My name is Miss Usher and I am Emperors class teacher. I am working alongside Mrs O'Connor, Mrs Harvey and Miss Ellis.
This week have had an important safety workshop about how to look after dogs.
We have also concluded our At The Farm topic with a trip to the farm. As you can see in the pictures, we met lots of different animals and had an exciting ride on a tractor.
This week in maths we have extended our understanding of number. We have used bead strings and dienes blocks to identify the number of tens and ones in a number and used this to support our adding and subtracting. In science we have observed how our seeds have grown and have been really amazed to see that the stem has grown taller and the shell of the seed has been pushed to the top with it!
Science week has been amazing! We have done our own experiments to discover how a seed germinates in different conditions and we have had the pleasure of watching a variety of air pressure experiments from a real life scientist!
This week we have enjoyed meeting lots of different owls. This is all part of Science Week that will be officially beginning next week. We have also planted seeds in our science lesson and we are learning what a plant needs to grow.
In mathematics we are exploring how we can use number facts to solve calculations in quicker and easier ways and in literacy we have developed the main story for our newspaper report that we will plan next week!
This week in literacy we have explored newspaper report introductions. We have identified the key features such as: a heading and answering who? what? where? and when? By the end of the week, we wrote our own! In mathematics we have been adding 2 digit numbers by adding first the tens and then the ones. For some of us, we are still practising understanding the amount of tens and ones in a number. We have also had lots of fun with World Book Week. All of the costumes were amazing and we have been delighted to welcome parents who read to us in different languages from around the world!
In literacy we have been exploring report writing. We have looked at the features of a newspaper report introduction and throughout the weeks we will build upon our knowledge before writing our own. In mathematics we have we have explored reading weight in grams on scales and writing the fraction of a shape. As Lent approaches, we had a fantastic RE lesson learning about The Easter Story. We found the story very intriguing and a lot of interesting questions were asked. In science we have started our new topic: plants. We began this by doing observational drawings of different plants and their seeds.
This week has been Healthy Eating Week! Together we have discovered that a balanced diet is a healthy diet and we have recorded what we learnt in a healthy eating leaflet. We have also written instructions for how to make a healthy sandwich and we had a lot of fun making them ourselves! We have also explored and tasted different healthy fruits and vegetables.
Tuesday 7th February was e-safety day! As a school, we did lots of different activities to help us understand the importance of staying safe online and how we can do this.
1) Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number.
2) Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself. Once you’ve put a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore.
3) Keep your privacy settings as high as possible
4) Never give out your passwords
5) Don’t befriend people you don’t know
6) Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online. Speak to your parent or carer about people suggesting you do
7) Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are
8) Think carefully about what you say before you post something online
9) Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views doesn’t mean you need to be rude
10) If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the website, turn off your computer if you want to and tell a trusted adult immediately.
In mathematics this week we have reviewed doubling and halving a number. We have used a model named the cherry model to help us to visually the see the calculation that we are solving. We have also used this model to support us in adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers. In literacy we have explored explanation texts. We have noticed lots of different types of sentences within the texts e.g. statements, commands, questions and exclamation sentences and practised writing our own.
This week in literacy we have been spending a lot of time carefully planning our own stories with repetitive language. By the end of this week we wrote our story and then edited it to make it better.
It was super to see so many of you for Parent Workshop on Monday, as you saw we used different strategies to solve multiplication calculations. Throughout the remainder of the week in mathematics we explored position and direction. We used language such as: left, right, clockwise and anticlockwise to direct BeeBots and our partners.
This week we have had a lot of fun practising for our class assembly. Each of the children have been excited to say their parts and show their work. In maths we have explored number in a variety of ways, from ordinal numbers e.g. 1st, 2nd etc., to partitioning numbers into hundreds, tens and ones. In literacy we have looked at books with repeating patterns and particularly analysed speech within it.
This week we have enjoyed exploring time. We have consolidated reading writing o'clock, quarter past and half past times and ordered times on an analogue clock from earliest to latest. We have also begun to convert time from analogue time into digital.
