Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter holidays. The children certainly seem very refreshed and ready for our final term in Year 2 aswell as our new topic!
A big thank you to all of you who continued to read and complete the optional homework pack sent home before Easter. It was lovely to see children's shape hunts, outdoor measurements, timetables for their holidays and spelling practice. We have awarded a lot of teampoints!
We began the week with our new topic "Jambo Wanyama" which is "Hello Animals" in Swahili as our learning will be based in Africa! This is such a captivating topic and we have already had such fun and enthusiasm from the children. On Monday we explored lots of different images of the continent, naming some of the 55 countries. We made sure that we understood how diverse Africa is and how its geography is so different in so many different places. There are cities, towns, villages, beaches aswell as (the most famous and favourite for children) the savannah. We will look at all of these over the topic but have begun our English work by describing the savannah. This is the setting for our class book "The Lion Inside". I was amazed by the children's imagination and range of vocabulary especially as we have never visited! Short clips and various photographs helped inspire us! The children enjoyed writing their descriptions and followed our usual editing and redrafting process to ensure we have produced the best piece of work we can!
Our entry point had to be postponed as our planned visitor was poorly so this will be rearranged for the future.
In Maths the children have been continuing to consolidate and practice the Maths curriculum in preparation for the tests in May. This week we practised and refined our skills with solving word problems, measuring and exploring lines of symmetry in 2D shapes.
In PE the children enjoyed playing cricket outside with Mr Alexander and Mr Underhill. On Wednesday they thought about the importance of breathing, heartbeat and core strength in gymnastics. We practised building our core strength by bridging.
In RE we began our focus for this half term: "Who is Jewish and what do they believe?" Year 2 explored our existing knowledge then took a look at some Jewish special items and asked questions about them that we will hopefully be able to answer over the course of the coming weeks.
A reminder that the reading revamp "Read-a-thon" will begin and be monitored starting on Monday. A letter with all the details regarding a new push on reading across the whole school was sent home on Wednesday. Children were given our Safari Park trip letter booked for Monday 21st May on Friday so please return by May 11th. We are very excited to visit!
I hope the sun continues to shine like it has done the past few days and you enjoy some sunny weekends!