|Year 2 - Tigers|
Mrs Ball, Mrs King
4th January 2019
Welcome back to school everyone. First of all we would like to thank you for all the wonderful cards and gifts we recieved for Christmas. I hope you enjoyed the festivities with your families.
This week we have been writing a recount about our favourite part of the Christmas holiday. We are trying to start sentences in different ways and incluede plenty of detail. We are also checking our own sentences and correcting punctuation and spelling where necessary.
In maths we have continued learning about statistics. We have asked and answered questions about data. Today we found out how many people in Tigers have five letters in their first name. We represented this data in a tally chart and then created a graph.
We will be bringing home our terrific tiger calendars today. We used soft pastels to create the fur effect and to show the form of the tiger's face.
Next week our topic will be weather. In science we will be recording the weather to answer a question. In art we wil be looking at how famous artists have represented the weather in their paintings. In English we will be keeping a weather diary each day and focusing on extending sentences using subordination and coordination.
16th December 2018
As we move into the last week before Christmas, it is really encouraging to see how independent Tigers are becoming. They really are a great class.
In Maths last week we estimated and measured in centimetres. We also measured arm spans and compared them with our friends.
In English we created our own Christmas poems with lots od description. We aim to hear the last few people perform their poems next week.
In dance we learnt a hip hop dance and we all agreed that it needed lots of energy to keep going. In PE we played leaping salmon and bench ball. Both games allowed us to improve our sending and catching skills.
We have now learnt the note G on the recorder and we are extending our repertoire of tunes.
I hope you were impressed with the Christmas cakes we made. They looked so professional and appetising and the children were really proud of them.
On Tuesday we will be performing our Christmas concert for you at St Georges Church. It is looking good and everyone seems confident.
Party clothes for Wednesday , but please remember the children need practical shoes and coats.
7th December 2018
This week in English we wrote character profiles for the Little Twit we painted last week. Soon these pieces will form a new display in the classroom as we are very proud of our learning.
In maths, we have been learning the value of the coins in our currency and making amounts. We have also been solving problems and reasoning about money. We are getting better at using £ and p when recording amounts. If possible, it would be good to practice handling coins and making amounts at home too.
We have now learnt all of the songs for the Christmas concert and will be having a rehearsal next week. It sounds amazing! We played recorder to Mrs Skogstad on Thursday afternoon and she was really impressed with the progress in our playing. We also played the glockenspiels to one of our recorder tunes which was good fun.
In DT we have all made a mini Christmas cake and next week we will be decorating it to our chosen design. We have also used Word to create a gift tag for them.
In geography we have continued our learning about human and physical features of countries in the UK. This time we used phographs of features and sorted them.
In P.E. we used our ball skills to complete a variety of relay races. It was great fun! In dance we used our imagination to create a dance using a hula hoop as a prop. We developed a story to tell with our bodies and to reflect the music. We then performed our dances so that the rest of the class could comment on the skills they saw. It is lovely to see how individual our ideas can be.
Enjoy your weekend.
30th November 2018
There is definitely an air of excitement about the first day of advent tomorrow.
We had a great time designing and making Christmas decorations on Wednesday. A huge thank you to all of those who were able to help. The children loved it.
In Maths we have been learning how to partition to subtract and revising how to add using a range of strategies.
In English we have been reading the wonderful character descriptions written by Roald Dahl. We also finished our class reader (Matilda). Next week we will continue reading The Twits, which we started reading yesterday.
In art we painted a picture of a new character for The Twits called Little Twit. I look forward to reading the character descriptions that will accompany the pictures.
In geography we have been identifying physical and human features of the UK. We will continue with this learning next week.
I'm looking forward to seeing some of you at the Christmas Fair on Sunday.
I hope you all have a great weekend.
23rd November 2018
This week we have been carrying out investigations for our science topic of 'Materials and their uses'. We looked at how materials change when we squash, stretch, twist and bend them. We also investigated the best paper for mopping up a spillage. This was great fun and the children were interested in watching the water being absorbed. Our English sessions were used to write about the investigations and what we had found out. when writing,we are focusing on improving the content and the neatness of our writing so that there is more detail for the reader.
In maths this week, we have been revising and finding out more about measuring mass. We have concentrted on using balance scales this week and ordering objects depending on their mass.
In Geography we have been looking at the physical and human features of countries in the UK. We recorded these using the same symbols found in the map's key.
In dance we have been developing our partner work and representing different characteristics of animals. There were some really good ideas. WE will be working on this more next week.
