Classes 2020-2021 -
Year 2 @ West Wick
Class Teacher: Mrs Treasure
LSA: Mrs Duddington
Term 1 Week 4
This week seems to have gone faster than any other week. We have been very busy and the children have worked extremely hard. Today the children wrote their opening of their innovated story of ‘The Great Explorer’ but before we began we put our tools in our writing toolbox. The children told me what we needed to do to be a successful writer even down to the individual letters that they sometimes get muddled and which letters have to sit on the line. If your child is writing at home perhaps you can remind them of their toolbox below. Thank you.
In Maths this week we have been adding three single digit numbers, adding numbers in any order, using related facts, for example if 7 + 5 = 12, then we know 5 + 7 = 12 but we also know that 12 – 5 = 7 and 12 – 7 = 5. We also saw patterns in numbers, for example, if 1 + 9 = 10 then 10 + 90 = 100. Knowing number bonds to 10 really helped children to see this pattern.
In Geography we have been learning about the seven continents and the five oceans. The children have loved singing the songs that help them to remember the size of the continents and oceans from the biggest to the smallest. See if they can sing the songs to you. If you google the 7 continents song and then the 5 oceans song they are the first clips that come up.
In our whole class guided reading session we have been using the book ‘The snail and the whale’ to help us find the adjectives that described the features of shimmering ice and coral caves, shooting stars and enormous waves. It was great to see some of the children remembering these adjectives and using them in their story writing this week.
We watched a very funny film from Nessy about a newt vibrating that taught us all about the difference between an adjective, a noun and a verb. We have also looked at question marks and exclamation marks too and when to use them correctly.
In RE this week we have been looking at different roles within the family and in PSHE we have unpicked what responsibility means. Next week we are going to reflect on things that make us happy, the children will be discussing ‘What makes you happy?’ and ‘What makes a special occasion?’. We would usually invite the children to bring something from home to share, but as this isn’t possible at the moment if you would like to email me with a picture of something before Tuesday that would be lovely.
In phonics we have looked at some of the alternative spellings for igh, ie, i-e, y, i. When your children are reading at home see how many of the alternative ways to spell this sound they can find.
Our spellings for next week are:
The /s/ sound spelled c before e, i and y.
I hope you had a lovely weekend
Term 1 week 3
Wow, how have we got to the end of week 3 already! What another fantastic week of learning we have had this week.
We have started a new book titled ‘The Greatest Explorer’. The children have been learning to orally retell the amazing story through story maps and actions. I have put some photographs of our class story board on twitter. Ask your child to have a go at retelling the story of Tom and his adventures, the children have really enjoyed learning the story this week.
In guided reading we have started looking at the book ‘The Snail and the Whale’ and will continue to do some guided reading activities on this book over the rest of the term. It’s personally one of my favourites of Julia Donaldson’s books.
In maths, we started to look at comparing and ordering numbers. We started by looking at this using images and objects and discussed the terminology such as greater than, less than and equal to. We then looked at ordering numbers shown as both digits and words. Today, we looked at counting in 2, 5 and 10s. I have sent home a 100 square number grid with your child. Over the weekend, ready for Monday, it would be great if you could please encourage your child to use the square to practise counting in 2/5/10s, including starting at different points on the square. E.g starting at the number 20 count forward in 2s. Starting at 35 count backwards in 5.
In theme this week we were geographers and we looked at keys and symbols on a map and then had a go at plotting our own birds eye view map of our school grounds.
In R.E we continued to discuss what it means to belong and the children drew pictures of people in their family and why they are special to them – you really do have some very thoughtful children. We then cut out paper people representing our families and attached them all together to show we are all part of the St Anne’s family.
In real gym, we continued looking at balancing and we used low beams to practise our balances from last week. The children came up with some fabulous balances and really thought about holding the position through keeping their heads up and using their arms to help them.
Next weeks spellings contains the / j / sounds spelt with a g.
I have also sent your child home with a book mark with their name on it. On the back of these book marks there are a list of questions that you can ask your child when reading with them, to really help with comprehension – understanding what they are reading.
We hope you have a lovely weekend and look forward to see your children on Monday.
