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W/B 11th July 2017

What we will be learning:

This week the children will be exploring the physical and human features of the national reserves within Kenya. They will be using positional and directional language, including compass directions to describe different places on a map. In addition, they will be creating their own swallows, which we will take on a ‘migration’ style flight around Cambourne, to help reinforce positional language and help the children to understand the behaviour of migratory birds to ensure their survival.

In English the children will be recapping the features of non-fiction texts, including statements, questions and exclamation sentences and use of causal conjunctions. They will be using non-fiction texts about Africa/African animals to collect information and ask questions for writing their own texts next week.

In PSHE the children will be considering the importance of looking after themselves through appropriate hygiene practices. We will be reading fact books about germs and considering ways to prevent illness.

Phonics this week and next will be a revision and consolidation of our learning this year.

Things to Remember:

Walk around Cambourne on Thursday instead of forest for BOTH classes.

W/B 19th June 2017

What we will be learning:

This week we will continue to be learning about the human body. The children will be thinking about the life stages that humans go through from birth to adulthood. We will hopefully have an opportunity to meet some little babies and compare how they are different to themselves.

English

The children will be consolidating using different types of sentence (command, statement, question and exclamation) and they will be practising using subordinate conjunctions in sentences. They will be writing about different African artefacts and writing their own story ‘Into the Wild.’

Phonics

We will be consolidating learning from the previous week.

Things to Remember:

Forest for NEWTS this week.

W/B 11th June 2017

What we will be learning:

The children will be practising map work skills through forest school this week. They will be learning compass positions and how to use these to navigate a map. The children will use natural objects to create their own map of the outside area and to mark hidden treasure.

Our Science and PSHE work this half term is about the human body. The children have already labelled the human body parts. This week we will be talking about how babies change over time, both animals and humans. We will also be considering how humans keep their bodies healthy through exercise.

English

This week the children will be learning about traditional tales around the world. They will be reading books such as ‘How the Zebra got his stripes,’ ‘Leopard’s Drum’ and ‘Monkey See, Monkey Do’ and looking at the features of these texts. They will then be using props and story maps to re-tell the story in preparation for writing their own.

Maths

This week the children will be revisiting the language used to describe the position and direction of objects. They will be learning about how to use right angles to turn shapes and objects. This is will involve several practical tasks, including controlling a bee-bot.

Letters & Sounds

Key words – more, round, around, began

Key phonemes – l endings - le, el, al, il

Things to Remember:

Forest for HEDGEHOGS this week (No forest last week).

Our Topic this half term is:

Into the Wild

W/B 5th June 2017

What we will be learning:

What an exciting first few days back the children will be having at our residential at Burwell House. Whatever the weather we will be spending lots of time enjoying the outdoors! Activities will include a blind folded trail, pond dipping, natural art and batik art. The main aim for the two days will be an enjoyable experience away from home, learning independence when taking care of themselves and working well with others. We hope it will have a positive impact on all of the children and be a memorable experience of their time in Year Two.

On return to school the children will be writing a recount all about their time at Burwell House as an opportunity to share what they have done with others.

We will also be starting research about animals from other countries to use as part of our new topic.

Things to Remember:

Forest for HEDGEHOGS this week.

W/B 15th May 2017

 

What we will be learning:

This week we will be learning about dissolving different materials in water. The children thoroughly enjoyed dissolving sugar in an experiment we did on the Science wow day, so this is a follow up to explore what other materials might dissolve in water. The children will have the chance to make and taste lemonade, so that they can understand that even when the sugar has dissolved, it is still there!

English and Maths:

The weeks lessons will involve a number of skills to support the children with reading and maths to support them with questions they may encounter in our 'quizzes.' We are keeping these very low key and encouraging the children to do their best.

Things to remember:

Forest for NEWTS this week.

W/B 8th May 2017

What we will be learning:

In RE this week, the children will be continuing to learn more about the importance of signs and symbols in religion. We have learnt about the main symbols for each religion (Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Sikhism and Islam) and will now be focussing on symbols of importance in Sikhism.

In PSHE we will be continuing our health and drugs education by learning about different types of medicines and other drugs (nicotine, caffeine…etc). We will be discussing appropriate and safe use of medicines to help them to feel better.

English

This week the children will be completing their innovated versions of ‘Winnie’s Magic Wand.’ They will be focusing on the importance of sentence features such as punctuation, wow words and correct spelling of correct vocabulary. They will be using writers check lists to identify key features and to edit their own work.

