31st October 2019
This week in Maths we have been learning all about using rulers to measure a variety of objects. We measured objects in centimetres and compared their sizes using the greater than, less than and equals symbols. We also solved word problems involving length. In English, we started reading a non-fiction book about the Great Fire of London, and wrote lots of sentences using different conjunctions such as if, when, because, and but. In Phonics we have been adding the suffixes –ful and –less to root words E.g. fear to fearful and fearless. The children have started learning about Christianity for RE this week, and listened to the Creation story. They then looked at pictures of the Creation and put them in the correct order. In Science we continued our learning about healthy eating, and talked about the different food groups and how important it is for humans to eat a variety of foods. The children really enjoyed baking their own bread for Design and Technology this week, and had even more fun eating it! We also learned about Diwali and had an exciting Indian Dance workshop where all the children joined in with a traditional Indian dance routine.
18th October 2019
This week we have been learning about different strategies that the children can use to solve addition and subtraction problems. They have been experimenting with using place value, as well as known number facts to help them. In English, the children have had lots of fun learning the song “London’s Burning” and then writing their own versions of it. We were amazed at all the creative songs the children produced! In Phonics we have been adding the past tense and present tense suffixes to root words that have a short vowel followed by a consonant, remembering to double the consonant before adding it! E.g. clap to clapping and clapped. We have continued to learn all about our topic of The Great Fire of London by learning the sequence of events of the Great Fire and putting them in the correct order. In Science we learned all about the basic food groups and what humans need to eat in order to be healthy. In Art, the children created beautiful paintings inspired by the work of Alma Thomas.
11th October 2019
This week we have been learning about adding and subtracting multiples of ten from/to 2-digit numbers in Maths. We have introduced the children to a range of strategies to work out the answers to these calculations, using bead strings, 100-squares and dienes. In English, we had a fantastic visit from Kate Cunningham, the author of Vlad and the Great Fire of London. She came dressed in Tudor style clothing and brought the story to life, using drama and storytelling with various props and puppets. We have described the main character, Boxton, in terms of his appearance and personality and then designed our own characters and described these, working really hard on using specific adjectives to create an image of the character in the reader’s mind. In Phonics we have been adding the comparative and superlative suffixes to root words which have a short vowel with only one consonant after the vowel. The children learnt to double the consonant before adding the suffix. E.g. hot = hotter and hottest. We have continued to learn about Hinduism in RE, by exploring Mandir temples. In Science we learned about the different types of food humans need to eat and how humans stay healthy.
4th October 2019
This week we have been learning about 2D shapes and their properties. We have learnt about regular and irregular 2D shapes, written riddles to describe these and investigated Venn and Carroll diagrams. In English, we have started learning the story of Vlad and the Great Fire of London. We have described the story from Boxton’s point of view and had a go at writing a diary. In Phonics we have been adding the past tense and present tense suffixes to root words ending in y! E.g. try to tried and trying. We have continued to learn all about our topic of The Great Fire of London by learning about Tudor clothes and producing a London skyline piece of artwork. In Science we learned all about the basic needs of humans and other animals.
27th September 2019
This week in Maths we have been learning about place value. The children have been partitioning numbers into tens and ones using place value cards and dienes, and have also done some addition and subtraction with 2-digit numbers using dienes to help them. In English, we enjoyed reading another version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears called Goldilocks and Just the One Bear. We talked about authors writing new versions of traditional tales, and then we wrote our own versions of the story. They were so funny and interesting! In Phonics we have been looking at comparative and superlative words. We have practised adding the suffixes of –er or –est to words that end in y, remembering to drop the y and replace it with an i first. e.g. happy becomes happier or happiest. In RE, we have continued our learning about Hinduism by looking at some of the most important Hindu symbols and in Science we learned about how humans grow from babies into adults, and created a timeline to show this. The children enjoyed creating their design for their clay tile in Art, and they will be sculpting their tiles later on in the school year.
20th September 2019
This week we have been learning about money, recognising and comparing coins and finding change in Maths. In English, we were pleased to find out that our porridge thief owned up to her wrongdoings after finding that she fit the description in our wanted posters that we stuck around the school. We helped Miss M to apologise to Mrs Weeks by writing a letter and suggesting ways she could make amends. We have also been making links between the original story and Me and You by Anthony Browne. In Phonics we have been looking at the past and present tenses. We have practised adding the suffixes of –ed or –ing to words that end in e, remembering to drop the e first. e.g. hope becomes hoped or hoping. We have continued learning about life in the Tudor times by comparing what life was like in the 1600s to now. There were a lot of shocked faces when we discovered that there were no phones or tablets! In Science we learned all about animals and their babies. We were excited to meet Kim, an artist and sculptor, who is going to help us bring our tile designs to life over the course of the Autumn Term.
13th September 2019
This week we have been learning about place value and finding 2-digit numbers on a number line in Maths. In English, we were very excited to discover 3 bowls of porridge in the classroom, and spent the week creating Wanted posters so that we could find the person who took Mrs Weeks’ breakfast! In Phonics we have been looking at comparative and superlative suffixes! This sounds very complicated but is all about adding –er or –est to words e.g. brave becomes braver or bravest. Please note you are welcome to join us for phonics on a Friday morning. We will let you know if there are exceptions to this. We have started to learn all about our topic of The Great Fire of London by reading a story about it and creating some amazing pictures of Tudor houses in our Computing and Art lessons. In Science we learned all about animals and their babies.
