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Friday 1st April 2021 - Happy Easter

Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity today. I have been really touched by the lovely messages and we have had a wonderful day together as a class. I will be working from home after Easter but whenever I need to pop into school I will make sure I come and see the children.

It has been a joy to see the resilience that the children have shown throughout a very different term and they should all feel very proud of what they have achieved.

There is no formal home learning for the holidays however all of the children have had a chance to update their stock of reading books today so please keep reading regularly.

Have a wonderful Easter break!

Mrs Lawry

A Taste of Our Learning


It might have been a short week but it has been a very busy one in Year 2! We began our week with our World Faith and Philosophy day. Our theme was welcoming and focused on the events of Palm Sunday. We thought about when we had been welcomed and how Jesus might have felt when he was welcomed into Jerusalem. On Monday we also welcomed Rev. Jane Ball into our class and she told us all about how Easter is celebrated in her church.

In PE we completed our Snail and the Whale dances. We had to dance individually, in pairs and as a whole class to help tell the story. We were really pleased with the end result!

We also enjoyed an Easter Egg hunt around the field, we needed to use our spelling skills to help decode the letters that we found and win our egg. It was great fun! The Easter fun continued by making some beautiful Easter baskets.

Friday 26th March 2021

A Taste of Our Learning

Another week has flown past in Year 2! On Monday we learnt all about a census. We learnt how the information is used and why it is important for it to be completed. Then we decided to create our own Year 2 Census. We chose four questions to investigate, looking at where we live and what we enjoy at school. We collected the data in a tally chart and then presented it using block graphs and pictograms. It was a great chance to practise the statistics skills that we had learnt whilst we were home schooling. Then we took time to look at our data and work out what it was telling us. We thought about why we might have certain results and how they might change in the future. We were so proud of our work that we presented it into census books!

We have been continuing our explorers topic by learning about space explorers. We enjoyed finding out all about Neil Armstrong and his adventure on the moon. This inspired us to find out more about the history of space travel and create our own space exploration timelines. We had to use the two parts of the date to help us order them.

In English we have continued our work on the book 'Ocean Meets Sky' and have been thinking about technical accuracy and editing. We took a trip to library island and wrote some brilliant descriptions of the towering books and wonderful birds. Mrs Lawry was very impressed with our writing!

 

Friday 19th March 2021

A Taste of Our Learning

This week we have enjoyed getting back into familiar routines. In maths we have finished off our work on 3D shapes. We enjoyed consolidating our new knowledge by writing shape riddles for our friends to guess and playing shape games.

In English this week we started the wonderful new book Ocean Meets Sky. We have loved reading about Finn's magical adventure and exploring the stunning illustrations. We have used the book to help us think about specific and accurate vocabulary and used this to describe some of the amazing boats. We had to think really carefully about our word choices so that our friends could guess which boat we had described.

On Friday we marked Red Nose Day with our best jokes. We enjoyed writing these and sharing them with the class. We also talked about where the money from Red Nose Day goes and how it is used to support people around the world.

We've also loved getting active this week! We practised sending and receiving in our Activate session and have been working on a dance based on the book The Snail and the Whale with Mrs Lawry.

 

 

Friday 11th March 2021

A Taste of Our Learning

The highlight of our learning this week has simply been the chance to spend time together. We have enjoyed lots of opportunities to talk about our lockdown experiences and consider how we feel about the return to school. We have been thinking about working together and reestablishing friendships, thinking about playground games we could all play together.

We have begun our mini history topic about great explorers. We had to think carefully about what an explorer needed to be like and what we would take with us if we were going exploring.

We have also been looking to the future and considering our hopes and dreams. The children have each created a balloon of hope, sharing their hope for the future. I'm sure you will agree that they are looking beautiful!

Friday 5th March 2021

I'm sure that lots of you are starting to think about getting ready to come back to school on Monday. I thought it would be a good time to give you a few reminders about the things you will need. Please bring in a pillow case to use as storage on the back of your chair, this will help keep our tables and the space under them much tidier!

