Friday 20th September 2019
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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