Our Topic - Spring Term First Half
CRASH! What’s that in the playground? Let’s go outside and take a look. Stand back everyone – it looks like a UFO has crash landed. Find out who might have landed by exploring the craft and investigating scattered scientific specimens. Create a ‘Welcome to Earth’ box for an alien explorer. What can you put in it to help explain what life is like on our planet? Would you like to be an astronaut? You’ll need a pretty sturdy spacecraft if you do. Start off small by making an air-propelled rocket. How far can you make it travel? Find out the names of the planets. There’s Mercury, Neptune, Mars and – do you know any others? I’ve forgotten the rest. Then, an alien is found. Can you help get him home? It’s got the experts in a right kerfuffle. Professor Pong doesn’t know what to do. Are you ready for take-off Class 2? Hold tight. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… LIFT OFF!
This half term, we’ll learn all about space. We will look at the different planets in our solar system and how Earth is important. Can you tell us why the moon is so important to Earth? We will look at famous people in space travel, how they managed to make it into space. We will focus on fun facts like did you know astronauts have to wear a seat belt when going to the toilet? Let’s find out more! We are hoping to kick start our project by becoming real astronauts; with a visit to outer space, to see the stars and learn some interesting facts.
Help your child prepare for their project
Space is amazing! Why not take a look at BBC Bitesize – ‘Earth and Space’ or ‘The Moon’. Kiddle – Astronaut facts for kids is another great website to start your research ready to bring some great facts into school to share. Please write these fabulous facts down on some paper and decorate it with a space theme so that we can display them on our topic wall. Alternatively you can look at books to blast off with learning facts, like Space (First Fabulous Facts) by Ladybird or Look Inside: Space by Rob Lloyd Jones.
Please go to google classroom for weekly spellings, homework and weekly learning including ideas for phonics lessons!
Below are the Year 1 and Year 2 spelling lists and an overview of the spelling rules/sounds to be taught for each wordlist. At Mawgan-in-Pydar, we follow the 'Shakespeare and More' spelling scheme. The spelling overview explains how this scheme works.
In line with the National Curriculum, these spellings will be taught through daily activities and investigations. There are lots of fun ways to practise these words, to help children remember the spelling sounds and rules. As an additional learning task, please practise these spellings at home. Please note, any additional learning you do at home will support your child’s learning at school.