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15th March 2021
 

This week in English, we have started reading a new book called The Last Journey. The book is about different endangered animals who had lost their homes and had gone off in search of a new place to live. We wrote about how the animals would have been feeling and what they experienced. In Maths we learned more about 2D and 3D shapes, including talking about and comparing their properties (edges, vertices/corners and faces). We did some Art this week where we used a wide variety of materials like fabric, paper and cardboard, to create our own collage Rainforests by cutting the materials into shapes and sticking them onto large pieces of paper. In RE we talked about ourselves and the things that make each of us a special and unique person, and in Science we learned more about the life cycle of a plant. We also looked at the seeds we planted in our classroom and compared how they’ve been growing under different conditions

8th March 2021
 

We were so happy to welcome all the children back this week, and we’ve been amazed at how well they’ve all settled back into the routines at school! They’ve been so happy and excited to see all their friends again, and have also been doing fantastic listening and learning in the classroom. It’s been a great week! 

This week in English, we have continued with our learning about The Last Wolf by Mini Grey by writing setting descriptions of the forest, creating posters to save endangered animals and writing lists of the pros and cons of deforestation. In Maths we learned about ordinal numbers (e.g. 1st, 2nd, 3rd) and we also learned how to round numbers to the nearest multiple of 10. We started the week off by doing some PSHE, to give us all a chance to share how we were feeling about being back in school. We also took part in a virtual visit to the library where we learned more about the library, did some fun quizzes about books and also listened to some lovely stories. In Geography we used the pros and cons of deforestation that we’d written down for English to take part in a debate with our friends. We all had a chance to state our reasons for or against deforestation and we all listened to each other. Finally, we ended the week by creating a special surprise for the lovely ladies in our lives! 

1st March
 

Not only is it the last week of our online learning this week, it is also English Week! 

We are going to be focusing on a book called 'The Last Wolf'. We will be creating our own story maps about the story and finding out what it is all about. We will also have a dress up day on Thursday to celebrate World Book day. 

In Maths we will be learning about time. We will be writing the time, telling the time and ordering time. 

In our topic we continue to learn about the Rainforest but we are going to be looking at deforestation and the impact that has on the animals which live there. 

22nd February
 

It is our first week back after half term and we are STILL online learning. We have just found out that we will be returning to school on the 8th of March! We are all very excited about that. 

In English you have been learning about writing fact files. You all chose an animal from the rainforest and each day wrote about it. 

In Maths you have been using different methods to work out subtraction questions. You used counting on, back, the column method, number lines, Dienes and of course drawing out the questions. 

In our topic, you have continued to learn about the rainforest and this week you learnt about the climates of the rainforest. 

8th February 
 

We have almost made it to half term, not only are the children and teachers ready for a break but of course parents are ready to put the screens down!

In English it is the last week of our book Tadpole's Promise. You have been planning and writing your own version of a 'promise' story using animals from the rainforest. 

In Maths, you have been learning about arrays and using these to help you work out some word problems. 

You have created some beautiful art work too this week using natural objects from the environment including SNOW!

1st February 
 

It is Mental Health Week this week and you have all been showing how you express yourself. You have put on a piece of clothing or a whole outfit to express yourself. 

In English you have started a new book called 'Tadpole's Promise'. You have been using adverbial phrases, expanded noun phases and contractions. 

In Maths you have been understanding some multiplication facts which will be used next week too. 

On Friday you have a no screens day to help with your mental health. 

25th January 
 

This week we are continuing to learn about the Rainforest. We are focusing on the different layers of the rainforest and what happens at each layer. You are making maps of the different layers! 

In English it is our last week of 'The Dragon Machine'. You are designing your own machine and also planning and writing your own version of the story. 

In Maths you are learning about fractions. You are finding 1/2, 1/4 of amounts this week.

18th January
 

You have continued to be learning from home this week and all of the activities have been on Google Classroom. 

It is the first week of our new book 'The Dragon Machine'. You are going to be writing your very own dragon spotting guide. 

In Maths you are partitioning numbers during the first half of the week and then in the second half of the week you are working out fractions of shapes. You can even use food to help you with this!

11th January 
 

This week you have been completing home learning via Google Classroom. 

You continued to learn about the Rainforest and you used Google Earth to look at where all of the Rainforests were located around the world. 

In English you wrote about our book 'The house held up by trees'. You became an estate agent and you had to write a description about the house. You also wrote a newspaper article. 

Well done to everyone for completing home learning! We are very proud of you. 

5th January 
 

It is our first week back and Covid has struck once again. We are back to home learning and all of your daily tasks can be found on Google Classroom. 

In English we have started a new book but won't be finding out the title of that until next week. We have been writing using conjunctions, expanded noun phrases and of course remembering to check through our writing for full stops and capital letters. 

