Welcome to Year 2.
Our Teachers are Miss Ellis and Miss Farley and our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Parikh, Mrs Pasarica and Mrs Bickle.
Just like that we have finished another term in Year 2!
In Maths, we have been using our addition, subtraction, division, multiplication and fraction knowledge to solve problems. Each day we have looked at different types of word problems and come up with possible strategies to solve the problems. Some of these were very tricky and the children displayed amazing resilience!
In English, we have continued learning about poems. We started off the week by turning our classrooms into our very own rainforests. We listened out for sounds and made note of these. As a class, we came up with some amazing vocabulary to describe both what we could see and what we could hear.
In D&T, we have been learning all about different pop up mechanisms. We spent time learning how to make these mechanisms then planned what we could use them for. We decided to make a pop-up card about St Albans with lots of interesting facts in them.
In Music each child gave a performance to the rest of the class. We had some wonderful piano playing, chime bar playing and even some singing! Well done everyone for being brilliant and brave performers!
- Homework is now weekly. It is given out on a Friday and due the following Friday. Please ensure children are doing this. It is set on Google Classroom but paper copies are available if needed.
- Due to COVID, children are not allowed to bring in toys/teddies/their own pencil cases from home. (of course, hand cream/lip balm is absolutely fine)
- PE will still be on Thursday/Friday next term.
- Please make sure the children have their book/reading record every day as they are read with in school.
Have a lovely and restful Easter break. Well done to everyone for working so hard this term. We know it has been an incredibly different term and most of it they have spent learning from home but they have truly been amazing!
A Super Week!
This week in Maths, we have been learning the time. The children have amazed us with their time knowledge and have also been practising throughout the school day by using the clocks in the classroom. We have focused on o’clock, quarter past, half past, quarter to and have even begun learning the time to 5 minutes. Keep practising at home!
In English, we began our poetry topic. We listened to the poem ‘The Sound Collector’ and then performed it in pairs to the class. Lots of children had one person reading the poem and the other making the sounds from the poem. The class loved performing these as they really enjoyed making all the sound effects!
In ICT, we have been learning about staying safe online. This week our focus was online bullying and how we could deal with this. The class created their own ‘Supportive Sunflower’ where they came up with ideas to help prevent online bullying.
In Music this week the children focussed on rhythm and used the wooden claves to play along to the syllables in each of their names.
Wow! All of the children looked AMAZING for our special red nose day! We created our own comic books based on our superhero characters which were very interesting! We also used watercolours and paper to create our ‘Superhero saves the day!’ art. We practised blending watercolours together to create a gradient effect. We think they look SUPER!
Here are our new Year 2 display boards displaying the super work from the children the past few weeks. It’s been so lovely to have everyone back together again!
What a lovely first week back it has been. It has been so lovely seeing the children come back with big smiling faces! They have settled back into school life so smoothly and their positive attitudes have made us so proud to be their teachers!
In maths this week we have been learning all about fractions. We began the week by learning about equivalent fractions. We used pizza bases to represent 1/2 and 2/4 being equivalent. The children made some delicious pizzas! We then started finding 3/4 of an amount. We used multilink to help us with our working out. This was quite tricky so it was lovely to see the children working together to help each other find their answers! (Looks like we have lots of teachers in the making).
In English, we had another busy week working for the Monstermatic Toy Company. This week, we designed and created our own monsters after our boss had told us they needed a new monster but with a special feature included i.e. super speedy cleaning, extra strong or the ability to fly!
We then wrote our own version of ‘Monsters: An owner’s guide’ to help owners look after their own monster. The children worked so hard on these and were able to explain clearly using detailed explanations to help teach people how to best look after their monsters.
In Science, we investigated minibeast and their habitats. We went on a minibeast hunt on the playground and used a tally chart to record our findings.
At the end of every day we have spent some time thinking about what we are grateful for. The children have drawn pictures and written messages and kept them in our gratitude jar. It has been a lovely way to end our days at school!
- PE days: Thursday & Friday.
- Homework: Will be set every Friday on Google Classroom. The children have a week to complete this.
