Curriculum Information

Home Learning:

Home learning is sent home every Wednesday to be returned for marking the following Monday. Children now take their SATS Buster work books home. 1 week it is a Maths task, the following an English. Children will also have a wider curriculum task 1/2 times a half-term. Homework is designed to support the learning taking place in class, please encourage children not to race ahead but instead consolidate their learning by applying what they have completed in the workbook. Please work with your child to complete the activities, but please don’t do it for them! In Year 2, we always remind the children to try their best even if they might make mistakes. 

 

PE Days:

Both classes have PE on Wednesdays and Fridays. Children must have a full PE kit. Please make sure all items are labelled.

 

RE:

We follow the ‘Come and See’ scheme of work. Each topic usually lasts for four weeks. We begin each topic by exploring what each topic means to us before moving on to how it relates to religion. During the year we also learn about other faiths. At OLM we focus on Judaism and Islam. This is a brilliant way to teach respect for our community as a whole, regardless of cultures and beliefs.

 

Our current topic is Rules. Children will be able to ask and respond to questions about their own experiences and feelings of the importance of rules. Children will be able to use religious words to describe some aspects of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  

 

Our next topic is Treasures. This is our last topic of the year. Children will be able to describe some ways in which religion is lived out by believers in terms of treasuring God's world. We will be focusing on the story of Creation. 

 

Throughout the year, OLM focuses on different elements of Catholic Social Teaching (CST). Each month we look at a different value and discuss what each one means:

 

September- We are Called to Live as Family and Community

October- Rights and Responsibilities

November- Promotion of Peace

December- No CST- focus on Advent

January- Solidarity

February- An Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

March- The Dignity of the Human Person

April- No CST- focus on Lent

May- The Dignity and Rights of Workers

June- We are Called to Stewardship

July- Recap

Please ask your child what we have discussed.

 

English:

At OLM we use the Wordsmith scheme. This scheme focuses on a variety of different texts.

This term we will be focusing on instructions and command sentences. Children will write their own stories using Penny Dreadful and the Rat as a model for their writing. We will continue to use Year 2 witting objectives sent home to all parents at Parent Consultations. We will use pictures and animations as stimulus for writing. 

Children will also continue to explore using expanded noun phrases and adjectives to add more detail. We will also be learning how to use subordination (when, if, because) and focus on using the correct past tense. Children will focus on learning how to self-assess a piece of their own work and suggest ways to improve it.

 

Maths:

At OLM we use the Maths No Problem scheme. This scheme focuses on mastery of different mathematical concepts.

This term we will be focusing on:

  • Solving word problems using bar models.
  • Volume.
  • Recapping money and time.

Wider Curriculum:

We have been working hard to bring our wider curriculum alive and foster a real love of learning.

The term Wider Curriculum now includes Science, History, Geography, Art and D&T.

In the Summer 2 Term we will be linking our learning in History with our work in D&T . We will be learning about The Great Fire of London and researching the events in 1666 with the aim of writing our very own newspaper reports from the time of the fire!  

In D&T we will be designing, planning and making dioramas of The Great Fire of London using silhouettes and a range of materials.

 

Use these links to help support your child’s learning:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/famouspeople/samuel_pepys/

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DJKyM3JIAI

 

In Science will be looking at materials and their uses.  We will be thinking about how suitable different materials are for different objects.

 

Use these links to help support your child’s learning:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/6_7/grouping_materials.shtml

 

Computing:

In the Summer 2 term children will be learning how to make power point presentations about The Great Fire of London.  We will be researching facts and use these to create presentations to share with the class.

 

We will also continue to think about the importance of e-safety: 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zyhbwmn

 

 

PE:

This term children will be taking part in weekly PE sessions with Sean and Tommy. Children will also be learning about team games and using equipment to show sporting skills and complete the Daily Mile. Children will continue learn how to set up equipment correctly.

 

http://thedailymile.co.uk/

 

Music:

This term the children will be continuing to learn about the key concepts in music with our specialist music teacher:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01vs08w

 

 

Special Events

Open Evening 11th July 3.30 to 5.30

 

 

How you can support your child’s learning:

Recommended reading texts for different ages

 

Information for parents- National Curriculum Tests

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/2016-national-curriculum-tests-for-key-stages-1-and-2-information-for-parents