24/03/2017 at 1:52 PM
This week we have been learning lots more about African animals and have been writing our own reports.
We have included:
- Full sentences
- Correct punctuation including question marks, exclamation marks, commas and apostrophes
- Different sentence types
- Did you know that the female lions hunt the prey but that the male lions get to eat first?
- What amazing skills they have!
- Never turn your back on an elephant because if you do, they will charge.
- Zebras have black and white stripes which confuse predators when they are all running at once.
Can you identify the statement, command, exclamation and question?
The children have done an amazing job, organising their writing into paragraphs using sub-headings and then checking and editing their work.
We have been developing our skills in adding and subtracting two 2-digit numbers this week.
These are the methods we have used:
This is the step before using formal column subtraction and helps children to understand the method. We have used dienes (base 10) to demonstrate adding and subtracting the ones and tens.
Some of the children have practised addition when the ones total more than 10 and subtraction when the smallest number’s ones digit is larger than the bigger number:
Parents Evening Feedback
Thank you for your support at this week’s parents evening. Many of you asked how you could support your child at home, so with that in mind, we have provided every child with their own maths reasoning and reading comprehension practise book. You should receive these today with a supporting letter.
Have a great weekend,
The Year 2 team
17/03/2017 at 1:21 PM
This morning, the children in Year 2 were very lucky to take part in three different activities.
Mr Gibson (Emily’s dad) came in to talk to us about the time he spent working on an African game reserve. He amazed us with his stories and his knowledge of African animals.
The children had great fun learning how to play the African drums with Ms. Howells.
Mr du Preez came in to talk to us about growing up in South Africa and taught us some Africaan. The children loved asking him questions and enjoyed listening to the differences between growing up in Britain and Africa.
Finally, George the tortoise came to visit! The children loved watching him explore his environment.
We would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to all our visitors. What an amazing and informative morning we have had!
10/03/2017 at 1:15 PM
This week in English, the children have been reading and writing poems which describe African animals. We have been thinking about using alliteration and rhyme.
In Maths, we have continued our work on 3D shapes, looking at the shape of their faces as well as as the number of faces, edges and vertices. We have sorted the shapes according to different criteria using both Venn Diagrams and Carroll Diagrams.
This week in Geography, we went on an aeroplane journey to Kenya. We first planned our route using a world map and then went finding facts about Africa. What was the most interesting fact you found?
03/03/2017 at 2:12 PM
Super Shape Work in Maths
This week we have been identifying and describing 2D shapes. We have focussed our learning on reasoning and problem solving, applying our understanding of shape in different ways. Next week we will be learning more about 3D shapes.
Here we are working in groups to sort shapes according to their properties.
Here are some examples of the problem solving and reasoning activities we have been looking at:
Tinga Tinga Stories
The children have enjoyed planning and writing their own stories this week. We worked hard to create stories using the 5 part structure: Opening, Build Up, Problem, Resolution and Ending. The children have shown how creative they can be, thinking of some really original story ideas. Can your child tell you their story from memory?
2LO have been looking at human and physical features of Farsley. We sorted pictures onto a venn diagram in the classroom, then went on a short walk to see which features we could see.
2LA will be doing this next week!
World Book Day
We loved coming into school today in our PJs and enjoyed spending time listening to and sharing our favourite books. We had a great time with our buddies, working together on a scavenger hunt in the library. We had to search in different books to find examples of words, characters and story themes. e.g a duck, a king, a happy ending.
2LA with 5L
2LO with 6T
We are looking forward to our Mosque visits next week. 2LO are going on Monday afternoon and 2LA on Wednesday. Please make sure you have returned the permission slips.
Have a great weekend.
The Year 2 Team
24/02/2017 at 1:46 PM
By now, hopefully you have all read our newsletter and have seen what we will be learning about this half term. You should have also received a Mosque visit letter. Please can these be returned to school as soon as possible?
We began our new topic by looking at maps. Can you identify the continents and the oceans? We looked at places that are near to Farsley and those that are further away.
Over the past few weeks we have been learning about medicines. This week we finished the topic by thinking about keeping safe with medicines. Can you remember any of the safety rules?
English- Tinga Tinga Tales!
The children have enjoyed watching the Tinga Tinga Tales stories in class this week: How The Snake Lost His Legs, How Monkeys Came To Swing in the Trees and How Elephant got his Trunk. We have written reviews, descriptions of animals and have sequenced a story, ready for planning and writing our own next week. Have you got any ideas yet?
We have been solving fractions word problems, looking at the equivalence of 1/2 and 2/4 and writing fractions sentences to match pictures.
How many fractions sentences can you write to match the picture below?
We have started our Tinga Tinga Art. We can’t wait to see the finished pieces!
Thank you to those parents who came to the library with 2La this week. Your help and support was really appreciated.
And finally… We are celebrating World Book Day next Friday. Have you got your favourite book and PJs ready?
See you all next week,
The Year 2 Team
10/02/2017 at 2:16 PM
This week, we say goodbye to the 1960s. Our lovely display of Andy Warhol inspired artwork has come down in preparation for our new topic for after half term, Africa.
Can you spot your portrait?
In topic this week, we enjoyed learning more about Martin Luther King, and wrote our own “I have a Dream” speech. We were so impressed with the children’s ideas. They showed their understanding of ‘Be Healthy’ and ‘Be a good citizen’ through many of their speeches. What a wonderful world it would be!
We read the story ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ which was first published in 1968. We mapped out the story on a story mountain and retold it with our partner.
We then planned and wrote our own versions. Some of the ideas included: The Bunny Who Came to Breakfast, The Lion Who Came to Lunch and the Skunk Who Came to Supper. The children tried really hard to add detail and description to their stories and many of them managed to include speech sentences.
Thank you for all the brilliant learning logs on fractions. It is clear that children have been enjoying the challenge and it has been great to see many of them using the bar models we have used in class.
This week we have been finding fractions of amounts and lengths, using the bar model to work out our answers. can you show your grown up how we use the bar model to work out these tricky fractions questions:
1/4 of 16 =
1/4 of ___ = 8
1/? of 15 = 5
I cut 1/3 of a piece of string. It is 4cm long. How long was my piece of string?
After the holidays our main topic will be Africa. This will be a geography and art based topic. What can you find out about Africa ready for our learning next half term?
We promised to put the Y2 Assessment and Expectations powerpoint on the blog so that you could look at this at home. Here goes…
Have a lovely half term break.
Best wishes from the Y2 team.