Meerkat Mail

Year 2 have enjoyed studying Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett.

  
It’s a lovely story full of adventure and finding out that the grass isn’t always greener!

Firstly, we all worked as a team to create a class story map so we could learn the text. We challenged ourselves and added some key story language to the map. This is a class target at the minute to use a variety of sentence openers in story writing.

  
We used a key to identify different text features on the map.

Once we had learned the text, we were ready to innovate. Throughout the innovation process Year 2 showed outstanding engagement and commitment to their learning.

We created an innovated story called Meerkat Supermarket. Sunny the meerkat went on a trip around the supermarket to find the perfect place to live. Using our innovated map we then wrote the story.

  
It was so impressive to see Year 2 show determination and perseverance when writing their sustained story piece. The outcome was fabulous. Keep an eye out to see their terrific writing!

A visit from a four-legged friend

A very special visitor popped into Year 2 on Tuesday to introduce them to their new Literacy unit, Information texts.

Meet Lucifer the Great!

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As part of the Information Text unit that Year 2 are starting, they will learn all about tortoises and produce their very own information leaflet to share with other classes in school.

Everyone absolutely loved having a real tortoise in class. He was carefully shown around and we even got to touch him! Miss Gangel followed closely behind with the hand sanitiser!

It has given Year 2 a real enthusiasm to get started with this learning. Following on from the Lucifer’s visit Year 2 contributed to the planning of the unit by completing a ‘I see, I think, I wonder’ task.

This task involved sharing ideas with a partner and recording notes using bullet points. ‘I see’ asks you to record what you saw when Lucifer visited. ‘I think’ is making those links to think about using what I saw, what do I think I know? ‘I wonder’ is then generating a question you would like to answer by the end of the unit.

Some great examples from today’s lesson:

I see: Lucifer’s head can go inside his shell.

I think: Tortoises are flexible because their heads can move in and out of their shell.

I wonder: Why do tortoises have a hard shell?

Why don’t you have a try thinking of a question you would like Year 2 to answer all about tortoises? Comment below and we’ll get back to you!

Check back in with Year 2 to see if you can learn any interesting facts about tortoises.