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Autumn Term (1)
Well Done Puffins!
What a great start to Year Two, this week we have been getting used to the rules and routines of our new classroom and year group. We have settled in well and have dealt well with the new changes in Year Two.
In Maths we had a week of Inspirational Maths, we completed lots of different challenges where we had to think independently and sometimes in a team, we practised finding things tricky and using resilience to keep on trying and we learnt it is ok to make mistakes!
In English we learnt the story ‘Grandad’s Island’ Mrs Parsons helped us to draw a story map and we added actions to help us remember, we read sentences from the story and found the mistakes and learnt about types of words – adjectives, nouns and verbs.
On Wednesday’s we have Science with Mrs Creasey, on Thursday we have Games with Mr Maxwell and on Friday we have Music with Mr Mogridge.
As ever if you have any questions then feel free to ask Miss Clements at the end of the school day and she will do her best to help.
Well Done Puffins for completing your first full week in Year Two!
In English we have been writing the beginning of our ‘Grandad’s Island’ story, we created our own word banks to help us and looked at the adjectives that were used to add detail to the sentences. In SPAG we were being text detectives and looking for nouns and adjectives. As us about what these word types mean!
In Shared Reading we have been exploring the book ‘The day the crayons came home’ we have been reading the postcards that each of the crayons have sent to Duncan and have enjoyed finding out their reasons for leaving Duncan! Miss Clements likes Esteban the Magnificent (formerly known as Pea Green Crayon) ask us what happened to him…
In Maths we have been exploring place value and the values of each part of a two digit number. We have been practising making numbers with Numicon and pictures and have been rehearsing using the correct vocabulary (tens and ones) we will continue this work next week!
On Tuesday morning Miss Pullen called us in for an assembly before lunch! She had found some items and wanted our help to discover where they had come from! We had items like a bucket and spade, pineapples, passport covers and a brightly patterned shirt! After lunch we came in to see that Year Two had changed! We spent the afternoon travelling to Hawaii, we got to make different fruit juices and try different exotic fruit, we made our own lei’s, did some Hawaiian dancing and played some fun beach games. We will continue learning more about islands as our topic progresses. Hope you like looking at our holiday pictures!
Hope you enjoy keeping up to date with our learning and adventures!
Well done to our Reader of the Week – Courtney
Yet another busy week in Puffin Class!
In English we have been innovating our story ‘Grandad’s Island’ we changed how our main characters Syd and Grandad were going to travel and where they were going to go. We experimented with different ideas and looked at adding adjectives to make our story more interesting.
In SPAG we have looked at capital letters and full stops in sentences as well as different sentence types – questions and statements.
In Maths we have continued our work on place value and the value of each part of a two digit number. We explored the counting in 10’s patterns and began to look at different ways to partition our numbers using the pan balances and Numicon shapes.
In Topic we looked at human and physical features in our local area. Human features are things that are made or have been built. Physical features are natural and grow. We then took a trip to Portsdown Hill on Friday morning to see the different human and physical features from high above the city. We were also lucky enough to be able to watch an air ambulance land on top of the hospital!
Our main school trip to the Isle of Wight is on Wednesday, please make sure all letters and pink forms have been returned to the office, make sure children are dressed appropriately with sensible shoes and coats and a backpack as they will be carrying their own lunches. Any questions feel free to ask.
Well done to our Reader of the Week – LEXI!
Well done to our Star of the Week Lily-Mae
A very busy week of exploring in Puffin Class!
On Wednesday we ventured across to the Isle of Wight, we sailed across the Solent on the ferry and walked along the pier to the beach. It was so misty so it was tricky to see Portsmouth! We talked about the Human and Physical features and sketched the Watch Tower and the view from the harbour.
In English we have been writing our innovated story – ‘Grandad’s Park’ we used all of the writing skills we have learnt and tried hard to use the phonics and word banks to spell the words correctly.
In Maths we have continued our work on Place Value and did some more work on using the comparison symbols (> < =) to show our knowledge of numbers.
Please continue the great work with our reading at home, next Friday our reading records will be checked and we will receive our first reading star on our reading charts if we have read five times at home this week.
