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Friday 16th July

Year 2 have been very busy this week! We have finished our marvellous wheeled vehicles, following our plan carefully. Thank you for all the junk bought in so that the children could achieve their creation! We have also been able to watch the James and the Giant Peach film to sum up our learning in English this term! We had an exciting visit from author David Fuller and had a snippet of one of his stories, starring the main character Alfie Jones!

Friday 9th July

As you know, we have had our sports week this week and we have had a fantastic time taking part in various sporting activities! We started the week with the Sussex games on the field, learning and trying different games like 'under and over' and a assault course challenge! We then had a HIIT workout in the hall. On Wednesday it was our swimming gala, which was a fantastic event and everyone tried really hard! Finally we ended the week with our sports day and the daily mile challenge!

We are beginning our exciting DT project next week, can we kindly ask for your child to be sent into school with a variety of junk modelling materials to create their vehicle! 

English

This week we have continued with part to of the story Lakshmi and the Washerwoman. We had a go at clarifying any words we did not know by ourselves and noting these down to look up in a dictionary later. We then wrote a couple of our own comprehension questions, predicted what the sequel to this story might be and then summarised what had happened. We also had a go at sequencing the story.

 

Maths

We have been continuing subtracting a 1-digit number from a 2-digit number using number-lines and then solving the problems mentally using the column subtraction method. We have also learnt how to tell the time to quarter to the hour.

 

History

We have been learning about some 20th century explorers: Jessica Watson, David de Rothchild and Ellen MacArthur. We looked at their early life and their exciting explorations! We then wrote about our favourite 20th century explorer and why.

 

Geography

We have been diving deeper into the continent of Asia, by learning about the country India. We found India on the globe and then learnt about ways of life in India and looked at some pictures. After that, we wrote about some similarities between India and a country in Europe using conjunctions.

 

Key dates:

Transition morning - Monday 12th July

There will be no forest school for either class on Tuesday 13th July.

Friday 2nd July 2021

 

English

This week we have been continuing our learning on poetry. We had a look at the features of a listed poem and how they have numbers and repeat until the end. We used our prior knowledge of mini-beasts and chose one we would like to write a poem about. We mind mapped ideas for adjectives and verbs related to the mini-beast of our choosing and wrote our own poem about it using these words. Next week we will be sequencing stories and reading the next part of Lakshmi and the Washer woman. 

 

Maths

We have been continuing how to subtract a 1-digit number from a 2-digit number using tens and ones and number-lines. We learnt how to subtract doing more than one jump at a time using our tens and ones knowledge. We have also continued learning about time and how to tell the time to quarter past. Next week we will continue with subtraction and will be learning how to tell the time to quarter to the hour.

 

PE

We have been busy preparing for Sports Day this week and making sure we have practised all the activities ahead of Wednesday! We also took part in the charity day hour group challenge and had t try and throw five bean bags in a bucket! We have raised lots of money for the wonderful charity NSPCC.

 

Important messages

  • As it is sports week next week (week commencing 5th July) please send your children to school in sports clothing every day that week, except for Friday 9th July as there will be a special service taking place due to the Bishop Ruth visiting, so they will be required to wear their uniform that day.
  • On sports day (Wednesday 7th July) please make sure your child comes to school with their house group colour t-shirt on.
  • The swimming gala for year 2 will be taking place on Wednesday 7th July in the afternoon. Please send your child to school that day with their full swimming kit
  • May we also remind you to please order your child's lunch the day before, to avoid disappointment as the kitchen staff order enough for the orders that have come in. Many thanks.

 

Key dates:

Sports week: Week beginning 5th July

Sports day: Wednesday 7th July

Swimming gala for all of year 2: Wednesday 7th July

Transition morning - Monday 12th July

Forest school for both classes - Tuesday 13th July - 2J in the AM, 2N in the PM.

Friday 25th June

 

English

This week we have been incorporating our creative week into our English lessons through acting out James entering the giant peach and then exploring poetry. Next week we will be exploring poetry further and writing our own poem.

 

Maths

This week we have been learning how to subtract a 1-digit number from a 2-digit number. We have been using our tens and ones to help us solve these problems and have also drawn them in our books to show the process of exchanging a stick of ten for ten ones. 2J have also been exploring Rangoli patterns which 2N will look at next week. Next week we will be continuing subtracting a 1-digit number from a 2-digit number using tens and ones and number-lines. We will then be learning how to tell the time to quarter past the hour.

 

Creative week

Year 2 have fully embraced creative week! We have made some amazing pieces in Art and DT, also linking to our learning as well as the theme 'flying high'. We have made some butterflies out of wire and tissue paper that will be used as a whole school display in the future. We have created some paper aeroplanes for the challenge of whose can fly the furthest and who has designed the best one. We have also created some food chain mobiles to link to our Science learning.

 

Important messages

  • PE will continue as normal every Friday. Please send your children in with full PE kits which are: Fermor PE T-shirt, black/blue joggers, black/blue shorts, black/red/navy PE jumper for the colder weather.
  • As you know, swimming has started back up again for year 2. You should have now received a letter explaining what children need to come in with on their swimming day and what each class' swimming dates are. If you have not received this letter, please let your class teacher know.
  • As you know, forest school has started back up again for year 2 this term. Please send your child to school with their clothes for forest school.
  • As you may know, there is also plans for our school to have a reflection garden. Mrs Strand would love some ideas and inspiration for how we can utilise the space. If your child would like to contribute, please get them to complete a sketch/picture of their ideas and send in after half term. 
  • May we also remind you to please order your child's lunch the day before, to avoid disappointment as the kitchen staff order enough for the orders that have come in. Many thanks.

 

Key dates:

Forest school 2N: Tuesday 29th June

Swimming 2J: Monday 28th June

Swimming 2N: Thursday 1st July

Sports week: Week beginning 5th July

Sports day: Wednesday 7th July

Swimming gala for all of year 2: Wednesday 7th July

Friday 18th June 2021

English

This week we have been continuing reading James and the Giant Peach and focusing on all thing peaches! We have looked closely at a peach in our groups and written some adjectives to describe the peach using our senses. We mind mapped our adjectives and then wrote some similies inspired by Roald Dahl. We have been looking closely at vocabulary and grammar this week, learning about the terminology verb, adjective, noun and adverb. We identified these words on some posters advertising different places and then were inspired by these to create our own poster as if we were Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker  advertising the amazing giant peach!  Next week we will be focusing on creativity as it is creative week and acting out the next chapter of James and the Giant Peach and exploring poetry.

 

Maths

This week we have been learning how to add two 2-digit numbers using column addition and exchanging. We have solved problems using pictures, number-lines and then had a go at solving them mentally. We have also begun learning about time and how to tell the time to the hour and half past the hour and have had a go at reading clocks, drawing hands on the clock to show the time and solved some word problems. Next week we will be learning about subtraction and having a go at some creative Maths!

 

RE

We have continued learning about Hinduism and the law of karma through the game snakes and ladders. We explored the concept of reincarnation through playing the games on tables labelled different things: fish, plant, human, animal, reptile, bird and explored how Hindus are taught that good karma leads them up the ladder to God and the process of moving between the tables represents the process of being re-born. Next week we will be learning about how karma affects an individual.

 

Design and Technology

We begun our DT project this term, preparing for when we create our own wheeled vehicle. We looked at a variety of vehicles and had a go at drawing one of our own and labelling it with the appropriate vocabulary. Next week we will be planning our vehicle.

