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Are we all equal? Autumn Term

A big hello and welcome back to all of our Sandymere families. We hope you have all had a fantastic summer and you’re feeling excited and ready to be back in school. We can’t wait to see you!

 

The Autumn term looks like it’s going to be a really exciting one with lots of new things to learn and explore.

 

Topic: Are we all equal? Ar1/1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4. DT1/1.3a. Ge2/1.2a. HI1/1.2,1.3.

This terms topic begins with the question ‘are we all equal?’, we will be looking at how in the past not everyone was treated equally and how are actions now can change the future. We will look at Alma Thomas and Garrett Morgan and understand how their artwork and inventions changed the world. We will then be looking at British Values, why they are important and how we can demonstrate them in school.

 

 

Literacy

We’ll be using the vehicle text ‘A River by Marc Martin’ and writing our own circular narratives involving a journey and a river En2/3.3a 3.3b. After half term we’ll be writing letters to a character from the book En2/3.3a 3.3b 3.3c.

 

Maths

In maths this term we will be recapping some year 1 objectives and looking at the objectives in year 2 for place value and addition and subtraction. The children will take part in practical maths lessons each week to encourage their problem solving in a range of fun and engaging ways Ma2/2.1 a,b,c,d,e,f Ma2/2.2 a,c,e.

 

Reading and Comprehension

The children will be read with by a member of the Sandymere team twice a week and will take part in weekly comprehension lessons En2/2.2. We will be focusing on a class reader book that will be read at the end of each day and before lunch each day we’ll be reading a poem together.

 

Phonics

We will be continuing with phonics lessons in year 2 and focusing on recapping year 1 along with introducing grammatical features and spelling rules. Due to the cancelation of the phonics screening check in June 2021 we will be administering a past phonics screening check in the second half of the autumn term (after October half term). The results from this phonics screen check will be shared with parents and reported to the local authority,

 

Science

This term we will begin learning about animals including humans Sc2/2.3 a,b,c with the focus being learning about how animals and humans grow, what they need to survive and identifying life cycles. After the half term we will be learning about living things and their habitats Sc2/2.1 a,b,c,d with the focus being learning about different habitats, comparing habitats, describing the basic needs of animals and understand how animals obtain their food.

 

RE & CARE

In RE lesson we will be learning about different Bible stories and what they teach us about God and how Christian values are expressed in daily lives. As Christmas approaches we’ll be learning about the Nativity story. During our CARE lessons we’ll be thinking ahead to the rest of the school year and setting ourselves targets as well as thinking about what it means to be a good friend.

 

PE & Swimming

PE will continue with Mr Freeman on a Tuesday and a Thursday. Swimming will also take place on a Thursday, information on this will be sent out separately.

 

Homework

This terms homework is organised in a jigsaw on the Sandymere homework page of the school website, please complete 1 piece of homework each week and submit it to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. email address. The hand in date for homework is Friday each week.

 

On the Sandymere homework page there is also an overview for the autumn term spellings, a spelling test will take place each Friday morning.

 

This year the children will sit their year 2 SATs in May 2022, we will hold a parents information session nearer the time which will explain more about the SATs papers and how they are administered. The SATs will be held throughout the month of May in a calm environment. The children and yourselves do not need to worry about these assessments, please support your child to complete homework and spelling each week and read as many times as possible each week in preparation for them.

 

We hope this information has been useful for you, if you have any questions or anything you would like to discuss please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

We look forward to spending the year with you.

Miss Hume and Mr Ashworth

 

What is that sound I hear?

Welcome back to all of the Sandymere families! We hope you have all had a lovely Easter break and you’re looking forward to the summer term, we have lots of exciting things planned.

 

Residential

 

We are so excited to confirm that our residential can go ahead in June now that the restrictions are beginning to lift. The company running our residential is Get Outside the Classroom who we have a long lasting relationship with at Delamere, they have ran many of our residentials, staff training and activities in school. The residential will take place on Thursday 18th June and Friday 19th June (this date could potentially change) at the Get Outside the Classroom campsite in Tattenhall. We will confirm all the details in a letter soon.

 

Topic

This term our topic focus is learning about the history of music and how it has changed and developed over time.

We will be learning about different periods of music, how it’s used in different cultures and in films. We’ll be researching instruments and how they have changed over the years. After half term children will be composing their own pieces of music using instruments.

