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Off to Kenya


This half term in Year 2 our topic is Off to Kenya. The children will enjoy comparing aspects of life in Kenya and the UK as well as exploring different media and art techniques.


In English we will be reading a number of books, including fiction and non-fiction related to the topic of Kenya, animals and weather. The children will enjoy making predictions, writing in role and thinking about the thoughts and feelings of characters. We will also make comparisons between the books and consider which we enjoy most and why.


During maths we are introducing multiplication and division, developing our understanding of statistics and learning more about shape. The children will also be thinking about halving and doubling numbers. We will continue to count in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s.


Within science we will be looking at animals and their habitats. The children will learn about classifying animals and why they are suited to particular habitats. The children will also learn about food chains and how animals survive in the wild.


In PE we will continue to develop our dance skills through choreographing movements to different pieces of music linked to animals! The children will enjoy working individually and in small groups whilst performing to an audience.


During our computing lessons we will be looking at pictograms and branching databases to gather information and ask and answer questions.


Our artwork will be linked to Kenyan artists, as well as enjoying the ‘Take One Picture’ project.


We continue to assess the children’s reading, writing and number skills, highlighting areas for development through our next step marking and supporting the children to develop these areas.


Please continue to hear your child read and note this in their reading diary.



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Year 2 Letters

Fundamental British Values

At Baddow Hall Infant School we recognise our role in promoting fundamental British values.

In Year 2 examples of this are:

DEMOCRACY: Voting for class rules and jobs, school councillors meeting with Mrs Schlanker.

THE RULE OF LAW: Understanding the need for rules and laws and the consequences attached to breaking them. School and class rules. Rules for clubs and games.

INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY: Highlighting the right of freedom of speech and choice of activity within the rules set out above. Comparing this with other cultures and times in history.

MUTUAL RESPECT AND TOLERANCE OF THOSE WITH OTHER FAITHS AND BELIEFS: Understanding the difference between opinion and fact. Expressing opinions in an appropriate way.


These values are modelled by all staff and are reinforced throughout the curriculum, in assemblies and at all times throughout the school day.

For more information please see the document below.



Bug Club

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Read On Get On: Helping children read