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Skylarks (Year 2 & 3)

Spring 2020

In English, Skylarks will be studying books from the ‘Katie Morag’ series. Skylarks will be using the text and pictures to make predictions and write their own story endings. Skylarks will be exploring expanded noun phrases and adverbs to describe characters and settings. Skylarks will be using these stories to support their learning in Geography – An Island Home. Linked to our science, Skylarks will be reading ‘I Love Bugs by Emma Dodd’ in preparation for writing their own animal poems. Skylarks will also be reading non-fiction books about different animals, looking carefully at the layout so they can write their own non- fiction reports.

Skylarks will be set weekly spellings, which are to be learnt at home. These spellings will link directly to the daily phonics teaching. Spellings will include /r/ sound spelt ‘wr’, adding ‘-ing’, ‘-ed’, ‘-er’,‘-est’ and ‘-y’ to words of one syllable ending in a single consonant after a single vowel, /ɒ/ spelt ‘a’ after ‘w’ and ‘qu’, /ʒ/ spelt ‘s’, adding ‘-es’ to nouns and verbs ending in ‘y’, possessive apostrophe and homophones.

In Maths, Skylarks will be learning about fractions (recognising, finding, naming and writing fractions 1/3 ¼ 2/4 and ¾ of a length, shape, set of objects or quantity). Skylarks will be encouraged to make links between finding fractions of numbers and their multiplication and division knowledge. Skylarks will have lots of opportunities to explore equivalent fractions and will be able to recognise the equivalence of ½ and 2/4. Skylarks will apply their knowledge of fractions to be able to tell the time using quarter past, quarter to, half past and o’clock. Some Skylarks will progress to telling the time to 5 minute intervals.

In Science, Skylarks will be learning about a variety of animal habitats such as oceans, forest, grasslands and desert, learning how the animals link to and have adapted to the places they live in. We hope to explore microhabitats in the school grounds and investigate what these areas provide for their inhabitants.

In Computing, Skylarks will be understanding what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions. Skylarks will be using their J2E account to write programs to make a screen turtle move around different templates e.g. using the big bad wolf template to move the wolf to each house in turn. What happens at each house? Programming Cinderella to move to the pumpkin, cat and mouse to find out what happens to them? Skylarks may progress onto using block coding to write more complex algorithms. 

In Geography, Skylarks theme is ‘An Island Home.’ Skylarks will be able to identify what an island is and recognise different islands from around the world. Skylarks will learn the name and location of the five oceans. Skylarks will be using geographical vocabulary to make comparisons between Abberley and an island. They will be looking in particular for physical and human features.  Skylarks will be confident using vocabulary such as: beach, cliff, coast, forest, hill, mountain, sea, ocean, river, valley (physical) city, town, village, factory, farm, house, office, port, harbour and shop (human). Skylarks will be introduced to an island country, Bahrain and will investigate what it is like to live in this contrasting locality.

In PE, Skylarks will be experimenting with different ways they can travel, roll, balance and jump using the floor and apparatus. Skylarks will practise these gymnastic skills to create their own routines, which they will perform to their peers. Outside, Skylarks will be improving their throwing and catching skills in preparation to play simple team ball games.  

In Music (linked to our science theme), Skylarks will be listening to and exploring The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saens. Skylarks will be composing and evaluating their own pieces of music linked to an animal and will be experimenting with tempo, pitch and volume.

In R.E, Skylarks will be learning about the Easter Story and Holy week and what it means to Christians. Skylarks will be exploring the themes of betrayal, forgiveness and salvation. A journey from sadness to joy and hope, dark to light, death to life.