11/12/2020 at 3:28 PM
We have been keeping very busy this week with various art and craft activities in preparation for Christmas. Next week the children will be bringing home calendars, cards and decorations that they have made.
In geography lessons, we have been finding out about how polar bear habitats are being affected by global warming and about what we can do to help. The children made posters about the impact global warming is having on the Arctic regions and about the changes we can make in our everyday lives to try and reduce global warming.
In maths this week, we have solving money problems. The children have been finding totals and giving change. Please practise using the game below:
In English we read the story ‘ Harvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Present’ and have enjoyed discussion and writing activities from the book.
Reminders for next week:
Thursday 17th December
We are having our party day next Thursday. Children can come in party clothes and bring a small amount of party food in a named box or bag, but please remember no nuts or food containing nuts. The children will have already eaten their lunch and so will not need to bring too much!
Friday 18th December
School closes for the holidays and will re-open on Monday 4th January 2021.
04/12/2020 at 1:07 PM
This week we have been writing letters and diaries. We read The Jolly Postman and enjoyed retelling the story and sequencing the postman’s journey. We also wrote a diary entry for the postman’s busy day.
We then thought about who else he might deliver a letter to and we decided to write letters to the little pigs from a builder. Children used what they knew about the story of the three little pigs to write their letters.
Finally, today we wrote letters to Santa. We thought the children might like to bring these home to send! Please check book bags to find your child’s letter. This is a great example of their independent writing; a few main spellings were given and we discussed what to include. We talked about how to write detailed expanded noun phrases:
a bike is an example of a noun phrase
a blue, shiny bike without stabilisers is an example of an expanded noun phrase.
We also asked the children to include a question in their letter and also write a sentence to say what they have been doing to be good!
We hope you (and Santa) enjoy reading them!
We spend a lot of time in school learning spellings. Every week we focus on a few common exception words and we learn spellings based on a particular spelling pattern. This week we have been learning words with the soft c sound. We send a letter every Monday with the spellings we are learning. Please find some time to look at these at home. There is so much to remember and children are finding it difficult to apply these spellings in their writing.
This is the letter for this week:
This week we have continued with our money work. Children have been solving lots of money problems and working out how to make the same amount using different coins. Next week, we will be finishing this topic and starting our new topic on Multiplication.
In our geography lesson, we found out about a place called Churchill in Canada. People visit Churchill to see polar bears in the wild. We created posters in groups to show what we had learned.
- Please can children wear their Christmas jumpers (or festive colours) next Thursday 10th December.
- We had a lot of soggy feet today; please can children have a spare pair of socks in their bags.
- There are lots of festive PTA events planned; please check emails for more details.
27/11/2020 at 1:19 PM
This week we have used drama, stories and information texts to find out more about Polar lands and the animals that live there.
We began our English lessons this week by going on a Polar adventure. Through drama, the children thought about what to pack, how to travel and what they would see on their journey to the Arctic. When we arrived we found a penguin who was clearly a long way home. The children thought of different solutions, eventually deciding that we would take the lost penguin home back to Antarctica!
Next we used the story Poles Apart to inspire our writing. This story tells a similar tale to our drama of penguins lost in the North Pole. Luckily they meet a friendly polar bear called Mr White, who was willing to take them on a journey back to their home. The children wrote wonderful postcards from Mr White’s point of view which detailed their journey from the Arctic to Antarctica and the countries they visited on the way.
In our geography lesson, we found out about some of the animals that live in polar regions and how they have adapted to live there. The children researched the different animals to find out if they lived in the Arctic or Antarctica. Our classroom displays (below) and library books are helping us to learn more!
Money, Money, Money!
In maths this week we have been busy making different amounts of money using coins and notes. Please spend some time this weekend playing shops and using real money to pay.
Here are some games to play:
In PSHE we continued our work on friendship. We talked about what can cause friendships to break and how we can mend friendships. We enjoyed reading the story, Sharing a Shell.
Here we are making some friendship bracelets!
20/11/2020 at 1:43 PM
We have definitely started to see a change in the weather this week and have been thinking about how animals will be preparing for winter.
