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Fantastic First Week Back!


We have had an excellent week back this week following what sounds like a lovely holiday for many.  The children have all worked hard and enjoyed some lovely creative learning. 

 

This term our topic is ‘Incredible People’. The topic aim is to educate the children about the differences people may have and teach them how to celebrate these differences appropriately. Within the topic they will learn about a range of inspiring people and will also have the opportunity to look at why each child in the class is an incredible person.  

 

In English this we have begun to explore autobiographies. This week the children have familiarised themselves with the text type and have enjoyed reading and annotating some autobiographies written by the Year 5 children. Over the coming weeks the children will be researching their early childhood as homework, gathering photos and learning how to write an autobiography using this information. They will be able to share their outcomes with you at the end of the term. 

 

In maths we have been recapping our learning on measure with length in cm. The children have been exploring how to use and measure with a ruler, the different units of measure and how to compare lengths of an object. Next week, they will be measuring height of children in meters. 

 

In topic this term we will be following the history curriculum. Within History we will be exploring Louis Braille and how his invention of Braille transformed the world for the visually impaired. Within this unit the children will have a chance to read some Braille, research the significance of the invention, understand how and when it was made, learn about what inspired Louis and research the significant figures in his life. This week the children learnt how to decode Braille, what it is used for and how to write their names in Braille. 

 

In music this term the children will be listening to music composed/sung by inspiring musicians. The children will be listening to music by Beethoven, Stevie Wonder and Bill Withers. This week the children enjoyed learning to sing 'Lean on Me' by Bill Withers. The children were inspired by Bill Withers ability to overcome his stutters whilst singing - they understood the hard work and determination this took. Towards the end of term, the children will learn to sing 'This Is Me' from The Greatest Showman. 

 

On Friday, the children thoroughly enjoyed their Jubilee picnic and old-fashioned playground games. I'd like to thank those of you who were able to attend. It was so lovely to see so many people there.

 

I hope you all enjoy a lovely relaxing weekend. 

 

 

Spectacular SATs Week


We have had a hard working week in Year 2. The children have all approached their SATs with great maturity and growth mindset. 

 

In English this week the children have finished exploring the fairy tale of Shrek. They have all written some fantastic stories which show off their superb narrative writing skills . They have used a fantastic range of word types as well as a rage of punctuation. They should all be proud of their efforts.

 

In maths this week the children have completed a maths reasoning assessment. The children  all worked hard to recall the different methods they had been taught to calculate the answers to the questions. The children have spent the rest of their week doing some practical measure recap.

 

In guided reading this week the children have completed the last of the two reading assessments. The children showed excellent maturity and attitude to learning within these assessments.

 

The children have all worked tremendously hard on their assessments this week and should all be proud of their efforts. I hope they all enjoy a well-deserved restful half-term and take part in some exciting Jubilee Celebrations. 

 

I look forward to welcoming them back after the holidays for the final term of Year 2. 

 

 

Amazing Assessment Week


We have had a fantastic week in Year 2. The children have all worked tremendously hard and been incredibly well focused.

 

In English this week the children have continued to explore the fairy tale of Shrek. They have all enjoyed drawing Shrek, donkey, the dragon, and Princess Fiona. Once they had drawn the characters the children then enjoyed labelling these characters with a range of adverbs. They have also enjoyed retelling the story with a puppet show. They will continue this work next week.

 

In maths this week the children have completed an arithmetic assessment. The children were all worked hard to recall the different methods they had been taught to calculate the answers to the questions. On Wednesday the class were joined by year 6 pupils who acted as individual tutors for a past maths paper. The children really enjoyed working alongside a year 6 to work through questions together and to discuss the possible answers. The children have spent the rest of their week recapping measure.

 

In guided reading this week the children have completed the first of the two reading assessments. The children showed excellent maturity and attitude to learning within these assessments.

 

In Geography this week we enjoyed a fun creative lesson. The children looked at the physical geographical features of Costa Rica and compared them to the features in England. The children were amazed to discover that Costa Rica has over 50 volcanoes whilst England have none. The children also enjoyed looking at the jungles and beaches within Costa Rica and comparing these to the UK on Google Earth. Having explored the physical geographical features, the children then produced a piece of art using an option of paint, oil pastels and collage inspired by a physical geographical feature.

 

In science this week the children have been exploring seed dispersion. They enjoyed time outside in the sun looking for examples of seeds in plants. They found many examples and then many children even had the opportunity of making their own seed inspired by that of a sycamore tree.

 

The children have all worked tremendously hard on their assessments this week and should all be proud of their efforts. I hope they all enjoy a well-deserved restful weekend.

 

Excellent Week


We have had a fantastic week in Year 2. The children have all worked hard with a great attitude to learning and focus on presentation.

 

In English this week the children began to explore story writing. Much to the classes excitement their story writing unit will be based on the film ‘Shrek’. The children have watched a snippet from the movie where they have seen Shrek and Donkey rescue Fiona from the castle whilst narrowly dodging the dragon. Over the coming weeks the children will be exploring this plot as a fairy tale, they will look at character descriptions using adjectives and will then retell the story of Shrek in their own words. Children are welcome to watch this at home if they would like to support their story ideas in school.

