Ahlberg

Year 2

Welcome to Class 2 Ahlberg’s Homepage.

Dear parents,

Thank you for all you have done to enable such a smooth transition into home learning! Even if you would not describe the week as ‘smooth’, considering the huge upheaval in routine for the children, any work done is a great start. Do not worry about children being ‘left behind’ because most of the work we are doing is consolidation, if not, then it will be consolidated in future. The last thing we want you to feel you have to do is battle to get the work done and the children to end up approaching future home learning with reluctance.

In response to questions from parents, see general advice below:

Take regular breaks, both active and relaxing. In class, we will often get the children on their feet and moving around during lessons to keep them focussed.

Do not worry about spellings, unless the learning objective (‘LO’ at top of page), is focused on a spelling rule. So long as the word makes sense phonetically, let them ‘flow’! I have attached a ‘Red Word Mat’ alongside the homework, these are frequently used words and should ideally be spelt correctly. They unhelpfully make no sense phonetically!

Make sure your child is still doing some writing tasks ‘offline’ so they continue to work on their handwriting so it doesn’t become too unruly…

We have Zoom, so, if you want to organise a class chat we would welcome that!

Now that we are a week in, I have broken down the home learning ‘instructions’ that we posted last week to make them more ‘bitesized’:

  1. Gather pencils, paper and find a quiet space. Classical music can also help to create a good learning environment (try Ludovico Eunadi).
  2. Scroll down to the blog below to find the daily activities. These can be done in any order.
  3. Login into My USO for any English or Maths activities. This work can be saved to ‘My Files’ once completed or a photo taken and sent to us if you would rather. This is optional.
  4. Busy Things is where to find most Foundation subject activities and games.
    If unsure about how to login, see Miss Whiting’s video under Monday 23rd’s blog.

Continue to email us with any questions, thoughts or even just to say hello! We love hearing from you and reading/seeing what the children are up to.

Best wishes

Miss Whiting and Miss Hall

f.hall@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk and l.whiting@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk

Class Updates

Monday 30th March

Good morning everybody

I hope you had a lovely weekend.

PE

Let’s kick start the new week with Joe Wicks’ exercise video:

https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1/featured

If you do not enjoy this kind of exercise, that’s absolutely fine, just get your body moving in whichever way works for you – this could be stretching, skipping or even dancing! Put on your favourite song and off you go!

English

Firstly, re-read ‘Gorilla’ by Anthony Browne: English – Gorilla by Anthony Browne. This is your last chance to ‘magpie’ some ideas/words! Next, look carefully at your plan and (if you can) put it right in front of you, so you can look at it as you are writing. Think about the details you could add to describe the scene and characters and make the story really exciting!

Now you are ready to start writing your own ‘Gorilla’! Make sure you have a clear beginning where you explain who the main character is. The middle of the story should be when something extraordinary happens and finally an ending. Here is the worksheet: Monday 30th March English

If you want to, there is an activity in Busy Things under Monday where you can draw a scene from your story.

 

Maths

This week we are starting statistics.

Please watch the presentation called ‘Statistics’. You will find this in JIT. Once open select ‘File’ then open with Powerpoint.

Once open in powerpoint, select ‘Slide Show’ on the menu at the top followed by ‘Play from Beginning’ to the top left, you can watch the presentation together. Click to move on. On each slide discuss what you can see and ask questions to ensure your child understands before moving on at each step.

Complete the sheet: Monday 30th March – statistics bedtime

 

Music 

You might recognise this song! Listen first: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6WeVBHtL9o

Then have a go at singing along. Can you make up actions for some of the words? Perhaps, you could find an audience to perform to? I would certainly love to see your performances if you want to record yourself and send it over.

Have a happy, healthy day Ahlberg.

Miss Whiting

Friday 27th March

Happy Friday Year 2!

 

In true Friday style, here is a video of me reading out your spelling test. Please pause after each spelling if I’m going too fast:

https://youtu.be/ZeviZZL0tWI

 

After your spelling test, you can move onto your times tables test:

https://youtu.be/JTKAIp9rUfM

 

Here’s a list of the everyday activities we’ve been doing so far that you can keep on using if you’re enjoying them:

 

The 9am P.E lesson with Joe Wicks:

https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1/featured

 

If you miss that then please follow the link below for some yoga:

https://youtu.be/coC0eUSm-pc

 

If you’re fancying a bit of a workout after lunch Darcey Bussell’s school fitness program DDMIX is doing live 10 min fitness class at 1.30pm:

https://www.facebook.com/779480452138702/posts/2889580397795353/

 

If you want to listen to a story today David Walliams is doing an audio reading of one of his books:

https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/

 

To help with reading please look at the website below:

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page?view=image&query=&type=book&age_group=&level=oxford+level+3&level_select=oxford+level+3&book_type=&series=#

You need to register but once you have there are lots of books available, free of charge.

