After the Great Fire.//php the_excerpt(); ?>
What happened as a result of The Great Fire of London? Our pupils have been learning about significance of The Monument in London this week and about the rebuilding of Saint Paul’s Cathedral, comparing the styles of architecture.
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The pupils have been learning of the events that contributed to the rapid spread of The Great Fire of London. They have been creating prints and pictures for the topic book as well as participating in class drama activities.
“The past is all around us”.//php the_excerpt(); ?>
This week the pupils have been learning about the shapes and sizes of Tudor and Stuart houses, linking to maths and DT work. They have also been researching Samuel Pepys and finding out facts about him and the historical importance of his diaries.
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Our topic this term has a historical emphasis and is based on events leading up to and including The Great Fire of London. This week, the pupils have been learning about London life during Tudor and Stuart times and the contrast in conditions for the rich and poor.
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Our topic for this term is entitled Bee Keepers. Our science work is all about plants this term. We have planted our own beans and are watching their growth cycle.
In Numeracy we will be using different methods to solve a variety of problems in number, shape, statistics, measurement, money and time. In Literacy we are looking at different texts and using them to create lovely pieces of writing focusing on our spelling and grammar we have been learning recently.
Creepy Claws Homework Projects.//php the_excerpt(); ?>
Here are some pictures of the homework projects that will be on show during the last week of term – all of them can be seen in the school hall on 29th March. Aren’t they excellent? Well done to Year 2.
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An illustrated journey of our trip to The Fleet.
We used Digimap and Google maps to study the route.
What features of the landscape can you see?
What habitats are evident?
The value for March is love.//php the_excerpt(); ?>
The value for March is love.
Here are some thoughts from Year 2.
Love is special because if you say a horrible word it could make someone sad. (Lilly)
Love is important. If you don’t show love you won’t have any friends. (Jake)
Love them, never hurt them. (Brandon)
When I see someone hugging, it reminds me of love. (Thomas)
Love is so important from your heart. (Lauren)
Love is something you feel. Love is when you care about each other. (Honey)
Love is about sharing. (Kelsey)
You have to be kind so people can love and care about you. (Tabetha)
I love Nan and Biscuit. (Kassie)
Caring is part of love. (Mia)
I love my family so much, I will never let them down. I love my dog and my guinea pig. (Goda)
It is when you care for your mum. (Colby)
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Our topic this term goes under the title of Creepy Claws. This term we are learning the differences between animals, plants and the differences between things that are living, dead or have never been alive. We will look at habitats, micro-habitats and study food chains. The termly homework sheet that has been sent out contains some great tasks for getting creative with this theme. Our class reading areas already contain some minibeast themed books, along with cross curricular topic ideas and we are looking forward to adding more display work as the weeks progress.
Term 3 Week 5//php the_excerpt(); ?>
In literacy the pupils have had fun reading and making leaflets. Poetry will be the next area to explore – both reading, performing to the class and creating poems. Numeracy will be based on multiplication, division and calculations to solve picture and word problems.
Term 3 Week 4//php the_excerpt(); ?>
In literacy the pupils have planned and created their own news reports and adverts for a class newspaper. Our focus will now shift to exploring the layout of creating leaflets. Numeracy will focus on the area of money – converting pence to pounds using the correct notation, using money to support data handling and answering word problems.
Term 3 Week 3//php the_excerpt(); ?>
Literacy work this week has consisted of looking at the features of newspapers and considering how a report is put together. Next week this will be extended to writing articles for a class newspaper based upon our topic. Numeracy will focus on using place value to add and subtract using the column method.
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Literacy work this week has consisted of looking at the historical importance of newspapers as a form of social communication. We will be linking this theme to the life and work of Florence Nightingale next week. In Numeracy our focus will be on place value, identifying what each digit represents in a number up to 1000 and counting in steps of 1, 10 and 100, bridging across multiples of 10.
Term 3 Week 1//php the_excerpt(); ?>
Our topic this term is Healthy Me. This started in energetic form with a collaborative morning of activities where the pupils at West Minster were joined by their Year 2 students from Rose Street. Fun was had with an exercise workshop, a lesson on healthy foods and a session looking at First Aid.
Seasonal Greetings//php the_excerpt(); ?>
In literacy next week we will find out what Father Christmas has been up to, as he has been banished! Numeracy work will consist of a variety of problem solving tasks on a seasonal theme. Keep up the good work Year2 !
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Decorations are up in the School hall, adding a festive glow to assembly and lunchtimes. SNAP theatre presented the grand finale of our Inter-school project last week and smiles were in evidence all around. Thank you to all of the positive comments from parents, they really do mean a lot to the children and have been passed on to Ben and Andy and truly appreciated. The confidence and camaraderie of the pupils in Year 2 is wonderful. Drama has that magic touch of enabling everyone to be involved and have fun while building self-confidence. We are so lucky to have these opportunities at Sheerness West Federation. The children are already talking non-stop about the forthcoming panto trip. Who knows? Maybe in years to come they will be performing on stage for future generations of SWF pupils too.
In other news, the next text we will be studying will be a retelling of Babushka and the maths focus will be on money, recognising denominations, adding and making totals and exchanging coins to investigate how many ways an amount can be made.
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Our Polar drama project in association with SNAP theatre is nearing a conclusion. On the 22nd November it is performance time. Please come and watch. Rehearsals have been taking place this week. Each Year 2 class, both at West Minster and Rose Street has been allocated a section of the tale to improvise and develop a script from. This week sees the polishing of the finer details of the show as well as inter-school rehearsals at the West Minster site.
The reading and writing focus for this week and next will continue with the theme of the train and the journey. The main text is the endearingly popular story, The Polar Express, written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg and winner of the 1986 Caldecott medal. (He also won the medal for the book Jumanji.) The main idea will be to teach empathy, reasoning and use of connectives to write in a persuasive style. This week, convincing the conductor to allow passengers on the train by answering the question “Why do you deserve to go on the Polar Express?” Next week, creating an advert for the train. This will also link into the maths focus on the mini topic of Time, by creating Polar Express timetables and solving word problems together with reading and showing times on clocks.
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Week beginning 14 November
This week we will be working hard towards our final rehearsal for SNAP theatre, we hope you are all coming to see us.
In numeracy we will be looking at the relationship between multiplication and division and how this can be used to work out an answer.
In literacy we will continue to look at polar stories linked to our topic of frozen. Do you have any books at home following this theme that you could share?
In science we will be testing materials to find the best one to make snow goggles.
This week we will be putting out the notice board to sign up for parents evening, we hope that you can all make it.
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This week the pupils have had a talk about fire safety and the importance of testing your smoke alarm regularly. Scroll back to the previous post for examples of the writing that Year 2 produced. Our literacy text for the next 2 weeks in the hilarious new text (published 2015) “There’s a Bear on My Chair” by Ross Collins, shortlisted for the 2016 Greenaway medal. This week, the layout and word patterns have been the focus. Next week, the text will be used as a guide for writing our own piece of persuasive text. The numeracy focus for this week and next will be to use repeated addition and subtraction to investigate multiplication and division in order to see the relationship between these 4 number operations. The pupils watched a theatre show this week, on the subject of SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar), which is an important area of the curriculum. Next week there will be more opportunities for drama with the next instalment of the SNAP theatre project.
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Here are some examples of our work following the visit to school from the Fire Service.