This week in topic we continued looking at Amy Johnson. We began reading an example diary and recapped the structural and language features. Whilst reading the diary entry we gathered past tense verbs and emotive language. Using the vocabulary we gathered, we planned our own diary that Amy Johnson would have written. First we planned what language we wanted to use. Next we also created a map using pictures to plan our sentences. Finally to finish the week we wrote our own diary in the style Amy Johnson may have written.
In Maths this week, we finished looking at fractions. We learnt that 1/2 is equivalent to 2/4, which means they are the same. Next we moved onto looking at movements and turns. We first discussed what a quarter and half turn were using our knowledge we had just learnt of fractions. Then we discussed we need to know which direction the turn is going. We linked this to a clock and learn what clockwise and anticlockwise mean. Using this new vocabulary, we explained what movements an object was making. To end the week, we looked at 2D shapes and used them to continue and create patterns or different orientations.
The Year 2 team would like to say a huge well done to all of the children for having such a fantastic half term. We have had an excellent Spring term so far 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:
This half term in Health and Wellbeing, we have been learning about caring friendships. First we looked at how we were similar and different to our friends. Next we looked at how healthy friendships are positive and welcoming towards others, and do not make others feel lonely or excluded. We have looked at characteristics that make a good friend and behaviour that can make us uncomfortable . We have also learnt how to recognise when people are being unkind either to them or to others, how to respond, who to tell and what to say. Finally we looked at a range of strategies to maintain friendships including conflict resolution. We have been able to apply these strategies well when we have needed to, especially in the playground.
Your child will be given a sponsor form for the Marsden March by the end of this week. You will have already received a school version of this with the original letter sent out a while ago, but you can use either sponsorship form.
On Thursday 13th February, we will be holding a SATs forum for all Year 2 parents/carers. The forum will give you key information about the Year 2 SATs and an opportunity to ask any questions you may have. The meeting will begin at 8:30am and will finish at approximately 9:30am. Please enter via the main school office to sign in.
If you are unable to attend the forum, then a copy of the slides will be put on the blog for your information.
As part of our cultural learning, on Thursday 27th February 2020 we will celebrate International Mother Language Day. This is a day celebrated every year by UNESCO.
To celebrate the diverse cultures of the pupils and families at Avenue Primary, we would like pupils to come dressed in the national costume of their country of origin or wear the colours representing their home country’s flag. Pupils may also wear the national sports kit for their country of origin, e.g. England football team strip, New Zealand rugby team strip.
During the day, pupils will complete activities related to the different languages spoken by the Avenue school community. They will research “endangered” languages and use google translate to find simple expressions, tongue twisters and will also sing songs in different languages. They can also bring a traditional object related to their country of origin and show it to the class.
We are all looking forward to celebrating the variety of languages and cultures in our school community.
In topic this week, we have been learning about two different modes of transport, buses and planes. We started with a history lesson, learning about how London buses have changed over time. We enjoyed learning about how different they used to be. We then had fun taking part in science where we explored different solids and their properties. We discussed their ability to be stretched, twisted, bent and squashed. We then tried to decide which materials would be most suited to their role. We were designing our very own bus and we had to decide which materials we would use for the windows, the wheel, the body and the seats. We did some fun experiments to test the materials and wrote a conclusion to discuss what we had found out. After that, we looked at how planes had changed over time and started to look at Amy Johnson. We learnt that she flew a plane from Croydon all the way to Australia. We enjoyed learning lots of different facts about her.
In our maths lessons this week, we have been understanding how to find fractions of an amount. We recapped what half, quarter and thirds looked like as fractions. To find a fraction of an amount, we used our counters to help us share into the correct amount of groups. For example, when we find 1/2 of an amount, we know that we are sharing that amount into 2 equal groups. We then moved on to using a bar model to help us find the answers by jotting. We also completed some problem solving questions using what we had learnt.
A huge well done to all the children in Year 2 this week. All the teachers have been very impressed with how hard you have continued to work all week. You should feel very proud. We would like to say a particular well done to the following children this week: