Oh what fun we have had learning in Year 2 this week!
This week the children were introduced to our new text 'The Diary of a Killer Cat' by the author Anne Fine. We have been learning about the different characters in the story and how to describe their feelings by using evidence from the text.
Throughout the week we have become more familiar with the text and can now take part in shared reading using super expression and actions!
We all really enjoyed using the computers to research the question 'What do domestic cats normally hunt?' and we recorded our findings using bullet points.
We have written a diary entry, written in the first person, from the perspective of Ellie's father to describe how he felt on Thursday when Tuffy the cat brought a surprising 'Trophy' through the cat flap for the family to find!
Ask your child to explain their diary entry to find out more about what Tuffy did! (Be prepared to be shocked!)
At home you can write a diary entry for your favourite day over the weekend. Remember to write in full sentences and use adjectives to describe and make your writing very exciting! You can bring your diary entry in to school to share in class and you will receive a sticker!
You can also log on to Reading Eggs and enjoy some more challenges. You will find your log-in information is in the front of your reading record.
Click on the link below to meet the author Anne Fine and listen to her reading an extract from our new text...
In our maths learning this week we have revisited number bonds to 10 and then applied this knowledge to solve problems using numbers to 100 using the hundred square to help us.
On Friday we were all amazing math-a-magicians as we explored adding together 3 single digit numbers. Our teachers were very impressed that we used and applied our number bonds to find the total.
At home you can show your amazing math-a-magician skills by rolling a dice 3 times, recording the numbers as a calculation and then finding the total. You can draw tens frames and dots to help you if you wish.
This week we became materials detectives as we explored our school grounds naming a variety of everyday materials such as wood, metal and plastic and then we discussed the purpose and suitability of materials.
We enjoyed doing an investigation to explore how the shape of objects made from different materials changes when they are squashed, bent, twisted or stretched!
We have had another fantastic week of learning in Year 2!
This week we finished reading our class novel 'The Diary of a Killer Cat' and we were all very excited to find out if our predictions we made when we started reading the book were correct.
This week Owl class had the very important job of writing a set of instructions to clean a duck and Eagle class were set the challenge to write a set of instructions for a dirty problem puppy. Mrs Lawton visited the children to explain how she did not want dirty animals in school as they could ruin our new sparkly clean carpets!
Our instructions were amazing and we were able to show Mrs Lawton how our instructions had helped us to clean up the duck and problem pup! Phew!
At home you can enjoy baking some delicious cakes or join in with making dinner then write a set of instructions to bring to school for a sticker!
To help, you can organise your instructions like we did in class:
What you need:
(Remember to write a list)
What you do:
(Remember to number your instructions by placing the number in the margin and to start each new instruction on a new line! You can use Firstly, Next, Then, After that and Finally to begin each instruction)
Our maths learning this week has been all about length and we have been using equipment to measure in centimetres (cm) and metres (m).
We used rulers and metre sticks to measure objects in our classroom and outdoors. We then used the symbols >,< and = to compare lengths to say which objects were greater than, less than and equal to in length.
At home you can use a ruler to measure objects around your house in centimetres (cm) and if you have a tape measure you can use it to measure objects in metres (m). You can then use the vocabulary greater than >, less than < and equal to = to compare the objects. You can draw the objects, write the measurements and use the symbols to compare the lengths.
This week we have continued our learning about materials - with a focus on recycling. We visited the park near school and were shocked to discover so much litter around the park and only 2 pieces of litter in the bin!
We looked at the items of litter and identified and named the material then decided if the material was a recyclable material or not.
We have sorted materials into different recycling bins and discussed the importance of recycling to help us to reduce harmful effects on the environment.
We read a story about Morris the magpie - ask your child to re-tell the story to you and the important message we learned from Morris!
We then explored the process of recycling plastic bottles and were able to create a diagram to correctly sequence the process of recycling plastic.
We ended our learning this week by making a pledge to work towards applying for and earning a Blue Peter Green Badge! We are all very excited to carry out our pledge to become a Blue Peter Climate Hero!
At home you can support your child to successfully complete their Blue Peter Climate Hero pledge to earn a Blue Peter Green Badge! Eeeeek!
Learning in Year 2 never stops!
Enjoy looking at the photos of our fun learning this week...