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.

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

Spring 2 Week 1 in Year 2.

Yesterday was a wonderful immersive day for the children ‘it was a portal back into 1666’ (quoted by Thomas) Thank you to all the parents who came to help, it would not have happened with out you. The children enjoyed meeting Mistress Victoria and the many activities that History Off The Page provided. These ranged from weaving, making ink and using quills, sewing, candle making, clay button mould making, perfumery, apothecary, role play and sawing off limbs!

Today the children wrote a recount of the events from yesterday using adverbs of time and conjunctions. They had some really exciting explanations of the activities and were still buzzing from yesterday.

In maths the children have been identifying 2d shapes by the number of sides and vertices (corners) these include regular and irregular shapes. They investigated right angles around the classrooms and have been finding lines of symmetry. We have sent home a sheet that includes 2d and 3d shapes as we will be moving on to these next week.

Next week is a busy week with World Book Day on Thursday and Heartwood Forest on Friday. We look forward to seeing the children’s character outfits on Thursday.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Hostein and Miss Spencer.

Year 2 Week 5

We apologise for not having blogged for a few weeks but it has been a very busy time!

The children have also been busy and having fun with with their learning. For writing we have continued with The Egg Box Dragon by Richard Adams. The children have learnt more facts about the personality of the dragon. He is quite a mischievous dragon! However he has a special ability to find lost things and the children have written to him by taking on the persona as one of the villagers who has lost something and are asking the dragon for help. They will be replying to each other’s letters next week!

In maths the children have been reminded about the values of coins and notes. They have investigated different ways of making amounts and solved problems involving money. Home learning this week continues the problem solving but the best practise the children would benefit from is actually using coins.

The mystery of the disappearing cake has been solved! The children have been collecting data on members of staff trying to identify who might have taken the cake! We have opened attachments in emails and listened to audio files. They have produced excel spreadsheets and learnt how to filter data.

E-safety day  – the children talked about what E-safety is and went through scenario cards.

Last week the children really enjoyed the Chinese dragon dance workshop led by a professional dancer. He was very engaging for the children. We also talked about Chinese New Year and the children made crafts to celebrate Chinese new year.

If you have not already done so, please can you pay the monies for our Great Fire of London day by next Friday, 15th February. Also please do let us know if you are able to help on the day. Thank you.

Please can you also start saving tubes as after half term we will be doing more D&T modelling. (For example: toilet and kitchen roll tubes) Thank you.

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Hostein and Miss Spencer.

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