To begin this term, we will be learning about how communication has developed and improved throughout history and within living memory. We will learn about important pioneers that helped to shape the world that we know today and experience using some of the devices and techniques used.
We begin our experience by looking at different types of communication that have been invented throughout history - looking back to Ancient Egypt. We learnt that the first methods of communication were through drawings.
We then moved forward in time to learn about the introduction of the printing press. We learnt about William Caxton and how he wanted a way to make texts more accessible for noble people in medieval times. We learnt that the letters had to be placed backwards and back to front. We had a go at recreating this. It was very challenging! We used tracing paper, so when we open the flaps in our books - the messages will be facing the correct way.
We have learnt about Morse code and how it is used to send coded messages. We learnt that all the letters have different formations using different combinations of dots and dashes. We used this knowledge to decode some secret messages.
We then had a go at 'sending' the messages using a Morse code machine.
In computing, we will be learning about coding. We will use a free app - Scratch Jr - to learn how to create, run and debug simple programs. We will learn how to make characters move, talk and interact with one another. We will also use these skills to create our own quizzes and games.
First, we experimented with the program to see what we could create using our own knowledge. We created some very interesting programs! We found out how to make a character move, talk and repeat functions.
We then learnt about inputs. We know that an input is the data provided to a computer program for it to process. We practised creating our own inputs using the blocks of code that are available in ScratchJr. We then used the blocks to create our own algorithms to solve the problems.
We applied all of our learning to create our own games.
In Art, we will be learning about Abstract art and the skills needed to create a successful abstract picture. We will learn how to use our sketchbooks to show our exploration of shapes and colours and use them as a way to express ourselves. We will also learn about the colour wheel and how to make secondary colours by mixing primary colours.
We started our exploration by learning about 2D shapes and recognising them in our areas. We moved around different areas of the school, looking in the environment for different shapes. We realised that there are shapes all around us if we look very carefully.
We then learnt that colours can be used to show different emotions. We looked at different artwork and discussed how it made us feel. We then experimented with different colours and brushstrokes to express and show different emotions.
We practised drawing 2D shapes, both with and without a ruler, to see the importance of being accurate. We then used all of our knowledge to create our final pieces.
Music - Movers and Shakers
We will be learning about different artists and appraising their music - listening carefully to recognise parts of songs that we do and do not like. We will also be discussing key vocabulary, such as beat and tempo and listening to songs carefully to see if we can recognise these. Once we have learnt about the beat, we will create our own beats that we will perform using the instruments.
First, we listened to different songs, by Lewis Capaldi and Taylor Swift and compared their similarities and differences. We then discussed what we liked about the song and the parts that we would change.
Once we had appraised the songs, we learnt about the beat. We used animals to recognise different types of beats and used these to clap out our own beats.
After planning our own beats and rehearsing our tunes, we performed our beats to the class.
RE - Judaism
We will be learning about Jewish people, their beliefs and traditions. During our learning, we will have an opportunity to visit a local synagogue, make traditional food and analyse a range of sources and discuss what they might be. Throughout our studies we will be focussing on answering 3 key questions;
• Who is a Jewish person and what do they believe?
• What can we learn from sacred books?
• What does it mean to belong to a faith community?
If you would like more information about our learning experience, please view the knowledge organiser below.
As part of our learning, we visited Chatham Memorial Synagogue. We were able to explore the building and learnt a lot of information about the Jewish beliefs and way of life. We were even able to try some Challah bread before we left!
We used our learning from the synagogue to help us remember the key facts about Judaism. We refer to these as our fingertip knowledge.
To complete out learning experience, we were able to show off all of our learning in workshops, where we made our own challah bread, learnt a story with a moral and more about a festival. We had a lot of fun and had a shared 'meal' at the end of the day.
Living things and their habitats
This term, we will also be learning about different habitats, the animals that we might find there and the adaptations that they have made to suit their living conditions. We will have lots of opportunity to explore our local surroundings to see what habitats we can find.
Living things and their habitats
Our Amazing World!
Willow Trees will be learning about our world. They will be learning about the seven continents of the world and the 5 oceans. By the end of our topic, we will understand what a climate is and be able to identify some human and physical features of cities. We will end our topic with a country study, where we will be learning about a non-European country and looking at the similarities and differences. Please see our knowledge organiser for more information.
Willows started their learning experience by learning the continent's song, which helped us to recognise the 7 continents of the world. We then used a map to label the different continents.
We then learnt facts about each of the different continents. We had to use the information to find an animal, name of a country and the population.
Once we knew each of the continents' names, we had to label these on a map. We learnt that the largest continent in the world is Asia, and the smallest is Australia.
We have learnt about the different climate zones and where they can be found in the world. Then, we looked at the world map and coloured the zones to show where they change.
Next, we learnt the difference between human and physical features in geography and sorted out different features that could be found.
We then looked at different images and identified the different human and physical features.
Finally, we compared the life of a child that lives in the UK to the life of a child that lives in a non-European country. We found out that there are a lot of differences e.g. children in Africa start school an hour before we do!
In English, we have been learning about what a sentence needs to be a good sentence. We now know that we need a subject (who word) and an action word (verb, what) in the sentence for it to make sense. We have been practising putting sentences into the correct order to make sure they make sense.
In Maths, we have been practising our place value knowledge. Year 2 have been using the 10s and 1s to recognise the difference between the tens and ones in a 2-digit number.