13th December 2019
The children in Year 3 have had a lovely week with some nice activities included for Christmas. They watched the Coverdale Puppets which retold the story of Jesus’ birth and took part in the Church service on Thursday night. The class created a shape poem in English that was based on a magical journey of a star, snowman or train and the children watched The Polar Express as a treat which was this terms English topic. We completed our Stone Age cave pictures in Art and used different techniques such as collage, layering and blending pastels and charcoal.
6th December 2019
This week, the children have been writing their own kennings poems and editing them. They have been chanting their 3, 4 and 8 times tables and counting in 8’s and multiplying by 8.They have been watching DVD on how Bronze age man learned how to make bronze from mixing copper and tin. They learned how the Europeans came across in boats and showed Stone age man how to make bronze and weapons such as swords. Homework is to practice the new spellings and the 3 and 4 times tables off by heart. The class continued their research on Rocks in Science and investigated their different properties (density/permeable etc). We continued our Cave painting inspired collage in Art.
22nd November 2019
Year 3 have started their new topic in English based on the book The Polar Express this week. We are looking at poems and started off the week analysing shape poems, concrete poems and rhyming poems. We have also looked at similes and alliterations to add detail. In Maths, we have started the topic Multiplication by looking at x3, x4 and x8 and using the language ‘product’ which simply means to multiply. We discussed The Rock Cycle in Science which linked to our Stone Age subject in Topic lessons. The children will be undertaking NFER testing next week and will be supported through this in class by their class teachers and teaching assistants. These simply inform class teachers of next steps for support. We hope you have a restful weekend.
15th November 2019
This week, Year 3 have been practising writing using similes and learning about the possessive apostrophe. They have planned and written their instructions on how to get rid of the giants in the book ‘The BFG’
In Maths, they are continuing with subtraction with ‘renaming’ and now using the bar model method to solve word problems. This week’s homework is subtraction with renaming. On-going homework is spelling, reading and times tables practice. Please ensure that all homework is written in your child’s diary and signed by yourself.
In Topic we have learned more about tools made and used in the Stone age and as part of Anti- Bullying week, we have looked at our class British Value of ‘Mutual Tolerance.’ We have discussed what this means and talked about examples in our everyday lives. In Science, we discussed our new topic ‘Rocks’ and continued to look at Van Gogh in Art and in particular portrait drawing.
8th November 2019
This week Year 3 have been continuing with subtraction of 3 digit numbers with renaming. They have created dream scenarios and they have been writing with adverbs, prepositions and conjunctions. They have enjoyed imperative commands looking at Bonfire Night safety rules. In Topic, we have been introduced to the prehistoric times and created a time line to place Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age on. In RE we looked at God Is with Us and discussed God and Jesus and the spirit. Homework was to rehearse the chanting of the 3 times tables. We have continued looking at our muscles in Science and PE and have worked on coding in Computing.
1st November 2019
Year 3 have had another busy week. In English, they had to write a letter and remember all the features of a letter. This was an extended independent piece of writing. In Maths, we are continuing to understand mental subtraction skills relying heavily on our place value of 3 - digit numbers. We have now begun the standard column method of subtraction, and with the help of maths equipment we are beginning to consolidate these calculations. In Topic, we have been finishing off our volcano topic looking at stages of an eruption and internet researching active, dormant and extinct ones. In RE, we have finished the work about the prophet ‘Moses’. In science, we have been looking at how our muscles work and which muscles we use to do different activities. In Art, we are looking at Van Gogh’s Starry Night scene and making our own volcano scene in the same style.
18th October 2019
This week in Year 3 we have been practising our Harvest hymn for the service on Wednesday in church. In Maths we are trying hard to add 3 digit numbers with carrying and we need to draw upon place value to understand this addition calculation concept. We have started the subtraction unit now and will continue with this for quite a few lessons. In English we have been focusing on our story book ‘Cloud Tea Monkeys’ and we have written letters and postcards, thinking about how to set out an address. In RE we are looking at the prophet Moses. The class showed their fantastic 3D volcanoes that they made for their homework to the rest of the class and discussed how they made them. Well done Year 3!
