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Year 2

Spring Term 2022

Our topics this term are Toys and SpaceA flavour of some of what the children will be learning and experiencing during these topics is given below.

Toys

During Literacy this term, we will learn about the features of instructions and we will write instructions for how we made our pop-up toy in Design and Technology.  We will then look at writing stories with familiar settings based on ‘Lost in the Toy Museum’.  We will summarise the story and write our own version based on a toy being lost in the supermarket.  We will look carefully at the structure and ensure we have a clear beginning, middle and end in a similar style.  We will use the same text to write a diary entry from one of the character’s perspectives.  We will also be exploring the traditional tale of Pinocchio.  We will also learn how to write extended sentences, using descriptive language and conjunctions.  We will continue to have daily phonics and spelling sessions and twice weekly handwriting sessions.

In Numeracy, we will continue to consolidate our number work. We will add and subtract numbers using concrete objects, pictorial representations, and mentally, including: a two-digit number and ones, a two-digit number and tens, two two-digit numbers and adding three one-digit numbers. We will recognise and use the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction and use this to check calculations and solve missing number problems. We will also learn how to identify halves, thirds and quarters of shapes, amounts of objects and numbers. Within all the areas, we will be problem solving and reasoning. We will use practical resources to consolidate our learning. We will continue to practise our mental skills and learn our 2, 5 and 10 x tables.

During Science, we will be exploring living things and their habitats. We will explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive. We will 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. We will identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including micro-habitats. During the topic, we will also 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.

As part of Geography, we will investigate if all toys were made in a toy shop. We will look at different toys from around the world. We will also link this to our Science from the Autumn term and think about the materials the toys are made from.

In History, we will explore how toys have changed over time. We will look at toys from the past and compare these with toys that we play with now. We will research the toys our parents and grandparents played with and look at similarities and differences with our toys.

In Computing, we will understand what algorithms are, how they are implemented as programs on digital devices, and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions. We will create and debug simple programs using the beebots. We will use reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs. We will discuss how to use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private. We will identify where to go for help and support when we have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.

In Art, we will be creating observational drawing of toys. We will learn different drawing and sketching techniques to help us produce our final piece of artwork. We will explore the effects when sketching and smudging of 2B and 4B pencils on cartridge paper. We will explore different techniques some artists have used to paint toys. We will create an observational painting using ink and watercolour. We will create an observational painting using oil paints (impressionist style).

In Design Technology, we will look at how toys are made. We will explore different types of toys and how they move. After exploring different toys, we will plan, make and evaluate our own pop up toy.

During Music, we will listen and learn a rock song called ‘I Wanna Play In A Band.’  We will learn to sing the song, play Instruments with the song, improvise and compose with the song. We will perform and evaluate our performances.

Our indoor PE this term will be dance. We will explore space and how our body can move to express an idea, mood, character or feeling. We will expand our knowledge of travelling actions and use them in relation to a stimulus. We will build on our understanding of dynamics and expression. We will use counts of 8 consistently to keep in time with the music and a partner. We will also explore pathways, levels, shapes, directions, speeds and timing. Our outdoor PE will be net and wall. We will develop the basic skills involved in net and wall games. We will develop our understanding of the principles of net and wall games such as using the ready position to defend their space and sending the ball away from an opponent to maximise their chances of scoring. We will learn to play games honestly, abiding by the rules and showing respect towards their opponents and teammates.

As part of our learning in RE, we will explore the question ‘What message did the prophet Muhammad bring?’ We will know that Muslims worship Allah and know the name of the messenger of God for Muslims. We will understand that Muslims have a duty to pray at regular times and understand that Muslims pray at home as well as in mosques. We will understand that Muslims fast for one whole month and understand why they do this. We will understand the main features of a mosque and the use of the mosque.

In PSHE, we will be able to describe aspects of our identity and recognise some similarities and differences between ourselves and others. We will describe places in our community, how we might use them and who is available to help us. We will understand how we can help look after the school environment. We will know what animals and plants need to survive, and how we can help look after them.

Space

In Literacy, we will begin by looking at the features of non-chronological reports. We will research information about our topic and use this to create our own report about astronauts.  We will include factual language in our report as well as a title, sub-headings, pictures and captions.  We will also be using space themed fiction to write our own fantasy stories.  We will explore space poetry and write our own poems on this theme choosing our words carefully.  We will continue to have daily phonics and spelling sessions and twice weekly handwriting sessions.

In Numeracy, we will recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 3, 5 and 10 multiplication tables. We will solve problems involving multiplication and division, using materials, arrays, repeated addition, mental methods and multiplication and division facts, including problems in contexts. We will also be consolidating our work with reading and making, o’clock, half-past, quarter past, quarter to and 5-minute interval times on analogue clocks.

During Science, we will continue exploring living things and their habitats. We will 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.

In Geography, we will explore the question, Is it a village or a town? We will explore the characteristics of cities in the United Kingdom and of different countries. We will identify rural and urban characteristics of a place. We will explore similarities and differences. We will learn how to interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes and aerial photographs.

In History, we will explore the question, ‘What can we learn about space from astronauts?’ We will research and learn about famous astronauts. We will link our literacy learning to our history when creating our non-chronological report.

In Computing, we will begin to understand that sequences of commands have an outcome and make predictions based on our learning. We will use and modify designs to create our own quiz questions in ScratchJr and realise these designs in ScratchJr using blocks of code. Finally, we will evaluate our work and make improvements to our programming projects.

During Art, we will be creating our own space collage. We will explore a range of different media and materials before completing our final collage. We will use weaving to create our own Easter card.  

During PE, we will take part in a range of fitness activities to develop components of fitness. We will begin to explore and develop agility, balance, co-ordination, speed and stamina. We will be given the opportunity to work independently and with others. We will develop perseverance and show determination to work for longer periods of time. During outdoor PE, we will develop our sending and receiving skills including throwing and catching, rolling, kicking, tracking and stopping a ball. We will also use equipment to send and receive a ball. We will be given opportunities to work with a range of different sized balls. We will apply our skills individually, in pairs and in small groups and begin to organise and self-manage our own activities. We will understand the importance of abiding by rules to keep ourselves and others safe.

In Music, we will listen and learn a reggae song called ‘Zootime.’ We will choose an animal and find the pulse. We will listen to the rhythm and clap back. We will listen and sing back with added vocal warm-ups. We will perform the song and evaluate our performances.

In PSHE, we will have a basic understanding of how things can get in the body and that some can be helpful and some can be harmful. We will be aware of safety rules concerning medicines and be able to name people who could help us take them safely. We will understand that there can be alternatives to medicine use to feel better. We will be able to recognise simple risks and suggest ways of managing given scenarios.

In RE, we will explore the question, ‘How do different religions celebrate festivals?’ We will understand religions usually involve celebrations. We will understand that festivals are a way of remembering religious events. We will understand that festivals reflect cultural differences and beliefs. We will identify the main features of a festival.