Did you hear the news? Addie the penguin left his egg with us for safe keeping! We researched how he should build his nest, as unfortunately he did not know! After a letter written with explanations of what to do, we then researched how to feed and protect his chick.
After completing our money project, we have begun to investigate division through sharing and grouping. Next week we will begin to use the symbol for division.
After the excitement of Peter Pan and our holiday trip to Neverland we have turned our attention to instructional writing. Despite the absence of snow we have managed to write a set of instructions for building snowmen. Hopefully (or maybe not) this may come in handy soon 🙂 Look out for homework this weekend as we will be writing and testing our own choice of instructions next week.
Money, money, money! We have looked at coins and notes and made totals with them, using lots of strategies. Next week we will be giving change………..
We completed our retelling of the Christmas story based on the viewpoint of a Bethlehem animal.
We used lots of ideas from ‘The Fox’s tail’ by Nick Butterworth to make our story as exciting as possible.
We also completed our Maths unit on multiplication and have been learning our 2, 5 and 10 times tables as well as solving problems.
We hope you enjoyed our Christmas production of ‘The Inspectors’.
We certainly had great fun learning the songs, words and dances.
Year 2 have continued with their learning journey into adding and subtracting numbers. We have explored the number square to find patterns and we have calculated with multiples of 10.
After completing our brochures we have delved into the mystical world of the ‘Tear Thief’. The children are enjoying the suspense of wondering what will happen next so please don’t read this story during half term! 🙂
During the past two weeks year 2 have read ‘Dear Teacher’ by Amy Husband. We then wrote informal letters to Mr Paterson explaining why we would not be back at school this term! He wrote back to say we have to come to school and besides he would miss us very much. 🙂
After that, we wrote a formal letter, inviting a special visitor into our classroom to help with our project…….’Home Sweet Home’.
Place value has been our focus for the past two weeks. Counting and using the Dienes and Numicon has supported our understanding of the value of the digits, Look out for the homework this weekend to reinforce their learning.
To start our new project on plants, Year 1 have been reading ‘Oliver’s Garden’ by Vivian French. It helped to teach us the days of the week and we spent some time learning some of the tricky spellings. We also thought of lots of adjectives to describe vegetables so that we could write our own ‘Oliver’s Garden’ stories. We have recently found out about exclamation marks and tried to include them in our writing!
During the last two weeks we have explored how to make arrays! We have decided they are everywhere! They help us to count in groups of numbers and we even used the ‘X’ sign in our calculations. Finally, to finish the unit, we made a plan for Oliver’s new garden. All the vegetables had to be planted in arrays so that Granddad could keep his garden neat and tidy.
We have been learning how to describe nouns (objects in Autumn) and creating some windy weather poems. We word processed our poems in the ICT suite for a final copy to decorate and display.
We have been learning how to subtract by crossing out and jumping back on a number line. We have even solved some subtraction word problems too.
The children have come back from the Summer holidays refreshed and ready to learn!
During our English work this week we have been working on a unit entitled ‘Troublesome turnips!’ We have compared the traditional story of ‘The enormous turnip’ with the modern version, ‘Mr Wolf’s enormous turnip.’ The children then wrote an alternative ending to the story. They came up with many interesting ideas!
This week, during our Maths sessions, we have been working on our place value. We have been focusing on the value a digit has when it is placed in a particular column. Our homework this week reflects this work. We have also begun to order groups of numbers ensuring that we pay particular attention to the place value of each digit. In addition to this work we have been problem solving with place value and the children have worked really hard at being resilient.
Keep up with the positive start Penguins and Puffins!
We have been learning about people who made a great difference around the Victorian period. We planned and carried out a scientific experiment with paper aeroplanes and wrote compound sentences in our planning/reviewing of this.
This week we have been looking into the history of Florence Nightingale and writing questions that we can find the answer to.
We have been focusing on our number skills with numbers to 20, looking at the inverse operation and all related number stories.
This week we have been finding out and writing about the Victorian Era. We used photographs of the Victorian classrooms and buildings and compared it to our experience at school now. Did you know….? We have Victorian classrooms at Swanmore Primary!
To link with our Victorian topic, we have been learning about time. We first looked at a timeline of events in History and Queen Victoria’s reign. We then considered our own daily timeline and used the vocabulary to describe different times of the day – morning, midday, afternoon, evening, night time.
We also had a brilliant time on our school trip to Manor Farm, we learnt so many things about the life of a Victorian! Thank you for the lovely costumes provided and to our wonderful parent helpers. We look forward to seeing you at the Victorian tea party on Wednesday afternoon next week at 3pm (in the hall).
Have a great weekend in the sunshine! Y1 Team 🙂