- Spellings: Will be given out on a Monday and are based on that week’s Phonics Lesson. They will then be tested the following Monday.
- Reading Books: Please make sure you are reading with your child 3-5 times in a week. Remember the book should be read 4 times as this allows children to understand the book in more detail and helps with their fluency when reading.
How the time has flown!
We cannot believe we are at the end of our first term in Year 2. We have loved getting to know the classes and learning so many fun things together!
This week in Maths, we have been learning all about 2D shapes! We have been identifying the different features of a 2D shape such as; how many vertices they have, whether they have straight or curved edges and whether we can spot any lines of symmetry. We even created our own shapes using match sticks. We challenged the children to create a Christmas themed picture using the shapes we have learnt about.
In English, we based this week’s learning all around Excitable Edgar (John Lewis Advert 2019). We wrote a character description about Edgar using amazing noun phrases to describe his personality. We also wrote apology letters to the villagers to say sorry for all the destruction we caused.
In Science, we took part in a Science experiment to investigate how germs spread. We used a blob of paint to symbolise a germ and then rubbed our hands together, put our hands on our faces and put our hands on the table to see how quickly they can spread. We thought about how we can prevent this from happening by washing our hands properly.
The children had so much fun at their christmas disco! They all spent the whole time dancing with each other and singing lots of christmas songs!
A very BIG thank you!!
Thank you so much for your lovely cards and very generous gifts. We were truly blown away by your generosity. We are all so very grateful! Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy new years!
Miss Ellis, Miss Farley, Mrs Pasarica, Mrs Parikh, Mrs Bickle and Miss K.
Paul Klee, Money, Chocolate Cake and PANTO!
This week in English, we have been learning about poetry. We listened to Michael Rosen performing his poem ‘Chocolate Cake’ and the children loved it! They noticed how he was acting out the words and using lots of expression when he was reading and it really inspired them! We have decided to write our own versions of chocolate cake using lots of descriptive language. We will be performing them next week!
In Maths, we have been learning about money. We have been learning how to make an amount using various different coins and also how to give change. We set up our own shop in the classroom, taking it in turns to be shopkeeper and customer. The children took their roles as shop keeper very seriously ensuring they were giving exactly the right change. Next week, we will be revising our shapes knowledge and learning about the different features of a 2D shape.
In Art, we have continued to learn about Paul Klee. He is very well known for saying ‘a dot is a line that goes for a walk’ so we decided to test this out! We took our pencils for a walk and then painted the sections using water colours. We focused on mixing colours and what would happen if we mixed two colours together.
The children absolutely loved the pantomime this week. Although it was very different to our normal panto trip the children were still so excited to go down into our theatre to watch it!
Reminder: As it is cold at the moment, we advise that children bring in jogging bottoms for PE lessons. Thank you!
Festive windows, exercise and newspaper reports!
Another week finished and so much fun was had by all!
In Maths, we have been learning about money this week. We have been focusing on how we can make amounts of money in different ways. We also set up a challenge where we had to try to make £1 in as many different ways as we can think of. Next week, we will be continuing to learn about money and begin to understand how to make change when spending money.
We have been blown away by the children’s writing this week. We have been writing newspaper reports all about Grace Darling. The children have really taken on the roll of newspaper reporters and have included gripping headlines, facts, noun phrases and some great sentence starters. They used some lovely vocabulary such as ‘it has been reported that…’, ‘we were able to speak to Grace Darling…’, ‘It has been rumoured that…’ and lots more super vocabulary!
We have decided to take part in the festive streets this year in Year 2! Make sure you take a look at our windows to see how creative the children are! Crimson class have all designed their own baubles and Scarlet class created their own snowflakes. We hope they put a smile on your face when you walk past them!
In Science, we have been learning about the benefits that exercise has on our bodies. We took part in lots of different exercises that use different parts of our body. After each exercise we reflected on how it made us feel and what parts of our bodies we could feel working. The children were able to think about why they might have found certain exercises difficult and how they could help improve their endurance.
We have had a very special visitor this week. We have had our very own elf come and stay in our classrooms. The children have loved coming in every morning and seeing what he has been up to!
Another busy week in Year 2!
