Term 5 TOPIC: World War 1
Welcome back to school! We hope that you have had a nice, relaxing Easter break, not eaten too many chocolate eggs!
This term, we will be learning about World War 1, otherwise known as ‘The Great War’ or ‘The War to End all Wars’. Whatever you want to call it, it will certainly be an action-packed, full-on few weeks of learning.
We will be finding out about the events that led to the start of World War 1, and the main characters who influenced it; not something that everyone knows much about!
Who knew that Franz Ferdinand was an Austrian Archduke? I thought they were a Scottish rock band!
And did you know that the British King at the time - King George V - was a cousin of both the German leader (the enemy), Kaiser Wilhelm II AND Russian Tsar (leader), Nicholas II?
Children will be learning about the countries who were first involved, The British Empire and the two alliances who were at loggerheads with each other in the first place. They will also find out what life was like in the trenches – living day after day in appalling conditions with little comfort whilst fighting battle after battle. During the term, we will have a dressing up day.
The two main texts we will be focusing on this term will be a narrative (a story) and writing a journal entry. Initially, children will be working towards writing a narrative text based on love and friendship, and then they will put themselves in the position of being in a trench, writing their journal.
Our whole class book - The Silver Donkey, by Sonya Hartnett - is a children's book centred around a WW1 theme, dealing with friendship, hardship and determination.
Our maths this term will be focused on improving our mathematical fluency and recall skills, focusing on the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Given the unusual year we have had and not being in the classroom for a long period, I would like to use this term to consolidate previous teachings and secure fluency to go forward to KS2. For instance, counting on from any given number, partitioning two digit numbers and adding the tens / ones, combining groups of objects, using a number line / square etc. Please encourage your child to practise by counting (up/down in steps of 2, 3, 5, 10), counting up in tens (from any given number), 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables, number bonds (to 10, 20, 50, 100). For a more interactive approach, the Topmarks website is a ‘fun’ way of learning maths (https://www.topmarks.co.uk).
Forest School - Tuesdays
PE - Fridays
This term, PE will be taught on Friday mornings, outdoors, except during inclement weather. Children should come into school on Fridays wearing full PE kit – including white T-Shirt, shorts and plimsolls or trainers. In the interest of health and safety, children will not be able to take part in PE lessons outside in school shoes only. Please also ensure they always have a water bottle on site.
Please see this term's curriculum map - click on the link on this webpage.
Looking forward to seeing you all soon!
Mrs Durman, Mrs Jacobs and Mrs Fletcher
This term, in Year 2, we will be learning all about Oxford University - which will form part of our whole school investigation of our local area. Despite only having 3 and half weeks to get our teeth into it, children will be finding out about:
Did you know?
OU is made up of 38 separate colleges and 6 permanent private halls
Some colleges date back nearly 800 years
There is evidence of learning dating back to the 11th century
It is considered one of the best universities in the world (joint with Harvard)
It is also considered as the second oldest in the world (after Bologna, Italy)
Past students include many UK prime ministers, several heads of states (including US presidents), Olympians, Nobel Prize winners and a huge number of famous scientists, writers, mathematicians and entertainers (including Hermione Granger actor; Emma Watson)
How can you help your child?
There is plenty of online resources that you can access with your children, including The Ashmolean, Pitt River's and Natural History Museums. The Bodleian Library is one of the largest libraries in the world, containing millions of books. It is a lot on online information. It has a botanical garden, which, in an ideal world, we could get to visit. Help you child find out facts about the buildings, make drawings, find out about ongoing research, look at aerial maps (Google Earth) or find out about famous people who once went there. Many famous stories borne from OU include Alice in Wonderland, The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings - the list is endless.
If you have any information yourself, and you would like to share information with me and the class, I would be more than happy to hear from you.
