Ahlberg

Year 2

Welcome to Class 2 Ahlberg’s Homepage.

Class 2 Ahlberg are taught by Miss Whiting and supported by Miss Louisa.  This homepage is updated every Friday and will give details of what the children have been learning about that week, upcoming events and homework.

Class Updates

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:

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