Classes 2019-2020 -
Year 2 @Hewish 2019-20
Google Classroom information – Google Classroom Guide for Pupils and Parents PDF
Calling all budding singers – Looking to the rainbow challenge!
Don’t forget to read the help me guide and see the resources attached to get involved in this challenge!
As a Church school we spend time every day in the act of Worship where the whole school comes together as a community in a time to reflect, pray and sing. As a school, we LOVE singing and the children are always enthusiastic about new songs.
I am sure you will have seen many videos being made of choirs singing in isolation in various forms on the news or social media. Each one is wonderful and so we have decided to create a St. Anne’s whole school singing video with a beautiful song which links nicely to the Christian value of HOPE.
The song we have for you to perform is called Looking to the Rainbow. It has been written especially for schools to perform during the Covid-19 lock down by Nick & Becky Drake (Worship for Schools Organisation).
As we start Term 5 very differently to how we would have liked, remember to keep smiling, stay safe and continue to share your wonderful learning with us via our communication platforms. We really hope you have enjoyed the beautiful weather over the Easter break and spent some time making wonderful memories with your loved ones. We are missing you very much and hope we can return to some form of normality very soon.
Today, we have sent out a link via email and text asking you for your permission to create a google classroom account for your child/children. To enable us to provide our children with an online learning platform, we need to gather this information as quickly as possible before sending out instructions, guidance and logins to support you with using this if you are a family who is self-isolating or in the event of the possibility of a school closure. If you have any questions, please speak to your class teacher or Mrs Hardy-Smith.
This week has been very strange; on Friday we had less than half the class in.
I hope you are all well during these uncertain times. All work will now be on Google classroom. Please see the guide above for accessing Google Classroom.
Term 4, Week 3
Thank you for your donations today for Sports Relief. The children looked super sporty in their active wear which was just right for running our mile in the sunshine this afternoon.
In English this week the children wrote some lovely poems and tried hard to make at least two of their lines rhyme.
In Maths we have been looking at 2D and 3D shapes. We have had fun trying to guess the 3D shape in the bag by feeling how many edges, faces and vertices the shape had. We have also looked at lines of symmetry for different shapes.
In science we have been using magnets. We have learned the meaning of the words ‘attract’ and ‘repel’ and could feel the magnetic force when we tried to put two North or South poles together. Opposites definitely do attract! We tested different materials in our classroom to see which were attracted to a magnet. Before our test we thought that all metals were attracted to a magnet but as scientists we found that it is only some metals. A 10p coin and a gold ring were not attracted to the magnet. We had great fun investigating as you can see.
Lily found that although the plastic sign on the door was not magnetic the metal screws were.
We also made 3D shapes using Geomags. The children could name their cubes, cuboids, triangular prisms and cylinders they had made.
In RE this week we recapped the special stories that we have learned from Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Hinduism – The Good Samaritan, Adam and Eve, The boy who threw stones and Rama and Sita respectively. The children wrote just one word that summed up what each story stood for. They showed a great understanding of the meaning behind each story by including words such as: Love, caring, friendship, family, help and kind for the Good Samaritan; good and evil, betrayed, ungrateful, sorry, naughty and embarrassed for Adam and Eve; disrespectful, nature, impatient for the boy who threw stones and love, evil, friends, together, helping, kind, light and family for Rama and Sita.
Our spellings for next week are:
the /u/ sound spelled o.
Thank you for practising the weekly spellings with your child at home, the majority of children are now scoring 10 out of 10.
At home please keep practising the two, five and ten times tables with your child. I have looked on TT Rockstars and only 3 children in the class seem to be using TT Rockstars regularly and it is definitely making a huge difference to their maths in class. If you have lost your child’s username or password or are having trouble with their login please let me know and I can reset it.
Also please ask your child some comprehension questions after they have read to you to check they have understood what they have read.
Have a good weekend.
Term 4, Week 2
What a very busy week this has been. On Tuesday after school we enjoyed our hot chocolate and some bedtime stories with children from Year 1 and Busy Bees. On Thursday we dressed up as our favourite book character and shared our books with each other.
On Wednesday we enjoyed a fascinating visit to the S.S. Great Britain to cement all of our learning about the difference the great engineer, Isambard, Kingdom Brunel made to life at that time and still today. In our workshop we worked in teams to use coal to produce steam to turn the propeller. We learned about most of the major projects that Brunel designed and found out about what life was like 177 years ago when the S.S. Great Britain was launched. We decided we would have definitely wanted to be first class passengers as the conditions for the crew and other passengers were not very pleasant at all. The children were very brave because there were a lot of strange smells and manikins below deck.
The children wrote a recount of their day visiting the S.S. Great Britain. Writing a recount
In maths this week we have been finding a third of a shape and an amount and three quarters of a shape and an amount. Next week we are looking at the properties of 2D and 3D shapes.
Our spellings for next week are:
Have a lovely weekend.
Term 4, Week 1
This week in maths we have been recognising a half and a quarter of a shape and an amount. The children reminded me that in Year 1 we cut a sandwich into halves and quarters and they asked if they could do that again. This time they had to eat a piece or two, or three and tell me how much they had left as a fraction. Bethany said “I have eaten three quarters so I only have one quarter left.”
The children cut their bread very carefully because they knew that all parts had to be equal. Perhaps if you are having a pizza over the weekend you could ask your child to cut it into halves or quarters. Next week we will be looking at thirds.
In English we have been continuing our learning enquiry about the difference that Brunel made. The children wrote about what they thought Brunel’s greatest achievement was and why. They then answered questions such as ‘How did Brunel make Bristol great?’, ‘How did Brunel’s designs help people to travel?’
During our debate about what Brunel’s best achievement was Hattie said Brunel was a pioneer because he built the first underwater tunnel under the River Thames. Great linking back to our learning about explorers and pioneers!
