29/05/2015 at 2:19 PM
What a marvellously scrumptious way to start the half term! We’re going to be finding out all about the author Roald Dahl and exploring one of his best selling books, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Click on the links below to find out information about Roald Dahl.
We will be turning our classrooms in year 2 into a swishwifflingly, scrumdiddlyumptious learning environments! If you have any Roald Dahl books you could loan us for a few weeks or any empty chocolate or sweet boxes we could use, we would very much appreciate them.
In Maths we’ll be applying our skills to help us pretend we are shopping for goodies from Mr Wonka’s factory. Here’s a link to a game to help you practise adding up the costs, working out the change and finding the correct money.
27/05/2015 at 7:43 AM
Next Half Term is full of exciting learning. Have a look at our Learning Hive to find out some of the things we will be learning about and doing together.
I’m really excited about the learning we are planning for your last half term in Year 2. What do you think about the content of the new Learning Hive? 🙂
27/05/2015 at 7:34 AM
It was a very busy week, with some fun quizzes and challenges to do. It was wonderful to see everyone working so hard and feeling so proud of their achievements after each task was completed.
In Maths, as well as completing our quiz booklets we also had a fun, active Maths session in the hall. There was a circuit of 4 activities – bouncing on the trampoline while skip counting, throwing bean bags into hoops to score hundreds, tens and units, a rounding game and a game where the children created arrays. The children especially enjoyed the skip counting activity and we will keep practising doing this in lots of fun ways.
The children were all very proud of the work they had done in their Learning Logs. We enjoyed a sharing circle, where the children were able to share their work with some of their friends. No work has been set for Half Term, but I have encouraged the children to keep reading daily, achieve their Mathletics Certificate and to keep practising their skip counting.
This week we awarded every child a Special Mention for being the ‘Best they could be.’ Everyone had worked so hard and put so much effort into all the quizzes and challenges; it was impossible to choose only two children.
Below is our Mathlete of the Week. He had scored nearly 8,000 last week and then went on to beat this with an incredible score of over 14,000! Practising your Maths skills on Mathletics each week, really does help to improve your skills and makes you feel more confident about what you can achieve.
Well done to everyone for all your hard work and effort. I’m very proud of you all.
Have a wonderful Half Term holiday.
16/05/2015 at 7:02 AM
Each day this week we have found out about a different nocturnal animal. You can see the blog posts, with links, which I posted each day, to help us all find out about bats, hedgehogs, owls and foxes. We followed a link together and the children learned how to make notes. Then on their laptops, by using a series of tabs, they were able to open up Purple Mash,our blog and the links. In the post below, you will see some of the brilliant examples of wordwebs that they created using 2Connect. Children can also log on to Purple Mash at home and show you their work; they can also access all the tools and games within the program from home.
On Friday, we wrote their own information report about nocturnal animals. I was so proud to see the effort that everyone put into their work. The children were so proud of their work; many children wrote more than they ever have written before and remembered many of Madam Dragon’s trip on report writing and the Sentence Doctor work we had done on making sentences better. Below is the front sheet of most of the reports. ( A few children write quite faintly and it is hard to photograph their work, but do ask if you would like to look at their writing in class.)
On Monday and Tuesday we learned about fractions and how to find a fraction of a number. Below are a couple of links to fun fraction games and Purple Mash has also recently added a couple of fraction games, which we really enjoyed looking at. ( Especially the pizza game!)
On Wednesday and Thursday we recapped and extended our knowledge of time. We have a brilliant new classroom clock, which really helped the children to understand how to tell the time. If you are interested in having one of these clocks at home, here is the link http://www.easyreadtimeteacher.co.uk ( They are also in the process of developing some wrist watches.)
Here are a few games to practise telling the time.
This week, everyone has really challenged themselves and it was incredibly hard to select just two Special Mentions. However, the Mathletics Challenges that we have been doing as morning tasks, showed how much progress these 2 children have made, and this is clearly the result of their practise and effort. Well done for being such ‘Great Learners.’ Our Mathlete of the week, scored over 5,000 points!
13/05/2015 at 8:33 PM
This week we have learned how to use a brilliant new tool on Purple Mash, called 2 Connect. We have used it to brainstorm all the facts we have learned about bats, hedgehogs and foxes. Here are just a few of the brilliant word webs we have made.
13/05/2015 at 7:41 PM
Follow these links to find out about owls.
12/05/2015 at 8:18 PM
Click on the links below.
Post the facts you learn as comments below the post.
11/05/2015 at 8:12 PM
Click on the links below to find out about hedgehogs.
Add the information you learn as comments below.
11/05/2015 at 8:22 AM
Click on the links above to find out all about bats. Can you create a fact card or a quiz about bats?
09/05/2015 at 6:55 AM
You wouldn’t think that this week has been a 4 day week at school! We have achieved so much and everyone has worked so hard.
In Literacy we have continued writing information reports. We continued writing our Mini Beast Leaflets on Purple Mash and we’ll be using these as part of our mini beast hunts and activities at the Sleep Over. Your child can log into Purple Mash at home and show you their work and even continue to work on it or create new projects.
I then let the children decide what they would like to create reports on and most of the class chose to write about pets, while a smaller group decided to work on dinosaurs. The children worked in small groups, creating a spider-gram to help them organise the report and then writing an introduction, paragraphs about different pets (or dinosaurs) and then a conclusion. Here are the posters they created together.
Here is Madam Dragon’s tip sheet for writing brilliant reports. We have been making sure that our work would receive a Gold Star from her!
