Mr Wraight and Mrs McGrath
welcome you to
Tell me a story...
What's in a story?
16.1.19 - Visit from South East Water
Today we had a visit from South East water to learn about water conservation and usage. They taught us how to save water and techniques we can use to reduce our water usage. These included turning the tap off when we clean our teeth, taking a four minute shower instead of a bath and washing vegetables in a bowl of water instead of by running the tap.
We received a 'goody bag' with lots of useful tips and activities to help conserve water too!
We then took part in a Water Challenge where we worked in teams to connect a network of pipes together to ensure that all our 'buildings' received water. Take a look at the pictures of us in action.
Our topic this term is 'Tell Me a Story'. We will start this topic with a visit from Mr Lambirth who will share a story with us. This story will form the basis of our English work this term. We will look at the process of story telling and transfer this into story writing, from developing the characters to creating the plot. We will consider how an author makes many changes and adaptations to their draft before writing their final story. We will look at different ways to sequence a story and make revisions before writing our own stories. We will also consider where story telling began and how it has evolved throughout History.
We have listened to Mr Lambirth's story 'Little River Turtle'. It was very exciting and we all enjoyed his enthusiasm and were really engaged. We have now begun retelling the story to each other and had a go at re-enacting the story.
We are now spending the next few weeks writing the story's beginning, middle and end adding our own details as we go along.
In maths this term we will be focusing on division. We will be looking at division firstly as sharing then by introducing the division symbol. We will continue to deepen our understanding of number in order to answer mathematical questions mentally and use mathematical language to explain our reasoning.
Do remember to take a look at 'coastal tube' (coastaltube.co.uk) for videos on how you can support your child by reinforcing the methods they are used to in school. Do speak to Mr Wraight if you require the login details for this or ask at the school office.
We are also learning maths actively - combining our physical education with our maths learning. Take a look at us learning how to share whilst being active too!
To help with our understand of storytelling we will be looking at the history of communication, starting with the earliest form of writing. We will find out how people got in touch with each other before telephones and emails, as well as finding out about the people behind some important inventions in communication, including William Caxton, Samuel Morse, Alexander Graham Bell and Tim Berners-Lee.
We have looked at early communication in Egyptian times with hieroglyphics. Do take a look at some of us writing our names in hieroglyphics below and remember to have a look in our books next time you are in.
In art we will be investigating patterns through exploring, creating and manipulating a variety of different kinds of patterns. We will start by thinking about patterns found at home and in the environment, we will then move on to study how shapes can be rotated and reflected to create interesting patterns. We will link this work with our work in RE where we are exploring who a Muslim is and what they believe in.
This term we are learning all about 'Multiskills' and Gymnastics.
In Multiskills we will be practising a variety of skills including jumping, throwing and catching. In Gymnastics we will revise how to travel in different ways and will begin to explore the use of apparatus to enhance our skills.
Take a look at us in action learning how to jump in different ways...
If you go down to the woods today.....
Who lives here?
A visit from Arturo's daddy - Giovanni Biasutti
Thank you to Mr Biasutti for a fantastic talk about the Polar Regions and the time you spent there. The children were all captivated to learn about the Arctic and Antarctica from someone who has actually spent time there and we all learned some interesting facts about the region.
He taught us all about the importance of keeping the oceans safe from pollution, particularly plastic and how beautiful both the landscape and the wildlife is. He also shared a video of a whale that he managed to record whilst diving - what an amazing experience it was!
On the beach....
This term whilst on the beach we are thinking about photography and are beginning to learn how to take an interesting photograph of our surroundings.
So far we have learned a little bit about view finders and we are starting to think about perspective, as well as what might be in the foreground and background in our photographs.
We cannot wait to start taking photographs on the beach and once this is done, Mrs Ashton-Lovett and Mrs Watkins are going to work with some of us to create a group colllage of these photographs to be displayed alongside other school's artwork.
Our Trip to 'The Hive' at Herne Infants - 7.11.18
We had a fantastic time exploring the 'Hive' at Herne Infants this week. We spent some time climbing trees and exploring the environment. We collected sticks and logs, made camps and dens and spent some time learning about staying safe around fire and observing the rules of the fire circle.
