Week commencing 19th March
Hi everyone, hopefully this week has been the last of our crazy weather and Spring may have finally sprung. It has been a very busy week and we've had so much going on in the classroom and with seeing all of you for parents evening. We spent the start of the week doing a small practise test in preparation for SATs so the children are as comfortable as possible with the tests. I'm, very happy to report that they have all made progress from where they were when they did their last ones in January, they are working very hard and I'm very pleased with them. For the latter part of the week in English we have been focusing on diary entries from a fairy tale. We chose the three little pigs and the children are really starting to apply their wonderful writing features to these different pieces.
In Maths we have been looking at consolidating our knowledge of addition and subtraction of two two digit numbers and applying this knowledge to word problems. The children have done very well with this which has been reflected when applying it into different contexts e.g. reasoning challenges.
As we say goodbye to our fantastic Great Fire of London topic the children have created very impressive paper terraced houses which we are going to use to create our own Great Fire of London, we will be doing this with safety at the very forefront of our minds and taking every precaution. The children have done so well with this topic that we wanted to create a real lasting memory of this fantastic work.
Thank you to all those who came to parents evening it was lovely to discuss and share your child's learning with you . If you have any further questions please feel free to grab me before or after school or book an appointment with me. Thank you for your support and have a lovely weekend.
Week commencing 5th March
Hello everyone, I’ve just realised in all the chaos from the snow day last week that I didn't post my weekly update, my apologies. I hope you all had a lovely week off and braved the crazy weather from last week. This week has seen a very busy 2L complete a number of different activities. We concluded our world book day festivities with an assembly sharing our retellings from the different twisted tales that each class has looked at. We watched some great performances and 2L retold our story of Jack and the jelly beanstalk beautifully, they all learnt lines, spoke very beautifully to a full audience and showed a true niche for acting beyond their years.
In our other work we have been focusing on position and reasoning in our maths work and the children have done excellently in explaining why or how they have completed the task in that certain way, this helps stretch their knowledge and understanding of the different math areas. In English we have been writing a newspaper report, the children have been drafting their ideas based on a fairy tale and have now written one based on our topic of The Great Fire of London, I think there are some budding journalists in our midst.
I have had most parents evening slips back in now, thank you. If you are yet to return it please do so as soon as possible. Have a great weekend and thank you for your continued support.
Week commencing 12th February
Our final week before a lovely restful week off. It has been a very busy week as the children have finished writing their excellent retelling of a story about the Great Fire of London they have all included some lovely features of good writing including punctuation, adjectives, adverbs, sentence openers, subordinating and coordinating conjunctions coupled with their neatest handwriting. In Maths we have been developing our knowledge of place value, estimating answers and consolidating our knowledge of greater than and less than symbols.
Can I remind you of our SATs meeting on the first Monday back at 5pm. If you can't make it, which is fine, just alert I or Miss Thelwell and we will provide your child with the subsequent handout on the Monday so you have all the relevant information. I would like to stress the importance of not worrying about these tests as they only help the class teacher to make their end of year judgements rather than the year 6 SATs which are solely based on the test. If you have any questions before or after the meeting please feel free to speak with me at the beginning or end of the day. Or if you would like to make a lengthier appointment please feel free to do so.
I have had a lovely and enjoyable half term teaching your children who are making good progress both in the classroom and emotionally. Thank you as always for your continued support. Have a fantastic half term and I look forward to hearing about all the fun things your children have been doing when I see them on the 26th.
P.S. thank you to all those who had fingers crossed for Tottenham last week, the victory was never in doubt really :l
Week commencing 5th February
Hello everyone, our penultimate week of this half term has been a very busy one. We have been looking at a new class text from our Great Fire of London topic call 'Toby and the great fire of London' which is about a young boy during the fire who meets several different important characters throughout that time period. The children have been using their drama skills to act out different parts of the story (I'm sure there are some budding actors and actresses in our midst), using Talk for writing which is a tool that the children use to create pictures to help remind them to retell the story in the correct order and now have begun planning our share writing the retelling of this story to be continued into next week. I can't wait to read the final end result.
In Maths the children have been consolidating their knowledge of multiples of 2, 5 and 10 by exploring the differing ways they can present their findings through number sentences of multiplication and division. Impressively we were able to move on to apply our knowledge to a range of word problems as well.
This week in Science we continued with our growing knowledge by looking at what links animals and humans and our three shared key survival needs including oxygen, food and water. In Topic we continued our ever growing knowledge of The Great Fire by looking at it's impact on history particularly in Art at how differing artists have interpreted this event over History. The children created a beautiful piece of art work with the dark setting with a roaring fire in the background.
Have a lovely weekend and please keep your fingers crossed for Tottenham vs Arsenal on Saturday, I may be slightly grumpy on Monday morning if we lose.
