June 2018

2M had a fantastic half term learning about water.  This finished with a cake sale during the last week, where we raised £160.00!  We have been able to use the money to buy items through the charity Wateraid (www.wateraid.com.  We purchased a hand pump for a whole community, a tap and basin for a midwife and a toolkit to help maintain water provision.  We were delighted with our efforts.

During last half term, 2M also completed their statutory assessments (SATs). The children worked very hard and we are glad that these have now been finished!

The final half term looks like a very busy one for 2M.  We will be using a book ‘The Lion and the Unicorn’ by Shirley Hughes for all of our learning.  The story is about a young child called Lenny who is evacuated from the war-torn streets of London to a big house in the country, but the only place he feels safe is the secret walled garden.  We are sure that this will be a very engaging story to focus on for our learning.

We will also be learning about art, history, technology and geography.  In art we’ll be finding out about art in different countries.  In history, we’ll be finding out about war time in Britain and how this affected people’s lives.  In technology, we’ll be finding out how to design and make different shelters.  Finally, in geography, we will be locating the different countries within the UK and Europe.  Our mathematics learning will continue to focus on a range of skills including multiplication tables and the related division facts, reading time to 5 minutes and problem solving.

A highlight of this half term will be a trip which we have planned as a reward for the children’s efforts during their recent SATS.  A letter will be sent home about this trip during the beginning of the half term.

As this is the final half term in Year 2, we will also spend time preparing children to make the transition into Key Stage 2 ready for September.

 

 

April 2018

2M had a great end to the spring term with a fantastic Easter hat parade where the children showed off all the hard work they had put into creating amazing hats.  Thanks to all the parents who came along to support.

The summer term looks like a very busy one for 2M.   Our new unit of learning is Water World and during this unit, we will be focusing our learning on geography, science, technology and history.  In geography, we will be finding out how much of our planet is water and how much is land, how water can provide a habitat for different living things and what it might be like to live somewhere where there is not much water.  In science, we will be finding out how to grow plants from seeds, how water can change from a solid to a liquid to a gas, how much water we need to drink to stay fit and healthy and why it is important to wash our hands to keep ourselves clean.  We will also be finding out how some people around the world do not have access to clean water and how we can help to improve the lives of people in less developed countries.

Our Literacy learning will link in with our creative learning and we will be using the following texts: Grandad’s Island, Captain Abdul’s Pirate School and The Snorgh and the Sailor.  Our mathematics learning will continue to focus on a range of skills including multiplication tables, reading time to 5 minute intervals and problem solving.  During this half term, Year 2 will complete their SATS in reading, GPS (grammar, punctuation and spelling) and mathematics.  These statutory assessments will be completed in small groups.

We are looking forward to a very busy half term in 2M!

 

 

March 2018

2M had a great end to their creative learning with a People of the Past party.  The children came into school dressed as the person who they had researched for their home learning.  Parents came to watch their presentation and the hall was full of many people from the past including: Florence Nightingale, Queen Nandi, Queen Elizabeth 1 and Winston Churchill!  Thank you to all the parents for supporting the children with their research and costumes and for attending this event.

Over the next half term 2M will be starting a new unit of learning - The Earth, Our Home.  During this unit, which is mainly science based and focuses on habitats, we will also explore Design and Technology.

In science, we’ll be finding out about the plants and animals living in forests, about different types of trees and plants and animals that live in other habitats.  We will be learning how to sort living things into different groups, what a micro-habitat is and what creatures live there.  We will also be looking at how animals are adapted to their environment.

We will be starting this unit by finding out and making our own bug hotel.  In our International learning, we’ll be finding out about the loss of the world’s forest habitats.    We will also be busy with some special activities as we head towards Mother’s day and Easter. Watch the newsletter for more information!

 

 

January 2018

2M had a great end to their autumn term with a fantastic nativity play where all the children excelled in singing and acting out the story of Christmas.  Thank you to all the parents for supporting us with this event.

During last half term, 2M started their new creative learning about ‘People of the Past’ where we started finding out about different people who we remember for special reasons.  The children clearly enjoyed learning about Guy Fawkes, Florence Nightingale, Edward Jenner and Buzz Aldrin.  The children brought in some exceptional home learning projects – thank you for your support with this.

