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DARWIN (Yr2)

Welcome to Year 2!

 

Welcome to Darwin Class. In our class this year you will find Miss Lynsdale, Mr Anderson and Mr Kenny. We are really excited to start all the fantastic learning we have lined up for the children, including a trip to Tropical World, learning about the Great Fire of London and discovering lots of fascinating things about Science!

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Thursday 21st June 2018 was Clean Air Day! In Darwin we looked at different types of air pollution and air pollution that was present around school. We looked at ways of reducing this air pollution and designed posters informing others about Clean Air Day. Next week why don't you try walking, biking, scooting, skateboarding or jogging to school?

 

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New Learning Alert!

 

We have been busy in Darwin class looking after our new visitors! We are now up to the third stage in the butterfly life cycle and the caterpillars are beginning their transformation into butterflies in their chrysalises. We have been checking on their progress each day and recording this on the laptops. 

In English we have looked at the story of Peter Rabbit and have invented our own warning tales based on this which we will be writing next week. We even had a visit from Peter Rabbit himself! Who was kind enough to answer lots of our questions. 

In Maths we have been recapping 2D and 3D shapes and sorting shapes based on their properties into venn diagrams. 

Our Week In PIctures

May Half Term Pre-Learning Log

 

To help you present your pre-learning logs here are the topics that we will cover next half term.

 

Maths - estimation, shape and symmetry and measures

English - warning tale related to warning tale using the Adventure of Peter Rabbit text

Topic - Science linking to animal life cycles including humans and we will have caterpillars in school to help understand and visualise this process. We will also be looking at countries that will be in the World Cup and find out more about them

P.E - focusing on athletics for the upcoming Sports Day

 

Most importantly enjoy your week holiday and come back refreshed for the last half term of the year!

2018 Key Stage 1 - As Shared at Parent Meetings this week

This 6-minute video provides information for parents about the Key Stage 1 tests, including the optional Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling Test. A downloadable version is available for schools: https://goo.gl/jo18qk A separate video is available for schools not using the GPS test: https://youtu.be/81943gG0H38

National curriculum tests (SATs) at key stage 1

Information for parents of pupils in year 2, typically aged 7, about assessments in May.

New Learning Log!

 

This week has been a busy last week in Darwin. We have finished our assessments in class, thank you for all your support during this time and well done to the children!

In Maths we have been looking at money, including making amounts of money in different ways and giving and finding change. 

In English we have been writing journey tales and completing cold writes for our warning tale topic next half term. We have been focusing a lot on editing and improving our own work.

In topic we have been looking at physical and human features of Australia and Africa. We have enjoyed looking at an atlas and using google maps and google earth to have a closer look at the different countries. 

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New Learning Alert!

 

This week we have been working really hard in Darwin class. In English we have been writing newspaper reports on the events of Little Red Riding Hood, which we are going to publish on Monday. We have also been writing letters to the Queen to congratulate her on the wedding of Prince Harry and Megan! 

In Maths we have been doing our bit for the community by making tally charts, bar charts and pictograms to show the data we have collected on wildlife found at Sharp Lane. We have answered lots of questions on the data we have found out.

In Music we have been hard at work learning a new song 'I wanna play in a band'. Listen to one of our recordings!

To celebrate the royal wedding we had great fun dressing in our party clothes and having a delicious banquet in the sunshine!

I Wanna Play In A Band

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Thank you to all of you who came to Darwin's class showcase. The children really enjoyed showing you all of their favourite pieces of work and talking to you about their learning. 

Darwin Class Showcase

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This week we have been busy creating and understanding maps. We have linked this to our work in English on Little Red Riding Hood and have created our own maps from Little Red's House to Granny's including the path through the woods. We have then written instructions for Little Red Riding Hood on how to get to Granny's house, making sure to avoid the wolf! In Geography lessons we have been learning compass points in order to read maps more effectively.

In Maths we have been concentrating on the four operations and fractions and completing word problems and challenges. This has required us to be resilient and risk takers in our learning. 

 

We look forward to showing you all our hard work in our upcoming showcase on Friday 4th May at 1:30 pm! 