 

In maths we have been recapping our arithmetic learning from the year. The children have spent their week revisiting the different methods they may use for division, multiplication, subtraction, addition, and fraction problems. The children are now all confident for one method for each problem type. Many of the children are most confident using visual methods where they represent their 10’s and 1’s as dots and lines whilst others are now confident using numerals. They will all continue to develop these methods further in the coming months.

 

In guided reading this week we have continued to read this terms book ‘The Boy Who Grew Dragons’. The children have loved using their imagination to design their own plant that would grow something of their choice – there was an excellent range of ideas including a forgiveness tree, a chocolate tree and a dinner tree. Within the guided reading lessons the children have been focusing on their comprehension skills which will assist them in their upcoming SATs. 

 

In Geography this week the children continued to compare Costa Rica to the UK by focusing on the similarities and differences among the human features. The children started by using iPad to research the differences between population, food, religions, before comparing pictures of the two different countries.

 

In art this week the class finished completing portraits of the Queen which will be entered into the school portrait competition ahead of the jubilee. The children will have an opportunity to finish these next weeks. 

 

Below are some dates which may be beneficial to you:

  • Tuesday 17th May - Reading Assessment 
  • Wednesday 18th May - Arithmetic Assessment 
  • Wednesday 18th May - Class Photo 
  • Tuesday 24th May - Reading Assessment 
  • Wednesday 25th May - Maths 'Reasoning' Assessment
  • Thursday 26th May - Spelling Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG) Assessment 

 

I hope you all enjoy a lovely relaxing weekend. 

 

Super Week


We have had a fantastic week in Year 2.   The children have all worked hard, shown great attitudes to learning and had good growth mindsets.  

 

In English this week the children continued exploring explanation text. The children explored the use of formal language, planned a Big Write using their scientific knowledge and finished by writing and presenting some fantastic explanation texts. The children all worked hard to consider their presentation with many showing signs that they will soon be ready for a pen license.

 

In maths we have been recapping our learning of addition as well as focusing on subtracting two-digit numbers. The children have practiced using a column method using 10s and 1s representing them as denies. Most children are now confident using this method and they will continue to practice using this in their arithmetic in the morning.

 

In guided reading this week we have continued to read this terms book ‘The Boy Who Grew Dragons’. The children are really enjoying the book and have a good understanding as to what the book is. Within the guided reading lessons the children have been focusing on their comprehension skills which will assist them in their upcoming SATs.

 

In Geography this week the children began to compare Costa Rica to the UK by focusing on the similarities and differences among the human features. Some children started by using iPad to research the differences between population, food, religions, and common jobs whilst the other pupils compared pictures between the two different countries. Next week the groups will switch over to complete the other task.

 

In art this week the class finished completing portraits of the Queen which will be entered into the school portrait competition ahead of the jubilee. The children will have an opportunity to finish these next weeks.

 

I hope you all enjoy a lovely relaxing weekend. 

 

 

Fantastic First Week Back!


We have had an excellent week back this week following what sounds like a lovely Easter break for many.  The children have all worked hard, been good friends and produced some amazing outcomes. 

 

This term our topic is ‘How to Grow a Dragon’ all the learning that takes place will be based around the book ‘The Boy Who Grew Dragons’ written by Andy Shepherd.

 

In English this week the children began exploring explanation text. Linking their learning to science the children will begin learning the different skills needed to write an explanation text based on the lifecycle of a plant. This week the children have been exploring diagrams, third person, and familiarising themselves with the text type.   

 

In maths we have been recapping our learning of addition as well as focusing on adding two-digit numbers. The children have practiced using a column method using 10s and 1s representing them as denies. Most children are now confident using this method and they will continue to practice using this in their arithmetic in the morning.

 

In science this term the children’s learning will be based on plants and living things. The children have started by exploring things that are dead and alive, they will soon be moving onto plants.

 

In topic this term we will be following the geography curriculum. Within Geography we will be exploring the similarities and differences between the United Kingdom and Costa Rica. The children will be working on a range of different skills and will be using technology to do this.

 

In art this week the class completed portraits of the Queen which will be entered into the school portrait competition ahead of the jubilee. The children will have an opportunity to finish these next weeks.

 

I hope you all enjoy a lovely relaxing weekend. 

 

 

Super Week


We have had an excellent week this week! The children have all worked hard, been good friends and produced some amazing outcomes.

   

In English this week the children continued exploring recounts in the form of a newspaper report. The children have now all explored adjectives, adverbs, time connectives, chronological order and the 5W’s.  Next week the children will be writing their newspaper reports whilst putting all their skills to the test.  

 

In maths we finished our short unit on division. The children’s knowledge of division has quickly come along, and all the children are now confidently able to share a number by the correct amount of groups. Many children were also able to make the link between their multiplication facts and their division sums. As they continue to practice their multiplication in school and at home, they will all become more confident in calculating the answer to division questions with the use of multiplication facts. Next week we will begin to explore fractions.  

 

In history this week, the children have been comparing London in 1666 to London now. The children looked at a variety of different sources and made the comparison between then and now. The children also challenged themselves to consider why The Great Fire of London caused these changes to be made. Towards the end of the Lesson the children applied all of their knowledge to their new design of London.

 

In RE this week the children learnt about Good Friday and why the cross is such an important symbol within Christianity. We discussed the different places that we may see a cross and why people may use them. The children then all had the opportunity to make their own holding crosses out of airdry clay. They were lucky enough to finish the lesson by eating some hot cross buns.

