Welcome back to a very exciting Spring term!
Mrs Mawdsley- Teaching Assisstant
At Kings Meadow we have developed themes and learning sequences to inspire our children that ‘LEARNING MEANS THE WORLD’! Information about our ‘Dimensions’ Curriculum can be found in the Curriculum section of this website. The following information is specific to Year 2.
In Year 2 we are ‘PATHFINDERS’. Through our teaching, and the experiences we offer, this year our children will learn how to become:
INNOVATIVE- I can generate new ideas.
DECISIVE- I can choose the best way to express my thoughts and feelings.
CREATIVE- I can share my ideas and experiences with others, as part of a group.
INDEPENDENT- I am not afraid to ‘have a go’
Current Curriculum Theme
Our current theme is ‘Zero to Hero!’. It is part of our whole school focus on Community.
Zero to Hero” is a thematic unit about heros and heroines, both past and present, who have overcome major challenges in life and become inspirational figures. There is a key subject focus on history.
The other subjects included in this thematic unit are art, design technology, drama, ICT / computing,
literacy, maths, music, PSHE and science. Breadth comes, not only from the range of subjects offered, but
also from their careful integration, leading to more connected thinking. Global Dimensions help pupils
develop a wider perspective and understand the links between their own lives and those of people around
the globe, as well as understanding their own place in the worldwide community.
Learning Means the World puts great emphasis on curriculum depth. We focus on common attributes that
ensure provision of a deep curriculum and use them to underpin our thematic units. We consider these to
be:- meaning and relevance; cohesion; opportunities for inquiry; development of critical, creative and high order thinking skills; integration of subjects; provision of access to information from a range of sources and viewpoints; authenticity of end products. Through elements such as Catalyst Questions, Pupil-Led Activities and Essential Learning Experiences (ELEs), teachers can thus ensure a greater depth of learning.
In this theme we will cover the following Learning Objectives:
Hi7 Ask and answer questions about the past
Hi9 Recognise why people did things and why events happened
Hi12 Observe and handle a range of sources of information to find out about the past
Hi14 Use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms
Ar17 Painting Experiment with a variety of tools and techniques, including mixing a range of secondary colours, shades and tones
Ar23 Observe the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work
Ict1 Explore digital resources by using hyperlinks and simple menus
Ict2 Use the internet and other digital sources to find out about significant issues, events and people and explore real and imaginary locations
Ict7 Use technology purposefully to create, capture, organise, store, manipulate, retrieve and present digital content
Ict8 Try alternatives using a range of tools and techniques to alter text, images and sounds
Ict11 Use strategies to stay safe when using ICT and the internet
Ict12 Plan, discuss and review work developed using ICT in order to improve it
Ict13 Use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private
Ict14 Identify when and where to go for help and support when they have concerns about material on the internet
Dr9 Use role play to engage and empathise with characters, situations and events from known stories and stories they create together
Dr15 Add simple effects such as a sound or prop to enhance their performance
Dt11 Identify a purpose for what they intend to design and make
Dt12 Identify simple design criteria then plan what to do next, using a variety of methods
Dt13 Observe and take account of properties of materials when deciding how to cut, shape, combine and join them
Dt14 Identify what they could have done differently or how they could improve their work in the future
Dt16 Communicate their ideas using a variety of methods e.g. drawing, making mock-ups, ICT
Dt17 Measure, mark, cut out and shape a range of materials
Dt19 Use simple finishing techniques
Dt20 Talk about their ideas, saying what they like and dislike, and evaluate against their design criteria
Mu30 Explore and extend the ways sounds can be combined and used expressively to convey mood and emotion
Mu35 Listen carefully, recognise and use repeated patterns and increase aural memory
Mu37 Perform with awareness of different parts that others are playing or singing
Sc6 Explore and observe in order to collect data and describe and compare findings
Sc7 With help, suggest some ideas and questions and predict what might happen
Sc8 Use first-hand observation, own experience and simple information sources to make comparisons and answer questions
Sc9 Observe closely using simple equipment
Sc11 Use simple scientific language
Sc12 Perform simple tests
Sc13 Record findings in various formats using standard units, drawings, diagrams, photographs, simple prepared formats such as tables and charts, tally charts, and displays
Sc14 Say whether what happened was what was expected and draw simple conclusions to help answer questions
I can ask relevant and appropriate questions to extend my thinking.
I can respond appropriately to instructions.
I can see things from other points of view.
I am not afraid to ‘have a go’.