Our English this week has been based around the Battle of Marathon. We explored the battle in detail, looking at different versions of the story. We then learnt about formal writing and used what we had learnt to write a letter of condolence to Pheidippides’ mother. Next week we will be using what we know about the sequence of the battle to write either an informal letter home or a diary entry for King Darius.
Our focus in maths this week has been division using a formal written method. We started by focusing on dividing 3 or more digit numbers by a 1 digit number. Towards the end of the week we moved on to dividing by 2 digit numbers.
Firstly, thank you for all your donations and support during our Harvest festival celebrations. The children did us all really proud with their delivery and we supported Southampton City Mission with our numerous donations.
This week we have continued to work on our fluency, reasoning and problem solving whilst working within Maths. We have been looking closely at Multiplication and Division (understanding the inverse) and have been working hard at our 3 times tables in particular. The children have enjoyed taking responsibility for their learning and have been using the self check sheets to push their learning forwards at a quicker rate.
We have continued to read James and the Giant Peach and the children are engrossed. When we have been writing about what will happen next in the story the children have been using ADDSPICE for our sentence starters. A=Adverbs, D=describe, D=drop clause, S=simile, P=preposition, I=ing words, C=connectives/conjunctions and E=ed words. The children have been able to write with greater variety using this system and are becoming highly proficient!
This week in English we have become familiar with a range of traditional fairy tale stories. We have focused on the repeated language and the contrast of good and bad characters.
This week in Maths we have been learning to write our numbers in words, looking at the tricky spellings and trying to remember them. We have also been adding 1 more to numbers and even solving some challenging word problems! We have been encouraging the children to count on from any given number too.
In English, we have continued to develop our skills, using The Silver Sword. We have been writing as one of the characters, using detailed description and precise vocabulary to describe an event, including our character’s thoughts and emotions.
In maths, we have moved from addition and subtraction to multiplication and division. In particular, we have been looking at multiples and factors, including finding common factors and multiples. We are starting to look at written methods of calculation for multiplication.
In English, we are developing our reading and writing skills through our study of The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier. In particular, we have been developing inference by looking at the different characters and trying to understand their thoughts and feelings, and by writing diaries.
In maths, we are developing fluency in addition and subtraction through practice of written and mental methods. We are also solving a range of problems which require us to apply our calculation and place value skills and knowledge.
This week we received a video link by e-mail from an Amazon Rainforest explorer asking for our help in identifying a new creature in the rainforest. We have created possible creatures describing them in detail and explored their habitat in exciting words and phrases.
We are currently working hard to master the standard methods of addition and subtraction through a range of calculating, reasoning and problem solving activities.
We have had a very strong SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) focus at the start of Y2. We have learnt about punctuation, contractions, adverbs, expanded noun phrases and most importantly how to find opportunities to edit these into our writing. As the year progresses we will be able to apply these skills to all of our writing projects.
We have been exploring the Numicon resources to support our understanding of tens and ones. Numicon is a terrific resource which make the abstract concepts of maths more concrete. We have also used a range of strategies including using an empty number line to help with our addition calculations. The children have been excited to start their Times Table Tests too.
In English we have enjoyed working on fables. Through this work we have focused on identifying direct speech and using it appropriately in our writing, remembering which part of the text is spoken. We then looked at how we can turn simple sentences into compound sentences by including a conjunction. Finally we looked at different word classes. We looked at a text ‘The Lion and the Mouse.’ and identified verbs, adjectives, direct speech and compound sentences.
The children may have explained that in Maths we are working through a system of fluency (where we practice a skill)-reasoning (where we think deeply about the skill taught) -problem solving (where we put these skills into practice in a different context). The children have become highly proficient at selecting the appropriate work following our guidance. This week we have been focusing on adding one, ten and one hundred to numbers. We have also begun looking at how patterns can help us when we are adding and subtracting simple numbers.
Finally we have both managed to have an enjoyable trip to the woods this week. The children were a credit to yourselves and the school and were a delight to take with us. Thank you to all of the parents that were able to share the experience with us.
In English we are reading the Adventures of Odysseus. This week we have been looking at the features of descriptive and suspense writing. Next week we will be using these skills to write a suspense story based on Odysseus and the Sirens.
In maths we have been focusing on subtraction. We started by looking at mental methods of subtraction and using number lines to calculate change. We have now moved on to formal methods of subtraction, using the column method. We will now use and apply this to problems.
We desperately need parent helpers for the Southampton Art Gallery trip on 2nd November. If you are able to help, please let us know.
Year 1 had a busy week preparing our labels and captions for our Toy Museum.
Our visitors came to view our hard work and talk to us about the artefacts on display.
Thank you for loaning us your precious toys.
We have been learning to compare and order numbers very carefully.
We can describe them using ‘more’ and ‘less’ and ‘equal to’.