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Year 2 @Hewish

Term 6 – Week 6

It’s been a classroom of activity this week! The Year 2 Crew have been so busy planning, organising, costing, making and creating ready for the Creativity Trade Show on Tuesday 19th July at 2pm.

All the children have been learning new skills in order for our stall to be successful and profitable. We really hope you will all be able to join us at the show…remember to bring your pennies as we have created some lovely items for you to buy!

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Term 6 – Week 5

What another busy week it’s been! We have completed retelling the story of Lila and the Secret of Rain and we have enjoyed sharing these with one another. In our writing we focused on using story language and conjunctions.

We are now thinking about innovating the text to create our own story. We have thought about the setting for our story and the type of weather that you would get in that particular place. Some of us have decided to write a story set in the rainforest and some of the class have chosen the sea as a setting. Bronson decided his setting was the Jungle, he thought about how it is usually hot and humid there however in his story it begins to snow!

In Maths we have been using directional language to move around the school. We had great fun outside in the playground telling each other how to travel to different areas using instructions such as quarter turn, half turn, clockwise, anti-clockwise etc… Later in the week we looked at maps and at how to read co-ordinates. This was a fun lesson, we even made our own maps and challenged our friends to identify where the different landmarks were by reading the co-ordinates.

On Thursday afternoon we had a brilliant time on the field with Year 1. We all took part in A Festival of Sport. Everyone was put into teams and all the teams took part in 8 different activities which were set up around the field. It was such a fun afternoon and everyone got a certificate for taking part!

Term 6 – Week 4

Well we’ve written our newspaper reports about Lila and her village and they are so good. Please come in and have a read. We have also started to re-write the story in our own words. We are using story language to create our own interpretation of the secret of rain.

In Maths we have been collecting data linked to the weather and gardens we have then been organising the information gathered into pictograms, tally charts and block graphs. Once we have collated the data we have been answering questions linked to it and generating our own questions for each other to answer. When we first started drawing the block graphs it was quite a challenge to draw them accurately but we got there in the end!

Term 6 – Week 3

Wow! the story about Lila is so good and it is inspiring all of us to write in a very creative way. This week we have been focusing on using noun phrases, adverbs exclamation sentences and statements within our writing. This is all in preparation for creating our own newspaper reports next week. These newspaper articles are going to report the facts about Lila’s village and what effect the lack of rain is having on her community. We have been practising all the skills we will need to be fantastic reporters!

We are still reading and telling the time in Year 2…we have been really enjoying looking at the clock throughout our day and watching how time never stops, the hands on the clock just keep moving. This week we have been looking at how our 5 times table can help us to read a clock even more precisely. We are now looking at a clock and identifying how many minutes past the hour it is and how many minutes to the next hour there are. Fantastic learning.

Term 6 – Week 2

This week we have started reading the most beautiful story Lila and the Secret of Rain by David Conway and Jude Daly.

It is such a wonderful story and we are all hooked!

For months the sun has burned down on Lila’s village. It’s too hot to gather firewood, or weed the garden. It is even too hot to milk the cow. Without rain the well will run dry and the crops will fail. Lila is so worried that when her grandfather whispers the secret of rain to her, she sets off to talk to the sky herself.

Time Time!! …we are having a go at reading the time again in the Year 2 Crew. We have been recapping on o’clock and half past and have been focusing on reading quarter to and quarter past and recognising what that means in terms of minutes…how many minutes to the hour or past. We have been playing games on the computer which have been helping us to read analogue and digital clocks. Some of us have been wearing a watch to school to help us with reading the time.

Term 6 – Week 1

Well…the last term in Year 2! Wow, how fast does time fly when you’re having fun!

We have been focusing on the weather this week and how this can affect different plants. We have looked at how the seasons changed and that these changes influence how certain plants and seeds grow.

We had a go at creating our own weather symbols for a weather forecast report. By using our skills as writers we created a non-fiction piece about the four seasons using headings and subheadings.

We’ve been number detectives this week and have been finding ‘missing numbers’ in sequences. Sometimes the numbers were easy to identify however, we needed to look carefully at the sequence to see if the numbers were in steps of 2, 3, 5 or 10.

