Homework, due Wednesday, 3rd February, 2016

For last week’s homework, you researched some important figures in history. Next week we will be continuing to think about role models in PSHE. We will also be learning about how to be a journalist in English. So for your homework this week, we would like you to interview someone in your family who you consider to be a role model. You will need to write the questions you want to ask them and then collect their answers. Think about a variety of questions you could ask them so that you and the reader can get to know your role model really well.

 

Maths: Choose some 2 digit numbers and make your own subtraction number sentences ie) 25 – 17 =. Can you solve your number sentences showing your method of working out the answer? Are there any that you couldn’t solve ie) 23 – 41 = ? Can you explain why you could not solve it? Remember the different methods we have learnt in class – partitioning, blank numberline, column, etc.

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Homework due, Wednesday, 27th January, 2016

We have a whole school homework this week to help us make a very important decision!
Do you remember when we asked you to submit potential names for all of our houses before the holidays? Well, now the time has come to put your suggestions to use!

Firstly, we’d like to thank everybody across the Federation for submitting such brilliant and thoughtful suggestions, there are some really inspirational people among these names.

Now, we’ve spent weeks poring over the many many submissions you have all made, and we’ve had to whittle down the list by only choosing the most popular suggestions. We’ve also taken out any of our previous house names, as we think it’s time for a change.

So, on to this week’s homework!  Below, you’ll see a list of five names for each house colour (red, green, blue and yellow). Your homework this week will be to research the person who you know least about in your own house’s list.

For example, if I was in the red house, and I know lots and lots about Martin Luther King Jr, but not too much about Emmeline Pankhurst, I would do my homework on Emmeline Pankhurst.

The key is to find as many interesting facts about that person as possible. One for Emmeline Pankhurst might be that she was arrested over seven times whilst campaigning for women’s rights.

Once you’ve got all of the information, we will be setting up a poll on the blog so you can vote for your favourites! Look out for this next week!

There are links to these people on the main Heavers Farm blog.  You could post your comments there this week, and the whole school will see your research!

BLUE

Michael Jordan
Usain Bolt
David Beckham
Steph Houghton
Jessica Ennis-Hill
RED

Rosa Parks
Martin Luther King Jr
Malala
Emmeline Pankhurst
Aretha Franklin
GREEN

Roald Dahl
David Attenborough
JK Rowling
Jacqueline Wilson
Benjamin Zephaniah
YELLOW

Marie Curie
Isaac Newton
Helen Sharman
Stephen Hawking
Alan Turing

Healthy Eating

Today, in science, we were learning about food groups.  We learned that we need to eat a balance, and variety of food.  The food groups we explored were:

  • fruit and vegetables
  • bread, rice, potatoes and pasta
  • eggs, beans, fish or meat
  • milk and dairy foods
  • food and drink that are high in fat and sugar

The children were able to tell me that most of our food should come from the first two groups.  Do you eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day?  Did you know that it is also important to eat lots of bread, other cereals and potatoes?

We found that we should eat 2 to 3 foods from the dairy group, and a similar amount of food from the protein group (pulses, beans, eggs, fish or meat).

We also learned that we only need to eat a very small amount of food that is high in sugar or fat.

We decided to make our own balanced meals, making sure that we included the correct amount of food types on our plates.  You could have fun doing the same online, by playing this game:

Can you make a balanced meal?

Here are some pictures of us making ours…

 

 

Reading Workshops

Reading-BooksDear Parents and Carers,

Just a reminder that the first of our Year 2 reading workshops will take place on Monday, at 9am in Zircon class.  It will last around 30 minutes.  There will be an opportunity to find out more about the coloured book banding system we use and to discuss different ways to support the children in their reading.

I am very much looking forward to seeing you then.

The other Year 2 classes will hold their workshops on the following dates:

  • Topaz Class: Wednesday 13th January 9am
  • Citrine Class: Thursday 14th January 9am
  • Amber Class: Friday 15th January 9am

Best wishes,

Mrs Millican

Homework, due Wednesday, 13th January, 2016

 

We are beginning to work with larger numbers and we would like the children to do a bit of bus spotting. Can they find the numbers of the buses that run near to their houses, and see what they can do with them?

They could add, subtract, partition… whatever they like, BUT, they must explain what they have done in a poster, on the blog, or in their homework books. Have fun and be creative!

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English: On the blog there are some spellings. Please practise these, so that the children can spell them accurately in their work.

The words on the blog this week are every, everybody, even, great, break, steak, pretty, beautiful, after, fast and last.

Investigating in science…

 

Our science topic this term is ‘Animals, including Humans’.  We are exploring food chains, and finding out about the basic needs of animals for survival, including diet.

Owls are unable to digest the fur and bone of their prey, which they usually swallow whole. The indigestible parts are regurgitated (coughed up through the beak) in the form of an owl pellet.

imageWe carried out an investigation today, dissecting owl pellets to find out more about owls’ diets, recording what we observed and what we found.  The children were free to carry out their investigation in their own way.  They not only worked incredibly sensibly and carefully, but they also chose to work scientifically, using rulers to measure the dimensions of the owl pellet, and taking careful notes of what they observed before they started dissecting.

They had to work incredibly carefully as  many of the bones they found were delicate.  Cocktail sticks were used to gently tease out the contents of the pellet so that they could be examined.

When they dissected, they worked as a team, observing what they found, discussing it each other, and explaining their findings to the adults in the room.  Some children chose to make a written record of their findings, others chose to catalogue the bones that they found.  Everyone photographed their findings.

I was impressed, not only by the respectful way the children worked with each other, but by the careful observations they made, the questions they asked of each other, and they way they used their observations to try to answer the questions.  Most of all, I was impressed by the systematic way that they worked and recorded their information.

Great work, Zircon class, I have a room full of natural scientists!

 

Happy New Year

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Happy New Year to everyone in Year 2!  We are going to have a really exciting term, and we are all very much looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday.   I can’t wait to see your homework, and find out which London landmarks and people you chose to research.

There are two new pages at the top of the blog, one is for spelling challenges and the second is all about number bonds.  I’d love to know how you get on with the number bond game!  These pages will be edited regularly to give you new challenges, so do keep checking them!

 

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In English this half term we are going to return to narratives, looking at traditional stories.  We will be looking for the children to write increasingly accurate, grammatically correct, sentences (focus on those capital letters and full stops!).  We will also be challenging the children to check their own work for errors, including spelling mistakes, and to correct these as they work.  

 

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Place value song

Number bond song

This term will see us return to focus on Number in Mathematics.  A good grasp of number bonds will help the children with their learning.  We will also be reviewing partitioning – understanding that 23 is the same as 20 + 3, and can be described as two 10s and three units.  We will use all of this information to help us work with larger numbers.