Mrs Lontay  – Year 2

Summer 2018

Termly Overview Summer 2018

Week beginning 16th July 2018

In Rabbit Class, we have been practising our skills in using directional language to locate objects and places on a map. We also enjoyed searching for mathematical clues to solve a problem in order to unlock a treasure box.

Week beginning 9th July 2018

This week we have enjoyed going on a minibeast hunt and seeing what we could find in the local environment.

We also enjoyed a problem solving challenge in maths exploring shapes made with cubes.

Week beginning 2nd July 2018

This week we have enjoyed making our own glossaries of geographical words. We have also been using some of the language learnt whilst writing about Stretham and the surrounding area.

Week beginning 25th June 2018

We have had a really exciting week with our visit to South Angle Farm. While there, we not only found out about farm animals but also minibeasts and reptiles. Look at all the photos!

 

In class, we have also been focusing on science, learning about food chains. It was great fun thinking about who the producers and consumers were.

Week beginning 18th June 2018

This week we have been very busy reading ‘The True Story of the Three Little Pigs’. We then conducted our own trial. Would we find him guilty?

Look at our pictures of the trial and read our newspaper reports to find out.

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We have also had fun in our Music lessons, choosing instruments to represent minibeasts.

Next week we are going to be composing our own music for the Butterfly Ball.

Week beginning 11th June 2018

This week, Rabbit Class have enjoyed learning about mini-beasts.

We have used a poem about a caterpillar to practise our handwriting, completed classification and sorting tasks, as well as research facts about mini-beasts to write our own fact files.

Week beginning 4th June 2018

Rabbit Class have been very busy this week. In R.E. we have been learning about the Five K’s and the story of Vaisakhi. We retold the story in our own words in our writing books but we wrote so much it was impossible to photograph!

We have also been comparing weights in Maths, to find out if larger objects always weigh more than smaller objects. We now know that this is not true, some of smaller items we weighed were really heavy.

We have been learning about habitats in Science and enjoyed matching animals to their environments.

Finally, we took part in our sponsored walk. We were very excited to have walked the whole way, as you can see from our pictures.

Week beginning 21st May 2018

This week Rabbit Class have been busy learning about shape poems in our English lessons. We also wrote some shape poems ourselves about our favourite animals.

In Art, we have been learning about the artist Vincent van Gogh. We looked at several of his famous works of art, deciding which we liked best and why. Then afterwards, we created our own artwork based on his picture ‘Twelve Sunflowers’.

Week beginning 14th May 2018

This week in Rabbit Class, we have been very busy using our needlework and design skills to create beautiful summer butterflies. We are very proud of our finished results.

Week beginning 8th May 2018

This week in Rabbit class, we have been learning about ‘Instructional texts’. First we learnt about key features of Instructions and then worked with a partner to identify these. Next we had lots of fun designing our own fruit salads and are now in the process of writing recipe instructions using all the skills we have learnt.

Week beginning 30th April 2018

This week in Maths, we have been very busy learning about time. We have been practising and drawing times for o’clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past. We have also begun to read and draw times at 5 minute intervals. Showing the times on our clocks and playing time games were lots of fun too!

In English, we have been enjoying the story Mrs Pepperpot and the Treasure. We worked with our partners to sequence pictures of the story before retelling and writing it our own words.

Mrs Pepperpot is an amazing woman and we are enjoying listening to her other adventures too during storytime.

Week beginning 23rd April 2018

This week we have enjoyed learning about plants in our science lessons. We have learnt to name the parts of a tree and are beginning to understand their importance. We have also made observations of leaves, noting similarities and differences. We enjoyed exploring the trees in the school grounds and took some rubbings of bark. We also painted beautiful trees for our class display.

Then finally, we have been observing our broad bean seeds and updating our bean diaries. Our seeds now have roots and some even little shoots.

Week beginning 17th April 2018

Maths – This week we have been practising measuring in cm with rulers.

Science – We have been looking at the role of bees in pollination and the by-product of honey!

Spring 2018

Termly Overview Spring 2018

Week beginning 26th March 2018

This week we have been very busy in maths, learning about fractions. We are becoming really confident with finding halves, quarters and three quarters. Finding a third is slightly trickier though. Especially when a shape has been divided into more than just three sections!

We had lots of fun in English too, revising compound words.

Week beginning 19th March 2018

In Art this week, we enjoyed mixing shades of colour to create some beautiful seascape pictures.

Week beginning 12th March 2018

This week has been really busy and we have had lots of fun learning.

On Tuesday, we thoroughly enjoyed a visit from a pilot and his cabin manager. We certainly learnt lots about aviation.  