 

In art this week the classes continued to explore self-portraits. The children have been focusing on how to draw different facial features including noses, eyes, eyebrows, and lips. Some children began to look at proportion and traced an image of themselves allowing them the opportunity to consider this. Next week they will look at their shading techniques to add depth to these illustrations.

 

Next Friday we will be walking to the church for the school Easter church service at 9.30 am. Any volunteers available to support Maple and Chestnut with this trip would be greatly appreciated.  If you are available, please email: maple@benson.oxon.sch.uk

 

I hope you all enjoy a lovely relaxing weekend. 

 

 

Amazing Week


We have had a fantastically exciting week in year 2! The children have been engaged in many exciting opportunities and have all thrived in the sunshine.

 

The children were lucky enough to have a visit from Wallingford Fire Service earlier this week. The children were thrilled to see and sit inside a fire engine, ask many questions, use a fireman’s hose, and see lots of specialist equipment. I have shared a few photos below – the children will be given the opportunity to bring a few of themselves home in a few weeks once they finish their accompanying literacy task.

  

In English this week the children began exploring recounts with a particular focus on newspaper reports. They started looking at the features of a newspaper and will continue focusing on these features in greater detail in the coming weeks. The children will write a newspaper report reflecting on the visit from the fire service as their final outcome.

 

In maths we have continued to explore multiplication and began to explore division. The children’s knowledge of multiplication is quickly coming along, and all the children are now confidently able to draw equal groups to solve sums they do not know. In division the children are relating the division symbol to sharing. Next week we will focus on division in greater detail.

 

In science this week the children have been learning about the rainforest and how it supports life. The children already had some fantastic knowledge and came up with some interesting questions to research. The children conducted their research using the school laptops and by reading books.

 

Please could I remind you that children do need their hair tied up for PE. As the days are getting warmer, they may also benefit from wearing their hair up daily to ensure they stay cool when running around at breaktime. They may also need to consider wearing shorts as many children became too hot in this week’s PE lesson – they can always have a pair of jogging bottoms in their bag to put over the top in case they feel cold.

 

I hope you all enjoy a lovely relaxing weekend. 

 

 

Fantastic Week


We have had an incredible week this week in year 2! The children have been engrossed in some fun creative learning, thought scientifically, dressed up and danced.

  

In English this week the children have recapped their SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) knowledge and followed their instructions to make their sandwiches. The children have recapped their understanding of adjectives, verbs, adverbs, common nouns and proper nouns. Next week the children will begin to explore newspaper reports.

 

In maths we have begun to explore multiplication. The children have worked hard to understand this and have focused on understand that lots of and multiply are the similar concepts (7 lots of 2 = 14 is the same as 7x2=14). The children have focused on their 2- and 5-times tables and will explore their 10s in the coming week. Any time focusing on these at home would greatly benefit their learning in school and will support their upcoming division lessons. Children are also encouraged to use their Times Table Rockstar accounts to practice these.  

 

On Thursday the children participated in Science Day. The children worked in teams to identify a way in which they could provide a recyclable material with a greater purpose. Once selecting a material, the children consider the properties of the materials and how they could be reused. The children produced excellent ideas including;

 

  • Turning plastic bags into knitted blankets for homeless people
  • Turning tin cans into bricks
  • Melting plastic bottles into chairs
  • Melting plastic into reusable plastic cups
  • Melting plastic and mixing it with cement to turn it into roads.

 

They will have an opportunity to test the properties of these materials in the coming weeks.

 

The classes were also fortunate enough to have a visit from Mr Houlden who talked to the children about his work as a microbiologist. Mr Houlden studies bacteria and helps scientists find causes and potential cures to viruses and diseases. The children loved asking him questions and looking at the samples of bacteria he bought in for them to see.

 

The class thoroughly enjoyed their Red Nose Day which they spent dancing, singing and expressing themselves.

   

I hope you all enjoy a restful weekend.

 

 

Spectacular Second Week


We have had a super first week back in Year 2! The children have engaged in some fun creative learning, worked hard, dressed up and been good friends to one another. 

 

In English the children have finished a unit on instruction text. The children spent the start of the week exploring imperative verbs, time connectives and finished the week with an assessed Big Write. The children are all very excited to make their sandwiches next Monday before spending the rest of the week focusing on spelling, punctuation and grammar. 

 

In maths we have finished a unit on shape. This week the children recapped some key terminology such as 2D, 3D and vertices, drew shapes using rulers and answered shape questions from past papers. Next week they will begin to explore multiplication and division. 

 

In history this week we focused on why The Great Fire of London spread so quickly. The children had great fun being detectives and explored a range of clues. The class concluded that there were several reasons the fire spread so quickly. The reasons included the materials houses were made of (wood and thatched roofs), the narrow streets, the lack of fire service and the wind. Next week The children will consider ways they could have slowed the fire.

 

In art the children continued to make the class Bug Hotel. Thank you to those of you who have sent your child in with various materials to produce the habitats. Below are some photos of the process and we look forward to sharing more photos with you of the finished products for both classes in the coming weeks. 

 

Next week we look forward to celebrating Red Nose Day on Friday and Science Week on Thursday. 

   

We hope you all enjoy a restful weekend.

