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Week beginning  5th July

 

English –

This week we have started reading a new book called ‘This is how we do it’ by Matt Lamonthe. It is a book that looks at the lives of 7 children from different countries from around the world. We have learnt about how they live, where they sleep, what they eat. We are then thinking about our own lives and how we live to write our own non-fiction text ‘All about me’.

 

Maths –

In maths this week we have been looking at mass and capacity. We have been using mathematical vocabulary to help us compare two objects and work out problems.

 

Topic –

This week we have had lots of exciting things happening! Firstly we had a science workshop visit from Devon recycling centre where we have learnt lots about waste. We have learnt about the 3 R’s – reduce, reuse and recycle. We also looked at minibeasts that help us in compost bins. We then recapped the key things that plants need to grow and planted some of our own cress plants! We also had an exciting opportunity with 'now press play' where the children each wear a set of headphones and go through a geography experience linked to our learning about maps.

Week beginning 21st June

English –

This week we have been planning and writing our own versions of the story ‘The disgusting sandwich’. We have come up with lots of interesting and disgusting things that can happen in our stories! We even went outside and challenged ourselves to see how disgusting we could make a fresh, white piece of bread to help inspire us with our own writing!

 

Maths –

In maths we have finished our learning on position and direction and have been consolidating our previous learning on fractions of amounts, division and multiplication. Recapping the methods, we have previously learnt, using this to help us solve new problems. We will then be moving on to looking at mass next week.

 

Topic –

We have been drawing self-portraits this week, we used a mirror to look at ourselves focusing carefully at each section of our faces and drawing these in detail. We have produced some really amazing self-portraits! Butterflies also had the exciting opportunity to do some PE with the sports coaches that came into school on Monday, we were linking our maths learning of positions and turns to help us in our PE! Damselflies and Dragonflies will also get the opportunity to have a go at this in the next few weeks too!

Week beginning 8th June

 

English

This week we have started reading a new book ‘The disgusting sandwich’ by Gareth Edwards. We have read it and thought about the parts we liked, things we didn’t like and different patterns and questions we might have about the book.

We then drew a story map to learn the story off by heart using actions to help us.

 

Maths

We have started our new maths unit on position and direction. We have started looking at full turns, half turns and quarter turns. We have also begun looking at clockwise and anti-clockwise turns.

 

Topic

This week we have started our new topic ‘All about me’ we are going to be learning all about what makes us unique and special. We have talked about our hobbies and things we enjoy doing outside of school as well as our friends and family. Please see our new topic web below.

 

 

Year 2 topic web - All about me

W/b 10th May

 

English:

In English we have finished writing our own beach postcards. We have been thinking carefully about adding in conjunctions, expanded noun phrases and paragraphs. The children have spent a lot of time on their postcards and should be very proud of their writing.

 

Maths:

In maths we have finished our learning on length and measurement we have been learning to measure to the nearest cm and m. Our next maths unit will be time where we will be learning to tell the time (O’clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past). If we feel confident with these we will also learn how to tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes. Please encourage this as much as possible at home!

 

Topic

We have been continuing learning about the seaside past and present. We have looked at how methods of transport, leisure activities and clothing have changed. We have also looked at the Victorians and what a typical day at the seaside was like then. In D&T we have been designing our own felt bag for a teddy bear to take to the seaside. We have explored different techniques of joining materials and we are now ready to make them using a simple running stitch.

W/b 26th April -

English

As we have started our new topic ‘Beside the seaside’ we have begun our English this term by reading the book Meerkat mail which contains lots of postcards. We have been exploring the different features of a postcard and have really enjoyed doing lots of drama activities based around the book and the seaside.

 

Maths –

We have continued looking at fractions. Focusing on finding 1/4 and 1/3 of a number. We have also looked at how a ½ and 2/4 are equivalent. We will now be moving on to look at measuring length and height in cm and m.

 

Topic –

Our new topic is ‘Beside the seaside’ We have been looking at lots of photographs from the past and have been comparing this to the present, looking at how seaside holidays have changed over time. Please see below for our topic web.

Wb 22nd March

 

English –

We have finished learning about Augustus and his smile and we wrote some of our own amazing versions of the stories! For the next two weeks in English we are looking at poetry. We have started by reading the poem ’10 things in a wizard’s pocket’ by Ian McMillan. We will be looking at lots of other poems and will be looking closely at the features in them. We will eventually write our own poem and perform it to the rest of the class.

 

Maths –

Since the children have been back we have been doing lots of consolidation on our previous learning including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

This week we have started learning about fractions. We have begun by learning that a fraction is an equal part of a whole. We will also be learning to identify a 1/3, 1/2 , ¼, 2/4 and 3/4 of a number or a shape. We will be using what we know to work out what we don’t. For example, I know that half of 6 is three so I know that half of 60 is 30.

