Ahlberg

Welcome to Class 2 Ahlberg’s Homepage.

Good morning parents and carers,

Thank you for all of your support in home schooling.

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

Best wishes

Miss Hall and Miss Whiting

 

Class Updates

Friday 7th May

Dear Parents and Carers

For those of the children that love Maths, it’s been ‘the best day ever!’ Today was Maths Day and we have spent the whole doing……Maths. This morning we conducted an experiment to find out who has the biggest hands. We counted the number of pieces of pasta that we could hold in our fist and then we drew a bar graph to show the class results. Then we measured our height and put the measurements into size order. Finally, to find out if there is any correlation between big hands and height, we drew a Venn diagram showing the ten tallest children and the ten children with biggest hands. There were four children in the top ten of both groups which led us to conclude that there is some correlation! We spent the afternoon following mathematical instructions to draw a cityscape based on Paul Klee’s cubism. There have all taken their wonderful pictures home so you can see how fabulously well they did.

We’ve started a new top in English and we’re reading Mama Panya’s Pancakes by Mary Chamberlain. It’s a fantastic story set in a village in Kenya where a little boy gets overexcited and invites all his friends for dinner. Will there be enough pancakes to go round? On Tuesday, we read half the book and the children had to predict the ending. We finished the book on Wednesday and I asked the children to compare their predictions with the real ending. Our grammar focus has been on homophones particularly learning when to use ‘there’ and ‘their’.

In Maths, we have started looking at ‘Time’. The first lesson was spent assessing how much the children already know and we will begin teaching next week.  In Science we continued our study of materials. We looked at various objects such as pens, cutlery, hosepipes, water bottles and saucepans and thought about the materials used to make them and the necessary properties they would need to have.

In RE, the children learnt about Hindu temples and the cultural rules that surround them. Finally, in Relationships and Health, the children thought about choices. Some choices they make alone while others are made for them. They were encouraged to think about how they could make good decisions for themselves.

On a separate note, Year 5 is raising money for an Eden Reforestation Project. Every £1 plants 10 trees so if you have any spare change, please do send it in with the children.

Have a wonderful weekend and see you all next week.

Vanessa Walsh

Friday 30th April

Dear Parents and Carers,

Another very busy week for Year 2. We have just finished painting our clay hedgehogs which will be dry and ready to take home on Tuesday. We have very sadly come to the end of our English topic on honey bees.  Today the children wrote their own information texts and I was so impressed with how much they know. In fact they have asked me so many questions that I have also become an expert!

In Maths we have been continuing our work on movement and direction. Many of the children have found the idea of clockwise and anticlockwise very difficult but I think we had a little bit of a break through today, and I would encourage you to keep looking at the hands on a clock and talking about the direction they move – ‘clockwise’. In Humanities we are learning all about the life of Florence Nightingale and linking her determination to our own ambitions. In Science we talked about how to group materials into ‘natural’ and ‘manmade’. We discussed the idea that while glass is made from sand which is a natural material, it is made through a chemical process which means that it is ‘manmade’. Finally, in art the children completed their fabulous reconstructions of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

Have a lovely bank holiday weekend and see you all on Tuesday.

Vanessa Walsh

Friday 23rd April

Welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely Easter and enjoyed the sunshine and perhaps even managed to finally see some friends. It’s been an incredibly busy week and we have had lots of fun. We’ve started a new topic in English and we’re learning all about honeybees. The children are amazing and are already a font of knowledge. Today we even tried some delicious honeycomb. Mrs Hayes and I have swapped Maths groups so they all have a new teacher in Maths. We have been looking at movement and direction and learning technical vocabulary such as clockwise and anti-clockwise as we as enjoying programming the beebots (the children will tell you what they are!). In Science we are studying materials and have been thinking about different ways to group them. In RE we are learning about Hinduism and on Thursday, the children made their own religious symbols. Finally, our Art lesson was spent deconstructing and then recreating Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. The children were all fantastically imaginative and some new works of art were made!

I have sent home with the children a list of red words and a Word Bank of adjectives to support them with homework. It would be great if you could encourage them to use them to help with the spelling of tricky words and to start to broaden their vocabulary.

Have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday.

