The second spring term sees us travelling the world in just thirty days! We will be primarily focusing on significant people in history starting with Neil Armstrong before moving on to discover how transportation has evolved and changed the way we live in the world. We’ll be looking at all sorts including trains, planes and automobiles before delving into finding out all about the Titanic. Later on in the term, we’ll be drawing upon our knowledge of materials and investigating materials used for floating and sinking before designing and making our own transportation vehicle.
This half term, we will be finalising and completing our work on ‘The Disgusting Sandwich’. We’ll be sharing our texts with the other year 2 classes and comparing the stories we have written.
We will be then focusing on writing non-chronological reports linking and drawing upon our scientific knowledge of habitats to design and create a baby before writing a report all about it. This will then give us stimuli to write our own narrative about looking after a baby. I wonder what kind of baby we’ll be looking out. Something mysterious may happen…who knows?!
We have lots to cover this half term and will be kicking off the term by consolidating our understanding of money in particularly making amounts in various ways.
We will then be moving onto a long unit of multiplication and division – looking specifically at equal groups, forming multiplication sentences, using arrays and solving worded problems. The division unit focuses on odd and even numbers and the correlation between the two.
We will then be using this to help us develop our understanding of fractions.
My Happy Mind
We are now moving onto the gratitude module of My Happy Mind. This module is all about teaching children the importance of gratitude. It looks at a number of elements of gratitude including: • What happens in our brain when we give and receive gratitude. The gratitude wheel - this is a way to think about the types of gratitude that children should try to take the time to notice: •Yourself •Others •Experiences - using happy breathing as a vehicle here, children are encouraged to stop and think about the simple, everyday experiences that they have e.g. eating, listening , etc.
We will talk about the fact that when you give or receive gratitude it makes you feel good and link this to Team H-A-P. The science here is that when you give or receive gratitude the neurotransmitter dopamine is released which, makes us feel good.
This module includes quite a lot of reflection exercises and is focussed on the children learning to develop what we call an ‘attitude of gratitude’. An attitude of gratitude is best described as taking the time to stop and think about all there is to be grateful for. The research shows that regularly doing this has a hugely positive impact on mental wellbeing.