Our learning this week
Week ending 19th July 2019
We have had a busy last full week of school. We wrote our letters as Gold Crayon, they were truly fantastic! We have been thinking about our year and have written our end of year reflection for our achievement files. We also wrote all about us for our new teacher. In maths we have been measuring mass, volume and temperature. We have been reading different scales and solving problems. On Thursday we had a Sustainability day where we thought about what we could do to help the environment. We spoke about the plastic problem our planet has, how it affects us and animals and what we can do to reduce it. We created posters to show this. We also explored what endangered means, how this happens and which animals are endangered. We found out that the cause of lots of the endangered animals is from the result of plastic pollution. We made top trump cards for the endangered animals and played our own game! We also made bird feeders to help the birds in our environment - hang them in your garden and see what birds you attract!
We are looking forward to spending the last two days next week with the children before the summer holidays, including our walk to the church on Tuesday. If you can walk with us please let us know - the more the merrier!
Week ending 12th July 2019
We had a very eventful week. On Tuesday we met our new teachers and did some fun activities getting to know them. On Thursday we went on our school trip to the Wild place. We had lots of fun and enjoyed our minibeast workshop. We also enjoyed the bear sculpture trail and wanted to have our photo taken by lots of them!! Please see the photo gallery for photos of our trip. We had a bit of an adventure on the way home when our coach broke down but the children were amazing and very calm, taking it in their stride. They were amazed that the police came to shut the road just for us!!
In English this week we have read the book 'The day the crayons quit' and made plans to write our own letter as a gold crayon. We also wrote and drew pictures of our school trip to Wild place. In maths this week we have continued to tell the time to quarter to and to 5 minutes. We started to solve some problems involving working out the start and finish time. We also learnt about hours in a day and solved some problems around this.
* In maths next week we will be exploring measuring temperature, capacity and length.
* In English we will be doing some writing involving transition.
* We will be finishing off our topic with a sustainability day.
Week ending 5th July 2019
Our English this week has been focused around poetry. We started the week, reading some poems and answering some questions. We then worked in a group to act and learn a poem off by heart. We then performed them to the rest of the class. We read some poems about stars and then came up with our own adjectives to describe stars. We used our adjectives, similes and expanded noun phrases to write our own star poems. We then edited them and published them in our neatest handwriting. In maths we have been telling the time. We have read and drawn the time to half past, quarter to and quarter past and some of us had a go at telling the time to 5 minutes. We have also solved problems involving finding durations of time and working out how many minutes in an hour. In science, we have been learning all about food chains and creating some of our own.
* In English next week we will be
* In maths next week we will be continuing with telling the time.
* We will be continuing our topic learning at Wild Place.
Week ending 28th June 2019
We have been really excited this week about the arrival of our four chicks. The children have voted for the names and they are called Moonlight, Fudge, Charlie and Cookie. Although they decided to hatch on the weekend so we missed it, we did managed to catch it on camera so watched a video of two of them hatching! There are some photos on our photo gallery. We were so excited that we pretended to be reporters and wrote newspaper reports, reporting on the chicks hatching. We included questions, exclamation sentences, catchy headlines and speech from the children and adults in school. We also pretended to be Sunny the meerkat from Meerkat Mail and wrote postcards to our meerkat family telling them all about our adventure! In maths we have been looking at different ways to subtract and finding the most efficient way. We have also been solving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division word problems involving money. We had visitors from 'Turn the tide' to talk to us about recycling, keeping the beaches/sea clean and some choices that we could make that would help our planet. We were lucky enough to watch the Year 5 and 6 production, we really enjoyed it and thought they all did really well!
* In Maths next week we be learning to tell the time.
* In English next week we will be reading the story 'Just ducks' and doing some work around it.
* In topic next week we will be learning about simple food chains.
Week ending 21st June 2019
In English this week we read and answered some questions about the story 'Meerkat Mail'. We unpicked some of the words and discussed the different parts of the story. We then thought about the main character 'Sunny' and described him. We thought about his personality and appearance. In maths this week we have been solving addition and subtraction sums mentally and learning different strategies to calculate them in our heads as well as thinking about the most efficient strategies. We enjoyed 'Maths fest' on Tuesday where we took part in lots of maths activities linked to space and the moon landing. We had to crack some codes to unlock each planet, we played in an astronaut shop and solved some problems and made paper aeroplanes. We measured the distance that our paper aeroplanes went and then put the distances on a block graph. Please see our photo gallery for pictures of the day. In science we learnt about the life cycle of a frog. We enjoyed taking part in our singing festival and sang beautifully with the other schools.
* In English we will be writing postcards like in the Meerkat mail story.