 

 

Fantastic Week


We have had a fantastic first week back in Year 2! The children have engaged in some fun creative learning, worked hard, dressed up and been good friends to one another. 

 

This term our topic is ‘Fire, Fire!’ all the learning that takes place will be based around this theme.

 

In English the children have started a unit on instruction text. The children have spent the week reading and recapping their knowledge of instructional features. On Thursday they enjoyed following instructions and made Gruffalo Crumble. Next week the children will start by exploring imperative verbs before writing their own set of instructions on how to bake bread.

 

In maths we have begun a unit on shape. This week the children recapped the different names of shapes and started exploring some key terminology such as 2D, 3D and vertices. They will continue to do this in more detail next week.  

 

This term in guided reading the class will be reading ‘Firefighters Handbook’. The class will focus on different skills within these tasks which will help prepare them for assessments. The skills we will focus on will include retrieval skills, recall skills, inference questions and copying from the text.

 

After focusing on Geography last term, we will be focusing on History this term. In history we will be carrying out an enquiry on The Great Fire of London. This week the class put their detective hats on and explored a range of clues to try and work out how and when the fire started. They all developed excellent knowledge and wrote a paragraph on their findings.

  

I’d like to thank you all for the fantastic effort you put into the World Book Day Costumes – the class had a fantastic day!

   

We hope you all enjoy a restful weekend.

 

 

Fantastic Week


We have had a super week in Year 2! The children have engaged in some fun creative learning, worked hard and been good friends to one another.

 

In English the children have started a talk for writing unit. The children have learnt the story ‘How the Butterflies Came to Be’. The class had multiple opportunities to learn, act and retell this story. Towards the end of the week the children had the opportunity to design their own worlds – there was a large range of ideas from ‘Dinosaur Universes’ to ‘Steam Engine Worlds’. Next week the children will take the template of ‘How the Butterflies Came to Be’ and apply it to their own world enabling them to produce their own creation story. I look forward to sharing their outcomes with you!

 

In math we have continued looking at adding and subtracting using two-digit and single-digit numbers. The children started by using a range of maths resources before translating their workings into written methods using the ‘Part-Part-Whole’ model. The children have really enjoyed doing this and worked hard to recognise patterns enabling them to complete the tasks to the best of their abilities. The class all demonstrated a great growth mindset and can now use a method of their choice to calculate the answer to questions.

 

This week in geography we explored physical and human features. The children were able to sort a range of different features correctly and worked hard to use the key terminology. The children then looked at recognising these different features in a country of their choice. 

 

In Science the children began to explore adaptation. The children looked at the different features animals had to make them suitable for their habitat. They then enjoyed researching an animal of their choice and making their features out of Play-doh.

 

In Art this week the children produced self-portraits inspired by the zones of regulation. The children all completed a red, green, yellow and blue portrait – whilst doing so they were only able to use different shades of these colours. I look forward to sharing examples with you in the coming weeks.

   

We hope you all enjoy a restful weekend.

 

         

 

            

 

 

Wonderful Week


We have had a fantastic week in Year 2! The children have continued to work extremely hard and have engaged in some great learning. 

 

In English the children have continued their two week unit on calligram poetry. The children have worked hard to use a range of poetic features including similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia and repetition. The children the children then turned their poems into the shape of an animal. The outcomes looked absolutely spectacular and some results have been shared below. We finished they week with some performance poetry inspired by Michael Rosen’s ‘We’re Going On a Bear Hunt’. The children came up with actions to their poems and had a great time preforming them to the class.

 

In math this week we have been looking at adding and subtracting using two-digit and single-digit numbers. The children started by using a range of maths resources before translating their workings into written methods using the ‘Part-Part-Whole’ model. The children have really enjoyed doing this and worked hard to recognise patterns enabling them to complete the tasks to the best of their abilities. We will continue to do this next week.

 

This week in geography we explored physical and human features. The children were able to sort a range of different features correctly and worked hard to use the key terminology. The children then looked at recognising these different features in a country of their choice.

 

In Geography the children began to explore British habitats. The children enjoyed using google earth to explore a variety of different locations including beach, pond, urban, woodland and coastal habitats. The children then drew a map of a habitat of their choice and labelled the key features of the habitat.

 

In DT this week the children began to explore minibeast hotels. The children read the book ‘The Bug Hotel’ which informed them of different insects habitats. The children then designed their own minibeast hotels. In the coming weeks we will be combining the classes ideas to build some class minibeast hotels.

   

In PE this week the children have continued their unit on gymnastics. With the lessons taught by the fabulous Mrs Hadfield! The children focused on traveling on balance beams.

 

We look forward to welcoming the children in on Monday morning in their t-shirts and jumpers inspired by the 'Zones of Regulations' colours (red, yellow, green and blue) to celebrate Mental Health Week. 

 

We hope you all enjoy a restful weekend.

 

        

 

           

 

                  

 

 

Super Week


We have had a spectacular week in Year 2! The children have continued to work extremely hard and have engaged in some great learning. 

 

In English the children have explored shape poetry and have begun to explore a range of poetic techniques. The children have familiarised themselves with shape poetry, onomatopoeia and similes. Next week, the children will have the opportunity to put all their poetic techniques to the test and will be writing their own calligram poem.

 

In maths this week we have been looking at both money and the addition of two-digit and single-digit numbers. The children have really enjoyed doing this and worked hard to recognise patterns enabling them to complete the tasks to the best of their abilities. We will continue to do this next week.

