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Welcome to Year 2! 

Summer 1 2022

16.5.22

English 

This week in English we will be writing our own non-fiction texts. The children will begin the week by identifying key features of a non chronological report and will then use technology to complete further research into their chosen animal. As part of this they will also learn how to save images. We will be focusing on using questions and developing the skill of writing coherently with an audience in mind. 

Maths 

In Maths this week we are moving on to looking at position and direction. This is often an area that children find challenging and would benefit from extra support at home. We will be learning to use key vocabulary to describe movement and turns such as left, right, up, down, forwards, backwards, clockwise/anti-clockwise t Then we will also think about quarter, half, three-quarter and full turns. It is imperative that children understand that if we make a quarter turn we are just changing the direction we are facing and not actually taking any steps forward.  

Topic 

This week in our topic lessons we will begin to think about algorithms and plan a set of instructions that may need to be debugged if they don't work correctly. We will also start to think about food chains- what is a consumer, producer, predator and prey animal and also start to look at life cycles. This will help prepare the children for our walk to Howe Park Woods next week. 

9.5.22

English

 The children will use 'The Magic Box' by Kit Wright as inspiration for their own poem.  They will be collecting ideas, arranging them into a poem, editing and improving it and then performing it to their friends.  Additionally, we will be focusing on reading comprehensions.

Maths

 We are continuing our unit on length.  The children will be comparing lengths and ordering objects of different lengths.  Finally, the children will be solving problems related to length using the 4 operations - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Topic

 The children will start the week by using sketching pencils and charcoal to drawing minibeasts, paying particular attention to the shapes, size and detail of the different parts of the bug.  Towards the end of the week the children will be using their homework, previous knowledge and library books to write facts about an animal of their choice, including it's lifecycle.

3.5.22

This week is a shorter week and the children will be starting their special booklets in school.  

English

We will be recapping on compound words - two separate words which can be combined to make one whole word such as 'sand' and 'pit' to make 'sandpit'.  Other compound words are: football, windmill, hairbrush, toothpaste and headlight.

We will also be listening to, learning then performing the poem 'The Magic Box' by Kit Wright.  

Maths

In maths this week we will continue to recap on previous learning including addition, subtraction and fractions.  We will also be beginning a unit of work on Length.  The language associated with measuring length is very important.  We will be expecting the children to use and understand centimetres, metres, long, longer longest; tall, taller, tallest; high, higher, highest and short, shorter and shortest.  Some children use the words big and small which relates to size rather than length.

Topic

We will be focusing our learning on science this week.  We would like the children to be able to talk about whether something is living, dead or has never lived.  Some of these things are trickier than they seem.  Wood was once alive because it was part of a tree, as was a leaf.  The sea has never been alive even though it moves.

25.4.22

We hope that you and your families have a lovely Easter break. We will not be setting the children homework to complete over this time as we strongly believe that the children deserve a rest after all of their hard work. If you would like to continue working with your child over this time, then things you may wish to work on are their reading and comprehension skills, having practical experiences linked to Maths e.g telling the time, weighing, going to the shops and paying for items and using the white rose one minute challenges.

After we return from the Easter holidays here is what we will be working on in English, Maths and Topic. 

English 

Maths 

The first week back we will be looking at consolidation and recapping the children's learning from the first two terms. We will be looking at solving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems using written methods before moving onto solving 2 step problems. This may be something like Annie brought 2 tickets for the cinema which cost £2.50 each. She paid with a £10 note. How much change did she get back? This requires the children to add first and then subtract. 

Topic

Our new topic next term will be called Wriggle and Crawl. This is a very science heavy topic but one where the children will get to look at all different types of wildlife and their habitats. We will be taking a walk around the school grounds to try and see what animals we can find. We will also understand what is meant by the terms habitat and microhabitat. 

Spring 2 2022

1.4.22

English

As we come to the end of term, we are going to be reading excerpts of the classic book 'The Secret Garden' by Frances Hodgson Burnett and watching clips of the movie based upon the book.  The children will be learning how to describe their own secret garden using adjectives and vocabulary we have learned as part of our topic 'The Scented Garden'.  We will be learning some synonyms for colour names.  Instead of using the word 'pink' the children could choose blush, flamingo or coral.

Maths

We will be continuing to learn about fractions.  We will be learning about equivalent fractions such as one half is equal to two quarters.  The children will also find out how to order fractions by size.  We will be practising answering aural questions which involves listening to the question rather than reading it.

