Welcome to Year 2.
Our Teachers are Miss Ellis and Miss Farley and our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Restell, Mrs Da Palma, Mrs Redgwell and Mrs Pasarica.
Planning stories and telling the time.
We have had a very busy week this week. In Maths, we have been really pushing ourselves and taking on the challenge of learning the to tell the time. We began by revising our knowledge of which hand is the minute and which is the hour hand. We then learnt to tell them time when it was o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to. We also began learning the to tell the time every 5 minutes. It would be great if children could practise this as much as possible at home. Practise makes perfect!
In Literacy, we have began planning our own stories based on the story line of ‘How the leopard got his spots’. We came up with some lovely story ideas. For example:
- How did the Gorilla become so strong?
- How did the Zebra get her stripes?
- How did the spider get eight legs?
- How did the snake lose his legs?
- How did the tree frog learn to jump so high?
The children thought about the problem and resolution that they would base their story around in order to create an interesting story sequence. We can’t wait to see how they turn out next week!
In Science, we searched our local habitat for anything living, dead or never been alive. We found lots of fallen leaves and could understand that they should be in the ‘dead’ category as they were once alive.
In Art, we were learning how to sketch and shade to make our drawing look more realistic. We drew observational drawings of rain forest animals and really focused on the details. We then had a class art gallery and shared our work with each other.
Next week in Maths, we will be learning how to double and half numbers. We will be thinking about what numbers can and can’t be halved and why. In Literacy, we will be writing our story that we have planned this week and we will be making sure we have included lots of descriptive language to create an interesting setting and character description.
Welcome back everyone. We hope that everyone had a very restful break.
This week we began our topic on rain forests. We have been blown away by the incredible projects that the children have shared with the class.
We are basing our Literacy topic on the book ‘How the Leopard got his spots’. The children wrote incredible character descriptions all about the Leopard and used some really incredible language. Next week we will begin by picking our own rain forest character to create a similar story to the book. Have a think whilst at home this weekend.
In Maths this week we have been learning how to interpret and create pictograms. The children kept very resilient as some were quite tricky when the picture represented more than one. The children have been set questions based on pictograms for homework this week to improve their understanding.
Panta & Carols!
What a wonderful week we all had this week. The children were all incredible assets to the school with great behaviour when we all went to the pantomime. It was clear they all thoroughly enjoyed it!
We also had a lovely time singing carols with the whole school at church on Friday. The children all worked very hard to learn the words to lots of different carols. We were also so proud of the wonderful readers during our carol concert. They read with great expression and confidence – well done!
In Maths, we were learning about different units of measure. We made a set of instruction of how to measure with a ruler accurately and were then able to measure lots of things in the classroom and compare the sizes of different objects.
In Literacy, we wrote incredible shape poems about our visit to the train station. The children focused on using their senses in order to improve the detail in the poem. Many children read theirs allowed using great tone and expression to make it even more exciting.
In Art, we recreated one of David Hockney’s pieces of Art. The children had to focus on colour mixing and looking at the detail within the painting. We used oil pastels to recreate his work.
St Alban’s Signal Box
Today we were lucky enough to visit the signal box next to St Albans City station and luckily the weather managed to stay dry for us!
We were taught about how the levers work in order to signal trains and also how the different stations communicate with each other in order to notify them about any oncoming trains.
The children loved pretending they were in charge of signalling trains and pulling levers down in order to move different signals. We also were taught about how train stations used to operate before technology developed.
Year 5 have been working hard over the course of the term to create a brand, logo, biscuit design and even packaging for the biscuits they will be making. They will be selling the biscuits they have made this week after school, on the playground.
Prices are between 40p and 50p.
Year 1 and 2: Monday 9th December
Year 3: Tuesday 10th December
Year 4: Wednesday 11th December
Year 6: Thursday 12th December
The year 5 children will be able to buy the biscuits on their day of selling.
We look forward to seeing you there,
We are looking for helpers to come along to our trip to the signal box on Friday 6th December. Crimson will be leaving at 9:30 and will arrive back at around 11:30. Scarlet class will be leaving at 10:30 and arriving back at 12:15. Please let us know during soft start if you are able to help.
Our new topic in Place and Time is Grace Darling! We have found out about her heroic story and are starting to think about her thoughts and feelings. Can you find out any interesting facts about Grace Darling? We will start writing Newspaper Reports about her next week.
In Maths we have been using our favourite number “10” to regroup numbers when adding and subtracting. We have also been using bar models to identify missing numbers and thinking about whether to use + or – to find our missing numbers.
We are so impressed with the children’s versions of the traditional tale “Rapunzel”. They have put their own spin on the class tale and used great description.
Keep practising the year 2 common exception words and using Numbots at home!
Numbots and spellings!
The school now have access to a maths game called Numbots. To access this just go onto play.numbots.com and login in using your TTRS details (these are found in your homework book or reading diary). Have a go at the activities at home if you can!
Spelling tests in year 2 are on Thursdays or Fridays and new spelling sheets go home every Friday. If your child receives the same spelling sheet, it means that they need to retake that test. Also, the spelling folders do not need to be returned – just add your new spelling sheet to your folder when you get it every week and keep it at home to practise!
This week we began our new Literacy topic based on traditional tales. We have been reading a few different versions of the story Rapunzel. We have been focusing on building a detailed and interesting character description and setting description. To help us generate vocabulary we took part in drama activities to help build a varied range of vocabulary.
We began the week by consolidating our ability to use column addition. The children have loved learning how to do this and many have been telling me that they have been practising this at home – keep it up. Please see below the method we have been using:
We have also been using cubes to support us finding doubles. I asked the children to represent this in a number sentence and we found that there were lots of different ways to write it.
A very big thank you to all the children have took part in the homework project. The 2D and 3D creations were absolutely outstanding. The class have loved hearing about how they were all created.
Twitter – Crimson Class
We have created a Twitter account for Crimson class. This will have daily updates/pictures of what the children have been learning about in school. It is a great communication tool for parents to also share any home learning. Please follow us on Twitter (@AcsCrimson).