Summer 1 2022

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We will start the half term with the fairy tale, The Gingerbread Man. The children will learn the structure of the story and then embellish the story to create their own version. The children will apply their knowledge of expanded noun phrases and conjunctions to add more detail to their sentence structure. 
It is important that the children learn to spell the Year 2 Common Exception words. A copy of this was given to you at the most recent parents evening which highlighted spellings to work on with your child. A link has been attached to this newsletter with all Year 2 Common Exception Words. 
As SATs are approaching, encourage your child to access Reading Buddy more regularly. Completing the quiz at the end will give them practice answering comprehension skills related to the text.

Science - Plants

Through observations and investigations, the children will learn about the growth of plants and what plants need to stay healthy. They will record the growth of the plants that they grow over a period of time. This website will provide short videos to support your child's learning.

Ideas for home:
Gardens are so special and are an excellent place to visit together. Why not take close-up photographs of flowers and use a plant identification app or spotting guide to find the name of each plant? You could also buy some wild flower seeds and watch them grow. Alternatively, bake recipes containing fragrant herbs and spices! Cheese and chive scones, cinnamon biscuits and lavender cake are all delicious!

Key Vocabulary:

germination, roots, seed dispersal, shoot, nutrition

Focus: Place Knowledge

The children will contrast Amble with Mugurameno, a Zambian village. They will explore Zambia’s physical and human features. They will also compare how the people of Mugurameno use the River Zambezi with the ways in which we use the River Coquet.

At home, why not access Google Earth to locate Mugurameno. Where is it in the world? How far is it from the UK?

Amble Puffin Festival
The children will apply their painting skills of tints and shades to create a background scene. The children will draw and paint a puffin for the foreground.
Physical Education
Ball Skills: Hands
Within this unit, the children will be challenged to combine their developing dribbling, passing and receiving skills in order to keep possession and score a point. They will apply these skills in teams in various games and activities.
Swimming will continue to be weekly on a Tuesday.
Online Safety: 'Being Kind Online' - The children will be beginning to consider what 'Cyberbullying' is and how to deal with this if it happens to them. We will be focusing on identifying if someone is being purposefully unkind and sicuss where to go for help if necessary. This video explains more.
Making Music: We will be using computers to make music and explore how different music can make us think and feel. We will be using some of the Music and Sound tools in Purple Mash (through School360) to help us as well as exploring some online music making tools. We'll also explore Chrome MusicLab.
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Measurement: Length and Height
The children will measure the length and height in any direction using rulers. They will compare and order lengths using the inequality symbols <, = and >.
Geometry: Position and Direction
The children will use mathematical vocabulary to describe position, direction and movement. They will also focus on patterns and sequences of mathematical objects.
It is important for the children to be fluent in the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. We are working hard on this at school but the children will benefit from extra practice at home. Click on the links to learn them through song or test your fluency by completing MathsFrame Multiplication Check.
PSHE - Jigsaw
Within this topic, the children will fit together the six pieces of learning about Relationships to create 'Our relationship Fiesta'. The children will identify different members of their family and understand their relationship with them. The lessons will focus on physical contact, conflict with friends, secrets and people who can help.
Design and Technology: Cooking and Nutrition
The children will use their knowledge of a healthy and varied diet to prepare a range of dishes. Why not get some practice in at home with baking lots of healthy treats!
Grace Darling

The children will look at the life of Grace Darling, what her life was like and the circumstances and events of her rescue of the survivors of Forfarshire. The children will then consider how she came to be nationally celebrated and is still remembered today. 

Religious Education: Ceremonies

This half term, the children will learn about what a ceremony is, understanding common features of religious and non-religious ceremonies. They will find out what happens at an Aqiqah, a Bar and Bat Mitzvah, a Dastar Bandi and a Hindu wedding. The children will consider how people feel at these important ceremonies and will draw similarities and differences between them.