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Year 2 - 2J & 2N

27.03.20  Newsletter

A message to all of our parents. 

 

Dear Parents,

The Year 2 Team would like to thank you for your support and positivity this week. We understand how much of a challenge this new learning situation is and will be, for many of you whatever your circumstances but we have been truly amazed by the fantastic attitudes to learning – both the

children’s and yours. The team have really enjoyed seeing the photos, videos and work uploaded – especially the puppets!  

 

English and Maths

Well done for all the work on the revision booklets, some children have already completed them! You are now able to find the Easter sentence dice template on the website that was omitted from the packs when we gave them out.  We were so impressed with the maths learning of fractions and loved the way that one child then painted fractions and shapes on her shed, with parents’ permission of course!  We have been thrilled to hear that you are using websites and work books to reinforce your times tables knowledge.  One particular activity we have seen that supports the understanding of addition, multiplication, subtraction and money is setting up a snack bar – something we can all enjoy doing. If you add times that it is open, that supports their understanding of telling the time and duration.

We have also seen many fantastic stories written in the style of traditional tales, retelling or creating their own.  Well done to those who have used purple pen to edit and improve their punctuation and spelling in these pieces.  We will be sending out some marking feedback on a weekly basis regarding what we have seen.  Keep up the amazing reading too.  We would like to be able to record a story time session but are unable to do this due to copyright legalities. 

 

Other areas of learning

We have seen many creative projects, including the fabulous puppets and puppet theatres but we are also very impressed by all the other arty things that you have been sharing – an entire solar system model, artworks to hang in your windows, colouring, posters supporting the NHS, beautiful prayers and much more.  We have also enjoyed seeing the science learning whilst you have all been outside in the glorious Spring weather, such as planting seeds, painting flowers, collecting data and observations of growth like tadpoles growing.  Similarly, the P.E. activities outside and inside have delighted us also.  Keep up the great work!

Friday 20th March

This week has been an unusual week for us in year 2, as it has for everyone. We have kept the week as in routine as possible with continuing our learning on fairy-tales, division, time and plants. However, the last two days have been full of preparation, fun, care and friendship. We have endeavoured to make this transition to home learning as smooth as we possibly can, by providing you with a pack of all the learning needed for the next two weeks and a year group email to communicate with us via. We will be in contact with you via our new year group email  with any updates of work. You should, by now, have recieved a test email from us that you can use to send any work your child has done through. We really look forward to seeing all the work they are doing so we can celebrate with them as if we are there! 

 

Today was difficult but full of hope and laughter! As a key stage we have created rainbows to put in your windows at home to give people hope as they walk by. Your children really did enjoy making these and are excited to make others feel hopeful too. 

 

We will be in contact with you regularly about the learning that will be taking place during this time and will continue to update our newsletter weekly. We will hopefully see you all soon!

Take care, from the year 2 team.

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Daily Mile for Sport Relief

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Re-telling the story of Elves and the Shoemaker

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Friday 13th March

Science

We have been conducting an experiment this week which involved planting cress. Once we had planted our cress, we had to decide where we were going to leave our cress. Some left them by the window, some in a dark cupboard, some in other rooms with normal room lighting. We then wrote down what our method was and our predictions based on what we know about plants so far. We are going to water them three times a week and check on them daily.

 

Maths

We have continued learning about time, focusing on o'clock and half past and the passing of time. We are working hard on drawing the hands on the clock carefully, making sure the hour hand is shorter than the minute hand and that we are using a ruler to keep it straight. We have also continued with division by sharing into groups and dividing the whole amount by how many are in each group. We have then related this back to multiplication and have written the corresponding multiplication sentence to match.

 

English

We have been looking at the traditional tale 'Elves and the Shoemaker'. We asked some questions after looking at the front cover and then listened to the story and put together a script with actions to help us remember it. We have re-told the story through drama and 'boxed' it up by writing a few sentences to sum up the different parts of the story. We then wrote a report to explain to people what had been happening in the shoemaker's workshop.

 

Diary dates for our year group

  • Swimming continues for 2N this term every Tuesday afternoon. Thank you to all those who have volunteered, we could not do it without your support.
  • Forest school starts this term.

Dates for 2J: March 18th, April 1st. 

Dates for 2N: March 25th.

  • Home learning is at the top of our newsletter for this term. This will be a big project to last the whole term and can be handed in throughout. Deadline will be Tuesday 31st March.

Friday 6th March 2020

Learning Journey

We have been introduced to the next part of our learning journey topic 'growing healthily'. This term will be a design and technology focus which will be evaluating, designing and creating a functional puppet. We will be learning about puppets, their uses and the different types. This will then help us to create our very own puppet through textiles. 

 

English

This week we have continued with learning about fairy tales, focusing on Jack and the Beanstalk. We looked at a different version of this classic called 'Mickey and the Beanstalk'. We made predictions, drew story maps and wrote our own version of the tale. We have also looked at the picture book 'Tuesday' as this was our book focus for World Book Day this week. We made predictions and re-told the story with new characters.

 

Maths

This week we have begun learning about time, recapping how we can tell the time to the o'clock and half past the hour. We have spoken a lot about the minute hand and the hour hand and how to be extra careful with the hour hand when telling the time to half past the hour. We have introduced quarter past and quarter to and will continue to do lots of work on this. We have also continued with learning about division, focusing on sharing an amount into equal groups and writing the division sentence to match. We have been drawing number lines to help us work it out.

 

Diary dates for our year group

  • Swimming continues for 2N this term every Tuesday afternoon. Thank you to all those who have volunteered, we could not do it without your support.
  • Forest school starts this term.

Dates for 2J: February 26th, March 18th, April 1st. 

Dates for 2N: March 11th, March 25th.

  • Home learning is at the top of our newsletter for this term. This will be a big project to last the whole term and can be handed in throughout. Deadline will be Tuesday 31st March.

The nurses visited us to tell us about how we can stay healthy!

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Friday 28th February 2020

Learning Journey

Our topic this term will still be titled 'Growing Healthily' but will focus on plants and be a science and design and technology based term. We will be learning about plants, how they grow and what they need. We will also be evaluating,designing and making puppets. More information to follow. The homework project for this term has been updated, please see the top of the newsletter for information.

 

English

We will be focusing on fairy tales this term, specifically Jack and the Beanstalk. We have begun our topic this week by designing a front cover with key characters, settings and words used in traditional tales. We have also created a comic strip for the Three Little Pigs story. We had an exciting start to our topic with an 'incident' in the KS1 library, where there were some mysterious foot prints, mess, books and some golden beans!!

 

Maths

We have moved on to learning about division and time. We have started division this week, focusing on sharing between 2, 5 and 10 and writing a division sentence to show this. For example, share 20 sweets between 10 plates = 20÷10=2.

