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Term 2, Week 13

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Fri,11th Apr 2014 - Thu,1st May 2014

We can hardly believe that the term has passed so quickly!

Thank you to all the parents who visited classrooms for our ‘Careers Fair’ on Thursday. The Year 2 pod was full of enthusiastic discussions between the children and visitors about the wide variety of jobs they have been learning about. We hope that you enjoyed visiting as much as the children enjoyed sharing their learning with you.

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This is what we are learning next week

Foxes

Many thanks to all those parents who came to school on Thursday to celebrate our learning during the careers fair. The children thoroughly enjoyed taking on the role of experts during the morning and explained their jobs brilliantly. It was great to see so many parents attending the morning and rotating among all the different stands that the children had prepared.

This week, again, has been somewhat short due to the elections on Wednesday and our exit point on Thursday. The children spent the first part of the week preparing their final information texts ready for the Careers Fair. As you will have seen first-hand, the children did a fantastic job at using the notes they had taken during their research to write a clear introduction, paragraphs with subheadings as well as interesting extra details such as their ‘Did you know..’ boxes. After completing the bulk of their writing, the children carefully organised their information texts using a contents page and selected tricky vocabulary to be included in their glossary. The children were rightly very proud of their achievements and really enjoyed sharing the texts with you personally.

After the holidays we will begin by spending a little time reviewing our writing targets for the term ahead. We will recount our holiday experiences and look carefully at our own writing to decide if we have met our previously set targets. We will also revisit the four ‘CPOW’ areas; connectives, punctuation, openers and wow words. We will think carefully about how we can use these four focii to make our writing fantastic to read. Our next Literacy unit will be ‘Extended Stories by Significant Authors’ but due to the short initial week we will begin this during the second week of term three.

The children did a great job at solving word problems this week in Mathematics. They investigated word problems that incorporated all four operations, initially with a partner but then later independently. They are becoming increasingly confident reading word problems carefully, choosing an operation and solving the problem with an appropriate calculation. Checking their own answers remains tricky, but this will be an area of focus next term.

After the holidays the children will revisit place value. We will be remembering what we have already learnt about tens and units (and maybe even hundreds!) and will be applying this knowledge to solve some tricky missing number calculations. For example, we will be using our understanding of partitioning to solve problems such as 25 + ? = 45 or 27 - ? = 7. Later in the week the children will also revisit the concept of estimation.

Term 3 will see the beginning of a new unit of learning in IPC ‘Transport’. During the first week back we will enjoy our Wow Day on Wednesday 30thApril. The children will be set a scenario where they will be going on an imaginary journey and will be given a day to create a mode of transport to take them on this trip. They might choose trains, rockets, supersonic aeroplanes, spaceships - the only limit will be their imagination! Please encourage your child over the holiday to imagine a journey, and a mode of transport, ready for this event. We would also appreciate if you could send any junk modelling materials (boxes, packaging, cartons etc) that you have spare at home into school ready for Wednesday 30thApril. On Thursday, the children will complete their ‘knowledge harvest’. We will work with the children to understand what they already know about the topic in order to tailor our plans for the weeks ahead to their needs and interests.  

Owls

Firstly, thank you very much for coming in to support our Careers Fair yesterday. The children loved having you in and, I’m sure you will agree, that they communicated their knowledge about their jobs really well and could explain aspects of the job and equipment. The children worked really hard on this project and I am really proud of them all.

This week in Literacy and IPC we have been finishing off our Information texts and preparing for the Careers fair. We have also been making our artefacts based on our artisan research.  The children have worked independently on this and have reflected on different choices they would make next time. We have also been painting our batik T-shirts. The children really enjoyed this and they have turned out really well. We will wash them over the holidays and return them to the children at the beginning of next term.

In Maths we have continued our work on fractions and using number lines to multiply and divide. We have also tackled word problems involving two steps and multiplication and division. The children have all been assessed on their Maths Targets and have been moved on if necessary. Please help your child with their new targets over the holidays.

After the holidays it will be a busy but short week, with Thursday off school. We will begin by writing about something that we did or enjoyed over the holidays. Our aim will be making our writing interesting for someone else to read and to add detail so the reader is able to create a picture in their mind from the descriptions. We will then begin our new Literacy Unit – Extended Stories –Significant authors. We will be listening carefully to a chosen story and making predictions about what might happen next and why we think this. We will be picking out and collecting WOW words and phrases the author uses to keep our interest and words used for effect. We will spend a lot of time discussing parts of the text and justifying our ideas.

In Maths we will be using our knowledge of the inverse to generate number sentences with addition and subtraction and multiplication and division. Children will be adding and subtracting a one-digit number or a multiple of 10 to or from any two-digit number. The aim is to be able to do this mentally. We will discuss strategies for this. We will also order two-digit and 3 digit numbers and position them on a number line. We will revise using the greater than (>) and less than (<) signs to create number sentences to show our understanding.

In IPC our new topic will be Transport. We will be completing our knowledge harvest, looking at how different transport can be categorised, share our knowledge of transport thus far and thinking of questions and things that we would like to find out. We will start to think about our journeys to school; how we get to school, what we pass, and will start to map our journeys. We will use Google Earth to locate the school and other landmarks we know and then make a large map of the area together.

Snakes

Thank you to those of you who could attend our exit point yesterday and for letting not just your own child share their learning with you but some of their classmates, too. The children had been working with information they had collated during our inquiry. It was wonderful to see them present this information to others confidently, describing the work of their parent’s and questions they had asked their grandparents. There were some interesting choices of profession the class might enjoy doing when they enter the world of work. They researched this job and created a job-book page detailing a job description, personal qualities required and training involved.

I am very much looking forward to term 3, which begins on Monday 28th April. I am sure the children will surprise us even further in the months to come with their knowledge and understanding in all curricular areas.

Our new IPC unit will focus on journeys and transport. Every day people all over the world make different types of journeys. These could be on land, over water or by air. To make these journeys easier and quicker people have used and invented different types of transport to get to their destinations.

The first week back will involve the children thinking about what they already know and where they want to take the inquiry. Could you please assist your child with their thinking during the holidays as to a possible destination for a real (or imagined) journey and help them to collect pieces of packaging and household items so that they can create a mode of transport at school on Wednesday 30th April. They could have sketches or a photograph to bring in along with the materials collected to build their transport model. Also, if you could start collecting interesting transport-like objects for an art collage I would be most grateful. Things like: old keys, tickets, parking tickets, photographs, maps, small models, car/bike parts – anything transport related, really.

In Literacy we will begin reading the adventures of Paddington Bear as we look at extended stories by significant authors. We will be checking our prior knowledge of story elements such as characters, settings and key events. We will start by writing simple compound sentences. We will act out scenes from the stories and present them to others. We will continue to read and write high frequency words. In our writing we will looking at writing a topic sentence; the sentence that gives the main idea. We will be supporting this sentence with others in a paragraph, varying our sentence starters and perhaps finishing with a question. These strategies make the children’s writing more interesting and enjoyable for the reader.

In Guided Reading we will be returning to questioning each other about the texts we read, asking literal and inferential questions to demonstrate our understanding of the text. I would also like to work on fluency as it is an important skill when we talk about, 'What do good readers do?'.

In Mathematics we will be working through a capacity carousel of activities and looking at scales showing millilitres and litres. We will be revisiting learning objectives in counting, partitioning and calculating. These will include rounding a two-digit number to the nearest 10 and using the greater and less than signs. I would like to introduce some word problems for the children to solve.

 May I take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful break from school. Remember Thursday 1st May is a holiday.

Gruffaloes

 Another short week this week but a very, very busy one! The children did so well during the Careers Fair. The booklets and posters were all their own work and research which they worked diligently and proudly on all week before your visit. They were extremely excited to have you in and I am sure you were equally excited and delighted to see all their hard work.

In Literacy and IPC we, of course, were working very hard on our information text and posters. We talked about persuasive language and we focused on some of our literacy targets when completing the booklets. The children also used their drama, speaking and listening skills to great effect during the actual careers fair to try and tempt you towards a career change! The children evaluated their work and also the work of a friend, thinking about what they did well and what they could have done better.

In Mathematics we looked at RUCSAC with 2 and 3-part problems as well as trying some multiplication and division problems. We also practised counting backwards and forwards and reviewed how multiplication is repeated addition, and division is repeated subtraction.

In IPC we completed our dream job booklets for the careers fair. We also reflected on our 'fairtrade banana game' thinking about what it means in the real world. We completed our batik t-shirts and evaluated how well we carried out our designs and whether or not the technique we used to try and create batik was effective.

In Literacy, when we get back after the break, we will spend the first week focusing on reading and particularly comprehension. I will look at each child's reading and we will work on their personal target. We will look at how to read a text and analyse it to answer questions and get out the information we need.

In Mathematics, we will looking at the inverse and using it to generate number sentences with addition and subtraction and multiplication and division. Children will be adding and subtracting a one-digit number or a multiple of 10 to or from any two-digit number. The aim is to be able to do this mentally. We will discuss strategies for this. We will also order 2-digit and 3-digit numbers and position them on a number line. We will revise using the greater than (>) and less than (<) signs to create number sentences to show our understanding.

In IPC we will have our entry point for our new topic 'From A to B' which is all about journeys and transport. We will also do our knowledge harvest where we collect information about what the children already know. I am sure they know lots about transport already so I am looking forward to hearing where they wish to go with their learning...maybe to the next frontier?! We will, towards the end of the week, think about our journeys to school and will use Google maps to locate where we live and where the school is.

Just a final note to say a big thank you for your continued support during term 2. It is hard to believe we are moving into our final term. I hope you all have a fun, wonderful and safe holiday and I look forward to seeing you all in a couple of weeks.

Mice

What a week we had!

This week the children have been extremely busy preparing for their exit point day.

During Literacy, the children worked in pairs to create a non-fiction information booklet about the job of their choice. All the children were able to include the main features of an information text. They included a front cover, contents page, subheadings, diagrams and labels, and also key words which were then found in the glossary. The research that was carried out in the previous weeks was included within their booklet. All the children worked very hard to complete the booklet, ready for our Careers Fair. Furthermore, each group created a class poster to promote their stall using WOW words and features of a poster to encourage the ‘visitors’ to attend their stall.

For the first week back, we will be focusing on a variety of reading comprehensions and answering questions based on a given text. We will also look at significant authors and we will discuss which authors some of the children may feel are significant to them.

For IPC, the children very much enjoyed preparing and then delivering their Careers Fair. It was a huge success and the children were enthusiastic in sharing their knowledge about the jobs of their choice and were confident in answering questions from parents and adults.

A huge thank you to the parents for attending our Careers Fair and for visiting our many stalls to talk to our ‘experts’.

Also on this topic, the children made batik eggs as well as completing their batik t-shirt. The children then evaluated their t-shirt and discussed what they liked about it and thought about the improvements they would make.

Our next unit is called ‘From A to B’ – Transport.

We will be talking about types of transport and what they know. Additionally, we will be using ‘junk’ to make a model of a mode of transport (of their choice) in the first week back.

2J Mice will need to collect materials that they would like to use for their model and bring it into class in the 1stweek of Term 3. Please note that it IS a class project and work will be begun and completed in class.

For Mathematics, the children have been revising fractions of shapes as well as numbers.

We used practical resources to work out given shapes and we also used Education City – Ready Steady Bake to consolidate our understanding.

In the first week back, we will be learning about numbers and number facts. The children will be revising the ‘greater than’ and ‘less than’ symbols to demonstrate their understanding of place value. They will also be learning about ‘rounding’ a number to the nearest 10.

Ways to help at home: 

Get ready for our Wow Day by supervising your child as they search the internet for unusual modes of transports. If you find a mode of transport that particularly interests your child, print a picture and send it in to school for discussion in class. Alternatively, make a list of all the different modes of transport you and your child have used. Think about what makes each mode of transport special. For example, think of the fastest mode of transport you have used or the least comfortable.

Keep writing during the break by keeping a diary or journal. Ask your child to write a few sentences about what they did each day. Make sure they include capital letters and full stops!

Stars of the week: 

Nova – Inquirer, as she worked so hard and independently on her careers day presentation. Not only that, she used beautiful cursive handwriting! Well done Nova! 

Jessica - Communicator, as she communicated her research to someone unfamiliar and did a fine job.

Tia - Risktaker, as she is trying hard to choose interesting and ambitious words in her writing.

All of 2J Mice! For being excellent thinkers and inquirers in preparation during the IPC unit as well as being knowledgeable and great communicators when explaining their favourite jobs during our Careers fair. 
Natasha has been a communicator. She was discussed her job as a chef very carefully during the careers fair.

Callum has been a thinker. He solved a range of word problems confidently this week and even wrote a few of his own!

Wen Rui – Inquirer – for his enthusiasm for asking questions and finding out about Engineers. You have learned a lot Wen Rui, and you were able to communicate effectively too – well done!

Samuel – Risk taker – for being independent and industrious when planning his area for our Careers Fair despite his partner being absent. Well done, Samuel!

Term 2, Week 12

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Fri,4th Apr 2014 - Thu,10th Apr 2014

Dear Parents,

The Year 2 children have had a very exciting week in school.

The children spent the short week very excited about our trip to KidZania! The trip proved a great success with all the children thoroughly enjoying role playing the numerous jobs on offer. All the Year 2 children were extremely well behaved, sensible and mature throughout the visit.

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This is what we are learning next week

Foxes

The Foxes have had a short but exciting week in school.

In Literacy the children have been busy preparing for our ‘Careers Fair’ on Thursday 10thApril. An important part of each of their ‘stalls’ will be a detailed information text about a job of their choice. They have been researching a job that interests them, deciding which headings and subheadings they require, making notes of important information and beginning to think about making their own glossary.

Next week we will continue to put our final information texts together. We will be adding sections of writing for each of the subheadings children have identified this week and will be trying to meet our writing targets within our written work. The children will also be adding pictures and captions to their information texts ready for their final presentation during the careers fair.

The children have been working very hard to secure their understanding of the operations of multiplication and division. They have continued to calculate these operations using blank number lines and have been exploring their inverse relationships using number triangles. Number triangles provided a little tricky at the beginning of the week – this is certainly an area that some children might want to reinforce or revisit at home.

Next week the children will again revisit simple word problems. We will be using the RUCSAC method of organising children’s response to mathematical problems and puzzles. We will teach children to ‘read, understand, calculate, solve, answer and check. This method helps children break down the different stages they need to go through to be successful when solving problems. We will begin with word problems and then attempt to incorporate some measurement and time problems towards the end of the week.

In IPC, the children have had a great time designing and making their own batik shirts. They have looked carefully at a range of batik patterns (many thanks for those who completed the homework) and have took inspiration from the material they have viewed to create their own original batik designs. We need to complete the shirts next week, but these will be ready for children to take home for the half term holidays.