In Maths we have been learning to add and subtract numbers using our knowledge of number facts. We made sure we found out if we were working on place value or number bonds before finding the answers. 

In our topic Rainforest, we have been writing what we already know and what we are looking forward to finding out. 

14th December 
 

This week in maths, we have been continuing to learn about time. We were reading and writing both analogue and digital clock times. We learnt about o’clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past. We ordered times and wrote about our daily routine at certain times of the day. In English, we have been on a fact finding mission about our school. We wrote questions about the school which we wanted to find out answers to. We  spent a lot of time learning our nativity and we recorded it this week. Please go onto Google Classroom to watch it! 

Well done Chestnut and Cedar class. 

 

7th December 
 

This week in maths, we have been learning about time. We were reading and writing both analogue and digital clock times. We learnt about o’clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past. We ordered times and wrote about our daily routine at certain times of the day. In English, we have been on a fact finding mission about our school. We wrote questions about the school which we wanted to find out answers to. We then wrote the answers to our questions, this created a bank of facts. With this information we decided to write our ‘guide around Poverest’ to give people information about our school. In phonics we have been learning to read and write common exception words for Year 2. We have played lots of games to help us remember the words. 

Everyday we have been practising our Nativity songs and lines.

23rd November 
 

This week, we have been learning how to measure. We were using decimeter strips to measure ourselves and our feet. We then were able to compare our different measurements. We also weighed items and measured to the nearest 100g. In English, we have started a new book called ‘A Walk in London’. In this book it has a mixture of a story and facts all about London. We went on our own walk around our school and thought about some of the facts of our school. We also learnt about and have used fronted adverbials (between the…, next to the …). We have continued to practise our Phase 5 Phonics sounds by playing lots of fun games, and we’ve also been learning to read and write words that make the ‘er’ sound. In Science, we completed a fair test. We had to find out which material was waterproof. 

16th November 
 

This week, we have been learning how to double, half and use multiplication. We were using our knowledge of the 10 and 2 times table to answer questions. We had to draw out the multiplication as repeated addition and then write it as a multiplication sum. In English, we continued our non-fiction book all about The Great Fire of London. We wrote some commands to tell Thomas Farriner how to put the fire out in the bakery and to tell people to get out of London. We then wrote a recount from the point of view of a cat who was in London at the time of the fire. We also added the suffixes ‘ly’ ‘y’ ‘est’ and ‘er’ to words to see if they make sense. We have continued to practise our Phase 5 Phonics sounds by playing lots of fun games, and we’ve also been learning to read and write words with an ‘a’ that makes the ‘o’ sound. In Science, we completed a fair test. We had to find out which material was the bounciest. In RE we learnt about Diwali and in History we celebrated remembrance day. It has been a busy week!

9th November 
 

This week, we have been learning to add and subtract using the column addition. First we had to make sure our numbers were lined up. Then we added or subtracted from the ones column and then we moved onto the tens. We even learnt to bridge 10’s using the column method! In English, we have been creating our own songs using the tune of ‘London’s Burning’. First we made our own song about London in 1666 and then we made a song all about Christmas. We have continued to practise our Phase 5 Phonics sounds by playing lots of fun games, and we’ve also been learning to read and write words with an ‘a’ that makes the ‘or’ sound. In RE we completed a Diwali dance which was so much fun! In Geography we have been learning about the environment and what we can do to help such as recycling and litter picking. In Art we created some wax resist art using white wax pens and watercolour paints.

2nd November 
 

This week, we have been learning how to add and subtract numbers by bridging 10. This means that when we add a number, we cross over a tens number to get to the answer. To do this, we had to get to the nearest 10 first, and then add the remainder to find the answer, e.g. for 38+5 we have to get to the nearest 10 (38+2=40) and then add the remainder (40+3=43). In English, we have started a new non-fiction book all about The Great Fire of London.  We have been using coordinating and subordinate conjunctions to write sentences. We compared London in 1666 to London today and came up with sentences such as ‘In 1666 London had houses made of wood but now London has houses made of brick and glass’.  We have continued to practise our Phase 5 Phonics sounds by playing lots of fun games, and we’ve also been learning to read and write words with -tion in them. In Science, we learned all about materials and what objects were made of from around our school. In Art, we completed some Cray Pas firework pictures as well as learning about Guy Fawkes. We used oil pastels to create our artwork and they were beautiful! 

