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?