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 2, the learning in year 2 will be based around the global theme of ‘Identity and Diversity’. The focus of the term is Intergenerational Relationships. Over the course of the term the children will be learning about celebrating their individuality and the diversity within their class as well as considering not only viewpoints of their peers but those from different generations, they will show an awareness of, and concern for people’s feelings.    The project outcome for the learning journey will be to form intergenerational relationships with residents from a local residential home and become enriched by learning about the past from the residents.

In Maths, this half term Year 2 will be focusing on addition and subtraction. We will also be identifying the value of money. We will be applying the skills through reasoning and real life application. We will continue to review our learning of place value.

In English, this half term Year 2 will be reading our core text ‘The Red Tree’ by Shaun Tan. We will be exploring and discovering that feelings cannot always be expressed by words and remind us that although some bad feelings are inevitable, they are always tempered by hope. This is a kind fable that follows a small child who awakes to find blackened leaves in her bedroom, she wanders around a complex world and is overtaken by a countless number of feelings, just as all hope seems lost she returns to her bedroom to find a tiny red seedling has grown to fill the room with a warm light. The children will use this character’s journey as inspiration to write their own story for the character, highlighting the hope and positive mindset the character adopts. ​

In Science, we will be continuing to learn about ’Living things and their habitats’. How does a habitat provide an animals basic need? How are animals and plants are suited to their habitat? These are all questions we will explore in this exciting topic to improve our understanding. In addition, we will be focussing on our working scientifically skills and be carrying out an investigation linked to observations of micro-habitats.

In Geography the children will develop their key knowledge linked to mapping journeys in the local environment.  They will explore compass points, directions and local land marks. The children will have the opportunity to visit and recognise human and physical features of the local area.

In History the children will be finding out and explaining how the local area has changed and how it was different in the past, by listening to the residents in the nursing home. The children will develop their key knowledge using appropriate words and phrases to describe historical events. They will learn about what life was like in the past by speaking to people from different generations. The children will use historical sources to compare and contrast how features have changed in the past to the present within the local area.

In Art the children will be developing their skills linked to sketching, designing and painting. They will explore art linked to the global theme of ‘Identity and Diversity’. As part of the art learning journey the children will be identifying portraits created by and in the style of Picasso. The children will work towards an art outcome of creating a portrait of the little girl in our core text, ‘The Red Tree’. They will explore this by using pastels and by mixing acrylic paints to explore emotions.

In RE, Year 2 are learning about the religion of Judaism. The children will be learning about festivals in the Jewish year - Sukkot, Pesach and Purim.  Through stories, role play and hands-on experiences, they will consider: Why is it important to keep traditions/customs alive? How do the Festival events help to teach young Jews about their past? What do these festivals show about the Jews’ relationship with God?

In PE, the children are learning the skills while playing football. They will learn how to dribble and pass a ball to others while having an awareness of their surroundings. During these lessons, the children will be passing and shooting the ball, as well as having team games linked to the specific skills taught.

In RSE, the children will be identifying the role they play within their family and exploring what makes them unique and special. The children will explore what it means to belong to something whether it is a family, a church or a type of group and they will share their beliefs.

In computing the children will become programmers and create algorithms. They will make predictions and then test their algorithm to see if it was correct. In addition, the children will debug programmes and evaluate their progress.

In computing the children will become programmers and create algorithms. They will make predictions and then test their algorithm to see if it was correct. In addition, the children will debug programmes and evaluate their progress.

In music the children will be identifying changes in pitch using their own voice by creating different vocal patterns. This will lead onto the children representing characters, they will explore the differences between their voice and that of others. In addition, the children will identify the different sounds that male and female vocalists create. Then the children will be singing for a purpose and learning how to perform to others.

During this term, the children will attend a Diwali workshop. The workshop will be delivered by dance and music which will retell the story of Rama and Sita. The children will develop an understanding of the most well-known story behind Diwali by recreating the narrative from start to finish. Additionally, the children will be able to gain confidence in physical literacy and explore how physical vocabulary can express emotion and to improve cultural understanding by exploring this important literary work.

A music trip to the Southbank will give the children the opportunity to see the ‘London Philharmonic Orchestra’ retell the story of ‘Zog’ by using music to capture emotions.

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