The following websites will help support your child in English and Maths using fun activities and games.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/

 

http://www.ictgames.com/resources.html

Your child also has a login for TT Rockstars and BugClub which can be accessed at home using the internet. These are fantastic resources to support your children’s reading and times tables knowledge.

 

 

 

 

A welcome message from the class teacher:

 

Welcome to Chimpanzee class’ page!

My name is Miss Buckley and I am the class teacher. This is my sixth year working at Smawthorne Henry Moore, and my fourth full year working in Year 2, after beginning my teaching career in Year 1. I first got into teaching because I felt there was no job more rewarding than helping children get the best start to their education, and seven years later I still feel the same!

Seeing the children learn and progress through the year is incredibly fulfilling. As well as teaching in Year 2, I also lead Geography through school. This means I keep track of the progress all children are making in Geography and implement strategies to further enhance the quality of the Geography lessons children our taught.

 

 

-      Your child will be sent home with their reading book every night for you to read with them.

-      The children have weekly spellings which get sent out on a Monday to be tested the following Friday. These can also be found on our website.

-      Handwriting homework is sent home on a Friday in handwriting books, and should be brought back into school the following Wednesday.

-      Maths homework is also sent out on a Friday and recaps what the children have been learning that week in their Maths lessons. It should be brought back to school the following Wednesday.

-      The children are tested on their times tables every Friday. The children are expected to know their 2s, 5s, and 10 times tables.

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In Spring 2, we will visit Harlow Carr to support our Science topic on plants.

While we are there, we will learn about what plants need to grow, the life cycle of a plant and how to plant a seed.

The children will also explore the Harlow Carr gardens, identifying different flowers and trees as they walk round.

 

During Summer 2, the children will visit Anglers Country Park, as our Topic theme is ‘creepy crawlies’.

The children will learn about the different habitats around the park, including water, woodlands and grassy areas, as well as which creatures live there.

They will also take part in a pond-dipping activity, using equipment to find creatures from shallow parts of the lake and then identifying them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

English Curriculum:

Autumn 1

This half term our topic is ‘The Lady with the Lamp’. This will mainly focus on looking at the life of Florence Nightingale and how she made hospitals cleaner, safer places for her patients.

 

English

We will be exploring this topic in English through the texts the children read and write.

  • We are going to begin by looking at the story of Little Red Riding Hood. The children will act it out, re-tell the story and look at the variety of characters in the text and have a go at describing them.
  • The children will also look at the story ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ and use this to learn the skills needed to write a character description. This will include using adjectives to describe, connectives to extend sentences and including question sentences. We will finish this unit by writing a character description of George’s grandma.
  • We are also going to be finding out about Florence Nightingale through our own research in order to create a non-chronological report all about her.
  • In our Guided Reading lessons, we will be reading ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’. We will read part of the text each day and then answer questions on what we have read.

Autumn 2

This half term our topic is ‘Who’s the Litterbug?’ We will be looking at recycling, littering and how we can take care of our community.

 

English

We will be exploring this topic in English through the texts the children read and write.

  • We will begin by looking at poetry about Bonfire Night. The children will use their senses to help them create their poem.
  • We will also share the well-known traditional tale ‘Cinderella’. The children will start by retelling the story and then move onto learning the skills required to write a letter. They will then finish off this unit by writing a letter to Cinderella.
  • Finally, we will be reading the Christmas story; reminding us of the importance of Christmas and the children will use drama to act this out.
  • In our Guided Reading lessons, we will be continuing with ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’. We will read part of the text each day and then answer questions on what we have read.

 

 

Maths Curriculum:

Autumn 1

  • We will be beginning to develop the children’s arithmetic skills. This will support the children in answering addition, subtraction, division and multiplication skills. Examples of these methods are available to see on the Maths area of our Curriculum pages.
  • The children will be tested weekly on the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. When the children are confident with these we will move onto 3 and 4 times tables.
  • We will look at number and place value by writing numbers both in numerals and words, ordering numbers, and identifying the tens and units in two-digit numbers.
  • The children will also develop their addition and subtraction skills, using these to answer a range of questions, including word problems.

Autumn 2

  • The first unit we will look at is ‘money’. The children will find the value of a group of coins using addition and will also learn how to make the same value using different combinations of coins.
  • The children will also begin to develop their multiplication and division skills. They will learn how to answer these types of number sentences using a range of practical and visual methods, moving onto answering problems using these operations.

 

Science Curriculum:

Science

Our Science topic for this half term is ‘Healthy Living’. The children will name the main parts of the body and look at each of their functions, as well as learn about how we can keep our bodies healthy. They will also look at different food types and learn about the importance of a balanced, varied diet.

 

Science

Our Science topic for this half term is ‘Materials’. The children will learn about the materials of different objects e.g. plastic, glass and metal. They will also sort materials by looking at their different properties, such as whether they are transparent, translucent or opaque.