 

This week in science we explored British minibeast habitats. Within this lesson the children went on a minibeast hunt in which they were exploring different areas of the school grounds to discover where different creatures live. The children loved doing this and recorded their results in a table. The children will continue to explore British habitats in the coming weeks.

 

In Geography the children had the opportunity to pitch their European tour they had planned in the previous lesson. The children were full of fun facts about their countries and provided us with lots of important information about their cruises. The children have been using their fantastic knowledge within our science lessons also.

 

In art this week the children have produced their final design for their pop-up books. The children’s designs are looking fantastic and vibrant. Next week they will have the opportunity to add this alongside their literacy habitat reports to form a page in a class book.

   

In PE this week the children have continued their unit on gymnastics. With the lessons taught by the fabulous Mrs Hadfield! The children focused on balances this week and were all able to demonstrate their fantastic balances to us at the end of the lesson. They were all very proud of themselves!

 

We hope you all enjoy a restful weekend.

 

   

 

     

Wonderful Week

 

We have had a spectacular week in Year 2! The children have continued to work extremely hard and have engaged in some great learning. 

 

In English the children have finished exploring non-chronological reports. This week the children have planned and written their own non-chronological reports on an animal of their choice. Their report included information organised into the categories of diet, appearance, habitat, and fun facts. The children all made a terrific effort and have made some spectacular outcomes.

 

This week in maths we continued focusing on money. The children can now all confidentially recognise the different values of coins and can make the same value with a variety of coin combinations. The children have now had also been exploring finding change of amounts. Although many children found this challenging at first, they showed a great growth mindset and can now all confidentially use a 100 square to help them calculate change. The children will continue to develop their skills independent of a 100 square in the coming week.

 

In Geography we have been looking at locating continents and their countries. This week we have focused on the continent of Europe. The children have become owners of a travel company and in groups have planned a 7-country around Europe. The children researched facts about the countries to help persuade people go on their tour. Next week they will be presenting their to the class and the children will have the opportunity to pick which tour they’d most like to go on.

 

In art this week the children continued to explore different mediums. The children spent their time drawing a habitat then colouring it with different mediums – this week they had the choice of, oil pastels, soft pastels, watercolour pencils, colouring pencils, and pens. The children will produce their final design this coming week which they will then turn into a pop-up page for a class book inspired by our guided reading book ‘Whose Habitat is That?’.

 

In science the children have continued exploring habitats. This week the children worked in groups to produce a poster on a habitat of their choice; in the coming week they will present their poster to the class enabling them to teach the class all about their habitat.

 

We hope you enjoy a lovely and restful weekend.

 

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Spectacular Second Week

 

The  children have all have an excellent first full week. Their days have been full of hard work, creative learning and lots of opportunities for growth.

 

In English the children have continued exploring non-chronological reports. This week the children have researched an animal of their choice in detail using laptops. They then looked at categorising information under appropriate subheadings. The children enjoyed using their science and ICT skills within their literacy lesson. Next week the children will look at writing in third person and using formal language – they will finish the week by writing their own non-chronological report.

 

This week in maths we continued focusing on money. We have been reading prices and selecting the correct coins to make the desired value. The children ended the week by exploring the different coin combinations they could use to make the same total. The children will continue to develop their skills in the coming week.

 

In PE this week the children continued their new unit on gymnastics. This week they focused on different types of jumps. After recapping the different ways, they could travel and freeze at different heights the children practiced their straddle jumps, tuck jumps, turns and star jumps.  The children really enjoyed doing this and will have many opportunities to develop their skills further over the coming weeks.

 

In art this week the children continued to explore different mediums. The children spent their time drawing a habitat then colouring it with different mediums – this week they had the choice of, oil pastels, soft pastels, watercolour pencils, colouring pencils and pens. The children will have opportunities to finish this next week enabling them to try all different mediums.

 

This week the children were set their first piece of homework. This term children will be set maths homework every Friday which will be due in the following Friday. Along with the homework the children will also receive a small example of how it needs to be completed (e.g. relevant methods).  The homework set should take 30 minutes to an hour. If there is a portion of homework that a child is unable to complete, despite best attempts, you can make a note of this on the homework. I do not want homework to became a source of stress for children or parents. Alongside their maths homework this term children will be assigned a small creative homework project – a letter including all the details for this project will be sent out next week.

 

We looking forward to welcoming Mrs Hadfield back next week – upon Mrs Hadfield’s return spellings and phonics will resume as normal.

 

We hope you all enjoy a restful weekend and we look forward to welcoming the children back on Monday.

 

    

 

 

Fantastic First Week of 2022

 

What a fantastic start to 2022 the children have made! The children have settled back in well and have already begun to produce some lovely work based on our new topic ‘Habitats’.

 

In English the children have been exploring non-chronological reports. This week the children have familiarised themselves with the purpose and the features of a report. Over the next two weeks the children will be looking at the different features of a report in greater details; they will be researching facts, categorising information under subheadings, exploring comparative language and writing in third person.

 

We are beginning maths this term by focusing on money. This week the children have been identifying the value of the different coins and recognising the difference between pounds and pence. The children ended the week by exploring addition with money. Over the next few weeks, the children will look at money in greater detail exploring conversion from pence to pounds, what change they should receive and how much more money they need to ‘buy’ something.