19th July 2019
What an amazing year we have had together! The children have grown so much, both academically and emotionally, and we couldn't be more proud of them! Their excellent progress is a true testament to all the hard work they have put into everything they have done this year, and we wish them all the best of luck next year in Year 3!
12th July 2019
We have had a fantastic week this week! We started the week learning a new story; Olivia Saves the Circus (particularly loved by Olivia!). The children summarised the text and then started learning it with actions and we performed it together as a year group. We worked on time in Maths and got to grips with telling the time to 5 minutes, as well as playing some team games and activities. We have been working on our coding in Computing and these activities are also available from home if you go to www.lgfl.net and type ‘busy things’ into the search bar. Once ‘launched’, go to Key Stage 1, Year 2, Computing and Coding and your child will be able to demonstrate how to complete the various coding activities.
Cudham was a huge success! All the children were fantastically behaved, ate and drank, giggled and snored to their heart’s content! Thank you for all your support. They should sleep well this weekend, I was tucked up at 8pm last night!
5th July 2019
This week in Maths we have been having fun solving a variety of number puzzles. The children have been reasoning about numbers, and adding and subtracting them to solve problems. It’s been a lot of fun! In Phonics, we have been learning how a range of prefixes (un, mis, dis and micro) can change the meaning of words, e.g. changing happy to unhappy. In English we finished reading the story Leon and the Place Between, and the children were so excited to finally see the ending of the story. They also created a new character for the story, and then wrote their own chapter for the book involving their own character going on an exciting adventure! In Topic, the children debated whether or not there should be animal acts in circuses today. It was interesting to hear the children’s different opinions on the topic, and they were very passionate about it. In Science, we tested the ability of different materials to absorb water, and wrote down our hypotheses and results just like real Scientists! In RE we have continued to focus on Christianity, and the children learned the parable of the lost coin, sequenced pictures of the story and wrote sentences about the story. We also talked about the meaning of the story.
28th June 2019
This week in Maths we have been learning how to solve problems and Maths puzzles. The children have found out that when they solve a Maths problem, they have to try out different possibilities before finding a solution to a problem. This has been a good lesson in resilience and has taught them not to give up when something doesn’t work the first time. In Phonics, we have continued our learning about homophones. We have been looking at words that sound the same but have different spellings and meanings, such as there, their and they’re. In English we have continued to read the story Leon and the Place Between, which the children have really enjoyed. They have debated whether or not the main character, Leon, should get into a magician’s magical box and wrote him letters to give him advice on the matter. They also discussed and wrote about the different characters’ emotions and reactions in the story. In Topic, the children learned about the history of the circus, and then created a timeline mapping out the different events. In Science, we tested the ability of different materials to absorb water, and wrote down our hypotheses and results just like real Scientists! We finally started painting our papier-maché clown masks, and we are very excited to see the final product that the children have been working so hard on over the past few weeks! We also had fun learning about Christian churches in RE.
14th June 2019
This week in Maths we have been measuring. We have been spending the week measuring in different ways including; weight, height, capacity and length. The children used a variety of different measuring tools and had to estimate before recording and then working out the difference. In Phonics, we have been learning about homophones. The children are able to explain that a homophone is where you have a word that sounds the same as another, but is spelled differently and has a different meaning. We have played lots of different games to help the children remember which spelling is needed for each word. In English we have started on a new text about the circus. We have been revealing the book bit by bit and the children have been really good at predicting and inferring from the text what is really going on. We have continued making our clown masks in D&T using papier maché. We will be developing these into masks over the next couple of weeks. The children have loved getting messy! We finished our week by learning about the Islamic celebration of Eid. We made our own fruit lassi and had a bit of a party!
7th June 2019
This week in Maths we have been revising the things that we have learned this year in fun, practical ways. The children enjoyed solving word problems, and they also had fun collecting objects like twigs, leaves and stones outside and using them to create shapes. We then had a discussion about their properties (how many sides and corners each shape has etc.) In Phonics, the children revised some of the common exception words for Year 2, as these are so important for them to be able to read and spell correctly by the end of the year. In English we have written our own autobiographies. The children really enjoyed writing about their own lives and produced some great writing! We have been working on summarising what we have been reading and have written a book review about our favourite book. In D&T we have started sewing and are making our own bookmarks. In Art, the children started creating their own clown masks using papier maché, which involved dipping strips of newspaper into a gooey, messy mixture of glue and water and then layering them onto balloons. They had so much fun, and can’t wait to see the finished products!
3rd May 2019
This week in Maths we have been revising everything we have learned this year, focusing especially on adding and subtracting numbers and amounts of money, and solving word problems. We learned how to read a word problem carefully, underlining the important information, and then drawing pictures to help us solve the problems. In Phonics, the children learned to spell words that end in the letters ‘ey’ that make an ‘ee’ sound (e.g. monkey). In English, the children wrote a guide to joining the circus. They started by writing an introduction, and then wrote details on how to become a fantastic juggler, a plate spinner or an acrobat. The children enjoyed looking at pictures from our Circus Skills Day to help them to brainstorm ideas, and their guides were very interesting and informative. In our PE lesson, the children learned all about mime artists and what they do, and then took turns acting out different scenarios for the rest of the class. The children had so much fun guessing what their classmates were acting out, and there were lots of laughs!
