Category Archives: Maths

Telling the Time

Year 2 seemed very excited to start their introduction to telling the time. To start with, Toucans learnt the units of time: seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years. We learnt that there are 60 seconds in 1 minute, 60 minutes in 1 hour, 24 hours in 1 day, 7 days in 1 week and 52 weeks in 1 year.

Toucans then moved on to telling the time to the hour and half hour. They were given practise clocks and it was explained that the ‘long’ hand was the minute hand and the ‘short’ hand was the hour hand. Toucans had lots of practise and, as they were superstars, we progressed to completing worksheets where the children had to fill in the correct time according to the picture.

Eventually the children were given a time to draw onto a blank clock themselves. By the end of the week we hope to have covered quarter past as well!

Money, Money, Money!

In our PSHE lesson this week we started to think about money and what it is for. This linked nicely to our maths lessons where we have also been learning about money; recognising coins and counting and making amounts of money. 

We decided money is very important because you need it to buy lots of different things. We had a class discussion and these were our ideas:

  • You can get money by having a job.
  • You might get money by doing chores at home.
  • You might get some pocket money from your parents.
  • Sometimes you get money as a present.

The children discussed what they spent their money on. Most of them said when they have money they spend it on toys, sweets, new things and games.

We then discussed what adults spend their wages on:

  • Houses
  • Furniture
  • Licences
  • Cars
  • Gas and electricity
  • Phones and internet
  • Food


Marvellous Maths!

This morning in mathematics Year 2 were learning how to add three 1 digit numbers together. The Toucans were trying to use strategies to make it easier to calculate. They did this by recognising that some number sentences had doubles in them and some had number bonds to ten to help them find out the answer easier and more quickly. They were also practising putting the largest number in their head first and then counting on the smaller digits on their fingers to get their answer.

Terrific Toucans!

In Year 2 today we have been consolidating our knowledge of number bonds, focusing on number bonds to 10. We have worked very hard and are showing great independence in completing tasks. 
During English Toucan’s have been writing sentences on dictation. We have revised what makes a super sentence: making sure our sentence makes sense, using our neatest handwriting, using correct punctuation and starting our sentences with a capital letter.
Topic this week is a continuation of our topic about Healthy Eating. We have discussed “What makes a healthy meal” and have talked about the different food groups which we all need to stay healthy  – these include: carbohydrates, proteins, dairy and fruit and vegetables. Today we were learning about where different animal products come from and what foods could contain them. 
Toucans have settled in very well into Year 2 and are trying very hard to follow our routines – well done Year 2!

Measuring volume and capacity

Toucans enjoyed the practical element of their maths lesson this morning! Each child measured an amount of water and read scales, calculating what intervals increased by.  There was lots of discussion about millimetres and metres.  The children also solved some tricky problem solving and reasoning questions too. 



Sunflower Success

Toucans are having a competition to see who can grow the tallest sunflower.  In Science, the class learnt what a seed needs to be able to germinate.  The class created a list:
Sun (for warmth and light)
Last week, after everyone had planted 2 seeds each, a class experiment was set up using three seeds under the following conditions as only one criteria can be changed to make it a fair test:
Seed 1 – Has water and light but no soil.
Seed 2 – Has water and soil but no light.
Seed 3 – Has soil and light but no water. 
The children predicted what they thought would happen with each seed.  Most children predicted none of them would grow. 
This week it was time to update our Sunflower diaries to see if the seeds had grown and if so, by how much.  We have been practising hard to measure with our rulers this week in Maths! Everyone was very excited.  Apart from 2, everyone had a little seedling.  It was then time to check the 3 for the experiment….. What a surprise?! For the seed without light, everyone had predicted it would not grow.  It turned out that this was the tallest plant so far, measuring 8cms! The class were amazed but noticed it was not a healthy green colour like the plants that has been growing with light.  It will be interesting to see how this plant progresses over the next few weeks so watch this space! 

Behaviours for Learning

Miss Williams’ group have really been focusing on applying the behaviours for learning. They have been trying so hard in all their lessons!

Toucans have been working really well together. We have been trying hard to ensure we listen to our partner and focus on what they are saying:

We have been taking real pride in our work. We are trying so hard to join our writing:

We have also been showing excellent concentrations skills:

These children have worked particularly hard to persevere with their reading. They are making great progress! 

Behaviours for learning are really helping us to improve!

5 a day!

Good morning,

Each Monday morning I will be putting up 5 sets of 5 a day – one set for each school day. Children you will have to teach your parents how to do them ? Don’t forget to show your working out – you could draw dienes, sharing circles or blank number lines just like we would in school. Parents the children just need a piece of blank paper to do these activities – let them explain and teach you.

24 + 13 =
of 20 =
7 x 5 =
70 – 20 =
30 ÷ 5 =

of 20 =
34p + 17p =
£1 – 50p =
90 ÷ 10 =
7 x 3 =

18 ÷ 2 =
32cm + 41cm =
of 9 = <<<<< New learning! Use a blank number line.
2 x 10 =
55 – 31 =

9 x 5 =
70 ÷ 10 =
42g + 42g =
62g – 15g = <<<<< New learning! Remember to share between 3 circles.
of 15 =

7 x 2 =
29cm + 41cm =
30 ÷ 3 =
71kg – 12kg =
of 24

Please comment to let me know how you get on 🙂

Miss Williams