Spring 1, Week 3
Over the last two weeks, you have been working hard to improve your multiplication and division skills using arrays and counting in 5s, 10s and 2s. Next week, we will finish our work on multiplication and division and then start work on fractions! Ask your parents to give you a multiplication or division number sentence such as, 6 x 5 = __ and show them that you can count to find the answer (for this example in 5s - 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30) and then show this calculation as an array (using columns and rows of dots) and a repeated addition (5+5+5+5+5+5=___). Some of you may even be able to show your counting on a number line!
In English this week, you have practised writing explanatory sentences starting with ‘how’ or ‘what’, created adjective word banks, used adjectives with the suffixes -er and -est and written about Sunny the meerkat’s (notice my use of the possessive apostrophe here!) trip to Catherington Infant School. You even planned the contents of your letter (as Sunny) about your adventures whilst trying to find a new home, ready to write next week. What a busy week!
Today, you loved building your boats and worked so well in pairs to construct a sturdy boat that will hopefully float using the recyclable materials donated from home - thank you parents! I look forward to testing them next week!
Have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to seeing you all bright and early on Monday morning!
Mrs Weight 😀
Happy New Year Everyone!
Spring term 1, week 1
Welcome back Seahorses! It’s so lovely to be teaching you again - you have all made a great start to the new spring term.
This week in maths, you have been telling the time to quarter past and quarter to the hour as well as revising o’clock and half past the hour learnt last year.
In English, we started reading our new fabulous text, ‘Meerkat Mail’ by Emily Gravitt. We considered Sunny’s feelings as he travelled from place to place trying to decide where best to live and you created some amazing freeze frames whilst retelling the story. I was also really impressed with the postcards you wrote as Sunny the Meerkat using first person pronouns and describing Sunny’s feelings. Many of you met my challenge by varying your sentence starters too.
In reading, you have been retrieving information and answering questions about your group texts and I’ve been really impressed with how confident so many of you have become when reading outloud.
Next week, we will be continuing with our writing learning journey based around Meerkat Mail and will be looking at adapting words using the suffixes -er and -est. We will also do some more work on writing exclamatory sentences that start with ‘how’ or ‘what’. All of this work, will be leading to the final writing outcome of a letter in role as Sunny to his family back in the Kalahari desert. You could find out some facts about Sunny’s home in the Kalahari desert this week.
In maths, we will be moving onto multiplication. The children will start the week by investigating arrays and then move onto multiplying using the 5 times table. We will be doing lots of counting in 2s and 5s starting from numbers that are not in the 5 times table. You could do some practice of this at home! You may wish to make a ‘counting in 5s and 2s’ poster that we could add to our working wall that shows counting forwards and backwards in 5s or 2s from any 2-digit number.
It’s lovely to be back,
Mrs Weight 😁
I just want to say a huge well done to all of you who took the time to write a diary over the Christmas holidays. I thoroughly enjoyed reading those yesterday!
Also, thank you and well done to Sami and Alfie for taking up the challenge to find other books by Anthony Browne to share with the class - you both read beautifully. Alfie, you also shared a book written by Emily Gravitt called ‘Tidy’ - I’m so excited that you wanted to find more books written by the author of our class text. I also want to say a big thank you to Olivia for sharing her fabulous book with the class which linked to our Christian values and to Louis for reading some of his personal copy of ‘Meerkat Mail’ to the class so beautifully.
Take a look at your pictures below!
Well done all of you!
Mrs Weight 😀
Autumn 2, Week 6
We are getting so close to the end of term now Seahorses but we still have lots of fun learning to do!
This week, you finished writing your diaries as Samson the mouse. I’m so proud of the way that you are all starting to think so carefully about how you can edit your writing to improve your final piece. You’ve also been thinking more about your spelling and handwriting!
Next week, we will be starting our new writing learning journey and by the end of the final week you will have written your own stories based on our class text The Tunnel by Anthony Browne.
Over the next two weeks, we will be looking in our school library for books written by Anthony Browne and reading a selection to see what is similar and different about them. You could also look other books written by this author, at home or at the local library, and share one with your class.
In maths, we will be collecting data, creating tally charts and answering questions about what we have collected. This will involve counting in 5s, so make sure you’re practising counting on the way to school!
Tomorrow evening, we have our school Carol Concert which is going to be fabulous. You’ve all worked really hard to learn the songs and I’ve been so impressed with your enthusiasm. Well done to those of you with a reading too - as I know you’ve be practising at home!
I look forward to seeing you all in the morning!
Mrs Weight 😁
Autumn 2, Week 5
Hooray for December! Last week, the children in Seahorse class really enjoyed making their own advent calendars with Mrs Matthews. I hope you are all enjoying opening them at home now that the count down to Christmas has begun.
