Welcome to Class 2's page. Here you will find information about our curriculum.
'Digital Parenting' articles to look at (as mentioned in ‘Meet The Teacher) 6, 8, 10, 14 & 26. The document is available in the ‘Virtual Office’ section of the website.
This week I would like to you show your parents what we have been learning in Maths using your maps. Write the directions from one object to another using the words up, down, left, right, quarter turn, half turn, three-quarter turn, full turn, clockwise and anti-clockwise. You can also practise your co-ordinates.
Then you could:
- Read a book for the reading challenge OR
- Do some of your SATs booklet OR
- Copy a sentence from your reading book and find the nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs OR
- Start to research a queen (Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Elizabeth II or Queen Victoria) and make a plan for your project
You do not have to do all of these activities, but you can if you wish! If there is something else you (or your parents) think would be more helpful to you, please do that, but remember to tell me what it is! Remember, you must do some home learning! I will be collecting your books in on Thursday to see what you have done.
This week in Maths we have been developing our use of language to describe position and direction. We had great fun creating our own maps to help us with this skill.
In Guided Reading we have been looking at a text called ‘Wolf Won’t Bite’ by Emily Gravett. The children have enjoyed this story and thinking about the emotions of the different characters, based on the pictures as well as the words.
Our English this week has linked very closely with our new History topic ‘Queens’. We have been loaned a box of historical artefacts that link to British Queens and we have been exploring them and what they could be. We started by describing an object, some of which we knew what they were and what they were used for; others were a mystery. We then took one of these mystery objects and made (very creative)!) suggestions about what it could be. I suggested it could be a helmet for an alient, the children made far more sensible suggestions such as a candle holder or a fruit press. The object turned out to be an old-fashioned ink well! Finally, we took one object (a beautiful, sparkly brooch) and used it as a stimulus for a story. Once again, the children were extremely creative and the brooch found itself in outer space, in a scientific laboratory and in an airport!
In PSHE this week we spent some time thinking about how we can be successful when working in groups. We then had the task of creating a playground game, making sure that everyone in the group had a job to do and played a part in the production or presentation of the ideas.
In Science we have started a new topic about animals including humans. We have discussed some of the vocabulary that will be used in the upcoming topic and have written down some of the things that we already know.
This week, we have said 'Goodbye' to Miss Coel, who has been doing her teacher training with us this term. I know the children have enjoyed her lessons and we wish her all the best for the future!
There is no formal home learning over the Easter Holiday. If you wish to keep your brains ticking over, there are the booklets at the bottom of this page and daily reading is encourgaed!
Our 'Meet the Teacher' meeting will be on the first day back - Monday 16th April at 2:40. We will be discussing a new e-safety publication and how best to support the children through their upcoming Key Stage 1 assessments.
I hope you all have a relaxing break and I am looking forward to seeing you all for the Summer Term!
It’s been another busy week in Year 2!
For home learning this week, please continue to use the booklets at the end of this page, the daily maths challenges and your child’s own gap analysis to go through any areas of learning that your child may not be as confident with. We will be looking at our artist projects on Tuesday and Wednesday next week. Also, remember that the Spring Term reading challenge is worth 25 house points, so try to complete yours before Wednesday!
In Maths this week, we have been revising our knowledge of addition, subtraction and fractions. The children also applied their knowledge through investigating different mathematical problems. Can you remember you remember how to work out ¼ of 16?
This week in English, we continued to use Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book as a focus for our writing. We wrote our own recipe to feed the hungry crocodile and wrote our own verse for Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book. We will be putting all of our verses together to create a new story – Year 2’s favourite book!
In Science, we carried out an investigation into which material was the most absorbent. The children made sure to consider if it was a fair test, pouring the same amount of water on each material. We tested a variety of different materials from metal to paper. Can you remember which was the most / least absorbent material?
In PE this week, we completed our Sport Relief sponsored skip! Everyone put in a lot of effort to skip as many laps of the playground as possible. Please can you collect your sponsorship money over the weekend and hand it in by Tuesday. We had great fun completing this challenge, even though it was quite hard work.
On Friday, we had a day of R.E focussing on Christianity and the story of Easter. The children considered what the word ‘belief’ means and some of the children shared their personal beliefs. The children created freeze frames of the story of Easter.
For home learning over the coming weeks, please continue to challenge the children with written and oral ‘quick-fire maths questions’ using the four operations (with a focus on the 2, 5 and 10 times tables when using multiplication and division). I have updated the PowerPoint with further maths questions if your children would like to complete them.