10th October 2019
This week, Year 3 have been working hard on column addition with carrying. They have been looking at letters and features of letters and postcards, and creating expanded noun phrases to add detail to our work. In Topic we have been learning to write a glossary about volcanoes. In RE we have learned about prophets. In Science we have looked at naming bones within the body. For our class assembly we discussed the word ‘tolerance’ and all being a part of God’s world. The children know there is no homework this week because some children are needing some extra time to make a model volcano.
4th October 2019
This week, Year 3 have been planning and writing a story about an erupting volcano. They have tried to use fronted adverbials, expanded noun phrases and inverted commas in their stories.
They have been learning to add 1’s or 10s to a 3 -digit number. Homework is 3 -digit place value and it is due in on Monday/Tuesday.
In Topic, they have located the Ring Of Fire on a world map which is the area where most volcanoes and earthquakes are located and they have learnt about Vulcan the Roman God of fire.
In Science, they looked at types of skeletons and learnt about vertebrates and invertebrates which are made up of exoskeletons and hydro-static skeletons.
27th September 2019
This week Year 3 have been identifying and creating their own expanded noun phrases and putting inverted commas into spoken sentences. They have written their own opening paragraph to a story using these grammatical/ punctuation features. Homework this week is identifying speech within a given text and using correct punctuation for it.
In Maths, they are still getting to grips with 3-digit place value and learning not to mis-count when faced with groups of 4’s and 8’s
In Topic, we have explained/described a labelled diagram of a volcano so that we understand the words: magma, lava, crater, ash clouds, bombs.
In Music we are continuing to practise singing in unison and in rounds identifying the beat and the rhythm of the songs (Frere Jacques, I can sing a rainbow).
In RE we watched a clip of the Lost Son which Jesus spoke about to teach the importance of forgiveness and what forgiveness involves.
In Science we looked at the amounts of nutrition that animals and humans need to survive.
We are still working on improving the presentation of handwriting and making sure finger spaces are present.
20th September 2019
In Year 3 the children have settled well and are working extremely hard.
The children have been learning how to use inverted commas to show the spoken word in our English lessons.
In mathematics we have been counting in 50s! The children are getting rather good at this skill too. This week’s homework is based on place value and counting in 50s.
In geography we have been identifying where in the world volcanoes are found. We have also been listening to the story of “Jonah and The Whale”
In science, we discussed and designed a ‘Healthy Eating lunchbox.’
Well done Year 3, keep up the good work.
28th June 2019
Year 2 have had a great week. They met Harold the giraffe who talked to them all about feelings and they hunted down several troublesome dragons.
We are working hard in Maths on our place value topic. Some of our number pattern work has been quite tricky but the children are showing resilience.
21st June 2019
This week the children have been busy learning about healthy living. Some of the children got to ride a smoothie bike as part of the work our visitors did on keeping healthy.
Going on a dragon tail hunt around school was a really exciting way to start our new English topic!
14th June 2019
Year 2 really enjoyed the visit from the travelling Science Roadshow. They learned lots about how experiments are carried out.
In English we continued our work on the Great Fire of London. The children produced some excellent pieces of writing.
Well done Year 2!
7th June 2019
This week in Year 2 we have started a new topic in English all about London's Burning. The children really enjoyed interviewing Thomas Farriner.
In Maths Year 2 have been counting in halves, quarters and thirds this week. It has been very tricky but with perseverance we have all improved.
Well done Year 2!
24th May 2019
Well done Year 2, you have all tried very hard over the last few weeks while completing your SATS.
Everyone really enjoys learning through Maths Whizz. Don't forget to do some over the holidays to earn some progressions!
17th May 2019
This week the children have been very busy planning out and writing their own Harry and His Bucketful of Dinosaurs adventure story. I am very excited to read the finished stories.