Mrs Walsh

Friday 1st April

We have had a busy final week in Year Two! The children have been amazing. They have worked really hard right up to the very last day – well done them!

The children have been given homework which doesn’t need to be handed in until April 22nd so by all means enjoy the break and get it done on the other side!

In English we did a final piece of writing based on our class text ‘Seriously Cinderella’. The children were challenged to write their own version of the story. They changed the characters, setting and the naughty things that the character got up to! We had some really imaginative stories, including loads of adjectives, adverbs and interesting sentence starters.

We have focussed on the topic of ‘Measure’ in Maths. The children have been thinking about how to measure using thermometers, measuring jugs and weighing scales.

In RE the children focussed on the symbol of water and what it represents in the Easter Story. The children designed their own town in Geography, carefully placing each building and park to make it a great place to live!

Have a lovely Easter holiday!

Miss Whiting

Friday 26th March

We’ve had a great week here in Year 2! The children have worked extremely hard and are super excited for the lead up the Easter.

In English, we have been looking at the contrasting version on Cinderella, which is called ‘Seriously Cinderella Is So Annoying.’ The class loved writing a letter to the prince from the perspective of the stepmother explaining why he shouldn’t marry Cinderella and the real truth about what she was like.

In Maths, the class have been working hard using all of their fraction knowledge to find fractions of an amount. Today we started working on measure. We had to estimate and measure a line as well as drawing a line with the measurements we were given.

In Humanities, the class became a cartographer for the day. They designed their very own map of St Stephens School using symbols and colour codes. We created keys for our map. This was something that the class really enjoyed doing.

In Science, we used a Venn diagram to categories herbivores, omnivores and carnivores. The class amazed me with how much they know about animals. Animal experts to the rescue!

In R.E, we drew a salvadoran cross and learnt about the meaning of different crossed for Christians around the world.

In Art, we looked at the artist Kazimir Malevich and his suprematism style.  We discussed how he used different shapes and few colours in his art work.

Have a brilliant weekend!

Miss Whiting

Friday 19th March

We hope everyone is getting back into the swing of things! We have had another happy, busy week in Year 2. 
 
Before we tell you all about what we have been up to, here are some key dates for the diary:
 
It is Down Syndrome Awareness day on Monday 21st March. Everybody is encouraged to wear odd socks and, if possible, bring in a £1 donation. #LotsOfSocks! Link: https://www.downs-syndrome.org.uk/about/campaigns/world-downs-syndrome-day/ 
 
It is Parents Evening Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th March.
 
There will be a virtual Easter Bonnet Parade Wednesday 31st March. If you want to get ahead, you could start to think about what you could create using recyclables at home. There will be a virtual whole school Easter Service Thursday, 1st April at 9.10am. All links will be on the website or sent out through Parentmail.
 
In English, we have started to look at the classic story of ‘Cinderella’. The children explored feelings and emotions through drama, before answering comprehension questions with a focus on inference of emotions. We finished the week by writing diary entries in the character of Cinderella, using interesting language to describe emotions, plenty of adjectives and correct use of the past tense.  
 
In Maths, we have revisited fractions. Starting with showing fractions of shapes and into the (less popular) finding a fraction of objects and numbers. The children have done really well and are on the whole confidently finding one half, one quarter and one third of a shape and a number.
 
In Science, the children continued to think about food chains. The children were stretched to create a four-link-long food chain, starting with a plant or fruit. We discussed how a plant or fruit is a ‘producer’ (they create their food inside them) whereas animals are ‘consumers’ (they hunt or find food).
 
In RE, the children focussed on the Easter symbols of bread and wine. The children shared lots of personal experiences of communion and Church. We then spent some time thinking about the key events at the Last Supper and how the disciples could have been feeling at each point. Again, lots of amazing ideas were shared and put into writing in a diary entry as a Disciple.
 
In Humanities, the children ‘zoomed out’ in their birds eye views and took on the school and wider grounds. With a pencil and lank map in their hands, we did a slow ‘tour’ of the school and grounds whilst they tried to capture each part on their map.
 
In Relationships and Health we focussed on keeping active. Gerald the Giraffe only loved to dance once he had found the ‘right music’. This is opened up a discussion about what we like to do to keep active – lots of love for skateboarding! We finished the lesson with a dance, embracing the attitude that everyone can dance and it’s about feeling good not looking good! 
 
