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11/11/2019 - 15/11/2019
Song of the Week: Mumford and Sons - Winter Winds
We have had a jam packed week this week! On Monday we had a special lesson all about Remembrance Day, where I was so impressed with the thoughtful and sensitive discussion we had about why it is such an important day. On Tuesday we had a brilliant trip to the Watershed for the Into Film Festival, where we watched the beautiful film 'Songs of the Sea.' This also sparked a thoughtful conversation about emotions and feelings back at school. We also talked about why we were all wearing odd socks for anti-bulling week and listened to this years odd sock song, click here to listen at home! We really enjoyed a special assembly on Friday from Unique Voices that helped us to remember what we should do if we are being bullied or see someone else being bullied.
In English this week the children have loved the challenge of writing 'complex sentences using subordinating and coordinating conjunctions!' This simply means joining simple sentences using words such as because, when, that, if, and, or and but. We have been so impressed with how well children have put this into their writing and challenging themselves to use as many as they can.
In Maths we have continued to find the difference between two amounts - we looked at how we can use this strategy for space and shape, not just number to think about what finding the difference actually means.
Finally in our topic learning this week we looked at different transport through time and how different transport has developed. We created timelines with transport from as far back as 2000 BC - can you guess what it was?
5/11/2019 - 8/11/2019
Song of the week: Van Morrison - Days Like This
We have had a super first week back in Jazz class. We are all very excited about our new topic 'Travel Back in Time,' where we are going to be learning all about different types of transport and how it has changed throughout history. We came up with some questions we would like to answer this term like 'who invented the aeroplane?' 'What was the worst accident someone had when inventing something?' 'How do engines work?' 'How did people travel in the past?' We are going to do some investigating this term and see how many of our questions we can answer!
In English this week we have immersing ourselves in our new book 'Going Places.' We have enjoyed using our reading skills to make predictions about the story and use our detective inference skills to help us. We have thought about what we like and dislike in the story and looked carefully for patterns and puzzles in our book.
We have even managed to squeeze in some nativity practise this week! We have begun learning the songs we will be singing and Miss Lloyd and I will be allocating parts very soon so keep your eyes peeled!
14/10/2019 - 18/10/2019
Song of the Week: Chinese Festival music
This week we found out lots about the continent 'Asia.' We are lucky to have our Japan expert in school, Miss Lloyd and we loved hearing all about her time in Japan and seeing some of her traditional souvenirs. She told us all about the beautiful cherry blossom trees, or sakura as it is known in Japan. We then created our own using paints and tissue paper.
In English this week we have been learning about different types of sentences; statements, questions, commands and exclamations. We had a go at writing our own and recognising them in writing. We were particularly good at those bossy command sentences!
7/10/2019 - 11/10/2019
Song of the Week: Ladysith Black Mambazo - Ikhaya Lamaqhawe (Home Of The Heroes)
This week we have enjoyed learning about the incredible continent of Africa. We studied some traditional masks and found out about the way they were decorated. We then used paper plates, brightly coloured paint and string to create our own African masks. We also found out lots of interesting facts about the continent of Africa and created fact sheets about it - did you know it is the hottest continent?
In English this week we have been innovating our story 'Blown Away,' by changing the main character and the setting to plan our own versions. We used the same story sequence and we have begun writing our stories using a storyboard with images to go with our story. In maths we have continued to work on our number facts with a focus on partitioning two digit numbers into tens and ones.
We had a fantastic morning this week at the Cathedral, taking part in the Big Arts Trail. The theme for our artwork was 'Up, Up and Away,' where we recreated Van Gogh's 'The Starry Night' and used mirrors and binoculars to draw the details and design from the cathedral roof, amongst many other art activities!
29/9/2019 - 4/10/2019
Song of the week: Lock, Stock and Barrel - Rise Above It
This week we traveled to the continent of North America. We looked at the diverse habitats that the continents has from tropical islands like Jamaica, to the snowy mountainous areas in Canada to sprawling cities in the U.S.A. In fact, we used these cities to inspire our art. We had a look at sunsets and created our own silhouette paintings that look really effective.
During our English lessons this week we have dived into the world of poetry in honour of National Poetry Day (3/10/2019). The children have performed Benjamin Zephaniah's 'Everybody's Doing it' and written their own version based on local dishes from different countries. In Maths, we have continued to use the 'Make 10' strategy when adding and have started to look at it when subtracting.
Please click on the link to watch this useful video so you can help your child at home.
23/9/2019 - 27/9/2019
Song of the Week: Earth, Wind and Fire - September
This week we stayed local with a visit around Europe! We learnt all about the countries that make up the United Kingdom and learnt the names of the capital cities. We were amazed to see how the English, Scottish and Welsh flag came together to make the Union Jack flag. We had a great time on our trip to Pizza Express this week to celebrate the classic Italian dish, PIZZA! Although we were surprised to find out that pizza did not actually come from Italy originally, can you guess where it actually originates from?
In English this week we have been diving deeper into our story 'Blown Away.' We thought about our likes and dislikes in our story and looked for patterns in the text. We put our story onto a story mountain and thought about the importance of each part of a good story. Finally we learnt to retell our story all together using actions and a story map to help us!
16/9/2019 - 20/9/2019
Song of the week: Rio - Mas que nada
Our jet setting this week took us all the way to tropical 'South America'. Each day, we watch a Newsround update and the children have expressed an interest in the recent fires in the Amazon rainforest. So this week we have brought the rainforest into our classroom! In topic, the children explored the four layers (emergent, canopy, understory and forest floor). The children then drew their own rainforests and made sure that each layer had the correct plants and animals.
In English, the children put their adjective skills to use and started writing expanded noun phrases to describe what they could see, smell, hear and even touch in a rainforest! This week all the children continued to add three numbers in Maths and used number facts to support them. For example, 2 + 3 + 5 = 5 + 5 = 10.
The children also had their first group violin lessons this week! They were all extremely excited and look very professional with the instruments.
9/9/2019 - 13/9/2019
Song of the Week: Tihore Mai Te Rangi- Contemporary Maori Song
This week we have been learning all about the continent 'Australia.' First we jetted off to New Zealand to find out about the Maori people. We heard one of their traditional stories, the tale of How Maui Tamed the Sun. We worked collaboratively to create our own nets and ropes to see if we could make a net strong enough to lift a large ball. We had to use collaborative skills such as listening, building on the ideas of others and good time management! Next we made our way to Australia where we looked at some of the oldest artwork in the world, Aboriginal art. We created our own using the ends of paintbrushes to make the dots and using earthy colours.
We have jumped straight back into our learning this week with a full week of maths, English and guided reading! We have been looking at different ways of adding three numbers in maths, using adjectives to describe characters and settings from our new story Blown Away in English and we have read lots of great new stories in guided reading. The children have also all had a go at our new spelling program 'Spelling Shed.' The children have loved learning their spellings in such a fun and interactive way and I am looking forward to seeing how everyone gets on practising at home! We will be sending home each child's login for Spelling Shed in their reading records over the coming days!
4/9/2019 - 6/9/2019
Song of the Week: Bob Marley, One Love
What a fantastic start we have had in Year 2! Although it's only been a short week, we have managed to squeeze lots in. From learning about our new topic 'Let's go Fly a Kite' to learning to sing the classic song of the same name. We have even made our own paper plate globes and started to learn the 7 continents using this fun song. In Art, the children used mirrors and sketching pencils to draw a self portraits. We have also revisited the school rules and values. We considered what rules we follow well and which we want to try and improve this year. We're very excited for all the fun we're going to have in Year 2 this year!