26 April 2019
This week in Maths we have been learning to multiply and divide numbers by 2, 5 and 10 using beaded number lines to help us. We drew the groups on the number lines and found the answers this way. In Phonics, the children learned to spell words from our new topic of the Circus, and used these in conversations and to write a variety of sentences. In English, the children were very excited to look at pictures and videos of the circus and to use this to write adjectives describing the different things they could see. They also wrote some fantastic paragraphs describing the circus. They enjoyed reading the book ‘Circus!’ by Peter Spier. We introduced our new topic with a very exciting Circus Skills Day on Tuesday, where the children practised a variety of different circus acts, including juggling with bean bags and scarves, spinning plates, walking a ‘tightrope’, telling jokes and dancing with ribbons on sticks. They had so much fun and can’t wait to learn all about the circus this term! They also looked amazing all dressed up as different characters from the circus!
15 March 2019
This week in Maths we have focused on solving multiplication and division word problems, as well as looking at number and place value. The children have written their own word problems based on multiplication and division, and have also solved a variety of problems themselves. In Phonics, the children have learned how to use apostrophes for contractions (when two words are joined together and shortened, e.g. ‘I am’ becomes ‘I’m’). This week was Assessment Week in school, so the children worked very hard completing SATS papers from previous years for Reading and Maths. They did absolutely brilliantly, and we are very proud of all the progress they are making. We look forward to sharing these results with you at our Parents’ Evening appointments on Tuesday the 19th and Thursday the 21st of March. They also completed their fact file about their chosen Rainforest animal, producing some lovely and informative pieces of writing. In Science, we have been learning about the germination of a plant, and the children enjoyed planting their own seeds. We can’t wait to see them all grow! In Topic, the children have been learning about the deforestation and destruction of the Rainforest, a topic which they are all very passionate about. We learned about the effects of deforestation, and talked about ways that we can help.
8 March 2019
This week in Maths we have continued to focus on multiplication and division. The children have learned how to draw and interpret arrays (pictures) in order to write multiplication and division sentences, and they have also had a go at writing some word problems based on the arrays. In Phonics, the children have learned how to use apostrophes for contractions (when two words are joined together and shortened, e.g. ‘I have’ becomes ‘I’ve’. This week was English Week in school, and the children enjoyed reading the story of the Pea and the Princess, which is a twist on the original version of the story, the Princess and the Pea. They acted out the story in groups, made WANTED posters to help the prince find his princess, and made their own stop motion animation movies of the story. It was very exciting, and so much fun! The children took part in a Spelling Bee on Monday and we were all very impressed at their enthusiasm and spelling skills! Congratulations to Deborah and David, our joint KS1 Spelling Bee winners, you were both fantastic, and well done to all the children who participated! The children also took part in our World Book Day parade on Thursday morning, showing off their amazing costumes, and enjoyed participating in our ‘Drop and Read’ sponsored event.
29 February 2019
This week in Maths we have been learning about multiplication and division. The children have learned that multiplication is repeated addition (5+5+5=15) and have also learned how to read and draw arrays (pictures to illustrate a multiplication or division sum) to help them solve problems. In Phonics, we have continued learning about the ‘l’ endings of words. This week, we looked at words that had an ‘il’ or an ‘ol’ spelling at the end and we learned some spelling rules to help us to spell them. In English, we have enjoyed researching facts about an animal from the Rainforest and creating a fact file on that animal. The children had fun choosing books about their animal from the library on Monday and Tuesday, and then used the books and Ipads to find information for their fact files. It was very interesting and we learned a lot about a wide variety of Rainforest animals. Our Science will be based on Plants this half term, and the children enjoyed learning more about what plants are, what they need to grow, and their different parts and functions.
15 February 2019
This week in Maths we have been learning about 3D shapes. The children have been identifying a range of 3D shapes and sorting them in different ways according to their properties. In Phonics, we have continued learning about the ‘l’ endings of words. This week, we looked at words that had an ‘al’ or an ‘el’ spelling at the end and we learned some spelling rules to help us to spell them. In English, we have moved on to poetry. The children have been learning how to write list poems about different settings including the Rainforest and about a topic of their own choosing. We have been focussing on choosing interesting words and describing the topic in a variety of different ways that match the form of a list poem. In Art we will be looking at the work of Henri Rousseau and working on a group picture of the Rainforest inspired by his work. In Science we have looked at food chains and what it means to be a predator or prey.
8 February 2019
This week in Maths we have been learning about a variety of different ways to collect and sort data. The children have used Venn diagrams, Carroll diagrams, block graphs and pictograms to sort and tally different shapes according to their properties. In Phonics, the children have been learning how two letters can make one sound. This week, each group of words had a ‘le’ sound at the end of them, and we learned some spelling rules to help us to spell them. In English, the children enjoyed finishing their own versions of the Rainbow Fish story. We ended the week by writing a description of the setting in our new story, using a wide variety of adjectives and adverbs to make our writing more interesting. The children have also spent some time learning how to edit their work, finding their mistakes and adding interesting vocabulary. It was Safer Internet Day this week, and the children enjoyed learning how to keep themselves safe when using the Internet, and doing a quiz to test their knowledge of Internet Safety.
