Welcome to Squirrels class. My name is Mrs Bailey and I am the class teacher. Working alongside me in Squirrels is Mrs Carruthers, Mrs Mansell, Mrs Mattacola and Mrs Robins.
Our topic this term is linked to the Olympics in Japan and called ‘Track to Tokyo’. We will start with an exciting hook where the children will compete in a mini Olympic themed event. The focus of our learning will begin with Geography, we will identify where we live on a UK map and look at key features of Cinderford. We will then focus on naming and locating the four countries of the UK and the continents and oceans of the world. Finally, we will make comparisons between Tokyo and where we live.
This topic will also focus on developing the children’s scientific knowledge and understanding of the human body and plants. We will name parts of the human body and learn about the importance of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene in order to stay healthy. We will identify and name a variety of common plants and look at the basic structure of common flowering plants including trees. We will also observe how plants grow.
We will base our Art work on a famous Japanese artist and use her style to create our own paintings and sculptures. In Design and Technology we will focus on Cooking and Nutrition. We will find out about the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes and learn about where food comes from.
Throughout the topic, we have many exciting activities planned for the children to participate in including an Olympic workshop and a climbing wall coming to the school site.
Our PE days continue to be Tuesday and Thursday so please ensure that your child wears their P.E kit to school on these days so that they are able to fully participate. P.E. will take place outside – weather permitting – so please ensure appropriate clothing is worn.
For Summer Term homework, we would like you to take part in Active Discovery. Active Discovery is a challenge to encourage physical activity (walking, running, cycling, etc) whilst exploring the local area. Active Discovery focuses on getting back out and exploring the local community with a purpose. It fits in with all of the areas of the Five Ways to Wellbeing and promotes the benefits of physical activity as a means of boosting mental health and wellbeing. You will find your Active Discovery activity sheet on Seesaw. Try as many different activities as you can, if you complete all 6 activities you will earn an explorer badge! You can add a text box, photo or voice recording to let your teacher know which activity you have completed. Choose 'save as draft' so you can keep editing and adding to the sheet. Complete homework by Friday 16th July (either using Seesaw or on paper and bring into school) to receive your rewards. Children will receive an R2 for each homework activity they complete and a Head Teacher award if they complete all the homework activities.
Remember to also try and read daily, practise your phonemes and learn to read and spell the red words on your bookmark. An R1 and a sticker on your reading challenge bookmark will be given each time you read at home. Please remember to get an adult to sign your link book so that you can progress up the ‘Reach for the Stars’ reading ladder in the classroom. (Children receive a little present and a certificate when they have read 35 times). Children in year 2 need to learn their 2, 5, and 10 times table so regular practise of this at home would be beneficial.
We look forward to an exciting and busy Summer term filled with engaging learning opportunities.