Due to technical difficulties I was unable to post the blog last week so will include last weeks and this week’s entry in this post.
Week ending 24.01.2020
What another brilliant week in year 2.
This week we have finished out work on division by finding a family of facts to a calculation for example, if I know 14 ÷ 2 = 7 then I also know 14 ÷ 7 = 2 and 2 x 7 = 14 and 7 x 2 = 14. We also spent time completing word problems based on division and how odd and equal numbers are related to division and multiplication problems.
In English we have identified the features of a story by reverse planning and using this to inform our own stories. We explored the plot of ‘How to catch a star’ to innovate our own story with different characters and things they want to catch.
In daily dashboard we set up an investigation over time. We completed the TASC wheel to inform our investigation by recording what we know about plants and what we want to find out. We are going to investigate ‘what do plants need to grow?’ and each table came up with their own ideas. We have a plant with everything it needs, a plant without water, another without light, another in an air tight container and another in the freezer so it doesn’t have a suitable temperature. We look forward to recording our observations soon.
In art we explored line shape and pattern in the style of Roy Lichtenstein. We found his work very interesting. In computing we evaluated the game we have tested by explaining which games we thought were the easiest or the hardest and then completed an hour of code. In History we learnt a bit more about Emmeline Pankhurst and in RE we explored how Christians put the Gospel into practice in their own lives.
From Mrs Medlicott
Happy New Year to you all!
In science we have moved onto our topic Healthy Animals (Including Humans). We have started by looking at life cycles of animals, where the children researched and produced a life cycle of their chosen animal. I think you'll agree that they produced some lovely designs. The next few sessions we will be looking closely at a human life cycle. I think the humans we will observe, the children know quite well, so they will find them very interesting! The next section of the topic is what animals need to survive and stay healthy, where we will look at staying healthy ourselves and what animals need to survive and be healthy.
Science Bag- Thank you to everyone who has completed an experiment and returned the science bag to year 2. The children really enjoy sharing their experiments with their peers in the classroom. The science bag was introduced during your child's Year 1 year, so as a class we have decided it’s only fair that everyone gets a chance to take the bag home either in Year 1 or Year 2. The children have been honest with me and each other and I think we have a system to ensure everyone, at some point over these two years, gets to bring the science bag home!
Have a brilliant week everyone!!
Week ending 31.01.2020
This week in maths we started by solving more complex missing number problems. This was definitely a challenge but the children were brilliant and really persevered with it! We recapped subtracting with renaming and then moved onto measuring temperature using a thermometer. After completing that we moved onto finding out information in picture graphs or ‘pictograms’.
In English this week we have written out stories we planned so carefully last week. The children have produced such quality pieces of writing with lots of year 2 skills. We even helped each other edit out work and checked our sentences made sense.
In art this week we began getting things ready for us to make an explosion sculpture next week inspired by Roy Lichtenstein. We practised our cutting skills, made our ‘sparks’ and printed using bubble wrap to resemble Lichtenstein’s ben day dots. In History we made an Emmeline Pankhurst fact file and considered ‘Why is she significant?’ In computing we started our new topic of ‘we are researchers’. We discussed what researching is, where we get information from and how to use the internet safely. For the next couple of weeks we are going to research the topic ‘space’ and find out facts to share and present at a later date. In RE we considered if the Gospel is only important to Christians and in Heartsmart watched the Pixar clip ‘Boundin’ to consider how we can change our attitudes to things by being thankful.
Thank you everyone for all the reading you are doing at home, it is greatly appreciated and really makes a big difference to your child’s confidence, fluency and understanding. It can take a child up to 7 times to read a book before they can read it fluently and truly understand what they are reading. As well as encouraging your child to read to you, it’s also just as beneficial for you to read to your child at bed time. "Reading a regular bedtime story to children is a simple activity that encourages children to enjoy reading and gets them into good reading habits that will set them up for the future," says Judith Parke from the National Literacy Trust (NLT).
"When parents encourage their children to read at home, it can make a big difference to their wellbeing and how successful they are at school, and beyond."
On Monday we will be collecting all guided reading books and home readers so that we can audit all books. We will give children the chance to choose new home reading books once they are all checked but as you can appreciate it is going to be a big job!
I wish you all a wonderful weekend.