Autumn 2 - science topic on materials - November 2019
The children have all settled into school after the half term break with a really positive attitude. It’s been great to hear about their holidays and see how refreshed they all look. This half term we will be exploring the properties of materials and we will add in cross curricular links to other subjects like art and DT.
In maths this this half term we are continuing with addition and we are now adding two digit numbers to one digit numbers. This has been tricky maths, but the children have shown great resilience already. We will develop their fluency using the Malteser method before looking at how we apply this to subtraction, while also using our number lines to check our answers too.
In English and guided reading we are focusing on the Julia Donaldson book Zog and Flying Doctors and the children have loved listening to the story. We have also learnt the talk for writing actions. Please let them show you as this certainly supports them to retell the story. We have also developed their writing by teaching statement, command, question and exclamation sentences. It has been a fun week giving commands and it is a good job the children and teachers are resilient as when we have done commands in class they have been just as bossy as Mrs Watson and Mrs Lock.
Throughout this half term it promises to be a fun, yet busy, build up to the festive period, so please continue to check the website for updates as well as our school Twitter page.
Please check our dates for your diary for Autumn 2 to keep up to date with everything. As ever if there is anything you need or feel you would like to talk to. Member of staff about then please let us know and we can either speak to you after school or make an appointment.
Welcome back to year 2!
We begin this year with a science unit this half term, focusing on animals including humans. This is going to be an exciting unit as we learn all about animals and humans growing. This includes finding out about what young and adult animals are called, life cycles of animals and what animals and humans need to live.
Last week we were lucky enough to have a visitor into school. Miss McElvogue brought her baby and little girl into school and the children were able to ask questions to increase their understanding on how a human starts in life and then grows into a toddler.
Thinking about lifecycles...last week we also welcomed 5 new animals to the classrooms! We have 5 caterpillars in school now that we are observing over time.
Keep checking our year 2 page and gallery for more about our learning!
To start the term off, with a super animal story, we are reading the fiction book ‘The selfish crocodile’. During this unit we are retelling the story before innovating it and making it our own. We began by using our talk for writing actions to retell the story orally, before remembering the sequence of the story. The story map helped children to absorb the story, concentrating on some of our story openers and story language. Our SWAG bag words are the vocabulary words that we focus on and the current words are: chattering, astonished, groaned and nibbled. We would then expect to see these in the children’s writing.
Our initial focus has been to include expanded noun phrases in our writing. An example would be where children would extend the noun and make their writing more interesting using an adjective before the noun.
The large, green crocodile was swimming down the river.
There was a loud, deafening roar.
The start of the year sees us returning to place value. The children have really boosted their knowledge of numbers up to 100 and in particular we have been focusing on making, representing and then partitioning numbers. This we did initially into tens and ones using a part whole model, then we looked at different ways we could partition the same number. To extend our learning we have then been writing number sentences. It would help the children to continue learning to count in 2s, 5s and 10s as it really does speed up their counting.
Week 5 - We have now moved onto our Addition and Subtraction unit in mathematics.
Children we be using the skills they learnt in year 1 to build on making fact families and using the part whole / bar model work as above. If you wish to know more please check with your child's teacher and we will be happy to go over things with you.
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