Prep 2 Curriculum Brief

English

English

Reading Comprehension: We will practise 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 explore non-fiction and fiction for effective story writing. We’ll focus on crafting persuasive letters and adverts, encouraging the use of dictionaries, glossaries, and indexes.

Mathematics

Mathematics

We will begin this term by revisiting place value, shape, and expanding our grasp of the number system. We will investigate the multiplication of 2, 5 and 10, exploring its meaning, patterns, and the commutative law. Progress to both multiplication and division of 2, 5, and 10, exploring various sharing methods and introducing division by these numbers. Investigate connections between multiplication, division, and odd/even numbers.

After half term we will focus on mass in the context of kilograms and grams. Learning to read scales, compare weights, and solve word related problems.

Concluding the term, we’ll gain experience in measuring temperature, covering Celsius, reading thermometers, and understanding various temperature ranges.

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 will 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 in particular, 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 consolidate our learning of toys and pastimes and move on to study the vocabulary for the countryside and different modes of transport. We will improve our conversational French asking each other how we are feeling and responding appropriately. As always, we will sing songs previously learnt to consolidate our learning and be singing lots of new ones.

RS

RS

The children will begin to learn about the Life of Jesus and and how he grew up in the ordinary life of the time. We shall think about Christians and think of Jesus as someone who tells interesting stories and will begin to understand He is trying to teach people through them. We will end the term with the Easter Story.

Art

Art

This term we will be creating work inspired by creatures, creating two and three dimensional pieces. We will be looking at different artists, comparing their individual styles and gaining ideas for our own art work.  We will experiment with different media forms and continue to explore colour mixing and shading.  We will also produce art work inspired by the season and towards the end of term, Easter.

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 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 – Designs incorporating three dimensional pictures using laser plywood, 350 micron card and high density modeling foam.

Weeks 3 and 4 – Designs involving various mechanical movements using mounting board card, paper fastener linkages and blockwood. Various types of movements can be created to suit the children’s ideas.

Weeks 5, 6 and 7 – ‘Helter Skelter’ designs where a ball bearing is guided down an angled track. Materials include mounting board card, 5mm ball bearings, blockwood and plywood.

Weeks 8 and 9 – Designs incorporating mirror acrylic to achieve various optical effects, for example kaleidoscope designs using three mirror sections. Experimentation with different patterns, shapes and colours.

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

In Drama this term, we will be exploring how to tell a story, mainly oral and visual storytelling, learning about tableaus, mime and the use of dialogue. Students will learn Important storytelling techniques including the use of voice (words and sound effects), facial expression and bodily gesture, pace, repetition, rhythm, elaboration, exaggeration and engagement with the audience.

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.