19th October 
 

This week, we have been learning how to add and subtract 2-digit numbers using a hundred square. We learned that we could move down the hundred square to add numbers and make them bigger, or move up the hundred square to subtract and make numbers smaller. In English, we’ve had lots of fun writing our own space stories inspired by the book Astro Girl! We made sure our stories had a beginning, an exciting problem and solution, and a happy ending, and our space adventures were very exciting! We have continued to practise our Phase 5 Phonics sounds by playing lots of fun games, and we’ve also been learning how to add the -ly and -ness suffixes to words to change their meanings, and using these words in sentences. In Science, we learned all about why it is important for human beings to keep themselves clean by playing a fun game called Hygiene Heroes, and then we designed our own hand wash bottles. In Art, we learned about an artist called Paul Klee who created pieces of art using different shapes and bright colours. We then chose our favourite London landmark, such as Big Ben, Tower Bridge or the Gherkin, and drew pictures of our favourite building using shapes. Finally, we coloured them in using bright colours. Our pictures were gorgeous!

Week 7 - 12th October 
 

This week, we have been learning about number bonds to 10 and 20. We were using the bar model to write our number sentences. In English, we have been looking at a new book called Astro Girl! We started the week by finding the main characters bag in our classroom, she had lots of space pictures in her bag. We have been going over some Phase 5 Phonics sounds from Year 1, as well as learning some new Year 2 spelling rules! We have been adding -ly  and -ness to the ending of words and then writing some sentences. For Black History Month we started by looking at the history of African hair and how it has changed over time. We designed our own hairstyles which was lots of fun. On Monday we were lucky enough to take part in a first aid training session, it was very interactive and we all got certificates as we passed our CPR training.   

Week 6 - 5th of October 
 

This week, we have been learning about directional and positional language. We were using the correct terminology to describe different turns, such as quarter, half, clockwise and anticlockwise. In English, we met the author Kate Cunningham who wrote the book we are looking at, Vlad! We wrote Kate some questions and had them answered during our meet and greet. It was so much fun. We have been going over some Phase 5 Phonics sounds from Year 1, as well as learning some new Year 2 spelling rules! We have been adding -ful and -less to the ending of words and then writing some sentences. In Science we found out about what happens to our bodies when we do exercise. In Geography we were using coordinates to find different areas on a map. We used a map from 1666 and we found out how far the fire spread in London. 

Week 5 - 28th of September
 

This week, we have been learning about money. We have been adding to find the totals and subtracting to find change. In English, we started a new book! It is called Vlad and the Great Fire of London where we have met the main characters Vlad and Boxton. We have written a diary entry pretending to be Boxton. We have also learnt about adverbs this week. We have been going over some Phase 5 Phonics sounds from Year 1, as well as learning some new Year 2 spelling rules! We have been adding -ed and -ing to the ending of words and then writing some sentences. In Science we found out the different food groups and which ones are important for our bodies. We went on a virtual trip to the Museum of London where we learnt more about the Great Fire of London. 

Week 4 - 21st of September 

This week, we have been learning about adding and subtracting two digit numbers in Maths, we used our knowledge of Dienes to help us. In English, we have been writing expanded noun phrases about objects from home. It was great fun describing our precious objects from home! We have been going over some Phase 5 Phonics sounds from Year 1, as well as learning some new Year 2 spelling rules! We have been adding -er and -est to the ending of words and then writing some sentences. In Science we found out about animals and their basic needs, we played a matching game where we had to match the animal to their needs. In Art, we have started our silhouette pictures. We painted the fiery background this week and next week we will make the London skyline from 1666 and stick it to our picture. It will look like London is burning, do you know a song about this?!

14th September 
 

This week, we have been learning about place value and using this knowledge to add and subtract in Maths. In English, we have been making fact files about the animals in our book The Lost Words, we even had to do some fact finding ourselves! We have been going over some Phase 5 Phonics sounds from Year 1, as well as learning some new Year 2 spelling rules! We have been changing words into past and present tense using -ed and -ing. We have continued to learn all about our topic of The Great Fire of London by sorting objects from the past and present day.

 

7th September 2020
 

What a fantastic first 2 weeks it’s been! We’ve been so impressed with how well the children have settled back into school, and they can be very proud of all their hard work! This week, we have been learning about place value and finding 2-digit numbers on a number line in Maths. In English, we have started reading a beautiful book called The Lost Words, and we created our own poems inspired by the book! We have been going over some Phase 5 Phonics sounds from Year 1, as well as learning some new Year 2 spelling rules! We have been looking at comparative and superlative suffixes! This sounds very complicated but it is all about adding –er or –est to words e.g. brave becomes braver or bravest. We have started to learn all about our topic of The Great Fire of London by reading a story about it and in Science we learned all about animals and their babies.

4th September 2020

Welcome back, and well done to the children for surviving their first week! The children have all settled in beautifully this week, and I'm so proud of them! This week, they wrote autobiographies in English and worked on number bonds to 10 and 20 in Maths. They practised spelling words with the ay, ou, ea, ie, ir and oy sounds, and learned how to change words to the past and present tense by adding suffixes in Phonics. We started learning about the Great Fire of London, our topic for this term, and created some gorgeous artwork, too! What a brilliant start to the year!