23rd April 2019

Welcome back – we hope you all have a wonderful Easter break. We can’t believe it is the final term of the school year!

 

This week is science week and the children have been chemists, geologists and biologists. We have been asking and answering scientific questions and have found out the some amazing things! Can your children tell you the answers to these questions…

 

Can you make a dull coin shiny?

How many drops of water can you fit onto a 1 pence coin?

What living things can you find outside?

 

 

As the weather gets warmer we are hoping to be outside more. This will include PE so if you please send in some suitable outdoor shoes- otherwise we will get children to wear their normal school shoes. Thank you.

 

Pens come in packs of 10. I buy 5 packs. How many do I have?

I give 3 packs away. How many do I have left?

If your child can show us or share the answers with us they could get a team point!

 

 

This weeks words are…

move

prove

improve

sure

sugar

 

***TOMORROW*** Thursday 25th April – Year 2 Reading Event 9am – 10am in the school hall

Friday 26th April – Film Club

Tuesday 30th April – Library van is at school

 

1st April 2019

With the help of our friendly dinosaur Pantosaurus, talking PANTS is a simple way to teach your child how to stay safe from abuse. You’ve probably already talked to your child about things like crossing the road safely. Talking to them about staying safe from sexual abuse is just as easy with the PANTS rules. Click the link to watch the video but be warned- it’s very catchy! https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/underwear-rule/

 

In English we have spent the week thinking about our senses and using these to write poems about castles. The children really got into character and have written some great poems!

 

In maths we have been recapping number bonds to 10 and 20. We have talked about commutative law (4 + 6 = 1o is the same as 6 + 4 = 10) and also using this knowledge to solve simple problems. For example…

4 + 6 = 10

6 + 4 = 10

10 – 4 = 6

10 – 6 = 4

 

We have 60 cakes and 32 get eaten. 24 more get baked. How many cakes are they now? 

If your child can show us or share the answers with us they could get a team point!

 

 

This weeks words are…

after

father

plant

bath

path

 

Friday 5th April – Last day of Spring term and our parent drop in from 915am

 

Tuesday 23rd April- Back to school for the Summer term

 

Thursday 25th April – Year 2 Reading Event 9am – 10am in the school hall

 

Friday 26th April – Film Club

 

We wish you all a very happy end of term. Thank you for all of your continued support. Please enjoy a lovely relaxing break and we will see you back to school on Tuesday 23rd April. 

 

 

25th March 2019

This week in English the children have been re-writing the story George and the Dragon by Chris Wormell. WOW- is all we can say. The children have all worked SO hard to write some fantastic stories using their own characters and settings. We will be seeing lots more pen licences and writer of the week certificates!

 

In maths we have been doing some practice SAT papers to see how the children have been getting on. We have also been recapping on money- recognising the different coins and seeing how we can make the same amount using different coins (below is an example).

 

 

In ICT we learnt about computer animation –  animation is a series of still pictures put together to create the illusion of movement. We watched this short Pixar clip

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4NPQ8mfKU0&safe=active

and then used 2 animate on 2 simple to create our own short animations. Purple Mash logins are in home learning books but we also sent them home this week so they children can have a go at home.

 

We are absolutely loving the new playground markings! The team captains helped to pick some of the different designs and were also involved in helping to lay some of them out onto the playground.

 

There are 30 children in the class. 5 children have a school packed lunch. 6 children have a home packed lunch. The rest have hot dinners. How many children have hot dinners?

If your child can show us or share the answers with us they could get a team point!

 

 

This weeks words are…

last

past

fast

class

grass

pass

 

Friday 29th March – Film Club (see a member of staff for a letter) 

 

Friday 5th April – Last day of Spring term and our parent drop in from 915am

 

Tuesday 23rd April- Back to school for the Summer term

 

18th March 2019

This week in English we have been rereading the story George and the Dragon by Chris Wormell. Next week we will be retelling the story but changing some of the characters and the setting. Keep an eye out as the children will be bringing their plan home as part of their Big Talk!

