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Term 1

If there is so much food; why do people still starve?



Overarching question:

"If there is so much food, why do people still starve?" 


This term we will be exploring the theme of `Thankfulness`. This theme will focus on the Harvest festival and how other religions celebrate the gathering of food and crops around the world. We will explore in great detail why it is important to show gratitude and be thankful for all the wonderful food that we are blessed with each year. However, the children will also discuss how some people are less fortunate and talk about how we can support them. This year, year 2 will be working with the local food bank and we look forward to creating food boxes for the charity. 
Our overarching question, which can be see above, will be threaded throughout each of the subjects. By the end of the term, the children will have a good understanding of this theme and will be able to answer the question confidently. Please spend time with your child at home, debating the many possible answers. 


PSHE will be a big focus for the children as it is important that the children feel settled during their transition into year 2. We will discuss how it is important to build relationships with our families and friends and identify a range of emotions, including how to manage them effectively. 


In Science this term, the children will continue to build upon their knowledge of plants and will explore how they can grow healthily. This will include looking into how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow. We will also briefly discuss the changes in the seasons and how Autumn is the time when crops are harvested ready for the Winter months. 


Over the term, the children will take part in PE lessons every Monday and Tuesday. It is important that the children have their kits in school each week and their lessons will take place inside and outside.  The area of focus will include Fitness and Team building. 


Throughout the term, photos of our learning will be added to our web page and we can't wait to show you what we have been up to. Below are some books linked to our theme which you can use to support your child with their learning further. 


Clay Fruit Bowls


In Art, we have been learning about sculptures. We have found out that sculptures can be made out of a range of different materials. We are going to be making our own fruit bowl out of clay. This week, we used clay to create our own leaves. We looked very carefully at the leaf patterns and used natural materials to create them. We then found out how to use scoring and slip to join two pieces of clay together. These skills will then help us to make our fruit bowl.


Bulbs and Seeds!

This week in Science, the children looked at a range of different bulbs and seeds. We used magnifying glasses to observe them more closely and talked about the similarities and differences. We then cut them open and found the food store inside and looked at the different layers inside the bulb. We will go on to plant our own seeds and bulbs and investigate what they need to grow healthily.

Fruit Tasting!

In English, we have been looking at the book Handa's Surprise. We tasted a variety of different fruits from the story and generated lots of fantastic adjectives to describe the appearance, smell and taste of the fruit. We will then use these adjectives next week when writing our own stories!

Clay Leaf Bowls!

The children applied all the skills they have been taught in art to produce these fantastic clay leaf bowls out of clay. The children used their leaf template to create the shapes they wanted and used scoring and slip to ensure their leaves stuck together. They then used natural objects to create the leaf patterns.

School Council Elections

We started this week with our Church School Council elections! We have had so many enthusiastic candidates and today they presented their speeches to the class to explain why they were the perfect person to be on the school council for Class Thankfulness. 

Pumpkin Soup

In English this week, we have started looking at the story Pumpkin Soup. We have used lots of drama to retell the story and to talk about all of the characters. Today, we sequenced the story and played a game, where we had to roll the dice and retell different parts.

Guided Reading!

This week in guided reading, we are looking at the story 'The Day the Crayons Quit'. The children have really enjoyed finding out about the different crayons and why they are feeling fed up. We have looked at new vocabulary and used the blurb to help us make predictions. We have also begun to make inferences about the characters, using clues in the text.