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Sir John Heron Primary School

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Year 2

Spring Term

 

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 page outlines the Year 2 curriculum for the Spring Term 2019.

 

Literacy

During this term, we are going to be reading ‘Traction Man’ by Mini Grey. We are very excited to learn about Traction Man and his exciting adventures. We will have a SPaG focus on past and present tense, using commas correctly and using apostrophes. Whilst reading Traction Man, we will be taking part in lots of acting and drama sessions. We will also be writing for different purposes including diary entries, stories, character descriptions and letters. In the second half of this term, we will move onto ‘Man on the Moon’, which is a very exciting book about Bob, who works on the moon. We will be finding out what Bob gets up to on his adventures. Our SPaG focus will be spelling, ensuring we understand the spelling rules and how to add suffixes to words.

Art within Literacy - We will be making our own superhero characters to help create their own story.

 

Mathematics

This term in maths, we will be exploring fractions. We will be learning how to recognise, find, name and write fractions 1/3, 1/4, 2/4 and 3/4 of a length, shape, set of objects or quantity. We will also write simple fractions for example, 1/2 of 6 = 3 and recognise the equivalence of 2/4 and 1/2.

 

Later in term, we will be exploring time. Our aim by the end of Spring term 1 is to:

  • Know the number of minutes in an hour and the number of hours in a day.
  • Compare and sequence intervals of time.

Tell and write the time to five minutes, including quarter past/to the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times.

 

Science

This term in science, we will begin with learning about the use of everyday materials. In this unit we will be:

  • Identifying and comparing the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses.

  • Finding out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.

 

Later in the spring term, we will be learning about all living things and their habitats. In this unit we will:

  • Explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive

  • Identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other.

  • Identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including micro-habitats

  • Describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food.

 

Computing

This term in Computing we are learning ‘we are genuine games testers’. In this unit we will be:

  • describing carefully what happens in computer games.
  • using logical reasoning to make predictions of what a program will do.
  • testing these predictions.
  • thinking critically about computer games and their use.
  • being aware of how to use games safely and in balance with other activities.

 

Later this term is ‘We are Photographers. In this unit we will:

  • Look at photos and talk about what makes a good photo.

  • Learn about a camera.

  • Take photos on a chosen theme.

  • Use Picasa to organise our photos.

  • Edit our photos.

  • Pick our best photos for a portfolio.

 

Geography

This term we will be learning about ‘Where do I live’. Children will learn:

  • To be able to name the seven continents of the world and locate the UK on a world map.

  • To be able to identify the countries and capital cities of the UK.

  • To be able to identify features and characteristics of the countries of the UK.

  • To explore the town they live in.

  • To be able to describe where they live.

 

History

For our history topic this half term we are learning about the Great Fire of London. We will be learning about this historic event, all the key facts, dates and the children will be writing diary entries as Samuel Pepys. We will be re-creating houses from cardboard and (weather dependent) set them alight in the playground to see what a real fire looks like. This will be safe and we will be watching from a distance. This will help us when we write our diary entries, especially with our descriptions.

We will be creating a piece of artwork of the Great Fire of London using collage material to represent the story and children will make their own houses and burn these just like the Great Fire.

 

PE

This term children will be working on “Physical Literacy”. This half term, children will use a variety of different bats and ball to improve their striking skills. Next half term children will be focusing on their kicking skills with an emphasis on controlling a ball in modified game situations.

 

PSHCE

As it is a new year, we are going to be thinking about our goals and dreams for the future. We will be celebrating our successes, things we are proud of and setting ourselves achievable goals to work towards. During the second half of the term, we will be focusing on healthy eating, ensuring we know how to eat healthy and why it is important.

 

RE

This term, our unit is ‘Why did Jesus tell stories?’ In this unit we will be discussing:

  • What makes a good story?
  • What kind of stories did Jesus tell?
  • What can we learn about the characters in a parable?
  • What other stories did Jesus tell?
  • Why did Jesus tell stories?

 

Later in the term, our topic will be ‘What is Easter and why is it important?’ We will be discussing:

  • What does the Bible tell us about Easter?
  • Why happens on Ash Wednesday?
  • What are the events that happen on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday?
  • How do we feel when we hear what happened to Jesus?
  • What can we learn about Jesus’ death?
  • What other Symbols are associated with Easter?

Art within RE- we will be creating Easter cards

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