 

In maths we have continued to look at fractions and have moved on to thinking about 2/4 and 3/4. We have continued to use the bar model to help us with this.
As part of your home learning you could draw a picture of 8 fish in a tank. Can you colour 1/4 in red, 1/4 in blue and 2/4 in green?
You could draw twelve flowers and colour 1/4 in red, 2/4 in yellow and 1/4 in purple.
We look forward to seeing these in home learning books!

In science we learnt about the work of Charles Macintosh. We used wax crayons and paint to change the properties of paper. The wax repelled the paint. You can do this at home using crayons or candles. Draw a picture on a piece of white paper then paint over it with some watered down paint. This is great for writing secret messages!

 

In PE this half term we are playing tri-golf. We have been recapping on the different equipment we use and remembering how to stay safe. Please remember to send in a PE kit each week.

 

Every week we will be setting a different maths challenge- this will be something that can be done mentally or recorded in the home learning book.

I have 52p. What coins could I have? Can you find three different ways?

If your child can show us or share the answers with us they could get a team point!

 

 

Some parents have asked us about spellings. We don’t do spelling tests but encourage the children to practice their spellings in lots of different ways inducing scribble pictures, learning mnemonics (whack-asauasge = was) and through using their word mats. We will be giving a few words each week on the blog which you are welcome to practice at home. Remember that these can be written in the home learning book. If your child can already spell them can they say them or write them as part of a sentence? This weeks words are…

great

break

steak

pretty

beautiful

every

even

everybody

 

Thursday 21st – Tuesday 26th March- the Book Fair will be in school

Friday 29th March – Film Club (see a member of staff for a letter) 

11th March 2019

In English this week we have been planning our very own fiction stories about dragons and eggs. The children all wrote a plan and then got to act it out or discuss it with their peers. We thought of ways to make the stories more interesting and recapped all of learning from last week about suffixes. We always encourage the children to use the working wall when writing. Here’s what it looks like this week…

 

In maths this week we have continued to look at fractions and finding 1/2, 1/4 and 1/3 of different amounts. We have made a fraction wall and used this to help us find the fraction of different amounts pictorially. Later on in the week we will be finding out about equivalent fractions! Below are some examples of how to use the fraction wall…

 

 

In science this week we have looked at how we measure solids. We know that you can measure the weight of something in grams (g) and kilograms (kg) using weighing scales and the length or height of something in centimeters (cm) and meters (m) using rulers to meter sticks. To explore this we weighed out ingredients to make dough and then made wiggly worms to measure different lengths in cm.

 

Every week we will be setting a different maths challenge- this will be something that can be done mentally or recorded in the home learning book.

Mrs Ellis has 12 biscuits and she shares them with Mrs Wade and Jay. What fraction do they each get? How many do they each get?  

Mr Whitehead shares his 10 biscuits with Nicky. What fraction do they each get? How many do they get each?

If your child can show us or share the answers with us they could get a team point!

 

 

Some parents have asked us about spellings. We don’t do spelling tests but encourage the children to practice their spellings in lots of different ways inducing scribble pictures, learning mnemonics (whack-asauasge = was) and through using their word mats. We will be giving a few words each week on the blog which you are welcome to practice at home. Remember that these can be written in the home learning book. If your child can already spell them can they say them or write them as part of a sentence? This weeks words are…

most

only

both

old

cold

gold

told

hold

 

 

Friday 15th March – non-uniform in return for an Easter egg

Friday 15th March – Comic Relief bake sale after school 

Friday 22nd March- Castle Workshop- please pay via Scopay online

Thursday 21st – Tuesday 26th March- the Book Fair will be in school

Friday 29th March – Film Club (see a member of staff for a letter) 

 

Friday 5th April – last day of term and parent drop-in from 915am

 

With lots of germs going around school please remember to send your child in with a fresh, clean water bottle every day. Thank you.

