2NF 2019 - 2020
Welcome to Year 2!
Hello. My name is Mrs Forrester and I am one of the Year 2 teachers at Offley. I started working at Offley in 2005. I've taught throughout the school but I have a passion for teaching infants so I am delighted to be teaching Year 2. I am also Key Stage 1 phase leader at the school and now English Leader for KS1 too. I have three young children of my own, one at high school, one which attends Offley and one at Nursery! This means you will often see me taking them to various activities around Sandbach. Please do say hello if you see me!
Our first theme is Enchanted Forests!
We've had so much fun reading Troll Swap but after half term we are going to read another fantastic story with a forest theme. The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark by Jill Tomlinson.
Welcome back to Year 2! Please find your new homework grid for this half term in your books. There are a couple of loose sheets with it this time that you will need to complete as well as some of the homework choices. Alongside your homework, you should also find your log in details/parents letter for ‘Times Table Rock Stars. In Year 2 we initially focus on the 10, 5 and 2 times tables. There is a parent letter which gives a few details but please don’t hesitate to ask for more help if you are unsure.
This week have written our very own non-chronological reports: 'All About Owls.' We have written an introduction to our report and three paragraphs with the sub-headings, Apperance, Diet and Habitat. Our paragraphs are packed full of facts but we've been using our mastery keys to think really carefully about how we write the sentences in them. We've included commas to seperate items in a list and subordination (but. or) and adverbs too. As you can see these are looking great.
On Friday our reports were finished. We learnt about what it means to be an editior. We chose one paragraph from our report that we thought that we could improve, looked at the mastery keys checklist against it and rewrote it with improvements!
In phonics we are currently learning about Suffixes and focusing on the suffixes ed, er, est and ing. We have been focusing on rules that we need to apply to help us to do this.
We have learnt these rules:
If the base word ends in an ‘e’ you drop the e and add the suffix
If the base word ends in a ‘y’ you turn the y into an i and add er. (unless the suffix starts with an i (ing) then we leave the y and and just add the suffix)
If the base word has the pattern ‘consonant, short vowel, consonant’ you double the last consonant and add the suffix.
Our class text has been a Minibeast Encylopedia. We compared the features of it to a fiction book and the focused on the define gem and defined words in the text. We created our own glassries for it. Then we used our retreival skils to retrieve information from the text to write 'What am I clues?'
In maths this week have have begun looking at measure and had practice at measuring in cm and m. We have discussed which unit of measure is appropriate to use depending on the size of the object we're measuring and talked about the need to be accurate. If we are not accurate when measuring something this can go wrong e.g. our carpet might be too small for our lounge, the dress we make might be too big etc... We came up with some great reasons about why it's so important to measure carefully and accuratly.
Our STEM sentence to help us to remember this was: We always start at 0 cm/m.
We then moved onto comparing lengths, saying which was longer than or shorter than and by how much. We also put objects into order of their length.
By the end of the week we were able to apply our knowledge to solve problems involving measures and use what we'd learnt previously about multiplication and division to help us.
In R.E. we continued to work with Mrs Bennion to learn the Christmas Story.
Our ongoing D.T project has now come to its end. We've spent quite a bit of time on our enchanted wishing wells this week making sure they work well, this has meant doing a few final tweaks to them to make sure the wheels and axels are working together to make our well move.
Once working we moved onto decorating our well and adding final touches to make them look more like a well in an enchanted forest or garden.
Our Nativity is coming together nicely and parents/ careres are in for a real treat. We have a few costumes outstanding. These must be in school on Monday morning as we are performing a dress rehearsal to the rest of the school. (If anyone has a spare shepherd costume please could we borrow it for our shows?) Also, please let us know if your child cannot have their face painted for our performances.
A great week. Next week promises to be busy with our Nativity performances to audiences!!!! Remember on Thursday school is shut for polling and on Friday we are allowed to wear a Christmas jumper with our school uniform.
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