We gathered around the fire circle to enjoy a toasted marshmallow at the end. Thank you to all at Herne Infants for allowing us to visit their Hive and play in their playground too. We are hoping to organise another trip here in the future.
Armistice Day 2018 - 100 years on....
As part of Westmeads commemoration of 100 years since the end of the Great War (WW1), year 2 made a wreath of poppies and all went together to lay it at the War Memorial outside Whitstable Library. The children were all very sensible and we paid our respects by observing a 2 minute silence whilst at the memorial.
We also had the pleasure of visiting St Alphege Church who have put together an art installation commemorating the end of WW1. The children spent some quiet time in the church looking at the many hundreds of white doves hanging from the roof representing peace.
Back in school, each child took part in some Remembrance Day art and creating various different pieces of poppy related art work to display around the school - do look out for this artwork the next time you visit.
This term we are exploring a text from the CLPE Power of Reading, the title of which we will reveal to the children in due course. Watch this space!
So far, we have explored the first page of the book and looked in detail at the illustration. We have established that the book is about a polar bear who appears to be lost.
The children are really loving this text so far and cannot wait to read on. We have learned some facts about Polar Bears and are going to use these to make a non-fiction leaflet over the coming week. We will then explore the story further through poetry, story writing and writing in role.
Some facts about Polar Bears
We have learned so much already about Polar Bears. Some of our favourite facts include:
There are loads more facts - ask your children how many more they can remember.
In maths this term we will start by recapping addition and subtraction, particularly looking at adding and subtracting 10 mentally. We will then begin to look at our new topic of money. Firstly, we will focus on recognising and using the symbols for pounds (£) and pence (p) as well as ordering coins. We will then use our knowledge of place value to find different combinations of coins that equal the same amounts of money as well as solve simple problems involving addition and subtraction including giving change.This is a great opportunity to let children have a go at paying for things themselves at the shop so they become familiar with the different coins and notes we use as well as understanding the concept of change.
This term our P.E focus will be Dodgeball, Dance and Speed Stacking on a Tuesday morning and a Thursday afternoon.
We will be learning how to accurately throw the ball in order to try and make contact with members of the opposing team in Dodgeball. We will also learn about how to effectively dodge the ball as well as talking about tactics and diversion techniques and skills to 'put off' the opposition.
In Speed stacking we will continue to learn how to 'up stack' and 'down stack' the different combinations of cups. We are also looking to train some children to take part in a speed stacking festival - details of which will follow. There are some great videos to help teach speedstacking on youtube - do have a look to help understand what we are learning about.
Please ensure that your child has the correct P.E kit in school. Just a gentle reminder to make sure that you label your child's P.E kit including their plimsolls. Also note that for health and safety reasons, children wearing earrings will not be able to participate in P.E. lessons.
What happened during
The Great Fire of London?
Welcome to the first term of year 2!
Our topic this term is Fire, Fire! and we are asking the question 'What happened during the Great Fire of London. We have been thinking about what we already know and what we want to find out throughout the term. We will be starting the topic off with some biscuit baking (watch out Paul Hollywood!) and we hope to visit the local Fire Station. To help us to complete our home learning display, we would love you to create a piece of homework on this topic. You can be as creative as you like for example, a leaflet, a letter or a model of pudding lane. We look forward to seeing your creations!
Design Technology - Great Fire Of London House 9.10.18
This week we have designed our very own 1666 house and thought about the materials we would like to use to make them. We drew a picture of our design and labelled it.
We then used our designs to create a model of the house with a cardboard box base. We worked hard to follow our design and we cannot wait to see our houses on display around the school.
Take a look at us creating our houses below....
A visit from Samuel Pepys.....24.9.18
This week in English we are writing diary entries in the role of Samuel Pepys. To inspire us, we had a visit today from the man himself (or was it? - he looks a lot like someone else we know!! )
He told us all about what it was like to be around during the Great Fire and read some of his diary to us. We asked him questions about the houses that were damaged and we also wanted to find out if he really did bury his cheese to stop it from burning in the fire...well apparently he actually did do this!
We cannot wait to write our diary entries later this week and are looking forward to writing them on old parchment (well actually it is just tea stained paper - which we had great fun making this afternoon!)
Take a look at what we have been doing today...
