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What are we learning this term?

Literacy

Using the Talk 4 Writing approach, which is a writing approach that enables children to write independently for a variety of audience and purposes.  By learning the stories ‘The Snail and the Whale’ and ‘The Papaya that Spoke’, the children will imitate and internalise quality language structures that will help them when writing their own stories.   The children will practice writing in role i.e. letters, news reports, diary entries and develop their use of descriptive language. Regular spellings and grammar will also be part of our learning as well as poetry and exploring non-fiction texts.

In reading, we will continue to find opportunities to develop the children’s reading fluency, but we are also teaching a range of strategies to aid comprehension and encourage reading with meaning.  Please continue to read with your child at home, but remember, even after they have learnt to read by themselves, it is still very important for parents to read stories aloud to their children – by reading stories on their interest level, but beyond their reading level, you can stretch your child’s understanding and motivate them to improve their skills.  It can also be a very special bonding time and sends the message – reading is worthwhile!

Numeracy

Every lesson will start with ‘Big Maths’, which is a systematic and structured approach to embed number and calculation knowledge. We teach the National Curriculum and in Year 2 children will learn about number and place value, all 4 maths calculations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) and fractions.  After half term we teach properties of shapes; measures; statistics and position & direction.

Please could you support your child’s learning at home by practising their termly ‘learn its’ using the ‘learn it’ mats provided.  The ‘learn its’ for this term, which they must learn off by heart are as follows:

5+4, 5+6, 6+7, 8+7 and 8+9 and the 5 x table.

WIDER CURRICULUM

History:  Last term our focus was on Geography, when we learned about the Rainforests and this term the focus will be on History. In line with the national curriculum, we want our children to learn about ‘Events beyond the living memory’ and therefore our topic this term is The Great Fire of London and we will focus on the diary of Samuel Pepys and the effects of the fire on the city of London.  The children will be visiting the St Paul’s Cathedral on Thursday, the 19th March.

Science: We will be learning about the uses of everyday materials including wood, plastic, metal, glass, brick, paper and cardboard. The children will compare the suitability of the different materials for different purposes; they will also explore how objects made from everyday materials can change shape.

Religious Education:  As part of Christianity, the children will be looking at different stories from the Bible of when Jesus has shown and taught us the importance of kindness.  At St Michael’s we have 7 school values and each half term we focus on one of our values in more depth – this half term is the value of Hope, and after February half term it will be the value of Resilience.

PE is on Wednesday mornings and this term our focus is on Gymnastics and Invasion Games.  If your child has a school tracksuit, they may wear their tracksuit over PE clothes to school on a Wednesday.  Whilst occasionally we have timetable changes, we will do our best to avoid changing their PE slot.

Art & DT:  In addition to art work the children will be doing in class, we also do termly ‘whole school art project’ at St Michael’s and this term our topic will be Sculpture, which we will definitely share on the blog, so watch this space!  We also have a Design and Technology project around food technology planned for after half term, which will be super exciting!

Music: We use the Charanga scheme of work to teach music.  In addition to our music lessons, the children also enjoy singing in our collective worships and the children are also learning to play the Glockenspiel – hopefully we can post a video on the blog towards the end of term!

Computing:  Our children are growing up in a digital world and in the Autumn Term the children were learning about online safety.  Please monitor what the children are doing on the digital devices at home to ensure that the content the are accessing is age appropriate.  Also, please continue to remind them of how they can keep themselves safe online.  NetAware has a great website which offers parents expert advice on the top apps, sites and games children are using as well as advice how to set up parental controls.

https://www.net-aware.org.uk/

This term in computing our focus is on computer skills such as computer art and word processing skills.

Modern Foreign Language – Italian: Research has shown that learning a second language has cognitive benefits.  We are therefore fortunate to have a teacher from the Italian embassy visiting the school once a week to expose the children to the foreign language of Italian.

Let’s Talk:  At St Michael’s we have designed a ‘Healthy Body, Mind and Spirit’ curriculum and we deliver our teaching in what we call a ‘Let’s Talk’ session once a week.  The theme for this term is ‘Very Important People’ (VIPs) in the children’s lives and the ways in which they can develop positive relationships with them.

Homework

Homework will be handed out on a Monday and must be returned on a Friday, unless alternative dates are given.  The homework will consist of:

  • Mathletics:  2 tasks to complete each week
  • Reading: Daily reading is encouraged as it will greatly help your child’s learning in other curriculum areas. Please try to sign your child’s reading log at least twice a week.
  • Spelling: We will test children’s spelling via tests and dictations on Fridays.
  • ‘Learn-its’.

General – LABEL ITEMS OF CLOTHING

Whilst the school cannot accept any liability for loss of school uniform items, we will do our best to return lost items of clothing… However, we can only do that if the item of clothing is LABELLED!  So please ensure you have put your child’s name on especially their jumper or coat, as they often take it off during play and then forget it in the playground when they go back to class.

HOW TO STAY INFORMED

We post blogs on our school website every week, so please continue to check what is happening at St Michael’s.  More information about the curriculum can also be seen our website.

Our next parents meeting planned for the 25th March, but if you have any concerns, please come and talk to us… book an appointment to see Ms Aldridge, or alternatively, Ms Paul (Infant Leader), Ms Gillespie (Deputy Headteacher) or Ms Asante (Inclusion Manager).

 

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