Class 2 - Spring term 2 2020
Class 2 Spring Term 2 2020
We find ourselves in unprecedented circumstances and unfortunately have had our learning time in school cut short this half term. Nevertheless, here is a recount of some of the learning experiences the children had before the unforeseen break. When it is possible, a few photos will follow.
The children were introduced to the Gods and Goddesses that were important to the Romans, learning the names of the some of the more significant Gods and their areas of responsibility. The class listened to a selection of Roman myths and also read some themselves. We identified the features of myths in preparation for writing our stories. The children also practised using subordinate clauses and embedded clauses in their own writing as a further tool to make their writing more interesting to the reader. They learned how to punctuate dialogue so they could include this in own myths when the characters were speaking
After the half term break we continued with our work on Fractions. We began by working on recognising equal and unequal parts, crucial to understanding the topic of fractions. The focus for Year 2 children was to recognise, find and write ½, ¼, 1/3, 2/4 and ¾ of shapes, sets of objects and quantities. We did this through a variety of practical activities followed up by recorded methods. The children also showed what they had learning by tackling word problems involving fractions.
Year 3 found non-unit fractions of shapes, sets of objects and quantities, such as 3/7 or 6/8. They learned how to count up and down in tenths and how to write tenths as a decimal. The children also learned how to add and subtract fractions with the same denominator.
In Year 4 their knowledge of fractions was extended to include equivalent fractions, improper fractions and mixed numbers. They also practised adding two or more fractions with the same denominator, subtracting fractions and subtracting from a whole number.
All the children continue to enjoy practising on Times Tables Rock Stars to develop their rapid recall of the times tables facts.
Our theme this half term was “Electricity” and we had just begun to explore the topic. Year 3 and 4 learned about methods of generating electricity and thought about which familiar device they know that use electricity.
In PE lessons this half term the children began to learn how to play tri golf. Through a series of activities and short games where the children had to work collaboratively, they learned how to hold the putter correctly and practised their swing for different golf shots. They began to develop their accuracy when striking the ball towards a target.
In History Year 3 and 4 continued with their study of the Romans in Britain. We learned about what the Romans built when they settled in Britain researching aqueducts, Roman houses and a typical bathhouse experience. The children made a model of an aqueduct, and then tested them out to see how the models worked. We began to find out about the work of archaeologists and what the archaeology sites in Britain can teach us about Roman life in Britain.
The Year 2 children have been learning about Great Explorers such as Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong. The children learned about why these explorer’s adventures made them famous and the contributions they made to the world.
Design and Technology
The children designed and made some Roman jewellery, notably necklaces and amulets.
The necklaces were made using fabric yarn and a finger knitting technique, before the children added their own embellishments to personalise their jewellery. The amulets were decorated with symbols which were important in Roman times such as an eagle. Amulets were worn to protect the arms during battle in Roman times.
The children’s enthusiasm for learning French continued and our topic was “Les Instruments”. The children were introduced to the names in French of ten musical instruments. They matched the French spellings to pictures of the instruments, practised saying the instrument names in French with the correct gender and also practised their French spelling. The next step will be to say they can play an instrument using the verb “jouer”. Tres bon!