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Summer 1, Week 6

Geography: The Caribbean 

We looked at the Continents of the World and in groups we used Atlases and information books to find out more about them. In these groups we presented our findings to the rest of the class. We are enjoying practising our presenting skills!

Science:

We have continued to observe out beans growing and were very excited to see some of them were sprouting already! We have each started filling in a ‘Bean Diary’ to monitor the progress of the bean's growth. We are having to water them weekly to help them grow and crossing our fingers that they will survive half-term.

English: The Kapok Tree

This week we have been looking at a new text – The Kapok Tree.

It is a beautifully illustrated story set in the Amazon rainforest, reminding us how important it is not to cut down trees. Subtly informing us of all the different things that rely on trees to live! We have used the book to enhance the children’s use of descriptive language and, they have produced some amazing writing.

Maths: Measure, problems and Time 

We have been revisiting measuring length and height practically, using tape measures. We then combined our  addition and subtraction strategies to answer questions involving measure. Then we spent Thursday practising ‘Telling the Time’.

At home you can:

  • Practise telling the time; starting with o’clock, half past and moving on to quarter to and quarter past.
  • Talk about how many hours a TV program is, or how long they spent brushing their teeth!
  • Art: Creating our Sculpture based on Jamaica.

We have been creating sculptures in our class this week, we have worked in groups to plan our sculptures, and we are creating pieces that will be linked together. We look forward to showing you the final pieces!

         

At home you can:

  • Numbots Website – the children have bought their passwords home
  • Mathletics – 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.
  • Spelling.  Please help your child to learn the Year 2 common exception words that they will bring home on Monday, ready for a quiz on Friday. As well as learning the spelling, can your child put them in a sentence?                                             

Please get in touch with your child’s teacher if you are missing any passwords, we can help!

Previous Weeks' Learning

Summer 1, Week 5

Geography: The Caribbean

In our Geography lesson this week have been discussing climate change and the damaging impact of global warming. We thought about the effect of climate change on a global scale as well as a more specific focus on its impact upon Jamaica and the UK.

Science:

Over the next few weeks, we will spend time observing the beans, which we planted last week. We are going to be starting our bean diaries where we will be able to record the process of our bean planting investigation. We have used the plastic bottles that you sent in to create our seed viewers! Thank you for helping us!

                                                

RE:

We have continued looking at creation stories this week. We looked at some African creation stories and compared them to the Jewish and Christian ones we studied last lesson.

English: Gregory Cool

This week we were carrying on with our learning about persuasive texts. In our lessons we have been using and applying our skills in persuasive language and have made use of techniques such as possessive apostrophes, extended noun phrases, commas and conjunctions. At the end of the week, we created an informative leaflet about Jamaica, which informs everybody about the wonderful island and tries to persuade people to visit!

At home you can:

  • Try to find any persuasive brochures or leaflets which use skills of persuasive language.

Maths: Place value

We have been working to build on our understanding of addition and subtraction. This week we have made use of many addition and subtraction strategies such as the column method, use of a number line as well as partitioning to help us complete calculations.

At home you can:

  • Come up with addition and subtraction calculations using real-life home situations. For example: if grandma had a bunch of 23 grapes and ate 7 of them, how many would she have left?

At home you can:

  • Numbots Website – the children have bought their passwords home
  • Mathletics – 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.
  • Spelling.  Please help your child to learn the Year 2 common exception words that they will bring home on Monday, ready for a quiz on Friday. As well as learning the spelling, can your child put them in a sentence?

Please get in touch with your child’s teacher if you are missing any passwords, we can help!     


Summer 1, Week 4

Geography: The Caribbean

We have been learning all about Caribbean food and comparing it to food we find in England. Ask your child if there are any similarities? Have they eaten of those foods?

Science:

This week in Science we have planted our own bean plants. We have planted the seed in damp cotton wool and we will observe how it shoots through our plastic containers. Next week, we will keep a bean diary.

English: Gregory Cool

This week we have been learning all about persuasive texts. We are going to be writing a holiday brochure to persuade the reader to book a holiday to Jamaica. We have been describing the food, animals, weather and scenery and have used lots of persuasive techniques.

At home you can:

  • Can you find any persuasive texts at home? Adverts? Posters?

Maths: Place value

This week the children have working on their addition and subtractions. We have been learning about fact families, 10 more and 10 less, adding 2 digit to a 1 digit number and the inverse.

