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.

Year 2 Week 2.

Another busy week in year 2.

This week the children have enjoyed creating their egg box dragons! They designed them, collected the resources and then worked in pairs to assemble them. Then the dragons were painted and details finished off. This led to big writing today when the children wrote instructions for how to make their egg box dragon. They enjoyed being bossy with their imperative verbs! The activity for home learning will practise this.

In maths this week the children have continued learning about fractions and comparing different fractions.

In science the children named and compared a variety of materials according to their property.

The mystery of the disappearing chocolate cake continues! The children received another email from Miss Cooper and this time it had some information on and an audio clip attached to the email. The children talked about the safety of opening attachments. After this they then devised a table in Word or Excel to record the information they had been given.

In RE the children began to think about trees and how important they are in our lives and according to different religions. They can be symbolic of positivity, energy and new life.

This week we sent a letter home about our history off the page day on the 28th February. If you are able to help on this day please do let us know. If you are only able to do a morning or afternoon, we can accommodate this.

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Hostein and Miss Spencer.

 

 

 

Happy New Year!

Welcome back, we hope you all had a lovely break.

Thank you for our lovely and generous gifts you gave us at the end of last term.

The children have all come back ready to learn. We have begun our new topic for this term: Fire Fire! They have looked at pictorial sources and made predictions about what the people were doing, why they were doing and how they were feeling. The event, of course, was the Great Fire of London. The sources were pictures of the fire dating back to 1667 and 1700.

In maths we have begun to learn about fractions. The children have been learning about halves, thirds and quarters. They found fractions of numbers to 20 and shapes. They have also learnt how to write a numerical fraction and what the different parts represent. So, 1/2 is 1 equal piece of the 2 pieces. Ask your child what the name of the line in a fraction is called! This will continue next week.

Today the children were given an empty egg box in pairs and asked what they could use this for. There were some very imaginative answers. They then listened to a description and closed their eyes to visualise the character. It was an egg box dragon. They then drew their dragons and thought of some adjectives and expanded noun phrases to describe their dragon. Next week they will be making them by junk modelling so please send in any smaller boxes, packets, tubes and milk bottle tops that you may have. Thank you.

In science the children have begun the topic of materials. They investigated some objects, decided which materials they were made out of and why due to their properties.

Emails and chocolate cake are the focus of our new computing topic. The children have received an email from Miss Cooper about a chocolate that has gone missing from the staffroom asking for the children’s help to solve the mystery. We will be discussing how to stay safe when opening, reading emails and attachments. They will also listen to audio files and design tables to record the information.

What a busy week it has been!

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Hostein and Miss Spencer.

 

 

Another busy week in Year 2.

It was lovely to see some of you for book look this week. The children were excited to show you their work.

We continued with reading The Magic Finger story by Roald Dahl and this week thought about what makes us see red, our behaviour and the consequence. In the story The Girl sees red with her neighbours when they go hunting and gets cross with her teacher. She points her magic finger and all sorts of consequences can happen!

In maths we have been collecting, sorting, recording and interpreting data. We have learnt to count in tallies, pictograms and bar diagrams.

The tricky bit was when an image represented more than 1 object. Image result for pictogram

In science we have continued to develop our leaning about simple food chains and have creatively recorded these.

The children have just about finished their Power Points about their chosen place in St Albans. Over the next couple of weeks they will be presented their work to the rest of the class.

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Hostein and Miss Spencer.

 

Week 4 in Year 2.

Another busy week in year 2.

Today in Big Write the children wrote a persuasive letter on behalf of The Girl in Roald Dahl’s book: The Magic Finger. We thought carefully about how to set the letter out and then had to use persuasive language to stop a family hunting using the facts from last weeks debate. Some children were very passionate when it came to persuading them that they disagreed with hunting animals.

The children have begun to look at the growth of St Albans in their topic work. We used maps and graphs to investigate how the population of St Albans has grown over time. It was very interesting for them to see that this area where the school is was Cunningham farm!

In maths we have continued with multiplication and division. We have investigated multiples of 2, 5 and 10. We have answered problems and used reasoning to explain our answers. Home learning this week is practising the commutative law of multiplication and division. Thank you to those who attempted the home learning 2 weeks ago with how to measure a very tall tree. We had some very amusing answers.

In music Mr Bainbridge has been teaching the children to read notation as to when to play their percussion instruments and at what speed.

