Grade 2 Newsletter
Week 2 Easter Term 16th January 2015
This week the children learnt what equipment is required to make an electric circuit. They made a 'human circuit' first to understand that electricity had to flow and discussed what happens when a circuit is broken. They then made circuits of their own using light bulbs and buzzers. They experimented with materials that conduct or insulate. Previous knowledge of 'fair tests' helped them successfully write up and conduct a fair test.
We have continued with the Café Strategy of understanding the difference between fact or opinion. Using statements the children decided which were facts and which were opinions. Then the children gave a fact or opinion about several different pictures.
The children continued to explore How To books and we began unpacking the parts of a 'How To' book. The children are busy writing about topics they know a lot about. Parts of 'How To' books include a title, steps, headings, teaching a reader how to do something, matching illustrations to steps and tips & warnings.
Our Handwriting focused on the joined-up letters of 'ri'.
Our Spelling and Grammar lessons have focused on singular and plural words. The children practiced changing singular words into plural.
In Maths this week we continued working on our chapter on length. We know that we can measure length in centimetres (cm), meters (m) and kilometres (km) and this week we focused on measuring in centimetres using rulers and measuring tapes, as well as using string for wiggly lines. We were able to estimate lengths and use a ruler to check our guesses. We used vocabulary like more than, less than, height, width and length. Next week we will finish learning about length and will be able to use the model method to solve word problems using addition and subtraction. We will review our learning of length in our end of chapter test.
Homework booklet on length to be completed.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggR-S5nLNiM (Sing along with the polar bear length song)
http://www.compasslearningodyssey.com/sample_act/math_k/grade/subject/mak_04_03_03.html (estimate and measure length in non standard measurements)
http://mathszone.webspace.virginmedia.com/mw/ruler/ruler_cm.swf (using a ruler to measure accurately)
http://www.funbrain.com/cgi-bin/meas.cgi?A1=s&A2=1&A3=0 (reading measurements: easy, medium and hard levels)
Your child will bring a homework assignment sheet home on Monday, This needs to be returned by Friday 30th January. Below is a website that may help with the assignment.
This week's words are words that include silent letters
Spelling Activities booklet choice is on Thursday.
Handwriting: Please see your child’s Home Learning Notebook for the joined up letters practice page.
Reading: Read for 10 to 20 minutes each night.
DON'T FORGET -
ALL HOME LEARNING IS TO BE HANDED IN ON FRIDAY 23RD JANUARY.
Your Grade 2 Teaching Team
Head of Middle Years, Steve Dalgarno,