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**Half Term Monday 17th to Friday 21st February 2020**

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January 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Happy New Year! I hope that you all had a relaxing and enjoyable Christmas holiday. This term and next term we will be studying the following topics:

Focused Topic Work

What’s all around us

Let’s Go to China and Chinese New Year- Year of the Rat

Living things and their Habitats

Growing

We are continuing with a creative curriculum approach to our learning. This term our focus will be Geography and next term our focus will be Science. Our topic work will encapsulate music, computing, art and design and Design and Technology and P.E. The children will explore and study a local Geographical area. They will visit the local park and sketch their own map, representing the park and surrounding areas using symbols and use and construct basic symbols in a key in the context of the school/local area. In computing the children will use their computing skills to create and debug programs for a Beebot (floor roamer) to follow instructions using a map and successfully reach its destination using compass directions.

We will use maps, atlases and globes to locate China and its surrounding countries. We will compare key features of the capital city Beijing with the key features of London and begin to consider aspects of Chinese life and what the term ‘culture’ means. We will learn about the story of Chinese New Year and create a wind-up mechanism toy based upon the year of the Rat. We will create Chinese lanterns and dragons and explore Chinese writing as well as making Chinese food.

We will explore, compare and answer questions about things that are living, dead and never been alive. We will also identify and describe two different animals from different parts of the world and explore their habitats too. We will create our own habitats and make clay animals for our habitats too.

Growing Plants- We will grow plants from seeds and bulbs and explore, draw, label and write about the different parts of a plant too. We will conduct a fair test to see what plants need to grow and learn about the lifecycle of a Sunflower. We will create observational drawings of plants and seeds and bulbs.

P.E.
Dance/Games

We will compose and perform short dances related to Chinese New Year. We will explore a range of Games.

R.E

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Maths

English

We will continue to develop the children’s quick recall of number bonds and 2’s, 5’s, 10’s and 3 times tables, ensuring the children can apply this knowledge to their practical and written calculations. We will practice all four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division through money word problem activities to develop fluency and reasoning skills. We will explore the properties of 2D and 3D shapes and compare their similarities and differences. We will learn to recognise, find, name and write fractions of 1/3, 1/4, 2/4 and 3/4 of a length, shape, set of objects or quantity. We will continue to provide opportunities to master all areas of the Year 2 National Curriculum programme through a breadth of study.

We will explore traditional tales and compare them with stories from other cultures through role play, spoken language and retelling of stories. The children will write descriptions using adjectives, similes and varied and more ambitious vocabulary. The children will write diary entries We will also be continuing with ‘Big Writing’ from Year 1 to continue to foster the children’s love of creative writing and further develop their stamina for extended pieces of writing too. The children will continue to complete a comprehension weekly to improve their reading skills and ability to make inferences and deductions based on the text they are reading.

Please note that homework is set on Fridays and is to be returned by the following Wednesday.

Number bonds and Times tables tests will take place every Thursday and spelling tests and Big Maths tests will take place every Friday. P.E is on Mondays. Your child will be read with weekly and reading books will be changed once each book has been read and understood, at school and at home. Reading at home is an integral part of our homework policy and reading with your child for 10 minutes each day will help to support them to read and understand the books they explore. Please sign your child’s home reading record when you read with them. Please come and speak to me if you have any worries or concerns about your child or their learning.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Hurrell