Term 5 – Week 6

This week we have been using all our writing skills to create a letter that is highlighting why Yeo Valley Farm is such an amazing place and why it shouldn’t be closed down under any circumstances. These letters needed to contain persuasive language and statements. We wrote a plan first where we collected together all our thoughts and then we wrote the first draft of our letters. Within our letters we included questions for the council for example Ria wrote ‘How would you feel if you were a cow or a calf and you had to leave your home?’ Next week we are going to post our letters off to the Council – although we understand that Yeo Farm is safe and not in danger of closing down we are so impressed with our letters that we thought the Council might like to read them. Please come in and have a read if would like, our letters are in our Learning Journals.

In Maths this week we have been practising reading different scales, we have read rulers and metre sticks, weighing scales and measuring jugs. Once we had read the scales carefully we recorded our findings in a table. We learnt the importance of reading a scale very carefully in order to get an accurate measure.

We also had a fabulous time at our Sports Day, everyone joined and tried their best. We worked well in our teams and we supported each other in a very sporting manner. There are some lovely photos of Sports Day on the Sports Page of this website.

Term 5 – Week 5 

What a fabulous trip to Yeo Valley Farm we all had. It was such a busy day we learnt so many facts about the animals on the farm and all the different plants. Les and Helen were so very welcoming.

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Term 5 – Week 4

What a busy week it has been! We have been trying to improve our work this week in English, editing and redrafting to create a high quality piece of writing. We have also been focusing on how to write questions using words such as what, where, how, who, why, when … it was funny asking Mrs Cockram questions about her garden! 

This week in Maths we have been partitioning again and using blank number lines to help us solve subtraction problems. We have all worked so very hard. 

Term 5 –  Week 3 

Well, we had great fun this week creating our 3D gardens, we had to follow our plans carefully and we had to work well in a team. Once we had completed our gardens we enjoyed setting the scene for a story that would be based in our imaginary gardens. We focused on using adjectives, noun phrases, suffixes and conjunctions to help our writing come alive!

In our Maths we have been partitioning numbers and using a blank number line to help us solve addition problems. 

We have also been busy practising our timestables – remember to have a go at home how fast can you recall the facts for the 2s, 5s and 10 timestables. 

Term 5 – Week 2 

We have continued to enjoy the story of ‘Eddies Garden’and we have also planted bean seeds! As part of our English work we have designed our own gardens. We had to use labels and captions to help us create detailed plans. These plans are going to be used to create 3D model gardens next week! 

We have been busy in Maths – measuring liquid! We have continued to look at the importance of measuring using a standard measure of millilitres and litres. We had to estimate how many millilitres different containers would hold and once we had found out we then ordered the containers from those that held the most to those that held the least. 

Term 5 – Week 1

Welcome back! We hope that you all had a restful Easter break.

It’s been a busy first week back and everyone has been working really hard. We have started our new Learning Theme for Term 5 and 6 it is ‘How does your garden grow?’. It should be a very interesting learning journey as we are going to be planting seeds, looking at the Life Cycle of plants gardening and finding out all about how bees help our gardens to grow plus much, much more!

We have started a lovely story in English it is called ‘Eddie’s Garden’ by Sarah Garland. Eddie is a little boy who wants to find out about growing plants so he decided to have his own garden. His journey starts with a visit to a Garden Centre to buy some seeds, compost and a watering can. The story has some lovely illustrations and we are looking forward to finding out how Eddie’s garden grows.

 This week we have planted our own sunflower seeds in class which was great fun! We had to read the instructions on the back of the seed packet in order to plant them correctly. We then wrote our own instructions using bossy verbs such as, push, place, put, get, sprinkle. we had to read our instructions to one another to make sure we didn’t miss any important stage out. Within our writing we also tried to include time connectives and conjunctions.

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In maths we have been learning all about capacity. Firstly we looked at measuring capacity using cups however, we soon realised that in order to measure accurately we needed to measure using a standard measure – millilitres. We have found out that there are a 1000ml in 1 litre. It was such a fun activity estimating how much liquid each container would be able to hold and then measuring it carefully. There were some surprises…we couldn’t believe that the child’s play bucket for the beach held 2100ml or 2l 100ml!

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Term 4 – Week 6

Happy Easter! 🙂 

In English this week the children have started to innovate their Hansel and Gretel stories. We have looked closely at how important it is to open a story. Our character descriptions have been amazing. We will be continuing to use all aspects of grammar and punctuation to continue writing our stories. Come and have a look at our fantastic work.

“I liked writing my story about our own characters and using my story map to show me what to write.” Ella.

“I liked editing my work.” Kaden.

