Welcome to Swallows

Welcome to the Swallows class page. 

Please check back in with this page regularly for updates,.

 

PE will be on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Homework will be issued on Tuesdays and children will need to return their completed homework.

Reading books will be changed on Fridays.

Spellings will be given out and spelling tests will take place on Fridays.

Summer term 

Welcome back to the summer term. We hope you all had a lovely relaxing Easter break and are ready to begin the summer term. We have lots of exciting learning to look forward to this term. 

 

Our topic this term is all about the Seaside. 

In English we will be exploring books which have an environmental message behind them such as 'Clean Up' by Nathan Bryan and 'Someone Swallowed Stanley' by Sarah Roberts. 

In Maths we will be exploring Fractions, Length and Height, Mass, Capacity and Temperature, Position and Direction and Statistics. 

In History we will be exploring how our seasides have changed over time and in Geography we will be learning about countries of the UK, naming the continents and seas around the world as well as exploring and identifying physical and human features of the seaside using basic geographical vocabulary (beach, cliff, coast, sea, ocean, river, port, harbour, shop. Exploring maps and using key skills to identify key seasides in the UK and then comparing Hunstanton / British coast to the Kenyan coastline which links back to Y1 learning where the children had the opportunity to explore Africa/safari. 

In Science we will be exploring how plants grow as well as exploring how all living things grow over time which links to the topic 'Animals including Humans'. 

This is just a brief example of all the fantastic learning that will be taking place this term and I can wait to share the Seaside Art work that the children will be producing with you. More information about the curriculum coverage this half term can be found further down on this page. 

Home Learning

Spellings

Children will be given spellings on a Friday. Please spend some time learning these with your child to support their learning in school.

Reading

Please continue to read with your child as much as possible (we recommend just a few minutes every day). If you read at home - remember to sign the reading diary to say you have done so (with a comment if possible).

 

 

They will also get a sticker on their reading cards and when they have filled these will receive a prize from Mrs Lewis!

 

 

There are more books on Oxford Owl which can be read online.

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/ 

Numbots

Meridian Community Primary School & Nursery - Numbots

Your child will have their Numbots login in front of their reading record. This online game supports children's mathematical skills and we recommend playing once a week at home if possible. The children also have the opportunity to play in school. 

https://play.numbots.com/#/account/school-login/22257 

Purple Mash

Purple Mash (2simple) | Herts for Learning

We will set activities on Purple Mash as further optional homework activities which will be linked to our learning in school. Your child's login can be found in the front of their reading record.

https://www.purplemash.com/sch/livingstone 

Online games to support learning

Hit the button - practice number bonds to 5, 10, 20, and 100.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button 

Year 2 SPaG ideas to use at home

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Year 2 Curriculum Overview

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Spring Term

Castles

English - In the first part of this term we will be writing sentences based on the story 'George and the Dragon by Chris Wormell'. The children will be learning how to use expanded noun phrases, similes, verbs, and adverbs and how to use different types of punctuation. 

In the second part of the term, we will be writing a piece of non-fiction text about Warwick Castle following our trip there.

Maths - We will be using the White Rose Maths scheme of work to extend the children's knowledge. We will be learning about shape, multiplication and division, money, length and height and mass, capacity, and temperature. 

Science We will be building on learning from year 1 and going into more detail on the topic of materials. We will be using the Developing Expert's planning and resources in lessons. Children will have the opportunity to learn practically and work scientifically to explore different materials and their properties. 

HistoryIn history, we will be learning about castles. We will learn about the history of castles, the features of castles, and the different types of castles. The children will also get the opportunity to visit Warwick castle to enhance their learning further. We will also be learning about a key historical figure, William the Conqueror. 

Art- We will be recreating a section of the Bayeux Tapestry Castle Engravings in the style of The Buck Brothers.

RE - Our topic will be 'How do we care for the Earth? and Why does it matter?'

 

This is just a quick overview of the learning that will be happening in Swallows this year. Please feel free to explore the curriculum overview to see more. 

 

 

Phonics

 

The children are taught discrete phonics lessons everyday following the Twinkl Phonics program which is a DfE approved programme.  We teach the children the sounds in order for them to read and write with increasing proficiency. At the end of Year 1 the children completed a Phonics Screening Check which is a legal requirement for each child. They will apply their phonics knowledge to read 40 words, 20 of which are real and 20 which are not (we call these alien words).

 

In Year 2, we will continue to build on children's phonics knowledge from reception and year 1. Children will have lessons tailored to meet their individual needs and next steps.

 

 

 

There is more information about the Phonics Screening Check here: 

 

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/home/reading-owl/expert-help/the-year-1-phonics-screening-check

 

 

Here is an overview of our phonics programme. We will be recapping level 3 and teaching levels 4-6 in year 2, depending on the children's level.

 

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Common Exception Words

 

We will be teaching the children how to spell these common exception words by the end of year 2.

