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 an exciting day we had yesterday with our Great Fire of London day! Hopefully the children came home and told you all about it. Have a look at a few of the pictures taken on the day below. A huge thank you to all the parents who helped. Today the children planned and wrote a recount of the day yesterday using adverbs of time, conjunctions and made sure it was in the past tense.
In maths the children have been adding 2 x2 digit numbers on empty number lines. They have found this quite tricky so we will be continuing with this next week.
In RE the children continued to draw the different symbols for each of the world main religions and to write about which, if any religious group they belong to.
The children began to research answers to the questions they created on their mind maps in computing. We talked about how we keep ourselves safe on the internet.
The spellings this week have been words that have the soft c: face, race, ice, cell, city, fancy, space, bicycle, circle, spicy.
We have added some 2dos on purple mash.
Have a lovely weekend.
The Year 2 Team.
If you have any dressing up clothes that your child has grown out of, would you please donate them to the EYFS.
Well done to all the children who have been completing their home learning. We are very impressed with the quantity, as well as the quality and variation in how the home learning is presented.
It has been another busy week in Year 2.
The spellings this week have been the r sound with the wr digraph. The words we have practised this week are stuck in their home learning books, along with the maths sheet to practise adding multiples of 10 to 2 digit numbers.
In maths we have continued adding and subtracting, progressing to calculations with 2 x2 digit numbers. The children were good at using the dienes (tens and ones) to show how they understand the concept. we also used the word ‘partition’ a lot to describe how we separate the tens and ones and then by using known number facts were able to work out the answers.
Adverbs of time were the focus in our class writing today when the children described day in the life of the old man at the beginning of the story: The Tin Forest. We continued to use adjectives to describe the junk he found and conjunctions to make our sentences more complex.
In science the children were investigating different materials and their properties: twisting, stretching, bending etc.
In RE the children have begun to think about different religious groups that we belong to. We are learning to respect each others view and beliefs.
PLEASE can you ensure that you have paid for our Great Fire of London day which is this coming Thursday. We still have many payments of £8.30 outstanding. This day really benefits your child’s learning as it brings our topic to life. Also the children need to be a in outfit (parents too if you are helping) which is a simple version of what children wore in 1666. Boys can wear long trousers tucked into long socks with a t shirt, waistcoat and flat cap. Girls could wear a long skirt / dress with a pinafore and a mop cap. Thank you.
Have a lovely weekend
The Year 2 team.
Please could Red and Blue class have some donations of resources for box modelling.
These could include
- Clean egg boxes
- Toilet roll/Kitchen roll tubes
- Empty bottles
- Big and small cardboard boxes
- Bottle tops
The children really enjoy making things using a variety of resources.
This week in maths the children have begun addition and subtraction. They have been using the number bonds they learnt in Year 1 to solve further calculations. For example: I already know that 3 + 4 = 7, so I know 13 + 4 = 17 and continuing the pattern with numbers to 100. Please do keep practising number bonds within 10 and 20 to support your child. Next week we will be moving onto adding 2 2 digit numbers.
Spellings for this week have been stuck into every child’s home learning book. The rule for this week was the silent k and g to make the ‘n’ sound at the beginning of words: knee and gnat.
In Science the children learnt the words: transparent, translucent and opaque. They then sorted different materials using these words.
In writing today the children described a setting from the Tin Forest. They used adjectives in front of nouns to describe the weather, the old man and the rubbish dump. An activity for home learning has been sent to continue this use of adjectives to describe different kinds of weather.
In computing we began the ‘We are researchers’ unit where the children have begun to use a mind mapping program on Purple mash to collate questions they would like to ask about the Great Fire of London. Over the coming weeks we will then safely use the internet to research the answers and then present their findings using Power Point.
Have a lovely weekend
The Year 2 Team.
The children began their read, write inc and literacy and language lessons this week. They have recapped their sounds and are using this to develop their reading and writing. Big writing today introduced a new book called The Tin Forest which we will be revealing over the coming weeks. Today we predicted what the story could be about from the front cover and then thought of questions to ask the people who live in the isolated house. The children then wrote up to 6 questions remembering to use a question mark at the end of their sentence.
