HAPPY NEW YEAR!
We hope you all had a lovely break. The children have come back ready and eager to learn and start our new term.
Brief outline of this half term:
Maths; we will be working on addition and subtraction and becoming really secure in our understanding. We will be using many different strategies to support our understanding.
English; for the first three weeks we will be reading the Gruffalo, culminating in writing our own version with our own monster.
Science; trees, identifying the difference between deciduous and evergreen and naming and recognising British trees.
Geography; creating simple maps, using keys and symbols.
Snowy Owls have had a busy couple of weeks.
This last week we have completed our termly tests. All of the children worked incredibly hard and showed great perseverance, courage and resilience whilst taking part in the tests. Well done.
We are continuing to think about place value in Maths and we will be spending some time counting in 2's, 5's, 10's and 3's. Practising these will be great to support your child in our up coming maths lessons.
We have also had fun making Viking shields and Viking long boats. We have been thinking about St. Edmund and the children are brilliant at retelling the story. So, we have spent some time thinking about the invaders in the story, the Vikings. We know where the Vikings came from and the journey they took, we know what their shields may have looked like and designed and made our own. And we spent a very fun morning thinking, how do we get things to float when at first they sink? Molly Middleton was the first to make her lump of plasticine float. Well done!
Please continue to support your child in learning their lines for the play and costumes need to be in this week please.
Half term seems quite a long time ago now, especially with all the hard work that has been happening in Snowy Owls.
Some of the things that we have been doing are:
Over the past two weeks we have been learning about place value and partitioning numbers. We have also begun to use rulers to measure in cm's and next week we will begin to think about time. If you would like to support your child with any aspect of maths over the next two weeks you could help them with telling the time to o'clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to and measuring lengths and widths in cm's.
What a busy couple of weeks!
Firstly, we had a wonderful day at the Museum of East Anglian Life. The children made butter, which we hope they enjoyed eating. We visited an old mill, fed some very friendly animals, a goat was particularly favoured by some of Snowy Owls and we began to find out how people lived in the past.
1 child said of the day
"It was the best day ever, except for Christmas and my Birthday!"
A true endorsement of a fun filled day.
Secondly, we had our harvest festival. Wow, Snowy Owls and the rest of Key Stage One were super brave at performing in such a big church and were super well behaved. We were very proud of them all.
A big thank you to all the mums, dads and grandparents who helped walk with us to the church and/or came with us to the Museum, really appreciated thank you.
Although we have had some fun days out we have also been working hard too. We have finished our topic on the Enormous Turnip and each child has written their own huge vegetable story. For the next two weeks we will be looking at instructions.
In Maths we have been doubling and halving and now moving onto adding and subtracting. We have added 2 digit numbers to a 1 digit number e.g. 25 + 4, and we will now be moving onto subtracting a 1 digit number from a 2 digit number. We have identified strategies to help us do the adding mentally. We know that 5 + 4 = 9 then we know that we need to add the twenty back on to get the answer. We are using our own mental number knowledge and adjusting. We will be doing the same with subtracting.
We have PE on a Tuesday and Thursday please have named kit in school daily. They can leave their kit here. Please no ear rings on those days.
Please NAME jumpers and cardigans, there are 16 unnamed cardigans and jumpers in the lost property bin outside Tawny Owls, we can not return these to their owners. If you have any lost property please come and look through as it is getting rather full and see if you can claim anything!
Last week of clubs this week as we have parents evening the next week, please sign up in the community room. If you can't make those days please let us know and we can arrange a different day and time.
Another fab week in Snowy Owls!
We have been busy practising our Harvest Festival song; finding out about the seasons; finding and writing our own expanded noun phrases; practising our spellings and handwriting and in maths we have been learning to recall our number bonds to 10,20 and 100.
For Maths this weekend your child could play 'Hit the Button' or create a poster finding all the ways to make 10, 20 or 100.
We have also been discussing how the seasons change and what happens in each season. We are particularly going to look at how the day changes over the year and how it gets darker earlier at night and later in the morning during the autumn and winter. It would be great if you could discuss this with your children and start to note down when it gets dark at night over the next couple of days and then again in a couple of weeks and see if it has changed. We are going to be doing this in school too.
In case anyone would like to continue our Enormous Turnip topic in English, the Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich are putting a performance on over half term. Here is a link. https://www.wolseytheatre.co.uk/shows/the-enormous-turnip/
And here is a link to our Harvest song. (I hope it works!)
We are really looking forward to our trip on Tuesday to the Museum of East Anglian Life. Fingers crossed for nice weather!
Welcome to Year 2 and Snowy Owls. What a great start to the new term and school year!
We loved seeing the 'Tour of Britain' speed past us, we all cheered at the tops of our voices.
We have begun working hard on our topic for this half term 'Harvest'. Thinking of harvest time in the past and creating beautiful still life art.
We have enjoyed learning our English text, The Enormous Turnip, and begun to identify features of traditional tales and using inference to think about the characters feelings.
We have been thinking about place value in maths and which numbers are bigger or smaller.
Maths ideas for homework this week:
Thank you to all the parents who came to 'Meet the Teacher'. It was lovely to see you all. If you couldn't make it I have attached the letter at the bottom, but you should have been given a hard copy from your child today. The really important parts of the meeting were:
Thank you all for sending your children into school every day ready to learn, they are already proving themselves to be super stars.