Topic

As the culmination of our topic, the children will be learning how to present the information they have learned in a simple powerpoint slide show.  The children will be using iPads and laptop computers to create slides and organise information to communicate facts to their classmates.

28.3.22

English 

In English this week we will be teaching the children the skills to undertake some research about plants and flowers. They will then use this research to be able to write their own fact file about their chosen flower. The children will be learning how to present their work and understand the features of a non-fiction text. They will be encouraged to write titles, pictures, captions and use interesting facts.  

Maths 

In Maths next week, we will continue to look at fractions. We will be learning to find quarters of a number before moving on to looking at thirds. We will also begin to look at unit and non-unit fractions as well as equivalent fractions.

Topic 

In our topic lessons we will be deconstructing a Lilly flower and looking at the different parts carefully. We will then be naming the different parts and learning new vocabulary such as the filament, stigma, style, ovary and anther. We will also look at deforestation and the effects of pollution. 

21.3.22

English

This week the Year 2 children will be looking at instruction texts, identifying their features and then writing our own instructions.  We will be focusing particularly on adverbs of time such as first, next, then; adverbs of manner such as carefully, safely, accurately, neatly and imperative (bossy) verbs such as cut, fold, put, walk.

Maths

We will be beginning to learn about fractions this week, starting with half and moving onto a quarter.  We will be finding half of a shape and then half of an amount.  We will continue to practise addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in class.  In Mastering Number we will be learning more about doubles and near doubles.

Topic

As part of our topic, The Scented Garden, we will be learning how to draw from observation and then paint our flowers using watercolours.  The children will be 'tinkering' which means practising and honing a skill to improve it.  We will be re-visiting how to mix primary colours to create a secondary colour.

14.3.22

English 

In English this week we will be continuing to look at the Tin Forest.  The children will be continuing to write their own ending to the story.  They will practise editing and improving their work.  We will then be focusing on different elements of punctuation and grammar including progressive verbs, commas in a list and possessive apostrophes.

Maths 

In Maths this week we will continue to look at shape but we will have a stronger focus on 3D shapes. We will be learning to identify how many faces, edges and vertices each 3D shape has. We will sort shapes based on their similarities and differences and make repeating patterns. 

Topic 

In topic this week we will be making a free standing structure and completing some art work. The children will begin by examining existing products before designing their own colourful and vibrant structures. The children will be given the opportunity to use new tools such as saws, sand paper and hot glue guns to cut and join their structures together to make them solid. 

7.3.33

English 

This week in English we have introduced children to the story The Tin Forest. We have broken the story down so that the children are left in suspense and thinking about the language and illustrations carefully. We have been drawing where we think the story is set based on the language used to describe and we have also looked at using expanded noun phrases to describe the main character. We particularly enjoyed  undertaking some hot seating to find out more information about the Old Man. 

Maths 

This week in Maths we have been looking in detail at 2D shapes and we have been able to name and describe some of their properties. The children have been introduced to the terms vertices, faces and sides/edges. We have also looked at vertical lines of symmetry and repeating patterns. 

Topic

We loved going on our walk around the local area this week. We saw some early signs of Spring and got to see some daisies, daffodils, snow drops, choirboys and blossom. The children also got to do some tree rubbings and saw the difference between deciduous and evergreen trees. We also got the opportunity to write up the result from our cress experiment and found out that plants needs water and sunlight in order to grow and be healthy. 

  

28.2.22

English

In English this week we will be looking at the story the Man on the Moon. We will then begin to look at some of the main features of an explanation text. The children will then be using these features such as titles, subtitles, questions, verbs such as you must and you will in order to be able to write their own explanation text on how to be the Man on the Moon. 

 

Maths 

In Maths this week we will be starting a new topic on geometry. The children will begin by naming 2d and 3d shapes and recognising that 2D shapes can be found on 3D shapes. They will be looking at nets before moving on to counting sides and vertices. 

 

Topic 

This week we start our new Topic called the Scented Garden. This is all about plants and nature. We have looked at seasonal changes and the early signs of spring. We have also started to look at cress seeds and are conducting an experiment to see what they need in order to grow and be healthy. 

