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.

Sainsbury vouchers – thank you!

Thank you for the fantastic effort made in collecting the Sainsbury Active vouchers. You collected and sent in 10,400 altogether! This means that we were able to order 30 “shape mats” to be used for PE. There were just over 200 vouchers left after this so we also ordered a few more skipping ropes, as they frequently wear out and need replacing. The resources should arrive before October. The Sainsbury vouchers are effectively the school’s budget for PE equipment so your effort in supporting the school is very much appreciated.

Week 5 in Year 2.

It was lovely to see you all at parent’s evening. It has been another busy week and the children have worked hard even in the heat!

In maths this week we have been exploring place value with numbers up to 999. We used the numbers using manipulatives and recorded the numbers on a place value grid. They  used the greater than / less than symbols to compare two 3 digit numbers and recorded their results by writing the numbers in words. Today the children used this place value knowledge to read scales with various intervals of 2s, 5s and 10s.

In Literacy and Language we continued to look at poems. They determined what makes a good poem: rhythm, rhyme, alliteration, images and stanzas. They used their previous knowledge to create their own kennings and created a class poem.

We have used our previously designed patterns of animal skins to make a tile from which we have printed a ‘scarf’.

We have sent home some more song words to please learn ready for our concert and leavers meeting in the final week.

We look forward to seeing you all on open evening on Wednesday and bring your parent to school day on Friday.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Hostein and Miss Spencer.

 

Sports Day 2017

Hurray! The weather was kind and sports day went ahead on the first scheduled date! Thank you to all the parents for coming to support your children and also helping with a group. The children participated with gusto and confidence, they used their skills very well and  showed great competitive spirit – winning with pride and losing with grace and good humour, for most part. Well done everyone, from Reception to Year 2 you are very good sports.  It’s such a delight seeing all the children give their all and show their developing athletic skills.

The Year 5s did a fantastic job of organising and helping with all the activities. You are going to be amazing Year 6 children, if you show this level of maturity and communication this year. Thank you to Mrs Beattie for bringing the children over and helping with setting them up at the races.

Also, thank you to CHISS for providing the very welcome ice-lollies at the end.

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Week 4 Year 2.

Well done to all the children for sports day this afternoon. All the children took part with good spirit and enjoyed themselves. Thank you to the parents who came and led a group around and to those who supported the children.

This week in maths we have looked at data. The children have created different types of charts and interpreted this information.

We have continued investigating different types of poetry and begun to learn about kennings. They enjoyed listening to a poem called Tiger which describes a tiger through kennings – 2 word clues: meat eater, colour flasher and fast sleeker.

The children have written an adventure story today about a boy and his grandad setting sail and arriving at an island where their adventure begins!

Yesterday was Spirited Arts day where the children created a piece of art work from a given question: Where is God? They then had to write an explanation of their art work. The best 10 pieces from the school will be entered into a national competition.

The children continued to learn about seed dispersal. They enjoyed making a clay burr to represent how seeds disperse by sticking to animal’s coats.

We look forward to seeing you all next week at consultation evenings.

Next week we will be sending home song words ready to learn for the summer concert please.

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Hostein and Miss Spencer.

Week 3 Year 2

A week of rhythm and rhyme!

We have begun to look at poetry and the different vocabulary connected to it. This week the children have written silly nursery rhymes thinking carefully about the rhythm. They then read further poems and investigated rhyming words. In today’s big writing the children wrote an acrostic poem. We will be continuing with poetry next week and will begin to look at kennings.

In maths we have investigated 2d and 3d shapes. We have named the shapes and their properties. We have sent home some 2d shape investigative work.

In science we have begun our learning on plants. This week we began to learn about seed dispersal which plants do to survive. We made our own red maple tree ‘helicopter’ seeds and watched how the wind blew them to a new area. We also made a class dandelion seed head and thought about how the wind / breathe disperses the seeds. Next week we will look at more ways of dispersal.

We have been practising for sports day and remembering to keep within our lanes. If you are coming to sports day and are willing to supervise a small group (6) of year 2 children please see any of us. Your help will be greatly appreciated.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Hostein and Miss Spencer.

 

Week 2 in Year 2.

What an exciting week we have had this week.

