Welcome to Year Two!
We hope that you all had a restful summer break. It is so lovely to be starting our term together, so much so, we are calling this term our ’Term of Togetherness’. We will be focusing on getting settled, consolidating and building on our learning and keeping everyone safe and well. Thank you for all your efforts at home to support this and keep everyone in our bubble and community doing well.
The children have already made such a positive start, thinking about our wellness and want to be just like our learning friends and show our Christian value of Love. We are delighted to welcome Miss Freeman to join our team. We hope that this newsletter will help to explain a few routines a little better.
Our PE days are on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so on these days, the children come into school in their PE kits and we stay in this all day.
Things to bring
The children need to bring their water bottle (washed every evening please), labelled healthy morning snack, coat if needed for weather and Book Bag (no key rings on bags please). Our afternoon fruit has returned, so this will provide snacks for the afternoon.
More to come
We will soon be getting back into using our reading books and changing these, so there will be more news to come on how we will do this and when.
Look out for news on Google classrooms coming out soon as well. This is where we will be posting activities that you can try at home, and in a few weeks time, we will let you know what to look out for. We hope to include a mixture of spelling, English, Maths and our Geography theme.
It has already been a very exciting beginning to the term — we have received a ‘message in a bottle’ from someone called Katie, who lives in Coll. We have discovered that Coll is a real island, so we want to start finding out more about this place and who Katie is. Some people think she may be ’Katie Morag’ from the famous stories! We hope this will lead us to find out more about some different places that children live around the UK and think about what is similar or different to us and where we live.
We have lots of amazing texts in our English about colours, adventures and some fairy tales to lead us into some interesting questioning, reading and writing. The children have already been showing us all the sounds they know and how we can blend these together. We have already created a brilliant charter of things we have all promised to do to ensure our classroom remains a safe, happy and fair place to be.
In the second half of term our theme will be lighting up with flames from the Great Fire of London! We can’t wait to find out about the details of this famous event and we will be creating our own fire images. We look forward to listening to some fiery music and some Scottish Ceilidh and island sambas this term. We will continue our number work counting in different steps, recognising numbers to 100 and knowing the tens and ones in two-digit numbers. An important step is to secure our knowledge of addition and subtraction number bonds to 20 and begin to understand multiplication and division with our 2s, 5s and 10s. As we lead up to Christmas, we will be counting down the weeks in Advent with our own special Advent rings and thinking about candlelight at Diwali and Christmas.
We want to continue developing our reading through getting to know a varied vocabulary, including words with more than one syllable. Our understanding of the text and it’s meaning will be growing with all our exciting books. We will be asking and answering questions and making lots of inferences about what we have read.
We will keep you updated with our events and news throughout the term. May we thank you for all your support and encouragement with the children and our class as we find our feet in these new and uncertain times — we look forward to an enjoyable and healthy first term in Year Two.
Mrs Britten, Mrs Harding & Miss Freeman
Learning from home - Summer Term 19/20
Week beginning 20th July
Good morning Year Two on 20th July. These are our last few days as Year Two. Mrs Harding and I are want to say how proud we are of you all. We have enjoyed getting to know you and learning and working together. You have been amazing Year Twos, representing our school so well and showing our values in all that you do.
We know you will continue to do this as you move into Year Three and become a junior member of your school. We know you will keep doing your best, keep using your rainbow brains and keep being your wonderful selves!
You will be looking forward to some summer time with your families now, but you can keep doing lots of creative activities if you like and help get prepared for September. Check on our wellbeing page for some lovely activities that can make you feel good over the summer. On our Home Learning page there are also some creative home study projects from Hampshire with all different ideas of things you can make. Don't forget to check out the library summer reading challenge with the Silly Squad this year. You can keep using your Mathletics and Purple Mash and below we have some ideas you can choose from.
Can you try one this week? Also this week, we have heard that they are calling out for people to take part in the 'Big Butterfly Count' and identify the butterflies they see around them. We have seen so many round in the last few weeks, so could you help out and record the number you see in your garden? Perfect weather for it! Check out:
Take care everyone
Have a lovely summer
See you all soon when we are all together again
Week beginning 20th July
Week beginning 13th July
Good morning Year Two!
We hope you are all well and had a lovely weekend. We can't believe that we are almost at the end of our term. You have been such amazing Year Twos and represented our school so well and we know you are going to be the very best juniors as you approach Year Three.
As we draw near to the end of Year Two, we are thinking about our next steps and our hopes and dreams. We have a lovely read this week, connected to the moon and stars, that might get you thinking too.
