Welcome back to Spring 1. I hope you all had a super Christmas holiday and are looking forward to carrying on the amazing work you have been doing so far this year.
You may still have your worries and concerns about the current situation, but let me assure you that we are still taking every precaution around the school and within our classroom. The new routines continue to incorporate the advice that schools have been given and will not impact on the children's learning in any way.
Within Year 2, we will continue to use provision to extend children's learning with areas set up to develop children's independent learning skills, creativity, resourcefulness and social skills.
I will continue to use class dojo for our rewards system within the classroom. We use Dojo throughout the school as this allows the teachers to reward children in different areas e.g. helping others, persistence and teamwork. Each child is set up with an account and a letter has been sent home to you explaining how you can join our Dojo community. I believe that the benefits to connecting with parents are:
✓ Parents are in the know about their child and are able to provide better support at home
✓ Sharing moments from school fosters a sense of community
✓ Messaging directly (in 50+ languages) breaks communication barriers
If you have not already joined us, please let me know and I will print you off the letter. Particularly at this time, this is an excellent way to keep in contact with each other. If you have any queries or questions you are able to ask these on Dojo and I will reply to you as soon as I can.
In English this half term, we will be completing our work on traditional tales with a twist. We will be writing our letters from a different point of view to different characters and then writing our own tale with a twist.
Once we have completed this, we will be looking at Fantastic Birds. The children will be looking at non-fiction, poetry and writing their own chapter of the beautiful story, The Owl that was Afraid of the Dark.
The children will participate in role play, hot seating and magic mirror activities. They will imagine they are camping and sitting round campfires toasting marshmallows. They will write poems based on these experiences and they will focus heavily on developing their sentence structure. They will then use this knowledge within their independent writing.
In Spring term, we will be focussing on Multiplication and Division. Children will continue to build on their knowledge and understanding from Year 1. They will continue to practise their 2,5 and 10x tables and we will begin looking at the 3x tables.
Children will learn to:
The children are still able to access Numbots at home and we have seen a huge improvement in children working through the levels regularly. NumBots is an online game that playing little and often will significantly improve your child’s recall and understanding of number bonds and addition and subtraction facts. These are critical foundations in maths and we are already excited by the impact NumBots is having with the children already using it. The children will use Numbots each day within provision and are able to access the programme at home.
"Jesus is sent to 'preach good news to the poor': he declares them blessed for 'theirs is the kingdom of heaven.' (CCC 544)
In RE this half term, we will be looking at 'The Good News'. Within this unit, children will talk and discuss the miracles that Jesus performed. They will begin to compare the difference between the Ressuraction of Jesus from the dead and the raising of Jairus' daughter to life. They will think about the feelings of those involved in the stories and compare this to their own experiences. Children will look at the 'The Miracle of the Loaves' and 'The Ten poeple with Leprosy' and will think about how these stories teach us more about Jesus. Children will think about the word 'Thank you' and what it means; its importance and when its not used, how it makes them feel.
In Year 2 children will be learning about 'Habitats'. Within the unit children will learn to:
This half term we will be focussing on Blackpool Tower. As I was born and bred in Blackpool, I am really looking forward to sharing my home town with the children. We will be looking at the 3 main areas of the Tower; the Circus, the Ballroom and the building of the Tower itself. Throughout our lessons focussing on the circus, we will be looking at the use of animals, the famous clowns that have graced the circus arena and the acts that have been a big part of their history. We will discuss how the Tower was built and how it has changed over the last 100+ years. We will look at the methods they used and the materials that make up the tower as we know it today.
In Year 2, phonics sessions will take place daily for those who have not yet passed the Year 2 phonics screening which took place in Autumn 2. Children will continue working on Phase 4, moving swiftly on to Phase 5. They will continue looking at alternative spellings for sounds e.g. 'igh' The children will continue to master these new sounds in reading first, and as their fluency develops, we will begin to see them using them correctly in their spelling. Children will be given weekly spellings based on their phonics and the Year 1/2 High Frequency words.
During Phase 5, children will begin to learn new graphemes (different ways of spelling each sound) and alternative pronunciations for these: for example, learning that the grapheme ‘ow’ makes a different sound in ‘snow’ and ‘cow’.
The children will become quicker at blending, and will start to do this silently as they are reading.
By the end of the Summer term, children should be able to:
Children will take part in the phonics screening in June 2021.
Children will now beginning the Spelling scheme the school uses from Oxford Owl. Sessions will take place 4x a week and their weekly spellings will be related to these. The spelling test will still take place on a Friday and the children will be given their new spellings at the end of the day. Please ensure you practise the spellings with your children regularly.
Art - In Art this half term, we will be focussing on drawing. We are starting our unit with a masterclass from James Parsons, a cartoonist.
Did you know? Our school is said to have been the basis for the drawing of the school in 'The Bash Street Kids,' from the Beano comic. The artist, Leo Baxendale, grew up in Preston.
We will be focussing on the work of George Seurat in the rest of our sessions. We will be looking at shading and tone, hatching and cross hatching and looking into the work Seurat did on Pointillism. We will be imitating the work of this great artist as well as creating our own unique pieces of artwork.
Music - This half term our topic is 'I Wanna Play in a Band' by Joanna Mangona. This unit contains all the classic elements - listening and apprasising, warm up games, flexible games and a composition element. Children will be learning to sing and play together in an ensemble.
As well as learning to sing, play, improvise and compose with this song, children will listen and appraise classic rock songs.
This year we will be putting a big emphasis on reading. The skill of reading is one of the most important we teach our children. It is a life skill that enables them to extend their concepts, gain information as the basis for other learning and to gain access to the magical world of fantasy. Just as children walk talk and grow at different times, so their progression through the skills of reading will be at different rates. The key is for your child to feel positive about themselves as a reader right from the start. To become a fluent reader, your child needs to take on many skills and continue to practice these throughout their lives. Some are specific skills which can be taught, others relate to attitudes, and these they will gain from the adults around them. We ask therefore that you read with your child at least 3 times a week. Children will be supplied a reading book, however to keep them engaged feel free to read with them the books that interest them, those that take them to a world of make believe, that encourage them to dream and introduce them to the amazing vocabulary that surrounds them. Children's books will be changed 2/3 times a week and they will be listened to by the class teacher and teaching assistant daily.
PE sessions will take place each Tuesday afternoon for the term. Please ensure children's PE kits are in school on this day and each item is clearly labelled.
Snack & Water
Toast is available to children for snack. Children must pay £1 at the beginning of the week for a slice of toast each day. Children are able to bring in their own snack for playtime. This can be a cereal/breakfast bar (please no sugary cereal bars), fruit or veg. We would really like to encourage children to bring in their own water bottles each day. This ensures that they are able to have a drink regularly and not having to use the schools cups. Although we will ensure cups are cleaned regularly and only 1 child is using each cup it would be more beneficial if each child had access to their own bottle. Please ensure the bottle is clearly labelled with your child's name.
If you have any queries, then feel free to use ClassDojo to send a message or phone the school. Alternatively, please make an appointment with me through Mrs Thompson in the school office if you feel the issue is of an urgent or sensitive nature.