Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Wednesday 6th December

We have begun to think about our DT projects & are getting our logos prepared to draw up on acetate. Next we will be measuring and cutting wood for the frames.

It's not just advent, it's assessment season! We have been working with the children on various activities to show what they have learnt since joining Year 2. You can help by continuing to read regularly and practising your times tables.

This week Mrs Dewing wrote us a letter asking us to help her write to Father Christmas/Santa Claus. We have everything crossed for a new trim trail!

In English we have been comparing the poem 'Twas The Night Before Christmas with The Nutcracker! We watched parts of the ballet and were fascinated by how the story was told through dance. This inspired our PE lesson last week and there were some fantastic soldiers and mice dancing in the hall.

If you have any questions or comments, please do come and see us.
Mrs R & Miss Tovell

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Tuesday 21st November

What a super start to the week we have had!

In English we have been focusing on spelling Year 2 Common Exception Words. We have investigated rules and tricks for spelling the word 'Christmas'. We have begun an acrostic poem to help us apply these skills. One child suggested that,once the poems are finished, we could send them to Father Christmas!

In SPaG (Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation), we have been reading and writing words with the word 'all' in e.g. fall, ball, hall. Then we have been adding suffixes to these words e.g. called, smallest, falling. We have also explored making compound words e.g. foot+ball= football

In Phonics the children have been learning the Phase 5 sounds, consonant blends (e.g. str, cl, mp) and reading longer words including lots of different sounds.

In Maths we have been relating multiplication to repeated addition e.g. 5 + 5 + 5= 15, 3 x 5=15.
The children have learnt different strategies to help them visualise and imagine what a the times tables means or looks like in real life e.g. 4 x 5= 20 could be 4 five pence coins being worth 20p in total.

A slip will be coming home to ask you to bring in a shoe box for your child's DT project.
Please come and see us if you have any questions.

Our topic work this week will be based on Wednesday's trip to Time & Tide museum. We are sure your child will tell you all about it!

Just to remind you that we return from our trip at about 3.15. To ensure that the children are returned to you safely, we will dismiss them from Miss Tovell's classroom upon our return.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Today we have been busy designing our own nightlights by bringing together lots of the skills we have learnt in our topic work. Your child will need to bring in a shoe box for their project soon. We will send a slip of paper home with all the details on, but basically, they need a shoe box please!

In English we looked at the basic elements of a story structure and challenged the children to write their own stories. They were allowed to choose the character and setting.

In Maths we have been looking at place value as a tool to help us add and subtract. The children use equipment called Base 10 in class. It is made of rods of 10 and single cubes. We have looked at how to draw "chips and peas" to represent the ten rods and ones. This is a powerful tool to have and we will be doing lots of practising in class.

Have a lovely weekend,
The Year 2 Team x

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

This week in English we have been developing our vocabulary skills by describing fireworks. Two children managed to think of similes! One was "orange as a volcano" and the other idea was "as white as a snowflake". We have been describing fireworks by using colour words for our adjectives e.g. turquoise, lilac, neon yellow, cobalt. (Those were all ideas from the children!)
Next we thought about using onomatopoeia to help us describe how the fireworks look, sound and move.  The children were amazing and came up with wonderful ideas. Why not ask your child what ideas they thought of?

In Maths we have been practising our place value skills by working with tens and ones, and using the signs <   >  and   =  to compare the numbers. We have looked at not being tricked by numbers with the same digits e.g. 12 and 21.

Last week in Topic we learnt about the life of Guy Fawkes and some of the events of the Gunpowder Plot. We will continue to work on these skills this week by creating a timeline, deciding if Guy Fawkes was a hero or a villain, and sketching Guy Fawkes.

We have been thinking about why some people choose to wear poppies and why. We watched the very poignant film:
It provoked some thoughtful but age appropriate discussuions.

Mrs R & Miss Tovell have enjoyed seeing your ideas and activities in your home learning books as they come back.  Remember to read at least 5 times a week!

If you're looking for something extra to do at home...
why not use coloured pens to practise writing colour words?
keep learning those timestables
make sure that you recognise all the numbers to 20, then 30 then 50 then 100
anything else that will make your learning brain bigger!

Friday, 3 November 2017

week commencing 30th November 2017

This week the children have been learning about the Gunpowder Plot, Bonfire Night and Guy Fawkes.

We have started introducing more comprehension activities in class so that the children understand that the text they read has a meaning and learn how to to look for the answers in their reading.

The children have been learning about the purpose of adjectives, nouns and verbs in sentence structures and have created simple firework poems to apply this knowledge.
Gold -  sparklers - fizzing
Blue - catherine wheel - spinning
(adjective - noun - verb)

In maths we have been adding 10 to any given number and recognising that although the 'tens' number changes the 'ones' in the answer remain the same because of the zero.
3 + 10 = 13
13 + 10 = 23

We took the verbs from our English work into PE and used our bodies to created the movements as we became human fireworks.  Ask your child to show them how fireworks zoom, twirl, spiral, explode and pop!

Homework starts again this week - there will be a discussion activity each week as well as the challenge to read school books five time a week. Look out for the reading menu in the front of the children's homework books this week.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

We have been busy learning about the festival of Diwali and the story of Rama and Sita. This has been fascinating and linked really well with our theme of Heroes and Villains. The children have learnt how and why Hindus (and people of other faiths) around the world celebrate this lovely festival.

This week it is International Week at Garrick Green and our focus is on the United Kingdom.
All children have been put into one of three school teams. See if your child can remember which team they are in.

We have been finding out and writing facts about Ben Nevis, Snowdon, Slieve Donard and Scarfell Pike. Today the children have made traditional breads from different parts of the UK. To link with this, in maths we have learnt about reading scales and measuring. 

Some ideas for home learning activities...

  • retell the story of Rama & Sita for someone at home
  • make and decorate a diwali lamp
  • Watch the video at: 

  • practice saying where you live. Can you say your address? 
  • find where England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland are on a map
  • bring in photos of you in any of those countries for the UK boards in our classrooms
  • find out more facts about England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland e.g. naming and locating the capital cities

  • learn to say your ten times tables off by heart
  • ask an adult to ask you questions such as "What is five times ten?" see if you can answer straightaway
  • use your marvellous mathematical measuring skills to help cook at home

Monday, 2 October 2017

Week commencing 2nd October 2017

What a fantastic start to Year 2!

We have been...

  • enjoying the new layouts of the classrooms
  • learning the routines and expectations of Year 2
  • doing lots of team games that require lots of concentration and team work
  • working and playing hard
In our topic work we have been investigating logos. We looked at examples such as The British Red Cross, RSPCA, Norfolk Constabulary and Air Ambulance. Then we looked at the logos of Superheroes. We learnt about the features of a successful logo and then used that to design our own.  

In English we have been having daily SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) lessons and reading and writing words with the Phase 3 and 5 letters and sounds. We have been developing our knowledge of how to write a perfect sentence and trying hard to apply this in our own work, 

We hope you have begun your Super Reading Challenge. Remember, the task is to read your school reading book "Teacher Book" for 15 minutes at least five times this week.  You can change your book as often as you like and we do give daily reminders in class for children to do this.

 In maths we have been looking at place value and number formation.  We have been using apparatus to understand how two and three digit numbers are partitioned into hundreds, tens and ones.

Mrs R and Miss Tovell are really please with how the children have settled into Year 2, watch this space for news and information. We will (do our best to) update the blog on Friday afternoons. 
Do come and see one of the Year 2 team if you have any queries or concerns.