Harbury C of E

Primary School

To love, learn and grow together

Year 2

Welcome to Year 2

Our topic this term is

Why does Father Christmas wear warm clothes?

This half term we are learning about the polar regions! As part of this topic, the children will make comparisons between warm and cold climates. We will identify a range of both Arctic and Antarctic plants and animals and will learn about how these adapt to their environments by undertaking a blubber investigation. We will also learn what the word ‘insulate’ means and will carry out an experiment to help discover which material will keep Father Christmas’ hot chocolate warm the longest.

In Geography we will be learning about the seasonal weather patterns in the Arctic and how these compare to the UK. We will also explore how the Arctic weather affects the physical environment and discuss the differing lifestyles between us and an Inuit person. Additionally, we will develop our skills in creating aerial maps and will use symbols in a key to recognise different features.

In DT we will be creating our own Christmas decorations. We will use the skills cutting, sewing, designing, making and evaluating when creating our tree decorations.

Our writing will be inspired by a variety of polar themed books, including; 'The Snow Queen', 'The Emperor's Egg' and 'The Snowflake'. We have also just started reading 'The day I fell into a fairy tale' as our class novel which is keeping the children on the edge of their seats!

We will also be starting to practise our nativity this half term- very exciting times ahead!

Take a look at our class letter and topic web to find out more!

Locating the polar regions, continents and equator

Locating the polar regions, continents and equator

The Lost Penguins!

The Lost Penguins!