Character motivation in Cinderella

People of year 2 ,

The weeks are flying by and it seems as if we are all on fast forward once more. This last week has seen the children working on various aspects of the curriculum and meeting each challenge with their usual panache and a certain amount of grumbling.

In English we have begun to analyse character. This means looking for evidence in the text that will confirm or deny that a character is good or bad. Some of this information is easily retrievable from the text and some involves looking at the various hints. In Cinderella it is all pretty straightforward. Cinderella is lovely and kind and forgiving and all the rest, whereas, the wicked stepmother is the embodiment of nasty. Happily, there are stories which subvert this nauseating narrative and we will be looking at those also. Character analysis is central to the study of fiction, drama and poetry. The ability to describe character traits and motivation is essential to demonstrating true understanding. Therefore, I urge you to discuss character when listening to your child read. Sometimes, it is a little bit like gossip….”She is such a so and so because look at what she did there….” I do not wish to reduce the study of literature to gossip but it is one way to think about getting to know your text, much the same way as people become involved in television drama. We all enjoy a box set and binge watch.

In maths we have continued to explore number bonds to ten and to twenty. In particular, I have encouraged the children to use the maths equipment in class to make the number bonds before writing them down. Any practise to reinforce this is a step in the right direction.

This week we will continue to work on number, place value and some doubling.

Occasionally, it is necessary for teaching staff to attend meetings and courses. These events feed into our practice and keep us informed of the latest thinking around teaching and learning. This week I will be at one such event on Monday and have explained this to the children so that they are aware of where I am and why. They ask me on a regularly basis where I am, where I have been and where I am going and I find myself explaining at great length why I must leave the room to answer a question or go to the shop to stock up on lettuce. Their inquisitive minds are a credit to them but, really, my movements are not that fascinating.

Miss Castillo