Year 2 – Spring Term

Spring Term

 

Welcome to Year 2’s Spring Term!

Take a look at what we’ll be exploring this half term……

English

We will begin our term by reading ‘Dragon Machine’ by Helen Ward which is story about a boy called George who struggles with loneliness until he realised dragons are all around him. He works to build a machine to help the dragons return to their true home. The children will write their own explanation texts and adventure narratives using this story. The children will also be reading ‘Wolves’ by Emily Gravett. We will then write our own reports all about Wolves and send them to the author..

Practising Spellings at Home
Year 2 Spelling words

 

Reading

Each Year 2 child will be issued with two reading books per week to read at home. The first book will be a decodable phonics book which will be linked to the phonics phase and sounds that your child will be learning in school. The children will be using this text three times a week as part of their guided reading sessions. It is important that your child reads this book as often as possible during the week so that they become secure and confident using these phonemes to decode words when reading.

The second reading book will be from the Oxford Reading Tree range (Biff, Kipper, Chip and Floppy). The idea is that you read the book with your child as a way to familiarise them with high frequency or common exception words that are not always decodable.

We ask that you read with your child as often as possible and sign their reading record a minimum of twice weekly in line with school policy. We will check reading records and change reading books every Wednesday. We monitor reading, homework and PE kits as part of our Assertive Mentoring Scheme.

Please encourage a love of reading at home and share stories together as often as you can. If there are other books you enjoy at home please sign these into your child’s reading log so we can see what the children like reading.

 

Maths

This term we will be following the school’s maths scheme, Power Maths to focus on the following objectives: –

Unit 6: Multiplication and Division

  • recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables, including recognising odd and even numbers
  • calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division within the multiplication tables and write them using the multiplication (×), division (÷) and equals (=) sign
  • solve problems involving multiplication and division, using materials, arrays, repeated addition, mental methods, and multiplication and division facts, including problems in contexts

Unit 7: Statistics

  • interpret and construct simple pictograms, tally charts, block diagrams and simple tables
  • ask and answer simple questions by counting the number of objects in each category and sorting the categories by quantity
  • ask and answer questions about totalling and comparing categorical data

 

Unit 8: Length and height

  • solve problems with addition and subtraction:
  • choose and use appropriate standard units to estimate and measure length/height in any direction (m/cm); mass (kg/g); temperature (°C); capacity (litres/ml) to the nearest appropriate unit, using rulers, scales, thermometers and measuring vessels
  • compare and order lengths, mass, volume/capacity and record the results using >, < and =
  • using concrete objects and pictorial representations, including those involving numbers, quantities and measure

Unit 9: Properties of Shape

  • identify and describe the properties of 2-D shapes, including the number of sides and line symmetry in a vertical line
  • identify and describe the properties of 3-D shapes, including the number of edges, vertices and faces
  • compare and sort common 2-D and 3-D shapes and everyday objects
  • order and arrange combinations of mathematical objects in patterns and sequences

Unit 10: Fractions

  • recognise, find and name a half as one of two equal parts of an object, shape or quantity
  • recognise, find and name a quarter as one of four equal parts of an object, shape or quantity
  • recognise, find, name and write fractions 1/3, 1/4, 2/4 and 3/4 of a length, shape, set of objects or quantity
  • write simple fractions for example, 1/2 of 6 = 3 and recognise the equivalence of 2/4 and ½

In year 2 the children begin learning their times tables. By the end of year 2 they are expected to know and be able to recall all of their 2, 5 and 10 times tables. Each child has been given a log in to TT Rockstars. Please encourage them to visit this website frequently or download the app.

 

 

 

 

 

Science

The Science topic this term will be’ Changing Shape.’

In this unit children will be:

  • Find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.
  • Identifying and classifying
  • Asking simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways
  • Observing closely, using simple equipment
  • Performing simple tests
  • Gathering and recording data to help in answering questions.

 

The second unit of this term will be, ‘Living Things.’ In this unit the children will be:

  • Explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive
  • Notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults
  • Identifying and classifying
  • Using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • Gathering and recording data to help in answering questions.
  • Observing closely, using simple equipment


Topic

We will be learning all about Dungeons and Dragons this term! We will be learning about the word ‘monarchy’ and focusing on some of the most prevalent Kings and Queens in our history such as Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Elizabeth II. We will be looking at some British castles and labelling the main features of castles. We will also take a trip to Skipton castle to see some real history! Also, we will explore portraits of monarchs and try to recreate our own using collaging.  As part of our geography we will be trying to locate British castles on maps and look at major towns and the part they play in our royal history.