In maths this week, we are using unstructured number lines, base 10 equipment and Numicon to help us add and subtract in order to solve problems relating to money and measure. You could do some extra counting forwards and back in 10s from any 2 digit number in order to support your calculating. You may even like to practise counting forward and back in 10s on an unstructured number line.
In writing, we are editing and improving our writing this week using our purple polishing pens. Will any of you meet my challenge and include an exclamatory sentence in your writing? By the end of this week we will be moving onto a new writing learning journey using a new text!
I would like like to say a huge well done to Sami who did some extra shape homework last week as well as reading an extract from a book he found at the library, written in first person, to the class.
Don’t forget that next Monday is the Carol Concert and some of you have a reading to practise. You all have a song to practise too and hopefully you should still have the words to our class song at home. I know you will all be fantastic!
Mrs Weight 😀
Another great couple of weeks Seahorses!
In maths, you’ve worked really hard to measure using cm, order lengths, explain your reasoning when measuring, to count in 5s and investigate using money. To continue to develop fluency with counting forwards and backwards in 5s, you could write and count in 5s at home. Can you start from any multiple of 5 and count forward or back?
In writing, we are about to plan and write our diaries. We have learnt to use: the subordinating conjunctions: because if, that and when; time words and phrases such as: yesterday, today, first, next, a few hours later; contractions including: didn’t, won’t, should’ve; adjectives to describe the nouns on Samson’s journey, adverbs with the ‘ly’ suffix such as: quietly, carefully and speedily and now we are ready to start producing our final piece!
Over the the last few weeks, you have all been working hard on your reading skills. You are getting really good at sequencing the main events in the books you are reading as a class for shared reading, as well as the books you are reading in groups. You are also really good at sharing your opinions about a text you’ve read. Lots of you have also changed up a colour band in reading too. Remember, the more you read, the more fluent you will become! So let’s see lots of reading in those reading records this week!
Finally, I would just like to say how absolutely wonderful your Titanic projects are. You have all worked really hard with your families to produce outstanding pieces of research and some rather impressive models! Well done to all of you!
Mrs Weight 😀
Autumn 2, Week 2
This week was very eventful and we saw the arrival of our new Catherington Infant School chickens! After many suggestions and votes, Seahorse class finally decided that the name of their chicken would be Honey. Honey and the other chickens are settling in nicely.
Last week, the children of the Seahorse class created fabulous acrostic poems for rememberance and I was so impressed with the way they worked together in small groups to share their ideas. They also produced beautiful artwork of fields of poppies using paint, sponges and their fingertips - they were truely superb and very effective!
This is week in English, we will be continuing our learning journey towards writing a diary. We will be learning to use time adverbs and contractions as well as expanded noun phrases and adverbs ending in ‘ly’. We will be continuing to use our class text of Samson’s Titanic Journey to support this.
I was delighted that Eva did some extra homework for English last week and practised an extract from ‘The Diary of a Whimpy Kid’ which she read beautifully to the class. What a superstar! I would welcome any of you to do the same this week!
In maths, we will be learning more about shape. We will identify vertical lines of symmetry, create repeating patterns using 2-D shapes and identify the 2-D shapes on the faces of 3-D shapes. The children will be explaining their understand through reasoning problems too. See if you can use items at home to identify the features of 2-D and 3-D shapes. You could take photographs and label them with the name of the shape and it’s properties - number of sides and vertices (corners).
Keep working hard Seahorses!
Mrs Weight 😁
Autumn 2 Week 1
What a great first week we have had Seahorse class. The class trip to the Sea City museum was a great success and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Your teachers were so proud of your behaviour and the way you represented your school. 😁
I want to welcome our two fabulous new additions, Sophia and Holly, who started on Monday. Seahorse class is even better now you’ve joined us and I’m so impressed with how well you’ve settled in this week. 😀
Next week in English, we will be starting our new writing learning journey for our class text Samson’s Titanic Journey by Lauren Graham. Our journey will build up the skills required for writing an engaging diary entry as Samson the mouse! This week for homework you have been asked to write your own diary entry - imaginary or real - and I hope you’re enjoying doing this. You could also do some extra reading this week of some books written in diary form. If you wanted to bring in any books you’ve found and share a page with your class, that would be fab!
In maths, we will start the week by continuing to find fractions of amounts by sharing and using maths equipment and drawing arrays and bar models to help us find our answers. Then, we will be solving word problems involving unit fractions. Towards the end of the week, we will start work on shape. At home this week, you could practise finding fractions of amounts of toys and sharing them into equal groups. You could also look around your house and practise naming the shapes you can see. What can you remember about the properties of different shapes? How many sides or corners does your 2D shape have? What 3D shapes do you know the names of? What do you know about them?
