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 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

Final half term!

What a fantastic and busy start to the final half term in year 2!

This morning one of our children represented the school at the opening of the new St Albans’ museum. Mrs Fernandes and the child had an interesting time walking around the museum following a photo opportunity with the mayor of St Albans.

Lots of discussion around our year 2 production has occurred this week. The children have worked really hard to get this together and now know their parts. We will send a letter home next week regarding costumes. Thank you in advance for your help!

In maths we have continued with measures. The children have been measuring in mls and l and reading scales of various steps. They have also been converting amounts of volumes between L and mls. We have sent a sheet home to continue practising this. Please encourage your child to find all possibilities.

In D&T the children have been introduced to papier mache as a way of combining different materials to create a finished product which will be continued next week.

In science the children have been looking at different habitats and at the differences between animals that live there.

Next week is a very busy week with Spirited Arts day, a dance workshop and healthy living workshops. Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school.

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Hostein, Mrs Fernandes and Miss Spencer.

 

Reception Mud Kitchen – top soil request

Hi

In Reception, we are celebrating International Mud Day on the 29th June.  We therefore need to make sure we have enough mud for our Mud Kitchen! If you are buying bags of soil/top soil and have any leftover, we would gladly take it off your hands.

Any questions, please speak to Miss Lewis or Mrs Barwin.

Many Thanks

 

A fabulous half term in year 2!

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

Thank you school councillors

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.

 

Woodland Trust Competition Winners

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.

Congratulations to

Valentina, Alba, Noah, Joshua and Adam

Here are some of the winning entries.

Week 5 in Year 2

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

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