Who? What? Where?

Ospreys Class – Yr2

Our topic this term is Who? What? Where?

We will be finding out about the Victorians, William Morris and Florence Nightingale – and asking lots of ‘who, what, where’ questions to help us with our discoveries.

We will be using simple vocabulary to talk about the past and comparing seaside holidays from Victorian times up to modern day. We will be investigating fabrics and materials and finding out where all our plastic goes, and hopefully coming up with some new uses for a plastic bottle!

We will continue to explore the UK, looking closely at all the human and physical features and comparing these with the island of Madagascar – asking more questions to develop our geographical knowledge. Ospreys will become fearless investigators – and remember ‘there’s no such thing as a silly question’.

In Art/Design Technology/Music we will be:

  • Looking at the work of William Morris.
  • Making cameo brooches or mourning brooches from clay.
  • Replicating Victorian photographs using pencil/brown pencils and staining.
  • Experimenting with wax relief prints using ink wash (seascapes).
  • Designing and making a small scale Victorian bathing suit.
  • Experimenting with sounds (tongue twisters and chants)

In Maths we will be learning to:

  • Tell the time to the nearest hour and half past.
  • Identify and recite confidently the 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables.
  • Recognise and use multiples of 10, 5, and 2.
  • Recognise the place value of each digit in a three-digit number (hundreds, tens, ones).
  • Identify, represent and estimate numbers in different ways including the number line.
  • Compare and order numbers from 0 up to 100; use <, > and = signs.
  • Read and write numbers to at least 100 in numerals and in words.
  • Use place value and number facts to solve problems.
  • Show that multiplication of two numbers can be done in any order and division of one number by another cannot.
  • Solve problems involving multiplication and division, using materials, arrays, repeated addition, mental methods, and multiplication and division facts, including problems in contexts.

In Literacy we will be:

  • Writing postcards and letters from Victorian seaside places.
  • Finding a message in a bottle – what will be our reply?
  • Learning about Magic Grandad and his stories from the past.
  • Writing about a day at the seaside – linked to drama activities.
  • Developing our question and answer investigation writing.
  • Exploring ways of recording non- fiction writing – facts and information from the Victorian era.
  • Making fact files about William Morris and Florence Nightingale.
  • Using labels and captions to record comparisons between the UK and Madagascar.
  • Learning about vocabulary, grammar and punctuation.
  • Enjoying our daily phonics lessons and dictated sentence writing.
  • Practicing weekly spellings.
  • Developing our visual literacy through media and film.

In Science we will be:

  • Looking at push and pull forces and using vocabulary such as twist, squeeze, stretch to describe shape changes.
  • Talking about fast/slow movement of objects.
  • Looking at a range of different fabrics using touch, sight & smell.
  • Distinguishing between natural & man-made fabrics & where they come from/are made.
  • Finding out about some scientists who developed new materials that are useful
  • Discussing difficulties of disposal of plastics. Look at symbols used to show which type of plastic an object is made from & find out if they can be recycled in your area. Discuss use of plastic bags.

Knowledge and Understanding the World

In R.E/PHSE we will be:

  • Learning about ‘Going for Goals’ – small achievable steps.
  • Finding out who inspires us – who is an inspiring person and why?

In Geography/History we will be:

  • Learning to Identify human and physical features of the UK as an island.
  • Exploring the island of Madagascar and compare this to the UK.
  • Using geographical vocabulary when comparing island features.
  • Sharing postcards and photographs – recognizing that the past can be recorded this way.
  • Comparing and contrasting Victorian toys up to modern day.
  • Recording information on a timeline.
  • Finding out about why Florence Nightingale is a significant historical figure.
  • Learning all about Victorian sea sides (fairgrounds, music, photography, bathing machines, clothing) – creating our own Victorian games/ seaside event.

In Computing we will be:

  • Using coding
  • Learning about e- safety.
  • Using the internet as a source of information.

Physical Development

  • We will be working closely with PAS this term to continue to develop skills in gymnastics and dance.
  • We will also be learning about team games both indoors and outdoors.
  • Team activities this term will include den building and collaborative working games.

How you can help your child:

  • Hear him/her read regularly.
  • Encourage them to write sentences, using correct spellings, reminding them to use capital letters and full stops and great describing words.
  • Use practical maths activities in the home, weighing, measuring and counting to encourage your child to use maths in everyday situations.
  • Complete ‘Learning Log’ homework tasks.
  • Practice weekly spellings that are sent home.