Seahorse

Welcome to Seahorse Class! We are in Year 2 and our teacher is Mrs Maudsley and Mrs Hayler is our teaching assistant.

Surf the seahorse is our class mascot, he likes to go home with different children every day!

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Make sure you keep an eye on our weekly blog to find out all our news and see photos of our week at school. Every half term we will use a central theme or topic as a springboard for all our learning.

 

Castles

We begin our journey in Year 2 for the first part of the Autumn term……..exploring and discovering Castles! Starting with a trip to Portchester Castle on Thursday 15th September! 

In English we will be writing information guides about the castle, learning all about the different features of a castle, to create a glossary. We will also use castles in our narrative, creative writing when we describe castle settings and characters that may live there! The tale of ‘George and the Dragon’ will also be a focus, looking at different versions and retelling in our own words. Daily guided reading will help us apply our strategies to decode words and discuss the content of stories. Daily phonics will also continue and support us with our spelling.

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In Maths we will be focusing on securing our knowledge of place value with numbers up to 100. Using our number bonds we will solve problems using addition and subtraction. Multiplication will involve using 2x and 10x tables including odd and even numbers. In fraction work we will find and recognise a half, a quarter and a third of shapes and numbers. We will also measure length using cm and metres. You can help your child at home by learning the 2x and 10x tables, learning number bonds up to 20 and learning to tell the time to o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to the hour.

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In Science we will be exploring and investigating everyday materials and their properties. Continuing our castle theme you will need to decide which material you would  choose to make a knight’s shield, a scroll, a wall hanging and a cooking spit!

Which material would make a good castle pot?

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We will be immersed in History all the way through the topic learning about who lived in the castles of old and the roles they had in daily life.

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In Geography we will be looking at the locality of Portchester and why it was a good place for a castle. This will include map work and bird eye views!

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The concept of authority is the focus for our RE work,  in Christian and Hindu religions. Petersgate will also celebrate Harvest once again in the local community.

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In DT we will be making castle carts ……..exploring different wheels and axles to design our own moving vehicle!

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In PE we will complete some dance and music and movement performances which will be linked to our topic and we will also learn a variety of ball skills, hopefully outside in the Autumn sunshine, with our PE specialist, Mrs Hayler.

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It’s going to be busy!

Our new topic begins as soon as we return on the 31st October and is called “Which Direction”

In English we will be using the story of Little Red Riding Hood and her journey through the forest to support our learning. We will focus on the correct use of punctuation including exclamation and question marks, commas and apostrophes. In the second half of this half term we will move onto writing instructions for various people as they travel on their journeys (Hansel and Gretel’s father and The Three Kings). We will be also be moving onto the sixth and final phase of Letters and Sounds (our phonics programme) where we will begin to learn spelling strategies which will help us spell more difficult words. You can help your child by reading every evening and learning the weekly spellings!

LRRHIn Maths we will be focusing on securing fluent addition and subtraction facts to 20. We will also look at measuring height and width in cm and m, as well as continuing to learn how to tell the time. Some time will be spent looking at mathematical patterns and sequences. A large chunk of the term will be spent calculating and solving problems using money. You can help your child at home by learning 2x, 5x and 10x times tables, learning number bonds up to 20 and learning to tell the time o’clock, half past and quarter past/to times. In particular you might want to spend some time helping your child to recognise all our British coinage and to make up amounts with different coins starting off just using 10ps and 1ps.

mpneyIn Science we will be exploring and investigating health and hygiene, looking at keeping fit, eating healthily and keeping clean. We will investigate the best solution for removing gravy from a white school T shirt and will be sure to let you know the results!
In Geography we will be working on our map reading skills and will go up to QEP to do some orienteering quite early on in this half term. Our map reading skills will be used to support our instruction writing about journeys in literacy and position and direction in maths.

mapThe concept of journeys is the focus for our RE work, namely those undertaken in the Christmas Nativity story. This work will be supported by our Christmas plays and concerts throughout the school.

mary and JIn PE we will be ably supported by our PE specialist teacher Miss Rachel Teal working on jumping and balancing and improving our core strength.
And of course there will be lots of opportunities for art and craft, performing, singing, celebration and fun because Christmas is coming and it always gets to an infant school early!!! Be prepared.