In our English lessons we have been watching video clips and reading information to find out more about different animals. The children enjoyed learning about squirrels and some of the clever things they do. Children wrote fact sentences to explain how they get ready for winter by fattening up, storing nuts and making comfy homes. We also found out about hedgehogs and how they hibernate.
By using our knowledge about migration from last week, the children were able to produce a short report about the different ways animals prepare for winter. We were really impressed with what they produced.
In maths this week we continued our work on addition and subtraction. Children are now really confident in how they can add and subtract two 2-digit numbers using tens and ones and most children managed to master exchanging too. Well done!
Here we are using the tens and ones:
You can practise addition and subtraction using the following online activity:
Next week we will be moving on to money. Perhaps over the weekend you could empty your money boxes to see if you know what all the coins and notes are!
We have started to think about hot and cold areas of the world and have looked at why some places have hot and others have cold climates. Children learned about the equator and the poles. We recapped our knowledge about the different continents, labelling these on a world map.
Here is an activity to practise this:
This week we have been learning about how to be a good friend as part of our PSHE lessons. We used the story Elmer to look at friendship and the difference between laughing at someone and laughing with them. We also thought about ways we could make someone smile, just like Elmer did in the story.
We told some great jokes!
- Please can children have a warm PE kit in school which includes a pair of trainers for outdoors and joggers or leggings and a hoodie. Thank you.
- Smartie tubes are coming home today. Enjoy! Let’s get collecting those 20 ps.
13/11/2020 at 2:04 PM
This week we have been learning about why we wear a poppy on remembrance day. Children were able to talk about why it is important to remember those who have fought and died in wars and other conflicts.
In our PSHE lessons, we have been thinking about what it means to be a good friend. Last week we talked about the qualities we look for in a good friend. This week, we linked this to ‘Children in Need’. We looked at some of the resources on the Children in Need website; they are promoting their five to thrive campaign in order to support physical and mental wellbeing. We focused on ‘connecting’. This stresses the importance of building relationships, being kind and talking about our feelings. The children enjoyed using conversation starters to connect with their friends.
Thank you for your donations.
We have started to think about how animals prepare for autumn and winter. We read the story ‘Follow the Swallow’ by Julia Donaldson, which tells the tale of two friends, Chack the Blackbird and Apollo the Swallow. They learn about how each of the birds finds a different way to survive in the winter. The children wrote book reviews, a letter from one character to another and a non-fiction paragraph about swallow migration.
Next week, we will be learning more about how animals prepare for winter; your learning log homework will help you prepare for this!
New Learning Log this week:
Year 2 Learning Log Homework – 13th November 2020
We would like you to find out how animals get ready for winter. You can choose to focus on one animal or a few.
To be handed in on Wednesday 25th November
We look forward to seeing your work!
In maths this week, we have been learning strategies for adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers.
We have used base 10 (tens and ones) to partition each number into tens and ones then recombine to find the total.
We now understand how to partition each number into tens and ones and have some strategies for recording our methods. We haven’t introduced any formal methods for addition and subtraction yet such as column addition or subtraction; this is because we want to ensure that children have a secure understanding of place value and partitioning first.
06/11/2020 at 1:22 PM
Welcome back! We hope you had a relaxing half term break. The children have come back to school ready to learn and have impressed us with their hard work and attitude to learning.
Letters and Information
Did you receive your pack before the holidays? ‘How to support your child in Year 2’. Please ask class teachers if you do not have this information.
There is a newsletter coming home tonight with information about this half term.
In English this week, we have been exploring right choice words in fireworks poems. The children have suggested words to describe how fireworks, look, move and sound; As part of this we have looked at spelling rules for adding ing. We have looked at how we can use alliteration and rhyme. Children have read, performed and written their own poetry.
This week in maths we have been looking at adding 1s to a 2 digit number crossing ten. This has been quite tricky! We have used our number bond knowledge to help us.
This White Rose maths videos shows the methods used:
In history this week, we learned all about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. The children were detectives, considering and discussing lots of different evidence.
As part of our work on Seasonal Changes, children looked for signs of autumn. They wrote about what they had seen and then used super observation when drawing leaves and seeds. We talked about how some leaves stay green (evergreen) and some change colour (deciduous).
Perhaps you could spot some seasonal changes on an autumn woods walk this weekend?