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.
Our School Councillors have spent some of their lunchtime sorting the lost property box.
It’s overflowing with lovely body warmers, trainers, school jumpers and cardigans.
A message from our councillors – “please name your clothing and if you buy second hand clothing, remember to cross the old name out and put your child’s name in, thank you.”
Last week was Election week. We had a record number of children standing to be their class Councillor.
I’m happy to announce the following children were elected;
Purple Class – Theo and Ava
Green Class – William and Amy
Gold Class – Logan and Maisie
Silver Class – Blu and Emily B
Congratulations, I look forward to working with you.
It has been very exciting in Year 2 this week as we have begun to write our own Christmas Play. We continued to investigate playscripts and then basing ours on a traditional story, wrote a scene for our play in groups.
In Music we also began thinking about our christmas play as we began practising some of the songs. We look forward to showing you the end results in December!
In Maths we have been measuring using non standard and standard units of measurement. The children have enjoyed measuring objects found around the classroom and people. They had to decide which unit of measurement (from centimetres, metres and kilometres) was the best to use and which equipment.
We have been looking at Monet’s cityscapes and attempted to reproduce some of his pictures. See photos below for some of our pastel city landscapes.
In Science we began our new topic of Sound with a sound walk around our school. We recorded the sounds we heard and described them.
Next week we will be investigating the value of coins in Maths and using these to solve problems.
We have had a busy first week back at school. The children should have brought home the topic overview for this half term and the new home learning sheet should be stuck in their books if we had them or they will have been given the sheet to stick in at home.
In English this week the children have continued with their phonics work or they have continued the literacy and language unit and are now working on the non-fiction part. They are learning to write and perform a voice-over for a persuasive trailer. In our writing lessons all the children have been looking at traditional tales, matching characters to tales and then working in groups to re-tell them using puppets and masks. Yesterday we looked at the differences between a story and a playscript, the children highlighted the differences and have begun to write the second scene of a playscript. This is preparation for writing our own production.
In Maths we have continued working on multiplication and division. Some children struggled with these concepts so we will continue with this on Monday. Then on Tuesday we will start looking at measuring lengths, the children will estimate and measure first using non-standard measure, then using standard measures and ending the week on solving problems involving measuring.
In Science we have been looking at dependency and food chains. This week the children will start investigating sounds. In Art we have started looking at Monet’s landscapes, the children created their own version of one of his paintings. In D & T we investigated moving books and identified which parts moved and how they move, before we begin to create different moving pictures from a variety of traditional tales. I will try and remember to download some pictures for next week.
Gold class enjoyed their first swimming session.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Mrs Fernandes & Miss Spencer
Reminder after School and lunch time clubs will start back Monday week beginning 9th November.
All the After School Clubs have now finished for this half-term. Clubs start again from Monday 9th November.
Another busy week for Year 2.
In Maths we have investigated 3d shapes. We have been practising using the correct vocabulary: edges, faces and vertices. The children have been describing 3d shapes using their properties. Another song to help this is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cg-Uc556-
Music has been singing in preparation for our school Harvest celebrations next Wednesday. We hope all of you are able to come and hear our lovely singing!
In Science we have planned and carried out an investigation to find out which animals may live outside of our school. The children were really excited this morning when we went to look for evidence left by the animals in our sand trays that we set up for the investigation and where we left food. Ask your child which animals we have seen signs of.
A reminder to Silver class that next week is your last week for swimming, please remember your swimming kits. Gold class are swimming after half term!
Please look out next week for our class scarecrows arriving. We will also be retelling the story of Saint Alban and in Maths we will be practising multiplication as arrays and repeated addition.
We look forward to seeing you all at Parent’s Evening.
Mrs Fernandes, Miss Spencer and Mrs De Vynck.
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.