Dogger is missing!

This week in Ennis class we have been reading the story ‘Dogger’ by Shirley Hughes.

We have been acting out parts of the story and using drama to help us understand how the characters might be feeling and have been making decisions as to what might happen next.

So far we have got to the part of the story where Dave has realised he has lost Dogger and he misses him very much. 🙁

We put ourselves into role as the other characters and thought about how we might help him.

Mum “I will buy him an ice-cream to cheer him up” (Tyler F)
“I will look under the bed to find Dogger” (Daniel)
Dad “I will buy him a new toy dog” (Jake P)
“I’m going to search in the basement” (Kian)
“I’m going to search the whole town until we find Dogger!”
Bella “I will help him search for Dogger” (Freya)

Then today we decided to make some ‘missing’ posters to help find Dogger.

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I wonder where Dogger could be?
I do hope Dave finds him soon!

Pumpkin soup tasting!

Today as part of our maths lesson the children enjoyed tasting some pumpkin soup. We then thought of some adjectives to describe the soup and used 4 words to make a survey and tally our results. We had to decide if we thought the soup was ‘good’, ‘tasty’, ‘disgusting’ or ‘spicy’.

Harry E. “I thought the soup would be disgusting but actually it was really nice!”
Emily, “It looks like baby food!”
Nathaniel, “I was a bit scared because it smelled.”

We then used our survey data to create our own pumpkin pictograms to show the results. We used a key to show that 1 pumpkin symbol represented 2 children’s votes, so this required us to think carefully when drawing our pictograms to ensure it showed the correct data.

Well done Ennis class, most of your pumpkin pictograms were very clear and accurate.
We hope you enjoy your half term break. Let us know if you do any pumpkin carving or cooking 🙂

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Pumpkins!

This afternoon we had a very exciting Science lesson as we were cutting open some pumpkins to find out what was inside!

Before we opened the pumpkin, some of us guessed what might be inside. Suggestions included; ‘orange stuff’, ‘seeds’, ‘string like cobwebs’, and ‘orange coloured juice’.

When we cut open the pumpkin some of the children were surprised by what we found. We looked at each part separately and discussed its name and purpose. We then placed labels on the pumpkin to identify each part.

The children then had time to go and explore their own pumpkins in a small group using their senses. Some of us really enjoyed putting our hands inside the pumpkin, or using a spoon to scrape out the seeds.

After we had washed our hands we used the magnifying glasses to take a closer look at some parts, and then completed our own diagrams to show and label the inside of a pumpkin.

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I hope you enjoyed exploring the pumpkins Ennis class. Tomorrow we are hoping to taste some pumpkin soup!

If you would like to watch the video about the pumpkin life cycle again, and learn the song, click here.

See you tomorrow for some more exciting learning around pumpkins!

Mrs Read 🙂

Busy Week in Ennis Class

What a busy week we have had!

Thank you to all of the parents and children who came to their TLC appointment this week, we really enjoyed meeting all of the parents and sharing the children’s learning so far this year. We hope you did too.

Ennis class have been very busy this week, in maths we have been looking at number sequences and patterns and have been continuing our place value work. Our working wall currently shows all of the different ways we can show a number using the various resources in Year 2. Which resource do you like to work with to help you with your counting and place value work?

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In English we have been reading ‘Pumpkin soup’ and have been using different drama techniques to bring the pages to life and give us some ideas for our writing.  Which drama technique have you enjoyed the most? Which character were you and what did you say?

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Then this afternoon in Science we have been learning about the life cycle of frogs. If you would like to watch the video again at home, click here.

Well done for working hard this week Ennis class. Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Read and Mrs Souter 🙂

Ennis class blog – up and running!

Our Ennis class blog is now up and running….sorry for the delay 🙂

We will be updating our class news weekly and sharing our learning from the classroom.

We hope you are all enjoying Year 2 so far. Just a few reminders to ensure everyone is on track for a fantastic year in Year 2.

  • PE kits need to be in school for the whole week please.
  • Key Skills needs to be handed in on a Wednesday and we expect you to complete all activities.
  • The school expectation for reading is at least 3 times a week, make sure you record it in your diary to receive your dojo credit!

Also, we are currently looking for parent helpers in school to help listen to readers, if you have some time to spare please speak to Mrs Read or Mrs Souter.

Thank you!

 

Arrays

We looked at real objects and identified where we could see arrays. We could see that each row and column had equal amounts and we could count in ‘lots of’to find out how many there were altogether. 

We wrote multiplication sentences to match our arrays and noticed that when we turned the array around we still had the same answer. 

2 x 3 had the same answer as  3 x 2 ( this is called the commutative law) 

Victorian Objects

We have been exploring real and replica objects from Victorian times.

Some of the  objects looked very like things we use today and others were very puzzling as to what they were or how they worked!

Look at the pictures below and see if you can try and think of possible answers to some of the questions.

What do you think this is?

Why do you think that?

What might it have been used for?

How is it similar or different to an object you have in your home today?

How could you find out exactly what the object is?

Who might have used it?

 

 
   
   
   

  

  

Read, Read, Read!

Mr Rees shared a lovely poster in an assembly with us that read-

Ten ways to improve your reading

Read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read!

This was accompanied by pictures of the different types of reading that are all around us to enjoy- ranging from sharing books at bed-time, reading a comic, instructions on how to play a game to the writing that we find on signs and notices all around us.

We know that many of the children read very regularly at home by the way they discuss and read aloud their books aloud. The pleasure the children gain from their reading is lovely to see and their responses to the stories we share in class are delightful.

In year 2, we would be grateful if you could record in your child’s diary all the reading you do at home please- this may be your child’s scheme book or otherwise. This doesn’t need to be a long comment but a date, initial and an outline of the type of reading would be lovely. We have discussed with the children how good it would be to see reading entries in their diary three times or more a week.

Thank you and happy reading!