During the Autumn term, Pepys class were studying The Arctic and Antarctic. We looked at locating these regions on the map, researched and found out about the Inuit people, found out about the ‘The Race to the South Pole’ involving Robert Scott and Roald Amundsen and looked at different artefacts from the past and present. The children also used their cutting skills to make a snowflake, polar animal silhouette and they looked at different weather patterns in the Arctic; using this information to plot a graph.
At the beginning of the term, we carried out research, asked and answered questions and learnt about the features of non-fiction writing to create an A3 non-fiction page all about penguins. We then worked towards writing an alternative ending to a story, basing our writing on the book, Miki written by Stephen Mackey. In the story Miki is taken deep below the ice to find the star, whilst up top, Penguin and new friend Polar Bear start to worry about her. Using our knowledge from our Creative Curriculum learning, the children were then able to produce a report all about the life of Captain Robert Scott and used a range of conjunctions to link together factual information. In the final part of the term, we read the book ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers, which the class greatly enjoyed writing an alternative beginning for. The story is a simple tale about a boy and a penguin and their growing friendship.
In maths, the children worked on ordering, sequencing, finding totals or change in money and using a number line in addition and subtraction. We also looked at using arrays to find fractions of amounts as well as using arrays in multiplication and division. Towards the end of the term we looked at time, the properties of 2D and 3D shapes and began to find fractions of shapes. Each day the class have been working hard on their times tables and counting, being able to count backwards and forwards in odd numbers and 10s from any number.
In science, the children in Year 2 began with the topic ‘Materials’. We looked and different materials and their uses, created a poster about wood, designed a shoe and sorted different materials out into categories. In the second part of the Autumn term our topic was ‘Plants’ and the children were able to get very hands- on with planting and observing. We took our learning outside to plant daffodil bulbs and wrote a guide to planting. We made predictions, sorted different seed types and planted broad beans in different conditions, keeping a bean diary along the way. We also devised our own conclusions to our experiments so that the children were able to explain what they had found out.