Welcome to the Summer Term
Over the next two terms we are going to be investigating our big questions...
If you go down to the woods today, what will you find? and
We will be studying 'The Last Wolf' and 'Grandpa's secret Giant'. During these lessons, we will be looking at certain aspects of SPAG (Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation). The children will be exploring different styles of writing, such as letter writing, diary writing and descriptive story writing.
Our Science topic is Plants and how to care for them. The children will have the opportunity to plant a variety of seeds and bulbs. In Term 6, we will be carrying out investigations to further explore the units we shared throughout the year.
Our Connected learning covers Geography where we will explore maps, directions, the physical and human features of our local area and complete field work. We will also be looking at History and exploring the features and localities of different castles. In Art and DT, we will be creating a mural of the local area. We will also be studying 'Banksy' and will be recreating our own versions of his artwork.
ICT covers coding and programming. We will be using Scratch to create and control different characters.
We hope that this explains the forthcoming curriculum but please contact a staff member of The Cherry Class if you have any queries.
All children have log ins to the following:
Seesaw/Education City/Purple Mash
We will put our termly spellings and home learning topics onto Seesaw. Any additional homework, which of course is entirely optional, will also be added to Seesaw.
As you are aware, Year Two children sit statutory assessment tests (SATs) in May 2021(this has now been cancelled due to COVID) and also a Phonic screening test in December 2020. It is therefore advisable that you encourage your child to attempt the tasks which will prepare them further and reinforce their learning from the classroom.
Please let us know if you have any trouble accessing these sites.
Here are some further activities to help your child:
- Read a book you haven't read before. (Oxford Owls has some good free books to read online!)
- Read and follow some instructions.
- Put your books in alphabetical order.
- Rank your story books from most to least favourite.
- Choose a word or a sound to hunt for - how many times can you find it?
- Read to your toys - they love books as well.
- Keep a diary every day. This is a really good way to get your feelings out and can be a really good piece of history. We are living through a major historical event, right at this very moment!
- Make up a story about one of your favourite characters from a book or a film.
- Draw and write your own comic book.
- Write the lyrics to your favourite song, but change them a little bit!
- Use big chalks to practise writing on the pavement.
- Use different writing tools, like felt pens, crayons, chalk or paint to write with.
- Play Countdown. Can you make a target number using only random numbers?
- Counting - How many toys do you own?
- Sorting - Can you sort your toys into groups, based upon certain criteria (i.e. soft, fluffy, metal, plastic)
- Sorting - Can you order toys from largest to smallest? Heaviest to lightest?
- Find and write down all objects with numbers on them in the house. How many do you have?
- Measure and record the length of a bean plant as the days go on.
- Bake a cake
- How many small containers of water fit into one large container?
FOR PARENTS AND CARERS:
- Learning will not just happen because of these home learning activities. Learning is curiosity about the world. Foster curiosity by asking questions and being genuinely interested in the answers. Ask ‘why?’ a lot! A love of learning is more important than whether a work sheet has been done.
- Environments that foster learning are calm. No one learns well under pressure. If you or your children are finding the task tricky, take a break and come back to it. If they really cannot get their head around it, try it in another way. If all else fails, we are always here to help.
Our team are as follows:
Cherry Class - Mrs Wood, Mrs Pestridge. Miss Spring and Mrs Wickens
Maple Class – Miss Mullen, Mrs Hamblin, Mrs Dodsworth and Mrs Bull
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to make an appointment with any of our team.