Mrs Davies is our Year 2 teacher and Mrs Bell is our teaching assistant.
Towers, Tunnels and Turrets
‘Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they are supposed to be. Now put the foundations under them.’ Henry David Thoreau
…but mind the mighty Dragon guarding the fortress – how can we catch it? Can we tame it? Is there a heroine who can help?
We are so excited to introduce our first topic, ‘Towers, Tunnels and Turrets.’ In English we will be studying stories that take place in a castle. Initially we will be studying the story of The Paper Bag Princess, followed by George and the Dragon and subsequently looking at Dragon poetry. The children will learn about writing recounts of fictional and true events, writing instructions to catch our very own Dragon and writing letters to a very special character from one of our stories.
In Design Technology the children will be building their own bridges and, in Science, experimenting with different materials to make these structures stronger and lighter. Our History will focus on Isambard Kingdom Brunel and his contributions to engineering. We will also be studying amazing structures from around the World as well as bridges in the local area in Geography. Our ICT also links to this topic and the children will be creating castles using drawing software.
In Maths the children will be learning about Place Value in a 2-digit number. They will move on to partitioning these numbers in different ways, ordering numbers and then to problem solving using their knowledge of Place Value.
This half term we are delighted to be able to announce that Year 2 will be experiencing a Residential Visit to Whirlow Hall Farm where the children will learn about responsible farming, where our food comes from and even have a ride on a pony! We will add some pictures of this incredible experience as soon as we can!
“My armour is like tenfold shields, my teeth are swords, my claws spears, the shock of my tail a thunderbolt, my wings a hurricane, and my breath death!” J.R.R. Tolkein
Our topic, ‘Towers, Tunnels and Turrets’ will continue after the half term holiday. In English, as part of our Remembrance commemoration, we will be writing letters from the battlefield after studying the story ‘Where the Poppies now grow.’ The children will learn about writing non-fiction reports on Dragons and we will be continuing our poetry focus.
In Science this half term we will be investigating how we can change materials by squashing, bending and twisting. Our History will focus on Isambard Kingdom Brunel and his contributions to engineering. We will also be looking at how the children’s lives are different from those at the time when Brunel was alive. In ICT we will be conducting research on the internet, learning how to use different internet search engines in a safe manner.
In Maths the children will be learning about addition and subtraction, working with money and will begin to look at properties of shapes, linking this to our poetry work in Literacy.
Our Music and Drama this half term will be developed by getting ready for our Christmas performance – details to follow and we will be creating photo stories of our preparation for this.
This half term we have started our ‘Race to Read’ and are busy collecting stamps to show just how much we love reading. Our favourite book at the moment is ‘The Indoor Pirates’ by Jeremy Strong which is very funny. If you have a favourite book, we would love to hear from you so that we can enjoy it too!
We are very proud of our learning in Year 2. We work hard and always do our very best. If you get stuck with your learning, come and ask us about the ‘dip’ and how to get out of it. In Year 2, we can!
KS1 useful websites to help revise
http://www.ictgames.com/placeValue.htm Place Value
http://www.ictgames.com/addition.htm Addition games
http://www.ictgames.com/numberFacts.htm Number bonds/Number facts
www.spag.com use your child’s log in details
We are listening to, reading and retelling the story of the Paper Bag Princess as our first novel study of the year.