         

At home you can:

  • Roll a dice three times and add the numbers together. Ask your child – does it matter what order you add in?

At home you can:

  • Numbots Website – the children have bought their passwords home
  • Mathletics – 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.

Spelling

Please help your child to learn the Year 2 common exception words that they will bring home on Monday, ready for a quiz on Friday. As well as learning the spelling, can your child put them in a sentence?

 Please get in touch with your child’s teacher if you are missing any passwords, we can help!

         

 

Previous Weeks


Summer 1, Week 3

Geography: The Caribbean

We have been thinking about the weather in Jamaica. We compared the climate in Jamaica with the climate here in Brighton. We learned that there are only 2 types of season in the Caribbean unlike the 4 seasons that we have here in Brighton – ask your child to tell you all about it! We also learned how people in the Caribbean have to protect their homes and themselves during hurricane season. We pretended to be weather reporters and we presented our reports to the rest of the class!

Science:

We had fun wearing headphones and trying a new immersive game called “Ready, Press, Play”. We listened to a drama activity all about planting seeds and followed the instructions to perform some science-based drama! Ask your child to tell you where they planted their imaginary seeds and what the seeds needed to grow well.We will be planting our own seeds next week so please remember to send in any empty clear plastic bottles you have in your recycling boxes!

 

      

English: Gregory Cool

We have been carrying on looking at our focus text ‘Gregory Cool’. In our lessons this week we have been using commas in lists, thinking about improving our sentences using amazing adjectives and spotting the difference between the past and present tense.

At home you can:

  • Can you spot different sentence types as you read your home-school reading book? Did you spot any commands? Questions? Exclamations or statements? Think about the punctuation as you read…
  • Can you spot examples of the past tense or the present tense as you read?

Maths: Place value

This week the children have working on their addition and subtractions. We have been rehearsing our number bonds to 10 and using them to help us know our number bonds to 20. We have also used them to help us with our bonds to 100! We have been using our bonds to solve some tricky problems!

On Friday we dressed up for NSPCC Number Day and took part in lots of maths themed activities! We played ‘Who wants to be a Mathionnaire?’, made ‘Dress Up For Digit' hats and worked on lots of puzzles and challenges. We had fun doing a stretch and count workout too!

      

At home you can:

  • Ask your child to tell you all their number bonds to 10,20 or 100. Give them one number and ask them to tell you the other number in the pair…

 

  • Numbots Website – the children have bought their passwords home
  • Mathletics – 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.
  • Spelling
  • Please help your child to learn the Year 2 common exception words that they will bring home on Monday, ready for a quiz on Friday. As well as learning the spelling, can your child put them in a sentence?

Please get in touch with your child’s teacher if you are missing any passwords, we can help!


Summer 1, Week 2

Geography: The Caribbean

This week we have been drawing upon our knowledge of the Caribbean and using this to compare Brighton with Jamaica. We have been be thinking about the similarities and differences between the two places, focussing specifically on key features of both.

Science: Food Chains

We spent some time looking at the role of food chains within our ecosystem. The children understand how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals and learnt about the terms omnivore, herbivore and carnivore. We began looking at plants and have been identifying the parts of a plant.

English: Gregory Cool

We have been carrying on looking at our focus text ‘Gregory Cool’. In our lessons this week we used extended noun phrases and commas to improve descriptive writing and revised our understanding of the four sentence types: commands, exclamations, statements and questions.

At home you can:

Practise writing different sentence types together. Can you spot the different types as you read your home-school reading book? Think about the punctuation that you need…

Maths: Place value

This week the children have been applying their understanding of place value to order and compare numbers. To do this we used the signs: <, > and =. We also looked at identifying, representing and estimating different numbers using a variety of representations including a numberline.

At home you can: Seek out groups of items or objects around your home and look at comparing different amounts. Can you order numbers from biggest to smallest? Discuss at home which numbers are greater and which are smaller.

 

At home you can:

  • Numbots Website – the children have bought their passwords home
  • Mathletics – 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.

Please get in touch with your child’s teacher if you are missing any passwords, we can help!


Summer 1, Week 1

Welcome back! It is lovely to have the children back in the classrooms ready to go for the summer term!

Geography: The Caribbean

We have started our new topic on The Caribbean. This week we have explored what we know already and what we want to find out. We boarded a plane to the Caribbean and located it using an Atlas.

