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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.

Autumn Term 

2019/20

Mrs Barber (Darwin Class)

& Mrs Yendell (Newton Class)

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to a new school year, I hope you all had an enjoyable and relaxing summer holiday.

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 2019 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: Sensational Safari

This unit will teach children about the geography of Kenya through focusing on the main human and physical features of the country. Children will learn about the key geographical features of the country including Kenyan wildlife, landscapes and culture. Children will learn about the similarities and differences between Kenya and the UK along with continuing to develop their geographical skills through a variety of fun and interactive activities. During this topic children will learn about animals living in Africa and will gain a better understanding of this during our whole year group trip to Whipsnade Zoo on 23rd September.

 

Autumn 2nd Half:   Let’s Explore London

We will be using many different interactive resources based around a variety of texts including; Paddington Bear and Katie goes to London. Children will be writing adventure stories, comparing London with a different capital city and drawing famous landmarks using different media.

 

 

 

 

Science - Living things and their habitats

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. We will also be learning about local micro-habitats in the school grounds, and other habitats including the desert, arctic and the ocean.

 

Computing -


Searching the internet


Skilful searches are essential for 21st -century learning and information literacy. With abundant information at our fingertips, it is important to teach and reinforce good searching. Pupils will look at the Internet, the web, browsers and search engines. After becoming acquainted with the basics of the Internet and how it works, students will be ready to dive into searching with Google.

RE: Children will be working from the Bucks agreed syllabus to explore world faiths particularly focussing on Christianity and Judaism.

Autumn Term 1 : Who should you follow?

Children will find out about religious leaders and how and why they are followed. They will learn some stories about religious leaders and their significance for believers.

Autumn 2: Do religious symbols mean the same to everyone?

Children will explore the variety of ways people can express beliefs by what they wear. They will explore the different meanings behind symbols.

 

PSHE - We will be using our circle times and PSHE sessions to explore well being, emotional and spiritual development. We will be thinking about personal goal setting, what makes a good friend and how to deal with negative emotions.

MusicThrough different types of music children will learn to recognise echoing phrases by ear, communicate the meaning of songs with good diction, maintain a body percussion pattern accurately and recognise the structure of verse and chorus.

 

 

 

PE:  Quicksticks Hockey

Quicksticks is designed to introduce young people to the game of hockey. It is 4-a-side, can be played on any surface, and uses a larger, lighter and safer ball. It is a fun, fast, safe and exciting game that has been designed so that anyone can deliver the game, regardless of previous hockey experience.

 

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, which will come home next week, 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.

 

CLASSROOM HELPERS

We are always looking for adults to help with various aspects of the school day, especially reading. So if you or a family member have any spare time please feel free to let us know. J

 

School Trip

We will be visiting Whipsnade Wild Animal Park on Monday 23rd September to support our topic of Sensational Safari. As separate letter will be coming home with details about the trip.

 

Spellings and Cracking Maths

Children will be learning spellings and taking their weekly spelling test at school.

Cracking maths will be tested in school weekly but they will be sent home for the children to practice at home. A separate letter will also come home with details of this before they commence.

 

We look forward to a busy and productive term.

Yours sincerely,                                          Mrs Barber                                                 Mrs Yendell

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.

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