 

 

Friday 14th  February

English

In English the children have explored poetry, creating a nonsense poem about items in a Giant’s Rucksack and reading AA Milne’s poem ‘Forgiven’.   They have all been given a copy of this poem and will need to learn it in time for the church service when they will recite a verse each.  This is a requirement of the Year 2 curriculum as well developing a bank of known poems and rhymes which they can recite from memory and compare.  You can help your child learn the poem but also extend their interest by sharing poetry books or discussing your favourite rhymes and verses.

Maths

The children have completed the unit of learning on multiplication and as an end of term activity they participated collaboratively to find clues and solve the anagram.  They will be moving on to division next term and then revising all areas in preparation for the SATs in May.  You can help your child by practising their 2s, 5s and 10 x tables facts so that they are able to recall these quickly but also link the division facts.  A helpful website which we use for this and other basic maths calculations is https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10 Please keep working on this over half term.

Topic

They have loved sharing their home learning about Mary Seacole and we have completed the history topic now.  They will continue to learn ways to stay healthy which included knowledge of the food groups and how to have a balanced diet as well as health and hygiene practises.  In science they have learnt about “Mrs Gren” – an anagram to remember the needs for living things.  They will begin to learn about plants in term 4 so look out for those buds and shoots that should be appearing soon!

Diary dates for our year group

  • Nurses from the School Health Service will be coming into the classes on Thursday 27th to speak about healthy eating.
  • Swimming starts for 2N on Tuesday February 25th 
  • Forest school starts this term. 

Dates for 2J: February 26th, March 18th, April 1st. 

Dates for 2N: March 11th, March 25th.

  • World Book day is on March 5th and we are encouraging the children to dress up as character from their favourite book if they wish.  Don’t forget to bring the book that their character belongs to, ready to “Drop Everything And Read!”
  • Year 2’s Church worship is coming up on March 4th. Please come and support the children.

Home Learning - Mary Seacole Project! We have had some AMAZING work sent in, thank you so much for all of your efforts! More to add next week!

Bingo!

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Acting out Florence's life

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Friday 7th February

 

Year 2 have been busy learning more about Florence Nightingale! We had a special visitor in called Anna, a nurse, who spoke to us about the conditions at Scutari hospital and answered all the questions we had. She was very helpful and it was so exciting speak to a real nurse about what the hospitals were like then! We then acted out Florence's life and sequence it using all the years, from when she was born to when she died. We also used our knowledge on adjectives, expanded noun phrases and suffixes to write a description about Florence.

 

Maths has been continuing with multiplication using arrays and practising counting in 2s, 5s and 10s! We have also continued learning about the fraction 1/4. We even got to play some bingo!

 

Diary dates for our year group

  • Please return PE kits that were taken home after the Multi-skills event for their PE lessons on Tuesday and Thursday.

  • Swimming for 2J is Tuesday. Thank you to the voluntary helpers for their continued support which mean that the lessons can take place.

 

 

 

 

Road safety magic show!

Friday 31st January 2020

English

We have been continuing learning how to write expanded noun phrases and use suffixes. We have created our own giant character this week and have been writing a description for him or her. We have also wrote our own piece of 'free writing' where we got to write about whatever we wanted to! 

 

Maths

We have started learning about quarters this week and how to split something into 4 equal parts. We have continued learning about multiplication through arrays.

 

KS1 got to watch an exciting magic show all about how to stay safe on the road. We learnt the magic words - stop, look, listen, think and learnt about all the different types of crossings and what the traffic lights mean. 

 

Diary dates for our year group

  • Please return PE kits that were taken home after the Multi-skills event for their PE lessons on Tuesday and Thursday.

  • Swimming for 2J is Tuesday.  Thank you to the voluntary helpers for their continued support which mean that the lessons can take place.

 

 

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Friday 24th January

Learning Journey

The children enjoyed working collaboratively to produce a timeline of events from Florence Nightingale’s life.  We reminded them that there is a picture of Florence included in the Fermor History Wall and that they need to understand that she was working when Fermor School had been established prior to the Victorian period.  They also learnt about the changes in hospitals before and after Florence.  They had a go creating the type of lamp she would have used.

English

In English this week the children have described the BFG using expanded noun phrases, words with suffixes and similes.  They are going to create their own imaginary giant next week and describe that by writing a detailed description.  You can support them by describing family members using expanded noun phrases for them to think about who it is.  The board game “Guess who” is a helpful way to reinforce the descriptive vocabulary.  We have also been using practice assessment papers to enable us to identify areas for development in reading and maths, so that we can set these as targets and help the children prepare for the SATs “quizzes” in May. 

Maths

In maths we are continuing our learning about fractions and the commutative rule in multiplication.  They have attempted a range of questions represented in different ways to find answers.  This is in order to build their resilience for the “quizzes” in May.  It also provides assessment information about their reasoning and problem solving skills.  You can support this by asking them to “prove it” when doing a maths question; for instance - Which is the correct way to write a calculation?  20 = 5+5+5+5 or 5+5+5+5=20 or perhaps 4 x 5 = 20.  Discuss your answer.

Diary dates for our year group

  • Please return PE kits that were taken home after the Multi-skills event for their PE lessons on Tuesday and Thursday.
  • Swimming for 2J is Tuesday.  Thank you to the voluntary helpers for their continued support which mean that the lessons can take place.
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Friday 17th January

Science

It is the RSPB big bird watch from 25th – 27th January and as were are learning about living things at the moment, it is a great opportunity to study, count and record the type of birds that visit our school site.  To encourage them to venture into the playground the children made bird feeders to hang in the trees.  It was a very sticky and enjoyable activity!  For more information check out

https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/ 

and perhaps complete a count at home as a home learning activity.

English

In English this week the children have continued to study character descriptions and this time we are learning about words that have a suffix e.g. ing, ed, es, er, est, ful, ment, less, ness etc. They have been spotting suffixes in their reading and using them in sentences.  You can support their learning by looking out for these words in the environment or when reading stories together.  The children have spellings that are based on these and will begin to understand the rules when adding this spelling pattern to root words.   Next week we will be applying are skills to describing the BFG himself – we know that they will thoroughly enjoy that.

Maths

In maths we are deepening our understanding of multiplication.  The children have been recognising, representing equal groups and recording them as sentences such as “2 lots of 5”, 5 + 5, 2 X 5 = 10.  This also helps them to understand the concept of equal parts of fractions which they are learning about at the beginning of the week.