In English this week we have invented our own story for our independent writing. We used what we had learnt from our original story of ‘Grandad’s Island’ and changed it to include our own characters and setting and even wrote our own ending.
In Maths we have been using our place value to help us with adding and subtracting numbers to 20.
In Topic we received a postcard from Moana asking for information about the Isle of Wight. We replied to her postcard telling her lots of information about the Isle of Wight and the adventures we had got up to on our trip.
In Art we used the first page of our new sketch books to draw a self portrait. We used mirrors to look closely at our faces and for the details we needed to include. These sketch books will follow us through our journey at Northern Parade so we will be able to see how our skills have progressed.
Well Done to the children who were able to move up to the Dragon in the Dragon Readathon this week. Children were able to collect their first stamp on their dragon card if they had read 5 times or more at home this week.
Well done to the Star of the Week Oliver.
In English we have been exploring the ideas of magic and what it meant to us, we then discovered a Magic Box! we used our best adjectives to describe what we thought might be inside. Then on Friday the Magic Box opened! Inside we found lots of magical and inspiring objects such as a colourful kaleidoscope, a shiny mini metal key and a magic horn from a unicorn.
In Maths we have been exploring addition. We have finding out the best and most efficient ways to add together multiples of ten. We have begun to look at the idea of taking away and will continue this, this week.
In Topic we have been looking at the idea of Portsmouth being an island! We explored it using Google Maps and then worked together as a class to create a key to use on our maps to show where important places were.
In Shared Reading we have been looking at Non Fiction texts about volcanoes! we have been focusing on our comprehension skills and having to read the text to find the answers instead of making up our own. Please help us to continue developing this skill by asking us questions when we read our reading books to you at home.
Thank you for your continued support.
In Maths we have been looking at different ways to solve addition and subtraction problems. We have explored using lots of different resources such as Numicon, number lines and even hundred squares. We have practiced adding and subtracting tens.
In English we have learnt our new poem ‘The Magic Box’ we drew our boxed up plan and added actions to help us remember the poem. On Wednesday we explored the new vocabulary in the poem such as ‘silk sari’ and ‘Lake Lucene’. We ended the week by writing the poem and looking at how poems are laid out on a page.
To go with the work we have been doing in English, on Thursday Dr Collins came in and taught us some magic tricks! We practised hard and then shared our tricks with the other children.
Well done to our Star of the Week – LIAM!
Well done to our Reader of the Week – LILY-RAE!
Enjoy the holidays Puffins!
Autumn Term (2)
In Maths we have been experiencing a week of inspirational Maths. This involved us completing lots of different activities using our Maths skills as well as our school values. We have used teamwork to solve pattern problems and played Maths games where we had to use our resilience to try and win again!
In English we have been creating, planning and writing our own Magic Box poem. We came up with lots of ideas of things we could put in our boxes!
In Shared Reading we have been looking at a poem about the sea. Have a look at our photographs from our lesson on Monday where we acted out some of the new words in our poem.
In Topic we have begun the huge task of working in groups to create our very own islands to show at our Topic presentation.
Well done to our Star of the Week – Lily!
Keep up the good work Puffins!
In Maths this week we have been learning how to use a number line to solve addition and subtraction problems.
In English we have been exploring non fiction texts. We looked at the features of a non fiction text. We learnt that our new text was about Hawaii. We researched the words that we weren’t sure of and created a class glossary. We worked really hard to create a setting description for the beach using our adjectives and commas to create lists.
In Topic this week we have begun the mammoth task of working in groups to build our Islands. We have built the shape and will continue the work next week using paper mâché!
Please keep up the great work of practising spellings and listening to your children read at home.
Well done to…
Reader of the week – Bailey
Star of the Week – Trysten!
In English we have been imitating our new class non fiction text about Hawaii. We drew a boxed up plan to help us and added actions. We then wrote our new text focusing on how non fiction texts are laid out with subheadings and paragraphs.
In Maths we have explored different units of measure. We looked at length in cm and m. As well as weight and capacity.
