11/06/2021 at 2:02 PM
English and Art
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.
In art, we looked at the illustrations in the story. We looked at how the illustrator used lines and pattern to create the different trees and plants in the woodland scene. Children then started to complete a part of the scene from the story.
It was our first session of cricket on Thursday and we all enjoyed learning some new skills and games. Well done for remembering to come to school ready in your PE kits!
We practised throwing and catching; it was fun using the cones to help us catch. We then learned how to bowl and played some fun team games where we tried to score points by hitting the wickets. Finally we played a fun batting game in teams. Each team had to take turns to bat 5 balls while the other teams fielded. We then had to score runs by running around the wickets.
In maths this week we completed our work on capacity. We have used the symbols < > = to compare different amounts in litres and millilitres. We then practised reading scales that go up in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s.
Here are some links to practise:
We have also been revising some strategies for addition. In Year 2, children should be able to add and subtract two 2-digit numbers using an efficient method, explaining their method verbally, using pictures or apparatus. Please keep practising at home and refer to the calculation guidance sent previously.
Mount Everest Challenge
Every child in Year 2 has now completed one mile of their Everest challenge.
Skelton Grange Trip next week
We are really looking forward to our day out next week!
2LA are going on Tuesday
2LO are going on Thursday
Please remember appropriate clothing and a packed lunch on your day!
28/05/2021 at 1:10 PM
We had a great day on Wednesday designing and making our own box of chocolates. The children enjoyed tasting ingredients, then designing and making their chocolates. They wrote menu cards to describe the chocolates they made and then designed and made a box for the chocolates to go in. We hope you enjoyed them at home!
2LO’s Chocolate Factory
2LA’s Chocolate Factory
Other activities this week:
We have taught the first 3 lessons of the RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) curriculum. Perhaps the children have been telling you the correct biological terms for male and female body parts? They were extremely sensible and grown up in these lessons.
We had our final rugby session with Joe from Leeds Rhinos. The children were great at the tumble pass they learned and loved playing the collecting treasure game.
In maths we have been learning all about capacity. Here we are exploring how much the containers hold. We have learned how to measure in millilitres and litres.
In English, we have been writing instructions. We finished the week with our own smoothie recipe. Maybe, you could make it at home? Here is Mrs Lace making a smoothie last year:
After half term
- Next half term we are looking forward to learning all about minibeasts and habitats and especially our trip to Skelton Grange!
- We are also looking forward to the Sam’s safari animal workshop.
- We will complete some past SATs papers to inform our teacher assessments and pass on to Year 3. Please keep working through the SATs revision books we have sent home.
- On Thursdays next half term we will be taking part in Chance to Shine cricket sessions. Children may come to school in PE kits on Thursdays.
Have a wonderful half term break. See you all on Tuesday 8th June.
21/05/2021 at 1:11 PM
In English this week, we have been reading, performing and writing poems about chocolate. The children have used right choice adjectives and verbs to describe chocolate using their senses. They also used similes and alliteration. Some children even used rhyme! Here we are performing some poems:
In maths this week we have been revising multiplication and division. We remembered how to create 4 ‘fact family’ number sentences for multiplication and division. We practised our 3 times table and answered lots of 3 x table questions. We started to look at the idea of remainders too this week; the children had to use their times table knowledge to predict if they would get a remainder when sharing out counters.
Please do continue to practise times tables regularly; the TTRockstars website is really useful for learning facts by heart.
The children have learned all about where chocolate comes from. We watched this video then wrote about the different stages.
We also learned more about the Amazon rainforest and talked about deforestation. the children made posters to raise awareness.
Next week we are looking forward to designing and making our own box of chocolates! Yum!
14/05/2021 at 2:35 PM
We had a great start to the week with Joe from Leeds Rhinos. The children enjoyed our first Rugby session and learned the important skill of how to hold the ball correctly. Children had a great time playing banana split tig and some relay games. We are looking forward to the next session on Monday. Don’t forget, children need correct PE kit in school including suitable footwear.
