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 Summer 2 term, the learning in year 2 will be based around the global themes of ‘Sustainable development’ and ‘Power and Governance’. The focus of the term is the impact of plastic pollution and how we can reduce plastic pollution by reusing waste products. Over the course of the term, the children will be learning how we can raise awareness to be agents of change both in our own community and that of others abroad. Furthermore, we will be comparing how rubbish is disposed of in the UK, The Gambia and in Argentina and how waste is recycled in all of these countries.

In geography, the children will be exploring the similarities and differences on how waste is recycled in different countries and the impact this has on the environment.

In Maths, this half term Year 2 will be focusing and recapping on how to use the column method within addition and subtraction. They will also be using their prior knowledge of times tables and how it links to multiplication and division.

Throughout the Summer 2 half term, our core text is ‘One Plastic Bag’. This inspiring true story follows a community in The Gambia, in which plastic bags are discarded and begin to accumulate in heaps along the roadside. The pollution, disease and smell that these caused devastated the community. They realised something had to change. We will be studying the main character, Isatou Ceesay, in more depth and will be discussing the impact of her actions and how they made a difference in our world. To ‘hook’ us into our core text, we will be exploring the impact of plastic bags and will be using different materials to make something useful, just like Ceesay. Our writing outcome will be to create a biography to describe the influential actions made by Isatou Ceesay to combat the plastic bag issue.

In Science, we will be learning all about’ Materials’. We will compare materials, such as, metal, wood and plastic, and their purpose and we will identify the properties of each of the materials. We will carry out an investigation to explore which material is the strongest, the most waterproof and which item is the most flexible. We will link this our sustainable development curriculum, such as discussing plastic pollution and the usefulness of different materials.

In art, the children will be participating in The Arts Fortnight, where the theme is Community and Reconnection, with the subtheme being the World of Change for Year 2. We will explore the inspirational artist called Aaron Douglas who creates images using a printing technique and he wants the world to understand that change is needed so it becomes a better place to live. Each class will be inspired by a different piece of work and create an outcome linked to that. In addition, we will learn a song and dance routine that will be shared across the school.

In RE, Year 2 are learning about the religion of Sikhism. We will be learning about the Sikh teachings and life, through an exploration of the teachings of the Guru Granth Sahib.  They will consider how Sikhs show they follow rules in their lives, as well as what worship means to Sikhs.

In RSE, the children will be learning about hygiene and wellbeing. We will be learning the importance of how hygiene can prevent the spread of germs. In addition, we will be recognising how to manage different emotions, such as: happiness, sadness, excitement and frustration.