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Saturn – Year 2

Miss Taylor and Mrs Paganuzzi (Class Teachers)

Mrs Best, Mrs Ward, Mrs Talley and Mrs Weston (Support Staff)

Autumn 2018

Towers and Tiaras

What a fantastic start to Autumn!

The children have adapted well to the new expectations and routines and we are delighted with the way in which they have settled in. They are already busy and hard at work!

In maths we have been reviewing a range of concepts and calculation strategies covered in Year 1, using the numbers to 20. We began by estimating numbers on an empty number track and it has been great listening to each other’s reasoning language to explain number positions. The skill of regrouping (partitioning) numbers to support calculation over ten has been practised, and we enjoyed using manipulatives and working collaboratively together to model our calculations.

We are also enjoying our new English unit which is based on the book ‘Voices in the Park’ by Anthony Browne. We have shared our own experiences of trips out and about, recording the activities we enjoy using commas in lists. We have used past tense verbs to help us write our own personal recount of a park trip. We have built on our understanding of great sentence openers to sequence our ideas and adjectives to describe a setting. You can help with your child’s understanding by drawing attention to these features during reading.

In science we will be finding out about materials. We will sort materials and use material properties to compare their suitability for different uses. We are really looking forward to devising an experiment to determine the best material with which to make a waterproof crown and we are excited to get investigating.

In topic we will be delving into the lives and times of some famous queens of England. These are the some of the ideas we have so far:

Some kings and queens live in castles.

They meet other important people.

They give out special awards.

Henry VIII was very greedy.

They send letters to people when they reach 100.

Queen Elizabeth II is the Queen of England.

We will be exploring what life was like and the changes that occurred during each queen’s reign. We are looking forward to our class trip to Chiltern Open Air Museum to learn more about life during different eras.

What a busy half term it has been!

We have been really impressed with all the home work projects that the children have brought in this term.  The work was both detailed and informative and the children have loved sharing their work with the rest of the class.

As part of our work on traditional tales, the Year 2 children have been busy creating hand puppets in Design and Technology. Before creating their own puppets, the children learned how to sew seams using different types of stitches and found out which stitch would make the strongest seam. Then, having spent a whole morning making their puppets, the afternoon was spent learning how to bring their puppets to life. The children created movements and voices for their puppets and took turns to present their own stories to the rest of the class.

In P.E. we have really enjoyed learning new hockey skills, and are beginning to play real matches. We have been practising our dribbling skills, learning to use all the space on the playground and perfecting our aiming and passing skills.

A highlight of the term, has been our infant nativity, and what a magnificent production the children produced for us! The children really showed off their performing skills. They had learned their lines and the direction on stage perfectly, sang the songs beautifully and remembered all the actions. We couldn’t be more proud of all the children!

Alongside performing, the children have also enjoyed learning about other winter festivals! We had a visit from All Saints Church to find out ‘Why Christmas matters to Christians’. The children learned about why Christians give gifts at Christmas and thought about their own invisible gift to the world. Then whilst learning about another winter festival, Hanukkah, the children have had lots of fun making their own Menorah.

Finally, we made and ate, gingerbread biscuits. They were very popular and tasty. We kept watch but happily none ran away!