We had a fantastic first half term in year 2! Our theme for the Autumn term is ‘Not So Happy Feet’, a topic where we are thinking about penguins, their habitats and climate change across our learning. We started the term with an exciting trip to Living Coasts in Torquay, where we learnt about penguins…
See our summary of learning below – this is at the top of the weekly homelearning each week.
English – We have continued our non-fiction text learning sequence by learning the skills we will need to write our own report on the Ancient Egyptians, including using sentence starters (like ‘In Egyptian times, …’ or ‘Beside the river Nile, …’) and conjunctions to link ideas and expand sentences (like and, but, so, if, that, although, however).
We also revisited the word types we already know – nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs and conjunctions – and made actions and sayings to help us remember what they are. After grouping lots of different words into their types, we found a new kind called prepositions, which show where, when or why something happened (like at, near, to in, during, before, due to, because of) – we made actions for these too! We will apply these skills when we write our reports next week. In spelling, we have been learning to add the –ation suffix to form nouns, for example in words like mummification, civilisation and excavation.
Maths – This week is our last week of our ‘number sense’ unit of learning, where we have been developing our place value knowledge of numbers 0-1000. We have been exploring representing numbers in different ways, reading and writing numbers in words, and problem solving.
Theme – We have continued learning about the ancient Egyptians, this week researching our chosen questions using the internet. We learnt how searching on the internet works, how to search safely, and how to find child appropriate and reliable results. We applied these new skills and our note taking skills to research our question on the iPads.
Science – We continued our learning on light and shadows by experimenting to understand how shadows are formed in greater depth and knowing how they change depending on the location of the light source.
Other – In PSHE with Mrs Pestridge, the children explored emotions, and understanding how people are feeling based on their expressions. The children are enjoying their weekly swimming sessions and gymnastics with Miss Betty.