We received lots of brilliant homework about inspirational women this week, thank you.
Have a great weekend everybody!

Friday March 12th

The excitement has been at an all time high all week in Year 2!

Off the back of International Women’s Day on Monday, the children have been learning about different inspirational women in history. On the homework we refer to an activity for International Women’s Day. You will find out more in the blog entry below. The document is attached alongside the homework.

In English the children started a new story called ‘Look Up’. They used this story as the inspiration for their own vivid descriptive piece of writing. They used adjectives, adverbs and interesting verbs, such as, ‘zipping’, ‘gliding’ and ‘zooming’. Some of the children were stretched to even include a metaphor in their work.

In Maths we have been consolidating multiplication and division. The children wowed us with their ability to reel off their multiples of 2, 5 and 10 and some are confident in the multiples of 3 too. This has been incredibly helpful this week as children have been able to identify patterns (3 x 4 = 12 and 12 divided by 4 equals 3) without having to do the physical working out using resources. A great exercise here, would be to take 3 numbers (ie. 15, 3 and 5) and ask the children to write down 4 number sentences only using these numbers. Two need to be made using multiplication and two using division. We finished the week by solving word problems. The children needed to identify from the language used whether to multiply or divide.

The children made some beautiful clay ‘pinch’ pots which should have hopefully made their way home to you (it may be worth digging around the bottom of the school bag!). There is another little treat which should appear on Sunday… Again it might be at the bottom of the school bag…

In Humanities the children became ‘practising’ architects, using their understanding of a birds eye view to create a classroom plan.

In Science, we revisited food chains. The children had a chance to organise animals into food chains in pairs before completing incomplete food chains independently.

For RE, the children had a mystery to solve. The mystery bag was full of clues to the new story. can you solve it? A stone, bread, wine (cardboard cut out), a cross and an egg. We then revealed the story and the children practised telling the story to each other using the symbols to help them. They then made their Easter crowns using the symbols.

They all deserve a very restful weekend, after a very exciting week back! They have done brilliantly. Thank you all for all that you have done with them at home.

Have a good weekend and Happy Mothering Sunday!

 

International Women's Day

Everyday this week, we will be learning about inspiring women as we celebrate ‘International Women’s day’. This year’s focus is ‘Choose to Challenge’. We will learn about women who have challenged expectations of them as a woman including; Maya Angelou, Corazon Aquino, Jane Goodall, Josephine Baker and Greta Thunberg.
This week, we would like the children to choose a female role model, either famous or not, and think about what makes them inspiring. What do they do? What values do they show? Find a worksheet alongside the homework, clearly labelled. You could use this or just create your own fact file/ poster etc.
This work is not compulsory, we can imagine you are enjoying some time ‘off’ doing school work!​

Arts week!

Art’s Week Assembly

 

What an exciting week we have in store! I love Arts week! It is one of my favourite weeks of the year!

There are lots of activities set on the Arts week page that you can choose from. Each morning on the 9am zoom Miss Hall and I will make suggestions of what activities we think would be good for the day but ultimately the decision is up to you. Aim to do at least 2 activities a day (10 for the week). Each day, please bring a long work to share in our 3pm zoom. I’d love to see all of your incredible work!

I have also set lots of activities you can choose from on Busy Things.

You will still have your live English on Tuesday and live Maths on Thursday along with Mr Schumm’s live lesson on Tuesday.

Here are the final chapters our Year 2 book ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’:

Chapter 27

Chapter 28

Chapter 29

Have an amazing week!

Miss Whiting

Friday 26th February

Good morning superstars!

What has been your favourite part of the week? Why don’t you draw a picture of it or write diary entry about it?

Here is chapter 26 of ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’ by Enid Blyton:

 

English

For today’s English task, I would like you to punctuate the sentences on your sheet. Read the sentences and add the missing capital letters, full stops, commas, question marks and exclamation marks. You will find the worksheet in JIT. Here is your video lesson for today:

 

Maths

**Please don’t worry if you haven’t understood fractions. It’s a difficult topic and we will be going over it in detail once all the children are back in school. It’s helpful that the children have been introduced to the idea of a fraction as part of a whole and that they have started to hear the mathematical terms numerator and denominator. The rest will come!**

 

Today there is no sheet. The children will be thinking about how to share cupcakes equally when there is one left over. They will be coming up with their own story to use as an example and will just need a piece of paper and a pencil.

