Autumn Term

Topic: Healthy Living

This term we will be learning about Healthy Living, which will involve us investigating a range of themes such as what comprises a balanced diet, how exercise effects the body and how our muscles work.

The children have begun to investigate different food and how these are sorted into food groups.  We have introduced language such as cereal and protein and the children will be doing further investigation into this.  Any opportunity you have, whilst shopping or at meal times to discuss the types of food and their origin would be beneficial.

We will also be looking at other aspects of Healthy Living, which will include wellbeing and happiness.

Homework will be given out on Wednesday, to be returned the following Wednesday.  We will be changing the way that we do our spellings in Class 2.  More information about this to follow.

Maths

During school, we will be continuing to improve our calculation skills in the four operations (+,-,x,÷) and using them to help us solve problems. We are encouraging the children to learn from mistakes they make in maths and to develop their perseverance when solving a tricky problem.
At home, you could help your child by asking them simple calculations that they can quickly do in their head; I find this helps with their confidence in Maths. There are plenty of online maths sites such as mathsframe.co.uk, which will help children revise their basic skills.
We will be learning times tables for our weekly times table test you can practise at home. Try “Learn a times table in 5 days” at http://www.transum.org/Tables/Times_Tables.asp

English

A lot of our literacy will be centred on our topic.  We will be creating and writing our own recipes and instructions, as well as using our imagination to create a thriller story.  The children will be working hard on their vocabulary choices and editing, with a focus on spelling, so the children will have time to explore different ways of improving these skills.  There are several games and activities that help make spelling easier and fun, some are available on the bbc bitesize ks2 website, which help children learn various spelling patterns and rules.

Reading is obviously key to becoming good writers and spellers, so please continue to read regularly with your child.  These books can be a range of literature, including non-fiction and poetry.

Please continue to read with your child and encourage them to choose a variety of books to read, the children are free to choose from the shelves in the classroom and the library area.

PE

PE will usually be on Thursday afternoons, but this can change. Please make sure your child has their PE kit in school at all times.

This term the children will begin with a unit developing football skills before moving onto hockey. After half term the children will focus on developing gymnastics skills.  We will also be linking our learning to our topic by highlighting the link between exercise and health.

Science

During Science this term we will be learning about different food groups, looking closer at fruit and vegetables.  We will be finding out about the human skeleton and how to keep our bones strong and healthy.  We will also be investigating the human heart and circularity system and how this is affected by diet and exercise.  Next, we will investigate muscles and movement, looking at how our triceps and biceps work.  This will lead us into some experiments with springs, levers and pulleys and further investigation into forces.  The children will be exploring different forces and will investigate friction, air and water resistance.

 

Other Areas

History – We will be looking at prehistoric Britain, finding out how cultures developed over time.  This will include some local area studies.

Design – The children will be designing their own Neolithic village and will also be creating their own iron age shield.  The children will be using a variety of materials, testing out which ones give the best results.

Art – We will be exploring the patterns of William Morris and will be creating our own healthy eating patterns.  We will then make pattern blocks to apply our pattern using a range of paints.  We will be exploring 3D art work and sculpture, focusing on showing human facial expressions.

Languages – We will be practising our French greetings and colours through songs and games, as well as introducing food, with the children creating their own French menus.

RE – We will be looking at Islam, finding out what is inside a mosque and learning about Ramadan