It’s our last half-term in Year 2! We are so excited about our ‘seaside’ themed learning challenge and have lots of fun activities planned! Here is an overview of what the children will be learning in the different subject areas. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
Mrs Ibison and Miss Robertson
Learning Challenge: How have holidays changed over time?
This learning challenge will be geography led for the first half of the half-term. In these few weeks the children will be learning about what a seaside is and using an atlas and a variety of maps to find lots of British seaside towns. They will explore what the features of a seaside are and identify which ones are human and physical geographical features. The children will then learn about what seaside resorts were like in the past and how they have changed over time. The children will finish this learning challenge off by creating their own ice-cream van as part of their DT project.
The children will be learning all the skills of writing a fictional story. They will use a story mountain to plan and write a discovery-based story set at the beach. Before writing, they will learn how to describe a setting using all the senses, how to use adjectives, adverbs and time conjunctions effectively and how to link their sentences together in a chronological sequence. They will have plenty of opportunities to self-edit and peer edit, refining these skills ready for Year 3. Developing these skills will help them to find their own punctuation, spelling and grammatical errors, as well as identifying how they can improve the content of their own writing or that of a classmate. The children will also practise their letter writing skills, using all of their geographical knowledge about seasides, to write postcards from the beach! (This beautiful wordless picture book by David Wiesner will be our inspiration for writing a story set at the beach)
We will be continuing to teach reading lessons as a whole class to focus and develop the children’s reading skills. The children will begin the half-term by reading the fantastic wordless picture book ‘Flotsam’. They will be developing their prediction skills, generating questions about characters and making inferences based on events in the story and character’s thoughts, feelings and actions. The children will then move on to developing these and other skills through the reading of non-fiction and poetry texts based on the seaside. Alongside this, the children will continue to build on their fluency, expression and tone when reading aloud.
This half term, the children will begin by learning about homophones and how to spell a range of these. They will then move onto spelling words with the suffix ‘-tion’. After this the children will learn how to spell contracted words and words with an possessive apostrophe. The children will finish their Year 2 spelling by revisiting all that we have learnt in Year 2 and the Year 2 National Curriculum common exception words. We will also continue to send weekly spellings home on a Friday and set spelling assignments on Spelling Shed. We have seen such an improvement in the children’s spelling in their writing throughout the year and want to thank you once again for your role in this through your continued support with spelling homework.
In Maths, the children will begin by learning about mass and capacity. The children will do this through lots of practical activities. They will be developing their estimating, comparing and ordering skills through these activities. We will then recap the work we have done on telling the time - aiming for as many children as possible to be able to tell the time to five minute intervals using the analogue clock. Having this skill secure will really help the children in Year 3. The rest of the half term will be devoted to developing problem solving skills. We will be consolidating the calculation methods we have learnt all year and applying these to problems in a range of different contexts - specifically measure, money and time. There will be a larger focus on the children finding multiple methods to solve a problem or calculation and then choosing the most efficient method. Times tables are still a focus as the children need to know their 2s, 5s and 10s by the end of year 2!
The children will carry out an experiment into how plants grow, learning that seeds need light, water and a suitable temperature to grow. They will plant their own seeds and observe the changes over time. They will also plant some seeds in different conditions to find out how these conditions affect growth.
This half-term, our focus will be physical health and well-being. Children will learn and understand the importance of making healthy food choices and how we can stay physically active. We will explore what a healthy diet looks like and identify who helps them to make choices about the food that they eat. The children will learn about basic hygiene routines and what we can do to take care of our bodies, including oral health.
In PE this half term the children will be developing their catching and throwing skills alongside engaging with some outdoor adventurous activities!
In music this half-term, the children will be learning to perform song rhythms using a range of percussion instruments. They will be working on the concepts of dynamics, pitch and tempo. They will also develop an understanding of the concept of metre and will perform songs with a 4-beat repetitive sequence as well as listening to music with a 4-beat metre.
This half term the children will be coding. They will be developing on their previous knowledge and will learn that objects can be programmed to do an action when a button is clicked and that different buttons can be programmed to make different actions happen. This will lead on to creating their own game.
Art and Design and Technology
The children will be given the design brief to make a moving vehicle and to keep this seaside-themed, they will be making an ice cream van of course! The children will learn how to use wheels and axles as mechanisms to make their vehicles move.