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Well, we're on book two now and we're loving Julia Donaldson! This time she is working with the illustrator Axel Scheffler to create The Highway Rat. 

So far we have  been:

* writing diary entries

* creating factfiles about Julia Donaldson and her life

* designing a new page for the story

* adding commas to lists, describing characters using adjectives and expanding noun phrases

 

Examples: The Highway Rat is mean, nasty and horrible. He stole a brown, hard nut.

 

We have been working on place value and addition using hundred squares and number lines.

 

Fun projects coming up include designing, making and evaluating a rat trap, recycling tins to create a tealight holder for a local event in Redditch and designing Christmas cards for a whole school competition!

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So far during our first week in Year Two we have:

 

* Designed our own biscuits for Nell the detective dog

* Baked healthy treats for Nell the detective dog

* Written to Nell to say we have left treats out in the classroom for her. The crumbs, torn envelope and muddy trail suggests she came and ate them!

* Been working hard learning about place value of numbers e.g. how many tens and units they have, where they come on a hundred square, know one more or less and ten more or less

 

Exciting events coming up:

 

* National Guide Dog Association are bringing two guide dogs into school with their owner and their trainer

* A trip to Redditch Library within school hours for a Julia Donaldson themed storytime and lesson

 

Why not visit the library yourself over the next few weeks and see how many books you can read with your child? Choose fiction or non-fiction and keep your eyes peeled for any Julia Donaldson texts!

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