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Where I Belong (Autumn 1)

In our first half term in Year 2, we thought about where we belong - to our families, our communities, our religion, our school, our country, our world, and many more!

Our key text in English was Big, Bad Owl by Steve Smallman. The children loved exploring this very funny story about a very grumpy and very rude owl named Scowl. We used the text to explorer our emotions and think about how the characters might be feeling. To complete the unit of learning, we used the original plot to write our own stories. 

In maths, we covered place value, addition, subtraction and measures (length and mass). We practised using the most efficient methods that we can use to help us with calculations - either using a jotting or a mental strategy. The children's reasoning skills are developing and they are becoming more confident when explaining their thinking.

Our science topic was humans and how we grow and stay healthy. We investigated how germs spread and observed over time to see what happened (with some very yucky results!) as well as observing what happens to our bodies when we exercise. We also tested to see if the oldest children have the biggest feet.

In history, we learnt about how Nelson has changed over the last 100 years and what is different today. We studied what schools and shopping were like in the past and found out that a lot has changed. 

In geography, we looked at our local area and learnt the difference between rural and urban areas. Exploring our school grounds, we identified lots of human and physical features.

Mr Brown worked with us in our music lessons and helped us to learn about body percussion, linking music to the study of our local area.

In art, we looked at the work of L.S Lowry and Paul Horton. We compared the two artists and used their paintings to inspire our own ideas.

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