Neptune (Year 2)


 Year 2 Autumn 1 –The Scented Garden.




Engage-What plants are there in the local area?  How do plants grow? We will plant seeds to create our own scented garden.

Develop-This half term, we’ll explore garden herbs and scented plants using our senses and make scented playdough.  We will produce observational drawings of scented plants and learn plant based action rhymes in music.  Vocabulary and punctuation will be developed through writing instructions for planting seeds and stories based on Jack and the Beanstalk.  In science we will name parts of plants and find out how water travels through them.  The children will look at similarities and differences in plants and investigate plants in contrasting locations.

Innovate-Flowers and herbs have heavenly scents. Using what they know about the amazing smells plants have, the children will make a gift with a gorgeous fragrance.

ExpressWe will end this fantastic topic with a celebration of all the work we have done on October 17th at 2pm-3pm – everyone is invited!

ILP focus Science
English Recounts, non-chronological reports, instructions, narrative, information books
Science Plants
Art and design Observational drawing, sculpture, flower-pressing
DT Making fragrant products
Computing Presenting information
Music Action rhymes

RE Harvest and what did Jesus teach?

Home learning ideas

Plant bulbs and seeds at home and watch them grow. Bring in your plants (or photographs of them) to show your class.

Grow a sunflower and keep a record of its height. Who can grow the tallest in the class?

Keep a plant diary, explaining how you grew a plant. Include photographs or drawings of each stage of your plant’s development.

With an adult, search the web for examples of amazing plants and make your own weird and wonderful plant book.

On a visit to the supermarket, find and discuss plants you can eat, including herbs, vegetables and fruit. Which part of the plant are they? The roots? The leaves? The flower? The stem?

Visit a garden centre, florist or plant sale, or take a walk in your garden or local area. Amaze your adults with your knowledge of plant names. Find out the names of any plants you don’t recognise.

Read and talk about stories and poems with your adult on the theme of flowers.

Reading-Try and read at least five times a week.  Discuss the plot, characters and meaning of any new vocabulary.  Discuss the punctuation and what it is used for.

Spellings-Learn your weekly spellings and the rule for the spelling pattern ready for the test on Monday.

Homework-Look out for homework tasks in the homework books.

Multiplication-Children will be expected to learn their  times table starting with 2’s, 5’s and 10’s.

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