Another busy half term!!

The first half of the Spring term we will be exploring the Rainforest, so don’t forget your binoculars and mosquito cream!!

In English we will be using the stories of Anthony Browne, as his favourite animals are gorillas!  Our writing will be about gorillas, the rainforest and our own story using characters from Anthony Browne books! We will focus on the different ways to start our sentences, using pronouns and adverbs.  We will be also be moving onto the sixth and final phase of Letters and Sounds (our phonics programme) where we will learn to add different suffixes to root words. You can help your child by reading every evening and learning the weekly spellings!

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In Maths we will continue to focus on securing fluent addition and subtraction facts to 20. Moving onto using different strategies to solve problems with 2-digit numbers, both addition and subtraction.We will also look at measuring height and width in cm and m, as well as continuing to learn how to tell the time. We will be learning the names and properties of 2D and 3D shapes and sorting them in different ways. You can help your child at home by learning 2x, 5x and 10x times tables, learning number bonds up to 20  and learning to tell the time o’clock, half past and quarter past/to times. In particular it would help if you let your child count different amounts of money in your purse and calculated simple change when out shopping!

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In Science we will be starting our new unit of plants to link with our rainforest topic. We will be planting seeds and bulbs and secure the knowledge we already have about the conditions plants need to grow.

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 In Geography we will be using globes, maps and atlases to locate the rainforests in the world looking particularly at the weather in these locations.

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The concept of authority is the focus for our RE work, namely events in Jesus’ life that show his authority.

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In PE We will be ably supported by our new PE specialist teacher Miss Rachel Teal.

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Our artwork will also use the rainforest theme, after looking at the work of Henri Rousseau.

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In the second  half of the Spring term we will be  using Paddington stories to support the rest of the curriculum.

In Literacy we will be using Paddington to support and influence our own writing. We will be learning to use pronouns more effectively and begin to check our edit our own and our friend’s work for mistakes.  We will be continuing with the sixth and final phase of Letters and Sounds (our phonics programme) during which we will learn to use different strategies to help our with our spelling and begin to use a dictionary more effectively! You can help your child by reading every evening and learning the weekly spellings!

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In Numeracy we will continue to focus on securing fluent addition and subtraction facts to 20. Greater emphasis will be placed on using an unstructured number line to support our addition and subtraction. We will begin to use our improving fluency to solve problems and investigate numbers.You can help your child at home by securing 2x, 5x and 10x times tables and perhaps onto 3x, 4x and 6x tables if you can manage it, learning number bonds up to 20  and learning to tell the time!

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In Science we will be starting to think about animal growth and development.

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In Geography we will be using globes, maps and atlases to locate Madagascar. We will also think about the human and physical geography of the country compared to our own.

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The concept of symbolism is the focus for our RE work, namely thinking about Easter and Holi and how those festivals are celebrated.

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In PE we will continue using a brand new planning approach to teaching movement and skills in PE which is topic linked. We will be ably supported by our new PE specialist teacher Miss Rachel Teal.

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Another  very busy half term!!

In the first  half of the Summer term we will be using Darwin and his voyage to the Galapagos Islands to support the rest of the curriculum.

In English we will be consolidating all the punctuation, spelling and grammar learnt in year 2. Great emphasis will be placed on checking and editing our own work. In reading we will be learning to retrieve information from a text and make simple inferences and predictions based on what we have read. We will also talk about the links and connections we can make between different books. At some point during this term we will carry out 2 reading tests, a punctuation and grammar test and  a spelling test which we will use to support our teacher assessments. You can help your child by reading every evening and revising the weekly spellings!

