Welcome to Year 2.
Our Teachers are Miss Ellis and Miss Farley and our Teaching Assistants are Miss Restell, Mrs Da Palma, Mrs Redgwell and Mrs Pasarica.
World Book Day
World Book Day is on Thursday 5th March. Our theme this year will be Heroes and Villains from our favourite books in case you want to start rummaging through the dressing up box for ideas! More information will be sent out after half term.
Internet Safety Song
This week we have been focusing on Internet Safety in ICT. We shared ideas about what we do at home and in school to ensure we remain safe when on our tablets, ipads etc. We talked about what kind of things we should be sharing online, downloading apps, clicking on pop ups and only talking to people we know. We discussed the importance of sharing any worries or concerns with adults if there was something we were unsure about. We even learnt a song to help remind us of this. Click on the link below to watch:
Alban City Are Internet Legends #SaferInternetDay2020
Together For A Better Internet
Today is Safer Internet Day. Across this week the children at Alban City School will be discussing and completing activities to raise awareness about staying safe online.
With the help of Google’s and Parent Zone’s Internet Legends, the children are exploring how to be internet: sharp, alert, secure, kind and brave.
Interland is a virtual adventure-packed online game that makes learning about these 5 pillars interactive and fun by interacting with the Internaut team. You can play at home by clicking here (Interland).
Online safety does not stop at the end of the school day. At home, take a pledge to demonstrate the Internet Legend’s code discussed at school. You can download the pledge here (BeInternetLegendsPledge). Google and Parent Zone have also created some online safety activities for families to complete at home! Click here to see them (FamilyActivities).
If your child has access to a mobile device at home, the BBC have created the fantastic BBC Own It keyboard app which is designed for young people and available on both Apple and GooglePlay app stores for free. It is a wellbeing and smart keyboard app like any other that helps the user to make smart choices, feel more confident and get advice when you need it. Find out more information here (BBCOwnIt).
February’s value is friendship. Here are some views from CBBC about how to support your friends online and Be Internet Brave!
Here are some photos of Alban City taking part in Safer Internet Day.
SCHOOL READING BOOKS
We want to inform you of some changes which will take place regarding the books your child brings home from school to read.
We are striving for our children to read fluently (see below). In order to achieve this, we will be collecting in ALL reading books this week.
After half-term, the books which children bring home to read themselves, should only contain the sounds which they have been taught at school so far. Some of the books we are currently sending home, for example, have words like ‘trampoline’. By changing the books we send home we can ensure that whilst reading at home, children can focus on building their confidence, fluency and comprehension skills with you.
Please continue to encourage your child to read the books they bring home as these should be fully decodable for your child. Regular reading practice is essential to developing fluency.
Please do not hesitate to speak to us if you need any further clarification or support with reading with your child at home.
Many thanks for your continued support!
Division and Rainforest art!
This week in Maths we have been following on from our Multiplication work last week and started on Division! We have tried different methods including: sharing, counting in multiples by grouping, and building arrays. Please keep practising at home using whatever method that works best for you.
On Tuesday afternoon we joined forces with Little Robins to create a rainforest scene. We helped each other to paint the background and used paints and watercolours to add different creatures. Our creation is on display on the stairs going up to year 2 – look out for it on Monday!
The children did very well in their non-chronological report writing this week, where they used all their facts and research and applied different grammar skills to write some interesting reports.
A busy January…
We have had another few busy weeks in year 2 full of doubling, halving and multiplication in Maths. Next week we are linking our new skills to division and continuing our work with arrays.
During Literacy we each learnt about a specific rainforest animal and researched it’s diet, appearance and habitat. Next week the children will be writing their own non-chronological report on their animal using their grammar skills – commas, conjunctions and interesting sentence starters!
We have also been working hard to complete our Henri Rousseau inspired artwork. We used a range of materials including watercolours, art pencils and tissue paper in order to blend, sketch and add layers to our rainforest paintings.
In addition to weekly spellings, we are also introducing weekly arithmetic homework in year 2. Each week your child will get 12 questions to practice at home – We suggest you let them try this independently, check it with them and then work on any areas they may struggle with. Please feel free to ask for any support or advice with this.
Thank you to everyone who came to the maths workshop this morning, we hope you found it useful. Please find below a copy of the powerpoint. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to come and ask us!
Planning Stories and Telling the Time
We have had a very busy week this week. In Maths, we have been really pushing ourselves and taking on the challenge of learning to tell the time. We began by revising our knowledge of which hand is the minute and which is the hour hand. We then learnt to tell the time when it was o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to. We also began learning to tell the time every 5 minutes. It would be great if children could practise this as much as possible at home. Practice makes perfect!
In Literacy, we have begun planning our own stories based on the story line of ‘How the leopard got his spots’. We came up with some lovely story ideas. For example:
- How did the Gorilla become so strong?
- How did the Zebra get her stripes?
- How did the spider get eight legs?
- How did the snake lose his legs?
- How did the tree frog learn to jump so high?
The children thought about the problem and resolution that they would base their story around in order to create an interesting story sequence. We can’t wait to see how they turn out next week!
In Science, we searched our local habitat for anything living, dead or never been alive. We found lots of fallen leaves and could understand that they should be in the ‘dead’ category as they were once alive.
In Art, we were learning how to sketch and shade to make our drawing look more realistic. We drew observational drawings of rain forest animals and really focused on the details. We then had a class art gallery and shared our work with each other.
Next week in Maths, we will be learning how to double and half numbers. We will be thinking about what numbers can and can’t be halved and why. In Literacy, we will be writing our story that we have planned this week and we will be making sure we have included lots of descriptive language to create an interesting setting and character description.
Welcome back everyone. We hope that everyone had a very restful break.
This week we began our topic on rain forests. We have been blown away by the incredible projects that the children have shared with the class.
We are basing our Literacy topic on the book ‘How the Leopard got his spots’. The children wrote incredible character descriptions all about the Leopard and used some really incredible language. Next week we will begin by picking our own rain forest character to create a similar story to the book. Have a think whilst at home this weekend.
In Maths this week we have been learning how to interpret and create pictograms. The children kept very resilient as some were quite tricky when the picture represented more than one. The children have been set questions based on pictograms for homework this week to improve their understanding.
Panta & Carols!
What a wonderful week we all had this week. The children were all incredible assets to the school with great behaviour when we all went to the pantomime. It was clear they all thoroughly enjoyed it!
We also had a lovely time singing carols with the whole school at church on Friday. The children all worked very hard to learn the words to lots of different carols. We were also so proud of the wonderful readers during our carol concert. They read with great expression and confidence – well done!
In Maths, we were learning about different units of measure. We made a set of instruction of how to measure with a ruler accurately and were then able to measure lots of things in the classroom and compare the sizes of different objects.
In Literacy, we wrote incredible shape poems about our visit to the train station. The children focused on using their senses in order to improve the detail in the poem. Many children read theirs allowed using great tone and expression to make it even more exciting.
In Art, we recreated one of David Hockney’s pieces of Art. The children had to focus on colour mixing and looking at the detail within the painting. We used oil pastels to recreate his work.