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.

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

Welcome back!

Welcome back!

This half term we are focusing on fluency and understanding in reading. We would be grateful if you could listen to your child read as often as possible please, this does not have to be their school book but please write in their school home diaries what they have read.

This week we have introduced the new book for literacy, the children have predicted what adventure the characters might go on and written a verse describing a city scene. Next week they will look at the adventure that the main character goes on and write a postcard to tell their friend about what they have seen. Home learning this week is an activity to practise writing and using contracted words.

In maths the children have revised number bonds and addition and subtraction with missing numbers and word problems. Please continue to practise number bonds with your child, especially to 20 and 100.

Alive, once alive and dead was the objective of the science lesson this week. The children sorted objects into these groups.

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Hostein and Miss Spencer

Week 5 in Year 2

Today in writing the children have written a description of a setting from the Tin Forest when the forest is built from metal. They then compared the tin forest setting to the forest when the plants had grown and the animals returned. The children are developing their editing skills, we have sent home a sheet that needs editing for punctuation and spelling. We will be grateful if you can help your child to find the correct spellings using a dictionary, this can be paper or online.

In science the children investigated changing materials by adding heat. They melted chocolate and made popcorn thinking about the effect of the heat and whether it is reversible or not.

The children have been practising their songs please continue to learn the words for Sir Eglamore which we sent home a few weeks ago. We look forward to seeing you all at the Spring concert next week. Please remember that the ukulele performance will be in the afternoon only.

Letters have gone home today with Gold class about swimming for after the holidays. Please remember that ALL children need their own swimming hat.

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Hostein and Miss Spencer.

Litter Picking with our Eco Ambassadors

This lunchtime, 6 of our Eco Ambassadors came outside and picked litter with us.

They looked out the front of the school, thinking where litter is most likely to be blown.

They thought it was good that we didn’t find much litter, maybe because there is a bin outside that is being well used.

They explained that we need to pick litter

  • To look after our environment
  • So that it doesn’t end up in rivers or lakes
  • So that it doesn’t hurt animals such as birds.

We will continue to litter pick, please be mindful to put rubbish in bins!

Thank you

Week 4 Year 2.

It was lovely to see some of you for the Learn with your child day on Thursday.

In maths this week the children have been reading a variety of scales to measure temperature and capacity. We have been reading different units of measures on scales of different intervals.We have sent home a sheet for you to practise reading scales with your child. This could also be practised practically by looking for millilitres and litres on containers and when cooking.

This week the children wrote a character description of an old man in two different settings. They used a role on the wall picture to describe thoughts and feelings as well as the physical appearance of him.

In D&T the children are making houses in the style of Tudor buildings from 1666. They have thought about the shape of the buildings and their appearance and added materials to represent the wooden structure used at the time.

Topic writing over the next couple of weeks is an explanatory text as to why the Great Fire of London spread so far and lasted so long. This will finish the topic off showing what the children have learnt.

Today was a very exciting assembly with a visiting musician and his rock music instruments! The children enjoyed clapping along to the drum beat and singing along to some songs.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Fernandes, Miss Spencer and Mrs Hostein.

 

Seeds please

Hello

To develop our Science learning across the school, we are hoping to broaden the children’s knowledge and understanding of growth.

We hope to be able to show the children some common plants and vegetables as well as those they may not have seen before or have had experience growing.

If you are able to donate any seeds, be it flowers or vegetables, that we could grow across the classes, please bring them to Miss Lewis in Red Class and I will distribute them to all classes.

Many thanks

Miss Lewis

Our first whole school trip!

Today was our first whole school trip to Heartwood Forest.

It was a great day to launch Science Week next week, and luckily the weather held out for us.

Each year group enjoyed a range of activities

EYFS – a nature hunt to think about what we could hear, see, smell and touch (not taste!!) then an afternoon of activities including photos from different perspectives, building homes for Bog Baby, tree rubbings, minibeast hunts.

Y1 and 2 both had an opportunity to build dens, thinking about the best way to create a structure and working collaboratively. They then explored a wide range of activities including sketching and measuring. They made links to many aspects of the curriculum.

Thank you to all of the helpers, parents, grandparents, au pairs for giving up your day to support us, particularly outside in this weather!

Have a restful weekend

Fantastic day at Heartwood Forest!

Year 2 have had an amazing day today. It was very muddy and quite chilly at times but this did not stop Year 2 learning and having fun. We have measured the girths of trees with tape measures, sketched views and plants, den building and walking along a route to see the wood carvings. We have learnt the difference between rural and urban by looking at the views from the top of the hills. There was lots of walking so we hope your children sleep well tonight!

Thank you for all the reading sponsorship money so far, yesterday we were up to £600 which is amazing and means we can order some new books for the school. We hope you enjoyed coming in to read with your children. There was a lovely atmosphere around the school and it was good to see all the children enjoying reading or talking about their favourite books. The children all looked good in their book character costumes.

In maths this week we learnt about 3d shapes, their names and properties. Web made repeated patterns using shapes and colours. Next week we will be learning about rotation and direction.

In big writing this week they created their own Egg Box Dragon adventure. They will be creating books and adding illustrations to share with other children.

Next week is a busy week with waste awareness workshops, E-safety workshops on Tuesday we are very lucky to have a visiting author: Jeanne Willis who will be doing workshops with each of the classes. She will also be book signing after school if you would like to buy one.

Have a lovely weekend

The Year 2 team.

Heartwood

Hello

We are really looking forward to our trip to Heartwood on Friday, 8th March.

Having visited last week, before the rain, the ground underfoot was very soft and quite slippery in places. Please could we remind that although it has been dry recently, could your child wear appropriate footwear such as walking boots, wellies or old trainers.

If you have any unwanted clipboards or bulldog clips, please bring them in for us to share out for the trip. If your child has a clipboard that they would like returned after the trip, please name it clearly and hand it to your class teacher.

Thank you

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