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.

Week 5 Year 2

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 vouchers

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.

Week 4 Year 2

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

Year 2 Week 3

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.

Year 2 May King and Queens.

What a lovely afternoon we have just had celebrating May Day!

The whole school met in the hall whilst the May King and Queens paraded in. We entertained the Kings and Queens by singing some of our birthday and Spring concert songs and then we performed our year 2 dance. We now look forward to performing our dance to you at the school May fete.

Fantastic start to the Summer term!

The term began with our three days of the school’s birthday celebrations. The children had a wonderful time being creative and finding out / trying some activities from the 60s. Thank you for their wonderful 60s outfits!

This week was back to timetable and all our lessons. In maths we have been adding and subtracting near numbers (9, 11, 19, 21, 99 and 101) and doubling and halving. We are trying to develop the children’s reasoning skills so for home learning this week we have sent home a sheet of statements that the children need to prove or disprove and show evidence why.

Writing today we began to look at Meerkat mail by Emily Gravett and the children had to write sentences stating what they would take in their suitcases. The challenge was to use cause and effect conjunctions to add more detail to their sentences.

In computing we used the new blubots to remind ourselves how to program a sequence of instructions to make it move. This is to start our new unit of work: We are programmers.

In science we are starting to look at what animals, including humans, need for survival.

In geography / topic we began to use atlases to name the continents and oceans of the world. Some children found countries and identified which continent they were in and the nearest ocean.

Today the children were introduced to this half terms value of respect and we talked about the different ways you can show respect.

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Hostein and Miss Spencer.


Upcycling Competition – Reminder



Just a reminder that the Upcycling Competition starts on Monday.  There is a gentle reminder below;

Can you turn old wellies, plant pots or recyclable materials into something new?  We will be displaying the entries outside in the gardening patches.  There will be 3 prizes awarded for the best entry for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.  All entries to be handed in to your class teacher, Week Commencing 24th April 2017.

Many Thanks

Miss Lewis and Mrs Barwin


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