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Year 2 – Crimson and Scarlet

Welcome to Year 2.

Our Teachers are Miss D’Souza, Mrs Moore and Mrs Garcia and our Teaching Assistants are  Miss Kotrcova and Mrs Kohli.

  • Happy half term!

    This week in Maths, we have been looking at splitting shapes into halves, quarters and thirds. We started off the week with a square piece of paper and explored how to fold it into halves and quarters. We were then challenged to fold a square into thirds, which we realised is a little harder as you have to estimate to ensure each part is equal.

    In Science, we have been looking for patterns to help us sort objects into those that are natural and those that are man-made. Some of the things we realised are that natural objects are more fragile and flexible while man-made are generally sturdier and made out of stronger materials such as plastic.

    In English we have written some super sentences using a range of sentence starters.  We are really starting to add interest to our writing by using noun phrases regularly and a great range of vocabulary.   We were also lucky enough to have a talk from a parent who is in the publishing field.  It was very interesting to hear what she does and she even gave us some tips for when we are editing our own writing.

    In PSHE we have discussed what we can do if we feel pressured to do things that we don’t feel comfortable with.  We discussed a range of scenarios and thought of how we would respond.

    Sports Day was a lovely end the week and to our penultimate half term.  Year 2 were so supportive of each other. It was lovely to see the children and supporters having so much fun.

    Have a wonderful half term break and we look forward to seeing you on Monday 3rd June.

    Best wishes

    The Year 2 team

  • Pop! Boom! Crash!

    In English this week we have finished writing our space adventure stories.  We have used lots of noun phases to add interest and have spent time editing our own work.

    In Maths we have been finding half, third and quarters of amount (e.g. find  quarter of 24).

    This week in Science, we looked at being able to explain what we had found out from our investigation. We explored the absorbency of a variety of different fabrics and then used a wax crayon to see if we could make it waterproof. We then created a class diagram to explain our thoughts.  The children were then challenged to create a waterproof book.  We had lots of different suggested materials and exploration such as covering the pages in glass as it is transparent (we did discuss how fragile the book would then become!) but it certainly got the children creatively thinking about those materials that are absorbent and those that are waterproof!

    In History we ordered all the significant events in Martin Luther King’s life.

    In Art we had great fun designing Pop Art style lettering, for a superhero comic.  We used the dot art we learnt about last week.

    Have a great weekend.

    Best wishes

    The Year 2 Team

  • Here comes the sun!

    How lovely for us all to have a sunny week.  It really puts a smile on everyone’s faces (especially the grown ups!)

    In Maths this week we have been doing division with remainders.  We have shown resilience and practised until we are able to do these tricky calculations.

    In English we have planned our space adventure story and have thought of exciting story openers for the beginning to get the reader interested.  We are trying to remember to use capital letters at the start of sentences, add in noun phrases and use our best handwriting.

    In History we started finding out about Martin Luther King and the impact he had on society today.

    In Art we have used our skills of portrait drawing to create a self portrait in a Pop Art style, inspired by Roy Lichtenstein.  We used cotton buds and paint to create a dot effect.

    We had a super time in the sun on the field at after lunch.  What a fabulous way to end the week!  Thank you to those of you who came with us.

    Enjoy the sunshine and have a great weekend.

    Best wishes

    The Year 2 team

  • Take the ‘Hot Seat’!

    What a busy four day week we’ve had.

    On Monday, in our science lesson, we carried out our planned investigations to see if the following statement was true or false ‘Hard materials cannot absorb water.’ Look carefully at our results to see what we found out!

    In PSHE we thought about our talents and skills.  We have quite a lot between us: basketball, football, drawing, making creative things, tap dancing, golf and lots more.  We also discussed things that we need to practise in order to get better at it.

    In our History lesson we put ourselves in the shoes of Nelson Mandela.  We all thought about a question we would have liked to ask him and then took it in turns to sit in the ‘Hot Seat’ and answer the questions from Nelson Mandela’s point of view.

    In Maths we have been dividing by sharing and creating links between division and multiplication.  We have enjoyed making fact families.

    We are all hoping that the sun shines for our long weekend and that you all have fun!

    Best wishes

    The Year 2 Team

  • We are scientists and artists!

    In Maths this week we have been using our times tables knowledge to solve worded problems and used division for sharing.  We are starting to notice lots of patterns between multiplication and division.

    This week in Science we have been planning our own investigation to prove or disprove the statement ‘Hard materials cannot absorb water’. Next week we will perform our test and record results to show our findings. Check in next week to see what we find out!

    In History, we have been introduced to a new significant figure this week – Nelson Mandela.  We were fascinated that he was in prison for 27 years and couldn’t believe that it was because he stood up for his opinions about treating all people equally.  We look forward to finding out more about him next week.

    In Art we used what we learnt last week from our observation drawings of our facial features and drew a self portrait.  Can you recognise any of us?

    And another great end to the week on the field! (Please look out for our volunteer sign up sheet for Friday afternoons – we need your help!)

