Term 2

Welcome back to our second term.  We finished Term 1 off on a high sending our personal letters to Sir David Attenborough after learning all about his remarkable lifetime achievements.  We are keeping our fingers firmly crossed for a written reply.

Our topic this term is ‘Polar Explorers’ and we are delighted to inform you that Charlotte’s Grandpa, Alec Hurley, will be coming into class to give us a presentation about his years spent in Antarctica, as a British Antarctic Survey mechanic at Halley and Rothera station in the 1970’s.   This is such an exciting link to our local community and we cannot wait to hear about his personal experiences!


Our key focus this term is to write non chronological reports about animals that live in the Arctic and Antarctic. We will use the talk for writing process to learn how to tell a report and how to include topical language and explain meanings of unfamiliar words.  We will also be learning how to use the key features of non fiction writing to help us organise our own reports correctly. Later in the term we will learn and write poems about the polar regions.



We will continue to learn the sounds from phase 5, using online games and reading and writing activities to help us even more. Try looking for the sounds we are learning in your home reading books.



This term our focus is to :

Year 1

  • know addition and subtraction facts within 20
  • recognise and name common 2-D and 3-D shapes, including: 2-D shapes (e.g. rectangles (including squares), circles and triangles) 3-D shapes (e.g. cuboids (including cubes), pyramids and spheres).
  • measure and begin to record the following: lengths and heights mass/weight capacity and volume time (hours, minutes, seconds)
  • sequence events in chronological order using language such as: before and after, next, first, today, yesterday, tomorrow, morning, afternoon and evening
  • recognise and use language relating to dates, including days of the week, weeks, months and years
  • describe position, direction and movement, including whole, half, quarter and three quarter turns

Year 2

  • add and subtract numbers using concrete objects, pictorial representations and mentally
  • identify and describe the properties of 2-D  and 3-D shapes, including the number of sides and symmetry in a vertical line
  • compare and sort common 2-D and 3-D shapes and everyday objects.
  • choose and use appropriate standard units to estimate and measure length/height in any direction (m/cm); mass (kg/g); temperature (°C); capacity (litres/ml) to the nearest appropriate unit, using rulers, scales, thermometers and measuring vessels
  • compare and order lengths, mass, volume/capacity and record the results using >, < and =
  • recognise and use symbols for pounds (£) and pence (p); combine amounts to make a particular value
  • find different combinations of coins that equal the same amounts of money
  • tell and write the time to five minutes, including quarter past/to the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times (know the number of minutes in an hour and the number of hours in a day)
  • use mathematical vocabulary to describe position, direction and movement, including distinguishing between rotation as a turn and in terms of right angles for quarter, half and three-quarter turns (clockwise and anti-clockwise), and movement in a straight line.


In science we will be focusing on ‘Living things and their Habitats’.  In keeping with our topic we will be exploring wildlife in Antarctica and the Arctic and comparing them to animals that live in warmer regions.  We will learn how most living things, live in habitats to which they are suited and we will explore how these meet their basic needs.  We will also explore and compare the difference between things that are living, dead and things that have never been alive.


We will create pictures of wildlife in the Polar regions using painting tools and text to give information.  We will also create short animations based on what we have learned about wildlife in the Poles.  Within the lessons we will always refer to our E-Safety rules to ensure that we are always safe when learning online.


We are so excited to begin our learning this term.  To follow on from Term 1, we are continuing to use Sir David Attenborough’s work from ‘Frozen Planet’ to help give us an insight into what life is like in the Poles!