Year 2 2023 - 2024
Assistant Headteacher, Year 2 Teacher
Personal Development, Behaviour and Science Lead
Welcome to Year 2!
Welcome to Spring 2!
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.
For this half term, the children will have PE on a Thursday and Friday. Please make sure that as the weather becomes colder, the children are dressed appropriately - we will try to get outside as much as possible!
As always, I am contactable at all times! You are welcome to email me on email@example.com. 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...
How has Chester Zoo changed over the years?
The Bog Baby is a magical story by Jeanne Willis and Gwen Millward When two small sisters go fishing to the magic pond, they find something much better than a frog or a newt. They find a bog baby, small and blue with wings like a dragon. The girls decide to make him their secret, but the bog baby is a wild thing, and when he becomes poorly, the girls decide they must tell their mum. And they learn the greatest lesson: if you really love something, sometimes you have to let it go. We will be immersing ourselves in lots of descriptive writing about the characters and settings during this term.
We will be looking at a wide range of books that will help the children explore tales and stories linked to Living Things and their Habitats. I know we will enjoy exploring texts with a science theme woven through!
Chester Zoo was founded by a family who had a love of animals. The Mottersheads had visited an amusement park in Manchester and felt sorry for the caged animals who were not well looked after. George Mottershead (the son) collected insects and lizards that arrived on exotic plants for their garden business. It wasn’t long before Chester Zoo was opened in 1931, entirely run by the Mottershead family. The family did not make any money for over 10 years! After promoting the zoo (with the motto ‘always building’) and introducing the adoption scheme, they began to raise money to buy new materials for the new animals. Chester Zoo is now the biggest and most visited attraction outside of London. It has over 1000 members of staff (all over the world!) and more than 20000 animals to care for! Chester Zoo places huge importance on the prevention of extinction and helping to educate people to protect the environment for the future. With member of the government, they have passed a new curriculum of education for children in schools.
In Year 2, 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
We will be continuing to recap addition and subtraction whilst moving onto multiplication and division.
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