Welcome to the Spring Term.
Over the next two terms we are going to be investigating our big question...
What can we learn from events in the past?
We will be studying a number of texts in our English lessons, such as Vlad and The Great Fire of London and Dragon Machine. In Term 4, we will look at history through Major Glad, Major Dizzy. This is a book which begins in Victorian Times and ends up in the 20th century. During these lessons, we will be looking at certain aspects of SPAG (Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation).
Our Science topic is Everyday materials where we will look at a variety of everyday materials and their uses. In Term 4, we will move onto Plants.
Our Connected learning covers History where we will explore the events of The Great Fire of London. We will also look at The Victorians and hope to have a Victorian day nearer the end of Term 4. We will also look at Geography, creating maps and revisiting physical and human features of an area. In DT, we will link to The Great Fire by baking our own bread and designing packaging. We will also design our own Dragon Machines and explore different materials in our work.
ICT covers Online Safety and further instructions on the use of Seesaw and Algorithms. 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 and Miss Spring
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.