 

Art

Today we will be thinking about a movement of art called ‘Abstract Art’. We will learn about a key abstract artist who loved music and will be our inspiration today.

I will talk about Abstract art before taking you through what we will be creating today, step-by-step:

 

R.E.

In RE we will be thinking a bit more carefully about why the school we go to is named St Stephens. Why is he important? What can we learn from him?

You should be able to answer these questions, once you have watched the video:

 

Offline Activity

Today I would like you to do something really kind for each person in your house. It could be saying something kind, making them some lunch, reading them a story or helping with the washing. Kindness spreads so see if you can see the kindness bouncing back or carrying on…

 

See you at 3pm. If not, have a fantastic weekend!

Thursday 25th February

Good morning everybody!

 

Keep up the amazing work!

 

Have you ever done yoga? It is great to try new things!

Have a go with Cosmic Yoga: 

https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

 

Here is chapter 25 of ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’ by Enid Blyton:

 

English

In English you are going to be using conjunctions in sentences. For your first activity, you need to insert the correct conjunction into the written sentences. After this, I would like you to write a paragraph about the story using the conjunctions in your word bank. Try to extend your sentences by using expanded noun phrases. You will find today’s sheet in JIT.

 

Here is your video lesson for today:

 

 

Here’s a video and activity to support this learning:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zwwp8mn/articles/z9wvqhv

 

Maths

Today we are continuing to apply our fraction knowledge to numbers. We’re going to be finding a fraction of a number of apples. For the task, it would be fantastic if the children could have some coins or counters ready as a substitute for fruit which they can use to help them divide the number of apples or bananas into equal groups.

 

Science

Today we are learning more about the different types of mini beasts and working out how we can group them.

 

 

Relationships and Health Education

Today I will be reading ‘My mouth is a Volcano’ and you will then have a chance to reflect on your feelings. Let’s find out first what the author means by a mouth being ‘like a volcano’, I will then explain today’s task:

 

 

Handwriting

You will find today’s handwriting sheets in JIT.

 

Offline Activity

Loo roll animals! Today you can turn your loo roll holders into animals. There is sheet with instructions and templates in JIT. Here is a quick step-by-step which you can use if you don’t have a printer (no need for the templates just draw straight onto the back of a cereal packet): 

Have a great day everybody!

Wednesday 24th February

Good morning!

 

Fancy an active start to the day? Have a go at a Jo Wickes workout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ

 

Here is chapter 24 of ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’ by Enid Blyton:

 

 

 

English

 

For English today, we are going to be considering the thoughts, feelings and actions of the well-known character Katie Morag. Firstly, you need to re-read the story ‘Katie Morag Delivers the Mail’. Katie Morag came across several obstacles on her journey. I want you to think carefully about how she felt, what she was thinking and what she did at the different moments I’ve selected on your work sheet. Remember to always explain why. You will find today’s worksheet in JIT. Here is today’s video lesson:

 

Maths

Today we will be applying all our learning about finding a fraction of a shape to numbers. We are going to learn how to find a fraction of a number. We need to know what the numerator is and what the denominator is. Don’t worry if you’ve forgotten because we will recap at the start.  We’ll be working with apples so if you’ve got some in the kitchen go and get them now!

 

Humanities

We are off on a Treasure Hunt!

First off, you need to understand how to read a map and give directions. Watch the video to get you started:

 

Spanish

For Spanish today you will be focusing on numbers!

See inside Wednesday’s Busy Things Folder.

You can watch this video and try to join in to warm yourself up!

 

Offline Activity

Can you see any clouds in the sky? Look at the shapes and textures that you can see. If you cannot see any clouds in the sky (lucky you!), you might want to see if you can remember what clouds look like.

Did any of the clouds look like something else? 

 

You might be thinking, ‘What are clouds?’

Clouds are made up of lots of tiny water droplets floating in the sky. They are at different heights.

