Grade 2J Newsletter


Week 4 Easter Term - Monday 1st - Friday 5th February 2016

Week 4 Easter Term 2016


This week was the last week of swimming for this block. Swimming resumes after the Easter holidays. All classes will have land PE instead of swimming.


How Humans Work

This week saw G2J gain an insight into some of the key functions that we will be exploring in our 'How humans work' unit. We started with the eye, examining how light plays a role in sight and then having a quick look at the anatomy of the eye. Students looked at fair testing using eye sight charts and recorded their thinking on their think pads.

After the CNY break we will switch our focus to the gift of hearing. We examine how our ears use vibration to sense sound and once again look at how we can create a fair test measuring sound and/or hearing.

Language Arts

The Personal Narratives genre continues. This week students have been learning about the importance of focussing on one key moment of a chosen favourite day/experience and then expanding on this in their writing with detail and description. This helps to keep the personal narrative interesting and to the point and for the writer to really express in their writing why this was a memory of great importance to them. Students have also been working on how to plan their idea before reaching the actual writing stage.


In spelling the focus this week has been on the long vowel ‘e’ sound. We explored that the sound can be made by ea/ee/. After CNY we will be working on the long u sound, as in, oo/ew/ue/u_e. Please complete spelling activities based around these sounds.


Our CAFE strategy for reading this week was ‘retelling’. We are encouraging children to retell the main points in the text read. Some questions that can be posed to the children to aid them in doing this are the following:

· Who were the main characters?

· What problem did the main characters experience?

· How was the problem solved?

· How did the story end?

· What happened first, next and last?


In maths this week we have done lots of mental addition. We have practised addition within 1000 without renaming and have begun using renaming tens and hundreds. We started by using concrete materials and pictures, then moved on to using mental and written strategies (Make 10 and add on and the column method).

After the CNY holidays we will continue to work on addition up to 1000 by bridging the tens and ones in one calculation (rename/regroup). Again, we will begin by using concrete materials for understanding and progress on to the written column method.

Home Learning

Week 5 - due Friday 19th February 2016

Maths: Please complete the pages provided to you, please complete in pencil.

Spelling: Please complete the spelling sheet and remember to complete one spelling activity on Thursday. Please do this in your Home Learning book and remember to write and underline the title.

Handwriting: Please see your child's Home Learning Notebook for the joined up letters practice page using pencil.

Reading: Remember to read with an adult for 10-20 minutes each night. Practise re-telling the main points in the text.

Remember to record all reading books in the reading log found in the back of your organiser.

An excellent example of Home Learning

We are working on our orderliness, responsibility and excellence to ensure our work is neat, tidy and completed to our best abilities. Here is an example of a great piece of Home Learning. Please encourage your child to strive to achieve their best, making sure their work is neat and tidy and titles are underlined using a ruler.
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Wednesday, March 2nd, 8am

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Mums and Dads may wish to start training now for the Great Saints Relay!

Dates for your diary.....

Thursday 25th February - Global Family Festival

Wednesday 2nd March - Sports Day

Thursday 17th March - Science Centre Trip