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Summer 1 - The Scented Garden

Week 3- 3rd-7th May


In English this week, we wrote our own sequel narratives and edited our work. We

thought carefully about full stops, capital letters, spellings and checked to make sure it made sense. We ended the week by publishing our stories, using our best handwriting. We are excited to see them published and read lots of them!


Next week we will begin to explore a new book called ‘The Lonely Beast’ by Chris Judge. We will respond to the illustrations and take part in some role play.



We continued to focus on height and length this week in Maths. We have compared lengths and heights, using the <,> and = symbols, ordered lengths from the shortest to the longest and applied this to the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  


Next week we will have a new focus on position and direction.



In Topic this week, we have learnt the name of plants and flowers and identified the parts of plant on a diagram (petal, stem, leaf, bulb, flower and roots). We have also investigated how grass grows using different environments. 

Week 26th-30th April


This week we have continued to work with the text 'Claude in the City'.  The children have planned and started to write their own sequels to the story.  They have explored the writing style of Alex T. Smith and thought carefully about the sequence of the story.  Everyone has thought of their own setting and a new way for Claude to save the day.  As the children write their own sequel they are also adding adverbial phrases and checking their work to ensure that they are punctuating each sentence correctly.


Next week work will continue on the sequel, writing the story ending, editing their work and publishing the stories.



Maths this week has a new focus on height and length.  The children have compared lengths and heights using non-standard measures.  Following this the children have used rulers to measure in centimetres, ensuring that they start their measurement at the 0cm mark.  The children have explored using appropriate measuring tools for a purpose.  On Friday they used trundle wheels to measure the 100m distance that Usain Bolt ran when he broke the world record, they decided that this was the easiest way to measure such a long distance.  


Next week we will continue to focus on length and height and comparing length using the <, > and = symbols.  We will also be working on using the four operations with measurements and solving length and height problems.



Week 1- 19th-23rd April

'Claude in The City' by Alex T.Smith is our focus text for the next few weeks. This week we have made inferences based on an illustration from the text and completed a character profile for Claude. We thought carefully about what it would be like to be in the city, what we might hear and what we might see, and then as a group we came up with our own poem. After reading a couple of chapters of the books, we wrote in role as Clause (the main character) and wrote a postcard to Mr and Mrs Shinyshoes telling them all about their day. 

This week we have continued to work on fractions. The children have become more familiar with using a bar model to find fractions of different amounts. This week we have looked at why 1/2 and 2/4 are equivalent fractions, how to find 3/4 of an amount, how to count in fractions and then applied all of our knowledge on fractions to solve problems using reasoning and convincing. Next week we will begin our next White Rose unit which will be height and length. 



This week the children have continued to monitor the development of the ladybrid larvae and look after the seeds that they have planted.  There has been some excitement as the children have started to spot some roots and shoots.  We're eagerly awaiting some slightly warmer weather to plant sweet peas, courgettes and purple sprouting brocolli in our raised beds.  Willow class have also been to Forest School.


We have started another investigation this week to find out if seeds can grow anywhere.  The children have planted radish seeds in different materials and made predicitions about which seeds would grow the best.  A The word 'nutrient' has been introduced.  The children considered what they needed to do to ensure that their test was fair, now they need to remember to water their seeds every day (ensuring they use the same amount of water in each) and monitor growth over the next few weeks.


Next week the focus is on the parts of plant and investigating how grass grows.  Rowan class will also be going to Forest School

Our topic this term is The Scented Garden. To begin our topic, we explored a range of garden herbs using all the senses, talked about how herbs feel and smell, described which smells we liked and disliked, matched herbs with it's identification card and ordered the smells according to preference or strength. We also took part in another Now Press Play experience which was all about plants. This week we have also planted seeds in a homemade newspaper pot and discussed what a seed needed in order to grow. We will be looking after them as they grow and keeping a close eye on these throughout the term. We have also drawn on our prior learning from Wriggle and Crawl to identify and name each aspect of the ladybird lifecycle. We noticed that the life cycle of a ladybird had similarities and differences to other insects we explored during our Wriggle and Crawl topic. 


On Friday, we took part in DPA Eco Day and had lots of fun! Keep a look out for photos of what we did!

Our topic this term is ‘The Scented Garden’.  We will be investigating the parts of a plant and what plants need to grow.  Planting seeds and looking after them as they grow is a key part of the learning too.  We will be drawing on prior learning, particularly from our Wriggle and Crawl topic to find out more about the positive impact bees and insects can have on plants.  With the arrival of ladybird eggs we will be making close observations to find out more about their lifecycles.  Plants grow all over the world, some and useful and some are dangerous, we’ll find out more about this.  Using our geographical skills we will also compare plants in our locality with other parts of the world. 

Year 2 will be having Forest School sessions this term.  The site is becoming more colourful each week and there are opportunities to apply skills and knowledge as the site is explored.  The children will be identifying plants and mini-beasts, using the rich offering of Forest School to create natural art, using new tools, learning the importance of rules and routines around the fires circle and experiencing food cooked on an open fire.

Our PE days will continue to be Wednesday and Fridays, please ensure that your child comes to school in kit on these days, including suitable trainers.  Our lessons will continue to be outside, so please ensure that a jumper is brought in.

Your child has spellings to learn every week and they have a spelling test every Wednesday.  We ensure that a paper copy of the spellings come home, your child’s list is also available on Spelling Shed.  Regular practise both online and on paper helps your child to retain spelling patterns beyond the test.  Please support and encourage your child to look at these throughout the week.