Big Blue Whales!

In Year 2 we have been doing an information text unit linked to our topic all about the biggest creature on Earth…the blue whale!

Using the book Big Blue Whale, by Nicola Davies, we went through a process that helped us move from great readers into great writers. 

To begin with we were given key words and phrases from the text. We read them and teamed with some prior knowledge we made predictions about the information we were going to find. This was presented in a brainstorm diagram. Finally in this predicting stage we saw the front cover of the book and that helped us to make links (all good readers do that!).


Next we moved to careful reading of the language from the text to help us to clarify key vocabulary. We made glossary booklets to record this piece of work.

Now it was time for summarising. Summarising is finding the main point. We needed to read sections of the text carefully and closely and as a team we worked together to find the main point, give it a sub-heading and present back to the class.


Then it was time for planning. All good writers make plans they can follow to show off their skills. We changed the way we planned this time and worked as a whole group to collect and share our ideas and recorded them on a giant class plan.


We carried out a lot of writing skills work during the planning and writing stages so we could get it just right. Everyone made a first draft in our English books, we then made some improvements before creating our final copy for display.

This unit of work was a great success. Everyone showed commitment and enthusiasm to learning! This hard work and determination ensured lots of progress for all!

Chinese character writing

Look at this amazing topic work we did last week! It was a real challenge at first but practise makes perfect and soon we were making progress steps.

   
 At first, we discovered that Chinese writing does not follow an alphabet instead words are represented by characters. In English, we read and write from left to right but in Chinese you read and write the characters from top to bottom!

We carried out a variety of jobs such as matching the word to the character, drawing Chinese characters, writing number characters and making number sentences.

   
Throughout the afternoon we were engaged in learning and we all showed resilience to keep on going until we reached our personal best!

To display this learning we then made some Chinese hanging decorations by choosing three Chinese characters and drawing them clearly on red circles. 

Did you know? Red is a lucky colour in China.

Magnificent Maths!

In Maths, we have been learning all about ESTIMATING.

Did you know estimating means a sensible guess.

We found out that when you estimate it is always best to estimate a number that can be found in the ten times table. For example saying there are about 20 beads in the jar is a better close estimate than saying an exact number such as 23.

After practising with a partnerĀ getting a close estimate a few times we then went on to accurately count.

Accurately means bang on! We even have an action for this. Ask a Year 2 if you see them around school or at home.

Sometimes it can be a real challenge to accurately count a large number of objects. As a class, we worked together and came up with a clever method to help us make sure we were counting accurately when working with a lot of items. It is much easier when you put the objects into groups of 10. Then you can count in tens and add whatever is left over.

We accepted the challenge and solved a problem! What great perseverance we have shown!

Welcome to Year 2!

Welcome back to a brand new start of the year.

In Year 2 we kicked it off with a bang or should I say roar! Our topic this term is Land of the Dinosaurs.

We have had great fun creating dinosaur skeleton art work this week. Using pasta pieces, we explored how to create an outline that represented a dinosaur’s skeleton. It was tricky to manipulate the pieces and glue them in a position that made the art work effective. We all persevered andĀ the outcome looked great!

Take a look and see what you think!

dinosaur-skeleton-art

Not only have we been busy creating these art masterpieces but we have also challenged ourselves in Maths!

Miss Collins set us the 6 bead challenge to help us investigate and show off our skills in place value. You are given 6 beads and challenged to find out all the possible numbers you can make. We showed lots of determination and teamwork skills during this task.