 

 

Important messages

  • PE will continue as normal every Friday. Please send your children in with full PE kits which are: Fermor PE T-shirt, black/blue joggers, black/blue shorts, black/red/navy PE jumper for the colder weather.
  • As you know, swimming has started back up again for year 2. You should have now received a letter explaining what children need to come in with on their swimming day and what each class' swimming dates are. If you have not received this letter, please let your class teacher know.
  • As you know, forest school has started back up again for year 2 this term. Please send your child to school with their clothes for forest school.
  • As you may know, there is also plans for our school to have a reflection garden. Mrs Strand would love some ideas and inspiration for how we can utilise the space. If your child would like to contribute, please get them to complete a sketch/picture of their ideas and send in after half term. 
  • May we also remind you to please order your child's lunch the day before, to avoid disappointment as the kitchen staff order enough for the orders that have come in. Many thanks.

 

Key dates:

Forest school 2J: Tuesday 22nd June

Swimming 2N: Monday 21st June

Friday 11th June 2021

 

English

This week we have begun a new text: James and the Giant Peach. We have read the first few chapters and will begin chapter 6 next week. We have been writing up descriptions of how James must be feeling working at his Auntie's, descriptions about Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker and made some predictions about what will happen in chapter 6! Next week we will be continuing learning around this story.

 

Maths

This week we have learning how to add two 2-digit numbers with column addition and exchanging. We have been using tens and ones to help us solve these questions. Then we have been looking at writing simple fractions of shapes and amounts, for example: 2/4, 1/2 and 3/4. Next week we will be adding two 2-digit numbers using pictures and number-lines and time.

 

RE

We have begun our new topic of Hinduism and have written up some key questions we want to find out during this topic. We then played a game of snakes and ladders and how we felt playing this game. We will explore this game further next week and how it links to karma.

 

Geography

We have begun looking at a new continent, Asia! We had a 'flight' to New Delhi, India and have been using atlases to locate different countries in Asia. We have learnt about some landmarks in Asia and which countries these are in, for example: Batu Caves, Rice Terraces, Taj Mahal, Great Wall of China and Dragon Bridge.

 

Important messages

  • PE will continue as normal every Friday. Please send your children in with full PE kits which are: Fermor PE T-shirt, black/blue joggers, black/blue shorts, black/red/navy PE jumper for the colder weather.
  • As you know, swimming has started back up again for year 2. You should have now received a letter explaining what children need to come in with on their swimming day and what each class' swimming dates are. If you have not received this letter, please let your class teacher know.
  • As you know, forest school has started back up again for year 2 this term. 2N will go first on Tuesday 15th June and 2J will be the following week, Tuesday 22nd June. Please send your child to school with their clothes for forest school.
  • As you may know, there is also plans for our school to have a reflection garden. Mrs Strand would love some ideas and inspiration for how we can utilise the space. If your child would like to contribute, please get them to complete a sketch/picture of their ideas and send in after half term. 
  • May we also remind you to please order your child's lunch the day before, to avoid disappointment as the kitchen staff order enough for the orders that have come in. Many thanks.

 

Key dates:

Forest school 2N: Tuesday 15th June

Forest school 2J: Tuesday 22nd June

Swimming 2J: Monday 14th June

Swimming 2N: Monday 21st June

Friday 28th May

 

English

This week we have been building up to our big write! We all chose and research an African animal we would like to write about. We then planned our fact-files and use our plans to write up a fact file full of information we had learnt about the African animal we had chosen. Next term our English focus will be on James and the Giant Peach.

 

Maths

We have been continuing learning how to add and subtract 1-digit numbers using sticks, stones and number-lines. We will continue with this next term and will also be moving on to adding 2 digit numbers together.

We have also been learning about non-unit fractions of shapes, for example, shading 2/3 of a shape. Next term we will be learning about equivalent fractions.

 

History

We have been researching a female explorer called Mary Kinglsey. We learned about her life and produced a timeline showing the events of her life. Next term we will continue learning about explorers.

 

Important messages

  • PE will continue as normal every Friday. Please send your children in with full PE kits which are: Fermor PE T-shirt, black/blue joggers, black/blue shorts, black/red/navy PE jumper for the colder weather.
  • Next term we will be starting swimming back up again. You should have now received a letter explaining what children need to come in with on their swimming day and what each class' swimming dates are. If you have not received this letter, please let your class teacher know.
  • As you may know, there is also plans for our school to have a reflection garden. Mrs Strand would love some ideas and inspiration for how we can utilise the space. If your child would like to contribute, please get them to complete a sketch/picture of their ideas and send in after half term. 
  • May we also remind you to please order your child's lunch the day before, to avoid disappointment as the kitchen staff order enough for the orders that have come in. Many thanks.

 

Key dates:

Make the rules day - 28th May

Swimming (dry week) for both classes - 7th June

Friday 21st May 2021

 

English

This week we have been learning about meerkats and looking at some non-fiction fact files about meerkats. We started by looking at various fact files about African animals and then eventually wrote our own fact-file about a meerkat using all we had learnt. Next week we will be writing a fact-file about an African animal of our choosing. 

 

Maths

This week we have been learning how to add a 2 digit number to 1 digit number using tens and ones to help us. At first we used manipulatives to solve the addition problems, then we moved on to drawing sticks (tens) and stones (ones) to help us. We focused on how this helps up cross ten in the ones. We have also learnt about unit fractions, which are fractions with a 1 as the numerator. Next week we will be looking at division as the inverse of multiplication and looking at adding 2 digit and 1 digit numbers together and non-unit fractions.

 

History

This week we have been learning about the explorer Christopher Columbus. We spoke about his discoveries and also how even though someone is significant it doesn't always mean all the things they have done are good.

 

RE

This week we continued learning about Eid and how Muslims celebrate this special day. We watched some videos that showed different families celebrating Eid and then we wrote a 'three in a bed' poem about the events of Eid, which means writing three words in one line. 

 

Music

This week we listened and played some African music! We looked at some different African instruments and then had a go at playing these whilst our partners set a beat with their feet.

 

 

Important messages

  • PE will continue as normal every Friday. Please send your children in with full PE kits which are: Fermor PE T-shirt, black/blue joggers, black/blue shorts, black/red/navy PE jumper for the colder weather.
  • Next term we will be starting swimming back up again. There will be a letter to follow soon. As you may know, there is also plans for our school to have a reflection garden.
  • Mrs Strand would love some ideas and inspiration for how we can utilise the space. If your child would like to contribute, please get them to complete a sketch/picture of their ideas and send in after half term. 
  • May we also remind you to please order your child's lunch the day before, to avoid disappointment as the kitchen staff order enough for the orders that have come in. Many thanks.

 

Key dates:

Virtual fire safety talk - 24th May

Make the rules day - 28th may

Friday 14th May

A huge thank you from all the year 2 team for all the junk that was sent in for our junk modelling flowers and plants. The children had a fantastic time and created some wonderful masterpieces! 

English

This week we have been looking at the story Meerkat Mail and have made some predictions, written about character feelings, described the settings in the story, clarified new words and answered some questions about it. We have also watched a fantastic short film involving meerkats called Catch It and wrote some expanded noun phrases about the meerkats and used conjunctions to compare the characters from the film to the ones in Meerkat Mail. Next week we are looking at non-fiction texts about wildlife.

 

Maths

This week we have been learning how to divide by 2 and 10 and looked at numbers that are odd and even all the way to 100. We have also been learning how to recognise a third of shapes and find a third of amounts using bar models. Next week we will be learning how to divide by 10, add a 2-digit and 1-digit number and unit fractions.

 

Geography

This week we have been learning more about the continent Africa. We looked at a map of Africa and found lots of countries within it, 54 to be exact! We then learnt about the country Nigeria and wrote some descriptive sentences using geographical language. Next week we will be focusing on History, learning about some explorers.

 

RE

This week, as it has been Eid we have been learning about how Muslims celebrate the end of Ramadan. We then worked in pairs to create some full moons  and crescent moons! Next week we will be learning more about how Muslims celebrate Eid.