In the classroom we have some amazing crowns! They have been made with lots of determination to make secure joins between the elements we chose to use. Very successful co-operation seen from all. Well done!
On Thursday we had a visit from Mrs Davies who came to say thank to the children and parents from Orchids for the lovely wedding gift you gave her. I have included the postcard that the children read below so that you can read it too.
In computing this week we finished our documents about Queen Elizabeth 1 and printed them. We also researched nylon and answered questions to show our understanding.
I hope you have a very enjoyable weekend and please keep bringing in the toilet roll tubes for DT day on Wednesday. There is still room for helpers in some of the sessions, if you would like to help.
!6th November 2018
It has been a very busy and enjoyable week in Tigers.
To begin with we were sorting different materials and discussing the criteria for our sorting. We then thought about the properties of materials and why some materials are better than others for making specific objects. We also looked at natural and man-made fabrics and even did some weaving to show how some fabrics are made. Next week we will be planning and carrying out an investigation.
In maths we have been revising, ordering and learning more about intervals of time. Lots of confident recognition of the quarter hours and that ncludes being able to draw the time on an analogue clock.
I love the picture that Oliver drew showing Tigers using the clocks in the carpet session.
With our Learning Partners we have designed a royal crown. Next week are going to make them and see wether or not our designs work. There a lots of very creative ideas.
In Computing we are developing our editing skills using Word. We have been typing text about Queen Elizabeth and changing the font, size and colour of the text.
We thouroughly enjoyed the Djembe drumming workshop on Wednesday morning. Steven the drummer said that he was very impressed at how well we played. We were impressed with Steven's playing too.
Our recorder playing is coming along nicely and today we thought about the pitch of notes. We also used bells and ordered them from highest to lowest pitch. We played two new songs today and they both sounded great. Mrs Penny said she thought we were listening to a CD because it sounded so good.
It was so colourful in school today with all of the odd socks. In the classroom we have been adding comments to our kindness box all week. When someone has been kind to us or others we wrote it down to share with the class. We have also designed a pair of socks that tell people about us. We included the things that are important to us or the things we like. Have a look at some of the pictures on Tigers photo page.
I hope you have a happy and restful weekend.
9th November 2018
We have thoroughly enjoyed learning about Queen Elizabeth I in history. We started the week by looking at a painting called Armada Portrait. We wanted to find out more so we thought of some questions to ask and wrote them using the correct punctuation.
We also completed a comprehension activity and found out some really interesting details about Queen Elizabeth's life.
In Art, we skillfully used oil pastels to draw a picture of Queen Elizabeth I and took time to look at each others work. We were then able to think about our own pictures and evaluate the way we used the pastels.
In Maths we have been finding fractions of amounts, using practical apparatus and jottings. We have also learnt about turns in clockwise and anticlockwise directions. We used the Beebot's to help us think about quarter, half and three quarter turns.
In PE we played games so that we could practise our sending and recieving skills. We learnt that stillness can be part of dance and used a repeating sequence of moves at different heights to represent the music. We enjoyed watching each others dances and giving positive feedback.
We used the laptops in computing this week. We created a new document, found a picture of Queen Elizabeth I on the internet and saved it. We then inserted the saved picture into our document and edited the frame for style and colour. Next week we will add text.
I enjoyed meeting you at Parent consultations this week. You have amazing children and they are learning well. Many of you asked about the way we teach maths in Year 2, so this is a reminder that on Tuesday 20th of November there is a maths workshop at 7.30pm in the school hall. You are welcome to come and find out.
Dont forget about Education City. There are lots of great activities for practising maths, English and science skills. Some of you asked about learning number bonds, well there is an activity called 'Secret Sums' that may help.
I hope you have a great weekend.
19th October 2018
Our first half term has come to an end and I must say how much I have enjoyed getting to know Tigers. We have learnt many new things and had lots of fun. I think you will agree that out Harvest celebration was expertly performed and we are really proud of all the year twos.
This week we have written our own story in the style of Oliver Jeffers. We read the story Stuck and thought about all of
the things our characters could throw into the tree. Lots of the children are using expanded noun phrases in their writing which is brilliant.
In Maths we have been revising 2D and 3D shapes. We sorted shapes on a Carroll diagram and for symmetry. We also made 3D shapes with learning partners.
In Science we matched adult and young animals and wrote about the similarities and differences.
There is a homework section on Education City where the children can revise some of this half terms learning.
I hope you enjoy completeing the half term challenge and that you have a happy and relaxing half term.
12 th October 2018
Another busy, but enjoyable week in Tigers.