Maths

The children will be involved in lots of ‘maths talk’ to identify the different ways in which to solve addition and subtraction problems. We will have a focus on partitioning 2 digit numbers and adding and subtracting the tens and ones.

Letters & Sounds

Key words – water, away, want, over, door

Key phonemes – Alternative spellings for igh, ea and ai.

Things to Remember:

Forest for HEDGEHOGS this week.

W/B 1st May 2017

What we will be learning:

The children will be inventing and casting magical spells during their forest time. This will include whittling their own wooden wands with potato peelers and a stick. The children will be taught the importance of safety when using these implements.

In Science they will be doing further investigations to solve problems and answer questions. They will be looking at melting ice and the rate at which it melts and they will be testing different types of chocolate to see which melts the quickest.

English

This week in English the children will be innovating the story of ‘Winnie’s Magic Wand’ which we story mapped last week. They will be considering the appropriate vocabulary to use to open sentences as well as conjunctions (connectives) to join sentences together. Once they have rehearsed saying sentence they will be using their story map to chunk parts of the story and will write these independently.

Maths

This week the children will be revising use of addition and subtraction methods to help them to solve problems. They will be using partitioning, particularly with addition and will also be considering when they need to bridge through ten. As always a range of practical resources will be used to support them and the children will be encouraged to use written recordings to show their workings out.

Letters & Sounds

Key words – friends, across, really, these, baby

Key phonemes – spelling of sh as in zh within treasure and s within sugar, different pronunciations of /a/ - bacon, last, handle

Things to Remember:

Forest for NEWTS this week.

W/B 24th April 2017

What we will be learning:

In Science this week the children will continue to enjoy testing materials. They will be investigating how to stretch, bend and squash different objects and will explore if they will return to their original state. We will be using ICT to help to record our results.

In the forest the children will be enjoying a number of team games to encourage co-operation and communication, the favourite being ‘magic stick.’ This is when the children have to work as a group to make a stick lift from the ground, only using their index finger.

English

This week the children will be looking at a variety of ‘Winnie the Witch’ books. They will be exploring the characters in the story through ‘role on the wall’ and will then start rehearsing and re-telling a Winnie story using Pie Corbett actions.

Maths

This week will be demonstrating to the children how to calculate multiplication and division problems, where they don’t ‘just know’ a number fact. They will be shown how to use efficient methods to solve problems and will be looking carefully at the key vocabulary of ‘groups of,’ ‘lots of,’ ‘shared between’…etc

Letters & Sounds

Key words – one to twenty written in words

Key phonemes – or (walk, talk, warm, ward), s (prince, Cinderella)

Things to Remember:

Forest for HEDGEHOGS this week.

Our Topic this half term is:

Abracadabra!

W/B 17th April 2017

Welcome back! We hope you had an enjoyable Easter break in the sunshine.

What we will be learning:

For our Wow starter this week we will be a Science focus. The children will be participating in a number of exciting experiments to answer questions and make observations. They will be watching coke explosions, making lava lamps and exploring kinetic sand.

English

This week in English the children will be doing some writing about their experiences of Spring over the holidays. They will also be looking at some poetry to start our magical new topic ‘Abracadabra!’

Maths

This week the children will be revising key number bonds/facts which are essential for helping them to solve problems quickly and efficiently. It would be great if you can practise these at home with the children.

Letters & Sounds

Key words – revision of contractions. E.g. I’ve, I’m, didn’t

Key phonemes – a (as in want, wander), qu and squ (squash, quad), or (worm, work)

Things to Remember:

Forest for NEWTS this week.

W/B 27th March 2017

 

What we will be learning:

This week the children are having an exciting afternoon doing all sorts of planting activities. They will be given some questions about planting and growing and will then be challenged to answer them by planting and growing various different seeds. For instance, planting cress in different places (in the light/dark) to find out if they can grow without light, planting carrot and parsnip tops to see if they will grow new plants and seeing what will happen to a bean if it is left to grow without soil.

English

This week in English the children will be finalising their non-fiction texts and then using writing check lists to make sure they have included all of the expected features of the text. In addition, we will be reinforcing the importance of punctuation in sentences and using the correct spellings for key vocabulary.

