Curriculum Information

Spring 2020

Important Updates:

PE Days:
Y2D - Tuesdays
Y2C - Wednesdays

Please send your children into school in their PE kits. 

 

Music:
Children will now have music lessons again. These will take place on Wednesdays, we will be alternating between both classes each week.

 

Home Learning:

Home learning is set on Google Classroom every Wednesday, this needs to uploaded and returned for the following Monday. We will then mark and respond with comments via Google Classroom. 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. 

When we set writing activities, it would be best to get your child to write down their answers on a piece of paper and take a photo of it. This way we can make their spellings, handwriting and punctuation too. 

 

Spellings: Spellings will be set and available to view every Friday on Google Classroom. The children will then be tested in class every Friday morning so that they have a week to practice. It will be a mix of high frequency words and words linked to a phonics sound. 

 

PE Days:

Y2C have PE on Wednesday and Fridays

Y2D have PE on Tuesday and Wednesdays 

Please send your children into school wearing their PE kit. 

 

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 first 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

 At OLM we use the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) Power of Reading scheme to teach English.

This term we will begin by exploring the non-fiction text ‘The Emperor’s Egg’.  Links will be made to our Science and Geography objectives where the children will explore different parts of the world, especially the Antarctic and look at life cycle of penguins and other animals.

We will then move on to a new text called ‘The Jolly Postman’ where we will learn about the features of letter writing and writing for different purposes.  Again, we will make links to Geography by looking closely at maps and our local area.

Grammar

Our grammar focus will be sentence types (statement, command and question), using subordination e.g. when, if, but and using a variety of punctuation including commas, exclamation marks and question marks.

Phonics

In Year 2, we will continue the teaching of phonics, with a focus on consonant graphemes.  We will also begin looking at the spellings of homophones, words that sound the same but have a different meaning and are spelt differently e.g. their and there, pair and pear

Reading

The children are read to daily by an adult and also have twice weekly sessions on a one to one basis. This is to ensure that children are exposed to a rich vocabulary and a chance to explore their understanding of a text. Please could parents support their child with reading by reading aloud to them but also ensuring children are reading to them independently for approximately 10 mins a day.  It is important that children now work on their comprehension skills (understanding) so please do spend time discussing what you are reading and questioning your child about a text.

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:

  • Multiplication and division of 2, 5 and 10
  • Word Problems
  • Money

Please ensure you continue to practice on your rapid recall targets as these are invaluable to your child’s mental arithmetic skills.

Times Tables

We will continue to practice the 2, 5 and 10 times tables until the children are completely confident in these.  If you feel they are ready to move on, then please start practising the 3 and 4 times tables too.  Please do practise these regularly.

Computing

We will continue to look at the importance of online safety while also looking at how to use Microsoft Word and Power point.  The children will familiarise themselves with these programmes to create a variety of documents across the curriculum.

PE

Children will receive 2 PE lessons delivered by their class teacher and Tommy.  The focus will be on team Building Games- problem solving, well-being and communication.  We will also work on speed, agility and quickness through balance and co-ordination activities.

 

Music:

This half term we welcome back Music lessons! The children will be split into groups of 15 and will be preparing for our whole school Nativity and carol performances. 

 

 

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