Curriculum Information

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 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:

Beginnings

Signs and Symbols 

Preparations

Our current topic is 'Beginnings'

We will be learning about the "family". For Christians the pattern and ideal of family life is found in the Scriptures.  Christians believe God is the loving parent of the human family and Jesus was born and lived in a human 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:

At OLM we use the Wordsmith scheme and some units from the CPLE. 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 
  • Adding and Subtracting 
  • Multiplication and Division

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.

 

Geography and Art

In the Autumn term, our big question will be 'What is the commotion in the Ocean?"  We will be learning about the world's oceans and how the great explorers have used them throughout history! 

 

In Art we will be thinking about the question ''How can we turn our photograph into a painting?"  We will be using a range of skills and mediums to produce a painting from a photograph using the iPads to help us.

 

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

https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/discover/geography/general-geography/ocean-facts/

 

Science

In Science will be learning all about Animals Including Humans 

Children will learn:

  • Notice that animals, including humans, have offspring, which grow into adults
  • Find out about and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans for survival (water, food and air);
  • Describe the importance for humans of exercise, eating the right amount of different types of food, and hygiene.

 

    Computing:

    In the Autumn Term, children will be learning how to program and understand simple algorythms. They will be using the LGFL platforms such as J2e coding and scratch.  

    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