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.
Y2 Curriculum Update
We have enjoyed a DISGUSTING time in English using all of the skills we have learnt over the past year to write our own Disgusting Sandwich stories.
We have also found out about Grace Darling the heroine of the sea who rescued 9 people from the Forfarshire. We took on the role of Grace, travelled back in time and wrote in her diary.
In maths we spent a week solving one step and two step word problems. We have also revised time and fractions.
We have been learning to tell the time using quarter of an hour intervals and then five minute intervals.
We have been reading detectives looking for answers in the text. We have also been learning the lines for our Christmas production.
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 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 ☺