Ladybird (Year 2)

Module 1

Welcome back to school! It’s the start of a new year, and across the school we will all be thinking about the theme ‘Who We Are’.

Find out more about the inquiries for your class below:

Central Idea
Choices affect wellbeing

We will be reading:

‘Can I Build Another Me?’ by Shinsuke Yoshitake

Our Maths Skills we are focusing on are:

  • Place Value
  • Ordering numbers to 50
  • Using the < and > symbols to compare numbers
  • Reading and writing numbers to 100 in figures and words

In our Lines of Inquiry, we will explore:

  • What it means to be human
  • Keeping healthy
  • Changes in healthcare

These are the ideas we will be exploring in school, but we’re really looking forward to seeing your own inquiries take shape! Take a look on the next page for some suggestions to get you started…

Module 1 Homework – Who We Are

Homework is shared with you termly. In addition to this document, your child will also receive regular spellings and a task to practice mental maths. The tasks below focus on the Learner Profiles, which are part of our day to day expectations in the classroom. These require the children to show their thinking and explain their solutions. Each child is required to complete 3 tasks by the end of the term. The completed homework should be brought in by Friday 15th October.

I am Knowledgeable

  • Research how nursing began in the UK
  • Find out about other famous nurses other than Florence Nightingale.
    Present your findings in a way of your choosing. You might like to create a leaflet or fact file.

I am Balanced

Show me ways to keep your mind and body healthy and balanced. You can present your work in any way you wish. Some suggestions are:

  • Record your own fitness video to inspire others (like Joe Wicks)
  • Create an advert or leaflet to promote healthy minds and bodies for children.
  • Create an information poster about mindfulness that can be displayed in our school
  • Learn some mindfulness or relaxation techniques you could share with the class.

I am a Risk-Taker

Past and present. Show me what a hospital is or was like? To do this you could:

  • Draw or paint a scene from a hospital (past or present)
  • Make a shoe box model of a ward (past or present)
  • Use lego or other building/modelling materials to create a model.

I am Caring

  • Write a letter or make a postcard for someone in your family thanking them for something they have done.
  • Think of a way that you could help someone at home or in your family- write about/draw a picture of what you did.

I am Reflective

  • Ask or interview any family members/friends who work in a hospital or are a fireman/policeman about their job.

Think carefully about what questions you want to ask them. Try and answer each of your questions in detail.

I am Open-Minded

  • Interview a member of your family to find out what you can about your ancestors. Be open minded and present your work in a way of your choosing. You might like to try and create your own family tree.

I am a Communicator

  • Design a healthy menu, you might like to try and make part of your menu and share some photos with us.
  • Design and make a poster to show people the different ways they can stay healthy.

I am Principled

  • Write a letter to a key worker of your choice to say thank you for everything they have done to help others over the past couple of years. In your letter, think carefully about what you are thanking them for.
    • How did they help?
    • What did they do?

I am a Thinker

  • Create a list of all of the key workers that you can think of.
  • Design a poster, create a collage or design a display banner of all the key workers you can think of. Try and think outside the box and consider the key workers who might work outside of the NHS too. You might like to use a selection of drawings, photos or even magazine and newspaper images to make your work stand out.
Module 2

How We Express Ourselves

We hope that you enjoyed your October Half Term. This term, across the school we will all be thinking about the theme ‘How We Express Ourselves’. Find out more about the inquiries for your class below:

Central Idea
The Earth’s climate can change the way animals live their lives

We will be reading:

  • ‘A Bear In War’ by Stephanie Innes
  • ‘The Legend of the Poinsettia’ retold by Tomie DePaola

Our Maths Skills we are focusing on are:

  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Multiplication and Division

In our Lines of Inquiry, we will explore:

  • Types of celebrations (Form)
  • Celebrations from different perspectives (Perspective)
  • Similarities and differences between celebrations (Connection)

These are the ideas we will be exploring in school, but we’re really looking forward to seeing your own inquiries take shape! Take a look on the next page for some suggestions to get you started…

Module 2 Homework

Homework is shared with you termly. The tasks below focus on the Learner Profiles, which are part of our day to day expectations in the classroom. These require the children to show their thinking and explain their solutions. Each child is required to complete 3 tasks by the end of the term, however, if you wish to complete more then please do so. The completed homework should be brought in by Friday 10th December.

