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.

Year 2 Week 3

Another busy week in year 2!

In maths we have continued with our place value knowledge of numbers to 100. This has included odd and even numbers, using a 100 square, number sequences and counting in 3s, tens and ones and making 2 digit numbers from single digits. We are also trying to use greater instead of bigger when comparing numbers. A maths activity has been sent home with your child for home learning to be returned by Wednesday please.

Stretching a sentence was the focus in writing today. The children started off with a very simple sentence: The dog sat. We then added information using who? what? when? where? and why? to make the sentence a lot more detailed and interesting. The clip we used with an example can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6g4bxJBjcU

In music the children have been learning a new song about Roman life and another that needs words rhyming with oo! They have begun to use the words tempo and volume / dynamics when describing the changes in sound.

IN RE the children passed around Christian artefacts and thought about how they would be used, by whom and why. Next week we will be learning about Islamic prayer so if anyone of you would like to come and talk to us about this it would be great to hear from you. Please speak to Miss Spencer if you can.

We have sent home the letter this week with details about our visit to St Albans Abbey. Please do complete the forms and return them to school as soon as possible.

Have a lovely weekend

Miss Spencer, Mrs Hostein and Mrs Fernandes.

Year 1 – Week three

Another busy week.

In Maths we have been doubling and halving and in Literacy we have continued to look at trees and leaves. Today, each child wrote a poem, describing what they could see in Autumn.

We shall continue to look at Topic books and link our lessons to the changing season.

On that note, Green Class are still three helpers short. If you are able to accompany us, please let Mrs. Haynes know asap.

If you would like to support your child with their letter formation, these are the focus letters for this week: c, a, d and g.

The children have their Purple Mash log-on in their Reading Diary and have been practising using computers at school.

Year 1 have also been Scientists this week, asking questions and finding their own answers by classifying and sorting animals into groups.

We hope you have a lovely weekend, whatever the weather brings. Autumn is definitely here!

Regards,

Mrs. Haynes and Mrs. Caramelo.

Sibling Photographs

Photographs for infant children with pre-school siblings and for infant children with siblings within the school.

You are welcome to have your child’s photograph taken with siblings in our school hall from 3.30pm. Parents/Carers will need to collect all children from the classrooms and bring them round via the School Office.

Year 2 Week 2

It was lovely to meet so many of you yesterday evening at the Meet the teacher meeting. For those unable to attend the packs of information have been given to your children to bring home today. If you do have any questions or concerns then please don’t hesitate to contact one of us.

The children this week have continued with place value of numbers to 99 in maths. They have partitioned them into tens and units and been investigating the values of the digits on place value charts. They have also been introduced to the symbols for less than <, greater then> and is equal to =. They then used these to compare 2 two digit numbers and explain why one is greater / lesser than the other.

Yesterday was Roald Dahl day so we did our Big Write then. We read some more of Fantastic Mr Fox and then began to use adjectives in front of nouns: Red fox, deep tunnels. The home learning activity this week will help your child to practise this.

In computing the children were introduced to a new app on purple mash called 2connect. They will be using this to build a mind map of questions and answers about a place in St Albans next week.

Gold class had a good introductory swimming session, but can we please remind you that all children do need a swimming hat. Silver class enjoyed a fun, physical PE lesson.

The children have continued to work on the models of a map of Verulamium park. These are still work in progress but are beginning to take shape.

Home learning books have been sent home today. Please can they be returned by next Wednesday or before.

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Hostein, Mrs Fernandes and Miss Spencer.

Welcome to year 2!

What a fantastic start to year 2 this week has been. The children have settled quickly and are now responsible for some whole school jobs each day. We are already encouraging independence and greater expectations of their ability.

In literacy this week we have been looking at Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl. The children have discussed and answered questions about the three farmers and today have described Fantastic Mr Fox. We will continue with this book in our weekly Big Write. If you have any Roald Dahl books please share these with your child.

In maths the children have been practising their place value knowledge and this will continue next week. We work with 2 digit numbers up to 99.

The children should have bought their home learning books home today. Inside is the usual grid and we alternate a maths and english activitiy which practises what we have been learning in class.

Our topic for this term is St Albans. The children have begun this week investigating where in the world we are and where in relation to different cities of the UK.

Please ensure all children have the right PE kit in school every day. This consists of a white t. shirt, black shorts and plimsoles / trainers. Gold class will begin swimming next week. We do still need adult helpers for this. Please speak to Miss Spencer if you are available to help.

Have a lovely weekend and we look forward to meeting you all next Thursday at 6.30pm for the meet the teacher evening.