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This last week has been very busy in Darwin class. We have been writing some fantastic character descriptions of Baloo the bear from The Jungle Book and we have been writing non-chronological reports on animals we have researched. In Maths we had a look at the new Mathletics and how to navigate around the new pages. We are all ready for the Easter Holidays and we would love for you to complete your Easter Learning Log to show off all the fantastic learning you have been doing this half term!

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Thank you to all those who attended the parent consultations. As we approach the mid point of Year 2 it is useful to know what your child will be doing in school in the next couple of months. If you haven't yet had an appointment please make one with me at the door.

 

Sports Relief!

 

Thank you to all those that brought in money to support Sport Relief! We have had an amazing day, first doing lots of dancing to different wake up, shake up songs while also completing some fun activities in class. We then had lots of fun during our PE lesson where we played lots of games and did lots of circuits. Leeds Rhino then brought in a trophy for us to look at and get pictures with.

British Science Week!

 

To celebrate British Science Week we have had a completely different day in school! The theme this year is 'exploration and discovery'. This morning we learnt about the accidental discovery of Play Doh and made some of our own using household ingredients. We then looked at exploration of the outdoors and used our environment to create habitats in shoe boxes. We worked well in groups to create our habitats and used our Play Doh from earlier to create the animals suited to that habitat. British Science Week is all about thinking about everyday Science in our lives, can you think of any questions you might have about the world around you that could have a scientific answer?

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New Learning Alert!

 

A big thank you to all those who have come in every day for the last two weeks. There has been some very white weather in Middleton recently and we have had quite a bit of fun in the snow! This week in Maths we have been looking at linking subtraction and addition and looking at fact families for sets of 3 numbers. Example: 5 + 4 = 9, 4 + 5 = 9, 9 - 4 = 5, 9 - 5 = 4 all link to 5,4,9.

In English we have been busy having a closer look at our Jungle Book text, answering questions and writing fantastic openings that include lots of description! In topic we have linked Science and Geography and have been using iPads and QR codes to look at different habitats and what animals live there.

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It has been an extremely busy first week back in Darwin class! We have started our English this half term by looking at animal poems and the features of poetry, we even wrote some fantastic animal poems ourselves after turning some children into animals. Have a look at the pictures below! This all linked in with our new topic of 'Animals and Their Habitats'. To start this exciting topic we had a visit from Sam's Safaris and we were able to touch lots of different creatures we had never seen before! It was was fantastic! We then did a little more research on the animals we saw and different habitats around the world. 

In Maths we have been looking at solving addition in different ways. Including number lines, base 10, bar models, part part whole models and using mental methods. We will look at subtraction next week and start to think about how the two operations are linked. Look out for the Spring 2 Newsletter in your child's book bag!

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Thank you to all those who came to the Maths workshop this week, we hope it has given you some useful activities to try at home with your children.

This week we have been very busy looking to innovate the story of Goldilocks. We wrote the story through the eyes of the bears. It has really made us think about whether Goldilocks was really as innocent as she first seems. 

We also had a chance to try some exotic fruits thanks to Asda, including passion fruit, coconuts and papaya. It was great to try new things and gave us an idea of which fruit we wanted to put in our fruit salad next week.  

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In English we have been looking at the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and we have created some fantastic role plays to go with the story. We also did some 'hot seating' of Goldilocks herself and asked her why she thought it was okay to break into someone else's house! We have started to plan a discussion text to decide whether or not Goldilocks should be punished. 

In Maths we have done lots of looking at 3D shapes and their properties and talking about the shape of their faces. We also started to sort shapes into groups according to their properties.

We recently also started our new topic of 'Healthy Living'. So far we have looked at the different food groups and started to think about balanced diets. As we move through the topic we will look at exercise and hygiene.  

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New Learning Alert!

 

It has been a fantastic first week back in Darwin class.We have started in English by looking at discussion texts about Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella and formed some arguments of our own about whether children should wear school uniform or not. In Maths we have looked at division and began to look at the link between multiplication and division using arrays. To promote anti-bullying week we have looked at the differences between 'rude, mean and bullying' and talked about what to do in those situations. We have also had some exciting PE sessions where we have recapped our balancing skills and looked at partner balances.

