14/06/2015 at 7:57 PM
Can you guess which author we are all enjoying? Which book are you reading? Don’t forget you can post a book review on our Extreme Reading Page…
We have continued to be inspired by Roald Dahl’s amazing book, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.’ Did you know that originally more children won Golden Tickets and visited the factory? We read the missing chapter, ‘Spotty Powder,’ and discovered the character Miranda Piker. We also ventured into the Fudge Room and read the chapter discovering the characters Tommy Troutbeck and Wilbur Rice.
Click the image of the Fudge Room to link to the chapter, as it was printed in The Guardian in 2014.
The children have created their own characters who are going to be the lucky winners of a sixth ticket. They have also been sketching and painting their own special setting in the factory for their character to visit. We even added sugary and chocolate details to our settings with cake decorations!
In Maths, we continued to work on subtraction, as when we had been working on problem solving in the context of shopping for sweets, we found working out change to be the trickiest part of the problems. A little extra practice has helped us to improve our skills. If you go shopping, see if your child can work out the change you need to receive from the shop keeper.
This week’s Special Mentions went to two girls, who all year, have been the very best they can be, in everything that we have done together. Well done!
Two more Mathletics Gold Certificates were awarded and the Mathlete of the week, achieved an amazing 8000+ points! Well done to you all. 🙂
Next week will be another exciting week as we begin to write our own stories about our characters and their adventures in the Chocolate Factory. If you’re in the Ukulele Club, you might like to do some extra practice, ready for our session at the Sleep Over next Saturday. Click onto the Sing and Strum page for a link to the Purple Mash booklet with the words and chords. There will also be some fun activities in the North Nature Centre for everyone to enjoy.
12/06/2015 at 3:38 PM
This week, we have continued our learning around the story ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’.
In literacy, we have been thinking about describing settings and have particularly focussed on how authors create tension and suspense. The children had a special visit from Mr Willy Wonka himself who took the children on an adventure to ‘The Chocolate Room’. All the children invented their own setting and wrote a description of the setting from an author’s point of view. The children were asked to include commentary to make their writing lively, for example ‘Augustus couldn’t believe his eyes…’ and were also asked to use adverbs to create more tensions and excitement. For example, ‘Slowly, Charlie walked towards the chocolate river’.
In numeracy, we have been looking at different fractions and have been finding fractions of numbers. Some children have started looking at equivalent fractions and have been using a fraction wall to help with this. We have also started collecting some data about what our favourite chocolate bars are. The children collected data using a tally and will be choosing the most appropriate way to represent their findings next week.
In science, we have been investigating with chocolate. During the lesson we had two investigations taking place. The first investigation was to discover how long it took for a tray of ice cubes to melt in the sun. The children took it in turns to monitor the temperature outside and described what was happening. It took about 30 minutes for the ice to melt completely. Alongside this, the children predicted and timed how long it took for a piece of chocolate to melt in their hands. They then wrote a description about what happened including reference to solids, liquids and gases. The children were very interested in the changes in the state of material and we had a very interesting discussion about the water cycle.
Year two have a trip to Goole coming up. 2H will be going on Monday 6th July. A letter will be going out on Monday.
Hope you have a lovely weekend.
09/06/2015 at 7:34 PM
In Science this week we have been investigating which chocolate would make the best bricks for Willy Wonka’s chocolate palace. We had to find the chocolate which was least likely to melt in the hot sun. The children helped plan and devise the investigation, thinking about how to make it a fair test. They then measured the length of time it took the different types of chocolate to melt. The children predicted what they thought was going to happen and drew conclusions giving reasons for their ideas.
06/06/2015 at 10:44 AM
Roald Dahl fever has hit Year 2 and we are all really enjoying reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory together. The children have explored the character of Charlie Bucket, the hero of the story and have discovered the less likeable characters of the other children who found Golden Tickets. We had a very interesting class discussion about what they would have done if they had been Charlie and had found the 50p coin, or when he was offered £200 for the ticket! Next week we are going to be finding out about some characters which were in Roald Dahl’s original versions of the book, and then were taken out when he redrafted and improved his story before it was published. We’ll also be making up our own characters and deciding what might have happened to them at the chocolate factory!
In ICT the children used the links from the blog post below to find out about Roald Dahl and then worked using Purple Mash, open on a second tab, to create a fact file about the author. Here are some examples that show how much the children learned him.
In Maths we have used the theme of shopping in a sweet shop to do some of Willy Wonka’s Marvellous Maths Challenges. By the end of the week, we were able to work out the total of several items, pay with a coin or note with a higher value, work out the change and then decide how you could give the smallest number of coins as change. So now when you are out shopping, please try and challenge your child to use these maths skills. (You might need to take a pice of paper and a pencil with you!) Next week we will do a little more work on giving change as many of the children were more confident in their addition, than they were in their subtraction. We will then apply our multiplication skills to pretending to buy lots of items at the same cost.
This week we had awarded 5 Gold Mathletics Certificates. We are always very proud of children who achieve these Gold Awards as it requires 20 weeks of scoring over 1000 points on Mathletics. Our Mathletes of the week are also pictured below.
Our Special Mentions were awarded for particularly impressive debating skills. They listened to the opinions of the class, but then were able to very clearly explain they own decisions and argue why they were going to stick to their beliefs in a very eloquent manner. One child argued that they would have taken the 50p home to their family and let them decide what they wanted to do with the money, while the other would have gone to the sweet shop like Charlie did, but would have carried on buying chcoclate bars, if he hadn’t won the ticket and would have spent all the money on chocolate! It wasn’t about there being a right or wrong answer, but about being able to put over your opinion, and they both did this brilliantly.
Next week, we have our class photographs on Wednesday 10th June, so please ensure that your child comes to school looking smart in their uniform on this day. ( We have asked the cook not to give them Spaghetti Bolognese for lunch!)
Have a brilliant weekend 🙂
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? 🙂