Curriculum Information

Spring 2020

Home Learning:

Home learning is sent home every Thursday 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. In addition children will bring their Times Tables Rockstar Logins home with them so they will be able to practice using the website at home. 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 Tuesdays 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 Term are as follows:

Books

Thanksgiving

Opportunity

Our current topic is 'Books'

The scriptures are the treasured Word of God for the Jewish and Christian communities. The books used by the Christian community record and hand on its story. The lectionary which is used at Mass contains the scriptures used by the community throughout the year.

The children will know and understand:

• About the different books used at home and in school

• The books used in Church on Sunday by the parish family

 

 

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:

This half-term our History and English lessons will focus on the text 'Major Glad! Major Dizzy!' by Jan Oke. "Amelia and William don't have many toys in Victorian London, and so they have adventures with their toy soldiers, who eventually become lost under the floorboards..."

We will be learning all about the Victorian times and what it was like to be a child in those times.

 

 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:

  • Length
  • Mass
  • Temperature
  • Word Problems
  • Money

Times Tables

We will be focusing on the 5x, 3x and 4x tables as they should already know their 2x and 10x tables. Please ensure that you also practise these at home daily.

 

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 Spring Term we will be learning all about the Victorians. We will use the story 'Major Glad! Major Dizzy! by Jan Oke as our stimulus. We will be thinking about the following questions; What was it like to be a child in the Victorian era? Who was Queen Victoria? What games did children play? What were Victorian schools like?

In Art we will be thinking about the question ''Where will we fly our class flag?'  We will be using a range of skills and mediums to paint a fabric flag to represent our class.

 

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

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zkrkscw/articles/zfdkhbk

 

Science

In Science will be learning all about Plants

Children will learn:

  • explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive 
  • identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other 
  • identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including micro-habitats

 

    Computing:

    In the Spring Term we will be developing our presentation and data handling skills using a variety of platforms. 

    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 dance 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:

    https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/reading-lists-for-ks1-school-pupils/suggested-reading-list-year-2-pupils-ks1-age-6-7/

     

    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