In Maths we have been really stretching our brain and tackling some thought provoking challenges! Can you make every amount of money using only 5p and 2p coins? (with the exception of 1p and 11p?) What would happen if we had 3ps and 5ps? How many ways could you create a chocolate box to hold 24 chocolates?
We also played a game and created factor bugs! Ask your child to show you how to draw them! This game really helped us to think about odd and even numbers and the factors that make other numbers. We also played a couple of the Maths games on Purple Mash that helped us to think about factors.
Have you noticed that we have put bird feeders and bird boxes up in the conservation area? When we went to fill up the bird feeders, it was obvious that the birds had enjoyed them! This is a really special area for the children and each class enjoys spending some quiet time here at playtimes.
This morning we are starting work on the area at the other side of the Conservation Area. We will be taking back some of the brambles, staking alder trees and preparing the ground so that we can plant a wild flower area. It will take a little while to develop and grow, but it will provide another wonderful area for wildlife and for the children to explore.
In Special Mention, 2 children received their awards from a previous week, when they both missed the assembly and then this weeks awards were both for their excellent Learning Log work and for putting in brilliant effort all week. Our Mathlete of the week achieved over 8,000 points and we also awarded another Gold Award. Well done to everyone, you’ve all really challenged yourselves and worked hard.
Enjoy your weekend. From all the 2F team 🙂
08/05/2015 at 3:21 PM
This week in numeracy, we have been recapping division and multiplication. The children have been answering questions using number lines with the knowledge that multiplication is repeated addition and division is repeated subtraction.
The children have been practising the strategies they have been taught and have been applying them to worded problems.
08/05/2015 at 6:06 AM
With another exciting Sleep Over planned for June 20th, we are all very excited about the range of activities we will be hosting at our North Nature Centre. I’m hoping that as the children are becoming such experts they will be able to help me run the activities during the day….. and for the evening we are even planning a NOCTURNAL event!
Next week we are going to become experts on ‘Nocturnal Animals!’ They have the task set for their Learning Log and we will also be learning about nocturnal animals in class. Each day, I shall post more links to different animals.
Look out for our ‘Mastermind’ quizzes which we will post at the end of the week! Here are some links to help you find lots of facts, as well as links to a couple of songs we have been learning ( The last picture link is to the Night animal song).
Can you add the facts you learn as comments on this post?
02/05/2015 at 7:18 AM
In Literacy this week we have been continuing our learning about writing information reports. Excited by the school Camp Over in June, we have been creating information leaflets about mini-beasts which we will be using as part of the range of activities in our North Nature Centre.
Madame Dragon has again helped by producing a useful sheet with tips to super report writing.
The children have saved their work on Purple Mash, so they may like to show you their work and possibly even add another paragraph of information. I let the children choose what they would like to write a report about next week; most of the class have chosen to write a report on pets and a smaller group are writing about dinosaurs. We will also be starting our new topic- Nocturnal Animals and we will be creating some quizzes and Top Trump Cards about these. Here are some links to sites about nocturnal animals, so that you can begin to find some facts!
In Maths we have been revisiting addition and subtraction and applying our learning to solving problems. Next week, we will be revisiting multiplication and division.
Well done to everyone for really challenging themselves this week. Enjoy your three day weekend, and I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday. 🙂
01/05/2015 at 3:59 PM
What a busy couple of weeks we have had back at school. There has been so much going on.
Firstly, you may have been intrigued as to why there are pictures of the children outside the classroom holding strange looking models! They are bug rooms which the children made in DT. All of the rooms were put together to make a hotel (pictured below) which is in the Conservation Area attracting lots of bugs!
The children completed some excellent planning for this project and were able to develop and build on original plans to make their end product more sustainable to the weather! They explored the school grounds for bug hotels that we currently have and also used ideas from bug hotels seen at Rodley Nature Reserve and Skelton Grange. It was a very messy but enjoyable project!
This week in literacy, the children have been learning how to write a ‘Non-chronological Report’ based on Minibeasts. Next week, they are going to be planning and writing their own report on zoo animals ensuring they include an introduction, three sections of information and a conclusion. We are also going to be learning about Nocturnal animals. We are going to classify Nocturnal animals and begin to look at their features as well as discussing how these animals have adapted to their environment.
In numeracy, we have been developing and applying addition and subtraction strategies. Most children are now partitioning and recombining numbers to add and subtract and some children have also progressed to more formal methods (column addition and subtraction).
Partitioning and recombining example:
23 + 13 = 36
20 + 10 = 30
3 + 3 = 6
30 + 6 = 36
Some children use pictures and equipment to support this.
As well as this, the children were sent on a hunt around school to find some dragon eggs! Each egg had a number on which was a part of a number sequence. The children had to find their eggs and then put the numbers in the correct sequence. Examples of sequences included going up in steps of 2, 5, 10 and 3. Some children’s sequences included minus numbers and some children had more complex sequences that came from different directions.
Here are the egg finders:
Today was ‘The S Factor’ final. Paige bravely presented her experiment in front of the whole school and won a prize for the best experiment in Year 2! Paige spoke really well in front of her audience and performed her experiment superbly. Well done to Paige and to everyone else that auditioned. 2H had the most entries out of the whole school!
Enjoy the long weekend and I will see you on Tuesday!
01/05/2015 at 12:43 PM
Miles represented 2F and we were all very proud of him. He showed his experiment and explained it with such confidence. Well done! It was great to see that his sister, Evie, was also representing her class and they exchanged glances and smiles to encourage each other.
Miles preformed his experiment back in class for us all. Here is the video.
We are hoping that he will create a leaflet to tell us all more about his experiment too.
Well done also to all our 2F scientists, who each received a special certificate back in class.