they are also in school. We have already begun our challenge and the children have been fantastic!

This half term our topic is ‘The Place Where I live’.  Our focus subjects are History and Geography so we will be looking at maps of the area to work out the route we take to school, where different places are on the map and looking at how much the local area has changed. One place that we will be learning more about with our History work is Lancaster Castle. As part of our Topic work we will be going out into the local area just around school and will hopefully be visiting the Castle. A letter will be sent out with more information at the time.  If you have any old photos of the area that you don’t mind us sharing in class it would be great if you could bring them into school.

There are some important words and key vocabulary that we would like you to help your child become familiar with to support our topic this half term.  These are words that they will be expected to read, write and spell correctly.  They can be found on the bottom of the curriculum homework sheet.