Year 2 make their own potions to fly them to the moon!
This week in English we have been learning about instruction writing and have written our own instructions for how to make a potion to fly you to the moon. We have thought carefully about the special ingredients and bossy verbs we needed to use. Come and have a look at our working wall to find out the other features we have included in our writing.
In Maths, we have started to learn to read the time at quarter of an hour intervals. We have learnt that there are 60 minutes in an hour and that the minute hand is always the longest.
In Science, we have been seeing how different materials can be manipulated to decide which material would be best to make our own flying object next week. We will be creating and testing our models with different materials to find out whether tin foil, cardboard or paper is the best material for a flying machine.
For this week’s homework, please follow this link: aut-2-wk-4
We had a fantastic time on our trip!
Thank you to everybody who bought and contributed cakes for our cake sales to help us with the funding for our trip! It was FANTASTIC!
We loved seeing all the different flying machines, having the opportunity to meet an astronaut and even experiencing what it was like on Apollo 11! Come and have a look at our recounts to find out more about what we got up to. We learnt so many new facts and now feel like space experts!
We were also lucky enough to have a story teller come in to talk to us about professor motion who made a potion.. we can’t wait to show you what we have planned for our own potions!
For this week’s homework, please follow this link: aut-2-wk-3
Learning about space
In preparation for our science trip next week we have been doing lots of learning about flying machines and space!
In English we have been reporters for SPACE TV and have interviewed Bob (the man on the moon) to find out about his life! We have been using different question words such as when, what, who, how, where and why to get as much information as possible.
In maths we have used our knowledge about addition to add amounts of money together. We have been able to help Bob buy some new accessories for his space rocket as well as clothes for his next journey from SPACE R US. We’ve used an empty number line to help us.
In Science we have started to explore our new topic: materials. We have discussed what we already know and thought about new questions we want to explore throughout this half term. We have also had the opportunity to classify different materials in the classroom into key categories such as dull-shiny, hard-soft, transparent-opaque using a Venn diagram.
For this week’s homework, please follow this link: aut-2-wk-2
Welcome back Year 2
Year 2 have returned to school refreshed, rested and full of beans, ready for some more brilliant learning!
In English this week we have introduced our new book about Bob, some of you may know him better as ‘The Man on the Moon’. We are feeling very excited to learn all about his adventures in space and his adventures with aliens! We have begun to retell his story orally using actions and story maps to help us.
In maths this week we have been learning all about the value of money. We can identify the value of different coins and have even started to use different combinations to make an amount.
You will not believe how tall our beanstalks have grown! Pop into our classroom and have a look. We have been closely observing them and have drawn our final diagrams with comments about our observations.
For this week’s homework, follow this link: aut-2-wk-1
Jack is very sorry
Finally Jack has been caught! He has returned all the possessions he has sneakily taken and is thinking about what else he can do to make things right again.
In English we have been helping Jack to write an apology letter to all the people he has upset. We have made sure that we’ve included his thoughts and feelings as well as admitting to all the naughty things he has done using the past tense. Jack is soon to return to his traditional tale, where he belongs.
In maths we have been helping to find out how long Jack needs to grow his beanstalk to get back to his traditional tale. We have been adding different measurements together to help him and will let him know when we have discussed our findings and decided what the best plan of the action is.
For this week’s homework, follow this link:aut-1-wk-5-half-term
Jack has escaped from his traditional tale! The last place he was seen is Sir John Lillie Primary School.
In English we have had our detectives hats on gathering clues! We have used past tense verbs to explain what we know has already happened and are using more clues that have been left around school to identify what could have been going on with Jack’s disappearance!
In maths we have been investigating our clues further by estimating and measuring their lengths. Something or someone has been in our classroom but we aren’t sure who…can you help?
For this week’s homework, follow this link: aut-1-wk-4
We have set up an investigation to find out if the bigger the footprint means the taller the person.
We have had an exciting visitor!
This week year two have been terribly excited as a special visitor came to answer some of our questions, can you guess who it was?
We had the opportunity to ask Jack questions using our knowledge of question marks and question words, for example who, when, what, where, why, how. Ask us what we found out!
In maths we have started to learn about measure! We know that estimate means a sensible guess and have been using a ruler to measure in CM. We have been measuring different beanstalks to work out which one Jack could have climbed up!
In science we have been planning an investigation! We are going to grow our own beanstalk! We have talked about what we know plants need to grow and are investigating what will happen when we plant our magic beans and leave them in different places. What do you think will happen to our bean in the cupboard, by the window and in the freezer?
