Autumn 1 – Wellbeing
In Autumn 1, our whole school topic was Wellbeing. In Year 2, our class topics were Knights and Castles/Kindness.
Our class read a range of Knights and Castle stories this half term including; Knights and Dragons Unite, Zog and The Knibblesome Knight. All the stories had the same theme of kindness always wins! We based our writing on these books as we learnt and developed our punctuation skills as well as joining our ideas together with conjunctions.
In our PSHE lessons, we looked at Mental Wellbeing, Friendships and Health. We were able to identify our emotions and talk about these. We learnt about how to be a kind friend and look at for one another.
In ART we studied the work of Paul Klee with a particular focus on the picture ‘The castle and the sun.’ We used the style of Paul Klee’s work to inspire and create our own artwork! We developed our cutting skills to create shapes and patterns and joined them using glue.
We also had a week dedicated to DT this term. During DT week we designed, made and evaluated our own castle catapults!
During our History lessons, we learned about how castles changed over time. We found out about motte and bailey castles and discussed why wooden castles were replaced by stone castles. We identified design features they were built with to help protect the people that lived in them such as; arrow slits, drawbridges, moats, battlements etc. We will found out about the different roles in the castle and what life was like.
In PE this term we developed our Fundamental Skills. We explored how to travel in a range of ways including jumping, hopping and turning. We experimented with a range of balances by using different parts of our bodies, trying to be as imaginative as possible. We improved our accuracy when throwing bean bags, balls and other equipment.
Autumn 2 – Communication
For Autumn 2, our whole school topic was Communication. In Year 2, our class topic was Fire, Fire!
In literacy, we used our senses to write and perform a poem about Bonfire Night. We learned how to use our voices well to perform our poems thinking about volume, tone, expression and actions. We also took part in a poetry festival on 19th November!
We used a story about The Great Fire of London in literacy to develop our story writing skills. We secured the use of higher level punctuation such as ! and ?.
We took part in ‘No Pen Wednesday’ on 25th November which was a day of only spoken activities to further develop pupils’ language and communication skills.
Our PSHE theme was ‘Staying Safe’. As part of this, we took part in Anti-Bullying week. We identified what bullying is, where we could go for help and advice, how we can unite against bullying. We learned about online communication this half-term in our Online Safety unit. We learned a lot about how to stay safe online, including rules for safe internet use and online communication.
We started the half-term learning about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. This coincided with bonfire night. We are now able to discuss the key events of the Gunpowder Plot and explain why we celebrate on Bonfire Night. In the rest of our History lessons, we learned about The Great Fire of London. We compared present-day London to the London that existed in 1666.We identified what life was like in the 17th Century and compared differences and similarities between ways of today. We discussed and learned about how the fire started and why it spread so quickly!
This term our PE was gymnastics. We performed contrasting movements and balances including star, tuck, front support shapes and balances. We travelled in different ways, changing speed and direction We learned to control our bodies when jumping and rolling in different ways and link movements to create a sequence.