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.
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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.
In Maths we have looked at greater than and less than signs and doubling and halving numbers. We have sent an activity home to practise doubling and halving numbers. If your child needs to use resources to help solve the puzzles please use them. They need to understand the halving concept before we move on to division next week. It is better for the children to split them into groups of rather than sharing.
In science we have continued looking at materials and their properties, in particular transparent, translucent and opaque.
This week in writing we concentrated on using different adverbs of time: eventually, meanwhile, suddenly, a while later and so on. The children described how the old man from The Tin Forest spent a day sifting and sorting other people’s rubbish. We are also encouraging all the children to now write with joined up cursive letters. They included some wonderful adjectives and are thinking more about which conjunctions to use to join ideas together to write compound sentences. We have added an activity to Purple Mash for the children to have fun adding adjectives to nouns. We have also sent an activity home to complete to practise adverbs.
We followed up our visit from Mrs Ali by completing some writing or posters about the colours in the book she read to us and signs and symbols of Islam. The children are looking forward to visiting the local Islamic centre next week. If there are any parents free to join us on Wednesday afternoon we would really appreciate the help in walking. Please see Miss Spencer if you would like to join us.
We have been practising the play! If your child has lines please help them to read it aloud clearly and loudly. Song words will start coming home next week. Thank you for your support with the costumes. We look forward to receiving them back next week on labelled hangers.
Off to have a dance at the disco…
Have a lovely weekend.
Mrs Fernandes and Miss Spencer.
If you have any of the following items that you are happy to donate to reception, please hand them to either Red or Blue class to enhance our learning outdoors.
- Old CDs or DVDs (with or without the case)
- Empty plastic bottles with lids
- Doll accessories such as cots, car seats and baths.
- Large washing up bowls.
- Logs in a variety of shapes and sizes.
If anyone knows of a tree surgeon who may be happy to donate logs or similar please let us know.
Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis
Wow, what a busy week we have had!
In Maths we have continued exploring multiplication through: repeated addition, lots of, times and jumps on a number line. Some of the children have got good quick recall but struggle to show this using an array and resources. This will be continued. The children have brought home an array puzzle to further develop their understanding of multiplication. If your child needs resources then please do use them.
The children enjoyed the Islamic workshop yesterday. They learnt lots of interesting facts about the Islamic religion through songs and stories. It was lovely to see our children talking about their own religious experiences. We will be doing some follow up work to this next week. The following week, on the 30th November we are taking the 2 classes to the local Islamic centre in the afternoon. We need parent helpers to walk with us please so if you are willing and able please speak to either of us.
We wrote descriptions in writing this week using expanded noun phrases to describe a setting. The children have brought home an activity to practise this at home. It is lovely to see the children’s writing starting to develop. Thank you for your support with this.
In science we have continued to investigate materials around the school, thinking about the properties of the materials and why they are used for their purpose.
We have begun to practise the play and those children with words have brought those home to practise using a loud, clear voice. Singing will begin in earnest next week and words will be sent home for the songs to practise please.
This week has been anti-bullying week and the children have been thinking about the difference between being rude, mean and bullying. Some of the resources we have used can be found on: http://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk
We have set some 2dos on purple mash to cover science and anti bullying week.
Have a lovely weekend.
Mrs Fernandes and Miss Spencer
Today, the Eco Ambassadors met with Mrs Barwin and I.
Amelia “We done some recycling of wasting papers”, this included some children taking the recycling boxes from each class to the recycle bin outside.
Lily “We had a look at them to see how much to be recycled”
Ben “We’ve been getting paper waste and then we were looking to see how much has been wasted”
Lots of paper is being wasted!
Toby “We’ve been thinking about electricity, we have to turn off the lights”
We discussed our jobs we have been doing for Switch off Fortnight and saw that our ambassadors and monitors have been keeping an eye on these.
At lunchtime, 2 children will monitor Purple class to check that paper towels are not wasted and are being put in the bin, and the taps turned off.
Today our ambassadors are taking certificates and stickers back to their classes to celebrate a successful Switch Off Fortnight.
Our ambassadors have requested a display board for certificates and photos, this will be commencing next week.
We’ve had another busy week in year 2 ~
In Maths this week we have been looking at multiplication as repeated addition. The children have used manipulatives to create lots of and then made arrays to show repeated addition and multiplication sentences. We have sent sheets home for you children to practise if they wish. Next week we will continue with multiplication and look at how we apply these to problem solving.
In writing we have started looking at a picture book the children made predictions about the story. Today the focus was to ask the owner of the small house questions, making sure they used capital letters and question marks. We will continue this next week.
The children chose parts for the Christmas play, they will be practising their lines next week and a copy of these should come home.
In science we started looking at materials, the children sorted materials according to their properties and started talk about why they are used for different purposes.
