Year 2 Spring Term – Wriggle and Crawl
“All life is important, no matter how small.”
Our topic for Spring Term is ‘Wriggle and Crawl’.
This term, we will be focusing on the marvellous world of insects, bugs and minibeasts! In this curriculum statement, we will highlight the activities and learning that your child will be doing. We have designed an engaging and stimulating curriculum to ensure all children access developmentally appropriate learning fully, building on the skills developed over the past two years.
To provoke thought, learning and intrigue, we will begin by posing the question ‘why are insects important?’
Language and Literacy
We will continue to promote and encourage children to actively develop the spoken word, broaden their vocabulary and extend their use of grammatically accurate sentence structures. We will provide opportunities for children to think about how they justify and express opinions, thoughts and ideas to a range of different people in and around school.
Books, and learning through reading, continue to be at the heart of the learning at Hampton Lakes Primary School. During this term, we will focus on a range of high-quality texts in order to develop and further our understanding of insects; their importance, habitats, life-cycles and diets, including fact-files, encyclopaedias, online resource banks and narratives. We will also continue to access high-quality texts using both real books and accessible technology to ensure that we give children a dynamic breadth of information from a range of sources.
As a class, we will be sharing the book 'James and the Giant Peach' by Roald Dahl, an author the children are familiar with, and a story in which anthropomorphised minibeasts play an integral role! The style in which the book is written will further promote high-quality and exciting language and encourage children to apply this in their own writing.
Throughout this term, we will develop our writing skills and styles through focusing on different text types, including narratives, factfiles, letters and instructional writing, linked directly back to our key question.
Whilst phonic knowledge and development continue to be an integral part of the children’s learning and reading strategy, during this term we will direct a greater focus upon improving children’s understanding of spelling rules, plurals and suffixes, alongside guided group reading, which will develop children’s inference, retrieval and prediction skills.
During the spring term, we will be continuing to develop our multiplication and division skills, applying the knowledge and understanding introduced in the autumn term. The children will focus on making connections between their multiplication tables and place value, in addition to recognise different ways of recognising multiplication and division calculations. The children will also develop their understanding of odd and even numbers and begin to calculate mathematical statements for division within the multiplication tables and write them using division (÷) and equals (=) signs. The children will be introduced to statistics during this term, and will begin to represent data through tally charts and pictograms, whilst being supported to interpret and record their findings using them. The children will continue to use Times Table Rockstars at home and school to further support their mathematical knowledge.
Understanding the World
As part of the ‘Wriggle and Crawl’ topic, we will pose the question ‘why are insects important’, which will be supplemented with further key questions to drive the topic and stimulate high-quality vocabulary and discussion. The children will learn about how to classify insects, what insects need to survive, how they change and what insects ‘do’ for the planet – culminating in an investigation of the importance of bees to our environment!
This term in RE, we will learn about the religion of Christianity. We will be exploring the traditions of the religion, including the importance of the holy book, prayer and important individuals. We will use the information that we have previously learnt about other religions to support this, discussing the similarities and differences between the religions.
Expressive Arts and Design
To complement our topic we will develop a variety of different skills in art and design – including using clay, pastels, paint and natural resources. We will also be continuing our musical development, creating musical instruments to imitate the sounds of insects.
Personal Development and Wellbeing
The children’s personal development and wellbeing remains at the centre of everything we do at Hampton Lakes, and we continue to ensure that the children’s personal, social and emotional health is developed through our curriculum. Opportunities for children to discuss how something makes them feel will continue to be a highly valued and key area of focus for all our children. The children have already been working to develop a ‘growth mindset’ and have been setting themselves ambitious targets for this academic year. They have thought about their ‘steps to success’ and how they will achieve their goals. The children will continue to have a weekly ‘PSHE’ lesson, focusing on their wellbeing and personal development, with Mrs Steel.
In PE this term, we will be continuing to work on our stamina and perseverance, maintaining and improving our physical endurance. The children will be focusing on their gymnastic skills, including using a variety of apparatus to improve and develop balance and core strength. The children will also continue to use the attacking, defending and tactical skills introduced in the autumn term through playing the team game of netball, developing their balance, co-ordination and quick changes of movement.
This term, the children will be using the technology in school to create, process and edit information, including making videos to support with their core subject learning. The children will use available technology to create projects relating to minibeasts, including videos, padlets and presentations.