There is no formal home learning over the Easter holidays.
However, please do keep reading (making sure you are asking and answering questions about what you have read) and practise some Maths skills if you need to challenge your brain a bit!
I hope you have a restful and relaxing break.
Theme of the week - Thinking of others
Thank you for coming to share and celebrate the children's hard work in our Titanic Museum open classroom. I know the children are extremely proud of their work (and rightly so!) and it was so nice to see them sharing their achievements with you.
In Maths this week we have been thinking about measuring lengths in cm and m. If you choose an object, your child should be able to tell you which unit they would use to measure it and why (e.g. a house would be measured in metres, but a pencil would be measured in cm). Why not give it a go over Easter?
On Wednesday we also had our World Faith and Philosophy day, where we were considering the theme of changing emotions in relation to Easter.
Theme of the week - Noticing
Date for your diary - Thursday 4th April at 2.30pm. Please come and join us to see and celebrate all of our work from our Titanic topic!
In Maths this week, we have been thinking about hw to find 1/2, 1/4, 1/3 and 3/4 of amounts. We have used bar models to help us do this. Can your child explain how the model works?
In English, we have been thinking about comparative adjectives, apostrophes for contractions and to show possession and homophones. We have been making an effort to use all of these different skills in our Titanic writing this week.
Through our Titanic topic, we have been writing a recount about last Friday's trip.
We have also been thinking about why the loss of life was so great and who was to blame for the tragedy. We worked together to prioritise the reasons for the high death toll. We then explained why our chosen reason was the most important. We had a whole-class debate considering the different people who could have been responsible for the tragedy. This was handled sensitively and with great maturity! Well done Year 2!
In Science this week, we did a relay to find out facts about scientists and then created posters about them. Finally we presented our posters to the class.
Theme of the week - having faith in oneself
On Friday we had a brilliant day at the Seacity museum in Southampton to learn more about Titanic. We had an excellent workshop with hands-on activities including different smells from different rooms on the ship and demonstrating the sinking of the ship by filling the watertight compartments using an ice cube tray. Can your child demonstrate this to you?
We then had a guided tour with our very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide, Andy. He told us some really interesting information - can your child recall any new facts?
After lunch, we got some time to explore the museum ourselves. We particularly enjoyed shovelling the coal, steering the ship and practising our Morse code alphabet!
The majority of our learning this week has been around Titanic. We have learnt the story of what happened to the ship, the different classes of people that were onboard and the facilities that they had access to. We created posters advertising the ship and its special features, wrote postcards home and even made clay models of the ship! We will be continuing our work next week and look forward to sharing it with you at our open classroom on Thursday 4th April at 2.30.
In Maths this week we have been looking at fractions, with a focus on halves, quarters and three-quarters. We have used bar models to help us work out fractions of amounts. Can your child demonstrate this for you? Remember, the top bar should have the whole number and the bottom bar should be split into the right number of boxes (this is the number at the bottom of the fraction - the denominator).
In spelling this week we have been thinking about what happens when we add different suffixes to words. We have talked about doubling the consonant to make a short vowel sound (dropped and hopping etc) and how sometimes we need to change one letter into another letter (copy - copies, sparkle - sparkly and tidy - tidied).
Theme of the week - Next steps
On Tuesday, we enjoyed rotating around the other Infant classrooms, undertaking different Maths activities with the different teachers in honour of Maths Day! The children started with Mr Hancox, creating repeating patterns on fish based in the book 'One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish'. They then went to Miss Parker, where they were completing an investigation about how many animals could have shoes based on the book 'Centipede's 100 Shoes'. In the afternoon, the children came back to Year 2 where we were looking at 'The Greedy Triangle'. Can your child tell you what happened in the story? We did some acting while we thought about where we see different shapes in real life (e.g. a triangle as a volcano) and we wrote out own versions of the story as a story board.
As well as Maths day, we have been continuing our normal day-to-day maths this week. We have finished our work on shape and are moving on to fractions.
On Thursday we took part in a superhero drama workshop, where we became superheroes who were trying to stop 'Bad Bopper' who was not taking care of the environment. We learnt that we need to 'Reduce, Reuse and Recycle' to help with looking after our world. Can your child share some examples of how they can do this?