 

Computing

The children will be following the ‘Teach Computing’ scheme of work and learning about computing systems and networks. During this unit, the children will create their own animated character and develop a stop, start animation featuring this character. They will also develop their own invasion game based on castles.

PE

The children will be following the Primary PE Passport Curriculum which our Kick-start team will help us deliver this term. We will be learning how to play invasion games and learning key fundamental moving skills.

PE will take place on Tuesdays this term.

Please make sure that PE kits are in school every week because we monitor this as part of pupils’ Assertive Mentoring record.

 

 

 

PSHE

Our school follows a scheme called Jigsaw and this term our Year 2 children will complete a unit called ‘Dreams and Goals’ which celebrates the goals that the children may have and helps them discover how to achieve them. They will also explore a unit called, ‘Healthy me’, which teaches them about maintaining good physical and mental health and why it is important.

Homework

In Year 2 homework will be given out every Friday and expected back every Wednesday. Children will receive either a maths or a reading task based on what we’ve been learning in class and they will choose a piece from the Space homework menu.

Children are encouraged to be as creative as they wish and can choose how to present their homework so if they have published something using an iPad, tablet or computer please email it to us!

F.A.O. Mrs.Lomax & Mrs Faulkner    year2@corrie.tameside.sch.uk

Don’t forget that your homework and reading are monitored as part of your Assertive Mentoring profile.

 

On time by Wednesday – GREEN

Late by Friday – YELLOW

No homework or reading completed – RED

 

Home Learning

Mrs Marsden, Mr Macdonald and the whole Year 5 staff hope that you are all keeping well during this difficult time and are making the best of the weather and your time at home.

We are all missing you and we are doing some new things. Mr Macdonald has his chickens now, which are getting him up early and Mrs Marsden has been growing some vegetables for her garden and sewing some scrubs for the lovely NHS staff.

Here are the timetables for the next two weeks. They are just an outline and there are more detailed versions of these with the accompanying activities in your work packs which are available from the KS2 office or by email.

If your child works with Mrs Appleton Jones or Mrs Dyer, please contact school and we can email your morning work or have it ready for collection. The afternoon work is the same for everyone.

Week beginning 4.5.20

Monday

4.5.20

Tuesday

5.5.20

Wednesday

6.5.20

Thursday

7.5.20

Friday

8.5.20

Mad Maths!

Times-table Rock stars play your times table games

 

 

Spag

Learn 5 spellings from

competition

Mad Maths!

Times-table Rock stars

play times table games

 

Spag

Learn 5 spellings from

competition

VE Day

75th Anniversary

Today is a Bank Holiday

Find out about VE day

Reading:

Classic poem Matilda

Reading:

Choose an online

e-book from Twinkl or Audible

 

Reading:

Classic poem From a Railway carriage

Reading:

Twinkl reading:

Rainforest Potoo

 

VE Day
English:

Fronted Adverbials

 

English:

Fronted

Adverbials

English:

Write a letter

 

English: Writing

You in the story

Break- Go outside and get some fresh air, or try some activities from active classroom if it’s raining.
Maths:

Roman Numerals

Maths:

Roman Numerals

 

Maths:

Roman Numerals

 

Maths:

Roman Numerals

 

 

 

 

VE Day Activities.

 

Lunch
Reading for pleasure – Read a book or continue to listen to your audible book.
PE

Active Classroom website

or

You could create your own gym

 

 

Handwriting:

Practice your handwriting

 

 

Topic: Mayans

What did the Mayans wear?

 

 

Science

Materials: Invisible Ink experiment

Handwriting:

Practice your handwriting

 

 

Topic: Mayans

Create a rainforest collage, painting or drawing.

 

  VE Day Activities.
French

Vocabulary linked to the home

 

 

 

Golden Time

If your parents agree you may

do an activity of your choice.

 

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 11.5.20

Monday

11.5.20

Tuesday  12.5.20 Wednesday

13.5.20

Thursday

14.8.80

Friday

15.5.80

Spelling

Spelling mistake

activity

 

Mad Maths!

TT Rockstars play times table games.

 

Spelling

Complete one of spelling mistake worksheets

 

Mad Maths!

