Welcome to Seahorse Class
Week 1 completed and the children have been fantastic. We are so impressed with how the children have settled so quickly in to Year 2 routine and it is great seeing lots of smiley faces.
This week in maths we have been exploring the vast number of ways a number can be represented and shown. The children showed fantastic recall when they used concrete resources such as Numicon, multi link, pegs, and beads to represent specific numbers. They were also able to use different methods such as using a whole part model, bar models, and number lines show how a variety of ways that numbers can be combined to make numbers.
English - Dear Teacher
This week the children have enjoyed using their imagination to show off their writing skills. Using the story Dear Teacher by Amy Husband as a stimulus; the children invented secret agent gadgets - labelling and writing instructions on how to use them, created a disgusting recipe, created lists for a round the world trip and created a superhero story about themselves.
Geography - Catherington and Portsmouth
For their first geography topic, the children built on their learning from Year 1 to locate our village of Catherington and the city of Portsmouth. The children were able to tell us that we lived in England which is part of the United Kingdom. The children were able to locate the UK on a world map and locate the general vicinity of Catherington and Portsmouth on a map of the UK. Due to a technical issue we were unable to use Google maps to place ourselves in the map so we did the next best thing and created our very own United Kingdom on the playground for children to show where we live.
Computing - What is ICT?
This week the children explored what is actually meant when we talk about ICT. The children agreed that it was something that had a computer in it or something that could be connected to a computer. The children were then set the task of coming up with as many examples of "ICT" and "Not ICT".
Week 2 - In full swing!
Phonics - alternative pronunciation and contractions
At the start of the week the children were set the challenge of reading words and sorting them in to groups based on the different pronunciation of the letters "i, o, c, and g". We also looked at how an apostrophe is used to replace certain letters in contracted words and where we put an apostrophe when spelling contractions.
English - Dougal's Deep Sea Diary - writing journal
This week we started our first writing journal with the book Dougal's Deep Sea Diary. We have focussed on sentence structure this week - remembering the basics of using a capital letter, word/finger spaces, and using a full stop correctly. The children were set the challenge of sequencing the stories main events in the right order and through the use of the most powerful adjectives they could find and write how Dougal felt each day. We then took this further by looking at the illustration of Atlantis and creating a list of expanded nouns to describe what Dougal saw.
Science - Longitudinal study - local environment and life
Over the last two weeks we have been debating what all living things need to survive. Eventually, we all agreed that to survive they oxygen, food, water, and shelter. We investigated the pond and our field to find evidence that supported our thinking. We were amazed at how much we found / noticed!!!
DT- Wheels and Axles
Isn't it annoying when you have something really heavy, that is hard to carry, and you need to move it from one place to another? What could you use? "A trolley, a wheel barrow". What do both of these have in common? They have at least one wheel and an axle. We have found out that it can be really annoying trying to move our table guides and stationary from one end of the table to another - you have to keep getting up and walking down to the other end. We then thought that it would be a great idea to invent something that could move across the table for us!! This has led us to explore everything that moves and discover the importance of wheels and axels. This week the children experimented to see if the length / material of the axle made a difference to how wheels move as well as where the axle is joined to the wheel.