Tasting and Evaluating Dips

What a busy day we had in Year 2 yesterday!

We started our new topic by revising hygiene rules for handling and preparing food.  We learnt how to wash our hands properly.

During the session, we learnt about a variety of different dips from around the world.  We used our knowledge of the seven continents and five oceans to help us locate their countries of origin on a world map.

While we were tasting the dips, we generated a range of adjectives to describe them.  We also gave each dip a numerical score out of ten.

At the end of the afternoon, we talked about our preferences and collected the data in a simple table.

Next week, we will explore different dippers.

 

 

Welcome back to school!

Welcome to our new website!

Mrs Donohue, Mrs Clarkson and I hope you have all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas break!

It’s been super to see that lots of Year 2s have continued to read over the holidays and that you have been logging on to complete games on Times Table Rock Stars!

The children have returned to school full of enthusiasm, looking smart and ready to learn!

This half term, our learning in Maths will begin with a unit about money.  We will be using our knowledge of counting in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s to help us count coins.

This week we will begin to read a new fiction text, ‘Wanted!  Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar’ by Emily MacKenzie.

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On Monday, we sent home  some information regarding  changes to your child’s reading schedule.  This term, your child will complete at least three Guided Reading sessions each week and all children will receive two new home reading books on a Monday.  Reading Records will continue to be checked on Thursdays.

Our new topic is called ‘Dips and Dippers’ and the subject driver is Design Technology.  We will be tasting and evaluating a range of dips and dippers and learning about their countries of origin.  Later in the term, we will have the opportunity to use what we have learnt to help us design and make dips.  This topic links closely to our English work where we will be learning about command sentences, imperative verbs and instruction writing.

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PE sessions will be on Mondays and Tuesdays – please ensure your child has their full PE kit in school everyday.

Thank you for your continued support.  As you know, we have an open door policy so please feel free to drop in to speak to one of us if you have any queries or concerns.

Miss Heaton

Get ready for a new story…

We’re just about to discover the resolution to Jan Fearnley’s Mr Wolf and the Enormous Turnip, which means that we’re nearly ready to begin a new story.

This time our author is David Walliams and the illustrator is Tony Ross. Do you know any other stories by David Walliams? Have you seen any illustrations or cartoons by Tony Ross? Did you know that Tony Ross created Little Princess and that he based the character on his daughter?

In this book, we’re going to find out just how annoying it can be when you ‘adopt’ an elephant!

Times Table Rock Stars

https://ttrockstars.com/site/index

Today we introduced ourselves to Times Tables Rock Stars by learning how to find the site, typing in our unique username and entering our individual passwords.

We had to choose our Rock Star name and design our avatar.

We had a quick explore of the site and tomorrow we will have our first Times Table Rock Stars homework.

For the first few weeks, Year 2 will be practising the two times table.  I’ve asked them to complete 20 games over the five day window, and will check who has completed their challenge each Wednesday.

Playing earns coins which can be used to buy your avatar new outfits, hairstyles and instruments.

Look out for the information in your child’s Homework Folder tomorrow night.

Any problems, drop into school and we will help!

What we’re reading…

We know some traditional tales with a wolf… and we’ve read a story about an enormous turnip… but we’ve never read a story where the two come together!

For our first text, we are reading Mr Wolf and the Enormous Turnip by Jan Fearnley.

We’re exploring statement sentences, making sure we use a capital letter at the beginning and sentence punctuation at the end of each sentence.

We have been using the joining word ‘because’ to give a reason and we have also been exploring the impact of using carefully selected adjectives.

Our spelling work has linked closely as we have been generating adjectives with an -er or -est suffix.

We have been using evidence from the text to support our predictions about character and plot.

Ask your child to tell you what’s happened so far!

Investigating Bonds and Related Facts

We have been exploring bonds to ten and using this knowledge to find related facts to 20.

We have used practical equipment to separate whole numbers into parts.  We are recording our findings in different ways.

Super work, Year 2!

Physical Literacy

Today we had a very special PE session – Mr McGregor came with Blackburn Rovers staff to lead a Physical Literacy session!

We had to:

  • run as fast as we could between cones
  • jump as far as we could and land on two feet
  • throw a ball against the wall and catch it when it bounced off

It was really good fun!

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Inspiring our Writing

We have been thinking about writing and punctuating statement sentences.

Year 2 discussed their amazing ideas with their new Talk Partners and used a range of atlases, maps and globes to inspire a piece of writing about a place in the world they would like to visit.

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