I am knowledgeable

Different coloured poppies

What do the different colour poppies represent?

Create an information poster to explain these.

I am balanced

Mrs Wilson loves a Christmas dinner but worries about eating too many unhealthy and rich foods!

Can you design a healthy balanced menu so that she can still enjoy some treats but also eat healthily?

You might like to have a go at cooking some of your ideas too and sharing some photos to inspire her.

I am a Risk-Taker

Design and create a decoration or a festive food for a celebration of your choice.

You might like to make a diva lamp for Diwali, some Chinese new year cookies, paint an egg for Easter, make a Christmas wreath. The possibilities are endless!

Remember to write a caption about your creation so it can be shared with the class.

Be a risk taker and push your creativity to the limit!

I am caring

How do you show someone that you care? How do you express your beliefs and values?

Perhaps you have attended a memorial service such as remembrance day?

Perhaps you have donated to a charity or taken part in a fundraising event?

Perhaps you go to a place of worship?

Please share your experiences with the class in a way of your choosing. You might like to write about your
experiences, share some photos or make your own video documentary to show me how you are a caring individual.

I am reflective

Think of a celebration that you have attended. Tell me all about it.

What was the celebration for? What did you do? Where did you go? Who was there?

What did you like or enjoy about the event? Was there anything you didn’t enjoy?

Share your information in a way of your choosing. You might like to use photos and create a collage, you might like to create a storyboard to show me the key events of the celebration, you might like to write a diary entry or create a video.

I am open-minded

Research a celebration from a religion of your choice.

Find out as much information about it as you can. What is it called? When is it celebrated? Who celebrates it? How is it celebrated? Why is it an important celebration?

Share your findings with the class in a way of your choosing. You might like to create an information poster, use google slides, record a video or share some photos. It’s up to you.

I am a communicator

What would you say to a soldier who fought in the war for our country?

You might like to write a letter, record a speech, write a postcard or draw some pictures. It’s up to you how you communicate your ideas.

I am principled

Although celebrations can be fun they can also have a significant effect on our environment and local wildlife. The use of fireworks, sky lanterns, confetti and glitter are some examples. Can you think of any more?

Undertake some research into how these impact our environment and share your findings with the class. I wonder if you will come across any environmentally friendly alternatives that you could share with us? Present your findings in a way of your choosing.

I am a thinker

‘You can only celebrate Christmas if you have money’

An image of a decorated Christmas Tree with lots of presents wrapped up underneath it.

What are your thoughts? You might like to write to me to convince me of your opinion or record yourself reading a speech.

Module 3

Where We Are In Place And Time

Happy New Year! We hope that you enjoyed the break with your families and have had a great start to the year. This term, across the school we will all be exploring the theme ‘Where We Are In Place & Time’. Find out more about the inquiries for your class below:

Central Idea
Knowledge of the past connects us to the present.

We will be reading:

‘The Great Fire of London’ by Emma Adams and James Weston Lewis

Our Maths Skills we are focusing on are:

  • Money
  • Multiplication and Division

In our Lines of Inquiry, we will explore:

  • What the past means to me.
  • Using different sources of information to find out about the past.
  • How the past impacted the present.

These are the ideas we will be exploring in school, but we’re really looking forward to seeing your own inquiries take shape! Take a look on the next page for some suggestions to get you started…

Module 3 Homework

Homework is shared with you termly. The tasks below focus on the Learner Profiles, which are part of our day to day expectations in the classroom. These require the children to show their thinking and explain their solutions. Each child is required to complete at least 3 tasks by the end of the term but I would love to see more should you wish to! The completed homework should be brought in by Friday 4th February.

