Crete Class Week Ending 29.1.16

Welcome to Year 2 Crete Class!

This week in Crete Class

In our Literacy lessons we have been exploring explanation texts. We have looked at the different features of explanation texts including the language used in these such as causal conjunctions (because, so, this means etc.) and comparative language (bigger, hairier, fluffier etc.). We have also compared different explanation texts to identify what is good about them.

In Numeracy we have been focusing on the rules for addition and subtraction. We learnt that addition can be done in any order but subtraction needs the larger number first and then the number you are taking away.

We have also been estimating and weighing using grams and kilograms. We then used this knowledge to support us with answering worded problems involving grams and kilograms.

Here is a link to some interactive learning


In R.E. this week we celebrated the feast day of the Three Hierarchs which takes place on the 31st January.

three hierarchs

We have continued our learning on our topic ‘Why do we love to be beside the seaside?’ which has a geography focus. We have looked at the importance of lighthouses and why they are a feature of seaside resorts.

Next Week in Crete Class

Subject We will be learning…
Literacy ·        We will be continuing to explore explanation texts including sequencing an explanation text.

·        Using explanation texts to answer questions.

·        Planning and writing our own explanation text.      

Numeracy ·        We will be understanding that addition is the inverse of subtraction and subtraction is the inverse of addition.

·        Identifying 3D solids by their properties and using these to sort them.

RE ·         We will be celebrating the feast day of Jesus’s entry into the temple on the 2nd February    
Phonics Miss MacKinnon’s group will be focusing on the sounds – ow/o-e and oy/oi

Mrs Afolabi’s group will be focusing on ir/er

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



Year 2 Homework 29.1.16

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

Weekend Writing Challenge

In literacy this week we have been learning about ‘Explanation Texts’. We have learnt that Explanation texts explain to us how a process works. To help us understand this we have identified their key features (pictures/diagrams, ordered paragraphs, joining words: because, this means, so etc, comparative words: brighter, smaller etc, technical vocabulary: mammals, nutrients etc and glossary) by exploring different texts about animals. For your writing challenge this week I would like you to choose two animals and write a comparison of them both. You need to include in your writing:-

  • The use of comparative words such as: smaller, heaviest etc
  • The name of your animals.
  • Some extended sentences (and, so, such as).
  • Full stops and capital letters in the correct places.

I would like you to present your learning in a creative way and write at least a page for your comparison. I look forward to reading them!


Science Museum Trip: We will be going on our postponed class trip to the Science Musuem on Tuesday 2nd February. Please ensure you bring your pack lunch in a clear plastic bag with your name on it.

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 – Happiest, funniest, craziest, nosiest, luckiest, scariest, heaviest, and easiest.

Year 2 Spelling List



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

Miss MacKinnon and Mrs Basile