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English- We have been writing an explanation text on the butterfly life cycle! The children first identified features of an explanation and then researched and planned one. They all tried so hard and they sound fantastic! This has been a great piece of writing to end the term.  

 

Maths – We have been recapping addition and subtraction on a number line.

 

In topic, we have been researching the human life cycle. The children were shocked to find out they were in the third stage of the human life cycle! We have also been observing and looking after our class caterpillars. We are hoping the caterpillars will stay asleep in their chrysalis till we come back after our Easter break!

 

We hope you have a lovely, well deserved break!

Thanks again for your ongoing support.

Year 2 Team.

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Maths

We have been continuing our learning on fractions. We consolidated our learning on unit fractions (1/3,1/2,1/4) and have started to look at non unit fractions (e.g. 2/3,3/4). The children have been finding fractions of numbers and shapes!

English

In English, we have been writing fantastic finding tales! We all followed our plans and the structure of a finding tale. Most of us included lots of fantastic features (expanded noun phrases, conjunctions, adverbs and different sentence types).

Sam’s Safari

We had some furry friends visiting us! As part of our topic, we got up and close with some unfamiliar animals! We looked at them, stroked them and learnt lots of interesting facts about them!

 Thank you so much for supporting this trip and bringing in £3. Without the support of parents these trips would not be able to happen.

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English 
In English, we have been focussing this week on features of writing. We have been identifying sentence types (statement, exclamation, command and question ) and up levelling sentences by adding conjunctions and adverbs. We are hoping this will encourage the children to independently add these to their stories next week! 

Maths 
We have been focussing on fractions this week, specifically identifying 1/2, 1/4 and 1/3 of shapes and numbers. 

Topic 
We have completed an investigation on hygiene. We looked at how germs spread through the ‘sneeze investigation ‘. We have concluded that to minimise germs spreading you should cover your mouth when sneezing and then wash hands thoroughly with soap! 

Comic Relief
We have had a lovely day raising money for a great cause! We loved seeing the children dress up and have fun while fundraising for a charity! Throughout the day, we took part in lots of fun activities to try and increase donations.

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We have had an action packed week of learning!

English

In English, we have been continuing our discussion texts. We have also been learning the story of Goldilocks through role play and hot seating. The children really loved getting into character to perform their parts to their friends!

Maths

In Maths, we have been finishing our learning on 3D shapes. We finished the topic by sorting 3D shapes into a venn diagram based on their properties.

Science

We have been identifying food chains and looking at life cycles. We have had lots of caterpillars delivered. In the coming weeks, we hope to observe each stage of their life cycle.

World Book Day

Maths- We focussed our Maths on statistics. We collected data on our favourite books and put this into a tally chart. We then created a human bar chart using data from the tally chart. This helped the children visually see the data. We then interpreted the data verbally using lots of Maths vocabulary.

English -We started the day discussing our costumes! (Thank you, they all looked great!) We then created new book covers for our favourite books! After, we discussed why they are our favourite book.

Parent consultation evening

Thank you to everyone who attended. This gives us time to speak about your child’s learning. If you have any further questions, please catch us at the door!

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English 

We have been looking at poems this week. We have been looking at different features of poems. We also performed animal poems to an audience! 

 

Maths

We have been continuing to look at 2D shapes.We have been looking at unusual 2D shapes ( quadrilaterals, parallelograms, irregular pentagon etc ). We have then looked at sorting these shapes into a venn diagram based on their properties. 

 

Topic 

We have been looking at habitats and discussing what animals need to survive in these habitats. From this we have created our own animals and descriptions. We have also created a rock creature and made the perfect habitat for these creatures in the School Garden. 

 

We wish you a lovely Half Term! Thanks again for your continued support. - Yr 2 Team. 

 

New learning alert 

We have had a really busy week! We have consolidated our knowledge on multiplication and division. We have been relating multiplication and division through arrays.  We have then started looking at 2D shapes and investigating their properties through practical lessons. We will carry this on next week and move to 3D shapes.

In English, we have looked at descriptive language. We have created a wanted poster for the naughty wolf in Little Red Riding Hood! 

In topic, we have been exploring habitats and the suitability for animals. We have also explored why things are classified as living, dead or never alive. 
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English 
We started off the week looking at features of a non - chronological report. We then have been researching wolf facts focussing on their habitat, diet and appearance! We will be using our facts to write a non-chronological report next week! 

Maths 
We have been looking at division this week. We started off dividing numbers by sharing and grouping. We then moved to looking at even numbers and dividing by 2. (See picture below for division examples)

PE Workshops 
We have had 2 PE workshops. 
On Tuesday, a tennis coach came in and showed us some basic tennis skills! The children really enjoyed the session. 

On Thursday, a martial arts coach came in and showed us a few, fun moves! 
 

