Welcome to Year 1’s Spring Term

Welcome to Year 1’s Spring Term!

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

English

We will begin our Spring term by exploring Non-Fiction texts using the theme of Dinosaurs as a focus. We will be learning about the structure of simple Who? Which? What? Why? When? and Where? Questions. We will compose our own questions which can be answered using the class encyclopedia which will be our writing outcome for the half term. Our texts for the half term include: First Dinosaur Encyclopedia: A First Reference Book for Children (DK First Reference), Dinosaurs (DK) and the All About Dinosaurs series by Daniel Nunn. We will use these texts to identify features of Non-fiction such as contents, headings, captions and labelled diagrams.

In the second half of the Spring term we continue our Dinosaur theme looking at Narrative and Poetry texts. Using the story ‘Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish’ by Michael Foreman we will explore how authors use setting descriptions to engage readers in stories and continue to build on our understanding of the structure of stories. We will write our own stories using Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish as our model.

In Poetry we will use the books Dinosaur Roar by Henrietta and Paul Stickland  plus Dinosaur Stomp and Mad About Dinosaurs by Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz. We will learn some poetry to perform, explore rhyme, rhythm and alliteration. We will be making collections of descriptive language to use in our own performance poems.

 

Practising Spellings at Home

Year 1 Spelling Rules

HFW to Read and Spell in Year 1

 

Maths

Using the school’s Power Maths Scheme during the Spring Term we will focus on the following objectives: –

Addition within 20

In this unit, children choose the most appropriate addition strategies by thinking about the numbers involved in the calculations. It is a vital unit, as understanding how to add by crossing a 10 is very important for later addition strategies, including the formal methods introduced in Key Stage 2. Within this unit, children progress from using a counting strategy to using known number bonds to derive answers to additions, including adding the ones separately from the ten, and also when to add by bridging 10. This unit forms the foundation for understanding efficient and effective calculation strategies throughout the rest of Key Stage 1 and into Key Stage 2, and children will also be making decisions about when to apply different approaches, which is a very important mathematical thinking skill.

Subtraction within 20

This unit is important because it is one of the many building blocks for developing fluency. Children will have learned about subtraction before, but only within 10. This unit is a good chance to revise previously taught methods and move on from them to a range of efficient subtraction strategies.

Numbers to 50

This unit focuses on interpreting, ordering and comparing numbers to 50. A strong understanding of numbers to 50, including their place value and relative sizes, will enable children to extend their calculation skills and number knowledge to larger numbers and to an increasing range of situations. Children will also be introduced to counting in multiples of 2 and 5, and will be encouraged to notice that multiples of 2 end in 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8 and that multiples of 5 end in 0 or 5. At the end of the unit, children solve word problems for the fi rst time, by identifying the number sentences that relate to the problems. This is an important step and allows children to build on their prior knowledge of the number system, addition and subtraction.

Introducing length and height

This unit focuses on comparing and measuring the height and length of objects using non-standard and standard units of measure. Children will learn how to accurately compare and measure and will understand the importance of aligning starting points. Children will draw on their knowledge of number, particularly ordering and comparing numbers. Children will also learn the relationship between number lines and scales on a ruler and use this understanding to calculate differences in length. Children will use key language such as longer, longest, shorter, shortest, taller and tallest when comparing length and height.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/kids-activities/fun-maths-games-and-activities/

 

Science

The Science topics this term will be:

Parts of Animals

Children will learn about their senses and how they use them to describe the world. Children will identify and name the basic external parts of the human body and recognise the functions of some body parts, including the sense organs. Children will describe and compare common animals, and will recognise and name a variety of animals and their body parts. They will construct and label a map of the human body and will draw comparisons between human and animal body parts. They will consider how to treat other people and living things with care and respect. At the end of the unit, children will create a song which compares the functions of various animals’ body parts. Investigative work in this unit focuses on exploring the senses, observing and communicating ideas about their own body parts and those of animals, and recording their ideas in diagrams.

 

Types of Animals.

Children will observe and recognise some simple characteristics of animals. They will learn that animals are similar to each other in some ways and different in other ways. They will begin to start grouping animals by the key features of their appearance. To support the work in this unit we will be visiting to Blackpool Zoo, where the children can experience live animals first hand. Children swill also have the opportunity to explore and observe animals at first hand in their school grounds. They will work towards creating a plan of a zoo environment incorporating different types of animals in their design. Working scientifically, children will have the opportunity of observing and classifying animals in the local environment and beyond. They will classify animals that are mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians or fish using simple observable features. They will record data, with help, in charts and tables and use these to answer questions.