In Maths this week, we have finished our unit of measuring length by exploring how the four operations can be applied to length. For example, Sophie has 4 lengths of ribbon: one is 12cm, one is 14cm, one is 6cm and the other is 28cm. What possible lengths could she make by putting 2 pieces of ribbon together? We are going to spend the next couple of weeks consolidating our learning from the year so far, and applying it to different problem-solving situations.
In English this week, we have started a new unit based on the Julia Donaldson book ‘Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book’. We began our unit with some performance poetry as the children worked in groups to perform a section of the poem. We then put these together to make a whole-class performance. We have since been exploring different writing styles, taking different sections of the book and exploring them in more detail. The children are producing some wonderful pieces of work, which we look forward to sharing with you next week at parent’s evening.
Our Phonics focus for this week has been creating plurals using the ‘-s’ or ‘-es’ suffixes. Can the children remember any examples of these? We also discussed how we do not use apostrophes to show plurals.
In Science we have planned an investigation to test the absorbency of different materials. We are trying to figure out what material would be the best to line a hamster cage. The children will be putting their theories to the test next week with a practical investigation.
Our designs for DT have now been finalised and we will be making our moving vehicles next week. If you have any spare tissue boxes, please send them into school. Thanks!
We will be doing our Sport Relief sponsored skip in PE next week, so please help you child in collecting sponsorship money for this worthy cause.
In Geography, we have been developing our knowledge of the world around us by exploring the seven continents in more depth. Can the children remember the names of the seven continents? Can they remember any facts about them? We used our knowledge and understanding to produce some brilliant facts files and posters.
We have had a very busy week this week!
For home learning over the coming weeks, please can you go through the children’s Maths assessments, which I am sending home today. I am really pleased with the progress that the children are making, especially with their reasoning skills. Please have a look at the assessments with your child and help them to narrow any gaps in their understanding. They would also benefit from ‘quick-fire questions’ using the four operations (with a focus on the 2, 5 and 10 times tables when using multiplication and division). Five of these a day would help them in their rapid recall of strategies and this would help to develop their fluency skills. A mixture of written and oral questions would be best, as the written skills will help the children to develop their accuracy in reading the questions and avoid careless mistakes. I have also attached a PowerPoint with this week’s daily maths challenges, if your children would also like to complete these as part of their home learning. Remember to keep reading every day and Artist Study projects are due the week before the Easter holidays.
As well as our assessments, we have been looking at measuring height and distance using metres and centimetres this week in Maths. We had great fun measuring objects in and out of the classroom and converting measurements between cm and m.
In English this week we have come to the end of our unit based around ‘The Story Machine’. We spent some time on Tuesday thinking about what other machine Elliott might have found and created them using recycled materials. We then wrote descriptions of our machines and instructions about how to use them. It was lovely to read about all of the children’s exciting and creative inventions. We finished our unit by thinking about how the text has inspired us and used one lesson to write creatively in any way we chose. Some of us wrote poems about the story, some of us wrote diary entries as Elliott or even the story machine, some of us even chose to write our own version of the story with our own machines! I’m sure the children are looking forward to sharing them with you at our next parents evening.
In Games this week we were developing our skills in passing in hockey. We were practising balancing, travelling, rotating and jumping in PE and created some lovely sequences of movement. We have also decided that our sponsored event in aid of Sport Relief will be a sponsored skip. On Friday 23rd March we will be seeing how many times we can skip around the playground during our PE lesson. Please dig deep and give generously to support the children in this challenge. All sponsorship will be going to Sport Relief.
In DT we have been continuing our studies of moving vehicles and enjoyed testing different wheels. We used out Computing session to design a car, and also to experiment with coding through the use off Bee-bots and Pro-bots. This was a very enjoyable lesson for the children.
Another snow day!
Enjoy the snow and try to make as big a snowman as possible! However, if you want to keep your brain active, why not read a book (preferably under a blanket with a hot chocolate), try to re-tell the story of A Midsummer Night's Dream from Wednesday's Shakespeare day, show someone else how to make a dream catcher or have a go at these maths problems:
You could also try to investigate these question - will a snowball last for more or less time if it is wrapped in something? Would wearing a coat help a snowman last longer or melt quicker?