Division

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Year 2 Information Meeting

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Maths 
We have been focussing on multiplication this week. We have started every lesson looking at mental multiplication (Yr 2 curriculum - x2, x3, x5 and x 10). We then looked at drawing arrays and the different multiplication sentence. We finished the week on repeated addition (e.g 2x 3 is the same as 2+2+2 or 3+3) and answering multiplication problems.

English 
We have been creating a setting description of a habitat focussing on our 4 senses. We have then planned a letter to Chester zoo asking how the habitat is after the fire. We will write this up next week. 

Topic 
We have been using our data from the RSPB Workshop and linking it to Maths. We have created a pictogram and interpreted our data. 
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English 
We started the week researching the fire at Chester Zoo. We learnt about what happened through reading newspaper articles, website pages and wrote down all the facts! We then made a recount using our facts. We made sure it was in past tense, chronological order and had adverbs of time (first, next, then, finally).

Maths 
We have consolidated our understanding on addition and subtraction. We started looking at number sentences then moved to answering word problems and reasoning questions. 

Topic 
Our topic this term is Animals. We started our first lesson by finding out what the children already know about animals. We will use this to plan future lessons.

RSPB visit 
A member of the RSPB came in to deliver a session about wild life. We started in the classroom identifying animals. We then went outside and explored our school garden. We created a tally chart of what we found. (We will use this information in Maths next week) 

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We have had a super last week of 2018! We have had a lovely Christmas lunch, disco and even went to visit Santa!!

Thank you so much for all your support this year. We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

 

 

Homework

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We have been super busy! We were lucky to watch a pantomine in School, it was great fun and we loved getting involved in the show! 

In Maths we have been recapping our learning of place value, addition and subtraction. In English we have performed Christmas poems. 

 

Nativity 

We have performed three, amazing shows! Thank you so much for all your support. We are sure you all loved watching it as much as we loved performing it!  

 

Check out the pictures of the Nativity below: 

 

 

New learning alert

This week we have been super busy! We have been learning lines for our nativity, making props and perfecting songs! In Maths we have been looking at subtraction on a number line. In English we have been planning a Journey Tale.  There are still some tickets left for our nativity. Tickets are being sold in the office every morning at 8:40am. Grab them while you can!

Year 2 Christmas Production!

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New Learning Alert!

This week we have been looking at conjunctions in English. We have identified conjunctions, placed conjunctions into a sentence and started to write our own sentences with conjunctions. In Maths, we have continued to look at addition on a number line to consolidate our understanding. Next week, we will focus on subtraction. We have been very busy practising our nativity - The singing is fantastic! If your child has a speaking part, they will have been sent lines home. We would really appreciate if you could practise them when you have a spare few minutes!

Helping your child with Maths

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Addition on a numberline

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Subtraction on a number line

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Sharp Lane Handwriting

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Thank you to all those who attended parent meetings this week, if you haven't seen your child's teacher yet please can you arrange a time to see them, that suits you, if you haven't already.

 

New Learning Alert!

This week we have been working really hard in English innovating our story of 'Handa's Surprise'. We have done a fantastic job of using expanded noun phrases, adverbs and even some conjunctions. In Maths we have looked at addition on a number line - take a look at the help sheet to see how we have taught this concept. Next week we will use this skill with subtraction. In our topic lessons we have looked at the religious beliefs of people in Africa to link with our Geography learning, where we have used an atlas to locate geographical features of Africa. 

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Year 2 have been super busy this week with lots of fun learning. 

 

English

In English, we have been looking at the story of Handa's Surprise. We have been investigating vocabularly and uplevelling adjectives. 

 

Judo

The children participated in a fun taster session. The session took the children through the basic skills of Judo. They had lots of fun trying something new! - A leaflet should be in your child's book bag for more details. 

 

Africa Day

On Thursday, it was Africa day. We started the day off with a flight to Africa (virtual reality tour). We explored different habitats and even got to walk with lions! We made collages of African animals and tried some African, vegetarian food. It was delicious! We ended the day with a beautiful performance of an African song. 

 

Thank you so much for sending your child to school in bright coloured clothes. We are sure you can agree, they looked fantastic!!

 

A special thank you to people who made some African food. We really appreciate your effort. 

 

Out of Africa!

 

To start our topic 'Out of Africa' next half term we will be having an African Day to celebrate African dancing, singing, food and culture. Please read the letter below for more information about this day, we hope you'll be as excited as we are!

Half-term Homework

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Thank you 

Thank you to all the parents who attended our Parent Meeting this week.  We hope you found it informative.  Please see below for the slides we used, for those of you who requested it.

 

Quite a few parents asked for support with Maths; we hope to plan in another meeting for this later in the school year.  In the mean time, please come and speak to us if you have any specific questions.

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Maths

This week we have been busy looking at sequences. We started the week looking at completing the next numbers in a sequence. Throughout the week, we have progressed this and have looked at missing numbers in a sequence. Our attendance has been really good this term so we won an Ipad session. We used this to look at mathletics and times tables rockstars. We had lots of fun!! 