I look forward to seeing you all in the morning,
What a busy week! Well done Seahorses on a fabulous class assembly this morning. You did such a great job especially considering you planned it yourselves and only had one hour to practise it! I am so proud of all of you and I am certain your parents are too. Thank you to all of the parents who were able to stay and watch our assembly; we are so greatful of your support.
Thank you to all of the grandparents for visiting us this week. I hope you enjoyed getting stuck in and working beside your lovely grandchildren. We loved having you!
Next week, the Seahorses will be planning and writing their information pages so any extra research you can do at home about both tropical and arctic waters and the sea creatures that live in them, will be much appreciated and will give the children even more to write about!
We will be working on division next week in maths and using arrays to group and share amounts. You could practise sharing sweets or toys into equal groups with your family at home!
Hopefully, the images of the children’s maths from today will help them with their multiplication homework if they are unsure.
Here are photographs of some of the highlights of our week!
Week 5 of the autumn term - another a great week.
I have been really impressed with all your hard work in the classroom and how hard you’ve been practising both at school and at home for today’s Harvest Festival - I am so proud of every single one of you! 😀
This week, we will be putting the final touches to our under the sea poems in writing, before moving onto our new writing unit. Our next writing learning journey will be to write an information page about life in the ocean. This week, you could visit your local library and take out some information books about life in the ocean and find out about some intriguing animals. If you find any super facts about under water life, be sure to bring them into school and share them with us.
In maths, we will be learning about multiplication and representing facts from the 2, 5 and 10 times tables in different ways as well as solving problems involving these multiplication facts. At home this week, you could practise counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.
It was lovely to see so many of you in Church today and I look forward to seeing your grandparents on Thursday afternoon!
Mrs Weight 😀
I am so impressed with how hard you are all working Year 2. I am particularly proud of those children who are trying to improve their work with their ‘purple polishing pens’. Keep it up!
Well done Seahorses you’ve worked your socks off again this week!
Next week in writing, we will be planning and writing poems about sea creatures using the fantastic adjectives, verbs and adverbs we have been thinking about this week.
I would like take this opportunity to thank Eva for learning and performing a poem she found about being six years old! You certainly used our Christian value of courage to stand in front of your class and Mrs Hodgkinson and read it so beautifully. You were even awarded a golden ticket! We thoroughly enjoyed hearing it. 😀
Next week in maths, we will be measuring, ordering and comparing lengths. At home, you could find objects around your house to measure accurately in centimetres!
Well done on another great week full of hard work Seahorses! I cannot believe we are three weeks into the Autumn term already!
In writing, you finished your postcards and they look fantastic! Next week, we will be starting our new writing learning journey which will have a poetry outcome. Our stimulus for this writing will be the picture poetry book, ’Commotion in the ocean’ by Giles Andeae. This week at home, I’d love for you to read a selection of poems with your family and talk about your opinions of them. Discuss what you like and dislike as well as trying to find adjectives, rhyming words and repeated words and phrases. You could even learn a short poem off by heart and then perform it to your class!
In maths last week, you were solving missing number problems for addition and subtraction and using number lines, bar models and part-whole models to help you show your thinking. Next week in maths, we will be calculating with money. At home this week, you could practise making small amounts of money below £1. You could also pay for small items in shops when out and about with your family.
Well done for having another fantastic week Seahorse class! You have all been working so hard. Also, a big thank you to all the parents who were able to attend the ‘meet the teacher’ meeting on Tuesday afternoon - It was lovely to meet you all.
Next week in your writing lessons, you will be planning, designing and writing your postcards with the aim to include: expanded noun phrases, an exclamation sentence and a question sentence in your writing.
In maths next week, you will be using your number line skills to help you subtract a single digit number from a two digit number. At home, you could practise counting backwards from any two digit number to help you with your subtraction.
I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow morning 😀
Well done Seahorses on a fantastic first week! I am so excited to be your new teacher.
This week, you have been exploring the place value of 2-digit numbers in maths and using maths equipment to show your understanding. You have also been practising counting forwards and backwards in 2s, 5s and 10s so please keep practising this at home or on the way to school! Next week, you will be learning to compare 2-digit numbers using the greater than, less than and equal to symbols alongside maths equipment to support your learning. I will also be looking for you to explain your understanding.
In writing, you have read our new writing stimulus Dougal’s deep-sea diary By Simon Bartram which you are using to support your writing learning journey. You have written questions using capital letters and question marks to find out more about the text; you’ve been thinking about how Dougal felt when he discovered the deep-sea city of Atlantis and using a ‘zone of relevance’ to sort new vocabulary. The final writing outcome of this journey will be postcards about our imaginary dive to the deep-sea city of Atlantis! This week we will be writing sentences which contain expanded noun phrases so at home you could practise using adjectives to describe things both around your home and when out and about. Remember to use your senses to make your description really powerful.