We will be continuing this unit of learning for the next half term.  We still have lots of people to learn about including: Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Elizabeth II, Mozart, Clarice Cliff and Stanley Matthews.

In history, we’ll be exploring the decisions that rulers had to make in the past as well as looking at local significant people who have impacted life in our area. We will be finding out about important inventors and their inventions and comparing what life was like at different times in the past.  In art, we’ll be exploring portraits of famous people from the past and painting a scene in the style of a famous artist.  We will use our ICT skills to research the people that we are learning about.  During the unit, children will be reading, researching, writing, illustrating, working on their own and working in groups.

Our Literacy learning will be linked with this theme, as we will be finding out and writing about the lives of different people.  We will also be learning about particular authors and the books they have written. Our mathematics learning will continue to focus on applying our knowledge of 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables as well as addition and subtraction facts to solve practical problems.

Home learning during this half term will be slightly different as the children will be asked to find out about one person from the past whom they will then come dressed up as for our People of the Past Party which will take place in February and will be the celebration of our creative learning.  Mathematics homework and spellings will continue to be sent home every Thursday and should be returned by the following Tuesday.

PE will continue on Tuesday afternoons.  Children are also given the opportunity on Tuesday afternoons to visit our key stage library and borrow a book.

 

(click on the picture above to see a video clip about Elizabeth I and William Shakespeare)

November 2017

2M had a great first half term learning about different clothes which included a trip to Quarry Bank Mill and a fashion show to finish.  We have put some photos on our class page under class blog.

Our creative learning for next half term will be all about ‘People of the Past’ where we will be finding out about different people who we remember for special reasons.  We will start this learning by looking at the facts about Guy Fawkes, linking in with Bonfire night safety.

In history we’ll be exploring the decisions that rulers had to make in the past, explore how a famous person might have been feeling as well as comparing an explorer from the past with a modern-day explorer.  We will be finding out about important inventors and their inventions and comparing what life was like at different times in the past.

In art we’ll be exploring portraits of famous people from the past and painting a scene in the style of a famous artist.  We will use our ICT skills to research the people we are learning about.

Our Literacy learning will be linked with this theme, as we will be finding out and writing about the lives of different people.  During the unit, children will be reading, researching, writing, illustrating, working on their own and working in groups.  We will also be learning about particular authors and the books that they have written.  Our mathematics learning will continue to focus on applying our knowledge of 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables, as well as using addition and subtraction facts to solve practical problems.

During this half term, we will also be busy with Christmas events and our Nativity play.  We therefore plan to continue learning about People of the Past for the first half term after Christmas when we will also be setting slightly different homework to link in with our exit point.  Further details will follow nearer the time!

 

 

(click on the picture above to go to the Quarry Bank Mill website)

September 2017

This year in 2M, the children will be learning with Mrs Mawdsley and Miss Sale.

Our first unit of the year will be All Dressed Up where we will be finding out about different clothes.  We look forward to starting this unit by bringing in a toy each and designing and making a party outfit for them using different fabrics.  In our geography learning we will be finding out what people wear in different countries, what the climate is like in different parts of the world and how the weather affects what people wear.  In science, we will be finding out how we can sort materials, how to carry out a scientific investigation and which materials will keep us warm or dry. Our Literacy learning will be linked with this theme as we will design a suitable new cape for Little Red Riding Hood as well as writing a new scene for a smart giant!  We will also use our creative work as a basis for exploring stories involving clothes including The Emperor’s New Clothes.

In technology, we will be finding out how wool is made, how to make a weaving on a cardboard ‘loom,’ what felt is and how it is made and about different methods of fastening clothes.  We hope to extend our learning in this area when we visit Quarry Bank Mill and try our hand at weaving when we take part in a textiles workshop.  In art, we will be busy finding out how to create our own tartan design and about symmetry in design and how to make repeating patterns.  We will design and decorate our own t-shirts and will follow up our design making using a range of different materials.  We hope to show all our designs off in our own fashion show at the end of the half term!  Look out for the letter inviting you to our show!

We look forward to a busy, hard working half term.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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