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Autumn 1 2020

Week 6

Last week before half term and the children have been busy working hard.

English

Not just content with using adjectives and adverbs in their poems, the children explored following and using prepositional language. Can you guess their favourite one?!

Art - weaving

Through our topic of plastic pollution we have learnt how thousands of carrier bags are ending up in our oceans and the devastating impact this is having on sea turtle who mistake them for jellyfish and try to eat them!! To remind us of this we used the "God's eye" weaving technique to create our very own baby sea turtles.

Maths - measurement

This week we have been exploring measurement and learning how to measure in centimetres and metres. The children were able to compare and measure different object according to their length and really enjoyed measuring and ordering different parts of their bodies.

Music

This week the children have created their own dragons and then composed their own music rhythms to match their creations. They chose a conductor who was in charge of the tempo and pitch of the piece. 

Week 5 - Harvest Festival

This week we have been using the school value of love and putting others before ourselves. We used the story "It's a no money day" to look at how important food banks and how they are able to help people in need through others generosity. The children created posters to promote the Horndean food bank by thinking of slogans and giving information about how we can help. As part of the festival the children have also been rehearsing their Harvest song to perform to you. We hope you like it.

In English this week we have been using the book "Commotion in the ocean" to look at adjectives and to learn about adverbs. The children created fantastic word webs with adjectives to describe different sea creatures. We then watched videos and practiced moving like them to generate super adverbs to add to our webs.

Adverbs articulated amazingly

In maths this week we have been using our knowledge of money to solve problems. The children were able to show different ways of making different values, working out what coins could be added to make a set total, how much money would be left through subtraction, and different numbered coin patterns to make a set amount. 

Money money money

Week 4

This week the children have worked so hard. Not only have they produced some fantastic pieces of writing in their postcards to Turtle and Dolphin class; they have also shown a good understanding about making different money values in maths. To top it all off they organised and performed their own class assembly to share with you their learning journey so far in Year 2. We are so proud of them! Enjoy smiley

Week 3

This week as part of our art topic where we are exploring the works of different environmental artists, we used all of our recycled rubbish we had collected to create our own sea creature sculptures.

Art is rubbish - art from rubbish!

Mathematics

In maths this week we have been number detectives by solving different types of mathematical problems from missing numbers to following clues and word problems to find the mysterious numbers!

 

Science

This week we have started our plant topic by answering the question....where does our food come from? We looked at different types of food and enjoyed getting our hands gooey and sticky as we found the different types of seeds. 

Food for thought!

English

Oh my goodness me!! How ferociously hard the children have been working this week! We have been exploring the difference between a statement, a question, and an exclamation as well as looking at the features of postcards.

Music

Continuing our focus of dragons in music we listened to two different pieces of music this week and drew pictures of the types of dragons it made us think of. The two pieces were taken from, "How to train your dragon" and were called "Dragon battle" and "The cove."

Week 2
In English this week we have started reading Dougal's deep sea diary and exploring the use of adjectives to describe how Dougal felt throughout the story. This built up to us creating some amazing adjectives to describe the different things Dougal saw when he found Atlantis.

Amazing, flabbergasting and splendiferous adjectives

In computing this week we have been investigating where information technology is around us and how we are now so used to it we don't even really notice it. We took a shopping scenario and identified all the different ICT we would find inside and out.

Information technology is everywhere!

In Music this week we listened to a piece of music called "Romantic Flight" by John Powell from How to train your dragon. Using what we have already learnt about listening out for change in pitch and tempo we created a movement piece by showing what the music made us imagine the dragon might be doing.
In phonics this week we have looked at different pronunciation of sounds we know e.g ow in cow and ow in bow. We have also started to recognise and use contractions when used with the word not e.g can not becomes can't.  

Ow or ow I can't tell!!

In maths this week we have been learning how to count forward and back one / ten more and one / ten less. We have been reminding ourselves how to use diene sticks and units and number lines to help us work out our calculations.

Welcome back

We are so happy to have a full classroom again and are so impressed with how the new seahorses have settled in with our new routines.

 

 

Field trip

We really enjoyed our first "trip" to Catherington Lith and we were very good at spotting physical and man made landmarks that help us know where we are. From the Lith we were able to look across the village of Clanfield to Windmill Hill on one side and right across the City of Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight on the other. We spotted and recognised Charlton windmill, the River Solent, Portsdown Hill and the Spinnaker Tower. Along the walk we recognised our local landmarks - our school, the Tudor Cottages, Catherington pond, the Catherington Wheel sign and  All Saints church.

Maths

This week in maths we have been ordering and comparing numbers up to 100 as well as learning how to use the greater than and less than symbols. We were able to help Chomp the Crocodile order sequential and non sequential numbers from smallest to biggest and biggest to smallest.

Science - habitats

This week we started to explore and discover the different animals and minibeasts we have living in and around our school. We have started to think about why we found them where we did - in their habitats, and what there habitats have to help them survive. We were very excited to find evidence of claw marks under our fence which led us to think that foxes also come into our school. We will be investigating whether or not we will see these animal all year round and what impact humans and the seasons have on their habitats.
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