Amazing architecture action in Year 2!
This week Year 2 were very fortunate to have a visit from Martin, an architect who runs workshops for children to teach some of the skills used in building design. The children worked in groups and were taught how to use wooden poles to build triangles, pyramids and octahedrons which they then used to build huge towers. As you can see from some of the pictures below, their designs worked incredibly well and some of the designs even ended up being taller than Chris (who is at least 4 metres tall).
Here is our topic web which shows you how we are linking subjects back to our buildings theme!
We are looking forward to a fantastic term, filled with exciting learning and amazing educational visits around London.
Here you will be able to find out a little bit more about what the children will be learning this term.
In Maths we will be looking at 3d shapes, fractions (half, quarters and thirds), telling the time (to o'clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past) and solving word problems. We will also be revising the work that we have done throughout the year ready for our assessments.
Your child has been given a Mathletics username and password which they can use to log on. Mathletics can be used to support your child's learning in class.
You can get to the web-site by clicking the following link http://uk.mathletics.com/signin/
Please encourage the children to use Mathletics as often as possible! It is a great learning tool and the more they use it, the more points and certificates they can gain!
In English we will be writing a poem all about London. Linked to our buildings topic we will be writing a poem called 'The Magic Box of London' based on Kit Wright's 'The Magic Box'. We will then be looking at a story called 'The Promise' where a girl transforms a city!
In Science we will be looking at living things. We will be finding out all about MRS GREN who tells us what the characteristics of living things are. We will be finding out all about habitats and we will be using our knowledge to help us create an eco-friendly building.
Homework and reading books.
Homework and reading at home is extremely important to help your child make as much progress as possible. The children will be given homework on Tuesday and will have until the following Monday to complete it. The homework for this term will be labelled with the expectations for each day and will be focused on Maths, spelling and handwriting. Please help your child to complete their homework each day!
The children also have a reading journal for Year 2. They can take a book home from their class book corner and when they have finished reading it they should make a comment about the book in their reading journal. They can then take a new book from the book corner. The children can only take books home if they have their book bags with them so please ensure this happens every day. The children will also take a phonics book home each Friday if they are in a phonics group.
Our PE days are subject to change so please ensure that the children bring in their PE kits on Monday and leave them in school until Friday. If the children have an after school sports club please make sure they bring their PE kit back in the following day.
Any other questions please come and speak to us.
Ali, Chris and David.
Year 2's topic for the Spring Term is all about buildings! We will be looking at buildings around London and how these have changed over time. We will be comparing gothic and modern styles of architecture and looking at what buildings are like in our country for the term, Spain! We will be working with an architecture company who will help us design prototypes for a new building for Britannia Village.
The excitement for our topic has already begun! We went into Central London and took an amazing ride on the London Eye! Have a look at the photos from our incredible day!
Below is our curriculum map for the term. This tells you what we are learning in each area of the curriculum. Please speak to your child's teacher if you have any questions.