In English, we started our new topic based on Newspaper reports. We started off the week by looking at an example of a Newspaper report and picked out the key features. We spent some time learning about facts and opinions and sorted facts we know about Grace Darling and our opinions on her. Next week, we will begin planning and writing our own Newspaper reports all about Grace Darling. Perhaps you could look at some newspapers over the weekend!
In Maths, we have begun looking at numbers written as words. We looked at the patterns about what changes/what stays the same when writing numbers into words. We have really been focusing on how to spell some trickier numbers up to 100.
In computing, we have been learning about data and what it can be used for. We created own tally chart based on ice creams. We then inputted this data into Excel where we then created our own bar chart. We were able to think about why bar charts are helpful to look at and even discussed most popular, least popular etc. It has also been so lovely to see children helping their peers when on the chrome books as we have learnt that sometimes it can be tricky using them.
In Science, we have continued our Animals including humans topic. This week we were thinking about how we can keep our bodies healthy. We learnt about a balanced diet and thought about the different types of foods we should be eating throughout the day. We created a balanced plate where we categorised different foods into their food type.
In Art, we have been learning about Paul Klee. We noticed that he used lots of bright colours and shapes to create his art work. The children loved being able to spot the different shapes in his art. We created our own versions of Paul Klee’s artwork using shapes, lines and oil pastels.
As a school we are looking at “5 Ways to Wellbeing” to think about how we can look after ourselves. We looked at the 5 ways and the children made actions to go with them. They also came up with some super ways to look after themselves and to feel good!
Be Internet Legends!
This afternoon Years 2 to 6 had a live assembly with Google and Parent Zone learning about how to be legends online!
We learned a lot about how to be internet sharp, alert, secure, kind and brave.
They tested our knowledge about how to make good choices online.
In school we will continue to talk about Being Internet Legends in our lessons but at home you can get involved too!
In English this week we have been busy writing our very own versions of Rapunzel where she escapes in a unique way and finds something amazing in the forest. The children have worked really hard to include conjunctions, adverbs and noun phrases in their writing, whilst also writing in past tense. Why not ask them what happens in their version of Rapunzel?
In Maths we have been securing our knowledge of using bar models whilst also practising our addition and subtraction skills with this. We had to decide whether a whole or a part was missing and whether we needed to add or subtract.
For Anti-Bullying week the children have designed their own hands with qualities that make a good friend written on them. This links to “United Against Bullying”.
We are starting to look at the “Christmas Story” in Faith and Belief (is it that time of the year already?!) It is really interesting to look at the significance of the difference characters and the views and meanings they bring to the story for Christians.
This term we will be introducing 5 Ways to Wellbeing and focussing on how we can connect
with others in our class. This week we thought about how, as a class, we can connect with each other and considered why this is important. We created a class flag (Scarlet class) and class paper chains (crimson class) to represent our class family.
This week in Maths we have been learning how to halve a number. The children have been great at using their knowledge of even and odd numbers to be able to support them when deciding whether a number can be halved into two equal groups.
We have focusing on descriptive language this week in English. We have been using noun phrases, verbs and adverbs to write a setting description about the forest surrounding Rapunzel’s tower. The children used some great vocabulary i.e. swaying, mysterious, peaceful, never ending, magnificent and majestic! They also thought about what they would do if they were Rapunzel and free from the tower for the first time. The children were able to use some excellent past tense verbs to write a diary entry about their first day of freedom.
In Faith and Belief, the children continued learning about Rangoli patterns. This week they designed their own ensuring they were using repeating patterns when designing. Once they were happy with their design they recreated them using oil pastels. Here are a few of the finished products:
This week we demonstrated to the children how to log in to both NumBots & TT Rockstars. Both have the same username and password (found in the front of their reading records). Numbots is great for children’s mental maths skills and to improve number fluency. TT Rockstars is a great learning tool to improve children times table knowledge. These can be downloaded as an app or accessed via a computer. TT Rockstars will have times tables set every week. Please encourage your children to log in and practise at home!
Thank you so much for your generous contributions towards Children in Need this week. The children loved dressing in their own clothes for such an important charity!