Much of our learning this week has been very practical and active! Whilst some of Year 2 took part in 'Multiskills' sessions at The Warriner, the remaining children took part in a live HIIT routine with Joe Wicks alongside the rest of the school out on the playground.  Either side of this active work out the children had been exploring capacity and developing their understanding of how to read different scales.  Much fun as well as learning took place using water, sand, a variety of containers and scales during a carousel of activities.  Our second focus of learning has been making money amounts using coins and many of us extended our understanding and made money amounts using coins and notes. Before we found the totals, Miss Staples asked us to suggest the strategies to use.  Through discussion we shared ideas and quickly realised, counting on, counting in multiples of 2, 5 and 10 plus adding same value coins or notes were key strategies to use. Miss Staples was very impressed! 

In English we revisited the character description of 'Percy the Park Keeper'and then focused on stories about 'Willy the Wimp'.  We generated similes and sentences with the 'Power of 3' to describe Willy's personality on the inside and outside.  We have also focused on the correct use of commas.  We have begun planning our own character description choosing favourite characters from books we have read. Miss Staples is very much looking forward to out writing next week.

In Science we completed the life cycle of a ladybird and learned interesting facts about them. Did you know they leak a yellow poisonous liquid from their knees when threatened! AND the number of spots does not tell you how old they are! Our Science learning continued during Outdoor Learning when we explored 'Wendy's Garden' looking for 'mini beasts' in the micro habitats that exist there.  We had to use paint brushes to gently help the 'mini beasts' we found  into bug boxes so that we could look at them more closely. We discovered spiders, snails, woodlice, ants, worms, ladybirds, butterflies and earwigs to name a few!

Don't forget - 'The Unsinkable Ship' performance is next week.  

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