08/03/2016 at 11:40 AM
As part of our topic on Africa, this week in Literacy we are looking at traditional African tales. We are using Tinga Tales to help ignite our writing. The children are going to be thinking about the characters in the stories and learn how stories are structured. We are going to be using story mountains to help us see how stories are structured. A story mountain has five parts to it: an opening; a build up; a problem; a resolution; and an ending.
02/03/2016 at 8:59 PM
2L had a very exciting afternoon today… we went on a trip to Africa! The children all boarded the aeroplane (African Airlines) with their boarding passes and passports. They were welcomed on board by their air hostess Chardonnay- Marie and their pilot Captain Ted Striker! On the way, the children tracked the journey from England to Kenya using a world map. We looked at the different countries we would have to pass over on our journey as well as learning about how long the journey would take. When we finally landed in Africa, we went on a fact finding trail. The children learnt lots of amazing facts about the continent of Africa – I wonder how many they can remember? Over the next few weeks the children are going to focussing on Kenya. We are going to look at physical and human features of the landscape as well as how Kenya is similar and different to Great Britain.
01/03/2016 at 2:53 PM
What a busy first week back we have had in Year 2!
In Literacy we are focussing on books written by Julia Donaldson and the children have really enjoyed learning some of the stories. This week we have based our writing on Tiddler and The Snail and the Whale. The children produced some fantastic letters from the Snail to his friends, writing all about the adventures they had been on. All the children wrote in clear paragraphs and remembered capital letters and full stops; some even used exclamation marks! They used some amazing adjectives and used conjunctions to extend their sentences. All the staff were so impressed and the children should all be very proud of their writing!
In Maths we have been learning all about shapes. All the children could label 2D shapes, saying the shape name and how many sides and corners the shape has. We have also worked on the properties of 3D shapes; looking at how many edges, vertices and faces the shape has. We played a fun shape shadow game where the children became really good at guessing the 3D shape based on its 2D shadow!
In Geography, we used Google Earth to locate the UK and discuss where in the UK Farsley is. We even managed to zoom in and find our school! I wonder if any children could find their house using Google Earth?! We talked about the location of other towns, cities and countries in relation to Farsley and discussed the distance from Farsley to other places.
Thank you to everyone who remembered jogging bottoms, sweatshirts and outdoor shoes for PE this week. We enjoyed our first outdoor lesson in Year 2 working on our throwing and catching skills.
We have been very impressed with everybody’s Learning Log measuring work this week- it looks like people had great fun baking and measuring things around the house! Well done everybody.
We very much look forward to seeing many of you at parents evening next week.
Many thanks for your continued support.
The Y2 Team
16/02/2016 at 4:43 PM
Wow! What a busy final week of half term we have had!
We have really enjoyed reading the children’s space diary adventures. The children remembered to use lots interesting adjectives and sentence starters to make their writing lively and fun to read. They also remembered to use lots of conjunctions to explain their ideas. Some children even included adverbs to help describe verbs! Nearly everyone used full stops, capital letters, question marks, exclamation marks and commas correctly – well done guys!
In maths we have been continuing our work on time and money. The children have been learning how to read an analogue clock in increments of five minutes. They have also been looking at how to convert analogue time into digital time and vice versa. To help your child at home try to get them to tell the time as much as possible. They could also work out simple time problems like how long is a journey going to take, what time should you arrive, what time will a TV show end if it is 30 minutes long etc.
We have also been practising giving change from £1.
Over the next half term we are going to be practising the 5x and 3x tables. Again the more practise the children have of this the better.
On Tuesday morning, 2L enjoyed performing their Time Machine dance for 2F. 2C were a brilliant audience and the feedback was brilliant!
On Thursday afternoon, the children in 2L really enjoyed meeting up with the Y4s for Reading Buddies. The Y4s had made their own pop-up books and it was great that they could share and inspire the younger children.
The ‘Step Back in Time’ party on Friday was a brilliant way to finish our topic on the 1960s and 1970s. The children had a wonderful time experiencing what a 1960s/70s birthday party was like.
Just a few reminders: Please can you make sure your child has their PE kit in school on PE days. PE will be outside next half term so please can you provide your child with jogging bottoms/ leggings and a sweatshirt. If you have some trainers your child could bring to school that would be great.
As always we thank you for your continued support.
Have a lovely half term,
The Year 2 team.
12/02/2016 at 11:04 AM
Last Friday, KS1 were very lucky to have a visit from the author Saviour Pirotta. The children loved listening to his amusing stories and were thoroughly entertained throughout the session. We were very proud of the children’s reaction to Saviour.
05/02/2016 at 9:45 AM
It’s been a crazy week in Year 2! We have been sooo busy! Monday morning kick started with a drama trip to the moon where the children met a friendly alien whose spaceship had broken down. Together the children solved the problem and returned the alien back home. I have attached some photos at the end of this blog for you to look at 🙂
Later in the week we looked at the book ‘The Way Back Home’ by Oliver Jeffers. The children deepened their understanding of the story’s character through drama and interview questions.
The children continued to use this book to help them write space settings. They had to remember to use exciting adjectives, interesting sentence starters and conjunctions to extend their sentences.
In History, the children have learnt all about Neil Armstrong and the lunar landings. The time machine delivered an extract from Neil Armstrong’s diary and the children then thought about the other ways we could find out about the first man on the moon. Funnily enough, my mum and dad were tidying up their loft this week and came across some old newspaper articles of the lunar landings. They emailed them to school for the children to see!
In Maths this week we have been learning about money. We have been adding amounts together, working out how much we can buy with a certain amount and we also learnt how to give change from a certain amount. Here is a game you can play at home to help support your child.
We were very impressed with the quality of the Learning Log homework. The children have obviously spent a lot of time researching the 1960s. Well done everyone!
Spellings for this coming week are: ‘o’ sounding like ‘u’ e.g. mother, brother etc. and the long ea grapheme e.g. cream, steam
Tricky words this week are: saw, there, their and busy
Many thanks for your continued support with your child’s learning.
The Year 2 Team.