 

English Curriculum:

Spring 1

This half term our topic is ‘A’ha me Hearties!’ We will be learning about pirates, focussing on Blackbeard, and also the discoveries of Christopher Columbus.

 

English

We will be exploring this topic in English through the texts the children read and write.

  • The children will begin by writing a character description and non-chronological report on Blackbeard. We will then teach the skills needed to write a non-chronological report (headings, subheadings, facts etc.) We will then finish our unit by writing a final non-chronological report on everything the children have learnt about pirates.
  • For the final two weeks, we will focus on the traditional tale ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’. The children will be using pictures to create a story map, and then use this to help them retell the story. We will then move onto writing a character description of the troll.
  • In guided reading, we will be reading ‘Peter Pan’. We will read part of the text each day and then answer questions on what we have read.

Spring 2

 

This half term our topic is ‘London’s Burning!’ We will be learning about the Great Fire of London as well as the importance of the diary kept by Samuel Pepys during that time.

 

English

  • The children will begin by looking at the popular children’s story Jack and the beanstalk. The children will create their own story map with actions to help them retell the story.
  • We will then teach the skills needed to retell a story (including a beginning, middle and end, using interesting sentence openers etc). To finish this unit, the children will write an alternative ending to Jack and the Beanstalk.
  • After our visit to Harlow Carr Gardens, the children will write a recount about their day.
  • In guided reading, we will be reading ‘Oliver Twist’. We will read part of the text each day and then answer questions on what we have read.

Maths Curriculum:

Spring 1

  • We will continue to develop the children’s arithmetic skills. This will support the children in answering addition, subtraction and multiplication number sentences.
  • The children will also develop their division skills. They will learn how to answer these types of number sentences using a range of practical and visual methods.
  • We will also look at statistics. The children will complete tables using a tally chart to help them, and answer questions about this.
  • Finally, we will look at properties of 2d and 3d shapes.

Spring 2

  • We will begin the half term by learning about fractions. The children will recognise, find, name and write fractions 1/3, 1/2, 1/4 and 3/4 of a length, shape, set of objects or quantity. They will then learn to recognise the equivalence of 1/2 and 2/4.
  • The children will also learn about measuring heights and lengths. They will measure in metres and centimetres before moving onto comparing and ordering and solving different lengths and heights.

Science Curriculum:

Spring 1

  • This half term we are going to conduct an experiment! The children will need to make their own prediction and evaluate the outcome of the experiment.
  • The children are also going to think about where their food comes from.

 

Spring 2:

  • This half term we are focusing on plants. We will look at what plants need to help them grow. The children will develop their knowledge on this through an experiment.
  • The children will also name the parts of a plant and understand what these are used for.

English Curriculum:

Summer Term 1:

During this half term, we will be continuing our ‘London’s Burning’ topic, as the children are completing their SATs tests. We will be continuing the History, Geography, Art and DT objectives as above.

 

English

  • We will begin by sharing the well-known traditional tale ‘The Gingerbread Man’. The children will write a letter to the Old Woman and Old Man from the Gingerbread Man.
  • The children will then move onto writing a diary entry as the Gingerbread Man.

 

Summer Term 2:

  • We will begin by sharing the well-known children’s story ‘James and the Giant Peach’. The children will write a character description of James and his aunts.
  • books and create a leaflet about a chosen mini-beast.
  • The children will then write a recount of their Sports Day. We will then teach the children the skills required for a recount (writing in chronological order, time openers etc.) before completing this unit with a recount of our school trip to Anglers Country Park.
  • In guided reading, we will be reading ‘The Twits’. We will read part of the text each day and then answer questions on what we have read.

 

Maths Curriculum:

 

Summer Term 1:

  • The children will be tested weekly on the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. When the children are confident with these we will move onto 3 and 4 times tables.
  • We will be continuing to work on developing the children’s arithmetic skills. This will support the children in answering addition, subtraction, division and multiplication number sentences.
  • The children will develop their time skills. We will look at o’clock, half past, quarter past/to. Then children will then move onto telling the time to five minutes.
  • We will be revising all our maths topics taught so far in preparation for SATs.

 Summer Term 2:

  • The children will be tested weekly on the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. When the children are confident with these, we will move onto 3 and 4 times tables.
  • The children will recap addition and subtraction by looking at the different methods we use to answer these problems. They will use number lines and other visual methods.
  • We will look at solving problems with money. This will include adding together different amounts, as well as being able to say how much change someone will receive.
  • We will also look at solving problems about time.

 

Science Curriculum:

  • Our science topic for this half term is ‘Plants and animals’. The children will identify and name a variety of local plants and animals in their habitats.
  • The children will also look at animals in large habitats all over the world. The children will discuss why the animal is suited to its environment.
  • Using laptops and non-fiction books, the children will research bugs habitats. The children will use this information to design a bug hotel and gather the materials to make this.