Spring 1 2022

14.2.22

English 

In English this week the children will be continuing to look at the text Traction Man by Mini Grey. The children have been busy planning their own Traction Man adventure and we are sure the children will be able to tell you all about it. This week, the children will be using their plans to design their own comic strip. They will be focusing on using the four different sentence types: commands, questions, exclamations and statements to bring their work to life and engage the reader. 

Maths 

In Maths we will be consolidating our learning so far. We will be recapping lessons on adding and subtracting, multiplication and division, place value and money. It would be useful if you could also work on these areas at home to ensure children are able to remember what they have been taught and to use taught methods to solve problems.  

Topic 

In topic this week we will be looking at online safety in more detail and looking at daily weather patterns. We will also be reflecting on what we have been learning about so far as part of out Bright Light Big City topic.   

7.2.22

English 

In English this week we will be looking at the story Traction Man. This is a cartoon book all about an action hero called Traction Man. Although this is a non fiction book, it will introduce children to different genres as it is presented like a comic strip. Traction Man is a loved text in year 2 and has a sequel called Traction Man meets Turbo dogs which you may like to read with your child. The following link will show children the story and how Mini Grey illustrated the book. https://clpe.org.uk/books/book/traction-man-meets-turbodog. In our English lessons the children will be looking at different sentence types such as statements, commands, questions and exclamations and will be planning their very own comic strip in a similar style.

Maths 

In Maths this week we will be continuing to look at statistics. We will be learning to draw and interpret pictograms represented by counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. The children will be able to read charts and answer questions explaining their reasoning behind their answers. We will also move on to block diagrams before completing our end of unit assessment. 

Topic 

In our Topic lessons we have enjoyed looking at London so far and exploring cities. We will now begin comparing similarities and difference to a non European city. For this we have chosen to compare it with Kuala Lumpur. The children will be looking at similar physical features but also the weather.

Internet Safety Day 2022

This week is also internet safety week. Please can we request that you take some time to sit with your child and reinforce the importance and need to stay safe online. You will find some lovely activities on purple mash related to internet safety aswell as via the following link https://saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/safer-internet-day-2022/educational-resources

 

 

 

 

 

31.1.22

English

Linked to our learning about the Great Fire of London, we will be presenting facts about the fire in a non-chronological report.  We will find out about the features of non-fiction writing (Headings, captions, sub-headings, pictures, diagrams, labels, contents, index and glossary).  We will also recap on the difference between questions and statements, including the punctuation. 

Maths

Our new unit of work is statistics, sometimes known as data handling.  We will focus on information presented in different ways including a tally, pictogram, table and block graph.  Children will interpret graphs and make their own using given information.  

Topic

This week will have a science focus.  Firstly we will be sorting and classifying materials and looking at their suitability for different purposes.  Next we will be planting some bulbs and answering the question 'Do plants grow in winter?' and finally we will be having fun with plasticine - twisting, stretching, rolling, bending and squashing it and understanding that we can change the shape of materials.

24.1.22

English

At the beginning of the week we will be learning some new subordinating conjunctions (joining words) 'if'  and 'that'.  The children will extend simple sentences to write sentences such as "My parents will be extremely happy if I keep my bedroom tidy all week!"  They will then begin to read diary extracts and plan and write their own diary entry for the date 2nd September 1666.

Maths

This week will be the last week for division.  We will be learning the difference between sharing and grouping. 12 pencils can be grouped into 2s making 6 groups.  12 pencils can be shared between 2 pots to make 6 pencils in each pot.  This will be done practically to start with, then pictorially and finally just with the written calculation.

Topic

We will spend the whole week learning about the events which led to the Great Fire of London in 1666, the disaster itself and then what happened after the fire.  We will be learning about HOW we know about the past.  Our focus will be looking at artefacts displayed in the Museum of London and reading extracts from Samuel Pepys' diary.

17.1.22

English 

We will begin the week by looking at poetry. The children will start to understand how poems are structured and then begin to read some different poems to build up their repertoire of known poems. We will also begin to recite them off by heart.  Towards the end of the week be will begin to write instructions and use imperative (bossy verbs).

Maths 

In Maths this week we will look at counting in multiples of 2, 5 and 10 forwards and backwards. We will also begin to look at division and start by sharing into equal groups. We will begin to teach this skill by using concrete resources initially. 

Topic 

In topic this week we will begin by recapping the 4 countries that make up the United Kingdom. We will also recap the capital cities and surrounding seas. This time we will also begin to look at some of each countries characteristics such as the flag and national flower. Then as the week progresses, we will move on to look at London. We will focus on how London is a city and compare it to life in Milton Keynes. We  will also use aerial photographs to look at famous landmarks. 