 

Each pupil will get their own discovery education username and password. This has a range of fun resources that covers the whole of the curriculum.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/science/

https://www.discoveryeducation.com/

 

Topic

We will be learning all about Dinosaurs this term! We will think about where ‘The Age of the Dinosaurs’ fits in with Our World History, using a timeline to sequence and order events. We will be learning what evidence humans have collected that Dinosaurs existed and what we know about them as a result. We will explore the life of Victorian fossil hunter Mary Anning and recognise the significant contribution she made to our understanding of creatures before humans. To familiarise ourselves with countries and continents we will ask Where have dinosaur fossils been found? Has the Earth always looked like this? We will compare Pangea and modern day Continents. In Art we will explore printing including prints made with handmade clay blocks and in DT we will use textiles to make dinosaur creations.

RE

During this term we will be thinking about the question ‘What makes some places special?’ We will be investigation places of worship and why they are an important part of different faiths. We will also be looking at Spring Celebrations including Chinese New Year and Easter.

 

Computing

The children will be following the ‘Teach Computing’ scheme of work. During the Spring term the children will learn about:

Grouping Data and Labelling: counting, describing and grouping objects and using data to compare.

Moving a Robot: Giving commands, direction command sequences. Planning a simple program.

 

PE

The children will be following the Primary PE Passport Curriculum which our Kick-start team will help us deliver this term. Our focus this term is Gymnastics. We will be concentrating on the development of Balance and Movement skills and the performance of sequences using different apparatus.

PE will take place on Monday’s & Tuesday’s 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 1 children will complete the following units:

Dreams and Goals
Aspirations, how to achieve goals and understanding the emotions that go with this. Staying motivated when doing something challenging; Keep trying even when it is difficult; Working well with a partner or in a group; Having a positive attitude; Helping others to achieve their goals; Working hard to achieve their own dreams and goals.

Healthy Me
Being and keeping safe and healthy. Making a healthy choice; Rating a healthy, balanced diet; Being physically active; Keeping themselves and others safe; How to be a good friend and enjoy healthy friendships; Keeping calm and dealing with difficult situations.

 

 

Music

Using the familiar structure of our Charanga Music Scheme the children continue to build their experiences and skills to listen & appraise, play warm-up games and flexible skill games, improvise and compose.

Our Music in the first part of the Spring Term focuses on the song ‘In The Groove’ by Joanna Mangona – an easy-to-learn song that demonstrates different styles of music. In The Groove is a song that was specially written for classroom use to teach children about different styles of music. This is a very easy song to learn and has been arranged in six different styles; Blues, Baroque, Latin, Bhangra, Folk and Funk. Each week you will listen and learn a different style of In The Groove.

 

Guided and Home Reading

Each Year 1 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 familiar with this book as they will have used the book in several sessions at school before it is sent home. 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 collect and check reading records and reading books every Wednesday and return new books to you each Friday.

 

Please encourage a love of reading at home and share stories together as often as you can.

We will provide you with access to a fun online reading platform called Reading Eggs. There are lots of stories, games and activities to have a go at. As they move through the levels, they are awarded with reading certificates which we check weekly, print off in school and celebrate in class. This has proven to be a great motivator for children as they become proud and confident readers.

(We will attach Reading Eggs login details to the Homework & Reading Diary books) along with Google Classroom logins. Please ask a member of staff if you have any problems.) 

 

Homework

In Year 1 homework will be given out every Friday and expected back every Wednesday. Children will receive a maths task based on what we’ve been learning in class and they will choose a piece from the Dinosaur 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. Ethel & Miss. Richards   year1@corrie.tameside.sch.uk

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

We monitor reading, homework and PE kits as part of our Assertive Mentoring Scheme.

On time by Wednesday – GREEN

Late by Friday – YELLOW

No homework or reading completed – RED

Spring Term in Reception

 

Welcome to Corrie!

Everyone in the Reception Team are incredibly excited to see you all again and to begin a brilliant 2023 together!

The Reception team would like to welcome you to our year group page.

Here you will find information about what your child has been learning in Reception and how you can help them at home. This page will be updated with information about current and future topics.

What does your child need for Reception?

  • A school uniform and shoes
  • A water bottle
  • A coat
  • A pair of wellies
  • A set of spare clothes in a soft bag to hang on their peg.
  • A smile!

Please label all of your child’s belongings with their name.

The Topics over Spring 1 are Winter and Cold Habitats!