One thing we haven't made yet (recommended by Her Majesty the Queen) is our own coat of arms. A special design made up of symbols, animals and colours that represents you. Below is the link to the Royal Collection site to find out about a coat of arms already used and ideas for your own design. As a special Year Two and member of our school, what would you put on your coat of arms. Could you design a coat of arms for you?
You can even send them into our school Gmail and then your new teacher can see them
The Place of the Moon and Stars
In our documents is a descriptive and imaginative story. Have a read! Here are some ideas for along the way:
- The author wrote this whilst listening to music. Could you listen to some music to inspire you? You could make notes or drawings as you listen and turn that into your own character and story or think about what happens next to Jo?
- Talk about the pictures you get in your mind as you read the story? What interested or surprised you the most? What questions would you like to ask? What did you enjoy/not enjoy about the story? Why do you think Jo liked the moonlight at the beginning? What do you think about Jo's character? Why did she open the box immediately?
- You could draw part of the factory or the star birds. Think of some other magical items that might be in the palace.
- Think about - if you had a magical factory -what would you make?
- Are there any new words or phrases in the story that you would like to investigate? E.g. every cloud has a silver lining, eyes wide as saucers, tentatively
- A special one - can you list your hopes and dreams? What would happen if they can true?
Check out our learning from home and wellbeing pages this week for some thoughtful reflections and discussion ideas about moving on and changes. These will be nice to share with your families, to take time to discuss your feelings about September and look for positive things that make you smile.
Documents for week beginning 13th July
Week beginning 6th July
Good morning Year Two! I hope you are all well. You created some fantastic artwork last week and explored different artists. All your pictures are going to look amazing when we put them together in our gallery. It will be lovely to see!
This week, let's see if we can take a little time for reflection. Over the next couple of weeks, we are thinking about celebrating all our achievements and the next steps we are going to take. Check out the 'Hands of Change' prayer and reflection on our Home Learning page. It's a lovely one to think about how much you have grown and what you are looking forward to.
A challenge for this week - can you make a TIME CAPSULE?
A capsule that represents 2020 and this time in our lives. You will have lots of ideas of what you could include, but there are also lots here in the document below. What would you like historians to know about this time? What special memories do you have? What represents you, your family and your time together? Have a read below and see how creative and thoughtful you can be in making your own. Something lovely to talk about and share with your family too.
Making a time capsule
We have also noticed a writing and reading sequence this week from Pie Corbett's Talk for Writing (the author who wrote the Moon poem). It fits in nicely with the time capsules because it is all about a mysterious, magical box. You could even link this to your time capsule and that becomes your magical box and you write a list of your contents. It is really up to you and you can pick and choose from any of the activities.
You can find it at https://www.talk4writing.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Y2-Unit.pdf
Documents for week beginning 6th July
Week beginning 29th June
Hello Year Two! I hope you are all well and had a lovely weekend. This week, we start a new month - how exciting! We will be thinking about what that might bring, how amazing you all are and what a special part you play in our school.
You have been doing so well, we have all learnt so much about the first moon landing from all your research and been so impressed with your space discoveries and creations.
We found a lovely film that might link to this. It is called 'La Luna'. Can you work out what this means in Spanish? Let's have a look at the first part.
La Luna 1st clip
Who do you think the characters are? What is their relationship? What do you think they might be doing?
Look at the last few seconds of the clip. How would you describe the sea? How would you describe the moon? What amazing adjectives could you use? You could describe it by comparing it to something - as bright as...... or you could describe it like it is something else. Here is how another writer called Pie Corbett tried this:
The moon is a pebble thrown high on the dark tarmac of the night.
The moon is a thumbprint stamped on an ink pad.
The moon is a giant's white thumbnail.
The moon is a ghostly galleon on the dark sea.
The moon is a hole left by a careless tailor in a dark canvas.
The moon is a silvery CD playing endless silence.
National Art Week
Did you know that this week is National Children's Art Week and the whole school will be taking part by doing their own fabulous artwork. Here is the link to the Tate Gallery children's page to look at some ideas and different artist's work. We liked 'Go on a colour walk' and 'Make a wave painting' as two to try, but you can explore and choose your own as well.
If you have had a go at some art, Mrs OH would really like it if you sent a photograph into our Clatford home learning gmail and she is then going to create an art wall in school to celebrate. Let's get creative like Lola!
Make your own footprint in time
Lots of people have been telling us that Neil Armstrong's footprint is still there on the moon. Why is this? How amazing that he has left his mark on the moon. Could you create a footprint in time? What materials could you use? Your footprint in 2020!
