Year 2

Spring Term 1

Whole school theme: An Eye on London

During out ‘WOW week’ for Spring 1 we introduced our topic of ‘The Great Fire of London’. The children designed and created houses to replicate houses during the fire. We were then able to go outside and see how the fire spread so quickly by burning our designs.  The children had lots of fun seeing the fire and wanted to do it again!
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English

Maths

Connected Curriculum

The children will be working on either the Literacy and Language or Read, Write, Inc. programme where they will be carrying out a range of reading and writing activities to develop their skills in this area.

Fiction – Narrative

The children will be using The Story of The Great Fire of London, Jill Atkins for their writing over the next half term. They will also be looking at poems about the Great Fire of London and creating their own.

They will also be writing a diary entry through the eyes of a child in The Great Fire, as well as a letter.

Number/Calculation

The children will be learning about fractions of shapes and of numbers over the next half term, with a particular focus on their reasoning skills.

They will also be learning about money and the value of coins.

Please support your child at home by practising times tables, as often as possible. Focus on the 2,5, 10 times tables, then move onto 3s.

Big Question: Fire! Fire! Friend or foe?

History

Our topic for this half term is “The Great Fire of London”.

We will be using a range of resources to research the Great Fire of London. The children will be finding out about when and where the fire started. They will be sequencing the main events and looking at reason why the fire lasted so long/caused such damage. They will also consider how we know so much about the past. For example, from eyewitness accounts (Samuel Pepys diary) newspaper reports and paintings.

Art and Design

  • The children will explore a variety of techniques to create visual representations of The Great Fire of London.

Music

  • We will be creating short musical patterns with Glockenspiels, focussing on rhythms.

Personal Development

  • The children will begin to understand how to stay safe in a variety of situations. We will discuss fire, water and road safety with the students.

PE

RE

Gymnastics and Dance

  • Move with control and awareness of space.
  • Link two or more actions to make a sequence.
  • Climb safely on equipment.
  • Travel by moving forwards, backwards and sideways.
  • Hold a position whilst balancing on different body parts.
  • Jump in a variety of ways and land with increasing control and balance.

Please ensure that your child’s PE uniform is in school every day and that every item is labelled with their name.  PE is on a Thursday.

 

Through the RE curriculum the children will be learning the values and beliefs of Islam. They will be learning about Prophets and will be learning and writing about the Prophet Muhammad. 

Science

Supporting your child at home

Our Science focus for this half term is “Materials”. The children will learn to distinguish between an object and the material from which it is natural and man-made. They will explore the properties of different materials and investigate their appropriateness for everyday use. They will also learn about some of the ways in which materials can be changed.

 

  • Reading – at the GPFS it is expected that children read at home every day for 15 minutes.  It is important that you ask your child about what they have read. Please read the books provided, as well as any favourites from home, or any other form of reading, eg. cake recipes, instructions etc
  • Weekly homework – the children will have a piece of Maths and English work, to do at home each week. Homework will be given out on a Friday and should be handed in by the following Wednesday

 

Florence Nightingale

As part of our topic in Autumn 2 ‘Influential people’ we looked at Florence Nightingale.
At the end of the half term we had a visit from Florence and we got to do lots of fun activates which included:

  • Making lamps out of clay 
  • Making sashes for Scutari soldiers
  • Making medals  
  • Designing clothes 
  • Painting pots 
  • Role playing being doctors, patients, soldiers, workers.
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Year 2 go on a treasure hunt!

GPFS Pirates

As part of the children's WOW week, we all dressed up as pirates and carried out lots of engaging activities.

We started our week with a Maths treasure hunt, then went on to taste and evaluate fruits from around the world, including mango, pineapple, pomegranate, passion fruit and kiwis.

We designed flags, made boats using crates and planks, and made sea creatures using clay.

English

Maths

Connected Curriculum

 

Most of the children will be following the Read, Write. Inc phonic programme whilst some will begin the Literacy and Language programme.

Fiction – Narrative (The Story of The Great Fire of London, Jill Atkins)

Non-fiction – Diary entries, informal language

Number/Calculation

  • Count in 2s, 3s, 5s & 10s
  • Exploring empty box notation
  • Measuring length accurately, in centimetres
  • Write numbers to 100
  • Know number facts to 20 (+ related to 100)
  • Adding and subtracting whole tens
  • Making and classifying polygons
  • Identifying the faces, edges and vertices of solid 3D shapes.

Big Question: Fire! Fire! Friend or foe?

History

Our topic for this half term is “The Great Fire of London”.

We will be using a range of resources to research the Great Fire of London. The children will be finding out about when and where the fire started. They will be sequencing the main events and looking at reason why the fire lasted so long/caused such damage. They will also consider how we know so much about the past. For example, from eyewitness accounts, (Samuel Pepys diary) and paintings.

Art and Design

  • The children will explore a variety of techniques to create visual representations of The Great Fire of London.

Music

  • We will be creating short musical patterns with Glockenspiels.

Personal Development

  • The children will begin to understand how to stay safe in a variety of situations. We will discuss fire, water and road safety with the students.

PE

RE

Please ensure that your child’s PE kit is in school every day. 

PE days Mondays covering:

  • Games (individual & teams)

Outdoor from Summer Term covering:

  • Athletics

Through the RE curriculum the children will be learning the values and beliefs of the Jewish community.

  • Begin to understand why Jewish people celebrate Passover.
  • Begin to identify ways in which Jewish people respect God.

Science

Supporting your child at home

Our Science focus for this half term is “Materials”. The children will learn to distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made. They will explore the properties of different materials and investigate their appropriateness for everyday use. They will also learn about some of the ways in which materials can be changed.

  • Reading – at the GPFS it is expected that children read at home every day for 15 minutes.  It is important that you ask your child about what they have read.
  • Maths and English – the children will have a piece of maths or English work, to do at home each week. Homework will be given out on a Friday and should be handed in the following Wednesday.
  • The children will be expected to choose 2 activities from the list in the Guide on the Side document.