We are having a big focus on spelling in Year 2 at the moment. This week we have considered the following:
- The 'j' sound spelt as j, g, ge and dge e.g. jar, giraffe, generous and edge
- The 's' sound spelt a c at the beginning of words e.g. city
- The 'n' sound spelt as gn and kn at the beginning of words e.g. gnat and knight
- The 'r' sound spelt as wr at the beginning of words e.g. write
- The 'l' sound spelt as el, le, al and il e.g. tunnel, bottle, petal and pencil
Can your child find any of these words in their reading books this week?
Also in English this week, we have been imagining we were tourists on the moon taking part in Bob (the man on the moon)'s tour. We acted out this situation in freeze frames, thinking about what questions Bob might be asked. We also looked more carefully at conjunctions and wrote sentences using them correctly. On Thursday and Friday we looked at a picture of a troll and wrote character descriptions, thinking about the troll's personality and appearance. These were brilliant and the children put an enormous amount of effort into these pieces of writing!
In Science with Mrs Rawlings, we were investigating the absorbency of different kitchen rolls in order to identify the best brand. Can your child explain their findings to you?
Theme of the week - Improving focus
World Book Day 2019
We had great fun acting as detectives to solve crimes on Thursday for this year’s World Book Day. Just as we were settling in for our chat about different costumes, Miss Parker interrupted us with some devastating news – someone had pushed Humpty Dumpty off the wall! We went to take a look at the crime scene for ourselves and spent some time searching for clues about who the culprit may have been. Can your child remember what the clues and suspects were? We then worked together in teams with Year 1 and Year R to create wanted posters, which we put up around the school. After break we were playing a lovely game of ‘Wink Murder’ (with some incredibly dramatic ‘deaths’) when we were interrupted again with further clues. With each new clue, we were able to eliminate one or more suspects from our investigation. After the third clue, we managed to work out the guilty part – it was the Three Blind Mice!
When we got back to class, we started cracking different codes to work out who had committed a crime at the St George Hotel. Ask your child about the codes they had to crack – we even looked at Morse code! We finished the day be reading ‘The Detective Dog’ by Julia Donaldson and taking part in the 'Live Lesson'. Can your child tell you what they did in this lesson? Why was it special?
In Maths this week, we have been continuing to think about 3D shapes including their faces and edges. Can your child remember a 3D shape that we looked at, how many edges and faces it has and what shape the faces were? Can you find any real-life examples in your home?
In English this week we have been writing our own stories based on the aliens that we designed last week. We took the title of the original book (A day in the life of Bob, the man on the moon) and twisted it so that instead of describing Bob’s activities, we described the mischievous antics of the children’s aliens. Can your child tell you what their alien got up to?
In History, we have been looking at the story of the sinking of the Titanic. We acted out the story, then made our own zig-zag books. Can your child remember the key events?
Theme of the week - Exploration
Reminder – I will be holding a SATs information meeting on Monday 4th March (this coming Monday) to give information about the Key Stage 1 assessments. These sessions will be at 2:50, then repeated at 5:30 for those of you who wish to come to a later meeting. I look forward to seeing you there!
In Maths this week we have been studying 2D shapes and their properties. We learnt some new vocabulary and worked out the lines of symmetry on a variety of different shapes. We then used these criteria to sort shapes using a Venn diagram. Can your child remember the three criteria that could be used to sort 2D shapes? Next week, we will be focusing on 3D shapes.
In English, we have been looking at a new story called ‘A day in the life of Bob (the man on the moon)’. We started by writing letters to Bob, asking him questions about his life and his job, making sure we remembered to use question marks at the end of our sentences. We then designed and described our own aliens, which will appear in our own versions of the story. Can your child explain to you what happened in the original story and what is going to happen in their own story?
In PE this week, we practised some multi-skills with a circuit of activities in the hall. Can your child remember any of these activities?
In Science, we spent some time thinking about the recycling of materials, in line with our ‘Single-use plastic-free’ day on Thursday. Can your child remember any of the steps of the process?
Theme of the week - Self-control
Take one picture week
We are really excited to share our learning with you from ‘Take one picture week’ this week. We started on Monday by looking at the picture, thinking about what sort of mood it put us in, then creating a dance or sequence of movement to a piece of music that fit with the mood. When we got back to class, we looked more closely at the picture and created a mind-map, answering questions about what mood we thought the artist was in and what season the picture was set in.
We took this theme forward into Tuesday, where we took a silhouette of the castle and painted it in the different seasons using watercolours. We then tried again with oil pastels to see which medium was the most effective in creating a picture. We were also lucky enough to be invited to the hall to try out Year 4’s bee-bot mazes! This was great fun.
