Into the Forest

Our first topic in Year 2 is based on the story by Anthony Browne "Into the Forest".  We will be looking at this story and others that have a forest setting.  Our science topic looks at living things and habitats, where we will compare the habitats of animals found in the school environment and in the forest.  Our Geography topic takes us on a visit to a local forest - Minstead - to find out the human and physical features there.  In Art, we will be looking at the work of Andy Goldsworthy and the materials he uses, in order to create a sculpture of our own!
English

In English this term, we will be reading "Into the Forest" by Anthony Browne.  We will be making predictions about the story, creating a sound performance, list poem and lots of drama and role play!

We will then look at writing our own setting descriptions in the forest, and a diary from one of the characters' perspectives.  Our learning journey will then take us into writing a different ending to the story, before becoming authors of our own story about a journey into the forest!

We will then take a look at other stories set in the forest, such as fairy tales and traditional stories and look at story-mapping them and re-telling them, with more drama and role play to immerse ourselves in the fairy-tale world!

Little Red Riding Hood by Oxbridge Baby

Watch this animated version of Little Red Riding Hood. Where is it set? How do you know? What tells you that it is a fairy tale?

Maths
Our maths begins in Year 2, by looking at Number and Place Value.  We will look at the value of each digit and practise ordering numbers up to 100.  We will be practising our written methods for the four operations - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division - and solving problems with these methods. We will also be learning how to measure length in meters and centimeters using a variety of equipment. Finally, we will be finding our way around a forest by using the language of position and direction.
Learning Opportunities
This term we will get the opportunity to grow our own plants from seeds.  We are going to plan an experiment to decide what plants need in order to grow well, to support our learning in science.  Our trip to Minstead will enable us to discover what life is like in the forest - conducting traffic surveys, interviewing shop-keepers and looking at land-use in the forest.  We will also be able to look at habitats in the forest, linked to our science topic and also to collect natural objects for our sculptures in Art.  When our sculptures are complete, we will create a sculpture trail in the school grounds and parents will be invited in to view our artwork and follow the trail!
How can you help?

You can help your child this term by visiting the library to see if they have any stories that are set in the forest.  In the information section, they may also have books on living and growing to help with our science topic.  If you have plants in your house or garden, talk to your child about how they need to be looked after and how you help them to grow.  Show them the different parts of the plant - leaf, stem, flower, roots etc.

You can also count objects or items around the home (ie socks in the washing, tins in the cupboard, biscuits in the tin!) and ask which has more and how do they know?  You can also help your child to learn key number facts such as their 2, 5 and 10 times tables, their number bonds and their doubles and halves.  Learning the "Mr Double Trouble" song is a fun way to help!

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