Sports for Schools

Dear Parents/Carers,

Letters will be given to your children next week however you may already aware of the exciting upcoming event with Frederick Afrifa. On the 30th and 31st of January, he will be coming into school to do a fitness workout with all of the children (one class at a time). He will then deliver an assembly where the children can ask him questions and discuss his training.

We are very excited to be working with ‘Sports for Schools’ with this event who support athletes in the journey but also give 60% of the money raised back to the school for equipment so they can continue to promote participation in sport.
Please can we encourage you to complete your sponsorship using the following link:https://www.sportsforschools.org/event/sfs2051

Thank you so much for your support in this event.

This Week’s Learning

Topic

During our topic lessons this week, we planned and wrote our very own version of ‘Katie in London’. We really enjoyed reading the book last week, and learning about many different landmarks in London. We spent time this week recapping the features of a story and the purpose. We worked in partners and then as a whole class to read the text again and gather important vocabulary we would need to use in our own stories. We gathered verbs (action words) and sentence openers. We did two types of plans to make sure our writing was the best it could be. We then worked on our own to write some amazing versions of the story ourselves. We all were very proud of our hard work.

Maths

In maths this week, we have been learning about doubling and halving. We have been able to understand that when we double, we are adding the same number twice. We also know this means we are multiplying the number by 2. We have used counters and dienes to help us represent doubling and we were are able to double two-digit numbers using these resources, as well as moving on to using our written methods to help us. After, we used this to help us find half of different numbers. We understand that halving is the inverse of doubling and if we know our doubles, we are able to understand what half will be. We also used counters, dienes and written methods to help us solve. We applied all this knowledge at the end of the week by solving some word problems using doubling and halving.

Class Teacher Awards

Well done to all the children for another brilliant week this week. All the teachers in Year 2 are so impressed with how hard the children are continuing to work and feel very proud of everyone. A particular well done to the following children:

Butterfly: Pranit and Siyana

Dragonfly: Vishv, Vibhav and Michael

Glowworm: Jakub, Ananda and Alq

Tiger Moth: Lucia and Edward

Phase Leader Awards: Dylan, Daniel B, Jacopo and Emily-May

Home Learning

Today, home learning went out to all of the children. We would like to remind you that this is to be done at home with your child and will not come back to school for us to mark and give feedback. If your child completes some work that they are super proud of, we would love to see it (these are very interesting for show and tell or displays!). Below, we have uploaded another copy of the overviews and worksheets (including maths answers) just in case any of theirs go missing.

Maths

Topic

Class Teacher Awards

The Year 2 team would like to say a huge well done to all of the children for having such a wonderful return back to school from the holidays. It is clear we are going to have a fantastic Spring term! We have had an excellent week and there have been so many examples of where the children have shown the Avenue values brilliantly. The teachers were particularly impressed with the following children:

Butterfly: Kesia and Adrian

Dragonfly: Layla and Robin

Glowworm: Violet

Tiger Moth: Parmis and Denzel

Year Group Leader Award: Lily

This Week’s Learning

Topic

This week, we were introduced to our new topic ‘Brilliant Brilliant’ that we are going to be learning about throughout the entire Spring term. To begin, we explored what we already knew about the British Isles and coloured in our new front covers. Next, we learnt about the difference between the British Isles and the United Kingdom, then discovered the meaning behind the United Kingdom’s flag – the Union Jack. After this, we labelled the four countries of the United Kingdom including their capital cities. Our first country we were learning about was England so we began by exploring different landmarks of London through the story ‘Katie in London’.

Maths

This week, we continued exploring multiplication and were introduced to array. We started by exploring ‘rows of’ – going across, then ‘columns of’ – going down. We drew jottings of arrays and used our knowledge of counting in 2s, 3s, 5s or 10s to solve various multiplication problems. Once we were secure with this, we explored the commutative nature of multiplication (that the numbers can go either way around and the answer will be the same e.g. 2 x 5 is the same as 5 x 2). This meant that when we were faced with problems such as 2 x 7 (and we knew we couldn’t count in 7s) we could swap the numbers around and solve 7 x 2. Finally, we solved various problems involving multiplication – some of these we had to use our knowledge of commutativity to find the easiest way to solve them.