Part Two 1st July
I wonder....what happened after the first clip? Where have the stars come from? What will happen next? Can you describe the boy's feelings? What will they do with the stars?
Could this inspire you to do your own writing? You could write the ending? Draw and write the action that takes place between the two clips? Maybe you could write instructions on how to catch a star or write what the characters might be saying at the beginning, middle and end? You could even write and record a trailer for the film, like a blurb for a book, but for the film. You can ask your family to help you watch the whole film - it is Disney Pixar's short film called 'La Luna' (it's lovely).
We have also added some commas in a list questions in our documents (check out BBC Bitesize beforehand on commas in a list) and some practical volume questions which you could adapt and use at home. Check out our wonderful gallery below as well, you have been really inspired with your art and space Year Two - AMAZING!
This Week's Gallery
Moon photographs from the wildlife photographer Paul Colley (found by Amy)
Documents for week beginning 29th June
Week Beginning 22nd June
Hello Year Two! I hope you are all well and have had a lovely weekend. Summer is officially here! I have included some summer art activities and a checklist this week so you can look for the signs of the season all around you.
It was so great to virtually get together last week and hear from you. You have all been doing some amazing things. Do you remember? Miss Rice passed us a postcard that had a footprint on it and simply said......One small step! We were wondering what this was all about and planned to make it our mission this week to find out!
I have thought of some ideas and questions that you could try, but it really is up to you. Your mission is to find out who this footprint belongs to and what happened!
We can then make our own gallery of what we find out. Interesting! I can't wait to see what you find!
If you would like, I have also added some setting description writing, some space art and design ideas, a poem and comprehension about the moon and our weekly maths (there are also alternative sheets if you have already completed the length activities).
Open the Book
We have another lovely worship from our Open the Book team. The story of Jesus and the children. Here is the link:
The link below takes you to some resources and activities for different ages that are really useful for helping us keep thinking and talking about using our online resources safely. Check them out with your family.
*** What amazing things you are doing this week Year Two! You are finding out some fascinating facts! I think we know who that footprint belongs to now! We have added a measuring windmill maths activity you might like to try and we have some reading on Purple Mash as well.
Why not celebrate your super achievements with a rainbow chain this week as well! You can make a chain of words that you know, words that you have successfully spelt this week. Each time you spot one, you can add it to the chain. How long will your chain grow?***
Year Two's Moon Gallery
Look at it go!
Week Beginning 22nd June
Maths for Week Beginning 22nd June
Week Beginning 15th June
Good morning Year Two! I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. I bet your plants enjoyed the rain! Did you see the Queen on Saturday? Her guards were amazing! It is going to be a really positive week for us, especially when we get the chance to catch up on Thursday
An affirmation for today:
I am friendly (15th) I am kind (16th) I am strong (17th)
I have been finding out a little bit more about the author Simon James. He lives in Devon, near to the sea and loves animals and protecting them. He often uses ocean creatures in his books. We have been so enjoying hearing your whale facts and they have highlighted what special animals they are and how they sometimes need care and protection. I don't think you would find one in your pond though! Would you?
Emily seems to think she has a whale in her pond! It can't be! You may have a copy of the book 'Dear Greenpeace' at home or your family can help you find it on Slide Share on the internet. Who are Greenpeace? What have they got to do with whales?
A little girl called Emily has written to them about a whale in her pond? Have a look at her letters. Greenpeace have then written back to her! I wonder what they will say? Have a read through the letters and see what you can spot. How do they sound? What are Emily's letters like? What are Greenpeace's letters like? What features do the letters have? How do they sign off? Can you see a difference? Whose letters are informal and friendly and whose are more formal? What kind of sentences and punctuation have they used?
Why is Emily convinced she has a whale in her pond? What do you think about Emily? Is it true or is there another reason why Emily thinks she has a whale? We will come back to this during the week.
*******Added this week*******
Guess what? Emily now thinks she has a dolphin in her pond! She better let Greenpeace know! Can you be Emily and write to Greenpeace to let them know of her latest finding? Have a look at her previous letters. Can you use her excited, friendly style? How did they start and end? Tell them what she's found. How will she describe the dolphin? What questions will she ask?
Of course.....that means....Greenpeace will also reply (a little more formally, but still be polite). What do you think they will reply? How will they start and end their letter? What dolphin facts and words might they use? Can they answer Emily's questions? Can they let her know that she doesn't have a dolphin in her pond?
You will then be an official member of Greenpeace yourself.