The children also wrote some questions to ask on our trip to the SS Great Britain next Wednesday. The volunteer guides at the Brunel experience will definitely have their work cut out answering all of our questions. Everyone remembered to use a question mark at the end of their questions.
We have also produced a timeline of Brunel’s achievements. I am amazed at your children’s memories for dates, they were better than mine!
I have been equally impressed by their artistic talent (again better than my own) when using fine liners to draw the S.S. Great Britain. Mrs Hall taught them this art lesson as she is our expert artist in school. I think Brunel would have been very impressed too.
Spellings for next week: Adding -ed to single syllable words.
Thank you for practising spellings with your child at home, most children got 10 out of 10 today. Also thank you for continuing to support reading at home by reading to your child and listening to your child read and for buying Roald Dahl and other books, they are all smitten and ask constantly is it ‘Drop Everything and Read Time’ (DEAR time) yet? It is lovely to see such a strong and enthusiastic love of books within this class. Thank you Roald Dahl too! The more they read, the greater the flow of their writing.
Events happening next week:
Tuesday 3rd March – children are invited to stay after school for some bedtime stories and hot chocolate. If children want to change into their pyjamas, dressing gowns and slippers they are welcome to bring them in on Tuesday morning. If your child normally goes home by bus and they wish to take part, you will need to collect them from school at 4.30 pm.
Wednesday 4th March – our trip to the SS Great Britain and Brunel Education Centre. Can children please wear their school uniform and bring a raincoat and packed lunch if they want a packed lunch from home. The school will be providing packed lunches and a water bottle so please ensure the office knows if your child is bringing their own lunch to reduce waste. We will be back before the end of the school day so normal pick up time from school.
Thursday 5th March – World book day. Your child is invited to dress up in a book character of their choice. I think we may have a few Willy Wonkas this year!
Have a lovely weekend. I hope the sun shines on you even for a little while.
Term 3, Week 6
In maths this week we have been measuring using centimetres and metres. First we estimated how long items were in cm to show our understanding of length and then we wrote down the actual measurement. We had different lengths of string that we had to measure accurately and record the length. We then had to decide whether we would use centimetres or metres to measure things in the classroom. The door measured exactly 2 metres.
We then went out into the playground to measure items using metre sticks. We used chalk to show where the end of one metre was before moving our stick. We all made an estimate about how long the painted 100 square was on the playground, Briley was the closest with 4 metres as it actually measured 3m 55 cms exactly.
On Wednesday afternoon we had our last cricket skills coaching session with Sophie. Sophie has been really impressed by the ability of all of the children and has given each of your child an invitation to go along to Weston Cricket Club in the summer to use their new found cricket skills in the 5-8 year age group. I have more invitations if you do not have one in your child’s book bag.
In English this week we have been writing a fact file about Isambard Kingdom Brunel. We have learned some very interesting facts, for example, Brunel broke his leg whilst building his first project, the Thames Tunnel, with his father. Whilst in hospital he entered a competition to design a bridge across the River Avon in Bristol. He won! He was only 23. Unfortunately, Brunel died before the Clifton Suspension Bridge was finished. We are really looking forward to our trip to the Brunel Museum and the SS Great Britain on Wednesday 4th March to learn even more facts about Brunel. You should have had a letter about this trip emailed to you. If you need a printed copy please ask Mrs Lee in the office at Hewish.
The children have been artists this week and have used monochrome and colour in the same picture. We divided a picture into thirds and sketched each part of the Clifton Suspension Bridge first. They used shading to create darker and lighter areas on their bridge. They then used watercolours to infill with colour. I was very impressed with the results!
We have also been musicians this week. We have learned a song ‘I Wanna be in a band’ through using Charanga and have used different types of instruments to accompany our song. We used the percussion instruments to tap out the beat as well as using our bodies.
Our spellings for the first week back are:
- I hope you all have a lovely half term rest and the weather improves a little.
- Mrs Poole
Term 3, Week 5
In maths this week we have been looking at collecting and interpreting data. The children used tallying to find out which colour was the favourite in our class. We have read pictograms and remembered to check the key to see how many each picture represented before answering questions using the data shown. Sometimes each picture could represent 1, 2, 5 or 10 but we used our times tables knowledge to find the answer to some tricky questions. Please keep practising the 2, 5 and 10 times tables at home. Thank you.
During NSPCC number day on Friday we enjoyed completing lots of maths challenges. A timer was set for 10 minutes and the children had to write as many number bonds as they could to 10, 20 and even 100. I was very impressed by how much they remembered in the time.
We also enjoyed working with a buddy in Year 1 to play bingo. The excitement as we got to the last few numbers was overwhelming!
On Tuesday we held our school science day. In year 2 we were anatomists. We used our observational skills to answer our big questions: Who has the biggest hands? Who can hold the most cubes? Does the tallest person have the largest feet? The children measured their hand span using cubes and rulers. We invited a year 6 child to compare their hands with a year 2 child. We could really see the difference in growth in humans. Miss Matthews’ hands were the biggest. The children put themselves in height order and measured each other’s feet. The tallest person did have the biggest feet in our class.
In English this week we have been authors, planning and writing our own stories. The children published their stories with ink pens using their very best handwriting. They made sure they introduced and described the setting and characters. They then thought of a build up to a problem, a resolution and an ending. They used their every time we write skills and some excellent adjectives and alternative sentence openers, for example, meanwhile, rather than using then and then and then! Lots of children have carried on their story writing at home. To improve the coherence and use of vocabulary when writing children need to hear lots of stories read to them so they can piggy back the ideas of the author. Please read to your child as well as them reading to you. We have lots of books in school that you can borrow.
Our spellings for next week are challenge words:
Many thanks for all your support. I look forward to sharing your child’s learning with you at our learning review meetings next week. Please sign up for a time if you have not done so already.
