2HJ 2021 - 2022
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Welcome back, Happy New Year and let's see what 2022 will bring. We really hope for a more normal year. We really hope that you have all managed to have a lovely Christmas/New Year/holiday or at least a lovely part of it, as we know lots of people have been isolating or had family members isolating.
We are very excited to be coming back to school and seeing all of your little people again, we have missed them! We have lots of exciting things to learn about this term. Our focus book for English is The Dragon Machine by Helen Ward. We will be reading The Dragon Sitter by Josh Lacey in our reading sessions. Please look on here at the end of each week to a peek at what we have been doing. We will be putting work on Teams for children who are not in school, please can we remind you that if your child is poorly, we do not expect them to be completing work. However, for those that do, you can upload via Teams or Showbie.
P.E. will be on a Monday and Wednesday afternoon.
Office 365 log in (TEAMS) You will be added to the Year 2 team. You will be able to access homework and spelling from here.
Reading Eggs – All children have now completed a placement test to make sure they’re working on the right level. If your child does not change their reading book at school, please read using one of the books from this app.
We will also use reading eggs / reading eggspress to set particular home learning activities.
Numbots – This is a new maths robot game that focuses on number, addition and subtraction. All children start from the beginning and it will gradually get harder.
Prodigy – This is another maths game that the children will be familiar with from Year 1. Their details have transferred over and we can set maths activities and assignments though this website.
Here are many more links: Recommended links to support home learning
A little bit about us:
I have worked at Offley for about 17 years. I have mainly been in Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3, but have had the opportunity to teach in all year groups for a couple of terms too. I live in Scholar Green with my husband and our 2 little girls. One of my daughters is just starting Year 2 like you and the other has another year left at pre-school. We have a Lhasa Apso dog called Harley who is always up to mischief and taking himself on little adventures and is quite well known where I live, and 6 chickens. We designed and built our own house and it is an ongoing project that we are very excited about and enjoy doing. We love to go out for walks and hide and find painted stones, especially love visiting the seaside for days out and spending time with our family and friends...when we can. I love most food and drink but particularly love any kind of fruit, a bowl of ice cream, garlic, halloumi and a cup of real coffee!
I have been teaching now for 11 years. I have been at Offley for 5 years. I have mainly taught years 1 and 2, but have also done Year 4. I live in Congleton with my husband and my two little boys (Jack and Tyler). We also have a dog called Barney so our house is a very busy household! In my spare time I take part in Amateur Dramatic shows down at the Daneside Theatre in Congleton. I also enjoy going skiing with my family and spending time with family and friends.
Mrs Harrop and Mrs Jones
Here is what we’ve been up to in 2HJ this week:
Week commencing 24th January 2022
On Monday we wrote a character description of our machines we designed last Friday. In our writing we tried to include expanded noun phrases to describe, exclamation sentences and also the use of ‘because’ to explain how our machine will work. On Tuesday we had so much fun actually making our machines. They look fantastic! This then meant that on Wednesday we were able to write our own set of instructions about how to make a robot machine based on our own inventions. We learnt to use bossy verbs (cut, glue, stick) and also some of us used adverbs (carefully) in our writing. On Thursday we had a fun lesson of drama where we became the character George and acted out getting into the dragon machine and flying off! We described using our senses the journey we took. Finally on Friday we wrote a diary entry by George to describe the flight he took.
We have carried on with our text ‘The Dragonsitter’. We have read a couple more emails from Edward to his Uncle Morton and finally Uncle Morton has written an email back. This week we have thought more about how Edward is feeling and used inference to describe this. We thought about which adjectives best describe how he is feeling and plotted his feelings on an emotion graph.
Fun Friday Read
Lots of us brought books in to share on Friday! It is so lovely to see how enthusiastic they are about reading.
This week we started off by using our knowledge of the 5 times table to solve grouping problems involving money and tally charts. On Tuesday we used our knowledge of the 5 times table and linked it to telling the time. We practised skip counting in 5s around the clock and solved problems involving time. We were really clever and some of us noticed this links to the 5 times table e.g. if the minute hand is pointing on the 4, we need to do 4x5 to find out how many minutes past. Wow! On Wednesday we learnt about when the factor is 0 the product is always 0 (e.g. 0 x 2 = 0). Then on Thursday we learnt that when the factor is 1 the product is equal to the other factor (e.g. 5 x 1 = 5). On Friday we celebrated all that we had been learning by looking at an image involving lots of hidden multiplication/grouping images. We had to find all the multiplications and write them down.
This week we have continued to explore how we can use contrasting hot and cold colours in our artwork to create a dramatic effect. We have drawn our own dragons, used hot or cold colours using pastels to colour it in and then washed over with paint to create a contrasting background. Aren’t they amazing!
We have thought about the internet this week and how it is used in so many jobs these days. We have also talked about that even through the internet can help us to do jobs that we must make sure that we are using it safely and sensibly.
In Monday’s PE we continued to work on balancing this week. We pretended that we were at a circus and standing on a tight rope. We had fun standing on a skipping rope and preforming different actions whilst trying to keep our balance. We then progressed off the floor a little and tried doing this on a bench,
In Wednesday’s PE this week we have learnt a new roll that we can use in our gymnastic sequences. It’s call the ‘Dish Roll’. It’s similar to the pencil roll that we learnt last week but we have to keep our arms and legs off the ground. We then had fun travelling over the apparatus and thinking about start and end positions as well as changing the way we jump from the benches to the mats. We explored with rolling, tuck jumps and pencil jumps.
We have carried our unit on ‘Around the world’. This week we have been to China. We learnt about the Chinese New Year festival and listened to a traditional song Gung Hey Fat Choi. We recapped where China is on the map and then we spent time learning the song thinking about the pitch and the pulse. We then had a go at changing the lyrics to the song to match activities for how we celebrate the new year in the UK.
In Geography this week we continued to learn about China. We learnt all about the culture, weather and food. We also learnt about the Himalayan mountain range as well as the language they speak, the money they use and festivals they celebrate. We really enjoyed making a fact sheet about China.
Our coding journey continued this week and we focused on working as a team to create codes and solve bugs to get the angry bird to the pig. One of us was the driver – (pressing the buttons) and one of use was the navigator (and giving instructions) Great team work!
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