Purple Mash this week
We have following the story of 'Zara and the Lost Cat' on Purple Mash this week with some comprehension questions after each chapter. There will be a new chapter every day. If you have a go at the Minibeast Database quiz, then don't forget to look at the minibeasts in 2 Investigate for the answers
In our documents, there are some cards for the words: table, apple, bottle, little, middle, marble, muddle, kettle, bobble, people.
Can you see what is making the 'l' sound at the end (le), a really common way to make this sound.
You can use the cards to play a memory game. Place the cards out, close your eyes and remove one of the cards. What is the missing word? Can you spell it? You can then check your answers.
Open the Book Worships you can enjoy
We enjoy our worships together with our Open the Book team, a wonderful group from our church community, who bring us thoughtful stories from the Bible. The team have created some online Bible stories which you can enjoy at home, so I'm adding two links here for you to share with your families. (You may know one of the members in the first story very well! )
Jesus and the marvellous picnic
Jesus parable of the big party
Andy Goldsworthy Artist Challenge
Have you heard of Andy Goldsworthy? He is a sculptor, photographer and environmentalist. He likes to look after his environment and uses the land and natural materials to create his art. Have a look at our Andy Goldsworthy challenge below and see if you can create your own Andy Goldsworthy inspired pieces this week. Your pieces may not last long, but if you take a photograph of them, you can send them in and we can make our own art gallery here on our page. Can't wait!
Our Land Art Gallery
Our documents for the week beginning 15th June
A message to Year Two from Mrs Britten
Look who sent us a message!
You shared some lovely ideas on Beegu last week. Beegu wanted a friend on Earth and friends come from different places. Listen to this story of 'My Friend Whale' by the author Simon James.
The blurb of the story says:
How wonderful it would be to have a blue whale for a friend! You could go swimming together every night and watch him make the biggest splashes. You could find out all about him - how, although he's the world's biggest and heaviest animal, he has very sensitive skin and no teeth; how he can hold his breath underwater for an hour; how he can't smell or taste anything but his hearing is better than ours. You would grow to love him. Imagine then, how sad you would be if that whale disappeared one night and never returned.
Do you think he really had a whale for a friend? Why do you think the whale never returned? If you could have an animal for a friend, what animal would you have? What would you do together? Where would you go? What could your animal teach you? What could you find out?
Can you use the blurb to inspire your own writing. Try to use different sentence starters.
Start with the exclamation sentence: How wonderful it would be to have a ……...as a friend! We could......We/She/He would.....
(Don't forget to put your friend in before you put your end in when you spell friend and remember would/could/should - o-u-l-d)
This week I also have the words - station, fiction, motion, nation, fraction, section, education, foundation, competition, lotion and direction. What do you notice they all end in? Can you clap and count the syllables in each word. Say the letters in each word. Then remove one and see if you can have a go at writing the missing word. Then you can check your spelling and repeat with some of the other words.
We have an interesting reading activity, another great recommendation from Mrs Lundie and the Hants team. Perfect for this week - The Big Book of the Blue. See some extracts from the book and some questions to delve in and see what you can find out.
Our maths links are added below. There are some fractions sessions this week. Some of you may have done some of these before, so there are alternative sessions using money to look at.
The Big Book of the Blue Reading
We can see that whales like to live in the ocean. What other creatures call the ocean their home? A living thing calls their home a habitat. Their habitats have all the things they need for life - food, shelter, water, air. What habitats can you think of? What habitats are around the area where you live? Is there woodland, grassland, ponds? What creatures live in these habitats?
There are some nice clips at BBC Bitesize about habitats too. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zx882hv
Can you draw some habitats that are around you and add the animals that live in them. Get outside and have a look! Then zoom in on a small microhabitat within that larger habitat - a flowerbed, under a rock, on a branch, in a bush, and think who might be living there. You could put a post it on top and then underneath, reveal the living things.
Why are those animals living in that habitat? Does it provide everything they need to survive? Have a go at creating your own animal home for a creature of your choice. How can you make it suit them and include their needs? You can make it, take a photo, draw it - up to you. Let us know the features you have included to make it just right for your animal e.g. moist leaves to provide water, shelter to protect from predators
Hello from Mrs Britten
Hello Year Two on 1st June!
I hope you are all well and had a lovely week with your families last week. What beautiful weather we had! I love that everything is coming into bloom and we can see so many colours around us. What plants have you got growing in your gardens? I am thinking of you all. You are all amazing and doing so well! We have a special date coming up, so we can get really creative in preparation this week.
