We have had a great start to our life in Year Two! The children have settled in well and are relishing the challenge of Year 2!
Through our exciting curriculum we are exploring Earth and the places beyond and want to find out...
Why do we call Planet Earth home?
At the start of a new year, we learn about our Earth and whether it is the only (and best) place to live. To encourage aspiration, we learn about famous people who weren’t satisfied with staying where they were. We explore our world and the world beyond, inspired by the explorers who discovered it, both real and fictional. We learn the characteristics that all these explorers have. We investigate how great explored travelled and see if we could emulate them (with the help of our STEM Ambassadors)
We explore whether we have to live on Earth or whether we could live on the moon, investigating conditions for life. We then learn about our place in the world, developing a wider knowledge of it; and how important it is to look after it responsibly if we can’t live on any other planets.
We focus on the impact of litter in our environment and take photos of it. After reading about how Bob keeps the moon clean, we suggest solutions to the litter in our local area. Here, we learn that we should look after our world and not take it for granted and that we should appreciate what we’ve got and take good care of it.
In English, we began our cosmic learning adventure by reading about Bob, the man on the moon.
We are exploring the big question...
Would you rather have a lion or a hamster as a pet?
We are delving into the animal kingdom this half term to help us find out why some animals are more suitable as pets than others. We are meeting some interesting creatures when the Whitepost Farm Pet Roadshow comes to school. Which one will we decide that we might like as a pet?!
We are exploring how to care for animals and our own pets by researching and then producing our own non-fiction texts to find out more. We aim to be animal experts soon!
In Science, we are learning about the life cycles of different animals and how food chains work in the wild.
We are exploring Kenya in our core text about Lila and what happens when the rain doesn't come. We will find out about places far away like Kenya and why it is so important to conserve these precious habitats.
We are exploring the question...
Are witches, wolves and princesses good or bad in stories?
We are reading lots of stories which feature witches, wolves and princesses. We are focusing on the work of Korky Paul and Valerie Thomas to help us find out a little more about witches. We are comparing Winnie the witch to Baba Yaga and other witches in more traditional stories to see if there is a difference. In music we are composing a soundscape for Winnie in Winter which we will perform to our friends in key stage one.
In our science and design technology learning we are helping Winnie design and make a new broomstick. We are exploring which materials would be the most suitable for her to make a replacement flying machine! We hope Winnie will like our ideas and our model broomsticks!
To learn more about princesses in stories we are reading lots of books like Cinderella and The Paper Bag Princess. We .reading different versions of the same story and reading traditional stories with a twist. We are using drama and role play to deepen our understanding of characters. We are helping Prince Charming find a Princess and will be exploring character traits such as determination, resourcefulness and independence. We hope that there is a happy ending for everyone!
Why is London on the map?
We have been finding out about our capital city and its features. We have been researching what it is like. We have been reading the books that Steve Antony has written about the Queen. She gets up to all sorts of exciting adventures that we never would have thought of!
We delved a little deeper into the history of London. We researched the Great Fire of London that left London in ruins in 1666. We found out about Samuel Peyps' diary, why the fire spread so quickly and how the fire stopped. We used lines and shapes to draw St Paul's Cathedral, designed by Sir Christopher Wren.
I wonder... How do we get day and night?
We decided to be scientists and investigate!
We explored how the Earth turns on an invisible line called an axis. We used the equipment of torches and balls to show the Earth orbiting the sun. We looked closely to see what happened and talked about our findings. We found that one side of the Earth is in shadow, so that is night. The part that is in light is daytime. It was amazing to find out that when we are awake, the people who live in Japan are asleep!
Please watch our explanation here by our fabulous Year 2 expert!
We are answering the big question...
Why do we like to be beside the seaside?
We had a trip to the seaside in the past with Partake Theatre Company. We had a ride on a steam train, walked along the promenade and even had a swim in the sea! We sent postcards to our families to tell them all about our trip. We learnt about how the seaside is different to present day. We also learnt that some things are the same. We still like to have an ice-cream at the seaside, just like people did in the past!
As part of our learning in Geography and Science, we have been exploring seaside habitats and comparing these to the countryside and town. We have identified the features of the seaside and talked about whether they are human or physical. We have been finding out where people go on their holidays and have done tallies and bar charts to represent our findings. We mapped the places on a map of the world. We found some very interesting places to visit in the future!
We have really enjoyed exploring the stories all about the rather clumsy, but very brave, lighthouse keeper, Mr Grinling. We found out that, in one of his adventures, Mr Grinling had a little problem getting through the lighthouse window so Mrs Grinling put him on a diet! To help him get fit, we designed and made a healthy lunch for Mr G and gave him some advice about being healthy.
In another story, we read that the lighthouse was getting old and was in need of repair. We explored the purpose of a lighthouse and then designed and made our own lighthouse, applying our fantastic 3D shape knowledge.
We are exploring the big question...
Would you rather live in the town or the countryside?
We are exploring different habitats and the plants and animals that live there. We are comparing towns like Sutton-in-Ashfield to the countryside. To help us do this, we are going to visit Perlethorpe and carry out some fieldwork and science investigations. We need to know which animals and plants live in the woodland, grassland and wetlands and how this is different to the plants and animals in our local area. We hope to see some really interesting creatures there!
To help us find out more about these contrasting localities and what it is like to live in them, we are reading about Six Dinner Sid and Jock the cat. We are reading The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse as well. We are describing different settings and using these settings to write our own stories.
We are exploring the work of the artists who draw and paint landscapes and townscapes such as Monet, Van Gogh, Turner and Metzinger. We are depicting the towns and countryside we have observed in the style of these famous artists.
We have thought about how we stay safe online. We have made our own rules to follow when we are using technology.
02 have teamed up with the NSPCC to give parents a series of emails to support online safety at home. Find the link on the Parents' section of the website.