Santorini week ending 4.12.15

Welcome to Year 2 Santorini Class!

Last week in Santorini Class

In our Literacy lessons we have been continuing to explore stories by the author and illustrator Jeannie Baker. This week we have been exploring the stories of ‘Window’ and ‘Belonging’ and creating our own stories for the pictures in these books.

In Numeracy we have been solving missing number sentences using all 4 operations of addition (+), subtraction (-), multiplication (x) and division (÷). We have also been learning about the importance of the equal sign (=) and how it represents ‘the same as’ e.g. 12+5 = (is the same as) 17. Towards the end of the week we explored sorting shapes, numbers and objects into a variety of categories. We then created and answered questions about our sortings.

In R.E. this week, we celebrated the feast day of Saint Andrew which we celebrated on the 30th November.

Saint Andrew

Next Week in Santorini Class

Subject We will be learning…
Literacy ·        We will be focusing on grammar activities including putting punctuation in the correct places, using speech marks correctly, and understanding what nouns are.

·        We will also be looking at the story of ‘The Jolly Postman’s Christmas Letters’ and creating responses back to the characters.         

Numeracy ·         We will be completing different activities on the topics that we have learnt this term.  
RE ·         We will be looking at the importance of the Nativity and how Greek Orthodox Christian’s prepare for Christmas.
Phonics Miss MacKinnon’s group will be focusing on the sounds – or/aw and air/are

Mrs Afolabi’s group will be focusing on igh/i-e and ow/o-e

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



Year 2 Homework 4.12.15

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

Weekend Writing Challenge

As part of our topic learning we have been looking at why a dinosaur would not make a good pet, including having our own dinosaur egg in class! Dinosaur Egg

For your writing challenge I would like you to imagine you have a dinosaur egg that suddenly cracks open, what is going to happen next? You need to include in your writing:-

  • Use of senses in your descriptions e.g. what you heard, smelt, saw, touch, tasted etc.
  • What adventures take place when the dinosaur arrives.
  • Wow words for your descriptions.
  • Use of connectives to extend your sentences e.g. but, because, then, while, so, when etc.
  • Full stops and capital letters in the correct places.

I would like you to be as imaginative as possible and to write at least a page for your story. 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 Monday and Thursday 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.

Library books: We visit the library every Thursday where the children have the opportunity to select a book they would like to take home for the week to read. They need to bring these back the following Thursday so that we can change them.

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 – cry, fly, dry, try, reply, July (INSERT YEAR 2 SPELLINGS) 

Times Tables: Please continue to practice your 2, 5 and 10 times tables as well as your number bonds to 10 and 20.   

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

Mrs Afolabi and Mrs Yiannourkou