Welcome to term 2! Below is an overview of the curriculum content and learning we will be focussing on throughout this term. If you have any questions or anything you wish to discuss throughout the term, then I will be available at the end of each day or alternatively you can book an appointment through the office.
We shall be focussing on letter writing at the beginning of the term. The book we will look at first 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 (Children in WWII) and create a letter linked to evacuees. 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 reading for pleasure.
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
Our topic this term will remain as ‘Everyday Materials’. Now the class have had a good foundation of the topic’s knowledge, they will be able to apply their skills in different investigations. This will include activities such as ‘Architects’ which involves the class designing a house and justifying their material selection. Being able to apply these skills, will give the children a chance to reflect on the importance of scientific skills and their use in everyday life. 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.
Our theme this term will focus on history and children in WWII. The class will discuss when the events of WWII happened, how they affected us and the impact on the UK. We will look at the lives of evacuee children and the experiences they had during the war. This shall include creating our own evacuee letters, linking to our learning on letters in English.
In PE, we shall be covering balls skills. This will involve building on the pupils’ existing ball skills and applying some of their movement skills from gymnastics. The class will then be taught the skills required in football, including controlling the ball and striking the ball for different purposes. Within each lesson the children will have opportunities to apply their newly learnt skills in a game-based activity. PE will be on Monday 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.
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.
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!
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?