Maths

This week the children will be continuing their work on measure. They will be using both non-standard (cubes) and standard (g/kg) of measure to find the mass of different objects. They will be comparing different sizes/shape cups to decide which has the most/least capacity (ml/l) and comparing the temperature of different liquids within cups.

Letters & Sounds

Key words – homophones – their/there/they’re

Key phonemes – contractions using the common words that’s, I’ve, I’ll, let’s, there’s, he’s, we’re, can’t, couldn’t

Things to Remember:

NO FOREST THIS WEEK.

W/B 20th March 2017

 

What we will be learning:

This week the children are having an exciting afternoon doing all sorts of planting activities. They will be given some questions about planting and growing and will then be challenged to answer them by planting and growing various different seeds. For instance, planting cress in different places (in the light/dark) to find out if they can grow without light, planting carrot and parsnip tops to see if they will grow new plants and seeing what will happen to a bean if it is left to grow without soil.

English

This week in English the children will be using their non-fiction plans to create their own texts. They will be revisiting the writers toolkit to consider all of the features of a non-fiction. They will be revisiting the tense used when writing a non-fiction and trying to include different sentences (statement, command, question, exclamation) with the correct punctuation. Also, the correct spelling of key words will be a big focus for us this week.

Maths

This week the children will be continuing their work on shape space and measure. They will be exploring fractions in practical contexts, considering not only the fractions of shapes, but also amounts. The focus will be on ½, ¼, ¾ and 1/3. This is a tricky concept, so please do practise it at home with toys/sweets or in a range of day to day situations. The children will also be measuring the length, mass and capacity of items using standard units of measure (mm, cm, m, ml, l, g, kg). They will be learning about the different units of measure and the importance of measuring accurately.

Letters & Sounds

Key words – would, could, should

Key phonemes – recapping suffixes for plurals – s/es

Things to Remember:

NO FOREST THIS WEEK. We are having an exciting planting afternoon in and outside.

W/B 13th March 2017

 

What we will be learning:

The children will be continuing to enjoy exploring the different habitats in which plants live and how they are affected by the seasons. The children have learnt a lot about the changes in the weather recently since this seems to be different every single forest session!

English

This week in English the children will be planning their own non-fiction texts. They will create a writers toolkit to help them remember the key features of a non-fiction text. They will be collecting key vocabulary to use, concentrating on correct spellings of words. In addition, they will be considering the subheadings they want to use and working collaboratively to organise the facts they want to go into each heading.

Maths

This week the children will continue to be learning about time. We will be reinforcing half past, quarte past and quarter to times as well as helping the children to understand how to count in 5s to tell the time in 5 minute intervals. The children will also be learning more positional language. Last week we look at half and quarter turns related to a clock face. This week we will be extending this to shape by getting the children to make right angle turns.

Letters & Sounds

Key words – door, mouse, after, again

Key phonemes – using est for superlative adjectives. E.g, biggest, smallest, tallest

Things to Remember:

Open morning for parents on Wednesday.

Forest for Hedgehogs this week. Please bring in flower/leaf cuttings from the garden if you have any.

W/B 6th March 2017

A big thank you for the effort that went into the children’s World Book Day costumes last week. They had a lovely time being different characters and were very positive about the books they had chosen.

What we will be learning:

This week the children will be learning more about plant habitats. They will be focussing on the different seasons of the year and how this affects the weather and the plants growing during that time. In forest fun time the children will be creating their own plant artwork using plants to print onto fabric. We hope that they will learn new printing techniques as well as the name of some new plants. If you have lots of wild flowers/leaves in your garden at home that we could use, please can you send them in on Thursday?

English

This week in English will be a ‘Spelling and Grammar’ (SPaG) focus. The children will be learning about the importance of punctuation in the right places. They will be spotting errors and editing texts to include the correct punctuation and spelling. They will also be doing more work on nouns, verbs and adjectives used within texts.

Maths

This week will focus upon shape, space and measure. The children will be using the garden centre role play to revisit their knowledge of money and challenge them to think of different ways to pay for things. They will be telling the time for o’clock, quarter past, half past and quarter to as well as using a variety of time vocabulary (minutes, hours, days, weeks). They will be looking at positional language in a number of fun activities, such as creating their own dance routines and instructing the bee bot to move around a map.

Letters & Sounds

Key words – any, many, anything, anyone, anywhere

Key phonemes – using er for comparative adjectives. E.g. bigger, taller, shorter, more/less important

Things to Remember:

DanceEd performance for Hedgehogs on Monday.

