Year 2 have had a fantastic week again this week where they have demonstrated the Avenue values throughout the year group. We would like to say a massive well done for all of their hard work during this! In particular, these children demonstrated the Avenue Values well so have received certificates for their efforts.
This half term in Health and Wellbeing, we have been learning about Physical and Mental Health. We started by exploring different feelings and how these can be shown on people’s faces and bodies. In this, we also discussed how sometimes people do not show their emotions these ways but that does not mean they are not feeling them. Next, we explored how not feelings are good or bad but some make us feel comfortable and some make us feel uncomfortable. Through this, we thought of different ways to tell others about our feelings so that they can help us, including which trusted adults we could go to when we need some help with our feelings. Then, we discussed some different emotions in more detail including: anger, worry and disappointment. We explored what these feel like, why we might feel this way, appropriate ways to act or communicate these feelings and some strategies to help us feel better. Our strategies include: counting to 10, going to the safe space, thinking of something different, problem solving with a trusted adult, drawing a picture, listening to music or writing our feelings down.
This week in topic, we have learnt about the artist Tracy Hall. We started by looking at her fruit art that she creates using water colour. We looked in detail at how she creates her abstract art with contrasting cold and warm colours and circular lines. Once we had looked closely at her work, we mixed primary colours to finish one of her paintings using brush strokes. Next, we explore different mediums so that we chose one of them for our final piece. We practised with coloured pencil, oil pastel and paint. Finally, we chose one of these to create our final piece of art that was based on a piece of fruit.
This week in maths, we have been comparing balanced and unbalanced equations. At the start of the week, we used numicon to solve these equations e.g. 8 < 7 + 2, 9 = 5 + 4, 7 > 2 + 3. We then moved onto solving balancing equations with number sentences on each side. We had to solve the number sentences first and then put in the correct symbol to make the equation correct e.g. 7 + 3 < 2 + 3. Finally, we solved addition missing number problems where we had to use the inverse (subtraction).
This week in topic we started looking at the book ‘Tadpoles Promise’. We began by looking at the structure of a story and discussed what happened in the beginning, middle and end. Next we gathered nouns and adjectives, extending ourselves by creating expanded noun phrases with the words we gathered. Using the vocabulary we gathered, we planned our stories two ways, a story mountain and a story map. Finally we wrote our own stories using our plans to help us. We were really pleased how our stories turned out.
This week in maths we began by continuing to use bridging to solve addition equations. Next we moved onto using bridging to subtract a one digit number from a two digit number. We started this practically using tens frames and counters. We then moved onto writing number sentences in our books to show the steps.