    

English : Gregory Cool

We have started a new book ‘Gregory Cool’. This week we made predictions about the text, retold the story, created a story mountain and learnt how to use the prefix ‘un’.

Maths: Place value

This week we are securing our knowledge of place value. We are using a variety of resources; such as Dienes, multilink, numicon and place value counters, to show 2 digit numbers.

At home you can: Look around for 2 digit numbers. Did you know they are everywhere? You can find 2-digit numbers in storybooks, around the school, at home or in your neighbourhood. Spot them and say aloud how many tens and how many ones.

 

At home you can:

  • Numbots Website – the children have bought their passwords home
  • Mathletics – 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.

Please get in touch with your child’s teacher if you are missing any passwords, we can help!


Spring 2, Week 6

English: Short burst writing

We have been continuing to focus on short burst writing this week, using a picture to inspire them. They have produced some great work over the last two weeks, achieving a number of targets on their writing rockets. The children are remembering their full stops and capital letters, practising editing their own work to check it makes sense and adding in amazing adjectives and super similes!

Maths:

This week in maths we have been recapping previous learning from our Google classroom learning. We have been looking at statistics and practising using tally charts, practising our number bonds and using the skill of counting in steps of 2,5,10 and 3 to help us with working out problems and calculations.

 

History: Explorers

This week we have been learning about the explorer Neil Armstrong.  We have been learning about his life and exploration, then ordering these events as a class. Using the knowledge we have learnt, the children have been creating their own fact file about Neil Armstrong.

Have a lovely Easter holiday, we hope the sun shines and the children come back into school ready for the Summer Term. We have planned lots of exciting learning. 

At home you can:

  • Numbots Website – the children have bought their passwords home.
  • Mathletics – 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.

Please get in touch with your child’s teacher if you are missing any passwords, we can help!

 


Spring 2, Week 5

English: Short burst writing

We have been focusing on short burst writing this week, encouraging the children to use their writing rockets to ensure they are forming sentences correctly. We use a picture to inspire the children and create ideas as a class, so that they can write a short piece of writing, focusing on: punctuation, phonics and spelling, finger spaces, full stops and capital letters and reading for sense.

Maths:

This week we have been focusing on recapping their number skills. The focus this week has been on counting in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s. Using this knowledge to count more effectively and help us solve mathematical problems.

The children were keen to practise what they had learnt in school this week, so here are some ideas for them to practise at home….

  • Can you colour the patterns counting in 2s, 5s and 10s?
  • Then practise counting so you can count in these steps without the number square.
  • Can you pick a number and work out 1 more and 1 less of that number?
  • Can you pick a number and work out 10 more, 10 less than that number?
  • Look for patterns, what changes and what stays the same when you are counting in 10s from any number? (Tens change, ones stay the same)
  • Can you do this without a number square to help?

History: Explorers

This week we have been learning about the explorer Matthew Henson and why he was a significant explorer, how he was different from other explorers we have learnt about. The children sequenced events on a timeline and found information out about him, using evidence.

Art:

We have been continuing with our ‘Trees across the seasons’, they have turned out beautifully, here are some examples…

At home you can:

  • Numbots Website – the children have bought their passwords home.
  • Mathletics – 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.

Please get in touch with your child’s teacher if you are missing any passwords, we can help!


Spring 2, Week 4

English: The Great Explorer

We are continuing our work on Explorers using a text, ‘The Great Explorer’. We have been revisiting descriptive  language and the children have been using expanded noun phrases to describe the Northern Lights.

Maths: 3D shape

This week we have been focusing on 3D shapes. We have been learning names and properties, counting faces, sides and vertices. We have also been assessing the children’s knowledge on key mathematical concepts we have learnt since September in order to best support the children going forward.

Art: Seasons Tree Project

We have using art as a creative tool to develop resilience and connect with each other. The Seasons tree project is inspired by changing seasons and is a gentle way to think together about the theme of change. This week we read the book ‘Tree’ by Britta Teckentrup and created the background for our seasons tree.

History: Explorers

We are continuing our explorers topic and thinking about what makes a person significant. This week we are learning about British polar explorer Felicity Aston; Antarctic scientist turned author, speaker and expedition leader. In 2012 she became the first woman to ski alone across Antarctica. It was a journey of 1744km that took 59 days to complete and which gave her a place in the book of Guinness World Records.

