Our Class Reps
As part of Science Week, we had a paperless day to think about ways we can help save the planet. We made calligrams on the Chromebooks, learnt about fractions using peas and sweetcorn and in the afternoon, made hand puppets and did a science experiment learning about connections.
Year 2 enjoyed an amazing day at Shepreth Wildlife Park. We saw a range of different animals including birds, insects, reptiles and mammals. We particularly enjoyed walking through the bat tunnel (especially as it got us out of the rain!) and learnt lots about the tigers at the keeper talk! We also took part in a workshop which taught us all about the important conservation work the park is involved in and then we had a go at creating some life cycles to match the animals we had seen.
On World Book Day, the children came dressed as their favourite characters. We enjoyed sharing books and completing activities about our favourite stories.
History off the Page
This week we enjoyed taking part in History off the Page – The Great Fire of London. We spent time learning about life in 1666 and got to have a go at some of the daily tasks the people might have done including candle making, sewing and herbal medicine. In the afternoon, we learnt more about the fire, how and why it spread and the lasting effect the fire had on London.
We had so much fun today celebrating and raising money for Elf Day! We dressed up in Elf costumes and Christmas jumpers and enjoyed lots of Elf related activities during Golden Time.
Teddy Bear’s Picnic!
We had great fun this week at our Teddy Bear’s picnic. We did some amazing writing about our Teddys and designed our Teddy a plate for the picnic.
This term, we will be looking at a book called ‘Last Stop on Market Street’. A fiction text that will allow the children to participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play and debates. We will also be continuing to focus on skills including coordinating and subordinating conjunctions and how these can be used in our writing. We have also be looked at expanded noun phrases and how we can use adjectives to make our writing more exciting.
Throughout this topic we will focus on basic punctuation and recapping our phonic knowledge. We will also have weekly guided reading sessions, where your children will develop their fluency and comprehension knowledge.
Following on from the children’s learning in Year 1, we will continue to follow the Monster Phonics program to reinforce our knowledge of all phonemes and graphemes as well as our recall of High Frequency and Common Exception Words. The weekly spelling tests will support the learning we have done in class each week.
This term in Maths, we will be looking at fractions. We will begin by learning to recognise a half, a quarter and a third of a shape and then developing the children’s knowledge of finding a fraction of a number. Following on from this, we will be looking at time and showing children how to tell the time using o’clock, half past, quarter to and past. We will also be focusing on minutes in an hour and hours in a day.
Throughout Year 2, we will be focusing on the children’s times table knowledge, in particular 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. Your child’s login for TT Rockstar’s will remain the same as last year so please encourage your child to use this to practise their tables. This log in will now also give you access to Numbots which can be used in a similar way to TT Rockstars to practise number bonds and basic Maths skills.
TT Rockstars – https://ttrockstars.com/
Numbots – https://play.numbots.com/#/intro
Throughout our Science topics we will be using a range of Science skills to explore, predict, record and conclude.
In Science, we will be exploring Materials. We will be learning about the difference between man-made and natural materials and exploring the properties of everyday materials, such as whether they are opaque or transparent. From this children will be able to identify and explain what material is suitable for a certain objects.
In Computing will be using Scratch to program instructions. We will start by giving and following simple instructions before imputing these commands into Scratch. We will then use Scratch to create our own quiz involving giving separate instructions to different sprites.
Design and Technology:
In Design and Technology we have designed and created our own moving picture using a slider mechanism. This term we have looked at different types of puppets and used our sewing skills to make our own puppets using a running stitch.
Understanding the World
We were very lucky to have a workshop in school in Autumn which took us through what life was like during The Great Fire of London in 1666.
This term we will be looking at significant people from the past. The children will learn about Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell and their amazing contributions to nursing.
We will continue to recap prior learning about Oceans, Continents and the four countries which make up the United Kingdom.
This term in Geography, we will be looking at maps. The children will learn how to use simple compass directions, identify important symbols on a map and use this to create plan a route on a map.
We will continue to recap prior learning about key beliefs and practices of Islam and Christianity as well as the different festivals they celebrate.
This term in RE, we will be looking at the importance of charity in Christianity and Islam by understanding the story of The Good Samaritan and the meaning of Zakat.
Understanding Arts and Culture
In music, we will be exploring beats and patterns and listening to music from a range of countries and cultures. We will then move on to pitch where the children will become familiar with pitch shapes and perform them in a variety of different arrangements.
In the Autumn term, we looked the artist Matisse and using his work as inspiration for our own autumn leaf project. We will focus on tints and tones while also developing our skills using paint. Here is some of our amazing Art work the past two terms:
This term in Art, we will be studing Vincent Van Gogh and the work he created and using this to inspire our own sketching picture. We will be using pastels to create our own starry night picture using skills such as smudging and blending.
Understanding our Health and Well-Being
This term we will be learning how to play Cricket. We will continue to develop skills such as being able to throw and catch a ball with increasing accuracy.
Our topic in PSHE is called ‘Relationships’. We will be learning about who is important to us and ways we can resolve conflict between friends.
In line with the rest of the school, we encourage your child to spend time reading at home each evening. This can be recorded in their Reading Record by an adult or by the child.
Each Friday, we set homework on Education City and/or Marvellous Me. We post a selection of activities and ask that your child has a go at completing.
Link to Education City
We will also be sending out Spellings, from our Monster Phonics books, every Friday, ready to be checked the following Thursday.
We ask that your child brings a named water bottle to school each day. These are kept by our sink so that your child has free access to them throughout the day. Your child can refill their bottle at one of the water fountains when they need to.
We ask that your child has their PE kit in school each day of the week as our timetable is subject to change due to the weather and the availability of space. In line with our school uniform policy, they require a pair of plain blue jogging bottoms for the winter months as we may have our lesson outside.
We would ask kindly that you please read together with your child every day as it really does make such an enormous difference to their ability to read with fluency, confidence and understanding; reading records should be in book bags daily.