June 8th is World Oceans Day. Now we know all about the oceans of the world, we like to mark this day in Year Two. Many people are talking about how we can care for our oceans and the problems they are facing, especially with plastic and the creatures that live in them. What can you find out about this? What could you do to mark this day and tell other people about how special our oceans are?
There is a Paper Plate Aquarium on there which is amazing to make (also a memory game and some posters). You don’t need to have all the resources, but your could use anything you have at home to create something similar.
Could you make some posters to highlight this date and its meaning? How could you tell everyone about our oceans and how we can protect them? I can’t wait to see what you create.
I have also been thinking about the boy and the penguin from our story 'Lost and Found'. I wonder who was lost and who was found? What does it mean to be lost?
This is Beegu! (From the book by Alexis Deacon)
What do you notice? Does this picture remind you of any other stories you have read before? What can you see? Why is Beegu lost? What sort of character do you think Beegu is? How is Beegu feeling? How does this picture make you feel? Do you think this moment is the beginning, the middle or the end of the story? What questions would you like to ask?
The story starts with:
Beegu was not supposed to be here. She was lost.
What do you think comes next?
The story tells us that no one seemed to understand Beegu 'Some wouldn’t even stay still to listen'
I wonder how this made Beegu feel? What do you notice about her? What do you think she was trying to say? Can you create a speech bubble and a thought bubble for Beegu?
- 'She needed to find some friends' Do you have any advice for Beegu suggesting where she can find help or what she should do?
- Beegu was collected from Earth by her parents (look at her ears now!). She told them that Earth creatures were mostly big and unfriendly, but there were some small ones that seemed hopeful.
- What could you share with Beegu about life on Earth - riding a bike, going for walks, your favourite smells, music, books, beautiful places. What are the top 5 things that are special about life on Earth that Beegu didn't get to experience? Why are they amazing? Could you write and tell Beegu the best bits, like a guide to Earth. Oliver Jeffers' book 'Here We Are' is a lovely book that links well with this.
Looking at Beegu’s name has got me thinking of two words – be and bee. These are examples of our homophones, words that sounds the same but are spelt differently and have a different meaning. I thought of see and sea as well.
I’ve got these words. Can you find another word or other words that sound the same but have a different meaning? Have a look on BBC Bitesize too, they have some good games on this J
The links to our maths and some activities are below for you too
Week beginning 1 June
Good Morning Year Two! What a beautiful day! I hope you are all ok and enjoyed your weekend. Spring is definitely all around us, I keep hearing the birds sing and looking at the lovely flowers coming out in my garden. You are doing some amazing work Year Two and I am very proud of you. Keep up your lovely creative ideas!
There are some special themes in our country this week. It is Mental Health Awareness Week this week on the theme of 'kindness'. Take a look at our wellbeing page on this website for ideas and information about making 'kindness awards'.
I wonder if you could use your postcard writing skills to make a kindness postcard to send to someone? A little act of kindness that could make someone's day! Lots of people across the country are going to try doing this during the week. Can you brighten someone's day by drawing a picture and writing an encouraging message and sending it to someone?
Reading and Spelling
As I mentioned, I am enjoying listening to all the beautiful sounds around me. What would happen if those sounds were all collected? We have one of Mrs Lundie's great poems this week called 'The Sound Collector by Roger McGough. Can you delve in and find out about the words the poet has used and use some of sounds surrounding you? Check out the documents below to find out more.
After using our analogy in our spelling, see if you can find some words within words this week.
I have added our White Rose Maths questions for this week and also some 'True or False' questions based on these. I know you like to prove it and convince me Year Two!
Thursday 21st is also a special day in our Christian calendar. It is known as Ascension Day, the day that Jesus decided to go up to heaven to be with God. He left his friends with so much kindness and great messages of love to pass on. See if you can take for a special prayer this week. We like to take moments of calm and relaxation in our class each day, so I hope you are managing this at home as well. There are some lovely meditations, exercises and affirmations on our wellbeing page that you could use with your family.
I have also added a lovely activity from 'The Art Room' that you might like to try this week. It really celebrates our beautiful world around us and how good that can make us feel.
Take care everyone!
Some lovely outdoor activities
Maths and Reading
Hello everyone on 11th May! Hope you enjoyed some VE day celebrations with your family. Did you hear the Queen’s speech? Did you make some bunting or do some baking? Mrs Freeman gave me a lovely scone recipe, so I made some and they were delicious J
I wonder how the boy and the penguin are getting on? They have set sail across the ocean and the little boy left the penguin at the South Pole. But the penguin seemed sadder than ever! He seemed lonely. Could you send a postcard from the penguin to the boy telling him how you are feeling and asking him to return? What would he say? How is the penguin feeling now?
