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.

Year 2 blog 28.1.2019

This week in maths we have been recapping 2D shapes. We know that we can use words to talk about the shape of something. 2D shapes can be drawn but not picked up. We also know that some of these shapes have names such as a circle, square, rectangle (sometimes called an oblong), triangle, pentagon, hexagon and octagon. We can describe these shapes by stating whether they have curved or straight edges; saying how many edges (or sides) they have; by saying how many corners (or vertices) they have. For example a triangle has 3 straight edges(sides) and 3 corners (vertices). Can you remember how many sides a hexagon has? (Remember hex / six). Can you think of how many sides an octagon has? (Remember how many legs an octopus has!) As part of your home learning you could use different shapes to draw pictures. How many different shapes can you use?

Here’s a great video to watch…

 

In English this week we have been learning more about the different people that lived inside castles. We have learnt so many interesting facts and we will be using these to create our second piece of non-fiction writing this week.

 

 

In science we started to think about solids, liquids and gases . We know that the atoms in solids are really close together, the atoms in liquids are able to move around but are still close together and that the atoms in gases are really spread out. We talking about how some solids can be changed into liquids and some liquids into gases. As part of your home learning you could turn the liquid water into a solid by freezing in. Then turn it back into a liquid by warming up the atoms. If you put the kettle on the children will see the liquid turning into a gas! Here’s a great video to explain the differences…

 

Parent teacher interviews are coming up so please keep an eye out for the sign-up sheets. Below are the dates and times that are available. Please remember that we try to stick to 10 minutes so if you need more time please speak to the class teacher to arrange an alternative time and date- thank you.

 

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

Year Two Blog 21.1.18

This week in science we have continued to look at materials. We have talked about whether materials are suitable or unsuitable – for example would trousers made of paper be suitable? Then we used our creativity to make instruments out of recyclable materials. We then thought about the suitability of these. Are they strong? Do they make a nice sound? As part of your home learning you could design or create at item of clothing out of materials other than fabrics. What makes them suitable or unsuitable? This could be recorded in your home learning book.

In maths we have continued to look at division but this week we are focusing on division by grouping. (See the example below) We would love for the children to continue to practice this at home with some sweets or their toys. You are welcome to send up photos of their work or to record anything in their home learning book.

12 ÷ 3 = 4
Share the flowers into groups of 3.
To find the answer count the number of groups.
There are 4 groups.

 

In English this week we are focusing on editing work. We have read a fact file about Mrs Ellis where she made lots of mistakes! We read it through lots of times to check for…

  • capital letters at the beginning of every sentence
  • capital letters for people names and places
  • full stops
  • spellings of tricky words
  • phonetically plausible words (e.g. for the word home- hoam is phonetically plausible, hom is not)
  • words which could be contractions (e.g. I am -> I’m)

We will be writing our own fact files this week and then using our editing skills (we like to do this in red pen!) to make our work even better. We will also be learning about apostrophes for possession.

This is a great video to watch…
https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/articles/zx9ydxs
We will be using these skills to help us with out writing next week!

Thank you to all those who were able to attend the first internet safety session. Don’t forget there is a second session on Thursday 24th January 9 am at Lodge Lane Infant School.

FOGG are running a film club on Friday 25th January starting at 3pm in the school hall. If your child would like to attend to watch Sing tickets cost £5 and this includes popcorn and a drink. Please see a member of staff to fill in a form.

Year Two Blog 14.1.19

A huge thank you to everyone who was able to attend our second reading event last week. We really appreciate all of your feedback and will be acting upon this for our next event.
In maths this week we have moved on to looking at division through sharing. Children have been learning to recognise the division symbol and how to share into equal groups. We also did this outside by sharing bulbs equally into pots. You could have a go at this at home by sharing toys or sweets. If we have 10 sweets in total and share them between 2 of us- how many do we each get? If we have 20 toy cars and share them between 4 children- how many will they get each?
In science this week we have bee looking at and comparing everyday materials. We carried out an experiment to compare the bounciness of balls made out of different materials. We also went around the school and classroom on a materials hunt thinking about what things are made from, is this natural or man-made and why it is made from that material? As part of your home learning you could go around the rooms and look at different types of materials and list what they are used for. For example you might find glass in the kitchen in the windows and for drinking glasses. Then think about how these materials can be used outside of the home as well.
In English this week we have continued looking at facts about castles. We have looked at the different features on non-fiction books including headings, subheadings, photographs and pictures and captions. We have created our own contents page and front cover and will also be creating our own mini non-fiction piece of writing about castles.

Thank you to all those who were able to attend the first internet safety session. Don’t forget there is a second session on Thursday 24th January 9 am at Lodge Lane Infant School.

FOGG are running a film club on Friday 25th January starting at 3pm in the school hall. If your child would like to attend to watch Sing tickets cost £5 and this includes popcorn and a drink. Please see a member of staff to fill in a form.