Welcome to term 2!

Below is an overview of the curriculum content and learning we will be focussing on this term. If you have any questions during the term then please feel free to come and speak to me at the end of the school day or organise an appointment with the office.

English

We shall be focussing on letter writing at the beginning of the term. The book we shall begin by looking at will be the Jolly Postman and Other People’s Letters. This will introduce the class to a range of different letter styles, the layout of different letters and the reasons behind why letters are written. As the term progresses we will be planning and writing our own letters, with the help of drama and roleplay. The children will then have a chance to make links to our theme (Who was Guy Fawkes?) and create a letter linked to the gunpowder plot. Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) lessons will continue to take place daily to develop an awareness of spellings and grammatical knowledge. One of the main SPaG focusses will be word classes (noun, verb etc.) and the pupils’ ability to identify different classes.  This will be alongside daily Guided Reading sessions that ensure each child reads daily and continues to foster an enthusiasm of reading for pleasure.

Mathematics

The term will begin by revisiting the number line work the children became familiar with at the end of last term. This shall include opportunities for the class to apply their knowledge of number lines to solve reasoning ‘word’ questions and problems involving money. Maths will then focus on measurement, the vocabulary surrounding it and its application in life. Children will estimate different lengths, perform investigations and compare units of measurement. Throughout the term we will be focussing on our 2, 5 and 10 times tables as well as doubles and halves to 20. Your child can also earn a maths bug by learning one of the ‘groups’ of times tables below. Once a child has completed a group they can focus on moving onto the next group (starting from group 1). Group 1: 2, 5, 10 Group 2: 3, 4, 6

Science

Our topic this term is ‘Everyday Materials’. We shall be looking at the range of materials that surround us in our everyday life’s, where they come from and how they are made. This will allow the children to undertake lots of investigative work to identify the different properties materials have and how these help us choose what materials are suitable for jobs. The classroom also has an interactive science table that encourages pupils to sort objects by their material, discuss the properties of different toys and play our ‘Silly Spinners’ game.

Theme

‘Who was Guy Fawkes’ is our theme focus this term. The children will be able to explore the life of Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot, a significant event in our national history. Pupils will learn the story behind the Gunpowder Plot and how it links to the bonfire nights we have now. The class will be able to reflect on how things were different in medieval times, including different ways of dressing, different beliefs and the role of the royal family. The topic will also allow opportunities for artwork with the class able to experiment with different techniques and art mediums. Towards the end of the term we will then apply our letter writing skills (developed in English) to create a letter for someone connected to the gunpowder plot!

PE

In PE, we shall be covering gymnastics. This will involve developing the pupils’ confidence moving in different ways, learning gymnastic positions and using gymnastic apparatus. We shall begin by building on the existing foundation of gymnastic moves that children already know (e.g. star jump) before introducing a variety of new positions that can be safely performed on gymnastics equipment. PE will be on Tuesday afternoon each week. Please can you make sure your children have their kits (polo shirts, jumper, shorts, jogging bottoms and plimsolls) and that earrings are removed for PE sessions.

RE

The class will continue to develop their understanding of Christianity and its parables. This will include reflecting on ‘What is a Saint?’ before moving on towards the story of Christmas and the birth of Christ. Lessons will encourage children to take an active approach to learning through roleplay and class discussion.

Homework

Every Friday Maths and English homework will be given out to the children. The homework will be targeted at giving pupils a chance to reinforce their learning or introducing them to an upcoming topic. There will also be a selection of spellings, which the children have practised during the week, which can be used as a short spelling test. We ask that the children return their homework on Monday morning so that we can collectively mark and review the work. Within the classroom we have also got our class ‘Learning Tree’. An adult or child may record any home learning that has taken place onto one of our paper apples (placed inside the homework folders) and proudly display it on our tree. The home learning can range from writing a story at home to regularly reading to their siblings. At the end of each term the apples will be counted and the child with the most apples will receive a small prize!

Reading

Guided reading will happen every day and enable pupils to regularly read with an adult. Pupils will also be able to individually read with an adult at least once a week. Reading books will go home with the children every day and it would be really good if they could read regularly at home as well.  Short, daily 10-15 minutes reading sessions can make a huge difference to a child’s reading progression and it can give them a chance to discuss the story with you. Book bags should be brought to school every day so that we can change books when necessary and listen to readers, ensuring we are supporting the children as much as possible. Asking your child questions when they are reading can allow them to further explore the story and practise their ability to interpret information. Below are some suggested questions that you may find helpful during reading sessions: Who is(are) the main character(s)? What is the main idea?  What is the problem? How was it solved?  Describe the setting using evidence from the text.  Where does the story take place?  Did you think the story had a good ending?  If not, how could you have changed the ending?  Are there any words you didn't understand?  How can you find out their meaning?  Ask your child why certain characters are feeling like they are (happy, sad, angry, jealous, etc.), and ask if they know any other words that mean the same.  Did they like the story?  Why or why not?