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Blackbirds - Year 2

Term 5

Drayton - Our Local Area

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Welcome back everyone – we hope that you’ve had a fabulous Easter holidays (and not gorged on too much chocolate!). Anyway, it’s now time to come back to school to start a brand new topic.

 

In line our ‘whole school’ geography approach, KS1 (years 1 and 2) will be studying ‘Our Local Area’; in other words, Drayton and Abingdon. This will give us opportunity to get ‘out and about’ and take a closer look at our surroundings. Children will be using maps and atlases to help them locate various physical and man-made landmarks, whilst (hopefully) enjoying the sunnier, warmer weather.

 

As our topic is local, I will imagine that there are many of you out there that are ‘experts’. If this is you, or anyone else that you know, then please let us know. We would be very keen to hear from people that can share any stories/information with the children. Children are encouraged to bring in anything related to Drayton / Abingdon that might be of interest to the rest of the class. For instance, if you or someone you know works in a local ‘traditional’ industry, then please come and see me. Parent helpers: we will also be on the look-out for help on a local walk week 1.

 

Although our topic is local, we will also be comparing it another two mystery locations (one in the UK, the other not). I don’t want to say too much yet, but one will be the focus of our school trip in week 4. More will be revealed about this later.

 

Our writing focus this term is ‘to inform’, which is factual rather than fictional. Children will be writing travel brochures and letters to another school. If you want to help them with this at home, then perhaps you can encourage them to keep a diary/journal, writing about any trips or days out. The more they write at home, the more confident they become at school.

 

In maths, not only will we continue to consolidate previous number work but we will also continue to learn about fractions, graphs, geometry and measurement (time, money, capacity and volume). There are plenty of websites that offer free online games, such as TopMarks (http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables) and BBC Bitesize.

 

Children will continue to be taught spellings explicitly every day based around our Phonics scheme. Each Friday, they will bring home some spellings to learn based on these (along with a maths sheet based on arithmetic). It is important that they learn these to prepare them for KS2 in September. I will be assessing them on these each week to ensure they are getting the support they need.

 

PE will continue to be on a Friday after lunch. This term (weather permitting) will be outside (team games, athletics etc.). It is really important that they have all their PE kit with them including suitable trainers for running. Without the correct footwear, they will not be able to take part as we don’t have spares. Also, they will all need a named water bottle, which can stay at school.

 

Don’t forget, as before, you are welcome to come to parent activity morning every Friday from 8:40 until 9:00. You will be able to look at your children’s work and/or help them with their morning activity. During this time, it is important that your children sit down to do their work, and not wander/run around.  

 

Please see our termly curriculum overview on website.

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Durman and Mrs Pitts

 

 

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The Mighty Amazon
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Welcome back. Oh my goodness, how the time is flying this year! Term 4 already!

 

This terms Blackbirds will be studying The Amazon Rainforest as their topic - as you can imagine, a very rich, exciting and broad topic, that will hopefully suit all. As part of the geography curriculum, we will be look at various aspects of the world around us, including rivers, mountains and coast. Children will be looking at different sectors of the population of the Amazon area, including tribes. They will also be brushing up on their map skills by making 3-D maps of South America. 

 

In science, we will be looking at plants as well as animals, which will continue into next term. Weather permitting, we will get chance to look outside and explore the wildlife around us as well as looking at further a field. 

 

This topic lends itself well to a varied art / DT curriculum giving children the opportunity to make and create lots of colourful masterpieces. 

 

In maths, we will be studying measurement (mass, length, money), statistics and brushing up on number skills and place value. Writing and reading will be more focused on information text (reports, instructions, leaflets). 

 

Children will experience two hours of PE per week. One hour will be in the form of an explicitly taught lesson (every Friday afternoon); the other hour will be made up of 15 minutes-a-day running (a whole school policy). Please can you make sure that your child’s PE kit is in school for Fridays (trainers, black shorts and a white T-Shirt)

 

 

Things to remember:

 

Daily: water bottle, reading book and reading journal (these are used and checked daily)

Weekly: PE Kit (black shorts, trainers, white T-Shirt)

 

 

 

 

Please see our termly curriculum on our Blackbirds class page (www.drayton-pri.oxon.sch.uk).