Term 3, Week 4
This week in English we have been learning to write in the present tense. The children have written a diary entry as if they were Mary Anning living 200 years ago. We have really enjoyed researching Mary Anning and the contribution she made to the world of science which was really only acknowledged after her death. We all want to go to Lyme Regis now to find some fossils. I am really impressed with how much home learning is going on in relation to Mary Anning. Today Bethany brought in a bonnet and some fossilized teeth. She sat in the hot seat as Mary Anning and the children asked her some great questions. Bethany gave some really insightful answers which proved she had really immersed herself in our learning theme ‘Who made the most difference?’ Thank you for all your enthusiasm at home to consolidate and extend your children’s learning.
In maths this week we have been recapping multiplication and division. Please keep practising the 2, 5 and 10 times table with your child at home as this really speeds up their calculations. Next week we will be looking at statistics, tallying, using and reading pictograms and bar charts.
In PE we have practised balancing on tiptoes whilst catching a ball and jumping over a line using different sorts of jumps. It is harder than it looks!
In art and design we have been learning about the sculptor Andy Goldsworthy who uses natural material to make sculptures. The children had a go at collecting natural materials to make their own creative sculptures. I was very impressed by their creativity.
I especially love this lion’s daffodil tail.
Our spelling rule for next week is to add ‘ing’ to words ending in ‘e’ with a consonant before it.
hike becomes hiking
shine becomes shining
hope becomes hoping
surprise becomes surprising
come becomes coming
joke becomes joking
love becomes loving
care becomes caring
write becomes writing
smile becomes smiling
Keep reading! Thank you for all your support.
Term 3, Week 3
The weeks are flying by. We are now half way through term 3. I have seen a massive improvement in the children’s handwriting lately. We are practising our handwriting in school daily to ensure all our letters are the correct size in relation to each other. Thank you for practising handwriting and maths at home too.
In English this week we have enjoyed reading the story of Stone Girl, Bone Girl, a story of Mary Anning from Lyme Regis. The children have been fascinated by the ups and downs of her life story and have learned how this brave young lady changed the way people thought about how old the world was after she discovered marine reptile fossils that were 165 million years old. The children have sequenced the story in groups of eight. They then wrote captions on each picture and each group read their own version of the story in sequence, stepping forward to depict a happy time in her life and taking a step backwards to show that it was a sad time in her life. She overcame great hurdles and showed our value for this term, courage. The children have written fact files about Mary Anning so they should be able to recall a fact or two if you ask them about her.
In Maths this week we have been dividing by sharing and grouping. We shared items equally between our friends. We used apples and even a bunch of daffodils!
We then used pictures to help us divide before writing division sentences using our knowledge of the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.
We have enjoyed another excellent cricket coaching session this week and have practised our static balances in PE.
In PSHE we have been discussing our dreams and our goals. Some children chose the goal of learning the macarena dance and some learned to count to ten in French!
In computing we have been learning to code and debug. The children had to use the forward, back, left and right turn arrows to set a route for the beebot to travel to reach the prize. It was harder than it looked but we got there in the end!
Next week’s spellings are:
Thank you for all your support. Keep reading and asking comprehension questions after each paragraph at home. Maths practise would be great too, especially the two, five and ten times table and number bonds to 20. We will be looking at time next week, please concentrate on o’clock, half past and quarter past in particular. I know many children can now tell the time to the minute which is a great skill to have.
Wishing you all a happy and healthy weekend.
Term 3, Week 2
This week in Maths we have been counting in tens and fives and using this knowledge to solve word problems. We have also looked at fact families, for example, 16 + 4 = 20, 4 + 16 = 20, 20 – 16 = 4 and 20 – 4 = 16. Please keep practising the 2, 5 and 10 times table at home.
In English this week we have read Izzy Gizmo and the Invention Convention. Izzy’s invention had to be powered by renewable energy because the other contestants had used up all the other means for powering machines. This led us on to the debate about the use of fossil fuels versus renewable energy. The children used their oracy skills first to persuade each other why inventions needed to be powered by solar power, hydro power, wind power or geothermal energy. They then planned and wrote a letter to Mr James Dyson to persuade him to use renewable energy in his future inventions. The children used ink pens to publish their letters using their best handwriting, punctuation and spelling.
Our spelling rule for next week is adding ‘-ed’ to words ending in y. The y is changed to an i. Spellings to practise on Spelling Shed or on paper for Friday’s test are: copied, replied, spied, fried, applied, relied, identified, magnified, supplied, multiplied.
Term 3, Week 1
Happy New Year to you all. We have had a very successful and busy first week back, the children have worked very hard and have produced some excellent results across the curriculum.
In Maths this week we have been counting in twos and using this knowledge to solve word problems. The children need to be fluent with their two, five and ten times table. Perhaps you could practise these times tables as you travel to and from school. All children have a times table rock star account to play online to make learning these times tables fun. Please ask if you need their username and password details again. We are continually practising our number bonds to 10 and to 20 (two numbers that bond together to make 10 or 20). The children have been saying ‘If we know that 6 and 4 is 10, then we know that 6 and 14 are 20.’
In English this week we have written for different purposes. On Monday we wrote our predictions for the story of Izzy Gizmo by looking at the front cover. The children thought about another book it reminded them of. Izzy is an inventor who tries again and again to make wings for a bird that can’t fly after a fall. She never gives up. This has resonated with the children and they are persevering with their work even when they find it difficult. Well done Year 2, I am so proud of you.
The children have also written their own instructions about how to make a rubber band car from a milk container. We have looked at command sentences, imperative (bossy) verbs and punctuation. Thank you for all of the milk containers brought into school, the children are very excited about making the cars next week now they have written instructions to follow. The video that showed us how to make the car showed CDs being used for the wheels so a few children have wanted to bring 4 CDs in but I have ordered wooden wheels for everyone so please don’t feel you need to supply your child with CDs.
The children are enjoying our class text, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, and have used their rich knowledge of powerful adjectives to describe the main character, Charlie Bucket.
