Summer 2019

Welcome back! Have a look through below to find out a little about what we will be exploring this summer half term:

English

We will be starting the half term off by exploring some animal footprints on our playground. I wonder who they are?

We will be studying the text ‘The Journey Home’ by Frann Preston-Gannon. It explores issues of conservation and starts to explore whether we can escape the issues that endangered animals face on a day-to-day basis. Children create fact files on endangered animals as well as writing short persuasive pieces on why we need to save a particular endangered animal. Children will be able to identify how a sentence is formed by its grammatical structure as a question, a command, a statement or an exclamation. Children will be encouraged to edit work, being aware of tense and word choice. Word classes (nouns/verbs/adjectives) will be referred to throughout.

Practising Spellings At Home

Year 1 and 2 Common Exception Word Mat

Year 1 Spelling Rules

Year 2 Spelling Rules

 

Mathematics

This half term we will be gap teaching in preparation for our SATs at the end of May. We will be sharpening our fluency skills and covering the following:

  • Multiplication of 2, 5 and 10 x tables
  • Fractions of amounts
  • Place value
  • Mental addition and subtraction
  • Money – calculating totals and change
  • Recognising the properties of 2D and 3D shapes

 

We will also be doing Times Table Rockstars frequently to strengthen our times table knowledge. Therefore, please make the most of your child’s Times Table Rockstars account to develop their knowledge of the times tables and see their rock status grow!

https://ttrockstars.com/

The children also have accounts for Active Learn where they can revise and apply their knowledge through tasks that cover the entire Year 2 curriculum. All activities can be accessed when using a laptop or desktop. However, some are limited when using a tablet or an iPad.

http://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk

Similarly, the children also have access to espresso which can be used in a similar way to Active Learn but they are able to explore interactive resources covering the entire Year 2 curriculum as oppose to just Maths.

http://www.discoveryeducation.co.uk/

 

Science

Our next unit will be ‘Habitats.’ The children will be comparing and contrasting world animal habitats, noting their conditions and looking at the types of animals that live there. The children will also be looking for mini beasts in the school grounds and using their mathematical skills to show their findings.

 

Topic

We will be exploring our seas and animals in ‘Seaside Rescue.’ The children will be finding the world’s continents and oceans on a map. They will be naming, locating and identifying the characteristics of the seas surrounding the UK. They will also be identifying seasonal and daily weather patterns in the UK and the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and North and South Poles.

 

Religious Educations

How Should we care for others and the world and why does it matter?’

 

This is the question we will be focusing on this half term. We will be discovering and discussing what religions, such as Christianity and Judaism believe about caring for people using stories from their sacred texts.

 

Computing

This half term we will begin our project ‘Code-Tastic!’ In this project, children will be understanding how delivering a set of instructions can achieve a goal. They will be introduced to algorithms as a precise set of instructions by programming a robot to turn left and right. They will also be devising a simple algorithm and investigating the importance of order and sequencing of algorithm.

 

PE

Games will be our focus this half term. Within this topic we will be exploring a range of games including using balls, racquets and nets.

Please make sure that your child’s P.E. Kit consists of a pair of black pumps, plain black shorts or plain black jogging bottoms and a plain white t-shirt or one with the school logo. We suggest that your child brings their P.E. Kit into school when we begin the term and only take it home at the end of the term so that it can be washed and refreshed ready for the next half term. That way your child will always have their kit in school and they are prepared for every lesson.

Our P.E. lesson is every Monday.

 

PSHE

Our theme for this half term is ‘Relationships.’ We will be looking at special relationships that we have, how to embrace them and how to resolve disputes.

 

Homework

In Year 2 homework is given out each Friday and is to be returned every Wednesday. This half term the children will have a spelling activity each week and either a reading task or mathematics task based on our learning in class. The children can also choose from the “Seaside Rescue!” homework menu! Homework can be presented in any way the children wish, so if they have published something using an iPad, tablet or computer please email it to us!

F.A.O Mrs Faulkner, Mrs Macdonald or Miss Richards to admin@corrie.tameside.sch.uk

The children are also asked to read at least twice a week to someone at home. We ask the children to record this in their Reading Log. Reading books are changed daily – whenever your child is ready for a new book. Therefore, remind your child to hand it in so that it can be organised for them.

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

Seaside Rescue Homework Menu

Happy New Year Year 2!

Happy New Year!

The team in Year 2 are really looking forward to working hard this half term in the run up to the February Half Term!

Have a look through below to find out a little about what we will be exploring this half term.

English

We will be starting the half term off by exploring some strange new inhabitants of our playground. They have long scaly tails and sharp golden claws. I wonder who they are? Where have they come from and why are they here?

Over this half term we will be learning how to;

  • Use the prefix un-
  • Recognise and use different types of words such as verbs, nouns, adverbs, adjectives, prepositions and conjunctions in our sentences.
  • Write and punctuate different types of sentences such as statements, questions, commands and exclamations.
  • Write noun and expanded noun phrases.
  • Proofread and edit our writing effectively.
  • Correctly spell words that use the suffixes -ed, -ing, -ly, -ment, -ful and -ness.

This year we will be working hard to improve our spelling and will be a huge focus within our morning work and woven within many other curriculum areas. As the Year 2 team, we strongly recommend that children practice the many common exception words and spelling rules for Years 1 and 2. If spelling is an particular area that your child wants to improve, please use the word lists and suggested spelling games below.

