Welcome to Class 2!
Class Teacher: Mr Ord | Support Staff: Mrs Pemberton
The Autumn Term is here, and I hope you are all very excited to be returning to school after a lovely summer. Below is a summary of what we will be studying in Year 2 this term:
To start this term, we are going to explore some traditional stories. Our main focus will be on the German fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel. Throughout our writing, we will make sure that our learning of capital letters and full stops is secure from Year 1 and we will choose interesting adjectives to describe the different settings and each of the characters. We will also be ambitious to use conjunctions to link our sentences. Our stories will have an opener focussed on a character or the setting, a build up, a problem, a resolution and an ending.
Unit 1: Numbers To 100
To begin with, we will make sure that we know how to represent numbers in a variety of ways focusing on the place value of digits. We always use lots of equipment such as bead strings, place value charts, number lines, dienes and 100 grids to help us with our learning.
Unit 2: Addition & Subtraction
Once we understand the value of numbers, we will begin to add and subtract numbers up to 100 using both one and two-digit numbers. Again, we will use our equipment to support the written calculations that we do.
We begin the term by looking at important stories and prayers within the Old Testament to understand the relationship God has with others. We will read many stories within the Bible such as Noah's Ark and stories of Jonah and Abraham and understand that God is forgiving. We will follow this by building upon our understanding of the life of Mary and Jesus and the call of disciples.
To begin this term, we will be learning all about animals including humans. We will observe and ask questions about lifecycles and offspring which grows into adults, find out about and describe what animals and humans need to survive and be able to describe why exercise, eating the right amount of different foods and being hygienic are important. We love to work scientifically here at St Filumena's so we will have opportunities to ask visitors questions and do experiments to learn within this topic.
For our first term, we will be exploring the incredible island on which we live. We will learn all about the United Kingdom and the four countries that make it as well as recognise the four capital cities and other major landmarks. To further our understanding of the United Kingdom, we will then look to explore the captivating coastline where many people reside, identifying the main features of a seaside locality and how and why the seaside changes.
Throughout this term, we will learn who the Stuarts were and explore some of the events that took place throughout their fascinating time period. We will discover more about the infamous Gunpowder Plot and how Guy Fawkes was involved. Comparisons of life then to life today will be also explored and the significant changes that London underwent following the Great Fire of London.
Using the methods of drawing, painting, and collaging, we will lead up to producing a self-portrait in a pointillism style which is inspired by Van Gogh. The Dutch artist created many inspirational pieces of art such as, 'Starry Night', 'Sunflowers' and 'Café Terrace at Night' all of which we will learn about. We will learn how to draw lines and tones to represent objects, build texture and pattern and be able to evaluate our own artwork.
PE will be on a Thursday afternoon and pupils will need to come to school in their PE kits. For our units this term, we will work on our coordination within our footwork and our balance. We will then go onto develop this when jumping and landing and using a ball. We will learn to support, listen to and encourage others with their learning. As well as this, we will share, take turns and carry out tasks safely while challenging ourselves.
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Music will be taught by Miss Grocott. The units that we will be exploring are: How does music help us to make friends? How does music teach us about the past? We will be building on the children's knowledge from Year 1 through playing instruments, singing, improvising and composing music. During the Autumn term, children will be particularly focusing on the names and beats of different musical notes (crotchets, quavers, twin quavers and crotchet rests) and use these in their own compositions.
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Our Autumn Vehicle: The Maasai
Throughout this term, the whole school focus for ‘Our Vehicle’ is developing cultural awareness. In Year 2, we learn about the Maasai people. This will involve exploring where they live, their history, what they eat, how they communicate and socialise and, ultimately, considering what a day in the life of a Maasai might look like. We look forward to sharing our learning with you!
Our Class Saint
In Year 2, our class saint is Saint Paul, the patron saint of evangelists, missionaries, authors, and journalists. We look forward to celebrating his feast day (29th June) later in the year.