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.

Democracy Week 2016

This week we have been thinking about Democracy Week.  On Monday, Sandy Walkington came to visit to talk to the children about voting and being a Member of Parliament.

On Tuesday the children visited the Cunningham Hill Voting Station to cast their vote.  The children had to vote to wear;

  • own clothes
  • something red
  • dress up as a character.

Our School Councillors helped to register the voters on arrival and counted the votes.

The result was;

  1. Dress up as a character 78 votes
  2. Wear own clothes 62 votes
  3. Wear red clothes 32 votes.

There was 1 spoilt paper.

On Friday 21st October the children are able to come in dressed as a character of their choice.  We look forward to seeing their costumes.

Many thanks

Mrs Barwin

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Week 5 in Purple Class

The weeks in Purple Class seem to be flying by and today during Maths Meeting the children said this has been our fifth week and so far we have had 25 Maths Meetings. 13 of these were held in sunny days and we have only had  2 days when it rained at that time of the day. Everyone was looking forward to the weekend, though, and I could feel it by how enthusiastically they chanted “Tomorrow will be Saturday”. And this is how most our days start, with some practical Maths.

We have been learning about double and half this week and exploring the relationship between these. The children investigated which numbers can be halved and which cannot and from then we talked about odd and even numbers. If you would like to practise these skills with your child, go to nrich Double or Halve? for an interesting dice game.

In Science, the children have been talking about changes through Seasons and signs of Autumn. They will be observing these more closely during our visit to Highfield Park this coming Monday. We use this opportunity to ask you to dress your child accordingly to this trip (please don’t forget coats, wellies ~ if they don’t already have one at School and you can also provide them with waterproof trousers if they would like to wear them).

We are continuing to practise to log on to the school laptops using their individual logins and in Computing we also talked about soundtracks and they recreated the sounds to a familiar story. They will use these skills when we start  to record sounds electronically soon.

On Tuesday the children produced lovely art work, working on their colour mixing skills, to make the panels for our Year 1 display in the Hall. When you come to the Harvester Concert, please look for our Window into Autumn. Thank you Mrs Hogan for displaying the children’s work so skillfully.

Talking about the concert, we are really looking forward to show casing the children’s hard work this half-term in their music lessons with Mr Bainbridge. We hope you’ll be able to attend it. More information to come home in due time.

The children are learning about our local area in Geography and they have started by exploring our own playground. They were given these close-ups of some of the features and asked to identify them. Can you guess which are they?

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Following up their Geography learning, your children’s writing really impressed me today when they wrote about their favourite part of the School’s playground. They were very convincing when explaining why they like a particular place the most and some of them even suggested some improvements: William would like the apparatus (clearly a favourite) to have more monkey bars and Lucca suggested that the quiet area would be even better if there was a box with chalk for them to write on the boards with.

Only when I read this post back I realised how busy we have been! I wish you all, children and parents, a lovely ~ and restful ~ weekend. See you all on Monday, ready for a great adventure in the park.

Mrs De Vynck

Week 5 in Year 2.

Another busy week in Year 2!

In maths this week we have carried on with addition. We have introduced the method of working on a blank number line. The children began by adding 1 digit to 1 digit to learn the method and then some children have proceeded to adding 2 lots of 2 digit numbers. Please see the picture to see how the jumps are completed, going to the next whole tens number and then partitioning the single digit to work out the answer.

18 + 5  =

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In Literacy and Language the children have hot seated a character from our play script that we have been learning from.  This gives them deeper empathy for the character and next week they will be writing a monologue as the character.

 

In computing we have continued with our mind maps and  research into an area of St Albans. We have discussed how we keep ourselves safe on the internet. On purple mash we have set a 2do to learn effective ways to research. There is also a newspaper report activity about a missing animal to complete.

In science we learnt about world wide habitats ( arctic, rainforest, ocean, desert and woodland) when we researched one of these in groups. We then based our class writing today on this research when the children wrote a non- chronological report.

Silver class have come home today with their spelling log books. Gold class will be having theirs on Monday! It would greatly benefit your child if you could help them to learn their individual words. There will not be a test but we will be looking in their everyday writing that they can spell these high frequency words correctly.

Letters came home today about booking parent consultations. We are looking forward to seeing you all.

We will send home letters next week about our trip to the cathedral. It would be really useful to know who is available to help us on the 3rd November with this trip so please talk to either of us if your are able to help. Also we are walking next door to St Luke’s on 10th of November and will need help with this too.

Gold parents – swimming letters will also be sent next week as we begin after half term. Please let Miss Spencer know if you are able to help with this !

We do appreciate all the help parents give us when assisting with visits.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Donkin and Miss Spencer.

 

Rosh Hashanah

Today in Purple Class we talked about the Jewish New Year Festival, which lasts two days, and occurs during Autumn. The children watched a video about how the Rosh Hashanah is celebrated. After discussing which food is used during the celebrations, the children had a taster of apple and honey. We also talked about what other religious celebrations have they heard of and they mentioned Eid, Christmas, Easter, Diwali.

We wish you all a “Sweet New Year”.

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Tasting apple and honey in Purple Class.

Silver and Gold Class

Hello,

We hope you enjoyed today taking part in your children’s learning. It was lovely to see so many adults in the classroom this morning and we are looking forward to this afternoon.