It has been Healthy Eating week and this was launched by Mrs Barwin in meeting on Monday. In PSHE the children have been discussing and learning about ways in which we keep our bodies healthy, including healthy eating.Yesterday we had an outside agency visit where the children learnt about all types of fruit for the children to see and taste. We have added some activities on purple mash to further the children’s understanding of healthy eating.

In science we have written an animal report on an African animal that we have chosen, investigated, made notes on and then completed the report. The animal was then the subject of a cinquain poem in the big writing we did today.

Maths was problem solving with multiplication and division. we are really focusing on the children being able to prove it and explain why they give the answer that they do. For example: Are all multiples of 3 odd?

In literacy and language we have written a non fiction explanation and a retelling of a fairy tale. The explanation fitted in with healthy eating week as we investigated and wrote about how an apple gets to a supermarket from the tree.

Finally, today the children had their first visit to the juniors! They were shown around the whole school and met some of the key people. Silver class were with their new teacher and gold class will be meeting their teacher next time. The children completed a passport to year 3.

Please remember scooters for next Tuesday with helmets. Gold class will still be swimming.

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Hostein and Miss Spencer

Purple Class in Kew Gardens

What a fantastic day we all had at Kew Gardens. Despite arriving slightly late due to traffic into London, we still managed to have a day packed with exciting adventures.

We had an activity ran by the Kew’s team when the children were looking for mini-beasts in the local trees and trying to identify them. They were trying to find out who had killed the fly in a picture puzzle. Then they visited a green house where they saw and talked about some carnivorous plants.

After lunch under the cool shades of a tree, we had a quick tour around the gardens. We really enjoyed the glass house with its foreign vegetation. The children talked about the plants from the different continents they have been learning (and singing) about. They were particularly surprised with the banana tree! Just opposite the glass house is the lily pad house and the children were really impressed by the size of the pads and the stunning beauty of the lilies.

Before the end of our wonderful trip, we had a stroll towards the beehive where we took our group photo.

        

On Friday the children will be writing their recount of today’s trip and I’m sure they will add much more detail to my short retelling.

Once again, thank you very much to all the parents who came with us and made this learning experience possible.

All I can say is that the coach sounded much quieter on our way back. Now to a well deserved rest and see you all back tomorrow.

If you want to know more about Kew Gardens attractions, please visit their website.

Mrs De Vynck ~ Purple Class

Year 2 Week 6.

Another exciting week in year 2!

This week has been a whole school science week based around the theme of animals. On Wednesday we had a visiting bug man called Martin. We were very lucky as we got to see stick insects of various sizes, flower mantis (which jumped onto Miss Spencer’s glasses!) leaf bug, hissing Madagascan cockroaches, millipedes and a tarantula! We saw them very close up, had them stuck on us or those of us who were brave enough even held them! Please see photos below.

Then yesterday we had our visit to Whipsnade zoo. We began the day by visiting some of the animals. We recorded where they were to be found around the world, country and continent and what type of habitat they lived in. The classes then took it in turns to do a workshop where we learnt about dangers to the animals and their habitats: poachers, deforestation and litter. They were able to handle preserved animals and animals skins / fur and identify what we could do to reduce the amount of endangered animals. They had a lovely day and the sun shone. Please see some of the many photos taken on  the day.

Well done to ALL the children for all their hard work this half term and you will be pleased to know that all the assessments are now over.

Have a lovely, safe half term.

Mrs Fernandes, Miss Spencer and Mrs Hostein

 

Week 5 Year 2

What an exciting day we had yesterday and fortunately the weather was kind to us! The children rotated around 4 main activities each of which was outside, for the national learning outside day. They were sketching and painting in water colours, finding natural objects and arranging them artistically, completing a capacity challenge and making kites.

Today the children wrote a comparison of two places that Sunny the Meerkat visited. They tried to use contrasting linking words: however, but, meanwhile, although etc.

In computing we have begun to explore the program Scratch. The children have been shown how to change the background / stage. This program is a free download if you google Scratch! The children will then be able to practise what they have learnt.

We have begun to find out about what life is like in Kenya for geography. The children discussed articles about different areas of Kenya.

We have practised our dance ready to entertain you at the My fair tomorrow. Our dance will be around 1.00pm. Hopefully the weather will hold off and the sun will shine on us!

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Hostein and Miss Spencer

 

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