Welcome back after what I hope has been an enjoyable holiday.
Our topic in 2AL this term is ANCIENT EGYPT.
We will be incorporating many of our subjects including History, Geography, Art and Design Technology through our topic this term. Please could you provide your child with a labelled plain white t-shirt which we can paint. This should be in school by the end of the half term please.
Understanding English, Communication and Languages
This term we will be focussing our writing around ‘The Egyptian Cinderella’ By Shirley Climo, and ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ texts by Cressida Cowell.
We will be covering the following units:
· Diary entries
· Non-fiction information texts
Spellings will continue to be tested on a Tuesday. I have sent home this week a list of spellings for this half and they are also on the school website. However, I have informed the children where in the classroom they can find spares if they need them.
In Guided Reading we will be using the text ‘The Butterfly Lion’ by Michael Morpurgo, to aid our comprehension and understanding, in addition to revising and practicing our spelling and grammar skills.
We will be revising some of the objectives from last term and also focusing on:
· Multiplication and division
We will continue to do Froggy Maths on a Friday, as well as a Times Table test that will focus on the specific Table your child needs to learn. It is an expectation that children know all their Times Tables by the end of Year 4. Practicing these at home with your child really gives them the skills they need to be confident in our maths lessons.
The children really enjoy going on Sumdog to develop their mathematical knowledge in a fun, interactive way. Let me know if your child has lost their login and I will replace it, as I will be setting the children challenges to complete at home.
Scientific Exploration and Understanding
This half term our topic will be Electricity. We will be learning about the history of electricity as well as building our own circuits.
PE will be on a Monday and Thursday for the first half term but children should have a kit in school every day. Please ensure it is suitable for the weather, it has been cold recently and some children have not had sweatshirts in school.
Children will be swimming on a Wednesday afternoon for the second half term (after February half term) so please ensure they have the appropriate kit every week.
We are continuing to learn the Toot with Pete Groves on a Thursday. The children made fantastic progress last term.
Staffing: We welcome Miss Wilmott who is joining 2AL as a Teaching Assistant four days per week, in addition to Mrs Quinn and Mr Coleman. The children continue to be taught by myself every day apart from Wednesday, when they are taught by Miss Brown.
English Homework: I am now expecting the children to choose five words from their spelling list and write them each in a sentence, I will send home a book for this to be written in. This should be handed in every Tuesday for the previous week’s spellings. It would be great if they can demonstrate their grammar knowledge and use joined up handwriting.
Maths Homework: This will start again this week and will carry on being given out on a Friday and should be returned by the following Thursday.
Reading: We are still having an emphasis on Reading in school and we would be grateful if you could support this as much as possible at home. The children should continue to bring their Reading Journal into school on a Monday when it will be checked. There will be a reward at the end of each half term for the child who has read the most at home.
Brave Explorers: We are having a real focus on the school Brave Explorers’ Curriculum this term as it supports children in becoming resilient individuals. As a class we are focussing on making good, positive choices and becoming more independent.
Class Assembly: You are invited to join us for our class assembly on Friday 25th January at 9am, the children have been given their lines, please support them with learning these at home.
Thank you for being so supportive of your child’s learning and as always, please do not hesitate to speak to me if you need to discuss anything; email@example.com