I have attached some booklets at the bottom of this page to help guide Home Learning leading up to the KS1 assessments. Please feel free to dip into these resources to suppliment the Home Learning as directed on the website, particularly if your child struggles with something specific such as spelling or adding and subtracting two-digit numbers.
On Wednesday of this week we spent a day celebrating A Midsummer Night's Dream written by William Shakespeare. We took the theme of dreams and started our day by making dream catchers using wool and paper plates. We then painted the setting of a dream and are going to write a story of what might happen to the children in a dream. We really enjoyed our Shakespeare workshop yesterday and performing our part of the story with the rest of the school.
We have been working hard this week and I am very proud of how well the children have settled back into school life.
For home learning this weekend, please can the children collect recycling materials as we would like to create something special on Friday of next week. Also, the children’s Common Exception Words assessments are coming home today. For this assessment, the children were asked to read the 64 words aloud, then spell them independently. Please can you help them to practise reading and spelling the ones that they got wrong.
Our new project for this half term is an artist study. I would like the children to pick an artist of their choice and find out about their lives and their pieces of work. Perhaps they can try to re-create a piece! I look forward to seeing these in the final week before Easter – the week commencing Monday 26th March.
This week in Maths we have been learning about fractions, focusing on ½, ¼ and 1/3. We have learnt that fractions are equal parts of a whole and that the number on the bottom of the fraction tells you how many equal parts an object or number is split in to. We have also been using the bar model to help find fractions of amounts like this:
In English this week we have started our new unit based on a book called ‘The Story Machine’. So far, we have met the main character, Elliott, and written descriptions of the setting where he found his mystery ‘story machine’. Elliott wrote us a letter, explaining that he had found a machine but was unsure of how it works as it doesn’t have an on/off button, does not make any beeping or buzzing noises and has lots of buttons. We wrote back to Elliott explaining what the story machine might be and how we think it might work. Next week, we are going to read the next part of the story and make even more predictions of what we think the machine might be. Can you guess what it is, parents?
This week we have introduced a new way of helping the children to self-assess their writing. We have provided them with criteria which are based on the Year 2 non-negotiables – a copy of these can be found at the bottom of the page – for writing at different levels; ‘Ok’, ‘Good’, ‘Amazing’ and ‘Super-star’. This has proved successful as the children are able to evaluate their own writing and know what they need to do to improve. I have put a copy of the grid we have been using at the bottom of the page so you can see the criteria we are using and help the children to self-assess, edit and improve their home learning.
On Friday we had our RE day, learning about the story of Prahlad and the Hindu Holi festival. We had great fun acting out the story, drawing and painting Lord Vishnu and dancing to Holi festival music. We discussed why it is important for Hindus to remember Lord Vishnu and considered how we remember events in our lives.
Friday was also an exciting day as we had our session in the mobile planetarium! This was an exciting workshop where we learned about constellations and some of the planets. The children were really enthusiastic and enjoyed gazing into the night sky.
We have also started our new DT topic of moving vehicles and spent some time looking at different vehicles and what they have in common. We are starting to collect tissue boxes in school as these will be used to make our vehicles later in the term. If you happen to finish a box of tissues at home, please don’t throw it away!
In Science this week we have been thinking about recycling. We have been looking at how we recycle at school and at home, and looked at what happens to the materials that we put in our recycling bins.
In Games this half term we are studying hockey, and our PE focus is Gymnastics.
Well done to the children for their amazing class assembly this week! I was very proud of all of the children for their hard work not only in the performance, but also during the rehearsals. I hope you
enjoyed sharing our learning!
There will be no formal home learning over half term. The children have worked incredibly hard for the first half of the year (I can’t believe we are already at the ‘half way through the year’ mark!) and deserve to rest over the holidays. However, regular reading is still very much encouraged. Perhaps you could visit the local library and help the children to tick off more of their Spring Term reading challenges.
In Maths this week we have finished off our unit about the properties of shape by studying 3D shapes. We have been naming them, identifying how many faces, edges and vertices they have, recognising what 2D shapes make the faces of the 3D shapes and making patterns. After half term we will be starting our new unit of fractions.
This week in English we have been writing our own versions of the Three Billy Goats Gruff. We have followed the traditional story after a Talk4Writing style input (similar to The Day the Gold Crayon went to Italy), but have adapted the story to include our own endings! There were extremely creative and lovely to read.
