Welcome to the Blue Class (Year 2) page!
Blue Class have been making excellent progress in Maths over the last few weeks. We have been looking at how repeated addition of equal groups is represented by multiplication so that:
5 + 5 + 5 = 3 lots of 5 = 3 x 5
Division is sharing a number into equal groups that 15 ÷ 5 represents:
‘How many lots of 5 are in 15?’ = 15 split into groups of 5 = 3
Alongside this, we are learning our 2, 5, and 10 times tables.
In English we have been reading the book ‘The Tin Forest’ by Helen Ward, where in the middle of a desolate land filled with rubbish lives an old man who does his best to produce something beautiful. The class have produced some lovely thoughtful writing and we have had some very interesting discussions about our environment. This has linked into our Science work about materials.
Many thanks to everyone who has sent in a copy of Fantastic Mr Fox. This is proving to be a very popular shared reading book!
Blue Class have made a fantastic start to the year and really thrown themselves into their learning!
Our Science topic is growing things and we are looking carefully at seeds and bulbs as you can see. We are hoping to grow some bulbs in our jars that we are collecting in at the moment.
In Maths we are learning about the place value of 2-digit numbers: what the tens and ones represent and are now beginning to compare 2-digit numbers.
In some of our afternoon sessions with Year 1 we have begun to look at some art by Paul Klee and taken his statement ‘A line is a dot that we take for a walk’ to make some dot pictures. I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s amazing what you can do with a dot!
April 5th 2019
Blue Class have been very busy in Maths learning about time – in particular telling the time to half /quarter past and quarter to. We have also started to tell the time in 5 minute intervals. It would be great if you use analogue clocks at home to ask your children now and again if they can tell you what the time is.
In English our focus has been on non-fiction writing and the class have written a report on Neil Armstrong as well as a set of instructions on how to wrap a present.
In Art we have been looking at the painting technique of Vincent Gogh and in particular his painting of ‘The Starry Night’. We have imitated the way in which he used thick paint and circular brush strokes to express movement. I have been really impressed with the results as I’m sure you will be.
January 16th 2019
Welcome back and Happy New Year to you all!
Our topic for this term is ‘Space’ and I’m very excited about getting started. We’ll be starting off by looking at the earth from the perspective of space and naming the continents and oceans of the world.
In Maths we are building on our abilities to add and subtract numbers to 10 using mental strategies and will begin to add 2-digit numbers.
In English this half-term we will be basing our writing on the book ‘The Way Back Home’ by Oliver Jeffers and paying particular attention to choosing describing words such as adjectives and adverbs.
November 16th 2018
In Blue Class we have just finished our topic on castles.We worked together to make 3D models of motte and bailey castles and we found out about Hereford Castle. Did you know, it was one of the first castles in England, built before the Norman invasion?
September 28th 2018
The children in Blue Class have really started to settle in now and we have been very impressed with their hard work in learning their spellings so well each week. In Maths we have been securing knowledge of tens and ones by making 2-digit numbers in practical ways and finding out how 100 squares and number lines work. In English we are basing our writing on the traditional tale The Princess and the Pea by Lauren Child. The children are preparing their sentences by saying them out loud before writing them down then checking that they make sense. Over the next week or so we will be starting our whole class reading book ‘The Deep Dark Wood’.
We were so excited that Abass from One-Drum came to school to run an African drumming workshop for each class. We dressed up in clocks which had traditional African patterns and colours on them. We particularly enjoyed the teachers dancing for us!
Welcome to the summer term!
Our topics this term are Kenya for the first half term, followed by The Seaside after the half term break.
We began the term by exploring our school value ‘happiness.’ We have done some writing about what makes us happy. We have used Textease (a word processing program) to create a sentence about how make others happy. We have also used watercolours to paint pictures of things that make us happy.
May 4th 2018
We began the term by exploring our school value ‘Happiness.’ We have written about what makes us happy and also have used Textease (a word processing program) to create a sentence about how we make others happy. In Art, we have been using watercolours to paint pictures for our display which, we think you’ll agree, looks very cheerful!
March 23rd 2018
Blue Class have been enjoying their Space topic and have used it to make investigations into what humans need to live and what essentials they might take with them into space. We have been reading the Oliver Jeffers book, ‘The Way Back Home’ to base our own sentences on and have focused on descriptive language and sentence structure with some very impressive results! We had great fun making ‘greggars’ or shakers, when we learned about the story of Esther which is celebrated at the Jewish festival of Purim. In the storytelling part of the festival when the name of the King’s evil right-hand man, Haman, is mentioned then the whole audience makes as much noise as they can to drown the sound of his name out! As you can imagine, Blue Class managed to make lots of noise with their greggars! Continuing with our space theme, we have been learning about Neil Armstrong and his achievements. We have considered how astronauts need to eat healthily even though they are in space and we have planned them a healthy, balanced menu. We have looked at the earth from space, identifying its oceans and continents.
February 16th 2018
Blue class have been reading and solving riddles over the last two weeks. We examined how a riddle is constructed and then wrote our own. In music the children have really enjoyed listening to the Carnival of The Animals by Saint Saens and have shown some excellent listening skills by identifying instruments and exploring the different moods and effects an orchestra can make.
February 2nd 2018
Blue Class have made a great start to learning about multiplication and division, relating it to ‘lots of’ and making ‘equal groups’ in several different ways. This week we have had a very close look at different kinds of seeds and bulbs cutting them in half and identifying what they are made up of and how they grow. This week we have also welcomed a new member of the class, Daniel, and hope he’ll be very happy here.
Blue Class have made a great start to the new year and have come back to school full of energy! We have been happy to welcome a new member of the class, Kim, and hope he’ll be very happy here. Our Topic for this half- term is The Great Fire of London, starting off with finding out about what life was like for Londoners in 1666. We are also basing some of our writing on these events. In Science we are looking at what seeds need to germinate and have set up a test to investigate the best conditions. Our Maths work is on adding two 2-digit numbers using column addition before moving on to multiplication and division.
May 12th 2017
Blue Class have been very busy with their work on habitats and continuing observations on the class tadpoles and their progress into froglets! We have just come back from a great day out at Madley Environmental Centre where we found lots of very interesting pond life and investigated microclimates in the woodland. Our value is Respect this term and we have written letters on behalf of our classroom equipment, asking that we be treated well and used properly!