# Year 2

In English this week we have looked at the story "Lost and Found" by Oliver Jeffers. The children built up ideas over the week to write the next part of the Boy and Penguin's adventures.

In Maths this week we have looked at our three times tables. There are lots times table songs on Youtube which can help some children to learn them.  This is a link to the three's: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uV0ZL2h8IRg&safe=active  hopefully it will work for you, but if you just put "three times table song" into your search bar I'm sure you will find one.   We have also had fun measuring capacity.  They carefully filled different objects with water and then measured and recorded their results.  Final challenge was to create a bar graph showing their results.

Abacus homework is up and ready for you.  As always let us know if there is a problem.

## Position and Direction

Today we had great fun getting to grips with position and direction. First came the challenge of learning our "left" and "right." Then incorporating quarter turns, half turns, anticlockwise and clockwise into our language base. We made a grid on the classroom floor and the children had great fun giving each other instructions to travel across to certain items placed on the grid. Then we took these new found skills to our books.

## Oak Class - Andy Goldsworthy

This terms artist is Andy Goldsworthy.
The children had great fun creating some very imaginative pieces of art from both natural objects outside, to more man-made objects found within the classroom.

## Sycamore Class - Andy Goldsworthy

This terms artist is Andy Goldsworthy.
The children had great fun creating art using natural objects they found outside on the field.

## Healthy Living Day

We had great fun making fruit and vegetable smoothies. Everyone enjoyed brushing their teeth after using their disclosing tablets. Lots of fun and serious talking was had too. Remember it's ok to eat some chocolate and cakes, just everything in moderation!

## Sycamore Class_1.mov

Well done year 2 on another amazing week.   In English this week we have been concocting disgusting potions.  Once the children's creative juices started flowing, the potions got more revolting!  The children then wrote up an instruction sheet, remembering to include what equipment would be needed alongside their ingredients.  Step by step instructions were written and you will see their creations in their end of year books. Enjoy!

In Maths this week we have looked at multiplication and division.  We took it right back breaking the calculation down into steps. First using different materials to create groups to represent the number sentence.  Have a look at the pictures below! Once this was mastered the children went onto division beginning to understand that division is not commutative e.g. 3 x 5 - 5 x 3 but 15 divided by 3 can not be written as 3 divided by 15.

In Topic the children have been researching facts about Grace Darling in readiness for Monday's Topic Day.  Please remember it is not compulsory to wear Victorian dress, only if your child wishes to. We look forward to seeing you all on Monday.

## Day One - Matilda's Floating Feat

Matilda used her magical powers to move things. We created and used static electricity. The Children used balloons and their hair to create the static needed to move their lizards, feathers and hair!

## Day Two - Resilient Rover

Day two and the children are off to the moon! Their brief was to build a moon buggy. Working in pairs the children decided what materials they wanted to use; what purpose their moon buggy would have on the moon and how many people would go inside their moon buggy.
Some very varied and fantastic designs were created, well done everybody.

## Day Three.... Make it Fly

Both classes had great fun creating helicopters, gliders and paper aeroplanes.
There were some amazing designs of aeroplanes created by the children and they thoroughly enjoying testing them out to see how far they could travel. We even took our gliders outside to see how they would cope in these blustery conditions.

## Day four..... Science Oxford

Today we met Sophie from Science Oxford. She talked to the children about the properties of different materials. We investigated whether they could survive being dropped from a height. The children then got to make SLIME! Lots of fun had by all.

## Sneeze Zone

How far can a sneeze travel? Today we investigated how far we could sneeze! We used a straw and discussed that this probably wasn't as powerful as a sneeze, but had the same effect. We also look at the difference of putting your hand over your mouth when you sneeze!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

## Mixed numbers!

We used slices of bread cut up into quarters to create mixed numbers. Have a go at home, when you are making tea, this weekend to see if they can cut up their sandwiches, sausages etc into halves, quarters and thirds!

## Science - Which material is the bendiest?

We've had a fabulous afternoon conducting an experiment. We took four different types of material, built a bridge and placed some weights to see which material was the bendiest. Lots of fabulous discussion in both classes. We even investigated the difference if we moved our bridges further or closer apart. Did it matter which way the blocks were set? Lots of hypothesising was had!

## Remembrance Day Poppies

Forest Rangers Day 2018

Monday 5th November 2018, Year 2 had our Forest Rangers Day with Chiltern Rangers.  Unlike last year the weather was glorious and not a snow flake to be seen!  The first class outside were Oak Class, who were split into groups to complete specific tasks set by the Chiltern Rangers.   They used a number of different equipment from rakes, shears and loppers and a lot of brute strength!  One group of children worked together to create fires which were later lit whilst the children had their lunch.  Sycamore class joined Oak for lunch around the campfires.  Once the fires had calmed down, the children were able to toast delicious yummy marshmallows.  Sycamore then took over the duties for the afternoon continuing raking up the cut grass, lopping and sorting the hazel branches.   A massive thank you to the parents who were able to come and lend a hand today.  We hope you enjoyed it as much as we all did.  A massive thank you to Paul and all at Chiltern Rangers for an incredibly fun and exhausting day.

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