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.

Reading Meeting

A short workshop to support parents with listening to their child reading at home. The session will focus on developing comprehension skills and deepening inference and deduction skills. No need to book

Reading Meeting

A short workshop to support parents with listening to their child reading at home. The session will focus on developing comprehension skills and deepening inference and deduction skills. There is no need to book.

Sainsbury’s Active Kids – please help!

ak_voucherYes, it’s that’s time of year when Sainsbury’s start giving away the Active Kids vouchers. We collect these and, at the end of June, choose items from their Active Kids catalogue, to refresh and replenish our PE supplies. These  are used for PE sessions and also outdoor, purposeful play at lunchtimes. This will be the only source of revenue for our PE equipment and every voucher goes towards getting better and newer kit for our children.  The pupils at school love good PE lessons and, as we all want to give our children the best we can, it’s essential to keep our equipment in good condition – and also make sure that there is always enough for a whole class to use. The vouchers are also used to buy resources for the children in Reception who love spending time outside and need lots of good-quality equipment to do so.

This year we would love to replace our “shape mats”. As you can see from this picture, they are in a woeful state – “manky” was the word one year one girl used to describe them, and I have to agree. The children are posing showing how they feel about the mats now, and how they

 

mat1mat2would feel if they had some nice new mats!  Needless to say, purchasing 36 of these requires a lot of vouchers – 12,210 to be precise. And if we did get enough for these, there are plenty of other things we could do with. As I have found out at home, it seems that you can never have too many balls of all shapes, sizes and toughness, for children! – as an example…

Whenever you are in Sainsbury’s, please could you ask for the vouchers and your children can take them to the box in the hall every morning. Please ask your relatives who don’t have a school to donate to to please keep them for us. Thank you very much for your support. It is very much appreciated.

Year 2 Week 2.

Another busy and productive week in Year 2!

In Maths we have solved multiplication and division problems using numbers lines (counting up and back) and groups of for sorting. Some of this has been sent as home learning. The children also need to practise taking away 1 digit from 2 digit numbers as this helps them with the higher level maths.

Writing this week was a riddle. The children compared a metal animal with a real one stating similarities and differences. They then used these ideas to write clues. There were some very creative ideas!

An investigation in Science to see how strong some different types of paper was carried out by the children. They had 4 types of paper to ‘pull apart’ and then group into weakest and strongest. We talked about how we might not have the same answer as others and how important this was. Some children began to include a conclusion in their investigation to say whether their prediction was correct and why / why not.

Topic this week was to compare 17th century life to present, with a special focus on the fire service.  The children identified differences between past and present using:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPY-hr-8-M0     They then went on to describe what they would do in certain situations in 1666 compared to now, for example – if they wanted to write a diary entry and it was getting dark.

There are reading meetings for you to find out ways to help your child progress with their reading and this includes comprehension. Tuesday 6.00 pm / Thursday 2.30pm amd Friday 9.00am.

A final polite reminder that the doors are open for the children to enter the classroom at 8.50am and learning begins then.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Fernandes, Miss Spencer and Mrs Hostein

 

 

 

 

Welcome back!

Happy new year to you all.

Today the children have been given our new termly topic plan, they have all been very excited to learn about: How can we put out the fire? (The great fire of London) We have started by looking at past and present London.

In Literacy and Language we have begun to explore stories with familiar settings. The children have been making informal notes to add to our class log and Big Question books.

Big writing today was writing a letter from a character in the Tin Forest describing how he felt before and after his colourful forest grew. We encouraged the children to use expanded noun phrases, conjunctions and a range of punctuation in their writing.

Maths this week was recapping place value of numbers to 100 and learning about numbers to 999. The children then completed addition and subtraction equations using 2 digit numbers and a blank number line. Some children found it difficult to count up or back from any given number. So please practise adding on or subtracting ten from any 2 digit number: 23     33, 43, 53 etc.

In Science we began to think about forces: pushes and pulls. The children were given a lump of clay which they had to transform in to The Gruffalo by using pushes and pulls to make the parts of his body! Hopefully pictures to follow when they have been painted.

In PE the children have begun using the larger apparatus in gymnastics. Silver class have enjoyed a return to swimming and Gold class are dancing. So if your child is practising walking like a zombie, don’t worry, it’s all part of The Monster Mash dance!

It has been an enjoyable first week back!

Mrs Fernandes, Miss Spencer and Mrs Hostein.

 

 

 

Have a happy holiday!

The last few days of term have arrived with plenty of surprises and treats for everyone. Yesterday all children came to school dressed in something festive for our Christmas lunch. They had fun popping their crackers and having dinner all together in the hall.

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In the afternoon, while we sung carols in the hall, we received a special visit from Santa who gave each child a present. The children were very excited and once again sang this year’s play’s songs with great enthusiasm.

The children have been doing some Christmas related activities and yesterday they made paper chains in a repeated pattern. They then counted how many rings each chain had and measured if they were smaller or larger than 1 meter using the meter sticks.

This morning we talked about all the things we have learnt this term and how far the children have come already in Year 1. It has definitely been a fantastic first term and we are all very proud of their learning.

We wish you all a happy holiday and a fantastic new year. We look forward to welcoming you back in January.

Seasons greetings,

The Year 1 Team

Ps.: Purple Class helped to write this post!

 

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

 

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