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Could a chimp live in Stockport?


This half term, we are continuing our Africa topic but focusing on Tanzania.


Our investigations will be linked to Geography, Science and DT.


Our main question that we need to solve is whether or not a chimp could live in Stockport, and more importantly, could it live in our houses?!


This exciting topic will start with an exciting journey with Jane Goodall into the Tanzanian jungle to see if we can spot any of our own chimps. If we are lucky enough to find one then we need to think about what habitat it needs to survive in, what it eats, if it needs a healthy lifestyle like us, what it could live in, and overall the best way to look after it and care for it. The children will then have to make a decision to make: could their chimp live in Stockport?


The Geography topic will explore Tanzania, and the topography of the country.

Our Science will look at animals, habitats, food chains, healthy living and exercise.

The DT project will be exploring, designing and building our own enclosure for an animal.




Our Reading and Writing lessons, and the texts that have been chosen to share, run along side our topic.


To begin the term, the children will share a book called Little People, Big Dreams: Jane Goodall. This is a biographical text which tells the story of the amazing work of Jane Goodall. The children will use this as inspiration to write a Haiku poem and an information text on two apes.


The next book is We All Went on Safari: A counting Journey through Tanzania. This book eplores the Tanzanian habitats and which animals live there. It features Swahili that the children can learn and it has a rhyming pattern and repetition to encourage the children to learn parts of it.

This book will support their narrative unit. This unit will ask them to write their own version of the journey but through the Gombe jungle (where their chimps come from).


The last book is a fun Julia Donaldson book called Monkey Puzzle. The story is about a little monkey who has lost it's mum. It has help from the other animals and he eventually finds her! Phew!

This book will be used for creative writing. The children will have to imagine what the minor characters might be saying or doing.


The children will end the half term with writing linked to their topic - they will write a set of instructions for how to look after their chimp.




In Maths, this half term, the children will begin with geometry. I would like the children to become fluent in recognising the properties of shapes. The children will revise the names of 2D and 3D shapes and confidently talk about how many sides, edges, vertices and faces they have.


From here, the children can then move onto addition and subtraction. As a class, we will revise methods for adding and subtracting ones from 2-digit numbers, and two 2-digit numbers. I want to end the year with a big focus on problem solving and word problems using different methods they have learnt this year. With problem solving, I like to encourage the children to draw and make jottings so they can track their thoughts as they work out an answer.

We will continue to focus on adding and subtracting using partitioning. This will support their understanding and the next steps of learning when they use column method in Year 3.


Following on from this, we will look at multiplication and division. Again, we will focus on problem solving and word problems. This might include arrays, pictures, repeated addition, or using the inverse. Alongside this, we will keep practicing our 2x, 5x, 10x, and 3x tables to prepare the children for next year.


Finally, We will work on fractions and build the children's knowledge on finding thirds and quarters of a shape, or a set of objects. Alongside this, we will work in Magic 10 and Ambitious Arithmetic (or Cat Maths as my Year 2s call it!) on finding fractions of amounts.