 

Science

This week we have been creating some amazing flower models using junk! We made sure we had all the main parts of the flower in our creations. Next week we are learning about roots and their purpose.

 

Important messages

PE will continue as normal every Friday. Please send your children in with full PE kits which are: Fermor PE T-shirt, black/blue joggers, black/blue shorts, black/red/navy PE jumper for the colder weather. We all enjoyed our PE lesson together on the field today and have also been pleased to use the field for our break times too (with a picture included) - please remember to send in an extra pair of wellington boots to remain in school during the term to avoid damp toes!  During these year group sessions together we will be observing their interactions in preparation for the mixing of classes ready for September.  We will also be talking about this change to the children over the next weeks and will give them many opportunities to select friends that they wish to be placed with next year.  Please speak to your children to prepare them for the transition to Year 3 and speak to us if you have any concerns or considerations.

 

Key dates:

Virtual fire safety talk - 26th May

Friday 7th May 2021

The children had a fantastic day celebrating number day! The day was full of plenty of practical and hands on activities and ended on a high of eating our fraction biscuits!! Thank you for all the wonderful Maths accessories!!

 

English

This week we have been continuing our learning on non-fiction texts, focusing on writing fact-files. We completed our collaborative fact file on Mark Beaumont and then moved on to learning about the famous explorer Ibn Battuta. We read some facts about Ibn in Guided Reading and highlighted a lot of new words that we learnt the defintion of, like Mecca and pilgrimage. We then wrote up some facts we could remember about Iban and wrote these under specific sub-headings. Next week we will be reading the story Meerkat Mail and making predictions and writing descriptions.

 

Maths

This week has been a very Maths filled week with Number day! We continued our learning on division by looking at how to share objects into equal groups and how t his corresponds to a division sentence. We then learnt how to recognise a third by looking at showing a third on different shapes. Number day was full of a times tables tournament between classes, scavenger hunt on the field to find number bonds to 10, 20 and 100, creating pictures using 2D shapes, coin rubbings, making fraction biscuits and finished with different Maths related PE exercises: timing ourselves doing different activities, adding with quoits, finding the multiplication sentence and matching answer on cones and counting how many chest passes we can do! Next week we will be continuing with division and fractions.

 

Science

This week we looked at the process of cress maturing by ordering pictures and writing a sentence for each picture. Next week we will begin creating our own plant/flower out of junk modelling!

 

RE

This week we learnt about the month of Ramadan and what this teaches Muslims about compassion. We wrote some sentences about what Muslims do during the month of Ramadan and watched a video of a family explaining what happens. Next week we will be learning about Eid-ul-Fitr.

 

History

This week we learnt about what makes a person 'significant'. We recapped our knowledge on Florence Nightingale and Neil Armstrong and why they are considered 'significant'. Next week we will be returning to Geography, learning about the continent Africa.

 

 

Important messages

PE will continue as normal every Friday. Please send your children in with full PE kits which are: Fermor PE T-shirt, black/blue joggers, black/blue shorts, black/red/navy PE jumper for the colder weather. We all enjoyed our PE lesson together on the field today and have also been pleased to use the field for our break times too (with a picture included) - please remember to send in an extra pair of wellington boots to remain in school during the term to avoid damp toes!  During these year group sessions together we will be observing their interactions in preparation for the mixing of classes ready for September.  We will also be talking about this change to the children over the next weeks and will give them many opportunities to select friends that they wish to be placed with next year.  Please speak to your children to prepare them for the transition to Year 3 and speak to us if you have any concerns or considerations.

 

Key dates:

Bring in junk modelling to make 3D flowers - week beginning 10th May

Virtual fire safety talk - 26th May

Friday 30th April 2021

The week beginning 10th May, the children will be making some 3D flowers. To do this, we kindly ask you to send your child into school with materials to enable them to do this. Things like: string, card, straw, foil, straws. If the items chosen could be sent in, in a named bag please. Many thanks for your help with this.

 

English

This week we have been learning about non-fiction texts, specifically focusing on fact-files. We have been reading a fact-file about a man called Mark Beaumont who set himself lots of bike riding challenges, particularly cycling around the world in 79 days! We then looked at a variety of other fact-files, highlighting the features: title, sub-headings, pictures, facts/fun facts, paragraphs, text boxes. We had a go at writing some questions we would ask Mark if we were to interview him. We then researched to see if we could find answers to any of these questions and wrote up these facts onto a fact-file about Mark with our partner. Next week we will be finishing our fact-files and then moving on to learning about Ibn Battuta. 

 

Maths

We have been continuing learning about fractions, focusing on how to find a quarter or a number or amount. We used pictures to find a quarter and had a go at using the 'find half, then half it again' method. We also used sharing a number or amount into four equal groups. We had a go at using money to half and then quarter. We have also finished up our learning on multiplication by looking at some multiplication word problems and doubling numbers up to 20 and beyond. Next week we will be learning about thirds and division.

 

Science

This week we looked at the results of our experiment! Both classes were very surprised to see that the cress that was put in the dark grew the most! We wrote up the results of the cress that had water and no water, the cress in light and dark and the cress in the heat and cold. 2J's cress definitely grew the best! Next week we will be looking at the process of germination and growth of cress.

 

RE

This week we have continued our learning about Islam, hearing some Islamic stories involving the Prophet Muhammad and how we would describe the Prophet in the stories. Next week we will be learning about the month of Ramadan.

 

Geography

This week gave been recapping our knowledge of the seven continents of the world and the five oceans. We have been looking at the continent of Europe and some of the countries that make up Europe. We then looked at some landmarks in Europe and what a landmark is. Then we organised some landmarks into those with human features and those with physical features. Next week we will be learning about the continent of Africa and significant individuals in History.

 

Important messages

PE will continue as normal every Friday. Please send your children in with full PE kits which are: Fermor PE T-shirt, black/blue joggers, black/blue shorts, black/red/navy PE jumper for the colder weather. We all enjoyed our PE lesson together on the field today and have also been pleased to use the field for our break times too (with a picture included) - please remember to send in an extra pair of wellington boots to remain in school during the term to avoid damp toes!  During these year group sessions together we will be observing their interactions in preparation for the mixing of classes ready for September.  We will also be talking about this change to the children over the next weeks and will give them many opportunities to select friends that they wish to be placed with next year.  Please speak to your children to prepare them for the transition to Year 3 and speak to us if you have any concerns or considerations.

 

Key dates:

Number day - 7th May

Bring in junk modelling to make 3D flowers - week beginning 17th May

Virtual fire safety talk - 26th May

Friday 23rd April

 

English

This week we have launched into our new topic 'We are Explorers'! We began the week listening to a snippet of the story 'Around the world in 80 days' where we wrote up some predictions of what we thought might happen next. We then highlighted some words we did not know the meaning of like: announced, despite, exactly, butler, acrobat, coast and we have looked at the definitions of these words. Next week we will be learning about a man called Mark Beaumont and his adventures and looking at writing fact-files. 

 

Maths

We have continued our learning on multiplication and fractions. This week we have been learning how to use arrays to write repeated additions and multiplications. We have also been learning how to recognise a quarter of a shape and how this means it is 1 out of 4 equal parts. Next week we will be looking at doubling, division and finding a quarter of amounts and numbers.

 

Geography

This week we have been learning about the 7 continents and the 5 oceans of the world. We labelled a map and learnt about the equator and what this means for continents near and far away from it. We then made some ocean collages to represent the 5 oceans of the world. We also had an exciting trip to Africa this week, we had our own boarding passes and passports and checked in on a flight to Africa, watching the journey on the big screen! Next week we will be learning about the continent Europe.

