We have been doing many exciting things this half term. We visited the fire station where we learnt about fire safety and we even got to use the hoses that real fire fighters use!
Our first focus story of the half term was ‘The Tiger Child’. We acted out this Indian folktale and eventually created our own version of the story. We also created our own version of an Indian village using different materials. We learnt how to draw our own story maps to help us create a story. Next we learnt all about the Great Fire of London. We are all experts now so ask us some questions about this horrendous fire.
In maths, we have focussed on learning about subtraction, division and shape. Have a look at the photos to see how we have learnt about these topics;
Year 2 will be visiting the local fire station on Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th November.
Please check which day your child will be visiting with their class teacher and ensure your children are dressed suitably for the weather on these days.
The last few weeks of the first autumn half term were extremely busy for the Year 2 children!
In maths, we moved on from place value to addition. We learned how to add by drawing a blank number line and by partitioning. Next we looked at multiplication.
“Multiplication means groups of or lots of” – Adelaida, Hedgehog class.
“We can also solve multiplication questions by doing repeated addition or making arrays using different things.”– Ellijah, Hedgehog class.
We also made up our own multiplication word problems so that we could understand this operation a bit more.
Parents, please help your children to learn their 10, 2 and 5 times tables.
Our last topic was ‘time’. We learnt how many minutes are in 1 hour and how many seconds are in 1 minute. We also made ‘o’ clock, half past and quarter past times using tiny clocks. After this, we drew the hour hand and minute hand on blank clocks. We can tell the time accurately now!
In our topic/ literacy sessions, we focussed on transport using the book called ‘Journey’. This book was special because it had no words. The teachers gave us the pictures and we predicted what happened before and what would happen next in the story.
Then we wrote our own versions of the story. We tried to remember our capital letters, full stops, finger spaces, conjunctions and past tense verbs.
Parents, please continue to practise handwriting with your child at home on the weekends and over the holidays.
The last week before half term was Black History Week. We did a few activities including making African Maasai necklaces, performing various dances from other cultures and singing/ using instruments to replicate songs from other cultures.
We hope everyone has a wonderful half term and the teachers look forward to seeing you back at school on Monday 30th October 2017.
What a brilliant start to the school year we have had! Our Autumn half term topic is ‘transport’ and we have discussed many different types of transport on the ground, in the air, in the sea and in outer space.
The children walked to Edmonton Green bus station and completed a ‘traffic survey’. They counted the number of cars, buses, lorries, motorbikes, bicycles, trains and aeroplanes that they saw.
In literacy, they have been discussing the differences between fiction and non-fiction. They looked at different non- fiction books and created their own fact files about different types of transport. They had to remember their capital letters, full stops and important information. In the upcoming weeks, we are focussing on the book ‘Journey’ by Aaron Becker.
In maths, Year 2 have been learning about place value. Most children understand the value of tens and ones. They have also been adding numbers using different methods which include dienes, number lines and partitioning.
Please continue to read with your children and help them learn their times tables. Thank you for your continued support in Year 2.