Week 7 (03/04/17)

In maths this week we have been solving a range of arithmetic and reasoning problems – we have been focusing on reading the question or symbol carefully and using what we know to help us solve them.

In English, we read a story called ‘Gobble You Up’ in which a wily jackal gobbles up lots of fellow animals.  Having decided that the jackal must be stopped from doing this again, we planned and wrote instructions entitled ‘How to Trap a Jackal’.

PE kits – please make sure that ALL PE kit is named as we continually have stray pieces that we cannot reunite with their owner!

Homework – please note that next half term we will be giving out English or maths homework each Friday so that the children can practise some key skills.  This will only be for one short half term, after which we will go back to the takeaway menu (following the May half term).

Have a lovely Easter break,

Mrs Lucas, Mrs Marsh and Mrs Scott

Week 6 (27/03/17)

 

This week we have been writing diary entries as if we were a child living in Chembakolli village.  Our challenge was to write more extensively, using adverbs and adjectives to add detail and using time words/phrases and prepositions to help us vary our sentence starters and organise our ideas sequentially.  We hope you will be able to see the effort we put into our writing when you come to open afternoon and parents’ evening.

Later in the week, we read a traditional Indian folk story called ‘The Tiger Child’. We looked at the features of this type of story and learnt that it would have been passed down and told from generation to generation.  We had a go at re-telling the story using a range of conjunctions and time phrases to link our ideas and adding detail to interest the listener.  We are now in the process of planning stories with a similar structure and setting which we will write next week.

In maths we have been developing strategies for tackling word problems: we can use ‘RUCSAC’ to help us. Read (the problem), Underline (the key words), Choose (the correct operation), Solve, Answer, Check.  Try giving us some word problems so we can use RUCSAC to solve them.

In science we have been exploring what happens to different materials when they are bent, twisted, squashed or stretched.

We look forward to seeing you all at parents’ evening next week.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Lucas, Mrs Marsh and Mrs Scott

Week 5 (20/03/17)

 

This week we have listened to an Indian story called The Elephant Dance. We looked at the author’s great use of adjectives, verbs, similes and metaphors to describe different weather types. We then created our own weather metaphors. The thunder became a frightening black dog; the sun a ginger kitten; and the snow became a polar bear cub. We tried really hard to use powerful verbs and adjectives in our writing to create an image of the weather as an animal.

In maths we have been practising our division. We have particularly focussed on using what we already know to help us. If a calculation asks us to divide by 2, 5 or 10, for example, we know that we can find the answer by counting up in steps of 2,5 or 10.

1    2     3     4    5      6

E.g. 30 ÷ 5 = ?   5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 – We’ve counted 6 lots of 5 to get to 30 so the answer must be 6.  You could test us on dividing by these numbers for homework!

In P.E as well as perfecting our gymnastic skills, we’ve also been practising our long distance running. Our P.E coach showed us how to get a good start and how to pace ourselves. This was really good practice for the children running in the cross country event on Saturday. We wish them lots of luck and hope the sun shines!

We’ve also made some very special cards today which will hopefully stay hidden until Sunday! We thought really carefully about what makes our mummies so special.

Wishing you all a really lovely weekend,

Class 2

 

 

Week 4 (13/03/17)

This week we have been finding out all about life in Chembakolli, India. We looked at life in the village of Chembakolli and the school there. We talked about the similarities and differences between Crowmarsh and Chembakolli. We also planned and wrote letters to children in Chembakolli, asking them about their lives there and telling them all about our lives and the things we get up to.

In maths we have been practising our multiplication. We have looked at questions such as 4 x 5 =, trying to solve it mentally or to draw pictures to help us work out the answers. We have also solved multiplication problems, for example ‘If Mary bakes 6 rows of 3 cakes, how many cakes will she have made?’ If you would like to do some Maths homework this week, please practise the x2, x5 and x10 multiplication facts.

In science we have begun looking at how certain materials can change their shape. We investigated what happened to different materials when we bent, twisted, squashed or stretched them. Ask us to tell you what we found out.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Marsh, Mrs Lucas & Mrs Scott

Week 3 (06/03/17)

This week we have been practising our subtraction and addition skills in maths. We have been trying to apply what we already know and choose appropriate strategies to help us solve a range of arithmetic and reasoning questions.  Within our discussions, we have tried work out which are the most efficient methods to help us.  Lots of us have been using counters to represent tens and ones – ask us how we do it.

In our topic work we have looked at pictures of a busy Indian street market and have tried to describe the scene.   Having had a go at the beginning of the week, we then looked at good examples of good descriptions and discussed what we could do to improve ours.  We were then able to write more detailed and organised descriptions by the end of the week.

This week we were lucky enough to have another visitor in school during collective worship who talked to us all about being amazing!  Ask us to tell you what we found out from him and what he used to inspire us.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Lucas, Mrs Marsh and Mrs Scott

Week 2 (27/02/17)

This week we have been brushing up on our grammar!  We found out that all sentences need to include a subject and a verb and we learned a simple way to diagram this.  We also sorted sentences into 4 types: statements, commands, exclamations and questions.