During this term we will be learning all about how the season has changed from Autumn to Winter and observing the changes around us. We also be exploring how countries around the globe are different to the one we live in, including Antarctica and China. As part of this learning we will be exploring their weather, animals and traditions.

Spring 2 – We will exploring learning around the topics People Who Help Us, Superheroes and Easter Celebrations!

Maths

In Maths, in addition to following their own interests the children will be exploring:

  • Number Bonds to 5
  • Counting 6, 7, 8
  • Counting 9 and 10
  • Money
  • Time
  • Shape
  • Early Doubling
  • Subitising
  • Comparing Numbers within 10
  • Comparing Groups to 10
  • Adding to 10
  • Combining two groups to find a whole.
  • Halving
  • Doubling
  • Sharing

 

Literacy

As part of our Topics we will be exploring a variety of texts;

Spring 1

  • Stick Man by Julia Donaldson
  • One Snowy Night by Nick Butterworth
  • One Day On Our Blue Planet: In the Antarctic by Ella Bailey
  • The Emperor’s Egg by Martin Jenkins
  • The Great Pet Sale by Nick Butterworth
  • Maisy’s Chinese New Year by Lucy Cousins

Spring 2

  • Real Superheroes by DK Children
  • Heroes Who Help Us Around the World by Liz Gogerly
  • Ten Little Superheroes by Mike Brownlow
  • Supertato by Sue Hendra
  • Mr Wolf’s Pancakes by Jan Fearnley

The key skills they will begin to develop through this area of learning are,

  • Identifying main characters in a story
  • Asking and answering ‘where’ and ‘how’ questions
  • Small group discussions
  • Using connectives to join ideas
  • Retelling the ‘One Snowy Night’
  • Ask questions to find out more and to check they understand what has been said to them
  • Linking events in a story to own experiences
  • Asking and answering ‘why’ questions
  • Whole class discussions
  • Using past tense
  • Retelling the story ‘Supertato’

 

Our Core Nursery Rhymes and Songs shared will be,

  • 5 Little Fingers; In and Out
  • On a Cold and Frosty Morning
  • We’re all Going to Dance Like a Penguin
  • Snowflake, Snowflake
  • One Tomato, Two Tomatoes
  • Paper Lanterns
  • Spring is Here
  • Wheels on the Bus
  • Five Little Firemen
  • Miss Polly Had a Dolly
  • This is the Way He Lay the Bricks
  • Finger Family: People Who Help Us
  • How to be a Superhero
  • The Superhero Parade
  • I’m a Superhero

 

Phonics

In Phonics, the children will be recapping Phase 2 and 3 single letter sounds and learning digraph and trigraphs from Phase 3 Phonics and the phase two and three key words. These will be sent as homework for the children to practise at home.

We use the Story Time Phonics scheme to teach phonics. It supports the Phonics Planning of Letters and Sounds by learning the actions to the song for each new letter sound and the actions.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/the-alphablocks-guide-to-phonics

 

Outdoor Learning

The children have access to the outdoor area where we develop children’s creative ideas through different role-play areas enhanced with quality play equipment. The outdoor learning gives children the platform to learn and explore through all the areas of the Early Years Foundation stage curriculum.

 

Learning at Home

For your child’s homework each week, they will bring home a library book to share with you.

Your child’s library book will be changed every Monday.

Your child will bring home two reading books. Their ‘Read to Me’ Text will be change every week and Wordless or Phonics Decodable book will be changed every other week. Their books and logs need to be handed in every Wednesday.

Every Friday, your child will bring their homework book home to complete an activity that supports their learning that has taken place that week, which you can choose with your child from the menu below. These can be completed in any order. They can be completed in their homework book or presented and shared in any way that they choose. For example, photographs and videos taken can be shared by email at reception@corrie.tameside.sch.uk Their homework is due the following Wednesday every week. Here’s our current Homework Menu – Winter and Polar Explorers Reception Spring 1 Homework Menu

 

Happy Learning from the Reception class team.

Mrs Macdonald, Miss Combs, Mrs Baguley, Miss Leach and Miss Machin

Spring Term 2023

Welcome Back 5T!  

Happy New Year! Hope you’ve all had a brilliant holiday and are ready and raring to go again. We are really looking forward to this half term and we hope you are too! Spring Term 1 is a very busy one, so here’s what we’ll be up to!

English

As usual, we’ve got lots of exciting activities planned in English. Our focus is on writing a biography. We will be basing our work around the text ‘The Man Who Walked Between The Towers. The focus of this book is a stunt which French man Phillipe Petit undertook between the towers of the World Trade Center in New York in 1974. We will be analysing different texts and video clips to help inspire our own writing, so that we can carry on being awesome authors too!

