Santorini week ending 6.11.15

Welcome to Year 2 Santorini Class!

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

This week in Santorini Class

In our Literacy lessons we have been continuing our learning about Stories with Familiar Settings. For this we have been exploring the story of ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’ by Ronda and David Armitage. We have made predictions about what we think will happen next, created ideas for Mr and Mrs Grinling to stop the seagulls, and explored how characters have changed throughout the story because of different events.

lighthouse keepers lunch

In Numeracy we have been learning how to add 2 digit numbers including multiples of 10 using the partitioning.

column partitioning adding

We have also been learning about directions. We created directions for different places in the school using the terms forwards, backwards, left and right. We also learnt about turns including whole, half and quarter turns and whether we turned clockwise or anticlockwise.

clockwise and anticlockwise

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 looked at different materials (plastic, wood, wool, stones, card etc.) describing their properties and whether they are natural or man-made.

Next Week in Santorini 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 Adventures of Steven the Seagull.

·        Examining the events of the story and why they are important.

·        Relating to the setting of the story by identifying what we know about the seaside and our experiences.

·        Writing postcards on our experiences of the seaside and using the events in the story.

·        Creating a diary entry in the role of Steven the seagull.    

Numeracy ·        We will be focusing on using subtraction strategies for multiples of 10 and 2 digit numbers.

·        We will also be learning about reflective symmetry – identifying lines of symmetry in shapes and completing shapes using the line of reflective symmetry.

RE ·        We will be celebrating the feast day of Saint Nectarios. (9th November)    
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 u-e, aw and are

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



Year 2 Homework 6.11.15

Your username and password for Mathletics 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 Lunch’ by Ronda and David Armitage. This is the story of a lighthouse keeper called Mr Grinling who does not receive his lunch as the seagulls keep eating it. We have predicted what we think will happen next, created ideas on how to stop the seagull and described how the characters’ feelings change throughout out the story.

For your writing challenge I would like you to imagine that you are one of the seagulls and write a letter to Mr and Mrs Grinling apologising for eating his lunch. You need to include in your writing:-

  • ‘I’ when describing why you ate his lunch.
  • WOW words to describe your feelings/how it would have made Mr Grinling feel (try to avoid – nice, happy and sad)
  • Full stops and capital letters in the correct places.
  • Use of because to explain why you ate his lunch.  

I would like you to be as creative as can and I would like you to write at least a page for your letter. I look forward to reading them! Reminders

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.

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 – table, apple, bottle, little, middle


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

Mrs Afolabi and Mrs Yiannourkou