Spring Term

Our Topic – What happens to our waste?

We will be investigating what happens to our waste to become more aware of what we are throwing away and how we might put some of our ‘rubbish’ to better use. Today we are a throw-away society and there is a lot of waste that goes straight to landfill which could be fixed or re-used in some way. We are looking for old/broken unwanted items that you have at home which the children can use to design and make something new. We are hoping to hold an exhibition at the end of term to demonstrate what the children have created using rubbish! So start hunting at the back of cupboards for all those broken toys, electrical items, clothes etc

What is renewable and non-renewable energy?

What are the advantages and disadvantages?

 

Maths

We will be continuing to practise and use our maths skills to solve a range of problems. We will be focussing this term on persevering when we get stuck in Maths. It is important that the children feel they can approach a problem using different techniques and resources to support them then use these to try to solve a problem.

Please continue to support your child by learning their tables, Mr Allen will be holding his times tables test weekly. Any other Maths activities you can do at home with your child is always helpful: practising telling the time, playing a board game, measuring ingredients for a recipe or adding the cost of items at the supermarket.

Please feel free to discuss which method the children use in class and how you can help to support your child at home.

 

English

A lot of our Literacy this term will be centred on our topic: What happens to our waste? We will be creating a range of writing genres including: writing stories set in an abandoned setting, instructions and explanations linked to our inventions and reading The Tin Forest by Helen Ward.

We will be continuing with a spelling test as this has been an area we are working to improve. Your child will have a list of spellings in their homework books each week, which they need to learn ready for their test on Wednesday afternoon.

Please continue to read with your child, I advocate the children using ideas and phrases that they discover in their books, please encourage your child to read a range of fiction and non-fiction. There are books they can borrow in the classroom and library, please feel free to come in and help your child choose a book. I thoroughly recommend the children read: Stig of the Dump by Clive King, as it links in really well with our topic.

I also suggest you look at http://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/ which has book recommendations for each year group.

 

PE

PE will be on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, however this can easily change. please make sure your child has their PE kit in school at all times.

This term the children will be developing their gymnastics skills including performing balances with control and changing speed and direction. The children will be working on their own and with a partner to create their own sequences involving Gymnastic shapes and actions.

Mr Allen will be supporting the children to develop their ball skills through a range of invasion games including rugby and hockey.

 

Science

Our Science work will be linked to our topic on waste. We will be improving our understanding of electricity through building circuits, recognising that a switch opens and closes a circuit and associate this with whether or not a lamp lights in a simple series circuit, recognising some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductors. We will be continuing to improve our investigation skills by asking questions, planning how to answer these questions and reporting our findings.

Other Areas

Geography – why should we care about what we throw away? We are going to look at the effect humans are having on the planet and how we can change some of our habits to improve the environment.

Science – We will be improving our understanding of electricity and circuits. The children will also have to opportunity to take apart electrical items to have a look at what is inside.

Art – We will be investigating artists that use recycled materials to create sculptures and we are planning a visit to Broomhill Sculpture Gardens.

Music – Class 2 will continue to work with Rose, this term they will be learning about Scottish music.