In you pencil case you will need:

HB Pencil
Ruler
Scissors
Pencil sharpener (with a collector)
Red, black and green biro pen
Glue stick
Whiteboard pen
A small selection of coloured pencils

I'm really looking forward to seeing you next week :)

Mrs Lawry

Friday 18th December 2020

Merry Christmas! As we reach the end of our first term in Year 2 we would like to say a huge well done to everyone in our wonderful class (including all of their super grown ups)! This term has been strange with lots of new routines to get used to but the children have taken everything in their stride and approached every day with a huge smile. Have a wonderful Christmas holiday, enjoy some family time and stay safe. 

Mrs Lawry and Mrs Ponting x

A Christmas Treat from Year 2

 

 

On Monday we enjoyed our Christmas party. Despite a few changes of plan due to the weather, we had a wonderful day of Christmas fun and excellent team work. We played games, solved puzzles and even had a team paper chain building competition. Well done to the winning team who made a paper chain that was 5 meters long! Here are some of our favourite memories from the day.

Friday 11th December 2020

Taste of our Learning

Today we completed our world faith and philosophy day all about angels. We discussed what we thought angels were before looking at how they are represented in different bible stories, carols and paintings. We looked at their role in the nativity story and why they are important. Throughout the day the children thought really carefully and reflectively about their own views of Angels as well as how Christians view angels. We really enjoyed role playing different bible stories featuring angels, especially when we all appeared as angels to the shepherds!

In Maths this week we have continued looking at money and have been totalling amounts in pounds and pence. We have been practising our recognition of the coins and notes and recording amounts using the correct notation.

We have been using the video of The Snowman to support our English this week. We have made inferences and predictions and thought in depth about the character of the snowman. As the video didn't contain any words we had to be detectives to find out other information by looking closely at the actions and feelings of the characters.


Friday 4th December 2020

Taste of our Learning

 We have had such a busy first week of December! We were thrilled to find a Christmas tree and advent calendar in our classroom. Each day our advent calendar helps to tell the story of the nativity and gives us a little book to hang on our Christmas tree. We also created our class postbox. We worked as a team, creating pictures to decorate it. The year 2 Christmas card box is now open and ready for cards!

English this week has seen us finish our work on the book 'The Day the Crayons Quit'. We have practised using exclamations in our writing and then ended the week by using all of the skills we had learnt this unit. We imagined that our book box wanted to quit and write letters explaining why it had done this. There were some really creative ideas!

In maths this week we have moved into the world of money! We have been reminding ourselves of the value of each of the coins and have started thinking about equivalent amounts we could make.


Friday 27th November 2020.

Taste of our Learning

In English this week we have continued to enjoy the book 'The Day the Crayons Quit'. We were shocked to find on Tuesday morning that our own crayons had gone on strike! We had to write apology letters to encourage them to start working again. We promised not to chew the end of them and not to sharpen them too much. Luckily they came back the next day. Phew!

In Science this week we learnt about how animals move in different ways and how this helps them to survive. Using this we created our own role plays for others to guess. We had to show really carefully how they move.

We continued our history of Petersfield topic by looking at how the square has changed over time. We had to be time detectives and look for clues about the age of the pictures. We had some brilliant discussions about how the square had changed and why this might be.


Friday 20th November 2020

Taste of our Learning

The highlight of our week was our visit from Petersfield Museum. We enjoyed learning about life in Petersfield in the past and how it has changed over the years. Earlier in the week we used digimaps to look at maps of Petersfield in 1900 and compared them to today. We were surprised to see how much Petersfield had grown and how many features were still there today.

In maths this week, we have been learning how to add two digit numbers together. We've shown great resilience as this hasn't always been an easy task. We had to think carefully about the different parts of the number and even partitioning the ones to cross 10. Mrs Lawry was really proud of us.

English this week has seen us enjoying the book 'The Day the Crayons Quit'. We've enjoyed thinking about how the different crayons are feeling and what the reasons for this might be.



