Tuesday, 20 June 2017

week commencing 19th June 2017

This week is Art Week in school and we are redecorating the main corridors and library with displays based around the author Sue Hendra's work.
Every child in the school contributes to each display and the new boards should be on display by the end of next week - we hope you enjoy seeing the change to the school and talking to your children about which parts our classes created.
Alongside this the children have been thinking about their fundraiser towards the cost of the recent trip to West Runton and many of them will be bringing home a poster they designed (as well as a letter from us) to explain all...
In English we will be learning more about Sue Hendra and writing a non-fiction narrative of our week including facts about her.
The children will finish the week by creating their own story using some of Sue Hendra's work as inspiration.

From next Monday we will be immersing ourselves in concert practices and our topic The Great Outdoors, which we intend to be the main teaching for the rest of the term.

Finally, we wanted to acknowledge how hard the children have worked this last half term and the positive attitudes they have had to everything we've asked them to done - they should be very proud of what they've achieved.

Friday, 12 May 2017

week commencing 8th May 2017

As you may be aware, May is the month where all children in year two undertake statutory assessment tests, known as SATs, in English and Maths.

We have started these this week and will be continuing with them throughout the rest of the month.  The children are working with one of the teachers in small groups and have responded well to the tests so far - they may also have mentioned our mini 'breakfast club' to you, which is just a part of us ensuring that they don't feel anxious about the tests.

Learning in class has continued as normal and this week the children are using all of the skills gained this year to compose and write their own stories .  In maths, we have been practicing our reasoning skills by completing some orienteering style trails.

Upcoming events:
School photos will take place during the morning of Monday 22nd May

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

This week we have begun an exciting carousel of activities in English and Maths.

In writing we are working on applying key skills such as:

  • spelling "Common Exception Words" correctly
  • including the 4 different types of sentence in our writing
  • punctuating our sentences correctly
  • using adjectives in expanded noun phrases e.g. beautiful, blue butterfly
  • using conjunctions such as "but, when, because, and"  to join two sentences
  • form all letters correctly with flicks ready for joining
In maths we are re-visiting key concepts such as:

  • partitioning numbers into 100s, 10s and 1s e.g. 378= 300 + 70 + 8
  • solving missing number problems e.g. 🔺 x 5 = 30
  • using drawings of "sticks and crosses" to help solve addition and subtraction problems
  • identifying and naming 2D and 3D shapes
  • using the = sign in different places in a calculation e.g. 35 = 20 + 15,    11 = 21 -10
We have new Guided Reading books and have started to have some wonderful discussions in our groups. 

On Friday, we will begin our new topic "The Great Outdoors"!

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

w/c 17th April 2017

Welcome back and we hope you enjoyed your Easter break

This week is Science Week and to build on previous years work we are introducing the children to several fields of Science over the next few days - each with an investigation or experiment for them to complete.

Over the course of the week the children will be learning about:
Chemistry (removing dirt)
Botany (regrowing plants)
Nutrition (sugar content)
Geology (rocks)
Microbiology (bacteria)
Vulcanology (volcanoes)
Physics and Engineering (winches)

Why not see how much your child can tell you from their learning this week!!

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Week beginning 13th March

This week in English we are looking at acrostic poems.

We looked an example about the castle. All of the letters down the side of the poem spelt out the word castle and all of the sentences were about the castle. We are thinking of ideas for our own acrostic poems to spell out NORWICH CASTLE. As a challenge we are trying to use the 4 different sentences types too.

In Maths we have been looking at symmetry and spotting lines of symmetry in different 2D shapes. We have also begun to look at symmetrical patterns and solve word problems involving symmetry. For our daily maths sessions we are solving words problems to use and apply a range of skills.

On Friday we will be using clay to make sculptures of famous monarchs.

We have been really enjoying our football sessions on Wednesday. It's great to get outside and learn new skills.

Please would you each bring in a small sturdy box e.g. a shoe box. We will be using these for DT before the Easter holidays.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Week ending 10th March

This week is art week!

Every child is being involved in the creation of 2 displays to show some of their learning about life in a castle and by the end of the week we will have a new display in each classroom to show for their efforts.

Alongside this we have been extending our Norman theme with a range of adult-led activities.
On Monday we looked in depth at the story of the Battle of Hastings as shown on the Bayeux Tapestry and used our measuring skills to see how far across the playground it would stretch.

Throughout the week in small groups the children will be having a go at creating a strip of embroidery to go with the artwork and completing some non-fiction writing about our local Norman building, Norwich Castle.

In maths we have been practising our reasoning and arithmetic skills and we have been looking in detail at the relationship between multiplication and division calculations (e.g if 6x2=12 
then 12÷2=6).
In PE we continue to have some specialist sports coaches in to lead football skills workshops in a Wednesday afternoon.  Unless it is raining these sessions take place outside so please feel free to provide outdoor trainers and tracksuit bottoms if your child needs them.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Week commencing 27th February

This week in English the children have been creating their own story using a single image as the prompt.

They have been answering a series of questions about the picture and using their knowledge of spelling and grammar to write interesting and detailed answers.  These will then form the basis of their story.

The picture has been taken from the Bayeux Tapestry and after the children have created their own stories we will be introducing them to the Battle of Hastings and the Norman Conquest.

In phonics we are using proper nouns (names of places or people) and making sure that these are always capitalised in writing. The children are also practising this skill in their stories this week.

In maths we are revisiting shape and exploring the names and properties of 2D and 3D shapes.
The children have been using the vocabulary of 2D shape (sides and corners) and 3D shape (edges, faces, vertices) to describe the properties.

For topic, we are visiting Norwich Castle Museum to learn more about life in a castle during different periods of history.