Purple 2020 - 2021
Welcome to Purple Class 2019-2020
We are a Year 2 class taught by Mrs Hornby, Mrs Buckley and Mrs Lister and supported by Mrs Mitchell.
We always strive to "Be the best we can be" whilst having fun.
What are We Learning This term?
Maths: As mathematicians we will; recall multiplication and division facts for 2, 5 and 10 and use them to solve simple problems, demonstrating an understanding of commutativity as necessary, recall and use multiplication and division facts for 2, 5 and 10 and make deductions outside known multiplication facts and use them to solve simple problems.
We will identify a fraction of a number or shape, and know that all parts must be equal parts of the whole.
In the second half of the Spring Term, we will identify properties of 2-D and 3-D shapes, including number of sides, vertices, edges, faces and lines of symmetry. We will describe similarities and differences of 2-D and 3-D shapes, using their properties (e.g. that two different 2-D shapes both have only one line of symmetry; that a cube and a cuboid have the same number of edges, faces and vertices, but different dimensions). We will be able to describe similarities and differences of 2-D and 3-D shapes, using their properties (e.g. that two different 2-D shapes both have only one line of symmetry; that a cube and a cuboid have the same number of edges, faces and vertices, but different dimensions). In length and height, we will read scales in divisions of ones, twos, fives and tens and read scales where not all numbers on the scale are given and estimate points in between.
Every day, first thing in the morning, we will complete Mini Maths questions related to the maths we have been learning in lesson time.
English: We will develop our English skills across a range of genres and text types. This term, our learning will centre around Traditional Stories, Poetry, Recounts, Information Texts, Biographies and Stories on a Theme.
High quality texts will be used including the Chinese Zodiac, Jack and the Beanstalk, Monster Poems, Fox By Margaret Wild, The Tin Forest by Helen Ward, The Whales Song, The Diary of a Wombat, Information texts on Sea Creatures and The Biography of Jacques Cousteau.
Reading books will be changed on Wednesdays. Please send your child in with their books each day as they could be heard reading any day of the week. Please continue to support the use the ‘Bug Club’ at home. This is a valuable resource in helping develop your child's reading and comprehension skills. We have found that children who regularly access ‘Bug Club’ books at home progress more quickly than those who don’t. We will also be using these books during guided reading. If you have any problems logging in please let one of us know.
Geography: Magical Mapping. This unit introduces children to planning a route around our local area, along with developing their knowledge of compass directions! Children complete their own walking route plan around the local area. Some children will be able to compare different routes.
DT: We will be designing and making our own hammocks and will be spending lots of time outdoors in the Forest School area whilst we do this.
Science: Living Things and Their Habitats. In this unit we will learn about a variety of habitats and the plants and animals that live there. We will learn to tell the difference between things that are living, dead and things that have never been alive, and apply this in a range of contexts. We will make observations of a local habitat and the creatures that live there, investigating conditions in local microhabitats and how they affect the minibeasts found within them. This unit allows children to research a range of global habitats and how the living things that live there are suited to their environments, and also provides an introduction to the idea of dependency between plant and animal species.
The Environment: This Environment Unit introduces children to the ecological challenges that face the modern world. We will undertake activities that challenge us to engage with environmental issues and to understand the simple changes we can make to live more sustainable lives. Throughout the unit, learning is closely focused on the Working Scientifically strand of objectives, providing a range of opportunities for children to apply practical scientific methods and skills.
RE: Christianity Our enquiries will centre on the questions; What is worship? Why is the Church important? Why are some symbols / objects special for Christians? (Introduction to the Eucharist)How and why do Christians celebrate Easter?
Music: The children will be practising rhythms and patterns in songs.
PE: Indoor sessions on a Thursday afternoon will be gymnastics and dance. For the first half of the Spring term, Mr Richards will teach these sessions and Mrs Buckley will teach the sessions in the second part of the term. Outdoor sessions will be on Tuesday afternoons and will be delivered by Mrs Lister and Sportscape coaches. Please ensure children have adequate, named kit in school at all times. PE kit: navy shorts and light blue t-shirt. It is important that in addition to school PE kit, the children have pumps or trainers and a track suit in school AT ALL TIMES so that they are prepared for an outdoor lesson. Outdoor sessions will take place in all but severe weather conditions.
For both lessons it is essential that children with pierced ears have either plasters to cover their earrings or earrings be taken out.
Homework Maths: Mini Maths work will be given to your child in school time. If we feel they need to consolidate or finish their work, we will send a copy for you to complete with your child at home. In addition to any MyMaths homework given, children can access maths games to help improve mathematical fluency and to engage and improve times table knowledge.
Homework Literacy: We will be concentrating on improving our reading comprehension skills this term . Homework will be a short text with questions as well as the regular weekly spellings we send home. Homework is normally set on a Friday to be handed in the following Thursday. Children are expected to complete their homework using the same standard of presentation as would be expected in class.
Your child will have spellings to practise each week. These will be placed in their home school diary at the end of each week. They will also be available to view each week on this page. You can now practise the weekly spellings and earn points on The Spelling Shed. Your child has a login for this website at the front of their home school diary.
Please see the Parent Information Leaflet for up to date information about Purple Class.
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