2021 Autumn Term (Year 2) - Lower School - St Thomas of Canterbury Junior School

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2021 Autumn Term (Year 2) - Lower School

Curriculum Advice for Parents

Welcome back to the beginning of a new and exciting academic year. We hope that this grid will give you helpful details of planned work for this term. Please assist your child in exploring and discussing these areas. We trust you continue to find the homework diary useful and intend to continue to suggest activities in it.

All year groups will be having English and Mathematics lessons every day. The most important way to help your children is to read with them on a daily basis. The more you read together the better they will do in school and (this is not an overstatement) in life! “Families that read together succeed together!”

We will also continue to suggest spellings and times tables to learn in the homework diary too as this type of work is also very beneficial, especially in Year 4.  Please continue to refer to the homework diary for general expectations, such as those relating to uniform (summer uniform expectations are in place until October half term). Thank you!
Examples of areas we plan to cover

Art & Design
To link with the Hindu festival of Diwali, in Art we will be researching Rangoli patterns and creating our own using a variety of materials.

We will be recapping on basic computing skills, with a focus on e-safety and using the school network safely. We will then be exploring some simulation software. Finally, we will be learning how to use the internet to safely and efficiently search for information about the Saxons.

Our D&T topic this term focuses on sewing skills, where the children will be designing and creating their own Celtic step patterns using Binca, learning a variety of stitches.

In geography, we will be exploring the regions of England and locating them on a map. We will focus on East Anglia and North-West England, comparing the physical and human features of those two regions.

This term, we will learn about the earliest civilisations, from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. We will use a variety of resources, including artefacts, to explore how they developed tools from different materials and moved from a nomadic to community way of life.

In music this term, the children will be focusing on the key musical elements including pitch, rhythm, dynamics, texture and timbre. They will have the opportunity to work as a class and in smaller groups to compose and perform on a range of percussion instruments. There will also be activities where they will need to show good listening skills.

This term, the children will be having lessons on invasion games including football and netball. They will also be learning how to jump, travel, move and turn in gymnastics.

During the first half term, we will be discussing; how to identify our achievements and set personal goals, facing new challenges positively, understanding that actions affect ourselves and others we care about and making responsible choices. In the second half of the term we will begin to understand the word bullying, how words can hurt others, ways to help make others feel better and how to give and receive compliments.

In RE this term, we will be studying The Fall - considering what Christians learn from the story of Adam and Eve. We will also look at Hindu worship and celebration in the home (Puja and Diwali) and thinking about the celebration of the Incarnation at Christmas.

The topic for Science this half term is ‘Animals including Humans’. We will be looking at how we can group animals in a variety of ways. We will look at the purposes of the human skeleton and at how muscles work. Finally we will explore the importance of eating a healthy, balanced diet and the children will create their own menus. After half term, we will be studying forces including gravity and friction. Through practical investigations we will explore different forces and how they affect our everyday lives. We will also learn about magnetism and investigate which materials are magnetic. The children will graph and evaluate their results.

We will be focusing on learning the names of animals to complement our Science topic and then we will move on to identifying/describing objects in our pencil case.
You may like to talk to your child about these topics. The prospectus (which details how the different subjects are taught) is available for download by clicking here.

In addition, you may also wish to:

: research ideas at the local library and help your child to develop his/her library skills;

: search the internet for relevant websites and activities;

: watch relevant television programmes that may support their work, or visit a museum or place of interest;

: simply talk to your child about what they are learning!

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