* In maths we will be continuing with the most efficient methods to work a sum out and will then be moving on to time.
* In science we will be finding out about and describing the basic needs of animals.
Week ending 14th June 2019
In English this week we have been researching and writing our own reports all about the life cycle of a chick. We are patiently waiting for our chicks to start hatching! We have been using a range of conjunctions, different sentence types and the correct punctuation in our writing. In maths we have been solving word problems using a range of efficient methods, including the part whole model, bar model and using known number facts. We have been practising our times tables in our product power challenge. In science this week, we have continued to think about life cycles and have been observing what is happening to our eggs and chicks at the moment.
Remember it is our summer sing next Friday 21st June. The theme is songs from around the world so please can your children come to school dressed in colours that links to a country. We are holding the festival at Trinity and will be joined by two other schools.
* In English next week we will continue to write for different purposes.
* In maths next week we will continue to solve problems using efficient methods.
* In science we will be looking at the life cycle of a frog.
Week ending 7th June 2019
We have had a good first week back at school. In English we wrote recounts about our half term. We have been spelling homophones and paying particularly attention to the different use of their, there and they’re and putting them into sentences. We have been matching up the words to the contraction and using these in our writing. We have also been spelling words with suffixes. In maths we have been describing movement, direction and turns. We have been using the language of quarter, half and whole turn, as well as left, right, clockwise and anti-clockwise. We have been using this language to direct objects around grids. We have started to talk about life cycles in Jigsaw and in our topic work. We now have our chicken eggs in the incubator and have to wait for 21 days until they are ready to hatch. In science we have been thinking about things that are living, dead and have never been alive. We learnt that living things need to be able to move, breath, have babies, go to the toilet, eat, have senses and grow. We used this to help us sort objects that are living, dead and have never been alive. In computing we have been using iPads to video each other talking about ourselves and tried to improve our videoing skills.
* In English next week we will be learning about the life cycle of a chick and writing this up in our own words.
* In maths we will be problem solving and using efficient methods.
* In science we will be learning about life cycles.
If possible please bring in a photograph of an older relative (perhaps a grandparent) when they were a child and a picture of them now. This will help support our jigsaw work next Wednesday 12th June. Thank you.
Week ending 24th May 2019
We have had a very busy week and the children have worked so hard to show off their learning and have shown a great positive attitude towards completing their booklets! Whilst we have been completing booklets, we have also been very creative! We have used our knowledge and learning about habitats to design, make and evaluate a habitat in a shoebox! The children were so creative with the resources and have created some brilliant animals and habitats. We have also been thinking about cold and hot climates of the world and which animals would live where. We have been practising for sports day and in Jigsaw we have been talking about secrets and how sometimes secrets can be good and sometimes they can make us feel worried. We talked about who we could go to if we had a worry secret.
* We will be continuing our topic next term but with a focus on life cycles. Please look at the website for our topic web at the start of Term 6 to see all areas of learning.
Week ending 17th May 2019
In English this week we have been researching, planning and writing non chronological reports on snails or whales. We have found out where they live, what they eat, different types and lots more fun facts! We used our research and plans to write our reports. In maths we have been practising answering reasoning questions. We have been thinking about our next steps and how to solve each problem using what we already know. In topic we have learnt about an underwater habitat and how the animals are adapted to breath and survive underwater. We also did a sports day practise this week, in preparation for next week! In RE we learnt about the Shabbat meal that Jewish people have.
* In English next week we will be showing off our reading skills in our reading booklets!
* In maths next week we will be showing off our learning in our reasoning booklet.
* In topic next week we will be designing and creating a habitat with the correct animals inside using shoe boxes. Please can you bring any spare shoeboxes into school on Monday! Thank you!
Week ending 10th May 2019
We have worked super hard this week! In English, we have been writing a diary in the point of view of one of the children in the snail and the whale story. We were pretending that our day started like normal but suddenly there was a whale stuck on the beach! We used our purple pens to edit and improve our writing. We have also been showing off our grammar learning in our booklets. In maths we have been revising the four operations, fractions and the different ways we can use to work them out. We have been showing off our arithmetic skills in our booklets! In topic we have been learning about a desert habitat and the animals that live there. We have been particularly thinking about how a camel is adapted to live in the desert. In ICT we have been using scratch in order to make algorithms,
* In English next week we will be continuing with Snail and the Whale and practising reading and answering questions.
* In topic we will be looking at an underwater habitat and the animals that are adapted to live underwater.
* In maths we will be practising reasoning questions and applying our learning.
