Prep 2 Curriculum Brief

English

English

Reading Comprehension: We will practice answering questions in full sentences and ordering given sentences from a text. Continue to develop an interest in reading, ask questions based on their reading to improve their understanding and summarise their understanding of what they have read in a paragraph.

Handwriting: We will be continuing to learn cursive handwriting (joined up) starting with the lead in and exit formation which will later become joined.

Phonics: The phonics work we will continue in our groups with R.W.I. Our phonics work will continue to focus on long and short vowel sounds, spelling choices and spelling patterns. We will continue to practise breaking long words down into syllables to help them spell chunks.

Grammar: We will learn about plurals and the past and future tenses of verbs. The work on grammar and punctuation will focus on speech, connective language, commas, exclamation marks, question marks and the use of capitals.

Creative Writing – We will study some non-fiction texts to learn about report writing, labelling and to encourage the use of dictionaries, glossaries, and indexes.

Mathematics

Mathematics

We will begin this term by revising place value and extending knowledge of the number system. We will investigate the multiplication of 2, 5 and 10 and to understand what multiplication means and what it looks like. Patterns in multiplication and commutative law are also covered. We will then move onto both the multiplication and division of 2, 5 and 10. We will look at different ways of sharing, including sharing and grouping before covering division by 2, 5 and 10. We will also investigate links between multiplication and division and odd and even numbers. After half term we will be learning about mass in the context of kilograms and grams. We will learn how to read a scale, to compare the weight of different objects and to solve word problems relating to mass. Finally, will gain experience in measuring temperature. We will learn about Celsius, how to read thermometers to help us understand, and look at the different kinds of temperatures we can measure.

Science

Science

We will begin by building on earlier work on materials. We will consider why the properties of materials make them suitable for purposes. During the second half of term, we will explore the concept of electricity and the essential role it plays in everyday life. We will think about the hazards associated with mains electricity. Experimental and investigative work will focus on exploring and testing circuits, thinking about what is expected to happen and then deciding whether the results support the prediction.

Geography

Geography

We shall learn the location and composition of the British Isles, along with considering aspects of being British, we will also be researching one of the many islands which make up the British Isles. Research on types of homes in the British Isles and beyond, comparing their homes with those of people around the world living in different climates and situations. The children will have the chance to research one of these homes, using their questioning and investigative skills, to finally present and share their findings.

History

History

This term we will learn about the Bronze Age, the Iron Age and the Celts. We will consider the invention of the wheel and early transport, the Celtic people and where they came from, hierarchy of society, clothes and jewellery, villages, homesteads and life in a round house, Celtic religion and gods, traders and workers of iron.

French

French

This term we will be looking at the vocabulary for clothes, animals and fruit and vegetables. We will learn phrases for expressing hunger and telling others our name and age. We will be using the Skoldo Elementary Book, looking at some basic children’s books in French and singing lots of songs to consolidate our learning.

RS

RS

Our RS lessons will follow on from the Christmas Story before moving on to Jesus’ early life in Nazareth, we will finish the term with the story of Easter.

Art

Art

During the first half of the term the class will be creating work inspired by creatures, making two and three dimensional pieces, reinforcing their colour mixing, exploring and developing their ideas.
In the second half of the term they will be looking at the work of graphic designers and creating their own designs.

Music

Music

We will start the term by studying ‘The Nutcracker’ by Tchaikovsky. We will look at the history of the piece and learn the story by listening to a retelling and by watching extracts of the ballet. We will also be composing a piece of music to add to the suite.
Later, we will be looking more closely at how to create different effects by varying the timbre and tempo of the music we compose. We will also be concentrating on using our voices to make music.

PSHE

PSHE

This term our core topic is Living in the Wider World. We will be exploring the following areas:

  • Belonging to a Community: Belonging to a group; roles and responsibilities; being the same and different in the community
  • Media literacy and Digital resilience: The internet in everyday life; online content and information

Money and Work:  What money is; needs and wants; looking after money

DT

DT

Due to the exploratory and ‘spontaneous’ approach in this subject, we will often go off in different directions depending on the ideas and interest of the children. And so the formal lesson plans are often deviated from to preserve a flexibility and originality of approach.  New projects often ‘evolve’ from the children’s ideas in the sessions and it is an important part of the approach and style in this subject  to maintain this flexibility and spontaneity.  This generates a feeling with the children that they are going on a ‘journey’ in this subject each term. The formal lesson plans are only intended to be used as a basis and guide to the type of work and projects that are covered and are not intended to be rigidly adhered to.

Weeks 1 and 2 – Vehicle designs using two wheels and forward sledge as a runner. The children will be involved in designing and making the vehicle to travel on a track.

Weeks 3 and 4 – Puppet designs incorporating fabric, dowelling, 360 micron card and blockwood.

Weeks 5, 6 and 7  – Three dimensional designs, incorporating mechanical movement using laser plywood, blockwood, dowelling and modelling foam.

Weeks 8 and 9 –  Picture Frame designs using mounting board card, blockwood and the children’s themes for artwork and ideas.

 

ICT

ICT

This term pupils will be continuing their programming skills using more advanced programs with the floor robots. They will be able to create documents in conjunction with their history using the internet to research for information and images.

Drama

Drama

PE/Games

PE/Games

PE: Development of catching and throwing skills. Development of movement into space within small sided games.

Games: Development of ball skills through football with various drills and games. Game situations will be kept small so as to encourage as much participation as possible.