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This week the children have been telling us all about how to use adjectives to describe characters from ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’ – “Gerald is a silly, crazy giraffe with long bendy legs.” In Maths they have been reviewing some of the learning from the last few weeks, which includes counting in 2s,3s,5s and 10s, as well as understanding what makes 2 digit numbers and how we can partition them in different ways. In Science we have explored how many materials we can find around the school, and talked about why we use these materials differently. We explored the word significant in History, and drew some images of people we thought were significant to us and the world around us. In Computing we have explored the idea of an algorithm being a way of giving instructions to a computer, and in R.E. we have started to investigate why a church is a special place for Christians. The children have been very settled when moving around the school and going into different classrooms for various Reading, Spelling or Phonics groups, and we hope that you find practising reading and spellings at home with your children is a success.
Year 2 have coped really well through the heat this week and we have been so impressed at their resilience. They have made safari vehicles to end our topic on Sensational Safaris and created amazing dens for Den Building Week.
It has been an absolute pleasure to teach all the children in Year 2 this year and we have been so proud of all of their accomplishments. They have worked hard all year and made fantastic progress.
We wish them all the best for Year 3 and hope that you all have a well deserved, relaxing summer.
Year 2 Team
This week we have been reading Meerkat Mail in English and writing letters and postcard inspired by the book. In Maths we have been learning to use more efficient strategies for adding and subtracting and building on our mental maths.
In our Geography topic we have been learning about the Kalhari Desert and what animals and plants live there. We also researched how animals and plants have adapted in order to survive there. In Science, we have been looking at microhabitats and investigated ones in school to see what insects we could find. In RE we have been looking at different festivals that Muslims celebrate such as Ramadan and Eid.
This week Year 2 all had a fantastic trip to Shrek Adventure! The children boarded the magical bus to travel to Far Far Away. We got to meet lots of fairytale creatures and immerse ourselves into the story. The children had to collect ingredients needed in order to find Shrek and make it home safely. We then participated in an English workshop to learn about how fairytale are constructed and about the key characters in fairytales. We then continued this work in our English lessons throughout the week.
Topaz Class also enjoyed a trip to Pizza Express where they learnt how to make their very own pizzas. Buttercup Class and Yellow Class are looking forward to going there soon!
In Maths we have been using bar models and number facts to solve problems. In Computing the children recapped their coding skills using Scratch and learnt how to change, edit and program Sprites.
The children have all worked incredibly hard this week competing their first two SATs papers. They have shown great perseverance when working through the booklets, and we are all very proud of them!
This week we have been practising reading comprehensions and maths reasoning problems in preparation for their final SATs next week.
We have also been learning about relief printing. The children used string and paint to create their own designs. In computing they have been learning how to program using Scratch.
This week in Year 2, we have been reading the book 'George and the Dragon'. We have written instructions of how to look after a dragon, written a character description and created missing posters.
In Maths, we have recapped the four operations, measurement and statistics.
In Science, we have written up our findings from our investigation of what plants needed to grow and in History, we have explored how the Great Fire changed London.
In English we have been learning about newspaper reports, identifying their features and the language used. We have also been researching facts on the fire of London to use when writing our own newspaper reports about the fire.
In Maths, we have been recapping multiplication, division and finding fractions of shape and number.
In PSHE we have learnt about family trees and have had a go at making their own.
It has been lovely to have all the children back after the Easter holidays. We have been impressed at how quickly they have settled back into class.
In English we have been reading Sammy the Street Dog. It tells the story of the Great Fire of London through the eyes of Sammy. We have been using suffix words to up-level our writing, using a range of conjunctions and using possessive apostrophes.
In Maths we have been looking at capacity and volume. We have been learning how to read scales and measure in millilitres and litres.
In RE we have begun learning about Islam and have learnt that there are 99 names for Allah. In Science we have been learning about what plants need in order to grow and in Computing we learnt about how to program a sprite.
This week in Geography we have been learning about geographical human features. The children have looked at these feature in both London and Beijing and compared them.
In Science the children learnt about our local habitats and where different insects live. In PSHE we discussed how we can look after our mental health and strategies that we can use to help us when we are upset or angry.
In English we have been reading Tiny's Big Adventure. The children have learnt about different suffixes including 'ly', 'ful' and 'less' and have worked hard to use them in their writing.
In Maths we have been measuring length in cm and m. We have compared, ordered and estimated different objects.