The children will be coming home with a login and password for purplemsh. Please follow this link: www.purpemash.com
or alternatively Google: purplemash/2simple.
The children then login and can e mail safely between each other. There are games, writing, music and maths programmes galore. We will be using this in school but we wanted the children to have access at home as well.
Let me know if there are any problems logigng in.
Week beginning 13th November 2017
This week it is Anti-Bullying Week across the country. The theme of the week is celebrating differences and equality. In Year 2 we have linked lots of our learning to this theme. We have looked at the story of David and Goliath and answered questions to check our comprehension skills. We used the story as a starting point for talking about our differences and our similarities.
In Maths, we have been practising measuring in centimetres and milimetres. We drew David and Goliath and measured their heights. We then found the difference between their heights using a subtraction strategy of our own choice. We also compared the heights of some famous footballers which the children really enjoyed! Later this week, we will use football cards to complete some more learning on subtraction.
We have also shared the story of 'Enemy Pie' and used this as a discussion for what qualities make a good friend. The children measured out ingredients for their own friendship pies such as 3cm of kindness and 6cm of fun!
In PSHE, we have played games to discuss our similarities and differences and we have written sentences talking about our friends. We have taken photographs of the best part of ourselves and written about why we love this part. The children will also be talking about their families and drawing a picture of their family for a whole school display during this week as well.
We are also going to be trialling a new way of giving feedback to parents from our spelling check. Now the children come into class by theirselves in the morning we are aware that parents don't get to see how they have done with the spellings. So from next week, the children will bring home a small copy of the previous weeks spellings with the words ticked or highlighted to show which words they have got correct and which ones they stilll need to practise.
Thank you for your support
Year 2 Class Teachers
Week beginning November 6th 2017
This week in Maths we are continuing to learn about subtraction. The children are practising drawing their own number lines as one strategy to work out the answers.
In English, we have decided to let the children's interests lead the way and we are going to be sharing and writing our own stories about...poo! The texts we will look at include 'The dinosaur that pooped' and 'The story of the little mole who knew it was none of his business'. We hope the children will be very excited to write their own humorous stories later this week!
In Phonics, we have been continuing to learn about writing in the past tense and in particular, the rules for adding 'ed' endings. Today, we used firework words which the children really enjoyed.
In topic, we will be continuing to learn about the voyages of Captain Cook and also about Australia. We will start to share some dream time stories with the children. In addition, we will do some learning on remembrance and create some art work to commemorate Remembrance Sunday next weekend.
Week Begining 30th October 2017
Welcome back. I hope everyone is nice and rested after the half term.
This week in R.E./English we will be looking at the story of Daniel and the lion. The children will be predicting what happens from a picture and then using the text to answer questions. We will be using puppets and backgrounds to act the story out. After that we will be using our senses to think about how Daniel felt in the lion pit and writing our own rainbow grammar sentences focussing on punctuation. Later in the week we will write a diary entry and then edit our work to check full stops and capitals.
In phonics we are starting phase 6 looking at the rules for adding ed.
In Maths we are subtracting using a number line, tens and ones and beginning to use column subtraction.
In PHSE we will be thinking about how Daniel overcame difficulties and how we can in our own life.
In Music we will be looking at Peter and the Wolf and the instruments that portray the characters.
In computing we will be looking at writing algorithms and coding using Lego fix factory - this is an app you can download at home.
In topic we start our work looking at the explorer Captain Cook. We will be having fun getting to know who he is, where is went and what he discovered.
A letter will go out this week about Newstead Camp and we hope everyone can make it as we would love all year two to join us.
Week begining 9th October 2017
In guided reading we have been enjoying pirate poems looking at rhyme, repeition, verses and description.
In English we have been writing algorithms for pirate hats using bossy verbs. We then got to write our own set of instructions. Some of us chose to write about how to build a minecraft house, how to brush your teeth or even how to be a wizard! We have been reading lots of non-fiction about pirates too and are now starting to pick out the key features of the text. We will be using questions marks to record questions we want answering about pirates. Then we will use in the internet to research them. After we will sort facts under different headings ready to start thinking about writing our own book. We will be thinking about different sentence starters and using a variety of conjunctions.
