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.

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.

Eco Ambassadors and Switch off Fortnight

Today Miss Lewis and Mrs Barwin launched Switch Off Fortnight.  We discussed with the children how they can save electricity and switch off, such as;

  • Turn off lights when they leave a room
  • Put a jumper on, before heating
  • Only play with technology for a while, then turn it off.
  • Turn off plugs – where possible
  • Don’t waste bath water
  • Turn off the taps and take shorter showers

We then selected 2 children from each class to represent the School as Eco Ambassadors, they are;

  1. Gowri and Alexander
  2. Helena and Osman
  3. Toby H and Aaliya
  4. Aiden and Tasnim
  5. Louis and Lin
  6. Khadija and Joshua

We look forward to working with them to make our school even more Eco friendly.

Year 2 Week 3

This week has been anti bullying week. The children have had several sessions over the week to develop our understanding of the difference between being mean and bullying and then an anti bullying workshop on Tuesday with an outside company. In RE we thought about how Christians cope with worries and then we thought about how we cope with them. We made a bracelet with beads that we can move to represent our worries. Next week these bracelets will be used for positive statements about ourselves, linking it to Christianity.

In Maths we have continued with multiplication and division. We have begun to learn the 2 times table. We have also used arrays to derive 2 multiplication and the 2 inverse division equations from it. We have sent some of these to practise for home learning. We will continue with multiplication and division next week.

Writing today was writing in the first person as Traction Man and retelling his adventures and missions he carried out. The children really enjoyed this story.

The children have begun to present their Power Point presentations to the class that they have produced in computing. They have included animations and sound!

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 2 Team.

 

 

Autumn 2. Week 2. Year 2!

Another busy week in Year 2!

As tomorrow is Remembrance Day we held a whole school assembly this morning at 11.00am. This included a two minute silence to show our respect. Have a look at the pictures of our poppies made out of clay at the end of this blog. We have sent home a reading comprehension about remembrance day for home learning this week.

Just for your information our topic is still the Great Fire of London therefore there will not be a new home learning grid but we will continue to send home the sheets. Thank you for your support with the home learning. We will continue to stick the weekly spellings in the books too.

A reminder to gold class – ALL children need to wear a swimming hat please.

In writing today the children used their knowledge of Traction Man to create a story plan recalling the main events of the book in preparation for next weeks recount writing.

We have begun multiplication and division this week in maths and will continue with this next week. The children have learnt to use an array to solve equations.

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In science the children are carrying out scientific investigations to explore floating and sinking and how heat changes the state of some materials.

In RE the children looked at and handled some Islamic artefacts. We discussed how to show respect and listen to each other’s ideas and beliefs.

The children have continued to develop their Power Point skills which include adding colour to their background, sound and animations.

Have a lovely weekend

The year 2 Team.

 

Year 2. Autumn 2 Week 1.

Welcome back! We hope you all had a lovely half term week.

Today the children enjoyed being introduced to our new book: Traction Man! They listened and then read the whole story. This was then followed by all the children reading aloud one page with actions if they chose too! This will be continued next week when we sequence the events of the story.

In maths this week we have continued subtraction on a number line. We have sent some home for home learning to practise this method. Please see picture below. Next week we begin multiplication as repeated addition, skip counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and then using the x symbol.

In science the children were practising their investigative skills.

We have begun to make some clay poppies and learn about the meaning of Remembrance Day. Next week these will be painted and taken to assembly on Friday when the children will observe a 2 minute silence.

Gold class enjoyed their first swimming session this week and all were extremely well behaved and listened well. Silver class began their games sessions developing the skills to work as a team. On Mondays the children will carry on developing their gymnastics skills.

Have a lovely weekend. Keep safe with fireworks

The year 2 team.

Request by the children!

Here is another link as requested by the children today for the maths game we used in our lesson.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Have fun!

Miss Spencer

Week 7 in Year 2!

We hope you all enjoyed the harvest festival yesterday. We are very proud of the Year 2s for fantastic singing and a good example for the rest of the school.

Today in big writing the children used their creative imaginations to reproduce their favourite scene from our book The Tin Forest. They then explained why it was their favourite part by referring back to the text.

Maths this week the children have thoroughly enjoyed measuring. We began measuring with non standard units and then went onto measuring in meters and centimeters. To help support this, you could ask them to estimate and then measure different objects around the house.

Computing we carried on with adding information and pictures to our Power Points. The children are also developing the skills to include animations with slide transitions.

We have not sent home any additional home learning so we hope you have a restful and fun week off.

The Year 2 Team.

 

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