 

SAM_3080In Maths we will extend our learning on fractions of amounts or shapes, read different measurement scales and visualise and compare 2D and 3D shapes.  We will begin to use our improving fluency to solve problems particularly those with missing numbers and those with 2 steps. At some stage we will carry out an arithmetic test and a reasoning test with your child to help support our teacher assessment. You can help your child at home by securing 2x, 5x and 10x times tables and perhaps onto 3x, 4x and 6x tables if you can manage it, learning number bonds up to 20  and learning to tell the time!

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 In Geography we will use maps and globes to track Darwin’s voyage around the globe.

IMG_4923In Science we will be starting to think variation in plants and animals. In particular we will carry out lots of work about mini beasts which will be supported by our trip to QEP where will will find out about habitats and food chains.

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The concept of God is the focus for our RE work, namely thinking about the similarities and differences between the Christian God and the Hindu Gods.

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In PE we will continue using a new planning approach to teaching movement and skills in PE which is topic linked.

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Another  very busy half term!!

In the first  half of the Summer term we will be using Darwin and his voyage to the Galapagos Islands to support the rest of the curriculum.

In English we will be consolidating all the punctuation, spelling and grammar learnt in year 2. Great emphasis will be placed on checking and editing our own work. In reading we will be learning to retrieve information from a text and make simple inferences and predictions based on what we have read. We will also talk about the links and connections we can make between different books. At some point during this term we will carry out 2 reading tests, a punctuation and grammar test and  a spelling test which we will use to support our teacher assessments. You can help your child by reading every evening and revising the weekly spellings!

 

SAM_3080In Maths we will extend our learning on fractions of amounts or shapes, read different measurement scales and visualise and compare 2D and 3D shapes.  We will begin to use our improving fluency to solve problems particularly those with missing numbers and those with 2 steps. At some stage we will carry out an arithmetic test and a reasoning test with your child to help support our teacher assessment. You can help your child at home by securing 2x, 5x and 10x times tables and perhaps onto 3x, 4x and 6x tables if you can manage it, learning number bonds up to 20  and learning to tell the time!

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 In Geography we will use maps and globes to track Darwin’s voyage around the globe.

IMG_4923In Science we will be starting to think variation in plants and animals. In particular we will carry out lots of work about mini beasts which will be supported by our trip to QEP where will will find out about habitats and food chains.

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The concept of God is the focus for our RE work, namely thinking about the similarities and differences between the Christian God and the Hindu Gods.

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In PE we will continue using a new planning approach to teaching movement and skills in PE which is topic linked.

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Another  very busy half term!!

We complete our journey in Year 2 for the Summer term……..travelling back in time to the city of London and the Great Fire of 1666.

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In Literacy we will continue our theme of animals in science by writing a non-fiction text about night time and the animals that come out!  Following that we will use our history work as the stimulus for our writing – diary extracts and recounts of the events of 1666! Moving on to guidebooks and leaflets of London today! We will continue to hit our writing targets throughout the term and peer assess to help each other too!  Daily guided reading will help us look at story structure and help extend the vocabulary we use in our own writing. Daily phonics will also continue and support us with our spelling.

In Numeracy we will be continuing to think about place value, addition, subtraction, division and multiplication through problem solving. We will also revise our knowledge of shape and measure. You can help your child at home by learning times tables whenever possible and continuing to tell the time!

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In Science we will be exploring our local environment, thinking carefully about the animals that have their habitat there. We will look at the variety of living things and how they are adapted to live in each habitat. We will kick this half term off with our trip to Queen Elizabeth Country Park! Then lots of exciting activities in SCIENCE WEEK…..

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 In Geography we will be studying and locating our capital city, using the correct geographical vocabulary to describe human and physical features …..sea, river, city, port, harbour, etc.

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History is the main focus of our work this half term when we will study the Great Fire of London in 1666. Looking at the events before and after, using the diary of Samuel Pepys to help us!

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The concept of Creation is the focus for our RE work, looking at  the similarities and differences in how Christians and Hindus believe the world began.

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In Art we will be making Tudor houses ……..ready to make our street in London from 1666! Please save your cereal boxes!

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In PE we will hopefully be getting outside for games and athletics, preparing ourselves for Sports Day!!

What a busy final half term!!