Our learning enquiry this term is ‘Who made the most difference?’ We will be looking at many figures from the past who have made a significant difference including Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Mary Anning. Our first learning enquiry question is ‘What is an engineer?’ The children wrote their thoughts down which were very varied. We then looked at the role of an engineer and three different designs of bridge: suspension, truss and beam. The children became engineers and undertook their challenge in pairs or threes to design and make their own bridge to help the dinosaurs cross the water from the barren land to the fresh new grass using a choice of materials. They loved it! I was very impressed with their engineering knowledge at such a young age and the cooperative way they worked together.
Inspired by bridge making and a 3D pen for Christmas, one of the engineers in our class made Brunel’s suspension bridge at home all by himself, it took him 2 and a half days. I really want a 3D pen now.
We also had a brilliant cricket coach in on Wednesday afternoon. She will be teaching cricket skills to the Year 2 children at Hewish for the next 5 weeks. As this activity is outside it may be a good idea to send in long tracksuit trousers (named) for your child if they don’t already have them in their PE bag.
Our spellings for next week follow the spelling rule: The -es suffix with words ending in y.
flies, tries, cries, replies, copies, babies, lorries, spies, supplies, carries.
Please keep reading with your child at least three times a week at home. A little every day would be great if you have time. Please also ask them a question about the page they have just read to check their understanding. The children will have a short and a long comprehension paper in their SATS in May so they need to practise their comprehension skills please. We practise our comprehension skills in class every week through whole class reading, small group guided reading and individual reading but extra practise whilst reading at home will help greatly.
Term 2, Week 7
In English this week we have retold the story of the first Christmas, the nativity. The children wrote so much as they know the story by heart after our nativity performances.
We also wrote questions that each character in the nativity story may have asked. I particularly liked the questions the donkey asked! How much further is it; she is very heavy? All the children remembered to punctuate their questions with a question mark.
We also discussed why Christmas matters to Christians and the children showed a great understanding with comments such as: ‘because Jesus came to be the saviour of the World’, ‘because Jesus is God coming to Earth’, ‘because Jesus came to save us’, ‘because Jesus is the light of the World’, ‘because it is Jesus’ birthday’.
On Wednesday we had our ‘Christmas day’ when Busy Bees and Year 1 joined us for craft activities. We also enjoyed a Christmas lunch together and then painted our clay models of the creatures and the plants in our unexplored places.
The children also made Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus out of clay under the tuition of the amazingly creative and talented Miss Matthews to remind them of the Christmas story.
Our spellings for the first week of term 3 will be words with the long vowel i spelled y.
During our first week back we will also be making wind-up cars from 1 litre plastic milk bottles and elastic bands. Please could you keep any milk bottle lids for the wheels and 1 litre containers you may use over the Christmas break and bring them into school on Monday 6th January? Many thanks.
Wishing you all a merry Christmas and happy New Year. Have fun with your lovely children.
The spellings for the whole of term 3 and the knowledge organiser for our learning enquiry can be found below.
Term 2, Week 6
This week we have been learning about repeated addition and multiplication. The children started by using the language of ‘groups of’. They used concrete objects to make their groups. They then progressed to using the symbols for addition and multiplication to write their number sentences. For example, 3 groups of 4 can be written as 4 + 4 + 4 or 3 x 4.
In English the children have imitated and innovated the story of ‘Where the wild things are.’ They have remembered all of their every time we write skills and included adjectives and in some cases speech marks too. I have really enjoyed reading their stories.
The children have been painting their landscapes for their unexplored place. They used the primary colours to mix the colour for their location, some were desert backgrounds, some were under the sea and some were lands of ice and snow. They used different painting techniques to add their physical features.
In PE we have been practising our static balance skills. We found it much harder to balance when we closed our eyes! The children mirrored their partner’s balance and held it for a minute.
The whole of Year 2 were awarded learning champion in Worship today because I am so proud of all of your children for their behaviour and professionalism during our nativity play at St. Andrew’s Church on Tuesday. Thank you so much for practising their lines with them and for providing some beautiful costumes.
Mr Phillips said it was the best nativity play he had ever seen! It was a very special time.
Next week your child will be given the spellings for term 3. There are no spellings on Spelling Shed this week but we will be practising the following spellings:
could, should, would, because, are, our, there, their, where and were.
Have a great weekend.
Term 2, Week 5
This week has been super teach week. We have recapped a few things in mathematics that the children have found a little tricky: making the same amount in different ways with coins and notes, working out how much change is needed, column addition and column subtraction with exchange, number bonds and related facts to 10, 20 and 100.
In English we have used all of our every time we write skills to write our predictions for the story of ‘Where the wild things are.’ We looked at the front cover of this lovely book and let our imaginations do the rest!
The children then went on to draw their own story map and used their bank of adjectives and similes to describe the forest that grew in Max’s bedroom.
We have spent a few hours practising our nativity performance this week – you are all in for a treat! The children have learnt their lines really well, they sing beautifully and look very authentic in their costumes. Thank you for supplying their costumes. We are performing our nativity, ‘A King is born’ to the rest of the school on Monday morning so please can I ask that you send your child’s costume in by Monday 9th December if you haven’t done so already?
Our spellings for next week are challenge words (common exception words):
When reading with your child please keep asking them questions about what they have read to check their understanding. Perhaps they could write their answers sometimes.
Have a lovely weekend.
Term 2, Week 4
This week has been assessment week and the children have worked really hard to complete assessments in spelling, maths (arithmetic and reasoning), reading and writing. I was pleased at how much the children have remembered. We have also been sculptors. We have used clay to make additive clay sculptures. The children learnt how to score the two pieces of clay that they were joining and used clay slip to seal the join to make their unexplored animal.
The children have also enjoyed using modelling wire and modroc to design a plant for their unexplored place. They used their knowledge of vegetation in hot and cold areas in the world to influence their design.
Our spellings for next week will be:
The children have also been practising our nativity performance. Please can all nativity costumes be in by the end of next week.
