This half term our topic is Pirates.
Ahoy there me hearties! Be prepared for our next adventures sailing the seven seas and finding lots of treasure!
This term we will be describing pirate characters and settings like treasure islands. Our focus text is the Pirates Next Door and we will be writing the next adventures for Mathilda and Jim-Lad. We will be learning to use exclamation marks correctly as well as making new words by adding suffixes such as y, ly, ed, ing, er and est.
After some revision of multiplication and division, we will be returning to fractions with a focus on thirds and quarters. Then we will be engrossed in lots of practical activities involving measure such as length, mass, volume and temperature. We will also use money to find totals and give change.
We are going to compare life on Caribbean islands with life in the UK and will be learning about human and physical features of this part of the world. We will use the internet to research further information.
In art we will be making 3D pirate sculptures and will give them their very own characteristics.
Miss Phillips will lead music session with the children learning to play the recorder.
We will explore programming further using various apps and floor robots to plan a sequence of movements.
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.
From Mrs Gregg
We will be carrying on with our spelling tests on a Friday morning. As last term, 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 can be found on the homework letter and 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 ‘Choosing Materials’ and we will be looking at why different materials are used for different objects and different purposes. We will be doing lots of experiments and the children will be working in their group to work out the best way to work out the answers to the problems using fair-testing and data collection. Each group will have a new group captain to lead their group.
There are lots of super games on the internet which support our science curriculum. Unfortunately, we don’t have enough time for everyone to have a turn in school so I will put a link to the games on the homework for you to have go at home. If you have problems with internet access at home the children can do it at school at break or lunchtimes.
After morning break, we will be bringing our science and RE topics into our English lessons. We will be:
In the afternoons Miss Evans from Year 1 will come to work with Year 2. We will continue with our RE and Maths lessons. In our mental maths lessons, the children will be playing games with dice to reinforce number bonds, addition and subtraction. I will 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: ‘What is symbolic to a Christian’? and ‘Why do Christians use symbols in their faith? ’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. We will be looking at lots of symbols, religious and non-religious and deciding why they are important. We will visit St Mary’s and St Helen’s Church in Neston to look at the use of Christian symbols.
Friday 9th February is this term’s Outdoor Education Day and we will be spending most of the day outside – more information nearer the time.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.