Home Learning Spring 2018

 

Welcome Back to Class Two.

Happy New Year and welcome back to class two. I hope everyone has had a lovely break and rest. Our topic this term is contrasting the UK and European countries focusing on mountains. These pages have activities that you can do at home and these will complement your learning at school. Remember it is most important to have fun with these tasks for this is when learning is at its best.

Our theme this term is contrasting the UK and European Countries.

We will explore the geography of the UK – from the physical features of mountains, rivers and seas to the manmade administrative regions and counties. We will learn about the countries of Europe and how they compare to the UK, focusing on climate, landscape and location. The children will find out about the major mountains in the UK and Europe and how they have been shaped over time. Allowing time for them to consider what the weather is like in a mountainous environment and evaluate the impact that tourism has on the region.

Tasks related to our theme.

  • Undertake a geographical enquiry of your local area. What is the land used for? Create a tally chart detailing how many shops there are, types of houses, faith buildings, recreational areas, libraries etc. Include a map, either one you have downloaded or you could draw your own.
  • Find a historical picture of Clive or Shrewsbury and a recent image of the same location. Write a description of how the area has changed (human and physical differences).
  • Why is Shropshire amazing? Produce a fact sheet of your favourite place in Shropshire. You must include an image of the location and a small map of the area. Make your fact sheet interesting.
  • There are many special kinds of journeys we make as individuals or as families. For example, a journey to a family reunion, a sporting event, a holiday or a place that holds special memories. Write a description of a special journey you have been on. Think about where, when, how and most importantly why.
  • Write a postcard from a place in Europe. Remember to say what you enjoy doing there. Remember to draw a picture of the place on the front. Don’t forget to write the school address.
  • Make your own model of the Eiffel Tower or Leaning Tower of Pisa or Big Ben or another famous landmark in Europe.
  • Find out the names of some of the capital cities in Europe. Write out a list e.g. the capital of England is London. The capital of France is a Paris. Or make it into a quiz for someone else to solve.
  • Make a travel poster to advertise a country in Europe. You will need lovely pictures and some persuasive language.

 

Over the next year- try to complete this list of skills/enrichment.

Life Skills Challenge.

  • Prepare a simple meal e.g. cottage pie or lasagne- plan, shop then prepare.
  • Go to an Art Gallery/Museum or Theatre.
  • Change the covers on your bed, both duvet cover, pillow case and bottom sheet.
  • Look after a plant or grow some vegetables.
  • Play Monopoly, Scrabble, Cluedo, Uno, Darts etc.
  • Travel by bus, train or boat and purchase your own ticket.
  • Make a phone call/answer a text/send an email.
  • Read a map- go for a walk in the country and in the city.
  • Try a new Sport.
  • Make a cake or pudding to share with your family.
  • Be creative – paint a picture, write a story.
  • Know the months of the year and days of the week.
  • Know the counties of the U.K.
  • Check a website for the weather forecast.
  • Tell the time on both an analogue and digital clock.
  • Keep a diary.
  • Make a den.
  • Make a mud pie, make perfume from flower petals, and build a nest from grass and twigs.
  • Make and fly a kite.
  • The most important one is HAVE FUN!

 

If you have anything to bring into school to share, you can place it in the class 2 folder for everyone to look at. By the end of the year how many of these can you complete? If you can think of any extra ones let me know!

Each class will be having a test on ‘essentials’ throughout each term. Each list differs slightly according to the age of the class. During the year there will be a test each half term and the target will be to improve on each test to hopefully achieve 100% by the end of the school year.

Essentials for Class 2

1. The months of the year

2. The days of the week

3. The seasons

4. Important dates - Christmas, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, St George’s Day, and their birth date (including year)

5. Their home address and phone number

6. Alphabetical order

7. Recognise and order coins

8. Countries of the UK and their capital cities

9. Tell the time on an analogue clock

10. Four points of a compass

11. Know what a noun, verb or adjective is and give an example

12. Number bonds to 10

 

Reading.

Your child will have a book to take home from school (chosen with the child to ensure that it matches their reading age and interest). This book could be fiction or non-fiction. We would like your child to read this book each evening if possible. To encourage children to enjoy books and become independent readers we would like you to ensure that your child reads most nights. What could they read? Well, in addition to the book chosen at school it could be a comic, a newspaper, the TV guide, an information book etc. It is important that a record is made (by your child) in their ‘Reading Record Book’.

How can you help? Listen to your child read aloud. Can they pronounce ‘difficult’ words? Ask questions to find out how much they have understood? Reading along with your child can help with expression and pronunciation. If you have time it can also be beneficial to read your child’s book too, because this will give you lots to talk about! If you hear your child read, or talk about books with your child then please record this in their ‘Reading Record Book’.

Spelling.

Your child will be learning spelling patterns, rules and strategies which will be practised daily at school. In Class 2 children will be given a pattern, rule and/or strategy being learnt that term. These words will be monitored by the class teacher and will be brought home every week. In class, there will be a weekly spelling test on Mondays where the children will be expected to apply their learning.

Maths- Learning Number Facts.

To enable your child to calculate quickly, they need to learn number facts. This includes multiplication and division facts and number bonds. In class 2, each child will work through the tables and have an arithmetic test each Tuesday. It would be beneficial for the children to take home the area of number and learn at home in conjunction with class work.