24th april 2017

24th april 2017

Hello all
It was lovely to see so many of you at parents evening last week and share with you the successes in your child’s learning. We are sorry that we haven’t blogged in a while and we will try to keep this more up to date in the future.
We have truly been immersed in the Great Fire of London. The children have embarked on an historical enquiry to find out who was responsible for the Great fire. We started this topic with an exciting challenge from Terry Deary (author of Horrible Histories) who had sent us a letter and a box of evidence to explore further. We soon learnt what life was like in 1666 and the importance of showing integrity when we are faced with evidence. Throughout this topic new evidence has presented itself and we have had to show integrity questioning and ensuring it is valid, reliable evidence. We need to ensure that we report the facts and truth back to Terry.
This week we have taken part in drama and travelled back to Pudding Lane where we experienced what it would be like the night the fire started, from this we created freeze frames to support our writing. We took part in a drama morning acting out the bucket chains and sheltering from the fire so that we could experience and begin to imagine what it would have been like. From this we have written amazing diary entries.  Over the next couple of weeks we will continue to analyse evidence adding to our suspects and trying to find out who is to blame and prepare for our courtroom drama where we will prosecute the person we feel is guilty.
 
Focus for English: Over the next two weeks we will continue to look at diaries, using these to support us to write our own. We will need to draw on some of our previous learning from year 2 and include this in our diary extracts including
*writing in past tense  (ed)
*using expanded noun phrases (fierce, orange fire)
*Conjunctions (and, but, if, when)
We will also be learning how to use exclamations and apostrophes for contractions in our work.
An exclamation needs to begin with either ‘What’ or ‘How’, contain a verb and finish with an exclamation mark. E.g. What a devastating fire it was!  How kind the maid appeared!
 
As spelling is a big focus in curriculum we be continuing our spelling surgeon sessions where we will be learning the spelling rules and applying these in our writing. These sessions will be based around the spelling rule we send home.
 
Focus for maths:
Over the next few weeks we will be focusing on measuring. Including measuring length and height in cm and m, Mass in g and kg and capacity in ml and L. We will be experiencing this practically and then working on prove it, apply it and solve it activities. We will be estimating and then measuring to the nearest standard unit of measure. We will be continuing to practice counting in 2s, 3s, 5s, and 10s. As well as embarking on our times table challenge. We need to know our 2s,3s,5s,10s in order and mixed.
 
Focus for character development:
We have been focusing on the characteristic of integrity. Thinking about this in terms of an historian and ensuring we only report on the facts. We approach all evidence with caution and try to eliminate bias. We are also thinking about integrity as doing the right thing when no one is looking and reflecting on our actions.
 
How you can help at home this fortnight:
English: Look at diaries with your child and talk about the features and layout. Encourage them to write their own diary thinking about past tense, written in order and first person (I) and including emotions. Practice the spelling rule with the children and add each word into a sentence.
 
Here is a link to an ICT game where you can practice apostrophes for contractions.
https://www.turtlediary.com/game/contractions.html
 
You can help with maths by talking about measures in everyday life. Perhaps look at the kitchen scales together looking at how to read the different scales. Estimate how heavy objects are deciding which is heavier, which is lighter.
This maths ICT game helps children learn their times tables, halve and doubles.
http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button
 
Thank you for all your support as always any questions please do not hesitate to come and ask.
 
Year 2 Team