 

In PE this week the children began their new unit on gymnastics. This week they focused on movement and balance at different heights. After exploring the different ways, they could travel and freeze at different heights the children got into groups to produce mini routines. The children really enjoyed doing this and will have many opportunities to develop their skills further over the coming weeks.

 

In art this week the children began to explore different mediums. Having looked at the illustrations in our current guided reading book ‘Whose Habitat is That?’ the children have been informed that in the coming weeks they will develop their own illustration for this book in a medium of their choice. To help the children develop the use of different drawing materials this week they used, oil pastels, soft pastels, watercolour pencils, colouring pencils and pens. The children worked hard on their pencil grip and produced some very neat outcomes.

 

               

 

Fantastic Festive Week

 

We have had a spectacular week this week in year 2! The children have enjoyed some creative and festive learning.

 

In English the children have worked hard to write their persuasive letters to Santa. The children used a range of techniques we covered during the weeks leading up including; rhetorical questions, list of three, emotive language and statistics. Next week the children will be doing lots of festive related English which will include making Santa a Christmas Help Book.

 

In maths the children have all worked hard exploring our topic on measure. The children have now all explored weight, temperature and capacity. The children look forward to testing these skills with some Christmas baking and measurement activities in the coming week.

 

In art and design this week the children enjoyed adding the final touches to their recyclable wrapping paper. The children will be taking these home this week and will be encouraged to use and recycle them this Christmas.  

 

In PE this week the children have finished their unit on dance. With the lessons taught by the fabulous Mrs Hadfield, the children also enjoyed some fun Christmas PE games.

 

The children enjoyed a flying visit from Santa this week along with a visit from some Nativity animals. The children were all very grateful for these experiences. 

 

Thank you to those of you who have sent your child’s additional items in for their Christmas show. The children had a mini dress rehearsal on Friday which they thoroughly enjoyed. They continue to work hard in practice and look forward to presenting it to you on Wednesday afternoon.

 

We hope you all enjoy a restful weekend.

 

  

 

         

 

Super Week

 

We have had a fantastic week this week in year 2! The children have been creative, enthusiastic, and hard working.

 

In English the children have continued to explore persuasive letters. The children have explored a variety of different key features including statistics, rhetorical questions, and emotive language. Next week the children will be planning and writing their letters to Santa to persuade him to consider the use of recyclable wrapping paper in the coming years.

 

In maths the children have all worked extremely hard to complete their assessments and demonstrated some great resilience. Within our measurement lessons the children have enjoyed using practical tasks to explore capacity. The children look forward to testing these skills with some Christmas baking in the last week of term. 

 

In history this week the classes looked at the history of the Thai festival ‘Loy Krathong’. The children linked their history to their current science unit and designed their own biodegradable Loy Krathong water lantern out of banana leaves, plants, bread, and candles.

   

In art this week the two classes began to print their own recyclable wrapping paper. The children’s work has derived from their ideas they have designed in their books. The children are all keen to finish their wrapping paper in the coming weeks and taking it home to use and recycle.  

 

In PE this week the children have continued their unit on dance. With the lessons taught by the fabulous Mrs Hadfield, the children continued to waddle and huddle this time they finished their penguin story. The children are thoroughly enjoying this unit on dance.

 

We hope you all enjoy a restful weekend.

 

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Fantastic Week

 

We have had an excellent week in Year 2! The children have all worked extremely hard and have enjoyed some great creative and testing all their new knowledge.

 

In English the children have begun to explore letter writing and focused on persuasive letters. The children have recognised all the key features of a letter. The children completed a debate which allowed them to put their persuasive techniques to the test. Next week the children will look at this in more detail and will begin to explore a variety of different persuasive features.

 

In maths this week we have continued to explore weight and mass. The children have really enjoyed doing this and worked hard to understand and use new terminology and have all enjoyed using the scales. The children look forward to testing these skills with some Christmas baking in the last week of term.

 

This week in science we explored the properties of a solid. The children identified that they could change the state of a solid by heating it. They enjoyed testing this by melting and remoulding wax crayons. The children used a range of key terminology and found the lesson thoroughly enjoyable. 

  

In art this week the two classes began to look at designing recyclable wrapping paper. Linking in with our science the children discussed recyclable materials and concluded that recyclable wrapping paper was often very boring. The children have enjoyed designing their own prints which they will print in the coming weeks.

 

In PE this week the children have continued their unit on dance. With the lessons taught by the fabulous Mrs Hadfield, the children continued to waddle and huddle this time they finished their penguin story. The children are thoroughly enjoying this unit on dance.

 

We hope you all enjoy a restful weekend.

 

  

Amazing Week

 

We have had a fantastic week in Year 2! The children have all worked extremely hard and have engaged in some great creative and hands on learning. 

 

In English the children have continued to explore traditional tales and have  now written their own story of The Gunpowder Plot. The children made their stories engaging for their readers by using a range of adjectives, speech and adverbs. The children completed an independent Big Write and have now edited their pieces and begun to publish them in their own books.

 

In maths this week we have started to explore weight and mass. The children have really enjoyed doing this and worked hard to understand and use new terminology and have all enjoyed using the scales. Children can further explore this topic at home by using kitchen and bathroom scales to expose them to this terminology in a variety of different environments.

