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Blog wb 16th May
We have been really busy in year two since returning from our Easter holidays.
In English we have been reading and learning about a new book called Traction man – we have learnt the story off by heart with actions to help us. We have been learning all about two new tenses called the past and present progressive and have been writing some sentences in these tenses. On Friday we designed our own superheros for our stories. We are now planning and writing our own versions of the story and can’t wait to make them into superhero books!
In maths we have been looking at position and direction. Using our knowledge of fractions to help us to describe turns – half turn, full turn, quarter turn. We have also looked at clockwise and anti- clockwise turns. We have also been revisiting all of our maths learning we have learnt so far in year two.
We have really enjoyed art, we have been looking at repeated patterns and have explore the work of the artist Clarence cliff. At the end of last week, we made a tile out of clay and used different materials to make repeated patterns in our tiles. We can’t wait to paint them this week. In history we have been learning about WW1 and the differences in people’s lives back then to ours today. We have learned that the men went away to be soldiers, and woman had to work in factories and grow their own food. We have also looked at the different ways people used to communicate with each other- see if your child can tell you all about messenger pigeons!
Blog wb 21st March
This week we have enjoyed writing our own versions of the story ‘Giraffe’s can’t dance’. We have had some imaginative new titles such as ‘Sharks can’t ski’ and ‘Hippos can’t bake’. Ask your child to tell you all about their version of the story.
We are now moving on to look at a text called “The Storm Whale”. From this, we will be writing some non-chronological reports to offer advice to one of the book's characters.
We are now coming towards the end of our learning about fractions. We have looked at how to find a ½ , ¼ and 1/3 of a shape thinking about how many equal parts make a whole. We have also thought about how to find ½ , ¼ and 1/3 of a number and how this connects to our knowledge of division. If you can, practise finding 1/2 , ¼ and 1/3 of some different, small two digit numbers.
Until the end of term, we will now be looking at a unit on telling the time. We look specifically at how to tell the time to o’clock, half-past, quarter-past and quarter-to. Children who are confident with this will be encouraged to then tell the time to 5 minutes, thinking about how they can count in 5s around the clock to help them.
We have continued to learn about Pompeii and the events that took place 2000 years ago. We have talked about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and the destruction of Pompeii. We have also thought about the difference between a primary and secondary historical source.
In science we have been looking at many different habitats and discussing the animals we would expect to find there. We enjoyed heading out on our own mini-beast hunt and recording our data scientifically like our key scientist Steve Backshall. We have also thought about how animals are adapted to live and survive in their habitat.
In art we have continued to build the skills we know. Having previously looked at pattern making and rubbings, we have now moved on to look at frottage and the work of artist Max Ernst.
Blog wb 7th March
This week we have enjoyed reading our new text ‘Giraffes can’t dance’ we have had lots of fun creating actions to go with our story map to help us to learn the story off by heart. See if your child can retell the story using the story map below.
We have also had fun creating actions to go with some of the verbs in the story – wobbled, nibbled, chatted, relaxed, buckled. Can you remember the actions?
This week we have started our new topic learning about Fractions. We really enjoyed exploring the Cuisenaire rods in the classroom to help us find a half. We learnt how to write the fraction a half like this ½ . We then used this to help us to find ½ of a number. We learned that half is the same as dividing by 2. Next week we are looking forward to learning about more fractions!
We have been learning all about Pompeii and what it might have been like to live over 2000 years ago. This week we learnt all about rich and poor people and what their lives may have been like.
In science we have started a new topic ‘Living things and their habitats’ we started by looking at things that are living, things that are non-living and things that have never lived, using our scientific skill of observing and classifying to help us.
In art we have had so much fun looking at textures. We took some rubbings using crayons of different objects and materials inside and outside of the classroom.
Wb 14th February
Year two have had a really exciting final week of half term. We have made our wraps in DT using the ingredients we planned and really enjoyed eating them!
