Benton Dene Schools

Benton Dene Schools

Green 6

Summer Home Learning


The children will be learning about Information texts. They will be focusing on learning information about sea life. The children will be given a choice of what their learning focus will be. For example, some children may choose to learn about sharks or dolphins, whereas others may wish to learn about the coral on the ocean bed. At the end of term, each child will participate in a ‘hot write’ activity that will showcase their learning and information that they have learnt. 


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What will Home-School Learning look like in Green 6?

Each night your child will bring home their reading book and a phonic reader. We would encourage you to read these books with your child each night or as much as possible throughout the week. Please comment in your child’s reading record book (purple book). The reading record book will have weekly updated reading and spelling targets and a learning intention to focus on. Home learning will also give you the opportunity for you to support and work with your child on subject based learning that will be happening in your child’s class throughout the week. 
Foundation Subjects

Art: Travelling lines:
This unit builds on the Y1 unit introducing different types of line and making lines or mark making. The unit extends knowledge of the variety of lines and how lines can be created, explored and controlled. They will explore creating line, form and texture through drawing paint and printing by using edges of the card board - ‘drawing with cardboard.’ They will experiment with creating abstract and representational art using different types of line and techniques.
Artist: Bridgett Riley, Friedensreich Hundertwasser Art Elements: Line, space, pattern, texture. Access Art: ‘Spiral snail drawings.
You may wish to encourage your child to draw lines with chalk on the pavement or use a watering can to make water lines across a path. You could also add food colouring to the water to make colourful line patterns.
Computer Science: Exploring the machines we control:
In this unit, pupils learn about different machines, their purpose and how we control them. There are a wide variety of toys and machines that can let your pupils experience ‘control’ of machines in different ways. It is also a great opportunity to discuss and investigate the machines that they know about in their lives at home and in school and how they are controlled. These will vary hugely from the TV remote, toys they have, automatic doors in the supermarket, touchscreens, buttons and dials etc.
The House of Objects at the Rising Sun Country Park is a great place to go if you want to collect some bits of recycled old technology and machines for your child to incorporate into their models, but equally, buttons, cereal boxes, sequins etc. can do a great job too.
If you, your family or friends had any old machines, remotes or battery operated toys that they no longer need, your child might like to investigate how they work by taking the machine/device apart (with adult supervision). You could talk about the components and the workings of these machines.

Design & Technology: Boats:
In this unit the children will be exploring a variety of boats. They will be looking at and naming different types of boats eg. canoe, ferry, yacht, fishing boats and lifeboats etc. The children will be investigating different materials that would be effective in the construction of a model boat. For example, waterproof materials.
Focus: Construction, materials, textiles, design, decoration, make, evaluate. Stimuli/Designer: Model boat
You may wish to encourage your child to participate in making a boat at home using junk modelling. They could investigate how a boat floats on water (parental supervision will be required).
Geography: Where shall we go?:
This unit focuses on the geography of China, investigating the main human and physical features of the country, everyday life and cultures in China and the importance of farming for the country. The children will learn about the geographical similarities and differences between China and the United Kingdom. They will be building on their mapping skills using atlases, globes and world maps, including the use of webcams and online maps.
You may wish to encourage your child to sample some Chinese food and they could make a list of Chinese food that they like and Chinese food they didn't like.
History: Schools and Holidays now and then!:
This topic will focus on looking at schools and holidays both now and in the past. This topic will build on previous work around life in the past which was studied in Autumn and Spring. Pupils will be comparing and contrasting the Victorian and Edwardian schools and holidays to our holidays and schools now. They will look at artefacts including items used in schools in the past, as well as primary and secondary sources to build up a picture of life in the past. Pupils could talk to living relatives (grandparents/older family members) and discover what school and holidays were like for them.

You may wish to visit the Beamish Open Air Museum where your child could see first hand what it was like to live in the past. This would be a treat for the whole family!
In Year 2 children have a growing repertoire of familiar songs and rhymes. They experience listening and singing together. They will be beginning to indicate their likes and dislikes. They are familiar with using classroom instruments, some can name them and play them correctly. They are beginning to represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through music, dance, role play and stories. They will begin to embed some of the inter-related dimensions of music: pulse, rhythm and pitch; and use voice, body percussion and instruments to explore these.
You may ask your child to appraise a piece of music or a song on the radio. This is an activity where you would ask your child if they liked a piece of music or not. You could ask them what they liked about it and what they didn't like about it. You could also ask them if they like loud music or quiet music etc.
PE: Multi Skills
Pupils have previously looked at basic movements within athletics. They have begun to have an understanding of spatial awareness, track a ball, send and receive a ball. Pupils have become more confident with handling a ball. Within this term pupils will build on basic movements learnt. Pupils will become more confident and accurate within their basic movements and ball handling skills. Pupils will learn the optimum stance to send and receive a ball.
You may wish to play some ball games with your child. It's all about having fun!
PSHE: Growing and Changing
This unit looks at growing and changing. In year 1 pupils will have gained an understanding of some of the things living things need in science. Pupils will have also begun to grasp the concept of the passing of time in history. Following our unit on personal hygiene and staying healthy last term pupils will have a good knowledge of the main body parts and some understanding around living thing’s needs.

This unit will enable pupils to make comparisons between genders and promotes respecting people