 

This week in science we continued to explore the properties of waterproof materials. The children worked hard to produce their own water resistant materials using a variety of fabrics and wax. The children used a range of key terminology and found the lesson thoroughly enjoyable. 

  

In art this week the two classes joined together to look at lanterns; the children were shown a cutting machine which cuts what they draw. The children have designed their own panels for their lanterns and are excited to see the machine cut their designs next week.

 

In PE this week the children have continued their unit on dance. With the lessons taught by the fabulous Mrs Hadfield, the children continued to waddle and huddle this time they finished their penguin story. The children are thoroughly enjoying this unit on dance.

 

The children had a lovely day dressing up and have helped to raise money for such an important cause. Thank you for those of you who sent your child in with a donation.  

 

We hope you all enjoy a restful weekend.

 

Wonderful Week

 

We have had a spectacular week in Year 2! The children have continued to work extremely hard and have engaged in some great learning. 

 

In Topic the classes have been exploring festivals and celebrations; this week we focused on The Gunpowder Plot.

 

In English the children have explored traditional tales and have begun to retell the story of The Gunpowder Plot. The children have familiarised themselves with the plot of the story through acting, retelling the story and making posters. Next week, children will have the opportunity to write, illustrate and publish their own tale of The Gunpowder Plot.

 

In maths this week we have been looking at subtraction of two-digit and single-digit numbers. The children have really enjoyed doing this and worked hard to recognise patterns enabling them to complete the tasks to the best of their abilities. 

 

This week in science we explored the properties of waterproof materials. The children worked hard to conduct an experiment to test which drawing utensils were waterproof by using water-based paints. The children used a range of key terminology and found the lesson thoroughly enjoyable. 

  

In art the children have now finished making and writing about their ceramic poppies. The results are spectacular, and the children should be very proud of the way they worked.

 

In PE this week the children have continued their unit on dance. With the lessons taught by the fabulous Mrs Hadfield, the children continued to waddle and huddle this time as a sad penguin. The children then enjoyed creating a penguin dance to music. 

 

We hope you all enjoy a restful weekend.

 

 

Fantastic First Week Back

 

We have had a fantastic first week back! The children have all settled back in and have been working extremely hard.

 

In English the classes have been exploring poetry. The children have explored the different features of poem and have enjoyed writing Remembrance Day poems. Next week, children will have the opportunity to share their moving poems with the class.

 

In maths this week we have been looking at addition and consecutive numbers. The children have really enjoyed doing this and worked hard to complete the tasks to the best of their abilities.

 

In science we have begun to explore materials. This week we focused on absorbency. The children worked hard to conduct an experiment to test which material was the most absorbent. The children used a range of key terminology and found the lesson thoroughly enjoyable.

 

In class this week we have been looking at the history of the poppy. The children have approached the lesson with great maturity; they displayed a great interest and many children already had great prior knowledge. The children now understand and value the meaning behind Remembrance Day.

 

In art we have continued to make the ceramic poppies! Some children have finished their poppies whilst others will finish theirs this coming week! Below you can see an example of those already complete.

 

In PE this week the children have started a unit on dance. With the lessons taught by the fabulous Mrs Hadfield, the children learnt to waddle and huddle and create a penguin dance to music.

 

They should all be proud of the way they have worked this week. I hope you all enjoy a well-deserved, restful weekend.

 

 

 

Lovely Last Week

 

We have had a fantastic final week this week in year 2! The children have been involved in lots of creative learning, a school trip and have all worked amazingly hard work.

 

In English the classes have continued exploring diary writing. The children have written their own diary entry from the perspective of Grandma. They have all made a tremendous effort and have produced some magnificent outcomes. The children worked hard to focus on the success criteria which has enabled great development to take place.

 

In maths we have been looking at finding the difference using the bar model as well as using subtraction. The children have all shown a great deal of resilience and determination within these lessons. They have all now grasped a good understanding of any new methodology taught.

 

This week in science the children enjoyed a spectacular science morning where they followed some experiments from George’s Marvellous Experiments book. The children thoroughly enjoyed doing this and made accurate predictions before each experiment. For those children interested, we have shared videos that derive from this book on the class page.

 

In art this week we have continued to make our ceramic poppies! Most children had the opportunity to paint and varnish theirs this week whilst others got a chance to finish making theirs. We are incredibly proud of the patients and care they demonstrated whilst creating these; they have produced truly tremendous outcomes. We are looking forward to the children creating their wire stems after a restful half term.

 

In Geography this week we have explored our map reading skills and went on a school trip around the village. The pupils thought the afternoon was fantastic and really enjoyed putting their map skills to the test. We’d like to thank all the parents who volunteered and made the trip possible, the class were truly grateful.

 

We would like to say thank you all for taking the time to read and practice spelling with your children at home; this really benefits their learning and ensures they progress well.

 

Finally, we would like to add how wonderful the classes have been this term. They have all been an absolute delight to teach, they have been compassionate and caring towards their peers and have all shown a great attitude towards learning.

 

We hope you all enjoy a well-deserved, restful half term and we look forward to hearing what adventures you get up to in just over a weeks’ time.

 

 

Spectacular Sixth Week

 

We have had a fantastic week this week in year 2! The children have been creative, enthusiastic, and hard working.

