Mrs Worthington, Mrs Horan, Mrs McGorian, Miss Harrison, Mrs Shields and Ms Hutchinson
Knowledge Organiser: Spring 2020
Learning Expedition: Spring 2020
Spring Term 1:
Our project is ‘Towers, Tunnels and Turrets.’
Meet Rapunzel who lives in a tall, tall tower. Let’s build a brand new one… whose is the tallest? Can you measure it?
Dig deep, deep down making burrows and tunnels, just like the animals who live underground.
What’s that sound? I hear little hooves going trip, trap, trip, trap, over the rickety bridge. Watch out for the angry troll underneath… he likes to gobble up little girls and boys! Make sure that the bridge is sturdy enough to take the weight and get us safely to the other side.
Ideas for Homework
- Now you’ve learned about Brunel, find out about other famous engineers. Search the web and se non-fiction books to find out about their life and work. Draw a picture to show one of their most famous achievements and think about why their work was so important.
- Play a tumbling game such as Jenga with your family. What are the best ways of keeping the tower upright? See if you can take some action shots or videos of the tower falling!
- Go on a bridge hunt with your grown-ups around the local area, taking photographs to show your class. What type of bridges have you seen? Choose the most interesting bridge and see what you can discover about it online or at the local library?
- Make a detailed diagram of a castle, labelling interesting features which might be found inside or out. Perhaps you could find out about ‘murder holes’, ‘garderobes’ or ‘loopholes’.
- Make your own information book about castles, bridges or tunnels. Include downloaded images as well as your own drawings and diagrams. What fascinating facts can you find out to amaze you family, friends and teacher?
- Design and create a model of a famous structure from around the world, using junk materials found at home. Will you choose London Bridge, the Leaning Tower of Pisa or perhaps the Statue of Liberty? Find a photograph of your chosen landmark to use as inspiration.
- Find, on a world map or globe, all the famous landmarks you would like to visit. Which continents are they in? How would you get there? Talk to your grown ups to explain your choices. Make a digital display showing images of your favourite places and giving information about each country or city.
- Design a fantastic new landmark for your local area! What materials would you use and what special features would it have? Think about how to make it stand out from other landmarks in the world: you’d want lots of people to come and visit! Plot your landmark on a map of your local area. Present your ideas to your class and perhaps take a vote for the winning design!
- Look at websites telling the story of the ‘Three Little Pigs’. Draw a storyboard with six or eight sections. Add captions and images which could be used to help you create a short stop motion film. Carry on and make the film if you have time!
Spring Term 2:
Our project is Beat Band Boogie!
Boom, boom, boom parrup, bah-dum TISH! Here comes the marching band! Left, right, left right……… Atten-SHUN!
Step in time to the beat: 1,2,3,4, let’s make sounds, high and low!
That sound is loud! That one’s quiet ………. Shhhh, listen up! What can you hear? There are sounds all around. What’s making each one?
Name all the instruments in the band and be part of a ‘body orchestra’! Pat your knees, clap your hands, tap your feet, let’s move to the beat.
Now march up the hill with the Grand Old Duke of York, beating your drum or shaking your shaker.
Then it’s time to perform………. Oh, what a performance! Your audience loves you, so let’s take a bow!
Ideas for homework
- Make a tin can telephone with a friend. Investigate which connectors transfer the sound most effectively (maybe wool, string or plastic-coated wire) what is the longest connector you can use that still transfers the message? Does the connector need to be taut? Try using yoghurt pots instead of tin can: which work best? A responsible adult should drill or punch a hole into the bottom of each can, and check that the cans have no sharp edges.
- Watch online footage of brass bands. Create your own musical band at home with family or friends, improvising with instruments to achieve different sounds. Compose some music of your own or play a well-known tune.
- Design a uniform for a marching band. Look at online images for inspiration.
- Listen to another traditional tale featuring a soldier character, perhaps ‘The Tinder Box’ or ‘Stone Soup’. Practise retelling the story so you can tell it to your classmates at school. Perhaps you could make stick puppets to bring your characters to life?
- Record some sounds at home to create your own sound quiz. What about the sound of the washing machine, the babbling of your baby brother or sister or the theme tune to your favourite TV programme? Can your classmates identify the sounds?
- Find a poem, nursery rhyme or song about marching. Learn it by heart to perform at school.
- Using the web, find out about interesting drums from other countries. Draw a picture of your favourite, locate its country of origin on a world map and watch an online video of someone playing it.
- Find out if any local bands perform in your area – many parks have a local bandstand with summer performances. Perhaps you could attend a show and puck out your favourite instrument?
- Do some online research to find out about some of the commands used in marching bands such as ‘Left Face’, ‘Horns Up’, ‘Parade Rest’ – what do they mean?
Hidden until summer
Summer Term 1:
Our project will be ‘Wriggle and Crawl.’
Grab your coat and pooter- we’re going out and about on a minibeast hunt.
Sweep your nets in puddles and ponds and lift up your nets to see who’s home.
Learn about bees and worms and butterflies too. Can you make a food chain to show who eats who? Carry out investigations to find out more, like how far a snail travels each day and how a spider catches its prey.
On your belly, legs at the ready, it’s time to wriggle and crawl!
Ideas for Homework
- Go for a minibeast safari with your family. Take photographs or draw any minibeasts you find.
- Find books and poems about minibeasts. Write a review of your favourite book.
- Use the internet to research a weird and wonderful minibeast such as the Borneo walking stick and the goliath beetle.
- Watch a movie about minibeasts and make a comic strip to show part of the film or write a film review.
- Write a list of adjectives to describe what spiders look like and a list of verbs to describe what spiders do.
- Create a minibeast word search.
- Download and label an image of an insect.
- Make your own non-fiction book about minibeasts.
- Read James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl and write a description of the main characters.
PE for Year 2 is on Thursday. We ask that PE kits stay in school for the whole half term; we may have additional sessions on other days. If your child is unable to participate, we require a letter from home. Please ensure that your child has a full indoor and outdoor PE kit in school at all times. If taking part in outdoor learning activities, it would be useful for your child to bring their wellington boots into school. This applies particularly during winter months when the outdoor environment can get very muddy!
Spelling homework is an essential part of Year 2 as it reinforces the work undertaken in class. Spellings are given out each Friday and children are tested the following Friday. Children will complete their spelling test in their Malvern Primary School Planner each week.
Reading is a really important part of your child’s development as well as being an amazing journey into new worlds, real and imagined. Ideally, we would like the children to read each evening for a short time. However, we realise that this is not always possible. As a minimum, we ask that the children read at home with an adult at least four times a week. We ask that this reading is noted in their planner. Please write in the planner when your child has finished the book and we will change it the same day.
PLEASE MAKE SURE THEY BRING THEIR READING BOOK IN EVERY DAY EVEN IF THEY HAVEN’T READ THE NIGHT BEFORE.
We ask children to use our ‘Ideas for Homework’ help sheet to choose two independent learning projects to undertake each half term. This help sheet will be given out at the start of each half term. Details can also be found by scrolling down to the relevant half term.
In addition to these projects, we ask children to complete spelling and mental mathematics homework every evening and additional maths and English homework as required. This will be given out on a Friday for completion by the following Friday.
We hope to make homework as fun as possible and hope that you enjoy opportunities to see first hand how your child is progressing on their learning journey.
Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher at any time to discuss homework if you feel it necessary.