Forest for Newts this week.

Our Topic this half term is:

The Secret Garden

W/B 20th February 2017

Welcome back! We hope you had an enjoyable half term. We are looking forward to the warmer weather and hope to be exploring the outside more this half term.

What we will be learning:

This week in Science we will be starting to think about plants and the habitats in which they grow. The children will be sorting pictures, fruits and vegetables by how they grow and where they grow. For instance, thinking about how a cactus grows in hot dry places by storing water in its stem. In the woods, the children will be thinking about the landscape of the school in terms of its physical and human features. They will be talking about the type of habitat it is for the animals/plants that live there. They will be ‘secret photographers,’ taking photos of the landscape, for others to guess where they will find the features.

English

This week the children will be doing a ‘gold write’ diary entry about their half term to see what they can remember about diary features. They will then spend the rest of the week beginning to look at non-fiction texts and their features.

Maths

This week the children will be re-visiting different methods for solving subtraction problems. As always, they will be focussing on using of practical objects such as bead strings, base ten and numicon, as well as number lines and 100 squares. They will be solving word problems, applying what they have already learnt about different operations. They will be revisiting what we have already learnt about shape and its properties – including the tricky vocabulary we have taught the children.

Letters & Sounds

Key words – learning the difference between their and there.

Key phonemes – adding the er suffix. E.g. run – runner.

Things to Remember:

Forest for Newts this week.

W/B 6th February 2017

What we will be learning:

This week is our round up of the topic. The children have been very enthusiastic about designing their own model houses. We had lots of discussion about what materials were available in 1666 and how we will replicate them. This week we will be building our models in groups, to create a model London street. We have invited in some of the local firemen to come and give a fire safety talk to the children and they will also be supervising the burning of our London Street. This is in order for the children to experience what it would feel like to watch your house burn down in real life, like the people of 1666.

The children will be enjoying a final dance session with our DanceEd teachers, who have helped them to choreograph an amazing GFoL story, which the children will be sharing with the school and Hedgehogs will hopefully be taking to a Dance Share performance.

English

This week the children will be continuing to work on the final paragraphs of their diaries and then they will be become editors of their work, with purple polishing pens at the ready, to correct mistakes. They will be using check lists to check that they have included the features of a diary – Dear, past tense, adjectives, conjunctions, description…etc.

Maths

This week the children will be revisiting mathematical learning such as fractions and data handling. They will also be enjoying looking at measuring weight through the baking of bread.

Letters & Sounds

Key words – something, looking, coming, thing

Key phonemes – Writing words with the suffix ing

Things to Remember:

No forest this week.

Parents evening Tuesday and Thursday

W/B 30th January 2017

What we will be learning:

This week in History we will be focussing upon houses from the past. The children already know that the houses were made of wood, which caused them to burn easily. They will be closely looking at paintings and photographs of houses. They will also be planning the creation of their own houses using everyday materials.

English

The children will be using the plans they have created and all of the vocabulary that they have ‘magpied’ to create diaries based on their fictional character from the fire of London. They will be learning about the term ‘paragraph’ and how to chunk their writing to create these.

Maths

This week the children will be recapping their knowledge of different operations of number (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) to solve different number problems using a variety of resources.

Letters & Sounds

Key words – told, cold, eye, eyes

Key phonemes – Writing verbs with the suffix ing.E.g laughing

Things to Remember:

Forest for Hedgehogs this week.

Travelling book fair this week.

Pyjama parties this week (see newsletter).

W/B 23rd January 2017

What we will be learning:

This week in History we will be learning about how information from the past can be represented in different ways. The children will be looking at different information sources – books, pictures and ICT. They will be considering what they already know about the great fire and how they can answer questions. They will be deciding how they would like to convey information to others. E.g. a news report.

English

The children will be gathering more vocabulary and ideas for their own diary writing. They will be creating a ‘role on the wall’ (thinking about different characters feelings) and considering which precious item they would hide, if there were to be a fire again.

Maths

This week the children will be using their knowledge of place value to partition numbers to help them with addition. They will be adding the tens and units using base ten, numicon and a range of other resources. They will be learning how to add numbers where the units make more than 10 by swapping ten unit cubes for a 10 rod. In shape and measure this week the children will be revisiting lines of symmetry and using their knowledge of place value to apply to money problems.

