Year 2

Spring Term 2017 – 2nd Half

English

We started this half term by learning about personification poetry. We read the poem ‘City Jungle’ by Pie Corbett, we started by listening to the words of the poem and drawing a picture of what we thought the poem was about. We then created our own personification poems about our classroom. We had to include adverbs, alliterations and lots of descriptive language in our poems. We then moved on to look at ‘Warning Stories’. Warning stories are full of commands and exclamations, we had to come up with our own warnings to write a story about.

Maths

This half term we have been looking at 2-D and 3-D shapes. We have been investigating the properties of basic 2-D and 3-D shapes and have been learning how to describe and continue repeated patterns. We have also been learning about Fractions and developing our understanding of halves, thirds and quarters. We had lots of fun using cakes and pizza to show how an object can be shared into equal pieces!

Science

This term in Science we have been learning all about how to keep healthy. We have been exploring the basic needs of living things and know what we need to stay alive. We have also been learning about healthy eating. We created our own healthy lunchboxes and now know the importance of eating a balanced diet. To complete this topic we made our very own healthy snack, Cheese and Vegetable muffins. We worked together to make them and they were delicious!

Unit

This half term our topic has been ‘How have Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale helped to make the world a better place?’ We have been learning all about their lives through books, research on computers and watching videos. Both of these women are famous nurses from the past. We have been answering questions about their past and have started to write biographies about their lives in English. We were very lucky to have a visit from a lady from the Florence Nightingale Museum. She told us all about Florence’s life and how she looked after soldiers during the Crimean War. She bought in lots of different objects for us to look at and we were allowed to dress up as nurses and soldiers from the past. We had so much fun and learnt lots of interesting information about Florence Nightingale.

Spring Term 2017

English

We began English this term by writing poems about The Great Fire of London. Working in pairs we collages of the fire and then had to think of adjectives and expanded noun phrases to describe our pictures. We then moved on to look at newspaper reports, we learnt all about the features of a newspaper article and wrote our own newspaper reports about the events of The Great Fire of London. To make our reports look authentic we tea-stained the paper before writing on it.

This term we have been looking at money. We have been learning all about the values of coins and notes and how to add different amounts together. We have also looked at how to calculate change and have used the bar model to support our learning.

Science

This term in Science we have been investigating materials. We have looked at the range of materials objects can be made from and started to think about the properties of these different materials. We went to visit the Tate Modern to explore how materials can be used in different ways. We had a fantastic time and learnt how materials such as couscous can be used to create sculptures.

We have been learning all about The Great Fire of London this term during Unit. We have discovered what caused the fire, how it spread and what impact the fire had on London. We looked at how houses were built during 1666 and compared them to the way houses are built today. We also looked at how people communicated during The Great Fire of London and discussed how it was different to the way we communicate now. During Art this term we have been making 3-D models of Tudor houses using clay.

Autumn Term 2016

English

During English this term we have been developing our letter writing skills. We have been reading the story Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett. The story is full of postcards from Sunny the meerkat telling his family all about his travels to find a new home. We have been learning about the different features of a letter and have been writing our own. We have also been learning about the explorer Captain Scott and his journey to the South Pole. We wrote letters in role from Captain Scott.

Maths

During maths this term we have been developing our addition and subtraction skills. We have engaged in a range of practical activities to develop our knowledge of place value and numbers bonds. We have been learning how to use a range of resources during our maths lessons and have been developing our skills to explain our understanding of the concepts we have been learning.

Science

During Science this term we have been learning all about different habitats. We have been investigating a range of habitats including the Ocean, Rainforest, Desert, Polar Regions and the Park. We have been learning about the different plants and animals that live in these habitats and how their characteristics help them to survive.
To develop our understanding of where these animals live we visited London Zoo. We had a great time looking at all the different animals, especially the penguins and the meerkats. We also saw lots of other animals including tigers, giraffes, goats and gorillas. We even saw some lemurs up close.