09/02/2018 at 1:10 PM
We started this week looking at shape symmetry in 2D shapes. The children investigated this by folding shapes. We found out that squares, rectangles, circles and some triangles are symmetrical but that a parallelogram was not! We then looked at shapes and said if they were symmetrical or not symmetrical and drew vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines of symmetry.
We then moved onto to identifying 3D shapes and describing their properties. We looked at the 2D flat faces on a 3D shape e.g. a cube has 6 square faces and a cuboid has 2 square faces and 4 rectangular faces. We also talked about shapes with curved surfaces such as spheres, cylinders and cones.
Can you find and describe any 3D shapes at home?
We have been even further into space this week, travelling to weird and wonderful imaginary planets! Here are some of our designs…
We then wrote a diary entry for our adventure. The children remembered time words, adjectives and conjunctions.
In topic this week, we found out about the life of Martin Luther King. We enjoyed writing our own ‘I have a dream’ speeches about our dreams for the world.
Thank you everybody for all your hard work this half term. After the holidays, we will be learning about Africa.
Have a great holiday,
From the Year 2 Team
02/02/2018 at 1:55 PM
We started our week with a fantastic drama session where we acted out a journey to the moon. When we got there, we met an alien who was very upset because he had crash landed and couldn’t get home. Luckily we were able to help with the tools and rocket fuel that we had packed!
We then planned and wrote our own moon adventure stories. The children have worked so hard on this producing some fantastic stories. We have focused on choosing and spelling correct past tense verbs.
In topic we have learned all about Neil Armstrong, his life and his own amazing moon adventure. The children enjoyed finding out about the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. How many facts can you remember?
In maths this week we have been identifying and describing 2D shapes. We have talked about straight and curved sides, vertices (corners) and have started to identify shapes with right angles.
We also drew shapes on dotty paper and used geoboards. The following website can also be downloaded as an APP.
To consolidate this work at home, you could look for 2D shapes in the environment, play guess my shape from the examples below or complete the 2D shape section in your maths reasoning workbooks.
We really enjoyed our outdoor PE session with Mr Little this week. Children had to work together using the hoops to cross a space. What fantastic team work!
Some parents have been asking about the learning log books. We decided that because we have sent the new reading and maths workbooks home, we would not send extra learning log homework until after half term.
Thank you all for your continued support. Have a great weekend.
The Year 2 Team
26/01/2018 at 2:07 PM
Y2 Assessment Workshop
Thank you to all the parents who came to our Y2 Assessment workshop on Wednesday evening. For those of you who could not attend, I have attached the powerpoint presentation below. If you would like any further information please feel free to ask.
Y2 SAT Buster workbooks
You should have all received copies of two workbooks. The reading book can be worked through at your child’s pace, however, it would be best if the maths booklets were used to consolidate learning already covered at school. Suggested sections to try first are: Section 1- Numbers, p32-34- Money and Section 5- Statistics. If you have any further questions or comments regarding the workbooks, please ask your child’s class teacher.
Moving Words Workshop
The children thoroughly enjoyed their workshop yesterday with Colin and Julie from Moving Words. They were so enthusiastic and engaged throughout and their performance at the end was fantastic. This experience covered many areas of learning including history, speaking and listening and PSHE. All the staff are very proud of them for their efforts.
Thank you for supporting us and coming along. Please leave a comment to let us know what you enjoyed!
Today the children wrote thank you letters to Colin and Julie:
We started our letters with a greeting, then said why we were writing. We said what we had enjoyed, our favourite bits and what we had learned. We remembered capital letters for proper nouns e.g. Colin, The Beatles, Mary Poppins and extended our sentences using different coordinating and subordinating conjunctions.
Next week, we are going to the moon!
Have a great weekend,
The Year 2 Team
19/01/2018 at 1:39 PM
History and English
We have been learning a lot about the 1960’s through our English lessons this week. We learned about 1960’s homes and looked at different artefacts. We then wrote some explanations about each of the artefacts. We also watch some video clips about popular toys in the 1960’s. We then sorted some modern toys and 1960’s toys. Some of these were difficult because many toys that became popular in the 1960’s are still popular today! We have also written a non-chronological report about the 1960’s. We remembered to include a main title, subheadings and introduction and fact sentences in paragraphs!
Following on from our work on addition and subtraction last week, we have been applying our calculation strategies in answering one and two step problems.
Can you answer the following problems?
Andy Warhol Art
We have created our own portraits inspired by 1960’s pop artist Andy Warhol.
Next week we are looking forward to our Moving Words Workshop on Thursday. Although the contribution is voluntary, at the moment we do not have sufficient funds to go ahead. Please fill in the reply slip and return any contributions as soon as possible. There will be a performance for parents at the end of the day and we need to know numbers so that we can set up the hall. Thank you for your cooperation.
12/01/2018 at 1:44 PM
This week in Year 2 we have been using different enquiry skills to learn all about the 1960’s.
A mysterious suitcase arrived this week full of artefacts. We used careful observation and thought of lots of interesting questions to work out what the artefacts were and when they were from.
In English this week, we have been developing our skills in using non-fiction texts. We have looked at features of information books such as contents, index and glossary and then made our own non-fiction glossary about 1960’s toys. We learned how to put words in alphabetical order.
We also looked at the features on each page such as title, sub-heading, paragraph, caption and label. We talked about the purpose of each feature e.g. A title is used to explain what the information on the page is about. It is written in large, bold print to stand out. Can you point out these features and explain them using one of your own information books?
In maths this week we have been subtracting 2 digit numbers. We used tens and ones and recorded our calculations using jottings. We have practised exchanging. See below:
Use the dienes and coins TU-TU activity to practise.
We will be carrying on with addition and subtraction next week, applying these calculation skills in different ways.
05/01/2018 at 3:42 PM
What a fantastic start to the New Year we have had!
The children have worked so hard and produced some great work this week.
In maths we have been practising adding two 2 digit numbers. We have focused on partitioning and have recorded our learning using tens and ones grids and have started to use the expanded written method.
3. We used lines and dots to represent the tens and ones.
4. We used base ten in columns and recorded our calculations using the expanded written method for addition.
This method precedes the formal column addition method that is taught in year 3.
This week we read the story The Tiger who came to Tea. We looked at the story sequence and enjoyed making a story mountain. Next we planned our own story using a different animal and a different meal using the same story mountain. Today we started to write our stories which we will finish next week.
Before starting our learning about the 1960’s, we looked at important events in history and placed them in order, making a class timeline. We started by working in pairs to put just a few events in order and built up the timeline by joining with another group, then another!
You should have received a newsletter this week to tell you what is coming up this half term. It promises to be another busy and exciting few weeks!
Have a great weekend,
The Year 2 Team.