Class 2 Parent and Carer letter - Spring term 2020

Welcome back from your Christmas holidays. I hope you have had a relaxing time and that you are ready to learn. These are the areas of the curriculum which we will be concentrating on this half term up to February.

Topic – The Bronze and Iron Age

Following on from our learning in the last academic year about the Stone Age, we will be finding out about the Bronze Age and Iron Age. (Stone Age topic in Autumn 1, 2018 for current Year 3) The children will learn;

  • Recap on knowledge of the Stone Age and how the Bronze Age and Iron Age was different from the Stone Age
  • Explain the process of making bronze and what it was used for
  • How grave goods give us information about the past
  • Explain what some of the Bronze Age burial practices were
  • To understand how British society changed in the Iron Age
  • To find out about the development of prehistoric buildings
  • To find out what it was like to live in an Iron Age hill fort
  • To learn about Iron Age art

We will base some of this half term’s art work around the Bronze Age and Iron Age

 

Literacy

Narrative - The Red Prince by Charlie Roscoe and Tom Clohosy Cole

  • Setting comparison before and after King and Queen left
  • Use of language - synonyms
  • Comparing the meaning of words ie, frightened - least to most
  • Write a wanted poster for the Red Prince
  • Story – journey back to the village

Y3 - Use of paragraphs and speech punctuation

Y2 - sentence punctuation and use of interesting vocabulary

Story - structure beginning, middle, end

Poetry – Wordsmith unit 2:2    A Closer Look

In this unit, the children enjoy listening and responding to poems in a range of different ways. They explore poetic language and identify adjectives and verbs in a poem. They draft, edit and compose their own poems and read them aloud.

Fables – The class will study a range of stories and their meanings and will write a letter as a character in The Lion and the Mouse. They will create their own fable.

Spelling - Year 2

  • Adding endings (suffixes) to words ending in a consonant and then a y
  • Adding -ing, -er and -est and -y to words ending in ‘e’
  • Adding -ing, -er, -est and -y to words ending in a short vowel sound
  • Spelling words with an ‘a’ as an ‘or’ sound, such as walk and talk
  • Words with ‘o’ as an ‘u’ sound, such as mother and Monday
  • Words as ‘ey’ as ‘ee’ sound

Spelling - Year 3

  • Word with ‘ou’ as ‘u’, such as young, trouble and cousin
  • Prefix ‘dis’ , ‘in’ and ‘mis’, such as misspell, incorrect and disagree
  • Prefix ‘ir’, ’il’ and ‘im’, such as irregular, illegal and impossible
  • Prefix ‘re’ and ‘sub’, such as recycle and subway
  • Prefix ‘inter’ and ‘super’, such as intercity and superhuman
  • Prefix ‘auto’, such as automatic

 

Numeracy

Year 2

We will learn and have a sharp recall of the multiplication and division facts for the 2-, 5- and 10-times tables and learn to count up in 3s.

Please can you help your child practise and have a sharp recall of the above times tables – Maths frame website - Multiplication Tables Check.

Year 3

In addition to the 2x,5x and 10x times table learnt in year 2, we will learn and have a sharp recall of the multiplication and division facts for the 3-, 4- and 8-times tables. Year 3 will also learn to count up in 4s, 8s ,50s and 100s.

Please can you help your child practise and have a sharp recall of the above times tables – Maths frame website - Multiplication Tables Check.

This half term we will;

Numeracy - White Rose

 

Multiplication and Division

Year 2

Make equal groups - sharing

Make equal groups - grouping

Divide by 2

Odd & even numbers

Divide by 5

Divide by 10

Multiplication and Division

Year 3

Compare statements Related calculations Multiply 2-digits by 1-digit (1) Multiply 2-digits by 1-digit (2) Divide 2-digits by 1-digit (1) Divide 2-digits by 1-digit (2) Divide 2 –digits by 1-digits (3) Divide 2-digits by 1-digit (3)

 

Money - Measurement Mo

Year 2

Count money - pence

Count money - pounds

Count money – coins and notes

Select money

Make the same amount Compare money

Find the total

Find the difference

Find change

Two-step problems

Money-Measurement

Year 3

Pounds and pence

Convert pounds and pence

Add money

Subtract money

Give change

 

How many ways?

 

Statistics

Year 2

Make tally charts

Draw pictograms (1-1)

Interpret pictograms (1-1)

Draw pictograms (2, 5 and 10)

Interpret pictograms (2, 5 and 10)

Block diagrams

 

Year 3

Pictograms

Bar Charts

Tables

 

 



Religious Education - Birth Ceremonies

All religions treat the birth of a new life as special and celebrate its importance in different ways. In the religions covered in this unit, God is acknowledged to have an important role in the creation and safe delivery of a new life and is thanked for the new baby. By the end of the unit your child should be able to explain the meaning behind the symbols and actions in the different birth ceremonies.

 

To understand the different needs of a new born baby.

  • To understand how people feel when a baby is born.
  • To understand what sin is and how Christians believe sin should be dealt with.
  • To understand the different parts of a baptism service and why it is important to Christians.
  • To understand how Muslims show that God cares for a baby.
  • To understand Sikh birth ceremonies.
  • To compare the Christian, Islamic and Sikh birth ceremonies and reflect on their importance to parents.

This half term our whole school value is about perseverance and we will be learning about what it means to persevere and look at examples of this in everyday life.

Science - Animals including Humans

In this science topic, we will about animals including humans and they will:

  • Identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat.
  • Identify that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement.

Year 2 children in working scientifically with different materials will;

  • Asking simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways.
  • Observing closely, using simple equipment.
  • Performing simple tests on materials.
  • Identifying and classifying different materials
  • Use their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.
  • Gathering and recording data to help in answering questions.

Year 3 children when carrying about investigations will:

  • Begin to use results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions, suggest improvements and raise further questions.
  • Begin to identify differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes.
  • Begin to use straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or to support their findings.
  • Begin to report on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations
  • Begin to gather, record, classify and present data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions.
  • Begin to record findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts, and tables.
  • Begin to set up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests.
  • Begin to make systematic and careful observations, take accurate measurements using standard units, use a range of equipment
  • Begin to ask relevant questions

 

ICT

We will research the Bronze and Iron age and our science topic on Animals including Humans. The class will produce a PowerPoint on the Bronze Age (link to topic area) / Healthy eating (Link to science)

Switched on unit We are COOKING to produce an interactive cooking book

Year 2 children will continue to learn to save a file to a network location and retrieve it again.

Year 3 will concentrate on improving their internet research skills.

 

PE

This half term, our PE will be on a Tuesday with Mr Devlin and on Wednesday we will be doing the Val Sabin unit gymnastics ‘Pathways’ (straight, zigzag and curving) and look at how movements are linked together.

 

Art

We will look at Texture, learning about collage, weaving, threads, fibres, fabrics, wood and clay.

Year 2

  • Learn to use large eyed needles, different thicknesses of thread and different sized running stitches to draw with
  • Use simple applique work attaching different material shapes to fabric with running stitch.
  • Explore other simple stiches, such as backstitch and cross stitch.
  • Use various collage materials to make a picture for our topic work on Bronze Age and Iron Age
  • Year 3
  • Will use smaller needles and finer threads
  • Use colour to express an idea in weaving
  • Show an awareness of the nature of materials and surfaces –fragile, tough and durable

DT

The class will learn about the Beaker people in the Bronze Age. They will design, make an evaluate a pottery vase.

French

The class will look at colours, describe what is in their wardrobe and what they are wearing and ask for food and say what their preferences are.