Year 2 WC 16th November 2020
Date: 20th Nov 2020 @ 2:52pm
We've had a very busy week in Year 2 this week.
In our worship our theme has been courage. The children were fascinated by the life of Harriet Tubman who escaped a life of slavery. We discussed how she showed tremendous courage by going back after she had escaped, several times, to help others get their freedom too.
In English we have written our own superhero stories based on Send for a Superhero. As always the children had some very imaginative ideas for their 'baddies' and what kind of dreadful antics they get up to. Today they have started publishing their stories and produced work to be very proud of.
In maths we have been focusing on subtraction crossing the 10. We've looked at two strategies.
1. e.g. 45 - 8 =
So we take off the 5 first: 45 - 5 = 40 Then take the 3 off using our number bonds. 40 - 3 = 37.
2. We then moved onto the more formal written method of column subtraction where they have to exchange. Please when practising this at home, use the language of 'exchanging the ten for ten ones' rather than 'borrowing'. Often the children found it easier and quicker to work these calculations in their head so were more reluctant to using this strategy. However, we encouraged them to do both so they could check their answer and ensure they were using the column subtraction strategy correctly.
In RE we looked at what it means to belong to the church and how it. We looked at different areas of the church, the services they provide in the community and how different people can get involved. For example, the organ shows that singing praise to God is important to the people who go there. Their involvement with the Foodbank tells us that helping others and continuing the work of Jesus is an important part of belonging to the church.
This week is anti-bullying week so we chose to focus on how we can show kindness to each other and be a good friend. We thought about what we can offer such as showing love, kindness, compassion and service, all of which link with our school values. Then each child was given a name of someone in the class and their job is to carry out random acts of kindness for that person, such as asking about their day, checking they're not alone at playtime, complimenting their work, etc.
In our outdoor learning, the children used clay and the environment to make faces of the characters in their superhero stories. They were amazing! However we certainly noticed the weather turning colder so we'll need to start wrapping up more in the coming weeks.
Next week we will begin practising for our nativity, Busy Busy Bethlehem. It will be a rather different experience this year as unfortunately we will be unable to perform to an audience and we'll be doing it as a class rather than as a key stage. All children will have a speaking part and it will be recorded in order for you to see it. Homework over the next few weeks will be to learn their lines and practise the songs. #
I hope you have a lovely weekend