Welcome to Term 5 and 6
Our topic during the spring and summer terms is
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
We will be learning all about the country we live in and how it is part of Great Britain and also the United Kingdom.
We will be finding out about the traditions and culture of the 4 countries that make up the UK, through art, music, dance and song.
We will be looking at mountains, seasides, rivers and castles - with a special class trip to Chepstow Castle.
If you have any resources to share with the class then please send them in. Make sure that everything has a name on it so it can be returned at the end of the term.
What we are doing in English:
This term we will be looking at different poems, learning some off by heart and writing our favourite ones out in a poetry anthology.
We will also be spending the next few weeks working hard on our reading speed and comprehension.
Handwriting is always a big focus as it is very important that we are able to form all our letters correctly, the right way round and of the correct size. We do handwriting practise every week and are starting to learn how to join up our letters.
To help with handwriting it would be very useful if you could help your child practise writing the alphabet in both upper and lower case.
They could also practise putting a list of words into alphabetical order, including some that start with the same letter.
At all time please make sure your child is holding their pencil correctly, using the tripod hold - thumb and index finger holding the pencil and the other fingers supporting under the pencil.
What we are doing in Maths:
This term our maths is mainly about revising the 4 ways of calculating - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
We will start with 2 weeks on multiplication and division, practising our 2x, 5x and 10x tables and making sure that we all understand that divison is the inverse. We will be using plenty of practical methods to support our learning and using the skills we have learnt to solve word and reasoning problems.
We are happy to chat to you if you would like to know more about how to support your child in maths.
Every Monday we have a 1 minute tables test. Our scores are definitely improving each week!
What we are doing in Spelling:
In Y2 we learn spelling rules that can be applied to writing. There are also weekly lists of individual words to learn. Every child has been given a copy of the High Frequency Words that do not follow a spelling rule and these will also need to be learnt.
We will start term 5 by revising all our spelling rules associated with adding suffixes to root words and using these rules with the suffixes -er, -est and -ness.
We will also continue to look at homophones - words that sound the same but are spelt differently and have different meanings.
Long sleeved top or t-shirt.
Long sleeved jumper - no hoodies as these can catch on the tree branches.
Wellies or sturdy walking shoes. No trainers.
Forest School clothes should remain in school throughout the term, in a named bag that will hang on a peg.
No Forest School clothes = no Forest School!
It is very important that your child reads to someone at home every day. As well as being able to read words they need to understand what they have read, so please talk to them about their book to develop comprehension skills. This is very important if they are going to become an excellent reader.
If their book needs changing then please remind them to change it when they come into school in the morning and then put it in the red box at the front of the class so we can make a note of what book they have chosen.
Don't forget that if there is anything that you need to know please come and ask us.
Mrs Treacher, Mrs Barnett and Mrs Gooding