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.
Another busy week for year 2.
In writing the children researched another Australian animal. They read the information and highlighted the important key words. From these they then wrote some notes using bullet points. This will be continued next week and then the children will be writing a non chronological report on their chosen animal.
In maths we have been recalling some of the methods we have learnt in year 2. We have been reminding ourselves of the four main symbols for calculations and the associated vocabulary. We then used empty number lines to solve addition and subtraction and arrays to solve multiplication. In division we shared out parts equally to find the answer as well as using our knowledge of the times tables.
We have continued with our aboriginal art work. The children have really enjoyed designing their leaves with dots and patterns. These will be displayed in the hall and classrooms. The children have been practising their dance for the May fair so we look forward to seeing you all at the fair tomorrow!
Have a lovely weekend.
Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Hostein and Miss Spencer
Thank you for the amazing entries, the deadline is Friday 18th May.
Miss Lewis and Mrs Barwin
This week started with the election and parade of our May King and Queen. On Tuesday all children in school sang their favourite songs to entertain the school royalty.
The children have started writing the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. They remember the story so well, in so much detail, that they didn’t have time to finish writing today! We were really impressed.
In Maths we will start using the strategies we have learnt to add and subtract numbers within 100. They are confident in place value and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. Please continue to practice number bonds with your children to help with strategies such as making ten first when adding ones to two-digit numbers.
In Science we planted our beans and we are going to observe and record their growth. We have planted two types of beans so we can compare differences and similarities between them. The children have been very curious and we hope that over this long weekend we will have some roots for them to see.
We are still discussing special books, so if your child has a special book, please bring into class. It will be looked after and sent home shortly.
We also had a visitor from Childnet who talked to the children about how to stay safe when playing with their electronic devices. It was lovely to see some parents who came to the workshop during the day.
Enjoy the long weekend and see you all back on Tuesday.
Mrs De Vynck and Mrs Foulds
This week we had a visitor to school from Childnet who spoke to the children about keeping themselves whilst they are on the internet. They thought about what their personal details were and how they should not give them out to strangers or people they think they might know over the internet.
The children have written a non fiction report on kangaroos today to show all the features they have learnt about over the last couple of weeks: heading, subtitles, technical vocabulary, diagrams, paragraphs, introduction and conclusion / ending.
In maths the children have been investigating the place value of 3 digit numbers: ones, tens and hundreds to 999. To compare the numbers they have used the vocabulary of greater and lesser than and then explained why a number is greater or lesser using their place value knowledge.
In geography having completed a booklet about the continents of the world, the children have now arrived in Australia and begun to name the different states which is developing their map skills.
In music we have begun to learn the songs that will be in the year 2 production!
We have also been practising our dance ready for the May fair next Saturday so we hope to see you all there.
Have a lovely, sunny long weekend, see you on Tuesday!
Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Hostein and Miss Spencer.
As part of our Woodland Trust Award, we would like to challenge your child to take photos of nature from different perspectives.
Can they lie on the ground and take a picture? Can they look out of a window for a bird’s eye view? Can they look up or down and all around to see how the view changes?
Please send us their best pictures from different view points, including their name, class and where they took the picture from. You can either print them or email the pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject as Woodland Trust Competition.
We will choose the 4 best pictures and send these to the Woodland Trust for our Gold Award and these children will receive a prize.
Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis
We hope you all had a lovely holiday and are now ready for the final term in year 2!
This week the children have begun activities related to our new topic: What is life like down under?
In maths we have looked at 2d and 3d shapes and their properties. This will be continued next week and we have sent home an activity to complete which will help them to use the maths vocabulary for shapes.
In writing we have begun to look at the features of a non chronological report. The children identified the features in different reports about animals and thought about what sub headings they could use.
The children have begun to practise their dance ready for the may fair, so we hope to see you all there!
In science the children investigated things that are alive, have been alive or have never been alive. They thought carefully about how we know something is alive and then sorted the objects into a table.
In Literacy and Language the children have begun a new topic where they read a book called the Night Shimmy and thought about their own possible invisible friend and what they might look like.
Our trip to Heartwood Forest has been rescheduled for Thursday May 17th. We hope the weather will be kinder to us and that we observe animals in their habitats.
Have a lovely weekend
The year 2 Team.
Thank you so much to Harvey in Year 1, for entering the Aldi “Get Set To Eat Fresh” competition. He won their design a bag competition, which raised £50 for our school.
For our Discovery Room, we are now the proud owners of;
- cooling racks
- tea towels
- wooden chopping boards
- cleaning cloths
Plus some activity books for lunchtimes.
Thank you Harvey and congratulations.
We would just like to say well done to all of year 2 who have worked so hard this term. we are so proud of you.
Have a lovely holiday, have fun and see you all on Tuesday 17th April.
The Year 2 team.
Today the children wrote their last piece for The Great Paper Caper which was a book review. They had to give their opinions on their favourite characters and parts of the story with explanations why. They also had to think who they would recommend the book to and why.
In maths we have begun the unit on shapes and their properties. A corner is now called a vertex with the plural being vertices. We have reminded ourselves of the names and simple properties of 2d and 3d shapes. The children have also investigated and found right angles within the classrooms and in shapes.
In science the children found out about simple food chains which start with the producer and end with the Predator.
We have been practising our djembe drums and singing ready for the concert on Monday. We look forward to seeing you there!
Gold class have enjoyed their half term of swimming and have made good progress. Silver class have produced some interesting penguin dances. After the easter holidays Silver class will be swimming again and we will all be learning our year 2 dance ready for the May Fair!
Have a lovely weekend
The Year 2 Team.
Last week we took part in Science Week.
The focus of this year was to think about materials to make a paper aeroplane. The children chose how they would like to do this, considering which material would be best and why.
They then tested how far the plane flew and thought about ways to improve it.
There were prizes given for the planes which flew the furthest, as well as to those children who thought like scientists and gave explanations as to why they chose the materials.
Well done to these children for making planes which flew furthest
Isa, Jamal and Gowri
Congratulations to these children for their scientific explanations
Sandra, Tomas, Josh, Jake, Ben and Evie.
A final congratulations to Sam H for his perseverance.
A child in Silver Class unfortunately did not get to take their prize home as it has been taken out of her book bag. If your child is not listed above, and has come home with a plane making kit, please return it to either Mrs Hostein, Mrs Fernandes or Miss Lewis to discuss this.