I can’t believe that we have been back to school for eight whole weeks! We have packed so much into that time and Year 2 have made a brilliant start to their learning journey.
You will be pleased to know that we have finally finished our Marvellous Meerkat Fact-Files. The children have worked so hard and took a huge amount of pride in their work. They also used their resilience to keep going (even when their hands hurt!). We moved on to learning about the poet Joshua Seigal (he’s not a seagull!)and performing his poem ‘A Classroom Speaks’. Miss Gray’s reading comprehension group have also finished reading ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark’. They took the Accelerated Reader quiz for the book and absolutely smashed it! Our Year 2 word count is now an impressive 29,318 words.
In maths, we have finished the calculation section of our Big Maths CLIC and we are ready to start looking at SAFE (shape, amounts, fractions and explaining data). The first area we will be looking at is fractions and we will start by some recapping of skills from year 1.
Our afternoons have been busy learning more about animals in science. We now know that reptiles have dry scales on their bodies and they need a direct source of heat to be able to survive. This is because they are cold blooded animals. We don’t think Ellington is hot enough to attract any reptiles such as crocodiles or chameleons.
In RE with Mrs Redpath, we have explored Islam. We have found out about the five pillars of Islam and we will be doing some more work around this during our inter-faith week, next half term.
Have a restful, happy and safe half term and enjoy some spooky fun on Halloween!
It’s been a busy two weeks in Year 2!
In maths, we have completed our addition work and are now moving on to learning about subtraction. We have started by revisiting our learning from year 1 and practising how to subtract using a number line.
In English, our fact files about ‘Marvellous Meerkats’ are well underway. We have written our sections about their appearance, diet and habitat and we have made sure that we have included expanded noun phrases to make our work more interesting to read.
We were very luck in history this week…we had a visitor! We are finding our about how our school has changed within living memory. Leah’s mum came in to answer our questions about her experience of being an Ellington Pupil. The children asked fantastic questions and we found out so much from Mrs Henderson. Did you know, the Head Teacher used to be called Mrs Campbell? The children were disappointed that they didn’t have ‘lifty-up desks’! However, the bell we use at breaktime is exactly the same.
Science is exciting too! We are learning about the survival needs of amphibians and we are planning our own mini ponds to attract amphibians to our wildlife garden.
Have a great couple of weeks and keep an eye on Twitter/X for updates about what we are doing.
We have had a super start to our learning journey in Year 2.The children have really impressed Miss Gray and Mrs Curtis with how they have adapted to our new routines.
We have started using our new maths program: Big Maths and we are getting to grips with the ‘CLIC’ sessions where we practise basic skills. In addition (ha ha!) to this, we have been focusing on place value. We have represented numbers in lots of different ways and revised how to say and spell some of the tricky ‘teen’ numbers.
RWI phonics is back in full swing. Some children, who have completed the programme, are now doing comprehension activities with Miss Gray. We are learning how to retrieve information from a text by scanning for key words and phrases. Our text this half term is ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark’ by Jill Tomlinson. Our writing is based on ‘Meerkat Mail’ by Emily Gravett. We have been gathering vocabulary to support us in writing character descriptions of Sunny (the main character in the story).
In science, we have been bird watchers! We are learning what different groups of animals need to survive and we sat very quietly observing the birds in our school grounds. We saw lots, including a very portly pigeon! There were no penguins to be seen and we decided that this was because they are flightless birds who can’t leave their icy habitats in the colder regions of the Southern Hemisphere. We now know that mammals and birds need water, food, shelter and air to be able to survive. This might help us to look after our pets too.
In history, we are learning about how schools have changed over time. We would love to know interesting facts about Ellington Primary School if any parents or grandparents are willing to share?
It is great to be back.
I have a feeling this year is going to be AMAZING!