1 February 2019
This week in Maths we have been learning about directions and turns, as well as shapes. The children have enjoyed giving each other directions, following directions and writing down the route that someone had taken using the correct mathematical language (e.g. left and right). They also discussed and sorted shapes into groups of pentagons (5 sides), hexagons (6 sides) and octagons (8 sides). In Phonics, we learned how to spell a range of words that have silent letters in them (e.g. the ‘k’ in ‘know’, the ‘g’ in ‘gnome’ and the ‘w’ in ‘write’ are all silent letters). In English, the children were very excited to write their own version of the Rainbow Fish story. They made up their own main character, and then came up with a new story. The stories were very interesting and creative, and we can’t wait to finish them off next week! This week was Multicultural Week in school, and the children enjoyed going to different classes to learn all about a variety of different countries. They tasted sweets from Sri Lanka, made Vietnamese lanterns and Hawaiian leis, and decorated South African flags. They also had lots of fun participating in a Chinese dance workshop.
25 January 2019
This week in Maths we have been learning about fractions. We started off by looking at different fractions of shapes (e.g. colouring in half of a square), and then progressed to finding fractions of numbers, e.g. ½ of 6. The children learned that the bottom number of a fraction (the denominator) tells us how many groups there are, and the top number (the numerator) tells us how many groups of the whole we are looking at. In Phonics, we learned that when a “c” is followed by “i”, “e” or “y”, it is a “soft c” (e.g. city, cell) and when “c” is followed by any other letter it makes a “k” sound (e.g. cat, cup). In English, we continued using the story of the Rainbow Fish as inspiration for our learning. We imagined going on a journey through the ocean, acting out our journeys in groups and then writing down what we imagined we saw. We then wrote fantastic descriptive pieces using lots of interesting adjectives to describe these journeys. In Science, we continued our learning about different habitats, and talked about what different animals need from their habitats to survive, and where different animals would live. We also talked about our own “urban” habitat, and discussed where we live and how our habitat provides for our needs (e.g. shelter, food, safety).
18 January 2019
This week in Maths we have been looking at the properties of numbers, talking about whether they were odd or even numbers, and whether they were multiples of 2 or 10 (or both!). We also compared numbers using the < and > symbols to indicate which number was greater (more) or less than another number. In Phonics, we learned a variety of Common Exception Words, which children in Year 2 need to be able to spell correctly by the end of the year. We grouped the words according to spelling rules, and learned some tricks to help us spell them. In English, we continued reading the story of the Rainbow Fish. We looked at the use of inverted commas (speech marks) when different characters are speaking in the story, and we worked on adding inverted commas to our own writing. We also talked about different emotions, and empathised with the feelings of the Rainbow Fish in the story. We enjoyed singing our Rainforest song this week, and also learned about the different layers that can be found in a Rainforest. In Science, we have been sorting animals and objects into groups of living and non-living things, and also discussing a variety of habitats for different animals.
11 January 2019
We have enjoyed our first week back at school and have started our learning about the Rainforest. This week in Maths we have been halving and doubling. We have been using what we know about doubling 1-digit numbers to help us to solve doubling and halving 2-digit numbers. We have also started a new unit on multiplication and division. We have looked at multiples of 2s and 10s and how to spot them in patterns of numbers. In Phonics, we learned a variety of words that we are going to be using in our new topic. We have been concentrating on the spellings and the meanings of the words. In English, we have started a new text; The Rainbow Fish. We have been looking at features of fiction texts, designed our own new front covers, given our characters a new suitable name and justified our choices using the text. We have started our new Science topic; Living Things and their Habitats.
21 December 2018
This week in Maths we have been having a go at some investigations. The children have been using their reasoning skills to solve problems and justify their answers. In Phonics, we learned a variety of words where the sound ‘j’ is spelt with either ‘dge’ e.g. ‘wedge’, ‘ge’, e.g. ‘change’ and ‘g’, e.g. ‘germ’. We have been concentrating on when each spelling is used and writing rules to help us to remember. In English, we watched a short video about Sprout Boy, a character who is looking for a friend to spend Christmas with. We have been interviewing him, making up our own characters to be his friend and worked hard on using powerful adjectives to describe his personality and appearance. We have focussed on using commas to separate two adjectives, e.g. He has bright, sparkly eyes. We have also had a Christmas quiz and treasure hunt and are so looking forward to our Christmas party tomorrow morning.
After Christmas, we are starting a new topic all about the Rainforest.
14 December 2018
This week in Maths we have been continuing our learning about time. The children have been looking at analogue clocks, and learning how to tell the time to the hour, half hour, quarter past and quarter to. We have been looking at solving word problems all about time. Quarter to has been a bit trickier to get our heads round, so any extra practise of reading quarter to times at home, would be beneficial. In Phonics, we learned a variety of words where the sound ‘er’ is spelt with either ‘or’ e.g. ‘work’, ‘ir’, e.g. ‘bird’ and ‘ear’, e.g. ‘earth’. We practised writing them and putting them into sentences which include conjunctions (words such as ‘when’ or ‘if’ that join clauses). In English, we continued with our shape poetry, with a wintery/Christmas theme. The children have been working really hard on using similes and alliteration, as well as imaginative vocabulary in their poems. In RE, we have been continuing our learning about Christianity, by retelling the nativity story-the version from the Bible, no cockerels or mice were mentioned!