 

Now, with a pencil and paper try to draw the clouds. Perhaps, like a Surrealist artist, you could turn them into something else. Could you add ears or eyes to make them into something. Keep turning the paper around to see if you can see anything in your drawing.

 

If you’re really interested to find out more about clouds, go to the following website.

 

https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/learn-about/met-office-for-schools/other-content/other-resources/what-are-clouds

 

Tuesday 23rd February

Good morning Year 2!

 

Here is chapter 23 of ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’ by Enid Blyton:

 

Music with Miss Whiting:

Today in music we are going to be learning the song ‘When I grow up’ from Matilda. You will find the lyrics in today’s folder in JIT.

 

English

For English today I would like you to start by reading through the book ‘Kate Morag Delivers the Mail’, which you can find on JIT. You will find today’s worksheet in JIT. Here is your video lesson:

 

Maths

Today we will be finding out about the numerator and the denominator. These are really important terms which we need to remember as they will help us with all our fraction work.

 

Humanities

You have your live Humanities lesson with Mr Schumm on zoom where you will be continuing ot learn all about the Victorians.

 

Computing

Today you can have a go at ‘Puzzling Paths’ and ‘Helicopter rescue’ in today’s Busy Things folder. There are all sorts of activities in there, so if you would rather do something else, just take a look in the other folders!

 

Offline Activity

Today you are going to reflect!

Think of…

  1. An activity you have done for the first time during lockdown. Have you baked something new? Learnt something new? Created a new dance? Jo Wicks?
  2. Something you have done or made which you are proud
  3. Something that made you laugh. This could be something somebody said or did or something you watched…

 

Take a couple of minutes now and think about these different activities which you have done during the lockdown. If you have a diary you could write them directly in there, if not, write them and draw them in a notebook or on a piece of paper.

 

Have a brilliant day! I can’t wait to see you at 3 o’clock.

Monday 22nd February

Welcome back!

We are so excited to see you at 9am to kick start the new half term!

Before you start your work today, take a moment to think about, write about or draw something that you are grateful for. It might be your happiest moment in half term, it might be a person or it might be a toy or game!

Here is chapter 22 of ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’ by Enid Blyton:

 

Dance

Have lots of fun and get that heart racing with today’s dance lesson:

 

English

For today’s lesson you are going to be using drama to explore alternative endings. Here is your video lesson along with a break of the lesson below:

Task one:

Start reading the book and stop at various points to predict what you think will happen next. Use the illustrations for clues. Stop at the point where Katie Morag falls into the water. The final line will be ‘She slipped on a slithery stone and fell into the water, mailbag and all.’ At this point, I would like you to predict what you think will happen next.

You will find the PDF of the book ‘Kate Morag Delivers the Mail’ on JIT.

Task two:

As a household, your second task for today is to create and perform the scene for what you predicted would happen next. Think about why you think this will happen next. Decide who is going to play what character. The character options are Katie Morag, baby Liam, Mr McColl, Mrs McColl and Grannie. To help get into your chosen role, really think about how you would feel if this were to happen to you.

Task three:

To finish, read the final few pages of the book and discus whether you liked the ending or not and why. How did it compare to what you wanted to happen? Do you think the author made a wise choice in choosing this ending?

Here is a video of Miss Whiting reading the story to listen to once you have finished your work:

And Miss Hall reading the book:

 

Maths

Today we’re starting a new topic and it’s fractions! We are going to be finding out what a fraction is and looking at how we can represent a fraction as part of a shape. This follows on nicely from our last topic which was shape.

 

Offline Activity

For today’s offline activity, all you need is a pencil and paper. You are going to sit at your window for a couple of minutes and just watch the world go by! If you can see a tree or any greenery even better! This is a ‘looking’ exercise, so really focus and look at the colours and small details as much as you can for a couple of minutes. Everything that you saw in those couple of minutes you are going to draw on your paper. If you saw a bird flying past, a bee or a fly, a gust of wind blowing the leaves, a car passing, record all of these things on your paper in a drawing.

 

What season are we in? Are any of the things that you saw a sign that we are in this season?

Homework

Please find our Year 2 timetable:

Year 2 – Timetable

Homework:

summer 1 week 3

 

Red Words

Here is our Spring poem:

Each Peach Pear Plum