Autumn Term – Identity
In Year 2 we are exploring the whole school theme of Equality, Diversity and Identity, through our own theme of ‘Dare to be Different.’
Through the use of carefully selected texts, real life role models, research, discussion, tolerance and understanding, we want the children to begin to recognise their valued place in the world. That despite many similarities, we also have many differences and these are to recognised, respected and celebrated.
Our main role model for this topic, who we will look at in the second half of the term, is Zaha Hadid, a hugely respected, influential and forward thinking Muslim, female architect. She battled those who said her designs were too different and too hard to build and went on to build some of the most admired buildings and bridges all around the world, earning herself the nickname ‘Queen of the Curve’ in the process.
We know the children will find this topic very engaging, stimulating and thought provoking. We hope if they come home with any gems of information you will continue the discussion at home.
Our Autumn Class Texts
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy
This book beautifully demonstrates the importance of Kindness and Friendship and looking after oneself in the ever challenging world in which we live. It is about positive affirmations delivered through the four characters unique personalities and traits. The author has delivered a poignant message in such uncertain times as the world finds it way through the Pandemic.
Although this book is about life lessons, morals and life long learning; it is full of humor and fun that the children particular enjoy. They know all about the Mole’s love of cake.
Some of Year 2’s favourite quotes are:
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” “Kind” said the boy.
“What do you think success is?” asked the boy. “To love” said the Mole.
“What do you think is the biggest waste of time?” “Comparing yourself to others” said the Mole.
This book promotes many of our school values and fits with our theme of ‘Dare to be Different’ to set our targets for a positive time in Year 2.
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud
“A guide to daily happiness for kids” – This heartwarming book encourages positive behaviour by using the concept of an invisible bucket to show children how easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation and love by ‘filling buckets’. The children in Year 2 know what kind of actions fill a bucket and the kind of actions that can empty a bucket too – it all links to our class rules to ‘make good choices’.
We have linked this book to our daily activities and habits. They know we are all in charge of everything we say and do and so it is up to us to have a wonderful day by being a bucket filler and not a bucket dipper. Our school and trust values are reflected in this story; Respect others and their property, Kindness to all. The children have really enjoyed reading this book and now talk about filling buckets and dipping into buckets as they experience different parts of their day.
Prince Cinders by Babette Cole
“Poor Prince Cinders – all he ever gets to do is o clean and scrub and tidy up after his three big hairy brothers (who are terrible bullies as well). Until one Saturday night, when a small dirty fairy falls down the chimney and promises Prince Cinders that all his wishes will come true…”
We have use this book for whole class reading. Knowing the story of Cinderella, it has been interesting to see the story from the view point of a male lead. Still being treated badly and still hoping for a ‘happy ever after’. The children have loved the comedy element to this story and have made links and comparisons from the traditional fairy tale along with answering inference questions – reading between the lines as ‘Text Detectives’ to answer the questions that the story doesn’t really give us the direct answers to.
Another text supporting our theme of Daring to be different.