Then on Thursday we visited Burwell Museum where we were able to look at old forms of transport in line with our current topic ‘Wheels and Wings’. We also discovered lots of other objects have wheels too, in the old barn. It was very exciting!

And on top of all this we had a chance to visit the windmill and discover how they used to make flour many years ago. It seemed like a lot of very strenuous work to us. 

Back in class, we have been busy learning too. We have been editing and improving our writing in English and we carried out an investigation in science. We wanted to discover the best way of removing germs from our dirty hands. Don’t worry we used colourful glitter to represent the germs as you can see from our pictures.

Week beginning 5th March 2018

In our science lessons, we have been learning about what it takes to be healthy. We particularly enjoyed working in small groups to discuss which foods we thought we should eat often, sometimes and very little of.

In English, we have been reading the tale of ‘How the Kangaroo got a Pouch’. We enjoyed working with a partner to draw story maps and we also used drama to act out the main events. All in readiness for our writing next week!

Week beginning 26th February 2018

This week we have all enjoyed learning about Australia. We have located Australia on a map and discovered key facts about the country. We have been busy researching Australian wild life and writing facts files about our chosen animal. The well- known song ‘Waltzing Matilda’ also inspired us and we were interested to discover what all the unfamiliar words meant.

World Book Day was great fun too – Look at us in all our fantastic costumes!

Week beginning 19th February 2018

This week in our geography lessons we have been learning about the seas and oceans around the United Kingdom.

In Maths, we have enjoyed learning about 2D shape. We have learnt the names of shapes, how to count the number of sides accurately, been introduced to the terms vertex and vertices, and also learnt that not all same-sided shapes look the same.

Week beginning 5th February 2018

This week in P.E. we have been very busy supporting each other to perform sequences which include Ball, Tall and Wall shapes.

In D.T. we have been working hard on our hot air balloons. We have been weaving paper for the baskets and painting our paper mache balloons to match our original designs.

Then in maths, we have been learning about block diagrams. Some of us constructed block diagrams, to show our favourite colours using multilink and others of us chose to use information about superheroes, safari animals and creatures under the sea to create block diagrams. Some of us also wrote questions that could be answered using the information but these are in our maths books.

Week beginning 29th January 2018

This week in English, we have been using the book ‘Journey’ by Aaron Becker to support our learning. The book has also given us the inspiration to write our own adventure stories which we began planning in a picture format on Friday morning. Writing is next week!

We have also been busy in Maths, learning about tally charts and pictograms.

In history, we have been learning about Amy Johnson, a famous British pilot who was the first woman to fly solo to Australia. We all enjoyed carrying out research to complete our fact files. Amy, in our class, also drew a lovely picture of her plane.

Week beginning 22nd January 2018

After learning limericks written by other poets, this week we had a go at writing some of our own in our English lessons. Some of us used limerick starters and others of us chose to write from scratch. We also had the opportunity to word process and illustrate our work which was also fun.

 

In our Computer lessons with Mrs Bowen, we have been busy learning about e-safety and creating our own booklets.

 

Week beginning 15th January 2018

This week we have been very busy working on our division skills in maths, and learning about the relationship between multiplication and division. Some of us enjoyed using practical resources to support our learning, others preferred to draw groupings, and some of us used our multiplication knowledge and mental maths skills. We all had fun though and were proud of our successes.

In Science, we have been learning about life-cycles. We really enjoyed watching a video of the life-cycle of a butterfly before making life-cycle wheels and drawing the life cycle ourselves. We also worked hard to write explanations of the life-cycle of a frog.

In English, we have been learning about the work of Edward Lear and have been learning the poem The Owl and the Pussy Cat. We also enjoyed having the opportunity to add drama to the poem. Next week we hope to write some limericks also in the style of Edward Lear. Some of the ones we have read by him were really funny!

Week beginning 8th January 2018

This week we have been very busy improving our multiplication skills in Maths.

We are getting really good at interpreting and drawing arrays to help us solve problems.

 

In our English lessons, we have enjoyed learning how to write a haiku.

Although each one only has three lines, it was quite challenging following

the pattern of syllables needed 5-7-5. Haiku’s are often written about nature so we decided to write ours about winter. We hope you like them.

 

Autumn 2017

Rabbit Autumn Overview 2017

Week beginning 11th December 2017

Christmas Production – ‘A Little Bird Told Me’

This week Ladybirds, Hedgehogs and Rabbits have performed their Christmas nativity ‘A Little Bird Told Me’. Each performance was fabulous; the children danced and sang beautifully and we were very proud of everyone.

Week beginning 4th December 2017

This week in Maths, we have continued to develop our knowledge, skills and understanding of money.

