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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, learn new and interesting things and continue to be thoughtful and caring friends.

 

This letter outlines the curriculum coverage for the Autumn Term 2017 and also clarifies routines and events which take place during each school week.

 

English and Maths

In both English and Maths we will be working from the National Curriculum. Our English schemes of work will still be closely linked to our topics, to enable as many opportunities for cross-curricular writing and problem solving as possible.

 

Topic

Autumn 1st Half: Food and Shopping

We will explore weather and climate in the U.K. and around the world in relation to food production. We will discover what Fair Trade means, and how this affects people’s rights across the globe.   We will be researching how shops and shopping has changed throughout the last one hundred years.  We will also be looking at packaging methods, evaluating existing products and designing functional products of our own. 

 

Autumn 2nd Half:   Let’s Sculpt

In this unit, children will be introduced to six sculptors: Marc Quinn, Michelle Reader, Barbara Hepworth, Jill Townsley, Brendan Jamison, and Eva Rothschild. Children will make their own sculptures using a range of unusual materials: bread, recycled materials, boxes, plastic spoons, sugar cubes, and marshmallows. Children will learn about figurative and abstract sculptures, and think about shapes and materials.

 

Science - Investigating Materials – The main objective in Science is to identify, describe and compare the properties of different materials whilst looking at practical uses for them.  This will link closely with our ‘Shopping’ topic work as we investigate the strength of different materials and waterproofing to help design our shopping bags.

 

ComputingWe are pilots (programming on screen).

Children will use a simple coding programme to develop ideas and make things happen. They will be reviewing, modifying and evaluating work as they progress through the unit.

 

RE - What makes some people and occasions special? Children will learn about leaders and occasions in different communities and religions.

 

PSHE -  We will be using our circle times and PSHE sessions to practice P4C (Philosophy for children).  We will be discussing and debating issues and questions related to our topic work.  Questions like – Should we eat more locally produced food?  Should we buy Fairtrade foods? Do we use too much plastic? These sessions are designed to help improve children’s debating skills, tolerance and understanding of other views and opinion and also to introduce new vocabulary to enhance language skills. 

Music -  The long and short of it (Duration): This develops children's ability to discriminate between longer and shorter sounds, and to use them to create interesting sequences of sound.

                    Feel the pulse (Pulse and Rhythm): This develops children's ability to recognise the difference between beat and rhythm and to perform with a sense of beat.

 

PE:  Dance: We will practice and perform short dances which communicate different moods, feelings and ideas.

    Gymnastics: We will focus on increasing the children’s range of basic gym skills. They will create sequences of actions on the floor and transfer these to apparatus.

In addition to P.E lessons, all children will be having an extra hour each week with a specialist P.E teacher.

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.

 

HOMEWORK

Please see separate letter outlining homework expectations for this term.

 

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. 

 

READING RECORDS

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.

We look forward to a busy and productive term!

 

Wish Tree – Some of you may have noticed a large branch in a pot outside the computer room door.  This is no ordinary branch! It is about to become our Wish Tree.  We will be attaching leaves to it, labelled with small resources we would love to have in school, but cannot easily budget for.  If you would like to donate any of the resources mentioned on the Wish Tree, we would be extremely grateful.  We are looking at ways of making our Sensory garden more attractive to wildlife at the moment, in an effort to make the outdoor area an even more inspiring learning environment, so many of the items on the tree will help us with that.  Thank you in advance!  

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.

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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