Thank you for the fantastic learning log work on Fairtrade. The children enjoyed learning more about what this means. They acted out working on farms and then being paid for their work. Some of them were paid a fair price and others weren’t! Next week we will find out more about how chocolate is made!
English and Maths
In English, we have written our own amazing fizzy lifting drink stories. We have been so impressed with the children’s stamina for writing.
In maths, we have completed our unit of work on Time. Please keep practising reading the time but also keep talking about intervals of time. Here are some examples:
- If I start swimming at 9 o’clock and finish at half past 9, how long have I been swimming?
- How long does it take to walk to school?
- Which time is earlier? 5 o’clock or quarter to 5?
We continued our topic about plants and gardening in science this week. We read a letter from Jackie who was a distant relative of Jack who grew the beanstalk! She wanted us to help her as she had a range of different seeds and she was unsure which would grow the tallest. We researched the height of different plants and then we worked together to make a graph from string which would clearly show us the results. Each Hive group concluded that out of our selection of seeds, corn grew the tallest at 150 cm so we recommended this seed to Jackie.
We also had some good discussion about the fact that the biggest seeds do not always produce the biggest plant which answered a question we posed at the beginning of the topic.
Have a great weekend!
07/05/2021 at 2:00 PM
This week in English we have been exploring the idea of flying. First we watched the scene from Charlie and the Chocolate factory where Charlie and Grandpa Joe try the fizzy lifting drink. We generated right choice words for flying such as gliding, soaring and hovering and built sentences using this vocabulary. We then read the story ‘Some dogs do’ by Jez Alborough. This also explores flight. The children then retold the story. We finished the week by creating our own stories through drama; next week we will use these ideas to write our own fizzy lifting drink story!
On Wednesday, we took part in an author workshop via Zoom. We listened to Claire Culliford reading her story, Penny Helps Protect the Polar Ice Caps. We then joined in some activities.
In maths this week we have continued our work on telling the time. We have now looked at all the times to the nearest 5 minutes. e.g 5 past, 10 past. Please continue to practise at home- it is taking a while to master this! We have set the time tasks on Mathletics for you to complete at home.
Here we are doing some super skipping!
In Science this week, we set up an investigation to find out what seeds need in order to germinate. Does it matter whether we plant seeds on the surface or under the soil? Does it matter how deep we plant the seeds? Does it matter which way up we plant the seeds?
We are enjoying working on our colourful tulip art…
30/04/2021 at 1:20 PM
This week we have started to learn how to tell the time. We have focused on o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to. Please can you reinforce this at home over the next few weeks by asking the children to tell you the time! Thank you.
In English we have been reading more of our class text, charlie and the chocolate factory. This week we have been focusing on the characters from the story. We have been writing character descriptions using lots of amazing right choice words and phrases. We really enjoyed pretending to be Veruca Salt in our role play session!
We also read all about the crazy Indian Prince who asked Willy Wonka to build him a chocolate palace. The children correctly predicted that the chocolate palace would melt in the hot sun! Following this, we planned and carried out a fair test. The children had to decide the best way to investigate “Which chocolate would be best to build a chocolate palace?”
We have also started some lovely art work. We have been looking at the work of Brazilian artist Romero Britto.
Brazilian artist Romero Britto is famous for creating bold, bright modern images. Here is some of his artwork. Do you like it? How would you describe his style?
He uses thick, black lines to create the main images then fills the remaining spaces with colourful patterns. Here is a tulip image in the style of Romero Britto:
We decided to create our own tulip pictures.
Year 2 have been helping to plant some new trees on the field. I wonder how big they will be when the children are in Year 6!?
This week we sent home some workbooks for the children to complete as they wish at home. Please check children’s book bags for further information and see class teachers if you need to know more.
Have a lovely bank holiday weekend. See you on Tuesday!