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Year 2 - Durham

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  We Love Learning!   
  Our class teachers are Mrs Grimshaw and Mrs Heath  
 
                       
 
 
Mrs Heath teaches us on Monday and Tuesday and Mrs Grimshaw teaches us on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  Other people who help us to learn are Mrs Hampson and Mrs Turner.
 
Things you should know about Durham Class:
PE is on Monday and Wednesday .
Maths games are changed on Monday or Tuesday.
Numeracy Big Maths Beat That test is on Monday.
Spellings are tested and new ones set on Thursday. 
The spellings sheet also includes the maths 'Learn Its'.

 
Our Topic this term is: 
    Keeping Healthy and keeping safe.
 
We will be looking at different foods and the way they help our bodies. Why are some foods healthy and other foods unhealthy? The role of drugs as medicine and the effect of exercise on our bodies.  
We will be finding out about a famous person -Florence Nightingale and the impact of her work.
In Art we will be exploring the art of Arciboldo and the portraits he painted using fruit as an inspiration.   
In gymnastics we will be developing core strength skills ,balances and ways of moving across the floor. We will benefit from the expertise of a gymnastic coach.     
We will be making a fruit salad in design and technology practising skills such as grating and chopping
 Our RE topic is Signs and Symbols.
Within this topic the children will think about and learn the reasons for certain symbols in their lives. They will  ask questions and wonder about the power of symbols to convey meaning. They will recognize that some questions are difficult to answer. They will use religious words and phrases to describe some actions and symbols used at Baptism.
Such as Easter candle, font, water, anointing with chrism and the  white garment  .
    Next half term- Autumn 2 our topic is TOYS                                                 
Make a move
We will be looking at traditional tales from this country and other countries. We will ​​​be looking at the features of a fairy story. We focus on the three little pigs and explore this story through art, role play and writing. It will also be part of our assembly on Books. We will also look at different stories from other countries such as The Emperor and the Nightingale which is a Chinese story we will read, discuss, draw a story map and write our own version. We will also read a story to  discover how the animals gave their names to  the Chinese calendar at time of the  Chinese 
New Year. 
. We will also be finding out about the Great Fire of London in our history lessons.Britain at that time, the People and their l
their homes and  the way they dressed. We will find out who Samuel Pepys was and the importance of his diary as an eye witness account of the events of the time.  Why did he bury his cheese? Ask your child!
In Design and Technology we will be investigating different types of vehicles and designing and.making our own vehicles 
.In Science we will be investigating materials, their uses  and their properties.

 
Our RE topic is THANKSGIVING 
In this topic we explore the different ways of saying thank-you.  We recognise that the Eucharist means thanksgiving and look at the  different parts of the mass:We gather, we listen, we give thanks and we go out. We will also  read and discuss the Last Supper when Jesus broke the bread and shared the wine and the connection between this and the mass.We will look at the Eucharistic prayer and plan a liturgy based on our work.                                       
Our RE topic is Opportunities from March 9th
Children will ask and respond to questions about their own and others' experiences and feelings of using the opportunities that they are offered to do good and be able to ask questions about what they and others wonder about the choices people make and realise that some of these choices are difficut to understand.
They will read and retell some of the events of Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday and use some religious words to describe the actions and symbols of Lent.
 
 
Forthcoming topics!
 
Summer 1st half term - Mother Nature Designer
Summer 2nd half term - All Around the World
 
To provide a high quality Christian education for all children enabling them to achieve their full potential in a safe and caring environment.
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