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In year two we made timelines of the great fire of London
We watched two videos the first was what happened the second was how they stopped it.
In year two we have been planting bulbs.
We really enjoyed planting them and learnt a lot too.
We had an amazing day at knebworth house for our end of year trip.
We have used place value cards and base ten to understand and make numbers up to 100.
We have written our own free verse poems about squirrels. We performed them in pairs with actions.
We have been understanding the place value of numbers up to 100 by splitting them into tens and ones.
We have been understanding quarters of shapes and objects and progressed onto finding a quarter of an amount. We have used counters and pictures and shared them between four equal groups to find the answer.
We have learnt the difference between evergreen and deciduous trees and collected leaves from around our school grounds. We identified which tree they came from using a tree ID sheet and used our senses to describe the differences between them.
We have been learning about Roald Dahl and have been finding out information about him. We have also begun exploring special objects he used and learning a little bit about his writing hut.
In maths over the last couple of weeks, we have been identifying and finding half of shapes, objects and numbers using a range of maths resources to help us.
As an introduction to multiplication, we have been making equal groups using counters and describing them. For example, there are 5 equal groups of 2 which makes 10 altogether.
We have recapped the features of non fiction books and written definitions of what each feature is for.
We have found a range of wild plants and flowers in our school grounds and identified the names of each one using a key.
We have learnt about the parts of a flower by observing real flowers closely then dissecting them. After that, we drew a diagram and labelled it with the main parts of a flower.
We have continued our learning about keeping healthy and have learnt about balanced diets. We used the ‘Eat well plate’ to help us understand about the types of food groups and sorted foods into the correct section.
This week, we have been learning about weight and mass. We began by using balance scales to identify which object was heavier/ lighter then moved onto measuring the mass of objects using cubes. We recorded our work on whiteboards.
We have been exploring high and low pitch sounds and incorporating it into our learning with long and short notes.
We made flags and crowns in the morning ready for a fun filled afternoon. We played games, did some dancing and ate a special cupcake to celebrate!
We have looked at children’s newspapers and made a list of the features. We then labelled the features with a partner.
To make the most of the sun, we took books outside and enjoyed reading them together.
In maths, we have been learning about measuring length and height. We started off by comparing two objects and identifying which is longer/shorter, taller/ shorter. We then used cubes to measure the length of a range of pictures and objects.
We have used part whole models to partition numbers to 50 into tens and ones using base ten resources. We also wrote some number sentences to match.
We have been on a scavenger hunt outside to collect things linked to nature. We sorted what we had found into groups.
We have begun learning how to word process using the laptops. We are learning where capital letters, full stops and question marks are on the keyboard.
In design technology, we have worked very hard to plan and produce a pop up book using a range of pop ups learnt in autumn term. We have created a mini book for the three little pigs and have evaluated them in pairs.
We have kept a record of how much rain in CMs has been collected in our rain gauges.
We took our learning outside for science today to look for signs of spring. We found lots of buds, leaves starting to grow and lovely daffodils. The children recorded what they found in pairs.
For PAUSE today, we enjoyed a new video called mindfulness movement which helped us focus on breathing with movements.
We have learnt how meteorologists measure weather and have made our own rain gauges to track rainfall over the next week. We will record the measurements each day in a table of results.
We enjoyed visiting the local church and learning more about baptism. Thank you for having us!
In RE we have been learning about symbols and objects which are important to Christians. We discussed what they were and why they are important.
We have been collecting data and learning how to present it into a simple bar chart.
We have used our instructions to make a jam sandwich. We enjoyed eating some too!
We have used tens frames and counters to find all the number bonds to 20 in a systematic way. We also wrote down the number sentences to match.
We had great fun this afternoon at the sports centre taking part in lots of different activities!
Some children bought in books for world book day and shared them with the class.
We were lucky to have Mr. Masters come into our class so we could ask him questions about what it means to be a Christian and belong to a church. The children came up with some great questions and found it interesting.
We started our day with reading the school book ‘planet in a pickle jar’ which is all about preserving things that mean something to us and looking after the planet.
We put things into a class jar which we wanted to preserve and then drew three things of our own. We then learnt about the Sumatran Tiger which is critically endangered and produced a water colour picture of one. We enjoyed looking in the hall at everyone jars and also read for pleasure.
We have been testing which material would be best for Percy the park keepers new umbrella. We used a sample of different materials, water and a pipette to test each one. We found out that plastic was the most waterproof as all the other materials absorbed the water.
We have just finished our gymnastics unit in PE and used the apparatus to put together a sequence using travel, balance, shape, roll.
We have started learning about important people and their significance to our lives. The children enjoyed learning about Queen Elizabeth and King Charles as well as how people are related in the royal family (family tree). We also spoke about lines of succession.
