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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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