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Where has our plate been?

 

This term, the Year 2 topic is 'food'. The topic will be split into two and we will begin by learning about food and cooking of the past, and then compare it to today.

 

On our journey back in time, we will stop off at the Tudors, on Pudding Lane to see the Great Fire of London, and then to the 1940s, during World War two.

 

At these different stops, we will look at what life was like to for some key people in history or what life was like during that time.

 

Our art project will be tied in with our project as we will study and create work in response to Giuseppe Arcimboldo.

 

his term, the children are exploring and learning about the Ancient Egyptians.

This will be through lots of different activities, subjects and investigations.

 

Next half term, the food project will be brought back to the 21st Century and the children will look at the science and technology side of how the food gets from a seed on to our plates.

 

This half term, the topic will be a mixture of History, Music, Drama, Dance, Science and Art. 

The children will explore the following questions:

 

Did Henry VIII use a fork?

What fruit or vegetables look like a person?

Did somebody start the Great Fire of London?

Was all food shared equally during World War Two?

 

English

 

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 Mr Pod and Mr Piccalilli. This book is a light-heated book to set the term off. The children will explore the language and word classes within it.

 

Next the children will share a book called T-Veg. This is a book about a carrot-crunching dinosaur who is a herbivore amongst carnivores. The children will use this brilliant book to re-write and improve description to make it sound more exciting. To do this they will learn about expanded noun phrases and using commas to separate all their ideas. 

They will then move onto re-write another part of the part of the book that involves exciting action. To write this part they will be introduced to adverbs. 

 

From here, the children will travel forward (from the Cretaceous Period to the 17th Century) to write a diary. They will pretend to be Thomas Farriner - the owner of the bakery on Pudding Lane - where they believed the Great Fire of London to have started. The children will write several short diary entries documenting how they (Thomas) felt throughout. For this, they will explore what life was like in a bakery during the 1600s.

Maths

 

In Maths this half term, the children will begin with number and place value. This involves revising the reading, writing and comparing of numbers to 100 and beyond. The children will ensure they are confident with the value of 2-digit numbers, which will help them to compare, order and place on a scale.

Using lots of resources (place value counters and number lines) will help the children understand numbers to 100.

Throughout the half term, number and place value is constantly revisited through magic 10 to ensure that the children are confident with these facts.

 

The class will then focus on measure. The children will learn about length, mass and capacity. They will use different devices to measure that will expose them to different scales. The children will choose appropriate units of measure then begin to compare measurements.

 

From here, the children can then move onto addition and subtraction. As a class, we will revise mental methods and revise recalling addition and subtraction facts to 20. Again, using concrete objects and pictures, the children will build their understanding. We will also 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.

 

The class will then focus on time. In Year 2, the children's focus is reading the time confidently to the nearest 5 minutes. We will also learn about different duration: how many minutes in a hour, how many hours in a day.

 

Next, the children will look at multiplication and division again and start to apply their knowledge to word problems that they will encounter during trickier problems. 

 

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.

 

 

 

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