Y2JC - Koalas 2018 - 2019
This half term we have been reading ‘Mudpuddle Farm’ by Michael Morpurgo . We look at the language used in the stories and what we knew about the characters to create our own drama, hot seat, write wanted posters and stories. We used our Talk 4 Writing to retell the story and create a story map.
We have found out how to work out problems involving division by sharing and grouping including those with remainders.
Theme - The Farm Shop (science)
This half term our main focus has been plants. We started by thinking about what we would like to know. We wondered if all seeds were the same and what they looked like inside. We made grassheads and watched them grow and then gave them some really great haircuts! We investigated which part of the seed grows first, what keeps plants healthy and the effects of temperature on plants.
Our focus this half term is games. We have practised the skills of attacking and defending using these to play small team games.
Our topic this half term has been Non- Chronological Reports. We have linked this to our theme topic Explorers. We used our knowlegde and research skills to write a report about Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus for the library service.
This half term we have been practising our addition and subtraction skills. We have been doing this using tens and ones in a pictorial way.
We then moved onto exchanging. We have solved lots of one step and two step problems using these operations.
Theme- Explorers (History and Geography)
Our theme topic has been Explorers. We used books, the internet and film clips to find out all about Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus.
These are some of the things we have found out…..
- Christopher Columbus was born in Italy.
- He set sail looking for a route west to India.
- Neil Armstrong was the first person to walk on the moon.
- The moon is lifeless
Ask your child to share with you one of their ‘Did you know facts’.
Our learning this half term has been all about rules and responsibilities. We have revisited our class rules and discussed how we can work together as a team.
We have been asking the three Reedley Questions..
- Is it safe?
- Is it kind?
- Is it my best?
In English this half term we have been learning about traditional tales with a twist. The story we focused on was Little Red Riding Hood. We retold the story using ‘talk4write’ and then used this to create a role on the wall for each character.
In Maths we have been learning how to find fractions of shapes and numbers. We have also explored the operation Multiplication, using what we had learnt to answer questions.
Theme- focus Science
Our topic this half term has been ‘Fighting Fit’. We have investigated how medicines should be used and looked after. We also found out what all living things have in common.
This term we have designed and made our shoe box vehicles for the S.T.E. M project.
STEM stands for Science Technology Engineering and Maths; we have used skills for all of these areas when building our vehicles.
The car that travelled the furthest down the ramp then gets entered into a competition in the New Year with other local schools. The winner from our class was Is-haq Shabir.
We have taken part in a whole school weaving project this term. This was very exciting and the children had lots of fun learning the weaving techniques.
We started off with a visit from James Ballough who is part of the Lancashire Outreach Programm. He focused on introducing the children to the Lancashire Loom. We made a human loom and the children each re-enacted a part of the loom.
We then made a prototype for our weaving project using paper plates and a variety of materials. We loved them so much we chose to use them for our calendars.
Our final piece was a piece to enhance Reception’s outdoor area. We weaved a variety of materials into a large hula hoop and Mrs King was super impressed with our finished weaving.
Stories with familiar settings
We have been reading the story 'The Pirates Next Door' by Jonny Duddle. We acted out the story, wrote messages to Jim Lad and also wrote a story all about Jim Lad and Matilda's adventures.
We have been representing numbers in different ways including partitioning, drawing tens and ones and writing the number in words. It was fun working as a team, to find different ways of making a number.
We have found out about the physical and human features in the local area. First we looked around the school grounds and then we went for a walk on the roads nearby to see what we could see. We saw lots of different types of houses as well as Pendle Hill in the distance. Next we drew our own maps to show the features around our school.
We have been finding out how games have changed over the years by asking our parents which games they played when they were young. We talked about different games that can be played in the playground and found that many of them have been played in the past.
We identified lots of different feelings. We talked about how to recognise how other people are feeling by looking at the expressions on their faces.
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