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We have two Year 2 classes at Newcroft
Mrs Wicks and Miss Veazey are the class teachers for 2019-20.
Here is our Curriculum Map for you to see what we will be learning about this school year.
Our first topic in the Autumn term is India.
Autumn 1 -India Knowledge Organiser
The children have had a fantastic start to the year, they are working really hard and have a great attitude towards learning.
Our topic this term is ‘India’ and the children have learnt lots of new vocabulary. To begin with we read a story called ‘The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk’ which had some similarities to ‘The Wheels on the Bus’. The children learnt the following vocabulary: yogi, chai, poppadoms, rupees, Diwali, tuk tuk and Namaste-Ji. We are now reading a book called ‘The Tiger Child’.
In Geography we have learnt the names of the seven continents and can locate them on a world map. We are now beginning to make comparisons between India and England.
We are looking forward to showing our parents and carers our work in our Celebration Assembly on Friday.
Miss Veazey and Mrs Wicks
Autumn 2 - Parade of People Knowledge Organiser
This term our topic has been called ‘Parade of People.’ It has been about people from the past and present that have had a significant impact on our lives. The children enjoyed learning about Florence Nightingale the most. Not only have we been learning about these famous people in our topic lessons, we have done lots of English work too. We have written biographies about Florence Nightingale including her early life, her time in the Crimean War, how she improved the hospitals and what happened when she returned to England. We also wrote diary entries and were able to really get into character. Some children decided to write their diary as Florence, whilst some decided to take on the role of a soldier. Other people we have learnt about are Mary Anning, Jamie Oliver, Andy Warhol and Giuseppe Arcimboldo.
We have done lots of Art work this term, investigating artists, media and colour. One artist we enjoyed investigating was Giuseppe Arcimboldo. We looked at Arcimboldo’s Summer and Winter paintings, comparing them from the eye of an artist. We worked in groups to recreate Arcimboldo’s famous work.
Can you guess which picture represents summer and which represents winter?
We are now getting ready for the Christmas break after a very busy few weeks. The children thoroughly enjoyed learning their lines and songs for ‘Lights, Camel, Action’ and loved showing their families. The children’s acting and dancing was outstanding and we are very proud that we were able to put on such a fantastic show!
We loved wearing our Christmas jumpers last Friday and learnt where the money goes that we raised.
Have a wonderful break.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Miss Veazey and Mrs Wicks.
Spring Term 1 - Around the World Knowledge Organiser
We have had a very busy half term learning about Tocuaro. Tocuaro is a very small village in Mexico with a population of around 600 people (much smaller than Shepshed!)
We watched a video with Barnaby Bear, where we learnt about the physical and human features of Tocuaro. The link is below if you want to watch it:
We enjoyed looking at different fairy tales, including The Pea and The Princess. We showed our parents our versions of the story in our Celebration Assembly.
In Science, we have continued to learn about plants. We set up our own Science investigation to see if the petals would change colour when in coloured water. We concluded that the stem transported the coloured water to the petals and they changed colour!
Spring Term 2
Robots and Machines - Robots and Machines Knowledge Organiser
The children have been studying the topic ‘Robots and Machines.’ In this topic your children will learn about space. Take a look at the Knowledge Organiser below. The children will write many text types including poems, non-fiction texts and narratives. The book read in this topic is ‘Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes.
As part of this topic the children studied the artist Peter Thorpe. They learnt what abstract art was, and how to use contrasting colours from the colour wheel to create a final piece. All the children designed and created a geometric background using paint. They then designed and chose a space feature for their foreground, using oil pastels.
World Book Day
On Thursday 5th March the children took part in ‘World Book Day.’ The children dressed up as their favourite book character and the school was transformed into Hogwarts. As part of celebrating World Book Day the children wrote their own rhyming spells. Have a read below!
As part of English the children studied poetry. We began by exploring different space poems and understanding the features of poetry. The children then went onto exploring new vocabulary such as different verbs and rhyming couplets. Finally the children wrote their own space poems based on the Sun.
Iron Man by Ted Hughes
Before beginning to read ‘Iron Man’ the children made a prediction based on front cover and blurb about the plot, characters and setting. The class went onto read Chapter 1. They used the text to draw evidence about what Iron Man could have looked like in the story. Why not read Iron Man with your child at home!
On Monday 16th March the school celebrated Science Week. In Year 2 the children had to investigate which biscuit would be best to make a house for the witch from Hansel and Gretel. The children first explored the texture, shape and size of the variety of biscuits to predict which biscuit would be the strongest. They then chose one biscuit they would make their house from. They worked in small teams to construct a house of biscuits. We then tested the strength of the house by placing weights on the house. The strongest house took the most weight. The chocolate digestive was the winner! We presented our findings on a block graph to help us interpret the results.
In Year 2 the children also took part in a 30 minute investigation. In Year 1 and 2 we chose to study the weather. Our investigation was called ‘Storm in a Glass.’ We discussed the water cycle and how clouds were formed. The children then predicted which cloud would hold the most water. We formed clouds using shaving foam and used blue dyed water as the rain. The children poured a teaspoon of blue dyed water at a time into the glass with the shaving foam and observed which cloud held the most water. We concluded that the larger the cloud the more rain it can hold!
Our topic for summer 1 is ‘Rumble in the Jungle’. It explores the different animals and plants that live in the Jungle, where you can find Jungles on the world map and the food chain of animals. Here is our Knowledge Organiser for you to look at – Rumble in the Jungle Knowledge Organiser
We have added lots of activities relating to this topic to our Home Learning packs that you will receive after the Easter holidays.
Stay safe and keep learning!
Miss Veazey and Mrs Wicks