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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 Pasarica and Mrs Bickle.

  • This week in Maths, we have been using our times table knowledge to help us solve multiplication and division problems. We used arrays to help us visualise the number problem. We also began dividing numbers with remainders. The children found this quite tricky to begin with but with a growth mindset they were up for the challenge!

    In English, we have continued our topic based on Meerkat Mail. This week we wrote a diary entry from Sunny telling his family all about his travels. Our focus for writing our diary entries was to use proper nouns, commas in a list and speak about our emotions – they turned out to be amazing!

    In phonics this week, we have been learning about words that have -c in them but sound like /s/. We were able to notice that usually this happens before e, i and y. Make sure you practise these at home ready for Monday’s spelling test!

    Homework update: Homework will now be due every two weeks. We will make sure the due date it written on Google Classroom to prevent any confusion. Now that you have longer please ensure you are completing this!

    We hope you enjoyed the bread as much as the children did last Friday! This week, we evaluated our bread recipe and thought about what worked well and what didn’t.  Perhaps you could try making some at home and let us know how it turns out!

  • Welcome to the Year 2 Bakery!

    This week we have started our new topic based on Meerkat Mail. It is a lovely story based on a Meerkat who decided to leave home and writes a series of letters to his family during his adventures. This week we learnt about proper nouns. We could spot lots in the book and then used them in our own writing. We also thought about what we would pack if we were Sunny the meerkat and learnt how to use commas in a list to write a packing list.

    In Maths, we have continued learning about different units of measure. This week we focused on volumes of liquid and practised reading in litres and millilitres. We also learnt about measuring temperatures. We linked this to the weather and thought about what times of year we might have different temperatures.

    Over this half term we have been learning about bread. Last  week, we designed our bread and thought about whether we would like them to be sweet or savoury.  This week, we turned the classroom into a bakery and made our breads. We all started off by making a simple bread recipe and using our measurement skills we have learnt in maths to weigh out the ingredients then added our individual flavours. The children then plaited their bread ready to cook.

    Reminders:

    • Spelling tests are every Monday and are based on the previous weeks phonics lesson. Please ensure you are practising these multiple times at home.
    • Reading at home must be done at least 3 times a week.
    • Homework is set on a Friday on Google Classroom. Please make sure the children are doing this as it is based on their learning in school.
  • Crazy hair to end a crazy busy week!

    This week in English, the children have worked so hard to write a persuasive leaflet. We started off the week by researching a country of their choice. As a class, we decided to research landmarks, famous foods and animals. The children then began writing their leaflet focusing on persuasive language and using facts.  The children have created some amazing leaflets!

    In Maths, we have been learning to compare, add and subtract units of measure. We compared grams, kilograms, centimetres and metres. We then started solving word problems based on mass and length and used bar models to help us solve them.

    In music we followed clapping rhythms and took turns to lead the class at the front!

    In computing, we have been learning about coding. This week we learnt how to give our sprite instructions and then get it to repeat the instructions several times. Next week, we will be creating a dance routine as a class to then create a code for our sprite to do the same.

    Crazy Hair Day!

    What a hair-larious day (get it?). The children all looked amazing with their colourful, spikey, curly and crazy hair. We loved looking at everyone different hairstyles!

  • Another Busy Week!

    This week in English, we have continued with our topic based on the book ‘Atlas of Adventure’. We researched using computers and the Atlas a festival from around the world. We learnt about persuasive language and why it is used. We practised trying to convince people to attend our chosen festival using persuasive phrases.

    In Maths, we revisited using a bar model to help solve world problems. The children were able to read word problems, create a bar model based on the problem and then solve the problem using either column addition or subtraction.

    In Science, we were learning about properties of materials. We thought about how lots of materials will feel different and how certain objects are fit for purpose i.e. raincoats. In groups, we searched round the classroom for materials with different properties i.e. transparent, flexible, shiny, hard and soft.

    In D&T, we continued our topic on bread. This week, we were tasting breads from around the world. We considered what we liked and what we didn’t like about these different breads. We also thought about how these breads are different, how they are made and if we would use any of these flavours in our own bread.

  • Welcome Back!

    Welcome back to another term in Year 2!

    We hope you had a restful Easter holidays and managed to enjoy the sunshine.

    In Maths, we have been revising our place value knowledge and even extending our knowledge into hundreds. We have been partitioning 3 digit numbers and writing them in words. We also had a few challenge questions where the children spotted mistakes and were able to reason and explain why they were wrong.

    In English, we have been very busy travelling all around the world. We are basing our topic on ‘Atlas of Adventures’. This week we travelled to Finland, we learnt lots of interesting facts and were able to use these facts to answer questions. We also travelled to London and went on a (virtual) ride on the London Eye, we then sent postcards to our friends to share what we had learnt and describe the amazing sights!

    We started our new Science topic all about Materials. We searched round the classroom for different materials and then categorised them into a grid.

    Great British Year 2 Bake Off

    In D&T this term we will be learning about making bread, breads from around the world and designing our own bread. This week we made bread rolls, focussing on mixing and kneading the bread. The children worked in groups to do this and worked so well together – lots of young bakers in the making!

  • Happy Easter!

    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!

    Reminders:

    • 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!

    Maths

    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!

    English

    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!

    ICT

    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.

    Music

    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.

    Comic Relief

     

    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!

  • Welcome Back!

    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!

    Reminders: 

    • 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!

    From,

    Miss Ellis, Miss Farley, Mrs Pasarica, Mrs Parikh, Mrs Bickle and Miss K.

    Christmas Concert!

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    Scarlet Class:

     

  • 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!