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Week ending 14th October 2016

 

This week in Maths we finished off our work on subtraction. We had been trying our best on what is a particular tricky concept and all the teachers have been amazed by what super work we have been doing.

 

Next week we are going on to work on 3D shapes and the properties of them. It would really help us if at home you could identify some 3D shapes around the house.

 

This week in English we have finished our traditional tales and we have been looking at up levelling our own work and looking at how it can be improved. We have been reading it with a partner and checking that we are using our capital letters and full stops. We have checked that we have used adjectives and commas. Our stories were amazing and our handwriting is looking amazing and so grown up!

 

Next week in English we will be looking at answering questions on a given text.

 

We have been practicing hard all week ready for our assembly. We have been learning many songs and many lines and we have even learnt a rap.

Thank you for your support in helping us learn our lines we put on an amazing assembly and we made all of the teachers proud and excited for all the amazing performances we can do throughout the year.

 

Week ending 7/10/16

 

 

 

 

In Maths this week we have been subtracting a 2 digit number from a 2 digit number. We have all done super work and tried really hard to do our learning. We made all the teachers happy with our efforts. We have been using a number line to help us subtract numbers and we have also used 100 squares to help. We have been finding the largest number and the smallest number. Then we subtract the partition the smallest number and take away the tens and the ones.

Next week we will be looking at subtracting our two digit numbers but this time we are going to be crossing the tens barrier (45-29=).

 

 

This week in English we have had such great fun! We have continued to focus on Traditional Tales and this week we have written our own story the 3 little pigs.  We have changed the characters in the story and have had some lovely ideas. The first thing that the teachers have noticed is all our amazing handwriting and how much it has improved in just 5 weeks!

We have continued our rap this week and have been doing lots of practice. Please continue to help us learn the words at home so we can put on a super show for our harvest assembly.

At home you could help your child by reading daily and helping them construct simple sentences with capital letters and full stops. Also you could continue to help them use speech in their writing.

Next week in English we will be looking at writing command type sentences to help us write instructions for our Harvest Bake.

 

In topic this week we have been learning about L S Lowry and why he is considered a famous person.  We learned about him and the different types of art work which he used to do.

We all created our very own L S Lowry fact file about him and we had a very messy afternoon where we all drew our very own L S Lowry style pictures using a variety of charcoals.

This week we have also had our trip into Bolton town centre. We have been looking at the statue of Samuel Crompton, we looked at the statue of Fred Dibnah. We looked at the grave of Samuel and did some rubbings on the floor of the engraved stones. WE also had a look at the golden post box which was installed to celebrate the success of Jason Kenny at the London 2012 Olympics. The children were all really well behaved and were a credit to the school and many of the local residents commented on how well behaved the children were.

Next week in Topic we will be doing our harvest bake and preparing for our harvest assembly. We hope that you can make it on Friday the 14th at 2:45pm.

 

Week ending 30th September 2016

 

In Maths this week we have continued to partition two-digit numbers into tens and ones.  We then began to explore adding a two digit number to a two-digit number.  We used the practical maths equipment so we could see sets of tens and ones and then added them together to find the totals! WE have begun to use multiple ways of adding two, two digit numbers and we have found it easiest when we do it on a number line. This has made all the teachers really impressed as we have all made great progress and tried our best.

Now we understand how to add two two-digit numbers together. (eg, 32+26= or 54+13=) we are going to be moving on to subtraction.

 

This week in English we have had such great fun! We have continued to focus on Traditional Tales and this week we have written our own story plan for a traditional tale with a twist about The Three Little Pigs.  We have changed the characters in the story and have had some lovely ideas. We have the three little penguins, the three little dogs, the three little snails and many more! We have had so many great ideas that all the teachers cannot wait to read the stories next week!

We have continued our rap this week and have been doing lots of practice. Please continue to help us learn the words at home so we can put on a super show for our harvest assembly.

At home you could help your child by reading daily and helping them construct simple sentences with capital letters and full stops. Also you could continue to help them use speech in their writing.

Next week in English we will be writing our traditional tales with a twist.

 

 

In topic this week we have been learning about Samuel Crompton and why he is considered a famous person from our locality.  We learned about his invention, The Spinning Mule, and how it made a positive difference to the lives of the mill workers in Bolton.

We then went on a Geography field trip exploring our school locality.  We were geography detectives and were all able to identify the physical and human features of Bromley cross. 

We discovered that our school is very close to two very important Cotton Mills – Eagley Mills.  We walked down to the mills to observe the building and discussed the materials used to build the mill.  We walked along the cobbled streets and compared the cobbled streets to modern days streets that use tarmac.  Some children even noticed that the names of the roads were linked to the Cotton Mills these included ‘Cottonfield avenue and Thread Lane.’

The mill cottages were built close to the mill and we learned this was so the mill workers and children could hear the bell ringing from the Bell Tower and arrive at work on time.

A visit to Eagley Brook was our next location where we discovered that the mill was originally powered by a water wheel that used the water from the Brook.  Check out the photograph of us peeping over the bridge near the Brook!

We found the old Eagley Infant School and discussed the similarities between the old school and our New build Eagley Infant School! 

We ended our geography field trip by visiting the park and having fun socialising with our friends.

