Santorini week beginning 18.1.16

Welcome to Year 2 Santorini Class!

This week in Santorini Class

In our Literacy lessons we have been continuing our learning about Traditional Tales and have explored the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We have identified the features of a traditional tale and used these to plan, draft, edit and re-write our own version of Jack and the Beanstalk where Jack and the Giant have changed characteristics.

Jack and The Beanstalk

In Numeracy we have been focusing on rounding to the nearest 10. We learnt that if a number had a 1, 2, 3 or 4 in the ones (units) columns then we round it down e.g. 22 would be round down to 20; whereas numbers that had a 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9 in the ones (units) column then we round it up to the next ten e.g. 28 would be round up to 30.

rounding to the nearest 10

We also have been practising our counting of larger numbers by grouping them into either 2s, 3s, 5s or 10s.


We have also been reading thermometer scales and putting the temperatures in order from hottest to coldest. We have also compared the different temperatures using <(less than), = (same as) and > (more than).

thermometer        greater than and less than

In R.E. this week we celebrated the feast day of St Gregory the Theologian which takes place on the 25th January. 


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 similarities and differences between the coast and Croydon.  

Next Week in Santorini Class

Subject We will be learning…
Literacy ·        We will be exploring explanation texts and identifying the different features of these.

·        Identifying and using causal conjunctions.

·        Identifying and using comparative language e.g. big/biggest.         

Numeracy ·        We will be identifying and using the rules for adding and subtracting.

·        Weighing objects using grams and kilograms.

·        Answering problems using grams and kilograms.

RE ·         We will be celebrating the feast day of the Three Hierarchs which takes place on 31st January      
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.   


Homework and Homelearning Project

Year 2 Homework 22.1.16

Seaside project 2016

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

Your homelearning project is due in on Friday 29th January 2016.

Weekend Writing Challenge

This week in literacy we have been re-writing the traditional tale of Jack and the Beanstalk, where the characters of Jack and the giant have swapped.

For your writing task I would like you to re-write a different traditional tale making sure the main characters have changed characteristics, so the good character is now the villain and the villain is now good. You need to include in your writing:-

  • A traditional story start and end
  • A description of your main character
  • A description of the setting
  • Using full stops and capital letters in the correct places
  • Using direct speech between two characters.

I would like you to write at least a page for your story 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 new 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 – copier, drier, happier, busier, carrier, supplier, emptier


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

Mrs Afolabi and Mrs Yiannourkou