We are very much looking forward to working with you and your child this term and hope it will be an exciting and rewarding experience! This letter outlines the Year 2 curriculum for the Summer Term 2019.
In Literacy this term, we will be reading ‘The Lonely Beast’ by Chris Judge. We will be completing lots of creative tasks around this book including making our own beast characters and describing them. We will be making cakes for the Beast’s tea party and writing instructions to show our parents/carers how to make them. Throughout this term, we will also be preparing for our SATs, ensuring we can identify a noun, adjective, verb and adverb. We will be identifying different sentence types and practicing our use of punctuation. We will be practicing our handwriting, making sure that we are joining using the correct joins so we are ready for Year 3!
Later in the term, we will reading ’10 Things I Can Do To Help My World’ by Melanie Walsh and ‘The Diary of a Killer Cat’ by Anne Fine.
This term in maths, we will be focusing on preparing for our SATs and will be looking at everything we have learnt so far this year. Later in the term, we will be learning about measuring space and mathematical movement. The children will learn how to:
- choose and use appropriate standard units to estimate and measure length/height in any direction (m/cm); mass (kg/g); temperature (°C); capacity (litres/ml) to the nearest appropriate unit, using rulers, scales, thermometers and measuring vessels.
- compare and order lengths, mass, volume/capacity and record the results using >, < and =.
- use mathematical vocabulary to describe position, direction and movement, including movement in a straight line and distinguishing between rotation as a turn and in terms of right angles for quarter, half and three-quarter turns (clockwise and anti-clockwise).
- order and arrange combinations of mathematical objects in patterns and sequences.
This term in science, we will be learning about animals including humans. The pupils will:
- Notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults.
- Find out about and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food and air).
- Describe the importance for humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene.
As part of our science themed term, children will also be studying Space in order to celebrate the 50th anniversary since the first moon landing. Children will look at the planets and stars, and how astronauts travel into space. There will be exciting enrichment opportunities, including a planetarium dome visit in school for the children to enjoy!
In computing this half term, we have lots of fun activities planned in our topic “We are detectives”. We now have new Chromebooks, so the children will be learning how to use these independently. By the end of the term, they will be confident using the Chromebooks.
We are going to be using ‘Scratch’ this half term to code; we will be making ‘sprites’, learning how to add sound and make objects move around the screen.
We will also be continuing to use e-mails to solve a mystery and the children have their own school e-mail accounts which we will be using during our computing lessons. For our mystery, the children have an idea who has stolen a cake, but we have some detective work to complete.
In Geography this term, we will be focusing on our new topic ‘Castles’. We will be looking at the features of a castle, and the children will have the opportunity to design their own castle.
This term in History, we will be exploring the topic ‘Holidays’. Children will be learning about where people used to go on holiday, such as in Victorian Britain and how they used to travel. We will be comparing and contrasting past holidays with modern holidays.
Art and DT
Art and DT will be taught throughout the curriculum subjects, including creating designing their own castles and habitats to link in with their learning.
In PE, we will be learning about striking and fielding games, with an emphasis on cricket and rounders. We will:
- Explore effective ways of fielding as a team
- Develop our batting skills
Later on in the term, children will be focussing on athletics skills with an emphasis on developing the fundamental movement skills of agility, balance and co-ordination.
This term we will be learning about forgiveness in other faiths. In this unit, we will explore a story where a child lies and fails to take responsibility for things they have done wrong. From this, pupils are asked to consider why it is important to say sorry, and for others to forgive us when we are sorry. The unit uses Philosophy for Children techniques to enquire into a story, asking the children to find meaning and questions from it. The unit then draws upon religious values and asks the children to think about these. The assessment opportunity is a creative one. Later in the term, we will be learning about special foods and fasting. In this unit, children have the chance to find out about special food eaten at special religious festivals as well as times when people choose not to eat in order to remember or commemorate a special story or idea in a religion.
In PSHCE this term, children will be studying the topics of ‘Relationships’ and ‘Changing Me’. The topics will include how we have changed from when we were babies and the life cycles of animals and humans. Children will also learn about managing new emotions and how to develop relationships, including being a good friend and recognising good qualities.