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Year 2

Spring 2: This term our topic is….

Would a penguin like to live at Blackpool seaside?

Geography – Comparing a non-European country to a place in England & Identifying a range of physical features

Science – Living things and their habitats

 Think about:

Where would you prefer to live? Why?

What makes a good habitat for a penguin? Think carefully about what they need to survive.

If you could work with animals, what type of animals would you like to work with? If you could have any animal living at home with you, what would it be? What would you need to help the animal survive?

Can you find out any interesting facts about Penguins, the South Pole or Blackpool?

What habitats do different animals live in? Why? What makes a habitat a good place for different types of animals to live?

Extra activities to try at home

To see information about Year 2 SATs that take place in the Summer Term, please click here: Year 2 SATs Video

Information for parents document

Play some great English and Maths learning games here: http://www.ictgames.com/

Can you create a collage of different habitats? What different materials can you find? Think carefully about the colours that you choose. What animals would live in your collage habitat?

Create a poster to persuade people why they should visit Blackpool. What are the positives and negatives about living there?

Our class texts

Lost and Found, Oliver Jeffers –There once was a boy and one day a penguin arrives on his doorstep. The boy decides the penguin must be lost and tries to return him. But no one seems to be missing a penguin. So the boy decides to take the penguin home himself, and they set out in his row boat on a journey to the South Pole. But when they get there, the boy discovers that maybe home wasn’t what the penguin was looking for after all.

What would you do if you were in the boy’s situation? Explain how the characters might feel at different parts of the story.

The bear and the piano, David Litchfield – One day, a young bear stumbles upon something he has never seen before in the forest. As time passes, he teaches himself how to play the strange instrument, and eventually the beautiful sounds are heard by a father and son who are picnicking in the woods. The bear goes with them on an incredible journey to New York, where his piano playing makes him a huge star. He has fame, fortune and all the music in the world, but he misses the friends and family he has left behind.

Author focus/study – Roald Dahl, The Giraffe, the Pelly and me.

     This term, we will be thinking about:

  • Coordinating and subordinating conjunctions – and, so, but, because, if, that, when, or
  • Expanded noun phrases, magic threes and appropriate vocabulary
  • Similie sentences – as, like
  • Commas in a list
  • Apostrophes for possession and omission
  • –less, ness, -ful, -ment, -ly words
  • Writing innovated stories based on our class texts
  • Letter writing
  • Sequencing events and stories – what happens first, second, next, last or finally? What other time connectives can you think of?
  • Maths – Length and height
  • Maths – Position and direction
  • Maths – Measurement
  • Science – living things and their habitats, where different animals live and why
  • Lots more fun and exciting things!

To see a suggested reading list for Year 2 children,  click here: https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/reading-lists-for-ks1-school-pupils/suggested-reading-list-year-2-pupils-ks1-age-6-7/

To see our Spring 2 homework menu, click here: Spring 2 Homework menu

Please practise spellings, reading and times tables every day at home. Please complete 1 piece of homework from either the main and desert column of the menu each week. Homework books must be handed in on a Thursday, and will be handed out the next day with new spellings and marked homework. Spellings will be tested on a Friday.

To see our Year 2 Topic webs, click below:

Autumn 1 – Why was the fire of London so great? Spring 1 – Who would you rather meet – David Attenborough or Steve Irwin? Summer 1 – Why aren’t all castles bouncy?
Autumn 2 – Why do we love living in Kidsgrove? Spring 2 – Would a penguin like to live at Blackpool Seaside? Summer 2 – What caused the titanic to sink?

View our Year 2 Long Term Plan here: Year 2 2019-2020 LTP – VH

Thanks for visiting our page!

Year 2, Miss Hibberd & Miss Emma