This term Italian Ibex have been learning about pirates during our swashbuckling adventures in ‘Land Ahoy’! The children learnt about what the life of a pirate is like and how to become one.
This term we have been reading various texts linked to our topic. The children have enjoyed listening to different adventures that a variety of pirates have been on. We had an incident where the infamous Captain Jolly Roger, was caught on CCTV stealing our treasure chest. He has demanded that the children become pirates to earn the right to own their treasure. This enraged the children to which some have written some very persuasive letters telling the captain their demands! We will await his response, hopefully in due course.
In maths, the children have moved on to multiplication and division. Because of their continued work in number, place value and their times tables, it has enabled them to understand the concepts that they have been taught to work out multiplication and division sentences. This has grown their confidence in the area and most are able to work these out using different manipulatives and knowing all the number facts for a given calculation.
In science this term, we have started to look at animals and their habitats. The children have been exploring where different animals and insects live. We have studied these and noticed what changes have taken place at various intervals. We have also purchased some micro clips, for the learnpads, which have allowed the children to take some close up pictures of the habitats that we find around our school. This has been very interesting and has helped the children to design habitats from various parts of the world.
In our topic, we have been studying the United Kingdom and some famous people from the past. We have looked at the four countries of the UK and their capital cities as well as some information about Maidstone. The children have also looked at some of the characteristics of these countries and identified what makes them different, even though two of the three other countries border ours.
As well as this, we studied Grace Darling and how her efforts brought about the RNLI and put this little daughter of a lighthouse keeper in the history books. Even though this happened over 100 years ago, it is still relevant today and the story fascinated the children.
This term Italian Ibex have continued the topic Muck, Mess and Mixture. We have been busy investigating different materials, reading and writing about ‘The Pied Piper of Hamelin’ and creating our own set of instructions. It has been great to see all the children getting fully involved in our learning and deepening their understanding.
This term we have been reading a version of ‘The Pied Piper of Hamelin’. The children have really enjoyed looking at this book and comparing the town of Hamelin to the society we live in today. In English we have been looking at information texts then writing about unusual pets. The children have really enjoyed looking at what they could do to their homes so that they can have animals like giraffes, rhinos, wolves and a variety of other weird and wonderful creatures. As well as this, the children have been practising writing sets of instructions, studying commas for a list and the learning the four sentence types in our grammar lessons.
In maths, we have now moved on to solving two step problems involving money using addition and subtraction. I have been really impressed at how quickly the children noticed the relationships between the manipulatives we have been using and the values of the different coins and notes. Please continue to support your children when taking them to the shops, explaining the different amounts being charged and helping them to calculate how much change they will get when they take their items to the till.
In science this term we have continued to investigate materials and how different materials react under different forces and pressure. One experiment we completed asked the question, ‘Do bigger balls bounce higher than smaller ones?’ The children certainly had lots of fun finding this out and testing the different materials.
In our topic we have focused on different artists, studying John Constable and landscape drawings. The children have been working on their artistic creations from rough sketching to colouring their designs. We also had lots of fun creating pen portraits of the artist so that we can understand a bit more about him and where he came from. This gave us an insight to the kinds of places he experienced.
This term Italian Ibex have been looking at ‘Muck, Mess and Mixture’. We have been busy investigating different materials, writing about George’s Marvellous Medicine and creating our own concoctions. It has been great to see all the children getting fully involved in our learning, which has meant they’ve learnt so much!
This term we have been reading George’s Marvellous Medicine in our guided reading. There have been some tricky words that the children have had to learn but we’ve been coming up with some fun ways to remember what these mean. In their writing, the children have been learning about letter writing. Within this we have covered a few different texts about children writing to their teachers. They have discussed what they would like to say to their teacher and how to write it as a letter. They have had some fantastic ideas of what they would like to say and have used all four different sentence types to convey their points of argument, which were very convincing. I’m expecting some well written Christmas letters this year!
In maths, we have now switched over to the maths mastery teaching approach, building upon pupils’ prior learning to support each new maths topic, and deepening their understanding so that they are more fluent with different calculation types, and can reason confidently. We have spent a lot of time investigating place value, building a solid understanding of how to order numbers, using greater, smaller and equal numbers and all the language that underpins this. Children have thoroughly enjoyed the new approach and all of the visual methods that they have experienced within it.
Year 2s topic is Muck, Mess and Mixture, so therefore have been looking at materials in science. We have had some great fun looking at what materials we could use to build our new school with. We also have been looking at whether we can turn solid particles in to a liquid and the back again, investigating how the particles change when melting chocolate. Pictured above is our use of materials to make a kite. The children picked certain materials that are conducive to flying, and described why that material was best for its purpose. As you can see, they had lots of fun testing these out.
In our topic, we have been looking at art and design, history and design technology. The children had many challenges mixing different marbling inks together and then transferring them onto their pieces of paper. We have also been studying the artwork of Vincent Van Gogh and landscape artist John Constable.