Dear Parents/ Carers,
Over the next 5 weeks Year 2 will be following a unit of work on a theme that focuses on ‘Living Things’.
During this unit we will be focusing on Science.
In Science, we’ll be ﬁnding out:
• What animals and humans need
• How living and non-living things are different
• How humans and animals grow and change
• How to carry out a living things survey
• How to attract wildlife to our environment
• How to sort living things into groups
All of the work we are going to do has been specially written to help your child reach the learning goals. Children will be reading, researching, writing, illustrating, working on their own and working in groups. We will be checking to see how well your child has learned through particular activities and asking children to explain their work, perhaps to you.
We already know the interest you take in your child’s work. If you can, please discuss with your child the work they have done as the term progresses and let them teach you.
Help your child to identify the major animal species found in your locality. Look at pictures and learn about other animals from around the world. If you have a pet, talk to your child about its needs and all the things you must do to take proper care of your pet.
For homework, please could you work with your child to make a bird feeder?
You may wish to look at commercially produced bird feeders and peanut holders and ask:
How do they work?
Do they use a moving mechanism to open and close the feeder, e.g. a simple slider or lever?
Could we make our own using recycled or natural materials?
What component parts do we need to make?
For example, you may need: a container with holes for the food or peanuts – what recycled item could you use for this?
Most feeders have a hanger at the top – why does the feeder need to hang above the ground?
Do you need anything else? Your child will need to consider the structure and strength of the product. How can it be made stronger or more stable?
Are there any materials that arec harmful to birds and, therefore, should not be used, e.g. plastic bags?
The bird feeder may need to:
Have a hook/loop for hanging
Have strength and stiffness
Have an open/close mechanism
Be able to store seeds and nuts
Be able to release seeds and nuts
Please bring in your homework on Monday 5th February 2018 for our bird feeder show and tell.
By the end of the unit, we hope your child has achieved all of the learning targets. We hope they have had an enjoyable time in the classroom. And we hope you have enjoyed seeing your child work with enthusiasm.
If you have any comments or questions about your child's learning, please get in touch.
Year 2 team.