For English today I would like you to plan a story based on ‘Gorilla’ and then on Monday you are going to create your very own version of the story. You need to think of a main character and a toy that comes to life. Then you must think of three places that they could visit. It would be a great idea to re-read the book for inspiration which you can find on JIT.

Here’s a PDF link to the sheet:

Friday 27th March English

The sheet is also on JIT titled ‘Friday 27th March English’. Please follow the link in my previous blog if you are having trouble finding the file. Use all of the work that you have done so far to help you with your plan.

 

For Maths today I have set some work on solving problems involving time. When you’ve completed the sheet, create your own mathematical questions involving time.

Here is the PDF link to the sheet:

Friday 27th March Maths

It is on JIT titled ‘Friday 27th March Maths’.

 

Please go to the pin ‘Friday’ on Busy Things where you will see a few activities that the class can complete:

Maths:

Super-tall structures

English:

Read the caption

 

For Art today I would like the class to create their very own dinosaur. Here’s a Gregosaurus for some inspiration:

https://youtu.be/bhyCxVPb1qU

 

For Drama I would like the class to complete the following drama game called ‘This is not a…’. Parents, I know you’ll be extremely eager to join in with this one as well!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIDqU3x93ww

Following this, I would like you to turn your plan from English into a live action scene. Think about who’s going to play what character. Maybe you could even create some costumes.

 

For the Easter holidays, we will be setting you a Humanities project where you will be making a book or a poster based on one of the follow: Romans and Celts, Castles and Knights, The Tudors or The Victorians.

This week I would like you to choose which historical topic you want to base your project on and find out five interesting facts.

Much love,

Miss Whiting

Thursday 26th March

Good morning Year 2!

 

I hope you had a brilliant day yesterday and enjoyed my ‘guess that tune’ activity. I saw some brilliant dances. You guys rock!

 

Here’s a list of the everyday activities we’ve been doing so far that you can keep on using if you’re enjoying them:

 

The 9am P.E lesson with Joe Wicks:

https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1/featured

 

If you miss that then please follow the link below for some yoga:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnlDBKD2S78

 

If you’re fancying a bit of a workout after lunch Darcey Bussell’s school fitness program DDMIX is doing live 10 min fitness class at 1.30pm:

https://www.facebook.com/779480452138702/posts/2889580397795353/

 

If you want to listen to a story today David Walliams is doing an audio reading of one of his books:

https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/

 

For English today I would like you to use apostrophes to show possession. Try to include adjectives in your sentences. I’ve put an example on the sheet to help out.

 

Here’s a PDF link to the sheet:

Thursday 26th March English

 

The sheet is also on JIT titled ‘Thursday 26th March English’. Please follow the link in my previous blog if you are having trouble finding the file. You will also be receiving it via whatsapp.

 

Here’s a power point to help with this learning along with some extra tasks:

Apostrophes for possession

 

Here’s a video clip to support this learning:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zvwwxnb/articles/zx9ydxs

 

For Maths today I have set some work on comparing and sequencing intervals of time and remembering the number of minutes in an hour and the number of hours in a day. The times in blue next to the blank table are the times that you have to order from shortest to longest.

 

Here is the PDF link to the sheet:

Thursday 26th March Maths

 

It is on JIT titled ‘Thursday 26th March Maths’ and you will be receiving it via whatsapp.

 

Please go to the pin ‘Thursday’ on Busy Things where you will see a few activities that the class can complete:

 

Maths:

Numerical order: numbers and words below 99

 

English:

Common word makeovers

 

Science:

Please read through the activity ‘Plant life cycle’ on Busy Things and then create your own plant life cycle offline. Use the Busy Things template to help you along with this powerpoint:

The life cycle of a plant

Another offline activity:

Following on with our Science afternoon, I would like you to become an inventor and create your very own product. It could be a drink, an ice cream or maybe even a chocolate bar. You could design the packaging, flavours, title and slogan. The world is your oyster! Be as creative as you like. I can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with.

 

Here’s to a very inventive Thursday!

 

Much love,

 

Miss Whiting

Guess that tune...

Wednesday 25th March

Happy Wednesday Year 2 Ahlberg!

I’m sending you a big hug through my computer screen. Thank you so much for all of the lovely messages and videos yesterday. They put a big smile on my face. Please keep them coming.

