Oak Learning Blog – Autumn 1 Week 5

By Debbie Barlow on Sunday, October 7, 2018 in Year 2. No Comments

Hello everyone,

Welcome to the Oak Learning blog! This is the first update since we started back at school. Thank you for your support and understanding in what have been very difficult weeks for me personally with the death of my mother. But from now on normal weekly blogging at the weekend will resume.

The children have settled well into their new class and are settled in their new routines and are coping well with a more independent way of working in Year 2. They have been a pleasure to teach and are working very hard on their learning. Now on to this week…

In English, the time had finally come for the children to become authors themselves. We had been reading and immersing ourselves in the story of ‘The Princess and the White Bear King’ for the best part of a month, and this week the children created their own retelling of the story. Not only were they enthusiastic writers but they are really trying hard to develop their writing stamina when writing at length. ( a new year 2 skill) They used the complex language that they could remember from the story and put it in their own work.! Excellent work children, well done – I was so proud of all your effort!

In Maths, we have begun to explore addition and subtraction in different ways. First, we revised our number bonds to 20 before looking at applying our knowledge to problems. We then looked at the inverse relationship of addition and subtraction – this is a key skill for the children to be able to grasp at this point in the year. For example, if 12 + 8 = 20 and 8 + 12 = 20, then 20 – 12 = 8 and 20 – 8 = 8. If you want to do any extra practice at home, this would be something really useful to have a got at!

In Art this week, the children designed their own coat of arms in preparation for making their own shield designs.Well done to all those who solved the extra challenge linked to the goat on our own school coat of arms! In Jigsaw, we began to create a Learning Charter of the rights, responsibilities, rewards and consequences that all of us share in the classroom. And in Music this week we continued to explore South African music by listening to and appraising Paul Simons’s ‘You Can Call Me Al’¬†which believe it or not, was inspired by South African township music! In computing we have continued coding and introduced timer and repeat commands to our algorithms. The children can practise this at home on Purple Mash using the Princess and the Frog or Free Coding Chi

The Sumdog homework I set last week will last until Tuesday evening if you want some extra practice over the weekend. And thank you for all of the wonderful, models of castles that are currently decorating my classroom and the super homework that has been sent in for me to look at!

Thank you for reading the blog!

See you on Monday.

Love Mrs Barlow xxx


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