Dear all Parents and children.
May we give you a warm welcome to Class 2 and give you an insight into what we will be learning about this term.
Our topic this term is ‘Bloom and Grow’. The children have had a terrific start to our topic through an experience day, where they were very excited to plant a range of seeds and bulbs and explore the wild flowers around our school. The hexagonal garden proved a favourite spot where we did lots of investigating and naming of flowers. We have also made mini composters and decorated our classroom with paper flowers and a large bean stalk that now looms over our door to the classroom! The children created their own leaves for the beanstalk and took the opportunity to write what they would like to be when they grow up!
Our key story for the term is the traditional tale ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ followed on by the alternative version ‘Jim and the Beanstalk’ by Raymond Briggs. We will be acting out the story and becoming familiar with some of the interesting language that is used. We will focus on the journey of the story; using the talk for writing process to understand story structure, settings, characters and problems and resolutions in the story. The children will end this unit of learning by writing their own retelling of the story. Later in the term we will be reading a variety of poems and using these to aid our own poems about plants and growth.
Phonics will be taught daily through a range of activities including; online games, flashcards, sentence games, reading games, and through using actions to aid our memory of all the sounds to be learned in phase 5 of the ‘Letters and Sounds’ program.
Reading is fundamental to our learning development in Class 2. We have timetabled in daily reading sessions where children will; be listened to by an adult and answer a range of questions about the book they are reading, play reading games and be encouraged to read a range of books which they can choose from the library.
For this term our main focus is understanding the place value of numbers and addition and subtraction.
- count to and across 100, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number
- count, read and write numbers to 100 in numerals; count in multiples of 2s, 5s and 10’s
- use the language of: equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most, least
- read and write numbers from 1 to 20 in numerals and words.
- know addition and subtraction facts within 2o
- solve one-step problems that involve addition and subtraction
count in steps of 2, 3, and 5 from 0, and in 10s from any number, forward and backward
recognise the place value of each digit in a two-digit number (10s, 1s)
compare and order numbers from 0 up to 100; use <, > and = signs
read and write numbers to at least 100 in numerals and in words
recall and use addition and subtraction facts to 20 fluently, and derive and use related facts up to 100
solve problems with addition and subtraction
add and subtract numbers using concrete objects, pictorial representations, and mentally
show that addition of 2 numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and subtraction of one number from another cannot
Our focus is naming and observing plant growth. The children will grow their own plants which they will measure and collect data on. They will set up a comparative experiment to see what happens when seeds are grown in different conditions. They will be thinking and working scientifically throughout the term. Our main learning objectives are as follows:
- Identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees.
- Identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, inc trees
- Observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants.
- Find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy
This term we will be finding out about the life of a significant individual. We couldn’t think of anyone more suitable to our ‘Bloom and Grow’ topic than Sir David Attenborough who has made significant contributions to the conservation of both plants and animals. We can’t wait to learn more about his life and how he has expanded our knowledge of the kingdom of plants and animals.
We have so much to learn and we are extremely excited. If any parents or grandparents would like to give a talk to the class about our topic and their own experiences on the areas we will focus on this term then we would really appreciate it!