We’ve had yet another busy week and have lots of news to share again. In literacy we continued to look at poems. We used similes to write poems about ourselves and we have put them up in our classroom for everyone to see. Our handwriting is definitely getting neater and they look great. We also had the challenge of learning a poem to recite to the whole class. Well done to those who were able to remember their poem and were brave enough to stand up in front of everyone and have a go.
In maths we were looking at 3D shapes, we handled them and labeled faces, edges and vertices. We then tried to count the faces, edges and vertices of 3D shapes drawn on paper – this is a bit trickier as you can’t see all of the faces, edges or vertices!
We had a really exciting day on Tuesday when we went on our trip to Ipswich to look at the physical and human features we had talked about at the beginning of our topic. We started our walk at Christchurch Park where we saw the mansion. We then walked to Ipswich Museum and enjoyed exploring the many different exhibits there. After lunch we walked through the town centre to look at some of the statues and points of interest around the town. We saw lots of references to Wolsey and Giles, two of our house mascots. We ended our walk down at the marina where the coach collected us. We then drove out of Ipswich and over the Orwell Bridge on our way back to school. The view from the bridge out along the river towards Felixstowe was very different from the view towards Ipswich on the other side and we were all very excited. Here are some of our photos. Do you know where these things are in Ipswich
Back at school we uploaded our photos onto the computer and then we used our copying and pasting skills to start making powerpoint presentations to show people what we had seen. We also watched an online safety film about how to keep our personal information private on the internet. We had lots of fun making up safe user names for ourselves so that strangers would not know who we were, Princess Rapunzel and the Hulk were just a couple of the names we chose.
BBC 500 Words Writing Competition!
Listen up Year 2s!
We've been working so hard all year on our writing that we're going to enter a writing competition!
The BBC hold this competition every year for children aged 5-13 years old. You have to write an original story in 500 words or less.
The GOLD winners in each age group won a pile of books as tall as Chris - that's 1.88 metres! - and 500 books for their school library.
The SILVER winners won a stack of books as tall as Chris' good friend, Alex Jones from The One Show!
Our BRONZE winners walked away with their own height in books!
Get your thinking caps on this week and read as much as you can!
Another very busy week in 2CF, we have written some fabulous poems about what we saw on our local walk. First of all we looked at some poems and highlighted the powerful words that the poets had used to help us to imagine what they were seeing or feeling when they wrote their poems. We then thought about adding interesting and well-chosen adjectives and adverbs to the different things we had seen on our local area walk. The results were phenomenal! Read some of our favourite ones here.
In art we drew portraits of our house mascots to use to help us to make clay plaques for each of our houses. We had lots of fun making our plaques with Miss Holtom. Here we are making them and with some of the finished articles. We can’t wait to paint them and put them on display for everyone to see.
We had a special visit from Mrs Fanning from the Junior School and she gave us an invitation each to visit the Junior School on the 9th March in the afternoon to do some cooking or art work. She talked to us about what it will be like when we start at the Junior School in September.
Mrs Friar says our handwriting is getting better and better and is especially good when we write in joined up writing. We are all going to try to keep our writing as neat as possible and we are continuing to learn how to join our letters correctly.
In Maths this week we used our hundred squares to help us with our subtraction sums. Counting backwards is tricky especially if we have to go through the 10s so we will be doing lots of practice to help make this easier.
At the beginning of this week all of the Year 2s, along with some very kind parent helpers, went for a walk around our local area to look at all of the different features we have nearby. When we got back to school we talked about what we had seen and we looked at ways to sort them. We talked about the different types of shops we had seen, how the churches we saw were different and also how busy the traffic was. Here are just a few of the things we saw.
In literacy we used our learning from last week, about writing in the past tense, to write recounts about our trip. Using the photos we had taken on the trip we put them in order to see to help us to organise our writing in chronological order. We used time connectives to start our sentences and we tried to add information about what we had seen to make our recounts more interesting.
Reading activities this week included a story about Valdi the Viking and we answered some questions about him and how he lived over 1000 years ago. We had fun using a thesaurus to find better words than big, small, good etc.
