Friday, 18 January 2019

Weekly News - 18.1.19

We have had a busy week in Year 2 and taken part in lots of exciting activities, which we have really enjoyed.
In Maths, this week we have been practising counting in 2’s, 3’s, 5’s and 10’s forwards and backwards. We have also been learning to tell the time on an analogue clock by reading the times on the clock. We have practised o’clock, half past, quarter past, quarter to and some of us have been learning to tell the time to the nearest five minutes. We have also practised drawing the hands on the clock to show the correct time.
In English we have been really enjoying our work on the ‘Power of Reading’ project. We started the week by making a crown for the Princess that was brighter than the sun. The children then wrote some fantastic letters to the King to persuade him that their crown was the best. Children wrote questions to ask the Princess about her journey with the bear and went on to write a diary entry about her day.
In Topic we have been learning about hot and cold countries. We learnt about the location of the Equator and how this affects the climate.  We have carried out a scientific experiment to investigate the properties of ice and changing state. The children really enjoyed this activity and using their investigative skills. We have learnt about Judaism in RE and thought about different important aspects of the religion. In Spanish we have learnt six new colours and played some games using these. We will continue to practise these in class.
We are looking at adding to our reading areas and if any of the children have any magazines and comics that they have finished reading at home we would be very grateful to receive any donations for the classroom.
Have a lovely weekend,

The Year 2 team.

Friday, 11 January 2019

Aladdin performance

We have had a lovely afternoon watching a theatre company perform Aladdin in school. The children really enjoyed the show because of the colourful costumes, the songs and the funny jokes that were in the play. The children were beautifully behaved and were complimented by the cast on how well they sat and also joined in. We all really enjoyed it!

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It has been an excellent start back to school so far.  The children have written recounts of their Christmas holidays and enjoyed sharing their news.  We had a fabulous trip to the castle where the children were treated to stories, pennant making, rat catching and the opportunity to sort artefacts.  We learnt lots about what life would have been like in Norwich Castle during a joust from how they prepare the castle, what the knights need to wear, how to cheer them on (Hazaa!), the feasts they would have had and how they would have used the toilet!  We also had an opportunity to explore some of the exhibitions where the children were fascinated and all impeccably behaved. 
This week we have written a recount of our trip and thought carefully about using commas, conjunctions and time language within this.  We have also begun to explore our new story for the power of reading in very small pieces – ask your child about this.
In maths this week we have been exploring division and how to draw this out to help ourselves.  We have answered word problems based on division and learnt to use a number line to work out the answers.  We’ve even learnt about remainders within division and how it is important to make sure that the groups are equal when dividing and showing the remainder.
During our topic lessons we have learnt about castles some more by testing materials in science that would successfully knock down a wall.  In history we have learnt about castles thought the ages and ordered pictures of them.  For D&T we made our own castle from a box and thought carefully about the features of a castle e.g. the drawbridge, portcullis, murder hole and gatehouse.
We have had a visit from a Paralympic swimmer this week and had the opportunity to hear how he was able to represent our country.  We completed a workshop with him of exercises he does before getting into the pool and discussed mind-set and how this can affect our ability.
We were very lucky this Friday afternoon to be able to watch a performance of Aladdin from a visiting theatre company.  It was lots of fun and we really enjoyed this treat.
Miss Cobb will be sending home further information about the dance showcase performance once she has received the details of the event from the SSP.

Friday, 14 December 2018

Weekly News - 14.12.18

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At the start of the week, we watched the Year 3 and 4 Christmas show ‘Bah Humbug’ that was enjoyed by all.
In English this week, we have been working hard to edit and improve our Storm Animal stories. The children are SO proud of their writing, as are we! They have made their stories into little books and wrapped them in an envelope to give to you as a Christmas gift. We hope you enjoy reading these over the holidays.
In Maths this week, we have been looking at drawing arrays to solve multiplication problems. For example, 4 x 6 means we can draw four crosses, six times. Please reinforce this method with your children at home whenever possible.
In Art this week we looked at the illustrations from our class book ‘The Storm Whale’ and watched a video of the author/illustrator Benji Davies draw one his characters. The children then copied and sketched a page from the book and added watercolour paint to finish.
In Spanish, we have been learning about Christmas in Spain and made Spanish Christmas cards. The children love learning a new language and we are very impressed with their enthusiasm.
Just a reminder that the first Friday back is our trip to the castle and your child will need a packed lunch.
Have a very merry Christmas and Happy New Year
The Year Two Team

