Welcome to Class 2.
Autumn Term 2018
This term we have been learning all about our new topic Land Ahoy. We have enjoyed an exciting first day dressing up as pirates and completing a number of pirate challenges arghhhhhh. We were very lucky to be able to have a visit to The Deep where we were able to learn about different animals that live under the sea and their habitats. We have also developed our literacy skills by writing non fiction fact books about sea animals including eels, sea turtles and sharks. Our writing has also included seaside poems and a non fiction piece about Grace Darling.
Enterprise, Science and design Technology
As part of our science and design technology, we were faced with a challenge to design a boat. We had to think carefully about what materials we would use and why. To help us decide we tested and learned about a number of different materials and their properties by seeing which materials were able to float and sink in our science investigation area. We then used this to inform our ideas when designing the boat.
In Numeracy our learning has included using our knowledge of place value counting forwards and backwards and representing numbers to 20. We have been practising to add and subtract a single digit from a teen number. We have also explored finding 1 more and 1 less. Don't forget to keep practising!
Integrated and Enhanced learning
Throughout the different areas this term, we have been exploring a number of Land Ahoy themed areas including a phonics pirate challenge, a RNIL number rescue challenge and an under the sea descriptive writing challenge. Our tasks have included learning to write descriptive sentences and making sure we remember all the non-negotiables (finger spaces, capital letters and full stops). In the numeracy area we have been ordering numbers and practising counting forwards and backwards from any given number. In the art area we have painted some fabulous seaside scenes in the style of the famous artist Trudy Kepke. Thinking about how we use colour, pattern and shape.
Take a look at our learning so far.
In addition to all this wonderful learning we have also had a special visitor to teach us all about healthy eating. We were set challenges to learn all about the different food groups. This has helped us to understand what a healthy balanced diet looks like and to know about good foods we need to eat and other foods we may need to eat less often.
Our Integrated areas are all about Space. We have really enjoyed using the space station to hunt for aliens and solve the number sentences. We used our skills from the autumn term to help us to find the answers.
Space Vehicle Designs
In our Numeracy learning we have been using our knowledge of place value to add and subtract a single digit from a teen number. We have been taking our learning further by finding the answer to missing number problems. Can you have a go at solving some at home?
15 - ? = 13
12 + ? = 18
14 + ? = 16
How can you use what you know about addition and subtraction to help you?
We have displayed some of our learning from the autumn term in our classroom. We are very proud of our learning and of what we have achieved during the autumn term.
This term our learning is based upon a variety of DreamWorks animations. So far we have used Shrek and Madagascar to help us with our learning. Our classroom displays show some of the learning we did in transition. We are very proud of our achievements.
We used our art skills to paint different characters from Shrek. We tried really hard to mix thick paint and add detail to our paintings.
Shrek helped set us some numeracy challenges. We have been learning that numbers can be represented in different ways.
In our Enhanced learning we have been using the DreamWorks animations to explore different areas.
We have been dressing up as characters from Shrek and pretending to live in Shrek's swamp. As part of our literacy learning we have been writing descriptions of the characters that we have spotted in the swamp.
The Shark Tale gang asked us to order the characters by looking at the numerals on their friends. We ordered them from the lowest to the highest value. We had to use our reflection skills to check they were in the right order.
At the start of the term we were introduced to our topic by explorers who left their rucksack in our classroom. By using our detective skills we worked out some of the amazing places they had visited.
We used our critical and creative skills to design, make and promote a vehicle that could potentially transport the explorers around the world.
This term we are going to be exploring the world and discovering places we never knew existed. We are going to look at a range of different environments and the weird and wonderful animals that live there. We are also going to learn about the different landmarks and architecture that helps to make our world such an interesting place to live and explore.
So far we have visited the Amazon Rainforest and The Coral Reef to help us with our phonics and our numeracy learning.
We are learning to look closely at the pyramids in Egypt and we are using our creative skills to re-create them in clay. We are trying hard to use the pinch and push technique to get the correct shape and we are using the tools to add the detail. We are needing a lot of resilience whilst making our clay models.
This term our topic has been Disney. So far we have explored a number of Disney characters and even researched facts and information about Walt Disney himself. As part of our enterprise learning we developed a design brief to create a new toy and worked hard on developing our communication and presentation skills in order to pitch and persuade an audience to buy our toy. Take a look at some of our learning.
Autumn Term - Time Travel!
We have been learning all about different time periods, including Ancient Egypt, The Prehistoric Era and The Victorians.
Is there are part of history you wish you could travel back to?
This week we have been learning about Victorian jobs. We learned what is was like to be a chimney sweep and a cook in Victorian times.
Can you write some facts? Remember to include all the non-negotiables for writing!
In Numeracy this week we have been practising addition and subtraction using mental strategies. We have been counting on or back to find the answer.
We had to put the first number in our head and the second number on our fingers.
If we had a subtraction number sentence we had to count backwards and if it was an addition number sentence we had to count forwards.
Why not have a go at home!