Friday, 14 February 2020

Friday 14th February


This week in English we have continued to use the story On the Way Home.
On Monday and Tuesday we wrote our own On the Way Home using our plot matrixes.  To write an interesting story we had to remember to use:

·         the recurring language
Look at my bad knee.
How did you do it?
And that’s how I got my bad knee.
  • Questions
  • Exclamations
  • Adjectives
  • Verbs
  • Joining words
On Wednesday in our SpAG lesson we continued our learning about question sentences.
We talked about these question words – Who  What  Where  When  Why
We wrote our own questions remembering to start with a question word and end with a ?

On Thursday we worked in pairs.  We read our partner story and then talked to them about what we liked and how they could improve their work.

On Friday we enjoyed an On the Way Home ChIL. During that time we each worked with the adults in class and made edits to our story to make them even better.

 Home learning

Over the half term holiday encourage your child to read as many stories as they can because after half term we will all be making up and writing our own story.  Think about the different settings stories can be set in, the different characters and the different plots that can occur. Use the plot matrix to talk about stories as you read them.

We know the more you read, the more ideas you can magpie for your own stories.

Spelling
This week in spelling on Monday we were learning about the digraph le.
We talked about the le at the end of the words
We noticed a pattern
Bottle, bubble, little, middle, wobble, settle, shuffle, apple, dazzle, grumble, table
Many of the words have double consonant.

On Tuesday we revisited our learning about the possessive apostrophe. We added a new rule. If the person’s name ends in a s look where the apostrophe goes.
James’ book.
Jess’ jumper.
Chris’ toy.
The children made up their own sentences.

On Wednesday the children learnt a selection of new homophones.

New, knew
Not, knot
They’re, there, their

On Thursday our dictations were
Sarah
It was not James’

Over half term look at your child’s spelling journal and revisit this half term’s learning.
Remember when spelling it is very important that they are accurate so please instil the importance.


This week in maths we have been learning about fractions. In year 2 we learn about ½, ¼, ¾ and 1/3 of shapes, quantities and numbers. We discussed how fractions are equal parts of the whole, and we know how many parts by reading the fraction like this:




We learnt that a half is one of 2 equal parts.



To find a quarter you can find half, and then half that half. Ask your child to explain!


We have also been finding a third. 


Here are some of the questions we have been trying this week.








Please try asking your child to find a half, quarter, three quarters or a third of objects, quantities or numbers during half term.

In Geography this half term we have been learning about the geographical features of different locations – cities, towns, villages or coastal.  This week we have enjoyed making our chosen location and including the relevant geographical features.




















In Jigsaw this half term we have been thinking about our dreams and goals. This week we have worked collaboratively to make birds for our dreams and goals gardens.











Well, that is half of year two completed! The time is going so quickly! Thank you for coming to the 'book look' this week. The children were very proud to show off their work, especially their 'location' boxes and 'On The Way Home' stories. 











We hope that you all have a restful and enjoyable half term holiday, see you on Monday 24th February.

Year Two Teachers

Friday, 7 February 2020

Friday 7th February 2020


This week in English we have continued to use the story On the Way Home.
On Monday we looked at a collection of words and realised they were all words from the story.


We looked at the word friend and talked about strategies to remember how to spell it.  Our most popular strategy was friend. We used the strategy ‘Look, cover, write, check’ to write the word.  After we played ‘Quick write’ where we had to see how many times we could write the word friend in our neatest writing in one minute.
We repeated the activities with the word there. Our most popular strategy was thereWe linked the place words here and there to help us remember how to spell there.
After we worked in pairs, choosing words from the list to spell.  We used the spelling strategy ‘Look, cover, write, check’  
All these words could be part of the children’s stories next week so you may like to let them practise at home.
On Tuesday we revisited our learning about exclamations.
The type of exclamations we were learning about were the ones that begin with a How or a What and end in an !
We used Jill Murphy’s example from the story ‘How dreadful!'
We then made up our own exclamations. 
We talked about where the ! goes.

