Crete Class Week Ending 16.10.15

Welcome to Year 2 Crete Class!

This week in Crete Class

In our Literacy lessons we have been learning about Stories with Familiar Settings. For this we have been exploring the story of ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Cat’ by Ronda and David Armitage. We have described the different settings of the story (the lighthouse, the cottage and the village), and explored how characters have changed throughout the story because of different events.

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In Numeracy we have been continuing our learning on fractions. This week we have been finding halves (1/2), quarters (1/4) and three quarters (3/4) of different amounts of shapes. We have also been estimating and measuring the lengths of different objects using a ruler marked in cms.


In R.E. this week, we recognised that God wants us to help others and we discussed how we can help others. We also explored the story of Jesus helping the man who couldn’t walk.

As part of our Ancient Greek topic we have been archaeologists and discovered different Ancient Greek artefacts. We then investigated what these artefacts were and what they tell us about Ancient Greek life.



Next week in Crete Class we will be celebrating Inclusion Week

Subject We will be learning…
Numeracy ·        We will be collecting and recording data using a tally chart where we will be counting in 5s.·        Collecting and recording data on a pictogram

·        Answering questions by looking at the data they have collected.

RE ·        We will be understanding that everyone has feelings and that God cares how we feel.·        We will also be reading the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth.
PSHE ·        Creating anti bullying posters, poems and pictures·        Exploring how to stay safe online.

·        Recognising how to stay safe on and near roads.

Phonics Miss MacKinnon’s group will be focusing on the sounds – ay/a-e and igh/i-eMrs Afolabi’s group will be focusing on ay, ee and ow

Mrs Yiannourkou’s group will be focusing on their initial sounds and sh, th, ch, ng and nk.



This year you will find your numeracy homework on the Mathletics website.

You will also find your spellings by switching to the spellodrome part of the website.

Your username and password is stuck inside the cover of your yellow reading record.

Weekend Writing Challenge

This week in literacy we have been exploring the story of ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Cat’ by Ronda and David Armitage. This is the story of a cat named Hamish who leaves his home in the white cottage on the cliffs to find a new one in the village and comes across different challenges on his way. We have described where the story is set and how the characters’ feelings change throughout out the story.

For your writing challenge I would like you to imagine that you are Hamish and write a diary entry describing how he feels as he goes on his journey. You need to include in your writing:-

  • ‘I’ when describing what Hamish is doing/feelings
  • WOW words to describe his feelings (try to avoid – nice, happy and sad)
  • Full stops and capital letters in the correct places.
  • Use of sequencing words to describe what is happening next e.g. next, then, after etc.
  • Use of because to explain why you are feeling that way.  

I would like you to write at least a page for your diary entry and I look forward to reading them!               


Book Bags: Please ensure that the children bring their book bag to school every day, as in addition to being a means of transporting reading materials it is a valuable method of communication. We encourage the children to give important notes from their parents direct to their class teacher.

Uniform: Please ensure that all items of clothing are clearly labelled with your child’s name. Children will need their P.E. kits in school on a Thursday and Friday as these are our PE days. Please encourage children to be independent dressers at home, as these skills will be helpful at school.

Reading: We change the children’s reading books daily, so if they have finished their books please ensure that the children put their home reading record and reading book in the basket every morning to be changed. Please support your child with reading at home and record a comment in their reading record.

Phonics: The phonics scheme we follow is Read, Write Inc. Please read and practise your sounds and spellings with your child at home.


Spellings: This week’s spellings are – knock, know, knee, gnat, gnaw

Year 2 Spelling List



Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to another fun filled week.

Miss MacKinnon and Mrs Tackie