 

In English the classes have been exploring diary writing. The children have explored the features of a diary entry and have been enjoying lots of role play. They have all loved writing in the role of George’s horrible Grandma. Next week, we will be pulling all our skills together to write our own diary entry reflecting on Grandma’s Day.  

 

In maths this week we have been looking at finding the difference using the bar model. Although some children found the concept of finding the difference challenging at first, they have all had a brilliant growth mindset and are now confident in finding the difference.

 

In science we have continued to explore healthy living. This week we focused on vaccinations. The children worked hard to produce some marvellous stop motion videos which explain how a vaccination works (they will be shown their outcomes this week).

 

In art this week we have been using clay! The children have looked at the ceramic poppies which covered the Tower of London and have started to produce their own. The children have made a fantastic start on these and I look forward to sharing these with you once complete.

 

I’d like to thank all of you who have volunteered so far to help with our Geography walk on Monday. We still are looking for a few more volunteers so if you are interested, please email the class email.

 

They should all be proud of the way they have worked this week. I hope you all enjoy a well-deserved, restful weekend.

 

Phenomenal Fifth Week

 

We have had a spectacular week this week in Year 2! The children have had fun doing experiments, being creative and producing some marvellous work.

 

In English the classes have been exploring advertisement. The children have continued exploring the features of persuasive text this week. They have all produced remarkable final outcomes in the style of an advert which have been put on display to celebrate their efforts.

 

In maths this week we have been looking at subtraction using the cherry model. Although some children found this challenging at first, they have all had a brilliant growth mindset and are now confident using the method both independently and as a group.

 

In science we have continued to explore healthy living. This week we focused on germs and bacteria. The children carried out an experiment to see how germs spread using glitter to represent the germs. The classes concluded that germs could spread in a variety of ways and the best way to get rid of them is to wash their hand thoroughly with soap and warm water.

 

We’d like to thank you all for your donations to this year's harvest. The food will be collected next week and will be greatly appreciated by those at Wallingford Food Bank.

 

For those of you wishing to order your child’s personalised Christmas cards your orders will need to be back in school as soon as possible to ensure that you receive your order in time for December. The money and your design can be sent in with your child in the plastic wallet provided.

 

They should all be proud of the way they have worked this week. We hope you all enjoy a well-deserved, restful weekend.

 

 

Fabulous Fourth Week

 

We have had a great week this week in Year 2! All the children have worked hard to produce their best work and be a good friend.

 

In English the classes have been exploring advertisement. The children have enjoyed watching and reading adverts; they are now experts at identifying the purpose and the different features of an advert. We spent the rest of the week looking at the features in detail and applying them to our own smoothie adverts.

 

In maths this week we have been looking at addition and number bonds. The children have been taught a new addition model we call the cherry model. All children can now confidently use this model and should be proud of how hard they have worked.

 

Thank you to all of you who have made donations to this year's harvest so far. The collections will be going to Wallingford Food Bank on Wednesday 6th October. For those of you still wishing to donate tinned and dry foods such as pasta and rice would be greatly appreciated. 

 

Just as a reminder this Wednesday the children will be having their individual school photographs. 

 

Have a restful week!

 

 

Terrific Third Week

 

We have had a great week this week in Year 2! All the children have been working hard and have produced some lovely work.

 

In English the classes have been exploring instruction text. This week the children applied all they had been taught about instructional text and wrote their own recipes on how to make a marvellous smoothie. On Thursday the children put the instructions to the test and followed them to make their own smoothies. The children thoroughly enjoyed doing this. The classes then made their own labels for their smoothie bottles. Next week we will begin looking at advertisement in literacy and the children will make adverts for their product. To understand the features of an advert we will be looking at some real examples. If you have any adverts at home that we may look at in classes, please send them in with your child.

 

In maths this week we have been looking at addition and number bonds. The children should be proud of how hard they worked this week as they have made great progress.

 

Have a restful weekend!

 

 

Super Second Week

 

We have had a spectacular week this week in Year 2! All the children have been working hard and have produced some lovely work.

 

In English the classes have been exploring instruction text. On Monday the children wrote their own set of instructions on how to make a jam sandwich. On Tuesday the children pretended to be aliens and followed the instructions very literally.  The children had a fantastic time and soon realised that instructions had to be very precise for them to work. We spent the rest of the week looking at the different features of instructional text.

 

In maths this week we have been looking at addition and subtraction. The children have shown great work ethic and have shown strong development. We took maths outside this week  and recorded our workings on the playground with chalk.

 

Next week we will begin to plan and write our own instructional text. At the end of the week the class will test their instructions by following them and making their own smoothies.

 

We will be using the laptops in English and Geography this coming week to help develop their ICT skills.

 

 

            Maple Jam

 

 

Fantastic First Week

 

We have had a very busy first week in Year 2! All children have settled in well and have already produced some lovely pieces of work.

 

In English the class have written letters to their future selves which are filled with their current interests and their future aspirations. The children have sealed the envelops up and are very eager to open them at the end of year 2.

 

Next week we will begin to explore instructional text. We will be looking at example text types so if you have any old instructions at home, please feel free to send them in with your child so we can read them in class.

 

In line with this term’s topic, we have been studying the illustrator Sir Quentin Blake. The children have thoroughly enjoyed drawing in his style and have produced some fabulous Willy Wonka outcomes as you can see below.

 

Willy Wonka

 

 

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