Term 3: Pole to Pole
Welcome back! We hope you have had a fantastic Christmas break and are relaxed and ready for our next topic called Pole to Pole.
Our topic this term is a really exciting one that will have a Geography focus. Throughout the term we will be naming and recognising continents, countries and oceans of the world and will have a particular focus on the Arctic and the Antarctic. We will also be exploring habitats (with a particular focus on Polar regions), different animals such as polar bears and Arctic foxes and how they have adapted to live in such cold places. Further work will involve us thinking about historical individuals like Ernest Shackleton, Scott of the Antarctic and we are planning a WOW day learning about explorers. What a great term we have planned!
Homework Tasks and Expectations:
Please also read the latest newsletter for further details of home work tasks starting this term
Please continue to read with your children as much as possible. We recommend short daily reading opportunities and regularly rereading familiar books. We do expect children to re-read the same book three times per week to help to build fluency and develop sight reading skills. Please remember to ask your child simple questions as you go as this will help their comprehension. These could be about what has just happened, how a character is feeling, why they choose to do something or what might happen next. It is also important to discuss new vocabulary with children.
Children need to regularly recap the learnt phonemes from their phonic sessions in school (these will be shared on a regular basis). This helps children overlearn the phonemes and supports them in recognising the phoneme as graphemes which not only supports fluency in reading but improves writing too.
Year 2 Homework
Y2s will have homework on a weekly basis. This alternates between English and maths tasks. We expect the homework to be returned on Fridays so it can be marked and new homework prepared by staff for the next week.
Useful Websites & Apps
Websites for additional learning opportunities:
Below is a list of useful websites that can support you and your family during this time:
Websites that offer interactive games:
Websites for Reading Support:
Children have individual log ins and passwords
Useful Youtube Channels:
These are useful apps that we have used in school which we encourage you to use as required at home. Some of these are free but will need you to make an account whilst others are paid apps.
Teach your monster to read
If you discover something really useful that you think others might enjoy, please share with us so that we can share the links and information with our school community.