Our topic this term is Inventors and Inventions. In History, we will be studying famous people who have made significant contributions both nationally and internationally. The children will 'meet' inventors from history, discuss and order their inventions on a timeline and start to ask 'inventor questions' that lead to inventions. They will build models from technical drawings, design their own models and experiment with different fixings and mechanisms for their models. They will test designs, models and mechanisms in role as inventors. They will finally design, draw and make their own inventions, and present them to the class.
In Science, our topic for this term is Grouping and Changing Materials. The children will describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials and compare and group together a variety of materials based on their physical properties. In the second half-term we will be focusing upon creating electrical circuits to light a bulb linked to our study of the famous inventor, Thomas Edison.
For STEM week the children in Pearl Class have explored freestanding structures and winding mechanisms.
Throughout the term we will look at stories related to Inventors. We will use the story 'My Grandpa's Amazing Inventions' by Richard Johnson as a starting point for study in English and we will write narratives and simple explanations. The children will be looking closely at statements, commands, questions and exclamations. Understanding the importance of sentence structure and the use of punctuation to demarcate sentences will continue to be a key focus in writing. We will be concentrating on developing spelling rules when suffixes are added to a root word.
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 recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables, including recognising odd and even numbers. We will calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division within the multiplication tables and write them using the multiplication (x), division (÷) and equals (=) sign. We will deepen our learning through problem solving activities 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.
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 Spring 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: 'Inventors' 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: 7th January Return to school