 

Science

This week we have continued learning about plants. We have focused on the word 'germination' and what this means. We wanted to experiment what plants needed to germinate. We have conducted an experiment this week to see if the cress seeds will germinate without water, with heat and with light. We will check on the cress seeds every day to see what happens. Next week we will be looking at the findings of our cress experiment.

 

RE

This week we have launched into our topic of Islam and our key RE question this term is: How do Muslims show Allah is compassionate and merciful? We wrote up some questions we would like to find out this term and then listened to the story of The Crying Camel and wrote about what this teaches Muslims about compassion to animals.

 

Important messages

PE will continue as normal every Friday. Please send your children in with full PE kits which are: Fermor PE T-shirt, black/blue joggers, black/blue shorts, black/red/navy PE jumper for the colder weather. We all enjoyed our PE lesson together on the field today and have also been pleased to use the field for our break times too (with a picture included) - please remember to send in an extra pair of wellington boots to remain in school during the term to avoid damp toes!  During these year group sessions together we will be observing their interactions in preparation for the mixing of classes ready for September.  We will also be talking about this change to the children over the next weeks and will give them many opportunities to select friends that they wish to be placed with next year.  Please speak to your children to prepare them for the transition to Year 3 and speak to us if you have any concerns or considerations.

 

Key dates:

Number day - 7th May

Virtual fire safety talk - 26th May

Friday 26th March 

 

English

This week we have been continuing our learning on Jim and the beanstalk. We have used a planning sheet to plan out our own version of the story by changing two of the items the giant asks Jim for. We also noted down any key words and phrases we wanted to include in our versions of the story. We have been writing these up this week using all we have learned!

 

Maths

This week we have continued learning on multiplication, division and fractions. We have been learning how to use the multiplication symbol by looking at arrays and repeated addition. For example, if we had an array the represented 2 lots of 5, this would be written as: 5+5=10 then 2x5=10. We have also been halving quantities and numbers, looking at how we can use pictures and counters to support us. We then looked at some larger numbers and practised partitioning a number into tens and ones to help us half it. For example - 24: 20+4, half of 20=10, half of 4 =2, 10+2=12. 

 

Science

We have been continuing learning on plants and had a look at the progress of our radish seeds and discussed in our groups the changes. We then checked in on the tulip bulb too! We discussed seed dispersal, focusing on seeds in fruit. We learnt about how seeds are dispersed to re-grow else where. We then predicted how many seeds were in different pieces of fruit, we looked at: a pear, a satsuma, a pea pod, a tomato and an apple. We wrote down our predictions, then we open them up and had a look how many there were and to see how close our predictions were!

 

RE

We have been looking at the key question 'why does Easter matter to Christians'. We have learned about the events of Holy week and acted these out. We then looked at the parable of Zacchaeus and how salvation came upon him due to the decisions he made to ask for forgiveness. We linked these to changes we would like to make in our lives, like helping with chores around the house.

Friday 19th March

 

English

This week we have been continuing to explore fairytales. We have read two new versions of Jack and the Beanstalk, titled: Molly and the Beanstalk and Jim and the Beanstalk. We have been enjoying comparing these stories and finding similarities and differences between them. We have been writing sentences using conjunctions like: and, or, but and subordinations like: when, if, because. Finally, we wrote about our own opinions of the three stories, writing down which was our favourite and why and what we liked about it. 

 

Maths

We have been continuing our learning on multiplication and division as well as fractions. We have been learning about 'arrays' and what this means and counting how many are in a column and a row and how we use arrays to write a repeated addition sentence and a multiplication sentence. We have also been drawing our own arrays and testing our partners to work out the repeated addition and multiplication sentence! In fractions, we have continued learning about one half and have been investigating how to fold an oblong in half in different ways.

 

Science

This week we had a look at the progress our radishes had made that we planted last week! We discussed in our groups what changes had happened and took a picture of its progress. We then spoke about the differences between planting a seed and planting a bulb and that a bulb provides its own food, which is why tulips and daffodils re-grow after the Winter. We then wrote sentences about the life cycle of an onion and a tulip.

 

Design and Technology

This week we have begun our project on puppets in preparation for making our puppets at home! We have been learning about puppets, how they are made, how they are used and why they are used. We looked at a variety of puppets and chose our favourite, we then draw a picture and wrote about it, explaining what it is made from and why we liked it. This then helped inspired us to design our own puppet, which had to based on a fairytale character.

Friday 12th March

 

Year 2 have had a fantastic first week back in school! We have had a lot of exciting events this week! To name a few: a mysterious crime scene in the library, planting radishes, nature walks, working with clay and Fermor book day! 

 

English

This week we have continued our learning on the well know story of Jack and the Beanstalk. To our surprise we came in to find there had been a crime committed in the library! We could see mysterious footprints from a human and an animal and some golden beans had been left on the ground! We wrote a recount of what we had seen to help us find out who could have done this! Next week we will be looking at different version of this traditional tale. 

Maths

This week we have begun learning about multiplication and division, focusing on recognising equal groups, making equal groups and adding equal groups. We have also continued learning about fractions, focusing on the fraction one half. Next week we will continue looking at these topics.

Art

We have had lots of exciting art projects this week! First, we created some nature stamps in clay by collecting pieces from the woodlands to print into some clay, which created some really effective pieces. Then we created some 'wild' pictures, using photographs of the Ashdown Forext for inspiration. To create this we used oil pastels and chalk. We also were inspired by the Fermor book day story - The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse. We created some wonderful self portraits using a straw as a quill and black paint to create a drawing similar to the illustrations in the story. 

 

Thursday 17th December 2020

 

We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy new year! We will see you in 2021!

 

Important information 

  • PE will take place on a Friday, alternate depending on if your child's class is doing forest school that week. Swimming for year 2 will not be happening for the last two weeks of term as there is a lot to fit in from now until then. Swimming will continue for year 2 in term 3, 2J will be the first week back. Thank you for your understanding. 
  • Forest school will not be taking place in term 3 for year 2.
  • Krispy Kreme doughnut day will take place on Thursday 17th December. The forms were given in November and should have all been handed in already.
  • If you purchased a nativity CD, this will be handed out at the end of the day today (Thursday 17th December).
  • We will be watching the movie the BFG next term on the first week back as our English writing is based upon this story. Any issues or queries with this, please let us know. Thanks.

 

English

We had a very exciting start to our week this week as we had Andrew the fire investigator in to demonstrate how the Great Fire of London spread so quickly by burning our 17th century houses! We had a fantastic time listening about fire safety and telling Andrew all that we had learnt about the fire of London. We then wrote up about our day using exciting adjectives and verbs.

 

Art

We have had a VERY art week, creating Christmas cards, wreaths and calendars!

Friday 11th December

 

Thank you so much for all the costumes that were sent in and the support and patience as we filmed and produced the nativity in a very different way than previous years. We hope you enjoy watching it when we have finalised the finishing touches! Thanks again, from the year 2 team. The children's big homework project this year was to make a 17th century house and we are so impressed with how these have turned out!! The children have clearly spent a lot of time and effort on these and are very proud of their creations! We would also like to let you all know that we are able to still do class Christmas cards this year, but only to children within our classes. These will be put in our class post box and given out at the end of term to allow time for them to decontaminate. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation with this. Please let your child's class teacher know if you would like a class list.

Important information 

  • PE will take place on a Friday, alternate depending on if your child's class is doing forest school that week. Swimming for year 2 will not be happening for the last two weeks of term as there is a lot to fit in from now until then. Swimming will continue for year 2 in term 3, 2J will be the first week back. Thank you for your understanding. 
  • Forest school will not be taking place in term 3 for year 2.
  • Both Christmas dinner and Father Christmas' grotto will be on Wednesday 16th December. There has been an email sent out regarding booking your child in for the grotto. Please ask your child's class teacher if you are unsure on what this is. 
  • Krispy Kreme doughnut day will take place on Thursday 12th December. The forms were given in November and should have all been handed in already.

