Neptune (Year 2)

The world at our feet

Over the course of the summer term, we are going to be learning about Nepal and Dorset (Sherborne).

Through our learning about these two places,  we will be answering questions such as: where is Nepal, what do people wear there, what do people eat there, what is Mount Everest like, how long does it take to get to Sherborne, what was the castle like when Sir Walter Raleigh lived there, who was Sir Walter Raleigh?  There will be a trip to visit Sherborne Castle and visits from people who have been to Nepal.

We will use our writing skills to explain our learning by writing diary accounts, letters and adventure stories.  We will also compare the weather in Nepal and the UK and learn to make a couple of dishes that Nepalese people might eat.  We will continue to learn about world religions, with a focus on Buddhism and Islam. We will explore not only key concepts of each of these religions but also ways in which they share similarities or are different to Christianity. Using printing and collage skills, we will “build” trees by experimenting with different materials to print with.  Also we will learn how to use running stitch to sew an outline of an image eg castle, mountain, tree.

We will read and discuss poems by Edward Lear and AA Milne so that we can build on our poetry writing from last term.  From a selection of short poems, we will each choose one that we will learn by heart as part of our homework. We will explore using our voices to describe feelings and moods and explore changing pitch in songs and music. We will learn about simple methods of musical notation, and improvise and compose our own descriptive music.

In and around our school grounds, we will think about whether there is more than one habitat, whether there are always plants in each habitat, how many animals live in a habitat, why might there be more animals in one habitat rather than another?  Once we have considered these questions, we will conduct our own enquiry into the preferred habitat of a woodlouse to find out which habitat they prefer.  Finally, looking at our school grounds, we will also draw plans by taking simple measurements.

Alongside our questioning skills, working with each other and listening to each other’s ideas are important parts of our learning.  So we will be exploring and testing this by considering who can we trust, can I tell how someone is feeling, what is fair and unfair and how can I work as a team to achieve a task that seems really difficult?

We will continue to develop greater coordination and control when using our bodies athletically, including throwing and fielding skills which we will apply in activities and team games.