In literacy we have explored poems with repeating language. We then went on to write our own!
This week we have had a lot of fun preparing for Christmas. We have made Christmas cards to be sent home and in Literacy we have written inside- learning the key features of card writing. We have also written letters to Father Christmas! In mathematics we have been measuring the length of objects. We have ensured that we have started from 0cm and read the number that the object reaches. This linked in well with the Christmas cards we made as we ordered lengths of paper to make a Christmas tree.
WK CM: 5.11.16
This week we have had lots of fun as it has been Christmas Enterprise Week! We have made some fantastic Christmas tree decorations that can be bought on Friday. Some we have made from salt dough and others have been made from card and decorated.
In literacy we have learnt about calligrams-this is when a word, phrase or poem looks like what it is meant to be! And in maths we have solved money addition calculations.
This week we have reviewed the range of strategies we have learnt in maths as well as the spelling rules in literacy. We are trying very hard to put what we have learnt into practice when working independently.In science we have explored life cycles and in Topic we have written fact files about Richard III. We enjoyed using the iPads to expand our knowledge.
Below you will also see our new feelings board. We are encouraging the children to talk more openly about their emotions and to find ways or supporting one another and working together.
WK CM: 21.11.16
This week in mathematics we have reviewed multiplication and division. We are becoming more confident in using the grouping method and sharing circles to solve the calculations and some of us are also able to use the inverse operation to solve! e.g. 15 divided by 5 must equal 3 as there are 3 lots of 5 in 15. In literacy we have continued to focus on writing our own traditional tale, writing drafts and editing them. We have had a lot of fun creating rangoli patterns in RE, as created by many Hindus to celebrate Diwali and in Topic we have used the laptops to discover information about Richard III.
WK CM: 14. 11.16
In literacy we have continued to focus on the story of Jamil's Clever Cat. We discovered that Jamil's Clever Cat is an Indian retelling of Puss in Boots and found similarities and differences between the two stories. We have also begun to plan our own version.
In mathematics we have explored repeating patterns. We have continued patterns, looking closely at the shapes as well as colours within the pattern and we have also completed patterns by adding the missing shapes.
WK CM: 7.11.16
This week we have explored the traditional tale: Jamil's Clever Cat. We have used this story to identify key features of traditional tales and as you can see in the photographs, we have developed our role playing skills by acting out the story. In mathematics, there has been a strong focus on finding the difference between 2 numbers. We then applied this to money by calculating change through finding the difference.
WK CM: 31.10.16
This week in maths we have completed data handling activities by answering questions about pie charts and block graphs. In literacy, we have explored key features of recounts and written a recount of our trip to Mountfitchet Castle! As you can see in the photographs, we have also used the laptops this week to learn how to log on and navigate the touchpad mouse.
WK CM: 17.10.16
We have had a very busy and exciting week! We had a great day on our trip and it helped us to get a real understanding of what life living in a castle was like. As well as this, we have spent time baking gingerbread men for the bake sale. We had a lot of decorating them when they were baked too!
WK CM: 10.10.16
We have had a great week this week! We have been reading time on analogue clocks in maths and used our knowledge of fractions to find quarter past/to and half past.
Try these online games at home ! http://www.maths-games.org/time-games.html
In literacy we have been learning about Explanation Texts and identifying the key features such as: photographs, captions, labels and a glossary. In our topic learning we have also created a castle from clay- I was very impressed with the results!
WK CM: 3.10.16
It was great to see so many of you at the Parent Workshop! I hope it gave you a better understanding of what your children are learning in Year 2 and how you can support them at home.
WK CM: 26.09.16
We have worked very hard in phonics this week.We have written mnemonics to help us to learn spellings and we also have learnt the rules for adding -ing to verbs.
WK CM: 19.09.16
This week we have focused on sound poems. We have performed poems and we have written our own using onomatopoeia. We have also explored the environment to find living and non-living things.
WK CM: 12.09.16
This week we really showed off our fantastic football skills.
We are enjoying our first week back !
Week CM: 5th September
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