Please find below an overview of the topics that we will cover next half term. We hope you will find this useful.
Next term will begin with children reading and responding to Grobblechops by the highly acclaimed children's author Elizabeth Laird; this story is based on a tale by Rumi whose fables we read this half-term. Children will then read Two Sides by Polly Ho-Yen (illustrated by Binny Talib) which is a wonderful story about the complexity of friendships, told from two perspectives; this book featured n Empathy Lab's 2020 Read for Empathy Guide. This engaging story will provide the context for narrative and persuasive writing. After this, children will produce further narrative writing based upon Roald Dahl's classic The Twits and procedural writing based upon Revolting Recipes (both texts being memorably illustrated by Quentin Blake).
This half term children will be learning to measure and compare mass, volume and temperature. They will also learn to solve word problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. In addition, the children will learn how to read and create picture graphs. Please continue to practice the column method for addition and subtraction and the 2, 5 and 10 times tables, including the division facts for these times tables with your child.
History – Life Changers
In history children will learn about several ‘Significant Individuals’ and their impact on our lives. These people will include Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Joseph Bazalgette. They will discover what conditions were like in certain time periods and will look at comparing and sequencing different events in chronological order.
Science – How to survive and thrive
In science this half term children will be learning about the importance of staying fit and healthy. They will be learning about different diets and food types, exercise, hygiene measures and growth. In addition, children will be learning about relevant scientists and people in industries who play a role in keeping us healthy, from PE teachers, cooks, doctors and more.
Music – Rhythm and pulse
Children will continue to learn to play the Ocarina and will be focusing on the notes Low D, high D, B, A G, E. Children will learn how to play these notes using songs in different genres. Children will also have to opportunity to improvise and compose using 4 notes.
ICT and Computing – Researching and presenting
Children will be researching and presenting information using Keynote on the iPads. They will learn how to create and save files, insert pictures and change themes. They will learn to find information using the internet and represent their findings on the slides. This will be linked to our history topic ‘Life Changers’. Art Children will be learning about artist, author and Illustrator Faith Ringgold. They will make a mixed media artwork inspired by her book Tar Beach, representing their ideals and dreams through painting and textiles. RE – Rules – do we need them? Children will focus on ‘rules’ and how religious and non-religious rules affect lives. They will be encouraged to make connections between beliefs and know that some practices are common in more than one religion. They will be able to express their views and opinions and will learn to explain what is important to them and to other people, understanding that we all have different views.
Indoor PE lessons
The class will be split into two groups of up to 15 children for their Indoor PE lessons with lessons being 30 minutes each due to hall space and distancing requirements. They will continue to have an opportunity to explore and promote their physical fitness and wellbeing through movement-based games, dance and yoga. In addition, over the term children will have an opportunity to create, devise and compose movement in response to classroom curriculum based topics and given stimuli such as music, visuals and text. Children will be encouraged and taught to share and develop the language to feedback and comment with an emphasis on team building, problem solving, communication, decision-making and actively encouraging peer learning.
Outdoor PE lessons
Children will continue to learn about personal space and how to travel safely following instructions. This will be achieved through a variety of fun and age related activities with story and action themes such as ‘their bodies’, the jungle, animals, colours and much more. Children will experience athletic training, obstacle courses, yoga, movement to music, mindfulness & wellbeing. Through interval training, athletics and circuits, we will also introduce the idea of setting personal goals and improving personal bests.
Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education (PSCHE)
Children will learn how to keep themselves healthy and safe. The children will also continue to have a weekly circle time with their class puppet, Sage, to discuss ways to keep themselves healthy and safe, as well as discussing different emotions.
Mathletics homework will continue to be set on Wednesdays and should be completed by the following Monday. SPAG homework will continue to be set once a fortnight.
The children receive a guided reading book from their class teacher once a week. This book is read as a group and will be changed by the class teacher.
Children should continue to record their reading in their reading record. Please read the class teacher’s comments (on post-it notes) and write a comment each week after reading with them at home. Children will continue to receive one homework task per week linked to the Guided Reading book they have been reading in class. They will also receive some ‘words to learn’ which they should learn to read and spell at home and record on the grid provided.
Please ensure that your child’s Guided Reading book and record is in their book bag everyday as their reading day may occasionally change.
As Belleville is a healthy school and a nut free school, we remind you that children are provided with a piece of fruit at playtime and do not need to bring in their own snack from home.
Thank you for your continued support,
The Year 2 team
Hannah Coles Assistant Headteacher (KS1),
Sarah Peach Year 2 Leader, Polly Marwick, Hayley Williams-Macpherson, Sam Bevan