Welcome to term 4! I hope you and your children had a relaxing and enjoyable half term. Below is an overview of the curriculum content and learning we will be covering this term. If you have any queries throughout the term then please come and speak to me at the end of the school day or organise an appointment with the office.
The children are going to begin the term by writing adventure stories that feature themselves as the main superhero! The class will be able to innovate their stories to create a unique and interesting adventure. This will provide the opportunity to reinforce our use of different word classes (adjective, noun, verb etc.), use speech in a story setting and practise their storytelling.
After that, we will be working on non-chronological reports. The genre allows pupils to write in a new style and provide their audience with an information-based text. The children will be able to create their own ‘Interesting Facts’ about a superhero and explore the writing structure. Once completed, the class will get to decide who they would like to read their reports to and be able to practise their speaking and listening skills.
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) lessons are going to continue to be a part of our daily timetable. There will be a focus on list writing, word class identification and a focus on the accurate spelling of Year 2 words. This will be alongside daily Guided Reading sessions that ensure each child reads regularly and continues to foster reading for pleasure.
Our focus at the beginning of the term will be fractions. This will involve the class beginning by finding fractions of shapes before applying their knowledge to fractions of numbers. The class will secure their knowledge of the numerator and denominator in order to aid them when solving ‘real life’ problems. Our main focus will be on finding 1/4 , 1/3 and 1/2 of different numbers and being able to record fractions accurately.
We shall then revisit our previous work on number lines and missing number problems. This area of mathematics is vital for pupil progression and underpins many other topics within maths. Once completed, we will explore data and show how we can display it in a variety of ways. The children will be able experiment with displaying data in different ways (e.g. pictograms) and learn how to interpret a selection of data. This will include the class making a ‘Human pictogram’ so they can connect their learning to a real-life experience.
Throughout the year we will also 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
When learning times table it is really useful if your child can test themselves out of sequence. This means that rather than reciting the times table in order (e.g. 1x5=5, 2x5=10) instead they try to catch themselves out (e.g. 1x5=5, 8x5=40, 5x5=25).
Our science unit this term is ‘Animals including humans’. This will build on our Term 3’s science (exercise, diet and hygiene) and begin to look at the life cycles and conditions of living things. We shall start by looking at the human life cycle and how we change as we grow. This will then move into looking at animal life cycles and how/if they differ to our own. Characteristics of life will be then be covered and allow pupils to consider what tells us something is ‘alive’ and how we can spot the signs in both animals and plants.
Our interactive science table will still have its ‘healthy diet’ activity but may also have a surprise arrival. Later in the term, the children should notice a new addition to the class which should provide great entertainment!
‘How can we make it?’ is our topic for this term. This topic will provide the chance for the class to develop a range of skills in a creative way. The topic will include a range of skills and subjects including Design and Technology, Computing and English. The class will start by looking at a Design Criteria to find out how to make a money container and research different types of design. The children will then collaborate to create their own container and test different prototypes. Finally, they will create their own containers and give them to their ‘Target Audience’ to evaluate.
In PE, we shall start by improving our foundation of balls skills and then start to apply these skills in games context. The class have already built hand-eye coordination skills in tennis and this will be developed further when practising basketball. Dribbling technique will be the initial focus as children become more confident handling a basketball. We will then introduce a range of passes and then develop shooting accuracy. Finally, the class will apply these skills within a game situation.
PE will be on Thursday 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.