Spring Term 2020
Happy New Year to all our Elm families. We hope 2020 is a great year for you all!
Our topic focus for the term is called ‘Back to the Future.’ We will be learning about explorers
from the past, materials, collage and making mechanisms. Below is an overview of the key
learning intentions for each area of the curriculum for this term.
English – Story writing based on stories by Simon Bartram (Initially Man on the Moon; A Right Royal Disaster)
– Non-chronological reports – Famous explorers
– Commas for writing lists
– No nonsense Spellings – contractions (can’t, didn’t, hasn’t),
endings (ing, ed, er, est, y), possessive apostrophes, suffixes (ful,
Maths – Multiplication and division
– Properties of shapes
– Times tables – 2s, 5s, 10s then 3s
– Counting in 3s
Science – Materials
RE – Multicultural Christianity
– Easter – celebrations worldwide
Geography – Continents and Oceans
History – Lives of Significant individuals – Comparing different periods
(initially: Neil Armstrong, Christopher Columbus and Helen
Music – Lancaster Music Festival (separate information to be sent out soon)
Computing and online safety
– Internet Safety Day
PE – Gymnastics
– Ball skills
PSHE – Co-operation: Solving simple disputes; feelings
– Feelings and emotions: Zones of Regulation
Book bags and Home Reading books
Please ensure book bags are brought into school every day. Books will be changed on a
Tuesday and Friday morning when comments have been written in the home-school diary. To
make the children more responsible for their own learning we are asking the children to put
their reading book and diary into the ‘changing box’. As the length and complexity of books
increases, it may be that your child takes longer than a week to complete the book. It is still
essential that, as your child’s fluency and stamina increase, you continue to discuss with your
child what is happening in the story, predict what will happen next, check understanding of
new vocabulary and ask questions about the text. Also, in Year 2 it is common for children to
start reading their own chapter books. Please record other books your child is reading in the
home-school diary so we can talk about those books too and if possible allow them to carry
these books in their school bags. We are also fortunate to have a number of volunteers coming
into school to hear readers and they can hear your child read their school reading book or the
book they have personally selected.
Common exception words; times tables and Homework
Please continue to look at the Common exception words for Year 1 and Year 2 which were sent
out in September. Some weeks we specifically learn new words but on the weeks when this
isn’t a focus then perhaps you could have a ‘word of the week’ which you know your child
needs to learn to spell.
Times tables – we are really focusing on rote recall – One 2 is 2, two 2s are 4, three 2s are 6…
Homework – Homework suggestion sheets and homework books will be sent home to give you
ideas of how you can extend your child’s learning at home.
Our class novel
This term we are taking part in Lancashire’s Brilliant Book Awards. There are four texts which
the Library Service have chosen. We will be sharing the texts, discussing our favourite parts,
listening out for interesting vocabulary and finally voting on our favourite texts. More
information to follow soon.
We will also be reading other novels linked to our English Unit on fantasy fiction. We will start
by reading A Right Royal Disaster by Simon Bartram.
PE Kits are to be kept in school on your child’s peg. Our PE sessions are now on a Monday and
Thursday afternoon. Please ensure earrings are removed ready for our PE sessions and all long
hair is tied back. We will be covering gymnastics and ball skills.
Forest schools and outdoor learning
Our Forest School sessions will be on a Monday (alternate weeks with PE – weather
permitting). For Forest School sessions your child needs wellies, waterproof trousers, a warm
waterproof jacket, gloves and a woolly hat. Unfortunately, due to limited space in the
cloakroom, Forest School kit can’t be stored at school and needs to be brought in for our
Please remember to provide your child with a named water bottle. This can be left in school
and the children are able to refill it with fresh water.
Thank you for your continued support – By working together we can ensure the best outcomes
for your child.
Mrs Ingham, Miss Allen, Miss Coultas and Mrs Wigginton