Practising Spellings At Home

Year 1 and 2 Common Exception Word Mat

Year 1 Spelling Rules

Year 2 Spelling Rules

 

Mathematics

This half term we will be sharpening our fluency skills and covering the following:

  • Mental multiplication and sequences in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s
  • Place value
  • Mental addition and subtraction
  • Money – Calculating totals and change
  • Recognsing the properties of 3D shapes
  • Telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes

We will also be kick starting our journey with Times Table Rockstars to strengthen our times table knowledge. Therefore, please make the most of your child’s Times Table Rockstars account to develop their knowledge of the times tables and see their rock status grow!

https://ttrockstars.com/

The children also have accounts for Active Learn where they can revise and apply their knowledge through tasks that cover the entire Year 2 curriculum. All activities can be accessed when using a laptop or desktop. However, some are limited when using a tablet or an iPad.

http://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk

Similarly, the children also have access to espresso which can be used in a similar way to Active Learn but they are able to explore interactive resources covering the entire Year 2 curriculum as oppose to just Maths.

http://www.discoveryeducation.co.uk/

 

Science

Our next unit will be ‘Changing Shape’. In this unit children will work towards answering the Quest question ‘How can we make art from changing the shape of materials?’. They will create a piece of artwork that applies the skills and knowledge developed in the unit. Children will learn that the shape of materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching. They will also explore how twisting can be used to make threads stronger and identify which materials bend or squash most easily.

Working Scientifically, children will investigate how materials can be grouped according to their properties. They will have the opportunity to perform simple tests to find the stretchiest material and observe how silly putty changes over time.

 

Topic

We will be exploring our monarchy and castles throughout Britain in our topic, “Dungeons and Dragons”.

Please see the curriculum page to find out more.

 

Religious Educations

“What can we learn from sacred books?”

This is the question we will be focusing on this half term. We will be discovering and discussing what religions, such as Christianity and Islam, learn from the sacred books of their religion.

 

Computing

This half term we will begin our project ‘Mythical Creatures’. In this project, children will be exploring how animations are created and they will begin develop the skills involved for themselves to make their stop animation.

 

PE

Gymnastics is our focus this half term, within this topic we will be exploring the different types of movement including, pace and height using the floor and apparatus. We will be looking closely at which body part we use to make these movements.

Please make sure that your child’s P.E. Kit consists of a pair of black pumps, plain black shorts or plain black jogging bottoms and a plain white t-shirt or one with the school logo. We suggest that your child brings their P.E. Kit into school when we begin the term and only take it home at the end of the term so that it can be washed and refreshed ready for the next half term. That way your child will always have their kit in school and they are prepared for every lesson.

Our P.E. lesson is every Monday.

 

PSHE

Our theme for this half term is ‘Dreams and Goals’, where we will discuss how it can be sometimes challenging to achieve a goal we set ourselves. Therefore, we will explore how this feels and how to manage it.

 

Homework

In Year 2 homework is given out each Friday and is to be returned every Wednesday. This half term the children will have a spelling activity each week and either a reading task or mathematics task based on our learning in class. The children can also choose from the “Dungeons and Dragons!” homework menu! Homework can be presented in any way the children wish, so if they have published something using an iPad, tablet or computer please email it to us!

F.A.O Mrs Faulkner, Mrs Macdonald or Miss Richards  to admin@corrie.tameside.sch.uk

The children are also asked to read at least twice a week to someone at home. We ask the children to record this in their Reading Log. Reading books are changed daily – whenever your child is ready for a new book. Therefore, remind your child to hand it in so that it can be organised for them.

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

Faith’s Menu

Faiths menu

My restaurant is called Faith’s Bistro

 

STARTERS

 

  • Cheese and bean melted bites
  • Fish fingers
  • Tomato soup
  • Sausage roll

MAIN COURSE

 

  • Roast dinner with all the trimming
  • Pepperoni pizza (thin crust)
  • Jacket potato with cheese and beans
  • Spaghetti Bolognaise

DESSERT

 

  • Chocolate brownies with ice cream
  • Pancakes with Nutella
  • Sticky toffee pudding with custard
  • Carrot cake with cream

 

Enjoooooooooooy!!!!!             

 

Faith’s Recipe for a perfect Roast Dinner

Ingredients

  • 1.5 kg topside of beef
  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 sticks celery
  • 1 bulb of garlic
  • 1 bunch of mixed fresh herbs, such as thyme, rosemary, bay, sage
  • olive oil

Method

  1. Remove the beef from the fridge 30 minutes before you want to cook it, to let it come up to room temperature.
  2. Preheat the oven to 240°C/475°F/ gas 9.
  3. Wash and roughly chop the vegetables – there’s no need to peel them. Break the garlic bulb into cloves, leaving them unpeeled.
  4. Pile all the veg, garlic and herbs into the middle of a large roasting tray and drizzle with oil.
  5. Drizzle the beef with oil and season well with sea salt and black pepper, then rub all over the meat. Place the beef on top of the vegetables.
  6. Place the tray in the oven, then turn the heat down immediately to 200°C/400°F/gas 6 and cook for 1 hour for medium beef. If you prefer it medium-rare, take it out 5 to 10 minutes earlier. For well done, leave it in for another 10 to 15 minutes.
  7. If you’re doing roast potatoes and veggies, this is the time to crack on with them – get them into the oven for the last 45 minutes of cooking.
  8. Baste the beef halfway through cooking and if the veg look dry, add a splash of water to the tray to stop them from burning.
  9. When the beef is cooked to your liking, take the tray out of the oven and transfer the beef to a board to rest for 15 minutes or so. Cover it with a layer of tin foil and a tea towel and leave aside while you make your gravy, horseradish sauce and Yorkshire puddings.

 

I helped my daddy cook a Sunday dinner and I really enjoyed it.

Here are some pictures…..