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Autumn 2 - Movers and Shakers

In the Movers and Shakers project, your child will learn five statements from Dawson's model that will help them identify people who are historically significant and use the words year, decade and century to describe dates and times. They will study the life and impact of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, someone who is particularly significant to Didcot and other significant individuals from around the world. They will complete in-depth studies of significant explorers Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong, and significant activists Emmeline Pankhurst and Rosa Parks and think carefully about the impact of their actions. The children will also carry out an independent study of a significant person from the past and learn about people who are significant today. 

 

Our PE days will continue to be Wednesdays and Fridays, these sessions will be outside so please ensure that your child is dressed for colder conditions.

 

At the back of your child's reading journal there are all the logins that you require to access Google Classroom, Times Table Rock Stars, Spelling Shed and Doodle Maths.  Please do make a note of these (taking a photo on your phone is a good idea) to ensure that you always have access to the sites, even when reading journals are in quarantine.  We can see clear patterns between engagement with our online platforms and attainment in the classroom, so regular practise is very important.

Week 7 14th-17th December

English

To end the term we read the book The Snowman and The Snowdog by Raymond Briggs. We then carefully sequenced the book in chronological order, using a story map. The next day we retold the story using our story maps and tried to include expanded noun phrases and conjunctions. 

 

Maths

This week in maths we were looking at how to redistribute from unequal to equal groups, adding equal groups and making arrays using equipment. 

 

Wider Curriculum

We started off our week by preparing for our Christmas dinner; making hats, Christmas crackers, jokes and our own table mats. We had our Christmas dinner on Tuesday and watched a pantomime after which we really enjoyed. 

 

The children have worked really hard this term and we hope that you all have a great, restful Christmas break!

Week 6 7th - 11th December

English

As well as end of term assessments this week the children have spent some time editing their character descriptions of Beegu.  Editing is an important skill that takes time to develop, the children were given specific elements of their writing to check, they used purple pens to 'polish' their work.  

 

Next week the focus will be on creating a story board to retell a seasonal story that the children are familiar with.

 

Maths

The unit on money has now been completed and the rest of the term will be spent on a small unit with a multiplication and division focus.  This week the children have been working on equal and unequal groups.  they have been using the stem sentence, 'There are __equal groups of__'.  You could encourage your child to make equal groups of everyday objects at home using everyday objects.  On Friday some children made equal groups of pencils. 

Topic

This week we finished our topic by using what has been learnt to make personal decisions about who is the most significant person studied.  There was some healthy debate and it was great to see that people were using their new knowledge to justify their choices and also listen to the opinions of others.  There was much thought about the impact that these significant people have had, who they have impacted and how.  

 

The children have also thought about who might be considered a significant person in the future, there was a lot of interest in Elon Musk and Greta Thunberg.

 

A significant person who has generated a lot of interest in Year 2 is Neil Armstrong, the astronaut.  We finished the topic by using our Now>Press>Play resource to immerse ourselves in the world of Neil Armstrong.  Many children commented afterwards that they had not realised that Neil Armstrong had started his career as a pilot.  They thoroughly enjoyed their trip to the moon, imagining themselves picking up moon rock and especially the bumpy return to earth and landing in the ocean.

Our Christmas classrooms

Week 5 30th November- 4th December

 

English

In English this week we have continued to explore the book Beegu by Alexis Deacon. We discussed what we thought the other characters in the story were saying to Beegu and then thought carefully about what impact this had on her feelings. We recapped on what an expanded noun phrase was (adjective + adjective + noun) and came up with some for each of the characters in the story. Then we used all of this learning and wrote our own character descriptions of Beegu.  Ask us to think of an expanded noun phrase, we would be excited to share our knowledge with you! Next week we will finish off reading the story and looking back over our character descriptions to edit and improve them (a key skill in Year 2). 

 

Maths

In Maths this week we have continued our money unit, looking closely at comparing money, finding the total, finding the difference between amounts and working out the change needed. Next week we will be using what we have learnt over the last few weeks to solve two-steps problems and complete an end of unit assessment. 

 

Topic

This week in Topic we were set a challenge to create a PowerPoint presentation about a significant person. It needed to include important information about our chosen individual, as well as our opinion about their significance and impact on the world. We were given the option to pick one of the following: Joseph Lister, Vincent Van Gogh, Neil Armstrong, Rosa Parks, Christopher Columbus or Mary Anning. We  had lots of fun doing this and learnt a lot of new skills on the chromebooks (ask us how to copy and paste a picture). Next week we'll be coming to the end of this topic and have a look at modern day significant individuals and also think about how significant individuals are remembered today.

Week 4 23rd - 27th November

 

Maths

This week we have been working with money.  The children have become more familiar with the different money denominations and completed practical tasks counting and comparing coin and notes. The practical tasks are vital to ensure children have experience of using money, especially so at the moment when shops are encouraging contactless payments.  We have looked at different ways to represent the same total and thought carefully about the coins selected.  We have used the stem sentence, 'There is__ pounds and __ pence.' Next week we are continuing with money, finding totals, finding change and working on two step problems.

 

English 

'Beegu' by Alexis Deacon is our focus text for the next couple of weeks.  This week we have looked closely at the illustrations at the beginning of the story.  The children used freeze frames to help them to think about how Beegu felt as she tried to communicate, this then helped the children to write thought and speech bubbles.  We have also used the ideas to write sentences using conjunctions to describe how Beegu's emotions change throughout the story.

