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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. 2N will have forest school this coming Friday, Friday 4th December, 2J will be the following week on 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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