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Year 2

Summer Term 2022

Term 5 – Our Planet

Numeracy – In Numeracy this term, we will be revisiting division, multiplication, addition and subtraction and thinking about the methods we have learnt and how we might use them to help us to solve the questions using the four operations.  We will also revisit work on naming and describing 2d and 3d shapes, making amounts of money, telling the time and finding fractions of numbers and shapes.

Literacy – We will begin our Literacy learning by writing information texts/leaflets about plastic pollution. We will use the book ‘A planet full of plastic’ to support our learning. We will use the story ‘Bog Baby’ to inspire our descriptive writing and will welcome the author of the story into school. We will write a recount about our experience. We will move on to letter writing and explore the book ‘Dear Earth.’ Using the book, ‘The last tree in the city,’ we will research and write fact files about the importance of trees. We will continue to practise our SPaG skills throughout the term and have daily phonics/spelling sessions.

Science – Throughout the term, we will be learning all about plants in our science work. We will observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants and we will find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy.

Geography – As geographers, we will explore Zambia, focussing on life in the village of Mugurameno.  Children will discover what school life is like in an African village and find out about the general day to day lives of children who live in Mugurameno.

History – In History this term, we will find out what Peterborough was like in the past compared to nowadays and explore people’s views about these changes. We will also explore how our school has changed since it was first constructed in 2000

Art – In Art, we will find out about and explore the technique / process known as ‘frottage’ invented by Max Ernst. We will explore using a variety of textures and will use the outcome of our exploration work to create our own imaginary creatures. Toward the end of the term, we will also have the opportunity to create a piece of artwork inspire by our topic ‘Our Planet’ where we can choose which techniques and mediums we would like to use for our artwork based on those we have used throughout the year so far.

Computing – In Computing, we will learn to recognise that different devices can be used to capture photographs and we will gain experience capturing, editing, and improving photos. Subsequently, we will use this knowledge to recognise that images they see may not be real.

PSHE – Our topic for this term is ‘Personal safety.’ We will be able to contribute to discussions about personal safety and take an active part in class activities. We will be able to identify people at home, at school and in other contexts of our lives to include in our Safety Circle and who we can go to if we have a worry, or a ‘no’ or ‘I’m not sure’ feeling. We will be able to identify safer places to work and play and know what to do if we get lost. We will meet ‘Pantosaurus’ and understand that our body belongs to us.

RE – Over the term, we will be creating our own book called ‘Children of Britain.’ We will be designing our own front cover, contents page and blurb. We will explore and research different religions. We will learn about special symbols, places of worship, Holy books, important people and festivals.

PE – In yoga, children will learn about mindfulness and body awareness. They begin to learn yoga poses and techniques that will help them to connect their mind and body. They will build on their strength, flexibility and balance and learn about breathing and meditation.   In athletics, children will develop athletic skills such as running at different speeds, jumping and throwing.  They will perform their skills and measure their own performances to improve their own score and against others.

Music – During our Music sessions, we will be using the ‘Friendship Song’ by Joanna Mangona and Pete Readman. We will know that music has a steady pulse, like a heartbeat. We will know that we can create rhythms from words, our names, favourite food, colours and animals. We will understand that rhythms are different from the steady pulse. We will add high and low sounds, pitch, when we sing and play our instruments.

Term 6 – Sport

Numeracy – In Numeracy, we will learn about 3-digit numbers, the value of each digit and how to round numbers to the nearest 10.  We will continue to learn to tell the time using analogue and digital clocks and we will also learn about the 24-hour clock.  We will develop our number skills to solve puzzles using numbers, shape and logical thinking and also solve investigative problems using a systematic approach.

Literacy – In Literacy, we will be writing non-chronological reports. We will base our report on our favourite sport, athlete or sporting event. We will identify the features of non-chronological reports before researching our topic. We will respond to and perform the poem ‘Olympic Granny.’ We will explore alliteration and create our own verse to a poem. We will explore stories with familiar settings and write our own story. At the end of the year, we will write a letter about our time in Year 2 and complete a Year 2 journal about all the amazing things we have done. We will continue to practise our SPaG skills throughout the term and have daily phonics/spelling sessions.

Science – During science this term, we will continue our learning around the topic animals including humans. We will learn what humans need to be able to grow into healthy adults and we will find out about the importance of good hygiene.

Geography – Through the topic of sport, we will use maps of the UK to locate places and then look at world maps to locate the continents and oceans of the world.

History – We will find out about the history of sporting events such as the Olympics as part of our history work in this term. 

Art – In Art, we will investigate how to represent different motions with the human figure and we will explore the relationship between different colours.

DT – We will research, design and create our own puppets that could be used as a mascot for a sporting event. We will use felt and practise our sewing skills using a running stitch. We will use decorate our mascot using different joining techniques.

Computing – In Computing, we will be using a computer to create music. We will listen to a variety of pieces of music and consider how music makes us think and feel and we will also compare creating music digitally and non-digitally.

PSHE – Our topic this term will be ‘Managing Change.’ We will be able to talk about ways in which we have changed since we were babies as well as identifying recent achievements. We will know that change is a normal part of life and that sometimes we can plan for it and sometimes we can’t. We will identify changes that we or other children might experience in their lives. We will name some emotions that we or others might feel at particular times of change. We will suggest some strategies we might use to cope with times of change, including approaching others for help. We will understand that change can be positive and something to look forward to.

RE – In Religious Education, we will be exploring Christianity. We will answer the question, ‘What makes a church a special place?’ We will recognise some of the important features of a church building. We will identify symbols found in a church and understand meanings. We will understand that not all churches will be the same.

PE – In team building, children will develop their communication and problem-solving skills. They work individually, in pairs and in small groups with the emphasis on teamwork. They will learn to discuss, plan and reflect on ideas and strategies and have the opportunity to show honesty and fair play.  Children will also develop their understanding of striking and fielding games. They will develop the skills of throwing and catching, tracking and retrieving a ball and striking a ball. They will begin to self-manage small sided games and how to score points and play to the rules. Pupils will begin to think about how to use skills, strategies and tactics to outwit the opposition appropriate to the situation.

Music – During music this term, we will explore the history of music, look back and consolidate our learning. We will learn some of the language of music. We will listen and appraise Classical music. We will improvise using voices and instruments. We will share and perform the learning that has taken place.