“I’ve enjoyed listening to the story of Hansel and Gretel and I liked writing the story maps to help us write our stories.” Katie.

This week in maths we have continued to learn about money and the importance of finding change. 

“I have learnt about finding change. I had to use a blank number line to find the difference.” Elijah.

Term 4 – Week 5 

Well what a busy four day week! We have been learning about the Easter story and the importance of Easter. We made Easter cards, re-told the story and talked about the importance of Easter symbols for Christians. 

“Easter is all about Jesus dying on the cross and He comes back to life on Easter Sunday.” Sophie. 

This week we started to learn about money. We sorted coins of different values and then made up our own number sentence to find different values. It was rather tricky at times but together we learn that we could only use certain coins to find different values. 

“I learnt that there are lots of different coins. You can make up your own number sentences.” Samuel.

“I found out that there are lots of different coins. My favorite coin was a 10 pence.” Eljay.

Term 4 – Week 4

This week  we heard the story of Hansel and Gretel. The children came up with lots of ideas about the ending of the story. They suggested that the step mother was actually the Wicked Witch!

“My favorite part of the story was when Hansel and Gretel pushed the wicked witch into the oven.” Harvey. 

“It was really mean of the step mother to throw Hansel and Gretel out into the woods because it is really mean.” Eliza. 

We took part in a debate to discuss whether Hansel and Gretel should have gone into the sweety house. It was great fun! The children came up with lots of valid reasons for and against it. 

“I think that they should’t have gone in the house because it was a strangers house but they were hungry and needed food.” Eliza. 

In maths we continued to look at fractions. We used shapes to help us find a half, three quarters, one third and two thirds. We then looked at equivalent fractions of shapes such at one half is the same as two quarters.

“4/8 is the same as 1/2. 3/12 is the same as 1/4.” Rowan.

In our learning theme this week we designed and made a 3D lunch box for Mr Grinlin from the story of  ‘The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch’. 

“My lunch box needed to be waterproof and strong so that the seagulls couldn’t get the sandwiches.”  Reuben. 

Term 4 – Week 3 

Well…what a busy week it has been in the Year 2 Crew! 

In English we have been using alliteration to describe the animals from the Tin Forest. We then used these pieces of work to create Visual Poems. Our words really came alive on the page once they were written within the body of our chosen animal. If you would like to read any then please come in and have a look, they’re in our Learning Journals and a really rather good! 

In Maths we have continued to look at fractions this week. We have been finding halves, quarters and three quarters of shapes and numbers. We have had fun identifying fractions of groups of objects or pictures. We understand that it is very important when reading fraction word problems to ‘find’ the important key information, which is the mathematical question and ignore all the extra words!

Please feel free to pop in and see our learning we’d love to share it with you.

Term 4 – Week 2

What a fantastic week we have had in the Year 2 Crew! 

On Wednesday it was World Maths Day and we all had great fun completing the Maths Challenges. Thank you so much for all your support at home it really helped. Everyone tried their very best to chant their tables and recall facts. The fact that everyone was being sponsored for taking part in a Maths challenge made it even more exciting! 

Then on Thursday it was World Book Day… WOW!! everyone looked amazing in their lovely costumes and dressing up clothes. We loved sharing our favorite books with one another and writing our very own book reviews.  We also enjoyed reading the story of Noah’s Ark from our classroom Bible, we decided to make finger puppets of Noah, God and all the animals…two of each of course! We drew an Ark and a beautiful rainbow and we then retold to the story to Year 1 using the puppets to help. It was a lovely afternoon.

It has certainly been a very busy week – enjoy your weekend. 

Remember Year 2, the special pieces of art that we created need to be kept safe until Sunday (find a good hiding place!). 

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Term 4 – Week 1

Welcome back everyone!

Well, what a busy week it has been. We have thoroughly enjoyed reading our new story ‘The Tin Forest’ this is our book for English and we have taken part in quality book talks as a class and with Learning Partners. Our writing this week has focused on describing scenes from the book, we have looked at the characters and the forest and have used adjectives, nouns, adverbs and similes to bring the scenes alive! As we love the story so much we are going to use it to plan and write our own stories of life in a world full of rubbish!

In Maths we have been learning all about fractions and how a fraction is part of a whole. We enjoyed cutting up apples and paper plates to create our own fractions. We have been focusing on halves and quarters and looking at how this is represented in maths.

