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Autumn 1

Knowledge organisers

Information about this terms maths can be found at www.whiterosemaths.com

RE - Old Testament Stories and Prayer 

This term our author is Tom Fletcher. Below is a list of books you may want to enjoy with your child together.

CLIC - Learn Its

Learn Its are sent home every Friday and the children will be tested the following Friday. Your childs Learn Its will be the same for this term. We don't expect your child to learn them off by heart straighaway, but would like their score to improve each week, so by the end of the term they know them off by heart. 

Learn Its

First day in Year 2

Ol Moran - Outside My Window

Today we started our special relationship with our partner school in Kenya. Our first project was 'Outside My Window'. In year 2 we decided to focus on nature and went outside to explore all the things we see 'outside our window'. We then chose one item to make into a picture using paint, crayons or collage. Below are some photos from the process and then our final class piece. We can't wait to see what the children at Ol Moran think about our art. 

Our wonderful final piece!

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Week 1

Year 2 disappered 

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Can you guess where they went? 

We picked some apples from our very own school orchard. They were really tasty! We put them on our prayer table to thank God for them. 

Whilst exploring our new book, The Dragon Painter, we had some fun getting to know the dragons. Four dragons came to visit us and we had some questions to ask them. The children really loved getting into role and I have to say they were particularly scary. 

Week 2

This week we have been busy re telling our story The Dragon Painter. Click on the links below to see us using plenty of expression and story language to tell the story. 

https://youtu.be/dB4VHWi3BDE

https://youtu.be/Be8tSI07riU

https://youtu.be/OKnHWrCgvYs

https://youtu.be/-kn6F78Xu7I

https://youtu.be/f75YBgAmp84

 

 

Week 3

Battle of Hastings

Today, in History, we re-enacted the Battle of Hastings, 1066. We acted out how William the Conqueror came over from Normandy, across the English Channel, on 700 boats carrying 15,000 soldiers. Whilst King Harold, stood on a hill with his army made up of 5,000 farmers. King Harold’s men made a line of shields to protect King Harold. William the Conqueror tricked King Harold’s men and started to retreat. King Harold started to move down the hill and then William the Conqueror attacked.Today, in History, we re-enacted the Battle of Hastings, 1066. We acted out how William the Conqueror came over from Normandy, across the English Channel, on 700 boats carrying 15,000 soldiers. Whilst King Harold, stood on a hill with his army made up of 5,000 farmers. King Harold’s men made a line of shields to protect King Harold. William the Conqueror tricked King Harold’s men and started to retreat. King Harold started to move down the hill and then William the Conqueror attacked.

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Our Trip to Reading Museum

We walked from school to Reading Museum. At the museum we reinacted the story of The Battle of Hastings and dressed up in some of the clothes. We then took a look at the Bayeux Tapestry which depicts the story. We had a great time and listened REALLY well!

Week 4

This week we have been super busy doing some really tricky learning in writing, turning speech bubbles into speech inclosed in inverted commas. We wrote our very own psalms about Harvest, these were particularly thought about and impressive. Finally, we had our very first Forest School session which the children LOVED. My favourite quote was from Lorenzo who said 'I've never climbed a tree before, this is AMAZING!' 

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Week 5

This week we have had another very busy productive week of lovely learning. We have been innovating our class story. We now have a very interesting story about a chef who bakes cakes for a royal party. Ask your children to tell it to you, it is good!

In maths we have been working on our number bonds. Number bonds to ten and twenty. Once we are super comfortable with number bonds the whole world of addition and subtraction is a lot easier. Some of us have been writing 8 number sentences for each family. For example, 5+15=20 15+5=20 20=15+5 20=5+15 20-5=15 20-15=5 15=20-5 5=20-15. Skye and Perez were particularly skilful at writing these 'families'. 

In PE we have been practising our one leg balance. Ask the children about the tricky challenge they had to do. 

Below are pictures from our RE lesson where we have been focusing on the relationship between Mary and Jesus. We listened to the story of The Wedding at Cana where Jesus performed his first miracle. We worked together with our learning partners to act out the conversation between Mary and Jesus. 

Week 6

Another wonderfully busy week, jammed packed with great learning experiences. 

On science this week we were investigating plastics. First we found objects around the school made of plastic. We took it in turns to pretend to the the designer and explain why we had choosen plastic for our objects. We then explored the flexibility of plastics by seeing how far each plastic squirty bottle could squirt water across the play ground. 

In the rest of our subjects, we have been art critics and reviewed our own and others castle sculptures. We have been revisiting adding and subtracting, with a particular focus on number bonds. 

In RE we learnt about the story of Jesus calling his first disciples, particularly focusing on the relationship Jesus had with Simon. We were introduced to the Rosary and honoured Mary in our prayers. 

Literacy this week has been VERY exciting. We have adapted the story of The Dragon Painter to invent our very own stories. I can't wait to share these with you next week. 

The highlight of my week was definitely our excellent class assembly. The children spoke with confidence and enthusiasm about our terms learning, and wasn't their singing beautiful. Thank you to all those parents who came, I will be attaching a link to a video if you were unable to make it. 

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Week 7

We made it through our first half term!!!

Well done everyone! Miss Talbot and Mrs Cosgrove have had a lovely half term teaching Year 2 and we have certainly been busy and learned LOADS. 

This week we finished out invented stories. I have shared three below, but there are many, many fantastic ones. If you would like to see your child’s I am always really happy for you to pop in and have a look through their books. 

In maths we have been continuing with adding and subtracting. Seeing what happens when you add and subtract 10 at a time. In RE we have made our very own rosary beads to help us understand why we pray the rosary. We have also been learning about St Francis of Assisi and Saint Bernadette. Presentations will be posted soon.

We had a wonderful morning with lots of parents on Thursday, Mrs Cosgrove is very cross she didn’t take photos! Thank you all for coming along and we hope that you found it valuable.

Finally, have a wonderful and peaceful half term and we look forward to seeing you in November for our CHRISTMAS term!

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