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 Walker-Smith

Silver Class Teacher

Mrs Hostein

Silver Class Teacher

Mrs Haynes

Gold Class Teacher

Mrs Carter

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.

Friday 22nd May

Good Morning Year 2. First of all we would like to wish ‘Eid Mubarak’ to any of our families who are celebrating Eid this weekend. Please remember that next week is the half term week and therefore no work will be posted on the blog. Check back again on 1st June for the next tasks. Wishing you all a restful and sunny half term week.  Here is the work for today. Have a great day.

Literacy

Yesterday you wrote your own version of the ‘Enormous Crocodile’. Today you are going to write a ‘good copy’ of your story. Before you begin your good copy, re-read your story to a grown-up. Ask yourself:

Does every sentences start with a capital letter?

Does every sentence end with a punctuation mark?

Have I used a comma in my expanded noun phrases? (green, leafy tree)

Have I used a word too often? Can I use another word instead?

Have I checked my spelling?

Once you are happy with your rough copy and the changes you’ve made, write a good copy in you books in your neatest handwriting.

***Try adding pictures for the different parts of your story.

Maths

Today, you may choose to use small counting objects to divide into groups to help you work out the maths problems.

 

  1. Ed has 6 strawberries he eats half of them. How many strawberries did he eat?_ How many are left?_
  2. There are 16 children on the playground. ½ of them are called in to lunch. How many are left on the playground? _
  3. There are 18 sweets in a bag. Ben eats ½ of them. How many are left? _
  4. There are 12 pages in Sarah’s book. She has read ¼ of it. How any pages has she read?
  5. There was 18 toy cars in the classroom, Eva had a third of them to play with. How many cars did Eva have? _
  6. I have 20 pence I spend ¼ of it. How much money do I have left?_
  7. There were 24 lambs born, ¾ of them had white woolly coats. How many were white?

 

Computing

As you are doing so much work online at the moment, we would like you to think about E-safety. A 2Do has been set for you on Purple Mash to design a poster explaining why you shouldn’t share passwords. If you can’t get onto Purple Mash, can you think back to when we talked about E-safety in class and design a poster on paper instead.

Thursday 21st May

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a good week so far. I’ve been into school twice this week and it was so lovely to see all the Key Worker children. I’ve also spoken to some of Gold class on the phone which was a bit strange for some people I think! It was lovely to hear your voices and to find out what you have been getting up to since we last saw you. Here is the work for today.

Literacy

Look over the work you have done so far this week. On Monday, by recording the main events of the original story, you created an outline for your new story. On Tuesday, you created your new character and described what they are like. On Wednesday, you planned the ‘tricks’ that your character tries as well as how they are finally stopped.

Today you are going to write your own version of the story. Use what you have planned so far to help you.

Remember to include:

Capital Letters

Punctuation (. , !?)

Expanded Noun Phrases (leafy, green tree)

A range of verbs (swivel, trampled, rampaged)

A description of 3 ‘tricks’

A description of how your character was finally stopped

 

Maths

Today we are building further on our knowledge of fractions. We can find fractions of shapes but we can also find fractions of numbers. You may choose to use small counting objects to divide into groups to help you work out the maths problems for today.

Fractions of numbers

Have a try at questions 1-8. You may like to challenge yourself to go further.

 

Design and Technology

Making a plan is an important part of D&T. It should be clear and contain the information you need to make your product but remember a plan can be changed or improved.

As this week is ‘British Sandwich Week’ (who knew there was such a thing – not me until yesterday!) Plan your favourite sandwich. Draw and label a picture to show what your sandwich will look like. Which ingredients will you need? What tools will you need? Add any other information you think is important. Look at your plan again. What changes could you make to improve it?

Ask your adults if you can make your sandwich.

If you want even more sandwich-based fun, you could look up the stories ‘The Disgusting Sandwich’ or ‘Sam’s Sandwich’ on YouTube. The Keyworker children have already designed their own ‘disgusting sandwiches’ and they really were DISGUSTING!

Music

Have fun creating some lockdown music

Week 5 Music Composing task with Graphic score

Lockdown Graphic Score

 

 

Wednesday 20th May

Good morning, here is the work for today. Have a lovely day!

