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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 Summer Term 2019 and also clarifies routines and events which take place during each school week.

SUMMER TERM

2018/19

Mrs Barber (Brahms Class)

& Mrs Yendell (Vivaldi Class)

Dear Parents and Carers

Here we are again, all ready for Year 2’s last term at St George’s.  We hope you all had a restful and happy Easter holiday.

In this information we will cover the outline of the curriculum for this term.

 

English and Maths

In both English and Maths we will be working from the new English and Mathematics curriculum. Our English schemes of work will be linked as much as possible to our topics this year, to enable as many cross-curricular links as possible. 

 

Topic– 1st Half-term

Topic – Glorious Gardens.

This unit provides an opportunity for children to learn where and how a variety of ingredients are grown. Firstly, children will learn how to plant seeds and care for their plants so they yield produce that can be used in their cooking. They will learn how to cook with the ingredients they are growing; following recipes and using different kitchen equipment. Children will also think about different garden styles and design and make a model garden.

 

Topic-2nd Half Term

Rivers, Oceans and Seas

This topic incorporates science, art, drama, and D&T activities including a raft race, undersea display & sea-creature role-play. Children will study pictures of different boats and ships and discuss their different designs and purposes. They will look at floating design in boats through looking at toy boats and testing them in water. They will identify the particular features of boat design that support stable floating. There will also be a series of sessions where the children design and make their own small boat for a raft race. They will begin by designing their rafts with a knowledge of the materials that are available to them.

 

Science

1st half - Plants in the local environment. - We will look at the conditions plants need to grow in our local environment.  This will link with our work on Glorious Gardens.  The children will plant seeds and bulbs, observing and monitoring their growth in a variety of controlled conditions. 

 

2nd half - Animals including Humans

Pupils will be taught to notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults and  find out about and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food and air)

They will describe the importance for humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene.

 

R.E.

 In R.E. this half term we will be studying the topic Can stories change people?’  Children will explore the way that Old and New Testament stories influence readers and the reasons for the inclusions of stories

After half-term the topic will be ‘How should you spend the weekend?  Children will explore the practice of observing Shabbat and the implications for Jewish believers and children

 

 

Music

Children will be focusing on aspects of singing, playing, improvising, composing and listening . They will be learning to sing clearly articulated words to a melody, play an accompaniment on a tuned percussion instrument and use sound effects to enhance a song.

 

Computing

1st half-term – Making Music:  Children will gain knowledge and understanding in order to create simple and more complex animations using 2Sequence on the Purple Mash website. The children can use 2Sequence to explore harmony and build up musical scores.

2nd half term - Presenting ideas: Children will explore how a story can be presented in different ways and know that digital content can be represented in many forms. They will make a fact file on a non-fiction topic and make a presentation to the class.

 

P.S.H.E. and P4C

The children will be setting their own goals, own criteria for success and building their questioning and reasoning skills.

 

 

PE

In the first half of the term Vivaldi class will be doing a dance session once a week and Brahms class in the second half.

Games

Children will be learning skills and techniques involving the game of cricket.

 

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

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.

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.

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