Letters & Sounds

Key words – cried, stopped, thought, saw, found, fell, told, gave

Key phonemes – Writing in the past tense by changing verbs – looking at irregular verbs, e,g, caught, saw, went.

Things to Remember:

Forest for Newts this week.

SATS meetings Monday 2pm and Tuesday 6.30pm

W/B 16th January 2017

What we will be learning:

The children have already collected a lot of facts about what happened before and during the fire of London. They have enjoyed dressing up in costume, role playing in our bakery and singing the song ‘London’s Burning.’ This week they will be learning about the after effects of the fire, exploring how London was re-built. They will be using practical resources to pretend to re-build London and writing adverts for a builder.

English

The children will be continuing to look at diaries in detail. They will be exploring what it would have been like to be there at the time of the fire of London by hot seating (asking questions to different characters), sequencing diary events and using their senses to describe what they would have seen, heard, smelt and also how they would have been feeling.

Maths

This week our place value focus will be on using place value and number bonds for addition and subtraction. As always, the children will be encouraged to use a variety of practical resources to help them to see the number. The children will be revisiting and building upon their knowledge of shape by looking at the nets of 3D shape and how these can be used to build houses. Some useful vocabulary that your children need to know: faces, edges, vertices, sides, curved, straight, right angle, perpendicular, parallel.

Letters & Sounds

Key words – jumped, wanted, lived, liked, pulled

Key phonemes – Writing in the past tense by changing verbs – cry/cried

Things to Remember:

Forest for Hedgehogs this week.

Our Topic this half term is:

The Great Fire of London

W/B 9th January 2017

What we will be learning:

The children are very enthusiastic about our new topic after we started learning about London past and present. They already know some information about The Great Fire of London and were keen to share these. This week they will be learning about the events from the perspective of Samuel Pepys and also how the fire was tackled.

English

We will be learning about the features of diaries by exploring different diary extracts. We will be collecting the vocabulary used and taking note of the layout of a diary. We will also be exploring writing in the past tense.

Maths

The children will be building on their knowledge of place value, using a variety of practical resources. They will be listening to clues to guess which number is being described ‘it has six tens…it has five units…it is greater than…it is less than.’ They will be using the signs to show < > = greater, less and equal to. In our shape lessons the children will be building on their knowledge of 2D shape by learning about right angels, vertical, horizontal, parallel and perpendicular lines. This will be taught in practical ways as these are unfamiliar words to the children.

Letters & Sounds

Key words – keep, last, even, before

Key phonemes – Writing in the past tense by changing verbs – walk/walked, dance/danced

Key Days:

Monday – Drama

Tuesday – Outdoor PE

Thursday – Forest Fun

Friday – Indoor PE

 

Things to Remember:

Phonics workshop Wednesday morning 9-10. All welcome.

Forest for Newts this week.

W/B 19th December

There will be two exciting days of Christmas activities and Class parties (Monday afternoon - don't forget your party clothes and food) to round off our learning for this term.

W/B 12th December 2016

Thank you to all parents who provided a costume for the KS1 production. We hope you were able to see and enjoy the production. We were very proud of the children!

What we will be learning:

This week will be a roundup of our superhero topic and we will get into the full swing of Christmas. Linking to our production, the children will be learning more about celebrating Christmas and other festivals of light around the world. 

English

This week we will be completing our work on comics. The children have thoroughly enjoyed looking at this different style of text, exploring the use of speech bubbles and call outs to convey meaning. They have been busy creating banks of words and mapping the story ‘Send for a Superhero.’ Using this text as a guide the children will be creating their own comic strip, using their own superheroes and villains to solve everyday problems.

Maths

We will be consolidating our work on fractions, focussing on finding fractions of amounts of objects. The children will be using their knowledge of division to help them.

Letters & Sounds

Key words – read and spell – home, going, two

Key phonemes – plurals s/es

Things to Remember:

Thursday 15th Dec 2.30-4.30pm - Extended Learning Show (hall) & Christmas Grotto (DT Room)

Fri 16th Dec – Christmas jumper day and Christmas lunch

W/B 28th November 2016

What we will be learning:

Newts really enjoyed the litter pick around Monkfield Wood and managed to collect several bags of litter on the way there! This week will be the turn of Hedgehogs to do the same (parent volunteers would be much appreciated) whilst Newts look into electricity use at school.

