# Autumn 1

Week 6

This week, the Storm Whales started thinking about writing their own narrative sequels to The Storm Whale in Winter. They worked as a team to create an amazing desert island in which to set their stories. They then worked together to think about what problems Noi might encounter in this beautiful, yet treacherous place.

In maths, we started to use empty number lines to help us solve addition and subtraction problems. We made giant number lines in the playground and practised jumping in tens and units to help us understand how to partition to add or subtract.
In science, we are still learning about habitats. This week, we focused on beach habitats and sorted the wildlife that lives there. This clip was very helpful in getting us thinking about the wildlife that lives in our oceans.

Week 5

This week the Storm Whales have been further developing their descriptive vocabulary and shared their ideas in group brainstorms, describing the character of Noi from the Storm Whale. They collaborated wonderfully and wrote brilliant character descriptions as a result. Well done Storm Whales!

## Collaborative Brainstorming

In math, we have been partitioning to double. The children have been breaking two, or even three, digit numbers into hundreds, tens and units and then doubling each amount before putting them all back together again! As always, they have tried their absolute best to tackle these new challenges.

See if your child can explain how to do it by asking them to double 34 or even 214!

Week 4

Last week the Storm Whales were subtracting with pirates and learning new methods in maths. They looked at partitioning 2 digit numbers and then jumping back in tens and units on a hundred square. Very impressive maths skills!

In Literacy, the Storm Whales wrote some incredible setting descriptions from their text, The Storm Whale in Winter. They used a variety of ambitious vocabulary including similes and expanded noun phrases. Some of my favourites were; howling, icy wind and the lantern was glowing like embers on the snow. Makes you shiver just reading them!

The Storm Whales also had their first class wide reward and chose a pyjama day. We had a fabulously cosy day and felt very proud of ourselves for getting 100 class wide rewards! Didn't they all look snug?

## Pyjama Party!

Week 3:

Last week the Storm Whales got very active in their maths lessons. We explored addition using money in a Storm Whale and Gruffalo Shop and acted as The Enormous Crocodile in order to eat the greater amount. The children used various methods and were amazing mathematicians!

## Practical Maths

We were also extremely fortunate to have Beth Dobbin, the British 200m champion, visit our school and talk to us about her amazing journey. It was inspiring and really taught us an important lesson about persevering to achieve our dreams! She really put us through our paces with her training regime!

## Beth Dobbin Training Session

Week 2: Exploring Habitats

Last week the Storm Whales started their science topic, Living things and their Habitats. The first habitat we explored was in our own back yard, the Walkley Forest School. The children set out to see what wildlife we could find and were very impressed by the diversity of the plants and animals. See if they can remember what we found!

## Week 2: Exploring Habitats

We have also been working extremely hard on our class song, You can count on me, by Bruno Mars. This song really sums up our attitude in Storm Whales as we are always there to help each other. Please listen and help your children to practice at home. sorry, it may get stuck in your head!

The Storm Whales have had an absolutely fantastic start to Y2. We have been looking at our class book, The Storm Whale, in more detail and have been doing some amazing writing and drama around this. We have also made some fantastic collages in art of the Storm Whale returning to its pod.

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