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Spring Term 2023

Happy New Year and welcome to the Spring Term in Year 2.  This is usually the shortest term in the school year and it’s always a squeeze getting everything in so expect a busy but exciting term!

 

Money is always a topic of conversation in January so it seems appropriate that we’ll spend the first couple of weeks studying it in Maths. After that we’ll take a long look at multiplication and division – sharing and grouping numbers and objects. Just before Easter we’ll move onto measuring things: length, mass, capacity and volume will all be looked at – and into!

 

It’ll be time to get thinking creatively in English as we’ll be rewriting fairy tales for the first three weeks – Goldilocks and the Three Zombies perhaps or how about Large Blue Skateboarding Hood? There will be trip to the zoo for Year 2 this term so we’ll be writing about the fabulous time we’ve had there once we’ve been. After half term we will look at traditional tales and be writing our own version of one.

 

RE at All Saints gives us a great opportunity to discuss some of the wider questions life poses as well as drilling into specific aspects of the Christian faith. This term will be no exception as during the first half we will look at how gathering together in groups can help to foster a sense of belonging. After half term we will be on the run up to the most important date in the Christian calendar and will be asking ourselves exactly what does the Easter story teach Christians about Jesus.

 

Spring is coming and as our environment wakes up we’ll be getting out and about in Science to investigate how we actually know something is alive and looking at the habitats around us.

 

In ICT we’ll be using Scratch Jr to programme algorithms and make musical instruments. Scratch Jr is a free program developed by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and is free to download if you would like to explore this excellent introduction to the world of coding at home.

 

We expect some wide eyes during History lessons this term as we explore how school was different in the past (Mr Hawthorne should even be able to provide us with some personal recollections!).

 

The question we will address in Geography is “Would you rather live in a hot or a cold climate?”  Answering that during an English January may seem to suggest an obvious response but our studies should throw up some interesting facts that ought to be considered before answering.

 

Our focus in Art will be on some of the formal elements of the subject, giving us a good grounding for the studies to come in later years and In D&T we’ll be doing some junk modelling to build Baby Bear’s chair (or will that be Baby Zombie’s chair?).

 

Our dreams, goals and health will be the focus of our PSHE, something we should all keep in mind and should be really positive subjects to focus on.

 

Finally, Spanish and Music complement each other this term as playing in a band will be our focus in Music, whilst we’ll be learning the Spanish words for instruments. Anyone up for learning the fliscono?

 

Esperandolo !

Miss Barber and Mr Hawthorne

 

Useful terminology and guides

 

Please use the reading cards below to help you support your child with reading. They can even use them to ask you a question about the text!

Maths Songs

 

Number Bonds to 10     

Games & Activities to keep you moving

 

There are lots of ideas here https://www.activeessex.org/physical-activity-and-pe-at-home/ which can be completed indoors or out.

Fancy doing something extra?

 

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