Welcome to Wellington.
Our class teacher is Miss Lynsdale and our teaching assistant is Miss Griffths. This year in Wellington class we will be learning lots of new things, including learning about the great fire of london, minibeasts and pirates! We will enjoy using all the areas in the classroom to support our learning, such as our role play and reading areas.
Friday 16th June 2017
This week we have been doing lots of investigating in different subjects. We have been watching our caterpillars turn into chrysalises and going into the garden to see what plants and animals live in different micro-habitats. We have also been doing some hundreds square investigations in Maths to recap our place value. We were also lucky enough to harvest our beans that we planted way back last half term.
This half term Year 2 will be doing lots of Science and some Geography in our topic. We will be looking at the life cycles of different animals and some caterpillars have even arrived for a first hand look! We will be looking at lots of text types in English and making sure we have secured our number facts in Maths so we are ready to move onto Year 3.
Friday 26th May 2017
Thank you to all the people at home for all their support during the assessments these past two weeks. On the last day of half term we have enjoyed the warm weather and done lots of activities to have a relax after the tests. We started by doing some 'nature art' outside using natural materials to make a background for Little Red Riding Hood following on from our story. We then played lots of parachute games and 'Grandma says' games using positional language and also used Google maps to have a look at where we were all going on holiday.
Have a look at our natural pictures.
Friday 28th April 2017
Thank you to all who came to the class showcase. The children loved showing all their favourite pieces of work in Maths, English and Topic. It was a fantastic opportunity for them to share their learning journey.
Indoor PE - Monday
Children will need a white t-shirt, black shorts and pumps.
Outdoor PE - Wednesday
Children will need a white t-shirt, black jogging bottoms, a sweat shirt and trainers.
Raving readers - Reading books will be changed on a Monday and Thursday. This is to encourage the children to discuss books they are reading with you as well as re-visit books. The children will still get their raving reader ticks each day when they bring their reading log in and have either read or discussed all/part of the book at home.
Following a training course, we have been told that your child's reading record can be a key piece of evidence in helping decide if your child is a fluent reader or not. The comments that you put in the reading record can be extremely important. Below is an example which highlights the strengths and areas to work on for the child.
In addition to this, we have also been told that children should be keeping reading books for anywhere up to 2 weeks. This will enable your child to have a much deeper understanding of the book. Being able to read books is an important skill but if books are kept longer, children will know the texts better and therefore will be able to engage in discussion about the book. This is an important skill for any child to be Working at the Expected Standard in year 2. Please keep this in mind if your child's book is not changed as frequently.
Typical weekly timetable
Is your child past their Spell by Date?
Below are two lists of words that all year 2 children should already know. We are finding that lots of children cannot read and spell these words quickly or accurately enough. For your child to be at Working at the Expected Standard in year 2 they must be able to read, write and spell all of these words and more!! Please have a look at the lists and check with your child and help them learn them!
High Frequency Words list
Year 1 Common Exception Words
Friday 21st April 2017
It has been an exciting first week back in Wellington. In English we have been learning our new text 'Little Red Riding Hood' and we have been writing some fantastic story openers to introduce new characters during short burst writing. We have been using the technique of story opener, expanded noun phrase then an exclamation sentence and the children have been fantastic at it!
In Maths we have been looking at measures. We started by measuring using a ruler and measuring each other's arms and feet, then moved onto using scales and measuring cylinders to bake some chocolate chip scones for grandma! They went down a treat at milk time.
Friday 17th March 2017
This week was Science Week at Sharp Lane! In Wellington we spent Thursday looking at recycling, reusing and reducing and talking about what we could do to help our environment and our planet. We used our new maths understanding of data to look at pictograms of recycled rubbish. We then used recycled rubbish found around Sharp Lane to create a figure and used different sentence types in English to create posters to persuade people to recycle.
Thursday 2nd March 2017
Last week in Maths we looked at analogue time and reading clock faces. This week we have been looking at 3D shapes. We have made sure we know the names and their properties and attempted drawing them too, some of them are very tricky! Next week we will be looking at recapping calculations in different ways.
Last week in English we looked at performance poetry and wrote our own poems using Michael Rosen's Rap as a template. This week we have been learning our new text 'The Enormous Turnip'. Look out for the text map on our class webpage soon so you can practise at home! We have loved putting actions to the story, especially when the turnip flies out of the ground with a bang!
