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Spring Term 2020

Welcome back! We hope you all have had a lovely Christmas and New Year. We are very excited for this term, with some more very interesting and fascinating topics to get stuck into. This half term we will be looking at `Paws, Claws and Whiskers'.

 

Paws, Claws and Whiskers

This half term, we’re going to discover that animals come in all shapes and sizes. Meeting an animal expert will allow us to ask and answer questions, share information about the pets we have at home and write animal information booklets. We’ll study animal artwork, draw detailed animal pictures to capture their special features and make collages, sculptures and prints. Famous animal fables will make us laugh, and we will have fun reading them aloud. We’ll spot similarities and differences between animals, look at different habitats around the world and investigate camouflage. Designing a zoo is even on the agenda!

At the end of our project, we’ll share our work with you. An exhibition of our amazing artwork and performances of animal songs, with musical accompaniment, will allow you to take a walk on the wild side with us. We will also share our knowledge of animals and recite amusing rhymes that may include an animal noise or two!

 

Homework

This half term our homework will be project-based. Children can choose what they would like to do/make as their project, but it must be relating to the topic. A list of ideas for projects will be sent home. Project based homework has been very successful in previous years.

All children have a `Sumdog' login which was handed out at Parents’ Evening.  If you do not have a login, please see Miss Jackson. Children can play Sumdog on a computer, iPad, tablet or mobile device. This is an app that helps with mental maths skills. Year 2 will be given a Times Tables Rock Stars login this term, which we would encourage them to play to help them with their times tables.

 

Show and Tell

Opportunities for `Show and Tell' will continue this term and we expect every child to take part.  We encourage children to focus on links to our topic.  This might include, for example, bringing in animal ‘treasures’ from home to present and share with others.  Items could include animal care equipment, a model or toy animal, favourite animal book or photograph of a loved pet. Children can explain what they have brought, give a little bit of information about it and explain why they have brought it in.

We will gather the children’s show and tell items and create a class display and make labels from small tags and postcards. Taking part in Show and Tell will help encourage children to practise good listening skills, take an active role in discussions and conversations and to make comments and relevant questions. It will allow children to recap everything they have learned about animals and pets so far and talk about which animals interest them most.

 

Reading

Children are encouraged to read every day at home, and those that do will be entered into a reading raffle once a week for a chance of winning a prize. Please can parents make sure children have their reading book, common exception words and planner at school every day.

 

P.E

Our P.E days have changed this term. We now do P.E on Monday and children will need to bring their swimming kits every Friday. Swimming starts on Friday 17th January 2020. When we go swimming, children are not allowed to wear earrings: we ask for these to be removed.

P.E kit should include black/navy shorts or jogging bottoms and a white t-shirt. Children will be awarded Dojos for remembering their PE kit. Please label all uniform, including P.E kit. Children are encouraged not to wear earrings whilst doing P.E, however if they do have to stay in, we require children to bring their own plasters to cover them up.

 

Break time snacks

Children may bring money every day for a snack if they wish. The price of juice is 20p and biscuit is 20p.

 

Miss Jackson and Mrs Bentley

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