Important People in History
One of the great things about the children at New Scotland Hill is that they are inclusive to everybody. Teaching children about how the world has once been a different place can sometimes surprise them and shows me how wonderfully accepting (and celebratory) they are of all the differences between us all.
Dr Martin Luther King was a game-changer in the United States of America, and the rest of the world. This BBC Bitesize lesson https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zhry382 will introduce them to this inspirational leader.
Learning to code
Coding has been a fundamental part of the computing curriculum for several years now, but many adults are reticent about what it is.
Learn with your child about how coding is a basic component of most of our lives - it is about scheduling activities in the correct order. You wouldn't cut up your sandwich before you've put in the ham and cheese.... would you?
What are the parts of a plant?
One common misconception, that even adults are guilty of, is that plants are sometimes called flowers. Nope - flowers are just a part of a plant, and all plants have flowers. Yes, even grass and trees.
This lesson will let children identify the different parts of a plant. Why not get outside and dig up a few weeds to investigate what these parts look like in different plants? For example, dandelion roots are long and deep, whereas daisy roots are short, thin and spread out.
Learning how to read a map is an important life skill and links with many maths targets that involve co-ordinates and compass directions.
Can children face north (you can download a compass app for your mobile phone to help with this)? Now ask them to turn clockwise by a right angle. What direction are they facing now? Understanding the difference between clockwise and anticlockwise is a national curriculum target!
This BBC Bitesize lesson will let children explore maps and begin to develop these map skills.
Wellbeing - working as a team
Normally, at the end of Year 2, we begin to prepare the children for what will happen as they move into Key Stage 2. Group work is important to allow children to share ideas and solve problems. Every person has something unique to bring to a collaborative activity but it is also important they know how to listen to others and try to utilise someone else's ideas, even if they are different to their own.
This BBC Bitesize lesson shows the power of teamwork and helps children to think about their own skills and how they could help others in their team.