Next week the children are very excited to pull all their jobs learning together for our ‘Exit Point’ on Thursday. The children are becoming ‘experts’ ready to staff their very own careers fair in Year 2. The children will spend Monday and Tuesday preparing for this event, completing their information texts, creating posters and decorating their staff. The children will also complete their batik shirts and evaluate their creations.

Snakes

Hard to believe that this will be the last week of term 2. Remember school will be closed on Wednesday for country-wide elections. Due to Indonesian Day and Kidzania the children have missed library slots. Could you please have the children’s library books in their red folders on Monday? Thanks.

The children had a wonderful time at Kidzania. It is a wonderful (if not a scary) mini representation of the world of work. Thank you for helping with the arrangements and a big thank you to Dong Min’s Mum Chae and Molly’s Mum Carmen for assisting with the child care.

The children have been working with the information they have collated during our inquiry. They have also been looking back at a possible profession they might enjoy doing when adults. They have researched this job and created job-book pages detailing a job description, personal qualities required and training involved. They will be sharing this information with you on Thursday at the job fair. I hope as many of you as possible can make it.

We have had great fun looking at multiples of the 2, 5 and 10 times tables but also the 3, 4, 6 and 9. The children have been secretly going out and writing these tables, graffiti style with chalk, trying not to get caught!

In this final week I want to start selecting pieces of work for the children’s portfolios to support targets and learning in all curriculum areas.

In literacy we will be doing some final work on non-fiction informational texts and showing that we can find our way around a book of this kind. In Guided Reading we will be looking at characters in stories and their characteristics. We will be finding words and phrases that support our thoughts. We will be learning to read and spell some more high frequency words and write some more letters cursively. Some children are trying to join their letters with some success.

In Mathematics we will continue to work with multiples and try sharing (dividing) numbers. We will be looking for patterns and revise our knowledge of units of time. I would also like to review their understanding of whole, half and quarter turns and introduce the right-angle.

 May I wish you a very peaceful and relaxing holiday period. See you all in term 3.

 

Owls

We have had a productive short week and the children have really worked hard. Generally we will be finishing off projects and work that we have started, between now and the end of term.

In Literacy we have been continuing with our Information booklets. The children are excited to work on these and we have been using Netbooks and computers to publish our work. The children have learned to put in page numbers, diagrams and are continuing to turn their notes into informative sentences. They are really excited to have their own stall at The Careers fair which will be our Exit Point.

In Maths we have been working on multiplication and division. The children have used number lines to work out unknown number sentences. They have also impressed me with their Maths homework and know a great deal about fractions. We have continued with some fraction work in class and have found fractions of shapes and numbers. We did not get around to looking at word problems, so we will complete those next week.

In IPC we have been continuing to put our batik design onto the t-shirt ready for dyeing next week. We have also been evaluating our designs based on an artisan product and thinking about whether these will work or whether we need to reconsider different materials.

We had a wonderful trip to KidZania, the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were able to learn about different jobs through play and become more independent. I am really proud of them.

Next week will be another short week, with Wednesday off school. In Literacy we will be finishing our Information texts ensuring that we have included features that we identified information texts have. We will reflect upon our finished work and be a critical friend to others saying good points and points for improvement or development for next time.

In Maths we will be continuing working on our understanding of multiplication and division and tackling and solving word problems using RUCSAC. We will also be working on our Maths Targets and updating them before the Easter break, if necessary.

In IPC we will be preparing our Careers Fair tables, making posters and gathering resources. We look forward to sharing all our knowledge with you at our Exit Point on Thursday. We will also be making our artisan designs working independently but using our support groups to help.

Mice

Another short week this week and what a lot has happened in that time!

For Literacy this week, the children have been brushing up on their ‘expertise’ on their job by continuing to od their research and take notes. All the groups have begun to write their information book and they will continue to work on this throughout next week. They have created a front cover as well as the introduction page.

Next week, the children will continue to work in their group and they will be completing their information book, ensuring that features of a non-fiction text are included such as a glossary and contents page.

This book will then be displayed in out ‘Careers Fair’ that will be held on our Exit Point Day which is on Thursday 10th April. We hope you can join us from 8.00am – 8.45am and celebrate the children’s knowledge of their dream job.

For Mathematics, the children have been learning about fractions of shapes and numbers. We have been looking at ½, ¼ and ¾ of given numbers and parts of shapes. We talked through the homework that the children have done and I was extremely pleased to see the quality of work that was presented. Jackson brought in a chocolate cake which we proceeded to cut into slices using equal fractions! We began to use our knowledge of multiplication and division to help use work out some of the answers.

Next week the children will continue to consolidate their understanding of fractions as it is a tricky concept. We will be using more practical resources to work out the fractions and we will continue to use division and multiplication to help us. We will also work on our time tables for 2, 5 and 10.

For IPC we have had an extremely busy week. The children have begun to create their batik design on paper and then they transferred their design onto a t-shirt using a mixture of flour and water to create a ‘wax’. They also completed the first 2 pages of their DT booklet that encouraged the children to plan their work and think about the resources they used.

Next week, the children will begin to ‘paint’ their t-shirt and produce an end product. At the same time, 2J Mice will be completing their DT batik booklet by reflecting on their work and writing about what they did.

Finally, the children were very excited about their trip to Kidzania and they had a fantastic time!

Pictures to be followed on the blog! J

Website of the week:

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/fractions/memory_fractions1.htm

Gruffalos

This week has been a rather short week but, I have to say, extremely productive week with the children steaming ahead in producing all there literature for the Exit Point Careers Fair. We have also been looking forward to our trip to Kidzania!

We have been continuing with our Information booklets in literacy. The children have been really good at using their planning and research to work through all the chapters in their books. They are taking real pride in the work and have enjoyed seeing their product come together. We have been writing as well as using IT so the children are practising all their skills in presenting information. They are really excited to have their own stall at The Careers fair which will be our Exit Point.

In Maths we have been working on multiplication and division. The children were fantastic at using a numberline to solve multiplication and division calculations.  They also presented their fractions homework and were very informative. We have continued with some fraction work in class working out fractions of shapes and numbers. Time got the better of us this week and we will therefore look at solving word problems next week using RUCSAC.

In IPC we have drawn our batik designs onto our T Shirts using flour and water to mask our patterns. We have looked at development from a mall owner and a stall holder’s point of view (some children will complete this next week) which was really interesting as I was impressed with the maturity and thoughtfulness of their discussions. We also completed an activity game where the children took on different roles and jobs. This allowed them to think about the different people involved in producing bananas and discussed the idea of fair trade and equality in industry.

We had a wonderful trip to KidZania and it is so nice to take their learning outside of school and see how enthused they are! They were so good and a great day was had by all. Well done Gruffaloes!

I have taken into account that next week is also a short week as we are off on Wednesday when planning our coverage.

In Literacy we will finish our information booklets and posters ready for our Exit Point Careers Fair. We will check our work to ensure we have all the features of an information text. We will then take the opportunity to evaluate our work and peer assess our work, thinking about what we did well and how we can improve it.

In Maths we will be continuing working on our understanding of multiplication and division and tackling and solving word problems using RUCSAC. We will also look at our Maths Targets before Easter break and update if necessary.

In IPC we will be busy preparing our Careers Fair tables, thinking about how to make it look professional and any props we may need to ‘sell’ our jobs to our visitors. We look forward to sharing all our knowledge with you at our Exit Point on Thursday. We hope to make our artisan designs working independently but using our support groups to help.

Ways to help at home: 

Talk to your child about what a ‘careers fair’ is at home. Search the internet for pictures or videos of real careers fairs and discuss the types of stalls there are, why people visit such fairs and what it might be like to attend one.

Use this simple website to research different types of jobs together at home. There are some really interesting videos explaining all about the different jobs listed on the website.  

https://kids.usa.gov/jobs/a-z-list/index.shtml 

Stars of the week: 
Sebastian G – Inquirer for his hard working attitude and excellent improvement in all subjects this term, well done!

Gun Woo – risk taker for working really hard on his Information booklet which looks very professional, well done!

Bas did some great research (inquiry) into becoming an explorer. I can just see this risk-taker making dangerous, difficult and unique journeys when he’s older.

Meesha also did some fine research into becoming a Florist. Just like Mum!

Abhinav for being a good communicator and working well with his partner to find information about his job for his information booklet.

Kousei for being reflective and improving his handwriting in order to enhance the quality of his work.

Well done to the both of you!

Yash has been reflective. He has been thinking carefully about how to improve his batik design.Yulia has been principled. She has been trying to meet her writing target in all her recording.

Sang June – Principled – for working very hard on his information text.

Gullalai – Risk Taker – for always being willing to make a mistake and be challenged. 

Term 2, Week 11

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Fri,28th Mar 2014 - Thu,3rd Apr 2014

Dear Parents,

Thank you to all those parents who came to school on Wednesday to discuss their child’s achievements and targets for further development with the class teachers. As always, it was wonderful to see the children excited to have their parents in school and to share some of their learning with you.

Please remember that on Monday 31st March the school is closed for the public holiday and on Wednesday 9thApril the school will also be closed due to the elections being held in Jakarta.

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Focus for Learning: 

This is what we are learning next week

Foxes

The Foxes had a short four day week this week due to the parent teacher consultations on Wednesday. It was great to see many of you during the consultations to discuss the wonderful progress the Foxes have been making.

The children have done a great job exploring the many features of information texts this week. They have learnt about headings, subheadings, glossaries, captions and diagrams. They have started to apply this knowledge by creating a simple information text about the way in which schools were different a long time ago.

Next week the children will continue to consolidate and apply their knowledge by beginning to create a full information text about a job of their choice. They will be researching using a range of sources to find out about a job that interests them and will begin to collect and organise the information they require to make their very own text.

The Foxes thoroughly enjoyed their multiplication and division activities this week. We started the week by revising the basics of repeated addition for multiplication and sharing equally for division. They remembered what the multiplication and division signs looked like and then progressed to calculating simple multiplication and division problems. The children have used both practical resources and blank number lines to aid their calculations.

Next week the children will continue to reinforce these important mathematical concepts. We will be continuing to calculate multiplication and division problems and will be beginning to explore the inverse relationship between the two operations. We will look at calculation triangles (an example can be found here: http://goo.gl/xx8Z3q but note our calculations will be a little simpler), trying to write all four calculations for a given triangle. This would also make a great activity to do at home if you wanted to help your child reinforce their knowledge further.

In IPC this week the children had a geographical focus. They considered issues such as development and overdevelopment in Jakarta and debated whether or not they thought development was a good thing. They also went for a ‘jobs walk’ around the school and then tried to create a map plotting the journey. The children had some great discussions about human and physical features around school as well as attractive and unattractive elements. They also noticed a lot of jobs they didn’t realise existed!

Next week the Foxes will take a very practical and artistic focus in IPC. The children will be viewing the work of famous artists, such as Lowry, who were influenced by the world of work. They will then be creating their own representations of the world of work in a similar fashion. Alongside this art focus, the children will be designing and making their own batik t-shirt, inspired by a visitor the children had last week who explaining the traditional process of making batik material.  

Snakes

It was wonderful to meet with all the parents of my Snakes last week. I hope you are as proud of their achievements and progress made in Year 2 as I am. You should all now have copies of the targets in Mathematics and Literacy for the next six to eight weeks. I also look forward to seeing, listening to or tasting the evidence supporting your child’s personal target. Next time we meet will be for our celebration of learning when the children will share their portfolio of work. I will do less talking!

Thank you so much for helping the children to complete their questions to a grandparent. All the homework tasks for this inquiry unit have been wonderful for the children’s talking and listening skills and being able to share some interesting and relevant information with others.

Last week we began to look at the features of a good story opening. The children wrote some excellent introductions using the opening sentence,  He/She had only five minutes left. Please ask your child to retell you about their character, about where there character was and why the five minutes were so important. We had some excellent words to describe how their characters were feeling too. We continued to look closely at the features of a non-fiction text and worked together to find these features in a book. Some of the boys, especially, have been very enthusiastic about unpacking non-fiction texts. In Mathematics we began to look at our targets and working towards them.

This week we will be bringing all our inquiry research together to create an informational text about the world of work and in response to our big picture, When you come to school your parents probably go to work. What do they do all day? This information will be shared with you at a special jobs fair on the last week of term. Hopefully, the children will be successful using a lot of the features of a non-fiction text to present their information. A visit to Kidzania on Friday is a resource that will hopefully enhance the children’s understanding of the world of work. It is fun too.

In Mathematics we will be working on group and individual targets while securing number facts, calculating and identifying relationships. As discussed at most of the consultation meetings this will include, expanding numbers, looking for pairs that total cuddly numbers, doubling and halving and using number lines to add two and three-digit numbers together. We are even finding relationships in the two times table that might help us when we look at the other less comfortable ones. For example, if we know 3 X 2 = 6  and 5 X 2 = 10 how might this help us find 8 X 2 ?

In Guided Reading we will be revisiting and talking about all the comprehension strategies good readers do.

It is, a three day week! Enjoy Hari Raya Nyepi or your day of silence.

Owls

Firstly, thank you to all the parents who came in to discuss their child’s future targets. I hope you found it useful and if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.

This week in Literacy we have continued to find out about jobs we are interested in so that we can write our information texts. The children are working hard to create a book all about their chosen job. So far, the children have completed their front and back covers and have begun to write paragraphs with sub-headings including interesting facts about their chosen profession. The children have enjoyed using the computers to publish their work and are very enthusiastic to work on their books.

In Maths we have been working on multiplication and division and using number lines to help us to complete these calculations. We have also looked at division with remainders and word problems that involve multiplication and division. The children worked really well and have also had the opportunity to complete addition and subtraction number sentences. We have looked at how sometimes missing numbers are recorded as letters and you how to find the value of missing numbers in the middle of number sentences.

This week we were lucky enough to have a visit from a lady who makes batik. The children watched and listened to the process and have designed their own batik patterns and transferred them onto a T-shirt. We will be dyeing the T-shirts in the coming weeks. In addition in IPC the children have thought carefully about what they would like to make. They have designed their product and thought about the resources they will need.

Next week will only be a three day week with the day off on Monday and our trip to KidZania on Friday. We will do a lot of continuation work next week.

In Literacy we will be continuing to edit and compose our Information text. This project will run to the end of term and the finished piece of writing will be used in our Exit Point. The children will continue to write their paragraphs. We will also be thinking about specialist words to include in the glossary and we will write definitions to explain the meaning of the words.

In Maths we will continue to work on multiplication and division. We will work on word problems (some involving 2 steps) and use RUCAC (Read, Understand, Choose, Answer, Check) to tackle the problems. If time, we will also be working on fractions and how these are recorded. We will revise finding halves and quarters of shapes and numbers and move on to other fractions and equivalent fractions.

In IPC we will be giving the children the opportunity to make their product based on the artisans they visited. The children will work within groups of children who designed like products so they can share ideas and techniques but work independently on their own product.

Mice

This week was a four day week as we had parent teacher consultation. Thank you to the parents who were able to attend and talk about your child’s progress and achievements.