We continue to practise our play. The children are fantastic at singing, but their lines need some more work. It would be much appreciated if you could read them at home too.

English

We have been very busy writing our letters for Captain Planet, ensuring that we have used the correct punctuation for a statement, command, question or exclamation (.?!) The children are now very good at recognising the difference between these and have been trying hard to use them in their writing. This week we will be focussing on using capital letters at the beginning of a sentence and checking the spelling of common words and topic words in our letters. This will then culminate in a gold letter write task to see what the children have learnt about these features of letters.

Maths

The children will continue to use division in practical ways to solve word problems. They will also be learning about the properties of 2D and 3D shape and using appropriate vocabulary, e,g, sides, corners, edges, vertices, equal, length, straight, curved, faces. They will be using this knowledge to compare and sort shapes. It would be great if you can continue to practise this at home.

Letters & Sounds

Key words – read – mouse, once, many spell – Mr, Mrs

Key phonemes – alternative spellings for sh, or (sugar, sure, poor, door)

Things to Remember:

Art Exhibition on Tuesday afternoon (see newsletter)

Forest Fun for Hedgehogs – Please can we have volunteers for a litter pick around Cambourne on Thursday 1st December?

Christmas play costumes in please!

Slips for Christmas tickets

W/B 21st November 2016

What we will be learning:

This week we will be thinking more about the impact of littering and pollution on the environment by doing research in the classroom and by litter picking in the local woods. The children will also be doing an electricity survey to see how much is being used around the school.

The children are also very excited about our up and coming Christmas performance and have been practising their words and songs in school.

English

Last week we spent the week planning our letters to Captain planet. We practised finding different types of sentences (question, command, statement, exclamation) and applying them to our letter format. We also looked at connectives and conjunctions (words used to join sentences) and how we could use these to improve our sentences. This week we are now ready to edit our work and use what we have planned to write our final letters to Captain Planet.

Maths

We will be looking at the inverse of multiplication which is division. The children will be using a variety of practical resources (bead strings, cubes, numicon, base 10, counters) to understand the concept of ‘sharing’ or dividing items equally into groups. They will be helped to understand how this links to multiplication facts and doubling and halving.

Letters & Sounds

Key words – read – thought, any, saw, spell - do

Key phonemes – alternative spellings for ee (ea, ie, e-e, y)

Things to Remember:

Forest Fun for NEWTS – Please can we have volunteers for a litter pick around Cambourne on Thursday 24th November 

W/B 14th November 2016

What we will be learning:

This week we will be continuing to think about saving the planet in our superhero topic. In the woods we will be making hedgehog hibernation boxes and bird feeders to help provide food and shelter for the birds in the colder months. We will be thinking about how extreme weather can affect people and animals around the world. We will be learning about how people in Bangladesh cope with flooding and drought in their day to day lives.

English

Now that we have learnt about the structure of letters and different types of sentences (statements, commands, questions and exclamations) we will be applying these when writing our own letters to Captain Planet.

Maths

This week will be consolidating multiplication. We will be continuing to use lots of practical ways to solve multiplication problems, such as couting with objects, making arrays, bead strings and number lines. It would be great if you could practise these at home.

Letters & Sounds

Key words – read –through, eyes, saw spell – what, please

Key phonemes – alternative spellings for oa

Key Days:

Monday – Indoor PE (we have visitors delivering PE sessions this half term)

Tuesday – Outdoor PE

Thursday – Forest Fun

Things to Remember:

Forest Fun for HEDGEHOGS on THURSDAY

Please can we ask that forest clothes are sent in

and stay in school. Lots of the children are

not dressed appropriately for cold/wet days.

 

Children in Need dressing up on FRIDAY

W/B 7th November 2016

What we will be learning:

This week we are starting our new topic ‘Superheroes’ with our special wow day. We will be learning all about the superhero ‘Captain Planet’ who helps to save the world by protecting the environment and stopping people littering and polluting. We will be thinking about different superhero skills that we would like in order to protect the world and keep people safe. Our new ‘recycling role play’ will be open so that we can practise recycling items. We will be doing a number of superhero activities to consider how to keep our planet a safe and pleasant place to live.

English

We will be reading letters from Captain Planet that will tell us about dilemmas he has and how he solves these. The children will be learning how to structure letters so that they can respond to these with their ideas.