Here’s a list of the everyday activities we’ve been doing so far that you can keep on using if you’re enjoying them:

The 9am P.E lesson with Joe Wicks:

https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1/featured

If you miss that then please follow the link in my previous blog for some yoga.

If you’re fancying a bit of a workout after lunch Darcey Bussell’s school fitness program DDMIX is doing live 10 min fitness class at 1.30pm:

https://www.facebook.com/779480452138702/posts/2889580397795353/

If you want to listen to a story today David Walliams is doing an audio reading of one of his books:

https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/

For English today I would like you to use commas in a list. It would really help if you read through the book ‘Gorilla’ for inspiration which you will find in JIT titled ‘Gorilla by Anthony Browne book’. Here’s a PDF link to the sheet:

Wednesday 25th March English

The sheet is also on JIT titled ‘Wednesday 25th March English’. Please follow the link in my previous blog if you are having trouble finding the file. You will also be receiving it via whatsapp.

Here’s a link with a video and activity to help with how commas are used in a list:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z8x6cj6/articles/zxvcrdm

For Maths today I have set some work on how to tell and write the time on a clock to five minute intervals. 

Here is the PDF link to the sheet:

Wednesday 25th March Maths

It is on JIT titled ‘Wednesday 25th March Maths’ and you will be receiving it via whatsapp.

Here are some video clips to support this learning:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6RNkQ7lU8Y

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W47g3FMFKJU

Please go to the pin ‘Wednesday’ on Busy Things where you will see a few activities that the class can complete:

Maths:

Numerical order: written two-digit numbers

English:

Homophone magic

R.E

Easter story in brief

You can choose to do this on Busy Things or below I have attached a PDF of an offline R.E option along with a power point:

Wednesday 25th March – Easter story

The Easter Story

You will also receive this via whatsapp.

PSHE:

Hand washing activity and poster.

Offline activity: Design a poster on how to wash our hands. Maybe you could even put it above your sink.

Have a brilliant Wednesday.

Much love,

Miss Whiting​

 

Tuesday 24th March

Good morning to my amazing class!

I am missing your smiley faces already and am sending you a huge smile through my computer screen.

I know that there were some complications yesterday with JIT. I passed this on to Mr Faith and he explained that JIT has likely never had this amount of usage however, they have been working on strengthening their programme so this should be rectified as the week goes on. I know some of you were able to go back on in the afternoon and access the work which is great. Whilst they are working on this, I will upload any work from JIT onto the blog and am going to email Heidi the word document which she will put in the WhatsApp group.

Feedback tells me that the class are really enjoying doing P.E first thing in the morning so I think we should make this a daily task.

Here’s the link to the 9am P.E lesson with Joe Wicks:

https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1/featured

If you miss that then here is the link for some yoga:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9Q6FKF12Qs

If you’re fancying a bit of a workout after lunch Darcey Bussell’s school fitness program DDMIX is doing live 10 min fitness class at 1.30pm:

https://www.facebook.com/779480452138702/posts/2889580397795353/

For English today I would like you to add the suffix -ly to the end of adjectives in order to make them adverbs. Here’s a PDF link to the sheet:

Tuesday 24th March English

The sheet is also on JIT titled ‘Tuesday 24th March English’. Please follow the link in my previous blog if you are having trouble finding the file. You will also be receiving it via whatsapp. If you are doing this activity on the computer please change the adverbs to red and the verbs to green. If you are doing this activity offline then underline the adverbs in red and the verbs in green.

Here’s a link with a video and activity that will help the class to identify a verb:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zrqqtfr/articles/zpxhdxs

Here’s a link to help with adjectives and adverbs:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers/ks1-english-adjectives-adverbs-with-johnny-inel/znfjbdm

For Maths today I have set some work on how to tell the time quarter to and past the hour.

Here is the PDF link to the sheet:

Tuesday 24th March Maths

It is on JIT titled ‘Tuesday 24th March Maths’ and you will be receiving it via whatsapp.

Here is a video clip and activity to support this learning:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zhk82hv/articles/zcmdwxs

As well as a song which I’m sure the children will love:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers/ks1-maths-telling-the-time/zk4t8xs

Please go to the pin ‘Tuesday’ on Busy Things where you will see a few activities that the class can complete:

Maths:

Numerical order: numbers up to 99

English:

Phase 5 compound cutting

Computing

Helicopter rescue

Block-a-doodle-doo

Spanish:

Numbers 1-10 (Spanish)

Numbers 1-19 recall (Spanish

The offline activity of the day is… design your own clock! Think about what numbers are on the clock, which hand is the shortest and which hand is the longest.