In Art the children have been looking at the work Henri Matisse. Year 2 have been comparing how he used colour in his different pieces of art work and talked about what they could see in his pictures. They have enjoyed drawing pictures in the style of Matisse and created some brilliant pieces of art.
10th May 2019
This week the children have enjoyed finding out all about different types of dinosaurs. We are continuing to enjoy our class story 'Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs.'
In Maths we are looking at halves, quarters and thirds.
If you could talk to your child about these when perhaps sharing things, apples, pizza etc. this would help them with their understanding.
3rd May 2019
This week Year 2 have enjoyed the start of the 'Harry and his Bucketful of Dinosaurs' topic in English.
Year 2 have continued to work hard in Maths. They have started some new work on Fractions and they have been fantastic so far with all the children making good progress.
Well done Year 2!
5th April 2019
This week Year 2 have had lots of fun making their Easter cards for the competition.
On Wednesday we all went to church to celebrate our Easter service. The service went well with the children really enjoying their songs.
I hope everyone enjoys their Easter break and comes back refreshed and ready to work hard.
29th March 2019
Year 2 have been working hard, practising for their SATS.
They really enjoyed the water safety assembly learning all about how to stay safe around water.
Extra playtime on Friday for fantastic attendance was made even better with the super sunshine! Lets hope we win again soon.
22nd March 2019
This week have continued to read our class novel ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’. We have been using the story to write instructions of how to catch chickens. We have been learning how to tell the time in Maths and have been practising how to tell the time to five minute intervals. We have been retelling the story of Palm Sunday in R.E. We are continuing to practise our cursive handwriting and have been making steady progress.
15th March 2019
This week have continued to work on joining our letters. Although this was tricky at first, we know we will be able to do it with daily practise. In English, we have started our new class novel – Fantastic Mr Fox. We have been retelling the story and using the story as a starting point for our very own narrative. In Maths, we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes and their properties. We can identify the number of sides and vertices of 2D shapes and the number of faces, edges and vertices of 3D shapes.
8th March 2019
This week in English we have been learning how to write in the past and present tense. We have been continuing to learn about fractions in Maths. On Tuesday, we enjoyed pretending to be robots as we learned how to give directions using half and quarter turns clockwise and anti-clockwise.
1st March 2019
This week we have been learning about fractions of shapes and amounts ready for the upcoming SATs tests. We have looked at halves, quarters and thirds and how to calculate these to solve problems. In R.E. we have been learning Easter, Easter symbols and what they mean. In Science we have been making predictions and talking about what plants need to grow. We have been working very hard to improve our handwriting as we have started to join our letters.
15th February 2019
This week in Year 2 we have been learning all about Jesus healing the paralysed man. We discussed how everybody wanted to see Jesus so the paralysed man had to be lowered down through the roof. We retold the story and explored the range of emotions from the crowd, Jesus and the man. In English, we have been using coordinating and subordinating conjunctions to retell the story of Little Red Riding Hood and have been mixing up our traditional tales to write a tale with a twist.
Have a lovely half-term break.
8th February 2019
We have had a very busy week in Year 2 this week. We have been planting our own seeds and watching them as they grow. We have been continuing to practise our 2,3,5, and 10 times tables and we have been using our multiplication knowledge to divide. We have been learning all about adverbs in Phonics and English sessions.
1st February 2019
This week we have been very busy learning how to divide. We are beginning to write division number sentences and use the maths equipment and jottings to work these out on our own. In English, we have been learning about nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs and how to us them to make a super sentence. We have been practising our times tables during 5 a day and we have been practising our handwriting and spellings through our weekly dictation sessions.
25th January 2019
This week we have been looking at a range of traditional tales and exploring the features of the text. In topic, we have enjoyed learning about transport though the years. We found out that in 1895, there were only 14 or 15 cars in the UK. We went outside and used tally charts to record how many cars, buses, motorbikes, lorries and bicycles passed school in 10 minutes. We used our data to make comparisons.
