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Class Teacher: Mrs Witham

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Beacroft and Miss Sargent

 

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Welcome to Spring 2. We will continue with our theme Around the World for the next few weeks.

In English we will base our work on Ziraffa Giraffa and follow the giraffe’s journey from its home in Africa to Paris. Written work will include letters, diary entries, explanation and recounts.

In Maths we will continue with multiplication and division, then move on to fractions and measures. 

In Science the Year 2 children will learn about nutrition and how to keep healthy and  the Year 3 children will learn about how our muscles and joints work and investigate breakfast cereals to see how healthy they are. 

In our theme based learning we will be producing artwork of famous landmarks. Our travel agency continues to be popular with the children and will remain in place until Easter. The children will be able to do a variety of activities such as finding locations on globes or maps, and researching climates. Leaflets and information produced by the children as home work last term will be added to the brochures already in place.

Maths overview

19th February 2018 - Year 2 - beginning to divide with remainders

                                Year 3 - sorting odd and even numbers

5th March 2018 - Year 2 - half of amounts

                          Year 3 - measuirng and converting lengths

12th March 2018 - Year 2 - fractions

                            Year 3 - perimeters

The Curriculum - Autumn 1

Our theme to kickstart the new school year was 'Vicious Vikings!' We explored who the Vikings were, where they came from and why they settled in Britain. In conjunction with our English lessons we looked at the Vikings further as we indulged in the fictional tale of; How to be a Viking by Cressida Cowell. We enjoyed making a collage of our favourite character - Stoick, and pretending to be him as we sang the Viking song. We made our own version of the tale 'How to be a Viking' with some interesting twists too. In Science we explored the topic of 'everyday materials' and in particular the sorts of materials around in Viking times and investigating the materials used to make clothes and weapons during this time. In Maths we worked extremely hard to crack the place value topic! We familiarised ourselves with lots of manipulatives to help us to understand the meaning of a number. We then proceeded to the addition and subtraction topic where we learnt how to use the formal columnar method, whilst also remaining keen with those manipulatives to show the addition and subtraction of numbers; using both concrect and pictorial methods. 

Autumn 2

In the second half of the Autumn term we  began with some performance poetry which got us into the swing of being a performer. This gave us a good practice with performing in front of an audience before we performed our Christmas play. English lessons were focussed on the purpose of writing to inform. The children wrote a set of instructions (within the Viking theme). The Year 2 children practiced using bossy verbs whilst the Year 3 children used prepositions. In Maths the children were presented with problem solving and mastery activities through the measurement of money for the Year 2's and multiplication and division for the Year 3's. 

Spring 1

In the first half of the Spring term our theme was Around the World. In English we based our work on a story set in the Kalahari Desert (Meerkat Mail) and we wrote our own version of the story set in a different part of the world.

In Maths we looked at time and time problems. The Year 2 children used analogue clocks and the Year 3 children used analogue and digital clocks. We then moved onto addition and subtraction using mental and written methods. We have also done some learning around multiplication and division.

In Science the Year 2 children learnt about the life cycles of animals, including humans, and the Year 3 children learnt about the human skeleton, its muscular system and the importance of a nutritious diet.

In our theme based learning we looked at maps and found the continents and oceans. We then focused on countries in the northern hemisphere, looking at their features. We have set up a travel agency in the class room where the children have been able to do a variety of activities such as fill in passports, make check lists of things they would like to do on holiday and look through travel brochures to find destinations that match their lists.

Useful Website Links

Check out our Wrawby facebook page for daily/weekly updates about what's happening in Flamingo classroom.

https://www.ttrockstars.com/ - Secure those multiplication tables!

http://uk.mathletics.com/ - Challenge yourself with some maths problems!

https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk - To access bug club for some thrilling reads.

Spellings

The children will be tested and given new spellings every Thursday. Year 2 and 3 children will receive different sets of spellings and it is important that the children spend plenty of time learning these through the week. A variety of spelling techniques can be appied at home as well as in school. See the pictures below for some ideas.

Spelling Pic 1Spelling Posters

Homework

Homework is given out every half term. The first half term was 'topic' themed; and may I take this opportunity to thank everyone involved (parents included), for some truly fantastic and phenominal long boat creations! Flamingo class had fun sharing these projects and learning a little bit more about each other as we each added some of our own personal touches to our Viking boats. In the second half of the Autumn term, the homework followed a 'science' theme. Please check homework books for up-to-date information regarding current homework. 

PE

PE is a core subject and we especially take advantage of this at Wrawby. With every attempt to make learning active and engaging, we like to promote a positive and healthy lifestyle at any opportutnity. Please could children bring their PE kits on a Monday and take them home on a Friday. The children will receive 3 PE lessons a week; Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, but sometimes we like to mix things up...and it's always good to be prepared! laugh

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