As it was the last day before Easter, and we had been looking at presenting and interpreting data, we had some fun with chocolate in maths! We had a look at a bar chart showing us what colour Smarties were in one tube. Each pair of children had a tube of Smarties and we needed to know which tube the chart was showing us.
We decided to pour our Smarties out and sort them into the different colours.
We then thought of a way to better organise our Smarties so that we could compare the packet to the chart more quickly. We created a pictogram of Smarties on our whiteboards.
Finally, we created our own bar chart of the information to find out whose packet matched the chart we first looked at. Shockingly, it didn’t match anybody’s and Miss Rushbrooke had to own up to eating that pack of Smarties already! So… we all ate ours too. Yum!
It’s the Easter holidays…
…so we have no set homework or spellings, in line with our Homework Policy.
That doesn’t mean we expect your child not to be developing their skills in reading, writing and maths!
Your child should be reading daily – this could be fiction, factual books, a comic or newspaper, and could include being read to at bedtime, too.
It would be good to practise basic skills in writing by writing a letter or email to a relative, perhaps recounting a day-trip or reviewing a film your child watched.
We’re finding quite a few children are ‘squashing their sentences’ such as I went to Leeds City Museum it was really interesting which is wrong. It would be much better with punctuation to separate or a word to join:
- I went to Leeds City Museum. It was really interesting. (A comma isn’t strong enough to separate two sentences.)
- I went to Leeds City Museum – it was really interesting.
- I went to Leeds City Museum; it was really interesting.
- I went to Leeds City Museum and it was really interesting.
- I went to Leeds City Museum which was really interesting.
Finally, to improve calculation skills, please keep practising mental number facts which your child must know:
- number bonds (two numbers which add up to 10, 20 and 100 eg 3+7, 13+7, 30+70) – these facts should be known by children in Y1 – Y2
- times tables (up to 12×12) and the division facts with your child – children in Y2 should have rapid recall of x2, x 5 and x 10 at least
We know we mention these ‘basics’ a lot, but that’s because they involve practice, practice and more practice – we practise a lot at school, but your child will need to practise at home, too, if they are to truly succeed.
Learn more about current expectations for reading, writing and maths. However, do be aware that a new National Curriculum comes into effect from September, meaning these expectations have been raised and so many aspects of learning now feature in younger age groups.
Have you always wanted to be a superhero?
Have you always wanted to be a superhero?
Do you know what your super power would be?
Go to Moor Allerton Library on Tuesday 27 May from 2.30 – 3.30 pm and meet an author, Jason Beresford. Discover the adventures of the Fabulous Fish Finger gang.
This is a free event, no booking required.
Solving problems in maths
When I returned from Finland, it was clear that Mr Wilks had taught us well in multiplication. I set the children a challenge using grid method. I gave them all of the numbers but not yet placed in their section of the grid. In groups, they had to figure out what went where and then tell me what my calculation was.
Everybody rose to the challenge, working very effectively in teams. Well done!
So far in our heroes topic, we have explored superheroes, heroes from the past and community heroes. This week, our focus has been on heroes in sport. We were lucky enough to be visited by Keith Senior, a retired Leeds Rhinos player. Lots of us had some very interesting questions.
How long have you been playing rugby? 20 years.
Why did you retire? I got a knee injury.
Have you ever got cuts and bruises? Yes lots!
This weekend, 15 and 16 March, at Eureka, there is a very topical health heroes Dragon’s Den event…
Meet some of the most important health heroes of the past at our humorous, playful and interactive Dragon’s Den style sessions.
- Why Florence Nightingale was the original ‘forces sweetheart’?
- Did Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin by accident?
- Why should we thank Louis Pasteur for healthy milk on our cereal?
Who’ll win your backing? You decide!
Going on an adventure!
In literacy, we are looking at scripts. Each group has got their own script with a different adventure. Today, we looked at the setting description at the beginning and got ourselves into our starting positions.
ALL THE ESKIMOS ARE TRAVELLING ON A SLEDGE WITH DOGS PULLING THEM. IT IS VERY COLD.
ALL THE EXPLORERS ARE STANDING IN THE COLD ON THE SOUTH POLE, LOOKING A BIT CONFUSED.
A GROUP OF CHILDREN ARE ON A SCHOOL TRIP NEAR THE INDIAN OCEAN. IT IS VERY HOT.
FISHERMEN ARE STUCK ON AN ISLAND IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN. IT IS VERY HOT AND THEY ARE ALL SITTING UNDER A TREE FOR SHADE.
ON A BOAT SAILING FROM ENGLAND TO AMERICA BUT THERE IS A BIG STORM THAT IS GETTING STRONGER. THE SAILORS ARE SCARED.
We’re looking forward to practising and performing the rest of the scene while we learn about the features of a play script.
Parents’ evening time slots
Here are the times allocated for parents’ evenings this week. Times have been given on a first come, first served basis in relation to preferred times.
Wednesday 12 February
Thursday 13 February
Please come and see me if you cannot make your time slot so that alternative arrangements can be made.
“Run, run, as fast as you can!”
Having spent three weeks learning, acting out and writing about the Gingerbread Man, Year 2 decided to try and make our own. But did it come to life?
In groups, we seived, beat, stirred and kneaded until we had a rich, brown dough that smelt delicious! We then cut out our Gingerbread shapes and popped them into the oven – just like Granny!
The staff in the office were teased by the tempting scents that wafted in their direction and, with mouths watering, we took out our perfectly cooked Gingerbread. Don’t worry! It wasn’t running!
Here are our decorations.
Friday 24 January saw Year 1 and 2 taken over by heroes! There were some absolutely fabulous hero costumes – from Batman and Thor, to Florence Nightingale, army officers and Amelia Earhart!
Throughout the day, our heroes took on many difficult and challenging tasks, rising to them all with courage, enthusiasm and skill!
In the morning, Year 2 designed their own symmetrical superhero capes in maths.
Our second task was to turn ourselves into superheroes. We thought about what powers we might have, what our name would be and what our superhero costume would look like.
Finally, we created our own superhero cartoon about Moortown Man and his quest to defeat the evil Miss Brookerush to save Year 2! Here is the comic in the making…
Stay tuned to see our finished comic appear in the next few days…