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Term has now ended. Have a safe and happy Summer break and we look forward to seeing you all and welcoming many new faces in September! Term starts on Thursday 3rd September.

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Both Rowan and Willow class will have PE on a Tuesday and a Friday this year. Please ensure your children have their PE kits in school for their lessons and that all earrings are removed. Thank you! 

Week 8 (w/c 21st October)



This week we have continued to add and subtract 10 from a number. We have also been thinking about how we write down our calculations, beginning to use the column method. we have also used our knowledge to solve problems and give reasoned answers.



In English this week, we have written our non-chronological reports about Whales. We found some fascinating facts and have presented them as a report with a title and sub-headings. Did you know... the Beluga Whale is born grey, but turns white at around 6 years old to provide camouflage for it's Arctic home?



We have finished our topic by sharing some fantastic home learning, and finally using our map reading and compass skills to go on a treasure hunt around the school.

Our Treasure Hunt

A selection of our home learning

Week 7 (w/c 14th October)



In Maths this week we have been using our knowledge of number bonds to ten to work out number bonds to 100. We have also used our understanding of '10 times bigger' and '10 times smaller' to work out answers to questions like the ones below. 

We have also been learning how to add and subtract 1s using a number track and finding out 10 more and 10 less using tens and ones apparatus. 



In English we have been learning about the features of a non-chronological report so that we can write our own reports inspired by the story of The Storm Whale. We used iPads to find out lots of facts and information about whales and then chose subheadings and formed a non-chronological report plan. 


Wider Curriculum 

In Art/DT this week we have been learning about lighthouses. We have used what we have learnt to design, build and paint our own lighthouse models. .

On Tuesday Sarah Outen visited us and shared her incredible adventures with us. We learnt so much and were inspired by her amazing stories. 

Week 6 (w/c 7th October)



In maths this week, we have been using our knowledge of fact families to check our calculations. We have used the inverse to do this:


we know that 16 + 4 = 20 because 20 - 4 = 16

we can spot errors, for example, 18 - 5 = 12 is incorrect because 5 + 12 is 17, not 18


We have moved on from this to comparing number sentences:





And finally, using our knowledge to explore relationships between numbers and work systematically:












We have continued to read the story of the Storm Whale. We have been excited to discover that Noi has found a baby whale on the beach after the storm, and thought carefully about how Noi's feelings have continued to change throughout the story. We have written some fantastic diary entries, imagining that we were Noi and we will continue to read the story next week.


Wider Curriculum

We have thought carefully about different materials in Science this week, considering how we would describe them to someone unfamiliar with modern materials (like a pirate, perhaps!) and what we use those materials for.


Finally in ICT we have been practising logging onto a computer, and then testing a game written with the scratch programme. We then looked behind the game to see the code, beginning to use and understand terms like programmer and algorithm.

Week 5 (w/c 30th September) 


This week we have started a new unit in Maths - addition and subtraction. We have been using the bar model to show and understand the part/part/whole relationship between addition and subtraction (as seen below). We have also used the bar model to work out the inverse to check answers, and to work out the answer to missing number problems. 

          5+7 =12                       ?+5=15

          7+5=12                        5+?=15

          12-5=7                        15-?=5

          12-7=5                        15-5=?



In English we have now found out that the book we have been studying is called The Storm Whale by Benji Davies. We have further explored the relationship between Noi and his dad, and we have learnt lots of new vocabulary to describe the emotions they may be feeling at different times during the book so far. 

We have also used the story to learn about the difference between statement, command, question and exclamation sentences and have tried writing our own using the book as inspiration. 



In Topic this week we have designed and made our own treasure maps, including a key to show the most important parts. We then used mathematical language to write directions to find the treasure! 

In History we learnt about the story of Grace Darling, this then linked to our learning about lifeboats through the years. We watched lots of lifeboat launch videos and discussed how lifeboats have changed over the years. 

Week 4 (w/c 23rd September)



In maths this week we have continued to look at number and place value by thinking about counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. We have used our knowledge to answer different questions, such as:

  • If I start at 14, and count back in 2s, will I say the number 12?
  • If I start at 24 and count back in 5s, will I say the number 14?
  • "I can count in 10s from the number 7." Do you agree? Explain your answer



We have started to look at a new book this week -

but we don't yet know the title!

We have investigated 2 of the characters, Noi and his dad, and explored their feelings developing our inference skills from just looking at a picture or reading one sentence. How do you think Noi and his dad feel - "Every day, Noi's dad left early for a long day's work on his fishing boat. He wouldn't be home again til dark." 


We have also been learning about using apostrophes for contractions - didn't, couldn't and he'll, for example.



In our topic lessons this week, we have investigated the best material to keep something cold, by wrapping ice cubes in a range of materials from newspaper to tin foil, and measuring how much the ice cube melted. We also learnt about making sure our experiment was a fair test. 


We have also been using the iPads to research some famous pirates, and been using the information we have found to create a pirate information sheet.



Week 3 (w/c 16th September)




In Maths this week we have continued with our learning about place value. We have used place value charts to partition 2-digit numbers into 10s and 1s, we have also become really super at working out the answer when there are 10s and 1s missing from the charts! 

We have also looked at using the symbols < = > to show whether pairs of numbers are equal to, greater than or less than each other. 



In English we have continued to read 'How to Find Gold' by Viviane Schwars. We have followed Anna and Crocodile's journey to find gold and have learnt how to use expanded noun phrases to describe the places they have gone on their adventure. We have written a description about the stormy sea and the calm underwater world. We are also learning how to edit and improve our writing.



In Topic we have learnt all about different types of pirate ships and learnt lots of vocabulary to describe the different parts of a ship. We built our own pirate ships, thinking carefully about the materials we used and how to ensure our ships would float in the water. We also learnt some Sea Shanties in Music and sung them in our best pirate-y voices!

In our Geography lesson we learnt about the famous explorer Captain Cook and all the places he went on his voyages. We found the different places in an Atlas and marked them on our own maps.

Week 1 & 2 (w/c 2nd and 9th September)


The children have settled into Year 2 well, and are beginning to get used to the new routines. We have been excited to begin our learning and are looking forward to all the new challenges and experiences that await us!



In maths, we have started the year by thinking about place value.

We have been recapping numbers from 1 - 100 and are now looking at

2-digit numbers in particular. We have been partitioning them into 10s and 1s, thinking carefully about the value of each digit. 



In English we have started to read "How to Find Gold" by Viviane Schwarz. We have met Anna and Crocodile and made inferences about their character from the little of the book we have read so far. We have also been thinking about what you need to do to find gold, and have been creating our own plans and writing instructions to enable us to find gold. Although we don't know what Anna and Crocodile are going to do yet!



We have been thinking about explorers in our topic lessons, thinking about the countries and seas around the British Isles and creating a timeline of famous explorers and adventurers from Marco Polo in 1271 right up to Ellen MacArthur in 2005. We have learnt about the journey of James Cook and used and Atlas to find the countries that he visited and plot them on a map.


We have also been linking our science lessons to our topic, investigating materials that float or sink and deciding which would be suitable to build a boat. We have then looked at changing the shape of a material that sinks to make it float, and using our knowledge of that shape to design and test a boat to see how much cargo it can carry.