Climbing the battlements or tunnelling in the ground, there’s a whole world of adventure and fun to be found!
This term Year 2 will visit a real castle and learn about the different parts and how they have changed over time. They will look at stories such as: Rupenzel, The Three Little Pigs and create models inspired by them. Maps and photographs will help us learn about the tallest buildings and longest tunnels in the world
A short week for us this week before Easter break but still there has been lots of learning.
We have continued to think about time, continuing to read a clock to quarter to and quarter past the hour as well as drawing the hands onto a clock to show a specific time. We have also been learning to order and sequence times.
In our topic lessons, we have been learning about Isambard Kingdom Brunel. After learning some key facts and about his major achievements such as the Great Western Railway, Clifton Suspension Bridge and Paddington Station, we used the activities on these websites to demonstrate our understanding:
A big thank you to Mr Wolchinsky for coming into speak to Willow Class about the Jewish celebration of Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew. He told us about the story of Moses and we were even able to try Matzah, the unleavened bread. We also learnt about the Passover Seder, the special celebratory meal.
In Maths this week, we have continued to learn how to tell the time on an analogue clock. This week we have focused on recognising "quarter past" and "quarter to" the hour.
In our English lessons, we have been writing the setting descriptions for our stories. We have focused on using expanded noun phrases to add detail and have tried to use "wow-words" and phrases from The Princess and The White Bear King, such as "In the North", "thickly needled pine forest" and "bride-white snow".
We have turned our focus in our topic lessons to "tunnels". We have been reading a story called The Tunnel by Anthony Browne. We have carried out a conscience alley to help a character decide what to do in a dilemma and learnt the important reading skill of sequencing the story. Later in the week, we started to think about animals who live in tunnels and how they may be specifically adapted to help them to live underground.
In Maths this week we have been learning to tell the time to 5 minute intervals. We have recognised how to identify the hour and have built on this by recognising the number of minutes past the hour. We have used the stem sentence "__ minutes past __ o'clock" to help us.
In English we have started to plan a traditional story similar to The Princess and The White Bear King. We have thought carefully about who we would want our own characters to be.
Following our fantastic to Warwick Castle last Friday, we have written an information booklet about the different ways that Warwick Castle would have defended itself in medieval times.
In our English lessons this week, we have finished the story of The Princess and The White Bear King. The children have enjoyed taking part in role plays of a particularly important scene; each group performed their role plays. We recorded each performance and the children enjoyed rewatching these and sharing with the groups what went well and how they could improve their sketch next time.
In Maths, we have been learning how to find 1/2 and 1/4 of an amount. The children have had the opportunity to make links between division and fractions and have used bar modelling to help them to visualise this.
In our topic lessons, we have been preparing for our visit to Warwick Castle on Friday. Come back at the end of the week to see how we got on!
This week we have continuing learning about fractions. We have been able to compare and order fractions.
In our topic lessons this week, we been looking at Coats of Arms on shields. We learnt that the pictures and symbols used in designs are very important and designed our own. We then turned these designs into our own shields!
Everyone really enjoyed dressing up as Heroes and Villains from our favourite books to celebrate World Book Day. Make sure that you spend the book token coming home in book bags!
In English this week, we have started a new book which we will focus our learning around over the coming weeks; The Princess and the White Bear King. We have only just started looking at the first few pages of the story, looking closely at the illustrations and looking at the repetitive language that is used which helps us to predict what is going to happen next.
In Maths we have been learning about fractions. We have learnt that fractions are equal parts of a whole. We have also been recognising and writing fractions.
In our topic lessons, we have looked at different types of castles and how castles have developed over time. We have also looked at an example of a typical Motte and Bailey castle and have been able to label the main parts.