At home you can:

  • Numbots Website – the children have bought their passwords home.
  • Mathletics – the children have bought their passwords home.
  • Spelling shed website - the children have bought their passwords home.

Please ask your teacher if you need any passwords again.

  • 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.

Please get in touch with your child’s teacher if you are missing any passwords, we can help!


Spring 2, Week 3

Topic: Welcome back!

It has been fantastic to see the children back this week, they have been very excited to be back and we have spent the week settling back into our school routine. We have been ensuring the children feel safe and happy back at school through Circle time and PSHE. They have adapted really well to being back and have really enjoyed seeing all their friends.

Science: Space     

Science week this week in Year 2, we have been having a great time in our practical science lessons, designing spacesuits and making rockets. The children have really enjoyed it. We also took part in a National Farming Live Event where we explored the age old problem of ‘Which came first, the chicken or the egg?”. We learned about lifecycles and designed our own egg incubators, thinking carefully about our materials learning .

         

English: The Great Explorer      

We are continuing our work on Explorers using a text, ‘The Great Explorer’. The children have been learning about fact and opinion and using this knowledge to plan a Newspaper article, that they will be writing next week.

        

Maths: Recapping Shape

The children have worked really hard on their shape during lockdown so we have been recapping what they have remembered and working on reasoning and problem solving using this knowledge. You can encourage your children to look for flat 2D shapes or solid 3D shapes in their surroundings.

At home you can:

Home Learning ideas for next week:

  • Numbots Website – the children have bought their passwords home
  • Mathletics – the children have bought their passwords home
  • Spelling shed website - the children have bought their passwords home.  Please ask your teacher if you need any passwords again.
  • 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.

Please get in touch with your child’s teacher if you are missing any passwords, we can help!

 


Autumn 2, Week 7

English - 

This week we have been finishing our writing about the ‘Man on the Moon’ inspired by the story that is told in a Christmas advert entitled ‘Man On The Moon’, where a girl peers through a telescope and sees an old man living on the Moon. The children loved using this clip as a stimulus for their writing and explored using different sentence types in their finished work such as statements, questions, commands and exclamations.

At home you can: Practise writing different sentence types. Don’t forget to include the correct punctuation. The children have been learning to use exclamation marks, question marks and commas as well as full stops.

Maths - 

The children have just finished our unit about addition and subtraction. We have used lots of different strategies and lots of resources. We will be moving on to multiplication and division next half term.

At home you can: consolidate your addition and subtraction understanding by logging on to your mathletics account. (Contact your class teacher if you are unsure of your password)

Practise counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. Think carefully about what the equals sign means and practise making or drawing equal groups of objects. You could group toys, socks or even dried pasta shapes ono the kitchen table! Can you write a number sentence to accompany your groups?  Look at the example below: 

Design technology - 

We have been busy creating a special surprise which will be coming home in book bags on Friday. We have learnt how to construct pivots and sliders out of card. We’ve even added some glitter for a bit of Christmas sparkle!

        

  We have also been busy making Christmas pictures and cards to send to 2 elderly residents, Michael and Sheila at a local care home as part of our ‘You Are not Alone’ Project.

And finally:

To finish our first term in year 2 on a high, we had a year group disco in the hall. We all had fun learning some new (and old) dance routines and dancing with our teachers and friends.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a healthy, Happy New Year.

Home Learning ideas for this week:

  • Numbots and Mathletics 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 after Christmas. 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. Please make a note of what has been read in their reading journals and return to school with their books.
 

Autumn 2, Week 6

This week the children performed their Christmas show and it was recorded ready for you to see! Well done to all of year 2 for working so hard to learn the songs and their individual lines of the story we told.

          

English

This week we have been continuing writing about the ‘Man on the Moon’ video clip. The children have been writing different types of sentences including command, question, statement and exclamation. They are also retelling the story using the different word types we have been learning. These include adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, powerful verbs and time adverbials.

At home you can: talk to your child about using conjunctions to join sentences together using ‘if’, ‘but’, ‘and, ‘or’.

Maths-

This week we are finishing our topic on addition and subtraction. We have been learning about number bonds to 100 (45+55=100 34+66=100) and adding 3 1-digit numbers together using the most efficient method.

