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. 

 

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 new topic is Beginnings. Children will be able to know and understand the many beginnings each day offers and that God is present in every beginning. Children will be able to respond to questions such as: Where do I come from? Where are we going? Where does everything that exists come from? 

 

Our next topic will be Sings and Symbols.  Children will be able to know and understand signs and symbols used in everyday life and then in Baptism. Children will respond to questions about why some symbols are important, how symbols have power to convey meaning and how Christians maintain the light of Christ in their lives.

 

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 the children read two stories that deal with themes of overcoming worries and facing fears. They look in depth at two different characters and explore how they overcome their fears. They develop their knowledge of sentence constructions, joining two or more sentences with ‘and’ and correct punctuation, and explore using expanded noun phrases to add more detail. The writing tasks include writing a letter in role, writing a continuation of one of the stories, and writing their own story based on their own experiences

We will begin to use Year 2 writing objectives that will be 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:

  • Numbers to 100
  • Place Value
  • Comparing numbers to 100
  • Number Bonds
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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.

In Autumn 1 we will be linking our learning in History with our work in ART. We will be learning all about Great Explorers and why they were important and significant. We will learn about Ibn Battuta, Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong. 

In Art we will be thinking about the question 'How can we turn that photograph into a painting'. We will be looking at well known images of explorers and using ipads to create our own 'famous photos'. We will then use colour mixing skills and sketching to design and recreate our favourite images. 

 

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

https://www.ducksters.com/biography/explorers/

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

 

In Science will be looking at animals and their habitats. We will be noticing that animals, including humans, have offspring, which grown into adults. WE will find our about and describe the basic needs of animals for survival. we will also describe the importance for humans of exercise, eating the right amount of different types of food, and hygiene.

 

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

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/z6882hv

Computing:

In the Autumn term children will be learning how to make simple games, using both their mouse and the keyboard to give instructions and make objects change direction. 

 

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.

 

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

 

 

 

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