 

Challenge: can you find the missing numbers?

2, 4, 6, ___ , ____, _____

50, 45, ___ , ____, _____

 

3, 6, ____,12, 15, ____, ____

10, ____, _____, 40, 50, _____

 

Super challenge:

2, 5, _____, _____, ______

63, 43,  _____, _____, ______

 

 

 

English

We have gone back to looking at the 'ingredients' of a sentence. We started the week of looking at what a sentence is. We then have moved onto looking at adding adjectives to make our sentences more exciting. 

On Friday, we have wrote our own sentences about Mrs Tiggy-Winkle. Take a look at our fantastic work.... 

 

 

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Leeds Library Trip

On Monday, we went to Leeds Library to attend a workshop on Nick Sharratt. We only enjoyed our trip and found out lots of information on him. We then had time at the end for lots of fun activities! 

 

Science Day

We have been busy making sling shots for Peter. We took a trip to the garden and gathered our outdoor and indoor resources. The children could use anything they wanted in the classroom. We had some creative ideas! We talked about our designs and why some worked better than others.Here are a few pictures...

 

Sling Shot Design / Testing

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Maths

We have been recapping place value and consolidating our counting knowledge. We have been looking at adding/taking away tens and are starting to understand that when we add tens the ones digit never changes.

 

e.g. ten less       number      ten more

         14                 24               34

 

We have also been learning our times tables (Year 2 curriculum - x2, x3, x5 and x10). 

 

English 

We have been innovating the story of Peter Rabbit. The children have a structured model to change. This week we have been focussing on consistency of capitals letters, full stops and cursive handwriting. 

 

PE

The children are really enjoying PE this term. Our sport focus this half term is basketball. The sessions breakdown the key skills of basketball. 

 

Harvest Festival

Our class have been very busy getting ready for Harvest. We have been creating posters and  decorating boxes for our donations to go in.

 

Thank you so much for donations they have been shared between St George's Crypt and Trinity Day Centre! 

 

Have a lovely weekend. Remember our Class trip is on Monday the 8th. We will be back to school at a slightly later time of 3:45pm. 

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Maths

This week we have been continuing with our place value topic. We have been comparing numbers using symbols (<,> and =). To do this, we worked out you need to look at the tens digit first and then the ones digit. We have also been looking at ordering numbers which follows the same rule (looking at tens and then the ones). 

 

English

This week we have been writing a wanted poster for Peter Rabbit. We have been writing it from Mr McGregor's point of view. We have been thinking of some great adjectives to describe Peter in our shared write. 

 

Science

We have started our science topic -materials. We have been investigating properties of materials through a practical investigation. 

 

Attendance award

As a class, we have won an attendance award  for being in school every day.  We have had an extra garden session. In this session, we have created a mini village. We linked this to our science and discussed properties of our houses. We decided they need to be hard, waterproof and flat to be the perfect house!

 

 

 

 

Garden Session - Class Attendance Award

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English

In Maths, we have still been looking at place value and exploring what the tens and ones represent. We have extended our learning and partitioned numbers in different ways. 

Look at this example below: 

 

CHALLENGE: can you partition these numbers in different ways? 

*45

*51

*62

 

English

In English, we have been learning our text, Peter Rabbit! We are really enjoying learning all about Peter Rabbit. Throughout this term, we will be focusing on warning tales. This will lead up to a hot write at the end of the term.  

 

Topic

We have been finishing our Victorian topic by comparing Victorian times to present now. 

 

 

 

**Learning alert **

 

We have had a jam-packed week full of learning!

 

Maths

In Maths, we have been looking at place value and exploring what the tens and ones represent. We have been making different numbers in various ways to consolidate learning. We have also started looking at partitioning numbers into tens and ones. 

 

English 

In English, we have been looking at sentences and what makes a sentence. We have also been looking at poems. We have rehearsed and performed poems, we have written a shared poem and written our own personal poems. 

 

Topic

Our topic is Queen Victoria and the Victorian times. We have been researching about Queen Victoria and what it was like for a child in the Victorian times. The children were shocked when they realised there were no TV's and Ipads. We acted out what it might have been like for a child in the Victorian times. 

 

 

 

                                           

Welcome Potter class! We hope that you have had a lovely Summer break, the children have told us all about their jam packed holidays! 

 

Please check this page every week, it will be updated with key information and children's work regularly so that you know all about what you child has been doing in class. We are really looking forward to working with you all throughout the year and we have lots of exciting activities planned. 

 

You should have a weekly timetable and half term newsletter in your child's book bag, please read this carefully. It will also be on our door. 

 

 

A Typical Week in Potter Class

 

Please be aware that Outdoor PE will take place on a Monday and that Indoor PE will take place on Wednesday. We recommend that children bring PE kit on Monday and take it home again on Friday, this way we can fit in extra PE if weather is an issue.

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