Things you could include
- Thanking the boy for bringing you home
- Telling him how lonely you feel
- Commands to the boy to get him back
- Tell him you loved his stories (maybe you want to hear more)
- Include words with suffixes – lonely, sadder, happiness, hopeful
- Questions to the boy to see if he will come back and get you
- Be a great RPP with a range of punctuation
Our characters are not the only ones going on a journey. These little boats are too! Read our poem ‘Where go the boats?’ and see what you can find out, there are some questions with it. (see link below)
You have been using your possessive apostrophes well Year Two. Can you add them into these sentences?
The cats basket is in the corner.
That is Annas coat.
My mums car is bright red.
Where is the girls book?
I went to Lolas house yesterday.
Sometimes when you don’t know a word, we can use other words that are like it to help us spell. This is called ‘analogy’. If you know ‘light’, then you can spell ‘right’.
Do you know any other words that can be made using ‘light’?
Try this with ‘light’, ‘ground, ‘stick’ and ‘late’. Sound them out, bend them, put sound buttons on them. What other words can you make if you know these words?
Below there is a link to a lovely activity for using different numbers on a number line. You can do it outside. I have also attached the worksheets to match the videos on the White Rose Maths this week.
Oceans of the World
Do you know any oceans? You have done brilliantly with finding out about the continents of the world. What about the oceans? Which ocean would the penguin and boy have sailed across? How many oceans are there? Which is the largest? Is there one called ‘peaceful’. Your World of Water reading will help you out here. See what you can find out about the oceans of the world. Can you place them on a world map?
Good Morning Year Two on May 4th! Beautiful sunshine again! I hope you are all ok. You are doing brilliantly!
I have news.....it seems I'm not the only one to find a penguin on my doorstep.
Check out https://www.oliverjeffers.com/lost-and-found and watch the trailer for his book ‘Lost and Found’ (He also reads a story each day). What do you think this book might be about? What do you think will happen? What will the boy and the penguin do? I wonder what the penguin and the boy would be thinking, feeling or even saying?
You might have this book at home or be able to hear it online, but if you head to our school YouTube site, Mrs Harding is reading it for us, so we can find out what happens to the penguin and the boy. Check it out!
In the book I found these words: lost, found, together, decided, ignored, disappointment, discovered, harbour, lonely. Have you heard these words before? What do they mean? How could they be used?
The boy and the penguin go down to the ‘harbour’:
I wonder…….Was the ship's horn loud or quiet? Why could the boy not be heard at the harbour? What do you think he said? How did they get down to the harbour? Who do you think they will ask next? Would you do that if you found a penguin?
They decide to set sail across the ocean with ‘waves as big as mountains’. Can you imagine you are sailing across the ocean with a penguin and use all your senses to tell us what it is like? You could create a rowing boat at home and try it out. Can you use some great similes …as cold as….. as big as……? Can you expand your writing, e.g. not just 'I see whales', but 'I see whales as big as houses brushing past me'.
It’s not just penguins who are lost though! I’ve lost some numbers! I was trying to make 48, but it disappeared! How could I make 48 using my tens and ones? What different combinations of tens and ones could I use to make my number? Can you see what has happened to the tens in my pictures? I can make 48 with 40+8, 30+18, 20+28, 10+38. Have you spotted any numbers going missing? Can you create a wanted poster for a number?
It comes in many different forms, so make you sure you tell us the different ways you can make this number with tens and ones (get some resources out to try it). You could also tell us other ways to make your number – how could you make your number with different combinations of ones (e,g 40+5+3) and other ways to make it. What could tell us about your number – is it even? What does it come between? What sort of number is it? Is it more or less than?
We are looking at possessive apostrophes this week. You have all been using your contractions (didn’t, I’m) really well, so we are using the apostrophe to show that something belongs to someone. There are some activities on our Purple Mash and also you can check out:
Penguin Life Cycle
You have started to find some great penguin facts everyone. Can you now create a penguin life cycle? Can you find out how a penguin grows? How does it change through its life? What happens at each stage of its life? What can it do? See if you can create a penguin life cycle showing the stages in a penguin’s life. You could draw each stage and add some great details to tell us what happens.
You could also create a penguin riddle choosing 6-8 clues that describe penguins. Each clue has to tell us something different about penguins (their size, what they eat) and start in a different way. Don’t make the clues too easy at first, it’s got to get us thinking! Try it out on someone in your family. I made one – can you guess the creature?
What am I?
I fly in the air by fluttering my wings.
