Pirates Summer Terms
Welcome back to the Summer term! We hope that you all had the chance to relax over the lovely Easter holidays and that the children are now all ready and refreshed for the busy term ahead! Here are highlights and key information for the coming term.
Our topic this term is linked to Pirates. Throughout the term, we will be reading a variety of Pirate stories and linking our literacy writing to this theme, for example we will be starting off by writing a diary entry in role as Matilda from the Jolley-Rogers books. In Maths, as well as continuing to develop our number operation skills, we will also be looking at position and direction – skills any good pirate would need! In Science, we will be finding out about plants and learning about materials. Where possible, all our work in other subjects will have a pirate link such as in Art, where we will create pirate paintings using the pointillism style of the artist Seurat.
This term, we have a variety of visits arranged for the children. In the coming weeks, Year 2 will be visited by the Fire Service from whom they will learn aspects of fire safety and get the opportunity to ask questions. They will also get the chance to meet a hedgehog! This is part of a whole school visit, where all classes will get the chance to see a hedgehog and find out more about this wonderful but increasingly rare animal.
Our main class trip will be in late June when the children will get to enjoy a ‘Pirate’ day at nearby Blacklands Farm. They will take part in a variety of activities including archery, boulder wall climbing, team building and the nightline. These activities all promote building confidence, learning to have a go and working as a team, all skills ‘pirates’ would need. Details about the trip with times, what wear / bring and costs will be sent out shortly. Other events, such as Sports day, Class Photo and Class assemblies will also be taking place this term.
Reading, OLL and Spellings:
Please continue to read on a daily basis with your child throughout the term. Reading really is the key to all learning and we can’t stress enough how vital it is! Statistics show that children who read daily have a higher chance of success in their future, so please keep persevering! The hard work is paying off and we have noticed just how far the children have come on with their reading, and their comprehension, this year.
OLL and spellings will continue to be given out on a Monday. OLL is due in by the following Monday and will continue to alternate weekly between Maths and Literacy. We would please ask you to continue to support the children with learning their 2, 5 and 10 times tables with corresponding division facts on a weekly basis as well as their spellings. Spellings will be tested on the Friday of each week.
Please ensure that PE kits (navy Blackwell t-shirt, navy shorts and plimsolls/trainers) are available throughout the week. Children should also have a pair of spare socks as well as grey, navy or black tracksuit bottoms and jumper in their kit for outside P.E. Their P.E kit must be named. This makes it a lot easier for us to make sure items of clothing don’t go missing, including plimsolls. Jewellery is not permitted during P.E as part of the West Sussex policy. Therefore, children should be able to remove all jewellery/earrings by themselves. (They may want to start practising removing earrings & putting them back in at home)
Key Dates for the Diary
Thursday 13th June – Rabbits Class Assembly
Thursday 27th June – Year 2 Trip
Monday 1st July - OLL Projects Due
Thursday 4th July - OLL Exhibition
Thursday 4th July – Hares Class Assembly
As the weather gets warmer, the children
are again encouraged to bring in a water
bottle. These are kept in the classroom
for drinking throughout the day. When
appropriate, and in order to stay sun safe,
the children may also wish to bring in a
cap/hat, however please ensure that they
are named so that the owner can easily be found!
The Year 2 Team - Mr Loizides, Miss Bretland, Mrs Hoskins, Mrs Boggis & Mrs Latham