What an astonishing story said Meg! Or What an astonishing story! Said Meg. 
Which is correct?

Talk to your children about the correct position and look out for exclamations in books.
On Wednesday in our SpAG lesson we revisited our learning about question sentences.
We thought about the recurring question in On the Way Home -  ‘How did you do it?’
We talked about these question words – Who  What  Where  When  Why
We worked in threes and took turns to pick up a question card  Who  What  Where  When  Why. Then we thought of a question sentence to go with that word. 

You may like to play this game at home.

On Thursday we thought of our favourite part from On the Way Home.  First we began by quickly drawing the key moment, showing the main character Claire, the character she imagined and how she got away. We added details to help us remember what happened. Next we wrote an expanded noun phrase describing the character Claire met. We remembered the rule – adjective, adjective, noun.  Then we thought of four verbs to describe what was happening in the picture.   After that we wrote a sentence using the expanded noun phrase and verbs.
  
Finally we wrote an exclamation. 
On Friday we planned our own On the Way Home stories using a plot matrix.You may like to tal
k to your child about the story they planned so they are ready to write it next week.



Spelling
This week in spelling we were learning about the suffixes – less, ly,  ily.
We made words suing the root word and the suffix.

On Tuesday we revisited our learning about the possessive apostrophe.
The children made up their own sentences
Mrs Roberson’s glasses.
Mrs Bootle’s blanket.
On Wednesday the children learnt a selection of new homophones.
no/know            knight/night                to/too/two
On Thursday our dictations were
The careless bus driver didn’t shut the door of the bus because he didn’t know he had to!

The playful child dropped his sister’s toy on the floor at night.

The children played happily for two weeks.


Please help your child practise these spelling rules at home.

In art this term we have been learning about the works of Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh.

We have learnt to paint in the style of these great artists. 

We have learnt about
·        -  the brush strokes they used
·         - the colours they used
·        -  how they liked to paint the same scenes at different times of day and in different seasons
·         - how they like to paint cityscapes and landscapes

A couple of weeks ago we used Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ painting to inspire our own paintings.  We painted the night sky using the same brush strokes and colours.
This week we turned our starry skies into cityscapes by cutting a night skyline of London.  We also cut out our moon and stars we had previously painted and added them to our work.
Look at our wonderful efforts. 









  
This week in maths we have been learning about shape. We started by looking a 3d shapes and used mathematical words to describe their properties. Shapes we described include: Cube, cuboid, cylinder, cone, sphere, pyramid and prism.
We named the shapes and counted their faces, edges and vertices.
Ask your child if they can explain the following words:
Faces – the flat 2d shapes on the surface of a 3d shape
Edges – where the faces meet
Vertices – where the edges meet

As you see shapes in the environment as your child to name them and count their faces, edges and vertices.

The next day we looked at 2d shapes. We named and described the shapes by counting their sides/edges and vertices. Ask your child if they can describe the following 2d shapes: circle, square, rectangle, triangle, pentagon, hexagon and octagon.

The next day we investigated the lines of symmetry on 2d shapes. We thought about where lines on symmetry might be and we used mirrors to check if we were correct. Here is a video we watched about lines of symmetry   that you might like to watch at home. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/ztpyr82






On Friday we used a selection of shapes and sorted them in different ways. Our friends had to look at our shapes and try and work out the criterion we had used. Some of our ways of sorting them were:   
  • 2d or 3d shapes
  • < 4 vertices or > 4 vertices  
  • All equal length edges or not all equal length edges.







Next week we will be making our ‘geographical locations’ shoe boxes. Children can choose if they wish to create a town, city, village or coastal location. Please remember to send in a named, normal-sized shoe box, if you have not already done so.

We hope you have a good weekend – we can’t believe there is only one week left until half term!
The Year Two Teachers