Crete Class Week Ending 4.11.16

Welcome to Year 2 Crete Class!

We hope you have had a restful and enjoyable half term!

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 learning how to subtract 2 digit numbers including multiples of 10 using the partitioning column method. Subtraction Partitioning Not Carrying Subtraction Partitioning

In R.E. this week, we celebrated the feast day of the Archangels Gabriel and Michael which takes place on the 8th November.


We have started our new topic ‘What is our school made of?’ which has a science focus. We have thought about our favourite toys and which materials they are made from. We then worked in groups to classify the different toys based on the materials they are made out of e.g. plastic and not plastic, hard and soft, wood and not wood etc. We then discussed why these toys were made from that material.

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Next Week in Crete Class

Subject We will be learning…
Literacy ·        We will be continuing our learning on Stories with Familiar Settings and be focusing on the story of the Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch.

·        Exploring and describing the setting of the story

·        Identifying how and why characters change throughout the story.

Numeracy ·         We will be focusing on finding ½ and 2/4 of shapes and numbers.

·          We will also be identifying different coins that will make the same amount as well as adding different amounts of money together.

RE ·         We will be celebrating the feast day of Saint Nectarios. (9th November)
Phonics Miss MacKinnon’s group will be focusing on the sounds – ee and igh

Mrs Afolabi’s group will be focusing on ow/o-e and ew/u-e

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



Year 2 Homework 4.11.6

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

Home Learning Project

Black History Month Home Learning Project

Your Home Learning project is due in on Monday 14th November 2016.

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 Wednesday as this is our PE day. 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 – gem, giant, magic, giraffe, energy

Year 2 Spelling List

Times Tables: Please continue to practise your 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables at home as we will be completing weekly challenges on these. They will be given in a random order so please do not just focus on the answers!

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

Miss MacKinnon and Miss Kyriacou