Well done to everyone who has started the 100 day challenge! Keep it up!
18th January 2019
This week we have been working very hard in Maths to learn and recall our 2 and 10 times tables. Don’t forget to practice at home. In science, we have been looking at the life cycle of a plant and what plants need to grow and survive and in English, we have been learning how to write using co-ordinating conjunctions of ‘and’, ‘but’ and ‘or’ and have been working hard to put these in our writing. We have also been looking at how life has changed in Wigan over the past 100 years and we have plotted some key dates on a timeline.
11th January 2019
This week in Maths we have been learning about multiplication. We have started to practice our 2 times table every day and soon we will be learning the 3, 5 and 10 times tables in preparation for SATs. In English, we have started our traditional tales topic and this week we have been focusing on ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. We had to decide who was the real villain in the story and why to write a character description using adjectives.
21st December 2018
This week we have been very busy preparing and performing in the Advent Service and the Afternoon Concert. On Wednesday, we enjoyed the pantomime and enjoyed becoming news readers to report on the naughty elf’s actions. On Friday, we had our Christmas party and golden time. We all enjoyed coming to school in our own clothes, playing games and eating treats.
On behalf of the Year 2 staff, we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
14th December 2018
We have had a very exciting week in Year 2. On Monday, we found flour all around the classroom. In the flour we saw small footprints and a snow angel. We set up an Ipod to record the classroom at night and every day we have been checking to see what has happened. We have identified the suspect as an elf/gnome. We have written wanted posters and we have presented news reports. What will they do next?
7th December 2018
This week we have been very busy practising for the Advent Service in church and the Afternoon Concert in school. We have been learning all of the songs for the nativity and we are nearly word perfect. We have talked about the importance of each character and remembered that Christmas is not all about presents and treats, but the greatest gift of all, Jesus Christ. We were visited by Hawkley Hall High School’s Brass Band, who helped us get into the festive spirit by performing some well-loved carols. Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer was our favourite.
30th November 2018
This week in Year 2 we have been learning how to subtract a two-digit number from another two-digit number (E.G. 42 – 19 =_). We wrote instructions of how to work these calculations out together. We have learned that we take away the ones first, then the tens. If there are not enough ones, we need to exchange one ten for ten ones. Then we can work it out. We enjoyed the science show on Tuesday and a few of us joined in the with demonstrations. In science lessons, we have been learning about reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds, invertebrates (including insects) and fish and we have been sorting animals into the different groups.
23rd November 2018
In Year 2 we have enjoyed learning how to count different amounts of money and how to count in 1s, 2s, 5s, 10s and 20s. On Monday, we made paper aeroplanes in our reading lesson. We read the instructions independently. It was very tricky! We have been practising our spellings EVERY DAY during our spelling challenge.
16th November 2018
This week we have been talking about bullying and what to do if you think you or your friend is being bullied. We talked about how we could choose respect and kindness when we are in the classroom, outside at play-time or at home. The children enjoyed learning the ‘Choose Respect’ song by CBeebies’ Andy and the Odd Socks and enjoyed wearing their odd socks and yellow for Children in Need. The children have also been working extra hard to form letters correctly when completing this week’s spelling challenge.
9th November 2018
Year 2 have had lots of fun investigating how polar bears keep warm in the artic. We discussed the adaptations of the polar bears to their environment and most of us predicted that it was their lovely thick fur that kept them warm. We tested this by wearing a woolly glove and dipping our hands in ice water. When we all agreed that the gloves did not keep our hands warm, we talked about the extra fat that polar bears have. We then put on a plastic glove and put our hands inside a plastic bag filled with vegetable fat and dipped our hands in the water again. We concluded that it is the extra fat which keeps the polar bear warm.
2nd November 2018
This week in Year 2 we have been working hard adding 2 digit numbers together.
We have been busy writing instructions to make a sandwich.