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22nd September 2017

  • Year 2 Weekly Roundup

This week we have been continuing our work on stories with recurring language. We have looked at describing settings and used some amazing adjectives to make our work really exciting. We have also planned and created our own story inspired by 'A Dark, Dark Tale'.

Why not ask us about some of the adjectives we used in our stories?


In Maths this week, we have been revisiting addition and subtraction and increasing our knowledge of mental strategies for solving problems mentally. We have been using our existing knowledge of place value and applying this to our learning by exploring the link between 'ones' and 'tens'.

Why not ask us how ones and tens are related?

Project Work

Our IPC work this week has been focusing on learning about different biomes in the world. We have worked in small groups to research the animals and plants of the desert, rainforest and polar regions. We have really enjoyed using the iPads and books collaboratively to conduct 'Jig Saw Research' for the first time.

Why not ask us what Jig Saw Research is?


This week students learned to ask questions using “几” & “多少” (How many). They have been introduced to the use of measure words in Chinese. The students also had consolidation on the vocabulary learnt previously.  To reinforce the use of measure words, please follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJGcOjmE-1w (measure words).


Pupils have continued solving logical puzzles using the Alarmy 2 game on www.abcya.com.  When completing the levels pupils can gain extra stars by completing extra goals and finishing the puzzle before the timer runs out.  This helps pupils think about the different ways in which a puzzle can be solved.

Physical Education

The swimming lessons are continuing to develop the breaststroke technique. Pupils are also improving their stamina in the water with 3 minute swims across the width of the pool.   

Pupils have been focusing on their individual ball control using a football. They have been dribbling and passing the ball through `gates`. These gates have Mr Liperis` jelly (bean bags) balanced on top. Any contact with the ball and, oops, they fall off! Sorry Mr Liperis!  


This week Year 2 students began a study of music for small ensembles, looking specifically at György Ligeti's 'Six Bagatelles for Woodwind Quintet'. Students learned a little about Ligeti's life and work, before focussing on the careful way he mixes sounds to create new and interesting tone colours.



As part of our IPC work looking at biomes, we are asking the children to do a research project at home. We would like them to choose either the rainforest, desert or polar region and make a diorama, which can include pictures of animals, plants and facts about their chosen biome. The size should be approximately shoe box size. We look forward to seeing these amazing creations on Wednesday 4th October.


For homework this week, children will be using their knowledge of number facts to help them find related facts. In class they have practised using simple addition facts such as 2 + 3 = 5 and finding related facts which involve the same digit but as a multiple of 10 e.g. 20 +30 = 50. Children should solve the single digit problems on the sheet first and then see if they can match them to the related fact in the other column.