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.

Friday 11th September

Hello,

We hope your children have enjoyed the first full week of being in year 2!

In Maths the children have been practising reading and writing two and three digit numbers in words and figures. Comparing numbers using the  greater than, less than and equal to signs using two and three digit numbers.    I have attached an image below of the signs. We also started to look at place value, we will continue this next week focusing on partitioning into hundreds, tens and ones.

In Literacy the children have been working on planning and writing their own stories based on the Leafman story by Lois Ehlert. Each week the children will be either planning or carrying out a writing based task as well as RWI phonics or Language and Literacy. All the children have been given login details for Bug Club as their passwords have changed, they should be stuck in the back of the home learning book.

In Topic we have been learning about where in the world we live using Google earth and then looking at where abouts in the UK we live. Next week we will look at landmarks in the UK and then landmarks in St Albans. In Science we have been looking at what an animal needs to survive.

All of the children in Silver Class enjoyed swimming on Thursday, for the children who don’t have lessons they all put their faces in the water which Mr Barlow was very impressed with as he was with the children who swim on a regular basis.

If any parents would like to come in and help please talk to Mrs Fernandes or Miss Spencer.

Sorry there are no photos, we will try to add some next week.

Enjoy the weekend

 

Day 2 of selling our vegetables

Another successful day of picking the vegetables to sell after school.  Today our Year 2 children had their turn.  What an amazing crop!

Mrs Ali has some fantastic recipes if anyone needs inspiration.

Thank you Year 2, the money raised will buy more seeds for our children to plant.

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Welcome to Year 2

Hope you all had a lovely summer and are refreshed for the coming year.

All the children have settled well and are getting used to life in Y2. Our topic for this half term is St Albans and more details can be found in the curriculum overview which you will receive on Friday.

We sent out letters about our trip to the Cathedral yesterday, please ask if you didn’t receive one. Swimming letters for Silver class need to be returned tomorrow, I know the form is confusing but it is a consent form to say we can take your child, not just a reply slip to say you can help. Gold class will start swimming after half term.

Due to the added responsibilities given to all the children it is important that they are in school promptly at 8:50, thank you.

Enjoy the sunshine this week.

Miss Spencer and Mrs Fernandes

Friday 3rd July

Hello

Sorry it’s just been so hectic recently…

It was lovely to see so many parents in this week, I hope you all enjoyed it even if the weather was too hot.

This week the children have been busy learning about Australian animals, on Tuesday they were given information cards and the children worked in pairs to draw them to their actual size -we are hoping to display them somewhere for you to see next week. The children have begun to create Power Points adding text and images, changing the size  and colour of the writing. We have looked at the different habitats of Australia  using Google earth, the children were very excited looking at the coral reef. Next week they will look at how Australian animals have adapted for each habitat.

In geography the children have been using atlases to label the different states of Australia, find capital cities and answer questions. We will begin to add information about the habitats and animals to a large class map next week.

In maths we have been working on measuring, the children recapped how to measure accurately.  Then they have completed different investigations all week, making sure they are applying their knowledge of measures to practical tasks.

In literacy and language the children have completed their work on Kenning’s  and this week started to look at the non-fiction part about which creatures live in the deep and the shallows. They have been using their skills to extract information.

In art we have been focusing on improving our drawing skills by asking a partner for tips on how they can improve on the first draft they did and then do another one with the improvements in. Today they began trying to create Georgia O’Keefe type picturese b using flowers and then watercolours or silk paints. We will continue this next week.

Well done to all the children who have done their presentations, we have been very impressed.

I have added some photos of children working out how many cubes it would take to create different sized walls.

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Maths measuring - how many cubes needed to build different sized walls

Maths measuring – how many cubes needed to build different sized walls

 

Enjoy the weather this weekend.

 

 

Congratulations New School Councillors

Huge congratulations to our new School Councillors who have been elected today.  We are thrilled that we have 4 new Councillors from Red and Blue Class.  Our new Councillors are:

Red – Alex B and Ollie

Blue – Bonita and Sam

Purple – Taneem and Emily

Green – Eddie and Teghan

Gold – Catherine, Toby and Daniel (3 due to a draw)

Silver – Kyle and Sarah

I look forward to working with you over the remaining Summer Term and Autumn 1.

