I am pleased to introduce you to our Y2 Swans school parliament members; Noah and Marwa!
They wanted to introduce themselves to you!
Hi, my name is Marwa. I am 6 years old and I am in Swan class, my teacher is Miss French. I like to draw and paint. I wanted to be a parliament member because I thought if someone is sad I can think of new ways to help them. If I could change one thing in school it would be having a drawing area all the time!
Hi, my name is Noah. I am 6 years old and I am in Year 2 Swans with Miss French. I like to play football and eat ice cream! I wanted to be a parliament member because I want to help make some changes to the school. If I could change one thing in school it would be to have more homework, because Miss French's homework is fun!
What an exciting first week back we have had this week! The children are certainly refreshed and raring to get learning again which is just superb!
In English this week we have started our new story. We are still looking at traditional tales and we are now focusing on, Little Red Riding Hood. The children have really engaged with the story and we created a class story map to help us remember the key parts of the story and what happens when! This week we have re-written the story in our own words! Miss French is very proud of us because we have had a whole week off and haven’t forgotten our capital letters, full stops and finger spaces! She was worried we would!
Look at us here in Monday's English lesson where we did some role play to help us with the story!
In maths we started the week by looking at estimation of objects and using pictures. We now know what estimation means – if you ask us at home we can give you the definition! We then moved on to estimation on a number line which we found really tricky! So we spent more time on this to make sure we understood it! At the end of the week we began our unit on subtraction – the inverse to addition. We did this with concrete objects (counters) to begin with and just recapped all of our year 1 knowledge so Miss French could see what we remember from last year!
We have started our new topic for this half term ‘Big City’ which is all about the Great Fire of London! The children are incredibly enthusiastic about this and really can’t wait to find out more and learn lots about it! Out first lesson was all about fact finding and researching. We used our brand new knowledge organisers, fact files, and the internet to learn how to research.
What a busy busy week we have had this week! We have had our DT week this week (photos will follow next week after the finishing touches have been added)
This week we have worked towards writing our non-chronological reports on goats! We wrote each part on a different day, and then on Friday we published it! Miss French was SO impressed and can't believe how far we have come in just 7 weeks!
We have continued addition in maths, still focusing on adding multiples of 10! On Thursday we moved on to adding two, 2 digit numbers but only using concrete apparatus! We will carry this on, next week. The Secret Agent Testing office sent us our first practise challenge this week and on Friday we completed a challenge test on place value!
Our certificate winners this week!
What another brilliant week! Thank you to all parents who attended our SATs information evening, we hope you found this beneficial. There will be a further meeting around February as we get closer!
This week we published our instructions 'How to trap a troll'. Miss French has absolutely loved reading them! Our sentence structure is improving day by day! On Tuesday we moved on to our next genre of writing - non - chronological reports. We spent the lesson reading Miss French's WAGOLL and finding out what a non-chronological report is! Ask us to see if we can remember! We have also spent a lesson learning how to research information and worked as teams to find out lots of interesting facts about goats!
This week we have moved on to addition, both using pictures/drawings and on a numberline! We will be continuing this next week. We have enjoyed learning new methods to work things out and can now apply it in different contexts. Using a numberline is really useful for addition and we have worked really hard on making sure we do the correct amount of jumps!
Encompass and Science
This week we have looked at the jobs of the Royal family. We learnt that Prince Harry used to be in the Army and now he does a lot of charity work and the one we were most excited about was Princess Anne who competed in Equestrian and even won gold medals! In Science we set up our plant investigation. We recapped our Year 1 knowledge on how to plant a seed first. Then we, as groups, decided what we could take away from each plant to see if it would still grow. We will check on the plants every couple of days to check for any changes!
What another lovely week we have shared! I would just like to say that it was a pleasure to meet with all parents that made the time to come and see me for a parents consultation this week, it was lovely to talk about your children with you!
In English this week we have been working towards writing our set of instructions 'How to trap a troll'. We have written each individual part and on Monday we will complete our publish write! I can't wait to read them! We have looked at making sure all of our instructions include time openers, imperative verbs and for some of us adverbs and conjunctions!