In phonics we have been looking at
In topic we will continue to think about famous pirates and putting them on a timeline and recalling facts. With pastels we will be creating our own pirate styled self-portraits for the wall. We have also been using the app Hopscotch to programme/code a creature. We have had to do lots of de-bugging to get it right!
In Maths we have been looking at secret formulas eg .if 3 + 4 = 7 then 30 + 40 = 70. We have been adding using tens and ones and are now using column addition, even renaming (remainders). On Friday we hope to be pirates finding treasure using co ordinates.
Don't forget Harvest Festival next week!
We have also been so excited to start out new houses and hope everyone will enter the first competition.
Week Begining 2nd October 2017
We will continue our pirate theme by working on pirate non-fiction texts in guided reading and answering questions using evidence from the text. We will also be reading pirate poetry and writing our own poem called 'In a Pirate's Pocket'. I am sure the children with think of lots of gruesome things they find! Within this poem we will be looking at commas in a list and remembering all the lovely adjectives we have been thinking of to describe nouns. In phonics we will continue to work on phase 5 looking at alternative ways of spelling the short i, the alternative ch sound and dge. We will also be looking at would, should and could as they are tricky!
In maths we will be finishing off our work on describing and extending number patterns and moving onto addition and subtraction. Through topic we will look at co ordinates.
In topic we will be looking at alogithms in computing and will reading and writing our won instructions on how to make a pirate hat. Hopefully they will enjoy making them! We will also be looking at how to keep pirates healthy, famous pirates and their historical timeline and looking at treasure maps and co ordinates.
Another busy week!
Don't forget Friday is an inset day.
Week Beginning 17th September
This week the children began with a pirate drama workshop. They had to become pirates on board a ship and rescue the keys from Captain Patch! All very exciting! As the children about banana language? We wrote a recount about this visit using time starters.
We have been familiarising with the story 'The Night Pirates' which the children have loved. They drew their own story maps ready to write a pirate adventure next week.
We have started our guided reading groups this week solving a pirate mystery and reading clues to find the evidence.
We have also been writing silly sentences using adjectives, nouns verbs and adverbs. Like: Angry Calico Jack was digging for treasure greedily with his sharp spade.
In maths we have been working with tens and ones breaking them up and finding different ways to make whole numbers. We have also been practising how to find one more, less and moving onto 5 more, less and 10 more and less than a number.
We have made colourful parrots, searched the web for pirate facts, made treasure maps with co ordinates and investigated sinking and floating. We looked at which materials float best. We also did a test to see which materials can be squashed, bent and twisted and whether the change is permanent. We recorded and analysed our results.
We wanted to say a big welcome back to all year two children and their parents and carers We had a great fist two days back with everyone settling in so well. This week we are beginning our new topic ‘Land Ahoy’. Please see the newsletter attached.
We will be starting our pirate adventure through a drama workshop on Tuesday (sorry to ask for money already but it is well worth it!). The children will be familiarising themselves with the story ‘The Night Pirates’. We will be recounting our drama visit and then designing the pirate we want to be and writing about it. Later we will be revisiting what a noun, verb and adjective is through a pirate treasure chest to stimulate our imagination. The we will be practising orally rehearsing sentences and concentrating on our phonics by revising phase 5 alternative sounds. In Art we will be looking at pirate ships and thinking about our senses, taking note of line, shape and detail. We will look at a class comprehension pirate themed!
In Maths we will be practising number formation and writing numbers in words, counting to 100 on and back in tens and showing this through place value. We will then be comparing numbers and representing them with tens sticks and ones cubes.
We also begin our singing with Mrs Watkins by starting to practise some harvest songs and will be focussing on multi skills and gymnastics with Gordon and Mr Peet.
· Meet the teacher event will be on Thursday 21st September please see parent mail for more information.
In the mornings we have enjoyed you all coming into read with your child and we hope to step this up this year with other learning activities before moving the children onto the independence of coming in on their own. Please feel free to use this time to change children’s reading books.
We are so looking forward to this topic and hope the children are too.
Please feel free to come and see us anytime you need to! Thanks Year 2 Team