Year 2 w/b 6th November
Date: 10th Nov 2023 @ 5:16pm
It has been another fantastic week in Year Two. I have been so proud of each and every one of the children for their excellent attitude and effort across all areas of their learning this week.
This week in English, the children were introduced to our first ‘Send for a Superhero’ text map, corresponding to our model text – a letter from Brad 40 to request assistance from Extremely Boring Man. At the start of the week, we explored some of the interesting vocabulary in the model text: urgently, request, assistance, disastrous, cruel, merciless, forceful, repetitive, desperately. We explored the definitions of each word and used the words in some sentences to demonstrate our understanding in context. After this, we explored the structural and language features of a letter. We identified parts of a letter (address, date, greeting, why you’re writing, main idea and who it’s from) and then used colours to annotate the following features: exclamation marks, conjunctions, questions, lists of three, expanded noun phrases, similes, contractions. Later in the week, we started to plan our own letters, using our own creative ideas. The children have been designing a variety of exciting superheroes and villains; I can’t wait to read these wonderful letters next week.
In maths, we have been adding and subtracting numbers using concrete objects, pictorial representations, and mentally, including: two two‐digit numbers.
In computing this week, we worked hard as a team to spot the different computer hardware parts in our classroom. After this, we were introduced to Sketchpad and created our very own computers.
To do this we looked at how to:
- Select, draw and move shapes.
- Use shape fill to colour shapes
- Select and use pencil tool.
- Re-order items by right-clicking on the object and selecting ‘move to back’ or ‘move to front’.
- Use the undo arrow and erase brush.
In history, we have enjoyed learning more about the Victorians. On Wednesday, we considered the different ways in which we find out about the past (books, internet, newspaper, visiting places, museums, asking an expert, looking at artefacts, looking at pictures etc.). This inspired us to become historians, working as a team to conduct research. By looking at books, internet research, artefacts and pictures, we were able to find out about Victorian schools, focusing on: teachers, lessons, classrooms, equipment, uniform, rules, punishments and the number of children in a class. We were particularly shocked to learn about the harsh punishments which could be earned for things such as writing with your left hand!
In science this week, we discussed what is meant by ‘hygiene’ and generated some examples of what we can do to be hygienic, such as washing our hands, brushing our teeth and showering. Using what we have learned about eating healthily, we drew and labelled a healthy meal and talked about the different food groups we had on our plate.
This morning was our whole school Remembrance worship based on peace. We followed this later by going into the hall and visiting prayer stations thinking about remembrance and peace. It was great to see the Ethos team helping support KS1.
I hope that you have a wonderful weekend.