 

Topic –

Until Easter we are continuing to learn about endangered animals. We have learnt about palm oil and have been researching all about the effects of palm oil and orangutans. We have also designed our own palm oil free snack and are looking forward to making our own!

Welcome Back Videos

Dear Year 2,

Happy New Year! We are really sad that you are not able to come to school at the moment. Your teachers have recorded a short video to say hello and the links to these are below. We will be uploading some learning for the rest of this week shortly to TEAMS for you to have a go at doing. Learning videos that include your teachers will begin next week. If you have any questions for your teachers then please can you ask these in the Questions and Support channel on TEAMS.

Thank you

 

Miss West Video 

 

Mr Bisby Video 

 

Mrs O'Neil Video 

 

Class Christmas Video Messages - 16.12.20

Please find below links to our Christmas video messages. 

Have a lovely Christmas and a very Happy New Year! 

Year 2 Team 

 

2 Damselflies Video Link 

 

2 Butterflies Video Link 

 

2 Dragonflies Video Link 

W/B – Monday 7th December

 

This week in Year 2 we have been enjoying the following learning.

 

English We finished writing our descriptions of the Great Fire of London using 'expanded noun phrases'. We have now moved on to learning about Non chronological reports. We have started by looking at lots of non-fiction books and their features. We have looked for contents page, index's, photographs, captions, headings and subheadings. 

 

Maths In maths we have started our new learning all about money. We have identified the different coins and notes and started using what we know about addition to add amounts of money together and subtraction to work out change using a number line to help us. 

 

Topic – We have been sent some information and videos from the Devon and Cornwall fire service. We have been looking at fire safety and potential dangers in and around the home. We have made fire safety posters to help explain things we can do to keep ourselves and others safe. 

W/B – Monday 16th November

 

This week in Year 2 we have been enjoying the following learning.

 

English We began by looking at using adjectives to describe. We have then used these adjectives to help us write 'expanded noun phrases' this is when we use adjectives to describe the noun. We have also been learning to use more than one adjective such as 'the wild, burning fire' Click on this link to watch the video.

 

Maths In maths we have been adding and subtracting two 2 digit numbers that cross into the next tens (i.e. 25 + 17). Some of the sums have been quite tricky so we have been using our knowledge of number bonds to help us partition the numbers. See the photo below for an example.

 

Topic – We have continued enjoying our learning about ‘The Great Fire of London’. We have ordered the events of the great fire on a timeline. Then we have compared firefighters today to what it would have been like in 1666. We have also looked at the history of firefighters and how this has changed over the years! 

W/B – Tuesday 3rd November

 

This week in Year 2 we have been enjoying the following learning.

 

English We have started looking at an extract from the book ‘Narnia’. We have created a class story map for the story and come up with some actions to help us to learn it off by heart. We have also looked at the subordinating conjunctions – ‘when, if, that and because’ which we are going to use in our writing. See the story map below – can you retell it to a grown up at home?

 

Maths In maths we have started looking at adding two 2 digit numbers on a numberline using our knowledge of partitioning. Starting with adding 10s to a 2 digit number then moving on to adding more complex numbers following the steps below.

 

Topic – This week we have started our new and exciting topic ‘The Great Fire of London’. In history we have looked at the differences between the houses in the 17th Century compared to houses today and why this caused the fire to spread so quickly.   

wb - 13.10.20

 

English: We have finished reading the book 'How to catch a star' by Oliver Jeffers. We have had a go at planning our own version, changing the characters and writing our own 'How to catch a __________' stories! 

 

Maths:

We have started to look at addition of 2 digit numbers and 10's on a number line. There is a picture of one below. Can you have a go and solve it at home?

 

 

Topic: We have been busy making our moon buggies using egg boxes, wooden axels and wheels. We have also really enjoyed painting and decorating these following our designs carefully! 

Week beginning- 28.9.20

 

English: We have started reading the book ‘How to catch a star’ by Oliver Jeffers. We have created a story map and come up with some actions to help us learn the story off by heart. See below a photo of the story map. Ask your child to perform the actions for you at home.

 

Maths: We have finished learning about place value and we will shortly be uploading some resources you can use at home to help your child further their understanding with this.

We are now learning about addition and subtraction. We have started by revising our number bonds to 10 and using this knowledge to calculate facts to 20 (7+3=10 so I know 17+3=20).

 

Click here for place value resources to help your child at home. 

 

 

Click here for a game to practise your number bonds to 10.

 

Topic: In D&T we have started to design our own moon buggies thinking about the importance of an axle for turning wheels. We are really looking forward to making and decorating these before half term!

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Be The Best You Can Be

Mission Statement

'And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,'Hebrews 10:24

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