Week commencing 29th January
January is finally over and it is beginning to get a little lighter in the mornings and at night, hooray. We've had a wonderful week in 2L this week and not just because Tottenham managed to beat Manchester United 2-0 :). In Maths we have been focusing on statistics and your children have been introduced to Tally marks, Frequency tables and Venn diagrams. They even conducted their own survey throughout the year group, there was a whole range of different surveys going on including: favourite breakfast, getting to school and even favourite days of the week.
In English we have been writing a fantastic setting description based on a painting from the Great Fire of London. The children have included a whole range of different features in their writing like: adjectives, adverbs, a variety of openers, conjunctions and punctuation. Here is an extract from one child's piece of work: 'As the flames grew higher all of the capital city was covered in thick, black smoke.'
Science has seen us continuing to look at animals including humans. This week we focused on the life cycle of a butterfly and how it goes through the metamorphosis change from a caterpillar to a butterfly. The children created their own life cycle using the key scientific language including: metamorphosis, chrysalis and monarch.
Hope you have a lovely weekend and see you all on Monday.
Week commencing 26th January
Hi guys, another week is coming to a close. We have had a lovely week in our classroom as we have been developing our knowledge of mass and explanation texts. Maths this week has been like a weight lifted off the children's shoulders :) (bit of maths humour for you there) as we have delved into the world of mass. The children have been estimating the weights of objects in the classroom and then measuring the mass of the objects. They have been comparing obejcts mass with greater than and smaller than symbols and have even began converting kilograms to grams and vise versa.
In English we have continued researching and developing our knowledge of The Great Fire of London by focusing on why The Fire was able to spread so quickly throughout London and exaplaining how this happend. This led us to looking at Thomas Farriner (the man who owned the bakery where the fire started), the materials used to build the houses and homes, the planning of how close the houses were built next to each other and how the fire brigade was so underprepared with how to tackle the fire. The children have shown their understanding by using this information with sub headings, facts and ambitious vocabulary, which has made for a lovely piece to read.
Have a great weekend and hopefully the weather will improve for whatever you have planned.
Week commencing 15th January:
Hello everyone, hope you have all had lovely weeks. It has been an excellent week in the classroom this week for 2L. The children are now knee deep in our Great Fire of London topic and have been researching some key figures and the differences in landscape between past and present London. In Maths we have been focusing on developing the children's knowledge of double digit addition and subtraction by introducing some new methods which the children have really excelled with.
In English the children have been learning about one of The Great Fire of London's key figures, Samuel Pepys (PEEPS) and researching his life to write their own biography about him. We found some really interesting things including that he buried his wine, cheese and diary in the ground when the fire took place.
Science this week saw us build on our knowledge of baby animals as the children began writing a tale based on their chosen animals growth e.g. a puppy to a dog, a foal to a horse or even a calf to an elephant. Can I please remind parents that as the weather is still highly unpredictable that joggers and a jacket/hoody for P.E. are must haves for this term as we take our PE lessons outside.
As always thank you for your support and have a lovely weekend.
Week Commencing 8th January:
Our first full week back is drawing to a close and the children of 2L have been doing some brilliant work. We have been comparing 2D and 3D shapes in our maths lessons, looking at shapes we can find in our classroom, comparing them across Venn diagrams and identifying the similarities and differences between 2D and 3D shapes.
In our writing we have been focusing on poetry using The Great Fire of London as inspiration and the children have written some excellent poems based on this issue. We have been developing our vocabulary through the use of dictionaries and thesaurus's which the children are now masters of :).
New topics have been started in Science and History and I can't wait to further explore these topics with the children over the course of the term. Have a super weekend and enjoy yourselves and I will see you bright and early on Monday morning.
Happy New Year everybody, I hope you have all had a wonderful break and made some fantastic memories. I can't believe it is already 2018 and we've already had a whole term together. I'm so excited about our upcoming term, Kings and Queens was brilliant but I am even more excited with our upcoming topic The Great Fire of London. This topic will see us through all the way to Easter which seems so far away saying it now. A few bits of housekeeping for the New Year:
Monday - Homework is due in
Wednesday - Homework is sent out and is PE day with me
Thursday - PE with Mrs Moores
Friday - Spelling test and new spellings given out
All reading books that are placed in our reading book tray are checked and resent out within that day, but as with everything we are human and no two days are ever the same in teaching thus we can miss the occasional day.
Thank you for your understanding and continued support, I can't wait to see what this term brings us...
