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.

 

Our new topic is Signs 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.

 

Our next topic will be Judaism. During Judaism week we will go on a trip to the local Synagogue and learn all about Shabbat and that it is Judaism's day of rest. 

 

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.

During October children will learn all about non-fiction texts.  In this unit, the children explore the Big Question: Could you keep an orang-utan as a pet? They read the interactive eBook All About Orang-utans, asking questions and collecting facts. They research other animals in ‘expert groups’ and present their findings. They learn about imperatives and how they are used in commands and instructions, writing their own instructions to tell someone how to care for a pet. In the long writing task, they design and write their own mini non-fiction book or report and make this into an eBook.

We will be continuing 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- Tens and Ones

  • Addition ans Subtraction within 100

  • Using Column Method for addition and subtraction 

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 2 we will be linking our learning in Geography with our work in DT. We will be learning all about the oceans and seas of the world. We will learn about the movement of waves and look at The Pacific Ocean in detail. 

In DT we will be thinking about the question 'How can we make our animals of the ocean move?' We will thinking about design, materials and mechanisms. We will select appropriate materials according to their characteristics and create our animals!

 

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 continuing to look 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:

Class Trip to The Royal Festival Hall to see The Gruffalo's Child- Wednesday 18th October 2017.

Year 2 Harvest Liturgy- Wednesday 11th October 2017.

 

 

 

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