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.
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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.
What a fantastic day we all had at Kew Gardens. Despite arriving slightly late due to traffic into London, we still managed to have a day packed with exciting adventures.
We had an activity ran by the Kew’s team when the children were looking for mini-beasts in the local trees and trying to identify them. They were trying to find out who had killed the fly in a picture puzzle. Then they visited a green house where they saw and talked about some carnivorous plants.
After lunch under the cool shades of a tree, we had a quick tour around the gardens. We really enjoyed the glass house with its foreign vegetation. The children talked about the plants from the different continents they have been learning (and singing) about. They were particularly surprised with the banana tree! Just opposite the glass house is the lily pad house and the children were really impressed by the size of the pads and the stunning beauty of the lilies.
Before the end of our wonderful trip, we had a stroll towards the beehive where we took our group photo.
On Friday the children will be writing their recount of today’s trip and I’m sure they will add much more detail to my short retelling.
Once again, thank you very much to all the parents who came with us and made this learning experience possible.
All I can say is that the coach sounded much quieter on our way back. Now to a well deserved rest and see you all back tomorrow.
Mrs De Vynck ~ Purple Class
Wednesday’s trip to Kew
Currently the forecast is for 25 degrees plus at Kew on Wednesday!
- Sun tan cream before you leave home
- Bring a sun hat
- Bring a BOTTLE OF COLD WATER. (We can refill this at Kew.)
- Summer dresses and shorts and sturdy sandals would be best uniform for all children.
Another exciting week in year 2!
This week has been a whole school science week based around the theme of animals. On Wednesday we had a visiting bug man called Martin. We were very lucky as we got to see stick insects of various sizes, flower mantis (which jumped onto Miss Spencer’s glasses!) leaf bug, hissing Madagascan cockroaches, millipedes and a tarantula! We saw them very close up, had them stuck on us or those of us who were brave enough even held them! Please see photos below.
Then yesterday we had our visit to Whipsnade zoo. We began the day by visiting some of the animals. We recorded where they were to be found around the world, country and continent and what type of habitat they lived in. The classes then took it in turns to do a workshop where we learnt about dangers to the animals and their habitats: poachers, deforestation and litter. They were able to handle preserved animals and animals skins / fur and identify what we could do to reduce the amount of endangered animals. They had a lovely day and the sun shone. Please see some of the many photos taken on the day.
Well done to ALL the children for all their hard work this half term and you will be pleased to know that all the assessments are now over.
Have a lovely, safe half term.
Mrs Fernandes, Miss Spencer and Mrs Hostein
What an exciting day we had yesterday and fortunately the weather was kind to us! The children rotated around 4 main activities each of which was outside, for the national learning outside day. They were sketching and painting in water colours, finding natural objects and arranging them artistically, completing a capacity challenge and making kites.
Today the children wrote a comparison of two places that Sunny the Meerkat visited. They tried to use contrasting linking words: however, but, meanwhile, although etc.
In computing we have begun to explore the program Scratch. The children have been shown how to change the background / stage. This program is a free download if you google Scratch! The children will then be able to practise what they have learnt.
We have begun to find out about what life is like in Kenya for geography. The children discussed articles about different areas of Kenya.
We have practised our dance ready to entertain you at the My fair tomorrow. Our dance will be around 1.00pm. Hopefully the weather will hold off and the sun will shine on us!
Have a lovely weekend
Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Hostein and Miss Spencer
Sainsbury’s is – sadly – not selling any more vouchers – though it’s useful to check if the store has any left when you shop. We have until 30TH JUNE to bring the vouchers in; and then we’ll need to place the order for the items in their special catalogue.
The box is looking nice and full and I hope to count all the vouchers (or see if my sons will help!) this weekend and will look forward to telling you the grand total.
In the meantime, please do double-check with the store if they have any and search purses, wallets and with relatives and friends to see if there any more to bring in to boost the total as high as possible.
Thank you very much for your continued support with the vouchers – together, you have done a great job to boost the school’s PE resources.
Another busy week in Year 2!
In writing today the children investigated and then wrote their own postcard based on the postcards in Meerkat Mail. We focused a lot on the different types of punctuation used and tried to put this into our own writing. We will continue this next week looking at the information found by the children and will write a comparison of the different places Sunny visited.
In maths we have been practising reading the time to 5 minutes. Some of us have been drawing the hands on the clocks which is quite tricky to make sure they are the correct length. We have sent home some word problems for the children to practise adding units of time.
This week we have been writing algorithms in computing. The children programmed the blubots to move from a to b and then wrote the instructions they gave it. If it didn’t work straight away the children had to debug it.
The topic for the summer term in RE is big questions. This week we have thought about how important religious leaders are to some people and how we can recognise them for each religion.
The children have been looking at patterns in nature with a focus on African animals. They were given different drawing pencils to sketch animal patterns.
In geography we used atlases to identify different types of climates around the world. They used the index to find a country and then search for the continent and how close / far away it is from the equator.
Have a lovely weekend
Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Hostein and Miss Spencer
The orders will need to be returned to us by Monday 22nd May 2017 for any class or whole school photographs you wish to order. The prices are as follows (this is also on the order forms):
7″ x 5″ – £12.50
10″ x 7″ – £13.50
Whole school photo
12″ x 5″ – £18.50
20″ x 8″ – £22.50
Another exciting but hard working week in Year 2!
In maths we have been using different ways to solve fractions of amounts. We have found 1/2, 1/3. 1/4 and 3/4 of numbers up to 100. The children have used two main methods of doing this: by sharing the amount between groups and by repeated subtraction on a number line.
In geography we have continued with the atlas work to find continents, seas, countries and are now beginning to use it to find out about the climate of the world’s regions.
In writing the children were allowed to be bossy by using bossy verbs to write a command sentence. This followed a planting of seeds session for science and they then wrote instructions on how to plant a seed. We hope the seeds will have grown enough to sell at the May fair in a couple of weeks.
As well as the planting of seeds in science, the children continued to think and learn about what animals including humans need for survival. The five main things needed are: clean water, clean air, shelter which included clothing for humans, food and sleep. This provoked much discussion about pollution of air and how lucky we are to have easy access to clean water.
In circle time and PSHE we have begun thinking about how to keep ourselves healthy. We have thought about our emotions and how to control them. We linked this to art and mixed paint by making a chosen colour shades lighter and darker. We then moved on to think about healthy eating and how we should be eating a balanced meal.
We have put a couple of 2dos on purple mash and sent home a sheet on statements and exclamation sentences. Exclamatory sentences tend to start with how and what and end in exclamation marks.
Have a lovely weekend
Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Hostein and Miss Spencer.