Curriculum - Spring Term
In the Spring term we will be starting to follow our new Inspire Maths scheme. This is based on a Singapore approach to maths, which encourages children to develop mastery and deepen their understanding of key conecpts. As this is the first time year 2 have used Inspire Maths we will be focusing on multiplication, division, addition and subtraction. We will be introducing the children to the ‘part-part-whole’ model and our maths lessons will continue to be practical and ‘hands on’.
As well as our RWI lessons we will have English lessons which will be linked to our ‘Towers, Tunnels and Turrets’ topic. We will be reading Rapunzel and acting out the story. The children will also write comic strips for a classroom display. Our other fiction text will be ‘The Tunnel’ by Anthony Browne and this will be the basis for the children’s own adventure story about a tunnel.
We will use a variety of non-fiction texts about castles, knights and towers. When we are finding out about knights the children will write a ‘Wanted’ poster for a brave knight. They will also be looking at non-chronological reports and writing fact files about castles.
Throughout our English lessons we will be focusing on common exception words, punctuation, and handwriting. The children will also learn about adjectives, expanded noun phrases, verbs and adverbs.
Our Towers, Tunnels and Turrets topic is very exciting for year 2. They will learn lots of facts about castles and knights, including the history of castles and what they were used for. When finding out about knights they will design their own shield and learn to write like a knight. During this part of the topic the children read the story of Rapunzel and act out the story.
We also look at famous bridges and towers around the world. They then improve their map skills by placing each famous landmark on the country where it belongs. The children will also enjoy building their own bridges using marshmallows and spaghetti!
Click on the links at the bottom of this page to see our fact files!
Our focus this term will be habitats. The children will identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited. They will describe how different habitats provide the basic needs for different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other. We will particularly look at deserts, under the sea, the arctic and rainforests.
We will also be looking at food chains. The children will describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals.
Towards the end of the Spring term we will be organising a trip to the Safari Park to learn more about animals and habitats.