On Wednesday we thought about a poem that might have been set in the castle from the picture called ‘Colonel Fazackerley’. We spent some time designing and describing our own ghost that could appear in the castle, then created some performance poetry pieces , which we performed on Thursday.
Also on Thursday, we collected our pieces of work into our own personal portfolios. Then we thought more in depth about castles and designed our own with unique features. We then presented these to the rest of the class and filmed them on the iPads.
All of this and still time for English, Maths and a whole host of other learning!
In Maths this week, we have been revising everything we have learnt this year by completing some assessments. The children all did brilliantly and have worked very hard. Please see the ‘Home Learning’ section about to see what to do next with these papers.
In English this week, we have been looking at the picture of a little girl and a giraffe with a title of ‘Best Friends’. We thought about the back-story to this picture, then wrote what happens next. We have spent some time discussing individual next-steps for learning (shown by the green ‘staircases’ in the children’s books) and how they need to try really hard to work on whatever it is that they have been advised about.
In PE on Friday, we set ourselves a personal challenge. We have been working on our skipping this half term and we decided to record how many skips we can do in 2 minutes, challenging ourselves to improve our score on each attempt. This was lots of fun and we showed excellent resilience, even though we had a false start due to the ice on the playground!
Snow Day Challenges!
Theme of the week - Communication
Safer Internet Day
On Tuesday 5th February it was Safer Internet Day, so we spent the morning discussing the internet and how we can make sure we were using it safely. We spent our time thinking about four different questions.
1) What is the internet?
2) What does the internet know about me? (Through this we were discussing ‘personal information’ and what it is ok to share)
3) Is it ok? (Through this we were discussing what it is ok to do on the internet and what it is NOT ok to do, such as ‘It is ok to use the internet to help me with my home learning, but t is NOT ok to use the internet without an adult’s permission).
4) What is permission and why is it important? (Through this we were talking about having a person’s permission to use their images etc online).
We had some brilliant conversations and the children make some excellent points. Can they share any of this with you?
World Faith and Philosophy Day
On Friday we had our World Faith and Philosophy day where we were studying the concept of Remembering, relating to Hinduism, the God Vishnu and the Festival of Holi. As part of this, we practised some Bollywood-style dancing, acted out the story of Prahlad and the origins of the Holi festival. We then linked it to our own lives when we were thinking about how we remember important things and people in our own lives and why it is important to remember them.
In PSHE we have been thinking about compliments and how it feels to give and receive them. We were also talking about the theme of ‘ambition’ and what it means to us. We started by looking up what ambition actually means and how it relates to the work we do in school. I was very impressed with how eloquent the children were in their responses, with one particular response impressing both me and Mrs Wright – ‘I think that ambition leads to successful learners because ambitious learners are successful learners’.
In Maths we have been finishing off our unit about statistics by looking at block diagrams. We had great fun creating a whole-class diagram about our favourite colours! Next week we will be moving on to our next unit of work about shape.
In English this week we have been using the pictures that Elliott creates in The Story Machine as a stimulus for our own stories. We picked a picture and worked in groups to create and act a story. We then made story maps to remember the action and then write our stories, thinking carefully about the features of 'super-star writing'. What is your child proud of with their writing?
Theme of the week - Mindfulness and Reflection
Chinese Circus Skills Workshop!
On Thursday we had great fun learning to balance features on our chins, spin plates and use a diabolo during our circus skills workshop to celebrate Chinese New Year. Through this we learnt that we can do anything if we persevere and practise.
In Maths this week, we been thinking about data collection, specifically tally charts and pictograms. We completed classroom surveys and presented the information in different ways.
In English, we are looking at a new text called ‘The Story Machine’ by Tom McLaughlin. We have been looking at the setting of the beginning of the story (Elliott’s attic) and thinking about how we can describe it. We read the first two lines of the story, then predicted how the rest of the story might go, and we have written to Elliott (the main character) giving him ideas of how the story machine, which mysteriously appeared in our classroom, actually works. We have been talking about the different elements that make our writing go from 'Ok' to 'Good' to 'Amazing' to 'Superstar!'. Can your child remember any of the criteria?
During our rotation of activities on Wednesday afternoon we spent some time making decorations for Chinese New Year!
In Maths this week, we have finished our unit about multiplication and division and started to think about our next unit – statistics! We thought about mathematical data and had a go at collecting and interpreting information about Year 2’s favourite animals, fruits and sports. We will be continuing this unit in the coming weeks focusing on tally charts, bar graphs and pictograms.