Literacy

The Enormous Crocodile thought by playing tricks on children he would be able to trap eat them! It’s important to remember that the Enormous Crocodiles tricks allowed him to hide from the children (as a tree, a bench, an animal on a carousal) and that the animals that stopped him lived in the jungle with the crocodile. Today you are going to plan 3 tricks that your main character tries as well as planning which animal is going to stop him and how. DURING THE LAST TRICK, THE ANIMAL NEEDS TO STOP YOUR MAIN CHARACTER FOR GOOD AND SENDS THEM FARRRRRRRR AWAY!

Record the following grid in your books and fill in the missing parts.

Trick Animal that stops the trick How they stopped the trick…
     
     
     

 

Maths

Enjoy playing a fractions game with your adult.

Fractions dice game BOARD and Fractions dice game DICE

Print or draw out the game sheet into your book. If you are not able to print and make the dice, why not write the fractions of the dice faces onto individual small pieces of paper or card, then shuffle and choose them at random as a dice alternative.

Geography

Can you name the 5 oceans and 7 continents? Try the Purple mash mapping quiz. Can you remember why Antarctica is a continent but the Arctic isn’t?

Many of you have relatives or friends that live in different parts of the world. Do they live in Europe like us or do they live on a different continent?

Tuesday 19th May

Good Morning Year 2. How is everyone today? I’ll let you into a little secret. The teachers have another treat coming for you on Twitter! I’m not sure when it’s being posted so keep your eyes peeled for it this week- I’ve just seen it and it’s FANTASTIC! We hope you love it. Here is the work for today as well as the spellings. Have a lovely day.

Literacy

The Enormous Crocodile was a horrid creature. He was mean, cruel and deviously planned to eat little children.

For your own version of a story, you need to create a new main character. This character will still want to eat small children but it cannot be a crocodile.

What animal will yours be? What is their name? What do they look like? What is their personality like?

Draw a picture of your character in your books. Record their personality traits around the outside.

***Try writing a character description of your character using your picture and the traits that you listed.

Maths

Today we would like you to have mathematical conversations about fractions by identifying the fractions you can see in your everyday life. Fractions can sometimes be seen when making comparisons, using toys like lego. Can you spot these fractions from the lego pieces? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILUJdSsT32c

If you have lego (or similar) at home, you may wish to look closely at this to identify some fractions for yourself.  You may choose to identify and talk about fractions over a mealtime.  This could be considering a lunchtime sandwich cut into parts. If the sandwich is cut into quarters and you have eaten 2 pieces, as a fraction, how much is left of the sandwich? Perhaps you could help your adult to serve dinner and think carefully to describe as a fraction how your main meal is divided fairly between the people in your household.

PSHE

Family and friends are important to us all and it is very strange not being able to visit the people we care about. Think about all the different people who are special to you. Why are they so special? How do these people make you feel? How do you show them that they are special?

Draw a picture of yourself in the centre of the page and write the names of all your special people around you.

Spellings

Week 5 focuses on exception words. There is a 2Do on Purple Mash and here are the Look Say Cover Write Check sheet Year2Autumn1Week5LSCWC

and Dictation sheetYear 2 Autumn 1 Week 5 Dictations

Monday 18th May

Good Morning Year 2. I hope you had a lovely weekend. Here is today’s work.

Literacy

This week you are going to be planning and writing your own version of the ‘Enormous Crocodile’. Before you begin planning, we need to recall the main events of the original story.

Using the link below, watch a video of the story:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7j6vIjpkyUU

Whilst you are watching the story, record the main events in order in your books. Once you have finished the story, go back and add more detail to your sequencing.

Maths

This week we are revising fractions. Fractions are equal parts of a whole. A whole pizza can be cut into two parts. We can say the pizza has been cut into 2 halves. A half can be written as ½ (1 pieces of 2 pieces). When a whole pizza is cut into 4 pieces, we can the pizza has been cut into quarters. One quarter can be written as  ¼ (1 piece of 4 pieces altogether). Watch this video to help remind you about simple fractions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jr6qj1uYDHg

Use your knowledge of fractions to have a go at drawing out these circles and colour the fraction of the shape. Draw and colour the fraction

Science

Find out about the life cycle of plants. You can watch some videos here https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zpxnyrd/articles/z2vdjxs

Or use this powerpoint  https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/lifecycle-of-a-plant-powerpoint-t-t-2547035

Now draw a life cycle of a flowering plant explaining what happens. You can use the template for the sunflower or the bean below  if you like. Or why not design your own way of presenting a plant life cycle?

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Friday 15th May

Good Morning Year 2. It’s Friday again already and May seems to be flying by. The sunny weather seems to be back which is lovely. Here is the work for today. Have a great day and a lovely weekend.

