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.
Welcome back after half term, we hope you had a lovely week off with your child(ren)
Today we introduced our new book: Journey by Aaron Becker. The children were surprised that there were no words in this book but by half way through we could hear” this is so exciting!” We looked at the story as a whole and then created a storyboard to break it into sections. Next week we will be working in teams to look in detail at sections of the story and these will be used in the afternoon with our visitor John O’ Leary, who is a paper engineer.
In maths we have been investigating 2d and 3d shapes. The children have been sorting and classifying shapes depending on their properties. They have enjoyed constructing 3d shapes using a range of materials. We have introduced the children to right angles so please do look for these in the ‘real world’. We have sent a home learning sheet with your child today to practise recognising the properties of some shapes.
In computing we have continued with the mystery of the missing chocolate cake! This has involved sending and receiving class emails. We have discussed how we keep ourselves safe when using email. Next week we will be introducing how to record data simply on a spread sheet.
Gold class have returned to swimming this week and was enjoyed by all. The children are working on improving their confidence and strokes. Silver class have begun to learn a dance to Monster mash which again was enjoyed by all.
In history the children wrote an assessed piece answering the question Why did the Great Fire Burn down so many houses? We were impressed with their recollection of facts and some children’s ability to talk about cause and effect.
Have a lovely weekend, remember it’s world book day on Thursday and we are dressing up.
Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Hostein and Miss Spencer.
Yesterday we had a visit from our Sustainable School Partner for Eco Awareness – Samuel Ryder, they work with us to share their knowledge.
The two 6th Form Students took whole school meeting and led a quiz about how to care for our planet. Our children were incredibly well behaved and made us all very proud. They had lots of prior knowledge about recycling and how we are affecting our planet.
We then showed Samuel Ryder our next Eco project “Upcycling” which you will hear more about very soon.
Have a lovely weekend
Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis
The children in Purple Class have been counting down since before last half-term and today we celebrated our 100th Maths Meeting of the year. This is a part of their school day the children really look forward to and participate enthusiastically. The purpose of these short sessions is to consolidate key areas of Maths and introduce new topics daily. We start each meeting with a song or a chant (some Abba chorus too!) and talk about some calendar facts. Lately we started introducing money and you might have noticed your child looking more carefully at the coins in your purse. They can describe most coins so far and are starting to understand the value of each. We will be looking at different ways to make a 100 using the manipulatives we have available in class during Maths Meeting this week.
This week all the children in the school have been learning about how to keep themselves safe on modern day technology, including lap tops, mobile phones, ipads, kindles and tablets. This was because it was National Internet Safety day last Tuesday 7th February.
Each class has heard a story about Smarti the Penguin to see how he learns to be safe whilst using his new tablet. There is a catchy song that goes with the story so begin singing to your child(ren) Before you click, click, click….This story and song can be found on the Child Net website along with other resources that you might like to use to discuss Esafety with your child.
The children were also introduced to several Esafety characters found on the Think U Know website which has a section which is specifically for 5 to 7 year olds. Superhero SID also has a catchy song!
Please do take time to talk with your child about Esafety and what they should do at home if they were to come across or receive something that was not appropriate or nasty. We talked about seeing things that made us have a butterfly feeling in our tummies and upset us.
Have fun but more importantly, keep safe.
We can’t believe it’s half term already!
In maths this week we have been looking at different types of data and how to sort it into different types of diagrams: bar charts, Venn diagrams and Carroll diagrams. The children have enjoyed sorting data and recording it. On Purple Mash we have added a data activity.
Today in science the children have completed our work on forces and painted their Gruffalos.
For the last two weeks our writing has been focused on extending sentences by adding conjunctions, adjectives and comparing real and made up creatures. They have also been writing in first person and past tense.
In computing the children have thought about how to keep themselves safe on the internet and mobile phones. We had a very interesting chat about facebook and instagram and we were surprised by the amount of children that use these.
In PE the children have enjoyed the gymnastic sessions using the big apparatus. Gold class have enjoyed their monster mash dance and are looking forward to swimming after half term. Silver class have made so much progress over this half term at swimming.
The children have started to learn songs for our schools birthday celebrations in April.
Have a nice half term
Mrs Hostein, Miss Spencer & Mrs Fernandes
The vouchers have started to trickle in. Thank you very much for your contributions so far. I spoke to Sainsburys at London Colney today. You should be given the coloured, individual vouchers at staffed tills, but the “till receipt” type vouchers from the self-checkouts. If these are not dispensed at the self-checkout tills then you can ask an available assistant, or at customer services. Thank you for your support.