I have so many favourite books and I read at least one new book a week! I love going to the library and discovering a new world each time I start a story. My absolute favourites are the Harry Potter books and I re-read them every year. I have such fond memories of each book coming out and getting excited to see what was going to happen next. I loved the idea of receiving a letter when you turned 11 to find out you had magical powers! My favourite book in the series is Harry Potter and Prisoner of Azkaban because I love the part where Harry and Hermione travel back in time to save Sirius. I wouldn't be able to pick a favourite character because there are so many I love but my favourite professor is Professor McGonagall!
My favourite children's book is The Lion, The Witch and the wardrobe. This book follows four children into a mystery world which they accidentally enter whilst hiding in a wardrobe. They experience excitement, curiosity and fear as they enter the new, mysterious world. Throughout this story the children undertake numerous challenges in order to protect each other and meet new people and creatures whilst exploring the wonders of this new, mysterious place.
Welcome back after the half-term holidays! Autumn 2 is always one of our favourite half terms, with the build up to Christmas and nativities. Here is a sneak peak of our learning this half term.
In History, we will explore the lives of significant individuals from the past who have made national and international achievements more specifically Nurses; Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell. Our outcome for this unit will be for the children to be able to answer the question of what achievements these nurses made.
In science, we will be working scientifically and observing changes over time, specifically looking at the seasons. The children will then collect data and use this information to support them in answering questions based on season change. Upon completion of this, children will then begin to create mini enquiries; year 1 will perform an experiment involving floating and sinking and the year 2s will perform an experiment involving rocket mice!
In DT, we will be discovering clothing from around the world and the different materials and processes that are used. The children will then design, create and evaluate their own no-sew scarf.
Phonics and spelling will be taught daily alongside our English lessons. This half term we will be writing for a purpose to entertain, we will be exploring fireworks poetry. We will then be using the story of The Dragon Machine and we will retell the story and will write our own adventure story. In our final week, we will focus on writing the Nativity story.
In maths, we continue to follow the White Rose scheme of work. Our focus in year two will be addition and subtraction and we will learn a variety of methods before learning column method. After this we will explore different 2D and 3D shapes and how to identify and classify them based on their unique properties. We will ensure that we are retaining and consolidating methods taught through our ‘fluency in five’ sessions at the start of our maths lessons.
In P.E, we will be learning to express different movements through dance. We will use these intricate movements to form a dance piece, which the children will evaluate and critique.
In R.E. we will exploring the question: “Why does Christmas matter to Christians?” to do this we will try to understand why Christians believe that Jesus is the Son of God. We will explore the story of Jesus’s birth and why we are thankful for the birth of Jesus. Identify that Jesus’s birth is the reason that Christians celebrate Christmas and finally discover and that Christians believe that ‘giving’ is important and the impact this has had on the traditions of Christmas.
In Music, we will be learning our nativity songs and will be singing as part of an ensemble, thinking about what makes a good performance. We are very much looking forward to our nativity!