Thank you so much for all your help and support with the Nativity performance this year. I’m sure you know the children’s lines and songs as well as we do! We are looking forward to tonight’s final performance from Chestnut and Hazel classes, before we hang up our scripts for this year.
7 December 2018
This week in Maths we have been learning about time. The children have been looking at analogue clocks, and learning how to tell the time to the hour, half hour, quarter past and quarter to. They have also had lots of fun using timers to time themselves and their friends performing a variety of actions, e.g. standing up and sitting down, or writing as many letters of the alphabet as they could. This gave them a good idea of how long 15 second-, 30 second-, and 1 minute intervals are. In Phonics, we learned a variety of words that contain the letter “a” which makes a sound like an “or” (e.g. tall). We practised writing them and putting them into sentences. In English, we read some wonderful shape poetry, and were excited to create our own shape poems about the Great Fire of London. After we had done that, we were able to create shape poems about our favourite topics, which was very interesting! The children wrote poems about unicorns, favourite video games, kings and even Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer! We practised for our Nativity performance throughout the week, and the children are getting very excited to share all their hard work with their families!
30th November 2018
This week in Maths we have been exploring measurement using decimetre strips (which are 10cm long), rulers and metre sticks. The children have enjoyed measuring a wide variety of objects around the class and recording their lengths. They’ve also compared the lengths of different objects, saying which were longer, shorter or of equal length using the appropriate symbols. In Phonics, we learned a wide variety of words that contain the letter “a” which makes a sound like a short “o” (as in hot). In English, we talked about the characters Vlad and Boxton from our class story Vlad and the Great Fire of London. We pretended to ask them questions, and then wrote down answers that we thought the characters might give. We also wrote a diary as the character Boxton from the story, thinking about what he might write about and how he may have felt during the time of the Great Fire. We learned to write in the first person, and we used adjectives and adverbs to make our writing interesting. The children also enjoyed practising for their Nativity performance.
23rd November 2018
This week in Maths we have been learning to add and subtract 2-digit numbers using dienes to help us. Dienes are resources that help us to visually represent tens (green sticks) and ones (yellow cubes) in numbers. The children enjoyed making 2-digit numbers using dienes, and then adding them together and subtracting them from each other. They also learned how to draw dienes in their books to help them to solve the problems. In Phonics, we learned a wide variety of words that end with the suffix –tion. The children learned a funny pneumonic rhyme to help them remember this suffix: “tiny insects on noodles”. We practiced writing these words and making sentences with them. In English, the children learned how to write instructions. First we thought back to our lesson on baking bread last week, and wrote instructions for baking bread using “bossy” verbs such as mix, stir and knead. Then we created a story board and wrote a list of steps on how we get ready for school in the mornings. The children had to remember their “bossy” verbs, as well as trying to use adjectives and adverbs to make their writing interesting. They also used a range of time conjunctions (e.g. first or finally) to make sure that their steps were in the correct order. We were very excited to start practising for our Nativity performance this week, and we have all been given our roles and started to learn the songs!
9th November 2018
This week in Maths we have been learning how to use a wide variety of known number facts and strategies to solve addition and subtraction problems, e.g. if we know what 5+3 is, then we will know what 15+3 is, and 25+3 etc. We can now use these mental strategies to help us to solve problems. In Phonics, we added the suffixes –ful and –ness to change words into adverbs (e.g. shy into shyly) and nouns (e.g. sad into sadness), and made sentences with these words. In English, we enjoyed continuing to create our own newspaper report. We also divided into groups and wrote a script to be able to present our own news report on the Great Fire of London. We will be performing these news reports and filming them, and we can’t wait to watch them together as a class! We also had fun making poppies to celebrate Remembrance Day, and doing Christmas crafts. We were very interested in learning a variety of facts about World War 1, and discussing why we celebrate Remembrance Day. What an exciting week of learning!
2nd November 2018
This week in Maths we have been learning how to use a hundred square and number line to add two-digit numbers to make the nearest multiple 10 (e.g. 57+3=60). We have been looking at numbers and identifying the nearest multiple of 10, and then using our knowledge of number bonds to 10 to add a number to make the nearest multiple of 10. We have also used our number bonds to 10 and 20 to add 3 numbers together (e.g. 7+3+8=18 because we know 7+3=10 and then we add 8). In Phonics, we added the suffixes –ful and –less to change words into adverbs (e.g. pain into painful/painless). In English, we were very excited to start learning about newspaper reports. We learned about the main features of a newspaper report, and started using the 5 W’s (who, what, when, where and why) to write our own newspaper reports on the Great Fire of London. We also enjoyed a special workshop on World War 1, which was presented by a man dressed as a real WW1 soldier who told us all about the war and showed us some interesting artefacts.
19th October 2018
This week in Maths we have been learning how to use a hundred square to add and subtract two-digit numbers (e.g. 45+21, or 45-21). We have been looking at numbers and identifying the tens and ones (e.g. 45 has 4 tens and 5 ones) and using this information to make the correct amount of jumps on the hundred square in order to be able to add or subtract the numbers. In Phonics, we looked at words with short vowel sounds (e.g. hot) and changed them into the past tense (by adding the suffix –ed) and the present tense (by adding the suffix –ing). In English, we enjoyed discussing the main characters in the story Vlad and the Great Fire of London, and describing them using interesting adjectives. We also made up our own characters for the story and described them, which was very exciting! We enjoyed practising for the Grandparents’ Tea Party, and we also had fun sharing our favourite books from home during our RE lesson about special Hindu stories.
