09/06/2017 at 3:15 PM
We have had a very busy start to the half term and are all excited about our new topic.
Through the story Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis, we have introduced the idea of habitats. The story is about two children who find a magical creature in the woods and take it home as a pet. Even though they thought they were taking good care of him, he actually became very ill. When they finally returned him to his natural habitat, he was able to thrive.
We have written some lovely descriptions of the bog baby’s habitat and have written a letter to a professor, explaining how to look after a bog baby. This morning we went on a bog baby hunt in our own magical woods, the Conservation Area. We were extremely lucky to find some very strange creatures! We will continue to use this idea in our English work next week.
Next week we are going to be creating our own bog babies and shelters in Art and D.T.
In Maths this week, the children have been making amounts of money using the least number of coins and we have been solving problems using money.
How many items can you buy for £1. How much change would you get from £1?
Try using different combinations of items. What about if you have £2 or £5?
To support the work we are doing in Geography, we would like the children to draw a map of a short journey. The information is in their Learning Logs.
Year 2 Team
26/05/2017 at 1:35 PM
Half term Homework
This week we have sent home copies of some poetry homework and also the information about the S Factor competition.
S Factor: We would love to see as many entries as possible for the S Factor competition, which will take place on Monday 19th June (2Lo) and Tuesday 20th June (2La).
The poetry homework supports some key Year 2 learning: being able to recite a range of poems by heart. We will be asking children to recite and perform their chosen poem in the first few weeks after the holidays.
The children have been performing poems in groups this week and have used ideas from the poems we have read, to write their own poems. We tried hard to include rhyme, alliteration and similes.
Addition and Subtraction
In maths this week we have been using expanded column methods to add and subtract two 2-digit numbers. Please look at this link to a previous blog to see this:
We have also been estimating answers to calculations and solving 2 step word problems.
Can you answer these questions?
Making an estimate
Which of these number
sentences have the answer
that is between 30 and 40?
44 – 13 29 + 17 56 – 23
- Ben has 32 football cards. His brother Sam has 12 more. How many do they have in total?
- Ruby has 90p to spend. She buys a cake for 25p and a drink for 15p. How much does she have left?
- Oliver reads 7 pages of his book on Monday and 9 pages of his book on Tuesday. The book is 25 pages long. How many pages does he have left to read?
In our topic work this week we shared what we already knew about Fairtrade and learned some more facts. We used drama to illustrate the indifference between Fairtrade and non-Fairtrade farmers.
Have a lovely holiday. Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts!
The Year 2 team
19/05/2017 at 12:59 PM
We would like to say a big well done to the Year Twos for their hard work and concentration this week when we completed the maths SATs papers.
We had a brilliant time designing and making our own boxes of chocolates. We hope you enjoyed eating them!
A big thank you to our wonderful parent helpers. We couldn’t have done it without you!
In English, we have been looking at written instructions, improving and up-levelling simple instructions and writing our own. This morning we made a fruit smoothie and then wrote instructions to explain how it is made.
Can you remember all the features of instructional writing?
12/05/2017 at 1:12 PM
We were so impressed with the children this week when they sat their reading SATs papers. They all tried their very best and we were really impressed with the progress that the children have made since the practice papers a few months ago. We are very proud!
We have continued our stories this week, focusing on editing and improving our sentences. The final stories are a joy to read.
How could you improve this sentence? What would you Add, Bin or Change?
Sam saw a drink.
We have been working hard on multiplication and division this week with a focus on reasoning and worded problems. The children have been introduced to remainders for division.
Play this game to practise your times table fluency…
Next week we are looking forward to our chocolate factory D.T. day. Thank you to all the parents who have volunteered to help with this.
05/05/2017 at 1:24 PM
This week in Year 2 we have been learning about where chocolate comes from. We were really surprised when we saw the cacao trees and the cacao pods which were the size of rugby balls!
In English we read the story ‘Some Dogs Do’ by Jez Alborough and watched the ‘Fizzy Lifting Drink’ scene from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This inspired us to plan and start to write our own stories about flying. We will continue these stories next week focusing on editing and improving our writing.
In P.E., we have been practising skipping skills. Children are welcome to bring in their own skipping rope from home to use at playtime. Please make sure these are named.
Have a lovely weekend!
28/04/2017 at 1:32 PM
We have had a brilliant time this week learning about capacity, planning our own science investigations and writing newspaper articles.
In Science, we were thinking about the which type of chocolate would be best for Willy Wonka to use when building Prince Pondicherry’s Indian Palace. We planned and carried our own investigation. The children impressed us with the predictions and conclusions they made.
This week we have been learning how to estimate and measure temperature and capacity. We enjoyed practical measuring activities as well as problem solving. We even invented our own recipes for Willy Wonka’s Fizzy Lifting Drinks!
In English we have been thinking about the characters in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The children learned how to use direct speech to help explain what a character’s personality is like.
We hope you have a lovely bank holiday weekend and we’ll see you on Tuesday.