Week ending 3rd May 2019
In English this week we have been reading the story 'The snail and the whale'. We have answered questions relating to the text and the language the author has used. We have thought about what we like and dislike about the story, as well as puzzles and connections we noticed. We have written a setting description using adjectives, adverbs and expanded noun phrases as well as some of the suffixes that we have been learning. We have also written in role as a snail, we have written postcards and letters to our snail family to tell them all about the adventure that we have been on around the world on the tail of a big humpback whale. In maths we have been revising arithmetic and reasoning questions. We have been picking out what each question is asking us to do, picking the correct method and solving it. In topic we have learnt about an arctic habitat and what animals live in an arctic habitat. We have found out how the animals are adapted to live there.
* In English next week we will continue to write using snail and the whale as a purpose. We will also be doing the Grammar booklet.
* In maths we will continue to revise the arithmetic paper and will be doing the arithmetic booklet.
* In topic we will be learning about a desert habitat and the animals that are adapted to live there.
Week ending 26th April 2019
Welcome back to school - we hope you all had a lovely Easter break! The topic web, newsletter and values web have all been added to the website for your information.
In English this week we wrote diary entries about our favourite day in the Easter holidays. We also thought about spring and used our senses to write descriptive poetry around spring. We have been practising our spelling, grammar and punctuation and answering grammar questions. In maths we have been learning about statistics, we have been creating and interpreting pictograms and block graphs. We have been answering questions about what we can see. We have started our new topic 'Who would live in a house like this?'. We talked about what we already know and came up with some questions about what we would like to find out in this topic. We looked at a garden/woodland habitat and drew our own garden habitat with the animals in it. We thought about how they are adapted to live in their habitat.
* In English next week we will be starting our story 'The snail and the whale' and doing some writing around this.
* In maths next week we will be recapping arithmetic and reasoning questions.
* In topic next week we will be learning about an arctic habitat and how the animals are adapted.
Week ending 5th April 2019
In English this week we have been learning how to use coordinating conjunctions (and, but, or) and subordinating conjunctions (when, because, if that) in our writing. This will help us to make our writing more detailed and keep the reader interested. We have also been thinking about the Easter story and have been writing a retell. In maths this week we have been revisiting the four operations- addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We have been answering arithmetic style questions and have been applying our written and mental methods to problem solving and reasoning. In RE this week we have been continuing to explore 'salvation' and building upon our learning around forgiveness. During PE this week we have been playing lots of multi-skills games, applying a variety of movement skills such as coordination and agility. To end the week we created Easter cards, Easter baskets and also walked to the Methodist Church for our whole school Easter Service.
We hope you all have a lovely, restful Easter break!
See you in Term 5!
Next term our topic is going to be called 'who would live in a house like this?' We are going to be thinking about habitats in the garden, jungle, desert, arctic and sea. We will be making our own shoebox habitats (please could your child bring in one empty shoe box by Thursday 16th May ready to start making them the following week). In addition, we will looking at why we have hot and cold places.
* In English we will be immersing ourselves in the story 'Snail and the Whale' and using this text to stimulate a variety of different writing, including diaries.
* In maths we will be beginning the term focusing on statistics, exploring measures, including volume, weight and temperature. Throughout the term we will be continuing to learn about time each day. Towards the end of the term we will revisit the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).
More information to follow on our topic map and value topic map.
Week ending 29th March 2019
In English this week we have been busy completing some reading booklets. We have also planned and written our own alternative stories based on 'Running shoes'. We changed the object that the character receives and the ending based on the chosen object. In maths we have continued with fractions, finding 3/4 of a shape and amount. We have also found different fractions of amounts. We have also been practising our arithmetic skills in our maths booklets. We had a lovely packed topic day on Wednesday! The children (and staff) really enjoyed learning how to do African drumming and dancing. We also made aboriginal clay discs, creating patterns using beans, lentils and pasta. We created maps for our own town, using a key and symbols. In topic we have also looked at the human and physical features of Bristol and compared these to Cambodia. In RE we learnt about how Jesus was very forgiving and was also forgiven in the Bible. We shared some times when we have had to forgive someone or someone forgave us.
* In English next week we will be recapping on how and where to use conjunctions and writing some spring/Easter poetry.
* In maths we will be revising the four operations, including secure methods and using this to solve problems and reason.
* In topic we will be thinking about what we have learnt in this topic. We will also be doing some Easter crafts.
** Next Friday we are going to the Methodist church for our Easter service. If you are able to walk with us, please let Miss Long or Miss Jones know. Thank you **
** Please see our photo gallery for photos of our topic day.
Week ending 22nd March 2019
In English this week we have been continuing to find out about and finish our non-chronological reports on Cambodia. We have used our purple pens to edit and improve them. We have also published them on to leaflets so that we can use them to teach other people about Cambodia. We have also been practising doing Grammar, punctuation and spelling booklets. In maths we have continued with fractions, we have found one third, one quarter and have learnt about unit and non-unit fractions (fractions that have more than one part for example two thirds and three quarters. We have started to think about equivalent fractions. In geography we have thought about the human and physical features of Cambodia.