Information and diary dates

  • 2J welcome Miss K Di Tella, a final placement student teacher for terms 3 and some of term 4.  I am sure the children have already spoken to you about her.
  • Early morning booster groups are continuing as last term.  Please speak to us if there is a question about these.
  • The Multi-skills sports festival will take place on Thursday 23rd at Beacon for those children who have already been selected.  Unfortunately, we were unaware in the randomly selected group that some of them did not get the opportunity to attend last year and therefore some have missed their chance to go again.  Please accept our apologies, we will ensure that your child attends in the summer term.  For those selected, please return the consent slips as soon as possible.  If you do not wish your child to take part, then when we have that in writing we will be able to take ones on the waiting list.
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Friday 10th January

Learning Journey

The children thoroughly enjoyed the stunning start art activity at the beginning of Term 3 where they had to create their own dream jar for future dreams and goals.  They are all very inspired by our new learning journey and class reader - The BFG by Roald Dahl.

English

This week the children have begun to read and learn parts of The BFG in their English lessons.  They have used ‘Talk for Writing’ actions to memorise the descriptive phrases that Roald Dahl uses to create his characters so well.  They are learning to identify nouns and adjectives in character descriptions and worked hard to produce their own expanded noun phrases.  You can support them at home by reading stories with good quality character descriptions and discussing words and phrases that capture their attention.  Next week we are moving on to using words with suffixes in our expanded noun phrases.

Maths

In maths lessons the children have been linking multiplication sentences to repeated addition and using their knowledge to solve problems involving “skip counting”.

You can practise this skill at home counting in steps on each finger.  They are expected to be secure with all the 2s, 5s and 10s multiplication facts as well as being able to skip count in 3s and the odd number sequence too. They are also learning about fractions and how they show equal parts of a whole.  Please clarify the following words with your children to support their learning and ensure they understand the vocabulary of multiplication, division and fractions:  groups, sets, lots, rows, columns, arrays, total, equal groups, multiply, multiplication, times tables, tables square, repeated addition, parts, whole, half, quarters, three quarters, thirds, denominator, numerator.

 

Science

Our new science topic is about living things and having a healthy lifestyle.  We have set up a ‘clinic’ in the role play area.  If you have any unwanted toys that would be appropriate for them to use in the role play such as a doctors kit or an old pair of bathroom scales we would be happy to borrow them for this term.  Similarly, we are learning about the life and work of Florence Nightingale.  If you are a nurse or work in the medical profession, it would be lovely if you could come in to talk to the year group about your role.

Diary dates for our year group

  • Early morning booster groups are continuing as in Term 2.
  • Church is on Wednesday 15th January  (Year 2’s Church service will be on March 4th)
  • Swimming is on Tuesday afternoon for 2J and offers of help would be gratefully received.
  • Multi skills sports at Beacon for selected children is 23rd January, if you received a letter please return this by 17th Jan.  Again offers of help would be gratefully received. Those children not selected this time will have the opportunity to attend later in the year.

 

Thank you for your continued support

Thursday 19th December

We have had a very packed week this week, including: arts and crafts, a pantomime, burning our 17th century houses with the fire fighters, parent book look and Christmas lunch! We have had a great time and have got a lot done before the Christmas holidays!

 

Thank you so much for all our presents and cards, we feel spoiled rotten and can't thank you enough! We hope you all have a very merry Christmas and a happy new year! Enjoy the festivities! We will see you in 2020! From Miss Newman, Mrs Jeffs, Mrs Oram and Mrs Garner. 

London's burning!!

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We had a great time burning our 17th century houses on Monday! The fire fighters were excellent and keeping us safe and the fire under control, whilst also making sure we got lots from the experience and asked us lots of questions about what we had learnt this term! We were amazed with how quickly the fire spread as the houses were so close together, just like they were in 1666 London. We even got to have a go inside the fire truck!

Thank you so much for all the wonderful 17th century house creations! They look amazing and the children are very proud of them and excited to burn them!

Friday 13th December 

What a week we have had! If you managed to come along to our nativity on Thursday or Friday we hope you enjoyed the performance as much as we did! They were all absolutely fantastic and worked so hard to achieve the performances that they did. We are beaming with pride as I'm sure you all are too! Thank you ever so much for all the kind donations of outfits for your child to wear, everyone looked wonderful and it was great to see huge effort being made! 

 

We have also used all we have learnt in english and history this term to write our diary entries, which were inspired by Samuel Pepys and our class text Fire cat. We had to write as if we were there focusing on using the correct tense, date writing, description and writing in the first person. Some of us were even able to include some new vocabulary we have learnt this term from the variety of books we have read or had read to us. 

 

Important Message

PE will take place every Tuesday morning (if they are not swimming) and Thursday afternoon. There will be NO swimming or forest school this week! Next term it will be 2J swimming again on Tuesday afternoon. We need volunteers for swimming to take place, therefore, if you would like to volunteer please speak with the office regarding getting a DBS check. Many thanks to all those who have signed up for volunteering with swimming, it could not happen without you. 

Important dates for our year group

Monday 16th December - watching the pantomime - 10.30 AM - 12 PM

Monday 16th December - burning the houses - 1.30 PM

Wednesday 18th December - Christmas lunch

Wednesday 18th December - Parent book look - 9AM

 

Friday 6th  December

We have had a very exciting week this week full of all things Christmas! We started the week learning about money and how we add up amounts and subtract to get 'change'. We have also had another look at past tense and how there can be words that are irregular because they don't have the suffix -ed, for example 'ran'. We have also written some incredibly descriptive writing about the great fire of London in preparation for our diary writing next week! We have had another vocabulary lesson and matched some new words to definitions from our class read: Fire cat. The words we learnt were: quill, scorched, journal, gusty wind, great bellows fanning the fire, tugged, plague, moat, pouncing, firewood, fuss and flurry, splattered. 

 

Our nativity has been taking a lot of our time up but we can't wait to share this with the school and parents next week. We have worked so hard and are very proud of what we have achieved! 

 

Important Message

PE will take place every Tuesday morning (if they are not swimming) and Thursday afternoon. Forest school has now begun and is taking place on a Wednesday morning, alternative weeks for each class. If it is your class taking part in forest school, group 1 must arrive in forest school clothes (old warm clothes, coat, wellies, hat, scarf, gloves) and bring their uniform in a clearly named bag. Group 2 bring their forest school clothes in a clearly named bag and come into school in their uniform. Swimming will take place on a Tuesday afternoon and 2N will be swimming this term (term 2) and 2J will swim again next term (term 3). We need volunteers for swimming to take place, therefore, if you would like to volunteer please speak with the office regarding getting a DBS check. Many thanks to all those who have signed up for volunteering with swimming, it could not happen without you. 

Important dates for our year group

Tuesday 10th  December - 2N swimming

Wednesday 11th December - 2N forest school

Thursday 12th December - KS1 Nativity - 9.30-10.30 AM

Friday 13th December - KS1 Nativity 0 9.30 - 10.30 AM

Monday 16th December - watching the pantomime - 10.30 AM - 12 PM

Monday 16th December - burning the houses - 1.30 PM

Wednesday 18th December - Christmas lunch

Wednesday 18th December - Parent book look - 9AM

Science - sorting properties of materials

Friday 29th November

Learning Journey

We have delved deeper into the Great Fire of London this week and have been discussing more the events that panned out, when they occurred and for how long. We learnt more about Samuel Pepys and how much his diary has helped inform people of the fire today! Samuel Pepys will also be linked to our english this week as well.

