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 Ibison and Miss Robertson
Learning Challenge: Who had the greatest impact: Nightingale, Seacole or Spindler?
This half-term’s learning challenge will have a strong historic focus. The children will be learning about three very significant women in the history of medicine: Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Nellie Spindler. They will be discovering a range of historical sources to learn about each one of the women. The children will learn about what it was like to be a nurse many years ago and the impact each woman had on health care. With this learning, the children will compare and contrast the women and decide who they think had the greatest impact. The children will also compare and contrast the nurses with nurses today.
We will continue to focus on key writing skills such as punctuating sentences correctly, ensuring sentences make sense and using adventurous vocabulary to ensure our writing is interesting for the reader. The children will start the half term by writing descriptive sentences based on a creative animation, 'Little Boat'. Through this, they will develop their understanding of adjectives, nouns, verbs and adverbs. They will also be learning to extend their sentences using a range of conjunctions. After this, the children will learn the key features of a diary and put this into practice by writing diary entries in the role of Florence Nightingale. The children will then go on to writing a non-chronological report using all the information they have learnt about Mary Seacole. This cross-curricular link will motivate the children and allow them to feed their historic knowledge into their writing. Later on in the half term, 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.
We are going to continue with our RWI reading lessons over this half term. We are also going to begin exploring richer texts to develop the children's reading skills. 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. 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 that the long vowel ‘i’ can be spelt with a y at the end of words (cry, fly, dry). Over a few weeks, the children will then learn about how the y is changed to an i when adding the suffixes: ‘es’ (tries, cries), ‘ed’(copied, replied) and ‘er’ (happier, angrier). The children will then learn about adding ‘-ing’ to words ending in an e (hike – hiking, smile – smiling). 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 and set spelling assignments on Spelling Shed.
To begin our new term, the children will be recapping their knowledge on money.
Soon after, the children will be learning how to calculate change (using subtraction as a key method), as well as using efficient methods 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. We will end the term by introducing statistics: drawing and interpreting simple pictograms, tally charts and line graphs. Please continue to spend lots of time playing on Numbots.
In science, we will be focusing on how humans change as they grow. 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 pray and explore the similarities and differences between the two religions. The children will learn about the special times for Christians and Muslims and reflecting on what times are special to us.
This half-term, the children will have the opportunity to be taught dance by Phoenix Dance Company once a week to improve their dance, co-ordination and confidence. The other lesson will be an outdoor lesson developing the skills we have been previously learning. For example, throwing and catching, team games and thinking tactically.
This half term, the children will compose, perform and assess their own 4-part Rock track using body percussion.
This half term in computing we will be learning about coding. The children will learn how to code an object and give it commands to respond to, such as move in a different direction. To end the topic, the children will have the opportunity to create their own app or game!
Art and Design and Technology
We will be learning about the basic principles of a healthy and balanced diet. The children will learn about where food comes from and will have the opportunity to design and create a healthy dish. They will learn some important food preparation skills such as cleaning vegetables, grating, and cutting hard and soft foods with a knife.