We will develop our SPAG knowledge through continuing to learn about the various word classes and different spelling patterns, including the Y5/6 word list. We will be focussing on how to apply all our SPAG work into our own writing.

Maths

We will continue to develop our skills in the 4 operations, our understanding of Place Value, Decimals, Percentages and Fractions and Measurement. We will be focussing on the Using and Applying aspect of Maths through Problem Solving Challenges.

Please remember to carry on practising your times tables up to 12×12.

Science

Our topic term is Properties of Materials. We will be carrying out investigations to test materials to see if they are dissolvable and whether they are good insulators or conductors.

Topic

Our topic for the first half of this term is Eastern Europe.. We will be learning all about famous landmarks both in Great Britain and around the World! For the second half we will be learning about Grand Designs and different types of architecture and famous buildings and strucures.

 

 

RSE

We will continue working on our RSE scheme ‘Jigsaw’ and discussing issues which are important to us and help us work together as a team. Our topic is Dreams & Goals.

Computing – Graphical Images

We will be using Sketch Map, Book Creator and Seesaw programs to design our own bridge structures. Children will be exploring drawings/illustrations representing both 2D and 3D worlds.  The children will need to think about who they are designing their building for and other elements such as what materials they might use.

 

PE

PE will be on Thursdays.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR PE KIT. Make sure you don’t get RED on your Assertive Mentoring!

HOMEWORK

We will continue to have a creative approach to our homework this term. You will be given Maths and Spelling homework each week as well as being able to choose from a range of creative activities in Topic.

Homework is given out on Friday and is due in the following Wednesday.

REMEMBER:

Homework handed in on Wednesday is GREEN.

Homework handed in on Thursday is YELLOW.

Homework handed in on Friday is RED.

We read in class every day, so make sure you always have your Reading Log in school.

Please make sure you also read regularly each week at home and ask an adult to sign your Reading Log for you. We will sign your Reading Log every WEDNESDAY  to check you have read at home, so please don’t forget!!

 

KEEP IN TOUCH!

Parents & Carers are always very welcome to call in to discuss any aspect of their child’s learning, any other area of their school life or just to say ‘hello’. We are available anytime before or after school, except on Wednesdays because that’s when we have our Staff Meeting.

We are really looking forward to a great half term with you all!

Thank you for your continued support.

Miss Turner, Miss Lester, Miss Mees & Mrs Parrett

 

Spring Term 2023 in year 3

Year 3 Spring Term 2023

Hello everyone and welcome back to the spring term in year 3.

Maths:

We will continue to use Power Maths in school and start by looking at multiplication and division again. We will then move onto measurement by learning to add and subtract amounts of money, we will also look at bar charts and pictograms and learn to measure, compare, add and subtract different lengths. They will then finish the term with a unit on fractions.

English:

We will start the term by focusing on narrative writing inspired by The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo, the traditional tale and alternative version to Cinderella. We will start by comparing different versions of a traditional story and then write our own narratives and edit our story. We will then use a short film ‘Tadeo Jones’ to inspire diary writing. We will then move onto a poetry unit. We will use The Sound Collector poem by Roger McGough to inspire our own poetry. We will finish the term by learning how to write a non-chronological text based on the book The Tin Forest.

Topic: Ancient Egypt

Our topic this term is Ancient Egypt and we are going to find out all about this fascinating period of history. We will be doing lots of activities in our Kagan books, looking at Egyptian artefacts and discovering what life was like in the Egyptian times. We will be producing amazing artwork and a design technology project linked to Ancient Egypt too.

Science: Magnets and Forces followed by What Plants Need

We will learn about forces, friction and magnetic attraction. We will learn about forces in the context of pushing and pulling, and will identify different actions as pushes or pulls. We will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate friction, by exploring the movement of a toy car over different surfaces. We will work in a hands on way to identify magnetic materials.We will conduct an investigation into the strength of different types of magnet.

In the plants unit we will explore what plants need to grow well. We will learn about the function of all the components of plants. We will grow our own bean seed. We will take part in many practical experiments.

PHSE: JIGSAW Dreams and Goals and Healthy Me

During the first half term, children will look at understanding what their dreams and goals are and look at how to achieve their aspirations. In the second half term they will learn about making healthy choices with food and activity and how to deal with difficult situations.

RE: Why do people pray?

In RE the children will be looking how and why people pray across a range of different religions.

PE: Dance, hand ball, tennis and netball

The children will now have the sports coach working with them on a Tuesday afternoon. Their other lesson is on Thursday morning.