10.1.22 

English 

This week in our English lessons we will be using the book John Patrick Norman McHennessy-The Boy Who Was Always Late By John Burningham. We will be using this to write some sentences using co-ordinating and subordinating conjunctions. We will spend some time looking at nouns and  proper nouns before looking at the key features of a letter. We will finish the week by writing a letter to Mr Smith in an attempt to convince him that he himself behaved badly. . 

Maths

In Maths this week we will be continuing to look at multiplication and division. We will be learning to turn our repeated addition number sentences into a multiplication number sentence and how to use the X symbol. This will help to strengthen our ability to count in multiples of 2, 3, 5 and 10.  We will begin to look at arrays towards the end of the week to discover how we can use illustrations to also write number sentences.  

Topic 

This week in our topic lessons we will be using our designs to make a London Taxi. We will use wheels and axles to help our cars move and then evaluate them to see what worked well and what could have been done differently if they were to make their cars again. We will also be looking at the work of the artist Piet Mondrian and will be creating some pieces in a similar style. 

5.1.22

English 

In English this week we will be looking at how to write a recount. We will be using Time connectives to show the order events took place in and will be ensuring we write in the past tense. We will also be learning how to make simple changes and revisions to our work in order to edit and improve whilst checking that it makes sense. 

Maths 

In Maths this week we have been learning what is meant by equal and unequal groups. We have been able to identify how many equal groups we have and then draw them out accurately. We finished the week by adding equal groups together through what is called repeated addition. 

 

Topic 

This week in our topic lessons we were learning about our new topic Bright Lights Big City. We were looking at different forms of transport and investigating how cars move. We were learning all about axles and then went on to design our very own London Taxi ready to be made next week. 

Autumn 2 2021

29.11.21

Maths 

This week we will finish our topic on money. The children will be learning to find change from different amount e.g 50p, £1, £5 etc. They will be able to identify that we get change when we pay too much for an item. It would be useful for children to practise paying at shops to see how much change they get. They will also be solving two step problems. If I buy a pen costing 24p and a ruler at 33p how much change will I get from £1. The children will need to do an addition sum first followed by a subtraction sum. 

English

In English this week we will be looking at the story 'The Tunnel' by the Autor Anthony Browne. It is really important that children recognise that an author is someone who writes books and be able to name some from memory that they have written. It would useful if you could read some books written by Anthony Browne with your child such as shine, piggybank, voices in the park, into the forest, my dad, Winnie the Chimp etc. 

Topic 

We are continuing our play rehearsals this week but we will also be moving on to looking at famous tunnels and establishing why tunnels were built. We will also start looking at habitats and microhabitats and animals that burrow underground by tunneling.

2.11.21

Maths 

In Maths this week we will be continuing to look at money. We will be learning; to make amounts in more than one way, finding the difference between two amounts and working out change. It would be useful if you could practise finding the difference at home by counting on from the smallest number to the biggest number. If you go to the shops let your child have a go at paying to know that some times if we pay too much we may be entitled to some change.

English 

This week we will  be focusing a lot on grammar. We will be looking at using the possessive apostrophe, recognising singular and plural and using conjunctions to extend sentences. The work will be based around the story of Rapunzel which links to the topic 'Towers, Tunnels and Turrets'. 

Topic 

This week in topic the children will be having a go at making bridges. They will be constructing the bridge with the aim of trying to make it stiff, strong and stable enough to without weight. The children will also begin practising for the Christmas productions. It would be useful if you could make sure your child(ren) know their lines if they have any so that they can perform these off by heart. 

15.11.21

In English next week we will be beginning to look at the story of Rapunzel.  We will read a traditional version and a modern re-telling of the famous story.  The children will be learning about the four different types of sentence - question, statement, command and exclamation.

Children will also be learning about possessive apostrophes.  E.g. Sanjay's cat, mum's car.

In maths we will be beginning to learn about money.  This is a two week unit of work and children will be recognising coins and notes, finding totals and giving change.  Children often have very little personal experience of handling money so we would encourage the children to play shops at home with low value real coins if possible.

To fit together with our Rapunzel text, in topic we will be learning about famous towers from around the world.  We will learn about which materials they are made from, when they were built and which continent of the world they are in.  Maybe you could find out about towers at home, too.