In English, we have been writing our own version of ‘A Lion in the Meadow’ thinking about what unusual animals we could find in a familiar setting. We then worked hard to develop stories, making sure they had a clear structure and lots of description, especially for the setting and the animal. We looked at an example of a story and discussed how it could be improved in order to give us some ideas about how to edit and improve our own stories. On Thursday, we went to the hall and took part in a grammar ‘treasure hunt’. We had to find the question with the correct symbol, answer it, then check our answers at the next station. This was lots of fun and we learnt a lot too!
In Geography we had a great time making our own 3D globes with correctly labelled continents and oceans. We then spent some time looking at atlases and plotted our own journeys around the world. Can your child remember the countries that they visited in each continent?
In Music we enjoyed getting the glockenspiels out to develop a performance of our song ‘I wanna play in a band’.
In Maths this week, we have been looking at the concept of dividing and how division facts relate to times tables facts. We are focusing on the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.
In English, we have been looking at the book ‘A Lion in the Meadow’, thinking about sometimes familiar settings may have unfamiliar things in them. We sequenced and acted out the story, then thought about different endings, which we then wrote for ourselves.
In Geography we shared all of our exciting facts about the different continents and used them, as well as our prior learning, to create zig-zag books about them.
On Thursday it was Kid Inventors’ Day. So we changed our plans for the day and spent the morning inventing things! The children spent some time thinking about different groups of people and what they could possibly invent to help them. We had some brilliant suggestions including a machine to help you read, an instant food machine and a machine that would do absolutely anything you asked! The children then worked in pairs to design and name their inventions and to prepare a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style pitch, which they then presented to the class and ‘The Dragons’ (myself and Miss Jenkins). All of the children received feedback on their pitch and winners were selected. Well done to Ruby and Harrison, Robyn and Holly and Anna and Flo! I hope the children enjoyed this morning as much as I did!
In PE we practised balancing using different pieces of equipment including the balance beam. I was very proud of the children for showing excellent resilience through these tasks, especially if they were nervous of the beam to start as they all persevered and were able to walk the entire length unaided! Well done Year 2!
Happy New Year! I hope you all had a brilliant Christmas and got some rest over the holidays. It has been lovely to see all of the children back in school this week, full of stories about their break.
We have had a very busy first week back, including a trip around Europe during our Cultural Days!
Across the last two days, the children have learnt about Poland, France, Greece, Italy, Sweden, Spain and Russia whilst completing a range of activities such as instrument making, dancing and fact finding. Please have a chat to your child to find out which activities they enjoyed the most and what they learnt through their experiences.
In Maths this week we have been over some of the concepts covered last year to refresh our memories after the Christmas holidays. We have also spent some time thinking about sharing, grouping and division and how multiplication and division are linked. We looked at this through the bar model and number triangles. Can your child show you the four number sentences that go with these models? Ask them to think about bananas shared between monkeys if they need a little prompting.
In English this week we have been looking at the picture book ‘My mum and dad make me laugh’ as the beginning to our unit about ‘stories in familiar settings’. Can your child summarise this book for you? We wrote descriptions of different animals, trying hard to remember to use all of our Year 2 non-negotiables such as capital letters, full stops, exciting adjectives and expanded noun phrases. We have also been thinking about homophones (words that sound the same but have different spellings and meanings) and trying to think of different ways to remember them. Can your child remember the pairs of words that we have been looking at?
Here they are as a reminder of the talking point questions! Why don’t you have a chat with your parents tonight about our action-packed school days?
We have had a great week this week, including lots of festive fun! I am very proud of the children for their performances of our Nativity - they performed with confidence and each and every one of them is a little superstar! We had our Christmas party on Thursday, which was lots of fun, and the performance of the pantomime of 'Sleeping Beauty' was also a big hit!
Theme of the week – Character – We have been showing this by trying to do something brave such as speaking loudly in our nativity.
Christmas jumper day!
In Maths and English this week, the children have been using their knowledge and skills from this term to solve some Christmas-themed problems and puzzles.
In RE, we looked at the theme of Angels at Christmas. We drew a picture of what we thought an angel might look like. We discussed the role of angels in the Christmas story and how important they might be to Christians.
In Science, we finished our unit of work on ‘animals including humans’ with a quiz. The children showed how much they had learnt. The questions ranged from, what is a mammal to what is bacteria.
We had great fun answering a Christmas quiz, looking at images and trying to work out what they were.
