Welcome back to a gloriously sunny term 5. Firstly, thank you to all of you who engaged so well with the home learning tasks that were set before the Easter holidays. These tasks were mostly revision activities that the children should have generally been able to get on with without too much support. This term I have been using an app called “Screencastify” to record videos of myself talking whilst showing a Smart Notebook file or PowerPoint, with the aim being that I can teach some new content to the children so that they can continue with their learning as they would at school. Hopefully, these videos will be a support to parents with the learning of new concepts, but remember that I am at the end of an email and can give extra explanation if you need it. Also, please keep sending in your work so that I can see how you are getting on and give you some feedback.
Firstly, a reminder that for the school year 2019/20 there will be no Key Stage 1 SATs or Year 1 Phonics Screening checks, so we can continue with our learning right through to the end of the year. No information has been given to schools as to whether any data about pupil progress will be reported, but we will keep you updated should there be any communication from the Department for Education.
This term should be Class 2’s turn for Forest School, so I am praying that we will return to school sooner rather than later so that the children don’t miss out too much. However, it would be a perfect opportunity to explore the woods and countryside that we are so lucky to live close to on your daily walks. Nature spotting, collecting sticks, balancing on fallen trees and making dens are all good fun things to do and make a walk more interesting. You might like to make a photo record of any Forest School activities that you manage to do whilst in lockdown.
For PE this term, don’t forget that you have your personal challenges that you started before the Easter holidays to work on. If you do these once or twice a week, you should start to see an improvement in the number of each activity you can complete. There is also the daily Joe Wicks PE session that you can take part in. It is streamed live every morning at 9.00, but you can watch it at any time should that not suit you. There are also lots of other great online workouts, dance classes etc to view or you could go into your garden and practise catching a ball, kicking a ball, running up and down or skipping with a rope.
There will be no homework menu for term 5, but there is always Mathletics and Purple Mash that can be done if you need an extra activity to do. Don’t forget to keep reading and remember that you can use the www.oxfordowl.co.uk website to choose a new book. The weekly spelling lists will be posted on the class webpage but I will also send these out each Monday for the children to practise.
Don’t forget to keep up to date with Mr Sullivan’s briefings on the school You Tube channel and look out for stories read by members of staff and, of course, the virtual Gold Book assembly on a Friday.
As always, should you have any questions, please ask.
Mrs Sullivan and the Class 2 team
In Literacy this term we will be making links with our Man on the Moon topic, and the first book that we will be reading is called “Man on the Moon (a day in the life of Bob)” by Simon Bartram. The children will be exploring the story and using the ideas to write their own stories about a man on the Moon. Following this work, we will be reading some space-themed poems and writing our own poems about space. 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. This will link beautifully with our History work about Neil Armstrong.
In Maths, the Year 2s have some further learning about fractions and the Year 1s will be doing some measuring. Following this, we will all be learning about measuring: mass, capacity, temperature and length. Unfortunately, the Year 1 and Year 2 curriculums separate at this point as there are concepts in Maths that the Year 1s do not need to learn yet, so 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 or maybe the personal challenges in PE. Towards the end of the term we will be working on position and direction and spending some time consolidating our skills through problem solving.
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. There will be some scientific enquiry about materials, so please do what you can at home with whatever materials you have available.
In History, we will be learning about Neil Armstrong and his mission on Apollo 11, answering specific questions through each lesson. We will use our knowledge to create a timeline and to look at how the world was able to witness this awesome event.
For our Music lessons, we will be listening to and thinking about Gustav Holst’s “The Planet Suite” and learning a bit more about orchestras, the types of instruments that are played in an orchestra and how they are played. Once back at school we will learn some songs and do some composing using the instruments.
Computing this term is about understanding email and online safety. This work will be completed through Purple Mash and you should have your child’s login details in the front of their exercise book. Should you have lost this, please let me know and I can send them to you. After half term we will be using paint programs to create artwork using technology.
Depending on when we return to school, I have a great DT project to create a moving rocket using cams (obviously this won’t be able to be done at home!), so hopefully we will be able to get that completed in term 6. I also have a few ideas for some artwork linked to our space topic, which again will depend on our return to school.
RE this term is about what it is like to live in a Jewish household. The children have previously learnt about the Torah and how the Jews follow the ten commandments, so this topic will enable them to see what it is like to live within a different faith. Following this, we have a unit about how different faiths and non-faiths welcome babies into their families. This might be a good time to start looking for baby photographs and pictures of christenings/baptisms (infant and adult baptisms).