2HJ 2019 - 2020
Welcome to Year 2! 2019-20
Our topic is now China!
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!
Once again we will be hosting Science week in school. This event allows our pupils to get involved with hands on experiments and listen to science and engineering professionals. We want to engage pupils in jobs for the future and this is a great insight for them, so please come and share your skills and passion for science and engineering. Examples of previous helpers:
• Structural engineers doing a hands on experiment teaching how to make structures out of spaghetti and paper
• Nurse – teaching children first aid
• Forensic team - setting up a crime scene and getting the children to solve the crime
These are just a few of the ideas that we have had in previous years, so if you know anyone who could spare half a day or even an hour, then we would love to hear from you. Please call the school office on 01270 685355 to express your interest or email email@example.com or see Miss Allan or Mrs Till.
Science week is Monday 9th March – Friday 13th March 2020
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.
We have continued to read our class text ‘The Dragon Machine’ by Helen Ward. George finds an encyclopaedia about Dragons and finds a page that says Here be the Dragons… This led to use our imaginations and think of a place where the Dragons might live. We worked in pairs to describe a setting, focusing on using expanded noun phrases before writing a more detailed description of the place.
As we read further on in the story, we see George begin to make his own dragon machine. We thought about what our machines could be and again focused on using expanded noun phrases to describe it.
This week we have been learning the suffix ‘ness’ and ‘ment’
In Maths this week we have been learning to tell the time. We are learning how to do this an an analogue clock and have become more confident at reading times to the nearest 15 minutes using o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to. We then used our skills to plan our trip to Chester Zoo, we looked at the feeding times and put them into order on a timeline.
On Friday we began to read times to the nearest 5-minute interval (up to 30 minutes past). STEM: Count in 5’s around the clock to work out how many minutes past.
In Science this week our work was done during our trip to Chester Zoo. We saw lots of animals firsthand that we don’t get to see in every day life. We talked about which animals were mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians or fish. The easiest way to tell is how they produce their offspring.
In Geography we learnt how to use an Atlas. We used the contents page to find the United Kingdom and locate its capital city, London. We then repeated this process to find China and locate it’s capital city, Beijing. We were surprised to see how little our country is compared to China. We then used the atlases to find out the names of countries that neighbour China.
On Monday we used our learning last week to create our own detailed dragon sketches. In our sketch books we carefully drew a dragon an added detail before using pastels to colour our dragon in with either hot or cold colours.
In PBL this week have begun to think about our final create piece. We have chosen our favourite animal form the Chinese New Year story and thought about how we could create a model of this animal out of clay and put it into a Chinese New Year pot. We looked at examples from last year’s class and then planned our own. Next week we will practice making them with playdoh to check our plans before evaluating and finally making them with clay.
In RE we carried on learning about Buddhism. We looked at the three symbols of Buddhism: the Lotus Flower, the Buddha and the Wheel of Life. We then thought about what is important to us and created our own symbols based on the Buddhism symbols.
In Music, we have carried on our new topic ‘Music from around the world’. We have visited France this week and learnt the song Frere Jacques. We have learnt to keep in unison with each other and also attempted singing the song in the round.
Dance: We added travelling sections to our Chinese dances this week. We looked at the animal actions that we had in our dances and turned the actions into travel. We tried hard to include different levels and a change in pathways whilst keeping to our 8 beat count for each animal.
On Thursday we had a fantastic day at Chester Zoo. Here are a few pictures of our day:
Have a lovely weekend!
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