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International Week

Wow! How fun this week has been! The children have taken part in a range of enjoyable workshops allowing them to explore a range of continents around the world. Some of the workshops included learning about Canada, Hawaii, Aboriginal Art, Gaudi – mosaics, Mongolian Yurts – felt making. As a year group we focused on Brazil in South America and had lots of fun building our very own Christ the Redeemer.





I work in a room full of red furniture. What year group am I?

This week in English the children have had lots of fun writing and performing a riddle based on a rainforest animal. In maths they have been looking at division and fractions, using a range of resources to support them i.e. diennes. The start of our place and time topic has allowed the children to revisit the continents and identify which have rainforests.


Spring term (2) Homework – Year 2

Homework will be posted on the blog every half term showing you the day it will be discussed with the children and the task. This half term there are a mixture of tasks related to the children’s learning that week or skills that they need to be practising.


Friday 23rd February 2018

In English we have been learning about the features of a riddle. Choose a pet animal and write a riddle. Give me lots of clues so we can guess the animal.

Maths challenge: Write one, two, three-digit numbers in words.


Friday 2nd March 2018

In place and time, we are thinking about our local area. On your journey to school draw or take pictures of things you see i.e. buildings, parks, monuments. Write a caption to go with each photo/picture.

Maths challenge: We have been looking at multiplication. Create your own multiplication word problem for the adults to solve i.e. I have a pack pencils. Each child needs two pencils each. There are 12 children in the class. How many pencils do I need?


Friday 9th March 2018

Count in 2s

Reflect on all the things you have learnt over international week. Write three facts you have learnt and one thing you would like to find out.

Maths challenge: While out and about see if you can count forward and backwards in twos i.e. walking in the park counting the trees.


Friday 16th March 2018

This week in maths we have been looking at data. Create your own tally and pictogram using a topic of your choice i.e. colours of cars driving past your house.


Extra activities

  • Daily reading
  • Work on Year 2 spelling patterns. Root words ending with the suffixes: ly, ness, less, ment, ful

e.g. quick – quickly  still – stillness  home – homeless      content – contentment       care – careful

  • Practise adding and taking away 2 digit numbers e.g. 24 + 17 =       28 – 15=


Please bring the homework books back during the week beginning 19th March 2018 to be marked.

Ranger Stu comes to Alban City!

In Literacy this week the children have been writing their non-chronological reports. They have used their plans to write the interesting facts, using conjunctions and subheadings to add detail to their writing. In maths they have been practicing regrouping and partitioning to solve subtraction. Our animal Man visit was fantastic and the children asked some brilliant questions about the different animals they saw and held.

The children thoroughly enjoyed their problem solving day today, cracking the codes to leave the classroom at different points in the day.

We hope you have a lovely half term!



In this blog….

This week in English the children have been planning a non-chronological report while in maths they have been looking at measuring length. In handwriting we have been looking at horizontal and diagonal joins.


Next week the children will visit a local church to support their learning in Faith and Belief. They also have the visit from Animal Man which will support their science this term.

Mathematical exploration!

This week in English we have been identifying features of a non-chronological report. In maths we have been using Cuisenaire rods to explore addition and subtraction statements. While in art we have been adding flowers and fruit to our rainforest painting.

How the Children Became Authors!

This week in English we have written our own stories based on ‘How the Leopard got its Spots’.


In maths we have been partitioning numbers using apparatus and pictorial representations to help us add. We enjoyed using the internet to search information about different rainforest animals.

A good search engine we used in school was ‘Safe Search’:


Spring term (1) Homework – Year 2

Homework will be posted on the blog every half term showing you the day it will be discussed with the children and the task. Each task will relate to an objective covered during the week.


This term we would like the children to work on their spellings of the common exception words. Lists have been given out but further copies can be obtained from the teachers.


Friday 12th January 2018: In English the children have used story maps and puppets to retell their own version of the story ‘How the Leopard got his spots’ by Shoo Rayner. Next week they will be writing their stories. Please encourage the children to retell their story to you, thinking carefully about the flow, sentence structure and sense.

Maths challenge: When you are doing your shopping can you add 2 amounts together. How much change might you get if paying with £1, £5 or £10.


Friday 19th January 2018: Our topic this term is Rainforests. Using the internet or a non-fiction book, find out about an animal that lives in the rainforest, including the type of food that they eat.

Maths challenge: Length – estimate and measure the length of different objects.


Friday 26th January 2018: In maths the children have looked at time and have continued to think about time and daily routines regularly since. It is pleasing to see so many who are keen to learn the time and now seem to wear a watch at school ensuring the adults time keeping is punctual. Encourage the children to keep a diary for a day recording timing of activities and what they did. Discuss how long the activity took to allow them to begin to understand how much time has passed.


Friday 2nd February 2018: In science we have been looking at food chains – we have linked this to food chains in the rainforest. Encourage children to discuss key vocabulary identified at school and draw their own food chain for an animal that lives in water. Predator, prey, producer, consumer

Maths challenge: Discuss mental strategies to solve addition and subtraction. Rounding up and taking away, counting in multiples of tens then ones, think 10 etc.


Please bring the homework books back week beginning 5th February 2018 to be marked.


Thank you


Greater than, Less than

In Literacy this week the children have been planning a rainforest story. They have drawn story maps using different characters. They made sock puppets to act out their stories to a friend and add interesting vocabulary to their plans. In Maths they have been solving two step problems completing an addition, subtraction or multiplication sentence then using the greater than and less than symbols.

We would also like to remind you about the E-Safety talk for Parents at Alban City school on Wednesday 17th January 2018 at 6.30 pm.

Look behind you!!!!

This week we have taken part in a range of Christmas activities including the carol service, hat making, instrumental concert and Christmas lunch. The children thoroughly enjoy our visit to the pantomime especially when Aladdin flew on his magic carpet. In French the children had fun  learning the names of Christmas tree decorations.