Year 2 Blog

Welcome to the blog for our Year 2 classes. The year group blogs are a great communication tool. Teachers will be posting news, photographs, details of homework, examples of work, and anything they wish to share with their pupils and parents. Please speak to your class teacher if you have any question, feedback or concerns.

Mrs Fernandes

Silver Class Teacher

Miss Spencer

Gold Class Teacher

The oldest children in our school are in year 2 and continue to develop their skills in all areas of the curriculum from their achievements in year 1. The learning is still taken from the National Curriculum Key Stage One Programmes of Study although staff are skilled in recognising where extra challenge is needed for high attaining pupils. Many of our children regularly achieve results beyond that expected of 7 year olds, particularly in reading, writing, maths and science. Children in year 2 enjoy greater responsibility for the wider school environment and help to organise the library, dining room, hall and music for the daily Meeting. Our Eco-Schools Ambassadors are also chosen from year 2 and support us all in striving to become a more sustainable school.

Spring 2 Week 3 in Year 2.

The children were very excited on Tuesday when we had a visiting author. He told us a multicultural story from Africa. It was a very interactive workshop for the children as they drew story maps, crossed a ‘river’ telling the story and then a few of the children were chosen to retell the story to the rest of the school.

In maths this week the children have been using coins and pounds to make amounts. It would be really helpful to your child if they used some coins to go shopping and get some change.

In science the children have continued learning about plants and have been planting seeds ready to go out when the weather is warmer and the seeds have germinated.

In music the children are busy preparing for the Spring concert. They have been practising on the djembe drums.

Our latest book for big writing is The Great Paper Caper by Oliver Jeffers. The children have enjoyed learning about the characters and planning a balanced argument which they will write next week.

Have a lovely weekend

The Year 2 Team.

Our New Eco Ambassadors

This week the whole school are taking part in Waste Week, with a focus of reducing, reusing and recycling.

We elected 12 new Eco ambassadors to launch the week and they will be meeting with Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis to discuss the week and how we can be better at reducing waste, reusing waste and recycling more in school.

Congratulations to

Alex and Peggy in Blue Class

Danny and Dixie in Red Class

Tabitha and Adam in Green Class

Johan and Maryam in Purple Class

Cara and Sam in Silver Class

Autman and Natalie in Gold Class

We look forward to working with you this term

Year 2 Week 6

This week has been eSafety week. The children in year 2 have focused on their own digital footprint. This involved thinking and a lot of discussion about the games and apps they use which are online. We began by completing an activitiy that involved the children sitting in a circle and passing a ball of wool across and around showing how we were all connected to each other. This was then compared to the World Wide Web.

Today the children wrote a review of the 3 books they have worked on over the last half term which were different versions of The Three Little Pigs and made this into a booklet. They have enjoyed the various versions of the story.

In maths we have continued to develop the skill of telling the time to 5 minutes on an analogue clock face. Please do continue practising this with your child as it is one of those skills that needs lots of repetition before fully understanding time.

In science the children  have continued  to learn about plants. We hope the cress seeds survive the holidays!

We hope you all have a lovely, safe and restful half term!

The Year 2 team.




Year 2 Week 5

In maths this week the children have been recapping and developing their time telling skills. We are using analogue clocks and have really thought about what each of the hands stands for and used them to tell o’ clock, quarter past, half past and quarter to times. We will continue next week with telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes.

In writing today the children wrote their comparison between the Three Little Pigs and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs which they had planned last week. They used comparative language to write about the similarities and differences.

The children have continued to develop their programing skills by creating algorithms using blocks with variables to find out what happens when they change these. They added repeat and sound blocks to enhance their scratch files. The children then de-bugged their algorithms if they were not successful the first time.

In science the children created flowers using a range of materials and then labelled these to show they understood the functions of the different parts of the plants. They have also been observing what is happening to their beans from last week.

In RE we continued to think about prayer. This week we learnt about the Jewish Shabat and how prayer is used to thank their God for their day of rest.

Thank you to those parents who were able to attend Learning with your Child

Have a lovely weekend

The year 2 Team.

Year 2 Week 4

Your children all looked wonderful and wacky today!

Over the last two weeks in Big Writing the children have continued to look at different versions of the three little pigs. Last week they adapted the original story of the three little pigs by changing the main characters but sticking to the same story. This week they listened to The true story of the three little pigs and then compared and contrasted this with the original story. They recorded their ideas in a venn diagram ready to use next week when they will write the comparison of the two stories.

