Summer Term 2021 – Year 2 Curriculum Newsletter
Welcome to the Summer Term in Year 2. We are all looking forward to an exciting final term in Key Stage1.
In English we have started the term with some writing about the Easter holidays and a retelling of a short story called ‘The Lighthouse’. We will then focus on myths and legends. We will begin by retelling the African myth ‘Anansi the Spider’. We will then read several creation myths, before writing our own. Later in the term we will be focusing on the great outdoors. Through drama activities we will be developing our extended writing using a range of sentence types and interesting vocabulary. We will also be focusing on non-fiction texts and designing posters and fact sheets about pond animals and other minibeasts.
In Mathematics we will be covering 3D shape, fractions, time, volume and word problems. Please continue to focus on times table using the app TTRockstars and general maths skills using the Mathseeds programme. If you need reminding of your login details, please do not hesitate to email your teacher.
In Science we will be exploring the school grounds and our school pond, finding out about minibeasts, life cycles and habitats. Later in the term we are hoping to visit St Ouen’s bay for a minibeast hunt. More details about the trip will follow.
This term we are continuing to work on coding using the programme Scratch. We will use the app ‘Sketch Nation’ to create our own minibeast themed platform games. We will also go to the computer suite and focus on our typing and word processing skills. We will continue to use IT across all curriculum areas, using apps such as ‘Pic Collage’ and ‘Book Creator’ to further develop subject knowledge and multimedia presentation skills.
This term out focus will be a comparison between the seaside from the past and today. Living In Jersey the children are all familiar with beach activities and we will be looking at what a Victorian child might have done at the beach including what they might have worn, eaten and seen and we will compare it with what they do today. In Geography we are focusing on naming and locating the other Channel Islands and the surrounding waters. We will then focus more specifically on Jersey before learning about the different climatic zones of the world. We will also be finding out about life in Africa by reading about a girl from Uganda and comparing her life with our life in Jersey.
PE (Physical Education)
This term we will be focusing on developing the quality and consistency of athletic skills. Children will take part in a range of competitive running, jumping and throwing activities. They will also be developing the quality and consistency with which they perform various throwing, catching and batting skills. They will take part in a range of modified striking and fielding games. After half term we hope to welcome a coach into school to work specifically on tennis skills.
The focus in music this term for Year 2 will be exploring the musical elements of timbre, tempo and dynamics. They will be singing a variety of seasonal songs and playing classroom instruments to accompany these – learning specific accompaniment parts and learning the beginnings of rhythm notation. They will discuss the sound that different instruments make and will be creating their own music by combining sounds to perform in a class composition for a song called ‘Noah’s Ark.’ They will continue to learn about rhythm in particular quaver, crotchet and minim notation.
In RE we are focusing on Islam and learning to understand why Muslims visit a mosque and what happens during Hajj.
In Art we will use chalk pastels to draw pictures of spring blossom and we will create an oil resist pastel watercolour butterfly. We will also recreate Van Gogh sunflowers with children using their own colour and style. In Design Technology we will be making vehicles focusing on wheels and axles.
As always please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or queries.
Ms Byrne Mrs Chappell-Jenkins Mrs Christopher