Friday 13th November 2020

Taste of our Learning

Another busy week in Year 2 has gone past in a flash! Friday was Children in Need day and the children looked amazing in their outfits! We enjoyed reading a story all about Pudsey and Blush for guided reading this week and reading about their fundraising exploits. In the afternoon we made our own Pudsey superhero capes! It was great fun!

We have also been thinking about remembrance this week and using the story 'Where the Poppies now Grow' to lead our discussions. We have been exploring the story and using this to write our own descriptions of a World War 1 battlefield.

In Science we have investigated the impact of exercise on our body. We learnt that the more strenuous the exercise we do, the faster our heart beats. We discovered this by measuring our pulse when resting and after walking, jogging and running.


Friday 5th November 2020

Welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely half term. At the bottom of the page you will find the updated Curriculum Newsletter for this half term, giving you a taster of what lies ahead for us this half term. We also have Miss Webb, a student teacher from the University of Winchester, joining us this half term.

Our new music unit this half term is Ho, Ho, Ho. This has been set as a YUMU assignment if you find yourself isolating at home. Please do not complete it unless this is the case.

 

Taste of our Learning

We have loved getting involved with 'Take One Picture' week this week and have used it to lead our learning across the curriculum. We have been mixing colours, making origami boats and writing as the person in the picture to list just a few of the exciting things we have done. Take a look at our page in today's Nutshell to find out more!

In maths this week, we have started to use our understanding of place value to support addition and subtraction. We have been counting in tens from any two digit number, noticing that only the tens digit changes. We have also used our number bonds to 10 to help us practise number bonds to 100. Remember to keep practising these for your home learning.

We enjoyed a very cold and foggy PE lesson on Thursday morning. We are currently practising our basketball skills in preparation for entering the Virtual School Games Challenge in a few weeks time. This week we were looking at the bounce pass, improving our accuracy and technique.


Friday 23rd October 2020

Taste of our Learning

After learning about the different articles that form the UN Conventions on the Rights of the Child, we have completed our class charter. We chose which rights we believed to be most significant to our class this year and compiled these onto our display. We hope you like it!

In English this week we finished our work on the Zahra video. We worked in pairs to write effective openings for the story and then to plan our own versions. We shared ideas for how to change the story by swapping the character, setting or problem.

In Gymnastics we have been making the different gymnastic shapes and practised travelling on different pieces of apparatus. We had to think carefully about how we were travelling and which shapes we were making.

This week we have been talking about mindfulness and thinking time. We enjoyed some mindfulness time on Friday and reflected on our first half term in Year 2. We have bought our colouring sheets home incase the children want to take some mindfulness time over the half term break.

 

 

Friday 16th October 2020

Taste of our Learning

It was an exciting time in Year 2 this week when the time finally came to make our sandwiches! The children loved building their creations and then packing them safely inside their boxes. We practised spreading, cutting and assembling. It was a super afternoon!

 In Science this week we have been learning about how humans grow and change as they get older. We were curious to know at what point in life we grew quickest so created a giant graph on the playground. We were really surprised to find that once we were fully grown we also started to shrink!

 

 

 

This week we were thinking about the difference between teasing and bullying. We tried to think of different incidents and sorted them into bullying or teasing. Some things were tricky to decide but we decided that if things happened more than once and on purpose then they were bullying.

 

Friday 9th October 2020

Taste of our Learning

We have had another busy week in Year 2! We started our new English unit inspired by the video Zahra. We have enjoyed asking questions about the video and retelling it using story mountains. We've also been improving our expanded noun phrases by creating posters for the film.

Our work on place value has continued this week and we really enjoyed using this knowledge to help solve problems. We showed great teamwork and resilience when doing this, as well as showing how much we have learnt about two digit numbers.

 

This week we have enjoyed 'The Paper Dolls' in guided reading. We finished off our work on this lovely book by making our own paper dolls!

