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Week beginning 17th September 2018

We have had a super week in year 2 and it has been very exciting!  In Maths this week we have started looking at adding. We have been adding 2 two digit numbers. We have started the week by adding a 2 digit number and tens. We have been very impressed with the children's learning as this is very tricky to grasp. We have started the week by adding a 2 digit number and tens practically using the base ten equipment. We then moved on to drawing a pictorial representation of the base ten and used our drawings to help us add the numbers together. By the end of the week were able to add the 2 numbers together without using the equipment and just using our clever brains!

Home learning challenge this week is to practise working out how many tens and ones are in 2 digit numbers. Eg 56 has 5 tens and 6 ones.

 

In English this week have been looking at verbs. We looked at the newspaper article about our Roald Dahl day and wrote some super sentences using verbs about what we did on that day! We have continued reading the Enormous Crocodile and we even got chance to make our very own crocodile! The crocodiles turned out amazing and we loved trying to catch the fish. The crocodiles were so fantastic that all the other children in school wanted to make them. We have been using our personal learning goals of thoughtfulness and we decided we would write some instructions for the other children in school so they could make one too! We have been using bossy verbs so that they can make crocodiles just as amazing as ours!

Home learning challenge this week is to think of a verb and use it in the past tense and present tense. Eg I walked to school yesterday. I am walking to school.

 

This week we started our new topic called 'A Day In The Life'. It began with an entry point where we were given lots of different props by the teachers and we had to decide who would use it. This was very exciting as we got to use our imagination to think of all the jobs we could. In the next lesson we played a game where we had to think of as many jobs as we could and whoever thought of the most won! Then we had a think about our hopes, dreams and aspirations for the future and wrote them down in some super sentences. 

 

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Week beginning 17th September 2018

We have had a super week in year 2 this week where the children have been superb. We have been looking at place value in Maths. We have been looking at tens and ones and working out which number is the biggest or why. Once we had established which 2 digit number was the biggest or the smallest we then used < and > to show this. If we had 2 numbers which were the same we would use an = sign. The children did amazing learning with this and this is very important as the children need to understand the value of tens and ones in order to support them with their Maths learning for the rest of the year.

For a challenge at home you could give your child a 2 digit number and ask them to partition it into tens and ones.

In English we have started looking at our first Roald Dahl story of the year. Our first story we are looking at is the Enormous Crocodile. Our grammar focus which we applied to the story was expanded noun phrases. We tried to describe a delicious snack that the crocodile would like to eat rather than children. However this didn't work and he still wanted to eat a juicy, little child. As we read that the crocodile was leaving the river we created a wanted poster where we used our expanded noun phrases to describe the crocodile and hopefully catch him!

As a home learning challenge can you ask your children to describe different things in the house? This will help with their vocabulary as we look to use better words than hard, big, small, soft etc.

Our topic learning was all about the brain. We tried to complete some jigsaws without looking at the picture. Then we had the picture which made it much easier to complete the jigsaw. This was to represent how all our subjects link together to make our topic learning. We also got the chance to make 3D glasses and watch a 3D film. This was to represent knowledge + skills = understanding. These words are going to be used often throughout our learning in year 2. Our exit point for the unit was our farm day where the children dressed up as farmers. We went outside and looked at the animals and talked about respect. Respect is one of our personal learning goals. We talked about how we could respect the animals and what respect is. We also looked at how we could respect ourselves and our school. After this we got the chance to create our own farm!

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Week beginning 3rd September 2018

We have had a fun filled first week back at school. The children successfully completed lots of learning challenges which has started the new school year off in amazing style! The Year 2 teachers are very impressed with all the learning that has taken place and how well everyone has adjusted to our fun and challenging timetable.

In Maths we have been learning about place value. We have been learning about the value of both numbers in a 2 digit number and making numbers using Tens Frames and Base Ten. We have also practised counting in 2s, 5s and 10s forwards and backwards!

 

At home you could help your child by helping them to count forwards and backwards in 2's, 5's and 10's.  Try counting forwards as you go up the stairs and backwards as you come down them.  You could also help your child with their understanding of 2 digit numbers by giving them a 2 digit number (such as 54) then asking them how many tens in the number? Then how many Ones in the number?  (5 tens and 4 Ones)

Other games that would help your child in maths are practising writing numbers to 100 correctly and playing snakes and ladders noting the number you land on and partitioning the number into Tens and Ones.

 

In English we have been retelling the story of our favourite day in the holidays.  We have been learning about how important it is to speak in our 'writers voice' using Standard English to support our writing. The children have written some wonderful recounts about their favourite day. It sounds like they all had a fabulous time! Our focus for our writing was using capital letters and full stops correctly. We also practised using our joined up handwriting and holding our pencils correctly.

 

It was the first week of our Brainwave topic. We have been learning about what the brain does and how it helps us to learn.

We joined our Year 1 friends in the hall and found out lots of interesting facts about the human brain.  We learned about how big our brain is... ask your child to demonstrate how they know how big their own brain is!

We also learned about how our brains develop and grow and were all able to use scientific vocabulary such as neurons and brain cells!

 

The teachers have set the children a fact finding challenge and when the children can prove to us they know the answer to the following question they will receive a sticker:

 

                                        "Do all living things have a brain?"

 

Next week we will continue to learn about our brains and how our brains make connections that help us learn - it's sure to be a week of more learning and lots of fun!

 

We look forward to welcoming you to our Year 2 welcome meeting on Thursday, 13 September at 2:45 pm.  We will be sharing information about the year 2 curriculum and and life in Year 2!  We are excited to work together, with our Year 2 families, to ensure your child has an amazing year of learning in Year 2!

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