Welcome to term 6. First and foremost, I would like to say how proud I am of the children; they have worked so hard this year and this has enabled them to tackle Key Stage One reading and maths tests with enthusiasm, confidence and well-deserved success. We will be continuing to move forward with high expectations this term so that children continue to extend their skills. A summative assessment of writing across the year to date will take place on the 21st June.  Below is an overview of learning and development.  Please do not hesitate to speak to me if you have any further questions.  

Mathematics

We will begin with consolidating and extending children’s understanding and skills in using and applying number. Children will recap and extend their ability to partition numbers in different ways and use this knowledge to support them as they calculate using formal methods. Children will consolidate and extend their skills in recognising, reading, finding and writing fractions before they develop skills in comparing and ordering fractions with the same denominators. This will be followed with a focus on measuring capacity. Children will explore this area of measurement, engaging in practical exploration which will support children’s understanding of this concept, enabling them to estimate, measure and compare capacities using standard units. Children will continue to work on strengthening their ability to recall and apply multiplication and division facts. Children’s ability to use their skills to reason and to solve problems will, as always, form an integral part of mathematical teaching and learning on a daily basis.

English

Through the study of both narrative and persuasive texts  children will develop their skills in organising their writing in paragraphs around a theme and creating settings, characters and plot using a wider range of rich vocabulary, for example, adjectives, powerful verbs, adverbs and similes. Sentence-level work will continue to focus on using full stops, apostrophes, comas, question marks and exclamation marks with increased accuracy. In addition, children will begin to develop their ability to construct complex sentences, using a comma to mark a clause. They will continue to use ‘language through colour’ planning frames to organise writing and will assess their own and others’ writing, making improvements in a variety of ways.

Science

Living things and their habitats- This term we will link our work in term 5 (plants) with animals in our environment. Children will explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive. They will identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals, and how they depend on each other. Children will describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food. Working scientifically will include observing, sorting and classifying, recording using charts and carrying out scientific tests.

Theme

Our theme focuses on our environment this term. Children in Les Citrons Verts will be studying the piece of land behind our school in particular. They will study physical and human features and will develop their knowledge of the location through collecting, analysing and communicating data gathered through experiences of fieldwork. They will work with maps, globes and aerial photographs and will communicate what they have learned in a variety of ways, for example, by drawing their own maps and through writing.

Physical Education

PE will continue to take place each week on Tuesday. The focus will be invasion games and athletics activities. 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. 

RE

Children will learning about the schools values in-depth and how they relate to Christianity.

Homework

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.

Writing

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. 

Reading 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?

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