Welcome to 2KS
Welcome to the Spring term! We hope that you all had a great Christmas and are refreshed and ready for the challenges of the New Year.
In our topic this half term, we will be exploring the continent of Africa and comparing life there with our own experiences in Droylsden. We will be discovering why it is so hot there; what wildlife can be found; what life is like for the people in the towns / countryside; and about the way of life and customs of the people, including dance, music and artwork. What an exciting time we have ahead!
In English we will be identifying the features of non-chronological reports and writing our own based on African wildlife, both real and imagined. We will be learning about the use of apostrophes to mark contracted forms and possession. We will be developing our sentences using subordinating conjunctions (when, if, that, because) and mastering the use of continuous verb forms . Later in the half term, we will be developing our narrative writing skills through the story of Handa's Surprise and other stories from African culture.
In Maths we will be recalling and using multiplication and division facts for the 2x, 5x, 10x and 3x tables and using these to solve problems. We will be telling and writing the time to 15 minutes and identifying the properties of 2D and 3D shapes.
In Science we will be continuing our work on adaptation, dependency and food chains, applying these to African animals. We will be looking at what animals, including humans, need to survive and what foods we need to keep healthy.
Homework will continue be given each Friday and will almost always consist of a Maths or Literacy activity to be completed and handed in by the following Wednesday; and spellings to be practised throughout the week for a test each Thursday.
Reading books should be in school every day and the children do need to be reading at home for at least ten minutes every day at this stage to develop their confidence and fluency. Please sign your child’s reading record when they have read so that books can be changed regularly. As part of their homework, children's reading records are expected to be signed three times every week. The children also have access to other books on their band on Bug Club!
Our PE day with Mr Ellis continues to be Monday. This half term the children will also have a PE session with Miss Sutcliffe on a Tuesday. Please ensure that your child’s PE kit, consisting of a white tee shirt, navy shorts and pumps, is in school. We will send PE kits home at the end of each half term so that they can be washed and returned to school after the holidays.