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

Mrs Hostein

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.

A creative week in Year 2!

This week has been very creative in year 2 with the performing arts!

We have been practising the year 2 dance for tomorrows Summer Fair here at school. We will be dancing about 2pm and hope to see as many of you as possible. The children have enjoyed learning this dance and practising their cool poses!

We have also been rehearsing the year 2 play which we are looking forward to performing to you next Thursday. Please can you check that your child knows their words if they have a speaking part and that their voice is loud and clear. We are having a dress rehearsal on Monday so please send in any costumes that are still outstanding. Thank you.

Maths and Writing have also continued this week. In maths we have been developing our understanding and skills of using the column addition and subtraction methods. In Writing today the children worked in pairs to plan the next new adventure for Claude and Sir Bobblysock.

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow and Thursday.

 

Have a lovely weekend, stay sunsafe.

Miss Spencer, Mrs Hostein and Mrs Fernandes.

New School Councillors – Congratulations

Huge congratulations to our new school councillors who were elected by their classmates, after reading a presentation aloud.

I look forward to working with the following children;

Leo, Ada, Lola, Mark, Seb, Neve, Sam J, Emily.

Their first task will be to welcome our new parents to our school on the 2nd July.  Followed by a sale on the playground of goodies left over from the Summer Fair.  The councillors will be in post until October.

Congratulations

Mrs Barwin

Year 2 Week 3

Another busy week in Year 2!

We have been practising our dance ready for the Summer fair which we are looking forward to showing you.

We have also begun to practise our year 2 production. This week your child should have come home with costume requirements and words to learn if they chose to have a speaking part. Please help your child to learn these words, to project their voices and speak clearly. Please hand in costumes as soon as possible. Thank you.

This week in maths we have introduced the children to column addition and subtraction which they have really enjoyed doing! They have shown a good understanding of place value for the numbers which has made this method much easier. Some calculations have been sent home to practise for home learning.

In writing this week we finished reading the book about Claude in the city. The children then wrote a book review saying their favourite parts and explaining why. They enjoyed then drawing illustrations to go with their writing.

In RE we began to learn about the Jewish and Christian creation stories which we were then comparing to the Islamic creation story. We talked about similarities and differences. Some excellent, thought provoking discussions have been had!

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Hostein and Miss Spencer

 

Another busy week in Year 2!

In writing this week the children did a best copy of their newspaper report that they planned last Friday. They learnt about the main features of a newspaper report and used these in their layouts. The adventures of Claude and Sir Bobblysock will continue next week.

Addition and subtraction have been the focus in maths this week. The children begun by reminding themselves and practising the different methods to solve addition and subtraction calculations. They then used these methods to solve word problems. Next week we move onto column addition and subtraction.

We have begun to practise our year 2 dance for the Summer fair. We hope to see you all there! We have also begun to think about the year 2 play. Please look out next week for costume parts that your child may need. The children have been sent home with the words for one of the main songs to learn the words to. Their home learning this week is to practise similes.

Please do see the letter we have sent home today with the change of date for the trip to Whipsnade. It is now on the  Friday 12th July.

Have a lovely weekend

Miss Spencer, Mrs Fernandes and Mrs Hostein.

 

Year 2

Welcome back after the half term break to the final half term in Year 2! What a busy half term it is going to be which includes our trip to the zoo, the year 2 production, sports afternoon, preparing for our transition to the juniors as well as all the usual learning!

This week the children have been creative in design and technology. They have designed and are making sock puppet friends as the Character Claude in our big write book has a best friend who is a sock! They have begun to sew the outline of a maple leaf to go with our learning about Canada and some children have designed and begun making a beaded picture.

In maths the children have been investigating 3 digit numbers. They have learnt about the place value of digits and how to compare them using the < > and = symbols. They recorded numbers using the hundreds, tens and units columns and used dienes to represent the numbers. We have sent home a snakes and ladders game to continue practising place value.

Newspaper reports were the focus of our writing lesson today. We showed the children a copy of First News which is a newspaper written for children aged 7 to 11. We looked at the features and annotated a copy of a news article. The children then worked with a partner to design their own newspaper report which will be carried on next week.

In science we have continued learning about habitats and animal adaptation.

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Hostein and Miss Spencer

Nature Reserve with Eco Ambassadors and School Councillors

This week, Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis met with the Eco Ambassadors and School Councillors. The children were encouraged to build nature reserves to live outside.

They scooped mud into large trays then added seeds, water pots, leaves for decoration and some logs.

We then explored our nature reserves and noticed we already had some creatures, a slug and a woodlouse. They then chose to put some water in the nature reserve for animals to drink.

The children chose where they would like the nature reserves to live so that they could be accessible for the animals and somewhere where they could keep an eye on any growth.

 

Do you have an unwanted stair gate?

Hi

We are looking to purchase a stair gate, but thought I would check first to see if anyone has one that they don’t require anymore.

If you do have one and would be willing to donate it to the school, please pop and see me.

Many Thanks

Mrs Barwin

Playdough

Hi,

If you are able to make or donate any playdough to reception we would be very grateful. We are looking at making butterflies during Outdoor Classroom Day so would appreciate a range of colours so the children can make them colourful.

Thanks

Summer 1 Week 2 Year 2

In maths we have been using our multiplication and division knowledge to solve word problems. Please practise the 2, 5 and 10 times tables with your child so they have instant recall and can use these facts to aid their division. Next we are  recapping 2d and 3d shapes and their properties, including lines of symmetry.

In big writing the children recalled events of an adventure in first person, writing as the character. They will write this on a postcard during handwriting next week.

In science this week they looked at the life cycle of animals including humans.

Again in music the children used notation to play simple patterns with percussion instruments. This included rests so it was quite tricky to keep in time with each other. We also practised the songs that we sung to entertain the May Kings and Queens!

Please encourage your child to read as much as possible and ask them to explain to you what happened or they learnt from their books.

Gold class – we are short of parents to help with swimming on the 21st of May, is anyone available to help please. Also can we remind you that every child needs to have their own hat to swim in. Samuel Ryder have become very strict about this now and say: no hat, no swimming.

Have a lovely weekend and remember class photos are on Tuesday. Gold class will be having theirs before they go swimming!

Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Hostein and Miss Spencer

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