Heres a website with some great ideas to give you some inspiration:

9 CREATIVE DIY CLOCKS TO HELP KIDS TELL TIME

Please feel free to send me photos of any activities the children have done. I loved receiving emails and looking at everyones work yesterday.

Much love,

Miss Whiting

Monday 23rd March

Good morning sunshines!

I hope you’ve all had a brilliant weekend!

Here’s somethings you could do today:

9am – A P.E lesson with Joe Wicks. He is streaming this live Monday-Friday at 9am. A really good way to get our bodies moving when we wake up.

https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1/featured

If you miss this then you can do some yoga to get the day started:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JI01thiHYI

After that you’ve got some English and Maths that you could to do.

To access the work please watch the following:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEI6VjAgwfs&feature=youtu.be

Here’s written instructions of how to access the learning:

  • Copy the address: https://my.uso.im/ into your web browser
  • From there click on the red icon uso login
  • Enter the username and password that your child received from school
  • That will take you to a website page with lots of different icons
  • Click on the first one that says JIT
  • From there, click on my files
  • Then click on shared files.
  • Click on Ahlberg.

You will see four different icons.

  • Monday 23rd March Maths
  • Gorilla by Anthony Browne book
  • Monday 23rd March English
  • Monday 23rd March English 2

There is also other options that you could work on.

  • If you go back to the page where you clicked on the JIT icon
  • Instead of clicking JIT, click on Busy Things
  • After that, click on Key Stage 1 – Year 2

At the top of your page you will see pins titled Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. Please click the day that it is and find work that has been set in there.

Please have lots of breaks in between any screen work that you are doing. Maybe even do one of the lessons offline to have a break from the screen.

Here’s a music lesson to do at some point during the day:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1TrUZK8SUY

This will be where the children find their work each day this week. Any question please don’t hesitate to email me.

Have a brilliant Monday! I can’t wait to see your amazing work!

Miss Whiting 

Friday 20th March

What a strange week it has been for us all. Your children have been absolutely amazing! I am missing them all already. Please send me videos and messages over the next few weeks from your children. I would love to hear from them. I think it would be nice for them to have a return message from me to show them as much normality as we possibly can in this unusual time.

I have been working on lots of home learning ideas for the class. Each day I will post a variety of learning resources, some will be on busy things, some on JIT and various other resources such as P.E and Art lessons as well as exciting projects. Each Friday I will upload the weekly spellings and set Mathletics work. I will do everything I can to ensure your child’s learning continues as it would during our school day. I will draw up a timetable as I would in class which will help you with a home schooling structure. On Monday, I will upload a video showing you how to access the work that I am setting. I’ll be here to answer any questions of uncertainty with the work/how to access the work.

I absolutely love my class and they have had an amazing term. They’ve made me smile and laugh a lot. I’ll miss seeing those smiling faces running up the stairs each morning but I have every faith that I will see them again soon.

I want to say a huge thank you to all of you lovely parents for being so supportive. You truly are a wonderful parental group and have made these two terms really enjoyable so I thank you so much!

Have a lovely weekend. Please keep safe and I will be checking in on Monday morning with a big smile and some home learning for the day.

Much love,

Miss Whiting

 

Video message from Miss Whiting

Please follow the link to my video message on YouTube!

I hope you are all well!

Much love,

Miss Whiting

 

For Parents / Carers of children who are self-isolating

Dear parents,

If you and your family are self-isolating at this time, here are some links that you can follow to some educational games and activities.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/z3g4d2p

https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/index.html

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ParentsMenu.htm

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zgssgk7/articles/z28dpbk

https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/discover/history/general-history/florence-nightingale/

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources

If you would like to do any independent work following up on things we have learnt in class (write a story, make a poster, do some research about the countryside for our Humanities topic), that is great and you can bring them in to share when you’re back again. These activities are not compulsory and obviously you need not do them if you are feeling ill.

Hopefully things will be back to normal soon but, if we are forced to close the school, we will be posting a more comprehensive educational program and providing all children with their USO logins so that they can access more specific activities set by their teachers.

Thank you for your continued support.

Miss Whiting

Friday 13th March

On Wednesday, the class had a great time meeting Florence Nightingale at Gunnersbury House Museum and the children loved getting the chance to dress as soldiers, nurses, doctors, Florence’s family, footmen and even a Victorian photographer. The nurses did a good job at demonstrating how Florence and her team of nurses would have cleaned the Scutari hospital. We also saw how French and British soldiers would have been looked after at the hospital and how operations were carried out.