Literacy                                                                                   

Using the book ‘Jack at the Baked Beanstalk’ the children will be working towards writing a twisted narrative based on the book. We will then be using the text to write persuasive letters to characters in the book En2 / 3.3. In grammar we will be recapping the objectives we covered in the Spring term to ensure children are secure in these and will then be developing using a range of grammatical features in our own writing En2 / 3.4. In the summer term, there will also be a big focus on handwriting and ensuring the children are confident writing cursively before they transition into key stage 2 En2 / 3.2. We will also be continuing weekly comprehension lesson and developing children’s inference skills En2 / 2.2 e f g h.

Maths

This term we will be looking at the properties of the 2D and 3D shapes, we will be comparing shapes and categorising everyday objects based on their shapes Ma2/3.2 a b c d. We will also be learning about how to use mathematical language to describe position and direction Ma2/3.3 a b. After half term we will be learning about tally charts, pictograms and block diagrams and interpreting these Ma2/4.1 a b c.

Science

This term the children will be working scientifically Sc2/1.1-1.6 to learn all about plants Sc2/2.2 a b.

RE and Care

This term, in RE lessons children will be introduced to humanism and ways to help people around the world. In CARE this term children will be learning about mindfulness and managing emotions in productive ways.

French

French with Madame Birks will continue this term on a Wednesday morning.

PE

PE lessons with Mr Freeman will continue on a Monday and Tuesday each week, please bring in PE kits all week in case of timetable changes.

Homework

Homework will be provided in a 6-part jigsaw. Please complete one activity each week by Friday. A spelling test will also take place on a Friday. All homework resources and spellings can be found on Google Classroom, please submit homework using the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. email address.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the Sandymere team.

 

What makes Cheshire special?

What makes Cheshire special? Spring Term

 

A big welcome back to all of our Sandymere families, we hope you have had a lovely Christmas break.

 

Maths

We will be recapping addition and subtraction work Ma2 /2.2 a b c from last term and then will be introducing a new topic focusing on multiplication and division Ma2 / 2.3 a b c d. We will then be aiming to move onto fractions Ma2 /2.4 a b and measurement Ma2 /3.1 a b c d e f g h. Each week the children will complete an arithmetic paper and a practical maths lesson.

 

Literacy

We will be looking at the book Bog Baby in our literacy work this term and using this to form the basis of writing a non-chronological report En2 / 3.3. Weekly cracking comprehension lessons will continue to take place to develop children’s knowledge and skills for answering comprehension questions both verbally and written En2 /2.2 c d. The children will also be encouraged to develop their cursive handwriting further in all lesson En2 /3.2. Weekly grammar lessons will continue to develop children’s understanding of a range of grammatical features and to use these in their own writing En2/ 3.4.

 

Science

In science this term we will be finishing our living things and their habitats topic Sc2 / 2.1 a b c d and then moving onto uses of everyday materials Sc2 / 3.1 a b c where children will explore the use of a range of different materials.

 

Topic

This term our topic question is ‘what makes Cheshire special?’ so we’ll be looking at the reason why Cheshire is important to the United Kingdom from the things produced in our county to the famous people who live here. The focus for the topic will be geography and history.

 

Homework

This term homework will continue to be shared on Google Classroom, a 6 part grid and resources has been uploaded onto the classwork session as well as spellings overview and weekly handwriting sheets. Homework must be handed in via email or completed on purplemash/mymaths by a Friday each week. Spelling tests will continue to be on a Friday as well.

 

PE

This term PE will be on a Monday and Wednesday with Mr Freeman.

 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask a member of the Sandymere team.

Miss Hume, Mrs Lloyd and Mrs Dodd

How did history begin?

Hello and a big welcome back to all of our Sandymere families. We hope you’ve had a fantastic summer and you’re feeling ready to come back to school.

 

The last few months the children have faced a lot of changes, and although school may not be fully back to normal yet, the Sandymere team will ensure the transition to year 2 is as smooth and exciting as possible. This year promises to be an amazing one!

 

Topic

This term the whole school topic tittle is “how did history begin?” and we will be learning about the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. We will focus on how people survived during these times and the importance of finding food and a safe place to live. We have a visitor coming to school to run a range of workshops for children and we’ll be taking a trip up to Eddisbury Hill, which is a historical hill fort right on our door step!

 

Literacy

In literacy during the first half term we will be reading the book The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers and writing a diary entry from the perspective of one of the characters in the story. En2 2.2 a b c En2 3.3 a b c.

During the second half term we will be reading the story The Disgusting Sandwich and looking at ways to write an engaging recipe and set of instructions for others to read and follow. En2 2.2 a b c En2 3.3 a b c.

