Curriculum Information

Home Learning:

Home learning is sent home every Wednesday to be returned for marking the following Monday. Children will 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. 

SPELLINGS: We will no longer be having spelling tests on a Friday. Instead we will teach and check spellings in different ways, for example writing them in English books and using dictation. In dictation, you say a sentence, and then your child repeats it and writes it.

If you would like to extend your child’s learning:

  • You can write spellings into sentences.
  • Help them to create a poster to learn the rules for the words they are being asked to learn
  • Write the word in three different colours and in big, small, capitals and lower case etc.

 

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.

 

The Topics we will be learning about in the Spring and Summer Term are as follows:

 

Our current topic is Islam. Children will learn to describe how Muslims prepare for prayer, learn what is special about Muslim home life and think about the things that are the same and different to the Catholic faith. 

 

Topic 8: Our next topic will be Rules. In this topic children will learn about how rules help at home and in school, the reasons for rules in the Christian family and remembering, celebrating and responding to how rules can help. 

 

 

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 half-term we are looking at poetry. Children will enjoy listening to and responding to a wide range of poems.They will explore poetic language and identify adjectives and verbs in poems. Children will draft, edit and compose their own poems and then read them aloud. Have a look at the link below for poetry inspiration!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zjhhvcw/videos/1

 

We will be continuing to use Year 2 writing objectives that were  sent home at parent consultations. We will use pictures and animations as stimulus for writing. 

 

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 different methods
     
  • ongoing arithmetic- quick maths using number concepts such as adding tens, multiplying by 10,  dividing by 5 and so on
     
  • Time- drawing hands on clocks, reading the time to five minutes, solving word problems, thinking about earlier and later times. 
     
  • 2D shapes and 3D shapes- recognising, describing and continuing patterns. 
     
  • Volume

 

 

Wider Curriculum:

This year we are continuing to bring our learning to life through our Wider Curriculum lessons.

As children now know, our Wider Curriculum includes Science, History, Geography, Art and D&T learning.

Geography and Art

In Spring 2 we will be linking our learning in Geography with our work in Art.

We will be learning all about the geography of our local area and will use our mapping skills to draw maps, use compasses and locate landmarks.

We will look closely at local gardens and parks.

In Art we will be thinking about the question '' What natural spaces inspire me?" We will go on a trip to The Methodist gardens to sketch natural things that inspire us and then select appropriate art materials according to their characteristics and design our own natural spaces. 

 

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

http://www.letthechildrenplay.net/2010/04/8-tips-for-creating-inspiring-outdoor.html

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/

 

 

Science

In Science will be continuing to learn all about Plants

Children will observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants and find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy. They will:

  • ask simple questions and recognise that they can be answered in different ways
  • observe closely, using simple equipment
  • perform simple tests
  • identify and classify
  • use their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions

 

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

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/5_6/growing_plants.shtml

https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zpxnyrd

Computing:

In the Summer 1, children will be learning how to create computer art. They will use their technological skills  purposefully to create different styles of computer art.

 

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. Children will continue learn how to set up equipment correctly.

 

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:

Easter Mass week beginning 26th March. 

 

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/2017-national-curriculum-tests-for-key-stages-1-and-2-information-for-parents