This week in English, we started the week by identifying different types of sentences. Following this, the children have planned and written information texts all about bees. They thought of a title for the text and organised the information into different sections with question subheadings. They wrote about how bees make honey, how beekeepers collect honey and where bees live. Some children also added a glossary to their work. To finish the week, we recapped the difference between the homophones their, there and they’re. Next week we will be moving onto a new unit ‘Gorilla’ by Anthony Browne.

In Maths, we have been learning all about telling the time. We’ve started reading the minute hand at o’clock and half past. Next week we will move onto quarter past and quarter to. It would be great if you could ask them the time over the weekend.

In R.E, we have been discussing what a Saint is. Following this, we identified the Saint of our school (St Stephen). We also discussed how Saints always have a halo around their head and the important lessons we can learn from St Stephen.

In Science, we discussed how plants can be grown from bulbs such as crocus, garlic and hyacinth.

Thank you so much for coming to see our brilliant work in the Arts cafe. The class absolutely loved Arts week and were so happy that they could showcase some of their work to you.

Have a great weekend.

Miss Whiting

Friday 6th March

What a wonderful Arts Week we have had! It has been jam packed full of wonderful activities. We have had a story telling session, a fantastic drama session, watched a marvellous performance of Treasure Island, created some Art masterpieces, created our very own puppet show and boogied our hearts out at a dance workshop.

The 8th March is International Women’s Day which we celebrated last year to great success. This a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This week, we would like you to research and create a poster/fact file/presentation about a female author or journalist.

Consider:

  • Where they were born
  • Age
  • How many pieces they have written
  • What is your favourite piece by them and why
  • What you enjoy about their work
  • Where can you find their work
  • Don’t forget to include a picture of your author

We look forward to seeing your fantastic ideas and learning more about the impact of female authors. ​

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

Miss Whiting

Friday 28th February

We’ve had a brilliant week in Year 2 Ahlberg. It’s so lovely to see the children excited to be back and to see their friends.

In English, Year 2 wrote a wonderful recount telling me all about their half term. It sounds like everyone had a very exciting week of fun. Following this, we started our new English unit, which is based on information texts. The particular information text we are looking at is all about bees so we will having some bee experts on our hands by the time we have finished. Today we looked at the different type of sentences we can use in our English work (statements, commands, question and exclamation sentences).

In Maths, we have been finding fractions of an amount such as what ½ of 20 is and what 2/4 of 16 is. Following this, we were solving fraction calculations with missing digits.

In Humanities, we have started our work on Florence Nightingale. We have been finding out all about who she was.

In Science, we have been discussing how different seeds grow into different plants and describing the process.

In PSHE, we received a postcard from ‘Harold’ the giraffe, which the children were very excited about. He is on holiday and telling us about how he is keeping safe and healthy. We discussed the importance of good handwashing. We have also been discussing situations in which we would need to say ‘Yes’, ‘No’, ‘I’ll ask’, or ‘I’ll tell’ in relation to keeping ourselves and others safe. Lastly, we did activities to get the heart rate up. Then we laid down and listened to our hearts and breathing as they slow.

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

Miss Whiting

Friday 14th February

What a fantastic half term we’ve had full of lots of Maths, English, Science, Humanities, R.E, Art, singing, acting and dancing. You’re children blow me away with how amazing they are. One of the major highlights was their energetic class assembly which they worked extremely hard on. I was so proud of all of them.

This class thoroughly enjoyed their DT day this week. In groups of 4, the class has to make a suspension bridge using paper straws, string and duct tape. They did amazingly and showed fantastic team work.

In English, we have been using the comparative suffix ‘er’ in sentences. As well as this, we revised our grammar, punctuation and spelling and finished with an assessment and reading comprehension. The children also did very well in their reading assessments and enjoyed finding out all about different kinds of snakes.

In Maths, we started the week by comparing and sorting common 3-D shapes. To help us with this, we described their similarities and differences. Following this, we started to learn all about fractions. We have been finding ¼, 1/2, 1/3, 2/4 and 2/4 of shapes. We have also been finding fractions of lengths using the bar model. To finish the week, we were looking at fractions of objects. We also now know that two quarters is the same as one half.

In R.E,  we discussed why and how Christians believe they should praise God as well as what the Lord’s Prayer mean to Christians.

In Humanities, we wrote a journal about Kenya including information such as ‘Kenya has lots of savannahs. They are flat and have tall, golden grasses’.

In Science, the class made a comic strip showing how trees become paper.

Thank you all for a brilliant half-term.

Have a lovely break!

