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.

Mrs Fernandes

Silver Class Teacher

Miss Spencer

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.

Busy as elves…

Where can we start? Purple Class has been busy this week. They shone through the dress rehearsal and two performances of our Christmas play as Red Robins. They all sang and performed the actions to the song beautifully. I was really proud of how well they learnt the actions which they had chosen themselves.

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On Tuesday Mrs Lyal taught the children about Christingle, another religious celebration which uses light. Each group made and lightened their own Christingle while they discussed the meaning of each element: the orange, the red ribbon, the four sticks, the sweets and the candle.

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All the children have now finished re-writing the Nativity Story and we have had some fantastic writing. The children are becoming more confident in saying their sentences before they write and improving these using adjectives. Even though they are showing the tired signs of a long term, their stamina for writing is clearly improving.

We have been practicing what we have learnt in Maths through some mental Maths sessions and also some practical problem solving. We always encourage the use of manipulatives during Maths sessions and the children are getting more independent in making their own choices of objects to help with their learning.

Just a reminder that on Tuesday the children can wear something festive for our Christmas lunch.

Wishing you a good weekend and looking forward to the last three days of Autumn term.

 

So Proud!

We are so proud of all of our year 2s this week. They performed so well in the KS1 play: singing beautifully, saying their lines clearly, dancing delightfully and acting adorably! We hope you all enjoyed it too?

They sang well again today in St Luke’s church this afternoon where we listened to the Christmas story with Reverend Mark Slater. Well done to the musicians who performed again today.

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Our learning this week has been inspired from a book called The Dragon Machine by Helen ward. The children have written character descriptions, painted or drawn dragons and made pipe cleaner dragons so we have been very creative this week!

In Maths we have been learning about fractions. We have learnt and used the terms for the top and bottom numbers: numerator and denominator. We have thought about the whole and then how it is split into equal parts: halves, thirds, quarters, fifths, sixths and eighths. We have found fractions of objects, shapes and numbers.

We have carried out two science investigations this week. The children had a group of objects and they had to say which material it was made from. They then had to predict and then find out the properties of the object: squash, stretch, scratch, twist and bend. Secondly, we thought about which material would make a good waterproof skin for a dragon. This was great fun as it involved water! The children again predicted and then found out which of the four materials were waterproof for the dragon’s skin.

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Fernandes and Miss Spencer

 

When the Red Red Robin…

If your child can’t stop bobbing along at home, it’s a sign that we have been practicing for our end of year performance, when Purple Class will be singing and dancing as red robins. Thank you to all of you who have already brought the costumes in. If you haven’t done so, please remember to bring dark trousers/tights/leggings and red tops by Monday the 5th December. A note was sent home this week with more details. Feel free to ask if you have any questions.

Yesterday was a special day, as we hang the decorations the children made on the tree and Eva helped Mrs Cooper to switch the tree lights on. All the presents that the children have kindly being donating to the Salvation Army have also been placed under the tree and they will be collected on Monday. Thank you for the lovely presents you have been bringing in.

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Eva helping to switch on the lights.

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Hanging the beautiful snowflake decorations the children made.

This week in Maths we have been representing teen numbers using manipulatives, especially dienes. The children have been introduced to the concept of place value through learning to group ten in a group of objects and counting on to 20. We have also compared two or more numbers using greater, greatest, less, smallest.

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If you heard anything about dragons and want to know more about what we have been up to, you can read the book The Dragon Machine by Helen Ward. We read the book and the children re-wrote one session of it using their own ideas. I am very proud of how far they have come already with their writing.

A plea for volunteers: we do welcome parent/grandparent helpers and Purple Class would love to have some of you coming in on a regular basis to spend some time teaching the children some skills that require more support such as cooking, sewing, gardening, playing a game with a group of children, etc. If you think you could commit some of your spare time to help with our learning, please come and discuss with me. We do appreciate that most parents work and/or have younger children and we are also very thankful for the occasional help with school trips and visits as well.

Wishing you a happy weekend.

Mrs De Vynck

2nd December 2016

Another exhausting week in Year 2!

Lots of play practise this week and we will continue next week. It would be greatly appreciated if you could help your child to learn the words of the songs as the letter which has been sent home today as their home learning this week.

In writing this week we have written a character description. We encouraged the children to include expanded noun phrases (2 adjectives and a noun) and start sentences in different ways.

We continued with division this week. The children are good at understanding that the numbers / counters need to be shared out equally. We will deepen their understanding by using division to solve word problems and number puzzles and relating it to multiplication facts. You might like to ask your children if they can come up with any rules for division: for example – an even number can only be divided by an even number, and prove it!

