Tuesday, 13 March 2018

"Ground Control to Major Jon."

"Ground Control to Major Jon."

Hello everyone, Commander Rayfield here.
Recently we have begun some work inspired by Harey McHairy. (This is our leveret that will be part of the GoGo Hares 2018!)  We have been looking at various examples of hares in different types of art and using these as inspiration for our own.

In English we have been learning about the fable of The Tortoise and The Hare. Why not ask your child if they can remember the moral (lesson) from the story?

In Maths we have been learning how to solve word problems and explain our ideas and reasoning.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Greetings earthlings!

The children have had two brilliant days back after half-term despite the grey and drizzly weather!

In English we have begun to investigate the features of non-chronological reports. We predicted what features we would see in an information book e.g. photo, diagram, index, facts etc. (It really helps if you know your alphabet because the index and glossary are in alphabetical order. ) We have looked at information sheets and non-fiction books to start getting ideas for our own non-chronological reports. We will spend the next two weeks researching, planning and writing our own texts to make a big book. If Mrs Dewing likes them, we hope we will be able to put them in the library.

In Maths we have looked at funky fractions! We have started with fractions of shapes. We have tried not to be tricked by the denominator (the number on the bottom) being bigger e.g. 1/2 is bigger than 1/4 because you are getting one of two equal parts rather than one of four equal parts. This week's homework will have a fractions theme too.

On Friday we will be attending Astronaut Academy again and doing lots of different learning activities to help us.

Signing off for now,
Mrs R

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Planet Earth? This is Mrs R.

The Year Twos are having an absolute blast (pun intended) learning about space. So far, we have found out about the solar system and astronauts. The children have helped to build space station role play areas in each classroom and enjoyed lots of space themed learning activities.

Did you know that you can grow plants in space?

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This is a sunflower seedling growing on the International Space Station. 

In English we have been learning about instructions and thinking about the features of this particular type of non-fiction text. We have used plants in space as our theme for writing our own.

In Maths we have been learning about telling the time,and repeating patterns. They have also been using positional and directional language. The children have used the Bee-Bots to develop these skills. (Bee-Bots are programmable robots!)

We have new Reading for Pleasure boards in our classrooms. On Wednesdays we would like the children to bring in a book from home to enjoy. Please remember to name them in case we end up with 30 copies of The Gruffalo!

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Wednesday 6th December

We have begun to think about our DT projects & are getting our logos prepared to draw up on acetate. Next we will be measuring and cutting wood for the frames.

It's not just advent, it's assessment season! We have been working with the children on various activities to show what they have learnt since joining Year 2. You can help by continuing to read regularly and practising your times tables.

This week Mrs Dewing wrote us a letter asking us to help her write to Father Christmas/Santa Claus. We have everything crossed for a new trim trail!

In English we have been comparing the poem 'Twas The Night Before Christmas with The Nutcracker! We watched parts of the ballet and were fascinated by how the story was told through dance. This inspired our PE lesson last week and there were some fantastic soldiers and mice dancing in the hall.

If you have any questions or comments, please do come and see us.
Mrs R & Miss Tovell

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Tuesday 21st November

What a super start to the week we have had!

In English we have been focusing on spelling Year 2 Common Exception Words. We have investigated rules and tricks for spelling the word 'Christmas'. We have begun an acrostic poem to help us apply these skills. One child suggested that,once the poems are finished, we could send them to Father Christmas!

In SPaG (Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation), we have been reading and writing words with the word 'all' in e.g. fall, ball, hall. Then we have been adding suffixes to these words e.g. called, smallest, falling. We have also explored making compound words e.g. foot+ball= football

In Phonics the children have been learning the Phase 5 sounds, consonant blends (e.g. str, cl, mp) and reading longer words including lots of different sounds.

In Maths we have been relating multiplication to repeated addition e.g. 5 + 5 + 5= 15, 3 x 5=15.
The children have learnt different strategies to help them visualise and imagine what a the times tables means or looks like in real life e.g. 4 x 5= 20 could be 4 five pence coins being worth 20p in total.

A slip will be coming home to ask you to bring in a shoe box for your child's DT project.
Please come and see us if you have any questions.

Our topic work this week will be based on Wednesday's trip to Time & Tide museum. We are sure your child will tell you all about it!

Just to remind you that we return from our trip at about 3.15. To ensure that the children are returned to you safely, we will dismiss them from Miss Tovell's classroom upon our return.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Today we have been busy designing our own nightlights by bringing together lots of the skills we have learnt in our topic work. Your child will need to bring in a shoe box for their project soon. We will send a slip of paper home with all the details on, but basically, they need a shoe box please!

In English we looked at the basic elements of a story structure and challenged the children to write their own stories. They were allowed to choose the character and setting.

In Maths we have been looking at place value as a tool to help us add and subtract. The children use equipment called Base 10 in class. It is made of rods of 10 and single cubes. We have looked at how to draw "chips and peas" to represent the ten rods and ones. This is a powerful tool to have and we will be doing lots of practising in class.

Have a lovely weekend,
The Year 2 Team x

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

This week in English we have been developing our vocabulary skills by describing fireworks. Two children managed to think of similes! One was "orange as a volcano" and the other idea was "as white as a snowflake". We have been describing fireworks by using colour words for our adjectives e.g. turquoise, lilac, neon yellow, cobalt. (Those were all ideas from the children!)
Next we thought about using onomatopoeia to help us describe how the fireworks look, sound and move.  The children were amazing and came up with wonderful ideas. Why not ask your child what ideas they thought of?

In Maths we have been practising our place value skills by working with tens and ones, and using the signs <   >  and   =  to compare the numbers. We have looked at not being tricked by numbers with the same digits e.g. 12 and 21.

Last week in Topic we learnt about the life of Guy Fawkes and some of the events of the Gunpowder Plot. We will continue to work on these skills this week by creating a timeline, deciding if Guy Fawkes was a hero or a villain, and sketching Guy Fawkes.

We have been thinking about why some people choose to wear poppies and why. We watched the very poignant film:
It provoked some thoughtful but age appropriate discussuions.

Mrs R & Miss Tovell have enjoyed seeing your ideas and activities in your home learning books as they come back.  Remember to read at least 5 times a week!

If you're looking for something extra to do at home...
why not use coloured pens to practise writing colour words?
keep learning those timestables
make sure that you recognise all the numbers to 20, then 30 then 50 then 100
anything else that will make your learning brain bigger!