Year 2 Latest News – Autumn 1 Week 7

This week, we have been developing our instructional writing skills by writing instructions for how to catch our own mixed-up animals. Once these were written, we learnt how to edit our writing to improve it. We made sure we included imperative verbs and time connectives which are needed when writing instructions. We also checked our use of capital letters, full stops and phonic sounds.

In maths, we have been making sure to ‘think 10’ when adding and subtracting. This meant that we had to rebalance the number sentences to help us reach the answer. For example, 9 + 5 becomes 10 + 4 which is then simpler to work out. To aid our understanding, we visualised the rebalancing on bead strings.

In Science, we deepened our understanding of animals and living things by investigating life cycles. We were introduced to the simple life cycle that all living things follow. In this cycle there are three stages: they are born (birthed or hatched), they are young and they are adults. We then focused on a butterfly life cycle by making our own in small groups.

In art, we had the opportunity to make our own sculptures out of junk modelling materials. These sculptures were inspired by Andy Goldsworthy and the sculptures around our school.

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Reception Latest News- Summer 2 Week 4

This week the children have all enjoyed their first woodwork sessions. First they explored the safety aspects of woodwork including the importance of safety goggles and safe use of tools. They used a variety of different size and thickness of balsa wood, different sized nails and a variety of mixed media such as bottle tops, corks and beads for their creations. They also learned how to use a Japanese saw safely with an adult. The children had lots of fun exploring and we were very impressed with their creations.

Year 2 Latest News – Summer 2 Week 4

This week in maths, we learnt about patterns. We had to identify patterns but also create patterns ourselves. We noticed that a pattern could be made in lots of different ways. For example, you could make a one by alternating two types of shape or by changing the colour of just one shape.

Year 2 Latest News – Summer 2 Week 3

This week, on Friday we celebrated World Music Day, we used our music garden to create a soundscape of the Great Fire of London. We created an atmosphere of the story being told about the Great Fire of London by starting background noises, sound effects and musical instruments that sounded like what had happened.