12th October 2018
This week in Maths we have been learning about 2D shapes. We talked about which shapes were symmetrical, and we also sorted shapes into groups according to the amount of sides and corners they have. We learned and applied a range of new vocabulary, including pentagon (5 sides), hexagon (6 sides) and octagon (8 sides). In Phonics, we looked at words with short vowel sounds (e.g. hot) and added the comparative suffix –er and the superlative suffix –est to them by doubling the consonant at the end of the word (e.g. hotter, hottest). In English, we were very excited to receive a letter from Vlad, Boxton and Kate Cunningham! We had fun reading their letter and writing letters in response. We focused on how to use a variety of question words (e.g. who, what, where, when, why etc.) and question marks when writing questions, and how to respond appropriately when someone has asked us a question. It was Science Week this week, and we really enjoyed visiting different Reception and Year 1 classes and taking part in some exciting Science experiments, including planting seeds! We also created Science posters for a competition! It was so interesting!
5th October 2018
This week in Maths we have been focusing on number bonds to 10. The children enjoyed using lots of different resources such as Numicon, number lines, Unifix cubes and bead strings to explore all the different ways they could make 10 using both addition and subtraction. We also used the bar model to help us to write our number bonds to 10 in a clear, visual way. In Phonics we have been focusing on changing words ending in –y to the past tense using the suffix –ed (e.g. cry to cried), and the present tense by using the suffix –ing (e.g. dry to drying). The children had so much fun learning the song “London’s Burning” in English this week, and even learned how to sing it in a round! They looked at the basic structure of the song by clapping the syllables of all the words, and then had a go at writing their own version of the song by using words with the same amount of syllables. They took turns singing their own song to the rest of the class, and we had some very interesting songs about Seasons, football, unicorns and many more. It was amazing!
This week in Maths we have been focusing on solving word problems using addition and subtraction. The children have been working systematically, reading the problems, circling the numbers and identifying what calculation to use (+ or -). They then wrote the numbers into a bar model and solved the problem by writing a number sentence. In Phonics we have been focusing on changing words ending in –y to the comparative form using the suffix –er (e.g. happy to happier), and the superlative form using the suffix –est (e.g. heavy to heaviest). We were very excited to welcome the author Kate Cunningham into our classes on Monday, and had lots of fun acting out the story of Vlad and the Great Fire of London, looking at some artefacts from the 1660’s, and taking part in discussions and role play based on the events of the Great Fire of London. We focused on role play for the rest of the week in our Literacy, acting out scenes from the story, looking at the different characters in the story and writing descriptive paragraphs using a variety of adjectives.
Wow! What a busy week! This week we have written a newspaper report in literacy about our characters getting a bad knee from a mythical creature, which is based on the book called 'On the way home.' In maths, we have recapped doubles, halves and finding fractions of amounts. We loved topic this week as we created giant clown bows by decorating paper and folding them.
On Monday and Tuesday, Year 2 visited Downe Activity Centre for an overnight school trip! We arrived and quickly settled into our rooms then moved outside in the beautiful sunshine for some lunch. Afterwards, we split into our groups to complete archery, tunnel trails, orienteering, grass sledging and the adventure course. We finished the evening by having fish fingers and chips, then we went to a campfire for songs and marshmallows. After a great nights sleep, we had a breakfast sandwich and completed more fun activities! It was such a wonderful trip!
This week has been full of fun activities as we began to write our own version of ‘On the way home’. Our character hurts their knee and tells people crazy stories about how they hurt themselves. We enjoyed creating mythical characters and describing elaborate ways for our character to hurt their knee. In maths, we’ve been counting in 2, 5 and 10 then exploring the pattern when counting in 20, 50, 100 and 200, 500 and 1000. We also learnt a clever trick to find out if numbers are in the 3 times table. In topic, we created milk art using pastels and we continued learning about materials in science. On Thursday we had Sports Day, which was a fantastic outdoor event! The children had a wonderful time, running, throwing, taking part in relay races and using their golf techniques. There are lots of photos on our class page.
It was DT week so we have been busy learning new skills to make some amazing objects! We learnt how to sew with wool and felt to create mini beasts, we stuffed them and decorated them. In Literacy, we have begun reading our new book called ‘On the way home’ and we’ll eventually write a new story based on this as well as creating a newspaper report. In maths, we have been recapping estimation and finding numbers on a number line. On Friday, we had a class party with to celebrate Eid. The children wore traditional clothing or party clothes and we had some fun activities too.
Welcome back! We hope you all had a lovely week off, resting for the last half term of this year! We began this week by researching the recycling process in Literacy and will finish the week by writing our own explanation text to explain the process. In maths, we have been recapping fractions and time by creating colourful flags. Now we have the new computing suite, we are back in there learning how to code using Purple Mash and we are still enjoying our circus topic.
