Happy New Year to you all, we hope you have had a restful couple of weeks and are all keeping safe and well. This isn’t quite the start to 2021 that we were all hoping for, but I’m sure that we will soon settle back into home learning and the opportunities it presents. Please keep in contact so that your child has the best chance for success.
The overriding theme for this term’s learning is Victorian School Life.
In literacy this term we will be reading a non-fiction text called “You Wouldn’t Want to be a Victorian School child” from which we plan to write a set of instructions for an element of a Victorian school day and also an explanation about how things happened in Victorian Schools. We will then be reading an abridged version of “Oliver Twist”, thinking about how the characters are described and doing some storytelling. Towards the end of term 4 we will be returning to a Class 2 favourite, “Grendel: a cautionary tale about chocolate” and writing our own versions of the story.
In Whole Class Reading we will be reading “I am Rosa Parks” by Brad Meltzer, which will help to broaden the children’s cultural knowledge, then we will be looking at some poetry from A.A Milne’s “Now I am Six” and finally “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt.
Year 1 children will continue with their Phase 5 phonics sessions, learning the alternative spellings for the phonemes they have already learnt. Year 2 children continue with their No Nonsense Spellings and the expectation is that we will start to see the spellings that they are learning being used correctly within their independent writing.
In Science we will be focusing on plants and how they grow, learning about what plants need to grow and then consolidating this knowledge with some investigations into growing cress and germinating seeds.
Using Victorian toys as a context, we will be learning about wheels and axles. There will be opportunities for the children to experiment with axles and how they can make a toy move along the ground before designing and making their own Victorian moving toy. (We will wait until we return to school to complete this project!)
In term 3 we will be learning about festivals and how people celebrate in different religions and what is important to them, with a short focus on the Jewish celebration of Shabbat. In term 4 we will learn about the Easter story, making a decision about whether Easter is a happy or sad time.
Mrs Hall will also be teaching the class PSHE, looking at Dreams and Goals for term 3 and Healthy Me for term 4.
The children will be having their computing lessons with Mrs Pomfret, learning about algorithms, creating instructions for a robot and beginning to use Purple Mash to create simple code.
Spellings & Reading
This term many of the children will start to have more bespoke lists of spellings to learn, based on how they got on last term with the year group lists. These should be emailed to each parent by the end of week 1. Please let us know if you don’t receive them. It is vital that these spellings are learnt each week and revisited several times during that week. Please keep a note of your child’s spellings each week as they won’t be on the website because they are individual to each child.
Don’t forget to keep reading with your child; we have the Oxford Owl website where you can read Oxford Reading Tree and other scheme books online. The login details for this are:
Please continue to fill in the reading records (there are templates on the website to download) and send them into school once completed so that we can issue a Reading Certificate during a Gold Book Assembly.
In Maths this term, the two year groups are quite divided in their topics, with the Year 1s continuing to revise the Place Value of numbers upto 50 and then upto 100. They will then work on measuring length, weight and capacity. The Year 2s will be learning about multiplication and division followed by using tally charts, pictograms and block diagrams, learning about the properties of 2D and 3D shape and, finally, understanding fractions (halves, quarters and thirds).
History & Geography
In History we are spending term 3 learning about how schools have changed from the Victorian period to today, focusing on playtimes, subjects taught and discipline. In term 4 we will use some of our Geography skills of looking at maps and aerial photographs to discover how Blackboys School has changed over time.
Art will be studied in term 4 where we will be doing an artist study on a craft maker.
Once we return to school, Miss Zara Breeze will be teaching the class dance and Mrs Hall will be teaching the class games in term 4, hopefully making use of the new all-weather pitch for this.
Please make sure the children have their PE kits in school for Tuesdays and Thursdays, and during term 4 they will need to wear plimsolls for indoor PE.
In Music we will be using the CBBC 10 pieces work on “Finlandia” by Jean Sibelius, making sounds with their bodies, making a graphic score, hearing music from other countries and moving to music.