I hope that you have all enjoyed a lovely summer holiday. I am looking forward to an enjoyable and productive term with your children. Below is an overview of learning and development. Please do not hesitate to speak to me if you have any further questions.
There will be a strong focus on developing children’s ability to read, write and order numbers with accuracy, discussing the value of each digit. Children will develop their ability to add and subtract numbers mentally, using practical equipment and informal written methods for support. They will build on their understanding of multiplication and division and will apply all of these skills to solve problems involving money, length and time. There will be a daily focus at the start of each lesson on the understanding of mathematical vocabulary and applying this to solve word problems. Oral and mental work will enable children to reinforce previous learning and practise, for example, recall of number and multiplication facts, counting on or back from a given number and describing patterns in a sequence of numbers.
It is important that children have constant exposure to a wide range of genres in order to develop writing and spelling. In English this term we will begin with a selection of narrative texts. The first of these is a tale from another culture (Handa’s Hen by Eileen Browne) which will make strong links with our theme, Africa. Key aims will be to build a storehouse of stories that will provide children with a bank of ideas and language patterns for them to draw upon in their own writing. Learning and telling a story orally improves the quality of writing and will therefore be a central part of the English lesson. Children will extend their range of connectives and their use of adjectives, powerful verbs and punctuation for effect. They will use ‘language through colour’ planning frames to organise their written work. On-going sentence-level activities will continue to focus on writing accurate and full sentences, clarity of handwriting and the correct spelling of common words. Children will continue to develop reading and spelling skills through daily sessions of guided reading and phonics.
This is an exciting topic that offers the opportunity for children to identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses. Children will learn that an understanding of properties is useful when selecting materials for a specific function. They begin with re-visiting properties of materials by distinguishing between an object and the material from which it is made. Children quickly move onto engaging in a number of investigations to test the properties of various materials. They will form simple conclusions which make links between a property and its use in the real world. Children will have the opportunity to work on their scientific skills through raising questions, identifying and planning tests, grouping and sorting, and measuring, recording and concluding.
Our Key Stage theme this term is 'What is it like to live there?' Children in Les Citrons Verts will be studying The Gambia, a country in Africa and a contrasting locality. They will develop their knowledge and understanding of a place and location in Europe and of its human and physical features. Artefacts and other secondary sources, such as photographs and maps will support this learning and enable children to work on geographical skills such as using maps, atlases and grids. Opportunities to develop techniques in art will also form part of this topic. A role-play area (African hut), along with props such as an African school girl called Fatou, her belongings, story books, newspapers and jewellery will enrich children’s developing understanding of this country, as well as their language skills.
PE will take place each week on Tuesday. The focus of term 1 is ‘dance’. As I am sure you are aware, PE kits need to be labelled, long hair tied back and all earrings removed for PE sessions. Thank you.
Children will study aspects of Christianity this term, with a specific focus on the messages and lessons Jesus taught through a selection of parables: the Good Samaritan, the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin, the Great Feast, the Talents, the Two Builders. They will engage in re-telling and responding to each story, as well as making links between the messages in each story and their own lives. For example, after studying the Lost Sheep, children will think about, discuss and write about a special object that they have at home and how they would feel if they lost it.
Spellings Every Monday, children will be given a list of spelling words to practise in class each morning. These will form a mix between high and medium frequency words, and words that reinforce various spelling patterns. On Friday the children will bring their spellings home for you to test them. They will bring them back to show the class teacher on Monday. Maths homework will be set and given to children each Friday for them to complete over the week-end. This homework will enable children to practise skills already taught in class. Children should bring their completed task back to school on Monday morning so that we can mark the work together at the start of the maths lesson. A piece of written work will also be set each Friday for completion over the week-end. This work will either re-enforce children’s learning of grammar or it will link to the text or genre that your child is studying.
Children in Year 2 should be reading for a minimum of 15 minutes, at least four nights per week. Any additional reading they do on their own is wonderful! If your child is a confident, fluent reader, he or she will still need to read aloud to help develop expression and use punctuation correctly. Your child will benefit from talking about the book - forming opinions, summarising, guessing what might happen next. Please help take an active role in your child's reading experience by reading with him or her regularly. Each child should have a named book bag in which to keep their reading book and reading record. This book bag should be brought into school every day.
Here are some suggestions 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?
Mrs J Cox
Les Citrons Verts (Class 3)