I am smaller than your hand.
If you look carefully, you will see that I am many different colours.
For my food I drink delicious nectar from flowers.
I have six legs and two antennae
At first, I came out of an egg.
I was a caterpillar and then a chrysalis
I am a……….
I bet you guessed it in the end! I have been seeing lots of butterflies in my garden. https://www.wildlifewatch.org.uk/spotting-sheets has a butterfly detective spotting sheet and lots more.
This Friday, we are celebrating 75 years since the guns fell silent and the end of the war in Europe. How are you going to mark the day with your family? I have made some bunting to hang in my window. Maybe you could have a go at some bunting or flags yourself. Don’t forget to stop at 3pm and raise a glass of squash at home/in the garden (and maybe some cake if you are doing some baking this week) to remember all those people involved and celebrate peace like everyone did 75 years ago.
There's Somebody at the Door!
Hello Year Two! Hope you are all ok. Thinking of you all!
I wanted to show you something! Today is April 27th and look what I found on my doorstep.....a penguin!
What should I do? Where did it come from? Why is it lost?
I wonder: What would you do if you found a penguin on your doorstep? Can you come up with some ideas?
What have you noticed about the word 'doorstep'? It's a compound word. What other words can you find with 'door' in? If you can spell 'door', what other words can you spell? (e.g. floor, poor). What endings could you add to any of these words? (e.g. est, ing) I'm looking at our speed sound chart and I can also see 'ore', 'aw' and 'au' making the 'or' sound. What words use these spellings? Don't forget to use your washing line when you are writing 'or', 'ore' and 'oor'.
I found out that on the 25th April it was World Penguin Day! What do you know about penguins? Where do they live? Are there different species of penguin? What do they eat? What do they do? Can they fly? I'd love to know more about these amazing creatures.
Would you find penguins in a large area of land called Antarctica? Antarctica is a continent. There are seven continents in the world. Can you find them? What are they called? Can you identify them on a map? Can you place them in order from largest to smallest? What can you find out about each continent and the animals that live in them? We like to sing the seven continents song in class: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6DSMZ8b3LE
Also, check our Rob Biddulph's website with the help of your family: www.robbiddulph.com and go to the 'Draw with Rob' section. He has a drawing lesson and teaches you how he draws Penguin Blue in his book 'Blown Away'. There are lots of other animals/ideas on there too and he shows you a way to draw them. I've had a go, they are great fun and really creative, giving you lots of ideas. Also, have a go at some footprint ideas from the our Learning from Home page.
Keep checking out www.whiterosemaths.com/homelearning
What an exciting week! And don't forget...……...thank you Baked Potato! (check out the Baked Potato song)
A big hello everyone! Happy Easter time! Hope you are all well. We are now in our golden time of Easter with some special dates ahead. Hope you have been enjoying some lovely Easter activities, like making Easter Gardens and trying out our Easter prayers. Have you checked out Rev’d Katrina’s story and Messy Church ideas on the Anna Benefice children’s page? You will really enjoy them.
Our website has the story of two disciples on the road to Emmaus. Such happy news for them! What happy news can you find to share with us? Have you heard about Captain Tom? First News has a ‘Happy News’ section with some heart-warming articles to read together.
The Queen has posted some lovely activities like creating spring flowers, decorating a room at the palace and a chicken challenge. Check out:
Check out some great outdoor ideas from the Learning through Landscapes website resources. You may be starting to see some of Mrs Isaac’s minibeasts around. See how many you can spot and think of how you can collect your results.
Here is an English question for you to discuss and think about too:
Can a story take you on an adventure?
Check out a little bit of the book ‘A Child of Books’ by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston (your families can find it on YouTube). What does an author do to bring a setting to life? How do they create the sights, smells, sounds, the feel of a storybook world? What locations have stories taken you to? Can you create an adventure book page or cover? Be creative! Can't wait to see where this leads us!
Good morning Year Two! Hope you are all well.
Check out www.whiterosemaths.com/homelearning. Go to the Year 2 page. There are some videos and activities that you can follow on our fractions, using halves, quarters and thirds. We have tried some, they are great!
Next week will be Holy Week and we will be thinking about the events in Jesus’ life during the Easter story. Our concept (a big idea that we enquire about) is: Sad and Happy at Easter. Here are some activities to explore this:
- Discuss together times when you were happy and times when you were sad. What were they and what happened? Draw or paint a picture of a time when you were happy and a time when you were sad. Have you ever experienced a time when you felt sadness and then this changed to happiness?
