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.
As part of Hertfordshire Local Democracy Week, we have talked to the children about democracy and what it means. We had a visitor today, Sandy Walkington from a local party, who talked to the children about the role he plays as a local councillor. This afternoon the children are going to take part in our own poll to vote on their choice of non uniform for the 23rd October. We have made our own polling station, with booths, our own ballot papers and a ballot box. We will let you know the results once all the votes have been counted by our school councillors.
We have had another busy week…
The children enjoyed the visit to the Clock Tower even in the rain, we didn’t have one complaint from the children, they behaved beautifully. The children leant all about the history of the Clock Tower and the various changes that have taken place. When we were at the top of the Clock Tower the children identified different St Albans landmarks. In History they compared past and present photographs of the Clock Tower and identified the changes. Next week the children will write the story of Alban. Photographs below!
In Maths this week have done the names and properties of 2D shapes, the children have done shape investigations identifying common features such as how many sides, how many corners, any curved or straight sides etc The children enjoyed learning the shape song -here is the link -https://www.google.co.uk/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=shape%20song%202
We have discussed simple food chains in science, and begun to create our class scarecrows and art work for the back board all linked to harvest. The children have enjoyed learning our new songs for harvest.
In computing we have begun to word process thank you letters for all the adults who made our visits more memorable and to Specsavers for donating 30 high vision jackets whilst Gold Class sheltered from the down pour during our trip.
Today the children enjoyed drama sessions delivered by Perform drama company. They all helped to rescue Excalibur. Photos below.
Our children are enjoying the wet weather! Yesterday they had great fun jumping in the puddles and drawing around them in chalk. However, we ran out of clean, dry tights and socks!!
If you have any waterproof trousers that your child has grown out of, would you please donate them to the Early Years.
Please look out for Parent Consultation and Harvest Festival letters in book bags tonight.
We have had a very busy week…
In Maths we have continued working on blank number lines to solve addition and subtraction calculation problems. It would be really helpful if you practised counting backwards from any number up to 100 in 1s and 10s. We have attached the link for the maths dictionary that we talked about at the Parent workshop evening. http://www.amathsdictionaryforkids.com/ Next week we will be focusing on 2D and 3D shapes, their names and properties.
In English we have continued with our literacy and language and phonics programme. The children have planned and written a recount of the trip to the Abbey, this included the use of adjectives and adverbs of time. We are focusing on children understanding the punctuation marks when reading, it would be helpful if you could talk about these when you are reading with your child. Next week the children will write their version of the yellow bag story.
Topic has been focusing on the Abbey visit, the children enjoyed the role play about Alban and making mosaic tiles. We have added photos below. Next week we will be comparing the Clock Tower from present to past. Science we have continued looking at habitats around school and we have introduced simple food chains. We will continue this next week.
Have a lovely weekend!
Miss Spencer & Mrs Fernandes
I can’t believe how fast the weeks are flying by…
In Maths this week the children have continued using their knowledge of place value to partition numbers before adding them using empty number lines. This was trickier for some children and we spent longer on addition than we thought we would. I have added an example below –
39 + 15
In Literacy the children have continued with their phonics or literacy and language. The children on grey books have been reading and writing about Androcles and saying how they would have felt walking into the arena to face the lion with only a sword. Today they watch a clip about a girl with a magic bag, the children retold the story and then collected something from the classroom that would change once it went into the bag. We had red hot chillies (toy ones) that would turn into a raging fire, a blue pencil that would turn into a blue tree. The children then wrote bullet points as a way of planning their story before writing it next week. All the children have been practising their handwriting and developing their joined up writing.
In Science the children have continued learning about habitats and animals needs. In topic the children have collected different leaves and identified them using the idial from nature detectives. They will sort these into different groups explaining their reasoning. Then the leaves and other natural materials will be used to create a large leaf animal. In PE we developed our passing skills working in larger groups and passing the ball around a circle. We had a go at invasion type game were the children had to intercept the ball as it was being passed round. We definitely need more practise at this…
Enjoy the weekend!
Don’t forget on Tuesday we are going to the Cathedral.
Mrs Fernandes & Miss Spencer
Please could you donate any unwanted pants and tights to the Early Years Team.
If your child comes home with any school clothes or underwear please ensure you return it when it is clean.
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.