Welcome to the Autumn Term.
Over the next two terms we are going to be investigating our big question...
Where do owls live?
We will be studying a number of texts in our English lessons, such as Troll Swap, The Grunt and The Grouch and The Owl who was afraid of the dark. During these lessons, we will be looking at certain aspects of SPAG (Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation).
Our Science topic is Animals including Humans where we will look at the lifecycle of animals, the importance of exercise for humans, eating the right amounts of different types of food and hygiene.
Our Connected learning covers Geography where we will compare a small area of the UK with Madagascar. We will also look at the World's seven continents and five oceans. In Art, we are studying the work of Joan Miro using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.
ICT covers Online Safety and further instructions on the use of Seesaw. We hope that this explains the forthcoming curriculum but please contact a staff member of The Maples if you have any queries.
Seesaw/Education City/Purple Mash isn't working, what shall we do?
As all schools across the country are closed and are being told to teach remotely, the strain put on educational website has increased massively. As a result, lots of the educational websites we have suggested are not working as well as they should.
You can avoid the bottleneck times by accessing the learning at less busy times of the day. The busiest times of the day for these websites tends to be in the morning, so try in the afternoon or early evening.
If you cannot access any of the websites we are using, don't worry. We do not expect the work to be done if you can't get to it!
However, if you are in need of a few ideas, here's some activities you could try in the mean time:
Remote Learning For Parents and Carers and Children, Too!
We have never really been in a situation like this before, it is important to remember that we are all learning how to learn from home.
Before you dive head-first into your teacher’s activities, take a moment to read some top tips about learning from home.
FOR PARENTS AND CARERS:
Our team are as follows:
Cherry Class - Mrs Wood, Mrs Pestridge and Miss Spring
Maple Class – Miss Mullen, Mrs Clark, Mrs Dodsworth and Mrs Bull
Although this an important year as the children will be doing their SATS tests in May (more information to follow), we have lots of fun things in store and our Connected Learning covers The Great Fire of London, Pirates, Space, Plants, Animals and Oceans.
In Maths, the curriculum involves using concrete and pictorial methods to solve calculations. By the end of Year 2 the children are expected to know their 2, 5, 10, 3, 4 and 8 times table. Apps such as ‘Squeebles’ and online games such as ‘Hit the Button’ will help the children with the speed of recall in a fun and engaging way.
In English, the children are continuing with Letters and Sounds. Units include, stories in familiar settings, poetry, playscripts, persuasive writing and instructions. There is a key focus on grammar, spelling and punctuation. We look at specific rules and patterns each week and it would benefit the children to be able to spell all of the common exception words for Year 2.
We would appreciate you reading daily with your child and practising the spellings and times tables as this will have an impact on their confidence in lessons.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to make an appointment with any of our team.