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Class 2

 A message from the Class Teacher, Mrs Ormerod



2019-20 Term 2 - Curriculum Newsletter


Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you have all had a wonderful half term break and are looking forward to the term ahead. The following information outlines our topics for this very busy term leading up to Christmas:


This term, we will be initially focusing on poetry, looking at describing Autumn in poems. We will be learning about expanded noun phrases (e.g, "The colourful, crisp leaves") and similes (e.g, "The fireworks were as loud as thunder"). We will then be turning our attention to non-fiction, looking at information writing and instructions, both linked to our topic on The Gunpowder Plot.



This term we will initially be revisiting our learning on place value, recapping partitioning (splitting numbers up into hundreds, tens, ones) and identifying missing numbers in a problem. We will then begin our learning of multiplication and division, looking at understanding what these terms mean and learning some straightforward methods to solve these problems. Finally, we will turn our attention to fractions.



Our topic this term is ‘The Gunpowder Plot". We will be learning about Guy Fawkes and his part in the plot as well as the problems that the plotters encountered. We will learn about how this links to Bonfire Night and then what happened after the plotters were captured. We have a fun "topic day" planned on November 5th where we will deepen our knowledge as well as enjoying several art and craft firework linked activities.



This term, we will learn about incarnation through the topic "Why does Christmas matter to Christians?" We will recap our understanding of the Christmas story before looking in more detail at several key moments and the significance of these to Christians.



Our science learning this term will be based around the topic "Animals including humans". We will be learning about how animals and humans change as they grow, what they need to eat to stay healthy and the importance of exercise and keeping clean.



We will continue doing P.E on Monday Mornings with Andy when we will take part in a range of outdoor games/activities. In addition we will have an indoor PE session on a Thursday afternoon when we will take part in dance activities linked to our topic on The Gunpowder Plot.


Spellings and times tables

This term we will be learning about a variety of spelling rules. In our spelling lessons we will investigate spelling patterns in words to enable us to come up with "rules" that we can apply in our day to day writing. Words containing these rules will be sent home as words to learn in readiness for a test at the end of the week. In addition, some common exception words will be sent home to be learnt. These are words that we frequently need to read and spell but which do not necessarily follow standard spelling patterns. All of these are sent home via the "Week Ahead Sheet" on a Friday.


In addition to all of the above we also have music lessons with Mrs Wilmott every Thursday and PSHE lessons weekly where we discuss and explore feelings, emotions and behaviours etc all via our new programme "HeartSmart".


As always, please do not hesitate to make an appointment to see me if you have any queries or concerns at any point. Thank you for your continued support,


Mrs Ormerod.