Summer Home Learning 2018

Welcome Back to Class Two!

 

Welcome back to class two, I hope everyone has had a lovely Easter break and rest. Our topic this term is the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain.

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 the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain.

 

  1. We will explore how the Roman Empire began. This will help children gain a perspective of periods of history and place Roman Britain in a timeline for them to understand and develop.
  2. The children will learn about the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain at the time and the legacy it left us. Children will develop an understanding that although the Romans were based in Rome in Italy, they ruled over land that went far beyond the borders of Rome, and they left customs places and traditions that are still with us today.
  3. The Romans gained land mostly by fighting battles with other groups of people, like the Celts in Britain or the Gauls in France– when the Romans won, they would gain more territory to add to the Empire.
  4. This meant that Roman culture had a huge influence on other societies and it’s why finding Roman artefacts (like coins) and ruins of Roman walls and buildings (like Hadrian’s Wall) is so common in the British Isles today and helps us understand more about life in Roman Britain.
  5. Class Two will also be visiting Wroxeter, once the fourth largest city in Roman Britain. They will explore the remains of the bathhouse and discover a reconstructed town house from a city which was almost as large as Pompeii.

 

Tasks related to our theme.

 

  • Create a fact file or PowerPoint on the Roman Gods. This should include details about at least 5 of the gods who they worshipped.
  • Retell the story of a Roman myth or legend and present it as a comic strip e.g. Romulus and Remus, Androcles and the lion.
  • Design and make a Roman shield. You will need to research the design, colours and shape so that it is authentic.
  • Write a postcard from a Roman child living in Britain. Where have they been? Who are they writing to? What have they seen? How is Britain different to Rome?
  • Research, design and make your own Roman Ballista (catapult). Bring in your model or a photo of it and your design.
  • Be a Roman Emperor! Design and make a 3D coin with your portrait and date on it. What materials could you use to make it?
  • Create your own Roman quiz including at least 5 questions. Challenge your family and friends to answer them.
  • Find a traditional Roman recipe. Cook your tasty Roman treat and take a photo to show your creation. Write a recipe and evaluate what you have made. What did you think of it? What did your family think of it?
  • Choose a times table you have learnt and write it out in Roman numerals.
  • Write a list of 10 questions that you would ask a Roman Soldier who has come to Britain.
  • Create your own maths game with a Roman theme. It could include countries of the Roman Empire, Roman towns in Britain or famous Roman buildings. It could perhaps use cards, counters, a spinner or dice with Roman numerals.
  • Make your own Roman mosaic picture using either paint, cut paper, pasta shapes, seeds, colouring pens, tiles etc. Keep the design simple.
  • Learn at least 5 facts about the life of a gladiator and make a fact file about them detailing what life was like.
  • Find out about a Roman building like the Roman colosseum and make a model of it.

 

 

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 and cook – make sue you have adult supervision.
  • Ask an adult in your family to accompany you to visit 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, with adult supervision
  • Make a phone call/answer a text/send an email. Get permission from an adult and only contact people who you know as friend or family.
  • Read a map- go for a walk in the country and in the town, again do this with supervision and make sure an adult goes with you who you know.
  • 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.

 

This half term we will be exploring the importance of Generosity during worship time