Class 2 – Spring Term- Inventors and Explorers

I hope you are looking forward to the Spring term ahead.  Our topic will be, ‘Inventors and Explorers ‘. This topic gives the pupils the opportunity to learn using a whole range of skills and also offers them the chance to create and invent their own ideas. There will be more opportunities for you to join us in school inventing and creating lighthouses as well as taking part in our science week activities.

Year 2 pupils are assessed in May via national assessments (SATs). These assess whether pupils are meeting their age-related expectation in Maths, English and Reading. Their science and spelling and grammar skills are also monitored. Please join the ‘Key Stage One Assessments- Information Meeting.’ on Wednesday 8th January . During this meeting I will share examples of the assessments, information about how these are administered in school and provide guidance about how to support your child in demonstrating their ability.

Maths: During the Spring term we will be revisiting some key areas of mathematics covered in Autumn such as place value, addition and subtraction, Money and how to represent number sentences.

Our main focus this term will be:  multiplication, division, fractions, position and direction and shape. Pupils will be taught skills practically using objects to reason and problem solve, these will translate into jottings and  recording maths sentences with understanding. We will be making use of bar models and part,part, whole representations to support understanding.

English:  Over the Spring term we will cover a range of fiction and non fiction texts. We will use books such as; The Dragon Machine, The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch and The Journey to support our writing and also use short video clips about inventions and explorers to inspire non-fiction texts. We will focus on ways in which to improve our writing. Spelling will continue be an important part of our writing, our new class mantra being; ‘If you know it, show it!’  I will be teaching the children how to edit and improve their writing by adding interesting verbs and adjectives, changing word choices and using accurate punctuation.

Reading: In school your child will read at least once a week and have a specific English lesson each week focusing on reading skills. We will cover all reading skills from: Unpicking vocabulary, inferring meaning, predicting the  next part of a story, explaining our views, retrieving information and sequencing events. Please read together at home and record in the reading journal.

Science : Our science lessons will be very practical as we explore materials and their uses. We will investigate the suitability of materials for various purposes through experiments and investigations.

During science week we will be carrying out many investigations about ‘Our Diverse Planet’.

In class we will read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl as our whole class book. Many of the children have started to read some of Roald Dahl’s classics alongside their school reading book.

History/ Geography : We will use Explorers to learn about geography and will make use of maps, photos and computers to research. During our study of history we will compare changes over time linked to inventions. The pupils are keen to start our research around the history of ‘flight’ this should help our topic take-off !

Art and DT : We will be developing a range of art and DT skills during the Spring  term. We will be focusing on Da Vinci as an artist study and also designing lighthouses and rolling toys.

Computing : Wewill useLight Bot’ to introduce basic algorithms and learn how to create basic patterns of codes, procedures and loops. We will also use online programming to draw shapes, create repeated patterns and add noise to programs.  We will continue to use ICT in all areas of the curriculum to support our learning in other areas.

P.E: Please ensure your child has a PE kit (named) everyday. We will explore dance through our study of inventions and machines. Pupils will also have a session each week with our PE specialist.

Music: Pupils will complete a unit of work;’ ‘I wanna be in a band’ and will learn how to create and score simple repeated patterns on untuned instruments.  They will create their own musical instruments.