It was great finding half of a number, some of us used counters to help and the idea of dividing by two and some of us used partitioning to find half…we partitioned the number into ‘tens’ and ‘units’ and then found half of the tens number and then half of the units for example,

24 … = half of 20 = 10

             half of 4 = 2

           10 + 2 = 12                half of 24 = 12

Term 3 – Week 5

This week in Year 2 we have continued using ‘The Story of a Wombat’ as a stimulus for our own writing. We have been adapting sentences to improve the content of them and within these sentences we have been using time connectives, adjectives and adverbs.

Maths has been all about time this week! We’ve been reading the time, telling the time and writing and drawing the time. We have learnt how helpful our five times table is to tell the time, so we have been chanting that a lot! In class at the moment we are just focusing on analogue clocks. When telling the time it is so important to understand which is the hour hand and which is the minute hand. Reuben came up with a brilliant idea to help us ‘the word, hour, is a short word and the word, minute, is a long word…just like the hands on a clock’. We have been concentrating on these times, o’clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past and looking carefully at how both the hands on a clock move as time passes by. With Learning Partners we have enjoyed telling ‘Time  Sequence Stories’ these are fun to do and are a great way to think about how time changes constantly. We have decided as a class that the best way to really learn how to read the time and to understand time is to wear a watch and to use it! A few children have been wearing theirs to school this week which is brilliant!

Term 3 – Week 4 

This week in English we have really enjoyed reading ‘The Story of a Wombat’ written by Jackie French. We have used this book to help us understand different forms of sentences. In the book we identified statements, questions, exclamations and commands we then had a go at verbally using these different sentences with our friends and we also tried writing some of our own. 

In our Maths lessons we have been working very hard! We have been using our knowledge of multiplication to assist us with completing division number sentences. We used number lines to help us…it took a lot of concentration but we thoroughly enjoyed it!  

Term 3 – Week 3

Well what a busy week it has been in Year 2!

We have continued to enjoy the story of Traction Man in English we even imagined we were Traction Man going on one of his exciting adventures!  When writing about it we had to use the pronoun ‘I’ and we used adjectives to help to describe our feelings whilst on the adventure. We all decided that Traction Man needed a medal for all his heroic duties and we had a go at writing sentences explaining why he should recieve one. To add more detail to our sentences we tried joining two sentences together using the conjunctions, ‘if’, ‘that’, but’ and ‘or’.

We also thought that Traction Man needed a safe and secure shelter to live in when he was out and about on his travels. In groups we discussed and investigated which would be the best materials for creating a waterproof and strong shelter. We then drew our designs with clear labels and an explanation of our thoughts behind the materials we had chosen. Please come into our classroom and have a look at some of our ideas as they are on display.

In Maths we have been looking at multiplication and using arrays to help us to find the answer to number sentences. We have discovered that you can change a multiplication sum around and you get the same answer!…this was a very exciting moment!

                                3 x 5 = 15                      5 x 3 = 15

                                6 x 2 = 12                       2 x 6 = 12  

Year 2 Crew, if you have time why not investigate some more, remember to use arrays to help you.

Term 3 – Week 2

In English this week we have been reading a new story, “Traction Man”. We had great fun during our Book Talk, predicting what we thought the story might be about just by getting clues from the cover. Once we had read the story we decided to act the story out through Drama to help really understand the characters and the flow of the story. Our writng about Traction Man has enabled us to focus on using nouns and adjectives as well as conjunctions such as ‘when’, ‘if’, ‘that’ and ‘or’.

Maths has been fun this week we have been thinking about how multiplication is repeated addition. We have been practising writing our number sentneces as repeated addition and as a multiplication sentence. We have also been chanting our 2, 5, 3 and 10 times tables… it would be great if everyone in the Year 2 Crew could practise these at home!

Term 3 – Week 1

Welcome to the Year 2106!

The Year 2 Crew all had a lovely Christmas and were keen to chat about their festive fun with one another. Everyone had the opportunity to share their holiday news and information about the exciting Christmas presents that they recieved. The children then recorded their news in writing and pictures it was important that the recounts were interesting to read so the children focused on using appropriate sentence starters, time connectives and conjunctions. As a class we talked about when writing you need to engage the person that is reading the piece so we made sure we added detail using adjectives.

The result of all this hard work is now a display in the Year 2 cloakroom. Next time you are passing why not come and have a read!

