18/12/2020 at 2:32 PM
What an exciting week we have had with fun activities and parties!
We have still managed to fit in some of our usual lessons! We have worked particularly hard in maths this week, getting to grips with multiplication. The children have been using maths ‘stories’ to understand this tricky new concept. We have learned that multiplication can be represented in different ways: as repeated addition, lots of, groups of and as arrays.
After the holidays we will be continuing our work on multiplication before moving on to division. It would be great if children could start to regularly practise their times tables at home; In year 2 we learn 2x, 3x, 5x and 10x tables. Thank you.
Here we are making our own arrays! Can you spot any arrays at home?
We also made some Christmas tree pictures using our measuring skills. Children had to measure, cut and stick strips of paper in place to make their Christmas tree before decorating. We were very impressed with how well the children tackled this activity.
We had a fantastic party day. We played games and danced til we dropped! We had a very special visitor at the end!
We would like to say a huge thank you for all your support this term and for your kind and thoughtful gifts and cards. Have a lovely break and we will see you all again on the 4th January 2021!
The Year 2 Team.
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.