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Term 1- Thankfulness




Overarching question:

"If there is so much food, why do people still starve?" 


This term we will be exploring the theme of `Thankfulness`. This theme will focus on the Harvest festival and how other religions celebrate the gathering of food and crops around the world. We will explore in great detail why it is important to show gratitude and be thankful for all the wonderful food that we are blessed with each year. However, the children will also discuss how some people are less fortunate and talk about how we can support them. This year, year 2 will be working with the local food bank and we look forward to creating food boxes for the charity. 
Our overarching question, which can be see above, will be threaded throughout each of the subjects. By the end of the term, the children will have a good understanding of this theme and will be able to answer the question confidently. Please spend time with your child at home, debating the many possible answers. 


PSHE will be a big focus for the children as it is important that the children feel settled during their transition into year 2. We will discuss how it is important to build relationships with our families and friends and identify a range of emotions, including how to manage them effectively. 


In Science this term, the children will continue to build upon their knowledge of plants and will explore how they can grow healthily. This will include looking into how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow. We will also briefly discuss the changes in the seasons and how Autumn is the time when crops are harvested ready for the Winter months. 


Over the term, the children will take part in PE lessons every Monday and Tuesday. It is important that the children have their kits in school each week and their lessons will take place inside and outside.  The area of focus will include Fitness and Team building. 


Throughout the term, photos of our learning will be added to our web page and we can't wait to show you what we have been up to. Below are some books linked to our theme which you can use to support your child with their learning further. 







Our Class Novel 


This term the children will have the opportunity to vote for their choice of class novel. Below are the two stories and their blurbs. Please read the blurbs below with your child and discuss which story they will choose and why. 


As a class, we will share the class blurbs, read book reviews and discuss the plots of each of the stories. After our discussion, the children will be able to vote throughout the first week using the interactive display. I wonder which book the children will choose to enjoy as a class. 




"We grow dragons. And I can tell you this- they're a lot more trouble than cucumbers. 


Poo in your dad's porridge? 

Chase your cat? 

Set light to your toothbrush? 


But I can tell you something else. Their bright, diamond eyes twinkle up at you. Their warm breath tickles your ear. And you'd better keep them a secret, because who wouldn't want their own dragon?" 



"Paddington Bear had travelled all the way from Darkest Peru when the Brown family first met him on Paddington station. Since then, their lives have never been quite the same...for ordinary things become quite extraordinary when a bear called Paddington is involved." 


Have a look at our Reading for Pleasure page to find out which novel the children chose. 

Clay Leaf Bowls 


What a fantastic start to the term! We have been learning all about sculptures and understanding that different medias can be used to create them. We have explored different sculptures, ranging from the very large to the very small. This term we will be creating our very own leaf bowl sculptures using clay. Today everyone had the opportunity to experiment with clay in preparation for making their leaf bowls. We explored the technique of scoring and adding slip to join the clay leaves together. In order to make the leaves look realistic, we also used natural objects to create the leaf markings.  



In our Science learning this week, the children were exploring the differences between bulbs and seeds. Everyone was able to compare the bulbs and seeds and identify key features. When we cut the seeds and bulbs in half, the children were surprised to see the food store inside but also was able to observe the different layers of a bulb. This activity is preparing the children to understand how bulbs and seeds are different but also begin to explore how different conditions can affect the growth of a plant.