In English, we have been writing instructions on how to make Paper Snowflakes. We really enjoyed the practical part when we got to make them too. Especially the decorating bit at the end when we got to use the glitter glue! They all look super hanging up in our classroom.

We have also been busy improving our sewing skills, making colourful felt Christmas tree decorations.

Week beginning 27th November 2017

This week in Maths, we have been very busy counting money, both coins and notes.

Then in Geography, we have been discovering Welsh landmarks. These are some of the postcards we have written.

Christmas Craft Morning We had lots of fun this morning making Christmas decorations to decorate the school. Some parents came in to help and the whole school mixed up and worked together to make fabulous Christmas wreaths and hanging trees. Please click here for photos from the morning.

P.S.H.E (Anti-Bullying Week)

It has been Anti-Bullying week. We have enjoyed many activities to help us understand our role in combatting bullying in the world around us. We all joined together in an assembly at the end of the week to share what we have learnt about Bullying and how we can help. Click here to see photos from our end of week celebration assembly.

Week beginning 20th November 2017

To celebrate the end of our Castle topic today Rabbit and Hedgehog classes have enjoyed a banquet!

Everyone was dressed up! We all looked great as princesses, kings, princes, knights and jesters!

We enjoyed some entertainment. Hedgehog class performed a fabulous dance! They then taught it to Rabbit Class.

Week Beginning 13th November 2017

This week in maths we have been learning to add two 2-digit numbers. We looked at several methods and then chose our own preferred method to complete our work. We all worked extremely hard!

In Geography, we have been learning about England and enjoyed researching interesting facts to include in our exciting posters.

Week Beginning 6th November 2017

This week in maths we have been learning to add two 2-digit numbers. We looked at several methods and then chose our own preferred method to complete our work. We all worked extremely hard!

In Geography, we have been learning about England and enjoyed researching interesting facts to include in our exciting posters.

Week Beginning 31st October 2017

This week we have been very busy learning about sentences.

We started the week learning to recognise four types of sentence: Statement, Question, Command and Exclamation sentence. We had lots of fun sorting fairy tale sentences into the correct categories.

Then we learnt about the structure of statements. We had to identify the subject, verb, and object/complement. We then wrote our own sentences with a partner using a different colour paper for each part.

Next we learnt about questions. We really enjoyed turning statements from a text about pets into questions for others to answer.

Then after all our hard work we had some relaxation, using pastels to draw exciting firework pictures.

Week Beginning 16th October 2017

This week we having been very busy learning to add multiples of ten to a two digit number.

We have enjoyed following dance to routines in between writing our own versions of Hansel and Gretel. Having a short break now and then really helped us to concentrate.

We have also been working hard to improve our handwriting.

Week Beginning 9th October 2017

In Rabbit Class this week, we have enjoyed making our model castles. They look really super now they have been painted and we have added the finishing touches.

 

In English we have been reading the story of Hansel and Gretel. We particularly enjoyed retelling the story ourselves with the use of stick puppets. We have also been learning about contractions and used the story to help us put them into context within sentences.

Our next task is to become authors ourselves and write our own versions of the tale.

Week Beginning 2nd October 2017

This week we have been very busy learning about number families in our maths lessons.

In English, we have enjoyed sorting sentences from fairy tales and joining them with subordinating conjunctions to make extended sentences.

Week Beginning 25th September 2017

In our Design and Technology lesson, we have been busy designing model castles.

We are all looking forward to the construction part next.

Week Beginning 18th September 2017

This week in English, we have begun learning about expanded nouns phrases.

We have enjoyed using a thesaurus to find suitable adjectives, and we have all tried hard to include these in our writing to make it more exciting. We especially liked writing about ‘Princess Daisy and the Dragon and the Nincompoop Knights’ our current Class Book.

In Maths, we have been using our knowledge of number and place value to order numbers in different representations.

Week Beginning 11th September 2017

This week, in history, we have enjoyed interviewing each other for jobs in a castle. We were surprised how many different jobs there were. None of us fancied being a Gong Farmer though!

In our science lesson, we carried an investigation to find the most absorbent material for mopping up split water.

We tested a range of materials such as micro-fibre cloths, dishcloths, types of paper towel, normal paper and kitchen roll,  and carried out our research using a variety of methods.

However, we all reached the same conclusion – ‘Expensive hand towel paper’ was the most absorbent material.

Week Beginning 5th September 2017

In Rabbit Class this week, we have been very busy learning about place value. We enjoyed working with a partner to create 2-digit numbers in a visual form and then record the value of each digit.

We have also been practising our cursive letter formation and enjoying a speaking and listening activity where we had to follow instructions to colour a picture.