We also had a visit from the fire service, they talked to us about how to stay safe and the roles that the fire service play. We learnt the emergency number off by heart and some key tips on how to stay safe. See if your child can tell you what they have learned at home.
Finally to celebrate the end of our instruction writing in English, we followed our own instructions and made our own paper plate clown fish.
We are now looking forward to a restful half term break.
Blog – wb 7th February
We have loved reading the book Outdoor wonderland. We have been looking at the different features of instruction texts such as rhetorical questions, statement sentences and extra information. We have loved learning about clown fish and finding out lots of interesting facts! We are excited to write our own instructions and then follow them to make our own paper plate clown fish!
We have finished our learning on statistics and have begun our new learning on shapes this week. We have really enjoyed looking at different 2D shapes and describing their properties. We have used mathematical language such as sides and vertices to describe these shapes
This week in Geography we have enjoyed learning about the different methods of transport used in Kampong Ayer, we have compared this to how we travel in Exeter. We watched some really interesting videos from Kampong Ayer to help us. Next week in DT we cannot wait to make our wraps that we have designed.
Blog w/b 24th January:
English – This week we have learnt a new version of the story ‘The boy who cried Ninja’. We then did lots of talk for writing and came up with our own ideas for our own versions of the story. We then went and planned them. We then used these plans to write our own stories which we are excited to share with each other!
In DT this week we have started looking at different cutting techniques. We have begun applying these skills to safely cut tomato and cucumber.
In Geography we really enjoyed drawing a bird’s eye view map of the year 2 area. We used a key to label the different features of our plans.
Maths – We have been learning about division this week. We have learned that division can be done as sharing or grouping. Please see the images below to explain the difference between sharing and grouping.
The children have also been enjoying playing times table Rockstar’s which has been lovely to see! Keep it up!
W/B 10th January
Since returning to school after the Christmas holidays we have had lots of fun in year two.
We have started a new science topic learning all about materials. We have also begun a new DT topic where we have started looking at the amounts of sugar in different foods. We created a poster to explain all about it. We were really surprised to learn that tomato soup has 5 cubes of sugar in it and a mango has the same amount of sugar as 9 cubes! In Geography we have been comparing Exeter with Kampong Ayer, looking at the differences between the continents, countries and cities.
We have also learnt that multiplication is commutative – which means that it can be done in any order. We have been focusing on the X2 and X5 tables so far this week.
In maths we have been carrying on with our learning on multiplication. We have looked at multiplication as an array to help us. See the images below.
We have read a new book called ‘The boy who cried ninja’ by Alex Latimer. We really enjoyed the story and we have been learning it using a story map and actions to help us. See if you can get your child to tell you the story map!
W/B - 6th December
We have been reading the book ‘Augustus and his smile’ by Catherine Rayner. We have been learning the book off by heart and will be planning and writing our own versions of the story next week.
Maths – We have been learning all about money. We have learnt the different coins and notes and have been looking at different ways to make the same amount as well as working out change. We will then be moving on to looking at multiplication and division.
Topics – We have had an exciting visit from the Devon Recycling Centre. Where we looked at lots of different materials and their properties and talked about which things can be recycled. We then looked at the process of recycling and had a go at some different activities. Here are some photos of us below!
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Wb 22nd November
English – We have been carrying on our work based on the book ‘could a penguin ride a bike’. The children have been planning and writing their own versions of the story based on a polar bear or a giraffe. We have been busy finding out lots of cool facts about these animals! See if your child can tell you some facts at home!
Maths – We have been adding and subtracting two 2- digit numbers on a number line this week that cross the tens boundary. Please see the videos below to explain the method we use to explain it to the children in school. You will need to scroll down to the video that says ‘crossing the 10’s boundary’
Topics – We have been painting arctic scenes using wax crayons and water colours ready to create our polar collages next week! We have also been continuing to learn about the Arctic and Antarctica in Geography. We have been looking at the similarities and differences between the two and have been talking about the geographical features of each.
