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It was so lovely to talk to parents on Monday and Tuesday about your child’s wonderful start in Year 2. Again, a big apology for my bad timekeeping and late appointments on Monday- I really am sorry but hope everyone feels well informed about their child’s progress so far.
In Maths we have shown amazing perseverance and growth mindsets to master the column method. We arrange our calculation in a column, add the ones, add the tens which we call our working out. Then we add the ones, add the tens to find the answer. We always put our calculation into our number bond diagram e.g. part + part = whole.
To challenge ourselves and really “dive” into our learning we thought about how addition is commutative (can be done either way round) and subtraction is the inverse/opposite of addition. This means we can write a calculation in four different ways. We called this the “fact families” with a Mummy, Daddy, brother and sister. A number bond diagram helps us do this.
e.g. 27 + 32 = 58
32 + 27 = 58
58 - 27 = 32
58 - 32 = 27
In English we started our new text focus is instructions. We read lots and identified the different features a set of instructions has e.g. a title, opening, list of equipment and numbered steps. Year 2 read my set of instructions “How to make Mermaid Slime” and spotted new skills for this sequence of learning. We learnt
- commas in a list e.g. On Starfishes table there are Emily, Neve, Jake, Charlie, Luke and Belle
- verbs in commands e.g. Put your coat on your peg. Verbs are doing and action words.
- contractions e.g. do not – don’t, did no- didn’t. We were introduced to the apostrophe.
We have not done group reading in Guided Reading this week. Instead we have practiced our comprehension skills by answering and continued to read our whole class book- Flotsam.
In Science we observed our beans and recorded any developments. We also began thinking about different food chains that exist in different habitats.
In PE we practiced team skills and fitness when completing a range of spelling games.
In Computing the children showed how they could edit the background and sprite on Scratch Jr. We learnt a new word- parameter which states “how much” and a limit/boundary to an instruction e.g. forward 14.
In RE we had a wonderful session sharing our special items and places. We discussed why they are special to us.
Again, another fantastic week for Year 2! Remember it is our Harvest Festival on Thursday morning in church.