Tuesday, 15 January 2019

14/01/19


Hello,
This week we will be covering:

English
Grammar point – contractions
Writing – adapting a story (The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch)
Vocabulary – contraction apostrophe, introduction, character, setting, problem, solution, ending
What you can do to help – try playing the contractions game in the link below, read together and look out for contractions in the text – discuss how they work, watch the video of the Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch (see the link below) – pause it and discuss what happens next
Links:

Maths
Repeating patterns
Vocabulary – repeat, alternate, group, double, halve, square, circle, triangle,
What you can do to help – try making some pictures using repeating patterns (potato printing is fun and easy to do)
Links:

Topic
Maps and atlases
Life processes

Vocabulary – map, symbol, key, compass rose, food, water, air, grow, movement, reproduction, animal, plant, human

What you can do to help – look at maps together and discuss the key features, go on a journey and follow a map to reach your destination
Links:



Tuesday, 8 January 2019

08/01/19


Hello,

Welcome back to all Year 2 students. I hope everyone enjoyed the Christmas holiday and that the new year has gotten off to a good start.

Some of you asked me to recommend reading comprehension books that could be useful for practising at home. Please see the links below. Also, don't forget to have a look at the Reading Eggs website.


https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brilliant-Activities-Reading-Comprehension-Year/dp/1783170700/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1546955302&sr=1-1&keywords=Year+1+Reading+Comprehension


https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brilliant-Activities-Reading-Comprehension-Year/dp/1783170719/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1546955237&sr=8-1&keywords=Year+2+Reading+Comprehension


https://www.amazon.co.uk/Comprehension-Workbook-Scholastic-English-Skills/dp/1407141783/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1546955302&sr=1-2&keywords=Year+1+Reading+Comprehension



This week we will be covering:


English

Writing: traditional stories

Grammar point: contractions

Vocabulary: cottage, industrious, delicious, lighthouse keeper, problem, solution, don't, won't can't, didn't

What you can do to help: read and discuss tradition stories such as fairy tales, ask and answer comprehension questions about a story, practise retelling a familiar story

Links:

https://www.learninggamesforkids.com/vocabulary-games/contractions/contraction-memory-match.html

  

Maths

Division

Tally charts and tables

Vocabulary: share, divide, group, multiples of, greatest, fewest, most, least, equal

What you can do to help: go on a journey and make a tally chart of things that you see (e.g. different animals or different coloured cars) discuss your results (which group had the most/least?)

Links:

http://www.softschools.com/math/data_analysis/tally_chart/

http://www.missmaggie.org/scholastic/dilemma_eng_launcher.html





Topic

Oceans and seas

Vocabulary: alive, dead, coral, reef, fish, plants, rocks, breathe, grow, reproduce

What you can do to help: take a trip to the beach and explore! Collect items that may have been alive (sea shells), take some photos and send them to me.

Links:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTgPgIc1PXg





Wednesday, 28 November 2018

26/11/18


Hello,

This week we will be covering:

English

Writing: reports

Grammar point: verb tenses

Vocabulary: information, facts, opinion, bias, fair, sequence, paragraph, past, present, future, suffix

What you can do to help: play at being reporters – find and record information about an event, place or person and practise writing it as a short report (remember to only include facts and not your opinion!), have a go at playing the verb tenses game in the link below (you can have up to four teams)

Links:




Maths

Using place value (addition and subtraction)

Vocabulary: units, tens, groups of ten, column, adding, subtracting,

What you can do to help: try the addition exercises in the link below (print, cut and use the worksheet below to help you)





Links:




Topic

Pirates

Vocabulary: galleon, cannon, crew, ocean, island, treasure chest, map, plank, mutiny
What you can do to help: read and discuss pirate stories, check out the website in the link below – they offer an educational pirate tour, watch the Treasure Island animated movie (see link)





Links:





Wednesday, 21 November 2018

19/11/18


Hello,

This week we will be covering:

English

Writing: Instruction texts

Grammar point: ‘un’ prefix

Vocabulary: prefix, opposite, verb, adjective, list, steps, sequencing words, order, number

What you can do to help: there are some great instructions in the links for making pirate craft. Have a go at making them, drawing attention to the features of the instructions such as numbered steps, ‘bossy’ verbs and diagrams or pictures.

