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Into the Forest!

What are we learning about?

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, like the ‘Tin Forest’ and ‘The Gruffalo.’


Our Science topic looks at living things and habitats, where we will compare the habitats of animals found in the school environment whilst going on a mini beast hunt!


In Art, we will be looking at the work of Andy Goldsworthy and the materials he uses, in order to create a sculpture outdoors as well as a natural objects collage which will be displayed for all to see!


What an exciting topic to start off our Year 2 journey smiley



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, writing character and setting descriptions and a diary entry.  We will then look at other stories set in the forest and identify typical story features.  Our learning journey will link in with our topic writing where we will be looking at the text ‘The Tin Forest.’


During our SPAG sessions we will focus on adjectives, nouns and punctuation this half term: CL, full stops, exclamation marks, question marks and commas. 




Our Maths journey 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.  Also, compare and order numbers using < > and = signs, identify, represent and estimate numbers to 100 using a number line and use place value and number facts to solve problems. 


As the term progresses, we will be looking at ‘Addition and Subtraction’ and the methods used to solve problems, including using the inverse.  During our starters there will be a big emphasis on what children have previously learnt. 


Learning Opportunities

This term we will get the opportunity to view different birds from the Amews Falconry and learn about their habitats and features.  This will help our topic writing where we will create fact files and information posters!  Our walk around our school area will enable us to collect natural objects for our sculptures in Art linked to work of Andy Goldsworthy.  When our sculptures are complete, we will create a huge natural collage that will be displayed for all to see!


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. 

As well as this, it is important that your child reads their book at least twice a week and brings it back to school so we can monitor their progress.  Children will have the chance to earn rewards through their bookmark the more they read.  Reading at home will help enhance children’s reading skills as well as their writing.  Homework will be given out every Friday and asked to be returned on Wednesday.  It will be linked to what your child has been learning about in school that week so discussing their home learning with them would be a great way to help with their speaking and listening skills too!  Alongside this, spelling tasks will be sent home for children to practise and bring back in ready to be tested.  Thank you for your SUPER support, any questions please ask J