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St Mary's Catholic

Voluntary Academy

Part of the St Therese of Lisieux Catholic Multi Academy Trust

Year 2

Welcome to Year 2!

 

YEAR 2 Autumn Term Curriculum Overview 2019

What is the Magic of the Forest?

 

This term Year 2 are working to answer the essential question ‘What is the Magic of the Forest?’ The topic is predominantly science based with a focus on Plants and Habitats. Yet, the children will also study aspects of the History and Geography curriculum, through work on Robin Hood and then the Rainforest. The project will give the children the opportunity to study the literature of Anthony Browne and Julia Donaldson, through their well-known stories of ‘Gorilla’, the ‘Gruffalo’, ‘Stick Man’ and ‘Monkey Puzzle’. Through project writing, the children will compose a retell of their Launch Day to Belton Woods and a persuasion letter to Mrs Wheatley, encouraging her to let them visit Sherwood Forest or Clumber Park, as part of the topic. Numeracy work will begin with the children using the items that they have collected from the forest floor at Belton, to sort and organise using a variety of methods including tally charts, pictograms and block graphs. During week two, the children will be asked to think about what would make their school forest magical and then buy items to go in our forest by finding total amounts and giving change, up to and beyond £1.00. Over the course of the term, Year 2 will take part in rubbings of nature and observational drawings in Art, as well as the design and production of simple structures, for our forest, in Design Technology. The children have already begun to put their ICT skills to the test and are in the process of creating their own powerpoint of their learning journey so far, through the project. Many of you have joined us today to explore our forest area and see the area that we are working to research, plan and develop, through our project. In answer to our essential question, the topic will conclude with a FOREST FESTIVAL. An open afternoon for parents of our school, the parish and the public. Visitors and children will be able to see all the hard work that has gone into researching, planning and developing the forest area, on our school field and take part in activities such as tent pitching, T. Shirt designing, face painting, hair braiding and making smoothies from the forest. If you are prepared to help the children, in any way, to develop this fantastic area, then come and have a chat. Roll up your sleeves, put on your wellies and we look forward to seeing you in school. Let the hard work for the this term begin!

 

FOREST FRIDAY- The children will be working to develop our Forest Area on a Friday afternoon beginning on Friday 13th September 2019. Be prepared for them to be messy! Please ensure that they have an appropriate coat, hats, gloves, sun hat, sun cream (as required) and a pair of wellingtons in school every Friday.   Thank you.

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