 

English

This week we have been finishing and editing our diaries of the Great Fire of London, inspired by Samuel Pepys' diary. We have also looked at acrostic poetry and what these look like and how you write one. We have written one for the word Winter. 

 

Maths

We have been adding and subtracting a two-digit number to a one-digit number this week using manipulatives and number-lines to support us with this. We have also continued learning about money by comparing amounts using the < > or = symbols that we learnt about last term.

 

Art

Year 2 have had a very creative week this week, getting into the festive spirit! We have completed some wonderful Christmas symmetry, calendars and the letter Y to be put out in the advent calendar at the front of our school!

Friday 4th December

Thank you so much for all the costumes that have been sent in this week! We have been overwhelmed with wonderful costumes and the children are so excited to wear their costume in the coming days! Please do not worry if your child has not got a costume for their part, we have been able to supply children without, with one. Thank you for you support with this, from the year 2 team. We would also like to let you all know that we are able to still do class Christmas cards this year, but only to children within our classes. These will be put in our class post box and given out at the end of term to allow time for them to decontaminate. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation with this. Please let your child's class teacher know if you would like a class list.

Important information 

  • PE will take place on a Friday, alternate depending on if your child's class is doing forest school that week. Swimming for year 2 will not be happening for the last two weeks of term as there is a lot to fit in from now until then. Swimming will continue for us in term 3, 2J will be the first week back. Thank you for your understanding. 
  • Forest school be finishing next Friday, the 11th December for 2N. 
  • Christmas jumper day is taking place on Friday 11th December for the Save the Children charity.
  • Both Christmas dinner and Father Christmas' grotto will be on Wednesday 16th December. There has been an email sent out regarding booking your child in for the grotto. Please ask your child's class teacher if you are unsure on what this is. 
  • Krispy Kreme doughnut day will take place on Thursday 12th December. The forms were given in November and should have all been handed in already.

 

English

This week we have been learning about how to write a diary, using Samue Pepys diary of the Great Fire of London as our inspiration. We have been acting out the events of the fire over the five days as well as interviewing each other as if we were there. We have been focusing on how to write in the past tense to support us in writing our diaries, which will also feature lots of past tense verbs as well as adjectives. Next week we will be editing our diaries and writing an acrostic poem about Winter.

 

Maths

We have continued with our learning on addition and subtraction as well as money. At the beginning of the week we were looking out how to calculate 10 more and 10 less than a number, we used our 100 squares to help us. We then related this to adding and subtracting tens in a vertical format. In money, we have been counting and adding a mixture of pounds and pence. Focusing on adding the pounds first then the pence and writing it as follows: £4 and 17p. Next week we will continue with adding and subtracting vertically with a two digit number and a 1 digit number as well as continuing with money.

 

Science

We have continued our learning on materials, focusing on metal and plastic and how there are different types of these materials. For example, the plastic used to make our rulers and the plastic used to make our chairs and which plastic has to be stronger and why. We looked at a variety of objects made of these materials and spoke about why they had to be made from plastic or metal. 

This weeks learning!

Friday 27th November 

You may now be aware that a letter was sent home in contact books on Tuesday regarding roles in the upcoming nativity. As you can imagine, the nativity will look very different this year due to the current situation. To be able to continue to keep the nativity running we will be filming both classes doing separate roles, giving them all a part unless they have said otherwise. Please refer to the note in your child's contact book about the part they have and if you have any costume/s at home that link to their part, these would be greatly received, by Tuesday if possible. If not, please do not worry but just let us know as soon as possible and then we can supply your child with a costume if need be. Many thanks, year 2 team.

Important information 

PE will take place on a Friday, alternate depending on if your child's class is doing forest school that week. As you know, swimming sessions for year 2 will now take place on a Tuesday afternoon. 2N will be swimming this coming Tuesday, Tuesday 1st December. 2J will swim the following Tuesday, Tuesday 8th December. Please ensure your child has a full swimming kit, including swimming hat, costume and towel, goggles are optional. As they can no longer borrow items due to the current situation, so it means they will not be able to swim without the full kit. Forest school will continue taking place on a Friday, alternate weeks for each class. However, this will run differently this week2N will have forest school the following Friday, Friday 11th December. If your child is in Forest and Brook they will be attending the morning session, please send them in, in their forest school clothes (warm, waterproof coat, old, warm clothes, waterproofs, wellies, hat, scarf, gloves, etc.) If your child is in Warren and Ghyll they will be attending the afternoon session, please send them to school in their uniform and pack their forest school clothes for them to change into. Many thanks.

 

English

This week we have continued linking our writing to the Great Fire of London. The children have really enjoyed exploring adjectives using their sense and imagining what it would look/smell/feel/sound like. Using these adjectives they have written some wonderful pieces of descriptive writing about the Great Fire of London, making sure they were writing verbs and adjective in the past tense, whilst also including expanded noun phrases! Next week we will be looking at how to write a diary, using Samuel Pepys' diary as an example.

 

Maths

This week we have continued learning about bonds to 100, this time looking at tens and ones. For example: what do you add to 49 to get to 100? We used our 100 square initially to help us first, counting down in tens then across in ones until we got to 100. Then we were able to see the relationship between the two numbers, for example: you would add 51 to get to 100, as the when you add the ones (9+1=10) they are a number bond to 10, then because of this we drop one when adding the tens, so the tens will make 9 (4+5=9). We have also begun learning how to add 3 single digit numbers by finding the bond to 10 first if there is one, for example: 6+5+4=, find the bond to 10 so 6+4=10, then add the 10 to what is left, 10+5=15. Sometimes this isn't always the case so children have to use their problem solving skills in this scenario! We have also continued our learning on money, counting in pounds using notes and coins. Next week we will be subtracting 3 single digit numbers and counting in pounds and pence.

 

Science

This week we have been looking at the words: bend, stretch, squash and twist. We each ahd a chunk of salt dough to experiment these words with and realised that with salt dough you can do them all and they stay like it for all except for when you stretch it, it breaks! We then had a go at doing all these four words with a variety of materials to see which ones could do it and stay that way and which ones can't. We then discussed in our classes why this was the case and would it be a good thing if all materials could do those things. Next week we will be looking at materials and their uses.

 

History

This week we have looked at some artefacts that were found after the Great Fire of London and that can still be seen today in the Great Fire of London exhibition at the Museum of London. We watched a clip of someone discussing the items and where they were found. We then matched the picture with the correct description.

 

This weeks learning!

Friday 20th November

 

Important information 

PE will take place on a Friday, alternate depending on if your child's class is doing forest school that week. As you know, swimming sessions for year 2 will now take place on a Tuesday afternoon. 2J will be swimming this coming Tuesday, Tuesday 24th November. 2N will swim the following Tuesday, Tuesday 1st December. Please ensure your child has a full swimming kit, including swimming hat, costume and towel, goggles are optional. As they can no longer borrow items due to the current situation, so it means they will not be able to swim without the full kit. Forest school will continue taking place on a Friday, alternate weeks for each class. 2J will have forest school this coming Friday, Friday 27th November, 2N will be the following week on 4th December. If your child is in Forest and Brook they will be attending the morning session, please send them in, in their forest school clothes (warm, waterproof coat, old, warm clothes, waterproofs, wellies, hat, scarf, gloves, etc.) If your child is in Warren and Ghyll they will be attending the afternoon session, please send them to school in their uniform and pack their forest school clothes for them to change into. Many thanks.

 

English

This week we have been learning about how to write a newspaper report. We looked at examples of a newspaper report of the Great fire of London. We then pretended we were reporters and interviewed our talk partners, asking them questions about the fire. We used all of our questions to support us in writing up our own newspaper reports of the events! Next week we will be looking at descriptive writing, linking it to our topic.

