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.
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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.
All the children have worked really hard this half term and they have all completed the statutory tests. Well done!
In art the children have created a sea turtle foil artistic picture. This involved the children creating a watercolour background, using a textured material to create a pattern on the foil which was coloured in and then hessian was used for the head and legs.
Today the children wrote their non chronological report on their chosen Australian animal. These are going to be displayed in a class book.
In maths this week we have been looking at temperature and capacity as ways of measuring. If you have time over the holidays it would be useful if the children could measure liquids using mililitres and litres.
Today we introduced the children to our year 2 summer production. The children were shown each of the countries we will be visiting and have had the opportunity to say the parts they would prefer. rehearsals begin straight after half term.
The children should have bought home a letter today about the classes being mixed up before they go to the juniors. Please discuss with your child and complete the back of the letter which gives your child the opportunity to say which 3 friends they would like to be with although we cannot guarantee they will be with all of them.
Have a lovely week off.
Mrs Hostein, Mrs Fernandes and Miss Spencer
A huge thank you to the School Councillors for giving up their time on Tuesday to sell the left over May Fair bits and pieces. They negotiated very well and gave change (when prompted) Thank you to the parents for your generosity. We raised £13.15.
Thank you for all of the beautiful entries to our Woodland Trust Photograph Competition.
We had a range of photos from different perspectives and of different forms of nature.
We saw trees, bark, flowers, nests, buds and bamboo made into fences.
We are pleased to announce the winners of the competition and who’s photos will be sent to the Woodland trust.
Valentina, Alba, Noah, Joshua and Adam
Here are some of the winning entries.
What a lovely time we had yesterday at Heartwood Forest and Outdoor learning in the afternoon.
Whilst on a long walk the children were able to recognise the differences between urban and rural with the views of Sandridge Village and the rural landscape. Whilst walking the children took photographs for our ICT unit of work and sketches of all they could see. They saw animals and habitats in their natural environment.
Great fun was had when we got to the den building area! It was lovely to see such good teamwork across the classes and the amazing dens when they had finished. The children were sad to leave for the coach.
Have a lovely weekend
Mrs Hostein, Mrs Fernandes and Miss Spencer
Another busy week for year 2.
In writing the children researched another Australian animal. They read the information and highlighted the important key words. From these they then wrote some notes using bullet points. This will be continued next week and then the children will be writing a non chronological report on their chosen animal.
In maths we have been recalling some of the methods we have learnt in year 2. We have been reminding ourselves of the four main symbols for calculations and the associated vocabulary. We then used empty number lines to solve addition and subtraction and arrays to solve multiplication. In division we shared out parts equally to find the answer as well as using our knowledge of the times tables.
We have continued with our aboriginal art work. The children have really enjoyed designing their leaves with dots and patterns. These will be displayed in the hall and classrooms. The children have been practising their dance for the May fair so we look forward to seeing you all at the fair tomorrow!
Have a lovely weekend.
Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Hostein and Miss Spencer
Thank you for the amazing entries, the deadline is Friday 18th May.
Miss Lewis and Mrs Barwin
This week started with the election and parade of our May King and Queen. On Tuesday all children in school sang their favourite songs to entertain the school royalty.
The children have started writing the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. They remember the story so well, in so much detail, that they didn’t have time to finish writing today! We were really impressed.
In Maths we will start using the strategies we have learnt to add and subtract numbers within 100. They are confident in place value and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. Please continue to practice number bonds with your children to help with strategies such as making ten first when adding ones to two-digit numbers.
In Science we planted our beans and we are going to observe and record their growth. We have planted two types of beans so we can compare differences and similarities between them. The children have been very curious and we hope that over this long weekend we will have some roots for them to see.
We are still discussing special books, so if your child has a special book, please bring into class. It will be looked after and sent home shortly.
We also had a visitor from Childnet who talked to the children about how to stay safe when playing with their electronic devices. It was lovely to see some parents who came to the workshop during the day.
Enjoy the long weekend and see you all back on Tuesday.
Mrs De Vynck and Mrs Foulds
This week we had a visitor to school from Childnet who spoke to the children about keeping themselves whilst they are on the internet. They thought about what their personal details were and how they should not give them out to strangers or people they think they might know over the internet.
The children have written a non fiction report on kangaroos today to show all the features they have learnt about over the last couple of weeks: heading, subtitles, technical vocabulary, diagrams, paragraphs, introduction and conclusion / ending.
In maths the children have been investigating the place value of 3 digit numbers: ones, tens and hundreds to 999. To compare the numbers they have used the vocabulary of greater and lesser than and then explained why a number is greater or lesser using their place value knowledge.
In geography having completed a booklet about the continents of the world, the children have now arrived in Australia and begun to name the different states which is developing their map skills.
In music we have begun to learn the songs that will be in the year 2 production!
We have also been practising our dance ready for the May fair next Saturday so we hope to see you all there.
Have a lovely, sunny long weekend, see you on Tuesday!
Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Hostein and Miss Spencer.
As part of our Woodland Trust Award, we would like to challenge your child to take photos of nature from different perspectives.
Can they lie on the ground and take a picture? Can they look out of a window for a bird’s eye view? Can they look up or down and all around to see how the view changes?
Please send us their best pictures from different view points, including their name, class and where they took the picture from. You can either print them or email the pictures to email@example.com with the subject as Woodland Trust Competition.
We will choose the 4 best pictures and send these to the Woodland Trust for our Gold Award and these children will receive a prize.
Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis
We hope you all had a lovely holiday and are now ready for the final term in year 2!
This week the children have begun activities related to our new topic: What is life like down under?
In maths we have looked at 2d and 3d shapes and their properties. This will be continued next week and we have sent home an activity to complete which will help them to use the maths vocabulary for shapes.
In writing we have begun to look at the features of a non chronological report. The children identified the features in different reports about animals and thought about what sub headings they could use.
The children have begun to practise their dance ready for the may fair, so we hope to see you all there!
In science the children investigated things that are alive, have been alive or have never been alive. They thought carefully about how we know something is alive and then sorted the objects into a table.
In Literacy and Language the children have begun a new topic where they read a book called the Night Shimmy and thought about their own possible invisible friend and what they might look like.
Our trip to Heartwood Forest has been rescheduled for Thursday May 17th. We hope the weather will be kinder to us and that we observe animals in their habitats.
Have a lovely weekend
The year 2 Team.