We had so much fun visiting Exeter school this week for the Exeter touring opera. We watched a performance and enjoyed joining in with some of the singing and actions. See the photos below!
Blog wb 8th November
This week in English we have continued reading the book ‘Could a penguin ride a bike’ and have been looking at the different types of sentences within this book. We have looked at what makes a question and statement sentence and have been sorting examples of these and then have been writing some examples of our own. We have also been finding out and recording lots of cool facts about penguins! Ask your child at home if they can tell you any. Next week we are moving on to planning our own version of the story. Finding out facts about different animals and writing our own information page.
We have been looking at Antarctica in Geography. We have looked at the weather, the climate and the geography of Antarctica. We have looked at penguins in particular and have talked about what adaptations they have that enables them to live there. In art we have been looking at the work of ‘Gaudi’ and have been focusing on colour and different shades. In RE we have been looking at the story of Jesus’s birth and have been using images to help us retell this.
This week we have been using number lines to help us add and subtract 2 two digit numbers. Please see the video and images below to explain how we have taught this to the children in school. https://www.stleonards.devon.sch.uk/block-2-addition-and-subtarction/
w/b 18th October
This week we have done lots of exciting things in school. On Tuesday we went to the church to celebrate harvest festival. We donated lots of food to give to food banks and we shared some poems and prayers that we had written in school linked to harvest.
On Friday we also had a really exciting visit from the space dome. We got to experience what it might be like to go to space. The children really enjoyed this and I am sure they will have lots to tell you at home. Please see some images below!
In writing this week we have been planning and writing our own versions of ‘How to catch a star’. We have thought carefully about the characters we wanted to include and have been using adjectives to describe them as well as describing the settings in our stories. We have been using the co ordinating conjunctions ‘and’ & ‘but’ to expand our sentences. We are really proud of the stories that we have written!
We will be continuing addition and subtraction after half term, beginning to look at using a number line to help us add and subtract 2 digit numbers.
Blog – wb 4th October
This week Mr Doku has launched an exciting competition for the children in assembly linked to black history month. We would like as many children as possible to create a poem, poster, picture or song on black history month. A prize will be given to the best entry from each year group!
A letter has been sent out regarding ‘bug club’. Please click this link to read the letter again. Your child will be able to access the appropriate reading colour according to their book band. These e-books will also count towards your child’s reading stars in their reading records so please feel free to record this.
English – We have started reading the book ‘How to catch a star’ by Oliver Jeffers. We are really enjoying reading the story and learning it off by heart. To help us we have drawn a story map and have come up with some actions too!
Maths – We have finished our learning about place value and have now started our new learning on addition and subtraction. We are starting to look at recalling our number bonds to 10 and 20 and reasoning related facts (4 + 6 = 10, 6 + 4 = 10, 10 – 4 = 6, 10 – 6 = 4).
This week we have been looking at Christopher Columbus and all of the things that he did as an explorer. We talked about the things that he did that were great and also the things that he did that were not so great.
We have also had great fun painting our moon buggies this week! Have a look at some of the photos below!
w/b 20th September
English – We have been really learning the story ‘Beegu’ off by heart. We have drawn story maps and come up with actions to help us retell the story. We have also been using the conjunction ‘and’ to help us join our sentences together.
Next week we are going to be planning and writing our own versions of the story which we are really excited about!
Maths – We have been learning the value of each digit in a 2 digit number. We have also been looking at partitioning two digit numbers into tens and ones ( 32 = 30 + 2 ) . This will help us with our learning next week when we are going to be looking at partitioning 2 digit numbers in different ways.
Please follow the link below to watch the video explaining how we teach this method to the children: CLICK HERE
We have also been looking at different explorers this week – we have found out all about Amy Johnson and Ranulph Fiennes. We have learnt what they did and talked about the different qualities they must have had – i.e. brave and courageous. We have also been looking at vehicles and in particular ,moon buggies in D&T – we have been looking at axles and wheels and how they work . We then designed our own moon buggy which we are really excited to start making soon!