I really can't believe that it is nearly half term and that in just nine 'school' weeks I will be saying goodbye to this amazing class! Where has the year gone! They have been a real inspiration and I'm (as should all the parents be) very proud!
The children have grown tremendously, since September, in confidence and independence and we will continue to develop this as the transition to Key Stage 2 approaches with alarming speed! Thank you to all the parents for fostering this independence by allowing their children to come into the classroom and organise themselves! It makes a real difference.
Please continue to support your children in Key Objectives for Year 2 (there are still those nine weeks!). Thank you to those who are supporting the children in their Times Tables Rockstars! This continues to have a huge impact on their mental recall of facts in our weekly Beat That! maths challenge and I'm pleased to say that most children get at least 35 out of 40 on a weekly basis! You can check the key objectives for reading, writing and maths towards the bottom of this page as well as find games and activities to support learning at home.
Here's to a happy and busy Summer Term!
Mrs H Hardie
Please come and look at the recount and letter writing we have been doing this week. It is on display in the classroom.
You can also look at some of our writing here.
We have had the most amazing day at Cotehele House today in glorious sunshine. We explored the house with the children dressed at Tudors! They looked stunning! Our guides were a fantastic wealth of knowledge and shared much information about the key rooms and artefacts. The children were interested and engaged, asking thoughtful questions and responding to questions about the materials (linking to our science work) and artefacts in the rooms. They were a real credit to the school and I was delighted by comments from our guides and from the general public. They made some brilliant sketches of the house and I will share these as soon as they are completed. Thank you to all our helpers today.
We've had a busy and successful week! The children have proved their understanding of addition and subtraction using partitioning and number lines to model this. I have been impressed! Some of the children are also great at explaining about number, its patterns and using this to reason and explain problems.
This afternoon we have returned to our favourite art lessons and have been using observational skills and shading techniques to draw buildings from secondary sources in preparation for next week's visit to Cothele House. There are definitely some budding architects / technical drawers in the making!
After looking at materials which were used to make the school building, today the children made rubbings of the different textures. They then cut these to make a cityscape with a sunset background! The results were amazing!
We have been tackling fractions this week! It's always a topic which is difficult to get to grips with though it seems the children are getting to grips with halves, quarters and thirds! The two images below are linked to simple fraction games that the children can practise at home.
Could you match the grammar terms and their example! The children did a great job!
As part of the School's Book Week the children enjoyed and engaging hour with the 2Steves (Barlo and Skidmore) who have written over 200 books!
Beware of the THINGUMYBOB with its huge hairy bottom and long hairy arms. It can tear up a tank with its hands and has a huge belly like a marshmallow, eyes like a paddling pool, feet like a ducks all webbed and floppy, a back like a big orange hill and teeth like fangs. And it's breath could strip paint off the walls! Oh yes and it's wearing a sky blue bathing cap!
The children's homework this week is to make or draw a THINGUMYBOB and we will email copies of the best to the 2Steves!
To celebrate our French Day the children enjoyed "une tasse de chocolat chaud et un pain au chocolat" for a late "petit déjeuner".
This week the children have been enthralled by our visitor, Liz, as she shared stories about her Jewish faith. She showed the children a manuscript of the Torah and they tried on a kippah and tallit which the males would wear for prayer. She retold the story of Moses and the importance of him freeing the slaves from Israel. I was impressed that the children remembered the stories we had already shared about Moses and the burning bush and his trust in God.
This week the children have been adapting a poem "Leap like a Leopard" by John Foster. Can you see what they have done to improve / adapt each line? Which poem do you prefer?
Leap like an orange leopard escaping the colourful rainforest.
Bounce happily like a leaping bright brown Kangaroo in an orange and yellow desert
chasing a bird to save his friend who is in enormous trouble.
Swing gracefully from tall branch to the next branch in the forest like a brown monkey in an enormous tree.
Dive like a shiny dolphin in the deep blue sea to catch fish.