Many thanks for your support. Keep reading!
Term 2, Week 3
In maths this week we have continued our learning about money. We have been finding the difference between amounts. We have used a variety of methods to find the difference. We have been counting on from the smaller number to the bigger number using efficient jumps on a number line, for example, when finding the difference between 24 p and 50 p we started by jumping to 30 and wrote down 6, then jumped another 10 to 40 and wrote down 10, then jumped another 10 to 50 and wrote down 10 and then added our jumps of 10 first and then our jump of 6 together to find the difference (10 p + 10p + 6p) of 26 p. Some children used the column method for subtracting the smallest number from the biggest number to find the difference and some children represented the biggest number with sticks of ten and dots for one and crossed out the amount they were taking away. It was great to see the children using their favourite methods and linking back to previous learning. Next week we will be looking at two step problems and finding change. The children will be buying two items, adding them together to find a total and then working out the change they should be given. Please practise playing shops at home if you get the opportunity.
In English this week we have been looking at the poem ‘The Owl and the Pussy Cat’ and answering comprehension questions about it. We have learnt a lot of new vocabulary. We have also written about our unexplored place. The children used adjectives to describe the landscape and physical features of the unexplored place that they had created. They have also designed an unexplored plant and unexplored animal. The children will be sculptors next week when they make their plant or tree using wire and modroc and clay to sculpt their animals. I really liked some of the names of their invented animals. The children have shown how creative and imaginative they can be. I can’t wait to see the finished sculptures. If possible could you send in a cereal box for them to paint their landscape on so the animal and plant can be placed in it? Many thanks.
In pairs the children worked cooperatively to draw a mind map of all the things they have learnt during our learning theme. They also had a discussion and decided who they thought is the greatest explorer. Everyone had different ideas and reasons for their choice but all were argued well.
We have had great fun in science this week. The children planned their own investigation to answer the questions – which bottle would send the rocket mouse furthest into space? Our findings were not what we were expecting. The smaller water bottles sent the mouse higher than the big milk containers. The children thought of several possible reasons why this should be. Fynley thought that the handle on the milk container meant that when you compressed the bottle some of the air went into the handle and not up under the mouse sitting on the top of the bottle. We talked about the amount of pressure inside the bottles, friction and gravity. Super scientific reasoning was seen by all.
Our spellings for next week are:
Term 2, Week 2
This week in Maths lessons we have been recognising and adding coins and notes. We have found lots of different ways to make the same amount, for example, £2.50 can be made with a £2 coin and a 50p coin, as well as two £1 coins, two 20p coins and one 10p coin or four 50p coins and ten 5p coins. Please practise using coins at home to find different ways to make the same amount.
In English this week the children made their own story maps as I retold the story of the Man on the Moon. They used their story map to tell their story to a friend.
The children used post-it notes to innovate their story the following day and wrote their own story invention, remembering to use adjectives and their every time we write skills. It was hard to choose a learning champion this week as all the children deserved this accolade. Well done Year 2; you are all great authors.
In science we have been asking the question – which material is the most waterproof? The children ran their own investigations to answer this question. They found that the rubber glove kept their cotton wool astronaut the driest.
Thank you for all your efforts in making the space buggies. I have been impressed at how well the children’s designs have been followed to each detail.
Our spellings for next week all end in ‘el’. Please practise these spellings at home for our quiz in class next Friday.
Have a lovely weekend and thanks for your support. Keep reading!
Term 2, Week 1
Welcome back! I hope you have had a relaxing half-term break.
We have had a very busy first week back in school. We have continued our explorers learning theme by asking the question ‘Can you explore space?’ We have learnt about three space pioneers: Yuri Gagarin (the first man in space), Valentina Tereshkova (the first woman in space) and Neil Armstrong (the first man on the moon). The children have designed their own moon buggy and made a list of all the things they would need to make it. Some children chose to build their moon buggy at home. The children have asked for a copy of their design to bring home but there is no expectation that you have to make a moon buggy but they are all very excited. We watched this link to see NASA’s latest lunar rover design – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d10acTW2J1E .
We have also been reading a fiction book ‘Man on the Moon (a day in the life of Bob).’ We stopped reading the book half way through and the children wrote their prediction of what they thought would happen next. We then looked at the use of adjectives within the book and we could only find a few so we thought we would make the book even better by using adjectives to describe the moon. The children sorted the adjectives into a zone of relevance. The most powerful and relevant adjectives to describe the moon went in the middle of the target and the children discussed which adjectives were weaker and which adjectives were not really relevant to describe the moon at all.
The children have written beautiful descriptive pieces about the moon using different sentence starters and some children used similes, for example, ‘the yellow, shimmering and uneven moon is as golden as a speck of glistening dust.’
In maths this week we have been comparing calculations using the >, < and = symbols. The children remembered using these symbols before to compare numbers but this time they had to work out the calculations either side before inserting the correct symbol to compare the totals of the calculations.
In PSHE we have been looking at how similar girls and boys are in their interests. In talk partners (girl and boy) the children had to find four things that they had in common. It was lovely to hear their discussions, ‘Yes I like playing football too!’ ‘Boys can cook because my daddy does all the cooking at home.’ ‘Not all girls like pink, green is my favourite colour.’ ‘I play computer games, it’s not just boys who play computer games.’
In PE this week we have been learning how to jump and land safely. The children bent their knees and used their arms to take off and then bent their knees again on landing. The children took it in turns to jump from one stepping stone to the next within their team. Each person made up their own sequence of jumps along the stepping stones and their team had to follow the sequence. We graduated to jumps with twists and turns.
Next week our spellings will include the /l/ or /ul/ sound spelled ’-le’ at the end of words.
Please also keep practising the sight words highlighted on your spelling sheets given out at parents evening and hear your child read every day if possible. Please also get into the habit of asking comprehension questions about what your child has read to you (not just questions they can find the answer to in the text but inferred questions like ‘why do you think….’).