Advent has been the focus of RE for this and next week, as we learn about how Christians prepare for the celebration of Jesus. The children have written an acrostic poem to make a class book out of. You will hopefully be able to see these books when you come for book look on Thursday 6th December.

We hope you have a lovely weekend

Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Hostein and Miss Spencer.

Friday the 23rd November!

In maths this week we have begun multiplication and division. We began with repeated addition calculations, then lots of and finally used the multiplication sign. We used arrays to solve investigations.

Today the children continued their work from last week when they were introduced to a character from a book. This character is passionately against hunting so the children were introduced to fox hunting and then investigated arguments for and against. They then had paired and class debates about why fox hunting should or shouldn’t be banned.

In science the children have been introduced to simple food chains using the scientific vocabulary of predator, prey, consumer, carnivore, herbivore and omnivore.

The children have continued Power Points in computing and are using a range of fonts. They are copying and pasting pictures and information to answer their questions.

This week has been the first week of Switch off Fortnight. It was launched in a whole school assembly on Monday informing the children about saving energy, the planet and the world.

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Hostein and Miss Spencer.

 

Autumn 2, Week 2, Year 2!

This week we have been focusing on choosing respect as a theme for anti bullying week and the school’s half term value. On Monday Mrs Barwin led an assembly on choosing respect and how this ensures that our children respect each other as well as adults in their lives. This was followed up in class and the children thought about how other members of their class show respect.

In maths the children have continued to focus on measuring lengths and using this to solve word problems. For home learning we have sent home a sheet from the nRich website that we would like you to discuss with your child and make appropriate suggestions. If you are stuck you can look on the website for ideas.

In big writing the children looked at an image of a character from a story and thought of questions they would like to ask her. The class wrote a letter to the character together, asking some of these questions. This will be followed on next week when the character replies to their questions!

In computing the children are carrying on creating power points about their chosen location in St Albans. In history the children have begun to look at the impact and growth / changes with the introduction of trains and stations within St Albans.

A gentle reminder that the children all have Bug Club logins and the books have recently been updated. Well done to those children who are going on there regularly.

Next week we have switch off fortnight and don’t forget movie night is on Friday.

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Hostein and Miss Spencer.

Welcome back!

We hope you all had a lovely half term break.

Remembrance day has been a mini topic for this week. The children have been learning about what Remembrance day is and why we hold it each year. They have thought about memories and how objects can be connected to them. It was interesting to hear about their memories. Today in big write the children wrote an acrostic poem using the words and themes: poppy, poppies and thank you. This showed how much they had understood about remembrance and why we observe it each year. They have painted their clay poppies which they made before half term and created mixed media poppies for design and technology. Today the whole school held two minutes silence and were very respectful.

This leads onto next week which is anti bullying week and the theme this year is ‘Choose respect.’  Home learning this week is to complete an acrostic poem on ‘Respect.’

In maths we have been learning about metres, centimetres, how to use a ruler and comparing the measurements using greater / less than signs. We thought about top tips when using a ruler: always make sure they start measuring at 0 and check they are measuring in cms. You could ask the children to estimate the length of objects around your house.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Hostein and Miss Spencer.

In big writing, this week we have finished reading Fantastic Mr Fox and the children wrote a book review.

In Maths we have been looking at symmetrical patterns and the children worked together to create a display.

The children have begun to create PowerPoint presentations using the information they collected about St Albans we will continue this after half term.

In science, we followed up on our plant experiments looking at how they take in food and minerals.

 

Have a lovely half term

Mrs Hostein, Miss Spencer and Mrs Fernandes

Week 7 Year 2

Today the children wrote their own version of a story based on Anna and Otis by changing the characters and the places they visited. They followed their planning that they created earlier this week. We were focusing on developing their vocabulary for writing.

In maths we have been using the bar model to answer simple, one step word problems involving addition and subtraction. For example, I have 20 sweets, I eat 5 of them, how many do I have left?

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In science we have been investigating how plants take in liquids. The children have set up experiments to find out what happens.

In RE the children have been learning about what can be found in and how a church is used by Christians. There has been lots of discussion and some children have shared their own experiences.

This week has been democracy week. On Tuesday we were visited by a local councillor, Anthony Rowlands who spoke to the children about how things are voted for in the local community eg: Foxcroft play area. The children then talked about democracy as a British value and then voted for today’s clothing choice.

We look forward to seeing you all next week at Parent’s evening on Wednesday and Thursday.

Have a lovely weekend, enjoy the sunshine!

Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Hostein and Miss Spencer.

 

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