8.11.21 

English

In English we will be reading the book George and the dragon and the Paper Bag princess. The children will be using interesting adjectives to describe and begin to use adverbs to make their writing more engaging for the reader. We will also begin looking at similes. 

Maths 

 In Maths this week the children will be learning to subtract using the borrowing method. Children will be learning to exchange 1 ten for 10 ones. We will then be consolidating our knowledge by solving a range of addition and subtraction problems using the column method. We will finish the week by learning to add 3 single digit numbers together. 

Topic 

In topic this week the children will be designing and constructing their own castles. The children will be using recycling materials to add features to their castles such as turrets, towers, portcullis, drawbridge, moat, battlements etc. 

1.11.21

English 

This week in English we will be learning to write and questions using full sentences. We will be developing our reading skills and ability to use what we have read to answer questions. We are also learning to describe a setting using exciting adjectives and be able to use commas in a list.

Topic 

In our topic lessons we are learning about Castles. We will be learning about who used to live in a castle and who worked within them. We will be looking at how castles have changed over the time and the reasons for this e.g they were easily attacked.  The children will also be investigating how to build a stable bridge using different resources and understand how we can make them strong, stiff and stable. 

Maths 

In Maths we will be learning to add two two-digit numbers using the column addition method. The children will understand that we always start with the ones number first in preparation for when the numbers bridge the ten. 

Autumn 1 Term 2021

Welcome to the Year 2 page! We hope you had a lovely summer. Here you will find information all about what the children will be learning each week. 

18.10.21

English 

In English the children will be basing their writing on the story of Peter Pan. The children will have the opportunity to see some clips from the film to help inspire their independent writing. The children will be encouraged to use capital letters and full stops correctly as well as using their knowledge of adjectives to help make their writing more engaging for the reader. 

Maths 

In Maths this week we will be learning to add and subtract a two digit and single digit number which cross the ten. eg. 34 + 8. 

Topic 

Our topic lesson this week will be looking at compass directions and ensuring children are familiar with the key vocabulary North, South, East and West. They will also get an opportunity to reflect on all the things they have enjoyed learning about this half term. 

11.10.21

English 

In English next week we will be looking at the text 'The man whose mother was a pirate'. We will be learning to understand new vocabulary and answer comprehensive questions. We will also start to look at alliteration and poetry. 

Maths

In Maths we will begin by finding bonds to 100. We will then move on to adding ones to a given number which don't bridge the 10 before adding and subtracting 10. To finish the week be will be learning to add by making 10. e.g 8+5 5 can be partitioned into 2 and 3.  8+2=10   +3= 13. 

Topic 

This week we are having a science focus. We will be looking at what our bodies need in order to be healthy. We will then be designing a healthy meal for sailors using the NHS eatwell plate. 

 

4.10.21

Can we begin by saying a big thank you for all your lovely pictures of the boats children have been making at home. We have loved seeing them and hearing about all the different materials children used. There was not one boat that looked the same, we were very impressed!

Maths 

In maths this week we will be moving on to a new unit called addition and subtraction. As part of this we will begin by looking at fact families and number bonds. We will be then using our knowledge of the inverse operation to help us check our calculations are correct. e,g if we know that 5 + 4= 9 then 9-5 must equal 4. 

English 

In English we will begin to link our topic learning into our writing. We will be using adjectives to write a descriptive message in a bottle to explain what life was like at sea during Captain Cook's era. We will also begin moving on to the life of Grace Darling. 

Topic 

Our topic lessons will begin looking at how things have changed over time. We will be comparing famous sailors with Ellen MacArthur and discovering how life was very different. We will also be looking at what we need to be healthy and comparing it to what it was like on board the Endeavour. Finally we will move on to look at Grace Darling and explore what she did which makes her inspirational today. 

 

27.9.21

Maths

In maths we will be beginning a new programme called 'Mastering Number' which will help the children to visualise numbers and understand that numbers are made up of other numbers.  We will also be beginning to add numbers together to find the total.

English

This week we will be learning about the explorer and navigator Captain James Cook.  We will be reading non-fiction books about him and his voyages around the globe.  We will be incorporating lots of drama including freeze framing and hot seating.  By the end of the week we will have written a message in a bottle asking other sailors for help!