Perhaps playing a family game of counting in twos, fives and tens would be fun whilst at the dinner table or in the car. We play it in class – these are the rules: the first person can choose to say one, two or three times a number, for instance, 2, 4, 6, then the second person can say 8 or 8, 10, the next person can say 12, 14, 16, etc. The person who says 24 is out and you start again. You play the same format for the 5 (person who says 60 is out) and the 10 (person who says 120 is out) times tables.
Term 1, Week 7
We finished this term with a debate as to whether it is harder to explore on land or sea. The children chose to stand on the land side or the sea side of the classroom and threw a globe to the opposite group. The person that caught the globe had to give their reasons of why it was harder to explore on land (or sea). The children articulated their reasoning well and we could have played the game all day because there was an abundance of ideas. The children then wrote their argument as to whether it is harder to explore on land or sea and we had time to read a few out. We witnessed excellent reasoning, oracy and debating skills, maybe we have some future MPs in our midst.
We have also been scientists this week, exploring where ice melts the quickest. We used our eyes and fingers to observe the ice and then recorded what it looked and felt like .
The children wrote questions that a scientist may ask about the ice and then we planned an investigation. The Year 2 crew decided on four places to put a segment of ice. Lacey came up with the idea that if we put the ice in something metal and put it on the windowsill in the sun it might melt really quickly so that was our first place. Our second place was in the playground on the hopscotch as this was in the shade. Our third place was just outside the classroom high up on the handrail in the direct sunlight. We had suggestions from the class that if we were to get the ice really hot by covering it in warm clothes (and leaves because hedgehogs keep warm in leaves) the ice would melt very quickly. We checked on each piece of ice after 10 minute intervals and recorded our findings. Lacey’s prediction of the ice melting quickly in a metal container in the sun on the windowsill was correct and this piece of ice had reverted to water when we checked on it after only 10 minutes. In second place was the ice in the direct sunlight on the handrail outside our classroom which had melted considerably but there was a tiny piece of ice left in the tray. In third place was the ice on the hopscotch in the shade in the playground because a bigger splinter of ice remained. We were all amazed that the ice we had kept wrapped up in warm clothes and leaves inside the cloakroom had not melted at all! This led us onto a discussion about insulation – fantastic and enjoyable learning from first hand experiences – our favourite type of learning!
In Maths this week we have been adding and subtracting two digit numbers using the column method. We remembered to add the ones first and if they added up to ten or more we exchanged ten of our single ones for a stick of ten from the bank and added it to the tens column before adding all the tens together.
We worked as a team to sequence our explorers along a time line from Christopher Columbus who discovered the West Indies in 1492 to our present day explorer who visited our class this term, Ben Peters.
We have also worked a lot on reading comprehensions this week and the children’s written comprehension skills are improving. Please can you ask your child a question about what they have read after every couple of pages to check their understanding. Many thanks.
Our spellings for week commencing 4th November will be the ‘r’ sound written ‘wr’.
Please help your child to read and write these words. Please also practise the highlighted spellings on the sheets you were given at parents evening. It was lovely to meet with all of you. Thank you for all your support.
Wishing you all a wonderful half-term break.
Term 1, Week 6
More fantastic explorer learning this week in year 2 . The children have been learning about the famous navigator Christopher Columbus who discovered the Americas in 1492 . We are considering the question – Is it easier to explore on land or sea? The children have been focusing on using strong vocabulary again and have included words like indigenous , navigator and voyage in their learning. Look at the letters the children wrote to the King and Queen of Spain asking for money to fund their next voyages .
We used all we had learned about explorers to become explorers for the day to develop our navigating skills at Lower Stock Farm . The children had a brilliant day learning to read maps and compasses and follow compass directions in an orienteering game in the woods . The children developed an understanding of how difficult it would be to only use a compass to explore and navigate the world . Check out some of our photos of the children being explorers. We also explored the farm to find out about the animals that live there.
We found cows and chickens and learned about what they ate and what they produced. We held an egg that had just been laid, it was still warm which was lovely to warm our chilly hands.
The children wrote letters to Liz and Helen at Lower Stock Farm to thank them for a lovely day.
In Maths this week we have been learning to subtract using the column method and by jumping back on a number line.
In RE this week we have been continuing to look at belonging. We watched a video clip of people explaining what it was like belonging to a church. We tallied the number of times we heard the word ‘people’ and ‘family’ mentioned. We understand that the word church does not refer to the building but the family of people within it. The children wrote their own definitions for the word ‘church’ – see some of them below:
Next week is the last week of term and I am looking forward to seeing you all at the learning review meetings on Tuesday and Thursday.
Next week’s spellings are called challenge words : door , poor , floor , because , find , kind , mind , behind , child , children. Please help your child to read and spell these for our check in on Thursday.
Thank you for your support.
Term 1, Week 5
We have had yet another very busy but productive week, I can’t believe we only have two weeks left of this term. We have continued our learning about explorers and are now investigating the question, ‘Is it easier to explore on land or sea?’ In guided reading this week we have read all about Robert Scott and his team’s expedition to the South Pole in 1912. We have learned that Scott and his team were beaten to the South Pole by Norwegian Roald Amundsen because Amundsen used racing husky dogs to pull his team’s sledges. Sadly, on the return journey Scott and his men perished because of the harsh weather conditions, exhaustion and hunger.
In English we have been looking at the difference between fiction (story books) and non-fiction (fact/information books). The children have been checking all their books to see if they have a contents page, an index, a glossary, pictures and captions to find out if the book they are reading is fiction or fact. They sorted statements about Robert Scott into fact and fiction.
We then labelled the features of an information text – heading, subheading, photographs, captions and the facts. The children wrote their own fact file about Scott using the above features.