I am knowledgeable

Research toys of the past. What were they made of? How did you use
them/play with them? How are they different or similar to toys of today?

Create a slideshow, booklet or
information poster to teach others in the class about toys from the past.
Remember to include some
images/photos/drawings as well as some general information about them.

I am balanced

Would you like to have lived in the past? Live in the future or now? Can you explain why? You can choose how you would like to present this to the rest of the class.

I am a risk-taker

Design and make a building in the style of 1666, the year of the Great Fire of London. Think carefully about the materials you use and how you are going to show the difference between houses from the past compared to houses in the present.

I am caring

Let’s spread a bit of kindness!

Write a letter, send a postcard or send an email to thank someone who works hard to keep you safe. Tell them what you are grateful for and how much their help means to you and others around you. It would be great if you could share a copy of your letter/postcard or email with the class and even better if you get a reply!

Some examples of people you might like to write to are:

  • Fire service
  • Ambulance service
  • Local GP
  • Police service

I am reflective

If you could travel back in time, what time period would you like to experience and why?

Undertake some research about your chosen time period, what would life have been like? Consider what you might have eaten, worn, who might you meet? How would it be different to life today? You can choose how to present your research. You might like to create a slideshow, create an information poster, write a diary entry or even a story.

I am open-minded

What do you think things will be like in the future?
Design, Draw and write about something from the future. Tell me as much information about your drawing as possible. Some suggestions are buildings, transport, school, clothes but of course you may have an even better idea.

I am a communicator

Interview an elderly relative/friend to find out about their past. What was school like? What games did they play? What age did they start working? What job did they do? Did they go on holiday, if so where? What was different compared to present day?
Share your findings in a way of your choosing. You might like to record your interview or write it up.

I am principled

Our world has changed quite a bit over the years. Sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. What advice would you give to someone in the future to help protect our future world?
Design a poster, write a letter, record a message or create a slideshow to teach those of the future how to be principled individuals and protect our future planet.

I am a thinker

What would you put into a time capsule to teach people in the future about what life is like today?

Think carefully about each item you would put in and explain why you have chosen it. It would be great if you could make a real time capsule and bring it in to go on display but if you cannot do this then a detailed drawing would be just as great. I look forward to seeing what you decide to include.

Module 4

Welcome back to school, we hope that you had a lovely half term! This term, across the school we will all be exploring the theme ‘How The World Works’. Find out more about the inquiries for your class below:

Central Idea
The Earth’s climate can change the way animals live their lives

We will be reading:

Leaf by Sandra Dieckmann

Our Maths Skills we are focusing on are:

  • Multiplication and division
  • Statistics
  • Shape

In our Lines of Inquiry, we will explore:

  • Weather and climates around the world (Causation)
  • How climate zones affect the weather (Function)
  • How weather affects humans and animals (Change)

These are the ideas we will be exploring in school, but we’re really looking forward to seeing your own inquiries take shape! Take a look on the next page for some suggestions to get you started…

Module 4 Homework – How The World Works

Homework is shared with you termly.  The tasks below focus on the Learner Profiles, which are part of our day to day expectations in the classroom. These require the children to show their thinking and explain their solutions. Each child is required to complete 3 tasks by the end of the term. The completed homework should be brought in by Friday 25th March so that we have time to display it and celebrate it in class.

I am knowledgeable

Choose one of the 7 continents and undertake some research about it. Create a fact file or information poster about your chosen continent. You might like to include some information about the countries in the continents, what the climate is like and a map of the world to show where it is.

I am balanced

Is it ever acceptable to destroy an animal’s habitat?

What impact does this have on the animals?

Why do we destroy animal habitats?

I am a risk taker

In class we are going to be looking at the work of Andy Goldsworthy and creating a piece of artwork inspired by him using materials found in our local environment. Another artist who creates his artwork from naturally grown products is Arcimboldo. Undertake some research about Arcimboldo and create an animal shaped piece of artwork to reflect his style. Take a picture to bring in to school or upload on the google classroom. If you are unable to take a photo then get creative and draw your design.

