Squirrels - Year 2


Welcome to Squirrel class! We are taught by Mrs Thomas and Mrs Rose, who are both really fun and full of creative ideas. Mrs Thomas has been teaching for seven years and says her favourite things are eating good food and going on adventures! Mrs Rose has been teaching for fifteen years, loves cooking and is a massive Crystal Palace fan.

Home learning ideas:

  • We have started using Google Classroom in class, and we should now all be familiar with it as a platform for learning beyond school.
  • Try to spot where we use maths skills in everyday life – whenever something needs sharing between family members (sweets, biscuits, grapes etc), practice sharing them out one at a time, making sure each person has an equal amount - is there a remainder, or does the number share perfectly? 
  • Practice counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. When you reach a number (eg. 20) ask how many 2s there are in that number? How many 5s? Encourage your child to use drawings, fingers or number lines to work it out. 
  • Constant practice of reading and phonics is just about the most valuable thing you can do at home. Try to read with your child as often as possible and talk to them about what they’ve read. There’s guidance on supporting phonics availabe on the Ruth Miskin site, here.    
  • Understanding the difference between living, dead and never alive is a key part of our next science topic, so go on a search around the garden or park to see what you can find that fits in each group, and talk about how you know which category they go in. There are loads of useful resources to support you on the Oak Academy site, too.

Our latest news:

  • As part of our Mental Health Week, we visited Fairlands Park . We art from nature, hugged trees, carried out surveys and went on the hunt for different mini-beasts, plants, leaves, trees and animals. It was lovely to get out into our environment and gave us plenty of opportunities to talk about what we can do to relax, deal with life’s stresses and look after our own mental health. 
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  • In science , we have been learning about materials. We have investigated what floats and what sinks (playdoh doesn't float - we were surprised), tested the strength of different materials by building bridges (uncooked spaghetti is surprisingly strong) and this week we explored different ways to change the shape of materials. We tried stretching, squeezing, twisting and bending - and, as you can see here, we tried very hard to find out what you can (and cannot) cut through!  
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  • In geography, we have been learning all about the country India. We have explored the country in different ways, learning about clothes, weather, languages and food. We particularly enjoyed trying out some Indian cooking, making our own chapattis and trying out new types of food. Finally, in science, we have created our own garden area, planting a range of seeds, fruits and vegetables so we can water them and watch them grow. 
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"Bedwell Primary is a very caring and inclusive school. Pupils are proud of their school and behave well. They said that they feel happy and safe."  

Ofsted report, 2018

We have been learning about... 

Science & DT - We investigated the work of famous inventors. We read and wrote biographies of Thomas Edison, Charles Macintosh, the Wright Brothers and Henry Ford, and then designed our own amazing inventions to help solve everyday problems (like cleaning our rooms and doing our homework!) We had great fun junk-modelling our designs, and then wrote descriptions of how they worked.

 

English - In the first half of the term we read and learnt the story of Where the Wild Things Are. We arrived at school to find a boat had appeared and after some in depth discussions we established it belonged to Max from Where the Wild Things Are. We learnt the actions to retell the story and thought in depth about the settings. We have developed our understanding of adjectives and verbs and now know what a noun is.

 

Maths - We have been exploring number in depth over the last few weeks, building our understanding of place value with two digit numbers using a variety of counting manipulatives. We have been able to count on in ones and tens and thought about how the digits change when we do this. Our chanting of 2s, 5s and 10s is taking place daily, and we are also spending lots of time rehearsing our counting to 100 so we can recognise the numbers confidently.

This term's topics

English - Our next English unit will see us focussing on explanation texts, based around animal life cycles. We will learn a model text to help us explore the features and structure of this tricky genre, and will then use this to support our own writing. We will be focussing on sentence structures, using causal conjunctions such as so and because to show the reason why things happen, as well as ensuring that we use key punctuation correctly. We will round-off our work by writing our own, independent explanations, explaining life cycles of other creatures. We will also continue to develop our phonics and spelling skills in daily Read Write Inc. sessions, and will practice our joined handwriting across all curriculum areas.

Maths - We will be returning to place value this term, thinking about different ways in which we can represent numbers, both on paper and in our heads. We will continue to focus on numbers to 100, making sure that we have embedded our understanding of tens and ones, ready for the step up to Year 3. We will then use all of this to help us to solve problems, using bar and cherry models to support our working.

Science - We will be learning about seeds, bulbs and plants this half-term. We will explore the features that plants share and learn to describe the basic structure. We will describe the way that seeds grow and develop into mature plants, and will conduct our own experiments to test how plants are affected by their environment. Finally we will explore what plants need in order to stay healthy.

Humanities - In our geography lessons, we will be learning about seaside environments. We will discuss what people do when they go on seaside holidays and learn about natural and man-made features that we find in these places. We will then choose a specific seaside resort to investigate further (selected based on our own experiences) and compare this town with life in Stevenage. In history, meanwhile, we will explore seaside holidays from the past and discover how they have changed over the years. We will use photos, video clips and first-hand accounts to support our learning, and will use all of this to discuss how seaside environments have changed.

Take a look at our curriculum map for more information on our topics.