In our topic work, we have been learning about India.  So far we have found India on a world map and discovered which continent it is a part of.  We watched a video to give us an overview and then used the laptops to find out more detail about the things like climate, different regions, traditions and food. We made lots of notes!  Later in the week we looked at travel brochures about India then wrote our own, while trying to include some of the four sentence types we had learned about in grammar.

In maths we have been working on subtracting a 2 digit number from another 2 digit numbers. To help us do this, we partitioned the numbers into their tens and ones before we took away the ones and finally the tens. We know that subtraction cannot be done in any order and we must start with our ‘whole’.

As part of our science work, we have started to think about different climate regions and habitats; we will be looking at how animals adapt and survive in these different habitats.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Lucas, Mrs Marsh and Mrs Scott

Week 1 (20/02/17)

This week we have been finding out all about the life of Florence Nightingale. We have learnt about her childhood, her early nursing career, her time during the Crimean war and her life after the war.  We watched a video which told the story of her life and found out facts from the BBC schools website. We used this information to plan and write our own reports. We know that reports give us information and that our ideas need to be organised into clear sections with sub-headings.

In maths we have been finding out about symmetrical shapes. We have learnt that for a shape or picture to be symmetrical, 2 sides must be exactly the same. We have found the lines of symmetry in different 2D shapes and looked at different shapes and pictures to see whether they are symmetrical or asymmetrical.

Our new topic for the term is ‘Chembakolli – Village Life’. We will be finding out all about life in this Indian Village and comparing it with life in Crowmarsh. We will also be finding out about the habitats of different animals, both in England and in India. The new homework menu will be coming home next Friday. Please look out for it in book bags.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Marsh, Mrs Lucas & Mrs Scott

Week 6 (06/02/17)

This week, in creative writing, we looked at a picture of a never-ending tunnel and wrote stories about it.  Ask us to tell you about the tunnel – where it led, what happened in it and what it was like.

In our other English lessons, we looked at a poem called ‘The Chimney Boy’s Story’.  It described the experience of working in a chimney through the eyes of a Victorian chimney sweep.   After looking at the style of writing and the poet’s vocabulary choices, we wrote some of our own versions of the poem and some similar poems about other Victorian children’s jobs.

This week’s maths work has been focused on the language of position and direction. We used what we know about fractions to give directions including ¼ turns and ½ turns and practised using the terms clockwise and anti-clockwise.  We have also learned about right angles – ask us to explain what they are.

In science, we have continued to study our growing plants and note any changes or developments – it has been excited to see them start to grow!

Friday of this week was Art Day in our class!  We spent the day learning about Victorian artist William Morris, looking at his art work and having a go at some of our own; we created repeating patterns and did some mindfulness colouring in the style of his work.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Lucas, Mrs Marsh and Mrs Scott

Week 5 (30/01/17)

This week we have been continuing to find out about life in the Victorian times. We have been finding out all about Victorian homes and how they were different to ours. We’ve discovered that people used to fill the bath with water from a kettle and that they had to use it one by one. We also found out that most toilets were in the backyard or garden, so they were very chilly in winter! In English we have written our own non-chronological reports about what it was like inside a Victorian home. We have focussed on cooking, washing, bathing and entertainment. First we looked at the features of non-chronological reports, then we made notes under the 4 headings above and then we wrote our own reports using the notes. We’ve written some really interesting things.

In maths we have been finding out about fractions of numbers/amounts. We have been using cubes to find ¼ s, ½ s, 1/3 s and 1/5 s of different amounts. We know that to find a fraction of an amount we have to divide the amount by the denominator, so ¼ of 12 = 12 ÷ 4 = 3. We have worked out calculations like this, using apparatus, drawings and the bar model.

Have a good weekend,

Mrs Marsh, Mrs Lucas & Mrs Scott

Week 4 (23/01/17)

This week we have been telling and writing stories set in Victorian London.  First we looked at some pictures to generate our characters and setting then we mapped out our story on strips of paper. Using our story maps, we then told our stories to a partner making sure we linked our ideas in interesting ways, included plenty of description and used good expression. Later in the week we planned and wrote our stories ensuring that we had a clear beginning, middle and ending.

In maths we have been learning about fractions.  We know that a half is one of 2 equal parts and that a quarter is one of 4 equal parts.  We investigated how many different ways a piece of paper can be cut in half and shaded fractions of different shapes.

In RE and in collective worship this week, we have been learning about Chinese New Year.  We found out that 2017 is the year of the rooster, discovered which animal represented the year we were born and learned about some of the traditions of Chinese New Year.

Our focus in science over the next few weeks will be on seeds and growing plants; we have started to find out about the plants that Victorians might have grown in their gardens and have planted some seeds of our own. Ask us what seeds and plants need in order to grow.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Lucas, Mrs Marsh and Mrs Scott