Key vocabulary: fire, London, Samuel Pepys, diary, journal, date, St Pauls Cathedral.

English

This week we have begun learning about how to write a diary, inspired by the works of Samuel Pepys. We have begun with the basics, what is a diary and what do they need? We looked at an example and labelled it's featured and discussed what all diaries must have. We then begun a new class read 'Fire Cat' which is another form diary written by a fictional child called John looking for his cat Sammy. We picked up on some key vocabulary within the text and highlighted words we didn't know like: St Pauls Cathedral, fiercely, terrifying, camp, full moon, choke. We then drew pictures to define these words and tried to put them into a sentence. A good example of this was: 'The camp site was hectic'. A brilliant example that used words we have previously learnt from past texts.

Key vocabulary: St Pauls Cathedral, fiercely, terrifying, camp, full moon, choke, date, diary, journal, past tense, first person.

Maths

This week we have stuck with money adding notes and coins to make amounts. We are still practising when to use the £ and p symbol and how to write a mixture of a pound and pence total. We have also continued adding using number-lines and vertical addition, to see which method we prefer using. 

Key vocabulary: pound £, pence p, add, addition, make, equals, vertical additon, number line, number sentence, addition sentence.

Science

Continuing with our topic of materials this term we had a look at a venn diagram and how to use this. We then chose 2 properties of materials, for example, flexible and transparent and grouped some objects according to their properties. This created lots of discussion and we even managed to use our words we have learnt previously like window pane in our scientific discussion, for example, the window pane is transparent. 

Key vocabulary: object, material, properties, transparent, flexible, hard, soft, bendy, shiny, rough, gritty.

Important Message

PE will take place every Tuesday morning (if they are not swimming) and Thursday afternoon. Forest school has now begun and is taking place on a Wednesday morning, alternative weeks for each class. If it is your class taking part in forest school, group 1 must arrive in forest school clothes (old warm clothes, coat, wellies, hat, scarf, gloves) and bring their uniform in a clearly named bag. Group 2 bring their forest school clothes in a clearly named bag and come into school in their uniform. Swimming will take place on a Tuesday afternoon and 2N will be swimming this term (term 2) and 2J will swim again next term (term 3). We need volunteers for swimming to take place, therefore, if you would like to volunteer please speak with the office regarding getting a DBS check. Many thanks to all those who have signed up for volunteering with swimming, it could not happen without you. 

Important dates for our year group

Tuesday 3rd December - 2N swimming

Wednesday 4th December - 2J forest school

Thursday 12th December - KS1 Nativity - 9.30-10.30 AM

Friday 13th December - KS1 Nativity 0 9.30 - 10.30 AM

Monday 16th December - watching the pantomime - 10.30 AM - 12 PM

Wednesday 18th December - Christmas lunch

Congratulations to our year 2 acrostic poem competition winners! Their efforts are going to be published in a book!!

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Please remember to send back your consent letter as soon as possible for the acrostics to be published if you would like your child's to be included.  Many thanks.

Friday 22nd November

Learning Journey

We have dived deep into our topic this week! We begun by learning about the Great Plague that occurred in 1665 until 1666 when the Great Fire of London started. They LOVED learning about the plague and the effects that it had on people and wrote some amazing sentences to answer some questions in the learning partners. We then moved on to learning about the Great Fire and how this stopped the plague as it burnt everything that was infected to the ground. The children sequence the events of the fire into an order and we learnt about the very famous Samuel Pepys and how his diary has informed people today.

Key vocabulary: plague, Samuel Pepys, diary, bakery, fire, timber, spread.

English

This week we have incorporated our topic into English by reading a fictional story about the Great Fire of London. The children read the text carefully and picked up on new language like: reluctantly and filthy. They then answered some questions  about the text they had read. We have then begun writing up instructions on 'how to build a 17th century house' which links to the big homework task this term. The children wrote an introduction to convince other children to read their instructions if they were to ever make a 17th century house. We then wrote up a plan to make sure we are using all the key aspects and vocabulary needed for our instructions and then wrote them up neatly and proof read them independently.

Key vocabulary: reluctantly, timber, window pane, window frame, beams, shingles, imperative verbs (bossy words), time connectives (first, next, etc), list, title.

Maths

This week we have continued adding up a variety of coins and notes. We were given a selection of coins/notes to add up and wrote the total down. We then had to order different totals from the smallest to the greatest. Some of us are even starting to write amounts like £5.50p. We also have been continuing making 100, but using different numbers like 55. We used our 100 square to first identify how many tens you need to add, for example, 55 you need to add 4 tens (40) and then counted across the 100 square in ones to find the ones, for example 55 you need to add 5 ones which will then make the number bond 55+45=100. We have now begun learning about vertical addition and how using our place value knowledge supports this, for example:

   45

+   2

______

   47

We have been using a 100 square to support us when adding the ones.

Key vocabulary: pence (p), pound (£), amount, total, add, equals, subtraction, number sentence, vertical addition, tens, ones.

Science

This week we played a fun game to help us differentiate between objects and what they are made of (their material). We were given a die each and we had to roll it to identify which object we had and then repeat it to identify which material it would be made of, so you would end up with a playground made of glass. We then had to write whether this would be good or bad and explain why. This created great discussion about why certain materials do not work for certain objects.

Key vocabulary: material, object, experiment, man-made, natural, recycle.

Important Message

PE will take place every Tuesday morning (if they are not swimming) and Thursday afternoon. Forest school has now begun and is taking place on a Wednesday morning, alternative weeks for each class. If it is your class taking part in forest school, group 1 must arrive in forest school clothes (old warm clothes, coat, wellies, hat, scarf, gloves) and bring their uniform in a clearly named bag. Group 2 bring their forest school clothes in a clearly named bag and come into school in their uniform. Swimming will take place on a Tuesday afternoon and 2N will be swimming this term (term 2) and 2J will swim again next term (term 3). We need volunteers for swimming to take place, therefore, if you would like to volunteer please speak with the office regarding getting a DBS check. Many thanks to all those who have signed up for volunteering with swimming, it could not happen without you. 

Important dates for our year group

Tuesday 26th November - 2N swimming

Wednesday 27th November - 2N forest school

Thursday 12th December - KS1 Nativity - 9.30-10.30 AM

Friday 13th December - KS1 Nativity 0 9.30 - 10.30 AM

Monday 16th December - watching the pantomime - 10.30 AM - 12 PM

Wednesday 18th December - Christmas lunch

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British Value: To commemorate Remembrance Day the children discussed the true meaning of what many call "Poppy Day". They then had fun painting recycled paper plates into poppies which have been displayed on the Key Stage One British Values display board as a joint project with Year 1. We are all very pleased with how it has turned out

Poppy art and forest school!

