We’ve been feeling festive in the Eager Earthworms and the Fearless Fireflies this week! Children were excited to see some decorations up in their classrooms and have had fun opening windows on class advent calendars.
In English, children have started reading a new book called ‘10 Things I Can Do to Help My World’. They have enjoyed making posters to teach people what they have learned about little things that they can do to make a big difference to our planet. Children were also delighted to receive responses to the letters that they wrote to Morrisons and Aldi. The supermarkets were very grateful to the children for writing to them and wanted to reassure children that they were doing lots of things to reduce their plastic waste production. The children were especially thrilled that Morrisons had stopped using glitter on all cards and wrapping paper in time for Christmas this year! We are incredibly proud of them for being so persuasive!
In Maths, children have continued their hard work with money, looking at price tags and calculating totals, counting mixed coins and finding the difference between two amounts. In Geography, children learned about different threats to our oceans and ocean animals such as discarded fishing gear and coral bleaching. They were then relieved when Morrisons mentioned in their letter to the children that their charity sends divers down to remove such gear from the ocean.
In DT, children prepared plaques telling people about their recycled plastic sculptures, ready for an exhibition each class will put on for the other next week. In Music this week children have been learning a song and exploring performing it with a range of different dynamics, singing some parts quietly and gradually getting louder to build to a dramatic end. In Science, children were hunting for objects made from a range of different materials in their classrooms and thinking about why the properties of that material make it a good choice for that object.
It has been an action-packed week! We hope you have a restful weekend!
This week has been very busy in Year 2! Christmas is fast approaching and we have started learning our songs for the Carol Concert!
In English, we finished writing biographies about Isatou Ceesey. She is such an interesting woman! From learning about all the fantastic things she has made from plastic, we have made our own skipping ropes from plastic bags. It was quite tricky but we persevered until we completed them. They look great!
In Maths, we have been consolidating our learning about money. We have found it quite tricky to add pounds and pence together but we are improving every day! We have also been learning about different ways to make the same amount.
In Geography, we planned a route across the world from the UK to The Great Barrier Reef. We pretended we were sailors and had to sail through the Atlantic, past Africa and round to the East coast of Australia. We used compass directions to write instructions of our journey.
In DT, we have completed building our underwater creatures. We only used plastic. We have learnt how to make something great out of what would have been rubbish. Now we have finished constructing our animals, we will be evaluating the building process.
Year 2 have had another busy week! They posted the persuasive letters that they had written to the supermarkets and they then finished reading One Plastic Bag, the story of Isatou Ceesay. They learned about Gambia and about Ceesay’s work to recycle plastic bags and reduce plastic pollution in her village. They were amazed by the plastic purses that she created and by how her project now employs over 11,000 women.
In Maths, children have begun to learn more about money. They have been recognising different coins and then applying their skills to adding pounds and pence. Children have also explored how they can count different coins by different amounts e.g. counting 10p coins by 10.
In Science, children have been learning about the properties of different materials and have also been discussing why certain objects are made out of one material rather than another. They had fun thinking of unsuitable materials for different objects such as paper wellies or a brick snow globe!
In Geography, the children explored the five layers of the ocean and the weird and wonderful creatures that live in each layer! They are continuing to craft and assemble their recycled plastic underwater creatures in DT.
Children’s spellings are located just below these updates in the Homework section of this page. Eager Earthworms have also been sent a direct link on Teams. Please make sure that you are practising these every week with your child!
Year 2 have had a great week! They have been challenging themselves in Maths to re-group and exchange one ten for ten ones and they have been adding more than two numbers together in preparation for starting money next week.
In English, the children have finished writing their letters to all the local supermarkets about the amount of plastic being used on packaging. They used some great persuasive language that we hope will have an impact. The letters have been sent in the post and we hope to have a response soon!
In Geography, we learnt about the Equator, North Pole and South Pole and how the temperature around the world is affected by these. In DT, we finalised our designs for our underwater creature that we will start building next week. We’ve had a great week!