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Estimating to calculate

This week in Maths we are using our estimating skills to calculate. Sometimes in Maths we calculate an answer incorrectly so we are learning how to estimate to decide whether our answer is sensible or not.

Yesterday we learnt how to round numbers to the nearest ten. Today we used this knowledge to estimate the answer to different calculations. This is an important skills because it will help us to be more accurate in all our Maths lessons.


This week in Maths we are learning about measures. We have learnt how to measure length in metres and centimetres and today we moved on to learning about mass.

We stared by thinking about real life objects and estimating how much they might weigh. We then did and activity where we predicted and measured whether things weighed more or less than 1kg. We were quite surprised by some of our results!

Subtracting skills

In our Maths lessons this week we are focusing on our subtracting skills. We started by exploring different ways of proving a subtraction calculation was correct. Miss Williams gave us lots of different equipment and we had to use it to convince our partner and her that the calculation was correct. We managed to prove it in lots of different ways!

This week we are going to develop our ability to subtract with dienes and then move to subtracting on a blank number line.


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In our Computing and Maths lessons this week we have been learning all about data. We have made pictograms, block graphs and today we stared to use databases. We learnt that databases are a useful tool for sorting information in different ways.

We practised using a database by searching for information in different ways. We had a set of questions about aliens to answer using the database.

We then added our own alien and practised filling in a record for it.

Databases are fun! Don’t forget you can log in to Purple Mash at home and practise adding your own if you want to.

Purple Mash can be accessed by visiting the main school website – Apps & Websites section – click here.

Collecting data

This week we are learning all about data in our Maths and Computing lessons. This afternoon we used 2Count on Purple Mash to make our own graphs. We collected data on eye colour as a class and discovered the most popular eye colour in our class in blue and the least popular is grey.

We then collected data about the roll of a dice. We had to roll the dice 20 times and use this to create a graph to find out which was the most popular number to roll. We all created our graphs but when we compared them we found that there wasn’t a common answer to this question. Everyone had different result so the roll of a dice really is random!

Line symmetry

In Maths we have been learning about shape. Before Christmas we focused on pattern and naming and describing 2D shapes.

This week we have been learning about line symmetry. We learnt how to use a mirror to find out whether a shape was symmetrical and then as we improved we tried to find out how many lines of symmetry a shape had.

We also practised using the peg boards to make symmetrical patterns.

Maths workshop

Today Year 2 had their Maths workshop all about multiplication and division. Miss Williams told our visitors how we are learning in Maths using the mastery approach. Then we came into the hall and did some counting together. We had a booklet of activities to complete together and were really good at explaining our learning to our visitors. We all had a wonderful time!

Thank you to everyone who came and supported the children. We had lots of positive feedback about the workshop too so thank you 🙂

Partitioning numbers

In Maths we have been practising partitioning numbers. Today we used dienes and partitioning trees to practise partitioning numbers in different ways. We started to look at the pattern of the numbers as we partition and think about the place value of each digit to help us. Tomorrow some of us will try without dienes.

Creating shapes and right angles

During today’s Computing lesson with Mr Baddhan, Year 2 Toucans used Purple Mash’s 2Go to create different shapes using directions.

They were challenged to create three shapes, square, rectangle and a triangle, using different line colours. They used many right-angles for the square and rectangles.

Some of the children even managed to start drawing lines to write their names using many right angles.

Toucans already know that a right angle is an angle of 90°, as in a corner of a square.

Fun learning!

Thank you to all the parents who supported us by bringing their child into school today! The children worked extremely hard on some new learning (3-digit numbers) and continued practising their old learning (writing, < > = signs and inverse). There was, however, still time for some fun and treats!
We had a lovely picnic lunch outside, had a fantastic Art lesson to end the day and a little chocolate treat in between!