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Circle of Life

Circle of Life

Our topic for Spring is Circle of Life!  Our lives, from beginning to end resemble a complete full circle. No matter how big or small the circle is, it ends in the exact same way for everyone.  So get your explorer's hat on and let's investigate this fascinating topic! 


As Mathematicians we will be:

  • Learning about fractions - recognising and finding a half, a quarter and a third
  • Identifying unit and non-unit fractions
  • Recognising and making 2D and 3D shapes
  • Counting the number of sides and vertices on 2D shapes
  • Understanding and finding lines of symmetry in 2D shapes
  • Counting faces, edges and vertices on 3D shapes
  • Sorting shapes, making patterns and solving shape problems
  • Learning about statistics through drawing and interpreting tally charts and pictograms


As Readers we will be:

  • Using our phonics to segment and blend sounds until reading becomes fluent
  • Reading words of 2 or more syllables
  • Reading common exception words
  • Reading books aloud
  • Developing our comprehension skills


As Writers we will be:

  • Practising the correct formation of upper and lower case letters
  • Spelling by sounding out using our phonics
  • Learning our Year 2 common misconception words
  • Starting our sentences with a capital letter and ending with a punctuation mark
  • Using finger spaces
  • Creating our own sentences using say it, count it, write it, read it
  • Using conjunctions (and, because, but, when, so) to add extra information in our sentences
  • Researching African animals and making notes
  • Planning, composing and writing non-chronological reports about African animals
  • Reading our writing aloud and making simple corrections when editing our writing


Find out about our first African animal... the elephant!

As Scientists we will be:

  • finding out about and describing the basic needs of animals for survival 
  • understanding that animals have offspring which grow into adults
  • understanding what a life cycle is and ordering and explaining an animal life cycle
  • identifying and naming a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.
  • describing how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals.
  • exploring and comparing things that are living, dead and things that have never been alive.
  • identifying and naming a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees
  • identifying and describing the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees
  • describing the importance of exercise and eating the right amounts of different types of food in order to stay healthy


As Geographers we will be:

  • Locating and naming the seven continents of the world 
  • Locating Kenya and the United Kingdom on a world map
  • Exploring the climate and weather of Kenya
  • Identifying the equator, North and South Poles in relation to the location of hot and cold places in the world
  • Naming and recognising some wild animals of Kenya
  • Identifying physical and human features of the African landscape
  • Navigating around a map using the compass points North, South, East and West
  • Recognising similarities and differences between Africa and England


As Computer Technicians we will be:

  • Using the internet to search and locate images through the use of specific vocabulary
  • Grouping images based on a binary (yes/no) question and group the images into more than two groups
  • Copying and pasting images into presentation software and create a caption to match
  • Creating an audiobook using sound recording equipment and the i Movie app 


As learners of Religious Education we are continuing to find out more about the big question:

How should we care for others and the world, and why does it matter? 

This will include finding out:

  • How we can help care for the environment and identify ways that some people make a response to God by caring for others and the world?
  • How we care for others and what do followers of the Sikh and Islam faiths believe about caring for others.
  • What is the Golden Rule, which religious texts promote the Golden Rule and what could happen if more people followed the Golden Rule.
  • How we can be kind and caring. 


In PSHE we will be learning about different feelings, relationships and connections to people in our life. We will be looking to understand and answer these big questions:

  • How can we communicate and express our feelings and how do we recognise how others are feeling?
  • Why do we appreciate special people in our lives and how can we express our appreciation?
  • How can people be both unique and similar and what makes us unique?


As Designers we will be:

  • creating a healthy food snack as part of our 5 A Day 
  • practising cutting and slicing skills using a knife safely 


As Artists we will be:

  • Exploring the work of the sculptor Andy Goldsworthy
  • Understanding what 3D art is and designing our own piece of art using natural materials
  • Evaluating our own sculpture and making links to the sculptor Andy Goldsworthy work