11/05/2018 at 2:21 PM
Even though we have had a shorter week, we have still managed to fit in lots of learning!
In maths this week, we have been applying our understanding of times tables in a range of situations. We have used calculation triangles to help us to make multiplication and division fact families and to solve missing number calculations.
We have really focused on learning our 3 times table and solving problems using these. We have also learned more about division and have introduced the idea of remainders.
In English lessons this week, we have been finishing, editing and improving our fizzy lifting drink stories. Children are now really good at checking their own work for missing punctuation and spelling errors and correcting these errors independently. As well as checking errors, it is important that children look for ways to improve their sentences.
What can we Add, Bin and Change in these sentences?
Sam was flying too high.
He hit a tree.
He fell on the ground.
Bring in your improved sentences for three extra dojos next week!
We had a great time at our Fairtrade workshop yesterday. We learnt what life is like on a cocoa plantation and how chocolate is made.
The children loved working together in co-operatives to produce cocoa beans and through games they learnt how unfair trade can be when farms are not Fairtrade.
Next week, we are having our own Year 2 chocolate factory. You can all look forward to some delicious treats!
Have a great weekend,
The Year 2 Team.
04/05/2018 at 1:48 PM
This week in Year 2 we have been inspired by the fizzy lifting drink from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
In English lessons, we have created our own ideas bank about flying. We thought about adjectives, adverbs and similes that we could use in sentences to describe how we would feel, what we might see and what we could do when flying. We used role play to act out drinking a fizzy lifting drink like Charlie!
We then planned and started to write our own 5 part story about a character who drank a fizzy drink that made him fly.
In maths, we have been estimating and measuring capacity. Children have had fun using equipment to measure in millilitres and litres. Can you estimate and measure the capacity of some different containers at home?
We used our knowledge of capacity to invent our own fizzy lifting drinks using different flavoured cordials and sparkling water.
In our topic lesson this week, we started to learn about Fairtrade. The children used role play to find out the differences between fairtrade and non-fairtrade farmers. Children learned some facts about what the symbol means and what we can do to support fairtrade.
Here we are pretending to grow our crops!
We are really looking forward to finding out more through our workshop next week.
We have also started our SRE unit. Children will take part in lessons 2 and 3 next week.
Have a lovely bank holiday weekend,
The Year 2 Team.
27/04/2018 at 1:19 PM
We have had another busy week in year 2.
In English, we have been focusing on describing characters from Charlie and the Chocolate factory. We looked at the character of Charlie bucket and collected words and phrases that we could use to describe his personality and how he looks. Children then used these ideas to write a character description. We really enjoyed getting into character as Veruca Salt! Children had conversations in role as Veruca and her father. We then wrote speech sentences.
“I want a golden ticket now!” screamed Veruca loudly.
Next, we wrote a character description for Veruca. The children have really impressed us with their language choice and their sentence structure.
Next week we will be developing our own stories and hope that children will be able to incorporate their descriptive writing skills into these.
In maths we have continued our work on time. Children have used their knowledge of time to solve problems. We found this quite tricky!
As homework, we would like you to play this game. A sheet has also been sent home. https://nrich.maths.org/6071
We conducted a science investigation this week to find out which type of chocolate would be best for making a chocolate palace. We discussed how we could use the equipment to plan a fair test. Children thought carefully about what they would need to measure. We made predictions, carried out our investigation and then made a conclusion.
There is a new learning log task this week. Have fun finding out about this symbol!
Well done to 2Lo for achieving their extreme reading target. They had a great time at the play park for their treat!
We will start our SRE topic next week with lesson 1.
Have a great weekend,
from the Year 2 team.
20/04/2018 at 1:24 PM
The children have been fantastic this week, settling back into routines and showing that they can be the best they can be!
We are really enjoying our new topic based on the book ‘Charlie and the Chocolate factory’. This week we have used the book to look at story settings. We have written descriptions of Charlie’s house, the scene awaiting the opening of the factory and the chocolate room. We have focused on writing expanded noun phrases using right choice adjectives and extending our sentences using a range of conjunctions.
In year 2, children need to be able to use co-ordinating conjunctions confidently: and, but, so and some subordinating conjunctions: when, if, because, that
You could play this game at home to reinforce understanding of using conjunctions:
In art, we designed our own fantasy setting based on the chocolate room in Wonka’s factory where everything is edible. We have started to write our own descriptions based on these designs. Here are some of our amazing fantasy worlds:
In maths this week, we have been learning how to tell the time. Children have been using mini clocks and playing matching games to tell the time and also drawing the hands on clocks to show different times. We have worked our way from o’clock and half past times, to quarter past and quarter to, and finally to reading the time to the nearest 5 minutes.
Thank you for the work you have done over the holidays. There will be a new learning log coming home next week which gives you some extra time to complete and hand in the Easter holiday homework!
Have a lovely weekend.
The year 2 team.
30/03/2018 at 10:21 AM
What an honour it was yesterday when we were invited to be the launch school for the RAF celebrations and remembrance. The children in 2LO made us so proud with their enthusiasm, interest and behaviour. Here are a few photos of the morning:
Decorating pages for a book of remembrance poetry:
Meeting VIPs and the local news team:
Making World War One planes from celery and toast!
We also featured on Look North’s evening programme last night (Thursday 29th March ) which can be seen on BBC i-player (18 minutes in): https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09x08cz/look-north-yorkshire-evening-news-29032018
29/03/2018 at 12:58 PM
On Wednesday we enjoyed lots of different activities to enhance our Africa topic. We had an African drumming session led by Ms Howells. The children learned how to hold and play the drums and enjoyed being conductors.
We had a very interesting talk from Mr Dalton, who shared his experiences from working on an African Game Reserve. The children loved looking at the photographs of the different animals and learned so many new and fascinating facts. Did you know that a springbok can pronk?
Mr DuPreez also came to talk to the children about his experiences growing up in South Africa. He told the children all about the animals that he found in his garden and shared other interesting facts about African animals. Did you know that baboons can start fires by throwing rocks?
We also had a special appearance from George the Tortoise and the giant African snails.
Today the children have written some amazing recounts of their experiences. They used different sentence types, time words and some children even organised their work into paragraphs.