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 Ibison and Miss Robertson
Learning Challenge: Can you design and make a Christmas present?
We are getting into the festive spirit straightaway in Autumn 2 as we start our big design and technology project! The children are going to make a felt phone case to give to one of their parents as a gift at Christmas (Shhh... pretend you don't know!). They will be learning all about the different processes that go into designing and making a product, from researching ideas, developing templates and mock ups to making a final product to meet specific design criteria. They will learn how to do a basic running stitch to join the felt pieces together and will decorate the case to make it look attractive and professional. Make sure you do a convincing surprised face on Christmas day if you are lucky enough to be given it!
Writing and reading
This half-term we will be continuing to develop our writing skills through a range of exciting and engaging texts. We will begin by exploring the creative comic style book, ‘Traction Man’. Through this text, the children will develop their inferential and retrieval reading skills. They will also develop their knowledge of adjectives, nouns and verbs. The children will then move onto an information text about Alexander Graham Bell and will explore information about the evolution of the telephone. From this, the children will be creating their own information text about the telephone. Nearer to Christmas, the children will develop their fictional writing skills through writing an imaginative Christmas story based on ‘The Snowman’. The main focus this half-term will continue to be on sentence structure, simple punctuation and grammar, and developing the use of adjectives and conjunctions to extend and build interest in their sentences.
Spelling and Phonics
This half term, we are going to learn some new spelling patterns, particularly those which we find at the end of words. We will learn spellings which have el, le, il and al at the end, such as camel, table, pencil and metal. The children will continue to practise spelling the Year 2 National Curriculum exception words in every spelling lesson. The children will also be revisiting all the phonics sounds. Thank you so much for helping your child with their spelling and phonics practice at home. We are already seeing an improvement in their writing as a result so please keep it up. We will continue to send home weekly spellings and phonics on a Friday.
This half term the children will continue learning about addition and subtraction for the first couple of weeks. They will be progressing to learning how to add and subtract 2 two-digit numbers using a formal method. Once they have learnt this method they will be solving a range of problems involving addition and subtraction. They will then be learning all about money. We will recap all the coins, notes and their values so the children are really confident with what money is worth. We will then move on to lots of problem solving with money: adding, subtracting and comparing amounts. The children will be using the mental strategy they have learnt to add multiples of ten in their heads.
In R.E the children will continue to learn about how and why Christians and Muslims pray. They will learn about religious symbols, what they represent and how they can help people who pray. We will also learn about how Christians celebrate Christmas and that prayer can be important and special at this time of year.
Our unit this half term is identity, society and democracy where the children will be learning about what makes themselves and others special, roles and responsibilities at home and at school and the importance of being co-operative with others.
In Tuesday’s PE lesson, the children will be developing their attacking and defending skills. They will be learning how to control the balls in different ways and progress towards a target. They will be learning how to show awareness of opponents and intercept a ball in a game scenario. In Friday’s PE lesson, the children will be focusing on developing their co-ordination, movement and balance through a variety of games and activities with a strong focus on teamwork. They will also be developing their hand-eye co-ordination and basic ball skills, which includes work on their catching and throwing abilities.
In computing, we will be developing the children’s ICT skills. They will be learning how to use a computer by turning it on and logging off safely. Throughout this half term they will become increasingly confident with using a keyboard and mouse to make things happen on the screen. The children will learn how to type, combine pictures and text about a shared theme. They will also explore how to save and edit their work.
Art and Design and Technology
This will be covered within our learning challenge topic.