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Summer Term 2022

 

The Egyptians

 

Although it hardly seems any time at all since I was welcoming you into Year 2, here we are at the final term of the year. Our topic is the Egyptians and Year 2 will be gradually filling up with pyramids, mummies and canopic jars this term! 

 

In Maths, we will be finishing off the unit of fractions before covering Position and direction, in which we will be describing movement, turns and patterns with shapes. Then we will study a couple of units of Measurement. In Time the children will be expected to understand quarter past and to and we will be comparing durations of time.  For Mass, Capacity and Temperature we will be getting to grips with the units of measurement - grams, kilograms, litres, millilitres, comparing mass and volume.

 

For English this term we will start with an adventure story based in Egypt before writing instructions on how to mummify a body and a recount of Howard Carter’s discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. We will also be writing and performing some poetry.

 

Our History and Geography studies will of course be focussed on all things Egyptian, including; how and why the pyramids were built, the importance of the river Nile to Egypt’s economy and culture and some stories about the numerous Egyptian gods.

 

Egypt will also influence our ICT lessons as the children will be learning how to programme a computer game based in an Egyptian pyramid.

 

We will be designing, making and decorating canopic jars in Art and creating Egyptian meals in D&T.

 

Our class reading book this term will also feed into our Egyptian studies as we’ll be enjoying The Time Travelling Cat and the Egyptian Goddess by Julia Jarman.

 

We will be closer to home for Science when we will be investigating how seeds and bulbs grow into healthy plants, looking at habitats and how animals and plants adapt to their environments.

 

In RE we will be pondering the questions that religious festivals make us ask. A wide ranging topic which should provide plenty of discussion.

 

I’m sure our Spanish language study will be popular this term as it will be based around Ice Cream flavours. We will be looking at friendship songs in Music and looking at ourselves in PHSE for our units entitled “What causes conflict between me and my friends?” and “What parts of my body are private?”

 

Our PE sessions will be on Monday and Thursday this term, when we will be playing scatterball and developing our athletics’ techniques.  If you could remember to send your child in PE kit on these days, that would be appreciated and, if possible, please remove earrings and tie back long hair on those days too.  

 

As the days should be warming up, would you please send your child to school with a hat - or send one in which they can keep at school - and please apply sun-screen before coming to school if you think your child requires it.

 

In addition, we will also be visiting The Naze as the guests of Essex Wildlife to study some fossils on the beach (more details nearer the time) and hope to fit in a class trip linked to our Egyptian topic. It's going to be a busy term!  

 

Mr H

 

 

Useful terminology and guides

 

Please use the reading cards below to help you support your child with reading. They can even use them to ask you a question about the text!

Games & Activities to keep you moving

 

There are lots of ideas here https://www.activeessex.org/physical-activity-and-pe-at-home/ which can be completed indoors or out.

Fancy doing something extra?

 

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