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Year Two

What is my child learning this term?

Summer term 2017

Dear Parents and Carers,

A belated welcome back to a new term at Charles Dickens! Please find below our curriculum for this term, together with some important information about how you can help us with your child’s learning.

Year Two

Summer Term: Seaside

This term, we will be learning all about the Seaside. We will compare life at the seaside with life in the city of London (our topic from last term). We will be visiting the seaside itself at the end of term!

We will begin the term by learning about Katie Morag, a fictional Scottish girl who lives on the Isle of Struay. We will be writing letters in role as Katie Morag and the other inhabitants and then we will write our own Katie Morag story.

We will then progress to learning all about the historical heroine Grace Darling, who bravely rescued a group of shipwrecked sailors in the Victorian period. We will be writing news reports about the event and using reporters’ language to describe the exciting events.

After half term, we will be exploring poetry through the wordless picture book ‘Flotsam’, which will give us the opportunity to gather language and create group and individual poems. We will finish the year by exploring the book “The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch”. We will write our own stories, create mini plays and – hopefully – even make our own ‘Lighthouse Lunch’!

We will focus on extending sentences using conjunctions, using descriptive language and consolidating our understanding of how to use apostrophes.

The children will: consolidate work on times tables and number bonds; use place value, ordering, estimating and rounding, recognise greater and less than; understand and use addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; develop strategies to improve mental calculations; solve real-life problems; tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes; understand and calculate fractions of objects and numbers; handle data using tables and graphs: recognise right-angles; understand units of mass, capacity, and measurement.

Our science topics this term are “Young Gardeners” and “Little Masterchefs”. In the first half of term, we will be planting and growing plants, learning all about the conditions that they need in order to grow. Science in the second half of term links with our DT topic, with the children looking at healthy eating, the science of cooking and how to make healthy salads and fruit salads – we can’t wait for this one!

Our Seaside topic will enable us to cover many areas of Geography learning, including comparing life in London with life at the Seaside; reading and making simple maps and identifying the countries of the United Kingdom, together with its surrounding seas. If you have any photos of trips that you and your family have made to the seaside, please do send them in to share with us!

In R.E., we will be learning about Buddha and his teachings. We will be learning about how he taught people to respect all living things and to life in a mindful way. We will consider how the teachings of Buddha could apply to all of us and thinking about how it compares to other religions.

Design Technology:
Our DT topic this term relates to cooking – we will be learning how to design, make and prepare our own fruit salads as part of our “Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch” unit. We will learn how to handle sharp knives sensibly and discuss the hygienic preparation of food before we get the chance to eat our feast!

We will be using art to explore our topic of The Seaside. We will be making a large “Katie Morag” map; making pop-up puppets; exploring calligraphy and making simple sculptures.

Children will be working with Hannah from Southwark Music Service and Mr Tamar, our brand new music teacher. The children will be learning basic notation and music composition, alongside a range of songs and musical games.

In French, we will be basing our learning upon two books – ‘Hugo le Herrison’ and ‘Petit poisson blanc’. We will be using these texts in order to learn about how to discuss the weather; name animals, count to ten and talk about colours in French.

In PE, the children will be working with Delene, our resident dance teacher. The children will learn to work together to create simple movements and sequences to create simple but effective dances. The dance lessons will take place on Wednesdays. In order to facilitate a quick changeover between the lessons, we would like children to come to school in their PE kit (long trousers, rather than shorts, please), together with a jumper.

The other PE lesson will be on Fridays, where we will be focusing on outdoor athletics. On Fridays, the children should wear their school uniform and will be able to change into their PE kits before the lesson, as usual.

In PSHCE, we will be looking at Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco education. This is part of the Christopher Winter project and focuses on age appropriate lessons, introducing children to the idea of ‘safe’ and ‘unsafe’ substances and introducing children to discussions around the idea that we can choose what we should and should not choose to consume. In previous year, we have found these lessons to be extremely valuable as they encourage healthy debate and help the children to engage in topical issues in an useful way.

Special events/ enrichment opportunities:
We will be visiting the seaside in order to enrich our learning about this contrasting locality! We will send out further details about this trip very soon as we will be looking for a number of parent helpers to help us on our expedition!

This term, your son or daughter will also complete Year Two SATs tests, which will be completed in class. These tests will form part of our overall assessment of your child’s learning. They will be completed in small groups, in a calm and supportive atmosphere. Whilst they are an important way for us to judge the progress that your son or daughter has made since leaving Reception, they are by no means our only method of assessment. As such, we do not wish to place pressure upon the children and will be working hard to ensure that your child is not daunted or stressed by taking part in these assessments!

How parents can be involved in home learning:
As ever, it is extremely important that you continue to listen to your child read on a daily basis. Even confident readers benefit from being listened to! If you find that your child’s school reading book has not been changed, please catch either the class teacher or the TA at the start of the day, in order to ensure that your son or daughter regularly has new reading material.

In addition, we will continue to send home ‘home learning; on a weekly basis. This will be sent out on Fridays and should be returned on Wednesdays. It is extremely helpful if you can help your son or daughter to complete this work as adult support will enable any misconceptions to be addressed.

Finally, please ensure that all children’s school uniform is named so that we can attempt to avoid mountains of lost property!

Many thanks,

Freddy Vanson, Jonathan Bailey, Johanne Gemmell, Sophia Chrysanthou, Lizzie Turner and Stephie Menning.

Year Two teaching team.