2022 Spring Term (Year 2) - Upper School - St Thomas of Canterbury Junior School

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2022 Spring Term (Year 2) - Upper School

Curriculum Advice for Parents

Welcome back after what we hope was a wonderful Christmas and New Year! We hope that this information will give you helpful details of planned work for this new Spring term. Please assist your son/daughter in exploring and discussing these areas. As you know, we are committed to giving you clear information and guidance about what is being covered in school so that you can support this by talking with your children at home.
All year groups will be having English and Mathematics lessons every day. You can support your child in a variety of ways including: reading and discussing books with your son/daughter; helping him/her to learn spellings and number facts (e.g. multiplication tables, including regular use of TT Rockstars).
Please continue to refer to the homework diary for general expectations, such as those relating to uniform. Thank you for your continued support.
Examples of areas we plan to cover

Art & Design
We will be studying and evaluating the importance of Ancient Greek art. This will inform our own design and creation of Greek style pots and masks.  

Using our knowledge of ancient Greece, the children will design and create a Trojan Horse using woodworking skills. They will explore how materials are combined to create useful properties. They will also apply finishing techniques to strengthen and improve the appearance of their product.  

The children will be learning how to create computer code and using this skill to produce some wonderful interactive animations linked to our history work about Ancient Greece. We will also be learning about how to present information and staying safe on mobile devices, particularly exploring the risks of location sharing.

In geography this term, we will be studying the countries of South America with a particular focus on Brazil. The children will investigate the physical and human features of the area by comparing and contrasting different locations. They will use their mapping skills to explore locations and discuss the lives of the local people.

The children will be studying life in Ancient Greece. They will discover the impact of the civilisation on our lives today.

In music this term, we will link with our history topic by composing themes for characters from the Greek Myth, ‘Theseus and Minotaur’. The children will need to consider how each theme should sound from their understanding of the story and will be able to use a range of instruments.  There will also be opportunities for performance and drama during this unit of study.

For outdoor PE, the children will develop their invasion game skills with netball-based games. They will then create their own multi-skills games. They will continue to explore ancient Greek life in their dance lessons before developing their gymnastic skills.

The children will be learning about dreams, goals and how to maintain a healthy mind-set. They will engage in whole class, small group and paired discussion-based activities.

In RE this term, we will be exploring the big questions: ‘How can following God bring freedom and justice?’, ‘What other ideas about God do people have?’ and ‘What difference does the resurrection make for Christians?’

In science this term, we will be learning about the Earth in Space. We will carry out our own research about the Solar System, find out about Major Tim Peake's role in the ISS space mission and investigate how the angle of the sun causes shadows to change throughout the day. Children will also be observing the way the moon changes each night.

We will be looking at how to describe the classroom around us by learning the furniture names and vocabulary related to position e.g. next to, under. We will then use some of the same skills to talk about places found in a town and practise asking for directions in Spanish.  

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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