 

4th March 2019

First of all we want to say a huge thank you to all those parents, grandparents and carers that were able to make it to the second maths event. We hope you found it useful and will be sending some information home to everyone so that you can support your children at home with division and multiplication. We also want to say thank you for all of your positive feedback and suggestions for future events.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In maths this week we have been looking at fractions. We know that a fraction is a part of something – it can be one thing or a group of things. We also know that fractions have equal parts – this means that all parts are the same.

We have been using concrete resources to find 1/2, 1/4 and a 1/3 of different amounts and also looking at the fractions of shapes.

 

As part of your home learning you could use toys such as Lego, barbies or cars. Can you find 1/2 of 10? Can you find a 1/3 of 9? Can you find 1/4 of 20?

Here is a fantastic video to watch about fractions…

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/supermovers/42665418

In English this week we have been reading lots of fiction books. We have looked at the different features of these books and thought about the beginning, build up, problem, resolution and ending. When reading books at home you could ask your child questions such as…. What happened at the beginning? What was the problem in this story and how was it resolved?

We have also heard and seen some very strange things around the school. When we investigated we found an egg! The children think that it may have been left by a dragon so we have been reading the stories such as George and the Dragon by Chris Wormell and Tell Me A Dragon by Jackie Morris and creating our own dragons.

       

We have also been learning about suffixes- these are letters that come at the end of words. We have learnt about the suffixes -less -ful and -ly. We are hoping that next week the children can write their own short fiction story about a dragon using lots of these lovely words.

 

In science we have been learning about how to measure temperature. We looked at thermometers and practiced reading the scales accurately. We talked about why it is important to check the temperature of things. https://www.mathsisfun.com/measure/thermometer.html Here is an interactive scale you can use at home.

 

Every week we will be setting a different maths challenge- this will be something that can be done mentally or recorded in the home learning book.

Mrs Ellis has 12 pairs of socks and hangs them on the washing line. How many socks does she have altogether? 

It’s a very wind day and 4 sock get blown away. How many is she left with? 

If your child can show us or share the answers with us they could get a team point!

 

 

Some parents have asked us about spellings. We don’t do spelling tests but encourage the children to practice their spellings in lots of different ways inducing scribble pictures, learning mnemonics (whack-asauasge = was) and through using their word mats. We will be giving a few words each week on the blog which you are welcome to practice at home. Remember that these can be written in the home learning book. If your child can already spell them can they say them or write them as part of a sentence? This weeks words are…

find

kind

mind

behind

wild

climb

child

 

Wednesday 13th March – library van

Friday 15th March – non-uniform in return for an Easter egg

Friday 15th March – Comin Relief bake sale after school 

Friday 29th March – Film Club (see a member of staff for a letter) 

 

Friday 5th April – last day of term and parent drop-in from 915am

 

With lots of germs going around school please remember to send your child in with a fresh, clean water bottle every day. Thank you.

 

25th February 2019

This week is International Week and we have been learning all about Kenya which is in the continent of Africa. Take a look at some of things we have been up to this week…

 

We flew around the world to visit all of the 7 continents in Garrick Green Airways. We had to make sure to fasten our seat belts and when there was turbulence we had to get into the safety position! Can you name all 7 continents and share a fact with your adults about each one?

 

Then we read the story Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne and learnt about some of the fruits which are grown in Africa. We got to taste 7 different fruits…banana, tangerine, papaya, passion fruit, mango, guava and pineapple. We then completed a tally chart to find out what everyone’s favourite fruit was. We used this information to create a bar chart. The we designed and made our own fruit kebab using the fruits we had tried.

 

Next we went on an African safari to learn about the different animals we might see living in the wild. Safari means journey in Swahili. The children had to use their binoculars to look for animals and then read facts about them. We then created Venn diagrams to sort the animals into those which are carnivores, herbivores or omnivores. After this we then wrote a fact file about our favourite African animal.

