Summer Term Learning
For the first half term we will be using the text, ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ by Drew Daywalt as well as learning about Roald Dahl’s life. This will inspire a range of writing, including diary entries, letters and non-chronological reports. Next half term, we will then read Roald Dahl’s books, ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’ and ‘The Magic Finger’. We will continue to work on punctuation, as well as using adverbs and suffixes in our writing. In addition to this, we will be looking at using a variety of conjunctions as well as the progressive past and using the correct tense. We will continue to develop comprehension and reading skills in whole class reading lessons as well as working on the spelling and grammar curriculum for Year 2. There will continue to be a weekly spelling test on Fridays and we will also continue to work on writing in cursive script.
We will be continuing with the mastery approach to teaching mathematics and following the NCETM program to aid any gaps still remaining due to the past two years. Throughout Summer 1 the children will be complete their Fractions topic in the first two weeks and beginning Position and Direction on Friday’s. They will also be revising previous topics to support them with their SAT’s papers which will take place towards the end of Summer 1. In Summer 2 they will continue to revise and build on taught topics, look at different types of measurement and problem solve.
Our science topic for Summer 1 is Plants. We will be answering the question, ‘Where would be best to grow a garden at Allfarthing?’ We will be exploring what plants need to stay alive and looking at their lifecycles. We will be exploring this through planting out our own sunflower seeds, visiting local green areas and looking at leaves in detail. Our topic for Summer 2 is Living Things and Their Habitats. We will be answering the question, ‘Can you design and make a habitat of your choice?’ In order to create a suitable habitat we will be understanding life processes, explaining what a habitat is, learning the differences between carnivores, herbivores and omnivores, as well as understanding food chains.
For the first half of the summer term we will be learning coding using the Hopscotch app on the iPads. We will be creating a space animation programming a rocket to fly through space. For the second half of term we will be using the ChatterPix app to bring Florence Nightingale to life.
Our first topic question will be: “Is the UK all the same?” We will be discussing the similarities and differences between the four countries, which make up the UK and looking at their geographical footprint. Our second topic question will be: ‘Why was Florence Nightingale and so important to the world?’ This will include investigating who Florence Nightingale was and comparing hospitals before and after Florence Nightingale. We will be looking at Mary Seacole’s nursing journey too and compare the two.
The children will be looking at plants in Science and therefore we will be looking Vincet Van Gogh Sunflower painting. They will be using a new medium to recreate this iconic piece of artwork. The children will be examining and understanding the work of the artist Paul Klee. They will be creating portraits of Florence Nightingale in the style of Paul Klee. They will also be designing and making aprons to help Florence Nightingale at work and board games for their peers.
We will continue to follow the PATHS program, which is a resource to support children with their emotional well being- including recognising and managing feelings. We will also be following the Mind Up program learning more about the science behind our feelings.
Mr Haughton and Mr Clack will be taking Year 2 for P.E one afternoon a week. Both will be doing different types of games outside (weather depending.) The teachers will be swapped over after the May Half Term.
The children will be learning the songs taught in the Year 1 vocal project taught by their teachers in class. They will be working towards and end of Summer Term performance with the Year 1s and Reception outside for people to attend.
In R.E. we will be looking at how people worship. We will cover a number of different worships such as the Eucharist, Salah, Puja and the Amrit Ceremony.
Florence Nightingale Workshop – 7th June 2022
PE Kits to continue to be worn on the children’s PE day.
Children should be reading at home daily and should keep all books in their book bags at all times.
For playtimes, children should only be bringing in fruit as a snack.
Mathletics continues to be set on a Monday and children are expected to attempt the three tasks throughout the week. They can also be exploring Times Table Rockstars and Doodle.
Please continue to support your children with the spellings, arithmetic and comprehension which come home every Friday.