 

 

Kind regards,

 

Mrs Durman and Mrs Pitts.

Autumn Term

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Dear Parents,

 

It is great to see the children back in school again, full of energy and ready to learn.

 

This term’s topic is all about HM Queen Elizabeth, and of course, the rest of The Royal Family. We will be exploring her life in terms of the early days, becoming and being our monarch, family life, royal homes, duties and future Royals. As you can imagine, this topic is quite vast and offers many opportunities to cover a wide curriculum.

 

Later in the term, we will be having a couple of very special days. We will be scheduling in a school trip to somewhere regal – watch this space! Secondly, the children will be hosting their own party at the palace (i.e. our classroom). They will be gradually converting our classroom into somewhere more palatial in order to invite other children in for fizz and nibbles. The children (in Blackbirds) will be able to dress up as royalty for the day.

 

Our writing genre this term is ‘to inform’, meaning that the children will have a variety of purposes to write for (letters, instructions, diaries and reporting). We will also be reading several fairy and traditional folklore tales (involving queens and kings).

 

In maths, we will be continuing with addition and subtraction, and starting multiplication and division. It would be great if you could help your child at home. (Please see me if you would like any resources / suggestions).

 

Children will experience two hours of PE per week. One hour will be in the form of an explicitly taught lesson (every Friday afternoon); the other hour will be made up of 15 minutes-a-day running (a whole school policy). Please can you make sure that your child’s PE kit is in school for Fridays (trainers, black shorts and a white T-Shirt)

 

 

Things to remember:

 

Daily: water bottle, reading book and reading journal (these are used and checked daily)

Weekly: PE Kit (black shorts, trainers, white T-Shirt)

 

 

 

 

Please see our termly curriculum on our Blackbirds class page (www.drayton-pri.oxon.sch.uk).

 

 

Kind regards,

 

Mrs Durman and Mrs Pitts.

Autumn Term
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Welcome back!

 

... after what seems like an age. It is great to see the children, full of energy and enthusiasm, and ready to learn. Our first week has been a success, with students beginning to practise their new routines and get used to the new surroundings and teachers.

 

The topic for this term is ‘Who Cares?’ a topic all about animals. Last term (all those weeks ago, back in July, during transition day!), Blackbirds Class voted on what they would like to the first topic to be. With quite a large majority, ‘pets (plus other animals)’ was a clear favourite. We will therefore be looking at all aspects of caring for animals (including pets, zoo animals and conservation in the wild). This will be reflected in our science curriculum – animals and humans.

 

Our writing genre this term is both ‘to entertain’ and ‘to inform’ meaning that the children will have a variety of purposes to write for (letters, instructions and fiction etc.). We will be studying several books, starting with the award winning ‘Lost and Found’ (by Oliver Jeffers). This is a heart-warming story of friendship and kindness (and about a penguin!).

 

In maths, we will be starting with place value (tens and ones) which we will be practising every day. Your child would benefit hugely if they could practise this at home. Please ask me if you need any guidance with this. There are plenty of free, online resources (such as Top Marks) if you would like to encourage them using technology.

 

Phonics will be taught first thing every day. It is therefore essential that your child is in school on time to ensure that they do not miss anything. In the coming weeks, children will be given homework every week which they will be expected to do and bring back. It would be brilliant if you could help them with this. It will mostly involve spelling, writing and handwriting. Children will be bringing reading book and reading journals home today. Please could you try and read every day if possible (even for just 10 minutes), as this will benefit them hugely with respect to other areas of the curriculum. Any adults/young people can write in the journals in order to maintain communication. Please let me know if you would like to volunteer reading with children in the class – we would be most grateful!

 

Children will experience two hours of PE per week. One hour will be in the form of an explicitly taught lesson (every Friday afternoon); the other hour will be made up of 15 minutes-a-day running (a whole school policy). Please can you make sure that your child’s PE kit is in school for Fridays (trainers, black shorts and a white T-Shirt).

 

We recommend that children bring in their own water bottle every day. These are kept in class where they can be refilled anytime. Children are able to drink during the school day when they want (except during teaching time).

 

Please see our termly curriculum - attached

 

In the meantime, we look forward to meeting you all in the near future.

 

Mrs Durman and Mrs Pitts.

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