Term 2 – Week 5        

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Well, what an interesting week the Year 2 Crew have had. Our Learning Theme is “Who is the Greatest Explorer?”and we are thoroughly enjoying learning all about the great explorers Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong. This week we had a visit from a company called “The Space Detectives” the children learnt so many space facts from Jo the lady who ran the session. She helped the children to make a human solar system, to learn all about the different planets and everyone had the opportunity to make a planet of their own while carefully thinking about its appearance, size and colour relative to other planets. It was a really fun session. 

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Term 2 – Week 4

 Maths…

This week we used our knowledge of addition to support us with subtraction and finding the inverse operation. We looked for patterns to support our understanding. 

Term 2 – Week 3

Maths…

In maths this week we challenged ourselves to add two 2-digit numbers together. We had to use our knowledge of place value to add the tens and units using a 100 grid. It was really tricky so we practiced and practiced. Now we can do it!

Term 2 – Week 2

English…

In the story of ‘Beegu’ she was sad and lonely because she was lost and no one wanted her to be around. The children talked about what it might have felt like to be Beegu. They discussed their ideas and took part in role-play to support their findings. 

Term 2 – Week 1

English…

We  have been enjoying a new book this week. “Beegu” by Alexis Deacon.

Beegu is not supposed to be on Earth. She is lost. She is a friendly creature, but the Earth people don’t seem to like her very much. Today we had a debate putting forward Beegu’s thoughts and the thoughts of the adults on Earth.

Term 1 – Week 7

Maths – Place Value

In Maths we have had a fun time learning all about place value. We have been finding out the value of each digit in two and three digit numbers.

We have been writing number sentences too…

4 sets of 10 and 5 units equals 45

1 set of 100, 5 tens and 3 ones equals 153.

There are some great games on the internet to play have a look at ICTgames – place value.

We have also been investigating number patterns and odd and even numbers. We loved learning this rhyme to help us remember our odd and even numbers.

Number Crunchers

I’m a number cruncher and my name is Bod.

I like numbers if they’re odd.

All odd numbers taste just fine, 

If they end in 1,3,5,7,9!

I’m a number cruncher and my name is Steven.

I like numbers if they’re even.

All even numbers taste just great,

If they end in 0,2,4,6,8!  

Term 1 – Week 6

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Maths – Shapes

In maths this week we looked closely at 2D and 3D shapes. We talked about the properties of shapes and played games to help us remember them. In English we learnt about instructions so we drew space rockets using 2D shapes them described them to our friends using positional language. 

Term 1 – Week 5

Emily Brown and the Thing

In English we have been enjoying a new book. The story is called “Emily Brown and the Thing” which is written by Cressida Cowell.

We have been writing about the setting of the story and the different characters using descriptive language. When writing we tried to use different sentence starters, conjunctions, adjectives and similes.

We needed to describe the scene well to help capture the interest of the reader…

The troll was very, very muddy and hungry as well as hot!” by Elijah.

“The dark sky is as black as coal” by Madison.

“I can hear wolves howling in the distance” by Mylo. 

“I can hear howling in the dark, damp woods and I can see terrifying trolls stomping” by Oliver.  

Term 1 – Week 4

English

The children have been building their knowledge of the story of the Owl and the Pussy Cat to support them to write their own narrative stories about their characters new return journey. They thought about the setting, characters and what they might take with them on their journey.

Term 1 – Week 3

This week the children have been writing character descriptions about the Owl and the Pussy Cat. They looked carefully at quality adjectives and made their own ‘Amazing Adjectives’ word wall. 

Maths

In maths the children focused on place value of 2-digit numbers.

“12 is made up of one ten and two units.” Madison

“45 is four tens and five units.” Reuben

“22 its got the same numbers but its two tens and two units.” Sophie 

Term 1 – Week 2

This week we have been practicing role playing.  In groups, the Year 2 Crew each took on a role from ‘The Owl and The Pussy Cat’ and were enjoying acting out a scene.  The children worked collaboratively on this activity which helped them learn the art of negotiation, compromise and team work.  It was a fun-filled morning for us all!

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‘Lights, camera, action!’

Term 1 – Week 1

The children talked about their holidays and shared all the fun that they had.

 

Year 2 Crew Prayer

As a whole class we have been thinking about things we are thankful for.  Together we have written a new class prayer which we wanted to share with you all.

Dear God, we are thankful for our school and all our food,

Love and kindness, our friends and family,

The moon and the stars.

Thank you for the whole wide world.

Amen.