Week 7 (w/c 15th July)
We have reached the final week of the year!
In English, we have completed our stories telling of Belle's further adventures with the bee. everyone had some great ideas, with Belle not only helping the bee to find nectar in Paris, but also speaking on the radio or TV, talking to the President of France and making Paris the world's most bee-friendly city.
In maths we have used our learning from the whole year to solve problems that will help discover who stole the sports day trophy in the maths challenge "The Mystery of the Sports Day Trophy."
In topic, we have been learning some new IT skills, to create a PowerPoint presentation showcasing our knowledge of all things that Wriggle and Crawl. We completed the presentation by illustrating the life cycle of an insect, and then inserting our animation into the slideshow. We then enjoyed sharing it with the class.
In our RE this term, we have been learning how different religions mark beginnings and endings. This week, we have thought about the end of Year 2 and how we could mark the occasion with a suitable celebration. We all made plans, and then something from everyone's plan was included to make the celebration unique. We made bunting to decorate the classroom, taking inspiration from the things we enjoyed most over the course of the year, we ate cakes, danced and played games. We also took the opportunity to look back over the year, not only thinking about what we have enjoyed the most, but just how much we have all learned and how much fun we had - now to look forward to the beginning of Year 3.
Have a lovely summer!
At the beginning of the week, we finished the story of The Bee Who Spoke. We completed a 'tell me' grid, considering our likes and dislikes as any patterns we noticed and questions that we had about the story. Since then, we have each started to write the next chapter of the story as the bee follows Belle back to the city.
In our maths lessons, we have continued to use our estimation skills to help us to check calculations. We have carried out a maths investigation using our knowledge of place value. We then how to work through a maths problem systematically. We have also consolidated work from earlier in the year by partitioning numbers into different combinations of tens and ones, for example, 32 = 20 + 12 as well as 30 + 2.
In this week's topic lessons, we have been building up to creating our own stop motion animations of the life cycle of minibeasts. We started off with a science lesson to learn about the different stages in a life cycle before then finding out about stop motion animations. In groups, we designed our own backgrounds and made models of each stage of the life cycle. We then used an app on the iPad to film our own animations.
Week 5 (w/c 1st July)
We have really enjoyed our 2 transition days, and are really looking forward to beginning our Year 3 adventure in September!
Back in year 2, we have returned to the story of Belle and the Bee who spoke. We have reminded ourselves of the story so far, and started to follow the journey on which the bee takes Belle. We have thought about what the countryside would look like to a bee, and tried to create a map showing a "bees eye view." Can you identify any of the features that the bee flew past?
We have also been thinking about how this adventure might change Belle and her view of the world.
In maths, we have moved on to estimation. We understand that this means making a sensible guess and are now beginning to think about using estimation to help us predict or check an answer to a calculation - is the answer about what we would expect?
In our topic lesson this week, we have been thinking about food chains and learning about producers, consumers and predators.
And of course, we have also competed in sports day!
In our English lessons this week, we have continued with our information reports about bees. We have considered the importance of subheadings to organise our writing. Writing these reports has given everyone the opportunity to showcase their fantastic knowledge and all of our learning about bees.
This week we have been learning to recognise and describe patterns in 2d and 3d shapes. We have looked at patterns where the shapes changes its position and has in a particular way. We had the opportunity to explore patterns, following rules and making our own.
This week we have learnt to identify and classify the main parts of a bee, thinking about the purpose of each part. We have also been learning about the different ways that minibeasts protect themselves; mimicry, camouflage, 'playing dead' and warning colours. We focused on camouflage during the lessons; we made our own minibeasts from paper, took them outside to see if they camouflaged with their habitat.
We also enjoyed our final session with Mr Thomas for our Science CREST award
Week 3 (w/c 17th June)
In English this week, we have been continuing to read about Belle. We have learnt that this year, she is given her mother's old bicycle and can't wait to explore. However, she isn't looking where she is going, has an accident and discovers that she is lost. We have written a note giving Belle some advice - many children decided now would be a good time to eat her emergency croissant!
We have left Belle in the forest, astounded by a conversation with a bee, while we learn more about bees. We have been learning to take notes from a short video and then structuring those notes into a plan. Next week, we will be using our plan to write a short report about bees.
We have been continuing to think about position and direction this week, realising that the directions we give depend on the way we are facing. We have compared left and right with clockwise and anti-clockwise, and used our knowledge to give directions:
We have been thinking about all kinds of minibeasts this week, and using
our observational skills to make a model. We have then researched the creatures, and created some fact-filled posters.
Finally, we have been measuring temperature and investigating the best insulating material in our CREST science lesson this week.
This week we have started our new book. The title has not yet been revealed! We have been looking closely at the illustrations and text to make inferences about the main character, Belle. We have found out that Belle is going on a special journey to visit her grandparents, we have considered what items we would take with us on a special journey. We also discovered that Belle is given a special gift by her grandfather. What gift will she be given this year?
We have been learning about position and direction. We have started of by thinking about describing movement using the key words left, right, forwards and backwards. We have left about the importance of thinking about the way that the person/object is facing. We have given instructions to a partner.
We have also learnt to describe turns - quarter turn, half turn, three-quarter turn and full turn as well as clockwise and anti-clockwise.
We have officially started our new topic, Wriggle and Crawl, this week. We have answered the question "What is a minibeast?" and have used a classification key to identify them. We have also learnt about how minibeasts are suited to their habitats.
Week 1 (w/c 3rd June)
We have really enjoyed our STEAM week learning about the threats to our planet from plastic and other pollutants, and trying to think of ways we can help. We have looked at the role Bees play in an ecosystem, and why they are so important. We were saddened to learn they are under threat, and thought carefully of ways we could "Save the Bees". We have also been making pom-pom bees - it has been a busy and exciting week!
We have based our English this week around the text The Curious Garden by Peter Brown.
We have considered what kind of town we would like to live in - the dull, dreary town at the beginning of the book, or the town full of colour and life (with the help of the garden and Liam the gardener) we see at the end of the book. We have also thought about how the change in the environment might have changed the way the people in the town behave, by spending more time outside for example. We have then used adjectives to create some descriptive poems, trying to give the reader a picture of the garden with just the words we use.
In maths, we have been learning about temperature. We remembered that it is measured in degrees celsius, and have been using addition and subtraction to find out the difference between two or more temperatures - how much warmer or cooler. We have also taken our maths outside, taking part in a mathematical scavenger hunt around the school to put into practice lots of the things we have learnt this year.
In our CREST science investigation this week, we also went outside to investigate the types of minibeast that we found in our school grounds. We learnt how to identify them using a key, and tried observing them to draw a diagram of the creature we found - this was tricky as some of the creatures just would not stay still! Finally, we thought about the habitat that we found the creatures in, something we will be considering in greater detail later in the term.