23/04/2021 at 1:31 PM
Welcome back! We hope you had a lovely break.
This week we started our new topics. The children are really enjoying our class text for this half term, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This will form the basis of our work across the curriculum. Here is a link to this half term’s newsletter which has also been sent home today:
In English this week we have been describing settings. Through drama and discussion, we have explored some different settings in the story and have written some detailed descriptions. We are really impressed by the children’s developing vocabulary knowledge and how they can choose words carefully for effect in their writing. We created our own imaginary settings based on the chocolate room in the story where everything is edible which the children then used as a basis for their writing.
In maths this week, we have been busy doing lots of measuring. The children have learned how to use rulers correctly to measure in centimetres and draw lines accurately. We have been comparing and ordering objects according to length and have completed some different measuring challenges such as finding out how long the classroom is and how far we can run in 10 seconds!
We have also started learning all about Brazil. We used the knowledge we have gained in previous geography topics to predict what the climate would be like in Brazil. We have learned some interesting facts and are looking forward to finding out more!
Learning Log- Friday 23rd April 2021
We have been measuring in school this week. Carry out some measuring at home. You could make a table to show how long some different objects are. Perhaps you could draw a picture using straight lines and label their lengths.
We look forward to seeing your work.
To be handed in Wednesday 5th May 2021
Have a lovely weekend,
from the Year 2 team.
01/04/2021 at 12:04 PM
We have had another busy week in Year 2. We have finished our Africa and fractions topics. Please find the White Rose Maths fraction booklets in your child’s bookbag. This is for you to complete at home as consolidation if you wish.
We have been writing about what life is like for children in rural and urban Kenya this week.
We listened to the story of Evangeline who lives on a farm in rural Kenya. We talked about her day and how her life is both similar and different to ours. We then wrote a diary of her day.
We also found out about Nana who lives in urban Kenya, the capital city Nairobi. We compared life in urban and rural Kenya and used conjunctions such as and, so, but, whereas.
This week we have been working on reading and writing fractions sentences involving amounts. We have also learned about equivalent fractions. We finished the week with a topic assessment. The children have found this topic quite tricky. If you do have any spare time, please have a look at the questions in the White Rose maths booklet.
In art this week, the children have created some beautiful African silhouette sunsets.
We enjoyed working as a team to look for Easter eggs hidden around the school grounds. Each team had their own clue sheet which gave the order to find the eggs. We then had to run to find each egg and back to our team in order. Thank you to Miss Carter for organising!
After the holidays
- We are looking forward to talking to you at parent’s evening. Please make sure you have booked your appointment.
- We will be starting a new topic based on the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It would be great if you are able to watch the movie over the holidays.
- Maths after the holidays will be measurement including time. Can your child tell the time to o’clock and half past on an analogue clock?
Have a lovely break. Let’s hope we have plenty of sunshine to enjoy!
26/03/2021 at 2:31 PM
In maths this week we have been learning about unit fractions and non-unit fractions. Can children answer the question below?
Children have also been finding fractions of numbers by using bar models.
Can children create their own bar models at home to find fractions of amounts?
Here we are using cubes to find fractions of numbers:
Please do use the hit the button game to practise skills such as doubles and halves. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button
We have also completed some maths assessments this week. We will be discussing these with you at parents’ evening after Easter.
In English this week we have been looking at animal poems. We have been focussing on using right choice adjectives and verbs in our poems.
We used the structure of this poem to create our own poem about other African animals.
Here we are performing some poems using actions:
Other lessons and Activities
We have been busy in art this week. Wait until you see our finished sunset silhouettes next week!
More fun in PE:
- Please make sure children have a water bottle with them every day.
- We are now using the adventure play area and will hopefully start using part of the field again soon. has you child got their wellies in school?
- We have asked that the children do not use the adventure play area before or after school; this is to prevent the mixing of bubbles. Thank you.
- We have also asked children not to ride bikes or scooters in the playground before school when it is busy. Thank you.
