19th February 2018

In Maths this week, we have been working on dividing by sharing and grouping. We have been drawing pictures, bar models and writing division sentences to help us.

In English we have been busy editing, improving and presenting our fabulous non-fiction writing about polar bears and orcas.  In spelling we have been looking at plurals.

In topic we have been creating our own polar bear art, using chalks. Take a look at our fabulous work! We have also been learning to use spreadsheets to help us make totals. The children have been using our new house point system, as a vehicle for this.

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Our Explorer of the Week is Mason. He has been working particularly hard in all areas, but especially with his spelling and handwriting. Well done Mason!

5th February 2018

In Maths this week, we have been looking at equal groups and representing these as both repeated addition and multiplication statements. We have been carrying lots of reasoning and problem solving tasks, with great success! 

In English we have been researching polar animals and creating text maps for our own versions of our class text, ‘Could a Penguin ride a Bike?’ Most children have decided to write their own versions about polar bears and others have chosen orcas.  
In spelling we have been looking at the ‘a’ spelling pattern, pronounced ‘o’ as in: want, watching, squash, quarrel etc. 

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Our Explorer of the Week is Madhu. She always shows excellent behaviour for learning and takes pride in all that she does.

In topic we thoroughly enjoyed carrying out an experiment for Mr Frosty! We had a letter from him asking for our help. He is shortly off to the South Pole and has a problem, as his hands keep melting! He sent us some spare hands and some materials to wrap them in to test which material is the best insulator that will prevent his hands from melting too much! The children found out that wool was the best insulator on this occasion. They learnt lots about making observations, carrying out fair tests and worked like real scientists! 

29th January 2018

In Maths this week, we have been looking at solving two step problems, using bar models and number sentences to help us. We are showed how much we’d learnt on money in our hot tasks and have now started our work on multiplication. So far, we have been recognising equal and unequal groups. 

In English we have been using joining words (conjunctions) to extend our sentences. These are words such as: and, but, so, or, when, if, that and because, In spelling we have been looking at the suffixes ed, ing, er, est.

In topic we had an interesting discussion about the 4 most important warm items to take on a visit to the Arctic. The children had to then  arrange their 4 items in a ‘diamond 4’, explaining the reasons for placing their most important item at the top. Most children agreed that a coat was the most important and gave super reasons as to why, including: ‘a coat covers lots your body, whereas a hat only covers one.’ Also, ‘you can use your coat as a coat but also as gloves (using the sleeves) and as a hat (using the hood)’. 

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Our Explorer of the Week is Ellie-Mae. She always shows excellent behaviour for learning.

22nd January 2018

The children have continued to enjoy our new topic and have been focusing in a bit more detail on Antarctica. They learned that Antarctica is a continent and as a result, has no flag! The children then designed their own flags based on what they know about this polar region. They also thought about what they would need if they were going to visit Antarctica, like many scientists do, for research. We had some super suggestions including cameras and laptops to help with research projects, as well as thermal items to help keep them warm in the harsh conditions. We have also started to look at which animals are found in each polar region.

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This week’s Explore of the Week is James, for trying particularly hard this week. Well done!

In English, we have continued to work with the book, Could a Penguin Ride a Bike? They have been using the book to help them to explore and consolidate their knowledge of nouns and verbs. In spelling, the children have been looking at the ‘wr’ spelling pattern, at the front of words and exploring some Y2 Common Exception words. 

In Maths we have continued with our money work. The children have been using ‘counting up’ to find the difference between two different amounts and then using this strategy to help them find change. This will help them with next week’s learning on solving word problems involving money.