Please look out for their photos in the foyer.

Well done!

Whipsnade Zoo

Hello

Today the children had a fantastic time at Whipsnade and the weather was perfect!

This terms topic is ‘Where in the World’ – we will be looking at animal habitats  across the world, locating countries on world maps and identifying where in the world they are.

So far this term we have focused on identifying where in the world different fruit and vegetables come from. The children have created flags and added these to our world map with a picture of the fruit grown there on the back.

In maths we have looked at addition, the addition focused on using the strategies we have taught this year and the children had to select one to show how they worked out problems. They used partitioning – splitting numbers into tens and units, using number lines or using known number facts to build  on number bond knowledge. If you know 3 + 7 = 10 then you can use this to help you solve 30 + 70 …This week we will be looking at how to use known strategies to subtract two digit numbers.

Hey Look at the moose? What habitat does he come from?

Hey Look at the moose? What habitat does he come from?

Habitat - Savannah

Habitat – Savannah

Habitat - Water/ sea

Habitat – Water/ sea

These are Silver Class Lions - Very Dangerous.. please do not approach..

These are Silver Class Lions – Very Dangerous.. please do not approach..

Stroking Regi - the Royal Python...

Stroking Regi – the Royal Python…

Sleeping Lions... enjoying the sunshine..

Sleeping Lions… enjoying the sunshine..

I'm watching you....

I’m watching you….

Just enjoying a snack...

Just enjoying a snack…

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Wonderful Whipsnade

Today Y2 enjoyed an excellent visit to Whipsnade Zoo. The weather was kind to us and we were all able to see a wide range of animals ( no-one saw all of them because the animals didn’t always oblige!) This has given us an wonderful starting point for our new topic which will be called ‘Where in the World?’ It will include learning about countries, continents, oceans and world habitats. It will also include finding put about animal groups and how animals are adapted to their environments. Here is a small selection of the animals we saw.

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We also did a workshop which enabled us to get up close to a snake  and which introduced us to facts about world habitats.

 

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My thanks to Mrs Brandon and Miss Clark for coming with us.

Sleep well!

Best wishes

Denise Willingham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week in Green Class

After an exciting start to this half-term, we are back at school for the last half-term in Year 1! The children are using the skills and learning behaviours we have been working hard at during the year; and it is great to see them working and co-operating independently – nearly ready for year 2! In PE we are now practising Sports Day activities – I remembered to take the camera to the field and will add some photos. Inside the class, the children showed their fluency in addition and subtraction by playing some Maths games. In “Strike it out” they decided which operation (addition or subtraction) and which numbers to use from a numberline to 20. The winner was the last child who could make a sum from the numbers available. In “Take the right path” the children spun a spinner to see which type of number they had to choose next  – greater/lesser, bigger/smaller, more/fewer – and then chose the right number. This type of reasoning, switching from word to word, using different numbers to 100, is trickier than seems at first. I was very happy to see children happy and confident using a hundred square.

We are continuing to work on independent skills. “If you need a resource, then go and fetch it.” This is a skill which can be practised and improved at home. If your child needs some pens/a ball/some dry clothes/a device recharged, then doing it independently is a fantastic life skill which really helps in faster progress in learning at school.

Scooter safety

Welcome back to our final half term in Gold Class!

The children enjoyed an excellent scooter safety training session this week. Now all they need to do is put all they learnt into practice!

 

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My apologies to Mrs Reed for omitting computing form my newsletters before half term. She has been teaching this area of the curriculum and the children have done some excellent work on algorithms and using websites. They have also done some important learning about e-safety and how to stay safe on-line. We hope you will give this  your full support this at home.

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With the school gardening competition in mind, work on our garden design continues apace. We would still welcome some extra help with this if there are any green fingered or budding (apologies for the pun) Chelsea Flower Show enthusiasts among you!

 

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We are looking forward to our school trip to Whipsnade on Monday.

Best wishes

Denise Willingham

 

 

 

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