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 ☺
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.
We have been focusing on the skills of reading comprehension: being detectives, finding answers in the text and making inferences based on what we know.
We revisited adding and subtracting two digit numbers using different strategies including counting on and back on an empty numberline. We have also been using our number fact knowledge to reason about number i.e. If you X10 then the answer will always end in zero as it is a multiple of ten.
We had a terrific Challenge Day in Year 2. As we were learning about explorers in History we became intrepid explorers ourselves!
We worked closely in teams to negotiate team names, flag design and then create a rather snazzy outfit to wear on an expedition. After modelling these on the cat walk we agreed that wearing a bin liner and sellotape in real life may not be too sensible!
During the afternoon we practised our obstacle course across Antarctica. We were thrown an extra challenge as the children had to complete the course in their coats, hats and scarves and they also had to stick together as a team by holding onto a rope the whole way around. When the teams reached the pole they planted their flags and did their pre-rehearsed victory dance!
Totally exhausted, we returned home from our expedition with fingers and toes all remaining – Phew, no frostbite!
Over the last few weeks much of our time has been spent learning about The Nativity story. We have read lots of Christmas books, practised and performed our nativity “Christmas Counts” and written our own version of the first Christmas. Our challenge with our own writing was to apply as many of the things we have learnt this term e.g. expanded noun phrases, various verbs, adjectives, adverbs and punctuation.
We have been practising our number bonds and multiples of 10. Our work on shape and symmetry has been fun. We looked at lots of different shapes and counted all of the lines of symmetry. We used our maths learning to create symmetrical Christmas decorations and fun partner cards.
Don’t forget that over Christmas the children need to continue reading, write their Thank You cards and start learning the 10 times table.