For Literacy, the children have been conducting research about the job of their choice using ICT and/or books. The children worked in groups to take notes about different sections of the information text such as: introduction, 2 or 3 different types of fact text box, glossary and blurb.

Next week the children will continue to do the research and find key facts. After this, the children will begin to create their own information text, using the features of an information text.

For Mathematics, 2J Mice have been learning about multiplication and division. The children worked in small groups to create a multiplication grid that shows arrays as well as repeated addition (focussing on x1, x2, x5 and x10). The children also used number lines to show division as repeated subtraction. Some children went on to work with calculations that included ‘remainders’.  Furthermore, the children used the symbols x and ÷ to record number sentences.

Next week the children will be learning about find halves, quarters and three quarters of shapes and sets of objects. They will also be revising doubling and halving of given numbers, as well as multiplication facts for 2, 5 and/or 10.

For IPC, the children have been learning about the jobs that we have in our school. The children went for a walk around the school and recorded on a map where the different jobs are located. They also created symbols to represent each job type. The children then worked in small groups to create a map of their own to show the walk that the class went on and they created a key to explain the symbols.

2J Mice also talked about the jobs that they want to have as an adult and in pairs began to research the job further. This will then be used to create an information booklet and displayed on our ‘Careers Day’

Also this week, the children had a visit from a local artisan who makes Batik designs. The children saw her use hot wax and fabric paint to create a batik design. 2J Mice began to create their design this week.

Next week the children will begin to paint their batik design to create an end product of a batik t-shirt!

The children will then evaluate it and think about ways to improve their own handiwork.

It is also our trip day on Friday 4thof April, so the children will be learning a lot about jobs on that day too!

Gruffalos

It was great to see you all at the parent consultations on Wednesday and to fill you all in on how well your children are doing during their time in Year 2.

This week in Literacy we have continued to look at information texts. Using the information we gathered for homework we have now started to plan our very own information book on our dream job. The children have thought about sub headings and have gathered information to out into each section. We have also made our front covers during ICT using Word.

In Maths we have been working on multiplication using number lines to help us to complete these calculations. The children have also worked really completing lots of addition and subtraction number sentences. We have looked at how sometimes missing numbers are recorded as letters and you how to find the value of missing numbers in the middle of number sentences.

This week we were lucky to have a lady come in a demonstrate how to make batik. We watched and listened to the process.  We will be dyeing the T-shirts in the coming weeks and may even try our own Batik patterns. We have also thought carefully about designing our own artisan product and thought about the resources we will need.

Next week in Literacy we will continue to build on our information text work so far. We will start to write each section for our books thinking about the features that we should include in a non-fiction piece.  We will continue this until the end of term and their finished product will become part of their showcase during the Exit point for our Jobs unit.

In Maths we will continue to work on multiplication and division. We will also look at fractions again and practise finding a quarter and half of a set of objects as well as shapes. We will look at solving 2 and 3 step word problems using RUCSAC which will include some multiplication and division problems. As part of our continuous provision we will review doubles and halves and try using larger numbers.

In IPC we will be giving the children the opportunity to make their product based on the artisans they visited. The children will work within groups of children who designed like products so they can share ideas and techniques but work independently on their own product. We will also continue to think more about whether development is a good or a bad things looking at some case studies.

Ways to help at home: 

Read this 'wikiHow' together about how to make Batik.

http://www.wikihow.com/Batik

Discuss the process with your child and question them about what they remember about the Batik maker who visited school this week.

 

Read this second 'wikiHow' about how to design a Batik pattern.

http://www.wikihow.com/Design-Batik-Patterns

Make a Batik pattern at home and bring it to school to share with the class.

Stars of the week: 

Elizabeth – thinker as she has really applied herself and thought carefully when making a map of the school.

Coaimhe – Risk taker for always giving it a go and doing really well in Maths.

Edeena handed in some great inquiry research about her grandfather’s work.

Zi Rui has become much more confident and gets involved a lot more in group activities. He is communicating his ideas and thoughts with others

Oskar and Tristan – Both were excellent Inquirers in Maths. They were able to work out division with remainders on a number line. Well done!
Yashawini - Principed – for always trying her very best across the curriculum.

Chiara – Thinker – for asking great questions during the batik presentation.

Sarosh – Risk Taker – Sarosh has been working independently and has been listening carefully to explanations and instructions.

Term 2, Week 10

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Fri,21st Mar 2014 - Thu,27th Mar 2014

It hardly seems possible that we are midway through this half-term already!

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Focus for Learning: 

This is what we are learning next week

Foxes

Another busy and successful week in the Foxes class! We enjoyed one further parent visitor on Monday when Jackson’s mum in the Mice class came to tell us all about her career as an anaesthetist. The children enjoyed her hands on demonstration and were fascinated to listen to their own hearts using a stethoscope. We have been lucky with all the first-hand research we have been able to complete by listening to parents explain their jobs to us!

In Literacy, the children have done a great job at using information texts to support their independent research. They have confidently explored a wide range of non-fiction texts about jobs and have noticed many important features, such as headings, subheadings, contents pages, captions, glossaries and indexes. We practised making notes of important information and then practised both asking and answering questions based on the information gathered from selected texts.

Next week, the children will continue to research using non-fiction texts and record their findings. They will focus on learning to use headings and subheadings to organise information and will create captions for pictures they include when creating simple informational texts. We will begin to gather words in a classroom ‘glossary’ and will practise writing concise and easy to understand definitions. The Foxes will be encouraged to loan at least one non-fiction book from the library this week. Explore this text at home and search for some of the features found within information texts together.

In Mathematics this week the children enjoyed opportunities to program simple floor robots. They reinforced their use of language such as ‘half turn’ and ‘quarter turn’ and worked hard to distinguish between left and right movements. Some of them find this very tricky and might need extra practise of this at home! The children learnt to read half and quarter as a fraction ( ½ and ¼ ) and had further opportunities to halve and quarter small numbers mentally. Towards the end of the week we investigated right angles and searched for right angles around our classroom and in the outside area.

Next week we will focus again on multiplication and division. These operations, often new to the children in Year 2, require much support and consolidation. We will be remembering how to calculate multiplication and division on a blank number line and will be learning about when people need to multiply and divide in real life contexts. We will begin to consider the inverse relationship between multiplication and division and will learn how we can use this relationship to check our answers when calculating.

In IPC this week the children really enjoyed learning about how jobs have changed over time. They became very interested in finding out how schools were very different a long time ago and were amazed to hear about how strict and formal schools were in the past! Next week we will be moving on to a geography focus. We will be considering development and change in the local area, specifically the new mall in Bintaro. We will consider both the positives and negatives that rapid development brings and attempt to map some changes in our local area.  

   

Owls

We have had an enjoyable week and in Literacy we have looked at lots of examples of information texts. We have been familiarising ourselves with their features and been looking at similar features and differences between information texts. We have also been looking at the skill of note-taking and how this is finding facts or interesting information and noting this down so that it makes sense. We have talked about only note-taking things that we understand and not copying large chunks from the text. The children are developing this complex skill. The children have thought hard about a job they would like to research and have begun to find information about this profession. To continue this research will be using the children’s homework next week.

In Maths we have looked at solving problems involving money and time. The children are working hard on solving problems that cross the hour. The children have had experience of buying things, making different amounts from coins and giving change.

In IPC we have been debating whether development is a good thing or a bad thing. The children have concluded that actually this is a good thing in moderation and we have thought about our local area and found out how this has developed. We have also been finding out that in some countries, children go to work to earn money for their families.

The research that the children are completing in Literacy will be tied into our IPC Exit point where the children will be informing about and promoting the job they have researched.

Next week in Literacy the children will be continuing their research and will be planning their own information text based on the job that they have been finding out about. We will revise how paragraphs are used to organise information and the children will use paragraphs and sub-headings to organise their writing.

In Maths we will have a real focus on using multiplication and division. We will use practical methods of grouping and sharing, arrays and number lines to help the children be able to multiply or divide larger numbers. We will also look at finding remainders. Towards the end of the week we will look at word problems where the children will need to identify whether they will have to multiply or divide. They will then record what they will have to do as number sentences using the x and ÷ signs. We will be finding the missing numbers in number sentences and explain how we have worked out the missing number. We will also check that these are correct by using the inverse. For example 2 x 5 = 10 is 10 ÷2 = 5, etc.

In IPC we will be thinking about the artisans that the children visited over the holidays. We will be designing a product based on our research or the research of others. We will have a think about the resources we will need to make it and start to think about how to promote it.

Snakes

We have had a busy week full of new learning.

In Literacy we have been looking at non-fiction texts and finding the main idea. We have been looking for new words and sharing new facts with each other. We accessed the Children’s BBC history webpage and researched children working in factories in the past. We recorded questions we wanted answered, read through the text, and then shared the information. We looked at a text giving information about time and its units of measurement. We also made up some excellent questions together for a homework task this week.  We will be asking them to one of our grandparents.

In Guided Reading we looked at the books we had unpacked last week and used a graphic organiser to select information from the non-fiction books. We also used the Retelling Hand organiser for a simple fiction book. Ask your child about the retelling hand approach!

As well as looking at the history of work,  and learning about when it was acceptable for young children to work,  our IPC activities included the children sharing the information they had recorded having interviewed their mum or dad. We still can’t fully understand what some of you actually do for a living! We also sorted the jobs people do into groups. It was fascinating to watch your children sort the different types of work into different groups. When their group was given a secret criteria for sorting the results were interesting – especially when other groups had to determine how the jobs had been grouped. Groups were things like; skilled and unskilled, a man’s job or a woman’s job or indoor or outdoor job, etc. We also thought about the use of machines in the world of work. Some machines have been invented to do the jobs people don’t want to do. We thought of dirty, boring or dangerous jobs. The children have been planning and creating a new machine to do one of these jobs.

This week in Literacy we will be researching and creating our own non-fiction, informational text about a certain job. The text will be informative and include a description of the type of work, what kind of person might enjoy this work and what you have to do to find work in this area. We will be learning some more commonly used words and continuing our cursive handwriting practice.

In Mathematics, we continue to look at time. Did your child share their clock-face challenge with you last week? Could you place the pieces correctly around the clock-face? We will be working again at grouping multiples of the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. We will also be looking at our mental maths targets and getting quicker at those.

In Guided Reading, we continue to use specific graphic organisers both before and after reading to record information. We will be using the retell hand to organise our thoughts and to show our understanding of the text.

In IPC the questions will be, why do we choose the work we do? And do people just work for money? And is there such a thing as working alone?

I look forward to meeting many of you on Wednesday to share progress and next-steps in your child’s Year 2 journey.

Mice

Thank you to both Michelle O’Brien and Redmer Schukken for visiting our class to talk about their jobs. It was very interesting to hear about how Apps are made (Mr Schukken) and what being an Anaesthetist involved. The children asked many interesting questions about both jobs.

Also this week for IPC, we looked at the history of jobs. The children researched what police, cooks, fire fighters and teachers were like in the past and how they compare to the present. We learned about Florence Nightingale and how she changed medical care. The children then went on to work in groups and sort medical instruments into ‘past’ and ‘present’. They had to then go on to discuss and give reasons for why they sorted the instruments the way they did.

Next week in IPC, 2J Mice will be learning about the types of jobs that can be found in our school as well as the local area. They will also be thinking about jobs they may want do as an adult and begin to research their area of interest. Using the note-taking skills that the children have learned in Literacy, they will begin to take notes and plan how to write their informational text.

For Literacy, we have been learning about taking notes by looking for important words within a sentence. The children then put the notes back into sentences. This was quite tricky and the children have been practising this skill all week. Additionally, the children have been using the technique of skim reading to find key words and features of a non-fiction text. Using all that knowledge that the children gathered this week, they have written a basic information text about a job, both past and present.

Next week, 2J Mice will be planning to write their own information text about a job of their choice. In order to do that, they will continue to learn about the features of an information text, how information text should be laid out and what needs to be included.

For Mathematics, we have been learning about time and direction. The children revised o’clock and half past and then went on to learn about quarter past and quarter to. They made a clock that was split into quarters to help read time to the quarter hour. The whole class went outside to make a class clock using the children as the clock numbers and hands. Furthermore, they began to look at word problems that involved time as well as some digital time.

Next week, we will be continuing to revise time as well as learning about repeated addition and arrays as multiplication. The children will be using a number line to show repeated addition and they will be using practical resources to further consolidate their understanding.

Website of the week:

Fact or opinion? http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/firstlevel/literacy_and_english/fact_and_opinion/play/popup.shtml

Gruffaloes

We have been using lots of speaking and listening skills this week as we have been talking lots about different aspects of jobs and what we think about the idea that only ‘grown ups’ work.

In IPC we have had a busy week! We have created our own ‘Lowry’ paintings depicting factory workers making their way to their place of work. We have thought a little more about our dream jobs and have started to work towards making our own booklets. We have also heard about all the jobs that different countries are famous for when the children presented their homework. We had shipbuilding, flying doctors and farmers to name but a few. A big thank you for supporting your child at home to do this, they really enjoyed sharing their work with the class. We had our ‘flipped’ lesson where the class were presented with the statement that ‘only grown-ups work’. This created excellent discussions around children working both in the past and present and whether this was right. We also talked about children having the right to go to school. We sorted true/false statements and discussed whether we agreed or disagreed with what they said. I was impressed with the maturity and insight some of the children had in this difficult topic. Well done, Gruffaloes.

This week in Literacy we continued to look at information texts.  We have begun to work out the title questions for the sections of our book and now are gathering information about our dream jobs. We have used role-play and hot-seating to gain a deeper insight into what it might be like to carry out our chosen job, so now we are building on this knowledge. We have also written a letter to the Government about our concern over children working and how we believe all children should have the right to education.

In Mathematics we looked at time word problems and worked out the answers. We also consolidated addition and subtraction skills using one, two and possibly three-digit numbers using the context of UK money to help familiarise ourselves with the British coins. We reviewed odd and even numbers as well as rounding to the nearest 10 and 100. The children also had the opportunity to make their own multiplication arrays.

Next week in IPC we will be looking at whether development and industry is a good thing or bad thing and will debate this in class. We will look at maps and photos of how Bintaro has developed and discuss the impact on small businesses and local artisans. We will think again about how jobs and industry have changed over time and what were the big factors in history that caused this change.  We will continue to research our dream jobs and start to make our own dream job information booklet.

In Literacy, we will continue to look at information texts and start to write our very own information booklet about our dream jobs. We will be looking at the different section headings and how these are used for the contents page. We will also be adding an index and a glossary for our book. The children will gather drawings or pictures as well to add to their text using labels and captions to add more detail. As we got enthused and engaged in our IPC topic this week we didn’t look at speech marks but we will cover this important punctuation skill next week.

In Mathematics this week we are going to focus on division. We have done some sharing work this week but are now going to build on this knowledge to get a better understanding of this mathematical concept. As part of this we will also be reviewing multiplication. We will use practical methods of grouping and sharing, arrays and number lines to help the children be able to multiply or divide larger numbers. We will also look at finding remainders.We will continue to recap time, time word problems as well as looking at rotational language and giving instructions for position, direction and movement.

