Year 2 Curriculum

Spring Term 2021 – 1st half

Topic – Polar Regions

Our work this term will involve learning about Antarctica.  We will be using the atlases to locate the different continents and oceans, monitoring our weather and comparing it to the weather in Antarctica.  In science we will be looking at food chains and the life cycle of Antarctic animals.  The historical aspect of our topic will involve researching Earnest Shackleton and his expedition to the South Pole. Our weekly independent Learning Logs will be linked to our Polar Regions topic so that the children can explore and research their own interests and share any new ideas with their class.

Literacy

We will be reading and writing non-fiction texts linked to Antarctic animals and writing diary entries based on Earnest Shackletons’ adventures. We will also explore the works of ‘Anthony Browne’ and produce written tasks inspired by the author. We will continue to explore different genres through our guided reading sessions and this term we will continue to develop our reading comprehension skills. Year 2 will continue with daily phonic sessions and weekly handwriting practice. Handwriting practice will be linked to the Year 2 high frequency and common exception words.

Numeracy

The children will be rounding numbers to the nearest multiple of 10 and comparing numbers using < and >. We will revisit multiplication and division as well as subtraction and addition in relation to simple problem solving. We will also be measuring mass, length and capacity and begin to explore time. We will continue to put our mathematical skills into practice by exploring word problems linked to the four operations. This term, we will complete a weekly times table test to ensure we are confident with our instant recall facts.

 

Spring Term 2021 – 2nd half

Topic – Scientists at Work

This term we will discover who Charles Darwin was and why he is so important. We will use information books, maps and the internet to find out about the Galapagos Islands. The children will improve their observational drawing skills by making sketches of the famous animals that have evolved there. This work will then lead on to fieldwork involving food chains, life cycles and an investigation into the preferred habitat of a woodlouse. The children will also be printing onto fabric and sewing. Our weekly independent Learning Logs will be linked to our Scientists at Work topic so that the children can explore and research their own interests and share any new ideas with their class.

Literacy

In literacy, Year 2 will begin learning about riddles and then they will create their own riddles. They will be researching animals native to the Galapagos Islands and writing a non-chronological report.  They will look closely at story settings and develop the use of descriptive tools such as; adjectives, adverbs and begin to develop their sentence openers to create interest. Year 2 will continue with daily phonic sessions and weekly handwriting practice. Handwriting practice will be linked to the Year 2 high frequency and common exception words.

Numeracy

In numeracy, the children will be using their knowledge of place value to add and subtract single and two digit numbers. They will be revisiting subtracting by finding the difference. They will be extending their multiplication and division skills as well as using mathematical vocabulary to describe position, direction and movement. We will continue to complete a weekly times table test to ensure we are confident with our instant recall facts.