Maths

This week will be all about multiplication. The children will be practising counting in steps of 2, 5 and 10. They will be using this to help them when learning how to multiply in 2s, 5s and 10s. The children will also be learning how to use arrays and repeated addition to support them (an array is a pictorial representation of this).

Letters & Sounds

Key words – read – thought, any, saw, spell - do

Key phonemes – alternative spellings for ee (ea, ie, e-e, y)

Things to Remember:

Forest Fun for NEWTS 

Indoor PE Mon afternoons this half term.

Our Topic this half term is:

Superheroes

W/B 31st October 2016

Welcome back! We hope you’ve had a nice autumnal half term.

What we will be learning:

This week we will be reflecting on our half term break and telling others what we’ve been up to. We have an exciting art day on Wednesday, where the children will have a variety of activities to choose from around the school. The art work will then be exhibited for parents/carers to view (more information to follow). We will be thinking about firework night and how to stay safe during our own bonfire session.

English

We will be writing about our half term news with a focus on handwriting and presentation as this is something we have identified that the children need to work on. At the end of the week, the children will be working on some firework poetry. They will be exploring use of onomatopoeia (words that sound like they are said) and similes (when a word is compared to another). We will be making word banks from other poems and then using these to create our own.

Maths

The children will be building on their prior knowledge of place value using different resources, such as 100 squares, base 10, place value arrows and numicon. They will be looking at the place value of two digit numbers and will be using this knowledge to help them to add two numbers with two digits by partitioning into tens and units.

Letters & Sounds

Key words – read – again, different, spell – one, make,

Key phonemes – alternative spellings for or, igh (our, ore, oor, ie, y)

Things to Remember:

Forest Fun for NEWTS & HEDGEHOGS this THURSDAY! – Wrap up warm.

PE Kits

W/B 17th October 2016

What we will be learning:

We will be completing our final week of our ‘Home’ topic by helping Oh learn all about the history of Cambourne. He has already learnt so much about the geography of Cambourne and its environment. We will be completing our learning on habitats for animals in a variety of places.

English

We are really enjoying discussing and rehearsing themed poems. The children have loved performing them to their classmates. Now that we have learnt about some of the features, such as rhyming and rhythm, we will be having a go at some of our own.

Maths

We will be having a round up week of measures problems related to time, money, capacity and length. The children will be reminded about the names of different units of measure as this has been quite tricky to learn.

Letters & Sounds

Key words – reading –water, where, because

Key phonemes – u (pull, push), air/ere/are (pair, where, fare), se (because)

Things to Remember: 

NO FOREST FOR YEAR 2 THIS WEEK.

W/B 10th October 2016

What we will be learning:

Following on from our homework, we will be looking at our history and using information to create a timeline about ourselves. We will continue to look at living things in both Science and in the woods.

English

We are very proud to have finished our ‘Ugly Duckling’ stories. This week we will be starting a unit on poetry. We have already been exploring an ‘I like’ poem in music and enjoyed making vocal effects to go with it.

Maths

We will be continuing looking at measures, focussing on word problems related to length, mass, capacity, money and time. We will be learning about how to read and approach each challenge and consider which unit of measure is most appropriate. These are tricky skills, so you may like to practise them at home through practical contexts. E.g. It is half past four now. If we are having dinner in an hour, what time will it be?

Letters & Sounds

Key words – reading – asked, very spelling – there, here, were

ey phonemes – Spelling patterns ear, ere, eer (hear, here, deer) and ear (earth)

Things to Remember:

Forest for Hedgehogs this week 

Newts assembly at 9am on Friday. All welcome.

 

W/B 3rd October 2016

What we will be learning:

This week we will be helping Oh by identifying and classifying leaves and plants in our woodland area. We will help him to understand the woodland habitat in which some animals live, as well as, other habitats that animals may live in around the world.

English

We will continue to be budding authors by finishing our new versions of ‘The Ugly…’ (squirrel, rabbit, dog…etc) This week we will also be playing the part of editors, focussing particularly on use of quality vocabulary – sentence openers, ‘wow’ words (adjectives) and interesting verbs. We will also be trying hard to improve our handwriting too.

Maths

We will be continuing looking at measures, focussing on money and time. We have our Morrisons role play areas to help us practise counting money in a practical context. Additionally there are plenty of opportunities to focus on time as we are always using the countdown clock to help us when changing or tidying up.

