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This week has flown by in Base 2. We have been straight back to it after the half term break and the children are working really hard.

In literacy we have started looking at a new book, Toys in Space, linked to our space topic for this half term. On Tuesday some toys had appeared in our classroom, each with a label showing its name and address. We were very puzzled by this and it seemed as though they were lost and we needed to help them get home. So, we used this as an excuse to practise using exclamation marks and question marks in our writing and each made a lost and found poster for one of the toys, hopefully someone will let us know how to get them home soon. We have also made lots of predictions about our story by looking carefully at the first page as well as describing what we can see using adjectives. We finished the week by writing a setting description of the beautiful night sky that the toys could see when they were left in the garden and on Friday we helped each other by editing our work with a friend.

In maths our focus has been fractions this week. The year 1 children have been finding a half and a quarter of a quantity whilst the year 2 children have been finding a half, a third, a quarter, two quarters and three quarters. Everybody has used a bar model method to find their fractions which allows them to share the quantity between the correct number of boxes in the bar and find the final fraction. Ask your children if they will show you at home!

We had a lovely day on Thursday for World Book Day. The children looked fabulous in their costumes and we enjoyed sharing lots of stories all day! We spent the afternoon finding out about author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers whose books we have been enjoying this term. We watched some video clips of him talking about his work and met a few more of his characters on his website before having a go ourselves. We each choose a new planet for the boy (a character in a few of is books) to visit and used Oliver Jeffers' techniques to draw him there. To finish off our work we added a caption to go alongside the illustration — we are the picture book makers of the future!!

I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend.
Miss Pitchford

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