15th July 2019

Maths
We have been writing out directions to make our way around grids to different objects. We have also been experimenting with our understanding of ½, ¼, and ¾ turns to help us make repeating patterns with shape.

English
In English we have been sorting different words from Traction Man and classifying them as nouns (proper and common), verbs and adjectives. We have also been using ‘and’, ‘but’ or ‘so’ to help us write compound sentences.

On Thursday Year 2 had a wonderful time at King’s Park, with the children from Hallcroft, who will become their classmates in September in Year 3. They worked around a carousel of activities whilst mixing with their new friends. They also had a tasty picnic lunch together. Great fun was had by all!

This week’s English Star is Sapphire-Jane. She has been doing what good readers do – reading actively! Sapphire-Jane was able to track her way through a story while trying to find the answer to a key question, commenting on possible answers as she went! Fantastic reading!

This week’s Maths Star is Amy. She has been working really hard on her times tables, with lots of success! Keep it up Amy!

8th July 2019

Maths
We have been exploring turns: ¼, ½ and ¾ turns in both clockwise and anticlockwise directions, as well as using the words left and right. We have been carrying out problem solving activities based on this also.

English
In English we have been writing about Traction Man’s thoughts and feelings. We have also been writing about our favourite parts of the story, giving reasons for this.

Topic
We have been learning about different trees. We went on a tree hunt around the school grounds and found lots of different varieties, such as: willow, horse chestnut, crab apple, silver berch, may blossom and cherry blossom.

We enjoyed taking rubbing of the different bark patterns, observing the differences.

This week’s English Star is Bernat. He has been really trying hard to improve the presentation of his work and his handwriting this week, with fantastic results.

1st July 2019

Maths
We have been learning to use the ‘Guess – Check – Improve’ strategy, to help us solve a problem. We have also been completing our Hot Tasks based on Shape and then doing our Cold Tasks for Position and Direction. We have been learning how to tell if it’s Left or Right and we have been giving directions to our partners using the words, forwards, backwards, left, right, up and down.

English
In English we have been thinking about thoughts and feelings and writing thoughts for Traction Man, based on different parts of the story.

Topic
We have been planning an investigation to see where we could plant cress seeds, experimenting with the conditions. We have decided to plant the cress on the windowsill, with water and then without water. We are also going to see what happens when we put cress seeds in the cupboard, with and without water. We used the word ‘because’ to explain our scientific predictions, based on what we have learnt so far in this topic.

As part of, Eco Week, we have been learning about what materials can we put in the blue bin and which cannot.

We have also been doing lots of extra Sports, as part of National Sport’s Week. With the rain in full force at the beginning of the week, we did lots of Yoga! By the end of the week, we managed to get outside more and enjoyed playing team games like Shuttle Runs.

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This week’s Maths Star is Lily for using some fantastic positional and directional language in Maths, during our practical work.

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This week’s English Star is Molly. She has really been using her Reading Skills, this week. Fantastic progress Molly!

24th June 2019

Maths

We have been sorting 3D and 3D shapes this week, thinking carefully about their properties. We have also been investigating 3D shapes and thinking about their properties: faces, edges and vertices.

English

In English we have been reading a new story, ‘Traction Man’ by Mini Grey. We have been writing our Cold Task, which will help set our writing targets for the rest of the half term.

Topic

We have been learning sorting different plants, thinking about their properties. We have also been observing our sunflowers, which are growing very well and measuring their growth so far. We will be bringing these home soon to plant in the garden.

This week’s English Star is Jorgia. She has been doing some fantastic Phonics work this week.

This week’s Maths Star is Lilly May. She has been working really hard and beating her own personal ‘bests’ during Times Table Rockstar time.  

17th June 2019

Maths
We have been describing shape properties this week, investigating lines of symmetry and making patterns with 2D shapes. We have also been enjoying Times Table Rockstars. We’ve been concentrating on 5x and 10x tables, this week.

English
In English we have been writing instructions about how to plant a sunflower seed. Year 1 have been working really hard on their Phonics too, as it’s been Phonics Check week. I’ve been really proud of all of the children this week.   

Topic
We have been learning about the different parts of a plant and what the job that each part does. We were very excited to see that our sunflowers have begun to grow – there’s lots of green shoots already!

Year 2 had an exciting morning on Thursday, as they had their first school swimming lesson. They loved being in the pool and all gave it a real good go. I was incredibly proud of all of them for their efforts. We are very much looking forward to next week’s lesson.

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This week’s English Star is Jasmine. She has been doing some fantastic Phonics work this week. Her use of sound buttons to help her decode and blend unknown words has been superb!

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This week’s Maths Star is Molly. Molly did some marvellous work based on drawing a reflection of a 2D shape in a vertical mirror line.

10th June 2019

Maths
We have started a new unit of work on Shape this week. We have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes and describing their properties. We’ve been doing lots of problem solving and reasoning tasks related to Shape.

English
In English we have started a mini unit of work based on The Day the Crayons Quit. The children loved the story and found it quite funny. They then adopted the style of its author, by Draw Daywalt, and wrote a letter to Duncan in role as another coloured crayon on strike.

Topic
We started our new topic, ‘Blooming Marvellous’. The children thought about what they already know about Plants and what they’d like to find out. They were then challenged to plant a sunflower seed. They are eagerly awaiting signs of growth and are observing and watering it daily.

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This week’s Maths Star is Harry. Harry did some marvellous work based on shape and problem solving. Well done Harry!

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This week’s English Star is Amy. She wrote a cracking set of instructions, which were clear and easy to follow on the topic of ‘How to Wash Your Hands.’ Keep it up, Amy!