Spring Term 1 2021
Welcome back Year 2! We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and had a nice break with your families. We are ready to take on new challenges this half term with our new topic – The Victorians. We have lots of exciting things planed for you and we hope you enjoy our learning journey this half term.
Check out the homework grid to get a head start on your learning!Spring 1 Homework Grid
We continue to celebrate Christmas with our beautiful white Collective Worship altar. This week, our statement is ‘I can listen to what you say. I know that I am listening to you’. We talked about who we must listen to our; God, our teachers and coaches, our parents and families, and our friends. Children demonstrated their excellent listening attitudes; looking at the speaker, sitting politely and responding to what they say. The class had lots of questions about how to know when God talks to them and we discussed the kinds of things God might say to us or ask us to do.
Our topic this half-term is ‘The Good News’. This topic is designed to develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of the joy that Jesus brings and to reflect on how we can bring joy to others. Over the half term, children will learn that Jesus brings the good news of God’s love through his miracles and so turns sadness into joy.
In English this half-term we are exploring fairy tales and alternative fairy tales, linked to our Kings, Queens and Castles History topic. We started by collating our knowledge of fairy tales and worked in groups to sequence familiar fairy stories. We then fed back to the class to determine shared narratives and features.
As part of our Culture Week learning, Year 2 used Google Earth to explore where different fairy tales come from across the world. Children applied their geography skills and knowledge of different continents to identify countries on the map. We focused on Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella and Alladin and learnt about the influence of their country and culture on the story. Children then recorded this learning by writing sentences.
Our KIRFs this half-term focus on finding factions. We started by finding fractions of lengths and shapes!
The children used their senses and tasting skills, developed in taste testing in Foundation Stage 2, to try and work out what they were eating. We then used our Scientific identifying skills to find the liquorice plant and work out what part of the plant we eat.
Our DT project this half-term is to make a carriage for a Sylvanian prince or princess! We started by exploring traditional carriage designs and describing their key features.
Our Computing learning this half-term is all about databases.
We used a BBC bitesize video to explore the three main functions of databases:to search, select and store information. We practiced interpreting the databases in the videos, answering simple questions to show we could read the rows and columns. We used the maps to find places which use databases, including hospitals, libraries and schools!
We explored databases further by playing a game of Top Trumps! We realised that this game showed us mini databases; facts well-organised into different categories. We had a go recording the information from our Top Trump cards into simple row-only databases at our tables.
By the end of the lesson, children were able to explain what databases were and give some examples.
Our topic this term is Kings, Queens and Castles. We have started by learning about Pontefract Castle, in preparation for our class trip. We used sources to learn facts about the castle’s history, starting with it’s building in 1070! Please do visit the castle’s website so your child can show you how much they have learnt about it! There’s fun videos to watch too! https://www.pontefractcastle.co.uk/
We had the best day ever visiting Pontefract Castle. An enormous thanks to Rose’s, Ethan’s and Jeson’s mums for all their help with our trip today, it was really great to have you with us. The children were, as ever, beautifully behaved and remembered and built on all their classroom learning! Please see some photographs below to see what we got up to!
When we arrived we had a wonderful session from museum staff, learning more about the history of the castle. We also listened to a special story which illuminated the life of a boy who lived in the castle called William.
We then had a carousel of fun, arts and crafts and performance activities; making crowns, making heraldic shields and dressing up as William and his castle friends!
After our packed lunches, we got a chance to play on the kings and queens themed playground! It was loads of fun!
In the afternoon, we explored the castle including its herb garden and lots of the information boards. We recorded our learning and had lots of fun trying out different activities such as our medieval knight names and unmuddling the dungeon wall message! We loved visiting the old chapel, kitchens and bedrooms but most enjoyed going down into the dungeon! Year 2 were so brave and learnt so much history about what happened down there, all those years ago!
We started our Music learning this half-term in Culture Week! We had so much fun listening to music from across the world, applying our Geography knowledge from last half-term of the seven continents. We used maps to identify where the music originated and practiced using our musical vocabulary to describe each piece. We then recorded our musical preferences, writing the name of the country and traditional music genre as well as drawing pictures to describe how the music felt to us. Why not take a listen at home and see which genres your family likes best!
Year 2 explored the concept of democracy. We watched a video to learn the history of democracy in England and watched some examples of important historical votes.
We carried out a formative group assessment to check children’s developing understanding of democracy. We then thought about times we use democracy at school; to vote for different class roles and responsibilities, to vote for class representatives, to choose special rewards and activities etc. The follow-up activity was an opportunity to think about the values and key features of democracy as
the children engaged in a vote. Together, they made a ballot box and secretly voted for their favourite school dinner of the week. This was an excellent opportunity for children to practice spelling their days of the week words, a key skill from Year 1. Children worked in groups to write a list of rules for voting, and they included only
vote once, don’t write your name and don’t ask anyone what they voted for.
We used the story of The Hueys in the New Jumper by Oliver Jeffries to explore rules in a different society, before
exploring our own. We read the beginning of the story and discussed what the Hueys are like; do they live like us? What rules do they have? What can they not do that we can do? We found out that there are things Hueys do not have choice about because they do not have individual liberty.
We used the story to imagine how the children would feel if their individual liberty was taken away. We encouraged children to speak in full sentences and together, we wrote a list of things we have individual liberty or choice about.
The follow up task was an opportunity to assess children’s understanding of individual liberty and find examples. Children split an A4 paper in half. On the top half, children drew a picture of the Hueys and labelled with things they don’t have individual liberty about. On bottom half, children drew a picture of themselves and their families and labelled with things they have individual liberty about.