Welcome to the Summer term! We are happy Summer is almost here and we are very excited about our new learning challenges this half term!
Our new topic is called 'Prehistoric Manchester'
Our class text Atlas of Dinosaur Adventures' by Emily Hawkins will inspire our reading and writing this half term.
Children will read and explore this information book, finding out lots about dinosaurs and collecting vocabulary for their own writing. Children will then design their own dinosaur and describe it. We will work on using accurate punctuation in our writing and we will continue to work on using neat, cursive handwriting which is joined when children are ready.
This half term, children will consolidate their knowledge of addition, subtraction, division and multiplication. They will use number lines to show their working out. They will also consolidate their knowledge of fractions and solve word problems using their number skills. We will continue to do lots of work on learning the 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables, learning multiplication and division facts. Children who are confident should begin to learn the 4 x table.
We will continue to name and describe the properties of a range of 2D and 3D shapes. Can you help your child find any 2D or 3D shaps at home?
Help your child at home by counting in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s, and by asking them to count coins, groups of objects in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s. Try asking them to tell you the times table they are learning in reverse order!
If you have a tablet or laptop at home which your child can use, please encourage them to go on Times Tables Rockstars. Every child has a username and password to access this fantastic website. Alternatively, there's a great free website for practising times tables and number bonds.
Search for Hit the button to play.
Our Science topic is called 'Where would a dinosaur feel at home?' Children will learn about different habitats and how animals adapt to live there. They will sort and describe different kinds of dinosaurs. We will ask questions such as 'How can we tell if a dinosaur was a carnivore or a herbivore?' and 'Which materials are best for protecting a dinosaur egg?'
This half term we will focus on our skills as historians. Our topic is called 'What was Gorton like 100 years ago?' Children will learn about what homes and schools were like in the past. They will also learn about Gorton Monastery and Belle Vue Zoo.
The Learning Challenges document below shows you what we are going to learn about each week this half term.
Our PE days are MONDAYS and WEDNESDAYS. All children should have a full PE kit, which includes a T-shirt and shorts or jogging trousers/leggings. Children will need outdoor shoes this half term as we will be doing Outdoor Games.
Please make sure that your child's name is written inside each piece of kit. Long hair must be tied back and no earrings should be worn on these days.
Homework will be sent out on Fridays. Please return homework books by the following Wednesday so it can be marked.
This half term, children will not be given weekly spelling lists. Instead, they should focus on their gaps in the Year 1 and Year 2 Common Exception word lists. Practising spellings at home for a few minutes each day is essential, and really helps to improve children's written work. Children will be tested on these words before moving up to Year 3. Thank you for your support at home.
Reading and Book Bags
Children need to bring their book bags to school every day. They will read regularly as part of a group or individually when possible, but reading at home is just as important.
In Year 2, children are encouraged to change their own book bags. There will not be a change over day - children will change their books when they have read them, but it is expected that this will be at least twice a week. They can change their book every day if they wish!
Please continue to read with your child at home and sign their reading record when they have read their book. Many thanks for your support.