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Year 2

Spring Term

Computing

Reintroducing the idea of algorithms as instructions and using this knowledge to create programs in ‘Scratch’.
Developing skills of decomposition, abstraction, debugging and refinement.

Creativity

Music:
Explore how music can express emotions, tell stories and make the world a better place, recognising different sounds and considering what music teaches us about our own neighbourhoods.

Art:
Learn different print-making techniques and explore patterns, using a variety of materials to create collages inspired by the artists Henri Matisse, Bridget Riley and Kurt Schwitters.

Design Technology:
Vehicles - look at existing wheeled vehicles, what an axle and chassis is, design and create our own wheeled vehicles.

Ed4Life

Dreams and Goals:
Children will look at their personal goals and strengths, alongside working towards a group goal.

Healthy Me:
In Spring 2, the focus teaches the children about being relaxed, medicine and a healthy, balanced diet.

English

Reading:
Continue to make links between stories read, practice reading fluently, find key information within a text, sequence and retell stories.
We will make simple inferences, justifying why a character says something, feels or behaves in certain ways.

Writing:
Continue to identify and use expanded noun phrases and conjunctions, as well as practising the basics of sentence writing.
Explore the genres of story writing and non-fiction fact-file.

Spelling/Phonics:
Continue learning Stage 3 spelling rules, syllables, suffixes, the contracted form of words and homophones.

Geography

Where in the World:
Name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the UK and its surrounding seas.
Locate Biggleswade on a map and identify the difference between a town and a city.
Use compass points on a map.

History

Now and Then:
Compare the similarities and differences between past and present ways of life.
Sequencing artefacts and photographs into chronological order and discussing changes within living memory.

Maths

Multiplication and Division:
2, 5 and 10 times tables.

Time:
Reading an analogue clock (o’clock, half past, quarter past, quarter to and 5 minute intervals).
Understanding units of time and calculating lengths of time.

Fractions:
Identifying halves and quarters of shapes and quantities.

Adding and Subtracting Two-digit Numbers:
Using the ‘make 10’ strategy, near doubles and near multiples to effectively calculate an answer.

PE

Gymnastics:
Balancing, rolling, jumping and creating sequences.

Attacking and Defending:
Developing skills associated with finding space and marking players.

Dance:
Encouraging children to think about the speed, weight and size of their movements to react to the motif.

Throwing and Catching:
Building upon existing skills; rolling and stopping a ball, throwing over arm and under arm, bouncing and catching.

Philosophy

Islam:
An introduction to Muslim prayer and how commitment can help us achieve our goals.

Christianity and Easter:
How the story of Easter discusses salvation and life.

Science

Living Things and Their Habitats - Around the World:
Children will be exploring and comparing animals from different habitats around the world, learning about why certain animals are suited to different habitats and how environments are constantly changing.

Animals Including Humans - Growth:
In this unit, we will learn about the offspring of animals and humans and how they grow and change. We will look at the basic needs for survival and learn about the importance of exercise, eating the right foods and hygiene.