Miss Whiting

Friday 7th February

I am so proud of the class for their amazing class assembly on Thursday. They were all extremely confident, projected their voices well, showed us some fantastic dance moves and more importantly, looked like they were having the best time ever! I want to say a massive thank you to all of you for your support throughout the rehearsal process.

In English, we have read a story set in Kenya called ‘Mama Panya’s Pancakes’. The children predicted how the story might end and thought about how the various characters were feeling at different points in the story. The children were also very excited to learn about compound nouns and were able to think up lots of compound nouns that they use every day such as hairband, classroom and football. We have been practising adding –er and –est to adjectives and writing sentences with the comparative and superlative. The class have learnt that if a word ends in ‘y’, they need to swap it for an ‘i’ before adding the suffix and that for some long words we use more and most rather than adding –er and –est.

In Maths, we have been learning all about 2-D and 3-D shapes. We have been noticing and explaining the properties of 2-D shapes such as the number of sides and lines of symmetry. We have also been noticing and explain the properties of 3-D shapes such as the number of edges, vertices and faces.

As part of coding week, the children learnt some big words – ‘algorithm’ and ‘debugging.’ We created an algorithm to instruct somebody to be able to sing ‘Heads, shoulders, knees and toes.’ In groups, the children sorted picture cards of each body part into the correct order and then write each step – like an algorithm. To develop our algorithm skills, we adding in ‘repeat x2’ and ‘repeat first line’.

In Art, the children sketched their own shoes using charcoal. They had so much fun doing this.

The children all did very well in our first times table test today so well done! Our next test will be on the five times table. Next week, we will look at odd and even numbers as well as completing a Maths assessments.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Whiting

Friday 31st January

We’ve had a brilliant week in Year 2 with some amazing practical and academic work. The class are really excited to perform their class assembly for you next week. They’ve been working so hard. It has been so wonderful hearing them sing and teaching them lots of dances. A reminder that costumes need to be in on Monday morning ready for a dress rehearsal.

In English this week, the class planned and wrote their own, wonderfully detailed stories based on, ‘Seriously, Cinderella is So Annoying’. They then read their stories to a partner and thought about how they could edit them to make them even better. They looked at their spelling, handwriting, punctuation and vocabulary. We have also been practising reading and spelling contracted forms of words. Next week, we will read a book set in Kenya which ties in nicely with our Geography work on this African country.​

In Maths, we have been working on sharing equally and dividing by 2, 5 and 10 by making and drawing groups. We have looked at division word problems such as: Miss Whiting has 20 pencils. She shares them out between 5 pots. How many pencils are in each pot? We have also looked at division with remainders. For example: 13 sweets shared between 2 bags would be 6 with a remainder of 1 (6r1). Following this, we worked on odd and even numbers and making sequences with either odd or even numbers. We have also been discussing which digits multiples of 2, 5 and 10 end with and whether or not they are odd or even numbers. The children have also completed multiplication and division assessments.

In Humanities, we have been using a compass to help navigate around a safari map that the children designed.

In Science, we have identifying the suitability of metal and plastic for a variety of purposes.

In R.E, we have been looking at how Christians believe the Lord’s Prayer helps them with “What Would Jesus Do”. We discussed how Jesus teaches us that it is important to ask for God’s help in overcoming temptation and protection from evil.

In Art, we have been studying the artist Andre Derain. We created a fauvist landscape drawing using different colouring mediums (pencils and oil pastels) and also different pressure variations to lighten and darken colours and layering colours to create different hues.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Miss Whiting

Friday 24th January

What a great week we’ve had in Year 2! The class are doing amazingly with their assembly practise. It would be great if we could have a massive push on line learning over the weekend. Thank you for all of your support with the lyric learning as well. I know there is a lot of them and some of them are very wordy. We’re doing a lot of practise in class as well so I have no doubt that we will get there!

In English, we read the alternative version of Cinderella entitled, ‘Seriously, Cinderella is So Annoying’ and acted it out in groups. We then moved onto comparing the classical version and alternative version of the story. In the alternative version, the class decided that the stepmother is kinder and Cindy loves to tell stories. Because of this, it turned out that the stepsisters and stepmother lived happily ever after when Cindy married the prince. Following this, the class wrote a letter to the prince in order to warn him about what Cindy is really like. We finished the week by reading an example of our final write, which we will plan and write next week. The class had to unpick all of the adjectives, conjunctions, contractions, suffixes and punctuation within the text.

This week in Maths, we looked at how we could use arrays to understand multiplication. This helped us to show that multiplication can be done in any order. As well as this, we used our mental maths skills to answer multiplication problems in the 2, 3, 5 and 10 times table. We then moved on to solving multiplication word problems using our times table knowledge. At the end of the week, we divided in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s by sharing to make equal groups using one to one correspondence. We had to answer the following questions:

How many counters do you have to begin with?