This week we have been working really hard on comparing numbers and even managed some tricky problem solving! Miss French is so proud of our determination in this lesson! The problems were tricky but after Miss French showed us some special tricks on how to work them out we found it a bit easier! Next week we will be starting to look at addition!
This week we have been looking at the royal family. We looked at their family tree! Ask us at home, why it is called a tree and see if we can remember! We found out that the Queen is married to Philip and they had four children! We then looked at the children they had and even the children they had!! We were very excited about it all!
Week 4 - Week beginning 23rd September 2019
This week in Swans, we have worked incredibly hard. We are definitely feeling tired this week! But that has not stopped our determination. The children have all wanted to give and have tried their hardest to give everything we have done 110%.
This week we have moved on to instruction writing! We need to help the goats trap a troll. We have learnt lots of new vocabulary associated with instructions and now know what they all mean! The new words for us this week are imperative verb, time conjunction, adverb. We have all tried really hard to remember what they mean and use them in our writing! We spent Thursdays lesson learning all about command sentences and tried really hard to write our own ready to write our ‘How to trap a troll’ instructions next week.
This week we have been ordering and comparing numbers to 100! We spent the beginning of the week learning and practising how to draw beautifully neat number lines in our maths books with rulers! Some of us found this very tricky but persevered and had beautifully neat books by the end! On these numbers, we were putting 2 digit numbers in order. The number line really helped us! Towards the end of the week we have been comparing numbers! Looking at which number is the biggest and smallest between 2 different numbers. We did this using the dienes and it really helped us! We really impressed Miss French with this!
In our Encompass lesson this week, we compared London with Tokyo (the capital city of Japan). We found out lots of similarities and differences! For example, we found out that London is different to Tokyo because in London people speak English and in Tokyo people speak Japanese and in Tokyo their currency is Yen and in London the currency is Great British Pounds.
What another fabulous week we have had! I can't believe week three is over already! We have worked really hard this week and really impressed Miss French!
Today (Friday) we have published our re-tell's of our class story, the three billy goats Gruff. We tried our hardest to include all of our capital letters and full stops, amazing adjectives, some conjunctions and some of the tricky spellings we have learnt this week! Miss French has been really impressed with the standard of everyone's writing. She has been showing ALL of the teachers around school! There is a class book in our classroom, if you're ever in with us, take a peek! You won't be disappointed!
This week we have been partitioning two digit numbers. We learnt what a two digit number is and can now explain it when asked. We used lots of concrete resources to help us on a part - whole model and this helped us visualise what the number looks like and how many tens and ones there are in each number. On Friday we moved on to finding one more and one less than a number, still using a part whole model because Miss French wanted to challenge us!
This wee we have looked at landmarks in London. First of all, we needed to learn what a landmark is and we decided it was something, usually a building you can recognise from a distance because of how it looks. We then discussed the landmarks we have heard about in London. We completed 3 activities in our lesson this week, we matched photos of London's landmarks to their name, drew what landmarks we might see out of a window if we were in London and then wrote descriptions of some of the most famous landmarks, including the Cutty Sark, a very famous ship in Greenwich! We were really excited when Miss French gave us our own ticket to the London Eye, we stepped on board and absolutely LOVED seeing all of the landmarks from high above in our London Eye pod!
What a sensational first full week back at school we have had! We have got stuck straight into our Year 2 learning and have impressed Miss French SO much with all of our prior learning! Miss French cannot believe how much we can remember from Year 1!
In English for the next two weeks we are writing about the story the three billy goats Gruff. We are loving it! We started off the week by listening to the story and learning what happens in the beginning, the middle and the end with some role play/freeze frames! We are aiming to write our own re tell by the end of next week!
We have started looking at place value. This week we looked at how to read, write and count numbers to 100! We have spent a lot of time writing numbers as words! This is something some of us found tricky so Miss French will keep bringing it in to all lessons! We even did some problem solving on Friday, it was SO fun, we didn't even realise it was problem solving!!
We have absolutely loved beginning our learning about London! We have learnt LOTS of new vocabulary this week, including the word population. Ask us at home and we can tell you its definition! We have learnt what makes a capital city, a capital city as well as how to find London on a variety of different maps!