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Term 2

ENGLISH

In term 2, we will continue reading and responding to the story ‘Dragon Stew’ by Steve Smallman and Lee Wildish.  We will also start to explore some non fiction texts.  Some students will learn about the key features of non chronological reports and practice finding and writing about factual information.  Others will learn about writing and matching captions to pictures. Towards the end of term we will link our literacy learning to Christmas, particularly focussing on following and writing instructional texts.

In addition to linking work to our terms story, students will also have regular opportunities to practice their reading, handwriting and fine motor skills, including regular use of our clever finger activities and weekly handwriting dance.  

 

 

MATHS

In Term 2, most students will focus on addition and subtraction;  using the +, – and = symbols and following instructions to add or take away 1.  They will practice in a variety of practical ways as well as learning how to read and write number sentences. Others will focus on multiplication and division; by counting in 2’s and doubling as well as halving numbers and sharing into equal groups.  We will start each lesson with a new song to help us practice our numbers up to 20. You can hear this terms song by clicking the link below. 

 

 

TOPIC

This term we will continue our topic ‘Viking Invasion.’ Now that students have an understanding of what life was like for Vikings many years ago, they will now learn about how and why the Vikings travelled to new places in their long boats and fought battles with their helmets, swords and shields.  Students will engage in a variety of practical sessions to make their own boats and helmets. To finish the topic, students will find out about Vikings beliefs in gods and their famous saga stories. This fun song has helped us remember many facts about the Vikings.

Other learning

On Fridays, students in all 3 secondary classes will mix up into new groups to participate in P.E. lessons, some groups will focus on movement to music, others will develop sports skills while  some will start to develop their team work. 

Secondary classes will also join together to focus on their speaking, listening and PSHE lessons this term, focussing on  friendships and bullying. 

Ruby class will begin outdoor learning this term, initially with the support of Jane Gulliver on Thursday mornings.  Students will need to wear wellies and suitable outdoor clothing.  We will continue to develop our own outdoor learning space too, including our bug hotel, outdoor kitchen and balance course.