 

Our geography unit has been taking us around the world this week, exploring where bananas come from and how they reach our supermarkets. We used world maps to find the country of Costa Rica and thought about why bananas are grown there. We also learnt about what happens on a banana farm - it was really interesting!

 

Friday 2nd October 2020

Taste of our Learning

This week the children have continued to enjoy 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch'. We have enjoyed reading different books in the series and identifying what they all have in common. Using this we have planned and begun to write our own Lighthouse Keeper stories. The children had some wonderful ideas for problems for the Lighthouse Keeper. These included:

A lost lunch
Hamish gets sick
The light stops working
Getting stuck in the little, white cottage

In Maths we have continued our work on place value and begun to think more about the tens and ones in two digit numbers. We have learnt all about part whole models and place value charts and have started to use this knowledge to solve some interesting problems.  We have spent a lot of time talking about challenging ourselves to move onto trickier challenges if we are finding something easy. Year 2 have been amazing at this!

 

 

In PE this week we have learnt to play some new playground games. These have included a sequence challenge, the captain game and 'What's the Time Mr Wolf?'. See if the children can teach you these games at home!



 

Friday 25th September 2020

Taste of our Learning

It's been another busy week! In English this week we have been enjoying the story of 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch'. We have been predicting what might happen next in the story and using these predictions to write the next part of the story. We also had great fun creating ways to stop the seagulls from eating the lunch. There were some very creative ideas! Here are some pictures of some of our predictions.

It has been great to get involved in some more maths this week. We have been looking at two digit numbers and representing these on ten frames. We have learnt how this can help us to count the numbers more easily and how we can identify their tens and ones. In the copse we made two digit numbers by using sticks to represent tens and leaves to represent ones. We have also been learning about the more and less than symbols and practised using these.

We've also enjoyed starting out new geography unit about where our food comes from. This meant we took a virtual visit to a dairy farm to learn all about where milk comes from.

Friday 18th September 2020

Taste of our Learning

We've enjoyed more time getting to know each other this week. We have thought really carefully about what good friends are like and how we can be good friends to each other. The children wrote some beautiful friendship recipes and thought carefully about why a good friend needed these ingredients.

In English this week we have enjoyed the book 'The Koala Who Could'. It has led us to some fantastic descriptive writing and has helped us to discuss self belief. We have also used the book for a little Science work and designed new habitats for Kevin the koala.

We have also completed our Successful Learner display. We hope you enjoy seeing all of the key words we thought of!


Friday 11th September 2020 - Welcome to Year 2!

The children have had a fantastic first week back and have settled really quickly into the new normal. Thank you for helping them to be so prepared with all of the various equipment! We have spent the week catching up and getting to know each other and all of our new routines. The children have enjoyed demonstrating what these new class rules look like and have created a photo guide for you.

We have used the book 'The Rainbow Fish' to guide our learning this week and have used this to think about what a successful learner is like. They had some wonderful and thoughtful ideas which we combined into a class fish to put on display. This will help us to remember the words throughout the year.

Reading Updates

Today the children have bought home a copy of this term's reading challenge. You will find this stuck in the back of their reading records. There are lots of fun activities that we are sure the children will enjoy.
Our routine is that the children will now change their reading books on a Friday. During the week their reading wallet will stay at home and we will have a separate book for them to read at school. Please help your child to remember to bring their books and reading record in on a Friday.

Pencil Cases

Thank you so much for the well stocked pencil cases you have provided for the children. As a reminder the core items they need are:

HB Pencil
Ruler
Pencil sharpener (with a collector)
Red, black and green biro pen
Glue stick
A small selection of coloured pencils

Here are some photos of what our classroom looks like

Here are some useful websites that you might enjoy!

Scratch

Interactive resources

IXL

Purple Mash

Spelling shed

BBC Bitesize

Oxford Owl

 

Our Awards

  • Arts Mark Gold
  • Music Mark
  • RRSA Silver
  • Gold Sports Mark