In English we found out about Oliver Jeffers and have written letters to him. We tried hard to make our writing the best it has ever been. We will send the letters to Oliver and hope that he replies.
In Maths we started learning about multiplication. We used cubes to make 'groups' or 'lots of' and have written a number sentence for each problem. We have also drawn arrays to work out multiplication problems.
In Geography we used an atlas to locate the continents and oceans of the world. We also learnt a song to help us remember the names of the oceans.
In PE we played some Tag rugby games. This was a taster of the PE we will be doing in Spring. Lots of excellent dodging and use of space. We also finished learning Durham Reel in dance and watched each set perform. We all agreed that country dancing helps to keep us fit.
There were lots of visitors to the school on Thursday's open afternoon and the children were brilliant at showing them around. We were really proud of them all.
One week to go before half term and don't forget Harvest celebration on Friday morning.
Keep learning those words narrators.
5Th October 2018
It seems amazing that we are still able to play on the field in October.
The children are really enjoying their playtimes and getting plenty of exercise.
In English this week we have been writing out 'Keeping Healthy' booklets and learning that a balanced diet, exercise and healthy drinks will help keep us in tip-top condition. We learnt about the different food groups and how we need all of them in the right amount to help us grow.
In our writing we have been using subordination in our sentences by extending them with the words because, if, when and so.Next week we are learning about the author Oliver Jeffers and look forward to reading lots of his books.
In DT, we enjoyed designing and making pizza. There was great excitement at the thought of eating them too.
In Maths, we have been subtracting ones and tens from 2 and 3-digit numbers. We used jottings to help us calculate and have even learnt how to borrow tens. Next week we move onto multiplication with the emphasis continuing on using apparatus and jottings.
This week in dance, we started learning The Durham Reel and look forward to completing the dance next week.
To all those going to Beaver campfire, I hope you have a safe happy time and enjoy the toasted marshmallows.
Whatever you are doing this week I hope you have a great time.
28th September 2018
What a great week!
Tigers are such a caring and considerate class. We have worked in Learning Partners quite a lot this week and it has been a pleasure to see how much they cooperate.
In English we have continued writing about Florence Nightingale. We needed to imagine ourselves as Florence and write a letter home to Pathenope, Sydney Herbert or her parents. The children are learning to put greater detail into the sentences they write by adding expanded noun phrases.
In maths we have been adding two-digit numbers using number facts and jottings. We also added two-digit numbers and ones. When asked, most of the children felt that their understanding has improved this week.
In DT we made lamps just like the one Florence Nightingale used in Scutari hospital. We had to look at a finished lamp and work out what we needed to do, in order to get the same result. Our amazing lamps are now on display on the classroom wall along with our booklets.
We continue to make progress in learning to play the recorder and have built quite a repertiore considering we only play one note at the moment.
In dance we learnt the country dance ' Circassian Circle'. We split into two groups and watched each other so that we could evaluate and revise our performance.
Next week are focusing more on subtraction. Again we will be using practical apparatus and jottings to become familiar with the place value of numbers. We will also be using our science topic as the writing focus. More about that next week.
Have a great weekend.
14th September 2018
This week, we have been learning the new routines for Year 2 and managing really well.
In English, we have been reading about Little Rabbit Foo Foo and rewriting the story in our own words. With their learning partner, the children thought of adjectives to use in their writing. We have also been learning about different types of sentences and the appropriate punctuation for each.
We started reading 'Matilda' by Roald Dahl for our class reader.
In Maths we continued learning about place value and using jottings to represent Dienes rods in our books. We also investigated how many two and three-digit numbers we could from a given number. We then ordered them.
In Art, we have been sketching self portraits and comparing them to those we drew at the beginning of Year One. We saw lots of development in ability and observation.
In Science we got stranded on a desert island and had to think about the things we wanted and the things we needed to survive. You will be pleased to know that mummies and daddies were mentioned quite a lot.
Next week we start learnikng about Florence Nightingale and why we remember her.
I hope you have a great weekend.
First days in Year 2
We have had two grrrrreat days settling into Tigers.
In English the children have been writing a recount of their favourite part of the summer.
In Maths we have been thinking about number and place value. We also learnt how to set out our numbers correctly.
It was lovely to see such confident swimmers in the pool today. It was such good weather and a real treat for the first week back at school.
We have been learning about growing our brains and the need for challenging learning. We watched the Growth mindset dojo videos on Youtube if you would like to have a look.
Next week we are developing our understanding of place value and retelling a popular story. We will also be listening to the children read individually.
Have a great weekend!