How many equal groups are you sharing between?

How many counters are in each group?

How do you know that you have shared the counters equally?

 

In partners, we then answered the division sums from the board using concrete materials by sharing them into the equal groups that the sum asked us to. We then had to write following stem sentences on our white board:

There are ___ counters altogether.

There are ___ counters in each group.

There are ___ groups.

In Humanities, we have been exploring all of the different animals in Kenya and placing them on our very own safari map.

In R.E, we have been discussing what the section “Forgive us our sins / trespasses, as we forgive those who sin / trespass against us” means and how we can show forgiveness. The class designed their own crosses and discussed what the horizontal and vertical part of the cross represents.

In Science, we have been discussing and experimenting with how some materials can change shape by squashing, bending, stretching and twisting them but others can’t.

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

Miss Whiting

Friday 17th February

In English, we have been adding the –ful and –less suffixes to root words. We used these adjectives to describe Cinderella. After this, we were using apostrophes for possession such as, The Fairy Godmother’s golden, sparkly and remarkable wand had glitter all over it. As well as this, we looked at changing the present tense into the past tense. To finish the week, we wrote a diary entry using all of the exciting things we have learnt this week. The class wrote the diary entry as Cinderella explaining what happened when she met her Fairy Godmother.

In Maths, we have been adding pounds and pence in order to find the total in written calculations and word problems. Following this, we have been finding the change when paying for something in written calculations and words problems. As well as this, we have been solving problems involving money by finding the difference between two amounts. Towards the end of the week, we started to work on our multiplication skills. We started the week by answering questions involving repeated addition for example, 2 + 2 + 2 = 6 is the same as 3 x 2 = 6. Following this, we answered multiplication sums using objects to help us. We had to write the multiplication word sentence ‘There are 2 equal groups with 4 in each group,’ as well as the multiplication number sentence ‘2 x 4 = 8’.

In Humanites, we recapped our knowledge of where the seven continents are on a world map. Following this, we talked about the weather and climate in Kenya and thought about what we would pack to go on a Kenyan safari and why.

In R.E, we have been identifying the sentence in The Lord’s Prayer ‘Give us today our daily bread’ and understanding trust in the prayer. We also discussed the difference between what we need to live and what we want.

We are in full swing assembly rehearsals. Thank you so much for all the hard work you are putting in at home. It would be great if you could continue with this over the weekend.

Thanks so much.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Whiting

Friday 10th January

Happy New Year! I want to say another massive thank you for all my lovely cards, gifts and voucher. It’s so lovely of you!

It was lovely to see the children on Monday and find out what they got up to over the Christmas holiday – the places that they visited, the people they saw and the presents that they received. They wrote some very detailed recounts of their two-week holidays using the past tense, time connectives, conjunctions and the correct punctuation.

This week, we have started rehearsing some songs and dances for our class assembly. I have given the children a copy of the three songs today and have sent a PDF via the whatsapp group (I thought that would be useful). I also sent through the backing tracks that the children can sing along to whilst practising. It would be fantastic if they could start learning these songs over the weekend which would really help them when we’re rehearsing the dances next week. I’ll be sending a script home for them next week and some more exciting songs. It’s going to be a singing, dancing and acting extravaganza.

We are having a focus on handwriting this half-term so we have been practising how to form our letters correctly. We have been thinking carefully about whether letters are tall (ascenders), small or tail (descenders) and writing these accurately on the line. We have also talked about how it is important to sit up straight with our feet firmly on the floor, make sure there is a fist-sized gap between the table and our stomach and hold the paper in place with our free hand before we start writing.

In English, we have started a new topic on the classic fairy tale, ‘Cinderella’. We read the story in sections, pausing in places to predict what might happen next and to discuss the characters’ feelings. Next week, we will read an alternative version of the fairy tale.

In Maths, we have been adding pence and pounds, taking care to add the pence and pounds separately, as well as using coins to find different ways to make given amounts. For example, I could make 48p using two 20 pence pieces, one 5 pence piece and three 1 pence pieces. We then moved on to solving word problems involving paying and giving change in pence and pounds.

We have started our new Humanities topic, ‘Let’s Go on Safari to Kenya’. The children have identified the seven continents of the world as well as the seas and oceans. All the children can locate the continent of Africa on a map and find the country Kenya. Some children can also name Kenya’s capital city.

In R.E. we have started to look at ‘The Lords Prayer’. From this, we discussed the meaning of the phrase “Our Father In Heaven, Hallowed by Your name.”

