This week we have been reading a story called ‘Man on the Moon’, about a man called Bob who works on the moon. First, we looked at a picture of Bob and we described how he looked and what we thought he likes. Then we worked in pairs to think about what we might see, hear and feel if we were on the moon and what we might do there. We then put these ideas in sentences to describe the moon. Finally, we created our own aliens and thought about how we could add them to the story.
In Maths, we have been finding 1 more, 1 less and 10 more and 10 less of a number. We have remembered how to write these as number sentences using the + and – signs. We have also looked at place value and how numbers are made of 10s and 1s (units). We used 10p and 1p coins to make 2 digit numbers.
In Science, we have been busy looking at soft toys and deciding which materials would be best to make a teddy bear we could hug at night. We tested cardboard, bubble wrap, foil, plastic, a bumpy fabric and a soft, smooth fabric. We thought the fabrics would make the most huggable teddy. We have also tested different stuffing types and selected the best one to make a sock toy. We were able to use a fluff type stuffing, polystyrene balls or paper to stuff our toys. Most of us thought the fluff or the balls would be best.
In Topic, we have looked at the smallest of the oceans, the Arctic and we have learned why the oceans are so important. To consolidate all our learning on the continents and oceans, we made a balloon globe where we stuck the continents in the correct position and labelled the oceans.
Another practical and fun week for Year 2. The progress is increasingly palpable.
In Science, we have been taking care of our plants and recording their growth. Some are up to 11 cm high after only 6 day’s growth! Year 2 will inform you that it’s because the seeds have water, warmth, air and sunlight. Our ‘Germination Station’ is looking like a rainforest already. We intend to record their growth on a weekly basis.
Tied in with this are our Topic lessons, where we have been creating our own weather measuring instruments. Each table team have made their own rain gauges (3 in total) and plan on placing them outside in an inaccessible (to children) part of the outdoor area. Again, we will measure and record the rainfall they collect on a weekly basis. It will be interesting to see if there are any differences in the measurements.
We also made our own wind vanes, which are effectively designed to tell us about the wind direction. However, we are also using them to inform us about the strength of the wind, as making anemometers is a bridge too far at this point!
The children tackled some very searching calculations this week and completed two mastery checkpoints. The have performed admirably. In English, we are back onto our Phonics based spelling lists and tackling relevant comprehension activities. We revisited expanded noun phrases and the use of adjectives. The children had fun describing a colourful monster and using the information appropriately.
Well done, Year 2!
On Thursday Year 1 focused on sounds, playing the game «Live ABC» (“Живая азбука”). Kids also learned a lot of words that start with certain sounds. The rules of phonics help kids make connections between written letters and letter combinations and word sounds. This phonic game helps kids to become fluent readers and writers.
Years 1 and 2 worked hard this week. We learned to play the accompaniment to the “Little Green Frog " song on xylophones and on the piano. At first, we sang this song in unison. Then we added some actions. The students were great when they performed the song. They quickly memorize melodies and always enjoy playing them on musical instruments.