In our topic lessons we have been learning about the United Kingdom. We have been looking at the countries in England then we focussed on the counties and cities that are in England. For the next couple of weeks we will be focussing on the Capital City of England, London. Take a look at this video clip that we watched today and see if the children can tell you some facts about London that they have been learning.
This week we are starting a new unit of writing work inspired by Julia Donaldson’s book ‘Zog’. Zog is a story about a little dragon in training. The problem is that he’s not very good at breathing fire and capturing princesses. Luckily for Zog there is a princess on hand who nurses his injuries and volunteers to be captured so Zog can get his gold star. Today Zog started his journey in the Year 2 classroom in his very own egg. Over the next few days we will watch the egg hatch! There are lots of very excited children eagerly waiting for Zog to hatch and join our Year 2 class!
We have been focussing our maths learning for the first 4 weeks of this half term on place value. We have learned to compare and order numbers from 1 to 100 as well as recognising the place value of two-digit numbers. We also touched on using number lines and the less than (<), more than (>), and equals (=) symbols. In the photos you can see that the children were having to represent the different number by partitioning in different ways.
How you can help at home
Showing numbers in interesting ways really helped the children in year 2 to understand number and place value. Objects from around the home like buttons, dried pasta shapes, marbles, or pencils are great to practise counting and organising numbers. For example, ’32’ could be represented by 32 marbles arranged into three groups of ten and two ones. As well as objects, you could try using drawings, diagrams, or symbols to represent numbers. For example, you could draw 23 stick figures, then draw a circle around each group of ten, with three left outside of the circles. This shows that 23 is made from two tens and three ones.
What a fantastic first two weeks back we have had as Year 2’s! The children have started every day with a huge smile on their faces and have ended the day the same way. We are extremely proud of how well all the children have adapted to the new routines and procedures we have in place, even our new class pets (who we named last week as Crystal and Goldie) have settled in well. We know this is going to be a fun, exciting year ahead!
In our lessons we have:
Recapped place value looking at 2-digit numbers.
Written all about ourselves focusing on capital letters, full stops and finger spaces.
Learnt new sounds (split digraphs) in phonics.
Learnt about the importance of recycling.
Made birthday cards to be given out to each child during the year.
Completed our first outdoor PE lesson.
Talked about our feelings linked to the theme “Inside Out”.
Listened to stories.
We cannot wait for another week of fun learning and getting to know one another.
Mrs Powell and Mrs Hebron
Today, we have looked at the human body and the body parts that we have. For this, we have drawn around our bodies and we have labelled all the body parts that we know. Have a look below to see our final piece of work.
Today, we have been creating shape pictures using the software paint. First, we discussed the skills involved which include holding a mouse correctly, clicking and dragging. Then, we went into the ICT suite and created our own pictures. Have a look below to see what we have been doing.
This afternoon, we have been focusing on where we live. First of all, we looked on google maps and we identified all the places we could see in Kexborough and what the places were for. Then, we discussed the idea of human and physical features. After, we looked around the school grounds to see what human and physical features we could find. Finally, we drew our own maps of the school. Have a look below to see what we have been up to.
Today, we completed a range of football focussed activities. First, we focussed on travelling in different ways then we incorporated using a football into that. Then, we played skill based games to help us practise the skill we had been taught. After PE, we looked at Ramadan in RE. First of all, we read a story that told us all the information we needed to help us understand who celebrated Ramadan and why then we wrote sentences explaining this.
Yesterday the children of Kexborough Primary school became pond explorers! We spent the afternoon learning about the life cycle of a frog and the different creatures you might find in a pond.
Luckily for us, we have a fantastic school pond that we could use to go and investigate to make our learning fun and practical! The children worked in pairs to carry out the pond dipping experiment and used a checklist to tick off any interesting creatures they found.
This afternoon we learnt about the different parts of a plant, their functions, and what plants need in order to grow. We then had the opportunity to plant various plants, flowers and seeds in our school grounds. We worked together in groups to fill the school planters full of beautiful flowers and plants. We made sure they had plenty of compost, water and access to sunlight. We can’t wait to see how they grow over the next few weeks.