28/09/2016 at 8:26 PM
2LO had a great time at Thackray Medical Museum today. We spent the morning exploring the galleries, learning about our bodies and how to keep them healthy. The afternoon was spent learning about the life of Florence Nightingale. First, we looked at evidence to find out what conditions were like in Scatari Hospital before and after Florence Nightingale arrived. After, we all took part in a drama session about the journey to Scatari Hospital and her work in the war hospital during the Crimean War.
22/09/2016 at 8:46 PM
Do taller people have bigger feet? This was the question that 2LO tried to answer this afternoon. In order to investigate this question, we decided to measure our feet by drawing round them and then using a ruler to measure the length of them; we then took measurements of our height. Having done this, we set out to answer our question by comparing the two. We discovered that yes, usually taller people do have the bigger feet but as always there were some anomalies…..
22/09/2016 at 8:38 PM
We were very lucky this afternoon to welcome Isaac’s Granny Anne into school. Anne is a retired nurse and came into Year 2 to talk about her work. The children loved hearing her stories and had great fun testing out all the equipment she brought in:
19/09/2016 at 7:36 PM
Last week in Year 2, we were kept very busy writing our own poems. On Tuesday the children wrote their own Roald Dahl poems (see previous post) and later on in the week they wrote their own fruit poems. The children got to taste lots of different fruits including papaya, pineapple, watermelon and passion-fruit. They then had to write a senses poem describing how their chosen fruit looks, smells, tastes, sounds and feels. We were very impressed at the use of similes and carefully chosen adjectives.
In maths, the children are learning about place value and partitioning two digit numbers into tens and units.
Here is a game you can play at home to support your child’s learning:
The spelling pattern and rule the children are learning this week is homophones (words which sound the same but spelt differently and have different meanings) featuring the air, are, ear spelling.
Here are some ideas for helping your child learn their spellings:
- Write the words in different coloured pens (rainbow spellings).
- Get your child to close their eyes whilst writing the word (this helps them visualise the word).
- How many times can your child write a word in 30 seconds?
- Play hangman.
- Rearrange the letters of the word. Your child has to unscramble the word.
- Get your child to put the words into proper sentences.
- Make up silly rhymes for each letter of the word (e.g. people = people eat omelettes people like eggs!)
- Look at the word, hide the word, write the word.
- Putting the words into a sentence.
- Make a bingo game.
- Play matching pairs.
When learning homophones it is a good idea to put the word into a sentence so your child understands which spelling applies to which meaning of the word.
Here is a web site with some handy games to help your child learn these homophones.
We are also learning the following common exception words this week:
Year 2 Team
16/09/2016 at 4:50 PM
On Friday afternoons, the Y2 children will have a change to their usual routines. All the teachers in Key Stage 1 will get their Planning, Preparation and Assessment non-contact time and the children will be doing a range of lessons on a rotation: RE, farming, computer coding, ‘Food and Cooking’ and a series of local visits.
The local visit this half term is down to Rodley looking at the canal, river, bridges and train line. The children will learn about the difference between a river and a canal. They will also look at an old map and see how the area around Calverley Bridge has changed having had a mill, a weir and a train station previously. The first group seemed to enjoy their 90 minute visit this afternoon and were very observant. They particularly enjoyed exploding Himalayan Balsam seed pods.
Mrs Kenny will generally lead the local visits and we are grateful to Mrs Briggs for coming today as a volunteer. The are other volunteering opportunities on a Friday afternoon – please get in touch if you can help.
13/09/2016 at 7:57 PM
We had a brilliant day today celebrating Roald Dahl’s birthday.
We played a senses game about things that might lurk in Mr Twit’s beard and then wrote poems about what you might find. The children had to think about adjectives, commas and using possessive apostrophes. Dare you read them?
In the afternoon, the children made Mr Twit’s beard using paper-craft.
13/09/2016 at 7:24 PM
On Friday, 2LO met their Reading Buddies from 6T. The children had a lovely time getting to know each other and sharing some of their favourite books. We look forward to our next session.