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WILLOWCROFT COMMUNITY SCHOOL

Tomorrow’s success starts today

Robins

Happy New Year Robins! I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas and are ready to jump back into learning in 2020.

Our topic this term is:

Are people more precious than animals?

Excitingly, this term we are using our new 'dilemma-based' curriculum for the first time, with BIG Questions for the children to problem-solve. At the top of this page you'll see our two main questions for this term. They'll be woven into narratives that develop Year 2 geography, PHSE, science knowledge and skills as the story unfolds.

 

In Science we will be looking living things and their habitats. We will investigate different habitats across the world and study why different animals are suited to their habitats. We will specifically investigate Polar Bears and their homes, along with the problematic changes that are occurring in their habitats. We will attempt to solve the problems polar bears are having by designing and discussing new habitats for this species.

In Geography, while looking for new habitats for our polar bear, we will study the weather around the globe and link this to the equator. We will discuss the impact that weather has on the people and animals that live in countries around the world and how animals who live in certain places have adapted to their environments. We will use Geographical enquiry skills to ask questions about places, both familiar and unfamiliar and look at the impact of people and animals living in close proximity. In addition to this, we will also begin creating and using maps, including symbols and a key, while designing new homes for our endangered species.

In PE we will be looking Dance. We will Describe and explain how performers can transition and link shapes and balances, perform basic actions with control and consistency at different speeds and on different levels and challenge ourselves to move imaginatively responding to music. Throughout the unit we will work as part of a group to create and perform short movement sequences to music.

 

PSHE: Understanding differences between people

 

RE: Muslim prayer.

 

Computing: Programming to give directions.

 

In English we will begin with non-fiction and our focus will be learning the features of non-chronological (information) reports, such as title, headings, labels, captions and short factual sentences, and using them to write our own fact sheets. Later in the term we'll be learning to write informative, interesting diary entries.

 

In Maths we will continue to look at addition and subtraction:

  • Recall and use addition and subtraction facts fluently to 20 fluently.
  • Derive and use related facts up to 100.
  • Add and subtract numbers using concrete objects, pictorial representations and , mentally, including 2 digit numbers and ones, a 2 digit number and 10s, 2 2 digit numbers, 3 1 digit numbers.
  1. that the addition of 2 numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and subtraction of one number from another cannot.
  • Solve problems with addition and subtraction: using concrete objects and pictorial representations, including those involving numbers, quantities and measure; applying their increasing knowledge of mental and written methods.
  • Recognise and use the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction and use this to check calculations and solve missing number problems.

We will also learnt about Measurement:

  • Recognise and use symbols for pounds and pence.
  • Combine amounts to make a particular value.
  • Find different combinations of coins that equal the same amounts of money.
  • Solve simple problems in a practical context involving addition and subtraction of money (of the same unit) including giving change.

 

Other updates:

Class Dojo:

It's great that so many parents have accepted our invitation to join the Robins Class Dojo page. It's a good way to find out when your child has been awarded Amethyst Learning points during the term and what for.  I'll also message you with class information, and sometimes to share photos or information about something we've done.

 

Christmas Play DVDs

We will be offering Christmas Play DVDs for sale shortly after the start of Term 3. We'll let you know asap - Please check parentpay, class noticeboards and Class Dojo for information.

 

 

Term 2

Welcome back Robins! I hope you had a lovely, extended holiday and are ready for the new term.

 

 

Topic - Why do we celebrate?

This term our topic asks the question, why do we celebrate? We will be following a narrative that will encourage the children to think deeply, apply their knowledge, empathise, weigh up evidence, consider consequences and make informed choices. Our topic begins with a mysterious person and dilemmas/learning are revealed as the narrative continues...

 

Reading for success

All children will read to an adult in school at least once a week. They will also be reading with a partner each day in phonics for decoding, while Guided Reading activities will boost comprehension. However, nothing boosts a child's progress in reading more than reading to a grown up at home.

 

 Book bands: We use Oxford Reading Tree scheme books are colour coded into reading bands. Children progress through the colours as they show that they can both read and understand the texts. Each time they move up a band we’ll write it in their Reading Record. You can choose the books together from our reading trolley in the cloakroom area. Please stick to the correct reading band.

 

Maths

In ‘Addition and Subtraction’ we will learn to:

  • Recall and use addition and subtraction facts to 20 fluently, and derive and use related facts up to 100.
  • Show that the addition of two numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and subtraction of one number from another cannot.
  • Add and subtract numbers using concrete objects, pictorial representations, and mentally, including: a two digit number and ones; a two digit number and tens; two two digit numbers; adding three one digit numbers.
  • Recognise and use the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction and use this to check calculations and solve missing number problems.
  • Solve problems with addition and subtraction: using concrete objects and pictorial representations, including those involving numbers, quantities and measures; applying their increasing knowledge of mental and written methods.

 

 

In ‘Measurement: Money' we will learn to:

  • Recognise and use symbols for pounds and pence and combine amounts to make a particular value.
  • Find different combinations of coins that equals the same amount of money.
  • Solve simple problems in a practical context involving addition and subtraction of money of the same unit, including giving change.

 

English

Writing

In English this term we will be looking at Firework poems, using onomatopoeia to immerse the reader. We will read and re-write Aboriginal Traditional Tales of fire and also create opinion pieces as significant historical individuals. We will revisit poetry in the latter part of the term, using our writing as a gift to others. We will create Christmas or Winter poetry to share with someone else in our community.

 

Grammar

  • Sentence type, construction and punctuation.
  • Expanded noun phrases
  • Past and present tense verbs.

 

Spelling

English spelling is sometimes tricky.  But, good spelling makes a good first impression so many times in adult life, whether you're applying for a job, writing a report or even just emailing.

 

In primary school, good spelling is still an important part of KS1 Assessment. Feeling confident about spelling can also boost children’s writing to a higher level, encouraging them to use more adventurous, exciting vocabulary.

 

To help Willowcroft children get to grips with spelling rules, we have introduced a new spelling programme from Year 2-6, with at least three 15-minute sessions a week and regular assessments.

 

From Christmas onwards, the children will receive spelling words to learn as homework. 

 

How you can help your child fast-track to fantastic spelling:

  • Ensure they learn and practise any spelling homework.
  • Check out the Year 1 and 2 words that children should know by the end of KS1; it’s in the front of the Reading Record booklets. As they show in their daily reading and writing that they can read and spell these words, they will be able to colour in part of their personal spelling hive. For every 10 words they colour in they will get a reward.

 

PE

Please ensure your child has a full PE kit in school at all times as not having the correct clothes can cause distress. We recommend leaving PE kit on their peg until half-term, especially as our topic will include lots of physical activities.

Full kit for autumn and winter includes white or house-colour t-shirt, PE shorts, jogging bottoms, plimsolls and/or trainers. A sweatshirt will be useful for colder days. Please label everything! PE will be on Monday afternoon.

 

Swimming

Year 2 children have the opportunity to learn swimming at The Wave for a number of sessions. This will take place in the summer terms. To reassure you, the children are assessed in the first session and ability grouped to make sure they can progress in their own time and the class teacher will be in the pool with them.

 

 

Christmas Play

 

The Christmas Play this year is 'Hey Ewe'. The children have already been given their parts, but costumes letters and scripts will be given out as soon as possible. The dates/times for the Christmas play are as follows:

 

Morning performance: Wednesday 11th December at 9.30am

Afternoon performance: Tuesday 10th December at 1.30pm

Evening performance: Monday 9th December at 3.30pm

 

Tickets will cost £1 per chair. The money will be put towards new resources for the children and their garden.

Picture 1 Mrs Dixon
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