Theme of the week - Mindfulness - we have been trying our best to concentrate and be aware of ourselves. We have been working especially hard to remember all of our lines for the Nativity and thinking about when we have to do different things in the performance.
In Maths this week we have been concentrating on our times tables and accessing them in different ways including the 'Sharp Shooters' game and many other Christmas-themed challenges. Can your child remember the answer to one of the jokes that they were trying to work out?
In English we have been finishing off our unit based on 'The Snowman'. We re-watched the film and decided on our favourite part, then re-told the story from James' point of view. We thought really hard about how to describe the setting and the action, using plenty of expanded noun phrases and wow words.
In Science this week we created posters about how to take care of ourselves, including healthy eating, exercise and the importance of rest.
The Greatest Snowman rehearsals are still going well. Please try to bring costumes in on Monday. Many thanks!
Theme of the week - Success - We have been thinking about how we can be successful people as well as successful learners. We can do this by always being proud of ourselves, always having a smile on our faces and by being a good friend.
We had a brilliant walk around Petersfield on Monday for our Geography Field Study. We had our 'Geographers head' on and were searching for physical and human features within the town centre. Can your child remember what we found? Here are a few pictures from our trip:
In Maths this week we have been thinking about multiplication and what it actually means. We have been linking it to repeated addition and using words such as 'lots of' and 'groups of' to help us. We have also made connections between the 2, 5 and 10 times tables and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, which we were looking at earlier in the term. See the home learning section above for our approach to working out times tables. Ideally we need to be fluent in the 2s, 5s and 10s by the end of Year 2, but this will come with time and practise!
In English this week we have been studying the Raymond Briggs story of The Snowman. We have been working really hard on our descriptive language and trying to include lots of 'Wow Words!' Can your child remember any of the descriptive phrases that they included in their description of the character from the story, or from the description of their own snowman?
Nativity rehearsals are well under way and we have been practising the songs and the words! We look forward to sharing our performance with you on Tuesday 19th December. Ticket letters have been given out, please contact the school office if yours has been misplaced.
Theme of the week – Respect – We have been showing this by thinking about other people, being kind and respectful to them and holding the door open for other people.
On Tuesday this week we took part in the NSPCC Danceathon. We had great fun dancing every hour, on the hour, to a variety of songs. Baby shark was a big favourite! Thank you to those of you who have managed to collect sponsorship money so far. Remember to put your forms and money in the box on the classroom. The deadline for this money is Wednesday 28th November, so please make sure all sponsorship money is in school before this date. Thank you!
On Thursday of this week, we also watched a production called ‘The B Word’ all about bullying. The children really enjoyed this performance. Why not ask them what they learned from it!
In Maths this week finished off our unit on money. We did this by thinking carefully about solving ‘word problems’ involving money e.g. I went to the shop and I bought a crayon for 32p and a ruler for 45p. How much did I spend? Or how much change would I get from £1 if I bought an apple for 63p? Can your child explain how they would answer this question?
Christmas has very much begun in the Infant department. We have all been given our parts for the nativity production ‘The Greatest Snowman’. Also, in English this week we have been writing letters to Santa. However, these are not your average letter! We have been thinking about problems that Santa might have over the busy Christmas period and have written to him with advice about how to overcome these solutions. We will be posting these letters off to the North Pole in due course and I will also be sending a copy home, as these letters are brilliant and I know the children are proud of them and would like to share them with you.
We are excited about our field study visit to Petersfield this coming Monday. We have planned our route and have predicted which physical and human features we are going to see in the town. Please remember to bring coats on Monday as we will be going on the trip regardless of the weather!
Children in Need
Reminder – we are having our NSPCC Danceathon next Tuesday. Please bring your sponsorship money in from Wednesday onwards.
On Thursday we were excited to meet a professional athlete, Amaya. She talked about her life as an athlete and how she is always challenging herself. She shared with us the message that although something may not be easy, she will always push herself as she knows she can achieve anything that she sets her mind to.
In Maths this week we have been learning about finding the difference between two numbers and two amounts of money. We learnt that to find the difference you should take the small number away from the big number. Can your child demonstrate this for you? We were using a number line to help us with our subtraction. We also looked at finding the difference between two amounts such as £1 and £1.37.
In English we have been writing our own version of The Day that Gold Crayon went to Italy. Can your child re-tell you their version? Have they created any actions to help them remember their changes?
In Geography we finally found out where Denise was from – St Lucia! We spent some time looking at the map of St Lucia and identifying features such as towns, villages and mountains. Can your child remember any interesting facts that we found out?
