This week in Year 2 we have been learning about nouns and adjectives to create a description for King Arthur's legendary castle of Camelot. In Food Technology, we looked at recreating our own medieval fruit tart for the Lord and Lady of the castle. For Science, we have been learning about how materials can be used by understanding their properties. In Maths, we have been representing numbers to 100 in different ways in order to help us understand the place value of a digit in a number (tens and ones).
This week in our writing we have been looking at the importance of instructions. Initially we looked at what they were before moving onto the features that they needed. We then used our new found knowledge to create a set of instructions to show people how they could make their very own model castle. When looking at our enquiry question of "is a castle sustainable" this week we used our knowledge from last week regarding materials in Science to create a bridge over a moat that would be able to hold weight. We experimented with how this could then be strengthened by corrigating and manipulating a single peice of card to make it stronger.
This week for English we have been looking at different types of poetry including riddles, rhyming and calligrams. We explored the features of each genre and have produced our own castle calligram poem. In Mathematics, we have begun our next unit by understanding related facts for addition and subtraction. In Science, we created our medieval carts in order to investigate how many blocks could be transported. We then looked at how to make these stronger as a way for us to comprehend the skill of manipulating a material to ensure it becomes more stable.
This week in Mathematics we have been looking at different methods to carry out adding and subtracting numbers. From this, we have learned so far how to add a 2-digit number and a 1-digit number together by applying a variety of methods. These consist of number lines, part-whole models, the bar model and the column method. In English, we have been looking at the story of 'The Three Little Pigs'. We have acted out parts of the story as well as used our inference skills to pick out true or false statements of the story. For Science, we have continued looking at materials and their uses. In order to link this to English, we made our own versions of houses using materials around the classroom. We investigated to see which materials would work best and those which wouldn't.
This week in Maths we have been looking at adding a two-digit number to a 1-digit number using the column method. We have been practicing place value within our columns and understanding how to cross tens. In English, we have been reading repetitive poems. We have understood the features of these poems and have begun writing our own about a spooky, haunted house. In our enquiry lesson, we continued with materials in Science and have investigated if certain materials stretch, bend, twist or can be squashed. Furthermore, we have also been rehearsing our nativity. We are so excited for all of it to come together!
This week in Year 2, we have been working super hard for our assessment papers - Well done everyone!! In the afternoons, we have been practicing the nativity in preparation for it to be videoed. It's all coming together and we cannot wait to show you!
This week in English we have been reading Traction Man. We have explored his first mission and understood how a short story can be split into a beginning, a build-up, a problem, a resolution and an ending. In Maths, we have continued to look at using the column method for adding and subtracting 2-digit numbers. For Science, we made our own medieval catapults using lollipop sticks, cello-tape, rubber bands and marshmallows. We absolutely loved launching mini-marshmallows! Lastly, our Christmas nativity is coming along and we are prepping for our dress-rehearsal.
This week in Maths we have been using the column method to add and subtract 2-digit numbers from 2-digit numbers. We have also been using number lines to work help consolidate counting backwards to identify missing numbers. In English, we have been writing Traction's Man adventure using different skills such as similes, adjectives, exclamation marks and commas. For our enquiry lesson, we looked at the celebration of Hanukkah and the traditions which take place for this religion.