We have used ‘melting meditation’ to help us focus on our feelings and calm down after lunch.
We have read ‘How to wash a woolly mammoth’ to help us understand instructions. We acted out the instructions with a partner.
To finish our topic for this half term, the children made their own town using Lego and labelled the features.
We are learning how to take photos and then edit them using features on an iPad.
We have learnt how to care for our environment by recycling our rubbish. We have sorted pictures of rubbish into the correct bins.
We have learnt how to weave using paper first and then fabric onto weaving boards.
We have been learning the place value of numbers from 10-20 this week by using a range of maths resources. We have learnt there is one ten and some ones in each and 20 is made with two tens.
We have been creating repeating patterns using printing and made our own printing block with a sponge and peg to change the shape.
In maths, we have learnt the names of 3D shapes and sorted them according to their properties. We also used polydron to make 3D shapes and identified which 2D shapes are on the faces.
In geography, we are learning about the United Kingdom. We have labelled the countries and capital cities using atlases and Google earth to help us.
In science we are learning about materials. We have sorted objects by what they are made from and have described them using science vocabulary. We know what opaque, transparent and brittle means!
We were all very excited today to be wearing our Christmas jumpers ready for our Christmas dinner.
To finish off our English unit, we have written letters to Santa using a range of sentence starters as well as a formal address to send to the North Pole!
We enjoyed playing a Christmas version of snakes and ladders called Christmas trees and candy canes
As part of our English work, we tried mince pies and gingerbread and described them using our senses. We enjoyed them just like the Jolly Postman did in our story!
We were very excited to see the snow today so we made our own snowy pictures using chalk.
Play rehearsals are well underway and we had our first performance to some parents and the whole school on Friday. We are excited for our next two shows this week!
We compared an old and new version of the well known tale Cinderella and then acted it out in groups. We included time words into our storytelling to help us use chronological order.
We have started to make our own repeating patterns in music using colours and then we assigned each colour to a sound using our bodies. Then we practised and performed them to the class.
As a treat for finishing our assessments, we used the ‘top marks’ website to play a range of maths games to consolidate our learning. We also had a team competition for number bonds to 10!
Our role play area has transformed into a Christmas post office which links to our English story ‘The Jolly Christmas Postman’. The children have enjoyed using it during our child initiated time.
We have made Christmas puddings to go on the tree at St.johns church and also for our school tree in the top corridor. The children loved making them!
In science, we have been using our sense of taste to guess what fruit or vegetable we were trying. We then wrote words to describe each one.
We have been investigating how toys have changed over time and had lots of fun exploring old toys bought in by the parents. The children loved looking at them and had at go at playing with them.
We were very lucky to have Audrey (the school dog) visit us today, she even joined us for a maths lesson!
We worked in pairs to write adjectives about the bear and teddy in our story.
We have started the week off by wearing odd socks to celebrate how everyone is different. We have also created posters using the theme this year which is ‘reach out’.
We have read the story ‘where’s my teddy?’ and acted it out in groups.
We have ordered pictures of ourselves from birth to present day. We identified how we have changed over time and also things which have stayed the same. We had lots of fun looking at each other’s photos!
As part of our ‘inner curriculum’ work we have been using the technique of a body scan to calm us and think deeply about how we are feeling.
We have learnt about what Remembrance Day is and ways to commemorate the occasion. We used ‘collage’ to decorate a poppy and added them to old newspaper backgrounds which signalled the end of the war. They will look great on our window!
This week in maths, we have been using ‘part whole models’ to introduce addition. We have played a variety of games to explain splitting a number into two ‘parts’ and counting how many altogether to find the ‘whole’.
We have been using the values of kindness and thoughtfulness in RE when learning about giving to charity. We have put together special Christmas gifts boxes to support ‘operation Christmas child’.
We have introduced using beebots to give instructions. Today we used on screen beebots as a whole class and also had a turn using real ones in groups.
As part of our harvest festival assembly we retold the story of the little red hen. We also loved singing to all of the families who came to watch!
We have written our own shape poems all about autumn. We planned our ideas first then wrote them up in best to go on display.
We have been using the vocabulary ‘more’, ‘fewer’ and ‘same’ to compare amounts. We used teddies and cubes to make amounts and then compared them using the words above.
We have made our own set of directional instructions and recorded them on the iPads. Next week we will start to apply this learning to program bee bots.
In geography, we have been identifying human and physical features in the local area. We used aerial view on Google maps first and then went out around school to see if we could find them.
This week in maths we have been representing numbers, recognising numbers as words and also counting on from any number.
We have been doing lots of fun activities for our first week back at school. Drawing what we did in the holidays, sorting objects in maths and directions in computing.