 

Maths

This week we have been learning about number bonds to 100 and how number bonds to 10 and 20 can help us solve these. For example, 4+6=10 can help us solve 40+60=100 and 4+16=20. We have also been learning about money and how to add pounds in notes and coins together and write the correct symbol in the correct place.

 

Science

This week we have continued learning about materials and the terms 'man-made' and 'natural'. We looked at a variety of materials and grouped them into natural and man-made and spoke about how the natural materials have been made. We then dug further by looking at how some materials began natural but then were manipulated and turned into a man made material - glass is a good example of this. 

 

Geography

This week we continued looking at famous landmarks in London through the story 'Katie in London'. We listened to the story of all the landmarks Katie visited and then we ordered these landmarks and wrote the names of them next to them. We then mapped out Katie's journey on a map of London.

 

Friday 13th November

 

We have had a fantastic first week in year 2! Very busy with swimming and forest school for 2J with Children in Need day wearing spots thrown in on top! Thank you for all of the kind donations to support this important charity.

 

Important information 

PE will take place on a Friday, alternate depending on if your child's class is doing forest school that week. As you know, swimming sessions for year 2 will now take place on a Tuesday afternoon. 2N will be swimming this coming Tuesday, Tuesday 17th November. 2J will swim the following Tuesday, Tuesday 24th November. Please ensure your child has a full swimming kit, including swimming hat, costume and towel, goggles are optional. As they can no longer borrow items due to the current situation, so it means they will not be able to swim without the full kit. Forest school will continue taking place on a Friday, alternate weeks for each class. 2N will have forest school this coming Friday, Friday 20th November, 2J will be the following week on 27th November. If your child is attending the morning session, please send them in, in their forest school clothes (warm, waterproof coat, old, warm clothes, waterproofs, wellies, hat, scarf, gloves, etc.) If your child is attending the afternoon session, please send them to school in their uniform and pack their forest school clothes for them to change into. Many thanks.

 

English

This week we have continued learning about how to write instructions, focusing on writing instructions on 'How to make a Tudor House' to support us in our big project for this term. We watched a video of someone showing us how to make one, carefully planned our instructions thinking about key vocabulary that we had learnt about previously such as: beams, thatch, hinge, window pane, window frame, door. Then we wrote up our instructions using all we had learnt and edited them. Next week we will be learning about diary writing.

 

Maths

This week we have continued with addition and subtraction and money. We begun the week learning about how a number bond to 10 can help us solve a similar one to 20. For example: 6+4=10 can help you work out 16+4=20 as you are adding a ten. It also helps us when solving problems like 7+2=9....17+2=19. Next week we will be moving on to number bonds to 100. In money, we have been looking at counting and adding pence. We have been adding different amounts using different pence coins and making sure we use the correct sign. Next week we will be counting and adding pounds (coins and notes).

 

History

This week we have been diving head first into the Great Fire of London! We looked at the events of the historic event such as: how long the fire burned for, key people, and areas in London that were destroyed. We ordered these events, looking carefully at the days they happened at the time of day too. Next week we will be looking at artefacts found in the remains of the fire.

 

Geography

This week we looked further into London by looking at the various landmarks around London. The children absolutely loved this session as they could apply places they have seen in London to what they were learning. We labelled various landmarks and linked this to our History by recalling which landmark was close to be destroyed and which was partly destroyed in the fire. We then located these landmarks on a map of London.

 

Science

This week we began our learning on everyday materials by looking at a variety and describing the properties. The children came up with brilliant words like 'flexible' and 'fragile'. The children then worked in groups to group the materials and the rest of the class had to guess how they grouped them. 

We have had a fantastic first week in year 2! Very busy with swimming and forest school for 2N with pyjama day thrown in on top! Thank you for all of the kind donations this week to support fundraising for our school.

 

Important information 

PE will take place on a Friday, alternate depending on if your child's class is doing forest school that week. As you know, swimming sessions for year 2 will now take place on a Tuesday afternoon. 2J will be swimming this coming Tuesday, Tuesday 10th November. 2N will swim the following Tuesday, Tuesday 17th November. Please ensure your child has a full swimming kit, including swimming hat, costume and towel, goggles are optional. As they can no longer borrow items due to the current situation, so it means they will not be able to swim without the full kit. Forest school will continue taking place on a Friday, alternate weeks for each class. 2J will have forest school this coming Friday, Friday 13th November, 2N will be the following week on 20th November. If your child is attending the morning session, please send them in, in their forest school clothes (warm, waterproof coat, old, warm clothes, waterproofs, wellies, hat, scarf, gloves, etc.) If your child is attending the afternoon session, please send them to school in their uniform and pack their forest school clothes for them to change into. Many thanks.

 

English

This week we have begun our new topic, focusing on writing instructions. It made sense that the first set of instructions we looked at was washing our hands, as we have become pros this year! In our pairs, we ordered a set of pictures and then wrote instructions next to each picture, using an imperative verb which is a bossy word like: turn, put, get. We then created poppies this week ahead of Remembrance Day next week and have written some instructions on how we did this. Focusing on time connectives and imperative verbs. Next week, we will continue with instruction writing.

 

Maths

This week we have begun with a quiz on the two new topics we are learning - addition and subtraction and money. We had a lesson on addition and subtraction this week, looking at creating number families using three numbers in a part-whole model. For example: The number 5, 4 and 9 can be written as two addition sentences 4+5=9 and 5+4=9. We have also had a lesson on money this week, recapping on recognising coins and notes. Next week we will continue looking at number families and number bonds to 10 and 20. We will also be adding amount in pence and pounds and using the correct symbol.

 

Art

This week we have created some beautiful paper plate poppies, ahead of Remembrance Day next week. You can see our wonderful creations above in the slideshow of pictures this week.

 

History

It was very exciting as we begun learning about the Great Fire of London! The Museum of London held a live stream session for us where we got taken on a tour of all the artefacts and were told about the fire, how it started, how long it burned for and how they got it under control. We were then given the opportunity to ask any questions we had! Next week we will be ordering the events of the fire.

 

Science

This week we have begun our new topic of materials. We spoke as a class what we knew already and lots of us came up with all the materials we could recall from previous learning. Then we came up with our own questions to do with what we wanted to find out this year. We had some fascinating questions like: Why does metal rust? and How is glass made from sand? We can't wait to experiment this term and hopefully find some answers! Next week we will be sorting materials.

Our plan perspectives of our classroom!

Friday 23rd October 

 

Thank you so much for all the fantastic home learning that has been sent in this term! The children have loved looking at each other's islands and clearly enjoyed making them with you too!

Important information 

PE will take place on a Friday.  As you know, swimming sessions for year 2 will now take place on a Tuesday afternoon. 2N will be swimming the first Tuesday back after half term, the 3rd November. 2J will swim the following Tuesday, Tuesday 10th November. Please ensure your child has a full swimming kit, including swimming hat, costume and towel, goggles are optional. As they can no longer borrow items due to the current situation, so it means they will not be able to swim without the full kit. Forest school will also be starting next term on a Friday. 2N will have their first forest school session on Friday 6th November, 2J will be the following week on 13th November. If your child is attending the morning session, please send them in, in their forest school clothes (warm, waterproof coat, old, warm clothes, waterproofs, wellies, hat, scarf, gloves, etc.) If your child is attending the afternoon session, please send them to school in their uniform and pack their forest school clothes for them to change into. May thanks.

 

English

This week we have been looking over or stories and finishing off any parts that we hadn't completed and editing our punctuation, grammar and spellings using a purple pen. We have also written up about our exciting Scottish cellideh, explaining all the things we learnt and what our favourite part was.