Ways to help at home: 

http://www.ictgames.com/lcwc.html

A great look, cover, write, check spelling generator for those children who enjoy developing their spelling skills at home.

https://maps.google.co.uk/

We all know about google maps! But don't forget this can be a great resource to use with your children at home. Why not search for your place of work, your home country or some famous Jakarta landmarks on the map together?

Stars of the week: 
Gun Woo – Thinker - as he thought very carefully and applied his artist skills when creating his own Lowry art work.

William – Inquirer - as he always has lots of ideas and questions and was very good during our discussions on child labour.

Bas is becoming much more reflective about his learning. He thinks about what he has done and what he needs to do to get better. Keep following your targets Bas.

Molly is such a well-balanced young girl. She works her mind and body throughout the week; lots of after-school activities after having done a lot of hard work in class.

Sea Ryung: Balanced  – For always working to the best of her ability and for being a good role model.

Muhammad: Caring – For always tidying the classroom and putting away the resources without prompting.  

Jonathan has been a Thinker in IPC. He researched jobs in the past very carefully.

Simon has been Knowledgabe in Mathematics. He was confident programming the floor robots and was keen to teach and support others.

Ye Eun – Principled & Thinker – Ye Eun has worked hard in Maths and has been concentrating and thinking hard to solve problems involving money using RUCSAC.

Khadell – Risk taker – Khadell has been working hard to learn the joins for the letters.

Term 2, Week 9

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Fri,14th Mar 2014 - Thu,20th Mar 2014

A busy and exciting week in Year 2.

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Focus for Learning: 

This is what we are learning next week

Foxes

The Foxes have had a busy week getting into their new IPC jobs unit. We were very fortunate to have two separate visitors during the week. On Monday, Kim, Julia’s Mum, visited to tell the Foxes all about her job as an Actuary. The children all listened extremely carefully and gained an interesting insight into the world of insurance. Later in the week Simon, Ella’s Dad, came into class to tell the children about his job in the tea industry. Learning about the process from tea plantation to tea cup was fascinating for the children and their opportunity to become ‘tea tasters’ was a real highlight of the week.

The children have been so enthralled with their story writing that we spent a few extra days completing our Harry and the Dinosaurs stories this week. The children all managed to write stories that extended to several pages and produced lively and interesting books. They worked hard to set their own success criteria and showed great independence deciding what they needed to remember to make their writing ‘great’. The children are looking forward to sharing their stories with you during parent consultations on the 26thMarch. Later in the week, we started our consideration of information texts. The children used a range of information texts to find out about different types of jobs. In doing so, they started to notice the organisational features of information texts including the use of a contents pages and glossaries.

Next week the children will continue to build their understanding of information texts. We will be reading a range of texts relating to our jobs topic and will be learning to identify a wider range of organisational features than touched on this week. The children will then be developing their note-taking skills. They will be reading information texts and deciding which information is most important to ‘note down’. They will also be developing their skim reading skills – looking through a text quickly to find key words or information of importance.

In Mathematics this week the children started their consideration of quarter and half turns by practising finding the half and quarter of small numbers. They then related his concept to finding the half and quarter of simple shapes before learning to make half and quarter turns. They enjoyed opportunities to reinforce their skills telling the time, something that will be a continual focus during the coming weeks.

Next week the children will be reinforcing this knowledge by programming simple floor robots to travel around the classroom. They will have to program left and right turns as well as beginning to understand ‘angle’ as a unit of measure. As they develop these skills, they will link back to previous learning about 2D shapes when attempting to program their robots to draw 2D shapes on large pieces of card.

In IPC this week the children have gained a good understanding that their experiences each day are very different to those of adults. We have compared and contrasted our daily routines and recorded our findings in simple tables. Next week the children will be finding out how jobs have changed over time. We will focus on the tools people use in their jobs (computers, telephones, etc) and consider how these have changed over the years. We will be creating some timelines and we will attempt to order photographs of different work place tools chronologically. If anyone has old photographs of them using old-fashioned telephones, computers or other tools please do send them in.

Gruffalos

We have been hard at work in the Gruffaloes this week learning all about jobs and we even got to learn about some jobs Irish people are famous for as we were making St Patrick's day themed cupcakes!

In Literacy this week we have been exploring non-fiction texts and in particular looking at information texts. The children have explored these types of books and came up with their own ideas about what makes a book non-fiction or fiction. They worked in groups to make a poster/diagram to show the differences. We have also been continuing with our VCOP and the children have really shown improvement in making their writing more interesting. For Power Writing we had a 'Storybox' which had some different items, pictures and words in it from which we had to create our own stories. Needless to say Derek was in there and, as usual, had been up to mischief! This proved an excellent way of getting the children to engage in story writing as well as giving them lots of opportunity to talk and explore their story through drama which is very much the key to successful writing.

In Mathematics this week we have been reviewing time. We have practised telling time to the hour, half hour, quarter to and quarter past. Time is always a difficult concept for children to master but I have been impressed by their perseverence and motivation to learn. Some children are already confident enough to tell time to the minute which is fantastic to see at such a young age. We  have been working on adding an hour before or after a specific time which will help us to work out word time problems.

In IPC we have been researching different jobs and how they have changed over time. We have been looking at things they did or used in the past compared to how the job is carried out today. The children have been using their own independent research in school and the facts they found out for their homework to make displays to show how the chosen job has changed. They have also completed a Venn diagram individually to sort the information they found out and organise it into the 'past' and 'present' as well as things that have remained the same.

Next in Literacy we will continue to look at information texts. Using our IPC unit we will choose our dream job and make an information text for it. We will gather the information needed and put it together in a small booklet which will include all the features of a non fiction/information text. We will use role play and hot seating to gain a deeper insight into what it might be like to carry out our chosen job. We will also look at speech marks as we have not fully covered this important punctuation skill.

Next week in Mathematics we will continue with time and review the basics daily but now we will be applying our knowledge to time word problems. We will also be practising our addition and subtraction skills using one, two and possibly three-digit numbers. Continuous provision will continue to practise the children's skills and understanding of multiplication and odd and even numbers as well as rounding to the nearest 10 and 100.

In IPC we will explore the cross-curricular link with literacy when thinking about our dream job and what it entails. As well as this, we will be trying out a 'flipped' lesson. This is where I will present the class with a question or statement and they need to either find the answer or respond to the statement. There will also be an acitvity based on this question/statement that the children will have to work together and discuss to solve. I do not want to tell you the theme as I want the children to come into the lesson with no prior knowledge/research other than what they have to date! I am sure they will let you know during the week.

Snakes

This week the children will be talking about you and the job you do. The children will use the answers you gave them and try to articulate in their own words the job you do! We will also be looking at the world of work in the past and discussing evidence of children working in the past. We will then be discussing why people choose the jobs they do and for what reasons. We will also be reporting back on our work experience last week.

In Literacy we have finished writing and illustrating our Harry and the Dinosaurs stories. The children have done remarkably well following the style of the Ian Whybrow books: to the extent of having a conflict between Harry and his sister Sam, a realistic dilemma and a happy Endosaurus. We continue to try and write cursively. The children are beginning to join sets of letters together. They are also learning to read on sight and find more commonly used words.

You will notice that the children brought home a non-fiction reading book last week. We have started to look at the features of Informational text. We enjoyed sharing new information about animals changing shape for protection, attraction and moving. Another group reported on communication long ago and now. A third group told us interesting facts about our body and the fourth group shared knowledge about Art in the Past. All the books had photographs, contents pages, glossaries and words in BOLD, which are all features of Informational Texts. We will be looking at more features and thinking about creating an informational-type text to support our work inquiry.

This week we return to story books. We will be using some simple graphic organizers throughout the week to use before, during and after reading. These will help the children record words and phrases they find in the text, characters and settings.

In Mathematics we will continue to look at word problems. We will be looking at time to quarter past and quarter to the hour. We will also continue to work on division and multiplication facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times table, and multiplying as a quick way of adding groups, and division as a quick way of grouping. Could you please help at home by asking your child to give you pairs of numbers that add up to 10 or 20? Ask them to count in 2s, 5s and 10s. Can they do it backwards? Can you have a look for any environmental print displaying quantity, length or capacity?

Homework this week is a creative task. I hope you find the time to talk over your child’s ideas as they design a new (or updated) uniform for a specific job. Please check the homework link for more details.

We say goodbye to Christopher who is leaving us. We wish him the all the best in your new school - we will miss you, Christopher!

Mice

This week we have been very lucky to have parents come into our school to talk about their jobs. The children were able to gain an understanding of what a job entails and ask questions related to this. Many of the children were able to feedback to small groups about his/her trip to their parent’s workplace. Some lovely presentations were made and in great variety. Well done!

This week for IPC, the children continued to learn about their parents work and they began to work on ‘My Parent’s job’ booklet. This involved thinking of questions to ask of parents, using question starters.  The children then went on to compare their own lives to their parents' lives. What is it that the parents do on a daily basis? And how does that compare to the children’s lives?

Once the daily activities were thought of and recorded, the children sorted the activities into a Venn diagram. They were able to compare the similarities and differences for each group.

Next week, we will be learning about the history of jobs and how they have changed from past to the present. We will be asking parents and other visitors about their jobs and how tools, technology and procedures have changed during their professional work life.  We will then get the children to think about what jobs could look like in the future and what they kind of job they might like to have as an adult.

For Mathematics, the children have explored addition and subtraction in greater detail. They have revised mental strategies of counting on and back in 10’s and 1’s. This was further explored using written methods and larger numbers. The children used partitioning and number lines for addition and they used ‘finding the difference’ on a number line for subtraction.

Next week, 2J Mice will be learning about time. We will explore reading time to the quarter hour as well as time intervals. Furthermore, we will be looking at the relationship between units of time (this will also link in with the history of our IPC unit).

For Literacy, the children have been revising their knowledge of non-fiction texts and the features. They have been using the skill of skim reading and scanning to find key words. To demonstrate their understanding of the book, the children answered comprehension questions by finding the relevant information within the text. Following on from this, the children created their own questions for other children to answer. They also created their own glossary, put the words in alphabetical order and went onto write a definition using a dictionary.

Next week, the children will be learning about how to take notes and they will further develop their skills of skim reading and scanning texts for relevant information. They will do this through researching books and safe website links related to jobs.

Owls

The children have worked really hard this week and are demonstrating their enjoyment of learning every day.

We have finally finished our Literacy unit and the end pieces of work are fantastic. The children have thought really carefully about their word choices to make their stories interesting. They have also been learning to use paragraphs and speech marks correctly. We have moved on to look at Information Texts and have thought about their purpose and the features that are used to organise information.

In Maths, we have been working on telling the time. The children should be able to tell the time to the hour, half past the hour, quarter past and quarter to the hour. We have covered this in class this week. To help further at home you could have a look at these times and revise them with your child, if needed. We have also been working on word problems involving time. For example, if it is 11:30 now, what time will it be in half an hour? And understood the terms clockwise and anti-clockwise. We have also been looking at word problems involving money and the children have been role playing at buying items at a shop and have been learning how to work out totals and give change.

In IPC we have been hearing all about each other’s’ work experiences and have enjoyed listening to the presentations. The children have learned a lot through this worthwhile experience. Thank you for supporting us with this project and we hope you enjoyed your child visiting you at work, too. We have also been looking at how jobs have changed over time. Whether it be the equipment or tools used, the uniform, or the responsibilities of the job itself.

In Literacy next week our focus will be Information texts. We will continue to explore different types in class and as part of our guided reading. We will recap and remember the different features that are included. The children will also be beginning their planning for their own information text about a job that they are interested in. The children will be researching and collecting information and pictures that will help them create their own information text. This piece of writing will be completed in stages and will be our focus for the next few weeks and the end product will be shared in our Exit Point.

In Maths we will continue looking at word problems involving time and money. We will revise how helpful RUCSAC is (Read, Understand, Choose, Answer, and Check) and use this method to help to solve problems with one or two steps. We will be looking at which words help tell us what to do and which operation is needed. We will discuss our thinking and how we solved the problems. We will also look at positional language and use this to follow and give instructions. For example direction, route, clockwise, anticlockwise, quarter turn, right angle, straight line,

Next week in IPC we will be looking at how areas develop. We will be looking at photos of places in the past and comparing them to photos of the same area in the present, and note the differences. We will be using our homework to have a debate about whether this development is a good or a bad thing and give reasons for our thoughts. We will discuss the impact of development on small businesses and artisans and think about the wants and needs of customers and clients, etc.

Ways to help at home: 

Use this fun website to practice a range of mathematical skills.

http://resources.oswego.org/games/mathmagician/maths1.html

Alphabetical order is important within many information texts. Explore alphabetical order through this online activity.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/literacy/alphabetical_order/play/

Stars of the week: 
Oliver – Knowledgeable, as he has impressed me with his time reading skills and his mathematical skills in general!

Narmeen – Inquirer, as she always tries her best in whatever activity has been set for her. She works diligently and is extremely successful as a result.

Shaunak was able to communicate his ideas very well through his own Harry and the Dinosaurs story and attempted to use speech.

Christopher gets his star for being so positive towards impending change. This open-mindedness will serve him well in the future. Good luck Christopher.

Jackson – Inquirer: For investigating features of a non-fiction text using a variety of books and also for thinking of interesting questions to ask visitors.

Tiffany – Knowledgeable: For writing such a wonderful story using the key ingredients, and also for working through her ‘parent’s job’ booklet so well, adding excellent detail.

Khaled was a great communicator. He explained a poster that he had made about his visit to his Dad’s workplace really clearly to the class.

Toby has been a thinker. He thought carefully throughout his story writing and made sure he achieved his success criteria.  

Nil – Inquirer & Communicator. Nil found out a lot about a job and presented it confidently to the class.

Bryce – Risk Taker – for having a positive attitude and for persevering with his Maths challenge.

Term 2, Week 8

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Fri,7th Mar 2014 - Thu,13th Mar 2014

Welcome back after the half term holiday!

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Focus for Learning: 

 

This is what we are learning next week

Foxes

It was great to see all the Foxes back after their holidays. The children arrived back in the classroom cheerfully and seemed ready to begin the new term.

On Monday and Tuesday the Foxes enjoyed our entry point for our new IPC unit of learning ‘Jobs, the things people do’. Monday saw the children carefully turn our classroom into a hospital. They made signs, organised the furniture, thought up costumes and created the tools that the many different jobs that take place in a hospital might need. I was very impressed by their creativeness. Highlights were a very realistic x-ray machine made out of some cornflake boxes and a surprisingly well equipped operating theatre! On Tuesday, for our Wow Day, the children toured the other work places that classes within Year 2 had created. They practiced being police at the police station, mechanics in the garage, beauticians in the salon and finally waiters and waitresses in the restaurant. Take a look at this week’s photographs to see some of the role play the children participated in.