I am caring

I am caring Design and make a home to keep an animal or insect safe in our local environment. Think carefully about the materials you use and explain why you have chosen them. Some ideas of what you might make are:

  • A bug hotel
  • A bird house
  • A hedgehog shelter

I am reflective

Is it right for animals to be kept in zoos? Think carefully about the advantages and disadvantages for both animals and humans. Create a table to record your ideas. Use these ideas to write me a persuasive letter to convince me that your opinion is the right opinion.

I am open-minded

There are many different types of weather around the world. Select 4 types of weather and design an outfit that could be worn in each one. Remember to explain your design and state why it would be the perfect outfit for the weather you have chosen.

I am a communicator

Undertake your own nature watch and record what life forms you observe in your chosen habitat e.g. a bird watch, a bug watch or perhaps you might like to record all animals seen in a particular place. You can communicate your findings in a way of your choosing. You might like to create a tally chart or a graph to show what you observed. Remember to add in some written information to tell us where you did your nature watch, how long you did it for and what life forms you observed.

I am principled

In class we talked about how special our planet is and why we need to look after it. What changes could you make to your lifestyle to help protect our planet? Share your ideas with the rest of the class in a way of your choosing. You might like to imagine you are the presenter of a TV documentary (like David Attenborough) and record a clip showing why our planet is special and teach others how to protect it. You could create a mini book about how to protect the planet or create some google slides.

I am a thinker

Design a vehicle that could take you to unexplored or hard to reach places on Earth e.g. the bottom of the deepest Ocean or across the hottest desert. Do a detailed drawing of your design, label it. Write a diary entry or a story to tell me about an adventure that the vehicle has taken you on. What did you see? What happened?

Module 5

This term, across the school we will all be thinking about the theme ‘Sharing the Planet’. To support us with our inquiries we will be focusing on the Learner Profile values of balanced & principled. Find out more about the inquiries for your class below:

Central Idea
All living things play an important role in keeping the planet healthy.

We will be reading:

‘Pongo’ and ‘The Gardener’

Our Maths Skills we are focusing on are:

  • Fractions
  • Properties of Shape

In our Lines of Inquiry, we will explore:

  • What plants are (Form)
  • How plants work in an environment e.g. UK Forest, Brazil Rainforest (Function)
  • Our responsibilities in keeping the planet healthy (Responsibility)

These are the ideas we will be exploring in school, but we’re really looking forward to seeing your own inquiries take shape! Take a look on the next page for some suggestions to get you started…

Module 5 Homework – Sharing The Planet

Homework is shared with you termly. The activities below focus on the Learner Profiles, which are part of our day to day expectations in the classroom. These require the children to show their thinking and explain their solutions. Each child is required to complete 3 tasks by the end of the term. Homework should be completed by Friday 20th May.

I am an inquirer

We know that rainforests are in danger of diminishing further without any intervention.

Can you research and find out what charities such as the WWF are doing to help and present your findings on a poster to promote their work and encourage others to help?

I am reflective

What is happening to your local environment? Reflect on what you can do to protect it. How could you encourage others to help?

Create an information leaflet to show what is happening and how we might improve our environment.

I am a risk taker

Can you make a model of either a woods near you or the rainforest?
What might you include? How would these look different? What wildlife would you find?

Or:

Create a piece of artwork of the rainforest.

I am a thinker

Can you imagine that you are visiting the rainforest? What might you see? How would you feel?

Write a diary or a postcard describing your visit to the rainforest.

I am caring

There are many animals that live in the rainforest- can you research some of these animals and present what you find out in your chosen way? Maybe you could draw a picture of one of the animals and label? Why is it important that we protect these animals?

I am a communicator

Can you write a poem about the rainforest? There will be lots of examples online that you could look at for inspiration!

I am principled

Design a badge or emblem to show that you care about what happens to our planet and the Rainforests- look at some of the examples that charities such as WWF and the rainforest trust for inspiration.

I am knowledgeable

Can you research your local area- what was it like in the past? How has it changed? What is good about it? What do you like? Why should people visit?