We were given blank street maps of our local area and we then had to see if we could work out where to plot the features we had seen. When we had done that we made a key so that other people could use our maps. We looked at street maps, google maps and ordnance survey maps of Ipswich to look at the keys they used. We also looked at how using co-ordinates made it easier find places on a map of Ipswich.
On the computers this week we learned how to copy and paste our pictures into a word document so that we can add writing with the pictures to explain what they are.
In numeracy we were practising our number bonds to 10 to help us with our more difficult addition sums. We tried to make the additions easier by looking for bonds to the next 10 eg 65 + 7 could be easier if we said 65+5 =70 +2 (left over from 7) = 72. We have been learning our 5 times tables this week too, ask us about Percy Parker! On Friday we were challenged to think about hens and sheep – try this one at home.
A farmer has some hens and some sheep. Altogether he has 8 heads and 22 feet. How many of each animal does he have?
Have you seen the letter about our trip to Ipswich?
Welcome back everyone and a Happy New Year to you all.
We have been very busy this week in 2CF getting to know our new teacher, Mrs Friar, and she has been getting to know us. We have decided that we would like to update our class page with news each week of what we have been doing.
We are learning about Ipswich and our local area in topic this term. We brainstormed what we already know about Ipswich and came up with lots of different ideas. We then sorted these into different areas, for example: sports - Ipswich Town Football Club; leisure – Cineworld; shops – Asda; restaurants – KFC; schools – Springfield Infant and Nursery School, Springfield Junior School.
We looked at google maps and saw what Ipswich looks like from space on the satellite view. We then looked in more detail at the streets around our school and tried to find our houses. When we had done that we plotted our route to school and talked about what we passed on our way to and from school.
In preparation for producing power point presentations about our locality at the end of the term we have been learning how to take a good photograph. We made view finders and then went around the school looking for interesting scenes to photograph. We looked at our photos afterwards and made suggestions about how we can improve them next time. Here are a couple of our favourites.
In maths we looked at rounding numbers up or down to the nearest 10. After we had mastered the skill we then enjoyed ‘Challenging the Teachers’ to see if we could catch them out.
In literacy we were writing using the past tense and had to remember our –ed endings. We scored our sentences for capital letters, adjectives, verb tense, conjunctions and full stops. The best sentences are now on display on our writing wall for everyone to aim to beat! On Friday we started to learn how to join our handwriting.
Some of us received a book as our reward for reading regularly. Our picture is now proudly displayed in our reading area in the classroom. We have also decorated our reading area with book cover designs that we made to show everyone what our favourite books are.
On Wednesday afternoon some of us had our first swimming lesson which was really exciting, we can’t wait until next time…
Year 2 prefects were announced at the end of the week and badges were handed out to the four people who have been chosen in our class. Look out for us around school.
2CF – Challenge is Fun
Hello and Welcome to 2JR – Jolly Rainbows!
We have had a fantastic start to Year 2!
We started off with a mini topic of ‘Ourselves’ to find out about our new friends and the stages of development in the life-cycle. We have already made our own growing books and painted our amazing portraits!
A “Dangerous Animal”, in a wooden crate, arrived at school in week 3 kickstarting our topic of ‘On Safari’. It was our job to use our detective skills to work out what was in the box and how it had arrived at our school. We have been in written correspondence with Nathan Omar a zookeeper at Colchester Zoo helping him to work out which animal escaped by writing terrific letters!
We also found out that the animal was made up of three different animal parts. An elephant’s head, a leopard’s body and tail and giraffe’s legs. Each year 2 class was given a different part of the body to investigate. 2JR investigated Giraffes and were very good at sharing information with the other classes and making amazing factsheets!
In Geography we have also discovered the seven continents and five oceans that form our world. We have also looked at comparing Africa with the UK.
In Maths we are challenging ourselves to do a Big Maths challenge every Friday. We have all risen to this challenge! We have worked very hard with our number bonds, 2D shapes, right angles and tessellation.
We have also conducted our own research for Home Learning and have produced out of this world material all about different African animals and habitats. Miss Rozee was blown away by all of our hard work !
As we are now animal experts we are very excited about our trip to Colchester zoo and cannot wait to learn more about the animals !
As a class we are trying to collect 20 diamonds, by following our golden class rules, to get a class treat. We are working on achieving this before Half Term !
We will post pictures very soon!
:) 2JR Superstars :)
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