Links:





Maths

Using Data in Tables

Vocabulary: data, information, groups, sets, more than, less than, fewer, more, greatest, least

What you can do to help: try carrying out a survey and putting the information into a table (e.g. the favourite pet of people in your family – see example below). Ask questions related to the results (e.g. which pet do most people like? Which pet did two fewer people like than the cats?)





Topic

Pirates – Francis Drake (continued)

Vocabulary: North, South, East, West, grid reference, pirate, knight, treasure, slaves, South America, mule train

What you can do to help: print and use the blank map grid below to make your own map. Use the compass directions (N, E, S, W) and the grid reference co-ordinates to give and follow directions.










Tuesday, 13 November 2018

12/11/18


Hello,

This Monday we had our Diwali celebrations which involved cooking and tasting Indian food, making rangoli pictures with rice and learning about the story of Rama and Sita. Thank you very much to the parents that participated and made it such a fun and interesting morning.

Please note that the Book Club closes on Friday, so any orders need to be made by then. Please see the link below:

http://eu-schools.scholastic.co.uk/british-school-of-gran-canaria 


This week we will be covering:

English

Writing: Information texts.

Grammar point: commands, questions and statements

Vocabulary: steps, sequence, features of a text, first, next, then, after that, lastly, finally, bossy verbs, commands, questions, statements, facts

What you can do to help: try following a set of instructions with your child (e.g. a simple recipe) and discuss how they work.


Links:





Maths

Fractions of a shape

Fractions of an amount

Vocabulary: half, quarter, three quarters, equal, square, rectangle, circle, triangle, sides

What you can do to help: play games that involve sharing out items between two players (e.g. dealing out cards – how much does each person get?), try following some simple origami instructions – they often involve folding paper into halves and quarters.


Links:




Topic

Pirates – Francis Drake

Vocabulary: pirate, knight, treasure, slaves, South America, mule train

What you can do to help: plan a treasure hunt, make some pirate maps, have a go at some pirate themed craft activities (see link below)
Links:








Monday, 5 November 2018

05/11/18


Hello,

Just a reminder for you to have a look at the Reading Eggs site and consider registering. It's a great way to encourage your child's reading and monitor their progress:

https://readingeggs.com/


Please note, below is a JPEG image of the Complex Speed Sounds poster shown in the Read Write Inc presentation on Monday. Please feel free to download it and print it out.




Welcome back to the students in Year 2. I hope everyone enjoyed the break.

This week we will be covering:


English

Writing: Recounting a story.

Grammar point: suffixes (er, est)

Vocabulary: plot, detail, beginning, middle, end, comparison, fast, faster, fastest, big, bigger, biggest

What you can do to help: practise comparing and labelling sets of three items or pictures using the ‘er’ and ‘est’ suffixes, tell your child a story and get them to retell it using their own words.



Maths

Addition using number bonds.

Number patterns

Vocabulary: bonds to ten, adding ten, pattern, sequence, more, less, jumps

What you can do to help: practise number bonds by playing ‘snap’ with number cards (first to say “snap” if the pair makes ten), try playing the ordering game in the link below

Links:




Topic

The Gunpowder Plot

Vocabulary: religion, Protestant, Catholic, plot, gunpowder, parliament, gallows

What you can do to help: watch the video below and discuss the events, buy some fireworks and have a display!

Links:




Monday, 22 October 2018

22/10/18


Hello,

This week we will be covering:

English

Writing: acrostic poems
Grammar point: possessive apostrophe

Vocabulary: acrostic, adjective, apostrophe, possessive, glow, smoke, danger, flames
What you can do to help: find and read poems together (especially acrostic poems), try writing your own acrostic poems (e.g. with the letters of your name)

Links:
 https://www.poetry4kids.com/poems

Maths

Comparing and ordering intervals of time
Making amounts with coins

Vocabulary: seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, fortnight, 1 pence, 2 pence, 5 pence, 10 pence, 20 pence, 50 pence, one pound

What you can do to help: play games that involve timing each other (e.g. who can complete a word search the fastest), record your times and order them shortest to longest, look at a calendar or diary and discuss how long it will be to certain events (half term break, your birthdays etc).

Links:  https://www.transum.org/Maths/Activity/Beat_The_Clock/

Topic

Traditional songs

Vocabulary: a round (song)

What you can do to help: sing traditional songs together or watch them being performed online (especially anything sung in a round), try making up your own songs together or adapt a traditional tune by writing your own lyrics.

Links:

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