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.

Autumn 2, Week 2, Year 2!

This week we have been focusing on choosing respect as a theme for anti bullying week and the school’s half term value. On Monday Mrs Barwin led an assembly on choosing respect and how this ensures that our children respect each other as well as adults in their lives. This was followed up in class and the children thought about how other members of their class show respect.

In maths the children have continued to focus on measuring lengths and using this to solve word problems. For home learning we have sent home a sheet from the nRich website that we would like you to discuss with your child and make appropriate suggestions. If you are stuck you can look on the website for ideas.

In big writing the children looked at an image of a character from a story and thought of questions they would like to ask her. The class wrote a letter to the character together, asking some of these questions. This will be followed on next week when the character replies to their questions!

In computing the children are carrying on creating power points about their chosen location in St Albans. In history the children have begun to look at the impact and growth / changes with the introduction of trains and stations within St Albans.

A gentle reminder that the children all have Bug Club logins and the books have recently been updated. Well done to those children who are going on there regularly.

Next week we have switch off fortnight and don’t forget movie night is on Friday.

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Hostein and Miss Spencer.

Welcome back!

We hope you all had a lovely half term break.

Remembrance day has been a mini topic for this week. The children have been learning about what Remembrance day is and why we hold it each year. They have thought about memories and how objects can be connected to them. It was interesting to hear about their memories. Today in big write the children wrote an acrostic poem using the words and themes: poppy, poppies and thank you. This showed how much they had understood about remembrance and why we observe it each year. They have painted their clay poppies which they made before half term and created mixed media poppies for design and technology. Today the whole school held two minutes silence and were very respectful.

This leads onto next week which is anti bullying week and the theme this year is ‘Choose respect.’  Home learning this week is to complete an acrostic poem on ‘Respect.’

In maths we have been learning about metres, centimetres, how to use a ruler and comparing the measurements using greater / less than signs. We thought about top tips when using a ruler: always make sure they start measuring at 0 and check they are measuring in cms. You could ask the children to estimate the length of objects around your house.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Hostein and Miss Spencer.

In big writing, this week we have finished reading Fantastic Mr Fox and the children wrote a book review.

In Maths we have been looking at symmetrical patterns and the children worked together to create a display.

The children have begun to create PowerPoint presentations using the information they collected about St Albans we will continue this after half term.

In science, we followed up on our plant experiments looking at how they take in food and minerals.


Have a lovely half term

Mrs Hostein, Miss Spencer and Mrs Fernandes

Week 7 Year 2

Today the children wrote their own version of a story based on Anna and Otis by changing the characters and the places they visited. They followed their planning that they created earlier this week. We were focusing on developing their vocabulary for writing.

In maths we have been using the bar model to answer simple, one step word problems involving addition and subtraction. For example, I have 20 sweets, I eat 5 of them, how many do I have left?

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In science we have been investigating how plants take in liquids. The children have set up experiments to find out what happens.

In RE the children have been learning about what can be found in and how a church is used by Christians. There has been lots of discussion and some children have shared their own experiences.

This week has been democracy week. On Tuesday we were visited by a local councillor, Anthony Rowlands who spoke to the children about how things are voted for in the local community eg: Foxcroft play area. The children then talked about democracy as a British value and then voted for today’s clothing choice.

We look forward to seeing you all next week at Parent’s evening on Wednesday and Thursday.

Have a lovely weekend, enjoy the sunshine!

Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Hostein and Miss Spencer.


Visit from Anthony Rowlands our Local Councillor

Today we had a visit from Anthony Rowlands, our local Councillor for Ashley and Cunningham Areas.  Anthony delivered an Assembly for the children, mostly focussing on the newly renovated Foxcroft Park.  Anthony asked the children, who should make decisions on what goes into a Park and they agreed on Parents, Councillors, the children and the local residents.

Anthony then asked what is a good idea to put into a park and we agreed table tennis was a good idea, but trampolines probably weren’t.

Anthony then had a questions and answers session with our School Councillors, whilst enjoying a drink and a biscuit.  Our Councillors asked some fantastic questions, such as, do you like your job and how long have you been a Councillor?

Anthony was impressed with our British Values Display and our links with Orchard Care Home.

We thank Anthony for taking the time to visit us.

Week 5 – Year 2.

Week 5 already!

In maths this week we have been practising adding on number lines. The children have found this tricky transferring partitioned numbers onto a number line. We will be continuing with this next week and have sent home a guidance sheet with some questions for them to practise. Asking them to explain how to do it to you will help develop their understanding.

In science the children have been learning how seeds disperse in a variety of ways. The children have begun to make burrs in clay to show how these types of seeds attach themselves to animal coats and are dispersed to a new area.

We read to the end of chapter eleven today in Fantastic Mr Fox for our english lesson. The children then learnt about the features of a comic strip and used these to make their own about Mr Fox and his family. They were encouraged to use speech and thought bubbles.

The children have been practising their harvest songs ready to entertain you in our school harvest celebration next Thursday. We look forward to seeing you there.

We are looking forward to our trip next Tuesday. Please arrive at school for the usual time and in school uniform. Don’t forget your packed lunch if you are not having a school one.

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Hostein and Miss Spencer.

Week 4 Year 2

This week we have been looking at St Albans past and present, we started to make comparisons about what things have changed and why. The children were very excited watching the changes occur in places/ roads of St Albans that they knew. Next week the children will begin writing their comparisons.
In maths we have been focusing on addition and subtraction using known number facts. Some children found this difficult and are still using their fingers to count on. Please could you practice all number bonds to 20 to ensure the children can make links and use this knowledge to solve more complex problems. If your child is confident with this, then practice using known number facts like below.
If I know 13 + 7 = 20, then I know that 23 + 7 = 30 etc
In big writing we have carried on looking at Fantastic Mr Fox, the children have focused on how Mr Fox characters changes as the book continues.
In RE we learnt about Islamic prayer and this will continue next week when the children design a mat for their own quiet / reflection time.
Have a lovely weekend
Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Hostein and Miss Spencer

Our Mud Kitchen – requests for donations

To enhance our fabulous mud kitchen, we are looking for donations of anything you think children might like to add to mud to experiment/investigate.  Possibly glitter, lentils, pasta, shells, stones….

In addition, next time you are having a clear out in your kitchens, we would be happy to accept donations of saucepans, plastic glasses/cups, chop sticks, cutlery, potato mashers, fish slices etc.

Many Thanks


Carpenters tools request for our children


As part of our focus to encourage children to write outside in addition to inside, we have purchased a wooden tool bench, with wooden tools.  We would love to enhance it with some real life tools, such as goggles, spirit levels etc.

If you have anything you think might be safe and suitable, would you please pass them to myself or Miss Lewis.

If you have plastic or wooden tools that are no longer wanted, we would gladly have those too.

Many Thanks

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