Welcome to Year 2.
Our Teachers are Miss Ellis and Miss Farley and our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Parikh, Mrs Pasarica and Mrs Bickle.
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 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!
Be Internet Legends: The Family Adventure
” Join The Internet Legends with this new family adventure at home.
Learn about online safety together from Google and Parent Zone.
This family challenge is a three-part animated series following a family of Internauts through Interland. “
Once you have finished watching the films, why not download and complete the accompanying activity packs? There is even a quiz to complete where you could win our school some prizes!
Here is an introduction to Be Internet Legends.
A great first week back!
It was lovely to see the children so refreshed after half term and ready for a new week! In Maths, we have been learning about doubles. We have been thinking about what ‘double’ means and even created a long list of different ways to say double. We used cubes, column addition and hundred squares to support us when doubling two digit numbers.
In English, we have started our new topic based on Rapunzel. We read two different versions of Rapunzel and compared the two. We were able to create a list comparing the differences and similarities between the two. We also wrote a character description using noun phrases to describe Rapunzel’s personality.
In Music, the children have started singing in rounds and are using the Solfege Hand Signs to learn the different notes. Have a look here for more information – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK_yQN83kUA
In History, we began learning about Grace Darling. We watched a video that retold Grace Darling’s story and ordered the key events. The children discussed what it might have been like and thought about how Grace Darling was feeling throughout. They came up with some great vocabulary to describe her emotions throughout.
Thank you to all of those who took part in the half term Art project. We were amazed by how creative they were!
Time flies when you’re having fun!
Can you believe we are at the end of our first half term in Year 2?
We have had a great week this week. In Maths, we have been learning about subtraction and learning different methods to subtract. We spent some time learning how to use column subtraction and we were blown away by how hard the children worked. Keep practising with them at home – practice makes perfect!
In English, we wrote our own versions of ‘Look up’. We were focusing on having a clear beginning, middle and end to ensure a good story structure. The children have used some excellent vocabulary to describe Rocket and have begun using conjunctions to extend their sentences.
In History, we were learning how to order key events using a time line. We learnt about lots of significant events that have happened in Space history and were able to order them chronologically. We were fascinated by some of the facts we learnt. Did you know they sent fruit flies into space?
Due to you not being able to come into school we thought it would be nice to show you our displays. We have created a display to showcase our incredible pirate stories we wrote at the beginning of October, a D&T display that represents the children’s design process of creating their rockets, a World Mental Health Day display where the children listed a reason they were amazing and a ‘achievement tree’ to showcase their proudest achievement.
As the children have worked so hard this half term we enjoyed a class treat on Friday afternoon. The children have settled back into school life so well and we are so proud of their positive attitudes towards learning. We can’t wait to see them after half term!