YEAR TWO: AUTUMN TERM
OUR YEAR TWO DURING AUTUMN TERM
OUR CORE INTENTION IN ACTION
AUTUMN TERM 'WHEN I GROW UP...' THEME: ANIMAL KINGDOM
A 'When I Grow Up' Autumn Summary
When I Grow Up... welcomed The Really Wild Show as our Stunning Start event to our Animal Kingdom theme. Our visitors to school shared a range of exciting creatures first-hand to the children ranging from snakes to spiders! In mid-December, we welcomed families to our specially prepared market place so they can see our work and the new knowledge gathered during this term at our special Parent Celebration.
The children focused upon printing during their artwork this term. We studied different kinds of animals and their movements and make prints of these for t-shirts. Whilst in Design & Technology we have been studying structures and make our own special habitat for a hedgehog. Both of these subjects were very popular with the children and definitely something to keep on the plans for next time!
Our Music work was called 'Hakuna Matata'. During Autumn Term we concentrate upon singing across school and we focused upon songs inspired by The Lion King to fit ideally with our theme: Animal Kingdom. Our Physical Education work has three areas to it during the last term. Firstly we continued to develop our Fundamental Skills that our children have been progressing with since joining Mayfield. Our dance unit was called 'Once Upon A Giant' and this allowed us to focus upon movement and travelling. Cricket - during the early Autumn weeks allowed us to concentrate upon striking a ball and fielding a ball with one hand and returning it.
We studied the importance of the habitat which an animal lives in during our Science work. In particular, looking at how it provides for the animals basic needs. During the second part of our 'Where in the World' Geography study we focused this time upon oceans. Learning their names, what they are and where they are. We also took a detailed look at Australia with its contrasting climate including the Australian Outback and the Great Barrier Reef. Our History studies focused upon the aspect of animals and their roles through time and major events. Taking in their role in Britain from the mid 1600s to the present day and considered how they have been used for work, exploration and entertainment. We had some strong views as to when animals' rights may, or may not, have been considered. In our Religious Education learning, we have been studying different parables as we ask the children whether it is possible to be kind to everyone all of the time. This included studying the Good Samaritan. We then studied Christmas and asked the children about God giving Jesus to the world.
In Computing, we have continued developing our work with images during Autumn Term by modifying and adapting those that we have found linked to our Animal Kingdom theme so that we can change the mood and appearance of them. Our PSHE & Relationships work has focused upon what makes a good friend and we have discussed what actually is bullying, what is means and what we can do if we feel we need to talk to someone about it.
We have been very busy working with number during our daily horseshoe Mathematics sessions. The four operations and place value has been the major focus of this. We then moved on to look at money before the end of the term. Our English horseshoe work has allowed us to produce writing based upon The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr. We then moved on to create information writing about animals. We chose monkeys as our focus for this. In the middle of this we studied poetry and considered bonfires as a major theme for this - although we looked at a wide range of poems (including those linking to our Animal Kingdom theme).