Miss Taylor and Mrs Shelton (Class Teachers)
Mrs Best (Support Staff)
Saturn class are looking forward to our Australia topic. We have already learned the names of the continents and oceans of the world, before we move on to identify key features of Australia. In particular, we are looking forward to our trip to Willows Farm later in the term. We will be exploring animal habitats and how each provides for the needs of different animals. In maths we are moving on to fractions and we will be recapping our written methods for all four operations. In English we are starting the term with instructional writing, followed by myths (creation stories).
What a fantastic spring term!
In English, we have been looking at the features of recounts. Writing in the first person and past tense, we used time connectives to recount what happened on our Fire of London Day. We also learnt about the diary of Samuel Pepys. We imagined ourselves as a resident of London and retold our own version of events, using a range of noun phrases to describe what we saw, heard and felt.
This half term, we have been busy exploring the story “On the Way Home,” by Jill Murphy, a story focusing on recurring language. In the story the main character Claire has hurt her knee so she sets off home to tell her mum all about it. But just how did it happen…? Was she dropped by a wolf, a slithering snake, an enormous dragon or a hairy gorilla? From this, the children really enjoyed writing their own animal riddles and creating their own version of the story making up some imaginative events of their own.
In spelling, we have been learning about the past tense and how verb endings (suffixes) are added to make this happen. See if your child can tell you about any of the rules they have learnt and any rule breakers!
Multiplication and Division
In maths, we have been learning about multiplication and division and have used visual models and concrete resources (arrays, bead strings and number lines) to support our calculations. Using arrays and working collaboratively, we explored the link between multiplication and division. We rearranged number cards to create two divisions and two multiplications to create fact families.
Starry, Starry Night
In Art, we have been mastering our painting skills. We looked at work by Vincent Van Gogh focusing on the painting Starry Night. Inspired by the brush strokes in his paintings we created our own fiery landscape paintings to represent the Fire of London.
In our computing lessons, we used Scratch to program our own characters to escape the Fire of London. We painted our own London background and created algorithms for our character to follow.
In our geography learning, we have been learning to recognise the human and physical features of settlements (town, village and city). We used maps and aerial photographs to name the countries of the U.K. and work out which are the capital cities and surrounding seas. Having researched some characteristics of one of the four countries, we created our own holiday poster.
In our R.E. learning, we took a trip to our local church to look at the different features of the church and how they are used in religious worship.
The children, parents and grandparents had a wonderful afternoon sharing and learning together in the classroom. They created Tudor houses which we joined together to make our own Tudor Street. We have enjoyed sharing and listening to each other’s home learning projects. It has been wonderful to share in the children’s passion for our topic learning.
This term, we had an exciting maths morning outside the classroom, when Harpenden’s wildlife officer Heidi Mansell came to work with us. We used the schools natural resources to practise our number facts, tally and order numbers. We also had great fun, creating our own number potion. We had to solve a range of different addition and subtraction challenges to locate the right quantity of ingredients.
The Great British Bread Bake
This term, our D&T was linked to our Fire of London topic. Saturn class worked really hard to think about what would make a successful bread roll and which flavour combinations would work well together. Next they made, shaped, baked and ate their delicious rolls!
Great Fire of London Day
We had a wonderful history workshop, learning why the fire happened, why it spread so far and its effects on the city and people. Through a combination of role play, and hands on activities we took on the role of workers and residents of London on Monday 3rd September 1666. We used artefacts and different historical sources to find how the past is represented.
Addition and Subtraction
After half term, we have been busy securing our knowledge of addition and subtraction methods by using practical resources to model our learning.
We have begun to understand the properties of 3D shapes. Our challenge was to identify the 3D shapes from clues given, concentrating on the shapes edges and vertices.
In Science, we have been learning to recognise changes that take place as animals grow older. Some of us produced a class project on human development. We are very proud of our wonderful learning!
In Art, we used royal portraits as the inspiration for our learning. We developed our observational skills when sketching and painting the Queen. We mastered the techniques of drawing lines of different thicknesses, showing texture and pattern in our art. We practised the skills of colour mixing and created a variety of tones to use in our final painting. We welcomed our parents and grandparents in to class and enjoyed sharing an afternoon’s learning with them.
In PSHE, we have discussed what makes a good learner. We worked in groups to share and discuss our ideas.
We have really enjoyed our first term in Year 2 and look forward to new challenges next term.