Letters & Sounds

Key words – reading - looked, time, your, called and spelling - out, made, came

Key phonemes – Spelling patterns /se/ (house, mouse, loose), /st/ (listen, glisten, Christmas) and /a/ (last, past, father)

Things to Remember

Forest for Newts this week – Don’t forget warm

clothes and wellies!

W/B 26th September 2016

What we will be learning:

We have an exciting week ahead of us! In Geography we will be rounding up our work on maps through a number of activities that will encourage our use of directional language, remind us about physical and human features of our environment and help us to create our own maps. We will continue to explore the importance of the senses to living things through our Science and forest fun. We will also be learning our harvest song and creating art work related to it in preparation for the harvest assembly on Friday. In addition to this we will be helping to make cakes for the Macmillan cake sale.

English

We will be learning about the use of simple and compound sentences when writing narrative texts. The children will be exploring how to use these in their own story writing. Using their story maps from last week, the children will be writing the beginning, middle and end of their new ‘Ugly Duckling’ story. They will focus upon Pie Corbett techniques, including quality vocabulary and thinking about the story structure.

Maths

We will be exploring different units of measure by using a variety of measuring devices. During our cooking session we will be weighing and measuring the ingredients needed for our cakes which will be sold at the cake sale.

Letters & Sounds

Key words – (reading) don’t, who, Mr, Mrs, old, (spelling) some, come

Key phonemes – different ways to pronounce /ou/ (found, soup, boulder), alternative spellings ch/tch (church, watch)

Things to Remember:

Forest for Hedgehogs this week – Don’t forget warm

clothes and wellies!

Friday 30th September – Harvest Assembly 9-9.30am (KS1) Parents/carers are welcome

10am – Coffee and cake sale for Macmillan

W/B 19th September 2016

What we will be learning:

We will be teaching Oh about the basic needs of living things by exploring the senses through games in the forest and by creating food chains for animals in Science. In Geography we will be exploring how to create symbols on maps and use a key to show what they represent.

English

We will be Exploring the use of narrative language and exciting vocabulary when writing a traditional tale. The children will be creating a bank of useful connectives and learning the definition of nouns, verbs and adjectives. They will be using these to create an innovated story map of ‘The Ugly Duckling’ by using their own characters. E.g. ‘The Ugly Kitten.’

Maths

We will be exploring subtraction of numbers using a variety of resources to take amounts away, to count back on the number line or to find the difference between two numbers by counting up.

Letters & Sounds

Key words – Oh, their, by

 

Key phonemes – Alternative sounds for ea (bead, seam, bread, thread), a (pattern, pastel, bacon, table), y (happy, mummy, daddy).

Things to Remember:

Forest for Newts this week – Don’t forget warm

clothes and wellies!

Year 2 News


Our topic this half term is:

Home

 

W/B 12th September 2016

What we will be learning:

We will be continuing to explore our local area, helping Oh the alien to understand about the geographical features and also explaining to him about living and non-living things.

English

We will be continuing to look at the features of traditional stories with a focus on the story of ‘The Ugly Duckling.’ We have already looked at this text in PSHE and discussed the feelings and behaviour of the characters.

Maths

We will be continuing to look at the place value of different numbers and be using and applying this knowledge to support addition of 2 digit numbers.

Letters & Sounds

Key words – people, house, about

Key phonemes – Alternative sounds for u (unit, unicorn), ow (show, snow), ie (field, shield)

Things to Remember:

PE kits

Please ensure that forest clothes are appropriate (no shorts)

and the children have wellies in school.

 

W/B 5th September 2016

Welcome back! We hope you have had a great summer.

What we will be learning:

We will be introducing our new topic ‘Home’ by taking a walk around Cambourne to solve clues for ‘Oh’ the alien. We will then be following this up in the classroom by looking at the human and physical features of the environment through a variety of activities. We will be exploring the natural environment in Forest Fun, looking at living and non-living things and how we can care for the world around us.

English

We will be writing our exciting holiday news. Then the children will be familiarising themselves with a number of traditional tales and practising re-telling them to their peers.

Maths

We will be exploring the place value of numbers by reading, writing and ordering them.

Letters & Sounds

This week we will be refreshing our learning from last year. Watch this space for graphemes and words of the week in future weeks.

 

Key Days:

Tuesday – Outdoor PE

Thursday – Forest Fun

Friday – Indoor PE

 

Things to Remember:

PE kits

Forest clothes

Please can we have parent volunteers for the walk on Wednesday at 9am?

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