In topic we are starting to look at plants and life cycles. This topic will have a focus on Science as well as cross curricular writing. We will be planting our own beans and observing their growth over time. So far we have looked at the life cycle of a flower.
I look forward to seeing you all at parent consultations next week to discuss your child's learning.
Friday 3rd February 2017
This week we have been writing our own terrifying character descriptions following our learning from last week. We have used some fantastic vocabulary in our writing and even some exclamation sentences! We then got a message from Lois, our gardener, that strange things had been happening in the garden. We went down to investigate whether a monster had been and visited and if we could think of a story about it.
In Maths we have been completing lots of multiplications and looking at the link between multiplication and division. We have started looking at missing number problems to make sure we understand that they are the inverse of each other.
In Science we have been looking at what makes animals suited to certain habitats. We looked at the habitat of an oak tree and compared it to the habitat of a pond to see if the same animals would live there. We then talked about why they were suited to where they live.
Friday 27th January 2017
This has been a very exciting week for Wellington class. In English we started learning a character description ready to write our own next week. Our description is based on a monster and we have been imagining what it might look like. We also went out into the garden on an adjective hunt! We looked around for adjectives and then found items in the garden that matched to create expanded noun phrases.
In Maths we have moved from fractions onto division so the children could see the links between them. We have looked at different language associated with division and have looked at methods based on sharing and grouping so we can lead onto multiplication next week.
In topic we have looked at habitats of different animals and how those animals are suited to that habitat. We talked about an oak tree and how that habitat had lots of micro-habitats within it where different animals lived. We also looked at food chains by using 'The Gruffalo' and introduced language such as producer, prey, predator, consumer.
We were also very lucky to have a visit from Google. We used iPads to explore The Great Barrier Reef and looked at different animals that lived there using 360 views.
Friday 20th January 2017
This week in English we have been busy planning and writing our own scary setting descriptions based on pictures of derelict houses and spooky woods. We have come up with some fantastic adjectives and learned lots of new vocabulary for our scary writing. Some of the descriptions were so scary they even scared Miss Lynsdale!
In Maths we have continued to look at fractions and moved onto finding fractions of quantities. We have done this through dividing a whole into parts and then counting how many parts we need. We have done so well that we have even looked at problem solving and reasoning using fractions.
In topic we went outside to the garden looking for things that were living, dead and never alive. We had lots of fun discussing how we knew if something was alive or not and investigating in the garden. We also looked at the work of Charles Darwin to illustrate the importance of line drawings in the natural world. We attempted our own line drawings using pictures of the animals we met in school. We all used our growth mindset during this lesson!
How to help at home
Practise how to find fractions of quantities and shapes in everyday life. Also encourage the use of adjectives to describe. Keep practising number skills similar to those set in the homework and encourage your child to reread their books at home to build fluency.
Friday 13th January 2017
In English this week we have been learning a spooky setting description. It contains lots of new vocabulary that we have been learning and lots of adjectives which we are focusing on in class. We have even done some artwork to go with our spooky setting. Next week we will be writing our own spooky setting description.
Our setting description
In Maths we have been tackling fractions of shapes, looking at halves, quarters and thirds. We have done this using equipment and using visual prompts. We have also made a fraction wall. This will lead us into looking at equivalent fractions and fractions of amounts next week.
In Science we have been looking at things that are living, dead and never alive and how we can tell the difference between these. We will enhance our learning by going into the school garden to investigate further so please make sure your child has appropriate clothes for the weather.
How to help at home
Talk about setting descriptions that you see in books and encourage the use of adjectives to describe. Look at fractions when at home using toys or food items e.g. How can I halve this pizza? Encourage the use of times tables rock stars to practise the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. Read lots with your child at home to build up their fluency. Re-reading the same book more than once is a good way to help.
Friday 6th January 2017
We have had a fantastic first week back in Wellington class. We have been lucky enough to have a visit from Morley Animal Rescue and they brought in some fantastic exotic animals! We had a chance to stroke a snake, meerkat, skunk, lizard and a monkey and even got to hold a tarantula! We were all very brave!
In Maths we have been recapping our 2-digit numbers and how to partition them in different ways. We have also been looking at our number bonds and fact families to 20 and 100.
