We finished our poetry fortnight with some beautiful poems based on The Magic Box by Kit Wright. The children used descriptive vocabulary to describe toys to put in their own Magic Toy box.
We have also been learning about apostrophe’s for possession. We looked at where and how they are used. We also challenged ourselves to use expanded noun phrases and the conjunction ‘that’ e.g. I played with Tom’s red, shiny train that travelled quickly on the track.
We introduced multiplication using Numicon. The children looked for patterns in their calculations. We finished this unit by applying their new knowledge and skills to solving word problems involving multiplication e.g. The baker carried two trays. In each tray were 5 loaves of bread. How many altogether? 2 x 5 = 10
During the week after half term we looked at different sentence types: statements, commands, questions and exclamations.
This week we have been writing senses firework poetry. Our challenge was to use as much descriptive language as we could. For example: “I saw bright, sparkling fireworks exploding loudly in the dark, starry sky”
Last week we were learning to use the symbols < > = to compare the size of objects and then to compare numbers. As the children gained confidence we were able to use < > = to compare two number sentences. For example: 12-9 > 8-7
This week we have been learning about multiplication. We started with quite practical activities including making up a dance with used dance moves a certain number of times. Today we changed the word times in our sentence to the x symbol.
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.
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.
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.
Year 2 enjoyed a very successful art week. The children explored a range of clay snails deciding which one they preferred and presenting their ideas in a creative way. Then they designed their own snail, identified how it would made and finally they made them!
The following art focus was studying the natural sculptures created by Andy Goldsworthy. The children loved his use of materials and were excited to experiment with natural resources as they created their own sculptures in the school grounds. Our parents Open Afternoon was a gallery of Goldsworthy inspired art.
Finally, we explored the medium of collage. The children critiqued a range of collages then studied a picture called The Snail by Henri Matisse. Their finally task was to create their own snail collage in the style of Matisse.
It has been a busy week and a well deserved one after a year of hard work. Well done Year 2 ☺
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.
We have been reading The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch and writing persuasive letters to Mr Grinling to try and get him to leave the lighthouse for a holiday. We tried to use different suffixes in our writing -ment, -ful and -less.
We have been using the inverse calculation to find the missing number in number sentences e.g. if 12 + 11 = 23 then 23 – 11 = 12
We have also been looking at directional and positional language: up, down, forward, backward, left, right, clockwise, anticlockwise, on top, in front, behind, next to. We have followed instructions and hunted for treasure.
We began our Victorian seaside project with a trip to HMS Warrior. The focus of our English has been recounting our trip with a focus on past tense, descriptive language, and using a range of sentence types. This week we learnt about the story of Grace Darling and wrote a diary entry from the day she rescued people from the storm.
We have done a range of maths since half term including time (5 minute intervals), symmetry, 3D shape, money, greater/less than, problem solving and reasoning.
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 🙂