In Topic we continued the huge task of creating our islands! This involved covering our newspaper with paper mache so it can be painted next week.
In shared reading we have looked at reading quizzes and how best to answer the questions. Please help us practice these skills by asking us questions about what we are reading when we read to you at home.
This week in Puffin Class 17 children received their dragon sticker for reading 5 times at home this week. Please keep up this great support. Our Reader of the week is Ollie.
Yet another busy week in Puffin Class!
We have been joined by two new members this week, hope we have made Tilly and Daniel both feel welcome.
In Maths we have been continuing with measures and then Megan to look at shape, we created 2D shapes from geo strips and had to think carefully about the words we could use in our explanations to convince Mrs Parsons and Mr Gudgeon of the shape we had made.
|In English we have innovated our class text about Hawaii and now it is a non fiction piece about Portsmouth. We have included lots of facts about the weather and wildlife to help Daniel learn more about our area.
In Shared Reading we have continued looking at the poem ‘The Sea’ by John Foster, we looked at the layout, the rhyme and the simile and used what we had learnt to write our own verse about our own object.
In Topic we have been continuing to work on our islands. We have really brought them to life with paint, tissue paper and glitter. We look forward to showing you our islands at our Topic presentation next Thursday. Any Topic homework that has not been handed in so far can be handed in by Thursday.
This week in Puffin Class, 13 children managed to read 5 or more times at home to receive their sticker on their dragon card! Keep up the good work!
Well done to our Star of the Week – Daisy!
This week we have been busy making the last arrangements for our Topic presentation! We finished our islands, wrote some setting descriptions and practised our presentations. Thank you to all the parents and adults who came to support us on Thursday afternoon.
In Maths we have been investigating shapes through patterns, on Friday we explored 3D shapes using paint to print and help us count the number of faces on each shape.
In English we have been learning how to create the best plans for our non fiction text. We worked together as a class to come up with ideas for a non fiction text about our school. We planned the Introduction and Human Features and will be writing this week!
In total 14 children in Puffin Class achieved their dragon reading sticker for reading 5 times at home, please remember how important it is to listen to us read at home.
Well done to our Star of the Week!
Yet another busy week in Puffin Class!
In English we have been busy collecting our ideas and planning our non fiction text about the islands we made for our Topic lessons. We have taken lots of time to create our plan as it is going to help us with our last pink write of the year!
In Maths we have been exploring money, we have looked at the value of coins and how we can combine coins to make different totals. We were set different problems to make totals in the most efficient way for the school fair.
In Shared Reading we have been looking at our new text ‘Coming Home’ we made predictions about who the character might be and why the character would be asking such as ‘Will my weary wings carry me?’.
In the afternoons we have been busy practising songs for our church performance, costume letters have now gone out and more information about times and location should have followed. Any questions feel free to ask.
Only 10 children in Puffin Class have received their next dragon sticker for reading 5 or more times at home. Our numbers have been dropping! Please remember just how important it is to read with your child at home and record it in their reading record.
Another busy week in Puffin Class!
We have been working hard rehearsing for our Christmas performance at the church, on Wednesday we had our first visit to the church to see where we would all be standing and on Thursday and Friday we practised with our costumes. We look forward to performing to the grown ups on Monday!
We also helped with the Christmas Fayre by baking our own biscuits to sell with hot chocolate!
In English we finished our last pink write of the year about our Topic islands. Miss Clements was really impressed with how many of the Year Two writing skills we remembered to include!
In Gold Book Assembly Mrs Wilson rewarded the children who had earnt 10 stars on their reading dragon card, in Puffin Class this week 11 children earnt their dragon reading card sticker for reading 5 or more times this week. Well Done!
Our Christmas party is on Thursday afternoon, letters were sent home in book bags on Friday and the party food sign up sheet will be outside classrooms at the end of the day. On Friday children are allowed to wear their Christmas jumpers to school to celebrate the end of term.
Any more questions then Miss Clements is available at the end of the day.
One more week to go Puffins!
Miss Clements & Puffin Class
Spring Term (1)
What a fantastic first week back in school! You have all worked so hard this week and I am so proud of all of you!