We have started our new Science topic, ‘Exploring Everyday Materials’. This week we have been identifying a variety of materials and sorting them according into different groups.

Have a great weekend.

Miss Whiting

Friday 20th December

I can’t believe it’s the end of the first term already! Where has the time gone! What a brilliant term it has been. I have loved every single minute. Your children are amazing and make me smile each day.

Just to let you know that there is no homework over the Christmas period.

We’ve had a lovely final day today. The church service was wonderful. We got our creative heads on and painted a beautiful picture of a Christmas forest and a snow man. In the afternoon the children sewed together their very own Christmas decoration at the same time as having a leaving party with some nibbles for C. The class thoroughly enjoyed giving her a thoughtful card that they had made her.

I want to say a massive thank you for all of my amazing cards, gifts and my extremely generous gift voucher. I really appreciate it and am thankful for all of you dedication and on-going support.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy new year!

Miss Whiting

Friday 13th December

We’ve had such an amazing week in Year 2. On Tuesday, the class enjoyed their delicious Christmas dinner. They all loved singing songs and pulling crackers. We will be continuing the festive activities next week with our extremely exciting Christmas party.
I’m sure you will agree with me that the class were all super stars in their Nativity ‘Lights, Camel, Action’. The strength and energy in their dancing blew me away, the projection in their voices was fantastic and their singing was beautiful. I hope you enjoyed every moment as much as I did. It was so lovely to see lots of smiling faces in the audience along with the huge cheers you gave the children. Thanks so much for being so supportive. I know it made the children feel extremely special.

We finished the week with a very exciting DT Day where the children created their very own Nativity scenes. The class were so creative and enthusiastic about this. Thank you so much for everything you sent in for this. You’re all amazing! We following this up in R.E by discussing the story of the Nativity.

In English, we’ve been finishing off our work on how to use onomatopoeic words. The class loved writing their own poem using these words. They based each section on something from school for example, the sounds they heard in the Nativity or the classroom or even at Christmas lunch.

In Maths, the class worked in partners where one person became the teacher and the other the pupil in order to practise their skills of making particular amounts of money. Firstly, the teacher showed the pupil a certain amount of coins and the pupil had to calculate how much money the teacher had using the £ and p sign. The coins used were £2, £1, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p and 1p. The teacher then had to check that the pupil calculated the correct amount of money. Finally, they both had to write the amount on their whiteboard and reveal their answers to each other.

In Science, we have been looking at how exercise keeps us fit and healthy. We had a fantastic discussion about what everyone’s favourite way to exercise is. We also discussed how exercise increasing our heart rate and pumps blood around our body quicker.
In Humanities, we looked at Samuel Pepys diary and rewrote our own versions of this using our five senses.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend! Looking forward to seeing you all next week in the festive spirit!

Miss Whiting

Friday 6th December

What a fantastic week it has been. The children are all very exciting for Christmas. They thoroughly enjoyed making their Christmas cards ready for our school fare last Saturday. It was so lovely to see lots of you there.

It has been a full week of nativity rehearsals, which is shaping up nicely. If we could have one final push this weekend with line learning and songs, that would be fantastic. Also, if there is anyone that hasn’t brought in their outfit yet please can they be brought in on Monday morning as we are going a dress rehearsal.

In Maths, we had been looking at the commutative law in addition as well as doubling and halving number. Year 2 are getting extremely good at this! We’ve also started to learn about the value of pound and pence.

In English, we have been learning about how to use onomatopoeic words. The class really enjoyed this and are looking forward to writing their own poem using onomatopoeic words next week. We have also been editing our work and evaluating how we could make it even better.

In Science, we have been finding out how to eat a healthy, balanced diet. We talked about how we have to eat some foods more than others to keep healthy.

In RE, we looked at Christingles and thought about what each part could represent. We then drew and labelled one which we will be making before the end of term. We ended the lesson by reflecting on what we might want to add to our Christingle and why. We thought about adding a heart to represent the love of God or a crucifix to remind us that Jesus died for us.

A couple of things to note regarding DT day next Thursday. In preparation, the children can plan their small Nativity set as part of their homework. The children need to think about what resources they could find at home and at school which they could use to create a Nativity scene (in one day). The children may do a labelled drawing of their plan on the paper given to them. Find sheet attached along with the homework to the website. In addition, if you have any shoeboxes lying around at home please may you send them in with the children on Monday. Thank you to those parents who have already done so.

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend and I look forward to seeing you all next week.

Thanks so much,

Miss Whiting

Homework

Please find attached this weeks homework:

spring 2 week 5