Y2 – Barn Owls
WOW! Already this year is flying by and before long we will be saying a fond farewell to year 2. I hope you enjoyed Easter and all the fun and chocolate that comes with it.
This is going to be a very busy term but lots of fun too! Here is a preview of some of the great learning Barn Owls will be mastering.
Firstly, we will learn the signs and terminology for multiplication and division and how we can apply these. We will then use these skills to solve word problems. Later we will practise subtraction - counting up and back and start using formal methods to calculate. We will then continue to develop our partitioning skills to add 2 digit numbers. In this term we will also be given an opportunity to show off all that we have learnt during our time in key stage one. Data and mass will then be studied - drawing block graphs, understanding and interpreting data eg tables, tallies, Venn diagrams, pictograms. This will be linked to our Science on plants. Finally, we will revisit different areas so as to show Mrs Green what great mathematicians we are! Throughout the term, we will continue to practise our times tables and learn 2,5,10 times tables by heart and begin to become confident with our 3s.
To start with we will continue our micro-habitat work. We will research an insect of our choice and write a letter explaining why we prefer to live in that habitat. Our non-fiction work will continue with plants where we will be designing and writing our own seed packets. We will then link our fiction work to Geography where we will be reading lots of different fables from Australia. We will continue to work on specific targets to improve our writing. Spelling will be a key focus this term. We will be learning new spelling rules and applying these in our writing. Science
Our next Science topic is Plants. We will explore different types of plant and use our observation skills to describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants. We will use our investigation skills to find out how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy. We will then move on to finding out how humans stay healthy through exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene.
This term our topic will take us on a journey where we will explore the history of Great Milton. Along the way we will look at the different buildings and how they have changed over time and the facilities for the community.
In Geography we will be learning about the country Australia and finding out about key physical features including the ocean, vegetation, weather and landscape. Later in the term we will focus on our orienteering and map skills which we will apply during our visit to the Peers centre.
The children will learn about the church - the building itself and the people. They will learn about the features of a church and hopefully will visit St Mary’s Church in Great Milton.
Our DT will be linked to nature. During our visit to the Peers centre we will be building our own plant sculptures. Details of this visit will be sent out later in the term.
In Music we will be learning different songs that we will hopefully share with you later in the term. The songs will be linked to our science and how bees are important to them.
During the term, the children will take part in Athletics activities including learning skills in running, jumping, throwing and catching. They will also be developing balance, agility and coordination. Please make sure your child has the correct outdoor PE Kit in school on a Monday and as the weather gets warmer, the children are expected to have a water bottle and sun hat too.
This term we are studying the artist LS Lowry and learning how to draw pictures of the playground in his style.
This term we will become researchers and use our knowledge to present our findings in a powerpoint. We will use technology to create, organise, store and retrieve digital content. We will also learn to use technology safely and know where to go to get help.
Showing Amazing Talent
As you already know the children in year 2 have the opportunity to show off all their learning and understanding in Reading and Maths. These national assessments will be approached sensitively in a friendly, non threatening way in small groups and with lots of breaks! Please ensure that your child attends school the week commencing Monday 20th May. The assessments will take place over the week so early nights, plenty of sleep and good breakfasts would be ideal!
Please keep coming back to our class page and see what we have been up to.
See you soon
Mrs Green, class teacher,
Miss B, teaching assistant
and all the Barn Owls.
Barn Owls Sharing Assembly - Friday 14th June
We are looking forward to sharing some of our learning with you in our celebration assembly.
Barn Owls Cake Sale - Friday 21st June
We would really appreciate your donations of nut free cakes to help us raise money for our class and don't forget your 20p if you want to buy one.
Something has been happening in our classroom this week.
Read on to find out more...
We came in to find glitter and dead roses on a table and holly on our interactive whiteboard. In our vase were glittery, golden, flower decorations and an elf sat next to Mr Barn Owl. When we looked closer we found a letter from him. We all wrote a letter back to him after we found the answers to his questions.
On Tuesday, we found an advent calendar hanging in our window and Elf was sat on a tub of sweets. He had left us another letter explaining how our advent calendar worked. He also set us the challenge to find out the meaning of advent.
On Wednesday, we found Felix, the elf, curled up on a cushion fast asleep surrounded by our English books. He had used some of our felt tip pens to write us a letter. The challenge for us today was to show him how to write neatly. As a class, we wrote a letter explaining how the different letters are formed and how we write neatly. We then copied the letter out showing Felix our beautiful, neatly joined handwriting.
On Thursday, we found Felix and Mr Barn Owl sat around a Christmas tree.
On Friday, Felix was tucked inside a house. His house did not have a roof so we thought about the materials in our classroom and what he could use. We knew it did not need to be waterproof because it doesn't rain in our classroom.
Take a look at some of the photographs.
We can't wait to see how we can help him next week.
National Smile Day - Friday 5th October 2018
Barn Owl's class discussed how we look after our teeth and what makes us smile. During the week we have been writing about what makes a good friend and how we can help people, so we decided to colour a butterfly and write on it what makes us smile. Before lunch we all stood in a circle, around the tree near the path to the playground, and took turns to read ours out. Mrs Green then attached our butterflies to the tree.
We were full of smiles when we saw the other children reading our butterflies and smiling too!
National Poetry Day - 4th October
The Barn Owls have been writing their own 'Recipe for a Friend' poem.
Here are some of the lines the children have written:
A Recipe For a Friend
A litre of happiness,
A 1000 jugs of love,
A cup of hugs.
A bag of laughter,
A bowl of hope,
3 splashes of respect,
A pinch of helpfulness
First add splashes of respect into a pan.
Then add love, hugs and laughter.
Stir it up.
Finally add happiness, hope and helpfulness.
Mix it altogether and enjoy time with your friend..
Poetry Patrol Competition
To celebrate National poetry Day this year, Great Milton would like all children to enter a poetry competition run by Young Writers.
This week the children will be bringing home an entry form to plan and write their poem. There are some Top Tips for writing a poem on the Young Writer's website - www.youngwriters.co.uk. Click on Poetry Patrol KS1, Then scroll down to Writing Tips.
The homework hand in day will be extended until next Friday, giving children time to write their poems.
If of course your child would rather not enter their poem then just let me know.
In English we are learning how adjectives tell our reader more about the character/object (noun). To celebrate harvest time we chose different fruits and vegetables and applied adjectives to describe them. We also learnt that a comma is needed to separate our adjectives. We then followed instructions to make a basket and coloured in our fruit and vegetables to place in them. On the back of each one we wrote the line from our poem.
Here is our class Harvest Poem:
In my basket I have . . .
One yellow, bendy banana
Four roasted, sweet, red peppers
A dark green, crunchy, bumpy broccoli
Three yellow, juicy, sour lemons
One gigantic, orange pumpkin
Six mouthwatering, ripe strawberries
And two crunchy, bright orange carrots.
Take a look below at our baskets.