* In English next week we will be doing some reading booklets and starting to write a narrative.
* In maths we will be continuing with fractions .
* In topic we will be learning about the human and physical features of Bristol.
** Next Wednesday (27th) we are having an African day. We are going to be learning how to do African drumming and dancing in the morning and doing some aboriginal clay art in the afternoon, as well as a visit from the author Jeremy Strong. The children are invited to wear the colours of the South African flag. **
Week ending 15th March 2019
Our week started with a fantastic African dancing experience with the Zakhele Choir. We enjoyed wearing our wellington boots to participate in traditional African dancing. Please see our page for photos. In English this week we have been continuing to answer grammar, punctuation and spelling questions. In addition to reading texts and answering questions in guided reading. Following on from our learning around 'Running Shoes' we have been researching Cambodia which is where the story is set. We have found out about their flag, the language they speak, what they eat, what the weather is like, what they wear and where they live. After our research we used a spidergram to plan our non-chronological report on Cambodia. We have been busy writing our non-chronological reports using our plans to help us recall the facts. In maths we have started learning about fractions. We have been talking about whole, parts, equal parts, halves and quarters. We have been finding half and quarters of quantities, shapes and numbers. In history we have been learning about Isambard Kingdom Brunel and one of his bridges in particular, the Clifton Suspension Bridge. In Science as part of Science Week we have designed bridges in groups, one with only paper and Blue tac, and the other with a range of materials. Following on from on our designs we then had an opportunity to make them and we tested how strong they were using weights. Please see our page for photos. To finish a very busy week we enjoyed our skipping for Comic Relief on Friday afternoon.
* In English we will be continuing our non-chronological reports and writing around our story ‘Running shoes’
* In maths we will be continuing our learning on fractions.
* In topic we are going to be learning about the human and physical features, and weather patterns in Cambodia.
*In RE we will following on from our learning around Easter.
Next week and the following week we will be doing some more practise booklets (SATs) to prepare your children.
Week ending 8th March 2019
In English this week we have been answering grammar, punctuation and spelling questions. We have been reading texts and answering questions in guided reading. We made and wrote instructions on how to make pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. We then read our new story ‘Running shoes’ and thought about what happened. We have written a book review on the story and have ordered the main parts of the story. We have started to use the character and setting to help us compare Portishead and Bristol to Cambodia. In maths we have continued to work with shapes. We have been counting the faces, edges and vertices of 3D shapes and sorting them into groups. We have been building 3D shapes to help us using marshmallows, cocktail sticks, straws and blu tack. In geography we have been learning about the four countries in the United Kingdom and their continents.
*** Reminder that on Monday we are taking part in welly boot dancing so the children will need to bring their wellies in to school please- thank you!
* In English we will be continuing to write around our story ‘Running shoes’
* In maths we will be moving on to fractions.
* In topic we are going to be learning about Isambard Kingdom Brunel and designing and building our own bridges.
Week ending 1st March 2019
Welcome back to Term 4- where is the year going? We hope you had a lovely half term break.
In English this week we have done guided reading, where we answered questions about a text that we had read. We have written about our half term, sorted present and past tense sentences and had a go at writing in the present and past tense and did some more work on suffixes. We also learnt how to edit some work using our purple pens and the word mats and dictionaries to check our spelling. In maths we have been learning about shapes. We have counted how many vertices there are on each shape, we have identified lines of symmetry and sorted 2D shapes depending on the number of vertices, sides and lines of symmetry. We have also identified and continued patterns involving 2D shapes and described the faces shown on 3D shapes. We have also been learning how to tell the time throughout the day. In topic we learnt about the seven continents and five oceans and what they are called. We also thought about what we already know about the world and what we would like to find out. In RE we have started to think about the Easter story and what the food items symbolise.
Next Thursday (7th) is World book day so the children are invited to come dressed up as their favourite book character.
* In English next week we will be introducing our new story this term 'Running shoes'.
* In maths we will continue with shape and telling the time.
* In topic we are going to be learning about the countries and capital cities in the United Kingdom.
Our Term 4 Topic web and newsletter is now on the class pages for you to read.