 

Maths

In maths this term we will be recapping some year 1 objectives and looking at the objectives in year 2 for place value and addition and subtraction. The children will take part in a practical maths lesson each week to encourage them to problem solve in a range of ways and work as part of a team. Ma2 / 2.1 a, b, c, d, e, f. Ma2 / 2.2 a, c, e.

 

Reading & Comprehension

The children will be read with twice a week with a member of the Sandymere staff and will take part in a weekly comprehension lesson as part of our literacy lessons for the week. This is in preparation for the Reading Comprehension papers sat during the SATs papers at the end of the year. En2 3.3

 

Phonics

We will be continuing with phonics lessons in year 2 and focusing on missed content due to school closure. As part of the Government’s recovery curriculum, year 2 children are expected to sit a phonics screening test in second half term of the Autumn term and any children who do not pass will be retested in June. This will take part in an informal way with a member of the Sandymere team. To help children prepare for this we encourage parents to read with their children as many times as possible, we recommend 4 times a week, and complete the phonics based homework set for each half term.

 

Science

This term we are learning Animals including Humans Sc2 / 2.3 a b c and Living things an their habitats Sc2 / 2.1 a b c d. We’ll be learning about animal life cycles, their offspring and what animals need to survive. We’ll then be studying types of habitats and how animals adapt to suit their habitats.

 

RE & CARE

In RE lessons we’ll be about different Bible stories and what they teach us about God and how Christian values are expressed in daily lives. As Christmas approaches we’ll be learning about the Nativity story. During our CARE lessons we’ll be thinking ahead to the rest of the school year and setting ourselves targets as well as thinking about what it means to be a good friend.

 

PE & Swimming

PE will continue with Mr Freeman on a Monday and a Wednesday. We’ll be sending out information in regards to swimming in the near future.

 

Homework

This term homework is organized in a Jigsaw on the Sandymere Homework page of the school website, please complete 1 piece of homework each week. The hand in day for homework is a Friday and spelling tests will also take place on a Friday. Please see the Sandymere Homework page for an over view of each weeks spellings.

 

This year the children will sit their year 2 SATS, we will hold a parents information session nearer the time which will outline more about the SATS requirements. They will be held over the month of May in a calm environment. The children and yourselves do not need to worry about these assessments, please support your child to complete homework, spellings each week and read as many times as possible as preparation for them.

 

We hope this information is useful to you and if you have any other questions please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the Sandymere staff.

 

We looking forward to spending the year with you all!

Miss Hume, Mrs Lloyd and Mrs Dodd

How are things different? Spring term

Hello and welcome back!

We hope you’ve had a lovely Christmas and feel excited for the Spring term in Sandymere!

This term we will be holding a residential meeting after school to explain in more detail what our one night residential in June will be like. Once we know the date for this we will let you know. 

SATs

This term the children will be preparing for the SATs papers in May. We will be completing past papers so children understand how to answer questions and recognise the format of papers. We will also be holding a parents SATs meeting after school nearer the time, once we have this date confirmed we will let you know.

Maths

We will be recapping addition and subtracting work Ma2 / 2.2 a, c, e and introducing multiplication and division Ma2 / 2.3a, b, c, d and measurement in practical maths lessons Ma2/3.1.  

Each week children will complete a mental math’s test in preparation for the Arithmetic SATS paper in May, in addition to this they will also begin to complete Reasoning SATS papers each week to help prepare them for the format of questions in the SATS papers in May. These will be done informally.

Literacy

We will begin the term by learning how to write an engaging setting description, focusing on the rainforest. We will then be exploring non-chronological reports and writing our own reports on Lemurs, linking to our topic work. En2 / 3.3

Science

In science we will be learning about living things and their habitats. Children will be able to recognise different types of habitats and how these provide the basic needs for the human or animals Sc2 / 2.1.

Topic

In topic lessons this term our focus country will be Madagascar, we will be learning all about life on Madagascar for humans and animals and comparing how this is different to our lives. This topic focus is a geography, art and music focus. We will be using maps of the world, continents and the two countries to extend our learning and will understand how human and physical geography shapes lives on islands. Art1/ 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4, Geography/ 1.1a 1.b 1.2a 1.3a 1.3b 1.4a 1.4b 1.4c 1.4d 

These are some reminders for the Spring term:

·          - PE is on a Wednesday and a Friday but please bring PE kits into school each day in case of timetable changes.

·           - Swimming is on a Thursday

·            - Spelling tests are on a Friday (half term spellings list is on the Sandymere homework page)

·             - Homework hand in day is a Friday (half term homework grid is on the Sandymere homework page)

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask!

Miss Hume and Mrs Garner    

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