Happy New Year! We trust you have had a fantastic Christmas and the children are well rested and ready for some exciting learning back at school. Here is an overview of what they 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 Wilkinson and Mrs Ibison
Learning Challenge: What are the momentous moments in marvellous medicine?
This half-term’s learning challenge will have a strong historic focus. Florence Nightingale herself (An expert from Thackray Medical Museum) will be coming to spend the morning with us in Week 2! She will tell us all about her life as a nurse in the Crimean war including the sights, smells and sounds, giving the children a real understanding of what is was really like to be there. She will also talk about the impact she had on medicine today. She will bring historic medical artefacts for the children to have a hands-on experience of the medical equipment that was used in the past. The children will also learn about Mary Seacole, comparing and contrasting the nurses with each other and nurses today.
We will continue to focus on key writing skills such as punctuating sentences correctly, ensuring sentences make sense, good spelling choices, and using adventurous vocabulary to ensure our writing is interesting for the reader.
The children will spend some time immersing themselves in some good poetry. They will read poems to themselves, in pairs and aloud in groups and give opinions about which they prefer and why. They will then use this inspiration to write their own poems linked with our learning challenge. The children will learn the key features of a diary and put this into practice by writing a diary entry in the role of Florence Nightingale. This cross-curricular link will motivate the children and allow them to feed their historic knowledge into their writing. Finally, to link with our Valentine’s Enterprise project, the children will learn the art of persuasive writing by creating posters to encourage people to attend their Valentine’s Fair.
We are going to change our approach to reading in Year 2 for the Spring and Summer term to focus and develop the children’s reading skills through a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts in whole class reading lessons. The children will be developing the skills of predicting, using clues in the text to work out the meaning of unknown words, drawing on their background knowledge to help them with their understanding and visualising what is happening in the text. There will be lots of opportunities for the children to discuss their thoughts and ideas about a text in partners, in groups and with an adult. Alongside this, the children will continue to build on their fluency, expression and tone when reading aloud. In addition, children will continue to read with an adult once a week. Please continue to read with your child and foster the love of reading - it really boosts their progress, enjoyment and confidence!
Spelling and Phonics
This half-term, we are going to begin by learning how to spell words in the ‘sh family’ such as: ch-(chef), -tion (option), -sion (division), -ssion (session), -ssure (pressure), -sure (measure), -cious (delicious) and -cial (facial). We will then learn the rule of doubling the consonant before adding -ing, -ed and -er (dropping, dropped, dropper). The children will then build on their knowledge of when to use the possessive apostrophe (Megan’s shoes) and contracted words (do not = don’t). The children will continue to practise spelling the Year 2 National Curriculum exception words and recap their phonics knowledge in every phonics and spelling lesson. We have continued to see an improvement in the children’s spelling in their writing. Thank you so much for helping your child with their spellings at home. We will continue to send weekly spellings home on a Friday.
Firstly in maths, the children will be learning how to add up different amounts of coins and calculate change to finish off our unit of work on money. They will learn how to count on efficiently to find the difference between two amounts. Next, we will be learning all about multiplication and division. The children will be learning how multiplication and division facts are connected. They will learn various strategies for solving x and ÷ calculations and will also learn how to solve a range of problems in context. Lastly, the children will begin some work on statistics: drawing and interpreting simple pictograms, tally charts and line graphs.
In science, we will carry out experiments and investigations which require us to think scientifically, considering how to ensure a test is fair. We will make close observations, gather data and draw conclusions to answer scientific questions.
We will be learning about how Christians and Muslims celebrate new life and looking at the differences and similarities in welcoming ceremonies for new babies. As part of this topic please can children bring in a photo of themselves as a baby so we can play a “Guess who” game with them (an email to the office or a paper copy).
This half-term, the children will be working on their ball skills. They will learn to track the path of a ball over a net and move towards it. They will practise hitting and return a ball using their hand and also with a raquet. The children will also work in pairs and teams to play games which involve throwing, catching and hitting a ball.
The children will continue to use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. They will practise listening with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music. A musical trio will come in during Arts week on the theme of “The Animal Fair”. The children will also begin to experiment with, select and combine sounds using their developing knowledge of music dimensions.
This half term in computing we will be learning word processing skills. We will become more familiar with the layout of the keyboard and practise typing all upper and lower case letters. We will then use Word to create a simple fact file linked with our learning challenge.
Art and Design and Technology
This will be covered within our learning challenge topic.
Later this half term, the children will embark upon an exciting Enterprise project. They will work in project teams to design and make some Valentines themed cards and crafts which they will then sell at our 'Valentines Fair' which is being held in the school hall on Thursday 14th February 2019. Throughout this project the children will be learning some extremely valuable life skills: how to work as part of a team, how to design and make products that people want to buy and how to maximise profit. Watch out Alan Sugar, your next business partner could be among us!