2HJ 2021 - 2022
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Welcome back - we can not believe that we are in the Summer term! We hope that you have had a lovely Easter holiday, we managed to get some beautiful weather in the last week didn't we?! This is our last term now and we are really looking to see who is following our Offley Drivers and reaching for the stars with their behaviour, attitude to learning, contributions within the class, effort and presentation. Remember that we hold our Celebration Evening later this term.
This half term our topic is based on the seaside/coastal areas is called Beachcombers! Any interesting seaside themed ornaments, lighthouses etc or shells would be welcome to bring in for display purposes please.
In English our main text is called The Last Wolf. This is very similar to Little Red Riding Hood, but carries a powerful message about the environment and what we must and must not do.
In Reading, we have a very exciting book - Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl.
In Art we will be using textiles and weaving using a range of materials,printing and looking at the artist Anthony Gormley. We will hopefully be able to see some of his work when we visit the Beach at Crosby too!
In Science we will be learning about Plants. We wonder how your sunflowers have been growing over the Easter holidays? We will be making observations and describing how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants, as well as finding out and describing how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy through investigative work. I wonder who will listen well and be green fingered when they grow up!?
In Music we will be listening with concentration and understanding a range of high quality live and recorded music.
In Geography, we will be focusing on coastal areas/seasides and looking at the humand and physical features.
In History we will be looking at significant indivuals. The first will be Captain Edward John Smith, who was the Captain of the Titanic, and this fits as part of our local history, as he was from Stoke on Trent. The second individual we will learn about will be Grace Darling. We will also be celebrating the Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II as part of a whole school theme and hope that we have a day to remember.
P.E. is on on a Monday and Wednesday.
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
Here is what we’ve been up to in 2HJ this week:
Week commencing 13th June 2022
We read some more of our text ' Grandad's Secret Giant' and discovered the the giant has been very helpful in the past. He has fixed the town clock, caught kites, stopped trees from blowing down, acted as a bridge when one had broken and many more. We focused on the time the giant saved Billy and his Grandad from a storm when they were out in a rowing boat at sea. We started off with some role play: we pretended to get into a boat, listened to stormy sea sounds and watched waves crashing on the interactive whiteboard. The lights flashed in our classroom as the lightening flickered and we felt sprays of real water as the waves splashed around us! This activity was lots of fun and led the children thinking of more ambitious words to describe their time on board the boat.
Our writing focused on using expanded noun phrases to describe the boat and we finished off our writing this week by writing a diary as if we were Billy - recalling the events from the stormy journey. We focused on using expanded noun phrases that used ambitious adjectives and made sure we were writing in past tense. At the end of the week we read a bit more of the story and then wrote sentences to describe the characters- Billy and The Giant. In our sentences we tried to include words with the suffixes ‘ment’ and ‘ful’.
We finished reading 'The Elves and the Shoemaker' this week. We focused on the language choices that the author used to tell us how the characters thought and felt.
We've continued to practice telling the time this week. We've recapped o clock, quarter to, quarter past,half past and had lots more practice on telling time to the nearest five minute intervals. Keep practising at home on a analogue (round) clock face. Time song - telling time in 5 minute intervals
Here are some games you might also want to play at home to consolidate your learning.
Our new learning this week in Maths focused on recalling facts about time. E.g. There are 24 hours in a day, There are 60 minutes in an hour, There are 30 minutes in half an hour etc. We then applied this knowledge to solve problems about durations of time, such as, 'If lunchtime started and quarter to 12 and lasts for one hour, what time would it finish?' We then looked at different start times on a clock and moved the minute hand around, remembering to count in fives, to work out how many minutes have passed for different scenarios.
Following on from our History lesson this week the children followed instructions to draw a picture of the Titanic ship. I was blown away by everyones efforts and I will endeavour to get as many on display as possible!
In music this week we have been practising a very special song. We love singing it and can’t wait to show you soon.
On Monday we focused on coordination with a ball. Our favourite activity was throwing a ball to our partner at exactly the same time that they threw one to us. Throwing and getting ready to catch took some coordination but it was fun!
On Wednesday afternoon we practiced competing in our final groups ready for Sport day on Thursday.
We have been real historians this week and looked at different pieces of evidence from the Titantic disaster to work out who was to blame. Our classroom was trasnformed into a court room as each group had to examine the evidence that they had in their case file. The children then had to work in groups to try and convince Judge Leeson that their culprit was to blame! This was very interesting and this children had differnet views and were extremly good at debating. They had quite strong opinions and could give reasons why.
Our very first sports day was amazing. The sun was shining and the children were smiling all day. They were all absolute super stars. We loved seeing them racing but also cheering on their teammates. What great sportsmanship they all showed! We are very proud of all of the children. 😊
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
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