Thank you for all the parents who organised for their children to visit their place of work on Thursday and Friday. The children were very excited to have this opportunity. Those children who visited on Thursday came back to class full of useful information about their parents place of work and were very excited to share their experiences with the class. We look forward to sharing the rest of the children’s experiences early next week.

Next week in Literacy we will begin learning about ‘Informational Texts’. This genre of writing will make a great match with our jobs topic and we envisage lots of exciting opportunities for children to make information texts about the many jobs and careers they plan to learn about it. We will begin next week by learning about the important features that make good informational texts. We will view both ‘good’ and ‘bad’ information texts and decide what features of ‘good’ texts make them interesting to read, easy to understand and informative for the reader.

In Mathematics next week we will be learning about ‘turns’. We will be finding out what a ‘quarter turn’, ‘half turn’ and ‘whole turn’ is and we will be learning to recognise right angles. Alongside this learning will come a consideration of ‘clockwise’ and ‘anticlockwise’ movements and a revision of some reading time to the quarter and half hour. If your child has an (inexpensive!) watch, next week might be a good week to wear it to school.

In IPC next week the children will be following up from their ‘work experience’ by learning about how their average day is different to the average day of an adult. We will be gathering and sharing the information we found out during work experience visits and will be considering the differences and similarities between jobs experienced. We will be using this information to apply our data handling skills, making some interesting graphs and charts about what we have found out.

Owls

Welcome back and I hope that you all had a wonderful mid-term break. Well done to all the children who have presented or told me about an artisan visit over the holidays.

We have had a great and very busy first week back! The children enjoyed their WOW Day on Tuesday and role played in a salon, a police station, a mechanics, a restaurant and a hospital. The children were successful in their role play and thought about different questions they would need to ask customers. They thought about what to do if they came across a problem and how to solve it. They also took turns very sensibly.

Also as part of our IPC unit, we have thought about things we know already about jobs and have made a list of questions that we would like to find out. We have made a list of different types of jobs that we know about.

In Literacy the children have continued to write about the Gruffalo and what happens to him when he finds a circus. The children have been learning about how to use paragraphs and remembering how to use speech marks correctly in their writing this week.

In Maths we have been collecting and displaying information and have thought about our favourite WOW Day job experience. We have been using appropriate vocabulary to ask questions about our data. For example, ‘most popular’, ‘least popular’, ‘how many more children.. .’, etc. The children have also been learning how to sort different jobs using a Venn Diagram and a Carroll Diagram.

Next week in Literacy we will be beginning our new Unit – Information Texts. We will be looking at a variety of information texts to help us find out about and compare jobs in the past and present. We will look at the features used to organise the information. For example, title, sub headings, bold print, paragraphs, fact boxes, diagrams and pictures, etc.

In Mathematics we will be working on telling the time to the o’clock, half past, quarter past, quarter to and beyond if appropriate. We will also be looking at money and solving problems involving money and giving change. The children will be also given the opportunity to work on their Maths targets.

In IPC, as well as finding out about and comparing jobs in the past and present, we will also look at how jobs began and how in the past goods were swapped and how this moved on to trading.

Snakes

We got straight back into the way of things last Monday, planning and making our automotive workplace for the next day’s role-play. As well as getting into role as mechanics, the children also had other opportunities on Tuesday to act out the workplaces of a hospital, police station, restaurant and beauty salon.

Thank you so much for the holiday research evidence coming in to share. We have had information and good photographs describing picture-framers, ceramic workers, Russian doll makers, tailors and palm-leaf weavers to name but a few. I know there are some children going out researching this weekend. Good luck!

Thanks also to those of you who could accommodate your children at your place of work for a few hours. This experience has got many of them thinking about the real world of work.  Please send in photographs of your child at Mum or Dad’s place of work. A homework questionnaire has been created by your child for this week. Having visited your place of work, they will now ask you some good, thought provoking questions about the job you do. Please help them to record their answers or scribe the answers for them. If your child was unable to visit a parent’s place of work I would still like them to ask the questions to either Mum or Dad about the work they do. 

Before the holiday I think I was a bit adventurous laying out the plan for last week.  What with the planning and preparation on Monday for our inquiry day on Tuesday and work experience visits during school hours on Thursday and Friday, I think these plans will need to be be carried on this week.

We continue to look at stories by the same author. We will continue to look at dialogue used, familiar settings and believable characters (apart from dinosaurs!) in Ian Whybrow’s books. The children wrote some lovely letters to Ian Whybrow that I hope to post soon. We will be creating our own Harry adventure story using many of the features we have explored. We will have some new commonly used words to work with and some new letters to write cursively.

In Guided Reading we will be looking at words and phrases that help us to visualise and the way that dialogue is shown in the texts we read. Once again it was pleasing to see how well the children made up some good quality questions for our parent homework questionnaires. Remember to keep using Phonics Bug and check in to the class blog. I put some photographs of our Circus celebration of learning before the holidays and hope to upload pictures of our classroom when it became a mechanic’s workshop last Monday.

In Mathematics we will continue to look at measurement. We will be revisiting units of time to the half hour and quarter to and quarter past the hour. We will be working on our mental calculations of pairs, doubles, halves and multiples. Also strategies for adding or taking away numbers close to 5 or 10. For example: 24 + 9 could be worked out by doing 24 + 10 (take away 1).

Mice

Welcome back to our second half term of the Spring break.

There has been some wonderful feedback from children who have been to visit an artisan and we’ve seen some lovely handiwork, too.

This week we introduced our new IPC Unit of ‘The Things People Do: Job’

The Mice class created props in preparation for WOW day. Each class was transformed into a different workplace. Our class was turned into a Police Station. The children thoroughly enjoyed making the resources and learning about police in the past and the present. They then went onto participate in other ‘workplaces’ in the other classes. Following on from this, the children began to ask questions that they would like to find out about jobs.

At the end of the week, many children had the lovely opportunity of seeing their parents at work. Thank you to all the parents who were able to facilitate this. They were encouraged to take pictures of their parent’s workplace and take notes about what they have observed. Next week we will be delving further into the parent’s jobs and making comparisons to the children’s day at school. A booklet will be created (which they can also take home to share and make with the family) entitled ‘My Parent’s Job’. Within this booklet, the children will write a brief explanation of their parent’s job as well as a picture. Furthermore, the class will compose a range of questions that can be answered by their parents. We will also be comparing the number of children that live in a host or home country. In other words, are parents/families here in Jakarta for work? Or is it their home?

For Mathematics, the children have been answering a range of questions from what they have learned so far. We have also been following a line of enquiry and conducting a survey about WOW day. Which ‘workplace’ did the children like best? The children had to work out the most appropriate way to record the information. Once the information was collated, the children began to present the information using a bar chart.

Next week, the children will be continuing to learn about data handling and collating information. They will also be revising addition and subtraction mentally (adding or subtracting 1-digit numbers/multiple of 10 to any 2-digit number). They will also be revising the addition and subtraction using a number line and explaining how they worked out the answer.

For Literacy, the children completed their plan for their Harry and Dinosaur story and they began to write the story including the key ingredients (opening, build-up, problem, resolution and ending). Next week, we will be exploring features of an informational text.

Gruffaloes

 It has been lovely seeing all the Gruffaloes back this week after our half term break. I hope you all had a restful time. Thank you to all the parents who arranged for their child to go into their place of work this week. We also realise that this is not always possible due to the different natures of various jobs so we will also be hoping to get the children some work experience here in school!

In Literacy this week we have written about our half term break while trying to make our sentences more interesting and adding lots of detail. We have looked at speech marks again and are continuing to increase our knowledge of punctuation.  The children also did some written work on our current class story ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’. We have talked about information books and how they might be useful for our new IPC topic.

In Mathematics we have reviewed weight and reading scales. We have also looked at using Carroll diagrams to sort information and the children sorted the different jobs that they knew of when we were discussing our new IPC topic. This week we have also been reviewing where the children are at in their numeracy skills.

In IPC we had out fantastic WOW day. The children got to be policemen and women, beauticians, mechanics, waiters and doctors to name but a few. They thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the different role play situations which provided lots of great points for discussion as well as excitement for the new unit.

We had our ‘knowledge harvest’ where the children wrote down the different things that they already know about ‘The Things People Do’ as well as writing different questions that we would like to find the answer to during the next half term.

Next week in Literacy we will be starting to look at information texts in more detail. We will look at different examples, explore their different features for example title, sub headings, bold print, paragraphs, fact boxes, diagrams and pictures, etc. and think about why these texts are useful and how we use them.

In Mathematics we will be reviewing telling the time to the o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to. If we are ready we will also look at telling the time beyond those mentioned above. We will have a big focus on money, solving problems involving money and giving change.

In IPC we will start researching jobs and comparing what they are like today with what those jobs were like in the past. We will ask questions such as ‘How has the role changed?’ ‘Have the tools used changed?’ ‘Is this job still needed as much today as it was in the past?’. We will also look at how jobs began and how in the past goods were swapped and how this moved on to trading.

Ways to help at home: 

Telling the time is an important life skill that’s actually much harder to learn than you might think. The below link has lots of fun games and activities children can play at home to support them as they learn to read the time on both digital and analogue clocks.

http://www.maths-games.org/time-games.html

Practising common spellings doesn't have to be boring! Games like this one from the BBC support children's spelling skills in a fun and entertaining way.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/literacy/spelling/play/

Stars of the week: 

 

 Panagis – Inquirer - for working so hard on his handwriting which is now cursive and beautifully formed as well as improving the sounding out of  his words.

 Tom – Inquirer - for building up his stamina and having lots of motivation to be an excellent writer.

Our star Inquirers over the holiday period include Max who visited an ceramic artist’s workshop and Anant who shared some very interesting information about a visit to a picture-framer’s workshop. You both must have asked some very good questions.

Jihyo – Thinker - For using her thinking skills to solve problems in Maths.

Ty – Communicator - answering questions in class and being very pro-active in listening.

Anoushka has been a good communicator. She made a brilliant jobs PowerPoint over the holidays.

Yovan has been a good thinker. He had great story ideas in Literacy.

William – Principled – for learning his Maths Target and moving on to learning the multiplication and division facts for 6.

Maisya – Reflective – for thinking about where full stops go in her work.

Term 2 Week 7

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Fri,21st Feb 2014 - Mon,3rd Mar 2014

Hello everyone,

We have had another fantastic, busy and learning packed half term. The children continue to show us how motivated and enthusiastic they are about every aspect of school life which, for teachers, makes our job a wonderful thing!

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Focus for Learning: 

 

This is what we are learning next week

Foxes

It hardly seems possible that the half term, and our circus unit, is drawing to a close already. I am very proud of all the new learning the Foxes have achieved so far this academic year and we are looking forward to beginning our new IPC after the one week holiday. 

We have had a varied week in Literacy. The children, after completing their science investigation looking at the best material to use for their circus tent, wrote a letter to Reginald the Ring Master explaining their findings. They discussed their experiment carefully within the letter and had lots of interesting advice for Reginald as he moved his circus to Indonesia! The Foxes have also been busy planning their Harry and the Dinosaurs stories. They made some impressive story mountains thinking about the characters that will be in their stories, the settings they will use and began to think about the important sections of their story.

After the holiday we will finish writing our stories, using our plans to help and guide us. We will also develop our rereading and editing skills, looking back carefully at what we have written and trying to make improvements.

In Mathematics we have had a practical week of exploring measure. The children have been using a ruler carefully and accurately to solve measure problems and have been learning to read the scale on a measuring jug and weighing scales. These are very important skills for the children to develop and require lots of practice. Over the holidays, it might be a good idea to look out for units of measure on products around the home. You can discuss with your child, for example, how much a bag of rice weighs or the capacity of a drinks bottle. Repeatedly using words such as ‘kilogram’ and ‘millilitre’ in real life contexts really helps the children consolidate their learning.

Immediately after the mid-term break will be focus on the mental calculation of key number facts, such as number bonds, doubling and halving. We will take the opportunity to review our Mathematics targets and set new more challenging targets as appropriate. We will also complete some informal assessments during this period to better understand the next learning steps for the children.

This week marked the last week of our circus unit. For our ‘exit point’ on Thursday the children decided to design and make unique board games to demonstrate all their new knowledge and skills gained during the circus unit. The children had a great time thinking of questions and challenges to form part of their games and had some very original ideas. On Friday, the children challenged other children in the year group to play their game. It was great to see how much the children had progressed within the unit and seeing their confidence when explaining and playing their game with others.

After the half term we begin our next IPC topic called ‘Jobs, the things people do’. Our Wow Day will take place on Tuesday 4thMarch where children will get the chance to role play and explore a variety of jobs that exist in the real world. More information about the new unit can be found in the IPC letter sent home this week.

Have a safe and relaxing holiday!

Gruffaloes

The Gruffaloes have had an amazing half term and a big well done to them for all their hard work! Also a big welcome to a new member of our class, Hani, who has had a fantastic first week. Enjoy the half term break 

 

In Literacy this week we have been able to write a letter to Reginald the Ring Master explaining which material would best make a circus tent. They had to think of all the things we need to tell Reginald including what we found out during our science investigation as well as some things we might like to ask a Circus Ringmaster! Some of us have looked at speech marks and we will continue this after half term as well as trying to write our own dialogue using characters from our favourite books by Anthony Browne.

 

In Maths we have continued with measuring length and investigating capacity. We have looked at graphs and had to work out an appropriate scale to use for our block graph. We have then looked at and used appropriate language, for example ‘most popular’ and ‘least popular’. We also sorted objects using Venn diagrams as well as continuing to practice our number skills.

 

In IPC we looked at the questions we asked at the beginning of the unit and tried to work out whether we had answered them all. We have definitely learnt lots about the circus! We also lots of fun during our Exit Point where we were able to demonstrate our knowledge by making a model of the circus in groups and making a board game all about the circus. We have worked hard to try and finish all the bean bags but all of them may not be finished and the children only got to make one each. Please can you help your child finish this if possible? We have sent home the material that they need. Many thanks for all your support and help with this project.

 

After half term we will be beginning our new IPC unit – Jobs. The children will think about what they already know about this topic when we complete our class Knowledge Harvest. For our WOW day we will be turning each classroom into a place of work. The children will be helping to decide what things are needed in each place of work and then help to make changes to the classroom and collect suitable resources. We will also be thinking of questions we would like to answer and discuss what things we would like to find out in this unit.

 

In Maths we will continue our data handling work looking more at reading scales as well as weighing and choosing appropriate equipment to use for measurement. We will also look more at sorting data and try using more sophisticated means such as Carroll Diagrams.

 

In Literacy we will continue our work on speech marks and how to use them working towards writing a piece of dialogue between two characters from our Anthony Browne books. We will also build on our VCOP (Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers, Punctuation) by starting to use our ‘Word Books’ as well as place ourselves on the VCOP triangle and see what we need to do to get the next section.