Mrs Treasure and Mrs Duddington
Term 1 Week 2
What a lovely, jammed packed full of amazing learning, we have had in year 2 this week!
We have continued to learn our beautiful poem, entitled ‘Bluebell’, which the children have really engaged with and learned to recite the whole of the poem, using pictures and actions beautifully. Please follow me on twitter @KTreasStAnnes to see the full video, your children were amazing!
We then went on to think about writing our own acrostic poems about an owl and though about adjectives to describe the owl and adverbs to explain how the owl moves, the children came up with some fabulous imaginative words, they really did amaze me. From this we wrote our own poems, which the children will publish next week and I will again share via twitter, I cant wait to show off their incredible work with you.
In maths we continued to look at place value and understand how many 10s and 1s there are in a 2 digit number, for example the number 32 has 3 tens and 2 ones, using part, part, whole models. The children first understood this using pictures, diennes and counters then they had a go at drawing their own part, part, whole models to really cement the learning.
In art, the children drew an owl to accompany their beautiful acrostic poem, we also talked about what colour we wanted our owl to be and how we could make these colours.
In P.E we started our real gym lessons, the children had to think about what it means to balance and practised different balances, then played a game of mirror, mirror with their partners.
In R.E we looked at what it means to belong and the children drew some beautiful pictures of different places where they felt they belonged, such as being at home with their families, out of school clubs and teams. We also discussed our value of Thankfulness and the children shared things that they were thankful for, they talked lots about how they feel thankful to have such a lovely school to come to.
Next week’s spellings contain the /j/ sound spelled with -ge at the end of words. Please practise these at home with your child as much as you can, we will continue to practise these in class as well, but it really does help them in their spelling check in on a Friday if they have been practising at home as well. You can use the spelling sheet i sent home and/or spelling shed to help your child.
Your child would have their book changed Friday, if required, and sent home with a new book, don’t forget you also have bug club if you need more books, there are also some lovely comprehension questions which follow the books on there also, it really is a great resource. If you need help with log ins please don’t hesitate to ask myself or Mrs Duddington.
Below is a link to a document with a list of resources should your child have to take time off of school, for a prolonged time, due to being unwell. I will also pop this onto google classroom, there are links to different resources you can use with your child that will be similar to what we are learning in school this term.
We hope you have a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing your amazing children on Monday!
Mrs Treasure and Mrs Duddington
We have had a lovely first few days in our Year 2 bubble. We have talked about our expectations and have drawn up our new class charter together, The children have discussed their dreams for year 2 and what they are looking forward to. Your children are amazing!
We are in the process of learning a beautiful poem entitled ‘Bluebell’. The children thought of pictures that Mrs Duddington could draw to help us learn the poem and some accompanying actions too, I’m looking forward to seeing how much they remember on Monday- see if they can show any of it to you!
We have learned how to graduate colours by adding more and more blue to our white base to find the best blue to infill our sketches of bluebells.
In Maths we have been looking at number and place value. We have used a lot of representations to help us understand two digit numbers. I have been very impressed with everyone’s mathematical knowledge.
Tonight your child will have brought home a levelled reading book and a reading record book. Please write the date and a brief comment when you read with your child. Their reading book will be changed on a Monday and Friday. Inside their reading record book your child has a login for Bug Club to access online reading books. The school code is wmhc. I have assigned the correct level of reading books for each child.
Please keep practising the two, five and ten times tables at home on timetables rock stars. The spellings for Spelling Shed will be uploaded each week on Monday morning and we will have a spelling test on a Friday in class. We will be practising the spellings every day in class but it would be useful if your child gets a little support with their spellings at home too, they have been sent home with a sheet with all the spellings for term 1.
Next week’s spellings contain the /j/ sound spelled with -dge and -ge at the end of words:
badge, edge, bridge, dodge, smudge, lodge, fudge, wedge, judge, ridge.
Please do not hesitate to speak to either myself or Mrs Duddington if you have any worries/concerns.
Have a lovely weekend.
Mrs Treasure and Mrs Duddington
Please see below the link to our knowledge organiser for Terms 1 and 2. We will be starting to look at our first learning enquiry ‘Who is the greatest explorer?’ week commencing 14th September.