Summer Term 1
Welcome back! We hope you had a lovely Easter break.
We are looking forward to a lovely summer term where we can make use of our extensive outside space to enhance our learning.
Please ensure that your child is not absent in the month of May, as far as possible, as this is when the children will be completing their SATs booklets (known as our ‘special work booklets’).
Spring Term Topic: Great Fire of London.
We are hoping to have a great start to our term
with an exciting drama workshop organised by the Rainbow Theatre Group who will be visiting the school on Thursday 28th April.
The children will get a chance to act out a role and learn about how the fire started, why it spread so rapidly, how people responded and how the fire ended. They will also discover how we know what happened during the fire and how London was rebuilt differently in the aftermath.
Later on in the term, we are hoping to have visit from a local firefighter who will tell us all about the important work they do and what we can do to keep ourselves safe.
We will be learning to:
- Write a recount of an event that we have taken part in by explaining what happened in a logical order.
- Create an information leaflet with questions and historical information in an exciting layout.
- Write a fictional diary account (based on diary accounts from the time of the Great Fire of London) including immersive description based on drama work.
- 3D Geometry: Name of some 3D shapes and to count how many faces, edges and vertices they have.
- Statistics: Interpret and construct simple pictograms, tally charts, block diagrams and simple tables and ask and answer questions about totalling and comparing categorical data.
- Position and direction: Use mathematical vocabulary to describe position, direction and movement e.g. rotations, right angles for quarter, half and three-quarter turns (clockwise and anticlockwise).
- Time: Tell and write the time to five minutes including quarter past/to the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times. To know the number of minutes in an hour and the number of hours in a day and to compare and sequence intervals of time.
We will also be recapping on:
- adding and subtracting two digit numbers
- counting in 2s, 5s and 10s
- multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables
- compare and order numbers from 0 up to 100
We will be focusing on wellbeing, developing an awareness and understanding of other people’s feelings and emotions, investigating strategies for dealing with difficult situations and emotions and learning about growth mindset.
Our topic this term is plants. We will learn about:
- The life cycle of plants
- What seeds are made of and what conditions they need to grow into plants
- The parts of a plant, including those that we eat
Art & DT Learning
Our art this half term is based around the Great Fire of London. We will be developing our skills with chalk pastels and experimenting with visual elements, line, shape, pattern and colour.
Our unit for this half term is called Friendship Song. Within, the children will listen to and appraise a variety of friendship songs, take part in some musical activities and have the chance to perform in front of one another.
Faith and Wonder Learning
We will be looking at the faith of Judaism. We will learn about their holy book, the Torah, the special rules that the Jews follow to look after it and the festival of Simchat Torah.
We will be continuing to use the Scratch Jr app to carrying out an informed cycle of predicting, testing, reviewing, program a familiar story and an animation of an animal. In our half termly computer safety lesson we will also be learning strategies that will help us decide if something we see online is true or not.
This half term, we will be focusing on dance and celebration in honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
In outdoor PE, we will be teaching a range of athletic skills.
How can you help?
- Continuing to listen to your child read regularly and discuss the book with them afterwards. Please can an adult write in the reading diary to show when the child has read and how they did. We are rewarding this with stickers to promote regular reading.
- Lots of regular practice of maths learning tasks, as explained on your child’s homework.
- Supporting your child with learning their spellings, discussing the meanings of words and ways of remembering the spelling patterns.
Events/trips planned for this half term:
Thursday 28th April – Rainbow Theatre Group in school
During May – SATs booklets for reading and mathematics.
Friday 27th May – The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations
If you have any books or topic-related items at home, we are happy for the children to bring them in for them to share with the class. We do kindly ask that no toys are brought in as we cannot be responsible for these.
If you have any spare time, we would appreciate volunteers to hear readers in school. Please contact us via Seesaw or email if you would like to help.
The Year 2 team
Mrs Bray Mrs Edwards Mrs Keates