Maths Support at home

Here is a list of some KS1 appropriate maths apps, games and resources for pupils to practice and improve their skills at home as requested by many parents at parents evening.

Some of the games may be compatible with tablets and Ipads and some will require Flashplayer and will only work on a PC. Allow the pupils to try them out and see which they prefer – any extra practice will boost their confidence and mental calculation speed which will be of great benefit to them for now and the future.

What have we been up to this half term? (Autumn 1)

The children in 2X have settled in really well to their new class and have been a pleasure to teach so far!

I will endeavour to post on our class blog at the end of each half term to keep you updated with the children’s learning journey so far and show you some of the things they have been up to!

Science

This term the children are studying ‘Living things and their habitats’.

We began by defining living things and their life processes such as respiration, movement, nutrition, growth, reproduction, sensitivity and excretion. We then used this knowledge to determine that humans, animals and plants are alive. The children sorted some images into categories of living/dead and objects that have never been alive. Can the children remember some examples from each category?

Next, we looked at large area habitats such as rainforests, deserts, oceans, polar regions and woodlands. The children identified different animals from each habitat and matched them in groups. Can the children tell you what might live in a desert?

After that, we looked at micro habitats in and around our own school grounds. We described these areas, conducted a survey of the creatures that live there and looked at the reasons why this might be a good habitat for a particular creature. We discovered that creatures choose their habitats for 2 main reasons. To guarantee a food supply and to try and protect themselves from predators. Theses were the microhabitats we investigated:

Science homework

A big thank you to the children who completed their science research homework on habitats. The children presented their research to each other in class and they are now proudly displayed in our room. We learnt lots of interesting facts about various animals and their habitats. Also a big thank you to the adults at home who help children to complete their homework.

Art

This term we looked at collage skills in art and focused on the artist Henri Matisse. First the children created a class paper collage of leafy shapes based on ‘La Gerbe’. They have also experimented with mixing paints to make secondary colours and also sorted colours into hot and cold. Their final piece was a collage with a background of various papers assorted into hot and cold colours. The foreground was a silhouette of an animal to match the hot and cold backgrounds accordingly. Again, this wonderful work is now up on display in our classroom.

History

In History the children have been learning about famous people from the past including Florence Nightingale.

They have been finding out lots of facts including who she was and why she is famous. As part of their historical enquiry skills, children have created a timeline to represent the main stages of her life and we also considered how we actually know so much about her and other things from the past.

We determined that her legacy in evident in hospital standards today but also that we can find out about the past by checking historical sources such as diaries and newspaper articles. The children were given a challenge to order the changes Florence made to hospitals in terms of their importance. This was a tricky task and required the children to articulate their reasoning which they did well. Here are two children who tell us what they thought.

Maths

Also, we have begun learning some methods of addition for larger numbers. Children are able to use concrete equipment such as counters, number lines and 100 squares if needed, however, having a reliable pictorial/ mental method to help support their calculating will be very useful for them as they progress. We have been using ‘ten twigs’ and ‘ones dots’ as a method the children can draw to aid their adding. Here are some examples to show you how this works.

English

This term we have written some stories and have looked at some poetry. Here are some children confidently performing the poem ‘ Please Mrs Butler’ by Allan Ahlberg with brilliant expression.

RE/Harvest festival assembly

Finally, class 2X have worked so hard to put on a super assembly to teach everyone about the Harvest festival. With strong links to Christian beliefs and charity, it is part of our RE teaching which is why we included the creation story and the thank you song. We hope you all enjoyed it, the children did us all proud!

Stanley Park History trip April 2019

Just before Easter, year 2 went on a trip to Stanley Park to discover some history about their local area.

First we went to the clock tower and found out it was built in 1926 and its design was chosen in a competition. It is 26m tall and serves as a WW2 memorial. It is also dedicated to William Cocker, the first Mayor of Blackpool.

Next we went to the Italian gardens where we discovered the 4 statues around the circle which represent the 4 seasons. Did you know the fountain is made of real Italian marble? Thomas Mawson designed the park which opened in 1926 and these beautifully designed gardens were his ‘jewel in the crown’! Unfortunately, over the years, vandalism has meant that many of the statues including the bronze lion statues have had to be replaced with cheaper replicas. 2X understand that it is important to look after our local areas and keep it as a nice place for everyone to enjoy. 😊

After that we went to the Cafe. This was originally going to be a 4 storey mansion but they ran out of money so built the one storey design we see today. It has an Art Deco design which is typical of 1936, the year it opened.

Finally we went to the lake and bandstand. Here we found out that the lake was man-made and built by ex WW1 soldiers which included Mr Airnes Grandad! The bandstand used to have 10 copper pillars to support the roof but they were replaced in the last century. The bandstand is for hosting a variety of musicians and is still used for this today.

To finish off our history trip, we went into the rose gardens to conduct a clue hunt based on all the information and facts we had found out. If the children got the answers correct, it would form a secret word. Can you remember what it was?

We had a lovely morning and all the children were very well behaved, representing our school well whilst out in public. Next time you go to the park, maybe you can tell your families some of the local history you have learnt.

Year 2 SATs Tests

Just wanted to share this poem with my pupils and their parents as a reminder of how important it is to measure a child as a whole and not just on their academic abilities. Good luck for next week. All we can ask is for you to try your best! πŸ‘πŸ»β­οΈ

Superstar of the week 4/4/19

Our superstar has been chosen for being super sensible and for never fussing or causing a distraction to others. He is trying very hard with his writing at the moment and is trying his best to remember his beautiful handwriting all the time!

Resilience work with Year 5

This morning Year 2 went to the junior hall to participate in some activities led by year 5 pupils which encourage and promote resilience.

The children worked well together in small teams and had lots of chat and discussions around resilience and what it means.

Ask the children at home what they did and what they learnt from today’s activities.

Positivity glasses to always see the good in people and situations.

Future ambitions and goals to work towards.

Resilience shields to help us when times get tough.

Using resilience to help overcome and improve our problem solving.

Outlining our feelings and accepting they are part of what makes us human.

Mindfulness colouring, describing friendship qualities and identifying feelings.