Week ending 15th February 2019
In English this week we have learnt what a homophone is (two words that sound the same but are spelt differently and mean different things for example, see and sea, pair and pear). We also did some more work on sorting words into adjectives, verbs, nouns and adverbs and built sentences using these. In maths we have been naming 2D and 3D shapes, drawing 2D shapes and counting the number of sides on regular and irregular 2D shapes. In topic we have been researching the basic needs of animals and humans with iPads. We then created animal fact files on this.
We loved showing you all our learning from this term in our showcase- we hope you enjoyed it too! We hope you all have a lovely, restful break!
See you in Term 4!
Next term our topic is going to be called 'Where in the world would you rather live?' We are going to be comparing Bristol with Cambodia. We will be thinking about human and physical features of the two places.
* In English we will be reading the story 'Running shoes' to help with the comparison.
* In maths we will be continuing with shape and then moving on to fractions.
More information to follow on our topic map.
Week ending 8th February 2019
In English this week we learnt about suffixes a the end of words and how to spell some words with suffixes. We wrote a friendship recipe using the suffixes that we had leant. We have planned and written our innovation of The three little pigs story with different characters and sayings. We have used purple pens to edit and improve our work. In maths we have been measuring in centimetres, metres and compared and ordered lengths.
We have enjoyed watching our beans grow and are so pleased that most of them have reached our castles already! In science, we sorted and classified animals into animal groups. We then made a tally chart to show how many animals were in each group. We used our data from the tally chart to create a block graph to clearly show what animal group had the most animals and the least animals. We have been enjoying practising for our showcase of work and can't wait to show you all next week!
We have discussed and leant about Chinese new year and found out what our zodiac animal is and the qualities. On Safer internet day, we learnt what SMART means and what to do to keep safe online.
* In English next week we will be recapping on word classes, suffixes and homophones.
* In maths next week we will be moving on to shape.
* In topic we will be thinking about the basic needs of animals.
Week ending 1st February 2019
We have all worked really hard this week to show off our learning. We have been doing SATs practise or 'booklets' as the children call them. They have surprisingly enjoyed working through the booklets and we are very proud of them all. In maths we have also been solving division word problems and using bar models and sharing to solve division number sentences. We have also been focusing on our times tables and our KIRFs which is doubling and halving.
In English we have also come up with some actions to retell the story of 'The three little pigs'. We have learnt about suffixes and wrote friendships recipes using a range of different suffixes.
In topic we continued to write up our bean experiment and observed the beans so far. We are pleased to say that our beans have started to grow! Whose will grow the tallest?!
* In English next week we will be planning and writing our innovation of The three little pigs story.
* In maths we will be measuring length and height using centimetres.
* In topic we will be classifying and sorting animals into groups and presenting our data in a tally chart.
Have a lovely weekend!
Week ending 25th January 2019
In English this week we have continued to base our writing around Jack and the beanstalk. We have thought about and discussed whether Jack was right to sell the cow and thought about both points of view. We then discussed whether we thought he did the right thing or not. We then moved on to thinking about what advice we would give Jack about what he should do with the magic beans. We all came up with lots of different ideas and did a conscience alley so we could all share our ideas. We wrote letters to Jack to persuade him to do something with the beans. We then wrote instructions for Jack to tell him how he should get to the market with his cow.
In science we enjoyed planting our own beanstalks and we are hoping that they will reach our castles, just like in the story. We are going to observe them over the next few weeks. We have also set up an experiment to test what plants actually need to grow. We have put bean 1 with our beans in perfect conditions, bean 2 we have put in the fridge and bean 3 we have put with the others but we aren't giving it any water. We have made predictions on which bean we think will grow the best!
In maths we started the week solving multiplication word problems. We then moved on to division and coming up with division number sentences. We have made equal groups, we have shared and grouped and used the bar model to help solve division number sentences. We have also done some work on odd and even numbers.
* In English next week we will be showing off our learning so far, as well as learning the story of The three little pigs.
* In maths we will be continuing with division and showing off our learning.
* In science we will be writing about our experiment and observing our beans grow.
Hope you all have a lovely weekend!
Week ending 18th January 2018
In English this week we have read and discussed the story of ‘Jack and the beanstalk’. We have sequenced the story and thought about the main parts. We have pretended to be Jack and have written some brilliant diaries about our adventure. In maths we have been doing multiplication. We have been looking at equal groups of objects and have shown this with pictures. We have also written the repeated addition sum and multiplication sum to show the groups. We have used a number line to work out the sums. In topic we have been thinking about the parts of a part and what a plant needs to grow. We are looking forward to our rockstar maths day tomorrow!!
* In English next week we are going to continue with Jack and the beanstalk.
* In maths next we are continuing with multiplication of the 2, 5 and 10 x table.