We have also been historians this week and have been to the Scott of the Antarctic museum via a BBC news clip. We saw the sledge he used to reach the South Pole, the harnesses for the dogs, the sleeping bags, Scott’s diary and letters he wrote and the clothes and shoes he wore on his expedition. The children noticed that the BBC reporter made a mistake because she said Scott died on the way to the South Pole but we have photographic evidence that he planted a flag at the South Pole next to the Norwegian flag and he died on the way back from the South Pole – great listening Year 2! We sorted primary and secondary sources. Primary sources are actually from the time. The children decided that Scott’s diary and the actual photographs that were taken at the South Pole were primary sources but books written about Scott after he died were secondary sources.
In Maths this week we have been finding one more and one less than a number to 100.
Once we conquered that we moved on to finding ten more and ten less. At the end of the week we used the column method to add 10 more to a two-digit number.
We talked about the importance of putting the ones underneath each other and the tens underneath each other. We always add the ones in the column first before adding the tens. The children found this quite tricky to start so if you can practise this at home it would support their learning tremendously. The more column addition they do the better but at this stage, however, please keep the total of the ones to 9 or below.
In RE we have been reflecting on what makes us happy. Thank you for sending your child in with a photograph or object that reminds them of a happy time. It was lovely to listen to them sharing their special memories.
In PE this week we have used our skills to move around the hall without bumping into each other. We have traveled by hopping, skipping, galloping and side-stepping. We have dribbled footballs between each other and played a game of stuck in the mud. Once the children were tagged they had to balance on one leg in a different position each time. Another child could only release them if they mirrored their partner’s one-leg pose. The balances show how much strength the children now have in a balance.
Our spellings for next week include the /n/ sound spelled kn and gn.
Please practise these spellings at home with your child for our check in next Friday.
Keep reading. Have a great weekend.
Term 1, Week 4
In religious education this week we have continued looking at our theme of ‘belonging’. We asked the question, “Who does Jesus belong to?” We listened to the story of Jesus visiting the temple with his parents when he was 12 years old.
The children then took it in turns to be Jesus in the hot seat to answer questions from the other children.
They then thought about what Jesus’ parents might say when they found him and Jesus’ reply.
I was interested to hear the children’s responses to the question “Who does Jesus belong to?”
“Mary and Joseph.”
“The angel who told Mary she was going to have a baby.”
Our reading and writing has had a geography focus this week. We have learned a lot of new vocabulary including summit, avalanche and altitude. The children wrote a sentence to include one of our new words.
On Monday for our whole class reading session we read about a modern day explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, from a non-fiction book called ‘Explorers Fascinating Facts.’ The children followed the text and were able to answer comprehension questions and make some inferences. When I asked the question ‘Why do you think he took a dog with him on his expedition from the North Pole to the South Pole?’ the replies showed a lot of extra thinking: ‘to keep him company’, ‘in case they got lost because dogs can smell the tracks’, ‘to help protect him.’ Wow! The answers to comprehension questions are not always written in the text so children have to think about what has been inferred. Can you please practise this skill when reading with your child at home? Thank you.
On Tuesday we learned about Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing, the first people to conquer the summit of Mount Everest in 1953. We watched real footage and heard about all the obstacles they had to overcome. We looked at a photograph of the front page of the London Herald on 2nd June 1953 announcing that Hillary and Tenzing had conquered Everest. The children designed and wrote their own front page of a newspaper and wrote about the key events of the climb.
We also looked at one of Hillary’s diary entries as he was climbing Mount Everest. He said what a foul night it had been with strong winds and how very cold he was, how he had needed oxygen and managed to traverse a crevasse. The children then pretended to be Hillary and wrote their own diary entry.
The children have enjoyed being historians this week and were so interested in the sources we used. I think they really understand what an achievement conquering the summit of Everest was. It took them 7 weeks to climb Mount Everest.
In Maths this week we have been adding 3 single digit numbers and learned that it doesn’t matter which order you add the numbers in, the total will be the same – this is known as commutative law. We have also used related facts to add and subtract, for example,
5 + 7 = 12, 7 + 5 = 12 , 12 – 5 = 7, 12 – 7 = 5.
On Friday we recalled number bonds to 10 and then used this knowledge to work out number bonds to 100.
Please keep practising number bonds to 10, to 20 and to 100 with your child at home. Google ‘top marks hit the button’ and choose number bonds for a fun, interactive game to support this learning. Many thanks.
Our spellings for next week focus on the /s/ sound spelled c before e, i and y. Please practise these spellings with your child for our check in next Friday. Your child’s spelling shed login and password is in the front of their partnership book. Thank you.
Term 1, Week 3
We ordered numbers by looking at representations, numerals and words. We looked at the number of tens and then the number of ones before ordering.
We have also been solving problems with our knowledge of 2s, 5s and 10s. Please practise these times tables at home. TT Rockstars offers a fun and interactive revision of the times tables. The times tables are set automatically for our year group. Once your child has become proficient in answering a set of tables within the time allocated the next level will appear automatically. They will start with their 10 times tables. Your child should have their username and password for TT Rockstars in the front of their partnership book. If their sticker with these details is not in their partnership book please speak to Miss Matthews or myself.
On Fridays the children complete their mad maths minutes challenges. The children need to be fluent in their knowledge of number bonds to 10 and to 20 so we have a 5 minute test every Friday to test their number bond knowledge. They need to answer 60 questions in 5 minutes. If you google Top marks hit the button and choose number bonds this will lead the children to the game they like to play in school. Many thanks for your support with this.
I have been very impressed this week with the children’s writing. They have written their innovation of ‘The Great Explorer’ story and invented their own stories too. I really enjoyed reading their stories because the children had remembered all of their ‘every time we write skills’ and included some exciting adjectives; the word ‘big’ was not allowed!
In geography this week we have been learning about the seven continents and written a fact about each continent on our world map.
We also drew our planet and used watercolours to paint it. What a wonderful world! We labelled the equator, North and South Poles and the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere. We found out that it is colder the further you get away from the equator.
