2NF 2019 - 2020
Welcome to Year 2!
Hello. My name is Mrs Forrester and I am one of the Year 2 teachers at Offley. I started working at Offley in 2005. I've taught throughout the school but I have a passion for teaching infants so I am delighted to be teaching Year 2. I am also Key Stage 1 phase leader at the school and now English Leader for KS1 too. I have three young children of my own, one at high school, one which attends Offley and one at Nursery! This means you will often see me taking them to various activities around Sandbach. Please do say hello if you see me!
Our first theme is Enchanted Forests!
We've had so much fun reading Troll Swap but after half term we are going to read another fantastic story with a forest theme. The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark by Jill Tomlinson.
Welcome back to Year 2! Please find your new homework grid for this half term in your books. There are a couple of loose sheets with it this time that you will need to complete as well as some of the homework choices. Alongside your homework, you should also find your log in details/parents letter for ‘Times Table Rock Stars. In Year 2 we initially focus on the 10, 5 and 2 times tables. There is a parent letter which gives a few details but please don’t hesitate to ask for more help if you are unsure.
In maths this week we have continued our work on multiplication. We had remembered the work we’d done before half term well which was fantastic. We applied this knowledge to multiply groups of 0 or 1. We have learnt new words this week: factor and product. We know that factor times factor equals product. We also discovered that ‘Factor Pairs can be written in any order, with the product remaining the same.’ We used these skills to solve problems about groups of 2 and 10.
We have started work on our new text this week. ‘The Owl who was afraid of the Dark’ by Jill Tomlinson. We predicted what the main character Plop was afraid of and used expanded noun phrases to describe what he looked like. We remembered this from last term but we have learnt that that we must to include commas to separate the adjectives in our expanded noun phrases. In the story Plop flies down to the ground, we learnt what an adverb is and used these to add even more detail to our writing. We then finished the week by writing fantastic sentences describing the fireworks from the story.
We have learnt this week that the past tense of many verbs is formed by adding -ed. However, when a verb ends in a y we have to be come magicians and turn the y into an i before adding ed and if a verb ends in an e we just add e. Just when we thought it was going to be easy we discovered that some verbs are irregular don’t fit these rules and have to change completely (go-went).
We have thought about what all living things need to be able to do and have revised MRS GREN to help us to remember this. Follow this link for a short story about how this helps us. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CjZI4P9jRtYWe then created acrostic posters to help us to remember what the words mean.
We are starting a new project in DT this term, we will be eventually making a model of an enchanted well that moves using a wheel and an axel. This week we have spent time exploring wheels and axels, looking at various toys dissecting and playing with them to see how they move. We found the wheels and axels on them and can identify and name them. We then had a go seeing if we could make our own wheels and axels that move.
We had such fun last term recording our whole class book review vlog in English/ICT that we have decided to do one of our own as part of our Project Based Learning this term. This week we have remembered what features make a good book review vlog and now need to think very carefully about what book we’d like to review and recommend to others.
We have started thinking about and retelling the Christmas Story. We have watched the Christmas story and then had to sequence the story in our books.
We have continued our mapwork and created a map f our own enchanted forests. We remembered to include a compass and key to match the symbols drawn on our maps.
In gymnastics this week we have focused on moving in different pathways by running and jumping in different ways. By the end of the lesson were able to show a sequence involving three jumps three different pathways.
In REAL P.E. we have learnt balances stork, arabesque, y balance, dish and side star balances. We played a game jumping from planet to planet, challenging ourselves with different jumps and landing with some of the balances that we’d learned.
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