* In topic we are going to be planting our own beans and deciding the best places to put the beans so they will grow. We will also be setting up a bean growing experiment.
Week ending 11th January 2019
We have had a lovely first week back with the children. In English we wrote about our holiday news and thought about our New Year's resolutions and wrote about them. We have begun to think about traditional tales and their features by exploring a range of traditional tales and making links between them. In maths we have continued with money. We have been using different combinations of coins and notes to make the same amount of money, comparing amounts of money using < > and = to, adding pounds and pence to find the total and finding change. We have started our new topic 'Is there magic in a forest?'. We have thought about what we already know about plants and animals and have come up with some questions of what we would like to find out.
* In English next week we will be reading Jack and the beanstalk and doing some work around it.
* In maths next week we will be starting multiplication.
* In topic we are going to be exploring the different parts of a plant.
Week ending 21st December 2018
We have had a very Christmassy festive week! In English we wrote the Christmas story in our own words and drew pictures to go with each part. We also made our own Christmas alphabet and thought of Christmas themed words for each letter. In maths we have looked at money, recognising coins and notes and thinking about their value. We have selected the right combination of coins and notes for a given amount and added amounts of money together. We have also been busy making Christmas crafts. We have thought about the seasons and created a calendar with the seasons. We have also made Christmas cards and tree decorations, we hope you like them when they come home!
Thank you so much for all your generous gifts. You are all very kind!
We hope you all have a lovely Christmas!
Week ending 14th December 2018
In English this week we have written a letter to Father Christmas telling him what we have been learning about at school. We have used our senses to write a senses poem about Christmas. We thought about what we could smell, taste, feel, see and hear at Christmas time. We also used commas to write our Christmas lists. In maths we have been how to add and subtract two 2 digit numbers using the column method as well as solving problems with bar models. We have also added 3 1-digit numbers. We have started to make Christmas decorations and learnt about the story of Abraham. We really enjoyed having Christmas lunch all together this week and have loved seeing what our class elves get up to when we are at home!!
* In maths next week we will be identifying coins and notes and adding them together. We will also be finding different combinations/
* In English we will be writing the Christmas story.
* We will also be making some Christmas crafts.
Week ending 7th December 2018
*** On Monday 10th December, due to building work going on outside the Year 2 classrooms please send your children through the door up by the hall (in between the Year 3 classrooms) There will be a member of staff waiting for the children by the door. Thank you!***
In English this week we have been learning about the features of instructions. We have had a go at following some bad instructions and then some good instructions to see what was important. We then used this to write our own instructions on how to make a smoothie, following on from our topic. In maths, we have been working on our 10 x tables and the division facts to go with them. We have also been subtracting a one- digit number from a two-digit number, counting back to the 10 and then taking away the rest and also the column method. We have also had a go at bridging 10 whilst using the column method.
In topic we have been thinking about eating healthily and what a balanced diet is. We have learnt the food groups and thought about what foods we should rarely, sometimes and often. We also made and tried fruit smoothies. We learnt how to cut the fruit safely. In RE we learnt about Hanukah and we also loved watching the nativity play!
* In English next week we are going to use what we have learnt so far in year 2 to do some Christmas writing.
* In maths we are going to be adding and subtracting two 2 digit numbers.
* In topic we are going to be answering our question 'Can real life people be superheroes?' based on what we have learnt in our topic.
Week ending 30th November 2018
In English this week we have been exploring non-fiction texts and how they can be structured in different ways. We have written a non-chronological report all about space using sub-headings and the information we found out on our WOW day. We have also written a recount of our trip to the star trail. In maths we have been adding and subtracting tens and adding a two digit number and ones. We have started to bridge 10 by counting on to the next 10 and then adding the rest. We have also been bridging ten using the column method. In topic we have designed our own astronaut and written facts about Neil Armstrong.
We really enjoyed our trip to the star trail at St Peter's Church. The children behaved amazingly and all contributed well when asked questions. Thank you to all our helpers that volunteered to walk with us.
* In English next week we will be looking at the features of instructions and writing our own set of instructions.
* In maths we will continue to add and subtract two 2-digit numbers.
* In topic we will be thinking about a balanced diet and healthy eating.
Week ending 23rd November 2018
In English this week we have been exploring the features of newspaper reports. We found out that you need a heading, sub heading, facts, quotes, pictures and that it is set out in columns. We planned our own newspaper report of the first landing on the moon, using the facts that we found out on our WOW day. We then used our plans to write our newspaper reports as reporters. In maths this week we have been finding 10 more and 10 less than a number as well as adding and subtracting tens to numbers using a number line and a column. In PE we tested our agility, balance, movement and speed as we trained to be an astronaut.