How to help at home
Keep looking at 2-digit numbers and partitioning them in different ways. keep practising high frequency spellings and how to place punctuation correctly. Discuss how to describe things using adjectives and look at stories to generate more powerful vocabulary.
Friday 16th December 2016
A big thank you to all of you at home who made our Christmas production 'A Midwife Crisis' such a success. The children all really enjoyed performing for you and did such a fantastic job!
In English this week we wrote our own Christmas poems and wrote some in the Christmas cards we made. In Maths we continued to look at 2D shapes and completed some Christmas themed Maths activities.
We also finished our Great Fire of London topic this week. This week we discussed different uses for different materials and talked about how the materials used to built houses during the time of the Great Fire may have caused more destruction. We then tested this and built houses from paper, straw, wood and bricks to see which ones might have been able to withstand the fire. We noticed that brick was the only material that did not burn and talked about how this influenced how houses are built today.
Friday 2nd December 2016
This week in English we have been looking at poetry, in particular acrostic poems. We started our learning journey by acting out some performance poetry and talked about what we liked and didn't like about them. Then we moved onto writing our own acrostic poems about our class and school. We had some very creative ideas.
In Maths we have been looking at 2D shapes and their properties. We have even mentioned quadrilaterals and right angles and looked at lines of symmetry in 2D shapes.
We have been practising our songs for 'A Midwife Crisis' this week and we are beginning to sound very harmonious. We would really appreciate it if you could bring in your child's costume as soon as possible or let us know if you need us to help provide something so we can make sure everyone looks the part for our performances.
Friday 25th November 2016
This week in English we have been busy writing our own non-chronological reports about The Great Fire of London. We have had a lot of discussions about sub-headings and paragraphs and how to make the report interesting for the reader. Next week we will be publishing our reports to practise editing our own work.
In Maths we have moved away from written methods for a while to focus on shape. We will be revisting written methods throughout the year. We started by recapping what we knew already about 2D and 3D shapes and going on a shape hunt outside. We then looked at how we could sort 2D shapes according to their properties.
Our topic this week has linked closely to our English. We also looked at materials in Science and which materials were suitable for certain objects. We did this by looking at the poem 'Woolly Saucepan' by Michael Rosen.
Friday 18th November 2016
Thank you for all your contributions towards Children in Need on Friday. The kids had great fun dressing up in their yellow clothes and spots. We then learnt about what our money raised will be used for.
This week in Maths we have been practising how to use a blank number line for subtraction. We have done this by 'counting on' and using our addition skills to help see the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction.
'Start your number line at the smallest number'
'Count forwards on the number line until you reach the largest number'
'Then add up how many you have counted on'
'You can do this by using number bonds or counting in tens and ones'
In English we have been writing our own non-chronological report about Sharp Lane. We have come up with some fantastic ideas for our sub-headings while also practising our skill of writing in full sentences.
In topic we have been constructing Tudor houses to replicate those found during the Great Fire of London. We looked at examples of Tudor houses and talked about where they could still be found today. We then thought carefully about our designs before putting them together using Tudor house nets.
How to help at home
Keep practising number bonds and the use of blank number lines at home to give your child further practise using them. Talk to your child about The Great Fire of London and make sure they know their facts so they are ready to write their own non-chronological report next week. Read regularly with your child and go back to books you have read before to build up their fluency.
Friday 11th November 2016
This week we have begun to look at how to use written methods to solve addition problems. We specifically looked at the use of blank number lines to count on in tens and ones. We also looked at how addition could be done in any order.
"Start your number line with the largest number"
"Partition the second number into tens and ones"
"Add on any tens first"
"Then add on any ones"
How to help at home
Following parents meetings last week concentrate on making sure your child is able to quickly recall number facts within 20 and also practises their use of correct punctuation.
Friday 4th November 2016
We have had a very exciting first week back in Wellington class. We started with a maths investigation into different combinations of sweets in a haribo bag and looking at different ways we could represent our findings.
How to help at home
Read lots of non-ficiton texts with your child and discuss with them the features of a non-fiction text. Practise handwriting wherever possible and punctuating sentences. Practise addition and subtraction within 50.
Friday 21st October 2016
The children have been working super hard this week before their short break. In English we have been writing our own journey tales after listening to different examples. They look very exciting with lots of problems to solve!