25T 25th May
Our favourite part of this week was definitely the Circus skills workshop! We loved learning how to juggle, spin plates and balance a feather. We enjoyed learning from Matt, who told us to keep trying if we couldn't master a trick straight away! Afterwards, we had some free play where we could choose any item to perform tricks with. There are lots of photos on our class gallery. In topic, we used finger painting to create a clown's hair and bunch of balloons.
We are so impressed with every single child this week, all of their hard work and effort have paid off in their brilliant SATs learning. We couldn't feel more proud if we tried! In our free time, we have learnt more about the circus and looked at it from an aerial point of view. We drew maps of our own circus and played a quiz afterwards to test our circus knowledge. In Science, we modelled play dough into objects made from every day materials.
This week, we had a visit from the RSPB. We had fun travelling around the school grounds thinking about the journey of an animal. We collected evidence along the way and used lots of interesting vocabulary to describe our journey. The workshop gave us lots of ideas for next week's story writing. In Maths, we’ve been recapping number knowledge and capacity. In Science, we conducted an experiment to find out which materials are waterproof and the children were excellent at choosing their own resources for the experiment.
We've written some fantasic new adventure stories this week for Traction Man and his new sidekick. We're both so impressed with their writing and the features they've used. We have loved going outside during PE and refining our cricket skills with a range of fun activites, we hope to stay out there until summer!
We’ve absolutely loved reading Traction Man and exploring the story this week. We created a new sidekick for Traction Man and designed a setting for the characters to meet. Next week, we will write an adventure story based on Traction Man and his new sidekick! In RE, we explored why books are special to us and we wrote about why a book might be special. Finally, in Topic, we’ve continued our learning surrounding the circus.
It's been lovely to welcome the children back to school and hear about their Easter holidays. We began the week with a trip to Wagamama and took part in workshops about food safety and preparation. We enjoyed the fresh food and juices that the chef prepared for us. In literacy, we wrote a recount of our Easter holidays and discussed the features and structure of a recount. In maths, we revised shape including the terms: faces, edges and vertices.
We started the week off with an interesting visit from the Bug Encounter company! They brought in lots of different animals like spiders and snakes for us to look at and touch. We found it very interesting as we are researching the rainforest and lots of the animals are found in the rainforest. In maths we have been learning how to do column addition and subtraction and learnt about borrowing. Finally, in literacy we wrote a found poem, which told the story of the Rainbow Fish with features like rhyme, rhythm, alliteration, similes and interesting vocabulary.
After a short week last week due to the snow, it was great to come back and celebrate World Book Day with lots of fun reading activites throughout the week. In literacy we wrote letters to the Fairy Godmother, asking for our wishes to be granted. In maths we are beginning to use the column method for addition and learnt all about carrying tens. We learnt about Holi, the Hindu festival of colour and created a comic strip to show the story behind it. Two of the children from Chesntut class went to Wembley stadium to partake in WE day, which is about celebrating the positive impact school council projects have on our local community. We had a fantastic day out and were really inspired by the motivational speakers and brilliant performances.
It's been a busy first week back after the half term! In literacy we have been learning about explanation texts and we have started to write our own. In maths we have been learning to tell the time on both an analogue and a digital clock. In PSHE we are have continued to learn about healthy eating and we wrote recipes for healthy snacks. We really enjoy experimenting in science and this week we've planted bulbs. We are going to compare our results with our seed planting investigation. In topic, we identifited features of a non-fiction text about rainforests.
It’s been assessment week this week and we are so proud of how well all the children are doing! They are all working so hard on each quiz and enjoying multi-cultural activities at the same time. We visited lots of different countries and still have more to visit at the end of the week! We have been to Antarctica and made polar animals, we went to Africa and made tribal necklaces. We also loved our Indian dance workshop! There are lots of photos in our album!
This week we wrote about our underwater adventure, where we met beautiful turtle, dolphins gliding and a terrifying shark! In Science, we kept our plant experiment updated and discussed why the cress is growing better in the sunlight. In maths, we’ve been learning about patterns, I wonder if you can spot any patterns over the next week outside of school? We’ve learnt about Minarets in RE and continued learning about the rainforest in topic.
We have jumped straight back into learning since we’ve been back to school and the children are thoroughly enjoying the new Rainbow Fish story. We have been using the story to discuss inverted commas, speech and adjectives so far. In maths, we’ve concentrated on division using the 2, 5 and 10 times table. We’ve drawn arrays and learnt about repeated addition. In Science, we planted our own seeds for an experiment which explores the best conditions for a plant to grow and in Topic, we learnt about where rainforests are and why.
Welcome back!! We have been learning how to count in steps of 5 and compelte multiplication facts for the 5 times table with missing numbers in maths. In Literacy, we began reading a story called 'The Rainbow Fish' and acted the story using a storymap to help up. We began to learn about The Rainforest in topic and watched a video to discuss what we may feel, hear, see and touch in the rainforest. We used books to help us research answers to questions which was great fun. In Science, we began to learn about plants and completed a fun iPad quiz to help us!
This week we have been busy rehearsing for our upcoming nativity! We’re so excited to show you our singing and acting skills! Other than rehearsals, we’ve been learning how to count in steps of 2 in maths. In literacy, we’ve been focusing on the Great Fire of London and in Science we learnt about food chains.
