2022 Summer Term (Year 2) - Upper School - St Thomas of Canterbury Junior School

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2022 Summer Term (Year 2) - Upper School

Curriculum Advice for Parents

Welcome back to the Summer Term! We hope that the information below will give you helpful details of planned work for this new term. Please assist your son/daughter in exploring and discussing these areas. As you know we are committed to giving you clear information and guidance about what is being covered in school so that you can support this by talking with your children at home. The most important way to help your children is to read with them on a daily basis. The more you read together the better they will do in school and in life! Hopefully they are already engaged with the St Thomas’ Reading Tree Challenge...have they achieved their Bronze Award yet?
All year groups will be having English and Mathematics lessons every day. You can support your child in a variety of ways including: reading and discussing books with your son/daughter; helping him/her to learn spellings and number facts (e.g. multiplication tables).
Please continue to refer to the homework diary for general expectations, such as those relating to uniform.

Thank you for your continued support!
Examples of areas we plan to cover

Art & Design
We will study sketching techniques and collage related to the Amazon Rainforest which will link in with our Geography unit on Brazil. We will be taking inspiration from the successful contemporary artist Oenone Hammersley, who has been exhibiting since 1980. Her abstract and semi-abstract paintings focus on our natural resources in water and trees.

As part of our e-safety topic, we will look at the risks associated with group chat software. Following on from this, we will also be looking at web-design and producing websites based on our Geography topic of Brazil. The final unit is on 3D modelling, which allows children the opportunity to investigate how to edit their 3D designs before printing as a 2D net and then creating a 3D model. Children will also explore the possibilities of 3D printing.  

Design & Technology
Your child will be looking at where in the world our fruits come from. They will taste and evaluate a variety of different fruits and look at their properties as part of a healthy lifestyle. They will then devise and make their own ‘Healthy Smoothies’ and ‘Fruit Cocktails’. Your child may need to bring in some extra ingredients for tasting and for making the cocktails.

We will be studying South America with a specific focus on the country of Brazil. We will compare and contrast this diverse country with ours, whilst considering its physical and human features, climate and environment. We will take a closer look at the Amazon River and surrounding rainforest, life in Rio de Janeiro and the tourism industry. We will go on to study Patagonia and compare this with a small town in Wales.

This term in history we are continuing to learn about the History of our town. Children will set up their own enquiries and carry out detailed research into an area of Brentwood's history they are interested in. They will be challenged to present their findings at our own exhibition towards the end of term - details to follow nearer the time.

In music this term we will be linking to our topic on Brazil and learning to play Samba, which is famously played in Rio's Carnival. The children will learn to play Samba rhythms using the correct techniques on the instruments, building up to an ensemble performance of a famous piece.

During our dance lessons, we will explore the Brazilian samba. The children will choreograph their own routines that incorporate natural basic movement and rhythmic bounce ready for their own carnival. During games lessons, the children will develop their running, throwing and jumping skills by participating in various athletic activities. The children will also have lessons in preparation for sports day.  

This term we will be thinking about Relationships and Changing Me. This will include our RSE topics which we will send further information about prior to the Year 5 and 6 sessions.

This term for RE we will be looking at the Kingdom of God (including studying Pentecost), trying to answer the big question "What kind of King is Jesus?" and The Gospel, examining "What would Jesus do?"

We will be studying light in the first half term. This will include investigations relating to how light travels, how shadows are created and how rainbows form. In the second half term, we will be studying living things and habitats, comparing our local environment to the rainforests of Brazil.

The children will aim to identify and describe items of clothing in Spanish by the end of the term. They will learn how to apply adjectives to describe the colour, fabric and price of clothing. They will then learn how to ask and answer questions in Spanish by exploring how to use a range of verbs in sentences.

You may like to talk to your child about these topics. The prospectus (which details how the different subjects are taught) is available for download by clicking here.

In addition, you may also wish to:

: research ideas at the local library and help your child to develop his/her library skills;

: search the internet for relevant websites and activities;

: watch relevant television programmes that may support their work, or visit a museum or place of interest;

: simply talk to your child about what they are learning!

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