Sycamore Learning Blog: Spring 1, Week 5

By Mr Hall on Friday, February 8, 2019 in News. No Comments

Hello everyone, and welcome to another Sycamore Learning Blog! It’s hard to believe we’re now into February – where does the time go? We’ve been hard at work again this week. Read on to find out more…

In English this week, we wrote a non-chronological report based on our learning from our trip to Cadbury. We wrote about the story of chocolate, from its origins in Central America with the Mayans and the Aztecs, through Montezuma and Cortes, before it finally made its way to Europe. We also wrote a set of instructions linked to our Science learning about hygiene, instructing people on how to effectively wash their hands.

In Maths, we have been learning all about 2D shapes. We started by recapping common shape names, before exploring their properties including sides and vertices (corners). The children had great fun drawing 2D shapes on dotted paper, and were stunned to learn that shapes such as pentagons and hexagons can look very different to the ones that they already knew about! New Sumdog homework has been set for this weekend, revising subtraction, as it was proving tricky for us to recall effective methods of working out subtraction calculations in mental maths. Keep practicing!

On Tuesday, we celebrated Chinese New Year with a special afternoon of activities. The children collaborated in groups to design a Chinese garden, which was linked to our Jigsaw learning about our goals and dreams.

In Science this week, the children have been carrying out their investigation into hygiene and hand washing. The children applied their handwashing technique in different situations (warm water, cold water, soap, no soap) to see which was more effective in removing dirt (or in our case, red paint!) This is the reason why they might have come home literally ‘red-handed’, so apologies if this caused a mess! The Science learning the children managed to achieve, whilst enjoying the experiment, was fantastic to see.

Finally, in Computing this week we have been thinking about staying safe online following our Internet Safety Day assembly. The children designed a poster, explaining what they enjoyed on the internet and what they knew about how to stay safe online.

Just a quick few notes for parents! New Common Exception spelling lists have been issued this week and should be stuck into the children’s reading diaries to practice. These are different to the small, weekly sheets we have been sending home, which are for the ‘sound of the week’ that we practice in class. Also, on this coming Thursday, we are celebrating our first ever ‘Lowry Day’ in Year 2! The children are invited to come to school for a day of art-based activities dressed as an artist or a Lowry-esque figure (but any own clothes are otherwise fine).

Thank you for reading the blog this week! Have a lovely weekend, and I will see you on Monday.

Mr Hall 🙂

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