Year 2

Spring 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 Spring 2, the learning in year 2 will be based around the global themes of ‘Human Rights’ and ‘Social Justice and Equity’. The focus of the term is Child Labour around the World. Over the course of the term, the children will be learning what fairness means in terms of human rights and how this affects people locally, nationally and globally. Through learning the meaning of social justice and equity, the children will reflect on their rights in class and school and how basic human rights are denied to many people across the globe. Furthermore, we will be reflecting on the need to respect the rights of others and how this relates to the Foxfield school values and character skills. The project outcome for the learning journey will be raising awareness of child labour and children’s rights. Year 2 will be designing, making and distributing leaflets in the local community to inform them of the importance of human rights and how this is being denied to many.

In Maths, this half term Year 2 will be focusing on shapes and time. We will also be looking at fractions pictorially and with numbers . We will continue to review our learning of multiplication and division.

In English, this half term Year 2 will be reading our core text ‘Hermelin. We will be exploring and investigating crime scenes. The main character in our story is having to leave his city due to the residents calling him a pest.  In groups, we will be discussing this decision and having a debate using the question ‘should the residents apologise to Hermelin?’ The children will be writing a persuasive letter asking the residents to apologise to Hermelin and accept him for who he is.  We will be describing the emotions of Hermelin and the impact it had on him when he was considered a pest.

In Science, we will be learning all about’ Animals including Humans’. What are the basic needs of animals for survival? What are the life cycles of some living things? Why is exercise, a balanced diet and hygiene important for humans? These are all questions we will explore in this exciting topic to improve our understanding of our bodies. In addition we will be focussing on our working scientifically skills and be carrying out an investigation linked to observing changes over time.

In geography, the children will develop their key knowledge linked to the similarities and differences between the UK and India. They will explore ‘The School Under the Bridge’ in India and compare and contrast this to Foxfield. The children will have the opportunity to identify key features of a locality using a map and use geographical evidence to make a prediction. As part of the learning journey, the children will extend their knowledge of human and physical features to label diagrams and photographs.

In history, the children will be identifying some ways that people from the past have influenced their lives. The children will develop their key knowledge linked to child labour in our local history, such as during the Victorian era. They will learn about Dr Barnardo and the ragged school and the impact this has had on children over the years. They will consider what life would have been like for the children living without basic human rights throughout history. The children will use historical sources to explore different periods of time and identify why we celebrate the lives of significant people and events.

In art, the children will be creating in the style of Vincent Van Gogh. We will be exploring how to mix paints by using a dirty pour. This will lead us to experiment with creating secondary and tertiary colours as we make a butterfly in the style of Vincent Van Gogh.

In RE, Year 2 are learning about the religion of Christianity. We will be looking at the story of Easter, we will be identifying the importance of different symbols and exploring the key features of the Easter story.

In PE, the children are learning about multi skills, such as ball control, throwing, catching, bouncing, dribbling using feet and showing an awareness of space. We will be applying these skills to many different sports, including tennis, volleyball and netball. We will also have the opportunity to choreograph and take part in dances, which we will be performing to our peers.

In RSE, the children will be learning about health and wellbeing. They will be learning about gender differences, identifying and naming body parts and describing how people change over time.

To support our RE learning this half term, we will have a visitor in to consolidate our learning on Christianity. We will be comparing this experience to other religions.

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