The bug club log ins have been sent home and the children have new books. Please do tell us if you are having any difficulties logging on. Please do encourage your child to read as often as possible using either bug club or their school reading book.
We have continued to explore place value of numbers to 100. This week the children have used the greater and less than symbols by looking at the tens value to order the number. This then lead to number sequences and patterns. We have sent home some home learning activities to practise tens and ones.
The children went for a walk around the school to look at the different materials that could be found in the building and outside. We have added some 2dos on Purple mash which links in man made and naturally occurring materials.
The children began gymnastic sessions this week and silver class enjoyed their first swimming lesson. Gold class have begun to develop skills leading to team games.
Next week we will begin a spelling programme with all the children. On each Monday they will be taught the letter pattern and sound for that weeks words. each day the children will practise spelling and handwriting 2 words to fit the spelling rule. We will post the spellings they have covered each week on this blog.
Have a lovely weekend
The Year 2 team.
What a fantastic start to the year. Thank you to all the parents who attended last night. Handouts will be sent on Monday to all those who were unable to attend.
Our focus this week in literacy has been based around the story: On Sudden Hill. The main part of the story is based around friendships. The children have described a setting, their favourite part of the story and a retelling of the story with changes to make it their own. We are using this for assessment to enable us to plan progression for your child’s writing. Next week we will be starting Read, Write Inc.
In maths we have been focusing on place value of 2 digit numbers to 99. The children have been partitioning the numbers and working out the value of each digit. They have been using dienes and bead strings to represent the numbers. Place value continues next week.
The children have begun to investigate different materials in science. They thought about the names of the materials (wood, plastic, glass, metal etc) and how to group them.
Our topic on The Great Fire of London has begun with investigating how London was different in the past to how it looks now. The children observed several pictures and did a comparison.
Home learning books have been sent home today, to be returned by Wednesday please. There is a box in each classroom for the children to place their books each week. Purple mash log ins have been amended and stuck into the back of their home learning books.
Have a lovely weekend
Year 2 Team.
Thank you for the fantastic effort made in collecting the Sainsbury Active vouchers. You collected and sent in 10,400 altogether! This means that we were able to order 30 “shape mats” to be used for PE. There were just over 200 vouchers left after this so we also ordered a few more skipping ropes, as they frequently wear out and need replacing. The resources should arrive before October. The Sainsbury vouchers are effectively the school’s budget for PE equipment so your effort in supporting the school is very much appreciated.
It was lovely to see you all at parent’s evening. It has been another busy week and the children have worked hard even in the heat!
In maths this week we have been exploring place value with numbers up to 999. We used the numbers using manipulatives and recorded the numbers on a place value grid. They used the greater than / less than symbols to compare two 3 digit numbers and recorded their results by writing the numbers in words. Today the children used this place value knowledge to read scales with various intervals of 2s, 5s and 10s.
In Literacy and Language we continued to look at poems. They determined what makes a good poem: rhythm, rhyme, alliteration, images and stanzas. They used their previous knowledge to create their own kennings and created a class poem.
We have used our previously designed patterns of animal skins to make a tile from which we have printed a ‘scarf’.
We have sent home some more song words to please learn ready for our concert and leavers meeting in the final week.
We look forward to seeing you all on open evening on Wednesday and bring your parent to school day on Friday.
Have a lovely weekend.
Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Hostein and Miss Spencer.
Hurray! The weather was kind and sports day went ahead on the first scheduled date! Thank you to all the parents for coming to support your children and also helping with a group. The children participated with gusto and confidence, they used their skills very well and showed great competitive spirit – winning with pride and losing with grace and good humour, for most part. Well done everyone, from Reception to Year 2 you are very good sports. It’s such a delight seeing all the children give their all and show their developing athletic skills.
The Year 5s did a fantastic job of organising and helping with all the activities. You are going to be amazing Year 6 children, if you show this level of maturity and communication this year. Thank you to Mrs Beattie for bringing the children over and helping with setting them up at the races.
Also, thank you to CHISS for providing the very welcome ice-lollies at the end.