 

Next week we will visit Bolton Town centre to explore the legacy of Samuel Crompton.  We will visit Bolton Parish Church to see his grave, visit his statue on Nelson’s square and then visit the museum to see a working model of The Spinning Mule.

We will continue our learning about Autumn and The Harvest.  We are preparing a display in the Year 2 unit dedicated to Autumn and would love your help! Please could you take a selfie of your exploring and finding Autumn.  This could be kicking leaves, throwing leaves, Autumn mist in the morning, picking blackberries, picking apples etc.  Please be as creative as you can! We can’t wait to see your selfies.  If you can please print them off at home or you can email them to the school office and we will print off at school!

Thank you so much for all your support! We have had an amazing month in Year 2 and are very excited for next week which will be full of fun! Fun! Fun! J

 

Week ending 23rd September 2016

 

This week in English we have had such great fun! We have continued to focus on Traditional Tales and this week we have explored speech in The Three Little Pigs.  We have been thinking about what the characters in the story actually say and have been recording the speech in speech bubbles.  We were such amazing speech detectives that we then went on to write sentences containing speech and used speech marks and exclamation marks.  We were all able to write the Wolf’s favourite phrase, “I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house down!”

We have also had lots of fun and giggles as we practised our ‘Harvest Rap!’  We have been very creative and have thought of lots of street dance moves to put into our son.  This week the children have taught the Y2 teachers how to street dance and end our song by ‘DABBING!’ (We are sending home a copy of our rap for your child to share with you and to become more familiar with the words.  Please can you help your child read and practise their groovy moves!)

At home you could help your child by reading daily and being dialogue or speech detectives!  You could read a Traditional Tale and ask your child to repeat what the characters say.

Next week in English we will be exploring alternative versions to The Three Little Pigs.  We will be planning and writing our own story with a twist!

In Maths this week we have continued to partition two-digit numbers into tens and ones.  We then began to explore adding multiples of ten to a two-digit number.  We used the practical maths equipment so we could see sets of tens and ones and then added them together to find the totals! The teachers were very proud because we all tried very hard!

Now we understand how to add multiples of tens to a two-digit number  (eg, 23+20= or 54+40= ) we will now learn how to add two two-digit numbers together. (eg, 32+26= or 54+13=)

In topic we have been looking at describing materials using adjectives. And next week we are beginning our learning on Samuel Crompton and his life.

Week ending 16th September 2016

 

This week in English we have been learning about describing characters using adjectives. We have been looking at describing using expanded noun phrases which are linked to the story of the 3 little pigs. We have had some superb descriptions of the wolf! We have been trying really hard to use comma comma and in our sentences to make them amazing! An example of this would be ‘The Wolf is scary, mean, big and fierce’

We have continued our joined up writing and have now been looking at joining letters together.

We have started our class read of ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine,’ by Roald Dahl.  If you wish you can buy a copy of the book for your child and send it in to school with their name in it – please!

 

Next week we will continue our learning about The 3 Little Pigs. We will be reading different versions of the story building up to writing our own fun versions of the story.  Our focus will still be writing verbs in the past tense accurately and learning about nouns and verbs.  If you have any copies of The 3 Little Pigs please read them at home with your child and if you like you can send them in to school for us all to share. 

 

In maths we have been looking at  the < and > signs. We began the week by comparing numbers using the < and > signs and we have built up during the week and we can now compare objects by using < and >. We have used weighing scales to compare objects based on their weight.

Next week we will be looking at the addition of two numbers.

 

In our topic this week we have been looking at materials. We have been looking at the suitability of different materials and we have been all around looking at the different animals homes in school and looking what they are built out of. We have also been building houses for the 3 little pigs and looking at which is best.

If any parents who couldn’t make it to the welcome meeting would like some more information about the year ahead then please pop in and see a member of our year 2 team.

Week ending 09/09/16

This week in English we have been learning about speaking and writing in the past tense.  We have been talking to our talk partners about what we did during the school holidays and recalling our favourite memories and we found out that lots of our children have been eating yummy ice creams and playing in the sea!

We have drawn a story map and then used our story maps to help us to write sentences in the past tense.  On Wednesday the children were very excited to begin their Year 2 joined up handwriting journey in our special year 2 handwriting books.

We have been sharing our favourite picture books with the children at the end of the day and next week will begin our class reader, ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine,’ by Roald Dahl.  If you wish you can buy a copy of the book for your child and send it in to school with their name in it – please!

 

Next week we will start our learning about The 3 Little Pigs. We will be reading different versions of the story and over the next two week we will work towards writing our own fun versions of the story.  Our focus will still be writing verbs in the past tense accurately and learning about nouns and verbs.  If you have any copies of The 3 Little Pigs please read them at home with your child and if you like you can send them in to school for us all to share.  We will also be exploring books with moving parts so if you have any books with Moving parts or flaps to lift please can you send them in for us to share.

 

In maths we have been looking at counting in steps of 2 and 10. We have also been looking at partitioning numbers into tens and ones. All the teachers were super impressed with the work the children have been doing and we are confident of a great year ahead.

 

Next week we will be looking at greater than and less than signs. Any work of counting in 2s and 10s that can be revisited at would be greatly appreciated.

 

In our topic this week we have been looking at materials. We had to piece together several pictures and try and guess what our topic is. We have then been looking at different materials and their properties. We looked at the different materials and then went on a hunt around school looking for different objects which were made out of the different materials.

 

 

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