Splash loudly like a shiny whale in the deep blue sea with his family.
Crawl slowly like a colourful caterpillar on a wet leaf.
Crawl slowly like a slimy snail looking for a shiny hard shell for his home.
Scuttle softly like a big spider looking for it's family in the market.
Slither quickly like a fast snake in the zoo.
Slide quietly like a duck on a cold and frozen lake looking for his friends.
Skip happily like a woolly lamb in the field eating grass, leaves and berries.
Jump high like a gooey green frog in a garden jumping to a lilly pad.
Stalk sneakily like a beautiful black cat in the long grass chasing a harvest mouse.
Scamper quickly like a bull dog chasing a frightened cat in the meadow.
Stomp loudly like a huge elephant in the green jungle looking for some food and water.
Prowl angrily like a hairy bear hunting quietly in a mystical jungle creeping up on grey fish in a wavy lake.
Shuffle slowly like an old tortoise in a pile of autumn leaves while the rain drips from the blue sparkly sky.
Sprint quickly like a hare winning a race with an audience cheering him on "you can win" as he raced on as fast as he could.
Strut gracefully like a beautiful peacock looking for a tree to sit in
With colourful feathers held high on display
Glide excitedly like a golden eagle to catch it's pray --
The great king of the bright blue sky.
Leap like a Leopard by John Foster Adapted by Mrs. Hardie's Year 2 Class at Mary Deans
Leap like a leopard
Leap like a leopard.
Hop like a kangaroo.
Swing from branch to branch
Like a monkey in a tree.
Dive like a dolphin.
Plunge like a whale.
Creep like a caterpillar.
Crawl like a snail.
Scuttle like a spider
Slither like a snake.
Slide like a duck.
On a frozen lake.
Skip like a lamb.
Jump like a frog.
Stalk like a cat.
Scamper like a dog.
Plod like an elephant.
Prowl like a bear
Shuffle like a tortoise.
Sprint like a hare.
Strut like a peacock
With feathers held high.
Glide like an eagle—
The lord of the sky.
The children used activities and games to reinforce their understanding of fractions. I have put links to some of these online games in the Helping at Home section.
We used our knowledge and understanding of multiplication and division to explore and reason about maths statements so we could match them with the correct responses.
We used QR codes to help us research the parts of a plant.
The children, Mrs Dobson and I are really enjoying our Friday afternoon art sessions! This week we tackled water colours.
This afternoon I have challenged the children to work on a much larger scale using pastels and black paper. Their focus and results were great! What do you think?
Despite the three power outages during our English lesson today we still managed to use a range of resources for our rain forest research! Keep checking our class page for our "Thinglink" image!
We have been researching the rain forest to learn about the plants and animals we might find there. We have put together some of our research using Thinglink.
The Year 2 children enjoyed a challenging session of reasoning with Mrs Yalden from Sir John Hunt Community College. As part of the new maths curriculum children are encouraged more to discuss their thinking behind the maths and explore different possibilities. They all rose to the challenge!
This term we are starting our Literacy work by writing a story set in the rainforest. We are reading The Forever Forest by Kristin Joy Pratt-Serafin. It is a beautifully illustrated and informative book.
I look forward to exploring the rainforest and its plants and animals with the children as we go on our literacy adventure!
The children may like to use the internet to find out more about what it is like in the rainforest.
The Rainforest Alliance have a great website for children.
This week we have tackled using apostrophes to show missing letters in contractions.
Can you see the contractions in this passage from The Forever Forest?
It wasn’t raining, but water dripped from the tip of every leaf. So that’s why they call this a cloud forest, Peter thought. I’ve always wondered what it’s like to be inside a cloud!
Have a go at these games to see how well you can do!
We've been comparing numbers using < and >, using ordinal numbers and rounding numbers to the nearest multiple of ten this week. Try some of these games to practise what we've learned.
