Welcome to the Autumn Term
Over the next two terms we are going to be investigating our big questions...
Can a polar bear swap homes with a hedgehog? and Where do owls live?
We will be studying 'The Troll Swap' 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). The children will be exploring different styles of writing, such as letter writing, diary writing and descriptive story writing.
Our Science topic is Animals including humans and we will be learning about offspring that grow into adults and healthy eating. We will learn about the basic needs of animals for survival.
Our Connected learning covers Geography where we will compare a small area of the UK with a contrasting non-European country. We will explore the UK, physical and human features of different areas, the seven continents and five oceans of our world. We will also be learning about The Gunpowder Plot and the importance of Remembrance Sunday. In Art, we will be creating our own hedgehog sculptures and explore different ways to create polar bears. In DT, we will make our own bird feeders through the design process of research, design, make and evaluate. In ICT we will be learning about the importance of internet safety and how we can communicate using keyboards, text, images and sound.
We hope that this explains the forthcoming curriculum but please contact a staff member of The Maple 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 2022 and also a Phonic screening test in December 2021. 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:
FOR PARENTS AND CARERS:
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 Hamblin and Mrs Dodsworth
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, Plants, Animals, Victorians 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.