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Willaston Church of England Primary School

Welcome To Year 2

Spring Term!

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are ready for the exciting and busy term ahead.

In Autumn term, we thoroughly enjoyed exploring our ‘Coasts and Oceans’ Topic. The children learnt the world’s continents and oceans before focusing on the UK and our surrounding seas. This term our Geography topic is ‘Wild Africa’ where we will revise our locational Geography knowledge and explore the countries of Africa in detail using an atlas. We will also examine and compare the similarities and differences between the Maasai people of East Africa and our own daily life using the book ‘Maasai and I’. Our literacy books for this term include ‘Lila and the Secret of the Rain’ and ‘Handa’s Surprise’. We will use these texts to produce a collection of narrative pieces exploring the use of different sentence types and control of tense before using topic work to write structured non-fiction reports. 

During our English skills lessons we will also develop our understanding of the concept of the possessive (singular) apostrophe, begin the use of adverbs, apply a selection of suffixes such as –ful, -less, -ness and-er and independently use commas correctly for a list.

Last term in Mathematics lessons we studied the topics of Place value, Addition and Subtraction, Capacity and Statistics. This term will largely focus around Multiplication and Division, Fractions and Measurement (Time). We have been working hard on using and sharing our reasoning skills and this term we will be developing more complex reasoning and problem solving skills through our Black Belt Challenges.

Last term in Science we investigated the topic of ‘Animals Including Humans’ and ‘Uses of Everyday Materials’. We will be able to use our knowledge from Autumn term of the basic need of humans and animals to explore life processes this term in our ‘Living Things and their Habitats’ topic. We will discuss what things need to do to be living before exploring and comparing the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive. We will examine our outdoor environment to identify a variety of plants and animals in their habitats before using the idea of a simple food chain to identify key vocabulary such as producer, consumer, predator and prey. This topic will closely link to our ‘Wild Africa’ topic where we will examine the Savannah, East Africa’s tropical rainforests, jungle and the open grasslands.

In Art this term, we will be focusing on the use of pattern, texture and colour to explore African patterns and printing techniques such as the Adinkra fabric printing from Ghana. We will also be exploring the use of a range of materials to produce sunset collages and paintings.

This term we will be using our class set of iPads and laptops for our Computing curriculum as well as researching key items of information for the Geography and History elements of our Topic work. Across the term, the topics of ‘Kingdom of God’, ‘Forgiveness, ‘Salvation’ and ‘Resurrection’ will link in our RE work as Easter approaches.

Please read our Year 2 Spring Term 2019 Newsletter, attached, for more curriculum information and other important classroom information!

Thank you for your continued support,

Miss Atkinson



Spring Newsletter.pdf (PDF 162.3KB)
Guidelines for spelling, year 2, including word lists.pdf (PDF 65.9KB)
Guidelines for vocabulary, grammar and punctuation Year 2.pdf (PDF 64.5KB)
Glossary of terms for English Year 2.pdf (PDF 167.2KB)