 

Maths

This week we have been completing our learning on place value by representing numbers on blank number-lines but estimating where we think a number would go. We have also been on a 3D shape hunt looking at all the 3D shapes we could find in our environment, which our islands proved very helpful for! We also grouped 3D shapes based on the amount of faces they had. 

 

History

This week we have been looking at timelines again, but in relation to our own time at school. As we are in such an important part of history this year, we wanted this to be documented in our timeline. We drew a timeline from when we started Reception to starting year 2.

 

Geography

This week we have been learning about plan perspectives. We had a fantastic time looking at an aerial photograph of our classroom and creating a plan perspective of it using lego. The pictures of our creations can be seen above.

 

Friday 16th October

 

Friday 23rd October we will be hosting a Scottish Ceilidh for the children within school! This will be a mini celebration to round up all the Katie Morag learning we have done this term. Children will get to learn some traditional Scottish dances as well as trying some yummy Scottish treats! Please could you send your child into school dressed in any tartan clothes they may own, if not blue and white to match the flag works too! Many thanks.

Important information 

PE will take place on a Friday.  As you know, swimming sessions for year 2 will now take place on a Tuesday afternoon. 2J will be swimming this coming Tuesday, the 20th October. 2N will swim the first Tuesday after half term, Tuesday 3rd November. There were a lot of children missing pieces of their swimming kit, like goggles and swimming hats. Please make sure your child has a full swimming kit for their session as they can no longer borrow items due to the current situation. Many thanks.

 

English

We had a VERY exciting start to our learning on Monday! Mrs Saunders came in to tell us all that she had been walking her dog at Brighton beach and came across a teddy bear that had been washed ashore. We weren't sure whose it could be as Katie had found her bear! So, we created some found posters to see if they owner will come forward! This week we have been continuing with the story Katie Morag and Tiresome Ted. We have been diving further into the story by looking at the character Ted and changing it to our own character. We decided on our new character then 'boxed up' and story mapped the story which included our new character! We then wrote our own version of the story which we will be finishing off and editing in purple pen next week.

 

Maths

We have continued learning about 3D shape, we even had a go at making some out of polydron which we enjoyed! We have been focusing on vertex and vertices and counting these on a variety of 3D shapes. We have also been learning about comparing numbers using greater than and less than and using the symbols < > = correctly. We have been comparing numbers to 100 and also number sentences. Next week we will be representing numbers on number-lines and going on a 3D shape hunt and sorting 3D shapes.

 

Art

We have created some beautiful coastal scenes to match our topic. We used wax resistance, water colour and papers to create the finished product! Above, you can see some pictures of the background before we added the buildings. 

 

Science

We have continued with living things and habitats and looked at the photos of our micro-habitat hunt we did last week. We then though of some adjectives to describe the habitats we found.

 

Home learning

The home learning we have recieved so far has been AMAZING! There are some pictures above of all the ones that have come in at the moment. Next week we will be the last week for this. Thanks so much for all the effort put into these island projects.

Friday 9th October 2020

 

Important information

 Please see the 'home learning star' to find the 'big project' for the term as well as weekly spellings for your child. Thank you so much for the home learning we have had in so far, the children are very proud of their creations and have enjoyed talking to their peers about it. PE will take place on a Friday.  As you know, swimming sessions for year 2 will now take place on a Tuesday afternoon. 2N will be swimming this coming Tuesday, the 13th October. 2J will swim the Tuesday after, the 20th October. There were a lot of children missing pieces of their swimming kit, like goggles and swimming hats. Please make sure your child has a full swimming kit for their session as they can no longer borrow items due to the current situation. Many thanks.

 

English

This week we have thoroughly enjoyed reading and comprehending this sotry 'Katie Morag and Tiresome Ted'. We begun the week with our usual predictions, where we predicted what would happen to a very grumpy Katie Morag next! Then we learnt about verbs and writing in the past tense and present tense. We used clever verbs like 'crashing' when talking about the waves Katie Morag threw Tiresome Ted into. We have also written some descriptive sentences using adjectives like 'shiny' to describe the sea in a picture from the story. Some of us even managed to write some expanded noun phrases, where we could write a descriptive sentence with more than one adjective in. Next week we will be continuing with this story, focusing on building up to writing our own version.

 

Maths

This week we have continued partitioning and combining numbers into tens and ones in different ways. We are looking at how to represent 2 digit numbers through addition sentences by identifying the tens and ones in a number and then transferring this to addition. For example: 84 has 8 tens and 4 ones, the addition sentence would be 80+4=84. We have also begun to move beyond this at how we can add tens and ones in a different way by starting on a different tens number. For example: 84 can also be represented by 50+34=84. We have still been learning about shape, focusing on 3D shape this week and identifying the names and properties of common 3D shapes. We have been counting the 2D faces and edges you find on 3D shapes. Next week we will be comparing numbers using the greater than, less than and same as symbols (< > =). We will also continue learning about 3D shapes, focusing on vertex, vertices and sorting them.

 

Science

We had another exciting week in science because we have been learning about micro-habitats. We learnt that the word 'micro' means small, so this helps us remember that a micro-habitat is a small habitat. We discussed in depth what animals would live in a micro-habitat and learnt about the difference between an insect and a mini-beast and that they are also known as 'invertebrates' which means they do not have a skeleton. We then went out into our forest area on a hunt for micro-habitats! As you can see from the pictures, we found lots and had a great time doing it! Next week we will be looking into our findings in greater detail.

 

Geography

This week has been focused on they key vocabulary we need to know for our topic this term. We spoke in great detail about what they word 'coast' means and the difference between a 'cliff' and a 'mountain'. We then drew pictures define each word. Some of us had a go at writing a sentence to define them! Key words: beach, cliff, coast, forest, mountain, sea, ocean, vegetation, farm, house, harbour, shop.

This weeks exciting learning!

Friday 2nd October 2020

 

Important information

 Please see the 'home learning star' to find the 'big project' for the term as well as weekly spellings for your childPE will take place on a Friday. Thank you for sending in PE kits to stay in school, nearly all of the children have bought one in! As the weather is getting cooler and we are still able to do PE outside when it is not wet, can we kindly ask you to send in some black joggers and jumper for PE outside please. Many thanks. As you know, swimming sessions for year 2 will now take place on a Tuesday afternoon. 2J will be swimming this coming Tuesday, the 6th October. 2N will swim the Tuesday after, the 13th October.

 

English

This week we have been continuing with the Katie Morag stories, focusing on 'Katie Morag and the Wedding'. It was all very exciting as we recieved a letter from Granma Mainland and Neilly Beag, inviting us to their wedding!! We looked carefully at the letter and wondered what more we needed to find out about the wedding before we responded. We did some role play where one of us pretended to be Granma Mainland and Neilly Beag and asked them questions about the wedding, focusing on using question marks. We then included our questions into our letter replies and focused on how we write a letter. Next week we are beginning a new Katie Morag story called 'Katie Morag and Tiresome Ted'.

 

Maths

This week we have continued learning about place value and shape. We have been coming away from partitioning numbers using manipulatives and pictures and focusing more on what the tens and ones stand for in a number. We have then begun linking our tens and ones knowledge to addition sentences. For example: 41 has 4 tens and 1 one, this can be written as 40+1=41. We have continued using the part-whole model to help us represent two digit numbers using this method. In shape, we have been identifying 2D shape in everyday objects. With our partner, we used our observational skills to look around the room and notice objects that had a 2D shape, being careful to make sure they were 2D and not 3D! We have also been sorting different 2D shapes into groups, we looked at shapes with 4 sides and shapes not with 4 sides. Next week we will continuing looking into representing tens and ones into addition sentences and will be learning about 3D shapes.

