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.
Silver Class Teacher
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.
A huge thank you to Mrs Marsh for the donation of bikes and trikes, no sooner were they pushed through the gates they were used and enjoyed.
Any unwanted bikes (especially 2 wheeled) are much appreciated.
The children are getting used to the expectations of year 2 and they are becoming more independent.
In Maths this week we have been focusing on place value, the children have been partitioning numbers
into hundreds, tens and ones using a range of resources. This is the link to the song we have been singing this week -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5W47G-h7myY . They have been using place value card , Numicon, hundreds, tens and ones pieces to make and partition 2 and 3 digit numbers. We started adding 2 digit numbers by partitioning them into tens and ones – . We will continue this next week and then look at subtraction as the inverse of addition.
In Literacy the children have continued with RWI and literacy and language. We have been focusing on sentence construction and looking at ways to improve sentences. The children completed writing their Leafman story. Next week we will start planning a new story about an ordinary girl with a magic bag.
In PE the children in Gold class have been developing their floor gymnastic skills. Both classes have been working on throwing and catching skills using balls this week. Silver class have been developing their water confidence and swimming strokes.
In Topic the children have been looking at landmarks in London and then using Google earth to find these, then looking at landmarks in St Albans, the children then created postcards showing the different landmarks. These will be displayed around the classroom. In RE we have been looking at signs and symbols at what these mean.
The value we have chosen too focus on for this half term is friendship, in meeting today the children created a recipe for what makes a good friend and what we will be looking out for to give children friendship leaves to go on the school values tree in the dining room.
Enjoy your weekend
Miss Spencer and Mrs Fernandes
Thank you for all the home learning handed in yesterday. It was carefully completed, with spelling days of the week being particularly popular. It is really useful for the children to become proficient at spelling the days of the week, and writing them neatly and quite quickly. They will be writing the date frequently at school and to be able to do so correctly and independently will really help them.
We have asked for a photo of the children as babies to be brought into school, which is to help with understanding about the past and how changes occur over time. We’ll return all the photos later in the term.
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
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
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.
Enjoy the weather this weekend.
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.
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.
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.
We also did a workshop which enabled us to get up close to a snake and which introduced us to facts about world habitats.
My thanks to Mrs Brandon and Miss Clark for coming with us.