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    Year 2

    Autumn Term - Turrets and Tiaras

    For our first half term our year two topic will be Turrets and Tiaras. We will open with a stunning starter and an exciting discovery! Through the topic, we will be recreating Paul Klee’s image Castle and Sun and will develop our understanding of castle life by looking at the life and work inside the castle walls. We will be making simple maps, labelling and using atlases to find our perfect castle setting. We will then focus on Mott and Bailey castles and methods of attacking and defending. The children will have the opportunity to design and make a shield or sword that will be used as props in our re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings. As a fabulous finish to our topic we will be exploring the Bayeux Tapestry and telling our own creative stories.

    This half term in English the children will be exploring the traditional tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. They will be designing a ‘For Sale’ poster for Daisy the cow and composing their own version of the story. During the unit the children will learn features like expanded noun phrases, conjunctions and how to use punctuation like apostrophes and exclamation marks. The children will progress onto reading and writing acrostic poems about Dragons using descriptive language and poetic devices like similes. In non-fiction the children will be creating their own report all about castles using features like subheadings, paragraphs and captions for pictures. All children will take part in guided reading and will need to bring their reading diary to school daily.

    At this important time at the start of the school year, embedding our mathematical knowledge is key. We will be focussing on our basic mathematical principles, understanding number and place value, addition and subtraction and multiplication and division, to be able to build upon this throughout year two. We will also look at fractions and money within this half term.

    In science this half term we will be learning about materials and their properties. The children will identify materials that can be changed by the actions of squashing, bending, twisting and stretching, and link these actions with the properties of the         materials. They will choose materials for uses according to their properties and will apply this important information when making catapults to defend our castle walls!

    In music our learning will be focussed around the South African song ‘Hands, Feet, Heart’. We will be investigating pulse, rhythm and pitch through instruments and     singing.

    Through this half term in computing, we will be learning how to use the internet safely to research castles and their history. Children will be taught the basic necessary skills for programming which we will extend later in the year.