Year 2 - Alliums
Mrs Ball, Mrs King, 

This week we have been learning about multiplication and have been making arrays and 'lots of' amounts to calculate our answers. The children enjoy using pictures and jotting to calculate and it helps to build their confidence when using larger numbers. I am impressed with the amount of Alliums that already know many of the times tables.
Don't forget about Education City, it has many activities to help the children learn.

In English, we have been carrying out an author study of Oliver Jeffers. We have formulated questions and used websites to research the answers. The children have also written letters to Oliver to find out more. We were focusing on using the correct punctuation and extending sentences.
Next week we will be writing our own version of 'Stuck'.

In PE this week, we played ball games and the children's aiming skills are definitely improving. We also performed our country dance to Tulips and Mrs Penny. It was amazing!

In Art we collaged items for our hall board, focusing on using appropriate materials, filling shapes completely and working together. The display looks brilliant so do take a look.

In Geography, we located the oceans and continents of the world and made sure we labelled using capital letters for proper nouns. This was a challenge for those who are focusing on making their writing smaller, but they managed very well.

Holiday Challenge will be in the children's book bag this week. I can't believe we are nearing the end of our first half term together. They are a great bunch!

Enjoy your weekend.

6TH October 2017
What amazing learning this week!
We have linked Science and English and written a booklet about healthy living. Our grammar focus was to use if, that, when and because to extend sentences. This is the how we introduce the idea of subordinate clauses. We learnt about the different food groups and why it is important to have a balanced diet. We also learnt about the importance of water and exercise for our bodies to stay healthy.

Our DT was also linked to Science and the children thoroughly enjoyed making their pizzas. Today we are evaluating them and thinking of ways to make our product better.

In Maths we have been learning about subtraction and using jottings to subtract two-digit numbers.
The children all thought it was more difficult to count back than to count forward. Definitely something to practise at home.

In Art we have been using our imagination to create created pictures of germs for our hall board. They are very imaginative and colourful. We used free drawing and paint.

Today we have beeen using an atlas to locate countries of the UK and their capital cities. We have also found and labelled the surrounding seas and oceans.

In Dance we started to learn the Durham Reel which is a dance that some mums and dads may have learnt when they were at school. We hope to show Tulips our dance when we have learnt it all.

Have a great weekend!


22nd September 2017
This week we have celebrated Enes' and Reid's birthday, so now we have three seven year olds in Alliums.
We have been learning about Florence Nightingale and why we remember her. In English, we have written booklets about her life and remembered to use good punctuation.
 We are really enjoying our history especially watching the Magic Grandad DVD.

In maths we have been continuing to learn about place value and how numbers work. We even used one pound, ten  and one penny coins to partition amounts. We have a good understanding of place value now and can't wait to try thousands!

In science we are learning about being hygienic to stay healthy. That means washing ourselves and our clothes regularly, cleaning our teeth properly, and using tissues correctly. We made a class promise to help us remember.

In dance this week we learnt the Circassian Circle, which was great fun and good exercise. We really like the music because it makes us feel happy.

It was loverly to see you all at 'Meet the Teacher' on Wednesday. I really do think it's going to be a great year.

We send lots of love to Sienna and wish her a speedy recovery.
Have a great weekend!

15 September 2017
Welcome back everyone!
The children are settling in well and have been carrying out their ambassador jobs with enthusiasm.

In English, we have been describing characters in the story 'Little Rabbit Foo Foo.' The children have also re-written the story in the style of a traditional tale. The children have their first spellings to learn and you will find them in their spelling books.

In Maths, we have been partitioning and recombining 2 and 3-digit numbers. We started doing this practically and then with jottings. The children then partitioned using number sentences to record. They are learning to be systematic when carrying out investigations.

We all got stranded on a desert island in science this week. The children had to think about the things they would miss from home (you will be glad to hear that parents featured on the list) and the things they actually needed to survive.

In computing, we have been using the Learpads to take photos and an app called PicCollage to create a montage.

It was great to see so many confident children in the swimming pool. They all seemed very happy learning with their friends.

I hope you have a good and restful weekend.