02/03/2018 at 1:15 PM
We have had another busy week in year 2 with some slight changes to planned activities due to snow days!
In English this week we have started our own Tinga Tinga stories. The children produced some super stories using some very imaginative ideas. These included a leopard who got his spots when a mischievous chameleon painted him, a crocodile who learned to snap his jaws after an annoying bird put a stick in his mouth and a giraffe who asked a lion to pull his neck so he could reach some leaves because he was so fed up of eating fallen coconuts! We have talked lots about right choice words for creating descriptions and how our story ideas should flow from beginning to end.
On Thursday, we did some lovely descriptive writing, based on the story ‘How the Elephant got his Trunk’. Children worked in partners to think of adjectives to describe the main character at the beginning and at the end of the story. They then wrote some detailed paragraphs to describe the Elephant.
In maths this week, we have continued our fractions work, focusing on fractions of amounts. Children have really grasped the concept of finding half using their doubles knowledge. We used bar models to support our understanding.
Here we are sorting equivalent fractions:
In geography this week we learned about the physical and human features of a place. Physical features include rivers, mountains and forests whereas human features include houses, roads and canals. We will use this knowledge when we start to look more at Africa.
On Thursday we learned some facts about the continent of Africa. We then used the app Pic Collage to make information posters. This is a great app for children to use to organise their ideas adding text and pictures. Here we are at work and some of our final pieces:
We have also produced some fantastic Tinga Tinga art. Here we are at work:
And finally, here we are playing in the snow!
See you all next week on Tuesday (Training Day Monday). Remember on Wednesday we will be celebrating World Maths Day. Keep practising for the competitions on live Mathletics. We will be doing ten games on level 1, five on level 2 and five on level 3.
23/02/2018 at 4:07 PM
We have been so impressed with how hard the children in Year 2 have worked this week. We have been really busy getting to grips with our new topics.
In maths this week we have been learning about fractions. We were really good at identifying halves and quarters of shapes. Some of us even managed to identify three quarters and thirds.
Fact of the week: 1/2 is the same as 2/4
Today we used cubes to find fractions of amounts. Here we are finding 1/2 and 1/4 of 8 and 12. Can you remember how to find 3/4?
Our new topic is Africa and in our geography lesson, we started thinking about how near and how far different places in the world are. We recapped the continents and learned the names of the world’s oceans. Next week, we will start to think more about the continent of Africa.
In English, this week we have enjoyed listening to some different Tinga Tinga Tales. We started the week by reviewing the story ‘How Elephant got his Trunk’. We then used the story ‘Why Monkeys Swing in the Trees’ to help us write some description. We enjoyed sequencing the story ‘Why Snake has no Legs’.
Today we have started to plan our own stories about African animals. We came up with some brilliant ideas but found it quite tricky to think about how the animal changes in the story. If you have time this weekend, please can you talk about your story plan and maybe find out more about your animal. You could also watch some episodes of Tinga Tinga Tales on cbeebies to get some further ideas.
Have a great weekend,
The Year 2 Team
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.