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We received a letter from Santa today! It was extremely exciting and he was asking us if we could design him a new suit ready for Christmas as his is getting a little bit tatty. We got started straight away as we were on a tight deadline. First, we set up an investigation into which material would be best for his suit looking at which were soft and warm. Then we had to design the suit using the material we had chosen and explain to Santa in a video why he should choose us. Have a look at our designs below. We can't wait to hear back!

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Thank you for all your support during our Christmas productions last week. The children loved it and it was fantastic to see so many confident actors in Year 2! 

 

As Christmas is approaching we have been doing lots of Christmas poetry and completing acrostic poems with the words 'snowman' and 'Christmas'. In Maths we have been looking at fractions of shapes and amounts and looking at language associated with fractions - such as whole, part, third, quarter, half, equal. The children have been working really hard to understand fractions of amounts and  understanding how to talk about fractions. For example, 1/2 is one out of two equal parts.

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This week Darwin class have been busy rehearsing our production of 'Lights, Camel, Action!' It's looking good so far and we are all excited to perform for you next week! 

We also performed a picture that we drew in art after the ambassadors visited the Leeds Gallery. We called it 'Pyramid of Sound' and performed body percussion to other classes in school.

Asda also came in to make pizzas with us! There were lots of interesting flavours made.

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Lights, Camel, Action!

 

 

 

The dates for the production are:

Tuesday 12th December - 9:30 am

Wednesday 13th December - 2:00 pm

Thursday 14th December - 9:30 am

Tickets will be available to purchase soon!

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This week has been very busy in Darwin class. On Monday we had a theme day to start our new topic of 'The Great Fire of London'. We played several games that were popular at the time and we looked at Samuel Pepys' diary to see how the fire affected London. We then baked scones as these would have been tasty snacks that people in 1666 could have made using simple ingredients. A big thanks to everyone who bought some scones and came to hear us sing. Later in the week we found out lots of facts about the fire and made a timeline of events, then we acted these out.

 

In Maths we have been looking at addition and using hundreds squares and number lines to solve addition problems. In English we have looked at the story of Cinderella and have started our learning by answering comprehension questions and hot seating characters. We then began to look at how to describe Cinderella before and after she met the prince. 

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This week we have been learning our new text Cinderella, which is an example of a Rags to Riches tale. We have been doing this through lots of drama, including role play, freeze frames and hot seating a character.

In Maths we have been recapping 2D shapes from Yr 1 so that we are ready to look at shapes in more detail later in the year. We have done lots of different activities to hep us find out the properties of 2D shapes.

In topic we have started to look at The Great Fire of London and will be taking part in a theme day on Monday to find out more about life in 1666!

 

Remember that next week is parent consultations - taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday. If you are unsure of your time or need to book an appointment please see a member of staff in Darwin class.

 

 

New Learning Alert!

 

This week Darwin have been working really hard in English on the Year 2 non-negotiables (handwriting, spelling and punctuation). We have had huge improvements in our work in English, writing lots of fantastic sentences about Jack and the Beanstalk. Next week we will be focusing on writing our own journey story - have a read of some at home!

 

In Maths we have been focusing on number basics so we are ready for written methods next half term. We have looked at 2-digit numbers and how to make them and order them in different ways. We have also had a real focus of counting in 2s, 5s and 10s - forwards and backwards. We have been improving each day. 

 

As part of our attendance reward for reaching the class target of 95% we visited the garden and had a look for signs of Autumn. We did lots of identifying of trees and animals we found. 

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This week Darwin class have kick started their Science learning about plants by visiting Tropical World and taking part in a nature workshop. We all had an amazing time! We then also looked at parts of flowers and identified these in lilies back in class. In Maths we have been looking at 2-digit numbers and partitioning them into tens and ones. 

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New Learning Alert!

 

This week we have been learning our new text, Jack and the Beanstalk! We have completed freeze frames from parts of the story and have learnt actions to our text map. We have started looking at our comprehension skills by answering questions on the text. See if you can practise the text map at home!

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