Tell me a Dragon
Yesterday, we had a very special delivery. The year 2 children received a parcel containing some mystical and precious dragon eggs. We have been trusted as the guardians of the dragon eggs and the children in Year 2 are very keen to keep the eggs safe and away from the greedy hands of the egg snatchers!
The year 2 children used natural materials to keep their eggs safe and warm by creating nests. The eggs are now safely in our classrooms and we will keep a close eye on them over the next few weeks.
In the meantime, children will be reading the book Tell Me A Dragon by Jackie Morris. They will be experimenting with adventurous and exciting language (including similes, power-of-three adjectives and adverbial phrases) in order to describe a range of mystical and amazing dragons!
Our topic this term is:
While children in Year 2 had a very exciting parcel delivered on the first day of term... all the way from China, we received a box containing mystical and precious dragon eggs. The children have been trusted as guardians of the eggs and were eager to collect materials from the playground to make a cosy nest to keep them safe. There was lots of excitement in class as the children talked about what could possibly hatch out of it!
In English lessons, as a result of our exciting delivery, children have been reading Tell Me a Dragon by Jackie Morris. They have been focusing on the descriptive vocabulary in the text and have been using adjectives, similes and interesting verbs to describe their very own dragons. Following on from dragon descriptions, children will be reading The Dragon Machine by Helen Ward and will innovate the text before creating their own fictional stories. While children continue to apply their phonic knowledge when reading and writing, there is now a greater emphasis on the teaching of Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar. Children will continue to develop their understanding of common exception words and alternative spelling patterns, whilst also learning how to use basic punctuation (including commas, question marks and apostrophes) and write grammatically correct sentences.
In Maths lessons, children are learning how to interpret and create their own pictograms and bar charts. They will learn to ask and answer questions about the data and will conduct, display and interpret their own research. The children are recapping pictorial, written and mental strategies for addition and subtraction, and are developing their understanding of the inverse relationship between them. They will also be learning how to measure length, mass, capacity and temperature accurately using standard units and will continue to build their confidence when telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes. Children are continuing to practise the fast recall of multiplication and division facts for the 10, 5 and 2 times tables.
In topic lessons, children have been learning about the home of dragons… China! The children will compare life in China with life in the UK and will participate in a class debate about which country they would rather live in. In Art lessons, children will be designing, drawing and collaging their very own dragons – a project which supports our descriptive English work. In Geography lessons, children will be learning to use directional language, read maps (including keys), and use co-ordinates. They will then create their own imaginative map for the Land of Dragons!
Dodgeball game vs Plaistow Hill
On Thursday 7th February a select band of brothers (and sisters!) from year 2 went to battle against the mighty Plaistow hill in a hard fought dodgeball match. All the children were so excited and had such a great time. The children were all very well behaved and worked incredibly well together in their teams. It was also commented on what a lovely, welcoming school St Marys is. We look forward to the re-match against Plaistow in the summer term.
Our topic this term is:
Love Where You Live
While children are still applying their phonic knowledge when reading and writing, there is a greater emphasis on the teaching of Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar. Children will continue to develop their understanding of common exception words and alternative spelling patterns, whilst also learning to use basic punctuation (including commas, question marks and apostrophes) and write grammatically correct sentences.
In English lessons, children have been learning about non-fiction texts. We have been reading Amelia Earhart (Little People, Big Dreams), a non-fiction book by Isabel Sanchez-Vegara, about the life of an inspirational young woman who wanted to fly around the world. Using their knowledge of non-fiction books, children will create their own booklet about Sir Robert Scott who was born in Devon and explored the Antarctic over 100 years ago.
Following on from this, children will also read a fictional story based on the traditional fairy-tale of Rapunzel. They will practise retelling the story, using actions to support their understanding of the story structure, before innovating the original text. The children will create an imaginative version of the story in which their main character is locked in our very own Smeaton’s Tower on Plymouth Hoe!
In Maths lessons, children are developing their understanding of multiplication and division, and the inverse relationship between them. They will also be learning to recognise, name and write fractions relating to length, shape and quantity. Children are continuing to practise the fast recall of multiplication and division facts for the 10, 5 and 2 times tables.
In topic lessons, children are learning about the local area and will produce an information leaflet for the city of Plymouth following a school trip to the Barbican and Plymouth Hoe. They will be learning about historical figures from the local area and will compare Plymouth to a coastal city in a non-European country. To celebrate learning about our own city and living in Devon, we will be holding a Devon Cream Tea Party at the end of term, where parents will be invited to come and share a cup of tea and a scone, made (and served) by the children. The only question is… Do you put the jam or clotted cream first?