- What is sadness and happiness? What words connect to sad and happy? Can you find some synonyms (words that mean the same) for sad and for happy? Can you put them into a word cloud (there are some you can create online) of synonyms for ‘sad’ and synonyms for ‘happy’? Which words do you think are the most powerful for these meanings?
- Can you write and describe – Sad means……… Happy means……..
Next step activities you might like to try:
- Have a look together at this little video clip of the Easter story https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/religious-studies-ks1-the-christian-story-of-easter/zhgv47h. Look for times in the story when peple were sad and when people were happy. Talk about why this was. What do you find happy and sad about the story of Easter?
- You could make a storybook with pictures and writing about the happy and sad times in the Easter story.
- Have a look at a colour chart, discuss which colours you think are happy and which you think are sad. Place a template of a cross onto a plain piece of white paper. Smudge around the outside with oil pastels/paints/sponge/pencils, so when the template is lifted off there’s a blank cross surrounded by colour. (see examples below)
- You could make one cross in ‘happy colours’ and a one cross in ‘sad colours’.
- Fill your happy cross with pictures and symbols that represent the happy parts of the story and fill your sad cross with parts that make you feel sad.
Lovely news for us! Her Majesty the Queen is making every Monday a 'Crafty Monday', sharing fun activities and learning resources which you can enjoy at home.
This week, why not design your own Investiture medal? Medals are given by the Queen and other Royal Family members for special achievements, bravery and services to the United Kingdom. Who would your medal be for?
Have you made your rainbows yet?
Lots of people are drawing/painting rainbows as a sign of hope and placing them in their windows to make everyone smile. Do you remember the story of Noah? God sent Noah a rainbow as a sign of hope and that things would be good in the world again.
Don't forget to remind the adults in your family that lots of people are clapping from their houses at 8pm this evening (Thursday 26th) to say thank you and well done to all the amazing medical teams who look after us.
Below I have made a list of helpful websites that the children can access at home to continue with their learning from home.
- https://www.ictgames.com/ this has lots of fun games for KS1 children that work help support phonics and maths.
- Purple mash- I have selected some activities for your children that they should be able to do independently.
- Mathletics - I have selected some activities for your children that they should be able to do independently.
The login details and passwords for mathletics and purplemash have been put in an envelope into the children's book bags today (16.3.20).
I will be posting more work and activities on this page, including the Year Two spelling list for the children to practise, so please check back regularly.
I hope you all stay healthy and happy. Remember that although some of us may be ill, isolated or feeling sad. We are still a big Clatford family! We'll all be back to school together before you know it!
Welcome to Year Two, a very exciting, important, interesting and busy year at school. We build upon all the children’s good work in Year One and have lots of great new things to learn and experiences to be part of. This is the last year as part of the infants so we have lots of opportunities to share our learning and take part in worships, be leaders across key stage one, learn the recorders, help at playtimes and be part of trips and outings like the local gymnastic festival.
We begin our year learning about us and our community where we think about how people are similar and different, discover more about our local environment and get to compare this to another mystery island home! We are always developing our reading and read some fantastic books throughout Year Two and really get to know the characters and think about understanding what is happening as we read. Our stories often take us to special places and can even help us jump back in time to discover the events of the Great Fire of London and how light is an important part of our life with advent rings and electricity. One of our most special times in our Christian year is creating and performing our Christmas platy and sharing this special time with everyone.
Spring term leads us to be story investigators! After we have read some traditional tales, then it is time to change them a little and write our own which is always great fun! We design our own symmetrical fabric coats and find our about forces and the force of the Titanic that hit an iceberg and the events of that fateful night. Year Two are keen to learn about how we grow and can be healthy so we design our own vitamin packed smoothies which we sell on our smoothie stall in school. Our smoothies have to be made with some Fairtrade fruit as we fly to St Lucia to find out about the fruit that grows there and their Fairtrade work. Our travels are always done safely as Year Two learn to become streets ahead experts when they are out and about with their families.
As well as weighing our different fruits for our smoothies, we also measure length and capacity in Year Two. We develop our knowledge of tens and units and counting in different steps in our maths, get to know different fractions of shapes and numbers and learn to become really confident with adding and subtracting different numbers and begin to multiply and divide. This is really helpful, when we are counting up the different minibeasts that live in our area and as well as growing our own butterflies, we grow plants in our garden and create our own collages from nature. It is great to find our more about habitats as we create our own information reports on creatures that live in our local habitats and as well as being nature detectives, we also become seaside detectives in the summer, finding out about seaside features and how holidays have changed. All really interesting and exciting things to learn before we move into being a junior member of our school.