In maths this week we have been assessing the children, testing their application of methods learnt so far this year. The children then used manipulatives to check their answers and make any necessary alterations.

In science the children are investigating seeds and have placed a seed in a bag on a wet paper towel and will watch to see if it germinates.

In computing we have introduced the children to a program called Scratch. This leads on from the programing the children have been learning with logo and a turtle!

In art and design the children have enjoyed looking at the work of Monet and using different mediums the children have created their own versions of The garden and Houses of parliament.

Have a lovely weekend

The year 2 team.

Welcome back!

We hope you all had a lovely break. Thank you for all our wonderful Christmas gifts.

The three little pigs has been our theme for the first two days back to start our traditional tales theme for big write on a Friday. We recapped the story, we learnt actions to retell the story and then made puppets to act out the story. Today the children have retold the story in their writing. We will continue looking at traditional tales with a twist!

Maths has also been linked to the story as the children were problem solving practically by building houses to specific criteria and shapes and by solving word problems.

In music the children were following a rhythm on a djembe drum and developing the skills to know which part of the hand is used to strike the drum to get particular sounds.

Finally the wheels have arrived for the carts and the children are finishing off their constructions.

The children should have brought home the overview for this Spring term and a new home learning grid.  If they want a copy of the Van Gogh bedroom please remind them to ask us.

Have a lovely weekend.

The year 2 team.

An exciting visitor!

Today the children had a very exciting lunch and afternoon with their Christmas lunch and then a special visitor in the afternoon. Each of the children received a present. Thank you to the CHIS parents for organising this and all their help today.

This week the children have enjoyed fractions and this will continue after the holidays. So far we have investigated fractions of shapes. We will move onto fractions of numbers. At home you might like to talk about halves, thirds and quarters when sharing or cutting / dividing food or objects. We have also introduced the new vocabulary of numerator (the top number of a fraction), denominator (bottom number of a fraction) and Vinculum (the line of the fraction).

The children were very enthusiastic when investigating changing materials when we made biscuits and then iced them to look like melting snowmen. We discussed reversible and irreversible changes.

We have designed and begun to make our carts from 1666. Today the children assembled the chassis and added strips of card to look like the side of a cart. We hope to add wheels and axles next week!

We were very proud of our Year 2s when we went to the church to sing songs to support the Year 1 tableau. The children were all well behaved and sang joyfully.

There is no home learning this week as the children are very tired after all their hard work this term.

Have a lovely weekend

The Year 2 Team.




Year 2 Week 6.

The children completed their last piece of writing today connected to the Tin Forest book. It was quite a tricky piece in that they had to to use comparative language to compare a real cat to a tin cat and using but / however / whereas as conjunctions. We have sent a piece of home learning to practise comparing.

In maths we have been collecting data using tally charts. Putting the data into block charts and then analysing this data by answering questions on it. This will finish on Monday and then we move onto fractions. It would really help your child to see fractions in every day life. For example if you are cutting a pizza into 4 and each person has a quarter. If an apple is cut into halves to make 2 equal pieces.

In science the children worked in groups to find out which materials stopped ice cubes from melting so quickly. They also investigated which materials slow down cars when travelling down a ramp (friction)

In D&T the children began to investigate wheels, axles and chassis to see how they fit and work together. The children will then design, plan and make a cart from the Great Fire of London using what they have learnt.

The children have continued to practise singing the songs ready for Songs at St Lukes so we hope to see you there.

Next Friday is christmas dinner so our children are allowed to wear Christmas themed clothes with christmas themed accessories.

Have a lovely weekend, enjoy the snow if we get any!

The Year 2 Team.

Year 2 Week 5

Good afternoon!

In maths we have begun to look at data handling. The children gathered data about their eye colours and then recorded it on a table. They then used this skill to collect information about how many eyes the aliens have! This was then presented in a table and a pictogram. The children then answered questions about the data. We have sent home an activity to continue using these skills.

In big writing today the children wrote a letter from the perspective of the old man from The Tin Forest. They had to think carefully about the tenses used as they talked about how he felt yesterday and now / tomorrow. They set it out as a letter should be.

In music the children have been learning to play the chords of Silent Night on a xylophone and keeping to the correct tempo. We have also been practising singing songs for St Luke’s.

In history / topic the children wrote a newspaper report to show their understanding of the cause and effect of the Great Fire of London.

Thank you for the wonderful donations of toys to go under our christmas tree which was lit up today. The Salvation Army will be collecting the gifts on Monday.

Have a lovely weekend

The Year 2 team.

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