In Maths we have been investigating the hundreds square so we can use it to aid our learning. We noticed lots of similarities and differences between a hundreds square and a number line and we can now use both to add numbers.
How to help at home
Read lots of different things this break with your child. Practise number facts within 20 and also the 2s, 5s and 10s times tables. Do handwriting practise in different ways e.g using playdough, glitter trays, chalk and different pens to encourage correct letter formation and fine motor skills. But most importantly have a relaxing break Wellington!
Friday 14th October 2016
This week in English we have been innovating our text 'The Papaya That Spoke' and have used some fantastic expanded noun phrases in our work as well as starting to include some exciting punctuation.
In Maths we have been looking at addition on a number line and have used base 10 to support our use of counting on the number line. We also compared a number line to a hundreds square to see how each of these can be used to help our addition.
How to help at home
Practise using expanded noun phrases to describe things when you are out and about. Practise counting in tens from any number e.g 23-33-43 etc. Read lots of stories with your child so they have lots of ideas for their own story writing next week!
Friday 7th October 2016
This week we have been busy starting to innovate our text 'The Papaya That Spoke'. We have come up with lots of exciting ways to change our characters and setting and have started to magpie ideas off each other. We then put these ideas into a story map. This weekend why not make up some stories with your child using puppets and drawings!
In Maths we have been looking at part-part whole models and how to partition 2-digit numbers in different ways. We started this by taking our learning outside using hoops and chalk and then in the classroom using place value counters. This will lead us into addition problems next week!
How to help at home
Practise partitioning 2-digit numbers in different ways as well as writing numbers as words. Invent journey stories at home using handmade puppets and soft toy props. Practise counting in 2s, 5s, 10s and 3s. Use the spelling ideas at the top of the page to practise this week's spellings.
Friday 30th September 2016
This week we have been looking more at 'The Papaya That Spoke' and answering questions on the text. We have also been completing word studies with interesting words like 'screamed' and 'amazement'. In topic we have been looking at why Martin Luther King Jr. was so important and the message he was spreading. We also looked at his famous 'I have a dream' speech.
In Maths we have been using our place value knowledge to compare numbers using the less than, greater than and equal to symbols. We have done this through using equipment and problem solving. Take a look!
Scientist of the Month
Thank you to all of you who have brought in the first 'scientist of the month' homework. We have picked some that showed great creativity and good research to go up on our corridor display. We will be choosing our class 'scientist of the month' soon.
Friday 23rd September 2016
This week we have been learning our new text 'The Papaya That Spoke'. We have learnt the text using actions and a text map and have even hot-seated the farmer. Have a look to see us perform our new text and even practise at home!
We have also started to look at our new topic 'I have a dream'. So far we have thought about questions we need to ask Martin Luther King Jr. and we are looking forward to finding out the answers to our questions next week!
Friday 16th September 2016
It has been another busy week in Wellington class! We all dressed up for Roald Dahl day and enjoyed talking about the characters we had come as. Thank you to everyone who brought in £1!
In our maths lessons we have been looking more at place value and partitioning numbers into tens and ones. We have begun to do some problem solving related to this.
In English we looked at how to write some super sentences by adding openers, adjectives and conjunctions. We have used this to write more about the brain.
In Science we have been looking at healthy lifestyles and have begun to link Science with both PE and Maths. We also took part in sorting activities related to fruit and vegetables - this brought up some great questions about healthy food.
How to help at home
Practise partitioning numbers into tens and ones and explore numbers you find when you are out and about with your child. Reading books have now gone out - please read with your child and talk to Miss Lynsdale if you have any questions about the books they have been given.
Friday 9th September 2016
We have had a fantastic first week back at school and all of us have come to school each day, keep it up! This week we have been learning all about our brains! We have linked this to growth mindset and how this helps us with our learning, we all took labelled brains home and wrote some sentences on them. Ask us what we have learnt!
We have also practised teamwork and have built marshmallow towers, played hoop games and tried to untangle ourselves from a knot. This has given us an opportunity to use our growth mindset!
We spent Thursday afternoon in the garden with Lois looking at the pond area and finding lots of wildlife as well as helping her with tidying the garden. The children took pictures of their favourite parts of the garden. Take a look!