In English we have begun exploring our new text ‘The Ugly Five’ by Julia Donaldson. We have looked at the animal clues to match to the characters, created our own illustrations and even acted out the different characters.
In Maths we have been investigating finding halves of numbers and shapes, we have started to explore the division symbol and what it means to divide amounts into half.
On Tuesday afternoon we created our own binoculars to help us on our exploration to the Arctic. We got to find out information about new animals and the Arctic as a habitat. We got the chance to share our knowledge and begin to think about questions we would like to find out during the Topic.
On Thursday afternoon we began our new topic learning by finding out about the Glass frog, what made him special? We looked at the life cycle of the frog – what happened to the frogspawn? What did the tadpoles loose when they became frogs?
This week 12 children received the next sticker on their Dragon Reading Card! Keep up the good work, let’s see if we can beat this number next week!
This week in Maths we have been investigating multiplying and dividing, we looked at how to spot halves of shapes and amounts before using our sharing circles to divide numbers. We then looked at multiplication as repeated addition and then moved towards using the multiplication symbol. On Thursday we began to use arrays to help us solve multiplication problems.
In English we have continued our work around ‘The Ugly Five’ story, we innovated our story to change our character introduction, in Puffin Class we chose to innovate our plan to write about the Rhinoceros Beetle. We looked at all the features of the beetle that we could see and then innovated our plan together. On Friday we used our independent writing skills to write a character description about the Rhinoceros Beetle. We have even begun to use speech marks in our writing.
In Shared reading we have continued to look at the ‘Giant who stirred’ story, we were even able to work out that the Giant was in fact a volcano on the island. We were then able to predict what might happen to the island when the volcano erupts.
In Topic we met the Draco Lizard, we predicted what he was going to do to protect his tree. We came up with lots of great ideas about fighting to protect his young or to camouflage to hide but we were amazed to find that he was able to fly!
Only 9 children in Puffin Class were able to get the next sticker on their Dragon Reading Chart this week, please remember to read with your child at home and record it in their reading record. Also remind them to ask to change their reading book when they need to. Hope we can beat our score next week!
What a busy week!
In Maths we have been exploring fractions. In particular we have been looking at quarters this week. The idea of having 4 equal parts of something whether it be a shape, number or amount of objects. We have been exploring ways to find and represent 1,2 and 3 quarters.
In English we planned and wrote our own character introduction for one of the 'Big Five' as suggested in the Julia Donaldson book 'The Ugly Five'. Lot's of us chose the lion or the leopard! The children worked really hard on these pieces of writing, they really showed how well they understood the 'Ugly Five' structure and even included similes and their own 'People are shocked by my....' sentences.
In Topic we planted our own pea seeds in a see through cup, this will help us see what happens to the seed when it begins to grow. We also started looking more deeply at the idea of animal habitats. We had a delivery of animals from Marwell Zoo on Thursday afternoon and we worked in groups to design their habitat enclosure for the zoo.
This week 10 children were able to get the next sticker on their Dragon Reading Card for reading 5 or more times at home this week. Our number is slowly rising so please keep up the hard work. Remember to record the reading your child does at home in their reading record.
What another great week in Puffin Class, we have been working on lots of different skills and lots of new learning.
In Maths we have been looking at quarters of amounts, we then looked back at our learning of multiplication and using arrays to solve problems. We have been solving x5 and x10 multiplication problems using our counting in 5's and 10's counting patterns.
In English we have been writing a setting description for a habitat of our choice. We had to use all of our writing skills independently. On Friday we started the next unit of work - instructions. We remembered lots about instructions from Year One. We worked in house teams to help give Miss Clements instructions to make a jam sandwich. It helped us see how important it is to give detailed instructions with time connectives and imperative verbs. We will continue looking at instructions next week!
In Topic we investigated the Amazon rainforest and predicted which animals we thought lived there. No one was able to predict that a dolphin would live there! We have been taking care of the seeds we planted and were able to see them start to grow shoots this week in our seed diary.
A total of 12 children this week received the next star on their dragon reading chart for reading 5 times or more at home. The number is slowly beginning to rise so please keep up the hard work.
