This way or that way? Where should we go? Up to the local shops or down to the play fields? Let's learn about our local community, looking at houses old and new and finding out how Didcot has changed over time.
We will also be going further afield to finding out about a very famous street and the devastating effects of what happened there...
We have continued to learn about money this week and have been thinking about how to use our knowledge of addition and subtraction to help us to solve problems.
We have brought our learning about the Great Fire of London to a close this week by thinking about what happened after the Great Fire. We read a speech from King Charles II from after the fire about how the city should be rebuilt. We then became the architects and planning what the new London should look like.
In addition, we had a visit from Sycamore class. We told them all about our learning from this term.
As part of Black History month, we were invited to Aureus to see a special performance from Masai warriors. It was an amazing experience and something that we all learnt a lot from. As well as being amazed by their incredible singing, the warriors did a demonstration of how they would have hunted a lion and then celebrated back at their village. One of the hosts also talked to us about the each of the warriors; it was very interesting to learn about their personal history as well as funny facts, such as one of the warriors who could make amazing animal noises!
This week we have been continuing our learning about adding and subtracting, this time in the context of money. We have become accustomed to recognising coins and have been using them to help us with our additions and subtractions.
We really enjoyed using the computers to explore a website that told of lots of information about the Great Fire of London. It was great fun and told us lots of interesting facts to enhance our knowledge. Please find the link below in case the children would like to show you at home: http://www.fireoflondon.org.uk/game/
In Science, we thought about what it takes to make a fire in terms of a Fire Triangle.
We lit a candle and thought about how it was managing to remain alight. Using this knowledge, we made predictions about what we thought would happen if we put a glass over a flame. The children made fantastic predictions and were able to apply their understanding of the fire triangle.
During our experiment, the children made very close observations before drawing made conclusions about what we had seen, applying their Science knowledge in the process.
In Maths this week, we have been learning to use vertical subtraction where regrouping is needed. We started by having a lesson about regrouping numbers to remind children that a two-digit number can be grouped in different ways - for example, 63 = 60 + 3 or 50 + 13 or 40 +23.
This helped children when they needed to carry out vertical subtractions where regrouping was necessary, such as the example in the pictures below:
We have been continuing our street focus on Pudding Lane and the everyone is really enjoying learning about the Great Fire of London. This week, we learnt thought about how we know about the Great Fire when it happened such a long time ago. This led us to consider sources of information, such as the diary of Samuel Pepys, and think about whether they are reliable or unreliable. We also learnt about the area that was affected by the fire and thought about some of the important monuments that were damaged.
We have been working hard on a piece of art work based around the Great Fire. We watched a video reconstruction of the Great Fire as well as various artists impressions. We then used this as inspiration to create our own thinking, thinking about the colours used. We started by using water colour to create our background before using black paper to create a silhouette effect. Here are some photos of us in action, look back next week for photographs of the finished piece!
We have been continuing to use our knowledge of numbers to 100 to add two numbers together. We have used vertical addition to do this and have used Base 10 to demonstrate what to do when numbers need regrouping. For example 8 + 5 = 13
13 = 10 + 3
Our Street Detectives topic has led us to a Street Focus; this week we have been learning all about the catastrophic events that took place on Puddling Lane.
Early in the week, the children were given an envelope with clues about an "significant national event". These included a map of London, a "Pudding Lane" street sign, part of a burnt diary and a bread roll! The children worked really hard in groups to discuss what these clues might be telling us. We soon worked out that there had been a fire and we learnt all about the Great Fire of London and how it lasted for 5 days! We have arranged the key events from these five days on a time line and have learnt about why the fire spread so far and for so long.
As well as our usual drumming lesson, we have really enjoyed learning this song. It is called September 1666. It contains lots of interesting facts about the fire as well as having a catchy tune!
All the children have been working really hard in Maths this week. We have been learning how to compare numbers to 100 by first looking at the tens digit and then the ones, using the vocabulary greater than and less than. We were also able to use the greater than (>) and less than (<) symbols in our work.
As the week progressed, we have been using Base 10 equipment to help us to add two numbers using vertical addition, including where regrouping was necessary.
As part of our topic, this week we really enjoyed exploring the local area, using both technology and real-life experience. At the beginning of the week, we used Google Maps as a tool to prepare for our walk; by plotting our route on a map and using Google Street View to see the roads from a different perspective. It was great fun to see streets that we recognised in the way.
On Wednesday, as part of our walk, we explored different parts of Didcot and thought about how our town has changed over time. It was really interesting to see how the buildings around Great Western Park are different from those around "old" Didcot. We have compared the ways that they are different, both in style as well as the materials that they are made from.
Well done to all children in Willow Class who have had a great start to Year 2! It's been great to see such a positive, smiling faces every morning as the children arrive at school ready to learn.
In Maths, we have been learning about our numbers to 100. We have been doing lots of counting practise to ensure that everyone is confident with their number fluency. We have thought a lot about the place value of numbers and we have been using our key vocabulary "tens" and "ones" to reason about these numbers. Everyone has had a go at representing these numbers using different resources - stacks of multi-link cubes and place value counters. We have also started to compare numbers within 100, using their place value to help us with whether a number is "greater than" or "less than" another number.
In our topic lessons, we have thought some facts that we already know about our local area and what questions we would like answered in our topic.
We have looked at several interpretation of the Didcot landscape by local artists. We had a fantastic discussion about what the children liked (and disliked) about the different pictures. The children then went away to sketch what they thought should be on our own Didcot landscape, aspects of Didcot that are important - the iconic power station chimneys, the train station, Wittenham Clumps to name a few! After looking at everyone's ideas, we have designed a class landscape which the children will work in groups to collage.
In Science this week, we put on our hard hats and imagined that we were builders, designing our our houses. The children were given lots of building resources and had to decided what they would use these materials for if they were building a house and why, considering the properties of each material.