Class 2 Summer Term – Man on the Moon

Dear parents,

Welcome back to a gloriously sunny term 5. We have already made a start with our Man on the Moon topic and the excitement levels are high! Thank you to all those children who did some pre-learning homework, we have some brilliant posters and models in the class and hope to display some of the work in the corridor very soon.

Terms 5 and 6 are very important in Key stage 1 as we have the Year 2 SATs coming up in the week beginning Monday 14th May. More information will follow about these. We also have the Year 1 Phonics Screening Checks in the week beginning Monday 11th June. I hope you found the information sent home before Easter to be useful.

In Literacy this term we will be making strong links with our topic and writing non-chronological reports about the solar system. We will be using a book called “Footprints on the Moon” by Mark Haddon to help us write newspaper reports about the first man on the moon. Another book we will be reading will be “Man on the Moon (a day in the life of Bob)” by Simon Bartram, and I hope that we will do some story writing from this book.

In Maths, we will be beginning with some work on measuring, looking specifically at mass and capacity. The Year 1s will then revisit place value, taking them up to 100 and ensuring a good understanding of the value of the digits, while Year 2 will be doing some work on statistics, eg drawing bar charts and understanding graphs. Where possible, this will link with our science work. Mr Sullivan will be focusing on position and direction with the class. This should leave us with time later in the term to revisit any areas of the curriculum that are still causing us some problems.

Science this term is looking at materials and their suitability for different jobs.  This links quite nicely with a topic on Space as we can talk about the materials used to build spaceships and astronauts’ clothing.

Our topic work will involve learning about the planets and their order from the sun, making our own planets by weaving wool around old CDs, designing and making our own Space Rockets, listening to Holst’s The Planet Suite and many other fun activities.

RE this term is about the story of Creation, leading onto a second unit about the role of the vicar.

Forest School has begun in earnest and Mrs Godfrey has worked hard to find ideas that will link with the work we are doing in class.  They have begun with making some clay aliens and will be moving onto weaving some willow stars and planets and then doing some natural printing.  If you are able to help with Forest School at any time please let Mrs Sheffield or Mrs Godfrey know.

A school trip is in the process of being arranged.  We have booked to visit Herstmonceux Science Centre on Friday 22nd June.

Our Class Assembly this term will be on Thursday 5th July, so plenty of time to book time off to come along if you’d like!

PE continues to be taken by Mr Potter on a Tuesday and we will be back to a Monday for our other session.  Both sessions are outdoor PE and so shorts, t-shirts and plimsolls/trainers are required.

As the weather warms up it is vital that hats and water bottles are brought to school daily (do remember to name your hat) and that suncream is applied before school (unless your child is able to put on their own suncream at lunchtime).

Remember to keep checking Google Calendar and newsletters for all the amazing events that take place in the summer term.

As always, should you have any questions, please ask.

Mrs Sullivan and the Class 2 team