This week in Maths we have been adding. We started by adding 3 small numbers and looking for the number bonds to 10. Please do practise these at home with your children. Then we moved on to adding a 1 digit number to a 2 digit number. The children had to partition the 2 digit number in to tens and ones and then partitioned the 1 digit to find the number bond to make 10.  We will continue this next week before moving onto adding 2 two digit numbers.

If you would like a copy of the grid we have been using please do ask.

The song from today’s lesson is:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5W47G-h7myY

Big writing this week was to describe an autumnal setting. The children focused on including capital letters, full stops and adjectives in their sentences. Thank you to the parents this morning for their ideas too!

In PE we are developing our  throwing and receiving skills. We have used bean bags and balls. This is building up to passing in team games.

History and geography has been looking at the features of St Albans and how it has changed over time. We have thought about how urban and rural areas are similar and different.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Donkin and Miss Spencer.

Week 3 in Year 2.

Hello.

Another busy week in Year 2!

In maths the children have been solving problems using manipulatives  and showing the knowledge they have gained over the last few weeks in place value. Today the children completed an assessment to enable us to focus on areas to develop during our maths lessons. One game the children have enjoyed playing in maths meeting is: http://www.ictgames.com/sharkNumbers/sharkNumbers_v5.html#HELP

Next week we will be looking at addition leading to adding two 2 digit numbers.

Big writing today was the retelling of The Little Red Hen. We put actions to the story to help the children with the sequence. We watched: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdvJZD-cplg to help us do this. We then thought about how we could add adjectives and conjunctions other than and.

In Science we thought about our school playground as a habitat and went out to investigate who lives there. The children really enjoyed looking for and finding: ants, spiders, caterpillars, butterflies etc. We recorded the minibeasts that we found on a pictogram. dsc01551-small dsc01552-small dsc01553-small dsc01554-small dsc05790-small dsc05796-small dsc05798-small

In computing we continued to make our mind maps of questions we would like to research about an area of St Albans. Next week we will begin to carry out this research with emphasis on keeping ourselves safe when using the internet.

The handwriting is going well. The children are continuing to practise when they come in each morning, if you would like the children to continue doing this at home here is the link to the website we use: www.teachhandwriting.co.uk     We are looking at continuous cursive.

We hope you all have a lovely weekend.

The year 2 team.

 

 

Week 2 in Year 2!

What a fantastic day we had yesterday. The children were all well behaved and enjoyed the visit to Verulamium Museum. In the workshop they were dressed in tunics and had the chance to work in a group to shop Roman style! They had to identify different objects used for different purposes from Roman times. Some of them were quite tricky! They also had the opportunity to look around the museum and find out how Romans used to live.

Our writing today was then to write a recount of yesterday. The children acted out and did a picture timeline to record the events of the day. We then thought about how we could add adjectives, conjunctions and adverbs of time to improve the sentences.

Maths this week has continued exploring and investigating place value (tens and ones) The children have used a variety of manipulatives, including partitioning cards and an abacus. Next week the children will be using this knowledge to solve problems.

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In Science we recalled and recorded the dead, alive and never alive objects that we sorted last week. We have put an activity on Purple mash to further the children’s understanding of this.

Spellings will be introduced next week.

In topic we looked at where we are in the world. By using Google earth and atlases the children showed some understanding of the countries that make up the UK and capital cities. Next week we will identify where we are in relation to London before we start to look in more detail about where we actually live.

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Have a lovely weekend!

The Year 2 Team!

 

Welcome back!

What a fantastic start to Year 2!

This week the children have quickly settled into the routine of year 2. We have been very impressed!

In Maths we have been manipulating numbers to 100 thinking carefully about place value (tens and ones) and encouraging correct use of vocabulary. We have produced work to show the three stages of showing the value of a number. For example: 54 is recognised as a 2 digit number with 5 tens and 4 ones. The children then show this number using manipulatives (mainly dienes) and draw a diagram to represent the number.

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For topic we have discussed and planned how to improve our shared outdoor area. The children were very inventive and creative. Unfortunately we won’t be having the swimming pool they asked for! Instead we are linking it to our Science topic of habitats. Art work has begun and we are hoping to have this up in the next few weeks! In the meantime, please do collect leaves, small twigs and any other natural objects to allow the children to create different habitats to enhance their learning.

Big Writing began today with the children suggesting ways to improve different areas of the school. We introduced the words conjunction and adjective as a way of writing more complex sentences. The children also completed a success criteria grid assessing their own work which is then followed up by ourselves when we mark their work.

Daily handwriting has taken place to introduce the new cursive script. We have focussed on some initial letters and they have made a good start. If you would like to attend one of the workshops the information was sent home today on the newsletter.

In Science the children thought about what was living, dead and never been alive. They sorted a variety of objects and discussed how something might have once been alive but is now dead. For example cardboard, paper, leather and meat.

We have not introduced the spellings yet as we would like more of a focus on reading and handwriting at the moment. Home learning books were sent home today with Silver and Gold will be sent on Monday. We do ask for home learning books to be returned on Wednesdays please.

A few reminders:

  1. Trip to Verulamium Museum on Thursday. Please remember to return your forms.
  2. Swimming for Silver class begins on Tuesday. Most children will be reminded on Monday but if your child is off for Eid please remember swimming costume and towel.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Donkin and Miss Spencer.

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