Welcome to 2KS
Welcome to the second half of the Spring term! I can't believe that we are already half way through the school year. The children worked tremendously hard last half term. I hope that they have recharged their batteries over the half term break and are refreshed and ready for the exciting challenges ahead.
In our topic this half term, we will be looking closely at the events of the Great Fire of London and meeting the diarist Samuel Pepys. We will be visiting Staircase House, where we will role play the story within the 17th century rooms; learn about house construction by helping to make a wattle and daub panel; and make a herbal cure to ward off the Plague. We will investigate how we know about the Great Fire and what happened after.
In English we will be identifying the features of instructions and writing our own instructions on how to make Great Fire of London cakes. We will be continuing to develop our sentences using subordinating conjunctions (when, if, that, because) and mastering the use of imperative verbs. Over the half term, we will be developing our narrative writing skills through the stories of 'How Anansi has eight skinny legs' and 'Katie in London'.
In Maths we will be continuing our work identifying and describing the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. We will be recognising, naming and writing simple fractions. Later in the half term we will be choosing and using appropriate standard units to estimate and measure length, mass and capacity.
In Science we will be looking at how exercise keeps us healthy; why we should keep our hands clean; and how humans change as they grow.
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.