Mrs Hostein, Mrs Fernandes and Miss Spencer.

Small characters for role play request

Hi

We hope you have had a lovely Summer Holiday, it’s the last week countdown now!

We are starting to think about fun resources for our children and realise that we are low on small world role play for girls.  If you are having a clear out, would you please consider donating to Reception.  In particular, we are looking for;

  • Small little plastic characters, like fairies/princesses.
  • small characters like little boys/girls/sylvanian family/happyland/ELC characters.
  • Small animals to role play with, such as the small plastic pets from Happyland/Happy Family.

Thank you very much

Miss Lewis and Mrs Barwin

 

 

Year 2 Week 5

We were so proud of all the children in their production this week. Well done to all the musicians, speakers, dancers and stage hands. They were all brilliant in their roles and we hope you enjoyed it too.

In maths we have continued with multiplication and division and how they are the inverse of each other, so we can use our times table facts to answer division problems. The children also solved everyday word problems and showed how they solved the equation. We have sent home a sheet to practise the inverse operation. This will be the last home learning activity that we send home. We will prepare spelling packs, handwriting and a list of maths websites that could be used over the summer holidays in preparation for year 3.

The tricky question this week in RE was what happens to us when we die and where, if anywhere do we go? It was really interesting to listen to the children and their beliefs. They showed great respect for everyone’s beliefs which ranged from religious beliefs to Lego heaven!

The children enjoyed the art work this week when they had to use their plans to produce an Aboriginal drawing or painting that depicted a story. This was done on brown paper to represent bark paintings.

We look forward to seeing you on Open Class afternoon on Thursday at 3.15 till 4.15 when you will have a chance to see some of your child’s work in the classroom.

Have a lovely weekend

The Year 2 team.

 

 

Year 2 Week 4.

Are you ready to be entertained? The children have been practising for their play next week. They look forward to showing their skills of dancing and singing to you on Tuesday at 2.00pm or Thursday at 9.15am.

This afternoon they all went over to the juniors to spend an hour in their new classes with their Year 3 teachers. They were shown around the school and completed an activity in their new classrooms. All the children behaved well and are excited about returning next Friday afternoon. If your child does have any concerns, please do come and talk to us about it.

In maths we have been learning multiplication with the 3 and 4 times tables. The children have used bead strings, number lines and arrays to answer calculations.

In computing the children have continued working in Excel. They collected their own data to find the classes favourite Australian animal. They then input all this into a spread sheet to create a graph.

In RE we have begun to think about answering difficult questions. We have emphasised how we are all different, there are no right or wrong answers and that we need to respect each others opinions. This weeks questions was Where is God? The children wrote and drew their thoughts which have been collated to make a class book.

Thank you to all the parents who attended parent’s evening this week. It was great to share your child’s successes with you.

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Hostein, Mrs Fernandes and Miss Spencer.

Week 3 Year 2

Thank you for all your support today with the sports afternoon. The children all behaved well and had a lovely time.

We have continued to practise the year 2 production which will take place on Tuesday 3rd July at 2.00pm and Thursday 5th July at 9.15am. We look forward to seeing you.

we also look forward to seeing you next week at the parent consultations, please make sure you have booked your slot!

As part of our Australia topic the children have been comparing weather patterns in Perth with St Albans. They investigated the differences between the two places and then in computing they found data to input into an excel spreadsheet to make a graph. We were very impressed!

In maths we have been looking at word problems and have sent some home to practise. Next week we will begin to learn the 3 and 4 times tables. The children should already know the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Hostein, Mrs Fernandes and Miss Spencer.

An exciting week in Year 2!

This week has been extra exciting with aboriginal dance, healthy living and eating workshops and spirited arts day.

Spirited arts day was a REAL day of religion, art and literacy. The whole school took part and had the theme of peace. Year 2 thought about different types of peace: peace and quiet, our own peaceful places and peace connected to religions. They then planned a piece of mixed media art work to show how they wanted to represent peace. The second half of the morning was spent creatively producing their art work. The children then had to write about their art work and why they had represented it this way. At the end of the day we all got to walk  around every classroom to see all of the art work.

We have also continued to practise songs for our production which will be on Tuesday 3rd of July at 9.15 and Thursday 5th July at 2pm. Also the children have begun to learn their dances and words for their parts. Next week we will be sending home a letter about costumes. Thank you in advance for your support.

Don’t forget 7pm at the juniors when you will be meeting their year 3 teachers. We wish you all the best.

Have a lovely weekend and Eid Muburak.

Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Hostein and Miss Spencer

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