Theme of the week - Remembrance - we have been showing this and exploring World War 1 day and paying attention during Year 6's Remembrance assembly on Thursday.
World War One Day
We had a very interesting day on Friday learning all about World War One. We started with a short introduction about World War One, when it was and who was involved. We then spent some time thinking about the role of women during the war and how their lives would have changed. We have started making some posters to help encourage women to go to work in different roles while the men were at war. We also helped out Petersfield Museum by making 3D poppies for their Remembrance celebrations. They were trying to make 500 poppies and we helped them to reach their target! To add to the creativity, the whole school worked together to act out some key events of WW1 and some beautiful war poetry. Our section was the Christmas Day Truce. Can your child show you what we did? It was lovely to get together as a whole school at the end of the day to see all of the other classes' drama pieces. We also observed the one-minute silence at this time.
In Maths this week we have started our new unit of money. We began this with the 'Great Langrish Shape Exchange' in which we had to trade, buy and sell shapes to collect a whole set. We then spend some time recognising the different notes and coins and choosing which coins would be used to buy things in exact change.
In English this week we have been learning and writing the story 'The day that Gold Crayon went to Italy' based on The Day The Crayons Quit. Can your child tell you the story with the actions?
In Geography we got our next clue from our friend Denise - the average monthly temperatures from the country that she lives in. We compared these to the average monthly temperatures for Petersfield and decided that we live in a temperate climate, whereas Denise lives in a tropical climate. Can your child remember what this means? How did we know that Denise's climate was tropical?
We had a very informative assembly from the NSPCC on Tuesday, all about how to speak out and stay safe. We learnt about what to do and who we can speak to if something upsets us. Can your child show you the actions to help them remember the telephone number for Childline?
Theme of the week – Democracy – we have been showing this by trying to make sure everyone’s voice is heard during group tasks and that decisions are made by the whole group, not just one or two people.
On Friday this week, we had the first part of our 'World Faith and Philosophy' day with a focus on ‘belonging’. The children had a lovely, creative day where we were considering what it means to ‘belong’ to a group and what it means for Christians to ‘belong’ to Christianity. We thought about baptism and what it symbolises for Christians, and why each step of it is important to those who believe.
Also on Friday, we had a brilliant whale workshop where we learn some brilliant facts about whales. Can your child remember any of these facts?
In Maths this week, we have been practising and applying our skills of addition and subtraction by solving problems or varying difficulty. This was quite challenging but we showed excellent perseverance!
In English, we have been studying a new story called ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ by Drew Daywalt. In this story, a boy called Duncan’s crayons decide they have been mistreated and quit their job of colouring things in. We really enjoyed studying this book through a rotation of activities where we had to think of how the characters might be feeling and we also developed our understanding of grammar.
We have started a new Art unit this term, where we will be using nature as inspiration to create difference pieces using different mediums. We started this week by going out into the copse to find some beautiful examples of nature (leaves, feathers etc) and sketched them in detail, thinking carefully about the textures and the different shades that we should be using to create a carefully drawn picture.
We have also started a new and very exciting Geography topic! We have started to look about the life of a girl called Denise, who has challenged us to work out where in the world she is from. She has given us a picture of herself, a picture of her school and other features of the country that she lives in. We started looking at the photographs and identifying physical (made by nature) and human (made by humans) features. We also looked at the climate in Denise’s country compared to Petersfield. Then we got the clue that she does not live in the continent of Europe. We spent some time on Monday looking through atlases at the different continents and the countries within them. We are looking forward to Monday’s geography lesson, when we hope to get another clue!
On Tuesday in PE we took some inspiration from Strictly Come Dancing and learnt the ‘Thriller’ dance. This was great fun and the children performed it brilliantly!
Theme of the week - Challenges - We have been challenging ourselves with our learning by trying to include as many adjectives as possible in our writing and by trying to answer lots of tricky questions. We have also been challenging ourselves by using new skills with the computers. We think that 'easy is boring' and that 'if it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you'!
In Maths this week we have been concentrating on subtracting numbers using a number line. This strategy is similar to adding, but the numbers and jumps start at the other end and the jumps go backwards as the numbers get smaller! Can your child show you how this works? We have found that counting backwards crossing the 'tens boundaries' (i.e. 31, 30, 29 etc) can be quite tricky - perhaps you can practise this as you take a lovely Autumnal walk over half term!
