Almost ready to start a new journey…

This week we enjoyed spending two days with Mr Anderson in Year 3. We did all sorts of exciting things as well as showing Mr Anderson just what we’re made of in writing! I am sure he is really impressed by our stories all about camels!

What was your favourite session in those two days?

What are you looking forward to about Year 3?

Have you got any worries about starting your new journey?

The incredible book eating boy!

This week  year 2 have read a new story. In the story they met Henry, a little boy who liked to eat books! When Henry ate the books, he got smarter! We have been creating our own versions of this story with new characters, and changing what they eat!

As a challenge can you come up with a new character who likes to eat funny objects to get better at something?

This week in our math sessions, we have been looking at estimating answers by rounding to the nearest ten.

48+23=71

50+20=70

The difference between these two answers is 1.

Papier Mache Projects!

This term you have been challenged to make a papier mache project based on something you can find at the seaside.

Here are a few ideas that could help you decide what you would like to do:

Use a balloon and some strups of cardboard before papier mache to create a fish? Have you ever paddled in the sea and seen little fish swimming around your feet?

I love this little crab! Have you ever been rock pooling at the beach and found a crab?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhy not create a full seaside scene? You could even add labels on little flags to pick out the features of the seaside from our Knowledge Organiser!

This is a lovely lighthouse! You could use a bottle to create the shape before you papier mache it. What story have we read that has a lighthouse in?

Everyone loves a donkey ride at the seaside! We will all be able to tick it off our hundred list after we visit the seaside on our trip after half term! Don’t forget to give your donkey a name!

Of course, these are just a few ideas! If you can think of something else to do…go for it! I can’t wait to see your projects!

Buzz, Buzz, Buzz!

Today in Year two, we have been learning about the three special jobs that honey bees do to help our environment and economy.

The special jobs are: to make honey, to make wax and pollinate our plants. We know that without bees we wouldn’t be able to have half of the food that we enjoy now!

We are going to make it our mission to save bees in year two, because they are on the endangered species list. We discussed that to save bees we shouldn’t pull flowers off of plants, and we won’t kill them.

We know that to help save the bees, we can plant free seeds from this website:  https://www.justbeedrinks.co.uk/seeds/  We can also put out shallow dishes of sugary water on hot days, with stones to land on, to give the bees more energy.

Please help us to save the bees!!

Deep Thinking!

This week Year 2 have been really busy solving reading and maths puzzles. We have worked really hard and the teachers in Year 2 are feeling very proud!

In philosophy, we have discussed two different questions:

  1. Would the world be a better place if our emotions were written on our foreheads?
  2. Would it be better to have eyes on your head or on your hands?

We came up with some fantastic ideas. Can you remember any of our responses?

Can you come up with any questions you would like us to discuss?

 

Our new topic!

This week we had our topic launch, and found out that our new topic is called ‘Where in the World would you go?’ During our topic launch we had a few activities to complete in our house teams.

In our literacy this week, we have started to read ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Breakfast.’ We have read through this story together, and clarified any words we didn’t know the meaning of, and we have ordered the story using pictures.

 

mmmmm…chocolate!

This week we have had a very busy week in year 2! We have been learning all about the origins of chocolate. We enjoyed learning all about the Aztecs in topic. I wonder whether anyone could blog a fact about the Aztecs and chocolate?

What a fantastic display Year 2 made at our project showcase! We had lots of Tudor houses from our Great Fire of London topic to show off as well as some fabulous writing about the journey of chocolate. Miss Lambert’s favourite part was tasting all the delicious chocolates we made when we pretended to be Willy Wonka!

What was your favourite part of our project showcase?

In maths we have been learning about different types of measurement. What can you remember about your maths learning? Maybe you could set a challenge for your friends to solve.

e.g. Miss Lambert ate 37g of chocolate. Miss May ate 42g of chocolate. How many grams did they eat all together? Show your working! (partitioning method!)

 

Happy Half Term!

Wow, what a busy half term we have had!

In literacy, we have learned how to write instructions and explanation texts. Can anyone remind us what we need to include when writing either of these texts?

In maths, we have done lots of work on fractions, counting in 50s and of course our learn its. This term we have learned that…

4 + 5 = 9                                          1 x 5 = 5

5 + 6 = 11                                        2 x 5 = 10

6 + 7 = 13                                        3 x 5 = 15

7 + 8 = 15                                        4 x 5 = 20

8 + 9 = 17                                        5 x 5 = 25

I wonder whether anyone could set us some challenges using our learn its? Maybe you could write a word problem? Change them to include units of measurement (e.g. 4ml + 5ml = ?)? Or maybe you could change the addition ones into tens numbers (e.g. 40 + 50 = ?)?

 

As a recap for everyone, here is a copy of the Y2 homework project list. I am really looking forward to seeing them all in Spring 2!

Spring term homework project – Y2

You can choose to do as many or as few as you wish, but to gain the rewards, please complete at least 3 of the tasks below:

  •  Create a London scene of the Fire – either drawn on paper, collaged or 3D using card etc. (Link to Knowledge Organiser)
  • Write and illustrate an information page all about the Great Fire of London. Don’t forget to use the key facts and vocabulary from your knowledge organiser! (Link to Knowledge Organiser)
  • Design (and create if you wish) a box that you would bury something special to you in (like Samuel Pepys did with his cheese!) See Miss Lambert for a box template if you need one.
  • Design a new chocolate bar – design the new wrapper for it (maybe you could create a poster to go with it that would encourage people to buy it!). Maybe you could research your ingredients and make sure they can all be bought fair trade? (Link to Knowledge Organiser)
  • Graph work – Keep a note of the different types of chocolate bars that you and/or your family eat over a week or two weeks and show them in a graph.
  • Create a way to show your understanding of the journey chocolate takes from bean to packet. (Link to Knowledge Organiser)

 

I look forward to seeing some of your literacy reminders and mathematical problems!

Have a lovely holiday!

London’s burning!

This week we have been learning about why the fire spread so quickly in London 1666. Can you remember any of the reasons we discussed?

We have created some artwork this week using collage materials to show a Tudor house on fire. We developed our scissor skills for making the straw roofs.

Next week we will be writing our own explanation texts about the life cycle of a butterfly. What technical vocabulary could you use? Maybe you could create a glossary for us to use?

Changing Shapes

This week we learned that the shape of different materials could be changed using our hands. There were four ways we could change them. They were:

  • stretching
  • bending
  • twisting
  • squashing

Can you find some different materials around your home which you can change their shape? Are there any materials you can’t change using only your hands?

 

In literacy, we started writing our own instruction book this week. So far we only have 3 recipes inside. As a challenge, can you write a set of 5 instructions to make something tasty? If you would like to make them as well, Miss Lambert and Miss May would be happy to taste them for you!

 

Our Big Maths learn-its this week are:

5+4

5+6

6+7

7+8

8+9