So far this year, we have read:
The Twits (Roald Dahl)
Bill's New Frock (Anne Fine)
The Hodgeheg (Dick King-Smith)
... and are currently reading:
Zombierella (Joseph Coelho and Freya Hartas)
Encourage your child to discuss these at home by asking:
- about the plot, settings and characters
- their opinions about it
- see if they can find out more about the author / illustrator
- if it is like any other books or stories that they've heard of
We read our class book everyday and spend time discussing what's going, our feelings about the characters and and try and predict what might happen. This is a great opportunity for children to learn new and interesting vocabulary (and perhaps apply to their own writing!).
Term 2 - Christopher Columbus
Our topic for this term is indeed an interesting one, and hopefully, something for everyone to enjoy. We will be setting sail on a voyage of discovery – to find new lands, learning loads about Christopher Columbus and his crews on the way.
Did you know…?
We will be studying various aspects of geography, history, culture and civilisation, making comparisons to now. Children will hopefully gain a sense of dates throughout history, geographical locations and an understanding how people lived in the past. They will learn how important these discoveries were in terms of how civilisations are today – and make up their own minds as to whether Christopher Columbus and his contemporaries were right all those years ago.
This term we are focussing on addition and subtraction, whilst still building on our place value knowledge. Everyday, we practice some kind of mental maths in order to build our maths brains. Quick recall knowledge of facts and calculation strategies helps significantly when it comes to solving more complex problems.
Practice the following with your child as much as you can:
- Counting up and down in ones, twos, fives and tens
- Counting up and down in tens from any given number (e.g. 4, 14, 24, 34. 44, ...)
- Counting up and down in threes
- adding up / subtracting simple numbers (e.g. shopping list, objects needed etc.)
- Letting your child have access to educational maths activities (e.g. online) - list of useful sites attached.
Please see our maths calculation policy at Drayton Community Primary School for mathematical methods:
Term 1: Seven Wonders of the World
Welcome back! It’s so good to be back at school after what seems like a life-time away. It has been wonderful to meet all the children that make up the new Blackbirds Class, and of course, the parents too.
This term, our topic is all about landmarks, more specifically ‘The Seven Wonders of the World’. A truly interesting start to the beginning of our new year, and a topic that encompasses both history and geography, giving children an insight to the world beyond our (long shut) front doors.
See if you can name them all (before peeking at the list below)…
Did you notice? The Great Pyramid of Giza is NOT on the list!
The Seven Wonders of the Modern World are a list of landmarks that have long been considered to be the most awe-inspiring structures in the world. Many, made hundreds (even thousands) of years ago, must have taken an unbelievable number of hours to build, not to mention the brainpower of some very clever individuals. Because of this, they each attract millions of tourists every year. The current list replaced the original list that consisted mostly of landmarks that no longer exist. (I have attached a Powerpoint if you are interested in finding out more).
We will be studying various aspects of geography, history, culture and civilisation, making comparisons to nowadays. Children will gain a sense of dates throughout history, geographical locations and an understanding how people lived in the past. They will learn why each of these landmarks qualify as ‘Wonders of the World’, are key landmarks and popular tourist attractions today. Hopefully, this will be an interesting topic for all.
Each term, we aim to teach two writing genres. By this I mean, children will be working towards writing two different pieces of text. By the end of the year, they will have experienced writing for a variety of different purposes (including fiction and non-fiction). This term, we will be writing a narrative (or story/tale) to begin with, followed by a non-chronological report in the last three weeks. For more information about writing genres, please visit: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zd66fg8
This term’s focus is place value (counting, ordering, comparing, hundreds/tens/ones, representing numbers using apparatus). Children need to have a solid understanding of ‘number’ before progressing onto other operations (+ - x and ÷). Next term, we will be starting addition and subtraction. You can help you children by visiting some useful websites (see below) and regular counting with them (ones, twos, fives, tens and forwards/backwards from any given number).
BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zjxhfg8
White Rose: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/
Please find attached: our weekly timetable, curriculum map for this term plus other useful information.
Mrs Durman and Mrs Jacobs – The Blackbirds Team