Class 2 Curriculum Letter Summer Term 2017
A big welcome back to everyone in Class 2! I hope everyone had a nice rest over the Easter Holidays and I look forward to hearing what the children have been up to. We have a busy term ahead of us with a few trips, visitors and swimming lessons to look forward to!
This term our first topic is ‘Information Texts.’ After looking at different examples of information texts and improving our dictionary and thesaurus skills, our focus for this will be to create an information PowerPoint on the ‘Stone Age,’ which will link into our topic work for the first half term.
As part of our ‘Stone Age to Iron Age’ topic, we will be reading Clive King’s ‘Stig of the Dump.’ This will then be the focus of our second English Topic ‘Adventure Stories.’ The children will focus on drafting and re-drafting their work to create a new adventure for Barney and his friend Stig.
Our poetry unit this term will focus on ‘Exploring Form’ as well as continuing to practise a range of poems to perform to small groups and to the whole class.
We will continue to have a discrete lesson to develop grammar, spelling and punctuation skills.
During the beginning of this term we will be recapping on important number work covered last term, including fractions and decimals. We will also be spending some time focusing on comparing and converting units of measure including mass, capacity and weight. We will have a particular focus on time, specifically calculating the duration of different events.
We will continue to practise our times tables with bi-weekly tests and will have a particular focus on 7, 9 and 11 times tables. If you wish to help your child practice at home, there are a number of games and strategies on a sheet in their homework books.
We will have an increased focus on reasoning and problem solving skills in each of the topic covered this term to deepen our mathematical understanding.
As mentioned above, our topic this half- term is ‘Stone Age- Iron Age Britain. We will be learning about what life was like in Britain throughout the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages as well as looking at key changes and developments that happened with each age. In Art we will be looking at creating our own ‘Cave Art’ paintings as well as designing and creating an Iron Age Celtic Brooch.
Mrs Huntriss will continue to teach Science in our class this term and the focus will be on both Biology and Physics. The children will be studying ‘Plants’ as their topic for the first half term and will be moving on to ‘Forces, Magnets and Motion’ for the final half term. I know the children enjoy their Science lessons and it is always interesting to observe some of their experiments!
Music, PSHE and RE
Mrs. Cummings will continue to teach the children Music, PSHE and RE this term. Some of the areas which will be covered include: ‘Singing games and playground rhymes’, ‘Relationships and Changes’ and ‘Sacred Places/Holy Buildings.’
Mrs Conroy will continue to support the teaching of French, every other Tuesday afternoon. This term our topic will be ‘Vive le Sport’ and we will be focusing on days of the week and different sporting activities.
Please feel free to bring in books from home with information / stories about the Stone, Bronze or Iron Ages. They will only be used with supervision and will be returned at the end of term, unless requested before!
As last term, PE will be on a Wednesday and Friday; It is really helpful if your child has the correct P.E. kit in school for both indoor and outdoor sessions. Mr Cairns will be teaching P.E. on Fridays and I will be teaching P.E. on Wednesdays.
Spellingsare done on a Thursday (unless children go to Mrs. Lavarack, in which case they are done on a Friday). They must be sure to have practised their spellings over the week and have their yellow spelling book in class every Thursday.
I am always happy to answer any questions you might have – please do pop in and see me after school if you would like to discuss anything with me.
Miss Roisín Boyle