In English we have been thinking more about the ending of The Highway Rat and the parts of the story that are not told. We focused on the conversation that the duck would have had with the villagers to explain how he was able to trick the Highway Rat into the cave. We had great fun acting this out and then wrote the conversations out, concentrating on using capital letters, full stops, question marks and expanded noun phrases correctly.
We have been learning more about computers this week, including how to copy and paste and how to create a PowerPoint presentation as well as our typing skills. This was through our space projects, which we researched using the internet, books and printed out pieces of information, then used PowerPoint to make presentations. We were also lucky enough to be loaned Mr Hancox's virtual reality headset, which took some of us to the moon! This was fantastic and it is wonderful to be able to introduce the children to such inspirational technology.
Theme of the week - Going for goals and aiming high - We have been trying to do this by including lots of exciting adjectives in our writing and by trying our hardest to do lots of work and making it as neat as possible.
In Maths this week we have been using a number line to add. Can your child show you how this strategy works? We started by adding multiples of ten to a two-digit number, then added ones and finally put the two skills together by adding 2 two-digit numbers (but we had to partition them first!) Here is an example of the strategy that we used:
In English we have been studying The Highway Rat. We started by taking a look at the front cover and seeing what information that gave us about the characters and the possible plot. We worked on our expanded noun phrases by writing descriptions of the main character, put ourselves in his shoes to write a diary entry and had a go at summarising the ending of the story. We will continue to look at this story until the end of half term. Can your child remember the plot of the story? Do they know any other famous Highway Men?
In History we put the important events of Florence Nightingale's life in a timeline and tried to decide which was the most important event of her life. We also drew our topic to a close by discussing the long-term impact of both Florence and Mary and discussing who was more significant and why. The children had some brilliant arguments for this and the discussion was very interesting! Why don't you ask your child their opinion of this?
We had some 'spare' lesson time so I asked the children to think about something they would really like to learn about and we settled on the topic of Space! We have started to do some research into this topic, with a focus on the planets, the sun and moon and famous astronauts or significant discoveries. The children are raring to go with this mini-topic and I am looking forward to seeing what they produce in the next few Space-themed lessons!
Theme of the week - Appearance - We have been thinking about our appearance and trying to make sure we are smartly dressed at all times. We have been using the phrase 'Be smart, think smart' to help us to remember.
Our Class Assembly
What a fantastic performance!
I am extremely proud of the children to have put on such a confident performance so early in the year. They all spoke clearly and confidently and they are all little superstars! Thank you to all the parents that were able to join is for the performance, and for the 'open classroom' afterwards. I hope you enjoyed sharing your children's learning with them.
In Maths this week, we have been continuing with our addition and subtraction unit, thinking about how our knowledge of number bonds to 10 and 20 can help us to solve larger calculations. We have also talked about inverse operations and how we use them to check our answers. Can your child remember what 'inverse' means? What is the inverse of addition?
In Science we were thinking about the three basic needs of all living things. Can your child remember what they are?
In Games we have continued to develop our skills in football, taking different roles in game situations including out-field players, goal keepers, referees and coaches. We also learnt the 'Goalie dance'!
In History we learnt about what Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole did during the Crimean War. Can your child remember what they learnt about these two people? What were the similarities and differences?
Theme of the week - Positivity - We have been showing positivity by being proud of ourselves and our work. We have also been making an effort to say kind things to other people to make them feel positive.
In English this week we have been writing poetry! We have been learning about rhythm, rhyme, alliteration and onomatopoeia. Can your child remember what any of these terms mean? They are quite tricky! We were inspired by the poems of Michael Rosen, especially 'The Rhythm of Life' and we wrote our own version:
We have been learning other poems in English too, but we don't want to spoil the surprise before our assembly!
In Maths we have started looking at addition and subtraction. We started the unit with an open-ended challenge:
Sophie says there are only 10 ways to add numbers to get to 10. Is Sophie correct? Prove it.
The children were really enthusiastic about this task and they were able to prove that Sophie is indeed incorrect. Please ask your child what other calculations they used to prove that Sophie was wrong. We also practised using our number bonds to 20 and writing addition and subtraction facts, recognising that in addition, numbers can be added in any order but in subtraction, the largest number has to be first (unless we want to go into negative numbers which is so far beyond the Year 2 curriculum!). Can your child show you the 6 addition and subtraction facts that can be written using this bar model?
We had a brilliant DT lesson on Tuesday as we enjoyed making our 'Lighthouse sandwiches'. The results were varied, but we have evaluated our designs and decided on a new-improved recipe which we will be making next Tuesday!
