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Year 2 – Crimson and Scarlet

Welcome to Year 2.

Our Teachers are Miss Ellis and Miss Farley and our Teaching Assistants are  Mrs Parikh, Mrs Da Palma and Miss Kotrcova.

  • This week in Maths we have been learning all about different patterns and sequences. We have learnt about colour, shape and number sequences. We have really focused on looking at the sequence and spotting any patterns – the children were experts at it!

    In English, we wrote our own diary entries based on our Antarctic adventure. We really focused on using our emotions and adverbs to make the diary more detailed. Once we had completed our diary entry we worked with a partner to edit and improve our work. It was so lovely seeing the children work collaboratively to improve their work.

    In Geography, we continued learning about maps. This week we used our map symbols we previously created to make our own map. We had to make sure the map was detailed and clear for people to read.

    In Art, we learnt about symmetry in art and nature. The children used oil pastels to mix and blend colours together to finish the picture and try to make both sides symmetrical.

    We had the best day at the zoo. We saw so many interesting animals and learnt about their habitats and their diets.


  • This week in Maths we have been learning all about directions. We learnt about the key words clockwise and anti clockwise and used these to give directions. Some children created their own map and a set of instructions for the rest of the class to follow – they made these very challenging for everyone!

    In English, we went on a very exciting Antarctic adventure where we encountered lots of scary obstacles. We then spent the rest of the week generating vocabulary based on our adventure. We generate emotions, verbs and adverbs.

    In RE, we reflected on things in our life we are grateful for. The children come up with some really lovely things and drew a picture to share what they are thankful for.

    In Art, we created some excellent pieces of natural art inspired by Andy Goldsworthy. We used leaves, sticks, flowers and petals.

    Next week we will be going on our school trip to Whipsnade Zoo.

    The trip will take place during school hours and the children will need:

    ●        Named packed lunch in a disposable bag

    ●        Please provide two small cartons of juice/drink as part of their lunch

    ●        Named sun hat if required (weather permitting)

    ●        Children will need to wear trainers (outdoor footwear)

    ●        Children will also need to wear their school uniform polo shirt and jumper / cardigan.

    ●        Lightweight waterproof jacket (weather permitting)

    ●        Please apply sun lotion before arriving at school if necessary

    ●        Please administer any travel sickness medication before arriving at school

  • Last half term!

    This week in Maths, we have been learning about balancing addition and subtraction problems. We used balances and cubes to add the numbers together, find the missing number and make sure they were equal.

    In English, we started a new English topic based on the book ‘The Snail and the Whale’. We started off the week by generating noun phrases based on pictures from the book  and created a mind map of these. We then learnt how to use apostrophes for possession in a sentence i.e. The snail’s shell was cracked because it fell over. The children were amazing at this and we will continue using them next week!

    In Science, we took part in an experiment to investigate different forces we use. Our challenge was to investigate which forces we use in order to get a curly wurly to change shape. This was a very messy (and tasty) experiment but the children were able to spot lots of different forces.

    In Geography, we learnt about countries from around the world. The class were set the challenge of finding the countries using an atlas and placing them where they were. They also worked in pairs to think of a country for every letter of the alphabet – have a try of this at home!

    Next week:

    The children are making sculptures inspired by Andy Goldsworthy. Can the children bring in flowers, leaves, sticks etc (they have planned their sculpture this week so they will be able to discuss what they need to bring in).

  • Jubilee Celebrations!

    In Maths this week we have been learning all about volume. We started off the week by looking at a variety of different jugs & containers and practise filling them to a certain amount. We then spent the rest of the week learning to read a variety of different scales where the scales go up in different amounts.

    In English, we wrote a set of instructions based on baking bread. The children used incredible adverbs, verbs, noun phrase and conjunctions to write very a very detailed recipe.

    In Science, we took part in an experiment to learn which material we think would be best to use as an umbrella for our teddies. We set up an experiment where we used multiple materials to test which protected our teddies the best.

    In RE this week, the children have been learning about Holi Festival. We watched lots of videos where we got to watch the celebration and couldn’t believe that they were all throwing paint at each other! We created our own Holi Festival art work using a picture of themselves and paint.

    Jubilee Celebrations

    We had a wonderful day celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee. We learnt all about toys and music from the 90s and designed our own furbies.  We created a whole class piece of art work and designed our own Jubilee plates. To end the day we enjoyed a little tea party in the sun!

  • Another busy week!

    What a strange week this week has been!

    In Maths this week, we have been learning about different units of measure and also have been comparing measurements. The children also enjoyed challenging themselves with some trickier word  problems about measurement.

    In English, we started our  writing topic based on baking  bread. We started off the week by looking at pictures from the different stages of baking our bread and generate verbs and adverbs based on this. We then looked at an example of a bread recipe and identified the different key features.