Autumn 2 Term
Week Commencing 27th November:
Wow let me start off my weekly post by commenting on the AMAZING board games that your children have completed. They are outstanding and have blown me and Miss Thelwell away with their attention to detail, skill and most importantly the knowledge they have displayed through their board game questions. We had a fantastic afternoon where I, Mrs Bettany and Mr Coombs got to sample the children’s games. The children showed great speaking and listening throughout the afternoon whether it was playing a brand new game or explaining the rules of their own to the other children. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents/carers for their support with this project and I and Miss Thewell hope the creating experience was half as enjoyable as it was to play them. Homework will return to normal from this week. As a change to the policy homework will now be sent home on Wednesday and will need to be returned on Monday.
This week in Maths we have been looking at Time specifically focussing on quarter past, half past and quarter to. The children then applied this knowledge to pairing up times to clocks through the use of a ‘jigsaw’. They have also applied their skills to word problems.
During our English learning time we have been focussing on different grammar skills including: homophones, prefix, suffix and apostrophes. The children have shown a good understanding of these skills and will now be expected to consolidate this learning by applying these skills to their writing.
Our invites and tickets went out this week for our Christmas production. Rehearsals are under way and we’re really looking forward to seeing you all on the day. Please remember our Year 2 showing is the afternoon and not the morning. It begins at 1.45 and should be a lovely afternoon.
Thank you for your continued support and have a great weekend,
Week Commencing 20th November:
This week in Maths we have been looking at fractions specifically focussing on halves and finding different quarters. The children then applied this knowledge to different shapes and number. They have then been using this knowledge of fractions to solve reasoning problems about what is larger; a half of something or a quarter and explaining how they know.
During our English learning time we have been focussing on adventure stories, retelling Arthur’s key journey to becoming King by pulling the sword from the stone and how Merlin helped him along the way. Through this we have been writing character and setting descriptions. This narrative piece has allowed the children to show off their writing skills e.g. adverbs, adjectives, different sentence types and a range of sentence openers.
In Science the children have continued with their experiment to discover which different materials would float. This led to designing and creating their own plastic boats made from Lego to see which would float, consequently we discovered that some of the more extravagant designs had not met the practical needs and unfortunately sank or toppled over.
The children will be returning home next week with a slip explaining their part in our Christmas production this year, if there are any issues please come see me and we will do our best to help. Please practice any lines that your child may have which will support them for the production.
Also a final reminder that the topic project board games are due in on Monday the 27th November.
Have a great weekend,
Week Commencing 13th November:
This week in Maths we have been looking at direction specifically focussing on North, South, East and West. The children had some very interesting ideas on how they could remember these directions e.g. Never Ever Support West Brom/Wolves. They have then been using this knowledge of direction to locate different items on graphs and applying this to real world scenarios.
During our English learning time we have been focussing on instructions, specifically creating our own potions for Merlin to make to help King Arthur. We were very fortunate to be joined by Merlin who came and made one of the children's potions to see how successful their instructions were. Merlin was very impressed with the children's knowledge of instructions as they were able to explain to Merlin all about the need for imperative verbs, numbered steps and time adverbials.
In Science the children have continued to look at different materials and began their second investigation by looking at what types of materials will float, which will continue through to next week.
In Topic the children were able to group different facts for some of Britains most famous Queens: Elizabeth I and Victoria. they grouped their knowledge using a Venn diagram.
Have a great weekend,
Week Commencing 6th November:
This week in Maths we have been looking at division specifically focussing on the five times table. Children have been consolidating their knowledge of multiples of fives. Children have also been applying their knowledge to word problems and reasoning activities.
During our English learning time we have been focussing on letters specifically replying to an ancient letter that King Arthur wrote to Merlin hoping for a reply. Children have been looking at the features of a letter: including address, greetings, date, why they are writing and how to correctly end a letter. They have created some excellent letters which we have used for display.
On Friday we also took part in our whole school remembrance assembly. The whole school gather to show respect through a minutes silence for those who serve. Plenty of Poppies are being worn and the children have taken a keen interest and shown a great deal of respect surrounding this topic, which has been great.
PE will now be on a Thursday and Friday afternoon. Please can all children bring PE kits and water bottles regularly.
Have a great weekend,
Week commencing 9th October:
We are now in the last week of a busy first half term back. It has been a real pleasure getting to know all your children and I'm looking forward to the rest of the year.
This week 2L have been focussing on their multiplication skills during Maths and seemed to thoroughly enjoy making different arrays outside on the astroturf during outdoor learning day. Children showed many of the school values including: collaboration, respect, enjoyment and love. As we have been reading the tales of King Arthur in English, children had the opportunity to put their acting skills to the test. Children worked in small groups to act out the King Arthur playscript we had been focussing on during the week - they looked like professionals even with their foam swords!
Children seemed to thoroughly enjoy our outdoor learning day and what a huge success it was! It was a truly fantastic day and it wasn't just the children who had enjoyed themselves immensely.
Next week is parents evening and I'm looking forward to discussing how your children have settled into life in year 2 and the next steps in their learning.
Looking forward to seeing you all and have a great weekend.