 

Then we learnt about the Maasai tribe that like in Kenya. We learnt about some of their traditions and then designed and created Maasai necklaces using geometric patterns and traditional colours.

 

 

In music we got the play some African drums and Claire brought in some artifacts from her travels to Africa. What a busy week it has been! We hope you’re children are sharing all of this lovely information with you.

 

Every week we will be setting a different maths challenge- this will be something that can be done mentally or recorded in the home learning book.

Mrs Ellis has 28 sweets and Mrs Wade has 15. How many do they have altogether?

If Mrs Ellis eats 3 and Mrs Wade eats 3 how many will they have left?

If your child can show us or share the answers with us they could get a team point!

 

Some parents have asked us about spellings. We don’t do spelling tests but encourage the children to practice their spellings in lots of different ways inducing scribble pictures, learning mnemonics (whack-asauasge = was) and through using their word mats. We will be giving a few words each week on the blog which you are welcome to practice at home. Remember that these can be written in the home learning book. If your child can already spell them can they say them or write them as part of a sentence? This weeks words are…

door

floor

poor

because

our

 

11th February 2019

Wow- we can’t believe that we’re already halfway through year 2!

Over the half term break we would like the children to have a well earned rest! Please remember that it is important for them to still read regularly. Below are some challenges that your children can complete over the break…(they will get a team point for each one completed!)

  • Read 10 times
  • Write a diary entry about something exciting that has happened
  • Write a poem
  • Learn you 2, 5 and 10 times tables off by heart

 

This week we have been continuing to think about 3D shape in maths. We have been building castles and naming and comparing the different shapes that we have used.

 

In English that children amazed us with their diary entries. You should feel very proud of how hard all of the children have worked this half term!

 

In science we have been thinking about how liquids are measured. We know that you can use measuring spoons and jugs and that we usually measure in milliliters (ml). At home have a look at some different containers and see if you can find out how much liquid they hold. Can you put them in order from biggest to smallest? Remember not to keep the milk out of the fridge for too long!

Don’t forget you also have access to the Developing Experts website https://developingexperts.com/ If you can’t find your log in details please speak to a member of the year 2 team.

 

The last day of term is this Friday 15th and we return back on Monday 25th February. Please remember to send PE kits back into school!

Have a lovely break and we will see you in a week

Mrs Ellis and Mr Whitehead

 

Don’t forget that parents teacher interviews continue after half term.

JW

Tuesday 26th Feb 4.00-6.00pm

 

RE

Tuesday 26th Feb 4.00-6.00pm

Wednesday 27th Feb 2.00-3.30pm

4th February 2019

This week in English we have been reading the teachers diaries! We have been learning about the different features that make a good diary entry and even wrote a diary entry from the viewpoint of a dog. Woof! We have been recapping on people that lived in castles and have started to think about writing a diary entry for them.

thumbnail of diary

 

In maths we have been thinking about patterns with shapes, symmetry in 2D shapes and learning about 3D shapes. As part of your home learning have a look at the things around you. Which 3D shape best describes them? 

Here are some great symmetry games to plays…

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/symmetry/symmetry-matching

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/symmetry/symmetry-sorting

This game is great for patterns…

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ordering-and-sequencing/shape-patternsthumbnail of 3d

 

In science this week we continued to look at different states of matter. We made predictions and then carried out an experiment to see how long it would take an ice cube to turn from a solid into a liquid.

 

We hope you have all signed up for parent teacher interviews- if not speak to the class teacher ASAP!

JW

Tuesday 12th Feb 8.30-10.00am

Wednesday 13th Feb 2.00-3.30pm

Tuesday 26th Feb 4.00-6.00pm

 

RE

Wednesday 13th Feb 8.30-10.00am

Tuesday 26th Feb 4.00-6.00pm

Wednesday 27th Feb 2.00-3.30pm

 

Next week is Valentine’s day and  children are welcome to come to school dressed in red on Thursday 14th February.