Wren

Welcome to our new Wren Class page...
Meet the Team:
Class Teacher- Mrs Jones
Teaching Assistant- Mrs Thompson
Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the Knowledge Organisers for Autumn Term 2 which will show you what we are learning about.
Week Commencing 21st November
This week Wren class visited Ely Museum to learn all about the Romans. We worked with Sarah to make a Roman timeline, we looked closely at Roman pottery and armour, and we tried our hand at being archaeologists! Despite the rainy walk, it was a great morning of learning. The Museum has some great interactive displays for all the family; please do try and find time to visit again with your children.
 
In DT we are continuing to work on our Ferris wheel project. The children are busy cutting and joining the pieces to make a working model with a wheel and axle on a frame and pods for the passengers. Photos of our work coming soon!
 
In Music we are learning to select instruments with a particular quality of sound (timbre) to match a character in the story of 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. We are learning how to change the tempo (speed) and dynamics (volume) to represent the feelings of the characters and the action that takes place.
 
In our English lessons we are continuing to learn how to write non-chronological reports. We learnt a fact file about 'Abominable Snowmen' and we are going to create our own fact files about 'Cats' using all the features we have learnt - headings, sub-headings, bullet points, paragraphs and generalisers. Watch this space - some of our finished fact files will be posted soon!
 
Week commencing 14th November
This week in Year 2 we were really lucky to have a visit from an archaeologist. He brought lots of interesting finds including a bronze age sword, a sickle head for harvesting wheat, 3000 year old food bowls and animal bones. He explained his job and how he pieces together all of the clues to find out how people lived in the past.
 
In Maths we have been doing some tricky Maths - to add together 2-digit numbers up to 100, adding the tens and then the ones. We drew the tens and ones as sticks and circles to help us, and tried using a number line to calculate the addition. Please do have a go at practising this at home.
 
In English we are finding out how to write information fact files, also called 'non-chronological reports'. We are learning how to organise facts into paragraphs with headings and sub-headings.
 
 
Week commencing 7th November
This week in Year 2 we have been learning all about algorithms in Computing. We created our own algorithms for building with different coloured bricks. In DT we have designed our Ferris wheel models, ready to start building next week. Thank you for your donations of cardboard, yoghurt pots and lolly sticks!
 
In History we have started learning about the Romans in Britain. We found out what the soldiers wore, how well trained and fed the army was and how they built bridges, roads and aquaducts.
Week commencing 31st October
It was great to start the half term with some new learning in all our subjects. Please have a good look at the Knowledge Organisers at the bottom of the class page. They will give you an insight into what we are studying this half term and hopefully they will inspire you to get some books out of the library or find some websites to look at together and support your child's learning.
 
In Art this week we learnt about Henri Matisse. The children watched a film to show Matisse at work later in life, developing his technique of 'painting with scissors'. The children enjoyed practising their scissor skills as they had a go at cutting organic shapes and arranging them to create compositions.
Have a look at the clip using the link below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlnBcaZEGb0 
 
The text we are learning in English is 'Cinderella' - the children have been developing their acting skills to retell the story with mimes and actions to represent the different characters, settings and events. Ask your children to show you what they can remember.
Week Commencing 17th October
What a busy week Year 2 had again! We used all of our learning about descriptive writing to write our own descriptions of a desert setting, using lots of interesting adjectives and similes. In Science we put all of our knowledge of the digestive system, circulatory system, skeleton and muscles together into a drawing of the body. We named and labelled each of the parts and tried to remember lots of important vocabulary. In Maths we have been using our knowledge of number bonds to 10 and fact families to help us work out addition and subtraction with bigger numbers...e.g. If I know 2 + 3 = 5 then I know that 20 + 30 = 50. If I know 2 + 3 = 5 then I also know that 5 - 3 = 2 and 50 - 30 = 20.
At home you can help: Please practise recall of number bonds to 10.
Use these to help work out addition of 1 and 2-digit numbers e.g. 13 + 2 = 15 or 25 + 4 = 29 (we don't need to count on, we can use our number bonds to add the ones)
Also find time to practise counting forwards and backwards in 10s, 5s and 2s. There are some good counting songs on YouTube to support this such as Singing Walrus.
Week commencing 10th October
I am sure the children will agree...Year 2 have had an action packed week, full of exciting activities and new learning.
We finished our Geography project on maps and directions by going on a walk around the local area - we had to carefully follow the directions and use our maps to find the way back to school! We read road signs, looked for features and used our maps to decide on left or right at each junction. We all demonstrated great map skills and helped make sure we all got back to school. Thank you to all the parents who joined us and helped us to practise our map skills.
In Science this week we learnt about the circulatory system, following on from the digestive system last week. As well as classroom based learning, we went outside and created a our own circulatory system out of hoops, tunnels, spiky balls and cones! We took turns to be red blood cell, air or white blood cells, bringing oxygen into the body, carrying oxygen to and from the lungs and heart to all the parts of the body and working hard to fight germs!
We finished our Design Technology project by making and eating our own wrap recipe! We cut up the fillings carefully and learnt how to roll a wrap! We talked about which ingredients we had chosen from the different food groups, we decided whether our wrap was healthy and tasty. Finally we gave it a score out of 5. 
Please do ask your children to tell you all about this learning and other lessons from the week.
 
 
Week commencing 5th October 
This week we had a really interesting and messy Science lesson... We learnt all about the digestive system by making poo! First each group had to 'chew' the banana, crackers, weetabix and water (to represent saliva) in a plastic bag 'mouth' by squeezing and crushing it.
The food travelled down the 'oesophagus' and the bag then became the 'stomach', we added a little lemon juice for the stomach acid and continued breaking the food down with our hands. After that each group had to transfer the food from the corner of the bag into a leg of a pair of tights to represent the intestines. Finally the food was squeezed into a cup with a hole and another cup was used to push the poo out into the tray!
We learnt how the digestive system takes all the nutrients out of the food as it travels through the different stages until the waste is removed from the body as poo.
We found out how the body needs to keep replacing these nutrients by eating healthy food and this linked to our Design Technology task of tasting and choosing ingredients for a wrap to provide a balanced meal.
Week commencing 26th September
Once again we have had a busy week! We have been investigating our bodies and working out how our bones move. We have used our knowledge of our bones in gymnastics and put together sequences using balances. Our muscles have helped keep our bodies in place.
 
In English we completed our unit on instructions. We chose a creature and have created instructions how to feed them. We used adverbials of time and manner! Ask your child what these are, hopefully they will be able to give an example.
 
 
Week commencing 19th September 2022
 
This week in maths we have focused on place value. We have investigated why we write numbers the way we do. We have made numbers using equipment and looked at the value of the tens  and  ones columns. We have studied numbers to find the odd one out and used our knowledge of tens and ones to spot mistakes!
In Geography we have continued to improve our map drawing skills and we will then look at real maps and plan a route.
We had lots of fun learning about our skeleton and even danced to the skeleton dance song!
Week commencing 12th September.
We have had a very busy week!  The new Wren class have become a great team and all work extremely well together. I am very pleased to be their new class teacher.
 
We have started many different units of study. We have commenced our investigation into how our body works. We have mixed colour and produced art in the style of Kandinsky and began our Geography topic on maps where we have learnt the compass directions.