19/03/2021 at 3:20 PM
This week we have been learning all about fractions in maths. The children have learned about equal parts. We have then looked at the fractions one half, one quarter and one third. Here we are sorting some images into those groups:
Please can children learn their double and half facts up to 20 over the weekend? Maybe use the doubles and halves options on hit the button to practise? Extra dojos will be given!
In English this week we returned to our Tinga Tinga tales. Children enjoyed watching the story ‘How Giraffe got his long neck’. They really impressed us with their review of the story and today we have written some great character descriptions. We have been concentrating more on reading this week and the children have completed some reading assessments. They were so focussed and definitely showed us their best! We will discuss how they did at parents evening.
In art this week, we have been busy learning about Tingatinga Art. We have started to create our own Tingatinga paintings.
Tingatinga art was founded by an African artist called Eduardo S. Tingatinga. He was born in Mozambique, but during the 1960s he established an art form that became associated with his new homeland, Tanzania. Today, “Tingatinga” is the Tanzanian term for this form of art, known mostly in Tanzania, Kenya, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark.
In topic this week, we discussed what it was like in Kenya. We sorted photographs of Kenya into urban and rural, discussing the human and physical features. We were quite surprised that there were cities in Kenya!
Can children explain what urban and rural mean?
We had great fun using bats and balls on Wednesday. We practised balancing the ball, bouncing it and taking it for a walk. We then learned how to strike the ball across the rope to our partners. Here we are in the sunshine!
Have a lovely weekend!
12/03/2021 at 1:52 PM
How lovely to be writing a blog about what the children have been learning in school! It has been a great week; the children have settled back in to the routines of school and have shown an amazing attitude towards their learning. We are so proud of them all.
We started the week by looking at our learning hive and talking about our new school rules. We have been focusing on these all week for our dojos and new sticker rewards.
This week in English we have been finding out about African animals. We have been focusing on the skill of writing linking sentences so that children’s writing becomes more coherent.
In maths, we have continued our learning on 3D shapes. Children should now be confident in naming 3D shapes and talking about their properties using the terms faces, edges and vertices. Here we are sorting shapes:
This week we went on an adventure to Africa! Here we are on the plane and finding fun facts about this amazing continent. We found out how long it would take to get to different places in Africa and used our maps to plot a journey to Kenya. We then identified the countries we would cross on a flight to Kenya. Next week we will start to learn more about Kenya.
Other news and activities
- Children have enjoyed lots of PE this week. Indoor PE this half term is dance and outdoor PE is ball skills. We are also having an extra skipping session on Fridays. Unfortunately, it was raining on Wednesday so we had a relaxing yoga session in the hall instead!
- Children learned all about birds in science this week.
- There is a surprise in children’s bookbags for a special lady on Sunday!
Have a great weekend!
The Year 2 Team
04/03/2021 at 3:38 PM
World Book Day Celebrations
Good morning all. Please feel free to join in with today’s activities in your PJs! Today is all about enjoying and celebrating books. Get out your favourite books and enjoy!
Why not start the day with a scavenger hunt!
or listen to an audio book story?
At 9:30, please join us for our 1st lesson. We will be reading ‘The Ugly Five’ story by Julia Donaldson. We will then make up our own riddles for African animals. Here is the story and the lesson slides:
At 11am be ready to share your riddles so we can work them out. We will then talk about how to look after books. I would like you to create a poster that we could put up in the library. Please bring completed posters into school next week.
At 1pm, please join the 2LA or 2LO meet space for a book recommendation session. Please be prepared to talk about your favourite book. Tell us what it’s about, who your favourite character is, which is your favourite part and who you would recommend it to.
Character Description Competition
Next week, we will announce the winner of the character description competition and give out some amazing book prizes. Please send in entries via email to class teachers or bring in character descriptions on Monday. We would like you to either draw and label or write a description of your favourite character. You could even invent your own story character and describe them! We are looking forward to seeing your work.
For further ideas:
Returning to School
We are so looking forward to everyone returning to school next week. On Monday we will spend some time settling the children back into school through circle time, stories and games. We will also be focusing on school expectations and routines with an emphasis on our new rules: Ready, Respectful, Kind.
Have a great weekend! See you Monday!