Owls

 We have had a really successful first half of the term. The Owls are starting to become even more independent with their thinking and learning.

In Literacy this week we have been able to write a letter to Reginald the Ring Master explaining which material would best make a circus tent. The children were able to remember what they had tested and found out when conducting their Science investigation. The children have also worked hard to create a story about the Gruffalo at the circus and have told and retold their story to their friends and have incorporated lots of vocabulary that they have developed together. The children have been working hard and have been reflective with their own and others’ work. We have made a start with our stories but will need to continue to write our stories after the mid-term break.

In Maths we have continued with measuring length, capacity and weight. We have looked at charts and graphs and interpreted data and have also conducted a survey to find out which act at the circus people prefer. We have then looked at and used appropriate language, for example ‘most popular’ and ‘least popular’ etc. We will also be looking at how we can sort objects using a Venn diagram and a Carroll Diagram.

In IPC we have looked at all of our questions at the beginning of the unit and have seen if we can now answer them. We have discovered that we have learned a lot about the circus and have thoroughly enjoyed this IPC unit. We also had a great Exit Point where the children were able to demonstrate their knowledge through making a model of the circus in groups and also making a board game to test their knowledge and skills. We have worked hard to try and finish all the bean bags! However, some might be sent home just to sew up the little hole after it has been filled. Please can you help your child finish this if possible? Many thanks for all your support and help with this project.

After half term we will be beginning our new IPC unit – Jobs. The children will think about what they already know about this topic when we complete our class Knowledge Harvest. For our WOW day we will be turning each classroom into a place of work. The children will be helping to decide what things are needed in each place of work and then help to make changes to the classroom and collect suitable resources. We will also be thinking of questions we would like to answer and discuss what things we would like to find out in this unit.

In Maths we will be recalling our number facts quickly and I will be checking the children’s individual Maths targets. We will also be continuing with our Data Handling work; interpreting graphs, charts and tables and presenting our findings from our survey in different ways. We will be posing questions about our data and answering our friends’ questions.

In Literacy all our work will be centred on our story writing. We will look at using paragraphs to chunk like ideas together and speech marks to demarcate when someone is speaking. We will be working closely together with a partner who will be helping us to check that our stories make sense, are exciting and that we have included punctuation, connectives, interesting openers and WOW words. The children will be given the opportunity to read their stories to a different friend once they have finished.

Mice

This week we have been completing our IPC unit of ‘The circus is Coming to Town’

The children have conducted research on animals and if they should be used in the circus. The found the information using pre-approved websites and in groups wrote out 5 reasons for their argument. The groups then proceeded to carry out a very interesting debate about the use of animals in the circus. Half the class argued ‘No’ and the other half of the class argued ‘Yes’.

2J Mice spent all day Thursday creating a board game demonstrating their knowledge of the circus and they created questions and fact cards. The children went around a few of the classes and demonstrated their games, explaining the aim of the game as well as the rules.

Our next IPC is called ‘The things people do’ and we will be learning about jobs. We will have our WOW day in the first week back.

 

For literacy, 2J Mice used their newfound knowledge on animals to write a letter to the ‘RSPCA’ about the appropriate use of animals in the circus. They wrote down their opinions and gave valid reason to support that. Also, we have been learning about speech marks and the children will begin to include this within their writing.

As a result of the IPC project this week, writing their ‘Harry and His Bucketful of Dinosaurs’ adventure story has been postponed until after the spring break.

For the first week back, 2J Mice will work in pairs to plan out the story using a story planner and actions to help them to remember the sequential order. Using their planner, the children will begin to write their own story about ‘Harry and His Bucketful of Dinosaur’.

 

For Mathematics, the children have been learning more about measure and how to read scales accurately, particularly in capacity and weight. We have been looking at the numbers on a scale and the interpreting the division between them.

For the first week back, we will be looking at data handling and following lines of enquiry by conducting surveys on things like: favourite colour or other children’s interest. Following the survey, the children will organise the information using Venn diagrams and Carroll diagrams..

 

Website of the week – Alien Cookbook - http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/starship/maths/aliencookbook.shtml

Snake

This weekend your child will have come back with a selection of Circus related work. They enjoyed making their board games and I hope you will take an opportunity to play the game with them at some stage over the holiday period. The game certainly allowed children to demonstrate what they had learned about the circus. They should have brought back their circus big top (enormous) backdrop complete with king poles and audience call-outs and wooden spoon puppets. The unit was extremely enjoyable and interesting and I think we can safely say that many of the children can talk about the circus, it’s history, explain why it is a special place, it’s people, it’s language, the logistics involved in moving a circus and sat why it is  a very specialised type of entertainment.

Our next inquiry centres on you, the parents and other adults in your family. We will be investigating the world of work. There is a homework task for you to complete over the holiday period if possible. Does your child really know what you do at work? Please try and make arrangements for your child to visit your place of work during the first week back as explained in another letter home. This would be such a worthwhile and real experience for your child. During the first week back we will be sharing the big picture, creating and simulating a work environment (our classroom will be transformed into a mechanics workshop!) and beginning to think and ask questions about the world of work.

We continue after half-term to look at stories by the same author. We will continue to look at dialogue used, familiar settings and believable characters (apart from dinosaurs!) in Ian Whybrow’s books. We will be creating our own Harry adventure using many of the features we have explored.

In guided reading we will be looking at words and phrases that help us to visualise and the way that dialogue is shown in the texts we read. It was wonderful to see how easily the children were able to make up board game question as their skill at asking questions during reading activities transferred into the inquiry topic’s success criteria. Remember to keep using Phonics Bug and read for pleasure during the holidays. In writing we will be looking at our new targets and working towards them.

In mathematics we will continue to look at measurement. We will also begin on our new targets, both in mental and calculation.

Thank you for helping your child establish their new personal target for the next few weeks.

I am looking forward to the holiday but also returning in March. That’s a good feeling. Look after my Snakes please.

Ways to help at home: 

The children have worked so hard it would be lovely if, over the halt term break, they had the opportunity to play, to craft, to help bake or cook, to help you do chores and all those other little extras that sometimes there isnt enough time for during the busy school term. Play is an important facet for learning and things like helping out around your home or doing cooking teaches children life skills and responsibility.

 

If you want to include an 'academic' element they could maybe keep a written log or diary of what they have done during the day. They could even self evaluate and write about what they did well and how they could do it better next time. In cooking you have the perfect setting for practising weights and measure as well as reading scales.  

Stars of the week: 

 

 

 Sebastian G – reflective for achieving his target of writing cursively and being hugely successful.

Hani – risk taker for having a fantastic start this week having just joined the Gruffaloes on  

 Dong Min and Maya have shown through their work that they are now extremely knowledgeable about the Circus.
 Neiven and Aviraaj. For being a great communicator as both have written an excellent letter to the RSPCA giving their opnions on why animals should or should not be in the Circus. Well done! 
Yash has been a risk taker. He asked lots of questions and participated fully when making his circus game and playing it with other children.
Yashawini has been a thinker. She thought of brilliant ideas for her letter in Literacy.   hghggfdgfdg
 Wen Rui – Reflective – he has been telling and retelling his story incorporating WOW words that we have learned in class.

Gullalai – Principled – she has been trying really hard and has produced a fantastic letter explaining how she experimented with different materials to find the best one to make a circus tent from.

Term 2, Week 6

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Thu,13th Feb 2014 - Thu,20th Feb 2014

Dear Parents/Guardians,

It has been another exciting week in Year 2. We all thoroughly enjoyed the different activities for 100 Days of School. There were art activities, singing, dancing, puzzles, games and lots more to keep the children engaged, and having fun, while using their mathematical skills and knowledge.

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This is what we are learning next week

Gruffaloes

 The children really enjoyed all the 100thDay of School activities and made their way around lots of things to do with 100 including art, music, puzzles, singing and much, much more. An update on the Sei Young Art competition. The artwork was all fantastic and a very tough choice for Mr Prudhoe to choose our two finalists who were Caoimhe and William so well done to you both! An extra congratulations goes to William who has made it through to the final so we wish him best of luck for that.

In Literacy we have looking at settings and how authors use illustrations and description to set the scene for their stories. We used pictures from various Anthony Browne books and the children had to analyse and work out what the author was trying to communicate from what they could see in the picture. We then joined our work on the character of Willy and settings to create a drama piece and Anthony Browne story of our own which the children both acted out and wrote a storyboard for.

In Maths we reviewed multiplication and have been working both independently and with an adult on this skill. They seem much more confident in this skill now and enjoyed getting to write on the school playground, use the netbooks and work with me to help understand this operation better. We have also looked at division again as a whole class. We also reviewed our number bonds and you can see the children taking part in their timed challenge below…they were concentrating so hard that you could hear a pin drop in the room, well done Gruffaloes!

In IPC we have now, finally (!) started to make our bean bags and they are looking really good. Any parents who can spare an hour or two your help would be gratefully received to help the children sew and make their bean bags. We have also thought carefully about different materials and their properties and planned an investigation, with some help; to see which material we thought would be best to make a circus tent from. We have also evaluated our clown masks thinking about what we did well, did we change our design and if so why, and what we would do differently next time.

Next week in Literacy we will be finishing off our Literacy Unit on Stories by the same author. We will think about all the things we have learnt about Anthony Browne’s books and style and try making our own Anthony Browne story. We will also begin to look at how we use speech marks when writing dialogue.

In Maths we will be sorting objects using Venn diagrams, and tallys and block graphs. We will be measuring lengths, weights and capacity using standard units such as centimetres, grams and millilitres.  From this the children will also practice reading a scale.

In IPC we will be finishing our Science experiment. We will also be remembering what we have found out about the history of the circus and will use a timeline to order pictures and words.  We will also be finishing off any masks and beanbags and the children will be evaluating their work. Our exciting exit Point will take place on Thursday.

Owls

We had a super fun celebration for our 100thDay in school this Tuesday. The children participated in a range of activities based around the number 100 including pointillism artwork, 100 skips, and ways of making 100, singing songs with 100 words and making cool 100 glasses! The children really enjoyed all the activities and have practised counting to 100 in 2s, 5s and 10 to 100 and our number bonds to 100.

The work the children produced for the Sei Young Art competition was really creative and of a very good standard. Mr Davidson had the difficult job of judging the Artwork from our class and the two pieces that went forward to the competition were by Ye Eun and Emily. Well done, girls!

In Literacy we have been describing the monsters that we have designed. The children have used a thesaurus to find synonyms for ordinary words to make their descriptions more interesting. The children have also thought of rhyming words for each body part and written a short description that includes rhyme. We have also been working hard on using connectives other than ‘and’ and ‘because’ such as ‘if’, ‘so’, ‘when’, ‘then’ and ‘but’.

In Maths we have looked at different units of measurement and the children have been getting used to which measurements are used for weight (g and kg), length (mm, cm, m and km) and capacity (ml and l). The children have had the opportunity to do a lot of practical measuring. We have been working on making different 3 digit numbers from a set of 3 digits. We have learned how to do this logically. We have also been working on our Maths targets.

In IPC the children have recorded their views about animals being used in the circus in sentences. We have also thought carefully about different materials and their properties and planned an investigation, with some help; to see which material we thought would be best to make a circus tent from. We have looked at different types of clowns and have selected one of our designs to paint and carefully chosen colours and designs based on the clowns we have researched. We have also continued with our bean bags. Many thanks again to all the Mums who have helped out and a special thank you to Emily’s mum who has sewn a lot of the children’s second and third beanbags using her sewing machine.

Next week in Literacy we will be finishing off our Literacy Unit on Stories by the same Author. The children using one of the characters from Julia Donaldson story, they will then create a new story with a different setting. They will plan and write their stories including the character. They will then reflect upon their work and share their finished piece with a friend. We will also work on our individual Literacy targets.

In Maths we will be posing a question that we want to find out. The children will design and conduct a survey where they find out what people think or prefer. They will have to think about how to organise the information they find and we will be representing the information in a bar chart and pictogram where one block or one picture represents more than one person. We will be looking at different charts and tables and answering questions about them by looking carefully and will also be using these questions and vocabulary to make up questions about our own tables and charts.

In IPC we will be finishing off recording our Science experiment. We will also be remembering what we have found out about the history of the circus and will use a timeline to order pictures and words.  We will also be finishing off any masks and beanbags and the children will be evaluating their work. Our exciting exit Point will take place on Thursday.

Mice

Thank you all for your emails and notes of concerns. I’m much better thank you and we have had a busy week to get back into the swing of things!

For Mathematics, the children have learned to accurately measure a strip of card and create their own ruler that is 20 and 30cm long. The children used their ‘ruler’ to find objects that are shorter/longer or same as the length of the ruler. We also had the 100 days of school activities on Tuesday, and the children had a fantastic time in going to other classes in Year 1 and 2 to partake in 100 day activities.

Next week, we will continue to learn about measure and read units of measurement for weights and capacity.

In Literacy, the children have been listening to another Harry and His Bucketful of Dinosaurs story. They have been using pictures from this story and creating their own interesting speech bubbles. The children have also retold the story of ‘Harry and the Dinosaurs go Raah!’ in their own words.

Next week for Literacy, the children will begin to plan their own story using the character of Harry and take him on an adventure around Jakarta!

For IPC, the children have finally completed their map of the circus. They use 2d and 3d shapes to create certain aspects of the circus. They also learned about Georges Seurat and how he created a painting of the Circus using pointillism. They then went onto create a class mural of the Circus which is to be displayed by next week. We have referred back to the homework that was set a few weeks ago about animals in the circus and if it is good thing or not? They children worked in pairs to present an argument for or against and they will present their reasons to the class. Furthermore, 2J Mice have been thinking about the scenario, ‘If I was a Circus Performer…’ Within this, they chose which skill they would like to learn and how would they be able to learn it?

Next week, the children will practise their skills and they will also create a project for the Exit point day. They will be given a choice of options (or they can think of their own) and they will work on this for a day, to then be presented to the year group.

Website of the week:

Pointillism Art (in the document folder under the heading IPC)

Snakes

Incredible to think we are already at mid-term. Thanks for the new personal target you and your child agreed upon. I will get the new targets out before the end of the week.

This week we will be working to complete the lines of inquiry that drove our Circus Unit. We will be using Friday as our celebration of learning day. The children will be asked to provide questions and challenges connected to the Circus Unit to help complete a Circus-themed board game.  We will also be constructing an imaginary Circus site, mapping it out and perhaps making a simple key. We will be visualising a circus train and all the things that would be packed into the wagons. We will be using our wooden spoon puppets and circus back-drop to role-play the ringmaster introducing the performers at a circus. We will be looking at forces behind some of the acts at the circus and creating human cannonballs, balancing acts and a clown’s squirting flower!

In mathematics we will look at our mental maths targets for the next few weeks and review a lot of the calculation and measurement work we have done this term.

In Literacy we will continue to look at Harry and create a new adventure for him and his bucketful of dinosaurs. We will be trying to include dialogue into our stories.

We will continue to learn some more commonly used words and write some more letters cursively.

