We have a busy and exciting half term in the lead up to Christmas, including parent’s evening on the 13th and 14th November, the KS2 Corrie bake off (18th November) and our Christmas fair 6th December!
In maths we will be start by looking doubling and halving numbers. We will then move onto fractions and finding fractions of an amount. The children will develop a range of strategies to help them add and subtract and look at finding measurements. We will continue to develop our problem and reasoning skills throughout each unit of work.
We will start the half term by focusing on instructional writing inspired by How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth by Michelle Robinson. We will start by reading and following instructions to make our own woolly mammoth model! We will then be doing lots of text interrogations to become familiar with instructional writing before writing our own set of instructions.
Topic: The Stone Age
Through our topic we will find out for example when the Stone Age was by looking at timelines, stone age people, their homes and survival (History focus) and where Stone Age people came from (Geography focus.) We will also be looking at Stone Age Art and Craft and create our own cave paintings (Art focus) and analyse Stone Age weapons and jewellery including spears, axes and bear tooth necklaces (DT focus.)
Science: Light and Shadows
In Science the children will learn the differences between light sources and light reflectors, and will sort these into two groups. They will be able to describe how shadows are formed and will explore the relationship between light, objects and the formation of shadows. They will work towards completing a Quest entitled, ‘How Can We Make Shadows Change?’ and they will create and change shadows in the context of a puppet shadow play. In this play they will explore the properties of materials that can cast shadows and use the scientific terms opaque, translucent and transparent to describe these materials. Finally children will demonstrate an understanding of the possible dangers to health that the Sun, as a strong source of light, holds for them and others.
PHSE: JIGSAW Celebrating Difference
During this ‘puzzle’ the children will be looking at celebrating difference by thinking about different families. They will also look at bullying and problem-solve a bullying situation with others. We will be thinking about the impact of our words on others and the consequences of this.
RE: What do different people believe about God?
In RE the children will be looking at what different people believe about God through for example stories, buildings and art.
PE: Games and Gymnastics
In PE the children will begin to create their own sequences using the shapes and movements they have been learning in gymnastics. They will have Sports Development working with them in their lessons every other week where they will be focusing on games.
During our music lessons the children will have the opportunity to learn how to play a brass instrument with Tameside music service. Music lessons are every Wednesday. If your child would like to take their brass instrument home to practice, a deposit can be paid to the office allowing them to take it home.
In ICT we will be learning about E safety including how to keep safe online, Blogging such as how to leave and comment on blogs on our school webpage and Navigating which will include finding the school website and logging into school apps.
We will be developing our language skills this half term by looking at numbers and the french alphabet. We will learn about France and its culture and also look at Christmas in France.
HOME LEARNING LINKS / IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER
Every half term the children will receive ‘Take Away Homework’ a menu of homework activities linked to our Topic. If you would like to email us your child’s homework please email to firstname.lastname@example.orgFAO Miss Wood / Mrs Faulkner or Mrs Akhtar.
The children will also be set a piece of maths homework on Active Learn each week and spelling activities on Spelling Shed each week. Your child should have their log is stuck in their homework book. If you do not have access to the internet at home, a worksheet version of the homework will be available.
Home Reading: Reading a school book is part of your homework. Reading books are changed or checked every Wednesday and will be changed on a Monday and Thursday. Your child’s reading diary must be signed before a new book is given and all activities completed (if applicable)
REMEMBER: all homework needs to be completed each week and handed in by each Wednesday to achieve GREEN for Homework in your Assertive Mentoring. If you hand it in on Thursday you will achieve YELLOW and after that you will achieve RED for that week. Homework is a vital part of your child’s learning and school provides homework club every night after school as well as homework support during Wednesday and Thursday lunchtimes.
You all have an ACTIVE LEARN and Times Tables Rockstar login for other Maths activities, games and multiplication facts practise to enjoy at home online. Please ask an adult to see your teacher for a replacement card if you lose or forget your login. Web links:
You will need to regularly revise the year 2 spelling list and learn the Year 3 spelling lists.
Other important information:
- Please ensure your name is clearly written in all your school uniform. We have a permanent marker if you need to write your child’s name in their jumper etc.
- Please ensure your correct and full PE kit is in school all week as PE days can change in school (it will be sent home every half term to wash)
- Bring your reading book and reading diary to school every day. Sometimes a reading volunteer will choose you for extra reading.
- Please bring a school water bottle every day. Take it home each day and ask your grown up to clean and refill for you.
- All the equipment you need is supplied for you in school. Please do not bring in your own pencils, rubbers etc from home.
- PE is on Thursdays and Fridays.