2M - Miss Murphy
2G - Mrs Greatwich
Learning Support Assistants- Ms Samuels, Mrs Summers & Miss Nutall
Our Current Topics
-Non-Fiction: 'All About Barn Owls
-Focus: statements & questions
-Multiplication & Division: use the multiplication and division symbol to write equations, identify that multiplication is commutative, find related multiplication and division facts, skip counting in 2's, 5's and 10's, explore representations of division and multiplication problems and solve multiplication and division problems.
-Time: to know the number of hours in a day and the number of minutes in an hour, to tell the time quarter past and quarter to on an analogue clock, to tell the time on an analogue clock with 5 minute intervals,to calculate durations of time in minutes and hours.
-Biology (Plants & Trees) : to understand why we need plants, germination, what a plant needs to grow, what we get from a tree and the different parts of a tree.
-Human & Physical Geography within Liverpool: What would Wally find exciting about our city?
-Sacred Texts, Stories & Words: What makes a book special?
- Mouldable Materials: Can we design our own bedroom door signs?
This half term, we will be learning some fascinating facts about Barn Owls from our information text 'All About Barn Owls'. We will be comparing an information text to a story and identifying the many features of an information text including, subheadings, rhetorical questions, statements and diagrams. We hope to research other animals that we would like to know more about and use our research to write our own information text.
Last term, we were visited by Plop and his very special friends to teach us about owls. This week, we have used the facts from the visit to understand our new information text, 'All About Barn Owls'. Did you know that Barn Owls make a screeching noise and not a hoot!
This week, we learnt about the many features of an information text that help the reader locate and understand new information easily. We then worked as feature detectives to spot the features we had learnt about in our library's information books.
This week in literacy, our classroom was transformed into an enchanted forest when some 'Wild Things' came to visit. We eagerly listened to a story all about Max's journey to a place called 'Where the Wild Things Are' and the exciting things he got up to whilst there. 'Let the rumpus begin!'
This half term, we will be using our knowledge of the 2,5 and 10 times table to explore different representations of division and multiplication problems and identify the links between multiplication and division. We will also be challenging ourselves to solve problems involving multiplication and division.
This week we created arrays for multiplication and division problems. We imagined that our cubes were children and investigated how many different ways we could arrange them into equal rows for an assembly.
This week, we used money to skip count in 2's and calculate the total cost of our shopping basket using our knowledge of the 2 times table. We also played a game called 'What is the array?' in which one partner drew an array and described the array to their partner using the key words. The other partner had to then build their array using cubes. We had lots of fun!
This week, we recalled our doubles from 1-10 and challenged ourselves to represent doubles as addition and multiplication statements. We also played a doubles game with our talk partners to help us remember our doubles.
This term in science we will be learning about the importance of plants and trees. We will continue to conduct exciting and mind-blowing experiments to find the answers to our questions and test our predictions.
This week, we learnt about the importance of plants and the different types of plants that exist. We then had lots of fun exploring our school grounds using a map and sketched the plants that we saw.
Design & Technology
This half term in D.T. we will be designing and making our own bedroom signs using salt dough. We will be using our interests and likes to create a sign that reflects our personality. As part of the design process, we will make decisions about our choice of colour, font and image. We are excited to see the final product!
This week in D.T. we designed our own fonts that matched our theme i.e. horror, jungle, princess, animal. We definitely have future designers in year 2!
We finally made our bedroom door sign using salt dough. We worked as a team to make the salt dough using salt, warm water and plain flour. Once ready, we had lots of fun playing with the dough before making our very own bedroom door signs using our creative skills. We are excited to paint them next week!
This half term in R.E. we will be looking at books that are important in each of the major religions (Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Sikhism). We hope to use our knowledge to answer the question, 'What makes a book special?'Throughout the topic, we will continue to share own experiences of the key books whilst also discussing books that are special to us and the reasons why.
This week in R.E., we learnt about the Torah and why it is important to the Jewish faith. We learnt how to treat the Torah with respect by not letting it touch the floor and had lots of fun creating our very own Torahs.
Our Current Topics
-Fiction: 'Augustus and His Smile' by Catherine Rayner
-Focus: expanded noun phrases
-Numbers within 100: place value, reading and writing numbers to 100 in numerals and words, ordering numbers, comparing numbers, number patterns, odd and even numbers.
-Addition and Subtraction: number bonds to 20 in addition and subtraction, adding and subtracting multiples of ten, adding and subtracting tens from a 2-digit number, adding and subtracting two 2-digit numbers.
-Chemistry: Mixtures and Potions
-The UK's countries and capitals: Where would Wally like to visit in the UK?
-Pottery: What will go inside and outside our pots?
-Reflection: Is the internet a good thing? What is happiness?
In literacy this half term, we have immitated, innovated and invented a story inspired by 'Augustus and His Smile'. The story is a losing tale in which Augustus the tiger goes on a journey to search for his smile only to find that his smile will be there whenever he is happy To help us create our own losing tale we thought about what makes us happy and the importance of a smile. The children had lots of fun when thinking of their own animals and what they may have lost. Our stories included Spok the Hyena who had lost his laugh and Geraldine the Giraffe who had lost her patches. The children were challenged to use lots of description in their stories and really amazed us with their final piece!
In maths we have refreshed our knowledge of place value so that we are now able to recognise the value of each digit in a given number. We used lots of concrete apparatus such as base ten, cubes and bead strings, and the support of our talk partners, to help us along the way.
We have also started our addition and subtraction topic, using number facts within 10 to help us recall number facts to 100! We are now confident in using 'If I know.... Then I know...' to help us when adding and subtracting multiples of ten and 2-digit numbers.
In our maths meetings, we have learnt about odd and even numbers, money, rounding and place value which will help us throughout the course of year 2. We have really enjoyed singing our odd and even song to help us identify if a number is odd or even. '1,3,5,7,9 the only odd digits all the time!'
We have thoroughly enjoyed our time as scientists. So far this term, we have tried to answer lots of puzzling questions including 'Why can some materials change shape?' and 'what will happen if I add sugar cubes to cold water?' We understand that everything is made of atoms but there are only 100 atoms in the entire world! We have conducted lots of fun experiments which have enabled us to find the answers to our questions. Through our investigative work, we have learnt lots of challenging words including malleable, dissolving, atom and molecule.
In Geography, we have been thinking about where our friend Wally would like to go in the Uk? To help us find the perfect location we have learnt about the UK and its countries; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and the historic landmarks in each of the countries which Wally might like to visit. One of the most interesting landmarks we learnt about was the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland. Although the rocky staircase looks like it was built by humans, it was actually caused by a volcanic eruption 65 million years ago!
Please remember to drop your children off ready for school by 8.50am. Lessons start promptly at 9.00am and children may miss important learning time if they are late. If you know your child is going to be late or off sick, please let the office know as soon as you can - they will pass the message on.
Many children have stopped bringing their jumpers/coats. We realise that the weather has been much warmer, however the lovely British weather can change minute-by-minute and we recommend that they are sent into school with both whenever possible. It would also be very helpful if you could check their uniform for names as many children are losing them on the warmer days.
The Year Two Team.