Topic

 In topic we will be looking at maps of the world, naming the continents and the oceans.  We will be finding out information about other current day explorers and those from hundreds of years ago.

20.9.21

Maths 

This week in Maths we are going to begin looking at comparing numbers using the less than, greater than and equal to symbols. We will also be learning to use a place value chart and ordering object and numbers using key vocabulary. 

English 

In English we are going to continue looking at the story Meerkat Mail. The children will be learning to use new vocabulary to write a postcard to the main character in the story- Sunny. They will then begin to look at what a verb is and start to write and answer questions. 

Topic 

This week we will begin looking at the properties of materials and what makes them appropriate for a particular purpose on a boat.e.g glass is transparent so we can see through it, plastic is light and flexible. The children will also start to look at the countries that make up the United Kingdom, the capital cities and surrounding seas. 

 

 13.9.21

Maths 

This week in Maths the children will be looking at place value. The children will be learning to represent numbers to 100 using tens and ones and will be attempting to represent numbers in more than 1 way. eg. 35 could be 3 tens and 5 ones, 2 tens and 15 ones, 1 ten and 25 ones or simply 0 tens and 35 ones. 

 

English 

In English the children will have a massive focus on using capital letters and full stops correctly whilst also being encouraged to think about their presentation of work. The children will begin to look at nouns and how we can use adjectives to turn our nouns into expanded noun phrases. Please see below for an example.  

                 rabbit - noun 

               the rabbit- becomes a phrase 

           the soft, fluffy rabbit - expanded noun phrase. 

Topic

This week we will start to look at our topic Land Ahoy. We will begin by looking at different types of boats and the different moving parts. The children will do some observational drawings and then move on to making a slider to create their very own moving boat. 

 

               Summer Term 2021

7.6.21

Welcome back after the half term break.  This term's topic is Beat Band Boogie.  We will be completing lots of science investigations related to sound.  We will also be learning to sing songs and play percussion instruments.

In spelling this week we are looking at words with the suffix _ful such as cheerful and successful.

In maths we will consolidate previous learning about addition and subtraction.  The one minute challenges are going well and we are pleased with the increase in the children's speed and accuracy when answering simple questions.

In English this week we will be writing a recount about their activities over the holiday.

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16.4.21

The children have made a great start to the summer term and we are very proud of their positive attitude to learning.

This week we have been focusing on grammar in English.  We have learned about progressive verbs in the past and present tense - I am running, I was running; Marie and Mohammed are drumming, Marie and Mohammed were drumming; Mrs Hill is walking, Mrs Hill was walking.

We have also learned some different homophones and how to spell them correctly.

In maths we have begun learning about fractions which has been fun.  We have found half of a shape and half of an amount.  Next we will be moving onto quarters.

We also did some pond dipping and bug hunting this week which was such fun.

Spring Term 2021

5.1.21

For information about what the Year 2 children will be completing at home, please look under the 'Home Learning' tab above.  Photographs of the work the children complete at home will be posted there in due course.

Autumn Term 2020

17.12.20

The children have enjoyed being very creative this week.  They have concentrated hard on sewing, experienced origami and taken photographs of their friends around school.  It has been a joy to witness the children embrace these new challenges and demonstrate independence skills and growing levels of resilience.

They truly deserve their treat afternoon.

We would like to wish all children, parents and carers a very Happy Christmas and wonderful 2021!

 

7.12.20

The children worked so hard to learn their lines and songs for the school play and we had great fun performing it. We really hope you enjoy watching their Christmas play when the DVDs come back. 

In English we have been busy planning our own stories based around The Tunnel by Anthony Browne. The children have been able to adapt the story by changing the main characters, the setting and the main event. We can't wait to read their stories next week. 

In Maths the children are finishing the topic of money. We will look at finding change and move on to two step word problems. 

 

30.11.20

The children have been busy practising their songs and lines for the Christmas Play called 'Baubles'.  We would like to thank the parents for the invaluable help they have given with learning lines at home.

In English this week we have been reading the book 'The Tunnel' by Anthony Browne.  The children have really enjoyed the suspense in the story.  They have been using sub-ordinating conjunctions in addition to the co-ordinating conjunctions from last week.

In maths we have continued learning about money.  This week the children have been finding totals by adding two or more amounts together.  They also learned how to pay the exact amount of money using coins and notes.