 

Topic

The focus this week has been on the activists Rosa Parks and Emmeline Pankhurst.  The children have considered facts and opinions and delved further into the life of Rosa Parks not only in topic lessons but also in guided reading.

 

We have been working on a companion art project 'Still Life', this has included paintings by influential artists from a range of eras.  This week the children applied their sketching skills to everyday objects that were then painted using water colours.  This was developed further by painting a composition of various everyday objects from lanterns to coffee mugs.  These paintings will be displayed in the school gallery picture frames.

 

Next week we are starting to prepare for Christmas by making decorations using a range of DT skills.  The children will also be working on PowerPoint presentations about one of the significant people that they have studied.

 

Freeze frames

Practical money tasks

Week 3- 16th- 20th November

 

Maths

We started our week by securing our knowledge on number bonds and thought carefully about how we can work systematically to find all of them efficiently. We then moved on to finding and making number bonds to 100 and paid close attention to looking at the tens and ones which was shown on a hundred squares to support our understanding. We started to explore different strategies we could use to add three 1-digit numbers e.g. finding 10 or finding doubles. To end our unit of work on addition and subtraction, we completed a short assessment. Towards the end of the week we started our new topic which is money. We looked at coins and notes and the value each one held. 

Next week  we will continue our unit of work on money.  Please allow your children to explore money within your household, giving them the opportunity to sort, feel and describe it would be really beneficial for their learning. 

English

This week has been poetry slam week! Each house group (from both classes)  has learnt and performed poems, off by heart, all about space by different authors. We discussed and thought carefully about our pace, volume, posture and actions whilst rehearsing and performing. We also looked carefully at the judging criteria: the voice, understanding, presentation and accuracy. Ask your child to perform their poem at home!

Topic

This week the focus has been on activists. We have briefly touched on who William Wilberforce, Emmeline Pankhurst, Martin Luther King Jr, Mahatma Gandhi and Malala Yousafzai were. We looked at Rosa Parks in more depth and found out who she was, what she did and why she was significant. 

Next week we will be finding out more about Emmeline Pankhurst. 

Art

In art this week we did a colour study, looking closely at different paintings and considered the following questions: What colours has the artist used? Is the use of the colour realistic? How has the artist applied the paint? How do you think the artist has made this dark shade of red?

Before investigating what blues, reds, yellows, greens, organges, purples and browns we could make, we thought carefully about the primary and secondary colours and the impact this would have when mixing our paint powders to create a colour. To conduct our colour study, we used small brushes, powder paints and pallets for mixing work.

Week 2 - 9th-13th November

 

Maths

We started the week by consolidating understanding of using column addition.  We then moved on to subtracting two 2 digit numbers, using maths equipment to regroup, this time the children were exchanging 1 ten for 10 ones to complete their calculations.  During the week the children have learnt to manipulate the equipment to answer questions and write column addition answers with regrouping.

Next week we will complete this unit of work and move on to money.

 

English

This week we have continued to use 'Man on the Moon' by Simon Bartram to look in more depth at story sequencing.  We have looked at time conjunctions that can be used.  The children have written their own sequel to the book using an alternative main character, having looked carefully at the alien that features in the illustrations.

 

During whole class guided reading sessions the focus has been on 'Bob's Best Ever Friend', a follow on book to 'Man on the Moon'.  The children have been using the text to answer comprehension style questions.

 

Topic

This week the focus has been on explorers.  The children have looked in more depth at Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus.  The children have considered where they explored, when they lived and how they contributed to international achievements.  After looking at these significant explorers they also found out about other explorers, they were very surprised to find out that Vasco's De Gama's trade route to India is still used today, over five hundred years later.

 

Next week our focus will turn to significant activists.  We will be looking in more depth at Rosa Parks, building on the knowledge acquired during a whole school assembly last term.

 

RE

There are significant festivals at this time of year for a number of faiths.  Over the past two weeks the children have been looking at the Hindu festival of Diwali and the significance of light.  Over the next two weeks the focus will be on the Jewish Festival of Hanukkah.

 

 

Week 1- 02.11.20

 

English

We have started looking at our new book this week, Man on the Moon (a day in the life of Bob) by Simon Bartram. On Monday, we looked at a picture to search for clues to find out some more information about the character. We found out that he was an astronaut and on the moon so we had lots of questions to ask him. We wrote down some questions and as a class wrote him a letter. On Tuesday morning,  Mrs Fuller delivered a letter and a mysterious parcel to us. We opened it and found a letter from Bob (the astronaut) alongside a book to answer all of our questions. On Thursday, we experienced what it would be like to travel into space and arrive at the International Space Station. We discussed what it would be like in space. To end our week, we each wrote our own postcards to the children in Reception to tell them what we had experienced on Thursday. Next week, we will continue to explore this book in more detail. 

 

Maths

In maths, we have been continuing to think about addition and subtraction. We have also been introduced to exchanging. We now know that when we have 10 ones, we need to exchange this for 1 ten. We will be coming to the end of our unit of addition and subtraction next week.

 

Topic

Our topic this term is Movers and Shakers, and we have really enjoyed finding out about lots of significant people. We have learnt to use Dawson’s model to decide whether someone is significant or not and that significant people can be sorted into groups by what they did; scientist, explorer, activist, artist and monarch. So far we have explored Emmeline Pankhurst, Joseph Lister, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Vincent Van Gogh, Henry VIII and Rosa Parks. We found out that Isambard Kingdom Brunel built The Great Western Railway so that people could travel from London to Bristol faster.

Next week, we will be learning about Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus.

 

 

 

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