Spring Termly Newsletter
For the first half term we will be using the texts, ‘More-igami’ by Dori Kleber and ‘Jabari Jumps’ by Gaia Cornwall as inspiration for a range of writing, including narratives, letters, instructions and diary entries. We will then look at the books, ‘Meerkat Mail’ by Emily Gravett and ‘Man on the Moon’ by Simon Bartram in the second half of term. We will continue to work on using a range of punctuation, as well as using adjectives, adverbs and conjunctions in our writing. In addition to this, we will be focussing on using the correct tense in our writing, as well as exciting vocabulary. We’ll also be exploring the poems, ‘Wizard’s Pocket’ and ‘Don’t’ by Michael Rosen and the children will be writing their own adaptations. We will continue to develop comprehension and reading skills in whole class reading lessons as well as working on the spelling and grammar curriculum for Year 2. There will continue to be a weekly spelling test on Fridays and we will also continue to work on writing in cursive script.
We will be continuing with the mastery approach to teaching mathematics and focussing on the themes multiplication and division and length and measurement – choosing and using appropriate standard units of length and mass, comparing and ordering length and mass; recalling and using multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables and solving problems involving multiplication and division. We will also continue to weekly recap addition and subtraction in our Maths Meetings and weekly test, along with Money and Data Handling.
Our science topic next term is animals including humans. We will be answering the question, ‘How would animals, including humans survive on a desert island?’ We will be looking at what animals and humans need to survive, including a healthy diet and the importance of exercise and hygiene. We will be predicting, testing and observing to build up the children’s investigation skills.
For the first half of the spring term we will be looking at ‘effective searching.’ This will relate to our topic on China so we will be researching facts on China and presenting our findings using the app keynote. For the second half of the spring term we will then move on to coding. We will be using the app ‘hopscotch’ to use our coding knowledge to create a range of shapes.
Our first topic question will be: “Would you rather live in London or Beijing?” We will be discussing the similarities and differences between London and Beijing and exploring the country in depth by looking at its culture; including festivals, food and the daily routines of children in Beijing. Our second topic question will be: “Why was the first man on the moon so important?” We’ll be looking at the events leading up to the first landing on the moon and discussing why it was such an important event. We will also be looking at how the astronauts survived in space.
The children will be using different media, such as water colour and paints, and designing and making their own Chinese Year of the Rat picture inspired by Alison Ingram. The children will also be creating their own paintings of space ships in the style of Peter Thorpe. The children will also be creating moving pictures depicting the space buggy on the moon.
We will continue to follow the PATHS program, which is a resource to support children with their emotional well being- including recognising and managing feelings.
We will also be following the Mind Up program learning more about the science behind our feelings.
We will be teaching three weeks of football outside and three weeks of dance inside in the first half term. After February half term, Mr Houghton and Mr Clack will be taking Year 2 for P.E one afternoon a week. One class will be doing gym whilst the other class will be doing games outside. This will then swap over after the Easter break.
Due to the children not being able to take part in the vocal project in the summer term of Year 1, the children will be taking part this spring term instead! Further details will follow as there is usually a performance at the end so we will have to see whether this can happen ‘live’ or via another way.
We will look at and answer the question, ‘How do we change and grow?’ which links to spring time and we will be focussing on Simchat Torah, a Jewish holiday that marks the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings, and the beginning of a new cycle. We will also explore Easter and think about life after death and how different religions interpret this.
Bocketts Farm – 16th March 2021
Vocal project performance - TBC
PE Kits to continue to be worn on the children’s PE day (Mondays)
Children should be reading at home daily and should keep all books in their book bags at all times.
For playtimes, children should only be bringing in fruit as a snack.
Mathletics continues to be set on a Monday and children are expected to attempt the three tasks throughout the week.
Please continue to support your children with the spellings, arithmetic and comprehension which come home every Friday,