Ten Year 2 children had the opportunity to visit the John Charles Centre yesterday afternoon to compete in the Pudsey Schools’ Mini Olympics competition. We had a fabulous afternoon; I was very proud of the children’s sporting attitude and their behaviour throughout the event. Here are a few pictures from the event:
Well we have certainly enjoyed the first few days of our new topic focus!
Through drama, the children have been learning about the different settings from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Yesterday, we explored Charlie Bucket’s house and then the children wrote an estate agent’s advert describing the house. Today, we recreated the scene outside the gates of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Here is a video of our soundscape and some photos of our drama.
Later on today, we discovered a mysterious old suitcase in the classroom and had to work out from the clues, which were inside, who it belonged to. The children worked out that the suitcase actually belonged to Roald Dahl! The children then went on a Roald Dahl fact hunt around the room.
Tomorrow in art, the children are going to start to design their own sweet-world settings based on the inside of Willy Wonka’s factory. I shall upload photos when the art work is finished.
Maths this week has been focusing on time using analogue clocks. We have been learning how to tell the time to the five minute. You can help your child by making sure they understand which is the hour hand and which is the minute hand as well as practising the difference between minutes past and minutes to the hour.
Here are two games to help your child practise:
Many thanks for your continued support.
On Monday, Year 2 had a DT extravaganza day making homes for our Boggits. The children investigated different types of tent structures then designed, planned, made and evaluated their own design. The design criteria included making sure that the shelter was large enough for the Boggits to fit in, making sure the Boggits could get in and out of the shelter and to make the shelter comfortable as well as aesthetically pleasing. Before making their own shelter, the children had a go at making different types of structures. We were very impressed at the children’s designs and creativity as well as their ability to adapt and inprove their structures. Here are just some photos of the day:
Wow! Such a fantastic day and how lucky was I (Miss Sedman) to spend it with my amazing old class. The sun shone and so did the smiles. Everyone described the day as one of the best days ever! We investigated habitats and learnt about mini beasts. We learnt all about the different parts of a plant and a plant’s life cycle. We had a brilliant time pond dipping and saw lots of creatures such as newts and frogs. We also played lots of fun games to learn about larger animals and their habitats and how they use camouflage to protect themselves. A brilliant day full of learning and fun. Click here to find out more about Skelton Grange. Thank you 2C for making it a day to remember but get well soon Miss Cuthbert.
We have had a fabulous day at Skelton Grange today where we learnt all about different plants, mini-beasts and their habitats. Highlights included pond dipping, mini beast hunting and searching for different parts of plants and sticking them onto ‘sticky boards’. The children loved every minute of the trip. Here are some of the things the children said about the trip:
“I loved everything!” Harry
“I liked the pond dipping.” Sophie
“I found a really good newt!” Owen
“I loved finding the newts!” Stevie
“I enjoyed the camouflage game.” Betsy
“I loved pond dipping” Lewis
“I loved mini beast hunting” Sam
Here are some photos of our trip:
We have had such fun this afternoon making our very own boggits! If you don’t know what a boggit is, well let me educate you: a boggit is a little magical creature which is made of clay and natural materials. When you make your boggit, if you put lots of love, time and care into your creation then a little bit of magic is transferred from you into your boggit! Next week in DT, we are going to start designing and building shelters for our little friends using natural materials we find outside.
Here are some of our creations:
Over the past 2 weeks we have been working on multiplication and division in Maths. Last week we were learning about the relationships between multiplication and division – we know that multiplication can be done in any order but division cannot.
This week we have been solving everyday problems related to multiplication and division. We have been using our detective skills to decide whether worded problems are asking us to multiply or divide.
We have also linked in fractions to our division work – we know that finding half of a number is the same as dividing by 2. Finding a third of a number it is the same as dividing by 3.
Mrs Loveridge and I have been very impressed with everyone’s hard work and effort in class – we are now multiplication and division experts!
In Year 2 we have been writing poems about mini beasts. The children have been thinking carefully about how to describe what their mini beast looks like, how it moves and what sounds it might make. The children have been using similes, alliteration and powerful adjectives and adverbs. To help us write our poems, we did some observational line drawings of mini beasts.
As part of our geography curriculum we have been learning all about maps.
The children have been learning how to orientate maps and negotiated their way around a set route using the compass directions North, South, East and West.
We then used an aerial photograph of the school farm to located key features. The children visited the different places on the photo and orientated the photo to find where they were on the photo.
Following this, the children did some simple orienteering using a map of the farm.
Next week the children will be learning more about how to use a key and will be devising their own keys for a map of the school grounds.
Hello and welcome back!
I am hoping that everyone had a lovely break and is looking forward to the Summer Term.
This term is going to be very exciting and busy. Our topic is called ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’ and we will be spending a lot of time learning about different mini-beasts and plants as well as the habitats they live in. We are linking this with our Literacy curriculum through poetry and report writing. Later in the term, the children will be visiting Skelton Grange and making mini-beast hotels in school.
In Maths the children are looking at the relationship between multiplication and division. We are also looking at how to solve everyday problems involving multiplication and division.
We are very excited that Mrs Cruise is teaching the class on Thursday mornings and all day Fridays. Mrs Cruise is replacing Ms Howells. The children will still be seeing a lot of Ms Howells as she is continuing with her recorder club and she will see the children when we visit the farm.
PE days have changed and they are now taking place on Monday and Thursday.
Throughout the month of May, the children will be taking their KS1 SATs. The tests will be spread out across the month and we are going to make these tests as child friendly as possible. In fact, in the past the children didn’t even realise they were taking the tests!
Supporting your child with their reading and times tables (x2, x3, x5, x10) is always appreciated. I have updated all the children’s books on Bug Club www.activelearnprimary.co.uk and allocated new tasks on Mathletics.
As always we really appreciate your on-going support.
All the staff in 2L
In Year 2 we have been busy learning about Tingatinga Art. We created our own Tingatinga art through painting and printing.
Tingatinga art was founded by an African artist called Eduardo S. Tingatinga. He was born in Mozambique, but during the 1960s he established an art form that became associated with his new homeland, Tanzania. Today, “Tingatinga” is the Tanzanian term for this form of art, known mostly in Tanzania, Kenya, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark.
Here are some of our paintings.
Over the past few weeks in RE, the children have been learning about making good choices. The children have learnt about the ten commandments from the Bible and the 5 Pillars of Islam. Here are some photos of the children making their own pillars.
In his last three assemblies, Mr Harris has been retelling the bible story of Easter: Palm Sunday; overturning the tables in the temple; the last supper; Jesus’ arrest; the crucifixion; resurrection; ‘Doubting Thomas’ and the ascension.
In our topic this week we have been busy learning what life is like in a rural Kenyan village. The children generated questions which they then proceeded to find the answers to. Through drama, film and photos, we learnt what it was like to live in a village in Kenya.
This week in maths, we have been learning how to do addition of two 2 digit numbers. First of all we learned an expanded method where we added the numbers by partitioning them into tens and units:
35 + 23 =
30 + 20 = 50
5 + 3 = 8
50 + 8 = 58
After that some children moved onto using the column method including carrying the ten:
By the end of the week some of us were even adding 3 digit numbers! The children have all worked very hard and we have been impressed by the progress made throughout the week.
As part of our topic on Africa, this week in Literacy we are looking at traditional African tales. We are using Tinga Tales to help ignite our writing. The children are going to be thinking about the characters in the stories and learn how stories are structured. We are going to be using story mountains to help us see how stories are structured. A story mountain has five parts to it: an opening; a build up; a problem; a resolution; and an ending.