    In History this week, the children learnt about how the Norwegian’s beat the British in the race to get to the South Pole. We learnt about the different factors they put in place in order to beat the British. We then teamed up and planned our own expedition to the South Pole and put lots of things into place to ensure we’d win!

    A HUGE well done to all of the children for adapting so well to the big change this week. They were all absolutely incredible during the live lessons and we look forward to seeing them back at school!

  • Money, leaflets and bread!

    This week in Maths we have been learning all about money. The week began by using making amounts with the least amount of coins possible. We then moved onto making change. We first of all practised this by opening a sweet shop, paying with 1 coin and the shop keeper giving change. The children were super at this so perhaps you could test them on it next time you go shopping!

    In English, we continued our leaflets all about our chosen countries. This week we focused on creating captions and pictures to advertise the beautiful places in the country they have chosen. They all turned out incredible!

    In RE, we learnt all about how Hindu’s believe in reincarnation. The children found it fascinating and we drew our own life cycle to match their beliefs.

    In Science, we learnt about how plastic is having a massive impact on the environment. We thought about what we could do to help and looked into recycling materials.  In groups, the children were given types of recycling bins and they had to sort them into the correct bins. They were very good at this and I hope they keep this up in school and at home!

    In Art, we continued our topic all about bread. This week we baked our own bread recipes all using different ingredients. Our options were garlic, cheese, raisins, honey and cinnamon. The children had to mix, knead and plait the dough on their own – we have lots of young bakers in the making!

  • This week in Maths we have been learning about multiplication and division. We have learnt different methods to work out multiplication and division questions and also practised counting up in our 2, 5 and 10 times tables. Later on in the week we practised answering word problems using our knowledge to help us.

    In English, we began the week researching a country of our choice to help us when writing an information leaflet. We then began writing our information leaflets and using proper nouns, commas in a list and conjunctions.

    In Design and Technology, we have continued our topic all about bread. After trying lots of different breads last week we thought about which we liked and why. We decided to incorporate the flavours we liked into a new bread and designed what our bread will taste and look like.

    In RE, we learnt all about the different pilgrimages Hindu people go on. We thought about wh

    ether these were similar to any pilgrimages in Christianity and how. The children had lots of questions about this so we wrote them down and decided to research them,

  • Atlas of Adventure, time and bread!

    This week in maths we have been learning all about the time. We have focused on telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes and also looked at comparing different intervals of time. The children really impressed us with their resilience during these lessons as this can be very tricky!

    In English we have started a new topic based on the book ‘Atlas of Adventure’.  We started off the week recapping our knowledge on nouns and then learnt all about proper nouns. We used the book to identify lots of different nouns an proper nouns and categorised them.

    In Science we learnt about the different properties of materials. We thought about how materials all feel very different and why they are like this.  We also discussed the different purposes of different materials and why certain materials wouldn’t be fit for purpose.

    In D&T this term we will be learning all about bread. We started off our topic by making a white bread roll to practise skills such as kneading. We then spent some time tasting a variety of different flavoured breads to consider what kind of flavours we would like in our own bread recipe.

  • How is it Summer term already?!

    We hope you all had a very restful Easter holidays and we are so pleased to see everyone back at school. In maths this week we have been revisiting our place value knowledge. We took part in a variety of activities where we had to use prior knowledge to help us. The children built numbers using arrow cards, created cherry models and found missing numbers in partitioned 3-digit numbers.

    In Science, we started a new topic all about materials. We revised what we knew from Year 1 and went on a materials hunt around the classroom. We organised what we had found into different categories based on what they were made from.

    In RE, we recapped what we already know about Hinduism – the children were able to remember lots of the stories we had leant about previously. We then started to learn about the different religious books that are used in Hinduism. We also considered how this might be different to other religions.

    In phonics, we have been learning the alternative spellings for the grapheme /sh/. These will be this weeks spellings so make sure you practise them at home and see if the children can apply it in their writing.

    Thank you so much to everyone who created their own poster about a country of their choice. It was so lovely to see lots of children creating them based on their family heritage. Here are a few examples:

  • Happy Easter!

    How is it end of Spring term already?!

    This week in Maths, we have been learning how to apply our knowledge of missing number problems  and bar models to help work out word problems. The children were excellent at applying their prior knowledge to these very challenging problems.

    In English, we created our own Tin Forest as inspiration before writing our very own setting descriptions. We were blown away by the incredible vocabulary that the children used to give a detailed setting description. They used noun phrases, adverbs and their senses to create amazing writing!

    In Art, we applied our weaving skills that we have been learning about to create our own dream catchers. These were very tricky and the children displayed excellent resilience.

    All of Spring term we have been learning all about  the rainforest. We had a very exciting visitor called Ranger Stu who bought in lots of different animals and discussed in detail where they would be found, how they survive and what they like to eat. The children were excellent listeners and very brave!

    In Science, we created our own bug hotels on the playground. We will leave them over Easter break to see if any insects use it as a habitat.