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Welcome to Class Two

 

Welcome back everyone! We hope you had a fabulous holiday and are rested and ready for the Spring Term.

We have lots of exciting new things to learn this term and we will also be preparing for our trip to Clitheroe Castle in March. 

 

The Class Two Team  

Your team this term is

Class Teacher   Mrs Fearon 

 Teaching Assistant   Mrs Green and Mrs Dwan

 

Teacher  Mrs Cox

Spring Term Learning

English

This term we will continue to develop our phonics skills, sight vocabulary, spelling and comprehension skills through the Read Write Inc. phonics reading scheme.

As part of our Spring term topic, 'Rule Britannia!'  we will read and study a non-fiction text 'The Great Fire' by Deborah Fox and fictional texts 'The Egg' and 'The Great Dragon Rescue' by M.P. Robertson

Through these texts we will learn about verb tenses, adverbs, apostrophes for contraction and possession and recap the use of capital letters for proper nouns.  We will plan and write a report about The Great Fire, a diary entry, fire and dragon poems, stories and character descriptions. 

 

Mathematics

Our maths work this term will focus on learning how to multiply and divide using apparatus, the multiplication tables and written methods. We will also learn about basic fractions, statistics and 2D and  3D shapes. We will continue to practise addition and subtraction skills through daily arithmetic tasks

 

History/Art/DT

Our topic this term is ' Rule Britannia!' and it is a history based topic. The children will learn about the royal family and the life of Queen Elizabeth II up until her death in September 2022. We will look at some of the Queen's homes and castles which will conclude with an exciting trip to Clitheroe Castle in March. We will also learn about The Great Fire of London and how London changed following this significant event. 

Our art and DT work is completed during this topic. We will use collage and silhouette to create the burning skyline of London in 1666. Our DT project is free standing structures and we will use this knowledge to make a Tudor house. During the term we will also learn about the artist, Antony Gormley and his piece of modern sculpture 'Another Place' located at Crosby Beach. We will create a piece of 3D art using clay. 

 

Science

We are learning about materials this term. The children will learn to identify, name and compare everyday materials. They learn about the suitability of many materials and investigate how some solid materials can be changed. 

 

PE

This term the children will develop their sending and receiving skills including throwing and catching, rolling, kicking, tracking and stopping a ball. They will also use equipment to send and receive a ball. They will be given opportunities to work with a range of different sized balls. They will apply their skills individually, in pairs and in small groups and begin to organise and self-manage their own activities. They will build on their knowledge of sending and receiving by applying their skills in different situations. They will begin the term with gymnastics. In this unit the children learn, explore and develop basic gymnastic actions on the floor and using apparatus. They develop gymnastic skills of jumping, rolling, balancing and travelling individually and in combination to create short sequences and movement phrases. They learn to work safely with and around others and whilst using apparatus. The children are given opportunities to provide feedback to others and recognise elements of high quality performance.

 

Computing

The children will learn to recognise that different devices can be used to capture photographs and will gain experience capturing, editing, and improving photos. They will use this knowledge to recognise that images they see may not be real.

Throughout the unit the children will also be discussing how to use IT without it having a negative impact on our health and wellbeing, as well as online safety.

 

RE

Our key question for this half term is ‘What makes some places sacred?'

This investigation enables the children to learn in depth from different religious and spiritual ways of life about places of worship for Christians and Jewish people. The children will have the opportunity to act as detectives answering their own questions about churches and synagogues, what they are used for and their significance in the local community.

In Spring 2 the key question is 'How and why do we celebrate special and sacred times?'

This investigation enables the children to learn about Easter and Pesach (Passover). The significance of these celebrations to believers is explored, focusing on story, symbol and particular celebrations.

 

PSHE

Our Spring topics are 'Staying Safe and Healthy' and 'Special People in Our Communities.'

 

Music

In Spring 1 our topic is 'I wanna play in a band' in which the children will learn about rock music. In Spring 2 the unit is 'Zootime' when the children will learn about reggae music. 

Homework

 

Spelling - New weekly spellings are given out every Friday. The children can use the Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check method to practise spelling the words and should be encouraged to write two sentences containing these spellings in their yellow homework books. The children will have a weekly spelling test on a Friday.

 

Reading - Reading must be completed each night and we ask that parents fill in pages read etc in the Reading Record Books so staff can see that children have read at home and if they are ready to have their books changed.

 

At the Grange we believe that it is crucial to work in partnership with parents and carers. There is an expectation that you will support us by ensuring that your child completes the tasks that we set as homework. 

Obviously the level of your engagement will depend on your child's age but we expect you take an active part in all aspects of homework and, where necessary, indicate that you have monitored the completion of it ( e.g. by signing the Home/School Reading Record Book)

 

The routines of reading every day, learning spellings and multiplication tables etc. can be great fun and very rewarding for all concerned. Best results are achieved when homework is not done at the last minute but has a fixed time in a child's established home routine. Short, sharp periods of activity are preferable to prolonged periods of study where concentration can be lost. 

 

Effective learning and consolidation of learning cannot happen in an environment with lots of distractions (e.g. television etc.)  Please give some thought to where your child works at home. 

Online Reading Opportunities

Some Useful Links 

 

 

Please see below the extensive list of websites that your child can visit to consolidate and extend his/her learning.

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