Maths, maths, maths…

We have really been trying extra hard with our maths since we came back to school in September.

We have been using concrete objects to help us to be able to find our answers like Numicon and Dienes.

First we started to look at how to partition 2-digit numbers into tens and ones and answering word problems to look at the symbols greater than (>) and less than (<).

We had a go at matching numbers to Dienes to the number words.

Click here to build a two-digit number using Dienes (tens and ones)

Next we started to show our working out in our maths books. We added a two-digit number to a one-digit number and then we added 10.

After that, we added a two-digit number to a two-digit number, showing our working out with the Dienes.

Today we started to look at how to set out column method. It was tricky at first but we soon got the hang of it.

Look at how neat it is!

We are very proud of our work.

Miss Varley is very proud of our work as well!  🙂

What you could do at home to support your child:

  • Complete the weekly homework that is linked to what your child has been doing at home.
  • Ask your child to say how many tens and ones a two-digit number has.
  • Practise adding two-digit numbers to one and two-digit numbers.
  • Speak to Miss Varley if you would like more help in being able to support your child.

Phonics

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In Year 2, phonics still plays a massive part in our everyday writing and we are always looking at how we can improve it.

In class, we might decide to use a phoneme strip or a sentence hand to help us with our writing. Some of us will robot talk the words to make sure that we have sounded out each sound of the word.

We are practising how to begin to read our work back and edit it so that we can improve it.

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You can use Phonics Play at home to help you to practise as well.

Login details are:

Username: PRINCE2

Password: EDWARD

If you are working at Phase 6, you can play Past Tense Penguin to help you get better at adding the suffix -ed to verbs to turn them into the past tense or Tumbling Tumbleweed to help you to practise adding the suffix -ing to verbs to turn them into the present tense.

If you are working at Phase 5, there are lots of games that you can play like Picnic on Pluto, Buried Treasure or Dragon’s Den to help you to recognise real and nonsense words.

Ask Miss Varley if you need some help.

Baboon on the Moon

In Literacy, we have been looking at the short film, Baboon on the Moon from the British Film Institute.

Click here to watch it on Vimeo.

What surprised us the most was that the film does not have any words, only music to help set the scene.

This is Baboon and we found have found out that Baboon is lonely and miserable, living on the moon all by himself.

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So we have decided that we are going to try and cheer him up. Some of the activities that we completed were:

Retelling the story in our own words, remembering to use coordinating conjunctions (and, or, but) and subordinating conjunctions (because, if, when, while, so) to extend our sentences.

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Character descriptions after watching the film to help us to describe Baboon’s appearance and personality.

Asking questions through hot seating and using a microphone to record the answers. We asked the lovely Miss Morris if she would take on the role of Baboon since we knew that he was stuck on the moon.

Letters to Baboon, making sure that we tried hard to include some of the questions that we had thought of as well as including some information about ourselves.

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We hope that Baboon comes home to Earth soon because he must be really missing his friends and family.

If you could meet Baboon, what would you say to him?