Curriculum Information

Home Learning:

Home learning is sent home every Wednesday to be returned for marking the following Monday. Children will also practise their rapid recall target weekly and receive a mymaths homework every other week. 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 continue to no longer have spelling tests. 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 Thursdays 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 Autumn Term are as follows:

 

Our current topic is BeginningsChildren will learn about beginnings and will know and understand the story of Creation and that God is present in every beginning.

 

Topic 8: Our next topic will be Signs and Symbols. Children will know and understand ‘the experience of signs and symbols.’ The children will learn and  know and understand signs and symbols used in Baptism.

 

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 fiction with a focus on predicting, retelling and getting to know characters. This builds up to the children producing their own written stories and character descriptions.

 

Please find below a website you might find useful:

 

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/topics/z6vv4wx

 

We will also be using the Year 2 writing objectives. 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:

  • Place value
  • Number Bonds
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • ongoing arithmetic- quick maths using number concepts such as adding tens, multiplying by 10,  dividing by 5 and so on 

 

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.

History and Art

In the Autumn Term, we will be learning about Great Explorers. We will be learning about significant Great Explorers and their achievements. For example, Christopher Columbus.

In Art we will be thinking about the question '' How can we turn a photograph into a painting?” We will be using a range of skills and mediums to produce our artistic versions of the photograph.

 

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

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/topics/zdbg87h/resources/1

https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/history/explorers/

 

Science

In Science will be continuing to learn all about Animals Including Humans.

Children will learn:

  • Exercise and healthy living
  • What animals and humans need to survive
  • Animals have offspring, which grow to be adults

 

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

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/clips/zndkjxs

 

Computing:

In the Autumn Term, children will be learning how to programme and code. They will be using coding platforms such as espresso coding.  

We will also continue to think about the importance of online 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 gymnastic skills.

 

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:

 

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