    The spelling test will be on Thursday next week, as we all have an occasional day off on Friday (3rd).

    Have a great weekend.

    Best wishes

    The Year Two team

  • Mysterious items

    This week, children in Crimson class were called to the outside area to investigate some very interesting items. They found equipment which is used for mountaineering including a harness, rock climbing shoes and crampons for climbing on ice. Children wrote about this in their recounts.

    In Scarlet class, children have carried out an investigation to see which materials are most absorbent. They developed experiments to test three different types of paper towels.  Mrs Stray will use the most absorbent one to mop up Lani’s little puddles!

  • Field Friday fun!

    Welcome back!  We are in our final term of this academic year and can’t wait to get stuck in with all the fun learning topics we have planned, as well as getting the children ready for sports day!

    In English we have been writing recounts and are using some excellent time connectives to show when things happen.  We will be continuing this next week too.

    Our new topic in Science this term is based around materials and we started the unit off with an investigation to help Mrs Stray clear up the mess Lani makes after having water. We explored three different types of kitchen towels and predicted which one would be the most absorbent. After investigating the paper towels in different ways we were able to share our results with Mrs Stray!

    In Art we are drawing portraits, and this week started by looking at our facial features.  We use soft drawing pencils which allowed the lines to be stronger and easier for using shading.

    We are so happy that ‘Field Friday’ is back on the timetable.  It was definitely a highlight of the week and Year 2 were very lucky that the sun joined us for our time there (despite us being on weather watch all morning!).  Thank you so much to the parents who joined us.  We will leave a sign up sheet by the lunches, so please let us know if you can spare us an hour in the coming weeks (Fridays 1.30-2.30pm).

    Wishing you all a lovely weekend.

    Best wishes

    The Year 2 Team

  • Happy holidays!

    Wow!  Two thirds of the way through Year 2 already and what a great half term it has been!

    It has been a short week, but we have managed to pack it full!

    To end our science unit, the children have created posters identifying things they have learnt. Many included a drawing of micro-habitats with living things foun. around them and a food chain with scientific vocabulary displayed like producer, energy, consumer, predator and prey.  They did a great job!

    In our final lesson of DT we baked our bread rolls, with our own chosen ingredients (olives, raisins, honey, sunflower seeds).  Hope they tasted as good as they looked.

    Today we had lots of fun with Easter crafts, producing Easter baskets (which the Easter bunny slipped a few mini eggs in at lunchtime!) and pop up cards.

    Thank you for our chocolate gifts and for your continued support with homework and reading at home.

    Have a wonderful break and we look forward to more fun and learning in the summer term.

    The Year 2 team

  • What a great week!

    We started the week with a trip to the Cathedral, which was a brilliant way for the children to share what they have already found out about St Alban himself and the Romans, but also learn more through role play and exploration of artefacts. It was an amazing experience and I’m sure the children would like to take you there to share all that they now know!

    In English we have read more about the Kapok Tree and are building up notes and a plan for next week’s writing.  We have spent time focusing on past tense verbs.

    Our Maths lessons this week have involved a whole variety of fun activities to help embed our 2x, 3x, 5x and 10x tables.  We have played all sort of games and worked with partners.  Keep logging onto TTRockstars to help become super speedy at times tables.

    In RE we read and talked about the story of The Prodigal Son and discussed the importance of ‘forgiveness’ and shared times when we have forgiven someone and how it made us feel.

    Our FEELIT emotion this week is ‘miserable’.  We discussed things that make us feel miserable and what we look like when we are feeling miserable.  We all agreed that it is a low energy, unpleasant feeling.

    To round the week off nicely we had fun in Golden Time, a reward for all our hard work!

    Have a lovely weekend,

    The Year 2 Team


  • It’s time for a debate!

    Hope you are all enjoying the slightly lighter and longer days.

    In English we have started to look at narrative writing and began reading The Great Kapok Tree. This week has been spent exploring new vocabulary that we might be able to use in our own writing in the next couple of weeks and finding out about what a Kapok Tree is!  We really enjoyed debating ‘Trees must be cut to ensure there are enough homes for humans’.  We wrote arguments ‘for’ and ‘against’.   It’s safe to say that we have some budding politicians in Year 2!

    In Maths we have been doubling and halving two-digit numbers by working with the tens and ones separately.  Once we got to grips with the strategy we have done really well with this.

    This week in Science we explored food chains even further, focusing on key vocabulary to help describe how living things depend on each other. Starting from the producer, energy is passed through to the predator who is at the end of the food chain. Lots of discussions were had about what would happen if a link within the chain disappeared.

    We have had two ‘Feel It’ sessions this week and discussed  the feelings of ‘confused’ (a high energy, unpleasant feeling) and ‘amazed’ (a high energy, pleasant feeling).

    We are really looking forward to our visit to The Cathedral on Monday. Thank you to parents who have offered to walk there with us.

    Have a lovely weekend.  Let’s hope we get some sunshine.

    The Year 2 Team