In Guided Reading we will continue to use our visualisation skills but also talk about other comprehension strategies we are now confident at using such as; using our prior knowledge, our prediction skills, our use of questioning, before, during and after reading and our skills at retelling.

Remember to check the homework link on the Snake at the Year 2 website.

Foxes

 The Foxes had a fantastic week in school.

In Literacy this week the children have explored several more Ian Whybrow books about Harry and his dinosaurs. They have explored how Harry’s emotions change during the books and have thought of some brilliant words to describe his feelings. They have described Harry, thinking about both his physical appearance and his personality, writing some brilliant character descriptions in their Power Writing books. The children also retold a Harry and the Dinosaurs story using a speaking and listening strip. Ask them about when they recorded their own voice retelling a Harry and the Dinosaurs story.

Next week the children will be planning and writing their own Harry and the Dinosaurs adventure. They will choose a new location for Harry to take his dinosaurs and will plan a beginning, build up, problem, resolution and ending for their story using a ‘story mountain’. You can see an example of a story mountain here: http://www.communication4all.co.uk/Screen%20Shot%20Images/BSM.png. Once the children have planned their story they will produce their very own Harry and the Dinosaurs book. We will try and send some photocopies of completed stories home for children to share and read with their family.

The Foxes have been busy exploring weight, length and capacity during Mathematics this week. They have been becoming increasingly accurate using standard units of measure. Tuesday, however, was a real mathematics highlight of the week when the children celebrated the 100thday of the school year. The Foxes enjoyed the wide variety of activities available to them, ranging from singing 100 songs, making cool 100 glasses and using chop sticks to try and pick up 100 beans. Finding ways to make 100 is a great mathematics activity to try at home. Try this website if you want to follow up on the 100 theme over the weekend. http://www.mathplayground.com/PartPartWhole.html

Next week in Mathematics we will continue to reinforce our learning about weight, length and capacity. We will offer additional practical opportunities for children to explore various units of measure and we will begin to solve some problems and puzzles that incorporate an element of measure. Later in the week, we will also take the opportunity to revisit telling the time to the hour, half hour and quarter hour. Try and reinforce this by asking your child to tell the time at home.

Many thanks for those parents who came to school to support the children as they made their beanbags this week. The children are very proud of their creations and will enjoy practising their juggling skills using their very own handmade beanbags! The children have also been busy planning their circus tent investigation and have started to consider the types of materials they need to make a great circus tent.

Next week marks the end of our IPC unit on the circus. After finishing our scientific investigation on Monday we will design and paint our own clown faces as a fun art focus for the final week of term. Thursday will our ‘exit point’. The Foxes will have the choice of several circus themed challenges that they must complete to demonstrate their learning from the unit. We will post pictures on the blog of the children responding to the challenges, and the creations they produce, before the half term holiday.

Ways to help at home: 

Skills such as memory, sequencing, verball recall and social skills are very important, but sometimes forgot, and feed into every aspect of the curriculum, school and life in general.

Here are a few websites to help think of some ideas to help improve these skills with your child.

http://www.learninggamesforkids.com/memory_games.html

http://brainconnection.positscience.com/brain-teasers/word-list-recall/play/

http://pbskids.org/arthur/games/storyscramble/scramble.html

http://www.dltk-kids.com/type/sequencing.htm

Simple games like placing objects on a tray and giving time for your child to remember them then taking one away and asking which one are effective. Having picture cards which are flipped over and the children have to find a pair by turning them to the correct side. If they find a pari they get to keep the cards and,if they don't, they have to turn them back again. They should try and remember which cards are where to help them match pairs easily!

The Alphabet game to play in the car...

To start with you need to pick a type of shop. it could be a supermarket, sweet shop or even a costume shop!

Once you have agreed your shop, the first person starts by saying “I went to the [type of shop] shop and I bought….” they then list something you could purchase from that shop beginning with the letter A.

The next person does the same thing, but has to list both the original item starting with the letter A, plus a new item starting with the letter B.

This continues until the poor person at the end has to list all 25 previous items, plus one beginning with Z! 

Stars of the week: 

 

Gabi – thinker during Science this week she has great ideas as well as thinking about things in a clear and logical way. She also remembered what a fair test is!

Michelle – inquirer as she is always writing making her own books, drawing pictures and is constantly working to improve her learning. 

Aleixia has been a thinker. She has been thinking a lot more about her learning, especially in Mathematics and is beginning to make connections and demonstrate her understanding to others. Well done Aleixia.

Bas has been principled. He has shown a great deal of resilience with his reading and it is now a joy to hear him read. He shows his understanding of the text by answering some quite challenging questions. Well done Bas.

Anvita has been a risk taker for entering into the extreme reading competition and reading in so many different places!

Kousei has been principled. She has been working very well on speech bubbles and using interesting words!

 Felicia has been principled. She has been working so hard increasingly the length of her writing.

Freya has been a thinker. In Science, she carefully planning our tent investigation.

 Heather – Thinker – for being able to justify some of her thoughts carefully.

Gustav – Principled – for working hard to understand addition and subtraction number line methods.

Euan – Caring – he helped to tidy away and wash paint brushes and pallets. It wasn’t Euan’s mess and no one had asked him to help – he just saw what needed to be done. Super! Well done, Euan! 

Term 2, Week 5

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Fri,7th Feb 2014 - Thu,13th Feb 2014

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are looking forward to Tuesday morning when we will mark the hundredth day of school. There will be lots of activities based around that all important number, 100! You could try some activities based on the number 100 at home...bake a cake where there is 100 grams/mls/number of, each ingredient. Play hide and seek where the seeker has to count to 100 before coming to find everyone. Set them a challenge to read 100 words of their story book every night. You could even challenge them to the 100 seconds/minutes of silence game....!

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This is what we are learning next week

Foxes

 The Foxes have had a busy and successful week in school.

In Literacy, the children have enjoyed the beginnings of our unit looking at stories by the same author. They have read several books by Ian Whybrow and have already gained a good understanding of the characters and plot elements that reoccur throughout the ‘Harry and the Dinosaurs’ series.  Some of the children have written some brilliant book reviews on our blog. Be sure to log on and read them with your child. The Harry and the Dinosaurs books have also been produced as short videos, many of which are available on the internet. Although we will not be viewing the videos in school, you may wish to search for and view some of these programmes at home as many are available via YouTube.

Next week the children will develop their comprehension skills when reading. They will continue to explore Harry and the Dinosaurs stories, but will be challenged to answer specific questions about what they have read and support their answers with evidence from the text. We will consider how characters change and develop during a story and will find out about some of the ways in which authors make stories interesting to read. Once the children have experienced several of Ian Whybrow’s books, we will also try and make sensible predictions about a story based on what information we have learnt from previous stories.

In Mathematics this week the children worked very hard learning about the role of the equals sign to balance a calculation. This was a tricky area, but the children did a great job at beginning to understand the concept. There is a useful online activity here http://www.trinityhouse.co.uk/safeatsea/games/ks1-games/maths-number-balancewhich reinforces the role of equals in a similar manner to the children experienced in class. You may want to explore the activity with your child at home.

Next week the children will be developing their skills when handling data. We will be collecting and sorting information in lists and tables and will then be creating block graphs to show our information in an easy to read format. We will learn to interpret simple graphs and charts made by other people. In addition to our handling data work, the children will have opportunities to explore length, weight and capacity. There will be numerous practical activities organised that will allow children to use rulers, metre sticks, weighing scales, balance scales and measuring jugs. We now expect children to use standard units to describe their measurements (for example, centimetres/metres, grams/kilograms and millilitres/litres). You may want to reinforce these units of measure at home.

The children have designed some brilliant beanbags in IPC. They have thought carefully about their material needs, how to fill the beanbags and how to make an attractive design relevant to the circus. Next week the children will continue to make their beanbags. As this is quite a time consuming process, if any parents would be willing to come in and support with this activity, the Foxes would be very appreciative.

Next week we will be considering the question ‘What makes a safe and happy circus?’. We will develop our ideas regarding what makes a good circus tent further to consider not just materials but also the frame and support requirements of a good (and safe) tent. The children will make their own model tents to explore the benefits of different types of support structures. We will also build on our recent home learning task to consider whether or not animals are happy in the circus. We will debate the inclusion of live animal acts in circuses and find out about some of the ways animals have been mistreated today and in the past.

Gruffaloes

 I have been very impressed with the Gruffaloes this week. Our creative hats were certainly on with the children producing beautiful pieces of art for the Sei Young Kim Art competition as well as making fantastic clown masks from their prepared designs, well done all of you!

In Literacy we have been studying the character of ‘Willy’ from the Anthony Browne books. We used hot seating and ‘Role on the Wall’ (an outline of the character where you write what they are like as a person inside and, on the outside, what others think of them) to find out more about him. The children were very good at looking at the text and illustrations and giving reasons why they thought Willy was superstitious or brave.

In Mathematics we were practising making 2- and 3-digit numbers, writing their names as words and deciding whether they were an odd or even number. We have also been practising word problems and directions using our circus theme and drawing lines of symmetry. The children have been working hard on remembering their number bonds to 10 and 20 as well.

In IPC we have worked really hard this week. We have been on our ‘soapbox’ at Hyde Park Corner (no planes needed, just a well-placed photo on the interactive white board!) arguing why animals should, or should not, be used in the circus. We had lots of interesting reasons for both sides and the children had to decide at the end what they thought, giving reasons for their answers. I was impressed with their maturity and thinking skills during this activity. The children then chose a circus animal to make a profile on and marked on their world map where different circus animals are from. We also painted our clown masks thinking carefully about what we know of the different types of clowns and clown makeup. We then evaluated our work making sure we justified our reasons.

Next week in Literacy we will continue exploring characters and settings in Anthony Browne’s books, looking particularly at his use of illustrations to set scenes and give information to the reader. We will also continue to look at Willy as a character and put him in different situations and scenarios using drama techniques such as hot seating, thought tracking, freeze frame and improvisation. Using what we know about his character the children should be able to interpret how he might react to a particular scene. We will also look at some of the ‘bad’ characters in Anthony Browne’s books and how a character may change during a story.

In Mathematics we will be doing a focused and intense week on multiplication and division with lots of counting in groups of numbers (eg 3,4,5) both forwards and backwards. Independent activities will be focused on measuring and data handling, which the children should enjoy!

In IPC we will be looking at materials in Science and particularly which materials would be suitable to use for a circus tent. The children will come up with their own investigation and carry it out making sure to record their results. They will then have to present their findings to the class. We will also begin to make our bean bags which, due to all the art projects this week, we decided to hold off till next week. Any parent helpers for the afternoons would be much appreciated.

Owls

This week the children have worked very hard to create their Artwork for the Sei Young Kim Art Competition. I have been really impressed with the way the children have carried out this work. They have created their work independently and there are some really lovely pieces of work. It will be very hard to pick the 2 winners from the Owls Class.

In Literacy, the children have carefully planned their monster for their story and have started to plan out what will happen in their story. We have had a focus on using connectives (and, if, so, but, while, because, when, then etc) to extend their sentences. We have also done some writing, retelling one of Julia Donaldson’s stories. The children had to aim to write more than 100 words and think about incorporating connectives into their writing. The children have also had the opportunity to go on to Bug Club in class.

In Maths we have been looking at 2D and 3D shapes. The children are becoming more familiar with the terminology and vocabulary to describe each type of shape. We have looked at right angles and lines of symmetry within 2D shapes, too. The children have had lots of quick fire questions of basic addition and subtraction number facts and are making more connections with their learning. Please help your child with their Maths target at home. This should be worked on for 5 or 10 minutes each day to ensure that your child commits it to their long term memory.

For IPC related homework last week the children had to think of 3 reasons why animals should or should not be part of a circus. We have had an interesting debate on what the children think and some children were persuaded by others to change their mind. We have collected all the children’s ideas and thought about rules that a circus could have to make sure that the animals are well cared for. We have also done some extended writing from the perspective of a circus animal and the children had to think about; what happens to them during the day? Where they sleep? What act do they perform in?  How they are treated? And how do they feel? We have also continued with our bean bags. The children have enjoyed sewing and we are looking forward to turning the beanbags inside out and filling them with beans soon! We have also started to research different types of clowns.

Next week in Literacy we will be thinking about describing our monsters using WOW words and collecting rhyming words.  We will also make our story plans and rehearse them to each other orally. Please encourage your child to retell their story to you when they bring their plan home next week. Give them advice on how to improve it or help them with some WOW words that they could include. The children will write their stories over a few days and we will edit them the following week.

In Maths we will be using different units of measurement. We will estimate, compare and measure lengths, weights and capacities. We will recap the standard units of measurement (m, cm, kg, litre) and think about which unit will be needed to measure different lengths, weights and capacities. The children will have the opportunity to read different scales. You could have a look at different measuring apparatus at home with your child. For example, they could measure their weight, ingredients for cooking, the length of the table or a book and use a measuring jug in the bath to measure out different amounts. Next week we will also be consolidating our basic number facts, working on making 6 different three-digit numbers using only 3 figures. E.g. 5, 4 and 3 when rearranged could make 543, 534, 435, 453, 345, 354, etc. and working on our personal Maths targets.

Next week will also include a lot of IPC related learning. We will continue to research different types of famous clowns and share our findings with our friends. Using this knowledge and a mask template, the children will experiment and design a variety of face make-up for clowns. They will then have the opportunity to paint their favourite design onto a real mask. We will also continue with our bean bags. Thank you so much for your help this week. If you would like to come in and help after lunch on any day (not Fridays as there is Assembly) please do! We will also start to think about the Big Top and will begin to plan a Science experiment to see which material would be best to make a circus tent from and why.

Snakes

We were very busy completing our Sei Young Kim art competition entries this week. There were some lovely ideas using symmetry in the natural world. Our picture shows Dong Min’s turtle shell and Henry’s snakeskin.

I would very much appreciate your support this week. The children have made one of three bean-bags at school. You can see how intense the sewing was as Zi Rui does his stitching. They have come home with one already sewn and the pieces required for two more. Could you please help them… sew for them…get them professionally finished (!) the three bean bags? Fill them with dried peas or lentils. The skill they want to learn is juggling (not sewing) and I would like them to have them available to juggle with as soon as possible.  Some children have chosen to learn some acrobatic skills so might not have bean bags that need completing. Could you also please (if you have not already done so) supply your child with the wooden spoons needed for making our circus puppets as soon as possible?

Homework is on the Year 2 website this week. It requires (supervised) access to a you-tube video and some writing on a worksheet going home over the weekend. There is also a link to a circus website where the children can explore games and find information about the circus safely.

I was so pleased with the Guided Reading again last week. The children’s imaginations have suddenly shone through. They were able to make pictures in their heads and find the words and phrases used in the texts that allowed them to visualise characters and places. We will continue to look for words and phrases in text that helps us to visualise this week but will also be revisiting questioning and asking some; think more questions!

