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Welcome to Year 2

Throughout your child’s last year at St George’s School we will work hard but also have lots of fun. We will continue to develop a love for reading, become even more efficient writers and mathematicians, learn new and interesting things and continue to be thoughtful and caring friends.

This is an outline of curriculum coverage for the Autumn Term 2015 and also clarifies routines and events which take place during each school week.

Spring TERM

2017/18

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Happy New Year to you all! We hope everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing Christmas holiday.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all the very generous gifts given to both teachers and teaching assistants for Christmas.

 

English and Maths

In both English and Maths we will continue to work from the National Curriculum. We try as much as possible to make sure the children’s learning is cross-curricular, so there will be many elements of English and Maths included within our Science and Topic sessions. One of our English units this term is based on Traditional Stories, so any extra exposure to these stories at home would help enrich your child’s knowledge of this genre. Your children will be using some of the story telling techniques of Pie Corbett to help bring these classic stories to life, and will eventually be writing some of their own.

 

Spring Term – 1st Half

Childhood Then and Now

This topic children will be introduced to historical concepts, vocabulary and representations through exploring the ways in which life has changed over the time of our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. They will develop a chronology of toys, homes, schools life, clothes and entertainment. The children will take part in a ‘Victorian School day’, where they will experience school life during the Victorian period. More details to follow. The children will be learning about toys from the past and how they are different from toys today. If you have any old toys or photographs of old toys, please send them into school for us to use during our topic lessons.

 

Spring Term - 2nd Half

Famous People – Great Explorers

This topic will teach children about the experiences of Ibn Battuta, Christopher Columbus, Neil Armstrong and Robert Falcon Scott. They will discuss the criteria for what makes a person significant and also consolidate their understanding of chronology by comparing the historical periods in which these great explorers lived. There will be a range of learning activities such as: debates, role play, sorting and analysing, drawing and designing, as well as writing tasks, in order to encourage the children to fully understand the historical concepts taught in this topic.

Science

Living things and their habitats

In the first half term, we will be learning about the seven life processes, identifying living and non-living things, sorting different animals, and learning about nocturnal animals and food chains. After half-term, we will be learning about local micro-habitats in the school grounds, and other habitats including the desert, arctic and the ocean.

 

Computing

We are painters- Illustrating an eBook

In conjunction with our Traditional Stories topic the children will be using a paint programme to add illustrations to an electronic version of a traditional story.

Music

Taking off - Exploring Pitch

This unit develops children's ability to discriminate between higher and lower sounds and to create simple melodic patterns. During this unit they learn to control the pitch of their voices and instruments by moving higher and lower both in steps and leaps and holding the same note.

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Collective Worship

The children will be looking at how and why people worship. They will look at worship in school and think about the meaning of the Lord’s Prayer and familiar hymns. They will think about other places and ways that Christians worship God.

Easter

Lessons after half term will be linked to Easter. We will think about why this is a special time for Christians and how people celebrate Easter.

General Information:

 

Home-School Contact Books

Contact books are for correspondence from home to school or vice versa. These should be handed in every morning by the children and will be given back every afternoon. Watch out for the yellow card flap which indicates a new message has been written in the book. 

Home Reading

The home reading records are to be used solely for home reading. Every time you hear your child read, a short note should be entered in the book. If there is nothing particular to note then simply the page numbers read will signal that your child has been heard. These books should be handed in by your child daily to be checked and then sent home again. If your child has read they will receive a sticker.

 

Reading Eggs

A letter has been sent home  detailing use of Reading Eggs and includes your child's individual password.

Please see the link below for a parent brochure explaining the different tasks in both Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress.

There are many exciting and engaging activities to aid your child's reading on this interactive website. We hope you and your child enjoy them and find them beneficial. smiley

 

Mathletics

 

This is another great tool for children to learn and practice mathematical skills at school and home.

Your child has been sent home with their own individual login for use with this website.

Letters home

Homework

This term, homework will be given to the children on a Friday, and must be completed and returned by the following Wednesday.  Any work handed in after the Wednesday deadline will be acknowledged with a sticker but will not be marked.  One week the children will be given a Literacy based task, and the following week it will be a Maths based problem.

During the Summer Term the children will also have times tables practice.

Reminders

Please ensure all children come to school with full and labelled PE kit.

White t-shirt with school logo

Black shorts /Tracksuit bottoms (for outside PE session in colder weather)

Black plimsolls

Gym Bag

Children with long hair must have their hair tied back.

Pupils wearing earrings should either remove them or cover them with micropore tape during PE.

 

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