Thank you for your continued support.
Miss Clements & Puffin Class
Spring Term 2
Welcome to Puffin Class!
Yet another busy week in Puffin Class.
In English Julia Donaldson had asked us to make a set of masks to represent the characters in our story 'The Ugly Five' as the week progressed we designed, planned and then made our masks. We continued the week by then creating a boxed up plan to show the instructions to be followed to make a mask. We will be using the boxed up plan to write the set of instructions for our next assessment write.
In Maths we have been learning the most efficient way to add and subtract two two digit numbers. We have recapped our place value knowledge as we have found it is important to understand how many tens and how many ones are in each number. Over the next couple of weeks we will be learning more strategies to help us add and subtract efficiently.
In Topic we have been exploring directions and helped direct David Attenborough to his jeep and the different animals he wanted to record. A very exciting part of our topic happened on Thursday evening. Dr Collins invited all the children and their parents in Year Two to a night walk in Foxes Forest. It was very exciting and we had lots of fun activities to do while we were there like making leaf crowns and playing the bat and moth game!
10 children in Puffin Class received the next stamp on their Dragon Reading Card for reading 5 or more times at home this week. Please remember to sign your child's reading record when you read with them at home. Let's see if we can beat this number next week!
Also Miss Pullen has set the children a Times Table Rockstar's Time Tables Challenge. Each child should have their TT Rockstar's login information and their challenge card from Friday.
Any questions then please ask a member of the Year Two team.
Welcome to Puffin Class!
Yet another very busy week in Puffin Class!
In English we explored character descriptions and the features of them. We discovered that they usually have an introduction, some external information (what someone or something looks like). some internal information (how someone or something behaves or their personality) and ended with a question. As a class we decided that we would write our character descriptions about the hyena from The Ugly Five story. We worked in groups to come up with ideas and then independently wrote our own character descriptions, we worked hard to use different sentence starters, adjectives and the correct punctuation.
In Maths we have continued our learning about the blank number line strategy - we consolidated our learning about using them to add 2 two digit numbers together and then explored how we had to adapt the method for solving subtraction problems. By Friday we were practising using the blank number line to solve addition and subtraction problems.
In Shared Reading we carried on our learning about the text The Tear Thief, we made predictions about what the tear thief did with the tears she collected and also why the children might be crying the tears to start with. We did some role play to show our emotions and bring our ideas to life.
In Topic we discussed the idea of survival and what we as humans need for survival and if these things were the same for animals. We came up with a top 6 list of things that we thought were necessary for survival. Ask us if we can remember them!
The Reading Dragon count was carried over to this week because of the snow day and we are beginning to get better and our class score is beginning to climb again so please keep up the hard work. Please remember to record any reading in your child's reading record and ask them to take charge of asking to change reading books when they are ready.
Thank you again for your continued support.
Miss Clements and Puffin Class.
Welcome to Puffin Class!
Another busy and fun filled week in Puffin Class.
The main event of the week was our trip to Marwell Zoo on Wednesday. We got to see some real animals up close and were able to see clues in their enclosures as to what their natural habitats would be like. We spent some time in the Marwell Classroom where we learnt about grouping animals and were lucky enough to meet Smith the python and Drax the rat!
Miss Clements was really impressed with our behaviour throughout the day and was very proud of all of us!
Wednesday's trip was not the only animal encounter we has this week. On Thursday we spent time with Dr Collins learning about the life cycle of frogs and toads. She has brought some frogspawn into school so we can see the life cycle in action and we got to meet a real life toad!
In English we have been exploring leaflets as our next piece of writing is to be a leaflet about Marwell Zoo. We learnt that the purpose of a leaflet was to persuade someone to do something or visit somewhere so we will be thinking about this carefully when making our writing appealing to others.
In Maths we have been continuing exploring different ways in which to solve calculations, this week we have learnt about doubling and adjusting and bridging.
This week 15 children were able to get the next sticker on their Dragon Reading Card for reading 5 times or more at home. Well Done! Keep up the good work Puffins!