We enjoyed our visit to the local Islamic centre. This really helped the children to see how a different religion is followed.

Silver class have had the wonderful opportunity of looking closely at some Roman artefacts. They then sketched them and carried out another activity where they had to talk together and decide what use the artefact was to the Romans.

Enjoy your weekend, happy singing!

Mrs Fernandes and Miss Spencer.

Week 4 in Year 2.

In Maths we have looked at greater than and less than signs and doubling and halving numbers. We have sent an activity home to practise doubling and halving numbers. If your child needs to use resources to help solve the puzzles please use them. They need to understand the halving concept before we move on to division next week. It is better for the children to split them into groups of rather than sharing.

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In science we have continued looking at materials and their properties, in particular transparent, translucent and opaque.

This week in writing we concentrated on using different adverbs of time: eventually, meanwhile, suddenly, a while later and so on. The children described how the old man from The Tin Forest spent a day sifting and sorting other people’s rubbish. We are also encouraging all the children to now write with joined up cursive letters. They included some wonderful adjectives and are thinking more about which conjunctions to use to join ideas together to write compound sentences. We have added an activity to Purple Mash for the children to have fun adding adjectives to nouns. We have also sent an activity home to complete to practise adverbs.

We followed up our visit from Mrs Ali by completing some writing or posters about the colours in the book she read to us and signs and symbols of Islam. The children are looking forward to visiting the local Islamic centre next week. If there are any parents free to join us on Wednesday afternoon we would really appreciate the help in walking. Please see Miss Spencer if you would like to join us.

We have been practising the play! If your child has lines please help them to read it aloud clearly and loudly. Song words will start coming home next week. Thank you for your support with the costumes. We look forward to receiving them back next week on labelled hangers.

Off to have a dance at the disco…

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Fernandes and Miss Spencer.

 

Donations for Red and Blue

Hi,

If you have any of the following items that you are happy to donate to reception, please hand them to either Red or Blue class to enhance our learning outdoors.

  • Old CDs or DVDs (with or without the case)
  • Empty plastic bottles with lids
  • Doll accessories such as cots, car seats and baths.
  • Large washing up bowls.
  • Crates
  • Logs in a variety of shapes and sizes.

If anyone knows of a tree surgeon who may be happy to donate logs or similar please let us know.

Thank you

Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis

Another busy week for Year 2!

Wow, what a busy week we have had!

In Maths we have continued exploring multiplication through: repeated addition, lots of, times and jumps on a number line. Some of the children have got good quick recall but struggle to show this using an array and resources. This will be continued. The children have brought home an array puzzle to further develop their understanding of multiplication. If your child needs resources then please do use them.

The children enjoyed the Islamic workshop yesterday. They learnt lots of interesting facts about the Islamic religion through songs and stories. It was lovely to see our children talking about their own religious experiences. We will be doing some follow up work to this next week. The following week, on the 30th November we are taking the 2 classes to the local Islamic centre in the afternoon. We need parent helpers to walk with us please so if you are willing and able please speak to either of us.

We wrote descriptions in writing this week using expanded noun phrases to describe a setting. The children have brought home an activity to practise this at home. It is lovely to see the children’s writing starting to develop. Thank you for your support with this.

In science we have continued to investigate materials around the school, thinking about the properties of the materials and why they are used for their purpose.

We have begun to practise the play and those children with words have brought those home to practise using a loud, clear voice. Singing will begin in earnest next week and words will be sent home for the songs to practise please.

This week has been anti-bullying week and the children have been thinking about the difference between being rude, mean and bullying. Some of the resources we have used can be found on: http://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk

We have set some 2dos on purple mash to cover science and anti bullying week.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Fernandes and Miss Spencer

 

Eco Ambassador Blog

Today, the Eco Ambassadors met with Mrs Barwin and I.

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Amelia “We done some recycling of wasting papers”, this included some children taking the recycling boxes from each class to the recycle bin outside.

Lily “We had a look at them to see how much to be recycled”

Ben “We’ve been getting paper waste and then we were looking to see how much has been wasted”

Lots of paper is being wasted!

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Toby “We’ve been thinking about electricity, we have to turn off the lights”

We discussed our jobs we have been doing for Switch off Fortnight and saw that our ambassadors and monitors have been keeping an eye on these.

At lunchtime, 2 children will monitor Purple class to check that paper towels are not wasted and are being put in the bin, and the taps turned off.

Today our ambassadors are taking certificates and stickers back to their classes to celebrate a successful Switch Off Fortnight.

Our ambassadors have requested a display board for certificates and photos, this will be commencing next week.

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