We are reading and analysing the work of Ian Whybrow. He writes the, Harry and his bucketful of Dinosaurs series of books. We will be thinking about the characters in the books, the adventures Harry goes on with his dinosaurs, the problems faced and overcome, the settings and the language used. This week I would like to look at the dialogue used in the stories and how it is shown.

In Mathematics we will continue to look at measurement. We looked at co-ordinates last week and their use in maps. In inquiry we will be finding out; 'How easy is it to move a circus?'. We know about the 24 hour man that goes ahead to plan for the arrival of the circus. We will be making our own circus maps and using co-ordinates to place things within the circus enclosure. Also, we will continue to look at measurement needed at the circus such as capacity, time, length, weight. We had a good few days last week looking at simple multiplication (grouping) and division (sharing) with multiples of 2. We will continue to reinforce this as well as doubling and halving.

'What is it like being a circus performer?' and 'How difficult is it moving a circus?', are the lines of inquiry we will be following this week. We still need to look at the forces used in some acts – pushing, pulling and balancing.

Mice

Next week for Literacy, the children will be continuing to look at the ‘Harry and His Bucketful of Dinosaurs’ series of books. They will continue to discuss the characters using interesting adjectives. And they will be encouraged to consider what the author is trying to convey through the pictures and texts. We will be revisiting the use of speech in speech bubbles and children will begin to retell one of the known stories read.

For Mathematics, we will be learning about estimating, comparing and measuring length, weight  and capacity using standard and non-standard units of measure. It will also be 100 days of school next week and the children will participate in a variety of activities related to this across Year 1 and 2.

For IPC, 2J Mice will be making a bean bag for the purpose of learning a circus skill (how to juggle). They will be looking at expressions of people in the audience as well as the performers. We will go onto learn about artists that have painted expressions as well as scenes of a circus. The children will also continue to work as a team to make a plan of a circus.

Ways to help at home: 

Here are some websites with ideas for 100 days of school:-

Pininterest has a plethora of ideas on every subject/craft/interst and here is one for 100 days -

http://www.pinterest.com/catalina550/100-days-crafts/

Again, Enchanted Learning is another useful website covering all types of celebrations and notable days -

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/themes/hundred.shtml

 

If you wish to explore some different authors with your child here is a good place to start -

http://www.childrenslaureate.org.uk/

Practice using capital letters and full stops as well as other exciting grammar games!

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/interactive/literacy2.htm

 

More from Woodlands but this time to practice all those maths skills -

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/numberskills.html

Stars of the week: 

 

 Danial – Thinker, for his excellent sentence work during whiteboard activities in the morning.

Caoimhe – Risk taker for taking on a really difficult piece for her art and succeeding brilliantly!

Knowledge -  Abbie’s reading has just been amazing recently. Her understanding of what she has read has been just as impressive.

Risk-taker - Nathan has suddenly put-it-all-together in Mathematics. He is tackling new challenges and problems with a lot more confidence.

Nathan Hill for being a Risk taker. He participated in the Music competition and was the youngest member there. It took courage and confidence to do this. Well done!
 Julia has been principled. She wrote a fantastic book review of one of the Harry and the Dinosaurs books at home.

Darren has been a thinker. He has been working extremely hard to understand and solve balancing problems in Mathematics.

 Sang June – Reflective – he has been working on his target of trying to use connectives to extend his sentences and has been working hard to articulate his thinking.

Emily – Balanced – for working hard in class on her writing and for being really creative and working independently on her artwork.

Term 2 Week 4

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Wed,29th Jan 2014 - Fri,7th Feb 2014

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We have had an excellent week in Year 2 with all the children enjoying the various activities for Word Week!

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Focus for Learning: 

 

This is what we are learning next week

Gruffalos

The Gruffaloes have really enjoyed Word Week this week and we have read lots and lots of books!

In Literacy we have been finding out all about our chosen author, Anthony Browne. The children worked in small groups reading and reviewing different Anthony Browne books. They also carried out independent research to find out more about him. They put all this information onto a large poster and then presented it to the class. We have also been doing a lot of reading and really enjoyed visiting the Year 1 Hedgehogs and reading some of our Anthony Browne books to them.

In Mathematics we have been working on word problems and deciding, from the language used, whether we should add or subtract. We highlighted the important parts of the word problem and then made sure to show our working out when finding the answer. We also reviewed 2D and 3D shapes and their properties by making ‘Wanted’ posters. We practised different skills such as doubles and halves, symmetry  and number facts independently.

In IPC we have designed our bean bags that we will make to try and practise juggling. We have also designed clown make up looking at the different expressions clowns may have and how their make-up differs according to what type of clown they are.

Next week in Literacy we will explore characterisation in  Anthony Browne’s books by gathering evidence from the text, interpreting information and responding imaginatively through drama activities. We will pose and answer questions about particular characters and look for evidence of change during the course of the story.

In Mathematics we will again focus on quick recall of the number facts to 10 and 20, describing and extending number sequences. We will also continue to look at word problems but this week use word problems with measure and money. The children will continue to review the past weeks previous learning through independent activities.

In IPC we will work on our bean bags and cut out pieces of material by pinning templates to the fabric to make sure the shape and size of the material is right. Then we will use fabric pens to create our designs. We will pin the  2 pieces of material together in preparation for sewing. We also hope to paint our clown masks from our designs. The children will look at whether it is ethical or right to use animals in the circus. We will debate, using a soapbox and Hyde Park Corner, what we think and try to come to a decision as a class using the different arguments. We will think about the animals in the circus and plot where they are from on a world map.

Foxes

This was a short but extremely busy week in the Foxes class.

The children have enjoyed all the activities that were planned for Word Week. Each day, they ‘dropped everything’ and read at an unexpected point following an announcement through the school’s public address system. It was great to see so many of the children remembering their ‘accessories’ including some very interesting glasses and hats.

On Wednesday, the reading picnic was a great success despite the poor weather. The children had an indoor picnic in the central area and enjoyed lounging with their snacks whilst enjoying a good book! Later on Wednesday the Foxes shared some stories with Miss Hamilton’s class from Year 5. It was great to see the children enjoying reading and sharing stories with older children from the school.

Our two visiting authors that came to BIS this week proved very popular. John Row visited the year group on Wednesday and did some very active and exciting story telling with the children. The Foxes were amazed to find out that Mr. Row used to be a circus ringmaster! This was an unexpected link to our circus IPC unit and it was great to speak to a real ringmaster about circus life. On Thursday, Nick Tokzek came to Year 2 and explored many poems with the children. After learning about poetry in class recently, the children were excited to join in and tell Mr. Tokzek a few of the poems they had learnt also.

Next week the children will be returning to a regular timetable. In Literacy, we are going to begin a new narrative unit called ‘Stories by the same author’. We will be learning that authors often write multiple books and that sometimes characters or themes reoccur within different books by the same author. We will begin our unit by reading some texts by Ian Whybrow and Adrian Reynolds called ‘Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs’. We will begin by learning a little about the main character in the stories, Harry, and comparing several texts to find the similarities and differences. 

In Maths next week we will be learning about the role of the equals sign (=) as balance. Children at this age understand that the equals sign means ‘the answer’, but it is an important skill to understand the role of equals to show balance within a calculation. We will begin by looking at calculations that are ‘backwards’ from the way children are used to viewing them. For example, 10 = 5 + 5. We will then look more complicated calculations such as 5 + 5 = 2 + 8 and missing number problems such as 4 + ? = 9 + 1. This will provide a sensible opportunity to revisit the greater than and less than symbols. We will find out, for example, that 10 + 10 < 20 + 20 or that 10 + 5 > 1 + 5. These are tricky concepts, but the children are more than ready for the challenge!

In IPC we will continue our scientific focus next week learning about materials. We will be considering what material is the most effective for a circus tent and will be designing and making a juggling ball. The materials used for either product will make interesting points of comparison. Should we use the same material for both items? If not, why? Ask your child what they have found out about materials by the end of the week.

Owls

We have had an excellent week and the children have really enjoyed Word Week!

We have enjoyed DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) and have liked wearing glasses, socks and dressing up as our favourite book characters. The children have shared books with their peers and on Wednesday we joined the Year 1 Bear Class to share some stories. The children have all recommended a book they loved reading by putting a special bookmark into a book in the Library. The children are looking forward to finding some of these book marks themselves when they next select a book.

 In Literacy the children have worked in partners to produce and present a poster about a Julia Donaldson book they have read giving information about the author, the characters, setting and events that are in the book encouraging others to read it.

 In Maths we have continued some work on symmetry in relation to shapes, patterns and pictures. We have also been revisiting number bonds, quick recall of number facts and working on word problems involving money and measure. The children are finding these tricky so we will continue to work on these next week too.

In IPC the children have enjoyed our beanbag project and they have designed what they will make. We then thought about how we could make the beanbags and have cut out pieces of material by pinning templates to the fabric to make sure the shape and size of the material is right. The children have used fabric pens to create their impressive designs. They have then pinned their 2 pieces of material together in preparation for sewing.

 On Tuesday afternoon this week we welcomed 2 students from Sekola Bisa. Lipa and Lalita will join us now on Tuesday afternoons and will enjoy activities that we are doing in class. The Owls have been very welcoming and we are looking forward to getting to know Lipa and Lalita better in the future.

 Next week in Maths, as well as working on word problems, we will be describing and sorting 2D and 3D shapes using appropriate vocabulary. For example, straight or curved sides, corners, right angles and for 3D shapes flat or curved faces, edges and vertices. We will make 3D shapes from different materials and writing clues using the vocabulary to help people to identify what the shapes are. We will also be looking at how to sort shapes depending on their properties. Our number work will focus on mental recall of basic number facts and using our knowledge of place value to add multiples of 10. For example if I know 2 + 5 = 7, I know 20 + 50 = 70 etc.

 In Literacy we will be using ‘The Gruffalo’ as our inspiration to create our own fictional monster. Some children may have other ideas and might want to base their ideas on a different Julia Donaldson book that they would like to use instead, which will be encouraged. We will then begin to plan a story about the character we have created and the adventure they go on following the pattern of one of the books by Julia Donaldson.

 In IPC the children will be learning simple sewing skills. To complete their beanbags. They will be given the opportunity to try to thread a needle, experiment with different types of stitches and learn to pin material in place. We will also be looking in more detail about the treatment of animals in the circus.

 Next Monday 3rd February, the children will have the opportunity to create their independent Artwork for the Sei Young Kim Art Competition. The children should have planned their artwork based on the theme – Our Natural World. If your child needs anything special for this piece of art work they must bring it into school on Monday or before. Many thanks for your support with this project.

Mice

This week was not only Word Week but also a four day week

2J Mice have thoroughly enjoyed bringing in different items for DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) sessions. They also had the opportunity to buy books from the Book Fair. We had two authors (John ros and Nick Toczek) visit us in our Year 2 pod and 2J Mice thoroughly enjoyed listening to stories and poems written by the author.

Within our class, the children completed their Circus poems and performed it in front of a Year 1 class during a buddy reading session. They included rhythm and musical notes as well as actions to enhance their poems. Furthermore, the children worked in their groups to present their work beautifully. Some children even began to use Microsoft Word to enhance their poems, using different fonts and colour.

For Literacy next week, we will be moving onto a new topic which is focussing on different stories by the same author. We will be reading Ian Whybrow and find out more information about his life and works. 2J Mice will be encouraged to compare his stories, then look at the similarities and differences and also discuss his writing style.

For Mathematics, we focussed on mathematical languages that are used in word problems and how these words can help us to work out the correct calculation to be used. The children went on to create their own word problems using the key math words identified. 

Next week we will be revisiting 2D and 3D shape, focussing a lot more on the properties of the shapes and describing them using mathematical vocabulary.

For IPC, we have planned our material investigation as a group and are beginning to carry them out. We learned about the role of a Ringmaster and were fortunate enough to ask a ringmaster (John Row in his previous line of work) some questions!

Next week we will be learning more about ‘What makes the Circus a special pace?’ as well looking at the layout of a circus.

Website this week:

http://www.ictgames.com/funkymum20.html

This week was not only Word Week but also a four day week

Snakes

 Thank you for making sure your child came to school with eyewear, hats and odd socks last week. The assembly was brilliant. Thanks for preparing the children’s hair for their song. It is wonderful that the children can get the opportunity to express themselves in front of an audience. Some shrink while others shine. Thank you to those parents who made the journey to school last Thursday afternoon. The children have written some excellent poetry over the last few weeks, as well as learning silly verses to perform out loud, and it was a good opportunity for some to share.

Your child will be coming home with some unusual reading material. You will notice that there are no pictures to support the text. The children were asked to create illustrations to go along with the text. Please get them to read the text to you and say why they put each illustration on each page. Also, you might want to ask them what words and phrases they highlighted as being key words that helped them to make pictures in their heads. We will continue to look at visualisation this week in Guided Reading. I hope you are seeing a change in your child’s reading and notice they are reading many more high frequency words on sight. This allows them to tackle unfamiliar words with more confidence. I have noticed a remarkable change in some of the children’s handwriting recently and we will continue to work our way through the cursive order of letters. In literacy we will be looking at the work of a specific children’s author and begin to pick out language, characters, settings and story patterns that are shared in the books. We will be thinking about characters and settings, with the expectation of writing a similar story of our own.

In Mathematics the children are becoming much more confident at taking away. We will be looking at word problems this week that require a few operations. We will also be measuring using metres and centimetres (circus show ground size required, length of circus equipment illustrated, for example) and sorting objects and information using diagrams.

Last week we looked at circus slang. Words circus performers use all the time. We also looked at individual circus performers and thought about what it would be like to be them. We will continue to research performers, old and new, and think about the forces used during some of the acts. We have finished testing what was the most suitable material to use to make a circus tent and we would like to think about, and plan a working model of a clown’s squirting flower, a human cannonball or a balancing trapeze artist!

We will be making our wooden spoon puppets this week to use in front of our splendid circus collages and continuing our art competition entries in earnest.

Ways to help at home: 
Stars of the week: 

 

 Riddhima – for excellent research and presentation skills when finding out about Anthony Browne.

Benjamin – has been an all-round star this week in literacy and mathematics!

 Henry gets star of the week for having a great suggestion (a crocodile comes out of the lake) that added to a story being created by John Row (one of our guest authors for Word Week)

Inaara was very much involved in sorting out the circus slang words last week and contributed well to her group’s discussion and decision making.

 Aila, Fifi, Lauren and Kaira - The boingee boingee’s! They worked extremely well as a team to create and perform a wonderful nonsense poem about the circus using alliteration and rhythm. Well done!
 Ella – For thinking of a very original idea for her Sie Kim Young art competition. I am looking forward to seeing the final product.

Natasha – For working so hard in mathematics in the last few weeks. She has really thought carefully during sometimes difficult concepts.

Ahyun – for thinking carefully and for communicating her ideas.

Gavin – for being reflective. Gavin thought carefully about his Maths work was able to explain which parts he found difficult and what he did to overcome this.