“Run! The fire is coming!”

What an exciting week we have had in Y2! We have been continuing to learn about the Great Fire of London and have applied our knowledge and understanding across the curriculum.

In our English lessons we explored first person accounts and we created our own first diaries from the perspective of Samuel Pepys maid, Jane. We thought carefully about how she would be feeling during the fire and used drama to convey this to others:

Ellie GFOL emotionsLiam GFOL EmotionsEmotions Vocab

We compared diaries entries and drew a picture of a diary that was read to us to imagine what it would have looked like. We noticed how expanded noun phrases can be used to make our writing even more effective. We also learned about the impact an exclamation sentence can have and now know that they always begins with the words ‘what’ or ‘how’, have a verb and end with an exclamation mark. Here are some of the very impressive exclamation sentences we came up with:

exclamations

Once we had created our own diary entries we learned how to edit and redraft our writing. Here are some examples of our work:

Ronan's Diary EntryReid's GFOL diary entryKai's GFOL diary entry

Next week we are going to think about how the people of England, in 1666, found out about the fire. This will lead us into a unit of work focused on recount writing.

In maths, we learned all about fractions. We started off with the ½ and ¼ fractions, which we began to think about in Y1 and then investigated 1/3, 2/4 and ¾ fractions. We now know that the whole needs to be divided into equal groups first by looking at the bottom number of the fraction, then we look at the top of the fraction to show how many equal parts we need to take. Initially, we used counters to help us divide. When we felt more confident, we solved fraction problems using our knowledge of division.

In science learned about how humans and other animals are born, grow and change, and what we need to survive and be healthy. We explored each category of vertebrate (mammal, fish, bird, reptile and amphibian) and classified different kinds of animal babies and learned about the basic needs that are shared by humans and animals. Next week we will research the care needs of animals that may live in our homes- our pets!

Classifying animal babies

Don’t Forget…

  • Each week your child will receive their weekly homework. This handed out on a Friday and must be returned by the following Thursday at the latest. Usually, weekly homework is designed to consolidate knowledge or skills that the children have learnt in school. We have found that our most successful pupils always complete their homework each week. Part of the weekly homework also includes practising reading and the Key Instant Recall Facts from this half term (as well as those from Autumn 1 and Autumn 2).
  • In addition to weekly homework, your child has now received their homework project. This was set on Friday 6th January and is due back in on Thursday 9th February. This allows 5 weeks to complete the project, which is to build a model of a Tudor house.
  • All parents will have now received our curriculum newsletter for this half term. This detailed document informs you about each of the curriculum objectives being covered between now and the February break. It also includes examples of the types of problems your child will be given to solve in maths, as well as images to show you the joins they are working on in handwriting. You could use this document to support your child’s learning at home, e.g. practise the joins covered each week, answer a maths question from the given examples, write a diary entry, visit a farm or zoo and look for baby animals (these are areas of learning outlined in the document).