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Poppy art and forest school! 3
Poppy art and forest school! 4
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Friday 15th November

Learning Journey

We have begun our learning on the Great Fire of London this week by a big discussion on what we know and want to know. We were very impressed with some of the facts the children already knew about it, whether it be from older siblings or research they have done because they are very interested in the topic! The children are very excited to find out more about the Great Fire of London which is lovely to see! They key words for our topic this term have been sent home in their contact books. We have also spoken about Remembrance Day this week and why we remember. We had a long worship as a whole school and also had a 2 minute silence. 

English
This week we have continued writing instructions and looked at some instructions on 'how to make a poppy'. We highlighted the imperative verbs and then added some time connectives to make them even better! We then created our own poppies and wrote instructions on how we made them. We then began looking at how to write in the correct tense. We looked at a long list of verbs and whether they were 'past' or 'present' tense. We have then begun learning some new vocabulary to prepare us for our homework project this term where we are making a house. We watched two videos of different ways to make a house we then looked at different vocabulary and matched them to the correct definition.

Key words: past, present, tense, imperative verbs (bossy words), time connectives (first, next), window pane, window frame, shingles, thatched roof, eaves, beam, timber.

Maths

This week we have been learning how to add different coins and notes and continued using the strategy of counting in twos, fives and tens. We then recorded the answer being sure to use the £ or p symbol depending on the coin or note used. We also begun answering some problem solving questions to do with money. We have also been learning about number bonds to 100 and how using number bonds to 10 helps us to solve them as you just add a '0'. Lots of us are very confident with this already and saw the pattern straight away and were able to explain this clearly.

Key words and symbols: coin, note, pence, pound, £, p, number bonds, addition, equals, subtraction.

Science

This week we have dug deeper into everyday materials. We recapped our previous learning on materials we knew and the properties of them. We then looked at pictures of different materials and talked about which were natural and which were man-made. We then discussed what different materials might be used for. For example, wood can be used for a table and a door. We then matched some materials to objects and recorded what materials made different objects in our classroom.

Key words: materials, properties, man-made, natural, glass, wood, plastic, metal, fabric, paper, card.

Important Message

PE will take place every Tuesday morning (if they are not swimming) and Thursday afternoon. Forest school has now begun and is taking place on a Wednesday morning, alternative weeks for each class. If it is your class taking part in forest school, group 1 must arrive in forest school clothes (old warm clothes, coat, wellies, hat, scarf, gloves) and bring their uniform in a clearly named bag. Group 2 bring their forest school clothes in a clearly named bag and come into school in their uniform. Swimming will take place on a Tuesday afternoon and 2N will be swimming this term (term 2) and 2J will swim again next term (term 3). We need volunteers for swimming to take place, therefore, if you would like to volunteer please speak with the office regarding getting a DBS check. Many thanks to all those who have signed up for volunteering with swimming, it could not happen without you. 

Important dates for our year group

Tuesday 19th November - 2N swimming

Wednesday 20th November - 2J forest school

Thursday 12th December - KS1 Nativity - 9.30-10.30 AM

Friday 13th December - KS1 Nativity 0 9.30 - 10.30 AM

Monday 16th December - watching the pantomime - 10.30 AM - 12 PM

Wednesday 18th December - Christmas lunch

Friday 8th November

Learning Journey

We are continuing with our learning journey, titled 'An Island Adventure' and we will be learning about the Great Fire of London. We will be beginning our exciting topic next week! However, as this week has been bonfire night, we have been learning about the history of the Gunpowder plot and why bonfire night is celebrate on the 5th November. Then we wrote up a descriptive piece of writing imagining we were Guy Fawkes in the cellar and what would be going through our mind. We have clarified new words in a piece of information text about the gunpowder plot and shared how we celebrated it. 

English

We started the week by writing sentences about our half term and produced some beautiful pieces of work. We have begun looking at how to write non-fiction pieces of text and have been focusing on how to write instructions. We focused our instruction writing on 'how to wash your hands'. We acted this out in pairs and learnt about what 'imperative verbs' are, these are bossy words, eg: pull, push, dry and 'time connectives' eg: first, then, next. We then put the instructions into a story map using pictures and tried to think of some time connectives and imperative verbs we could include for each picture. Finally, we wrote up our instructions using our story map to help us with the sequence and vocabulary.

Key words: imperative verbs, time connectives, instructions, title, list, bullet points.

Maths

We have started the week continuing our learning on money, trying to add pence and pound together, remembering to include 'p' and '£'. We have been using our knowledge of counting in twos, fives and tens to support us when making amounts. On Wednesday we began learning how to add 3 1-digit numbers together and how knowing our number bonds to 10 are crucial in supporting us with this. For example: 4+3+6=, we solve 4+6=10 then add 3=13)

Key words and symbols: number bonds, add, plus, equals, +, =, pence, pound, p, £, coin, note.

Science

We are beginning a new topic this term in science which will be 'everyday materials'. We learnt about these in year 1 and will be enhancing it further in year 2! We have been recapping what we already know about materials and came up with some scientifical questions for what we want to find out this term and how we might go about answering our questions.

Important Message

PE will take place every Tuesday morning (if they are not swimming) and Thursday afternoon. Forest school has now begun and is taking place on a Wednesday morning, alternative weeks for each class. If it is your class taking part in forest school, group 1 must arrive in forest school clothes (old warm clothes, coat, wellies, hat, scarf, gloves) and bring their uniform in a clearly named bag. Group 2 bring their forest school clothes in a clearly named bag and come into school in their uniform. Swimming will take place on a Tuesday afternoon and 2N will be swimming this term (term 2) and 2J will swim again next term (term 3). We need volunteers for swimming to take place, therefore, if you would like to volunteer please speak with the office regarding getting a DBS check. Many thanks to all those who have signed up for volunteering with swimming, it could not happen without you. 

Important dates for our year group

Tuesday 12th November - 2N swimming

Wednesday 13th November - 2N forest school

Acting out washing our hands for English

Acting out washing our hands for English 1
Acting out washing our hands for English 2
Acting out washing our hands for English 3
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Year 2's Scottish Celildh

Friday 25th October

Learning Journey

We have had a wonderful term learning about Katie Morag, the Isle of Struay and all the new geographical words we have picked up this term. We discussed all the things we had learnt this term and had a look at the questions we had at the start of the term and whether or not we had answered them. To celebrate the end of our Katie Morag topic we had a Scottish 'ceilidh' which is a traditional Scottish celebration. We tried a variety of Scottish snacks like: oat cakes, Grannie Island's 'oaties' and short bread. We also watched and listened to some scottish dancing and music and had a go ourselves!