Friday, 7 December 2018

Weekly news - 7.12.18

We have had a busy and exciting week in Year 2 and have all been working very hard. 
We were amazed to arrive in the classroom on Monday morning and find it decorated for Christmas. We also found some snowy footprints and a letter to the class from Father Christmas himself. We all worked incredibly hard to write some fantastic responses to him with some of our Christmas wishes. 
In the rest of our English work this week we have been continuing our work on the ‘Power of Reading’ project and planning our own versions of ‘The Storm Whale’. On Tuesday we spent the morning thinking about the four main elements of our story which were the characters, the setting, the problem and the resolution. On Wednesday we worked really hard to turn these into a story map, a plan using pictures and short notes, to help us write our story. We were all really focussed on Friday morning when writing these trying really hard to think about the beginning, middle and end of our story as well as things such as capital letters, full stops and exciting vocabulary.  
In Maths this week we have been learning about sharing and making equal groups both practically and using our times tables knowledge. Children have been aspirational when working on this new area concept. 
In Science we talked about recyclable materials and sorted them into recyclable or not. We also reviewed our ‘Salt water jars’ experiment from a few weeks ago and looked at which things had dissolved in salt water. Children really enjoyed concluding this activity. 
In Spanish we have begun to learn the numbers to 10 and the children would love to have a go a practising these at home if you have any spare time. 
We have been really impressed with the children’s home learning this term and thank you all for your support with this. The books will return home again after the Christmas holidays with tasks related to our new topic. This week will be the last week we send home spellings for the children to learn and then they will have a test next Friday (14th December)Spellings, like home learning, will come home again after the holidays. 
An important message for children in Sharks doing Dance Showcase in January - The tickets are now on sale and you should have received an email from the office telling you how to buy tickets. 
We look forward to seeing lots of you at the Christmas fayre this evening. 
Have a lovely weekend, 
The Year 2 team.

Thursday, 29 November 2018

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We had a lovely, energetic start to our week with our visit to Easton & Ottley College to take part in the Norwich SSP’s Multskills Festival. The students at the college put on lots of exciting activities that allowed children to practise many PE and Sport skills. We took part alongside 4 other schools and had lots of fun. On Tuesday we also enjoyed a Karate workshop which was enjoyed by all.
In English this week the children wrote a story for their pet pebble that they made on Monday afternoon. This was a completely ‘cold’ task which meant there was no teacher input. The only element they had to include was it had to be set on an island. The children had lots of interesting ideas and worked really hard. It was also a very good assessment tool. As a result, we will be working with the children on proof reading their work to check for full stops and capital letters.
Later in the week we continued looking at our book ‘The Storm Whale’. We created a ‘conscience alley’ where the children made an arch and one person was chosen to be ‘Noi’. As Noi walked through the archway the rest of the class were whispering in his ear reasons for and against telling his dad there was a whale in the bath! Everyone then wrote a letter of advice to Noi using a range of conjunctions.
In Maths we have been practising 10 more and 10 less. The children completed a carousel of activities which involved fluency, reasoning and problem solving. They all worked really hard and showed good resilience. Later in the week we completed subtraction word problems and consolidated the ‘chips and peas’ method for taking away.
In RE this week we discussed why different religions have festivals. We linked this to our understanding of Diwali, Christmas, Birthdays and Easter. We then read the story of Elmer and made a range of resources to help the elephants celebrate ‘Elmer’s Day’. The children made cards, flags, designed cakes, banners and wrote songs.
We have also been practising our Christmas Carol for the fayre next week. We look forward to seeing you there. If any parents are able to help out with manning our game ‘Knock Santa down the chimney’ for a 15min slot please let one of the Year 2 team know. Alternatively we will put a sign-up sheet in the cloakroom. It would involve taking money and giving out prizes. Many thanks.

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Weekly news - Week beginning 19.11.18

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We have been very excited this week because we have finally read the whole of our ‘Power of Reading’ book ‘The Storm Whale’. The main character Noi found a baby whale washed up on the beach and didn’t know what to do with him. The children wrote down all the things that they already knew about whales and then wrote a list of questions of things that they wanted to find out. Later in the week they used the laptops and ipads to research the answers to their questions.

In Maths this week we have been learning to add using a blank number line. The children found this method a little bit trickier than the chips and peas method. However, they are starting to understand that they add the tens first by doing jumps of ten and then add the ones by doing jumps of one.
At the end of the week we completed some addition word problems linked to our topic and the children chose their preferred method to work out the answer. Some children completed two-step problems.

Thank you for coming to our Year 2 Assembly, we hope you enjoyed it – the children certainly did! 
Please remember to send your child to school in their PE Kit on Monday with a water bottle ready for Multiskills at Easton College.

Have a lovely weekend,
Mrs Brooks and Mrs Jennings.