This week was assessment week and all the children were brilliant so well done to all of them! In our topic lessons we began to create St Paul’s Cathedral, during RE we made a Christingle for our festival of light exploration. We also researched Hanukkah and Hinduism. We also continued to learn how to code on the iPads.
This week we have focused on poetry in our literacy learning by rewriting ‘London’s burning’ but replacing words so it is personal to us. We had so much fun rehearsing and performing our poems to the class! In maths, we have been using lots of rulers this week to measure different objects around the room. We began by measuring from zero but made it trickier by measuring objects from numbers other than zero! In topic, we pretended to be Sir Christopher Wren and designed a new St Paul’s Cathedral and in Science we continued our minion parachute experiment.
This week we have written our own stories which follow a similar theme and The King and The Great Fire. We substituted our characters for some other well-known characters such as Elsa and Olaf or Spongebob and Patrick. They faced problems such as a flood or a storm and together they solve the problem! We had some fantastic stories so well done to all the children. In maths, we’ve continued to recap addition and subtraction. We will visit the cinema on Friday and will conduct a science experience which matches the film we’re seeing.
This week we have continued to learn our talk for writing actions in literacy and have begun to learn how to use conjunctions and adjectives to extend our writing. In maths, we recapped addition and subtraction facts. We researched the life cycle of a chicken in Science and discussed what happened after the fire in Topic.
Welcome back! We hope you all had a lovely rest, ready for a busy half term! We began our first week with symmetry in maths, we painted animals and folded the paper to create a symmetrical animal. We also drew the other half of ourselves using a mirror. In Literacy, we read our new class book called ‘The King and the Great Fire’. We learnt our talk for writing actions and completed a story mountain. We learnt about the life cycle of a frog in Science and explored how we know about The Great Fire of London.
This week was the last week before half term and we’ve been so busy! In literacy, we have been learning how to write a newspaper article about the burglar stealing jewels from the Duchess! It was maths week so we took part in lots of fun maths activities like painting with shapes, iPad games and a shape hunt! We continued to learn how to code in computing and learnt how to use tools to create our own Halloween pumpkin.
This week was assessment week and all the children tried their best! We’re so impressed with all of them so well done. Other than assessment, we researched Tudor clothing in topic and compared them to clothes we wear today. In Computing, we played coding games on purple mash and in PSHE we discussed friendship. The children are thoroughly enjoying their PE lessons with Mr Duffin, they’ve been taking part in lots of different workout stations which have been great!
This week we finished writing our story in Literacy by changing characters from The Giraffe, Pelly and Me to create a new story. In Maths, we focused on addition and subtraction. We learnt about inverse relationships and how adding two numbers together in any order will gain the same answer. In Science, we learnt about Mrs Nerg. During Computing, we painted pictures of The Great Fire of London using tools we learnt such as the box tool and straight lines. It is Black History Month so we researched Sir Trevor McDonald and role played as news readers using iPads.
This week we continued our learning about place value in maths by partitioning numbers into hundreds, tens and ones. We learnt how to partition in various ways and began to learn greater than and less than. In literacy, we drew a story map for The Giraffe, Pelly and Me and described the burglar in the story. During topic, begun to create Tudor houses and in science we explored microhabitats for minibeasts!
On Monday we visited the Museum of London to learn about the Great Fire of London. We began our trip by walking around the galleries which had artefacts and paintings from the 1600s. We saw what an oven would look like and how the houses would’ve been built. Afterwards, we took part in a London’s Burning workshop which consisted of telling the story through drama and looking at real life artefacts. We had an amazing time and on Friday we will draw a story map about our trip to London. In Literacy, we’ve continued to learn about sentence structure using The Giraffe, Pelly and Me. In Maths, we’ve begun to recap place value and in Science we drew local habitats. On Monday we visited the Museum of London to learn about the Great Fire of London. We began our trip by walking around the galleries which had artefacts and paintings from the 1600s. We saw what an oven would look like and how the houses would’ve been built. Afterwards, we took part in a London’s Burning workshop which consisted of telling the story through drama and looking at real life artefacts. We had an amazing time and on Friday we will draw a story map about our trip to London. In Literacy, we’ve continued to learn about sentence structure using The Giraffe, Pelly and Me. In Maths, we’ve begun to recap place value and in Science we drew local habitats.
Wow, we’ve had such a busy first week! We’ve been learning how to write simple sentences with nouns, adjectives and verbs in Literacy. We’ve been writing sentences about pictures in our books and changing the adjectives and verb each time. In Maths, we’ve focused on ordering numbers, counting in steps of 2, 5 and 10 and sequencing. In Science, we began to learn how to differentiate between living and non-living objects and in Topic, we’ve learnt how the Great Fire of London began and what has changed since the fire. We sorted pictures of then and now in our books. In PSHE, we discussed friendships and how to solve friendship troubles, finally we enjoyed our first lesson of music with Mrs Mills.
Welcome to Year 2! We have enjoyed our first few days as Chesntut class and being the top of Key Stage 1. In literacy, we began to learn our new talk for writing story based on a Roald Dahl story called 'The Giraffe, Pelly and Me'. We learnt actions and created a word bank for each character. In maths, we've been learning how to calculate 1 more and 1 less which was extended into 5 more and 5 less and 10 more and 10 less. In Art, we painted self portraits for a display in our corridor and we wrote about our summer holidays!