2HJ 2019 - 2020
Welcome to Year 2! 2019-20
Our first theme is Enchanted Forests!
This is the book that we will be basing our literacy on during the first half term...
and we will follow on after half term with this text...
Remember that you have 2 teachers in 2HJ - Mrs Harrop for Monday and Tuesday and Mrs Jones for the rest of the week.
If you have any questions or concerns, no matter how big or small, come and see one of us after school. (If it is really quick then mornings are fine but we are usually busy rushing around then and can spend more time with you after school!)
Our timetable is mostly the same each week although we will swap and change sometimes. To keep it easy for you at home, PE is ALWAYS going to be on a Monday and Friday afternoon so please ensure PE kits are in school BOTH of these days. (Just leave it all term if you can!)
Please name ALL clothes - yes even socks - you would be surprised where socks can end up!
Remember a water bottle everyday, and a snack or snack money if you wish, but we always have a bowl of fruit on offer too for playtime so please don't worry!
I have worked at Offley for about 15 years. I have mainly been in Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3, but have had the opportunity to teach in all year groups for a couple of terms too. I live in Scholar Green with my husband, 2 little girls and our Lhasa Apso dog called Harley who is always up to mischief and taking himself on little adventures! We designed and built our own house and it is an ongoing project that we are very excited about and enjoy doing. We love to go out for walks, especially love visiting the seaside for days out and spending time with our famiy and friends.
I have been teaching now for 10 years. I have been at Offley for 4 years. I have mainly taught years 1 and 2, but have also done Year 4. I live in Congleton with my husband and my two little boys (Jack and Tyler). We also have a dog called Barney so our house is a very busy household! In my spare time I take part in Amateur Dramatic shows down at the Daneside Theatre in Congleton. I also enjoy going skiing with my family and spending time with family and friends.
Week starting 9th September
We looked at what is meant by the word 'portrait' and looked at some examples of portaits. We looked at portaits that had been created using different media - pencil, graphite, chalk, pastel, pen and paint. We then created our own unique page for our scrapbooks selecting our favourite portraits.
Our week begain this week with something rather odd. We found an envelope addressed to 2HJ, some blue fur and some diddly boppers hidden in our room! Someone or something had been there! It was exciting! We predicted what it could be and then we read the letter! It was Timothy Limpet from our book called Troll Swap! We predicted what our book might be about and thought about who the other character on the front could be, as well as why the word 'swap' was in the title.
We then went on to using expanded noun phrases to write instructions for 'How to be a good troll'. The children were asked to include exciting adjectives to describe what trolls should do and to use conjunctions such as 'and' and 'because' to make their sentences longer.
At the end of the week, we designed our own trolls ready for writing more descriptions next week.
In our class assembly we discussed the importance of mental wellbeing and the need to look after ourselves inside and out. We thought about who we could talk to if our feelings were getting a bit 'too big', and why it is so important to talk about our feelings and share these with other people. We then did some relaxation and meditation to help us keep relaxed and worry free.
In maths this week we began by sequencing numbers and filling out missing numbers in sequences. We then went on to partitioning in tens and ones but finding different ways to do this. For example:
41 = 40 + 1
41 = 30 + 11
In science this week we have carried on learning about Living Things and this week we were learning about habitats. We went outside to find mini beast habitats and recording our findings on a chart.
Our Project Based Learning question is 'What makes a forest enchanted?'. So this week, we have begun our project by discussing what forests are and comparing them to woodlands. We went into our wild area and discussed the features. We came up with ideas of what we want to learn about so that we can begin to plan our project further at creating our own forests.
In Music this week we have listened to three different Enchanted Forest pieces of music. We have talked about the dynamics and vocabulary used to describe music. We have used this vocabulary to describe and compare the three pieces of music.
Week of 3rd September -
In English this week we have been thinking about Offley Primary Academy as it is our 50th Birthday. We have been thinking about what we love about our school and writing simple sentences to describe our school, concentrating on capital letters and full stops. We then usd drama to pretend to interview past members of Offley to ask them questions about what Offley was like years ago. We looked at the features of questions and then wrote our questions up in our English books. We have also been thinking about cursive handwriting and have begun to use the the letters: a, c, o and d in our writing in the style of cursive. The children have really been trying hard with this.
In Maths this week we have been recapping counting in 10's and 1's. We have been using practical resources and games to reinforce this. We have been thinking about Place Value and comparing numbers, giving reasons for how we know which number is the 'greatest' and which is the 'smallest'. We have used vocabulary such as 'greatest', 'smallest', 'more than', 'less than' when comparing these numbers. We have used our knowledge of tens and ones to solve problems and we have been having fun with numbers!
In Science this week, we have begun our unit on 'Living things and their habitats'. We have been thinking about the terms, 'living', 'dead' and 'never alive'. We had a variety of pictures that we sorted under these headings. We also learnt about MRS GREN and the things the all living things do.
In PE, we had fun exploring with shapes and creating our names using our bodies. In our second lesson, we learnt about galloping, skipping and hopping.
We have been creating the front page of our new sketch books and we have been painting some toadstools for our display.
We have had a fantastic week in Year 2! Have a lovely weekend!
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