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Year 2

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Autumn 1

 

All About Me and Where I Live

We will be tying together subjects from across the curriculum where possible, but some subjects, such as RE, will be taught discretely.

Geography and History - We will be looking at where we live and who we are. We will locate our local area on a map and use different sources to explore our local area, using appropriate vocabulary to describe what it is like.

Science - In Science, we will be looking in depth at the life-cycles of humans and animals. We will also be discussing what helps to keep us healthy and hygienic.

Art - We will be painting portraits of ourselves and family members in the style of the illustrations within the Anthony Browne books as well as using the iPads to manipulate photos.

PSHE - We will be learning all about keeping healthy. We will be investigating the need to eat well and the importance of physical activity, sleep and hygiene.

Music - We will explore using our voices to describe feelings and moods. We will also develop a sense of steady beat using our own bodies and instruments.

Computing - We will learn to use the Internet safely and with a purpose. We will investigate child friendly search engines as well as how to follow links and return to the search results.

RE - We will learn how Christian and Muslim families welcome their babies. We will study initiation rites including infant baptism and the Aqiqah.

 

Autumn 2

Living in a Material World

We will be tying together subjects from across the curriculum where possible, but some subjects, such as RE, will be taught discretely.

Science: Use of Everyday Materials

We will compare the uses of everyday materials, identify and classify the uses and record their observations. We will also be encouraged to think creatively about how materials can be used by designing a new invention.

Design and Technology: Moving Vehicles

We will use a variety of materials to design and make our own vehicles. We will then test our vehicles across different materials.

First, we will investigate a variety of vehicles and their uses and features.

Then we will investigate wheels, axles and chassis.

We will work towards designing and making our final product before evaluating them.

History: Gun Powder Plot

We will be using a variety of methods, to fully develop their knowledge and understanding of a significant event in British history: The Gunpowder Plot. We will increase their awareness of the past by finding out about Guy Fawkes and other significant individuals involved in the plot, such as Robert Catesby and Thomas Percy. We will deepen our understanding of the events of the Gunpowder Plot through several speaking and listening activities, such as hot seating and role play, as well as sequencing events and designing posters. We will also look at how bonfire night has been celebrated in Britain since the 1930s to consolidate their knowledge of changes within living memory.

Computing: Programming

We will create, test and debug algorithms, and use the language of Turtle Logo. We will begin by giving and following instructions to move forward and make quarter turns, followed by walking different rectilinear shapes. The language is extended to use the main Turtle Logo commands. We will create text and debug algorithms for shapes and routes around school in preparation for using the commands in the Turtle Logo application.

Religious Education: How can we make good choices?

We will study moral codes from Christianity, Judaism and Islam including the Ten Commandments and the Five Pillars.

 

Spring

1

Lives of Significant People

We will be tying together subjects from across the curriculum where possible, but some subjects, such as RE, will be taught discretely.

History

We will be studying the lives and impact of significant people from different times upon the world. We will mainly be looking at Mary Seacole and later in the term we will compare aspects of her life to Florence Nightingale.

Art: Sculpture

We will look at and study the life of Henry Moore. We will also contrast his work with that of other famous sculptures before creating our own Henry Moore inspired sculptures.

Computing: E-Safety

We will use the internet to find out about significant people. Through this we will focus on using the internet safely with focus on where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet.

You Me and PSHE: Identity, society and equality - Me and others:

We will learn about what makes ourselves and others special, about roles and responsibilities at home and school and about being co-operative with others.

Religious Education: How can we make good choices?

We will study moral codes from Christianity, Judaism and Islam including the Ten Commandments and the Five Pillars.

Spring

2

Travellers to Dondra – How does it compare to Wetherby?

We will be focusing on comparing and contrasting our own locality of Wetherby with a small town in the south of Sri Lanka. We will be tying together subjects from across the curriculum where possible, but some subjects, such as RE, will be taught discretely. 

Geography:

We will be using atlases, maps and globes to locate Sri Lanka. We will also investigate and compare the human and physical geography of Dondra and Wetherby as well as looking at ways of life and traditions. We will link Sri Lanka to Literacy by looking at traditional tales from the island.

Design and Technology:

We will investigate and make our own smoothies using British and exotic fruits.

Computing:

We will use the research we collect to create PowerPoint presentations about our topic. 

You Me and PSHE: Sex and Relationship Education 

We will learn the biological difference between male and female children and name biological terms for male and female sex parts. 

Summer 1

Spots, Stripes and Magical Beasts!

We will be focusing on Science this half term and learning about the huge variety of animals we have on our planet and thinking about how we classify them. We will also be investigating how and why animals adapt to their habitats as well as looking at the idea of a simple food chain. In Literacy, we will continue with this theme but learning all about the magical beasts: dragons. We will also be reading and writing descriptively about the classic children’s books ‘Where the wild things are’ by Maurice Sendak and ‘101 Dalmatians’ by Dodie Smith. The latter book will also be the inspiration for our DT project of designing a new cloak for Cruella De Vil that does not use Dalmatian puppies!

 

Summer 2

How does your garden grow?

 

Our We will be focusing on plants as living things and what they need to survive. We will be carrying out an experiment to help us determine those needs and will focus on how we go about recording our results in various ways. In art We will explore natural landscapes in our art work through the study of Monet and Henri Rousseau. We will investigate their lives and work by creating posters. We will use their work as inspiration for our own landscape works in watercolour, pastel and collage. In Literacy, we will use ‘The Tin Forest’ and ‘The Secret Garden’ as inspiration for our own writing as well as exploring a range of poetry.  In History, we will take a whistle-stop tour across the ages from hieroglyphics to the world wide web as we explore the history of communication.

 

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