At home you can: practice number bonds to 10, 20 and 100. Do quick fire questions or draw them. There are lots of interactive games online to practice number bonds. Here are some: https://www.teachwire.net/news/8-of-the-best-number-bonds-to-10-games-to-play-online https://www.nctm.org/Classroom-Resources/Illuminations/Interactives/Ten-Frame/ https://www.teachwire.net/images/made/cb41c33898f5db48/7_Number_Bonds_to_10_1111_687_458_80_int.jpg https://www.studyzone.tv/game275-code13fe7c386fa4ad7bb0ecdf05c8cec747

Home Learning ideas for this week:

  • Numbots and Mathletics 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. Please make a note of what has been read in their reading journals and return to school with their books.

Autumn 2, Week 5

English

This week we have been finishing our work about ‘The Dragon on the Playground’. We have been dressing up as news reporters and presenting our reports to the class!

We have also been inspired by the story that is told in a Christmas advert entitled ‘Man On The Moon’, where a girl peers through a telescope and sees an old man living on the Moon. This has enabled the children to use their skills in retelling and sequencing, as well as using conjunctions (‘and’, ‘because’) and Noun Phrases (using adjectives in a list). Next week, we will be able to retell the whole story in our own writing, as there are no words with the story.

At home you can: talk to your child about using adjectives to describe things in the world around us. For example, ‘I am peering up at the luminous, silver moon and the shiny stars’. Watch the Man on the Moon clip together on YouTube and talk about it…have your tissues at the ready, it’s a bit of a tear-jerker!

Maths-

The children have continued to learn about addition and subtraction, and specifically how to exchange and work out the ‘difference’. We have used lots of different strategies to work this out, including ‘jumping on’ on an empty Number Line, using place value charts and using lots of resources. We have begun to look at word problems which involve addition and subtraction. We are thinking carefully about what the word problem is asking us to do and which operation we need to use, add or subtract?

At home you can: talk to your child about different words and phrases for addition and subtraction…how many can you come up with together? Can you draw or write an addition or subtraction story together e.g. there were 18 baubles on the Christmas tree and we put 15 more on…how many are there on the Christmas tree altogether?

PSHE:

We have started thinking about careers and gender. We read 10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert and thought about the story. It is the story of Bailey who dreams of amazing dresses but isn’t supposed to wear them. We thought about how Bailey felt when mum, dad and his brother spoke to him the way they did. We designed new dresses for Bailey to wear!

Home Learning ideas for this week:

  • Christmas show: Practice the songs and your lines
  • Numbots and Mathletics 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. Please make a note of what has been read in their reading journals and return to school with their books.

Autumn 2, Week 4

Topic: Home Sweet Home

Maths: Addition and subtraction

We have been continuing our learning about addition and subtraction. We have been exploring adding 2 two digit numbers using place value counters and learning how to exchange. We know that we must first partition the 2 digit numbers. Next count the ones. If the ones add up to 10 or more we need to exchange ten ones for 1 ten and change their place on the place value chart. We can now count the ones and the tens, not forgetting the count the added exchanged ten to find our answer.

At home you can: Empty out your money boxes…Use 10p and 1p coins to show how to exchange. Roll a dice and put that number of pennies on the table, when you get to ten ones, exchange for a 10p coin. Keep going until you reach ten 10 p coins…what will you exchange for now?

English: Poetry

This week we have been planning, writing and presenting a news report on a dragon in the playground. We have used nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs to describe what is happening in the present progressive tense. We used microphones to tell our report and pretended we were being filmed for the news on the TV!

At home you can:  Can you write sentences which contain powerful verbs and adverbs. Look for an animal outside. What is it doing? How is it doing it? Can you describe it?

PE: Volleyball

This half term we have been learning about volleyball. We have learnt how to pass the ball, we have worked as a team to score points and practiced throwing accurately.

Home Learning ideas for next week:

  • Christmas show: Practice the songs and your lines
  • Numbots and Mathletics 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 2, Week 3

Topic: Home Sweet Home

Maths: Addition and subtraction

We have been continuing our learning about addition and subtraction. We have been exploring subtraction using place value counters and learning how to exchange. We know that when we exchange a tens rod or counter, we get 10 ones in exchange. We have been using number lines and 100 squares. We have been exploring what changes and what stays the same and noticing patterns that appear. We have also been continuing to use known facts, for example if 5+3=7 then 50+30=70. We have been counting in steps of 2, 5 and 10 and rehearsing our number bonds to 10, 20 and 100.  