Create a brochure to encourage visitors to come to your local area.

I am balanced

Eat them to defeat them!

It is important to have a balanced diet to keep your body and mind healthy. Keep a food diary of what you eat in a week and reflect on whether you could make any tweaks or small changes to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

You might like to have a go at growing your own fruit, salad or vegetables to enjoy as part of your healthy lifestyle. Perhaps you will undertake extra physical activity. It would be lovely to see how you are taking action to be healthy.

Module 6

We hope that you enjoyed the May half term. This term, the school will be learning around the theme ‘How We Organise Ourselves’.

Find out more about the inquiries for your class below:

Central Idea
Community systems help promote diversity and inclusion.

We will be reading:

  • ‘It Takes a Village’ by Hillary Clinton
  • ‘This Is How We Do It’ by Matt Lamothe
  • ‘The Big Umbrella’ by Amy Bates

Our Maths Skills we are focusing on are:

  • Time
  • Length and Capacity
  • Shape

In our Lines of Inquiry, we will explore:

  • What makes a community
  • How communities make agreements
  • The importance of diversity within a community

These are the ideas we will be exploring in school, but we’re really looking forward to seeing your own inquiries take shape! Take a look on the next page for some suggestions to get you started…

Module 6 Homework – How We Organise Ourselves

Homework is shared with you termly. In addition to this document, your child may also receive weekly class homework, specific to their year group. The tasks below focus on the Learner Profiles, which are part of our day to day expectations in the classroom. These require the children to show their thinking and explain their solutions. Each child is required to complete 3 tasks by the end of the term. The completed homework should be brought in by Friday 15th July.

I am knowledgeable

High Halstow Village is a community which our school belongs to. Research the village to find out how it has changed over the years.

You could also research our school to see how it has changed too! It would be great if you manage to find any old images to accompany your work.

I am balanced

Tell me about your favourite place in your local community. Perhaps it’s a building or a specific area. Why is it special to you? How does it make you feel when you are there? Do you have a special memory about this place that you would like to share? Do you know if this place is special to anyone else?

You could write me a letter, create a photo collage or create a video documentary.

I am a risk taker

Lets get creative!

Design a new village sign for High Halstow. You could draw it, paint it, make it out of clay, junk model it. The choice is yours. Remember to write an explanation of why you have chosen your design.
E.g I have added a Heron to my design because . . .

I am caring

How could you make a difference to your local community?

You might like to:

  • Raise some money for a local charity
  • Undertake a local litter pick
  • Write a letter or send an email to the local councillor suggesting ways to improve the community
  • Donate some food to a local food bank
  • Do some jobs to help out an elderly neighbour or relative

Mrs Wilson would love to see what you have done so please send in some photos and an explanation of how you have helped the community.

I am reflective

Over the years there have been many laws. Research laws of today and reflect back on laws of the past. You might be surprised by what you find. Are there any laws that seem totally bizarre or rather funny? Any that you don’t agree with? What are the punishments if these laws are broken? You may like to look at laws in different countries and compare them to rules in our country.

Create a poster or an information leaflet all about laws of the past and present, however you may have a different idea of how to present your work so feel free to be creative!

I am open-minded

What communities do you belong to? A sporting team? Girl guides? Scouts?
Are there any communities that you would like to belong to?

Create an information leaflet or a persuasive poster for one of your communities to encourage others to join.

I am a communicator

Convince Mrs Wilson that your community/village is a great place to live. To do this you might like to:

  • Produce a booklet,
  • Create a video documentary
  • Write a persuasive letter
  • Create a collage to promote your village
  • Write a poem

The choices are endless!

I am principled

Why do you think it is important to have laws and rules for a community to work well together? What might happen if we did not have rules or laws?
Can you present an argument for or against laws and rules?

Remember to give strong reasons for your arguments!

I am a thinker

There are all different communities around the world.
How do you think these communities work? Research a community that you know little about- what can you find out about it? Are their laws similar or different to ours? How do they work as a community together?