 

23.11.20

English 

This week we have had a grammar focus. We have been learning how to turn words which are singular to plural by either adding 's' or 'es'. We have also been looking how to use possessive apostrophe (Tom's/ Chris') and co-ordinating conjunctions (and, but, or) in our work. 

Maths

We have had so much fun in maths this week looking at money. We have been learning to recognise coins and notes, count money in pounds and pence and make totals using different coins. 

Topic

Our Christmas performance rehearsals are now starting to take place. We have been working hard to learn all the songs and practice our lines. We would be really grateful if you could continue to help your child to learn these at home as well. 

16.11.20

English

This week we have been exploring the features of different traditional tales and focusing on Rapunzel.  The children have sequenced the story and learned the difference between a statement, a question and command and an exclamation sentence.

 

Maths

This is our final week on addition and subtraction.  We have added three numbers together, learned bonds to 100 and looked for number patterns eg 2 + 8 = 10 so 12 + 8 =20 and

22 + 8 = 20.

 

Topic

The children have learned about famous towers from around the world and plotted them on a world map.  These include the CN Tower in Toronto, The Eiffel Tower in Paris, and The Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy.

 

9.11.20

Maths 

This week in maths we are moving onto subtraction. The children will begin to subtract by using the crossing out method. They will then be taught how to subtract using an empty number line and the column method. Towards the end of the week we will be moving on to subtraction where we have to exchange 1 ten for ten ones. 

 English

This week the children will be looking at the book George and the dragon. We will write our own blurb based on this book and design a front cover. The children will then look to describe their dragons using exciting adjectives e.g My dragon has enormous, strong legs and small, amber eyes. They will then use verbs and adverbs to describe what their dragon can do. My dragon can run speedily and fly wildly.    

Topic

This week in our topic lessons we will be making our own castles. The children will try to incorporate as many features as they can using what they already know about castles. e.g arrow loops, moat, bailey, keep, battlements, tower etc. They will also be plotting famous towers on a world map.  

16.10.20

Thank you to all parents and children who spent time and energy making AMAZING treasure maps at home!  They are truly awesome and we appreciate all of the hard work which went into making them.  The children have been so proud of their efforts and very keen to share them with their friends.

As we come to the end of this topic, we have been really impressed by how much the children have remembered of what we have learned.  

In English this week we had a treat and watched the Disney cartoon version of Peter Pan.  The children will be writing their own version of the story.

In maths we have been practising adding 1 and taking away 1, adding 10 and takig away 10.  It is very important that the children understand this and can do it quickly and accurately.

9.10.20

We've had another lovely week of learning at school.  The children have been introduced to 'alliteration' in English and have been busy listening out for it when they hear it.  Alliteration is the repetition of the initial sound in words which are next to or near each other.  The rabbit was reading the red book. 

It is also very common in characters' names: Horrid Henry, Mickey Mouse, Spongebob Squarepants and Peter Pan.

In maths this week the children have been learning to add and subtract numbers.  They are beginning to understand that subtraction is the inverse of addition and that the same three numbers can be used in four different equations:-

        4 + 3 = 7

        3 + 4 = 7

        7 - 3 = 4

        7 - 4 = 3

 

The children would all benefit from practising the inverse at home. 

 

2.10.20

The children have really enjoyed learning about pirates over the past couple of weeks.  We have been thrilled with the lovely boats the children made for homework.  The photos you sent in have been shared and are now proudly on display in the classroom.

This week we have been learning about number patterns - counting in steps of 2,3,5 and 10. It has been quite challenging but the children are trying hard.

Thank you for your generous harvest food donations.  We have been amazed at the number of items we have collected.

In English this week we have been learning new vocabulary about pirate ships.  Could you ask your child about what they have learned?

Please don't forget to read at least three times a week with your child and encourage them to do their homework.

11.9.20

Welcome back!  It is great to see the new and familiar faces back with us at school.  Although the environment looks different, the children have settled really well and have adapted to the necessary changes.

This week we have been thinking about keeping ourselves safe in our bubbles and have written our own class rules.  We have also been talking about what is the same and what is different about the inside and outside of our school.

Thank you for the sending in the summer holiday activity.  The children will be sharing what they have done over the summer with their classmates.

In maths the children are learning to recognise numbers from 0 - 100 and partition numbers into tens and ones. For example, 37 is 30 and 7.

Our topic this half term is 'Land Ahoy!'.  We will be learning all about pirates and famous explorers.

The first home learning will be sent home next Friday.