The children have completed the mixed media work, they are now on display in the classroom and entrance hall. They have all finished and varnished their clay poppies. Pictures below ~
We have not given the children a new home learning gird as we are providing the children with a range of tasks to bring home, they can still complete the ones on the grid. This week they have a sheet to practise arrays ~ please use manipulatives if your child needs them. They have also brought home the start of a story, if your child would like to practise their story writing skills they can continue this in their home learning book.
Enjoy the weekend
Miss Spencer and Mrs Fernandes
Today I met with the Eco Ambassadors for the first time to get some ideas of what they would like to focus on for Switch off Fortnight.
We looked at our posters and decided where to put them so that everyone could see them.
Jessica-Rose suggested “The library”
Ben suggested “The Hall”
William suggested 1 should go on a window in the library where we line up for lunch.
Amelia said “In the hall because when we go to meeting, everyone can see them”
Eleanor agreed with Amelia.
Spencer said “So when we go to the library to get new books you can see them and then when you come in to lunch you can see them”
We went round looking for good places and decided to put 1 in the hall, 1 in the library and 1 in the dining room.
We then discussed ideas for what we would like to look at in Switch off Fortnight.
Yusuf suggested “Paper” “We could sometimes turn off the lights and we could sometimes have the light on”
Toby suggested “turn the oven off when we’ve finished making dinner”
Ben suggested we look at the lights “When we go home” and “we just turn it off when we’re coming out of the classroom”
There were so many ideas that we chose 1 idea for the ambassadors and their monitors to look at for each year group.
Red and Blue will be checking lights are off
Purple and Green will be checking computers are turned off when they aren’t being used
Gold and Silver will be making sure paper isn’t wasted and helping to recycle paper.
Thank you Ambassadors for such fantastic ideas!
Today we have launched Switch off Fortnight. Miss Lewis and I led the whole school meeting to discuss saving energy by switching off.
We were amazed at the knowledge the children had about electricity, wind turbines and solar panels.
We talked about how we can switch off lights, put a jumper on instead of the heating and take short showers.
We elected 12 Eco Ambassadors to work with us for the next few months and gave them 3 Switch off Monitors per class to help them over the next fortnight.
Our Eco Ambassadors have their first meeting with Miss Lewis on Wednesday.
We can’t publish the photo of our Eco Ambassadors, as some can’t appear on the website.
Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis
It was really nice to see everyone happy to come back to school after the half-term. The signs of Autumn are getting more evident now and our weather chart, once populated with sunny days, has been getting more cloudy and rainny entries and we even started recording foggy days as a tally.
This week we have been re-telling the Gunpowder Plot and below you can see some children enacting Guy Fawkes and his friends talking about their “nasty plan” to blow the Houses of Parliament up. Today they showed what they have learned by describing some of the artefacts related to the topic.
We have had plenty of opportunities to talk about Bonfire Night: in Music the children played “It’s Bonfire Night” using instruments to play the different fireworks: rockets, catherine wheel. They are also learning a new song about trains, in line with our “All Change” theme for this term. In Art lessons they used lines and mixing colours to create fireworks designs. Some of these can be seen in a display in Purple Class.
In Maths the children have practised adding and subtracting by counting on and counting back and they are getting very confident in trying different strategies to solve missing number problems.
The school value for this half-term is courage and some children have already shown they are able to overcome their fears when they stood in front of their peers and told the class why they should be voted to represent their class as School Councillors. Congratulations to our newly elected councellors in Year 1: Lucca and Eva (Purple Class); Tim and Neha (Green Class).
The home-learning books have been sent back today, together with this half-term overview.
Have a sparkling bonfire weekend and stay safe.
See you on Monday for another week of exciting learning.
We hope you all had a lovely half term.
This week we have been investigating 2d and 3d shapes. The children have enjoyed practical lessons where we have been recalling the shapes names and properties. two songs the children have enjoyed are: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1xvpti6h0A and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnJVF2aeic8 Next week in Maths we will begin exploring multiplication. We will begin by talking about repeated addition, lots of and then multiplication.
The children have been very creative recently designing and making clay poppies and paintings in the style of Van Gogh. We are continuing this creative work by producing mixed media poppies.
We have begun to think about our Christmas play and the children will start to write this next week.
As part of our topic on St Albans, the children have enjoyed the visit today to St Alban’s Abbey. They made roman mosaics and learnt about the story of Alban through role play. Some pictures below of a fantastic day when the children were all so well behaved. Tomorrow the children will be writing a recount about today’s events to include the use of adverbs of time.
The children have been thinking about Harvesting this week, Anna’s Grandma brought in a pumpkin, which the children observed, cut and investigated with tweezers and magnifying glasses. Then they went on a vegetable hunt around the school, to see what other vegetables could be harvested.
Following the windy weather, we went outside and made a leaf maze, which required teamwork, cooperation and hunting skills. We were thrilled with the outcome.
Have a lovely half term.
See you on the 31st October.
Miss Lewis and Mrs Barwin