Literacy

Read the passage below. Complete a book review about ‘The Enormous Crocodile’ by Roald Dahl. (You can scroll back through the blog to re-read the whole story if you need to be reminded what happens)

Your book review needs to include:

Book Title:

Author:

Main Character and a short description of the main character:

Setting (Where the book takes place):

Book Overview (a short description of the book):

Rating (How many stars out of 5 would you give the book and why):

 

With the most tremendous BANG! the Enormous Crocodile crashed headfirst into the hot, hot sun. And he was sizzled up like a sausage!

Maths

Practise your times tables by playing the coconut multiples game. You may wish to begin with multiples of 2, 10 and 5, challenge yourself further if you choose. Don’t forget all multiples of 2 are even numbers, which end in a 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/times-tables/coconut-multiples

Computing

Practise your coding skills by popping the bubbles on the Purple Mash game. This has been set as a 2Do for you but you can also find it if you want to play again by going to the home screen> computing> 2code> bubbles.

Thursday 14th May

Good Morning Year 2. How is everyone today? Don’t forget to email your teacher if you have any work you are proud of or even if you just want to say Hi! We will be calling you on the phone over the next week to check how you have been and what you have been up to and we are really looking forward to having contact with you. Here is the work for today. Have a fun day.

Literacy

Read the passage below.

What happened to the crocodile? Write a paragraph describing what happened to him and draw a picture.

Then he swung him faster…. And FASTER… AND FASTER… AND FASTER STILL…

Soon the Enormous Crocodile was just a blurry circle going round and round Trunky’s head.

Suddenly, Trunky let go of the Crocodile’s tail, and the Crocodile went shooting high up into the sky like a huge green rocket.

Up and up he went…

HIGHER and HIGHER… FASTER and FASTER…

He was going so fast and so high that soon the earth was just a tiny dot miles below. He whizzed on and on. He whizzed far into space. He whizzed past the moon. He whizzed past stars and planets. Until at last…

Maths

Use your counting objects to help you with these multiplication word problems. Don’t forget to read the questions carefully and pick out the important bits of information.

  • Ben collects Superman comics. When he counts them he realises he has 9.

Each comic has 2 surprises in it. How many surprises did Ben collect?

  • There are 8 biscuits in a packet. Ali buys 2 packets for his party. How many biscuits does he have?
  • The teacher needs each table to have 5 pencils. There are 6 tables. How many pencils will she need?
  • 6 children have completed their sticker card. Each card holds 3 stickers. How many stickers has the teacher given out.

 

  • Tom has 10 friends over for his birthday tea. Mum cooks 2 fish fingers each.

How many fish fingers does Tom’s mum have to buy for just his friends?

 

Design and Technology – Food preparation

REMEMBER we always need to wash our hands before we touch food and please ask your grown up to help you with this activity.

We have all seen and made lots of different rainbows but can you eat a rainbow? Choose pieces of fruit or vegetables for each colour. Which colours were easy to find and which were trickier? Choose at least one piece of fruit/vegetable for each colour to try as part of your healthy eating. You could challenge yourself to try something new!

 

Music

Week 4 Music Year 2 stringed instrument making (1)

Wednesday 13th May

Good Morning Year 2. I hope you’ve had a good week so far and everyone is well. I was in school yesterday with the children of keyworkers. We had a great time but today I’m back at home with my own children. I’m definitely going to challenge them to complete the PSHE activity below! Have a lovely day everyone.

Literacy

Read the passage below. Draw a picture of the scene being described. Write a caption describing the picture.

***Want to try something a bit harder? Instead of writing a picture caption, write a descriptive paragraph with expanded noun phrases (large, grey elephant), a range of different verbs (action words) and connectives (and, so, because, then).

Suddenly a big deep voice from the jungle shouted, “Stand back, children! Stand back! Stand back!”

The children stopped and stared at the place where the voice was coming from.

Then, with a crashing of branches, Trunky the Elephant came rushing out of the jungle.

“That’s not a bench you were going to sit on!” he bellowed. “It’s the Enormous Crocodile, and he wants to eat you all up!”

Trunky trotted over to the spot where the Enormous Crocodile was standing, and quick as a flash he wrapped his trunk around the Crocodile’s tail and hoisted him up in the air.

“Hey! Let me go!” yelled the Enormous Crocodile, who was now dangling upside down. “Let me go! Let me go!”

