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.

Visit from Anthony Rowlands our Local Councillor

Today we had a visit from Anthony Rowlands, our local Councillor for Ashley and Cunningham Areas.  Anthony delivered an Assembly for the children, mostly focussing on the newly renovated Foxcroft Park.  Anthony asked the children, who should make decisions on what goes into a Park and they agreed on Parents, Councillors, the children and the local residents.

Anthony then asked what is a good idea to put into a park and we agreed table tennis was a good idea, but trampolines probably weren’t.

Anthony then had a questions and answers session with our School Councillors, whilst enjoying a drink and a biscuit.  Our Councillors asked some fantastic questions, such as, do you like your job and how long have you been a Councillor?

Anthony was impressed with our British Values Display and our links with Orchard Care Home.

We thank Anthony for taking the time to visit us.

Week 5 – Year 2.

Week 5 already!

In maths this week we have been practising adding on number lines. The children have found this tricky transferring partitioned numbers onto a number line. We will be continuing with this next week and have sent home a guidance sheet with some questions for them to practise. Asking them to explain how to do it to you will help develop their understanding.

In science the children have been learning how seeds disperse in a variety of ways. The children have begun to make burrs in clay to show how these types of seeds attach themselves to animal coats and are dispersed to a new area.

We read to the end of chapter eleven today in Fantastic Mr Fox for our english lesson. The children then learnt about the features of a comic strip and used these to make their own about Mr Fox and his family. They were encouraged to use speech and thought bubbles.

The children have been practising their harvest songs ready to entertain you in our school harvest celebration next Thursday. We look forward to seeing you there.

We are looking forward to our trip next Tuesday. Please arrive at school for the usual time and in school uniform. Don’t forget your packed lunch if you are not having a school one.

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Hostein and Miss Spencer.

Week 4 Year 2

This week we have been looking at St Albans past and present, we started to make comparisons about what things have changed and why. The children were very excited watching the changes occur in places/ roads of St Albans that they knew. Next week the children will begin writing their comparisons.
In maths we have been focusing on addition and subtraction using known number facts. Some children found this difficult and are still using their fingers to count on. Please could you practice all number bonds to 20 to ensure the children can make links and use this knowledge to solve more complex problems. If your child is confident with this, then practice using known number facts like below.
If I know 13 + 7 = 20, then I know that 23 + 7 = 30 etc
In big writing we have carried on looking at Fantastic Mr Fox, the children have focused on how Mr Fox characters changes as the book continues.
In RE we learnt about Islamic prayer and this will continue next week when the children design a mat for their own quiet / reflection time.
Have a lovely weekend
Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Hostein and Miss Spencer

Our Mud Kitchen – requests for donations

To enhance our fabulous mud kitchen, we are looking for donations of anything you think children might like to add to mud to experiment/investigate.  Possibly glitter, lentils, pasta, shells, stones….

In addition, next time you are having a clear out in your kitchens, we would be happy to accept donations of saucepans, plastic glasses/cups, chop sticks, cutlery, potato mashers, fish slices etc.

Many Thanks

 

Carpenters tools request for our children

Hi

As part of our focus to encourage children to write outside in addition to inside, we have purchased a wooden tool bench, with wooden tools.  We would love to enhance it with some real life tools, such as goggles, spirit levels etc.

If you have anything you think might be safe and suitable, would you please pass them to myself or Miss Lewis.

If you have plastic or wooden tools that are no longer wanted, we would gladly have those too.

Many Thanks

Eco Ambassadors first important task

This morning our newly appointed Eco Ambassadors conducted a Travel Survey before School.  They stood at the school gates to monitor;

  • anyone cutting through the car park
  • anyone scooting or cycling through school
  • parents parking on the zig zag lines
  • children walking sensibly or holding their parents hands.

We were very impressed today that nobody cut through the car park or parked on the zig zag lines.

Our Ambassadors will be discussing their findings at their next meeting.

Thank you for getting your child to school for 8:35, we do appreciate it.

Kind Regards

Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis

Year 2 Week 3

Another busy week in year 2!

In maths we have continued with our place value knowledge of numbers to 100. This has included odd and even numbers, using a 100 square, number sequences and counting in 3s, tens and ones and making 2 digit numbers from single digits. We are also trying to use greater instead of bigger when comparing numbers. A maths activity has been sent home with your child for home learning to be returned by Wednesday please.

Stretching a sentence was the focus in writing today. The children started off with a very simple sentence: The dog sat. We then added information using who? what? when? where? and why? to make the sentence a lot more detailed and interesting. The clip we used with an example can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6g4bxJBjcU

In music the children have been learning a new song about Roman life and another that needs words rhyming with oo! They have begun to use the words tempo and volume / dynamics when describing the changes in sound.

IN RE the children passed around Christian artefacts and thought about how they would be used, by whom and why. Next week we will be learning about Islamic prayer so if anyone of you would like to come and talk to us about this it would be great to hear from you. Please speak to Miss Spencer if you can.

We have sent home the letter this week with details about our visit to St Albans Abbey. Please do complete the forms and return them to school as soon as possible.

Have a lovely weekend

Miss Spencer, Mrs Hostein and Mrs Fernandes.

Year 1 – Week three

Another busy week.

In Maths we have been doubling and halving and in Literacy we have continued to look at trees and leaves. Today, each child wrote a poem, describing what they could see in Autumn.

We shall continue to look at Topic books and link our lessons to the changing season.

On that note, Green Class are still three helpers short. If you are able to accompany us, please let Mrs. Haynes know asap.

If you would like to support your child with their letter formation, these are the focus letters for this week: c, a, d and g.

The children have their Purple Mash log-on in their Reading Diary and have been practising using computers at school.

Year 1 have also been Scientists this week, asking questions and finding their own answers by classifying and sorting animals into groups.

We hope you have a lovely weekend, whatever the weather brings. Autumn is definitely here!

Regards,

Mrs. Haynes and Mrs. Caramelo.

Sibling Photographs

Photographs for infant children with pre-school siblings and for infant children with siblings within the school.

You are welcome to have your child’s photograph taken with siblings in our school hall from 3.30pm. Parents/Carers will need to collect all children from the classrooms and bring them round via the School Office.

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