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Gloriumptious start to this half term!

Saturday 6th June | 2 comments

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 🙂

2 responses to “Gloriumptious start to this half term!”

  1. Mr Harris says:

    I really like Roald Dahl books too. I really enjoyed Charlie and the Chocolate Factory but my favourite Dahl book to read to my junior classes was Danny the Champion of the World. I remember not being able to carry on reading one day in class as I was crying with laughter as the pheasants flew out of the baby’s pram…

  2. What great work this week 2F! Roald Dahl is one of my favourite authors too. Ruby loves Charlie and the chocolate factory and we have read it together lots of times. We think all the children in the story are naughty (except Charlie) and Our favourite part of the story is when they are in the room with the chocolate river where everything is edible.

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