Welcome to term 4. This term is very important in terms of our children making accelerated progress towards end of year National Curriculum statements and the National year 2 tests that take place in May 2016. Below is an overview of learning and development. Please do not hesitate to speak to me if you have any further questions.
There will continue to be a great emphasis on reasoning and problem-solving in various mathematical concepts. We shall initially be focusing on addition and subtraction and the link between these two operations. Children will use a blank number line to support them as they calculate. They will apply their skills in adding and subtracting within the context of money and use reasoning skills to find the value of missing numbers. Children will also solve word problems which involve addition and subtraction. We will then move onto work on time and data handling. There will continue to be a daily focus at the start of each lesson on the understanding of mathematical vocabulary, as well as counting in various steps and practising quick recall of number facts, such as number bonds, multiplication facts and doubles.
Children in Learning Stage B will begin this term by completing an extended narrative piece of writing. The written work in their writing books will be the sole evidence which is presented at moderation in order to agree their attainment at the end of the year. We will then move on to non-chronological writing. Key aims will be to continue to further develop and improve structure in writing, accuracy of sentences and spelling and the children’s range of powerful vocabulary, conjunctions and sentence openers to link ideas and events. They will continue to use ‘language through colour’ planning frames to organise writing into events which are sequenced logically. The children will also continue to develop their skills reading, spelling and grammar through daily teaching and learning sessions.
Key ideas and learning opportunities include observing and describing how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants and finding out and describing how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy. Working scientifically will include observing and recording, with some accuracy, the growth of a variety of plants as they change over time from a seed or bulb and setting up a comparative test to show that plants need light and water to stay healthy.
Our topic work this term focuses on art and design under the theme of ‘Textiles’. Children will have the opportunity to use materials creatively and to develop techniques in using colour, texture, shape, form and space. The children have already explored a range of fabrics using their senses to describe their properties. They will move onto following their own ideas to create a mixed media piece of art which will involve designing and making a collage landscape on canvas using paint and fabrics. The final part of the process will involve the children evaluating their own and others’ work.
PE will continue to take place each week on Tuesday. 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 begin by learning about features of Hinduism such as the legend of Shiva and the Aum. They will then move onto the Christian religious celebration of Easter with a particular focus on Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and the significance of the cross for Christians.
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.
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 (very important for developing vocabulary)!
• Did they like the story? Why or why not?
Thank you for your continued support.