Autumn Term 2019
'Towers and Turrets'
Welcome back to school Year Two! We are looking forward to starting our thrilling Towers and Turrets topic this term and will be finding out all about castles, dragons and electricity.
This half term we will be visiting castles around the Portsmouth area, exploring the grounds and imagining what life would be like for the people living in them. We will be writing some of our own descriptions of dragons and castles, as well as creating fact files about mythical creatures. We will focus on our use of descriptive features to make our writing more imaginative.
We will also explore the geography of castles in the United Kingdom, finding them on maps and learning about the different counties of the UK. The children will also be designing their very own castle. Near the end of the half term break we will have an open afternoon workshop where parents and carers can come and support their children in building their castles from their final design.
As always, ERIC will continue this term every Thursday morning, when parents and carers are encouraged to read in class with their child. We look forward to seeing you then!
Mrs Foster and Miss Shaw
Summer Term 2019
This term in Year 2 we will be learning all about 'Rescue', in particular the Emergency Services. We have a visit from the Hampshire Fire Service planned and we will be learning about the Great Fire of London in History. We're even going to be creating our own Great Fire of Buckland (water buckets at the ready)! We will be learning about fire safety and investigating the different properties of materials in relation to this. We will also be designing and making our own rescue vehicles!
We will learn how to use evidence from different sources (books, tv, internet, real people) to find out about the past, and begin to empathise with people who work in the emergency services. Following on from this, we will be looking at personal health and well-being, specifically keeping ourselves safe and using the emergency services to help us do this. We will also explore how people prevent sickness and how we care for ourselves.
In PE, we have begun practising Athletics in preparation for this year’s Sports Day, and in Science we will continue to learn about plants and animals and how they grow. Later in the term, we will be travelling to the Isle of Wight, and learning about the other emergency services, including the coastguard.
We also want to thank parents and carers that have been doing extra work with your children at home such as continued reading, times tables and number bonds practice, completing learning log tasks and accessing Bug Club. Your support at home is invaluable in supporting your child's progress.
Mr Griffiths and Miss Shaw
Spring Term 2019
The new year promises to be an exciting one for Year 2 as we learn about the Swinging Sixties.
Over the next term, we will be asking questions of the past: Was the 1960s a great time to live?! Who was the best band? What did people wear? And why are people still so excited about this period of history? We would really like to get parents or grandparents in to help answer some of these questions. If you would be interested in coming into class to share your experiences of the sixties, please let us know.
During the topic, we will be immersing ourselves in sixties music. We will experience this period through various media, using videos, books and the Internet to go back in time. We will learn about sixties fashion and design our own clothing. We will even create our own sixties food. Our learning will culminate in a fabulous festival, celebrating all things to do with the sixties!
Mr Griffiths and Miss Shaw