Welcome to Caterpillar Class!

Welcome to Caterpillar Class! Caterpillar class is one of the Year 2 classes at the Isle of Ely Primary School. From this page you will be able to read about our curriculum and learning activities. Children have PE on Wednesday and Friday and will need to arrive in their PE kits on this day. We will also provide a weekly newsflash to show what we have been learning in the past week.

Who works in our classroom?

Miss Russell                      Mrs Lambert 

Class teacher                    Learning Support Assistant

 

In Caterpillar Class this half term, we will be learning:

Subject

Content

English

Children will learn about setting and characterisation using the Talk4Writing approach beginning with a cold write and then moving through the imitation, innovation and independent stages. Our model text is The Tunnel by Anthony Browne which provides children with a high quality example. We will be focusing on ensuring we use the spelling rules which have been taught and spelling common exception words correctly. These can be found in the files below if you would like to practise them at home. We will also build a ‘characterisation toolkit’ and a ‘setting toolkit’ to improve the content of our writing looking at adjectives, using the power of three, verbs, adverbs and similes.  

During this half term, we will be reading Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl, to develop our VIPERS skills (vocabulary, inference, prediction, evidence, retrieval and summarise).

Maths

This half term children will learn about money and multiplication and division.

Money: this unit builds upon basic money work children completed in Year 1. It also reinforces children’s counting skills, as well as addition and subtraction strategies. In this unit, children focus on coins and notes and cover the following topics: calculating total amounts, finding change and word problems

Multiplication and division: this unit focuses on multiplication in the context of skip counting, equal groups, times-tables, multiplication sentences and arrays. It is an essential basis for children understanding the times-tables and what × means. Within this unit, children will gain a solid grounding in equal groups and what this means, as well as how to recognise any groups that are not equal. This is the first big idea relating to multiplication and it is essential knowledge before moving through the rest of the lessons. Children will be introduced to arrays as a representation of multiplication, which will help highlight the commutative properties of multiplication. Throughout this unit, repeated addition sentences will appear alongside multiplication sentences so that children have a reference to help them understand what × means in context. Children will be encouraged to see multiplication in two different ways: sharing a group of a items amongst b people, and alternatively as grouping a items in groups of c. Both lead to the multiplication sentence a = b × c

How can you help at home?

  • Practise counting in 2s, 5s and 10s
  • Look at coins and banknotes together – can children recognise them?
  • Count different amounts of money
  • Play ‘shops’

Science

This unit introduces electricity, what we use it for, how it behaves and how we must use it safely. Pupils will have two lessons dedicated to exploring circuits, asking and answering questions about how electricity behaves and what is needed to create a complete circuit. Pupils will learn about the differences between batteries and mains electricity and will understand how our electricity system is connected across the country and beyond. Pupils will understand that scientists use symbols to represent components of a circuit. This links to their understanding of using symbols on a map in geography. Pupils will work scientifically to investigate conductive and non-conductive materials. They will make predictions, plan and undertake an investigation and will explain their findings.

Geography 

This term we will be looking at the weather and the UK climate. We will be making rain gauges and measuring the rainfall within the half term. We will also look at the countries in the United Kingdom and famous landmarks.

Design and Technology

Children will build on their knowledge from Year 1 about wheels and axles to design and make a fairground Ferris wheel. The children will need to follow a design brief, select different materials applying what they know about their properties then build and test their Ferris wheel.  

Music

In this topic children learn to sing the song ‘Once a Man Fell in a Well’ and to play it using tuned percussion, adding sounds effects, experiments with timbre and dynamics and using letter notation to write a melody.

Physical Education

As in all units, pupils develop physical, social, emotional and thinking whole child objectives. Pupils will explore space and how their body can move to express and idea, mood, character or feeling. They will expand their knowledge of travelling actions and use them in relation to a stimulus. They will build on their understanding of dynamics and expression. They will use counts of 8 consistently to keep in time with the music and a partner. Pupils will also explore pathways, levels, shapes, directions, speeds and timing. They will be given the opportunity to work independently and with others to perform and provide feedback beginning to use key terminology.

Computing

In this unit, the children will be exploring a computing program called ‘Scratch Jr’, by doing so, the children will be; creating and debugging simple programs, using logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs, understanding what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions. They will also learn how to use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content.

Art

The children are introduced to murals, what they are and how they have been painted throughout history, by looking at cave paintings, murals in churches of the Italian renaissance, and at more modern works by Rivera and Banksy. They then study famous examples of frescoes (exploring what this term means), including Michelangelo’s paintings in the Sistine Chapel and Leonardo’s The Last Supper, previously looked at in relation to symmetry in the unit on Landscapes and Symmetry.

Personal, Social and Health Education

This term we are learning about how to work together and build relationships.

 

Knowledge Organisers:

At the Isle of Ely Primary School, we use knowledge organisers as a tool to enhance our students learning and to allow parents and carers to support their child's learning. In our knowledge organisers you will find essential knowledge, key dates, vocabulary and key figures where relevant. These can be used as a fun assessment tool which will ensure that students remember more and learn more in the upcoming unit of work.

 

Art
Geography
Music
RE
Computing

Science

 

Our class text is: Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl 

Weekly Newsflashes:

 

Week commencing 16.01.23

It has been yet another busy week in Year 2. We have continued to explore our class text, Fantastic Mr Fox, and we are all the way up to chapter 8 already! We have been practising our retrieval and inference skills while also deepening our understanding of the story. In maths, we have moved on to counting coins and notes, as well as comparing amounts. In D&T, we have been busy testing the stability of different structures in order to design the best chair for baby bear. Have a great weekend and get some well-deserved rest!

Week commencing 09.01.23

This week, we have begun learning a new story for English: The Tunnel. The children are doing really well remembering the text and are learning lots of challenging vocabulary. In maths, we are learning about money, and counting and sorting coins and notes to make different amounts. In P.E., we are learning to dance and hold different movements for counts of eight. In music, we are learning about timbre and dynamics. In art, this week we have discovered ceiling murals and pretended to be artists creating murals.

Week commencing 02.01.23

Happy New Year and welcome back! We hope you've had a lovely break and are ready to kick off 2023 with lots of new learning. This week we have started new units across the curriculum, including Islam in R.E. and Murals in art.

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