Welcome back! We trust you have had a good rest and that the children are eager to get back to some exciting learning in school. Here is an overview of what your child will be learning this half term in the different subject areas. If you have any questions, please contact us as we are more than happy to discuss any queries with you.
Mrs Simmonds, Mrs Darlison and Miss Lockwood
Learning Challenge: How did flying take off?
This half-term’s learning challenge will encompass many areas of the curriculum, with a geography and history focus. We will begin with a paper aeroplane competition, with the children exploring what the best design to use is. The children will continue their learning by examining aerial photographs and then creating their own maps with a key. They will also learn how to use a compass and carry out some exciting fieldwork around the school! As part of the history focus, we will be learning how the aeroplane was invented and the people who were involved in its creation. The children will learn how to plot these events on a timeline. Children will also examine how air travel has evolved and compare and contrast historical aircraft with those that we use today.
This half-term we will be developing our writing skills through a range of exciting and engaging texts linked to the learning challenge which will inspire the children’s writing. We will begin the half-term by exploring the imaginative picture book ‘Journey’. The children will be introduced to this book in a very exciting way where they will go on a special journey around the school discovering parts of the story and maybe some magic along the way! After ‘Journey’, we will be moving onto a non-fiction book about the Wright Brothers. The children will be developing their writing skills whilst covering a range of text types. The main focus will be on sentence structure, simple punctuation and grammar, and developing the use of adjectives and conjunctions to extend and build interest in their sentences.
(We highly recommend these wordless picture books by Aaron Becker. You and your child can enjoy telling the stories yourself using the pictures!)
Guided reading sessions will take place three times a week, just like in Year 1. The children will spend two weeks on their group book and are given a range of learning opportunities in each guided reading session. They read the book with a teacher, read the book with a buddy, carry out an independent task with the book, such as finding verbs with ing and ed endings, and they carry out a reading comprehension task with an adult. During the reading comprehension task, the children are taught to think more deeply about the story and its content. They will answer simple retrieval questions, but also questions about the setting, the plot and the character's feelings or motivations. The children are also given opportunities to discuss their opinions about a text, stating whether they enjoyed it, or whether they have read something similar. Keep up those bedtime stories at home and chatting about your favourite parts!
Phonics and Spelling
In Phonics this half-term, we will recap the Phase 5 phonemes learnt in Year 1. We will then explore the long vowel sounds and learn a range of alternative spellings. For example, the children already know the sounds ai and ay, and our next step will be to learn the spellings eigh (eight), ey (they) and a (acorn). We will also learn about homophones – words that sounds the same, but have two different spellings and meanings such as see and sea. The children will practise spelling the Year 2 national curriculum exception words in every phonics lesson. As spelling is a key element of assessment in writing, it is going to be a strong focus for us in Year 2 this year. We be sending spellings home every week for your child to practise at home. We will be sending more information on this next week.
This half term we will begin with a unit on place value. This will involve exploring the numbers up to 100 in lots of different ways. The children will be reading and writing the numbers in digits and words, making and drawing the numbers in different ways, comparing and ordering the numbers and partitioning the numbers to solve problems. We will then move on to addition and subtraction. The children will recap some of the methods they learnt in Year 1, before moving onto addition and subtraction with numbers up to 100. The children will use lots of apparatus and pictures to support their learning to ensure that they have a really thorough understanding of the concepts.
Throughout the half term we will be playing lots of games to practise key number facts as well as the 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables.
In science, we will be learning about animals. To link with our flying learning challenge, we will be focussing on birds! The children will sort birds into groups, looking at their different features such as beaks, ability to fly or their habitat. They will also learn about the different body parts of birds and how these compare to other animals. They will look at how scientists group animals and have a go at creating a branching tree to group animals using different criteria.
We will be learning about how Christians and Muslims pray, the meaning behind prayer and the reasons for doing it. The children will develop an understanding of the importance of prayer to those who belong to that religion. The children will also extend their learning further with a visit to Bradford Grand Mosque.
Our mental health and well-being topic this half-term is friendship and what a lovely way to start the year! The children will start by thinking about what makes a good friend. They will talk about who is special to them and give reasons why. Finally, we will think of ways that we can show others that we care.
This half-term, the children will be focusing on developing their co-ordination, movement and balance through a variety of games and activities. They will also be developing their hand and eye co-ordination and basic ball skills, which includes work on their catching and throwing abilities.
The children will play games and complete activities linked to a range of songs to build their knowledge around some of the key elements of music: pulse, rhythm, tempo, dynamics and timbre. Each week the children will also listen to and appraise a range of different songs.
This half term in computing we will be learning all about coding. The children learn that objects can be programmed to do actions when a key is pressed.
Art and Design and Technology
The children will be mastering the art of sculpture this half-term. This will begin by finding out about some famous sculptors and appraising at their work. They will learn how to use paper to create sculptures of birds. Finally, the children will get messy as they learn how to create large sculptures of birds using newspaper and Modroc.