English

Year 2 had a busy week finishing off their own versions of the 'Katie Morag and Tiresome Ted' story and have been busily re-reading their stories and editing. As the Katie Morag topic is sadly coming to an end, we decided to write a book review of the tiresome Ted story and wrote down our own opinions of the story and the reasons why. 

Maths

We have continued learning about money where we used bar models to help us make different amounts and added pounds and pennies, working hard on forming the £ symbol correctly. We then practised counting in twos and forming numbers from 0-100. 

Science

We completed our learning on animal habitats and food chains by writing about the wonderful fish art we created a few weeks ago. We used the words: producer, consumer, prey and predator and identified which was which within our art work. After this, we wrote up all the things we had learnt this term and had a look at the questions we had asked and whether we had the answers to these now.

Important Message

PE will take place every Tuesday morning (if they are not swimming) and Thursday afternoon. Forest school will begin in term 2 and will take place on a Wednesday morning, alternative weeks for each class. Swimming will take place on a Tuesday afternoon and 2N will be swimming this term (term 2) and 2J will swim again next term (term 3). We need volunteers for swimming to take place, therefore, if you would like to volunteer please speak with the office regarding getting a DBS check. 

Important dates for our year group

Tuesday 5th November - 2N first swimming session.

Wednesday 6th November - 2J first forest school session.

Friday 18th October

Learning Journey

This week we have been learning more about maps. We discussed when we have used a map and for what reason and how this helps us get around new places. We then looked closely at a map of the Isle of Struay and looked at the landmarks and places we have heard of in the Katie Morag stories. After this, we had to come up with symbols for different landmarks and put these into a key and then onto the map. Next week we will be looking at all the things we have learnt this term. This week in PSHE we have been learning about personal space and how this looks different for everybody.

English

This week has been a big week for year 2 as we have been building up to writing our own version of tiresome Ted. First we heard the rest of the story and were relieved to find out that he had made it home to Katie Morag after a long journey. We discussed the character tiresome Ted and chose him to be the character we changed, so we all designed our own character and came up with a name. After this we story mapped tiresome Ted but using our new character instead of tiresome Ted. Then we completed a 'boxing up' grid which had: beginning, build up, problem, resolution and ending. This helped us plan our story first and get key ideas down. We used our boxing up work to support our story writing and wrote our stories using our new character and all the things we had learned this term.

Words we have learnt: delighted, despair, story plan, adjectives, nouns, coordination, subordination.

Maths

This week we have moved on to number bonds to 10 and how these help us solve number bonds to 20. We started first by using a part-part whole model and then on to using the bar model. We noticed the pattern in the numbers and how once you know the number bonds to 10 this supports you in learning the number bonds to 20. We have looked at 'fact families' where you can make 4 number sentences with just 3 numbers, for example: 6+4=10, 4+6=10, 10-4=6, 10-6=4. We have also been continuing our learning on money through a selection of activities including: adding coins, using 'p' and '£', problem solving by finding different ways to make 9p and using the symbols < > or =.

Words we have learnt: number bonds, fact families, bar model, part part whole model, add, greater than, less than, equal to, the same as, penny, pound, £, p

Science

This week we have been recapping all we have learnt about habitats nad food chains. We were very fortunate to have a child bring in a wasps hive for us all to look at! Don't worry, there were no wasps inside!!

Home Learning

The home learning projects that we have recieved so far this term have been incredible! We will be having a slot next week to show off all of these projects so children can see what everyone has done. Thank you so much for your support with this and it has been lovely to see such creative islands being made!

Important Message

PE will take place every Tuesday morning (if they are not swimming) and Thursday afternoon. Forest school will begin in term 2 and will take place on a Wednesday morning, alternative weeks for each class. Swimming will take place on a Tuesday afternoon and 2J will be swimming this term and 2N next term. We need volunteers for swimming to take place, therefore, if you would like to volunteer please speak with the office regarding getting a DBS check. We also have had a guest speaker come in and talk to us about fire safety, in preparation for bonfire night. The children who wanted to take part have taken home a 'bonfire night safety poster competition' sheet to complete and bring back into school. Thank you to all the entries for the 'acrostic poem competition' these have been sent off as the deadline has passed. 

Important dates for our year group

Tuesday 22nd October – 2J swimming

Tuesday 5th November - 2N first swimming session

Friday 11th October

Learning Journey

This week we have been inundated with amazing home learning products from 3D models using junk modelling and lego, to beautifully presented drawings. Well done everyone! Remember you still have until the end of term to hand this in. Homework is at the top of the newsletter page. We will continue uploading all the different pieces we have had each week!

Many thanks!

English

This week we have continued with our Katie Morag stories and have been reading ‘Katie Morag and Tiresome Ted’. We made some predictions and had a long discussion about what the word ‘tiresome’ means. We then read a little bit more of the story and used descriptive language to describe one of the pictures. Some of us were even able to write extended noun phrases! Then the most exciting thing happened….we were recapping the story of tiresome Ted when Mrs Saunders appeared with a washed up teddy she had found on Brighton beach! We couldn’t believe it! Mrs Saunders had said she just saw it laying there when she was walking her puppy! We had so many questions to ask and wondered whether this could be the teddy Katie Morag had kicked into the sea! From this, we designed ‘lost and found’ posters which included important information to hopefully reunite the teddy with its owner.

Maths

This week we have begun learning about money. We did a small quiz to recap learning we had done and year 1 and to see where we need to go next. We have also been learning about how to solve 10 more and 10 less. We have been using our 100 square carefully to solve the problems and have begun to notice the pattern in the numbers and how you only need to look at the tens and not the ones.

Science

This week we have continued our learning on food chains in a very fun and exciting way! We created ‘fish art’ which included a shark, a small fish and some algae and how this related to a food chain. We are very proud of our creations!

Important Message

PE will take place every Tuesday morning (if they are not swimming) and Thursday afternoon. Forest school will begin in term 2 and will take place on a Wednesday morning, alternative weeks for each class. Swimming will take place on a Tuesday afternoon and 2J will be swimming this term and 2N next term. We need volunteers for swimming to take place, therefore, if you would like to volunteer please speak with the office regarding getting a DBS check. As a key stage we have made the decision to allow the children to bring in a toy from home that is small enough to fit into their pocket, eg: a notepad and pen, skipping rope, small soft ball, etc. We have said to them it must not be valuable or an electronic and must be kept safe and looked after when on the playground. If their items could be clearly named, this would help in case anything got lost during play-times.

Important dates for our year group

Tuesday 15th October – 2J swimming

Friday 4th October 2019

Learning Journey

This week we have been learning about a 'ground view' and an 'aerial view'. We looked at a variety of photographs and decided what kind of view it was and we then wrote what we could see thinking about the geographical vocabulary we have learnt so far this term and whether the features were physical or human. We matched some ground view pictures to their aerial view and then tried to think of our route to church from school and the symbols we could use and creating a key with these symbols. 

