Year 2 2022 - 2023
Year 2 Teacher
STEM and RE Lead
Welcome to Year 2!
Welcome to the start of the spring term. I hope you've all had a lovely Christmas - no doubt busy making memories!
As mentioned previously, 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 are on Tuesday and Wednesday. Please make sure that your child comes to school in the stipulated PE kit for those days, and in kit that is weather appropriate. We will be going outside if it is dry! 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 Tapestry (I will explain more during the meet the teacher session) 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...
How has Chester Zoo changed over the years?
This text fits well with our scientific work linked to living things and their habitats. It is a magical story about two little girls who find a Bog Baby and take it home. The characters learn a valuable lesson about caring for creatures and the importance of leaving them in their natural habitats. Through exploring the detailed illustrations in the vehicle text, there are many opportunities for the children to infer how the characters are feeling and use this information from the incidental writes to write their own finding stories. Following the hands on experience of creating a habitat, I know the children will be enthusiastic to write a set of instructions to tell others how to make i
We will be looking closely at a selection of books that will link directly to living things and their habitats. It will help to further develop our learning around Chester Zoo as we learn more about animals and the environments they live in.
The children will learn that 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.
• 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.
Children will be looking closely at free standing structures. They will find examples in their local environment, before exploring what makes a safe structure to enclose animals at Chester Zoo.
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