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Willesborough Infant School

Year 2

Long Term Plan 2017-2018

 

 

 Term 1 Topic Plan For Parents

 

Term 1

In term 1 we have been learning about our class mythical creatures.  We read the story ‘Zog’ by Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler and then we wrote our own mythical creature stories based on Zog.  We explored the rhyme in the story and wrote our own funny rhyming sentences.

In science we have been learning about living things and their habitats.  We went out and about to explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead or things that have never been alive.  We also looked at the different habitats and micro-habitats found in our school grounds.

                    

                                                                         

In PE we have started the term with yoga lessons.  We are learning lots of new balances like ‘tree pose’, ‘airplane’ and ‘boat pose’.  We have to concentrate really hard so that we don’t wobble!

We are really looking forward to International Week which is taking place during the last week of term.

 

Term 2 Topic Plan For Parents

 

 

Year 2 Term 2

In term 2 we have been learning about the Great Fire of London.  We had a super time taking part in a drama workshop all about the Great Fire of London.  We spent a whole day on a design and technology project where we made Tudor houses.  We planned our designs carefully before making them and then evaluated our houses.

                                                         

In science we have been identifying and comparing the suitability of a variety of everyday materials for particular uses.  We went out and about to see how materials were used in and around our school.  We were brilliant scientists and carried out some tests on different materials.  We learnt how the shape of some materials can be changed by twisting, stretching, bending and squashing.  We got in a right mess making some home-made goo!

We looked at the work of the American artist Jackson Pollock.  We explored creating our own piece of artwork based on his famous drip paintings.

                      

 

In RE we have been learning about Hinduism.  We found out how Hindus worship and learnt about some of the Hindu gods and goddesses.

                                

                                                                 

 

Term 3 Topic Plan For Parents

 

Year 2 Term 3

Our exciting topic for term 3 is ‘Superheroes’.  We loved seeing so many different characters come to school on our ‘Superhero Dressing Up Day’.  We spent the day looking at the art work of Andy Warhol and designing our own Superhero logo in Warhol’s pop art style.  We also designed and made our own Superhero costumes as part of our design and technology lessons.

                       

                                                     

We have been looking at the lives of real life heroes such as Florence Nightingale and local charity workers. We were visited by Maggie Thomas from the RSPCA Garden Cattery in Ashford.  She told us all about the amazing work of the charity in rehoming cats and kittens.  Some of us even got the chance to visit the cattery and loved spending some time with our new fluffy friends!  It’s been a term of visits!  Steve Cooper, from the registered charity ‘A Cry in the Dark’, came to school and spoke to us about the amazing work of the charity in bringing hope to children and their families in isolated communities in Romania.

In PE, we have been developing skills such as co-operation and turn taking in our work on team games. We’ve had great fun!

                       

 

Term 4 Topic Plan For Parents

 

Year 2 Term 4

How exciting, we have a ‘Truly Scrumptious’ topic this term!  In English we have been writing some mouth-watering stories such as our own version of The Gingerbread Man.  We have enjoyed reading Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and have been finding out about the adventures of young Charlie Bucket inside the chocolate factory of eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka.  You may even have seen some adults and children dressed as Oompa Loompas during our Book Week this term!

We had a super week during Book Week when we were visited by the author Karen Inglis.  She spoke about her books and the inspiration behind them.  We read the books ‘The Egg’ and ‘The Dragon Snatcher’ by Mark Robertson.  We wrote some fantastic stories about the imaginary creatures inside the eggs and the adventures they had.

We were also visited by Toby Hewson from the registered charity ‘Just Different’.  Toby came to school and spoke to us about his disability and the work of the charity in creating positive social attitudes towards disability and difference among children and young people. 

                        

In science we have planted some sunflower seeds, daffodils and tulips.  We are keeping a diary each week to track the growth of the plants and observe the changes that happen.

                        

We have been huffing and puffing during our ‘Fun Fit’ PE lessons this term.  We have been improving our fitness levels and co-ordination, and noticing the changes that happen to our bodies when we exercise.

                        

Thank you to all the parents who helped on our trip to the church and thank you to Reverend John for letting us visit.  Reverend John told us all about the church and the important Christian symbols.  We had great fun exploring the church!  

 

Term 5 Topic Plan For Parents

 

Year 2 Term 5

We have been learning all about space in our topic ‘Space Quest’ this term.  We had a fantastic trip to the Science Observatory where we discovered lots of things about space and science.  One of our favourite parts of the day was The Discovery Park.  It was amazing!  We absolutely loved exploring the large interactive exhibits.  It was like a ‘Science Playground' where we learnt about forces, movement, genetics and sound.

Also in science we have been planting cress seeds to see what plants need in order to survive. We have set up some comparative tests to see if plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy.  We shall be looking at the results soon!

                        

In PE we have been practising different ways of travelling such as hopping, jumping and skipping. We have been performing these actions in different directions and linking them together in short sequences. 

 

Visit to the Science Observatory

What a fantastic trip to the Science Observatory Year 2 had!  There was so much to do, it was difficult fitting it into one day!

During the bridge building workshop, we all had to co-operate with each other to build a wooden truss bridge. We made such a good job of it that we were able to walk across it once it had been assembled!

The Discovery Park was amazing!  We absolutely loved exploring the large interactive exhibits.  It was like a ‘Science Playground' where we learnt about forces, movement, genetics and sound.

In the Water Planet area we explored the fascinating world of water and how we use it.  We built dams, explored water pressure using pipes and connectors, saw the patterns a fountain makes as you turn the taps on and off and created locks and canals. 

In the afternoon, we watched a Science Show where we learnt all about space.  It was really exciting and even explosive in places!

We had a super day!

                        

                        

 

Year 2 had a lovely art day learning about the work and life of Vincent Van Gogh. 
We created a variety of artist pieces in inspired by his work and style including our own sunflowers paintings, paper flowers and observational drawings.

      

              

 

 Term 6 Topic Plan For Parents

Year 2 Term 6

We have been learning about the continent of Africa in our term 6 topic ‘African Adventure’.  We found out about a famous African person called Nelson Mandela.  He was a very brave man who stood up for his beliefs.  We had an amazing African art day where we designed and made African masks and did some weaving.  We were very pleased to receive a visit from Perform on Thursday 7th June.  The children had a wonderfully energetic time exploring the theme of ‘The Jungle’ and using drama, dance and singing to help develop their confidence, concentration and social skills.

        

In maths we have been doing some practical work on measuring.  We measured in millimetres, centimetres and metres and learnt how to select the most appropriate unit of measurement depending on the object we were measuring.  We used thermometers to measure the temperature in the pod and learnt that temperature can be measured in Celsius.

It’s all systems go now for rehearsing our Year 2 Leavers’ Assembly.  Year 2 have always put on a superb performance and this year we think it’s going to be the best one yet!