Our topic this term is All around us. In History we will be comparing schools past and present. What is our school like? What was it like when my parents and grandparents went to school? If your parents or grandparents went to school in Audlem and would be willing to come in to talk to us about their experiences we would be very grateful. Then we will travel back in time and experience life as Victorian children during our visit to a Victorian Schoolroom. We will be asking questions such as: What was a Victorian classroom like? What subjects did the children learn? How were children punished?
In Science, we will learn about the journey of life. We will learn that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults and that we change as we get older. We will investigate and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food and air).
Throughout the term we will look at stories related to Schools. We will read 'Matilda' by Roald Dahl together as a class and describe characters in the story using adjectives to modify nouns. We will read 'Dear Teacher' by Amy Husband as a stimulus to write letters to the Teacher explaining why it has been impossible to complete our homework — outrageous excuses are encouraged. Understanding the importance of sentence structure and the use of punctuation to demarcate sentences will be a key focus in writing. We will be concentrating on spelling homophones (see/sea) and common high frequency words. The children will be given extra common words as spelling every 2 weeks to learn.
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 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 on number looking at place value, addition and subtraction. We will deepen our learning through problem solving activities and use our reasoning skills to explain. We will also be developing our understanding of data handling by conducting a traffic survey, presenting our results using a tally chart and block graph.
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.
Routines in Year Two
Our P.E. lessons take place on Friday 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 Autumn 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: 'All around us' 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 homework book to school each week.
Important dates: 5th December — Christmas Lunch
11th December — Reception and Key Stage 1 Christmas Performance at 9.15am
12th December — Reception and Key Stage 1 Christmas Performance at 5.00pm
17th December — 9.30am Christmas Service in Church
18th December — Break for Christmas