Year 2 2021 - 2022
Year 2 Teacher
STEM and RE Lead
Welcome to Year 2!
Welcome to Summer! After the lovely weather we have had at Easter, let's hope for lots of outdoor fun this term!
Just a gentle reminder that I will be with the class Monday - Thursday. Mrs Tomlinson will teach Year 2 on a Friday and will lead a 'curriculum day' for the children where they will be taught areas of the wider curriculum. This allows me to focus on the core subjects of Maths and English, as well as our enquiry theme. Mrs Mawrey will be covering my PPA on a Wednesday afternoon and will teach the children a rotation of RE, PSHE and Music.
The children's PE days will remain as Monday and Friday. Please make sure that your child comes to school in the stipulated PE kit for those days. As the weather turns a little colder into the Autumn and Winter, please consider wearing long sleeved jumpers / fleeces and joggers / tracksuit bottoms. We also advise that children wear trainers rather than PE pumps for stability and support.
As always, I am contactable at all times! You are welcome to send a message on SEESAW or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, if it is anything urgent regarding day to day problems, please contact Mrs Carthy in the school office who will be happy to help.
This half term we are answering the question...
Why is Africa a good home for a meerkat?
We will be using the wonderful text Meerkat Mail, written by Emily Gravett, to enjoy the adventures of the meerkats. Sunny the meerkat lives with his enormous family in the Kalahari desert. They are all very close . . . so close, in fact, that one day Sunny decides he's had enough and packs his bags. He's off to visit his mongoose cousins. But from the watery world of the Marsh Mongoose to the nocturnal lifestyle of the Malagasy Mongoose, Sunny just doesn't fit in. And who's that shadowy figure who seems to be following him around? We will be using this text to write our own letters, postcards and instructions.
We will be looking closely at a selection of books all about living things and their habitats. It will help us consolidate our learning linked to animals and what they need to survive, as well as how they are adapted to their habitats.
Children will be able to locate the natural habitat for a meerkat to live. They will identify Africa on a world map and then focus particularly on Southern Africa and the region of Botswana. Children will be able to name the human and physical features of Botswana and look in detail at the Kalahari Desert, where meerkats reside. Children will use this knowledge to compare the land use to that of Little Leigh (previous key question of London vs Little Leigh). Children will observe and record (fieldwork) the weather in the UK and the patterns they can spot. They will use this knowledge to compare to the local weather in Southern Africa and the climate they experience. Children will recall Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter and when these occur in both Southern Africa and Little Leigh. Children will research the Kalahari Desert and the environment the meerkats are adapted to. They live in dry open land, savannahs, and scrublands, and prefer areas with plenty of sandy soil where they can dig their burrows The very harsh desert climates are very extreme so they live in burrows which they dig themselves to be cooler underground. Meerkats do not need to drink water so the dry climate is perfect for them. They get all the moisture they need from the varied diet.
We will be focussing on living things and their habitats. In particular, the children will...
• explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive
• identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other
• identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including micro-habitats
• describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food.
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