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Year 2 - Pandas & Rhinos

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Panda and Rhino

 

Term 4: Explorers and Fantasy 

This term, we will be carrying on our learning about Explorers then moving onto learning about Fantasy (including dragons)!

 

In English, we will be learning about:

 

Description through expanded noun phrases, similes and/or metaphors when writing our Space poetry in the first week back! After that, we will be focusing on Cave Baby by Julia Donaldson as our Book Week story, we will re-tell the story in the same style as Julia Donaldson and then create an adapted piece either with a baby from a different part of the world (Jungle Baby, Eskimo Baby). Towards the end of term, we will begin our Fantasy writing with lots of Dragon Themed pieces of work focused around instructional writing whilst using our imagination to bring the writing to life and make it more exciting! E.g. How to fly like a dragon, how to trap a dragon and then children will be picking their own mythical creature to trap e.g. ogre, fairy, elf!!

 

In Maths, we will be learning about:

 

Addition and subtraction: Reviewing our methods- base 10 and empty numberline to total different amounts, within and crossing 10s.

 

Money- Recognising coins and notes, making totals using different combinations of coins, totalling amounts and giving change.

 

Multiplication/Division- Reviewing what we have learnt about multiplication/division including methods used (array or continuous addition/subtraction on an empty number-line). 

 

 

In Topic, we will be:

 

Continuing our coding topic in computing:

  • To understand what an algorithm is.
  • To design algorithms and then code them.
  • To compare different object types.
  • To use the repeat command.
  • To use the timer command.
  • To know what debugging is and debug programs.

 

We will be using a range of art and DT techniques, including printing to create space and fantasy pieces.

 

We will also be exploring our history unit by learning about some well know explorers.

Term 3: Explorers   

 

This term, we will be learning about Famous Explorers.

 

In English, we will be learning about:

 

PIRATES! We will be describing settings whilst being stranded on a desert island! We will think about what we can see, smell, hear, touch and taste while writing a short piece of descriptive, observational poetry. We will also be focusing on writing a story called Sayeeda the Pirate Princess but will be adapting parts of it to make our own version of the story. After that, we will be writing a set of instructions of "How to make a Pirate Stew" with a focus on using adverbs and chronological ordering (time adverbials)! For the rest of the term, we are looking at SPACE. We will begin with creating and designing our own aliens and writing an alien fact file using expanded noun phrases and our own imaginary alien. Our assessment will be based on instruction writing "How to make an Alien Sandwich" after receiving a voice clip from an alien from Mars! After that, we will be using the key skills learnt this term to write our own story about an alien from another planet that follows the same layout as "Sayeeda The Pirate Princess" but with an alien twist.

 

In Maths, we will be learning in three key blocks.

 

Geometry including: 2d and 3d shapes, repeating patterns, symmetry and turns

Fractions: both of amounts and shapes.

Statistics: creating and interpreting tally, pictograms and bar charts.

 

In Topic, we will be learning about:

 

Map work which will be linked to our work on pirates and explorers. We will be creating our own maps, and using pre-drawn maps and using these to give directions, including the 4 compass points.

We will also be looking at maps of the world and labelling the 7 continents and 5 oceans.

In art, we will be exploring famous landmarks around the world and choosing how we would like to recreate these.

 

In computing, we will be starting our coding unit, using Purple Mash, building on our vocabulary from Year 1 and covering the following objectives - 

  • To understand what an algorithm is.
  • To design algorithms and then code them.
  • To compare different object types.
  • To use the repeat command. 

 

Term 2: TOYS

 

This term, we will be learning about Toys Through Time with a mixture of creative Christmas fun!

 

In English we will be learning about:

 

Fireworks Night whilst using our senses to describe what we can see and hear on this night. We will be looking at a story called "The Teddy Robber" and discussing the structure and description and writing a retell of this story. After that, we will build on this by thinking about our own special teddies and making a MISSING poster for our teddy that the Teddy Robber has taken (with a focus on possessive apostrophe and expanded noun phrases). We will also be writing in the Giant's perspective, trying to explain why we are called the "Teddy Robber". At the end of term we will be looking at a Christmassy themed video called Alma and writing a setting description and a set of instructions of how to get into the Toy Shop.

 

In Maths, we will be learning about:

 

Reviewing place value and ensuring that we are confident in finding +/- 1 & 10, identifying numbers and representing numbers pictorially and symbolically.

We will be learning about different methods to add and subtract including Base10 and counting on a numberline.

We will be learning how to multiply and divide using both concrete materials as well as pictorial methods such as arrays and an empty numberline.

 

 

 

In Topic, we will be learning about:

 

Remembrance day - We will be exploring this time of year in an age appropriate way, focusing particularly on the poppy and how it can help us to remember.

 

Toys - We will be looking at old and new toys and how they have changed. What is similar and what is different? We will be discussing events in history such as discovery and distribution of electricity and how industry and factories have allowed mass production of toys to be the new normal.  We will also talk about how safety standards have meant that toys have had to change. The areas we will focus on are how they are made. how they work/move and what they are made from.  Through this we will then explore different types of materials and their properties. Using all of this learning, we will have a go at designing our own toys.

Term 1: Into The Woods  

 

This term, we will be learning about animals that live in the forest.

 

In English we will be learning about:

 

Pandas and Rhinos whilst writing fact files. Also, we will be describing the Gruffalo who has been on the loose, devouring innocent animals so we will be creating a WANTED poster. After that, we are creating our own monsters and explaining why our monster has certain characteristics. We will also be writing baby badger and baby fox diaries whilst writing in first person and learning facts/finding out research about these animals.

 

In Maths, we will be learning about:

 

Pandas and Rhinos are mixed across the age group in year two into two learning ability sets. This allows Mrs Burton and Miss Haxhui to tailor teaching and pace to the children learning abilities more closely. This term we are going to be focusing on place value and basic addition and subtraction methods. This includes counting to 100 forwards and backwards, Representing numbers using base ten using different apparatus and pictorial methods when focusing on place value. We will then be building on this knowledge by learning pictorial methods to add and subtract including the empty numberline and base 10 (chips and peas method).

 

In Topic, we will be learning about:

 

Woodland habitats.  We will be exploring the different animals that live there and sorting and classifying these by their appearance and behaviour, such as what they eat (omnivore, carnivore and herbivore) and the type of animals they are (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates).  We will begin to think about how they are suited to living in a woodland habitat.  This term, we will also be creating a variety of artwork based on these animals, sketching, colouring and using clay.

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