Fractions in the real world

To consolidate our learning on fractions, we had to follow a recipe to make ‘fabulous fractions fruit salad’ in which the children had to work in pairs.  The recipe required fruit that had to be chopped into given fractions, mostly quarters and thirds as these are the fractions we’ve found most difficult. The children did a great job, had fun, the classroom smelt amazing and everyone ate a healthy mathematical snack! 

Future learning

As part of the English curriculum, children must be able to recite poetry.  After looking at various poems and authors in preparation for next week’s learning, ‘Don’t’ by Michael Rosen was a firm favourite.  By the end of next week, everyone will know this poem off-by-heart and will be starting to innovate (create) their own poem based on this one.

We will also be continuing to learn about fractions.  It is important that the children understand that 1/4 means one quarter, 1/2 means one half, 3/4 means three quarters and 1/3 means one third.  The children are increasingly able to find the fraction of a shape when written in words so we will be focusing finding fractions when only presented with the symbols, and also finding fractions of quantities using manipulatives and pictorial representations.

Independent writing

This week we wrote a story based on ‘Arnie the Accidental Hero’ which is about an armadillo who had to face his fears to save his friends, albeit in an accidental way.  We used role play to help us remember the structure of the story before planning our own versions.  The children changed the name of the main character, where they lived, what they were frightened off and how they saved their friends.  They then wrote their version independently.  They did an amazing job and were rightly proud of their stories.  As we are concentrating on editing and improving our writing as I very pleased to see lots of revisions and additional vocabulary in their books.  Below are photos taken during the role play exercise and photos of the children’s work will be uploaded on Monday.

   

Multiplication


This week we have been working on our 2,5 and 10 times tables through a variety of activities.  Some of us have also moved on to 3s and 4s! We are making good progress but any practise at home would really help consolidate our learning. Counting in multiples (e.g. 0,2,4,6,8,10…) and knowing our times tables (e.g. Zero 2s are 0, one 2 is 2…) are very important skills children need to have mastered in order to meet the multiplication recall aspect of the year two maths curriculum (expected standard).  There are also lots of fun songs on YouTube and free apps that can help.

African mask and dance performance and work exhibition

Please click on the links below to watch the performances from today’s assembly.  The first video is the final rehearsal and the second video is the actual performance.  Due to the fantastic turnout we were only able to film from the side, hence the rehearsal video is uploaded as well.  I hope you enjoy them.

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for our exhibition afternoon.  I’m very proud of how well the children behaved during the day, the effort they put into painting their mask and learning the routine.

Using their ‘Best topic books’ it was fantastic to see how well the children could articulate their learning to those present.  They have had an amazing first term and we look forward to continuing with the final elements of the topic when we return after the holiday.  Thank you for your continuing support.

Information reports

Last week we wrote an information report about meerkats. First We learnt what features are used, then how it needed to be structured and then we put all of our knowledge of meerkats together to create a story map.  Our story map had pictures and actions to help us remember all the facts needed to write our information report.

Once we had learnt the story map we wrote our reports. Here are some examples by Evie and Amelia F

Once we were familiar with how to write an information report, I set the children the task of researching armadillos to write an information with little or no help! In pairs, the children had questions that they used the internet to answer then wrote their findings on large pieces of paper.

  

Collectively, we now had lots of information for our report.  I funnelled the children’s responses into bullet points that the children then used to write their own reports.  They did and amazing job.

Measuring

 

The following post was used as a teaching tool throughout the lesson as we tried to prove/disapprove my hypothesis – the tallest people have the largest feet. We had to accurately draw around one of our feet (without shoes on) then measure the length in centimetres.  We also measured our height in centimetres then compared the results.  I will post our findings on Monday once we have comp,eyed our investigation.

Watch the videos to help you draw, cut and measure your foot accurately for today’s lesson.

 

Measuring mass

In maths this week we are learning about measures and have been focusing on mass.  We compared the masses of different objects, weighed parcels to be sent to the meerkats from ‘Meerkat Mail’ before ordering them from lightest to heaviest, weighed ourselves, filled containers with sand to the correct weight on the label and applied our skills by playing weight-related games on Educationcity.com on the ipads.