We had a brilliant day on our WOW day and the children looked amazing in their homemade capes! We made masks and created our own superhero identity including our superhero name and super powers. We took part in some superhero challenges including building a towers out of marshmallows and spaghetti, working as a team to lower the magic pole and making egg rockets. We tested our egg rockets, some of them broke and some of them were protected. We also found out about the real life superhero Neil Armstrong and did some research all about life in space. Please see the photo gallery for photos of our WOW day!
*In topic next week we will continue to find out about Neil Armstrong.
*In maths next week we will be adding 2 digit and 1 digit numbers using a number line, pictorial representations and column method.
* In English next week we will be writing a non-chronological report on life in space.
Week ending 16th November 2018
In English this week we have been writing for different purposes. We created a poster for anti-bullying week and used a range of different sentence types to show what we had learnt. We also learnt how to use commas for lists. We wrote an acrostic poem all about Autumn and some of us used commas for lists in our poem. We also concentrated on handwriting and some of us have started to learn how to join our letters. In maths we have been making number bonds to 100 and adding numbers to make 100. We have also been adding and subtracting ones from a 2-digit number using a number line and have started to learn the column method. In science we investigated the importance of washing our hands to prevent germs spreading. We ensured our investigation was a fair test by keeping most things the same and only changing how the child washed their hand.
* In English next week we will be learning about Neil Armstrong and writing newspaper reports about the first landing on the moon.
* In maths we will be finding 10 more and 10 less than a number, adding on tens and then moving on to adding and subtracting two 2 digit numbers.
* In topic we will be learning all about astronauts and the first landing on the moon.
Week ending 9th November 2018
Welcome back! We hope you all had a lovely break- we have been hearing all about the adventures you have been on! In English we started off the week writing about our half term news. We then learnt all about Guy Fawkes and why we celebrate bonfire night. We wrote some lovely descriptions about fireworks and the bonfire. We then used our senses to write a poem, thinking about what we could hear, smell, see, touch and feel on bonfire night. We used our red response pens to edit our work and then published our work on to paper for a display. In maths we have been comparing addition and subtraction number sentences using < > and = to sign. We have also been finding related addition and subtraction facts. We also tested our mental maths by doing some arithmetic. In topic we compared the nurses, Edith Cavell and Florence and Nightingale and discussed whether we thought they were superheroes or not. We also did some firework artwork and learnt about the festival of Diwali.
* In English next week we are using Autumn to inspire our writing.
* In maths we are making number bonds to 100, adding and subtracting ones and we will begin to find 10 more and 10 less.
* In science next week we will be thinking about the importance of hygiene.
The topic web and newsletter for this term is now on the website, please have a read and let us know if you can help on any of the dates- Thank you!
Week ending 25th October 2018
We have had a fun and creative week making our superhero capes! We really enjoyed using our designs and all the materials to design our cape. Please see the photo gallery section to see some photos of our capes. We are looking forward to wearing them on our WOW day next term. In English this week we have been writing questions that we would ask nurses today and nurses in the past. We have also been applying the spelling patterns that we have learnt this term in sentences that are dictated to us by our teachers. We have been using our dictionary skills to check the spelling and meaning of words. In maths we have been using the inverse to check answers to sums. In PE we have been practising our agility, movement and balance in multi-skill activities.
Please check out our topic web and newsletter for Term 2 at the start of next term. We hope that you have a lovely, relaxing break over half term.
Week ending 19th October 2018
In English this week we have been planning and writing our own Traction man/girl story. We have been writing it step by step to ensure that we include everything that we have learnt in year 2 so far and ensure that we write in detail. In maths we did our end of unit activity and then started our second unit this term which is addition and subtraction. We have focused on finding all related number sentences for 3 numbers, we found that we could come up with 8 different addition and subtraction number sentences using only 3 numbers! In topic we did some superhero artwork using the skill of pointillism inspired by pop art. We also started to learn about Edith Cavell. We were researchers and used the iPads to find out all about her. We found out that she was a nurse during World War 1 and saved and cared for the soldiers. We learnt that some people think she was a hero and other people think she was a traitor because of her actions.
Thank you all so much for your generous donations of cakes last week- we were overwhelmed by how many we had and raised a lot of money for our capes!
* In English next week we will be practising everything that we have learnt so far to do some writing about our significant individual Edith Cavell.
* In maths we will be continuing with addition and subtraction and noticing the relationship between the two.
* In topic we will be using our designs to make our superhero capes!