TT Rockstars

play times

table games.

 

Spelling

Spelling mistake

activity

 

Reading:

Choose an online e-book from Twinkl or Audible

 

Reading:

Classic poem

The Tyger

Reading:

Choose an online

e-book from

Twinkl or Audible

 

Reading:

Classic poetry:

The Owl and the Pussy Cat

 

Reading free choice

Choose an online e-book

from Twinkl/Audible  or

Dinosaur Comprehension

English:

Recognising Parenthesis

 

 

English:

Recognising Parenthesis

 

English: Writing Descriptive Setting 1

 

 

English: Writing Descriptive Setting 2

 

English: Writing

Descriptive Setting 3

Maths:

Multi-step problems

 

Maths:

Multi-step problems

 

 

Maths:

Multi-step

problems

 

 

Maths:

Multi-step

problems

 

 

Maths:

Multi-step

problems

 

 

PE:

Five-a-day activity

Handwriting:

Practice your handwriting

 

Topic:

What was life like for ancient Mayans?

 

Science

 

Materials

 

Oil and Water

experiment

 

 

 

 

 

 

Handwriting:

Practice your handwriting

 

Topic: Art & Design

Mayan Jewellery

 

Create your own Mayan jewellery!

 

 

 PE:

Pok-a-Pok

or

Active Classroom website

or

You could create your own gym

 

French:

Food Vocabulary

 

 

Golden Time

If your parents agree you may do an activity of your choice.

 

 

If you have any questions or queries please email: year5@corrie.tameside.sch.uk and Mr Macdonald or Mrs Marsden will be happy to help you.

Please try to complete your work and make sure you try some creative activities and science experiments.

Keep smiling and take care.

Year 5 Team

Tree sculptures

Year 5 have been taking part in an eco/art project called ‘Keen to be Green’. They have worked with artist, Sam Owen Hall, and used recycled materials to create tree sculptures. The focus of the project was to take rubbish and transform it into something beautiful that looks like it belongs to nature. We think the outcomes look beautiful!

The Big Battery Hunt!

The Big Battery Hunt is returning to Corrie. We’re really focusing on helping the environment at Corrie Primary and want to help in any way we can. We have joined the national schools partnership initiative to collect used batteries and send them off for recycling. There is also the opportunity to win lots of great prizes.

Each school that books a collection for their batteries will be automatically entered into the Big Battery Hunt prize draw. By helping us to recycle as many batteries as possible our school could win:

  • A 2-night class trip to the sustainability centre
  • A 3-year subscription to MyMaths worth £1,000
  • £2000 worth of school equipment vouchers
  • iPads
  • Certificates and trophies

Lyla’s Litter Poem

Stop littering!
I am a little litter bin,

If I am empty then I am sad,

Only when you fill me up, do I get really glad.

So when you have some rubbish,

Don’t throw it on the floor.

Feed it to me quickly,

Then go and get me some more!

Tree Planting!

 

Tree planting last half term was a huge success! Every class in the school came out in force with their teachers to plant more trees around our school. The trees are making great progress and are battling hard against the very cold weather we’ve been having. Next the Eco team plan to grow some wild flowers in our school grounds too.

Eco Meeting 04.02.19

On Monday 4th February the Eco team met to discuss matters to be tackled during this term.
In attendance: LRG/AR/RB/EH/NJ/TD/ET.
We discussed the planning of waste week that will take place in March of Spring two. The children felt that it would be good to begin to take an audit of the energy levels used around our school and decide on ways in which we can begin to cut excess energy usage. We have also decided that the Eco team will make posters in order to advertise and raise awareness of this event.

Next on our agenda was our planters. We discussed which vegetables we would like to try and grow in them over the coming months. The children decided that instead of just selling the vegetables to parents, we should try to include some of them in the salad bar during lunch times. NJ suggested that we create an activity during health week that enables children to become more involved in the growth of fruit and vegetables at Corrie.

Thirdly we discussed the amount of litter that seems to be around our school grounds at the moment. The children all agreed that there are far too many children and adults throwing litter on the ground, particularly in a morning. We discussed the possibility of arranging more bins around the school grounds and posters to try and encourage people not to litter.

Year 5 letters to the Government.

Last year, Year 5 wrote letters to Michael Gove to persuade him to alter current approaches to reducing plastic waste and to encourage the Government to do something about it.  This is an example of the reply’s we got back from the House of Commons.