Words we have learnt: aerial view, vegetation, mountain.

English

This week we have been reading the story of 'Katie Morag and the Wedding'. We have had a very exciting week as we recieved a letter from Granma Mainland and Neilly Beag inviting us to the wedding! We then used our talk partners to think of things we need to writing in our response. We then used this to write up a reply to Granma Mainland and Neilly Beag.

Words we have learnt: subordination (because, when, if) and coordination (and, or, but), implored, frantic, preparations, fury, hurtled.

Maths

We have continued learning about shape this week, focusing mainly on 3D shapes. We worked more on the vocabulary in regards to how many faces, edges and vertices different 3D shapes have. We then made some 3D shapes out of salt dough and wrote down the properties the shape we had made had. We have also moved on to addition this week and how to use vertical addition. We learnt two VERY important steps: Step one: Add the ONES. Step two: Add the TENS. We have used our place value knowledge to add numbers together and have been learning how to record it vertically.

Words/symbols we have learnt: < > (greater than, less than) = (the same as), add, plus, vertical addition, tens, ones, place value, edges, faces, vertices.

Science

This week we have continued our learning on food chains, we started by cutting and sticking a food chain from the ocean and looked at which were the producers, consumers, predators and the prey. We then answered some questions about food chains and identified which animal or plant went where and made sure we used all the important vocabulary.

Words we have learnt: habitat, producer, consumer, predator, prey, food chain, carnivore, herbivore, omnivore.

Important Message

PE will take place every Tuesday morning (if they are not swimming) and Thursday afternoon. Forest school will begin in term 2 and will take place on a Wednesday morning, alternative weeks for each class. Swimming will take place on a Tuesday afternoon and 2J will be swimming this term and 2N next term. We need volunteers for swimming to take place, therefore, if you would like to volunteer please speak with the office regarding getting a DBS check. As a key stage we have made the decision to allow the children to bring in a toy from home that is small enough to fit into their pocket, eg: a notepad and pen, skipping rope, small soft ball, etc. We have said to them it must not be valuable or an electronic and must be kept safe and looked after when on the playground. If their items could be clearly named, this would help in case anything got lost during play-times.

Important dates for our year group

Tuesday 8th October – 2J swimming

 

Friday 27th September 2019

Learning Journey

This week we have been focusing on the geographical vocabulary that we hear within the Katie Morag stories like: beach and bay. We have been putting these words into a sentence and adding them to our working wall! We have also been doing a repeated pattern of 3 in computing using different shapes and colours, which links well to our maths learning. In preparation for Harvest, we have created some amazing observational drawings using pastels of bread. These will be shown in the church service on Wednesday! Next week we will be learning about aerial views and creating maps.

English

We have moved on this week to a new story called Katie Morag and the Two Grandmothers. We met a new character, Katie Morag’s other Grandma Granma Mainland. We listened carefully to the story and acted out the different parts using expression and key vocabulary. We then acted as the two Grandmothers and asked them questions to find out more about them to help us write up descriptive sentences about them. Then, we moved on to writing sentences using coordination: and, or, but and subordination: because, when, if. We had some great examples and worked hard when it came to thinking of new ideas.

Words we have learnt: subordination (because, when, if) and coordination (and, or, but), implored, frantic, preparations, fury, hurtled.

Maths

This week we have continued learning about numbers to 100 and focusing on place value and have been learning about 3D shapes. We started the week focusing on 3D shapes and identifying them through the number of faces, edges, vertices and the 2D shape faces it has. We have labelled some 3D shapes and counted their faces and edges. We then moved on to representing and estimating number uses manipulatives and images, we were then comparing these numbers using the symbols < > =. We have also had an activity that involved all our learning so far this term! Next week we will continue exploring 3D shape and we will be moving on to addition using place value to help us solve them.

Words/symbols we have learnt: < > (greater than, less than) = (the same as), edges, faces, vertices.

Science

This week we have continued our learning on living things but have focused on food chains. We have begun by recapping our learning on the words carnivore, herbivore and omnivore and which eats what. We then looked at examples of food chains and what the word producers, consumers, predator and prey meant and where these are in a food chain. We then had a selection of animal and plant cards and we made 3 – 4 step food chains and tried to use the vocabulary to go in the right part of the food chain. We then used the pictures cards to support us in creating a food chain right for a specific habitat. Next week we will continue our learning on food chains.

Words we have learnt: habitat, producer, consumer, predator, prey, food chain, carnivore, herbivore, omnivore.

 

Important Message

PE will take place every Tuesday morning (if they are not swimming) and Thursday afternoon. Forest school will begin in term 2 and will take place on a Wednesday morning, alternative weeks for each class. Swimming will take place on a Tuesday afternoon and 2J will be swimming this term and 2N next term. We need volunteers for swimming to take place, therefore, if you would like to volunteer please speak with the office regarding getting a DBS check. As a key stage we have made the decision to allow the children to bring in a toy from home that is small enough to fit into their pocket, eg: a notepad and pen, skipping rope, small soft ball, etc. We have said to them it must not be valuable or an electronic and must be kept safe and looked after when on the playground. If their items could be clearly named, this would help in case anything got lost during play-times.

 

Important dates for our year group

Tuesday 1st October – 2J swimming

Harvest Festival Wednesday 2nd October - Year 2 will be sharing some artworks

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Friday 20th September 2019

Learning Journey

This week we have been learning more about human features and physical features and what these words mean. We had lots of interesting discussions and spoke about what sorts of things grew naturally and what were man-made, we also noticed that some things could come under both headings, like flowers in a garden. We grouped a variety of landmarks within the UK like Loch Ness and the Roman Baths and decided whether they were a human feature or a physical feature.

English

This week we have continued with our class read of Katie Morag Delivers the Mail and have created posters aimed at other children within KS1 persuading them to read the story and why it is so good, we used different adjectives to persuade them. We then re-told the story through our role play and got into groups of three or four and acted out the story, we even tried to focus on the expression of the different characters within the story. We then story mapped it from a certain part, through to the end using pictures and arrows to sequence. After that we continued learning about adjectives and looked through a piece of the Katie Morag text and idenitifed what words were adjectives. Finally, we began learning about 'expanded noun phrases' and described a picture in the book using sentences that included adjectives. 

Maths

This week we have continued representing and estimating numbers on a blank number-line. We started by looking at a number-line to 20 and then to 100 and we estimated roughly where the number should go. We have now moved on to learning about 'Chomp the crocodile' which refers to the 'greater than' and 'less than' symbols > and <. We have learnt that the Chomp always eats the greater number as that will give him the most to eat. We compared a variety of numbers using these symbols and also learnt about the equal sign, = and that this means 'the same as' and not 'the answer'. We have also been learning about shape on Monday and Tuesday, we used geo-boards to create 2D shapes and learnt about the word 'vertices' and what this means. We then designed a picture using 2D shapes and counted the vertices on the shape.

