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Curriculum Overview

Summer Term 1 Topic: 

Our topic for this term is called 'Commotion in the Ocean. This topic will cover many areas of the National Curriculum and will give the children a cross curricular approach towards their learning. This will include:

 

English: We will start the topic off by exploring the book 'The Pirates Next Door' by Jonny Duddle. We will learn how to make predictions, explore a text, summarise events and use descriptive language to write a story about an adventure! 

 

Spelling Focus: We will be learning how to add suffixes to the end of words, contractions and possessive apostrophes 

 

Maths: We will be focusing on length, height, position and direction 

 

Science: The focus here will be on plants. We will look at the life cycle of plants and what plants need to keep strong and healthy

 

Geography: We will be learning all about the 5 oceans and 7 continents of the world 

 

Art: We will learn about 2 textiles techniques, weaving and wax-resist dyeing, making their own products using the techniques. Children will weave paper and other materials to create under the sea placemats. Children will then learn about the use of traditional batik in Indonesia and around the world before designing and making their own batik coasters using wax resist sticks and dye.

 

Music: Miss Poppitt will be teaching music to the children and will be learning a song called 'Friendship' by Joanna Mangona

During the Summer term, we will continue to monitor and assess pupil progress and attainment. End of year reports will be shared, information regarding the beginning of the next academic year will also be shared during our transitions. 

 

Year 2 SATs: 

During parents evening, we will be sharing some information regarding the Year 2 SATs which all children will be participating in. The SATs will take place during the last 2 weeks of May (16th-27th), so please ensure your child is in school during these dates. Attached below is a link for parent guidance about SAT's from the government and a link with past SATs papers, to give you an insight of what your child will be expected to do. If you have any questions, please ask. 

Spring Term 2 Topic: 

Our topic for this term is called 'Sensational Safari'. This topic will cover many areas of the National Curriculum and will give the children a cross curricular approach towards their learning. This will include:

 

English: We will be doing some animal based poetry using the the children’s poetry book ‘Rumble in The Jungle’ as well as fiction writing using the text 'Meerkat Mail'

 

Maths: We will be focusing on the properties of 2D and 3D shapes and fractions

 

Science: The focus here will be on on animals and living things including the food animals eat and classifying different animals. 

 

Geography: We will be carrying out a study of geography in the local area and some fieldwork in the local area. We will be finding out about the continents, with a focus on Africa and then looking in greater detail at the country of Kenya and comparing and contrasting it to our local area

 

Art: Our art will be inspired by Africa and African patterns and colours

 

DT: The children will be designing and making their own fruit smoothies and looking at where food comes from

Music: Miss Poppitt will be teaching music to the children and will be learning a song called 'The Zoo' by Joanna Mangona

 

Computing: We will be exploring data handling using computers

Spring Term 1 Topic: 

Our topic for this term is called 'What makes a good hero?'. The focus of the topic will be looking at superheroes - both in real life, looking at heroes in our community with all the people who help us everyday as part of their jobs and in fiction including our key English text 'Traction Man'. The topic will cover many areas of The National Curriculum and will give the children a cross curricular approach to their learning. This will include:

 

English – We will be starting the topic exploring the book ‘Traction Man’ by Mini Grey and how to map a story, what makes a good story, retelling the story and then going on to creating their own hero character based on one of their own toys. We will also be looking at the texts 'Eliot, Midnight superhero' and 'Supertato' as well as lots of other superhero and 'talking toy' based books. 

 

Maths - We will be focusing on multiplication and division.

 

Science – We will be studying the four seasons and looking at what changes occur across the four seasons, as well as observing and describing the weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies.

 

History - We will learning some amazing facts all about Florence Nightingale including why she is often called "The Lady with the Lamp" and how she showed the importance of keeping hospitals clean and having well trained nurses for treating the sick.

 

DT – We will exploring moving pictures with leavers, sliders and wheel mechanisms, and then designing and creating our own moving Traction Man picture.

 

Music – Miss Poppitt will be teaching music to the children and will be learning a song called 'I wanna play in a band' by Joanna Mangona.

 

Computing – We will be exploring the World of digital art and its exciting range of creative tools. 

Autumn Term Topic: 

Our topic for this term is called 'Animal Kingdom'. The focus of the topic will be looking at animals including humans. This topic will cover many areas of The National Curriculum and will give the children a cross curricular approach to their learning. The texts we are going to be using to support our learning are: 

 

  • How to Hide a Lion by Helen Stephens 
  • Hibernation Hotel by John Kelly 
  • Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett 

 

English - We will be starting the topic exploring the book 'How to Hide a Lion by Helen Stephens and learning how to use subordinating and co-ordinating conjunctions to write a news paper article. We will also be looking at the texts 'Hibernation Hotel' and 'Meerkat Mail', as well of lots of other animal themed fiction and non-fiction books.

 

Maths - We will be focusing on place value to 100. 

 

Science - We will be studying animals (including humans) by looking at and comparing animals, learning about animal diets, as well as looking at the human body and sense.

 

DT - We will doing some textiles, where children will design and make their own stuffed elephant. 

 

Geography - We will have a brief look at where animals live around the globe, including looking at the 7 continents and 5 oceans. 

 

Music - We will be exploring the song 'Hands, feet and Heart' by Joanna Mangona, which celebrates South African music. 

 

Computing - We will be learning all about technology around us.

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