17/01/2020 at 3:12 PM
This week we have been finding out all about the 1960s.
Toys throughout History
First, we created a timeline of toys from Ancient Egyptian times to the present day. The children had to date the toys using their knowledge of materials and technology. Then we looked at the similarities and changes of toys over time. Next we learned about some toys that were popular in the 1960’s. Children were surprised that many of the toys were the same as today. Finally the children sorted pictures of toys into 1960s and present day and wrote about what they found out.
We looked at some objects and tried to work out what they were used for and what we use now instead. We then wrote some fact sentences to explain what we had learned.
We also found out lots of information about televisions in the 1960s. The children were amazed that there were only 3 channels and no remote controls!
This morning, we welcomed our visitors Pam and Martin (Mrs Loveridge’s mum and dad), who came to talk about their experiences of the 1960s. The children listened really well and asked some excellent questions.
We found out that in the 1960s schools were very different to today. There weren’t any of the bright colours, computers or fun resources that we now use. We learnt about how children would be punished if they were talking in class or naughty in school.
The children really enjoyed listening to The Beatles and we all joined in with The Twist. Martin told us all about holidays to the seaside and Pam told us about the fashions and hairstyles she wore.
In maths this week, we have started to understand the concept of division. We have been using objects such as counters to solve division problems both by sharing and by grouping.
Reminders for next week and the week after:
Please come along to our evening meeting for parents on Thursday 23rd January at 5:00pm. We will be explaining end of Year 2 assessment and SATs.
On Thursday 30th January, the children are taking part in an all day drama, poetry and performance workshop. You are invited to attend our final performance at 2:40pm in the Infant Hall. Please make your contributions on ParentPay.
10/01/2020 at 1:42 PM
What a fantastic start to the New Year we have had!
The children have worked so hard and produced some great work this week.
We have been continuing our work on multiplication this week by learning about arrays. Can you explain what an array is to an adult or even find an example of an array at home?
The children have been recording and representing multiplications in different ways, including using a bar model.
Representing multiplications on a bar model:
Next week, we will start to learn about the concept of division!
This week we read the story The Tiger who came to Tea. We looked at the story sequence and enjoyed making a story mountain. Next we planned our own story using a different animal and a different meal using the same story mountain. For example, ‘The Lion who came to Lunch or The Dog who came to Dinner’. Their final stories are brilliantly entertaining!
Before starting our learning about the 1960’s, we looked at important events in history and placed them in order, making a class timeline. We started by working in pairs to put just a few events in order and built up the timeline by joining with another group, then another!
We have been using different enquiry skills to learn all about the 1960’s.
A mysterious suitcase arrived this week full of artefacts. We used careful observation and thought of lots of interesting questions to work out what the artefacts were and when they were from.
Next week, we are looking forward to meeting the owners of the suitcase!
|Year 2 Learning Log Homework |
This half term we are learning about the 1960s. We would like you to find out what life was like in the 1960s. You could research toys, fashion,
music or houses. If you know someone who remembers the 1960s, you
could ask them some questions.
We look forward to seeing your work!
20/12/2019 at 2:00 PM
What an exciting week we have had with fun activities, parties and performances! Thank you to all who came to our show; we hope you enjoyed it!
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. Here are some of our own stories with the calculation to match:
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 made our own party food, played games and danced til we dropped! We had a very special visitor at the end!
Pass the Parcel
We would like to say a huge thank you for all your support this half term. Have a lovely break and we will see you all again on the 6th January 2020!
13/12/2019 at 1:39 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 finishing our posters about Churchill and finding out about how polar bear habitats are being affected by global warming.
In maths this week, we have started to explore the concept of multiplication. This started with the idea of equal groups.
There are 2 equal groups with 3 in each group.
Children then went on to record this as repeated addition, 3 + 3 = 6 and then as a multiplication 2 x 3 = 6.
Children will continue to build on this and develop their understanding next week.
Here we are representing 4 equal groups with 3 in each group:
In English lessons this week, we read the story ‘Harvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Present’. We enjoyed discussing the story and writing book reviews.
Reminders for next week:
- A few children still do not have their Christmas play costumes in school. All year 2 children are wearing Christmas jumpers or festive colours with dark trousers or leggings. Please can you make sure they have the appropriate clothing on Monday morning at the latest! Thank you.
Performance times in the Junior Hall:
Tuesday 17th December 2pm
Wednesday 18th December 9:30am
- We are having our Christmas Party on Thursday. Please make your 50p party snack contribution on ParentPay. Children can come to school in their party clothes.
Have a lovely weekend!
The Year 2 Team
06/12/2019 at 1:11 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.
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 our geography lesson, we found out about a place called Churchill in Canada. People visit Churchill to see polar bears in the wild. Here are 2LO creating posters about Churchill using pic collage. 2LA will be doing this next week.
We have also started some art and craft activities to create Christmas cards and calendars. Here are a few pictures of us being busy!!
We have been working hard practising for our Christmas Show. The children now all know their lines and the singing is sounding fantastic! Thank you for your support with this at home.
Please can children bring their costumes in ready for next week. Thank you.
29/11/2019 at 1:41 PM
This week we have used drama, stories and information texts to find out more about Polar lands and the animals that live there.
We began our English lessons this week by going on a Polar adventure. Through drama, the children thought about what to pack, how to travel and what they would see on their journey to the Arctic. When we arrived we found a penguin who was clearly a long way home. The children thought of different solutions, eventually deciding that we would take the lost penguin home back to Antarctica!
2LA enjoyed catching fish, riding on a sledge pulled by huskies and phoning the South Pole!
2LO enjoyed steering the ship, exploring the Arctic, discovering the lost penguin and thinking of ways to get it home.
Next we used the story Poles Apart to inspire our writing. This story tells a similar tale to our drama of penguins lost in the North Pole. Luckily they meet a friendly polar bear called Mr White, who was willing to take them on a journey back to their home. The children wrote wonderful postcards from Mr White’s point of view which detailed their journey from the Arctic to Antarctica and the countries they visited on the way.
In our geography lesson, we found out about some of the animals that live in polar regions and how they have adapted to live there. The children researched the different animals to find out if they lived in the Arctic or Antarctica.
Money, Money, Money!
In maths this week we have been busy making different amounts of money using coins and notes. The children have explored making the same amount of money in different ways, have investigated if they can make amounts using 2, 3 or 4 coins and have chosen the fewest amount of coins needed to pay. Please spend some time this weekend playing shops and using real money to pay. Next week we will move onto giving change.
We are really enjoying our GymMagic sessions. Here are children from 2LO:
Please can children learn their lines and the songs ready for our rehearsals next week. The rehearsals will go much more smoothly if children can already say their lines clearly and loudly. Thank you in advance.