Science

This week we have focused on which animals live in which habitats and why they are suited to the habitat they live in. We learnt that all animals get: shelter, air, food and water from their habitats. We then watched an exciting video about polar bears, pandas and a brown bears and how they live in different environments and how they have adapted to suit their environment. We then grouped a variety of animals into different habitats and wrote up which animals lived where and what they have done to adapt.

Important Message

PE will take place every Tuesday morning (if they are not swimming) and Thursday afternoon. Forest school will begin in term 2 and will take place on a Wednesday morning, alternative weeks for each class. Swimming will take place on a Tuesday afternoon and 2J will be swimming this term and 2N next term. We need volunteers for swimming to take place, therefore, if you would like to volunteer please speak with the office regarding getting a DBS check. As a key stage we have made the decision to allow the children to bring in a toy from home that is small enough to fit into their pocket, eg: a notepad and pen, skipping rope, small soft ball, etc. We have said to them it must not be valuable or an electronic and must be kept safe and looked after when on the playground. If their items could be clearly named, this would help in case anything got lost during play-times.

Important dates for our year group

Tuesday 24th September – 2J swimming

 

Friday 13th September 2019

Learning Journey

This week we have had our exciting ‘stunning start’ to our topic with a walk around our town Crowborough. We used a compass to direct us and used directional language so we knew which direction to go in. We stopped at numerous important places like: dentists, the town hall, the stream, the war memorial and Canada Green. We also went into the post office and learnt of all the things you can do there, which links well to our class read ‘Katie Morag Delivers the Mail’ as Katie lives in a post office. We used important geographical language on our trip like: vegetation, hills, houses, etc. We have now written a recount using pictures form our trip and tried to include all the language we used whilst walking round. Next week we will be investigating maps even further.

English

This week we have continued our writing based on the Katie Morag story. We stopped the story at a crucial part where Katie Morag falls into the pool beneath the Redburn Bridge. We then made predictions on what we thought was going to happen next and we drew a picture of our prediction and wrote some sentences. We have been focusing on extending our sentences using ‘and, but, because’ during independent writing. We have also done some collaborative writing describing a picture of the island where Katie lives and including adjectives to describe what Katie could see on her walk to deliver the mail. Next week we will continue with the story and will be acting it out and putting it into a story map.

Maths

This week we have continued our learning on place value of numbers to 100. We have refreshed our memories of the ‘part-whole model’ which helps us split 2 digit numbers into 2 parts, tens and ones. We have been splitting numbers into tens and ones using ‘sticks and stones’ again and writing the ‘sticks and stones’ in number form. We have been learning how to represent numbers on a blank number-line and how to make a good ‘estimation’. Our learning of 2D shapes has continued through refreshing our memory of the names and the different properties. We have been grouping a variety of 2D shapes and writing down their different properties. Next week we will continue representing numbers on a number-line and finding more out about 2D shapes.

Science

This week we have been real scientist and have been investigating our environment around us and what habitats there are. We spent some time reminding ourselves of what the word ‘habitat’ means and what habitats we can expect to find within the school grounds. We investigated and drew a variety of different habitats and which animals lived there. We then wrote up our discoveries and spent time thinking about why animals live where they do and the differences between a ‘living’ and ‘not living’. Next week we will continue learning about habitats and focus more on what makes a living thing living.

Important Message

Thank you to all who managed to come along to our ‘meet the teacher’ morning, we hope it provided you with useful information! PE will take place every Tuesday morning (if they are not swimming) and Thursday afternoon. Forest school will begin in term 2 and will take place on a Wednesday morning, alternative weeks for each class. Swimming will take place on a Tuesday afternoon and 2J will be swimming this term and 2N next term. We need volunteers for swimming to take place, therefore, if you would like to volunteer please speak with the office regarding getting a DBS check.

Important dates for our year group

Tuesday 17th September – 2J swimming

Friday 6th September 2019

Learning Journey

This term our learning journey is ‘An Island Adventure’ and we will be starting off our topic learning about the UK, specifically Scotland, through the eyes of Katie Morag and her home the Isle of Struay. This week we have been introduced to some of the characters in the Katie Morag stories and written some descriptive pieces about Katie Morag herself. We have been discussing some geographical terms like: coast, hill, mountain, sea and ocean which will come up in our learning this term. Next week we will be going on our walk around Crowborough focusing on what Crowborough has, any geographical terms we can use to describe Crowborough and looking at the post office as this is where Katie Morag and her family live.

English

This week we have begun learning about the expectations of writing in year 2, like writing the long date and using rulers to under-line. We have been catching up with another about our summer holidays and what we got up to. We then linked this to our learning on the UK this term and looked at a map of the UK and any places we visited. We have also begun learning about the purple pen and how we use this to edit our work. We have been learning about the conjunctions ‘and’, ‘because’ ‘but’. We wrote some sentences about us and what we like and tried to use some of these conjunctions. Next week we will begin learning more about Katie Morag and listening to the first book in the Katie Morag set.

Maths

This week we have begun learning about the expectations of maths in year 2, like drawing margins using a ruler. We have begun place value learning, focusing on numbers to 40. We have been reading numbers to 40 and how these are represented in a place value grid using ‘sticks’ for the tens and ‘stones’ for the ones. We have been representing numbers through objects and pictures and have challenged ourselves to go beyond 40. Next week we will continue place value but focusing on numbers to 100 and how to spell number words beyond 20.

Science

This week we have introduced our topic of animal habitats and food chains. We discussed with one another what we already knew about animals from our year 1 learning and shared our knowledge together by brainstorming. We talked about what the word ‘habitat’ meant and how do we know what different animals need to survive. We then came up with a selection of questions that we want to find out this term. Next week we will begin learning about the word ‘habitat’ and what habitats we know of.

Important Message

  • Year 2 ‘meet the teacher’ morning will take place on Friday 13th September where any questions can be answered and you can find out about important dates and information relevant to the year group.
  • PE will take place every Tuesday morning (if they are not swimming) and Thursday afternoon. Please ensure that your child has trainers for PE rather than plimsolls as they provide a better support for feet when running.
  • Forest school will begin in term 2 and will take place on a Wednesday morning, alternative weeks for each class.
  • Swimming will take place on a Tuesday afternoon and 2J will be swimming this term and 2N next term. We need volunteers for swimming to take place, therefore, if you would like to volunteer please speak with the office regarding getting a DBS check.
  • Year 2 have their walk to Crowborough on Wednesday 11th September in the afternoon, if you would like to volunteer to come along please let your class teacher know via your child’s contact book.

Important dates for our year group

Wednesday 11th September – walk to Crowborough at 1.30pm

Friday 13th September – Meet the teacher morning at 9.00am

Tuesday 10th September – 2J swimming

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