In Science we conducted a practical experiment with the help of Year 6. We were trying to decide if we get faster as we get older, so we timed ourselves completing a series of activities, then timed our Year 6 volunteers doing the same activities to compare the times. Can your child remember the results of this investigation? Thank you to our Year 6 volunteers for all of their help!
Theme of the week - Resilience - We have been showing resilience in all of our lessons, especially in English where we had to edit and improve our work and in Maths when we were marking our own work and had to change anything if we got it wrong.
In Maths this week we have been continuing to work on number and place value, though we are starting our new topic of addition and subtraction next week. Our challenges this week have included writing numbers in digits and words, comparing objects and numbers using the < > and = symbols, ordering two-digit numbers from smallest to largest (making sure we look at the tens digit first), counting in 2s, 3s and 5s from zero and working out 10 more and 10 less than any one-digit number. Can your child demonstrate any of these skills to you? Which areas do they feel more or less confident in?
In English we have been finishing off our work on The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch by writing our own Lighthouse Keeper story called 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Adventure'. In our story, Mr and Mrs Grinling find a trapdoor when they are cleaning the lighthouse floor one day and they decide to go through it. The children continued the story from this point on, taking the characters to some wonderfully creative places. Can your child tell you about the story they created?
In P.E. we have been developing our understanding of balances and how to create a sequence of movement in gymnastics. Here are a few examples of the balances that we created:
In Games we have been looking at dribbling and passing in football.
In D.T. we have designed our 'Lighthouse sandwich', as eaten by Mr Grinling in 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch' and are very much looking forward to making it (and bringing it home to eat!) next Tuesday. The children decided that in order for it to be a lighthouse sandwich, it should be layers of red and white/yellow ingredients to make it look like a lighthouse. We have been discussing healthy foods, so the children have tried to consider this when designing their products. Keep an eye on the website next week for photos of our sandwich making!
We enjoyed gathering information about Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole in History on Monday afternoon. We conducted some research about the two important figures after hearing their stories. Can your child recall any important facts? We used our research to create posters, which were judged by Mrs Rawlings (the history expert) and here is the winning poster:
14th September 2018
Theme of the week - New Beginnings - We have been thinking about the start of a new school year and how to make sure we are going to enjoy Year 2.
We have had a very fun-filled second week in Year 2, complete with acting as seagulls, thinking about healthy and unhealthy foods and making some marvellous medicines!
In Maths we have been developing our understanding of number and place value, partitioning numbers into tens and ones and estimating where numbers go on a number line. We have also been practising writing the numbers from 1-100 in digits (e.g. 43) and words (e.g. forty-three).
In English we have been continuing our work on The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch and thinking about the problem that Mr and Mrs Grinling faced as they tried to get Mr Grinling's lunch over to the lighthouse. We tried to think of different solutions to their problem and acted out what might happen of we tried them. There were some very creative solutions including painting a scary face on the picnic basket, sending down two lunches as the seagulls will fill up on the first, leaving the second free for Mr Grinling, or rowing Mr Grinling's lunch over on a boat rather than sending it across a wire. We then wrote our own versions of The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch with our creative endings.
Thursday was Roald Dahl Day and we celebrated the work of this wonderful author by investigating George's Marvellous Medicine. We decided to create out own medicines for different reasons, including making never-ending, healthy chocolate and a medicine that does your homework for you. We then made our potions which was great fun!
In History we have started our topic for this half term about Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. We had a suitcase of items that gave us clues about who we were studying and what they are famous for. We appear to have heard of Florence Nightingale before, but not Mary Seacole. It will be interesting to find out more about both of these ladies over the next few weeks to find out who was more significant and why.
7th September 2018
What a brilliant first week!
I have really enjoyed starting to get to know the children and I am sure that we are going to have a fantastic year together.
In Maths this week we have been starting to think about number and place value. We started by counting objects up to 100 and trying to decide if there were easier ways of counting. For example, we were counting the apples in the fruit basket and we realised that there were 6 bags of 10 apples! Counting 6 lots of 10 would be much quicker than counting 60 apples individually. We also used out number bonds to 10 to help us in counting Numicon.
In English this week we have started out unit based around the text 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch. We read all about Mr and Mrs Grinling's problem with pesky seagulls stealing Mr Grinling's lunch and started to develop our vocabulary by looking up the meaning of new words in dictionaries. We also linked English to our DT unit, which is sandwich making! We are going to help Mr Grinling by designing some new healthy sandwiches for him.