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Ash Archive 2020

Ash Class

Welcome to Year 2!

Our Teacher is Mr Noonan. Our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Palmer.

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This week we are learning to…

Week Beginning: 19th October 2020

Maths: Adding and Subtracting. 
English: Big Writing.
Phonics: Recapping the reading and spelling of phase 5 sounds. 
Science: Food Chains

Look at what we did this week…

Week Commencing: 19th October 2020

Forest Schools

We had a great first week in our Forest School sessions. Can you tell we all like mud?

English

In preparation for our Big Write this week, we watched a visual clip called ‘Bubbles’. The children spent some time discussing the story, the meaning and what happened. We used time adverbials first, next, then, finally to help describe in a systematic order. To help explore our vocabulary, we acted out the video again whilst Mr N provided sentences that related to the story. We had some fantastic acting!

PE

Tom gave us a fantastic lesson on Tuesday for our fundamental skills! This included all sorts of skills to practice and apply taught skills including curling and archery!

Art

Planets have been cut and completed. Just look at how cool they look!

Science

Our final part of our topic this term involved food chains. We had some good fun pairing up the producers, consumers and prey/predators to see who ate what. We acknowledged it was an essential part of our life for all living things’ nutrition.

Week Commencing: 12th October 2020

English

We’ve had a busy week in our English learning. We closed our topic on ‘The Darkest Dark’ and spent the rest of that week exploring the sentence types and applying them to pictures from the story. We also looked at common and proper nouns, identifying them and sorting them.

Maths

We recapped more addition and subtraction this week. Ash were really confident on their adding and subtracting of 10s as well as 10 more and 10 less. We’re really pleased as this is quite an essential skill as we approach larger subtraction sentences. We used a few practical aids to help us along the way.

PE

More skill building and vertical jumping assault courses this week. We really focused on the skills needed, our posture and how we can apply this approach to other methods.

History

To finalise our learning on Neil Armstrong, we turned the classroom into space!

Week Commencing: 5th October 2020

English

It’s been really great to see how Ash’s writing confidence has improved. This week, we planned and wrote our own version of Chris’ dream from the Darkest Dark. I was really impressed by the use of adjectives, expanded noun phrases and conjunctions to extend their ideas and sentences.

Maths

Quite a tricky week in Maths! This week we explored the inverse method which requires the children to write the number sentence in reverse but also with the opposite operation. We also looked at comparing number sentences where there was a missing number and we had to solve it. A very complex week but great stickability.

History

This week we explored the first man on the moon… Neil Armstrong himself. We got round to writing a diary entry themed on our interpretation of his landing. Just take a look!

Harvest Baking

We made some apple and cinnamon flapjacks to celebrate Harvest!

Art

And the planets are complete, with added glitter of course!

PE

We explored jumping and how to extend our jumps through different techniques and skills.

Look at what we did this week…

Week Commencing: 28th September 2020

English

Another busy week! This week we took a turn into our new text of ‘The Darkest Dark’. We only read up to a certain part of the story, but have looked at this in depth. So far, we have explored the differences in Chris’ moods and emotions but have found synonyms for how we could improve this word rather than having ‘happy’ or ‘sad’. The children used their own knowledge of words, the synonym shade cards and some thesauruses. We later moved onto conjunctions and how these can be applied into sentences. We looked at coordinating: and, but, or – as well as subordinating: when, if, that, because. Great work!

Maths

We finished our first unit in Maths this week by counting in our 2s, 5s, 10s and 3s! Lots of recapping of prior learning as well as some new. I’m really proud of the mathematical talent in here!

PSHE

We participated in the ‘Big Anti Bullying Assembly 2020’ and have all pledged to put an end to bullying.

PE

Tom continued his learning of fundamental ball skills and later on in the week we participated in a cross country themed activity where each child had to run around the field 4 times. Lots of tired children by the end!

Art

Our planets have received their first coat of paint! They’re looking pretty awesome!!

Science

We used the iPads to explore some World Habitats this week. The children chose to research the Ocean, the Desert and the Rainforest. 

Collective Worship

This week the Vicar even held a virtual collective worship!

Look at what we did this week…

Week Commencing: 21st September 2020

English

This week has been awesome for English. We have finished the much anticipated unit of Beegu with the children recreating their own version of the story. I was so impressed throughout their planning and application. The use of their expanded noun phrases and sentence structures were phenomenal and they all made me very proud.

