This half-term the theme in Year 2 is Pride in Place. Children will first explore what pride and place mean to them, and will develop this further by looking at London. They will focus on community and will have the opportunity to explore their local area and discover what they are proud of as south Londoners. Lessons will also explore significant historical events, such as The Great Fire of London, and how this impacted the larger community. They will look at how London has changed over time to become a more diverse and multicultural city and how this is celebrated and valued.
Later in the half-term, children will take a walk around their community and create a trail of the places they are proud of and make suggestions for making their local area even better. This will be linked to their English work where they will be given the opportunity to create a leaflet about all the great things in their community for someone new to the area. Art and design will also be linked to Pride in Place. Children will learn about mark-making and will create their own painting of the Great Fire of London. At the end of the unit, they will design and build their own perfect model community using a range of art materials.
In English, children will start with the text Vlad and the Great Fire of London by Kate Cunningham. This will run alongside their history lessons on the same topic. As a class story time text, they will also be reading Fire! Fire! by Stuart Hill - this is a tale told from the perspective of a child during the Great Fire of London. Using these texts as inspiration, children will then write their own narrative about the Great Fire of London from the point of view of a child who escaped. Children will then move onto poetry and will look at famous London poets. They will create their own poems about pride.
In maths, children will continue with their work on addition and subtraction but will move onto taking away from 2-digit numbers and number bonds to 100. Later in the term, they will learn about measurement and money and will finally move onto muliplication and division.
Handwriting, Phonics and Guided Reading will continue to be taught every day.
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