“No,” Trunky said. “I will not let you go. We’ve all had quite enough of your clever tricks.”

Trunky began to swing the Crocodile round and round in the air. At first he swung him slowly.

Maths

Division is the inverse (or opposite) operation of multiplication. Dividing is the same as sharing. Division can be written as ÷. This video shows how you can use repeated subtraction to solve a division number sentence.

https://youtu.be/hM_b96rDhbA

Use your counting objects to help you with these sharing word problems.

  1. There were 15 sweets in the bag, if the sweets are shared with 5 children, how many sweets would each child have?
  2. There are 10 socks. How many pairs of socks would there be?
  3. There were 6 marbles. Harry, Charlotte and Louis wanted to play with the marble run. The marbles were shared equally. How many marbles did each child get to play with?
  4. Helen has 20 books. She divides them into 4 equal piles. How many books are there in each pile?
  5. Ahmed has 12 conkers. He shares them between 3 friends. How many conkers does each person get?

PSHE

Working with other people is great fun but it can also be tricky. When we work as part of a team we have to share ideas, take turns and be prepared to compromise.

Work on an activity with your grown-ups, brothers or sisters. It could any activity you enjoy such as making a lego model, doing a jigsaw or playing a board game. The aim is to make sure you all have fun.

Here is a game you could try. The objective is to move across the room without touching the floor. You will each need something small to stand on (e.g. a pillowcase) just big enough for both you. You will need to work together to cross the room without touching the floor.

Tuesday 12th May

Good morning Year 2! I hope everybody is well today. Here is the work for today.

Literacy

Read the passage below. Record the verbs that have been used to describe the Enormous Crocodile’s actions. Write 5 of your own sentences with 5 new verbs that describe the crocodile’s actions.

***Can you link any of your sentences using a connective?

Connective examples: and, so, but, because, then, when, that, if, although

Just outside the town, there was a pretty, little field with trees and bushes all round it. This was called The Picnic Place. There were several wooden tables and long benches, and people were allowed to go there and have a picnic at any time.

The Enormous Crocodile crept over to The Picnic Place. There was no one in sight.

“Now for Clever Trick Number Four!” he whispered to himself. He picked a lovely bunch of flowers and arranged it on one of the tables.

From the same table, he took away one of the benches and hid it in the bushes.

Then he put himself in the place where the bench had been.

By tucking his head under his chest, and by twisting his tail out of sight, he made himself look very much like a long wooden bench with four legs.

Soon, two boys and two girls came along carrying baskets of food. They were all from one family and their mother had said they could fo out and have a picnic together.

“Which table shall we sit at?” said one.

“Let’s take the table with the lovely flowers on it,” said another.

The Enormous Crocodile kept as quiet as a mouse. “I shall eat them all,” he said to himself. “They will come and sit on my back and I will swizzle my head around quickly, and after that it’ll be squish, crunch, gollop.”

Maths

Yesterday’s number sentence can be drawn visually. As shown here:

Using crosses and circling the groups, draw these array pictures of the repeated addition number sentence below.  First you may wish to use your counting objects to build your groups. How many are there altogether?

2 groups of 2          2 group of 5            6 groups of 3

6 groups of 2          5 groups of 5            7 groups of 3

7 groups of 2          9 groups of 5          5 groups of 4

2 groups of 10         8 groups of 5            3 groups of 4

You may choose to challenge yourself to record the repeated addition and multiplication number sentences.

Geography

Where is St. Albans?

There are lots of different ways to answer this question. You could start by writing your address in full and see what information you can find out or have a look on a map.

Try answering these questions

Which country is it in?

Our country is divided into smaller areas called counties. Which county is St. Albans in?

Using your compass points how could you describe where St. Albans is?

Can you think of other ways to describe where St. Albans is?

Keeping safe online.

During the last 8 weeks of lock down, home learning and moving into the future, we have all increasingly been using and relying on the internet, including your children. We would like to hope that all the children are safe using the internet and know what to do if they come across something that makes them feel uncomfortable. Thinkuknow have released some home learning acitivities that will help with e-safety.

Thinkuknow is the national online safety education programme from CEOP, the online child protection
command of the National Crime Agency.

Thinkuknow helps parents, carers, teachers and others keep children safe from sexual abuse, offering
learning activities, advice and support for children and young people aged 4-18 and their families.

While school is closed, here’s what you can do to keep your child stay safe while they are learning and
having fun online.

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I do hope this is helpful for you.

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