Week ending 12th October 2018
In English this week we have read all about Florence Nightingale and answered some questions in our guided reading session. We also learnt how to use a dictionary and look up words to help us spell and find the meaning of some words from the Traction man story. We learnt that there are four different sentence types: statement, command, question and exclamation and had a go at writing some of these. We then use the new words and different sentence types in an acrostic poem about Traction man. In maths we have been counting forwards and backwards in steps of 2, 5, 10 and 3. We have been using number lines to help us and noticing patterns in the numbers. In topic we sketched the other half of Florence Nightingale to produce some artwork. We also named the body parts of a human body. In RE we learnt the story of The Good Samaritan.
* In maths next week we will be moving on to addition and subtraction.
* In English next week we will be planning and writing our own alternative traction man adventure.
* In topic we will be we are going to do some superhero pop artwork using pointillism.
Week ending 5th October 2018
In English this week we have been sequencing the story of Traction man and have been putting this into a storyboard. We have been learning about the features of diary entry and have used this to write our own diary entry as Traction man. We have described all the adventures that we went on as Traction man. In maths we have continued to compare numbers using the < > and = sign. We have also used our knowledge of tens and ones to order numbers. In topic we have been learning about Florence Nightingale and her significant achievements. We found out that she was called Lady in the lamp by the soldiers! In RE we learnt the story of Mary Jones and how the bible is so special to her.
* In maths next week we will be counting in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s.
* In English we are going to continue our writing around Traction man.
* In Topic we are going to continue to learn about Florence Nightingale.
Week ending 28th September 2018
In English this week we have been enjoying reading the story of Traction Man. We have discussed the adventures that he has gone on and identified the characters and the setting. We wrote a book review on the book, showing our opinion and our favourite parts. We also wrote a character description all about Traction Man. In maths we have continued to partition and show numbers in different ways including using a place value grid to show the tens and ones. We have used our knowledge of place value to compare numbers using the greater than ( > ) less than ( < ) and equal to ( = ) signs. In science/D&T we designed our own superhero capes using what we found out last week about the most suitable material.
* In maths we will be continuing to compare and order numbers using place value.
* In English our writing is going to continue to be inspired by the book Traction Man.
* In topic we are going to be recapping and finding out about Florence Nightingale.
Week ending 21st September 2018
In English this week we have been continuing to write sentences with adjectives and conjunctions. We have made sentences better by adding adjectives and have written our own descriptive piece of writing based on a wintery scene from the Literacy Shed. We have used a red response pens to edit our work. In maths we have continued to look at the place value of numbers, we have been showing how many tens and ones are in a number using maths resources. We have also been partitioning numbers in different ways. In science, we investigated whether a range of materials could be squashed, twisted and stretched to see which material would be most suitable for a superhero cape!
* In English next week we will be continuing to work on our handwriting and forming of sentences.
* In maths next week we will be continuing to identify how many tens and ones are in a number and using this to compare and order numbers using the greater than, less than and equal to signs.
*In topic next week we will be recapping on what we already know about Florence Nightingale and will be designing our own superhero cape using our knowledge of the most suitable material.
Week ending 14th September 2018
In English this week we have been thinking about what we need in a sentence. We have recapped where and when you would need to use a full stop and a capital letter and have had a go at some activities for this. We have also been learning about different word classes and sorting words into the word classes such as nouns, verbs and adjectives. We celebrated Roald Dahl's birthday by writing some adjectives to describe some of the characters. In maths this week we have continued with basic number work and counting in tens and ones. We have looked at the place value of numbers and how they can be represented in different ways. We have introduced our topic 'Can real people be superheroes?' and thought about what we already know and come up with some questions of what we would like to find out.
* In English next week we will be continuing to focus on what is needed in a sentence and have a go at making our sentences even better.
*In maths we will continue to show the place value of tens and ones and write this as an addition sentence.
*In topic we are going to be investigating the properties of materials and deciding the most suitable material for a superhero cape.
Week ending 7th September 2018
Welcome to year two- we hope you all had a lovely holiday!
We have had a great first week in year two and have really enjoyed getting to know each other and our new classrooms. This week we have been getting to know each other through team games and circle times. In Jigsaw we talked about any worries we may have for the year ahead and what we can do if we are worried about anything. In English we have been practising our handwriting and planning and writing about our holiday news. In maths we have been measuring how tall we are using meter rulers and cutting string to the correct length. We are hoping to keep them and repeat this at the end of the year to see how much we have grown in a year! We have also been practising our number formation, showing number bonds using numicon and had a go at a 100 square challenge! We have been mixing colours to make our own colour wheel.
* In English next week we will be working on sentence level work, using the correct punctuation and word classes.
* In maths we will be counting and representing numbers to 100 and showing place value through tens and ones.
* In topic we will be introducing our new topic and thinking about what we would like to find out about.