Maths

Some complex learning in our Maths this week. We have been looking at how place value is represented in a range of different visuals such as the part-whole model and the ‘place value charts’ which the children agreed were so much better! We later looked at comparing both objects and numbers as well as ordering numbers up to 100.

Art

Our papier mache part is complete! Now just the wait to find out what they finished dried product is like.

PE

We continued our theme of athletics but this week we moved on to looking at the skills involved in running and application rather than our speed and strides. They were really motivated, despite the rain!

History

Alas, our learning on Columbus is nearing its end. We have done a lot of knowledge absorbing and the children have been so fantastic at recalling their facts. This week, we created some ‘True or False’ questions about Columbus based on our own knowledge. We had great fun challenging each other as well as Mrs Bolton!

Collective Worship

We had our collective worship via zoom with Mrs Lamb!

Week Commencing: 14th September 2020

English

A successful week in our English! Unfortunately, Beegu went missing this week. She just disappeared without a trace and we didn’t know where she had gone. Fortunately, she later appeared and told only Mrs Palmer about what she did and where she went. This meant only one thing: detective interview time! We wrote a large range of questions we wanted to ask Beegu to see if she would tell us. We then stood up one-by-one and interviewed her with our own microphones but practiced on each other first.

The later part of the week showed us that Beegu wants to return home to her original planet but she’s not quite sure if she wants to come back. We’re all desperate to see Beegu again and so we have been planning and writing letters/postcards to invite her back to stay with us and all the things we would do.

Maths

A very busy week in Maths! We’re still working towards our unit of place value and have been looking at ways of representing numbers and looking at them in tens and ones. One of our most challenging areas was how to represent the same number 3 times, but with different amounts of tens and ones. This took some work, but we all grew a lot more confident the more we approached the learning.

PE

We continued to explore circuits of fundamental skills with Mr Bigg and in Mr N’s lesson we explored techniques for running by using hurdles, ladders and cones to develop our high knees, pace and strides.

Science

This week we created our own local school habitat! We visited areas in the school and identified what it looked like before identifying what was living, dead or never alive. When we returned, we began creating our own through the use of Art and intricate details. We were all able to specify what was living, dead or never alive in our own creation.

History

We continued our learning of Columbus this week and in particular, his journey West in hope to find Asia. We explored the horrible lives the crew lived and the jobs they had to complete. We then turned this into diary entries which were AWESOME!

Week Commencing: 7th September 2020

Look at this year’s lovely cohort, all ready to board our mission to the topic of Explorers!

English

We have worked really hard this week in English. It’s taking us a bit of time to get back into the swing of writing, but small steps are happening and by Friday, we’d all done something fantastic. The children were introduced to Beegu this week and have spent the week applying adjectives and expanded noun phrases. We also applied these to sentences, planning our pieces out and executing them into sentences. We worked hard this week, but we all made it and I’m really proud.

Maths

This week, we’ve been very busy. We’ve been looking at place value and in particular, numbers as far as 50. We’ve refreshed our counting forwards and backwards techniques, spotted the mistakes and added more to reach a set number. Well done, Ash!

History

Ahoy crewmates! We explored Christopher Columbus and the differences between our era’s this week, but before we were able to do that, we had to have a little makeover. Meet Columbus’ new crew!

Art

Ash were so excited to start their 3D planet unit this week, but before the craft started, we had to make some plans first!

PE

Tom focused on some fundamental skills this week, whereas Mr N looked at running techniques and thinking about how to extend our speed and strides.

Week Commencing: 31st August 2020

Look at this year’s lovely cohort, all ready to board our mission to the topic of Explorers!

English

I have been so impressed with Ash Class and their return to school. They have come back with the best attitudes, ready for a year in Year 2. We completed our recount write alongside a phonics activity. The children know all about the different spelling patterns and variances that sounds make and had to identify all of the different sounds that sound the same but are represented differently. Look at the stunning co-operative team work that we have in this class!

Useful Links

Here you will find a useful website, should you be interested in finding more interesting texts for your children to read. You can browse by age so that you know they’re appropriate, as well as finding some above or beneath. Sharing stories with your children is such a powerful tool and can accelerate their reading, vocabulary, writing and general outlook.

https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/

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Additional Home Resources

Common Exception Words

Two or more syllable words

Common Suffix Endings

As part of Year 2 expectations, children should (by the end of the year) be able to read and write these words. Please find attached a copy for you to use at your leisure at home. We will be working towards these in our spelling sessions too.

Ash Class Presentation 2020

For any of you who weren’t able to make our session about Ash Class, please see the presentation available in a PDF above.