Harris Academies
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Year 2 Learning Overview - Spring 1 2017

What are we learning?

This half term our Topic Theme is ‘Street Detectives’, and our learning in all subjects will be linked to this.

As Geographers we will be creating maps, plans and routes. We will be creating keys and will start to develop basic fieldwork skills.

As Scientists we will be exploring the different materials of buildings close to us. We will research the differences of materials in old and new buildings.

As Artists we will be learning about local artists and taking to the streets to search for street art. We will develop our sketching and observational skills, using local buildings for inspiration.

In addition:

In English we will be looking at Little Red Riding Hood, and have fun by modernising it, twisting it and changing it. We will think about what we would like to improve in our local area and write to our counsellor. Additionally, we will think like business owners and create leaflets and adverts.

In Maths

We will be developing our reasoning and problem solving skills by applying our number skills. Additionally, we will be developing our number sense and understanding of calculating with numbers within 100.

In Mandarin

We will continue to broaden our vocabulary through songs and games. We will be especially learning words which enable us to talk about ourselves. We will also continue to learn how to write in Mandarin.

In Philosophy for Children (P4C) we will continue to develop our thinking skills by asking questions and making assumptions. We will be making choices based on our opinions, and respectfully listening to and responding to others.

In Music we will continue to practise the recorder and singing. Please ensure your child brings in their recorder every Thursday.

In R.E we will be learning about Hinduism.

Other Events:

Parent Workshops:

Wednesday 11th January 5.00 – 6.00pm: Mandarin

Mr Stagg, our mandarin teacher, will be holding a workshop for parents.  Please come along and find out about how we teach Mandarin and perhaps learn some yourself.

Thursday 9th February at either 2.30 - 3.20pm or 5.00 - 6.00pm: ‘What is Mastery and how to nurture a growth mind-set in your child’

Come along to find out what you can do to support your child in their development.

Our Parent celebration will be on 10th February at 9am. We will be sharing our learning with you as well as the projects from this half term.


Key information:

Uniform:  Please ensure your child is in the correct uniform and that all items are labelled with their name.

P.E. Kit: P.E is on Wednesday and Friday, please ensure your child’s kit is brought in on Monday and it will be returned to you on Friday to wash at home. Please ensure that each item is labelled with your child’s name.

Reading Books and Reading Records: Children read daily in school, please make sure your child’s book and reading record are in their book bags each day. Please read with your child daily and make a short comment in their reading record.

Overview of our home learning: Home learning is handed out weekly on a Thursday and should be returned on a Tuesday. If there are any difficulties with home learning, please see your child’s class teacher.

Home learning projects will be due on Tuesday 7th February. Our topic this half term is ‘Street Detectives’. We will be learning about our local area, discovering the streets of Dulwich and delving into the history of the area. We will be meeting the people who work on Lordship Lane and seeking out historical clues which tell us about the Dulwich of yesterday. We also encourage your children to think about the area local to them. What characteristics and features does it have?