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This half term our topic is Chocolate.

 

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We always find this a fun topic to teach and the children love it too!  Here's what we have planned so far:

English

This term we will be reading some information books to find out where chocolate comes from, how the cacao bean is turned into delicious chocolate and reading instructions for making chocolate goodies to eat!  Our main focus is a story called Biscuit Bear which will help to develop our narrative skills using adjectives, correct tense form and conjunctions to extend our sentences. We will be working on story telling language, structure and plot so that we can begin to write our own Biscuit Bear stories.

 

Maths

It's time for us to learn our time tables this term and we will be focusing on the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.  Can you recall them in a random order?  Once we have learnt to be really confident with this we will use them to solve problems and will look at their relationship to division.  After multiplication and division we move onto fractions before Christmas.  We will need to read, make and calculate fractions of shapes and quantities using 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 2/4 and 3/4.  

 

Geography

We will be looking at the journey of chocolate around the world this term.  From where it was first discovered, to its arrival in Europe,to Bournville in England and will look at cocoa farming around the world today.  We will also be looking at Fairtrade chocolate and how climate affects its production.  Children will learn to use atlases and maps to find continents, counties, cities and oceans.  

 

Design Technology

We will be learning about chocolate bar production and will be designing and making our own chocolate bars this term.

 

Music

Nativity practices will start as soon as possible so lots of new Christmas songs to learn.

 

PE

PE takes place on a Monday and Tuesday afternoon.  Can you please make sure that your child has a named PE kit in school each day, with a school PE T-shirt, a pair of school PE shorts, a pair of trainers/pumps and a pair of warmer joggers for the cooler weather. 

Please remember that for safety reasons the children cannot wear earrings for PE.  Can you make sure that your child can remove their earrings or please send tape to put over them. Thank you.

 

Staffing

Throughout the week your children will be helped in their learning or taught by:

 

Mrs Shipley - Monday to Thursday

Mrs Gregg - Friday

 

Our teaching assistants are Mrs Davies, Mrs Hibbert and Miss Phillips.

 

From Mrs Gregg

We will be carrying on with our spelling tests on a Friday. The first three words given will be Year 2 common exception words and the following 7 will be based on the sounds being covered in Letters and Sounds. The words will no longer be on a sticker in their spelling book but will be on the homework letter. The words will always be available on the website too. Our spelling lessons will be supported by Mrs Davies and Mrs Hibbert.

 

We will then move onto science. Our science topic for this term is ‘Keeping Healthy’ and we will be looking at the food we eat, how we exercise and look after ourselves by keeping ourselves clean and safe. 

 

After break, we will be bringing our science and RE topics into our English or Maths lessons. We will be

  • instruction writing using strong verbs and remembering to use the nouns, verbs, adverbs and adjectives we worked on last half-term
  • explanation writing to tell an alien how to keep healthy on earth
  • writing the rules for a game to keep us fit
  • explaining how people felt with the arrival of Jesus
  • recording data to find out how fit we are

 

In the afternoon, we will have a mental maths lesson where the children will be playing games to reinforce number bonds, addition, subtraction and looking at SAT’s type mental arithmetic tests. I will start to put these games onto the website so you can play at home.

 

We will then move onto RE. Our Big Questions for this half term are ‘How did Jesus change as he grew? & How did Jesus change others?’ It would be a great help if you could support at home by completing the Talking RE homework which will come home each week – this helps your child’s vocabulary and understanding – I hope it will also give you some fun times as a family as you share stories.

 

The children will bring home their homework and spellings on a Friday and if the weather is fine I will also put out the lost property and water bottles so you can claim what is your child’s and take it home for a wash!

 

Homework

Homework will be sent home on a Friday and needs to be returned by Wednesday.  This will include a set piece of English and/or Maths homework which supports the work we have done in the week.  In addition we there will be weekly spellings and reading to practise at home.  Sometimes homework may involve using the internet to access games and resources, please do speak to us if you have any problems accessing this at home.  The children will be taught to become responsible for putting their own homework book into the box by the door by Wednesday.  They will be reminded but we appreciate your support with this.

 

The spellings will come home in their spelling book and will also be on this class page. Some children are very lucky and find spelling easy other children are not so lucky and find spelling a bit trickier. As we start to send spellings home there will be a spelling link on this class page with ideas on how to help your child with spelling. 

Sometimes there might be a talking science homework to help to reinforce the vocabulary we have used in school.

 

Reading Books

We would like to encourage our children to develop a love of reading and ask you to support them as much as possible in their reading journey.  It is important that they read as often as possible and that they share their reading with an adult or fluent reader who can ask questions about what they have read and enjoys the content with them.  We ask that the children aim to read with an adult every day.  We have introduced a READING CHALLENGE:  read 5 times to an adult and children will earn a star.  For every 10 stars they earn there is a change to earn bronze, silver and gold certificates .  Don't forget that readers of all abilities still love and benefit enormously from having books read to them. The children can change their home reading books as often as they like from their colour basket and we will send books home electronically using the Bug Club books.  These are a fantastic resource so please do make use of it. We also encourage the children to read books from the class library, comics, cookery books, instruction manuals, magazines, age-appropriate websites and children's newspapers. 

 

Water Bottles

Please make sure your child has a named water bottle in school each day - it's thirsty work being in school and we have very limited supplies of cups for our water dispenser. 

 

Wet Playtime

Our cloakroom space is really limited this year so we have decided it would be best to avoid extra bags on pegs.  We will provide a range of suitable toys and equipment for them to play.

 

 

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