Year 2

At Foxfield Primary School, we ensure that learning is planned for all in a cross-curricular way. This ensures that children are able to make links within their learning. Lessons challenge all pupils through a variety of activities, providing opportunities for feedback from adults and peers. Through the high expectations of everyone at Foxfield we aspire to achieve the highest quality outcomes.

During the Autumn 1 term, the learning in year 2 will be based around the global theme of ‘Identity and Diversity’ and focus on ‘Relationships’.  Over the course of the term, children will be learning about empathy and will be able to show an awareness of, and concern for other people’s feelings. They will be able to identify matters that are important to both themselves and to others. They will also be able to participate in discussions as well as listen to others. Through discussions, the children will develop a sense of belonging and valuing relationships, as well as learning about respect for people and valuing their feelings and ideas. They will find out how this relates to the Foxfield school values and character skills. On their learning journey, children will participate in mindfulness activities, which will help them be more aware of their own thoughts and feelings. The project outcome will be reciting a poem all about hopes and dreams for the future, the children will share this at the whole school ‘Museum of Hope’.         

In Maths this half term, we will be focusing on sequencing numbers and identifying how many tens and ones are in a number (place value). We will be counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and we will recall number bonds up to 20. We will also be identifying which numbers are greater than or less than, and we will use word problems to encourage us to think strategically as well as identify the best way to solve the problems.

In English, we will be reading the whole school core text, ‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy’. The story is about a boy who is all alone, but he meets different characters on his journey who become his friends. Through the conversations the characters have, they form a strong bond as they learn about friendship, compassion and empathy.

The core text will help us to explore emotions and find out the differences between having a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. Through discussions and debates, using our oracy skills, we will explore how the characters felt. After, we will be writing a narrative about the journey the characters go on and we will identify their feelings and emotions at different stages of their journey.

In Science our topic is Habitats. We will be identifying what animals need to survive in their habitat, what the conditions are in each habitat, as well as identifying the needs of animals in micro-habitats. We will discuss food chains and what might happen if the animal is in the wrong habitat. In addition, we will be focusing on our working scientifically skills and be carrying out an investigation linked to observing changes over time when an animal is given a variety of conditions based on its needs. We will predict where we think the animals will go and, through observations, we will identify if our predictions were correct.

Throughout our curriculum learning journey we will be exploring emotions and how different activities make us feel. We will be linking our emotions to different colours, as well as finding out how music can make us feel. Visual art and music will be combined together to allow us the freedom to explore how we feel. We will use our own creativity to take us on a journey of identifying emotions through the use of movement. Then we will look at our hopes and dreams for the future. Poetry will be used to help us identify our aspirations and dreams. These poems will be recited and shared at our whole school ‘Museum of Hope’.

In Art, we will be identifying how Pablo Picasso used colour to show emotions while painting portraits and how he changed when he drew sketches using line drawings which had no colour at all. Using similar techniques to Picasso, we will use some of Charlie Mackey’s drawings and recreate them by adding texture and colour based on how we think the characters are feeling.

In PE, we will be exploring movement and how we can perform a variety of jumps using obstacles safely. We will coach each other using different commands and by using our character skills of relationships. We will work collaboratively to perform and share the skills we have learnt.