1st february 2018

1st february 2018

We are extremely busy in Year Two at the moment aspiring to be authors. The children have taken the challenge of promoting the love of reading in their stride, and we are very proud of their motivation and resilience as we write the first draft of our stories.
 
We are basing our narratives on the story of Harvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Present. We are writing the sequel book, Harvey Slumfenburger’s Journey to say Thank you. The children will be planning, creating, editing and publishing their group stories ready to share with the community.
 
Over the past few weeks we have become familiar with the Harvey Slumfenburger story and I know if you ask your child they will be more than happy to tell you about the story. We have included the story map below to support your discussions.
 
We have taken part in ‘hot seating’ Harvey to find out more about what he looks like, his personality, and his likes and dislikes which supported us to write our very own character profile.  Not only have we been authors, we have also been geographers as we have focused on the route Harvey may travel to say Thank you to Father Christmas. So far we have looked at Mount Snowdon in Wales and Rio de Janerio in Brazil.
 
Focus for English:
We have been developing our knowledge of expanded noun phrases in order to add detail to our stories and engage the reader. We have been thinking of nouns for transport and our characters, and then added adjectives to create expanded noun phrases. e.g. The pristine, caring lady & The gleaming, burning sun. We have to remember to add the comma between our adjectives. When reading with your child, see if you can spot any expanded noun phrases.
 
We will also become experts in editing by looking at pieces of text, and correcting any punctuation and spelling mistakes. This will support us when editing our own narratives. We will be looking at how to change verbs into past tense.
 
Focus for Maths:
We truly are aspiring to be the best Mathematicians we can be! We have now covered all four operations ( + - X ÷) and we are beginning to try and solve all of these together, drawing on the strategies we could use to help us. Ask your child which strategy they prefer to use for each operation. Hopefully they’ll be able to talk through using arrays, drawing diennes or using column addition/subtraction. We are also applying our learning in a range of real life word problems and learning how to tackle these problems by using the RUCSAC approach.
 
Read, Understand, Choose, Solve, Answer, Check.
Try these with your child and ask them to explain RUCSAC to you-
1. If a flower has 5 petals, how many does 4 flowers have?
2. James wanted a magazine for 50p. He only has 30p how much more money does he need?
3. Sammy had 20 sweets and she shares them with 4 of her friends. How many do they get each?
4. Rachel has 16 apples and Thomas has 43 pears. How much fruit do they have altogether?
 
How you can help at home:
English:
As we are busy planning our sections, ask the children to tell you about their section-
What's the setting?  What mode of transport have they chosen? What is going to be the problem that needs resolving?
Below is a link to a game on past tense- watch out for some of the exceptions to the rules
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/starship/english/games/blast_the_rocket/big_no_sound/full2.shtml
 
Maths:
Below you will find some links to ICT games where your child can practice number to support with fluency.
 
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button
  Number Fact Families - 6 to 11 year olds - Topmarks
www.topmarks.co.uk
About Number Fact Families. A tablet friendly maths game where children need to work out the collection of related addition and subtraction or ...

   Number Fact Families - 6 to 11 year olds - Topmarks
www.topmarks.co.uk
About Number Fact Families. A tablet friendly maths game where children need to work out the collection of related addition and subtraction or ...
 Hit the Button - Quick fire maths practice for 5-11 year olds
www.topmarks.co.uk
About Hit the Button. Hit the Button is an interactive maths game with quick fire questions on number bonds, times tables, doubling and halving, multiples, division ...

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/number-facts/number-fact-families

  Number Fact Families - 6 to 11 year olds - Topmarks
www.topmarks.co.uk
About Number Fact Families. A tablet friendly maths game where children need to work out the collection of related addition and subtraction or ...

Read ‘o’ Graph:

Thank you for all your continued support. Please continue reading with your child and remember to sign it off in their reading logs. The competition is well underway and the children are extremely motivated. The winners will be announced next week.
 
Thank you,
The Year 2 Team