Our topic this term is Global Gardens. In History, we will be studying famous people who have made significant contributions both nationally and internationally. We will learn about famous people interested in the environment including Charles Darwin, Carl Linnaeus and Nicholas Grimshaw, Architect of the Eden Project. We will ask: What does a Botanist do? What tools do Botanists use? We will use the Natural History Museum website as a stimulus and we will ask an expert for answers to our questions.
In Science, we will learn about Seasonal Changes and Plants. We will use the text 'The World Came to My Place Today' by Jo Readman to find out where our food comes from. Then we will learn about Living Things and their Habitats using our Chester Zoo trip as a starting point. We will learn about animals to be found in the rainforests and the minibeasts inhabiting our gardens. The children will learn about life cycles and food chains. During Healthy week, we will be focusing upon the importance of exercise if we are to be fit and healthy.
We will use the text 'The World Came to My Place Today' by Jo Readman to find out where our food comes from and we will use dictionaries to help us create simple glossaries. The children will be developing their editing skills continuing to focus upon the accurate use of punctuation including . ? ! and commas in a list.
Your child will be part of a guided reading group with an allocated day. During this session the children will complete a focused reading task with the teacher. In addition, it would be very helpful if you would continue to support your child by reading and discussing texts brought home from school each day and then recording this in their home/school book. The children will continue to be awarded three team points for three signatures/parental comments in their home school books and five team points if they read each evening. It is very important to read regularly and discuss the texts. Team points will only be given if the reading record is signed by parents/carers.
Throughout the term, we will be concentrating 3D shapes and their properties, position and direction. We will deepen our learning through problem solving activities with money and use our reasoning skills to explain. Each week your child will be given a challenge to complete at home; the child will have a week to finish and return the task. It will be set on Friday to be completed and returned to school on the following Thursday. It may be a task using Mymaths or an investigative activity.
We continue to learn the 2x 10x and 5x tables. Have a go on these games to help you learn them by heart.
Routines in Year Two
Our P.E. lessons take place on Thursday but if the weather is fine we may venture out at other times. Please ensure that your child has a P.E. kit with shorts, t-shirt and pumps at school. During the summer term many of our lessons will take place outside so please could you ensure that your child has suitable footwear at school at all times. Tracksuits may be worn when the weather is cold. Children should have their hair tied back and earrings must either be taken out or covered. Please send in some micropore tape or plasters to cover their earrings. Also, the children are encouraged to bring labelled water bottles to access during the day.
There is an optional homework grid in your child's homework book. This term it is: 'Global Gardens' Homework- Your child can choose to complete an optional homework task each week from the grid and return tasks to school each week on Thursday. Please return the pink homework book to school each week.