 

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Welcome to Swallows

Welcome to the Swallows class page. 

Please check back in with this page regularly for updates,.

 

PE will be on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Homework will be issued on Tuesdays and children will need to return their completed homework.

Reading books will be changed on Fridays.

Spellings will be given out and spelling tests will take place on Fridays.

Summer term 

Welcome back to the summer term. We hope you all had a lovely relaxing Easter break and are ready to begin the summer term. We have lots of exciting learning to look forward to this term. 

 

Our topic this term is all about the Seaside. 

In English we will be exploring books which have an environmental message behind them such as 'Clean Up' by Nathan Bryan and 'Someone Swallowed Stanley' by Sarah Roberts. 

In Maths we will be exploring Fractions, Length and Height, Mass, Capacity and Temperature, Position and Direction and Statistics. 

In History we will be exploring how our seasides have changed over time and in Geography we will be learning about countries of the UK, naming the continents and seas around the world as well as exploring and identifying physical and human features of the seaside using basic geographical vocabulary (beach, cliff, coast, sea, ocean, river, port, harbour, shop. Exploring maps and using key skills to identify key seasides in the UK and then comparing Hunstanton / British coast to the Kenyan coastline which links back to Y1 learning where the children had the opportunity to explore Africa/safari. 

In Science we will be exploring how plants grow as well as exploring how all living things grow over time which links to the topic 'Animals including Humans'. 

This is just a brief example of all the fantastic learning that will be taking place this term and I can wait to share the Seaside Art work that the children will be producing with you. More information about the curriculum coverage this half term can be found further down on this page. 

Home Learning

Spellings

Children will be given spellings on a Friday. Please spend some time learning these with your child to support their learning in school.

Reading

Please continue to read with your child as much as possible (we recommend just a few minutes every day). If you read at home - remember to sign the reading diary to say you have done so (with a comment if possible).

 

 

They will also get a sticker on their reading cards and when they have filled these will receive a prize from Mrs Lewis!

 

 

There are more books on Oxford Owl which can be read online.

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/ 

Numbots

Meridian Community Primary School & Nursery - Numbots

Your child will have their Numbots login in front of their reading record. This online game supports children's mathematical skills and we recommend playing once a week at home if possible. The children also have the opportunity to play in school. 

https://play.numbots.com/#/account/school-login/22257 

Purple Mash

Purple Mash (2simple) | Herts for Learning

We will set activities on Purple Mash as further optional homework activities which will be linked to our learning in school. Your child's login can be found in the front of their reading record.

https://www.purplemash.com/sch/livingstone 

Online games to support learning

Hit the button - practice number bonds to 5, 10, 20, and 100.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button 

Year 2 SPaG ideas to use at home

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Zoom:

Year 2 Curriculum Overview

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Spring Term

Castles

English - In the first part of this term we will be writing sentences based on the story 'George and the Dragon by Chris Wormell'. The children will be learning how to use expanded noun phrases, similes, verbs, and adverbs and how to use different types of punctuation. 

In the second part of the term, we will be writing a piece of non-fiction text about Warwick Castle following our trip there.

Maths - We will be using the White Rose Maths scheme of work to extend the children's knowledge. We will be learning about shape, multiplication and division, money, length and height and mass, capacity, and temperature. 

Science We will be building on learning from year 1 and going into more detail on the topic of materials. We will be using the Developing Expert's planning and resources in lessons. Children will have the opportunity to learn practically and work scientifically to explore different materials and their properties. 

HistoryIn history, we will be learning about castles. We will learn about the history of castles, the features of castles, and the different types of castles. The children will also get the opportunity to visit Warwick castle to enhance their learning further. We will also be learning about a key historical figure, William the Conqueror. 

Art- We will be recreating a section of the Bayeux Tapestry Castle Engravings in the style of The Buck Brothers.

RE - Our topic will be 'How do we care for the Earth? and Why does it matter?'

 

This is just a quick overview of the learning that will be happening in Swallows this year. Please feel free to explore the curriculum overview to see more. 

 

 

Phonics

 

The children are taught discrete phonics lessons everyday following the Twinkl Phonics program which is a DfE approved programme.  We teach the children the sounds in order for them to read and write with increasing proficiency. At the end of Year 1 the children completed a Phonics Screening Check which is a legal requirement for each child. They will apply their phonics knowledge to read 40 words, 20 of which are real and 20 which are not (we call these alien words).

 

In Year 2, we will continue to build on children's phonics knowledge from reception and year 1. Children will have lessons tailored to meet their individual needs and next steps.

 

 

 

There is more information about the Phonics Screening Check here: 

 

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/home/reading-owl/expert-help/the-year-1-phonics-screening-check

 

 

Here is an overview of our phonics programme. We will be recapping level 3 and teaching levels 4-6 in year 2, depending on the children's level.

 

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Common Exception Words

 

We will be teaching the children how to spell these common exception words by the end of year 2.

 

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