Music: BRASS

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 Monday. 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.

Computing: desktop publishing and branching databases.

This term the children will learn about combining text and images to produce a leaflet. They will then find out what a branching database is and what it is used for.

MFL: French

We will be developing our language skills this term by looking at colours and the French alphabet. Then after half term we will learn to count from 20- 50 in French and begin to look at how to say and write the date.

HOME LEARNING LINKS / IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER

Homework is set on a Friday and due the following Wednesday. We provide the children with a menu of choices for topic homework activities that they can carry out during the term. They need to complete one piece per week. We will also continue to set maths homework based on what we are learning that week. There are support videos provided each week on Google Classroom. Children will also have a text to practise reading fluently as many time as possible at home. Using TTRockstars is an expectation in year 3 also.

If you would like to email us your child’s homework please email to year3@corrie.tameside.sch or add to Google Classroom.

Home Reading: Reading a school book is part of your homework. Reading books are checked every Wednesday and your child must read at least twice a week. Your child’s reading diary must be signed before a new book is given.

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 or Friday you will achieve YELLOW. If you don’t hand your homework in you will be RED for that week.

You all have a 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:https://www.ttrockstars.com

Other important information:

Please ensure your name is clearly written in all your school uniform.

Please ensure your correct and full PE kit is in school all week as PE days can change in school.

Bring your reading book and reading diary to school every day. Sometimes a reading volunteer will choose you for extra reading.

PE this term is on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Mrs Lynch and Mrs Hall.

Welcome to Spring Term 2023

Welcome Back 5T!  

Happy New Year! Hope you’ve all had a brilliant holiday and are ready and raring to go again. We are really looking forward to this term and we hope you are too! Spring Term is a very busy one, so here’s what we’ll be up to!

English

As usual, we’ve got lots of exciting activities planned in English. Our focus is on writing a biography. We will be basing our work around the text ‘The Man Who Walked Between The Towers. The focus of this book is a stunt which French man Phillipe Petit undertook between the towers of the World Trade Center in New York in 1974. We will be analysing different texts and video clips to help inspire our own writing, so that we can carry on being awesome authors too!

We will develop our SPAG knowledge through continuing to learn about the various word classes and different spelling patterns, including the Y5/6 word list. We will be focussing on how to apply all our SPAG work into our own writing.

Maths

We will continue to develop our skills in the 4 operations, our understanding of Place Value, Decimals, Percentages and Fractions and Measurement. We will be focussing on the Using and Applying aspect of Maths through Problem Solving Challenges.

Please remember to carry on practising your times tables up to 12×12.

Science

Our topic term is Properties of Materials. We will be carrying out investigations to test materials to see if they are dissolvable and whether they are good insulators or conductors.

Topic

Our topic for the first half of this term is Eastern Europe.. We will be learning all about famous landmarks both in Great Britain and around the World! For the second half we will be learning about Grand Designs and different types of architecture and famous buildings and strucures.

 RSE
We will continue working on our RSE scheme ‘Jigsaw’ and discussing issues which are important to us and help us work together as a team. Our topic is Dreams & Goals.

Computing – Graphical Images

We will be using Sketch Map, Book Creator and Seesaw programs to design our own bridge structures. Children will be exploring drawings/illustrations representing both 2D and 3D worlds.  The children will need to think about who they are designing their building for and other elements such as what materials they might use.

PE

PE will be on Thursdays.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR PE KIT. Make sure you don’t get RED on your Assertive Mentoring!

HOMEWORK

We will continue to have a creative approach to our homework this term. You will be given Maths and Spelling homework each week as well as being able to choose from a range of creative activities in Topic.

Homework is given out on Friday and is due in the following Wednesday.

REMEMBER:

Homework handed in on Wednesday is GREEN.

Homework handed in on Thursday is YELLOW.

Homework handed in on Friday is RED.

We read in class every day, so make sure you always have your Reading Log in school.

Please make sure you also read regularly each week at home and ask an adult to sign your Reading Log for you. We will sign your Reading Log every WEDNESDAY  to check you have read at home, so please don’t forget!!

KEEP IN TOUCH!

Parents & Carers are always very welcome to call in to discuss any aspect of their child’s learning, any other area of their school life or just to say ‘hello’. We are available anytime before or after school, except on Wednesdays because that’s when we have our Staff Meeting.

We are really looking forward to a great half term with you all!

Thank you for your continued support.

Miss Turner, Miss Lester, Miss Mees & Mrs Parrett

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