Churchill (Year 2)
Taught by: Mrs Baker, Mrs Dunne, Miss Ferguson and Miss Southin.
This term we will be reading ‘Olga da Polga’. This story follows the adventures of a guinea pig called Olga da Polga, a self-important, mischievous and imaginative guinea pig, who loves telling wildly exaggerated tales about her experiences to her friends. Our writing will be based around themes and ideas from the book including diary writing, poetry, non- chronological reports and narratives.
This book will also link to our science, art and design and technology, as we will be exploring habitats and designing and making a model guinea pig cage. Later in the term this will be followed by the book ‘The bee that spoke’ allowing for lots more writing opportunities and to deepen knowledge of the world through enquiry and cross-curricular research stimulated by a narrative text.
This term we will be concentrating on number; multiplication, division and fractions as well as geometry; property of shape, measurement; length and height and statistics. We will continue to learn our doubles and halves as well as our 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables.
Our topic this term is geography based. The children will be comparing and contrasting the physical and human features of the town of Hastings (UK) with the town of Penrith (Australia). They will use map and atlas skills to locate and name the continents of the world before moving on to interpreting and creating charts and graphs to compare rainfall and temperatures. We will also explore aboriginal art and music.
We will begin our science topic this term with 'Living things and their habitats'. The children will have the opportunity to explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive. They will get the chance to investigate different habitats and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other. They will then look at how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food. Later in the term our topic will be 'plants'. The children will have the opportunity to plant and grow their own plants and to explore what plants need to grow and stay healthy.
Ways to help your child
Read with your child regularly; ten minutes each evening makes such a difference!
Encourage your child to practise their times tables, doubles, halves and spellings.