Year 2 Latest News – Spring 2 Week 3

This week we started a new focus in English. This topic is about understanding, planning and writing stories using emotion. Our learning is based on the book ‘The Invisible’. Each lesson we read a few pages of the story and thought about how the main character, Isabel, was feeling. We plotted these feelings on an emotion graph which displays how Isabel’s emotions change throughout the book. When it came to writing we were asked to use the method ‘show, don’t tell’. This meant we needed to make suggestions through our description instead of just stating what was happening. For example, “Isabel looked at the ground, shoulders hunched” suggests that she is sad.

In maths, we began our learning on multiplication. This learning started with us practising counting in 2s, 5s and 10s using a bead string. We moved on to visualising groups of numbers using pictorial representations and notating these using repeated addition and multiplications. By the end of the week, we had started to explore arrays. We will continue to investigate multiplication next week.

We also continued our DT learning on wheels and axles. This term we will have the opportunity to make our own vehicle. To help us with this, we spent this week’s lesson designing our vehicle. We had to think about what materials were required and whether our vehicle would have a purpose.

On Thursday, we enjoyed carrying out a scientific inquiry. We were tasked to help a dragon choose a suitable material for the roof of his den. The roof needed to be waterproof so we predicted which material was going to keep the most water out. We built the dragon’s den and tested each material by pouring water on the roof. We discovered how important it was for the roof not only to be waterproof but also secure.

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Nursery Latest News – Spring 2 Week 5

With spring on its way, we have been looking out for signs of spring. In our nursery garden we have started to see flowers blooming and even a bumble bee came to see us. We learnt about how flowers grow and what they need to grow. On Tuesday we had went up to the hall to listen about Alice Hemming’s book The Leaf Thief.