 

Science

This week we have been focusing on coastal habitats and the plants and animals that live there. This linked nicely with our Katie Morag topic and Geography learning! We had a look at a picture of a coastal scene, thinking about what animals and plants would be living in the sea, sand and cliffs. We then had a go at drawing a picture of a coast and drawing in the animals and plants and labelling them. Next week we will be exploring and describing micro-habitats.

 

Geography

This week we have been looking at aerial photographs and how they inform map perspectives. We then looked at the map of the Isle of Struay and identified different human and physical features. We had a go at plotting the human and physical features onto a blank map of the Isle of Struay and coming up with a key to represent them. Next week we will be focusing on the geographical vocabulary we need for this topic.

 

Art

This week we have had a great time focusing on wax resistance in the coastal pictures found in the Katie Morag stories. Inspired by Mairi Hedderwick we used candles to create a wax resistance water colour painting of the sea in the stories.

Friday 25th September

 

Important information

 Please see the 'home learning star' to find the 'big project' for the term as well as weekly spellings for your childPE will take place on a Friday. Thank you for sending in PE kits to stay in school, nearly all of the children have bought one in! If you haven't managed to send your child with theirs yet, please send them in with one before Friday next week, the 2nd of October. As the weather is getting cooler and we are still able to do PE outside when it is not wet, can we kindly ask you to send in some black joggers and jumper for PE outside please. Many thanks. There will be no swimming for either classes next week as it is a 'dry week' to allow time for the swimming teachers to assess the children. The children will be taking part in a 'swim safety' session next Thursday but will not require any kit for this.

 

English

We have continued with all things Katie Morag this week by learning how to summarise the story Katie Morag Delivers the Mail using our best descriptive writing to convince others to read it too! We have read a new Katie Morag story titled 'Katie Morag and the Two Grandmothers'. We met a new character, Granma Mainland and have written some descriptive sentences about both Grandmothers and have tried comparing them using these words: or, and, but, when, if, that, because. Next week we will be continuing with the Katie Morag stories.

 

Maths

This week we have begun learning about place value, focusing on the tens and ones in a 2 digit number. First we looked at numbers to 20 and have used different manipulatives to represent these numbers like place value counters, 'sticks and stones', counters, part whole model and ten frames. We then moved on to representing numbers to 100 still using manipulatives and seeing how we can calculate the tens and ones in a number. We have also started learning about shape this week, focusing on 2D shape. We recapped our knowledge on names and features of common 2D shapes and then have had a go at drawing them using a ruler and dotted paper. Next week we will continue with place value to 100 and 2D shapes.

 

Science

This week we have continued with our topic 'Living things and their Habitats' and have focused on the question - 'What is a habitat? We looked at a variety of habitats like a forest, field, pond, sea and discussed animals that live there and why they might live there. We learnt that animals rely on things their habitat provides for them like food, water, shelter. We then arranged a group of animals into the four different habitats and found some could live in more than one! Next week we will be learning about seaside habitats to match our topic work and Katie Morag.

 

Topic work

In Geography we have been looking at aerial photographs and how these help to create maps. We looked at situations we would need a map and how aerial photographs help people design maps for an area. We all had an aerial picture of our school to look at and write what human and physical features we could see. We then wrote some descriptive sentences about what we could see in other aerial photos and tried to match the ground view photo to the aerial photo. Next week we will be learning about features of a map.

We have also done some art this week, looking at different artistic works on coastal scenes, to match our Katie Morag stories. We looked at the different human and physical features we could see in the paintings and wrote some descriptive sentences about then. We then had one painting to copy and sketch ourselves, focusing on the brush strokes we could re-create with our pencils.

 

Friday 18th September

 

We have had another busy week in year 2 where we have been introducing all the new topics we will be covering in the different subjects this year! Please see the 'home learning star' to find the 'big project' for the term as well as weekly spellings for your child. 

 

Important information

PE will take place on a Friday. Thank you for sending in PE kits to stay in school, nearly all of the children have bought one in! If you haven't managed to send your child with theirs yet, please send them in with one before Friday next week, the 25th. 

Swimming will only be for 2N this week, to do assessments. You should have recieved a letter about how this will run for the next two weeks. 2N will need to bring a swimming kit in with them on Thursday 24th. 

 

English

We have begun the first of many Katie Morag books this week titled 'Katie Morag Delivers the Mail'. We started the week predicting what we think might happen next after Katie has fallen into the water. We then continued the story to see if our predictions were correct and discussed new words we were unsure of like 'Bay' and 'hectic'. We also discussed and wrote about what Katie may have been thinking as she fell into the water and what we would have done if we had made the same mistake as Katie. Next week we will be continuing with the Katie Morag Delivers the Mail story by expressing out views on the story and then moving on to a different Katie Morag story.

 

Maths

This week we have been focusing on our number knowledge, starting with numbers to 20, then 50, then 100! We have been doing lots of counting forwards and backwards to 100, as well as counting in 2s, 5s and 10s! We have been filling in missing number-lines and noticing whether or not the numbers have been getting smaller or greater. We have also been learning how to spell number words to 100 by using our word mats to help us and playing games like bingo! Next week we will be moving on to place value within 20, then 50 an then 100. We will be using different manipulatives and pictorial representations to show how many tens and ones are in a number.

 

Science

We have begun our new topic this week about living things and their habitats. There was lots of discussion about what we already know about this topic and what questions we would like to investigate and answer throughout the term. We then spoke about how we know something is living, dead or never been alive. We went out into our outdoor forest area and found different items to investigate to decide what category they fell into. Next week we will be researching more into what a habitat is.

 

Topic work

In Geography we are focusing on the UK and our local area, using the Katie Morag stories as a useful stimulus to provide geographical language. This week we went for a walk around our grounds to discuss natural and man-made things around us and how we knew. Next week we will be looking at aerial photographs.

In History we are focusing on timelines. This week we discussed the timelines of our own life and completed our own. 

 

 

 

Friday 11th September

 

Welcome to our year 2's first newsletter of the new academic year! Here you will find out what exciting learning we have been doing this week, events coming up, exciting stuff and important information that you need to know. 

 

Important information

PE will take place on a Friday. Thank you for sending in PE kits to stay in school, nearly all of the children have bought one in! If you haven't managed to send your child with theirs yet, please send them in with one before Friday next week, the 18th. 

Swimming will only be for 2J this week, to do assessments. You should have recieved a letter about how this will run for the next two weeks. 2J will need to bring a swimming kit in with them on Thursday 17th. 

Reading books and changing these will look a little different this year, due to the circumstances. The children will be given two books at the beginning of the week to read throughout. These will then be changed Friday with them being sent home with a book to read for the weekend. We will not be sending any books home at the weekend if we haven't recieved the two books sent home on Monday. Books will need to be sent back in once read, so that we can change them. Otherwise we will assume these have not been read.

 

First week back!

This week has been full of fun and excitement! The children have been full of big beaming smiles all week and have loved being back in school, in their new classrooms with their friends! They have settled in really well and are getting used to the new routines and structure of their day. We have been completing a lot of 'getting to know you' type activities. Talking about our Summer holidays, things we are good at, what makes us happy and places we might have visited in the UK to get us ready for our learning on the UK this term. We have also introduced our 'Zones of Regulation' which is all about different emotions and understanding our feelings throughout the day. The children have responded brilliantly to these activities and have enjoyed working on them.

 

Next week

Next week we will beginning our new topic titled 'Time Team'. This will be focusing on the UK, learning about routes, directions, maps and our local area. We will also be incorporating the wonderful Katie Morag stories by Mairi Hedderwick, which is set in Scotland. These stories will be the focus of our English lessons throughout the term. In Maths, we will looking at numbers to 100 and having a go at counting to 100 forwards and backwards and in steps of 2, 5 and 10. We will also be having a go at spelling some number words! Our Science topic this term is about living things and their habitats. Identifying what things are living, what things are dead and what things were never alive.

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