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What we are learning this week:

 

 

Autumn 1, Week 6

English: Traditional tales

This week we’ve continued using The Tale of Peter Rabbit to help us learn more about time conjunctions, instructions and diary writing. We have investigated nouns, verbs and proper nouns and have written extended noun phrases when writing about Mr McGregor’s garden.

Towards the end of the week we will be writing a diary extract from Peter Rabbits diary, before editing and publishing it!

  • At home you can: Ask your child to tell you what a verb, noun and proper noun is. Can they remember what punctuation is required for a proper noun?

Maths: Place Value

We have finished our unit on place value by looking at sequences and patterns with 2’s, 3’s, 5’s and 10’s. We have used simple word problems to apply this knowledge. Towards the end of the week we started on a new unit of addition and subtraction. To start this unit we will be recapping number bonds to 10.

  • At home you can: Keep looking at the value of digits in numbers. When you notice a number (for example a house number on a door), ask your child some questions such as: what is that number? How many tens are there and how many ones in that number? What is one more? One less? 10 more? 10 less?

Foundation Subjects:

We’ve been looking at some famous Victorians this week in History, specifically Pablo Fanque, the famous horseman and entertainer. We are continuing to develop colour mixing skills in art, looking at what happens when we mix primary colours and how we can change the tone of a colour. In Science we have investigated different habitats around the world and thought about the different kinds of animals and plants that live in them.

Home Learning ideas for next week:

  • Numbots Website – the children have bought their passwords home
  • Spelling shed website - the children have bought their passwords home
  • Dancemat Typewriter – This practises typing skills. You will need to use a keyboard or laptop, rather than a tablet. The link is available on the Year 2 page of our website.
  • Reading. The children will be given new reading books again on Monday. Please read these each night with your child and return them to school on Thursday so that they can be quarantined for the following week.


 

Previous Weeks' Learning

Autumn 1, Week 5

English: Traditional tales

This week we have begun our writing topic on The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. We started by reading a fact file to answer questions on Beatrix Potter and played a game to consolidate our understanding of the story. Throughout the rest of the week we have role-played the characters of the story, written speech bubbles and designed a wanted poster.

  • At home you can: Ask your child to retell their story to you! Practise writing some descriptive sentences together which include adjectives. Remind your child about including full stops, capital letters and finger spaces!

Maths: Place Value

We have been consolidating our understanding of Place Value and comparing amounts and number. We have been using language such as ‘greater than’ , ‘less than’ and ‘equal to‘ to compare 2 digit

numbers. We have been practising the <, > and = symbols too. We have also been learning how to count in 2s, 5s and 10s from any given number.

  • At home you can: Practice counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. As you go on a walk you could count houses in 2s, pasta in 5s etc.

Foundation Subjects:

The children have really been enjoying our learning in the foundation subjects. In History we have been learning about the Victorian train line and sewage system. In science we have gone on a hunt around the school grounds and recorded the living things around us and their habitat. In Art we have been learning about primary and secondary colours.

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • Numbots Website – the children have bought their passwords home
  • Spelling shed website - the children have bought their passwords home
  • Dancemat Typewriter – This practises typing skills. You will need to use a keyboard or laptop, rather than a tablet. The link is available on the Year 2 page of our website.
  • Reading. The children will be given new reading books again on Monday. Please read these each night with your child and return them to school on Thursday so that they can be quarantined for the following week.


Autumn 1, Week 4

English: Our own ‘alternative’ traditional tales!

We have been story mapping and rehearsing the Three Little Wolves and The Big Bad Pig. We then used the structure of the story to write our own alternative tales! We thought about traditional tales vocabulary and used lots of adjectives in our writing. We have been working hard on our editing skills too.

  • At home you can: Ask your child to retell their story to you! Practise writing some sentences together which include a conjunction such as and, but or so. Remind your child about including full stops, capital letters and finger spaces!

Maths: Position and Direction

We have been consolidating our understanding of Place Value and thinking about the value of each digit in a 2 digit number. We have been using language such as ‘greater than’ , ‘less than’ and ‘equal to‘ to compare 2 digit numbers. We have been practising the <, > and = symbols too.

  • At home you can: Practice writing 2 digit numbers up to 100 and think carefully about the value of each digit. Can the children draw their 2 digit number? We have been drawing tens and ones counters in class. Practise writing numbers correctly.

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • Numbots Website – the children have bought their passwords home
  • Spelling shed website - the children have bought their passwords home
  • Dancemat Typewriter – This practises typing skills. You will need to use a keyboard or laptop, rather than a tablet. The link is available on the Year 2 page of our website.
  • Reading. The children will be given new reading books again on Monday. Please read these each night with your child and return them to school on Thursday so that they can be quarantined for the following week.

Autumn 1, Week 3

English: Traditional Tales

This week in English we have been comparing the traditional tale of the Three Little Pigs and comparing to alternative versions, including The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig. We have been describing the characters with adjectives, sequencing the story and planning our own version of this traditional tale.

  • At home you can: Talk to your children about the version they have planned and discuss description for their characters.

 

Maths: Place Value

This week we are continuing to learn about place value. The children have been exploring the concrete resources that represent tens and ones and identifying the value of 2 digit numbers. We have been exploring writing numbers as numerals and as words.

  • At home you can: Pick a 2 digit number and ask your children, ‘How many tens? How many ones?’

Autumn 1, Week 2

 English: Traditional Tales

This week we’ve been using the traditional version of The 3 Little Pigs alongside an alternative version. The children have been learning about the features of traditional tales, as well as discussing viewpoints and opinions. We’ve explored character, learned how to sequences a story and used thought bubbles and speech to deepen understanding of the text

  • At home you can: take the opportunity to talk about any traditional/fairy tales that you may remember from your childhood.

 

Maths: Place Value

Year 2 have started a unit on place value this week. The children have been exploring the value of digits in a 2 digit number, and learned how to use different resources and charts to help them understand how a digit’s value changes depending on its position in a number. We have begun to compare numbers and used the vocabulary or ‘more than’ and less than’ when doing this..

  • At home you can: use the language of ‘more than’ and ‘less than’ in lots of different contexts.

 

Autumn 1, Week 1

In Year 2 this week we have been spending time getting to know each other!  We have been thinking about Growth Mindsets and the power of the word YET!  Anything is possible if we keep trying and have a can-do attitude to our learning.  We have also been thinking about the qualities that make a good learning partner and working together to make the tallest towers using only newspaper, tape and a lot of teamwork!  We have been revisiting our letters and sounds from Year 1 and practising our handwriting.  We will begin our English and Maths lessons next week.  We will be thinking about traditional tales and revising place value.  We will be sending home reading books the week after next.

  • At home you can: Continue reading with your children. Practise number bonds to ten and twenty. Encourage your child to get dressed themselves…including learning those tricky buttons and shoe laces!