Tag Rugby with Roger Dengate - 20.9.18
Today, we had a visit from Whitstable Rugby Club coach Roger Dengate who spent time with us coaching us and teaching us the rules of Tag Rugby. We learned how to pass the ball, the referee's word is final and how to use the tags. It was great fun and we cannot wait to practise our new found skills in future PE lessons.
Take a look at us in action below...
Fire Safety Talk - 18.09.18
As part of our Fire! Fire! topic, we were visited today by a member of the Fire Service who carried out an assembly all about fire safety. We found out about the special protective clothing that the fire service wear as well as the important equipment that they use to help fight a fire or rescue people and animals. We talked about the dangers of fire and what we should do in an emergency. We spoke about using our emergency number 999 as well as using the ‘Stop, Drop and Roll’ method should the unlikely event of catching on fire occur. Max was also luck enough to get to dress up as a firefighter - check it out in the pictures below...
This term we are familiarising ourselves with the tablets and beginning to learn how to code to create games and how to 'debug' code. We have enjoyed reminding ourselves how to log in and shut down the tablets correctly and cannot wait to learn more about how to code to create our very own game. Take a look at us working together to try and work out the code required for the 'angry birds' game.
Teacher of the Week
In year 2, each child has the opportunity to be the 'teacher'. This activity provides each child with the opportunity to teach their classmates about something that interests them. They will be allowed to talk to their classmates, during a 10 minute slot, on a subject of their choice – a hobby, e.g. gardening; a particular interest, e.g. space, dinosaurs, birds; a club they belong to, e.g. Rainbows/Beavers; or a sport – and their classmates will have the chance to ask them questions at the end of their session. This is intended to be a fun, independent activity which will develop the children’s speaking and listening skills as well as their confidence. It is also a lovely opportunity for the teachers and children to get to know each other better. Teacher of the Week will commence soon and every child will have the chance to participate over the course of the year.
In Year 2 we ask the children to select their reading book and independently write the title into their Reading Record; the children have made a great effort so far and we will continue to support them in their choice and ensure that their reading skills continue to develop as the year progresses. Within each band there is a range and variety of text types to encourage children to make choices according to their own preferences in reading. To support them in this, we will be reading with the children both independently and in group guided reading sessions. Guided reading is a relaxed and enjoyable time providing an opportunity to develop particular reading skills and allows the children to discuss what they have read and share their ideas and opinions with an adult and with their peers.
Please sign the Reading Record if you have read with your child indicating where they got to and whether the book has been finished. Feel free to add any comments about your child’s reading you feel appropriate, as these are always helpful. If your child is not enjoying their reading book, do not feel they have to finish it! As well as developing confident readers, we want to promote a love of reading so we are happy for the children to choose a different book if they want to.
As well as having a reading scheme book the children will also bring home a library book once a week. We will let you know our library days as soon as they have been decided.
In maths this term we will be recapping what we learnt in Year 1 focusing on place value. We will be looking at 'tens and ones' using a range of manipulatives (resources) including Numicon, counters and dienes. The children will practise these skills whilst developing their reasoning and problem solving.
Over the first term we will be reminding ourselves of basic sentence structures as well as focusing on our handwriting and presentation of work. So far all the children can remember that a sentence must start with a capital letter and end with a full stop. They are also using adjectives to add description to their writing.
Based on our topic of the Great Fire of London we will be creating our own fact files as well as writing diary entries from the viewpoint of Samuel Pepys.
We have recapped all of the spelling rules we learned in Year 1 and are looking forward to becoming spelling detectives again as we find out some more! We will also be launching our new weekly spelling challenge (Big Spell Beat the Bell)…so watch this space!
This term we will be continuing with our Swimming lessons which will be on a Friday morning. We thank you for your support in walking to and from Whitstable swimming pool. Our other P.E topic this term is Tag Rugby where will be developing our catching, throwing and team work skills. We are also being supported by Mr Dickinson our sports apprentice in our PE lessons this year - we cannot wait to learn some new skills from him as well as Mr Wraight
We are extremely lucky to continue to have specialists to work with the children in more creative ways: this term, Mrs Brentnall is teaching art to Red Class. The children will benefit from this expertise on Friday afternoons when they will be actively engaged in these innovative lessons based on colour mixing warm and cold colours.
We will have recorder lessons with Mrs Diamond on Tuesdays during terms 1, 2, 3 and 4.