Homework this week can be found in your child’s homework book or alternatively, please follow this link: aut-1-wk-3
Another brilliant week of learning from year 2!
This week in English we have been re-writing the story of Jack and the beanstalk using some wonderful noun phrases and the story maps from last week to help us! We used acting and a thesaurus to help us use our most impressive vocabulary!
In maths this week we have been learning to order numbers using our knowledge of tens and ones. We have also learnt the symbols < and > to help us compare different numbers! Remember: the crocodile always likes to eat the biggest number!
In science this week we have been learning about what plants need to live. Ask us to name the three things they need to grow. We dissected some plants in the classroom and labelled the names of each part: do you know what each part of a plant is called?
Homework this week can be found in your child’s homework book or alternatively, please follow this link: aut-1-wk-2
Welcome back year 2!
Year 2 have returned to school with a superb attitude to learning and are looking very smart and grown up indeed!
This week in English we have been reading and retelling the traditional tale of Jack and the Beanstalk! We have created our own puppets and story maps to help us remember the sequence of the story. We have even been using noun phrases so that our speaking and writing is even more interesting. Ask us what a noun phrase is and if we can give an example!
In maths we have been working hard to recognise how many tens and ones there are in different 2-digit numbers. We have been using deines to help us with our learning and we can now partition 2-digit numbers up to 100 into their tens and ones.
In science we have been wonderful plant explorers! We have been observing plants in their natural habitats and generating new questions to discover the answers for later this term.
Homework this week can be found in your child’s homework book or alternatively please follow this link: aut-1-wk-1
Year 2 have been learning about Great Britons so we went on a trip to Downing Street and Buckingham Palace. We went through the gates at Downing Street and stood outside the number 10 door!
We have been inspired by the Great British artists Tony Cragg and David Hockney. Look at some of the artwork we created!
We had a visit from an artist. All of Year 2 worked together to create a Lowry inspired art piece.
Year 2 had a visit from secret agents. We had to help them to rescue a time traveller that had lost his memory. We learned lots of information and facts about significant individuals from different times in the past.
We sowed some salad seeds in our flowerbed in the playground. We have been looking after them and they are starting to grow! We used magnifying lenses to look closely at how they are growing. We noticed the radishes are growing really quickly! There are lots of leaves and when we looked really closely we even saw that the radishes have begun to grow just below the soil!
Friday 4th March 2016
Today we wrote our postcards from Sunny. We challenged ourselves to include different conjunctions in our sentences and different punctuation. We are very proud of our writing! If you come into our classrooms have a look at the postcards in our writing books. You will be very impressed!
World Book Day
We came to school dressed as book characters today. We had lots of fun enjoying books. We met with children from Year 5 to share some books.
In our Lower School Assembly we took a favourite book to read.
We were given a home challenge to create a bubble wand. We had lots of fun testing out our bubble wands with Year 1 in the playground. We looked closely to see which bubble wands made the largest bubbles and which bubbles lasted the longest!
We have had lots of fun investigating during Science Week! We were super scientists and made predictions, observed closely and described what happened. We also thought about why things happened.
We have been using our imaginations to imagine that Sunny travelled to different places in the UK. We planned what Sunny might see, do and say. Then we pretended that we were Sunny and phoned our family to tell them all about our travels. We listened carefully as our friends pretended to be Sunny and spotted different conjunctions that they used in their sentences.
This half term we are reading the book ‘Meerkat Mail’ by Emily Gravett.
We read the beginning of the story and then we worked in teams to brainstorm reasons for Sunny to stay in the Kalahari Desert or to go travelling.
Next we used ‘Conscience Alley’ to try and persuade Sunny to stay or go. Our Sunny decided to stay with his family.
After we read the rest of the book and found out what Emily Gravett decided Sunny would do.
Sunny comes from the Kalahari Desert in Africa. This half term we are going to be finding out about this continent.
Look what happened in our flowerbeds over the half-term! We were very excited to see that the bud had opened so that we could see the flower.
Year 2 are authors and illustrators!
We wrote amazing stories and published them in our own books! We challenged ourselves to write some longer sentences in our work.
We enjoyed sharing our stories with Year 1.
The LFB came to visit us in Year 2!
We learned all about fire safety.
Friday 29th January 2016
We had a close look at our flowerbeds. Lots of the bulbs that we planted have started to grow. we spotted that one of them has a bud!
This week in music we played the recorders.
Friday 22nd January 2016
We have been learning about how different animals grow. We worked in groups to explain the life stages of a butterfly.
Thursday 21st January 2016
We are getting fantastic at remembering some of our times tables. Keep practising at home! Times Tables Game