Oak Learning Blog – Autumn Term 1 week 7

By Debbie Barlow on Sunday, October 21, 2018 in Year 2. No Comments

Hello everyone,

Welcome to this week’s Oak Learning Blog! We’ve been busy as usual this week – read on to find out what we’ve been up to…

In English this week, we have been looking at poetry. We read ‘Portrait of a Dragon’ by Moira Andrew, and came up with our own ideas to describe a dragon. We then drafted, wrote and performed our poems and spent the days as poets! Well done Oak for some super effort with trying to edit their work to make it better – a new skill.

In Maths, we have continued to look at addition and subtraction using the number line method to help us. This is a really important skill for the children to master and apply in so many different ways, so if you want to practice at home here are some questions you could try:

32 + 15 = __

24 + 43 = __

__ = 56 + 42

In Science this week, we continued to learn about materials and their properties, before planning and carrying out our own experiment. We wanted to find out which material would be best to build a bridge in a castle. It needed to be  strong, rigid and stable enough to support a heavy weight, and not too flexible. The children came up with some fantastic ideas all of their own, and really enjoyed carrying out the experiment! They were surprised by some of the results.

In History, the children learned all about the Bayeux Tapestry, including why and how it is such an interesting source of information from history. Then, they did their own drawing of the Tapestry, by recreating scenes from the Battle of Hastings. There were some gruesome scenes with a lot of arrows in eyes!

Just a quick note for parents this week. As you may have seen from the letter sent out earlier this week, we will be holding our Banquet Day on Wednesday 24th October. The children are invited to come to school in costume, such as a king, queen, prince, princess, knight or dragon, or their own clothes. We would also ask for your support in providing the children with a small plate of food (wrapped in film/foil) to serve as their banquet in the afternoon. Some ideas for food could be: a slice of bread, a few biscuits/crackers, a small cake, a handful of raisins or a piece of fruit such as an apple. Please do not send anything too large or in need of refrigeration, as we can’t accommodate this for 90 children! And please remember our school has a nut-free policy – if you have any questions concerning specific allergies for your child, please let me or any member of Y2 staff know as soon as possible. Thank you for your support – we look forward to having a fabulous banquet day!

New spellings were sent home with all children this week so check those book bags. Well done children for all your super spelling work.

Thanks for reading the blog this week – see you all on Monday and at Parents Evening this week.

Love Mrs Barlow xxx

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