At home you can: Empty out your money boxes…Use 10p and 1p coins to show how to exchange. Roll a dice and put that number of pennies on the table, when you get to ten ones, exchange for a 10p coin. Keep going until you reach ten 10 p coins…what will you exchange for now?

 

    

English: Poetry

A dragon visited our playground this week! It left huge footprints behind! We have been reading a poem called ‘The Dragon on the Playground’ by Kenn Nesbitt. We found powerful verbs like devoured, feasted, soared, lumbered, screeched and noticed that they were written in the past tense. We then discussed the rhyme and rhythm of the poem.

We performed it in groups and created our own actions. We have been thinking carefully about verbs and thinking about making our writing more exciting by adding more powerful verb choices. We have also been learning how to write sentences in the present progressive tense.

 

At home you can: Can you write sentences which contain powerful verbs? Can you add a conjunction to connect your ideas and make your sentence more interesting? Can your child draw a picture of dragon and write labels, captions and a heading?

PHSE:

In PSHE we have been thinking about how we can be ‘United Against Bullying’. To kick off Anti-bullying week, we wore odd socks and had a special assembly with a special mention from Andy from CBeebies! 

We also listened to the song he performed with his band, The Oddsocks. We thought carefully about mean behaviour and bullying behaviour and tried to spot the difference. We explored different scenarios and discussed how we could be an ‘Upstander’ to bullying behaviour that is directed at us or our friends. We know that mean and bullying behaviour is not OK and that we must tell an adult we trust if we are feeling upset.We made Jigsaw puzzle pieces to show how we can be upstanders. We read a story by Todd Par called ‘It’s Okay to be different’. We also watched this clip about the story of Stick and Stone.

   

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkWMKlmZ0mI

At home you can: Can you watch the clip again and discuss who the upstander was in the story…

Home Learning ideas for next week:

  • Numbots and Mathletics 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 2, Week 2

Topic: Home Sweet Home

Maths: Addition and subtraction

We have been using number lines and 100 squares to add and subtract 1 and 10. We have been exploring what changes and what stays the same and noticing patterns that appear. We have also been using known facts, for example if 5+3=7 then 50+30=70.

At home you can: Select items around your house and add price tags. Can your child reduce the price by 10p or increase the price by 10p? Or they can reduce the price by 1p and increase the price by 1p?

English: Poetry

This week we focused on the nonsense words in the poem The Owl and the Pussycat. We found words like ‘bong- tree glade’ and ‘Lugubrious owl’. We then discussed what rhyme is and wrote down words that rhymed. We have also been learning what a sentence must contain and wrote our own silly sentences.  

Lastly, we discussed the mode of transport and destination in The Owl and The Pussycat. The children then created their own vehicle with labels and captions and created their own destination.

At home you can: Can you create your own silly sentences using who, where, when and doing what? Can your child draw a picture of something they like (an animal, vehicle, game etc) and write labels, captions and a heading?

Geography 

In Geography we have been learning about physical (Earth’s natural features) and human features (manmade). We explored our school grounds to see if we could spot these features.

 

     

At home you can: Can you spot physical and human features when out on a walk?

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 2, Week 1

Topic: Home Sweet Home

Maths: Addition and subtraction

We are learning about addition and subtraction. We have been practising our number bonds to 10 and 20, checking calculations using the inverse and we have been balancing number sentences to make them equal.

On Friday we celebrated number day!

At home you can: Practicing adding and subtracting numbers. You could use pasta or toys to practice calculations.

 

English: Poetry

This week we have been learning all about poetry.                     

We have been comparing some poems including the owl and the pussy cat and identifying rhyme, alliteration and repetition.   

At home you can: Look at poems you may have at home and see if you can find any rhyming or repepition.

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 7

Topic: Home Sweet Home

This week we had our Victorian day.

The children looked amazing in their Victorian costumes and so did the staff. The children really enjoyed their day taking part in different Victorian activities. The day involved a carousel of activities around the four year 2 classrooms, including:

  • Victorian school life 
  • Victorian cooking
  • Victorian toy shop
  • Victorian jobs

For the rest of the week, our writing will be focused on Victorian day and the children will be writing a recount.

Maths:  Place Value

We are learning about addition and subtraction. We have revised number bonds to 10 and learning number bonds to 20. We have also been learning about fact families for addition and subtraction; adding 2 parts to equal the whole and taking a part away from the whole.

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?

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 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.

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!