The spellings have been changed on Spelling Shed for you to practise with your child at home for our quiz next Friday. The /j/ sound spelled as a g. The spellings are:
Please also keep reading at home as it feeds into their writing in school. The more books they have read the more ideas they will have for their own story writing. Reading every day also supports their ability to spell correctly. Thank you.
Hopefully you should have all received a letter about our orienteering and map reading skills trip to Lower Stock Farm. The original date was Thursday 26th September but unfortunately the person running our workshop is unable to deliver it on that day now so we have changed the date of the farm trip to Thursday 10th October.
Term 1 Week 2
Another lovely week in Year 2. The children have drawn story maps to support their learning of our current class text ‘The Great Explorer.’ The children then innovated the story by placing a post-it note over four pictures on their story map. On each post-it note they drew their own ideas, for example, they changed the character, the animals he met, the mode of transport that came to rescue them. Next week the children will be writing their innovated story and inventing their own.
The children then worked in twos or threes to act out and ‘freeze frame’ their favourite part of ‘The Great Explorer’ story for others to guess.
In Maths this week we have been using part, part, whole models to understand the value of two digit numbers. We have used lots of concrete objects to help us and have been representing two digit numbers on place value charts and making sure that when we write an addition sentence we know how many tens and how many ones there are. For example, if we have put 5 in the tens column and 3 in the ones column the addition sentence is not 5 + 3 = 53 but 50 + 3 = 53.
The children worked in pairs. One child picked a two-digit number card from the pack and told their partner the number. Their partner had to represent how many tens and how many ones were in that number on their place value chart they had drawn on their whiteboard and write the addition sentence. An extra challenge was set to write the addition sentence in words.
The children have also been playing an online game to support their learning of place value and wanted me to put the link on the class page so they can play it at home. It is free and they love it! If you google Top marks place value basketball you can access the game. The children know how to play it. The same site offers lots of games. The children need to be fluent in their knowledge of number bonds to 10 and to 20. We have a 5 minute test every Friday to test their number bond knowledge. They need to answer 60 questions in 5 minutes. If you google Top marks hit the button and choose number bonds this will lead the children to the game they like to play in school. Many thanks for your support with this.
In PE this week we have been learning sportsmanship skills for when we win or lose. We have played a version of ‘rock, paper, scissors’. The children were asked to invent a body position on one leg to represent a rock, piece of paper or pair of scissors. They then traveled to the middle of the field from their starting position, played rock, paper, scissors and then used a celebratory gallop back to the winners end or a side step crab movement back to the losers end. This was repeated several times so everyone had the opportunity to win and lose. The child that lost then congratulated the winner with words and gestures of their choice. We had a lot of ‘well done’, ‘congratulations’ and thumbs up, pats on backs and shaking of hands. We didn’t have any strops!!!
Thank you for practising the spellings on Spelling Shed. I have set the new list for next Friday’s test. They are as follows:
stage, orange, village, charge, change, age, huge, bulge, range, hinge.
If you need your child’s Times Tables Rock Stars login again please let us know. Your child needs to be fluent in the two, five and ten times tables.
Many thanks for all your support. Please keep reading at home.
Term 1 Week 1
We have had a lovely first week back. In order to answer our question ‘What is an explorer?’ we invited a real explorer in to talk to us. Ben Peters from Explorers Educate told the children all about his adventures and he answered a lot of the questions the children had written for him. The children listened really well and could then write knowledgeably about what explorers do.
Ben told us about the time when a polar bear followed him for two weeks whilst he was studying the ice at the North Pole. Ben also explained that sharks don’t really like to eat people because we have too much iron in our blood so sharks prefer fish. The only reason a shark had bitten him was because he had caught a fish for his tea and he had clipped it on to his belt. Often explorers set off for long periods of time so they have to catch fresh food to eat because they can’t carry 6 months supply of food as it would be too heavy.
Ben showed us a video of him diving all around the coast of the UK and how much plastic he found in the sea and on the coastline. We also saw photographs of several special places Ben had explored all over the world and the different people he had met. Ben said his favourite place was a cave in Belize called ‘God’s pocket’ because it is full of precious things but Ben said it is very important to leave things where they belong.
We learnt that early explorers were hired to find gold and treasure, spices, new lands and to spread Christianity. Ben told us about all the things explorers need to take on an expedition. He explained that it was particularly important to take a filter to filter water to make sure it was clean to drink. Ben showed us pictures of his tent and kayak and told the children he kept his boots outside the tent because they were very, very smelly! I was really impressed by the quality of the questions the children asked, for example, “When you dive do you have to put a flag up?” “How many animals have bitten you?” Ben let the children hold the camera he uses to record his expeditions for television. We now have a whole class who want to be explorers! My favourite quote from Ben –
‘If the world was a book would you only read one page?’
In Maths this week we have been counting and recognising numbers to 100 and we have used various resources to represent two-digit numbers.
Some children challenged themselves by making their tens by adding two numbers together and then they added the ones, for example, 10 + 10 + 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 + 3 = 43.
Please see below the link to our parent curriculum information sheet and knowledge organiser for terms 1 and 2. I have also sent a paper copy home in your child’s book bag.
I have also given your child a list of weekly spellings for this term. Inside the front cover of their partnership book (reading record) Miss Matthews has put your child’s username and password to access Spelling Shed online. There are several fun ways that your child can practise their weekly spellings.
Next week we are learning the sound /j/ spelt with ‘-dge’ and ‘-ge’ at the end of words.
badge, edge, bridge, dodge, smudge, lodge, fudge, wedge, judge, ridge. Please help your child to read and spell these words. We will have a little quiz next Friday to see how they have got on.
I really value your support with reading at home. Please can you ensure your child reads their book a couple of times for fluency and also can you ensure you ask them a few questions about the book as you go along so that they can practise their comprehension skills.
Please remember to bring in a postcard, a photo or a drawing of a place you have explored during the summer holidays on Tuesday 3rd September.