Gordon Primary School

Year 2 Learning - Spring 2022

Welcome to Year 2.

Mrs Abrey, Apollo Class pabrey@gordon.greenwich.sch.uk

Mrs Cuesta, Apollo Class hcuesta@gordon.greenwich.sch.uk

Ms Whiting, Zodiac Class zwhiting@gordon.greenwich.sch.uk 

Learning at Gordon Primary School is broad with a wide range of engaging experiences to reinforce key concepts in every subject; it is balanced so that children get a full and rich curriculum containing all of the subjects and it is implemented well so that children remember in the long term what they have been taught. We place priority on the children’s personal, social and emotional development because we know that is key to a successful school career and life more generally. Every child receives a full and rich curriculum with all of the subjects. We believe this engages and meets the needs of all children and we value success in non-core subjects as highly as we do the more traditional academic subjects.

 

This term we will be working on the following topics:

 

English       

Our focus texts will be The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch, The Lighthouse Keeper’s rescue, Man on the Moon and Beagu. Through these texts we will write for different purposes including fictional personal experiences and fictional narratives. We will continue to develop our ideas for character descriptions, settings and story retelling. We will also re-read our own writing to check it makes sense and make simple revisions.

When reading, we will continue to develop our comprehension of a range of texts.

In grammar lessons, our focus will be adjectives, verbs, adverbs and sentence structure including the use of conjunctions to join simple sentences.

 

Maths          

We will be using the Maths No Problem scheme to support our mathematical learning. We will be dividing by sharing and grouping within the 2, 5 and 10-times tables. We will introduce and practice using different units for measuring length. We will use this to help us compare the length of a variety of objects and answer simple word problems.

 

Science        

We will be studying two science topics this term. In Animals Including Humans we will comparing the life cycles of animals and humans. We will learn about the five main food groups and why it is important to have a balanced diet. We will be looking at personal hygiene and ways to live a healthy life. We will continue with our on-going learning about plants, observing and recording the progress of our bulbs that planted in the Autumn term.  

 

Geography

We will be looking at local knowledge and learning where our food comes from.

 

History       

Linking to our Geography topic, we will be learning about Christopher Columbus and the discoveries he made through his travels.

 

Art & Design                

We will develop skills in: design, drawing, craft, painting and art appreciation. We will be replicating the recognisable crockery of Clarice Cliff, exploring tone through shading, developing skills in weaving and the manipulation of clay, and experimenting with brush strokes.

 

Music              

We will be looking at Sea Shanties and Soundscapes. We will be learning about texture, structure and dynamics and using this knowledge within listening, composition and music technology. Learning to play recorders will run alongside this topic learning so that we continue to build on what we learnt last term.

 

Computing

We will be using a computer to create music. We will listen to a variety of pieces of music and consider how music can make us think and feel. We will compare creating music digitally and non-digitally. We will look at patterns and purposefully create music.

 

Design Technology (DT)                  

Through our exploration of what makes a balanced diet, we will taste test food combinations of different food groups. We will also aim to make a wrap that includes a healthy mix of protein, vegetables and dairy, and learn about the term ‘hidden sugar'.

 

Physical Education (PE)                 

Gymnastics – we will be learning how to transition and link elements creating and performing a simple sequence.

Dance – we will learn how to copy and repeat actions and how to create a sequence of movements.

 

Religious Education (RE)              

We will learning about the importance of the Buddhist temple and understanding The Four Noble Truths from Buddhas teachings.

In Christianity we will be learning why Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus at Easter, and learn how this is celebrated around the world.

 

Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE) / Relationships & Sex Education (RSE)  

Our topics this term are:  Belonging to a Community, Media Literacy and Digital Resilience and Money & Work.  We will be learning about belonging to a group; roles and responsibilities; being the same and different in the community.  In addition, we will be looking at the internet in every day life; online content and information. Lastly, we will be covering what money is; needs and wants; and looking after money.

 

 

Please note the following events and add them to your diary:

  • Open Evening – week beginning 7th February 2022
  • Half Term break - Monday 14th to Friday 18th February 2022

 

 

Reminders:

  • Your child should read for 10 minutes every day. It is also important that an adult reads to your child every day. Please talk to your child about the book and check their understanding by asking questions about events and the characters’ actions. Please also explain new or unfamiliar vocabulary. Their bookbag should come into school every day. 
  • Your child will have PE on Thursday and Friday. Their PE kit should stay in school in a named draw-string bag.
  • Your child needs to bring in a labelled water bottle every day.
  • The weather is often cold at this time of year and the children will go out to play if there is light rain. It is important that your child has a waterproof coat, gloves, hat and a scarf.
  • We are a Healthy School. Please do not put sweets or chocolate bars in your child’s packed lunch. Please do not send in sweets or other treats when it is your child’s birthday. If you want to celebrate your child’s birthday with their classmates, you could buy the class a book, send in a healthy snack such as boxes of raisins or buy stationery such as a pencil, but due to the impact on the environment, we ask you not to send in plastic toys.
  • If your child will be absent from school, please contact the school office: 020 8850 5486 and leave a message detailing why your child is absent. If your child has had an upset stomach they should remain at home until they have been clear of symptoms for 48 hours. Please try to book medical appointments outside of the school day and note that family holidays will not be authorised.
  • If you have any questions or wish to raise a concern, please contact the class teacher in the first instance. Please use the email addresses above.
  • Donations of boxes of tissues would be very welcomed – thank you!