The children had a great afternoon of dance, games and food to celebrate Christmas. Thank you to all of you who sent in food and helped with the preparations. Of course a huge thank you to Father Christmas who managed to visit during his very busy schedule. Merry Christmas everyone!
We were invaded by penguins today as the children used the Augmented Reality App "Quiver". The was a real buzz in the classroom!
Our Nativity rehearsal today at St Mary's Church promises a great performance tomorrow!
We have been using the iPads to take, review and edit photographs. We used Pixlr to edit our photos and give them a "pop art" feel. We hope you like them.
This term we have been using the iPad camera to learn how to take photographs. We have begun to edit and improve some of our photos using crop, rotate, auto enhance and different filters.
We have been working on an instruction writing unit inspired by the book" Instructions" by Neil Gaiman. Today the children made fairies from the magical realms and lands unknown who will guide them through the lands in their quest to catch a dragon next week. We will be following the instructions on "How to Catch a Dragon" very carefully indeed as well as writing our own instructions! Watch out for those imperatives and adverbs flying around!
Today the Year 2 children were visited by the local fire service and learned about the role of the fire service and fire safety in the home.
Ask the children these questions and see if they know the answers.
What do the fire service do?
What are the four emergency services?
What number do you need to call an emergency service?
What should you be able to the operator in an emergency?
Make sure that your children know their address / postcode so they can use it in an emergency.
Visit the Devon Fire Service website for tips and advice about safety in the home.
What happens to smoke when there is a fire?
Where should your smoke alarms be?
What would you do if you find matches or a lighter?
What should you do if your clothes catch fire?
Frances the Firefly
Remember this message from Sooty (click on the picture to watch the short video)
An important message from the fire service is ... make sure you have a emergency exit plans at home if there is a fire and ensure that your children know what they are.
REMEMBER Get out! Stay out! Call 999
We have begun to explore the features of instructional writing in order to write our own. We then used some of the instructions to see how well we could follow them! Could you draw a cat?
Listen to our performance of "The Sound Collector" by Roger McGough.
A stranger called this morning
Dressed all in black and grey
Put every sound into a bag
And carried them away
The whistling of the kettle
The turning of the lock
The purring of the kitten
The ticking of the clock
The popping of the toaster
The crunching of the flakes
When you spread the marmalade
The scraping noise it makes
The hissing of the frying-pan
The ticking of the grill
The bubbling of the bathtub
As it starts to fill
The drumming of the raindrops
On the window-pane
When you do the washing up
The gurgling of the drain
The crying of the baby
The squeaking of the chair
The swishing of the curtain
The creaking of the stair
A stranger called this morning
He didn’t leave his name
Left us only silence
Life will never be the same.
We have been learning our 10 x table. Listen to how well we know it!
We have been using Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett in our Geography to study and compare the climate of places around the world. Today some children used the tablets, ClassFlow and headphones to listen to the story being read by John Sessions during our reading time. They loved it!
We used floor BeeBots and the BeeBot or BlueBot application for iPad to show that we could give directions which included forward, backward, left and right.
We used 4B pencils to practise mark making using diferent lines, shapes and patterns, varying the pressure we applied to change the shading. Mrs Hardie and Mrs Dobson think we did an amazing job!
There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all. – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Please encourage your child to read at home on a daily basis. We will change reading books on a daily basis if the children remember to put them in the basket. Reading is an important skill and one which will enable them in all aspects of their learning.
Our Reading Target this term is: I can read fluently using a variety of decoding skills.
".....stories make you think and dream; books make you want to ask questions” - Michael Morqurgo
This week we have begun our weekly spellings. The children will bring their spellings home in their red book on a Friday and these will be tested the following Friday. The words will be relevant to the children's phonics groups and will cover graphemes and tricky words covered that week. Please encourage your children to learn these. Use Look, Cover, Write, Check to practise them.
These are the targets for this term for the Year 2 class. Please help and encourage your children to achieve them.
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