This week in English we have been looking at the differences between fiction and non-fiction, exploring how wolves are represented in both and deciding if they are represented fairly in traditional tales. We have been writing a fact file about wolves, making use of expanded noun phrases to add detail to our work. We have also been looking at the use of the suffixes –ly, -ful, -ness, -less and –ment, trying to use some of these words to describe a wolf. Can the children remember any of the words they were using? For home learning, please keep an eye out for these suffixes in your reading book. Can you keep a list of the words you find?
In Phonics we were looking at long and short vowel sounds and the different ways of spelling them. Can the children think of any examples of the five sounds as part of their home learning?
In Maths we have been exploring 2D and 3D shapes, investigating their properties such as the number of sides and vertices, and the lines of symmetry. We went on a shape hunt throughout the school to see what shapes we could find. As part of your home learning, can you go on a shape hunt at home to see what you can find? Make sure you discuss their properties too. Can you find any shapes with no lines of symmetry? What shapes have got the most lines of symmetry?
We had a great, hands-on Science lesson this week as we were investigating how to change the shape of different materials. We were focusing on squashing, bending, stretching and twisting different materials to see if they could be manipulated. Can the children find any materials that cannot change shape using these methods? Does this make the object more or less suitable for its purpose? Perhaps you can investigate this as part of home learning.
In PSHE we were considering different viewpoints and how people may see the same situation differently. In PE we continued to develop our skills in skipping and had a great time doing some skipping races across the playground. We also had a brilliant afternoon on Thursday creating props for our class assembly in Art and Computing. Look out for them in our assembly on Thursday!
In Maths this week we have been looking at statistics – collecting, presenting and interpreting data in tally charts, pictograms and block diagrams. The children have enjoyed this topic, particularly collecting their own data! Perhaps for home learning, they could conduct their own investigation at home, collecting data in a tally chart, then presenting it using a pictogram and a block diagram, then asking and answering questions about it such as most popular, least popular and the difference between the most and least popular. Possible investigations that the children might want to carry out include:
· Most used food product
· Most commonly occurring vowel in a small section of their reading book
· Most recycled item
These are not particularly inventive, and I’m sure the children will have their own ideas. I look forward to seeing them!
In English this week we have been looking at how wolves are portrayed in literature. We have been developing our understanding of adverbs (including ominously and suspiciously) as well as how to use apostrophes to show possession. The children applied these skills in writing a fantastic descriptive paragraph to describe the wolf from Little Red Riding Hood, including adverbs, expanded noun phrases and capital letters and full stops as non-negotiables. Can the children remember their favourite adverb? How did they use it in a sentence?
Our Phonics focus for this week has been Phase 5 split digraphs: a_e (make), e_e (extreme) i_e (smile), o_e (code) and u_e (prune). As part of home learning, can the children think of any other examples of these graphemes and use them in sentences?
In PE we have been telling another story through dance, this time the Three Little Pigs! Each group had a section of the story to re-create and perform to the class. We had to identify which section of the story it was, before putting the whole story together as one performance. The children worked very well in groups and produced a superb piece of dance.
In Science we discussed the word ‘suitable’ and why one material was more suitable to a product than another, using the properties that we discussed last week (transparent, opaque, waterproof etc).
We had a lovely PSHE&C lesson this week as we considered compliments and how they make someone else feel. We each had to compliment a different member of the class, making sure that we were making eye contact and that our compliments were received with a polite ‘Thank you’. This made everyone smile!
On Friday afternoon we enjoyed combining many subjects while learning about the story of Peter and the Wolf. In Music we started by watching a video of an orchestra performing the piece and explaining the different instruments. Whilst we were listening to the piece, we drew or wrote what we imagined to be happening in the story. Then, we compared our own versions of the story to the real tale and thought about the animals in the story. In PE we took the story on further, using our bodies to tell the stories as professional dancers do. Mrs Wright came to watch our performances and was very impressed. Next week in English we will be considering wolves as real creatures (as opposed to our fictional hippocrumps) and thinking about how they are shown in fiction and non-fiction texts.
In English this week we have been thinking about non-fiction texts and their feautures, specifically the use of sub-headings. Can the children remember what sub-headings are and why they are useful in non-fiction texts? We have been creating our own factfiles based on the hippocrump. We have worked really hard and have nearly finished our book of hippocrump factfiles that will be available for you to see at the next open classroom.
Our phase 5 phonics focuses for this week have been ‘ey’ (donkey, turkey, money etc) ‘oe’ (toe, potatoes, goes etc) and ‘au’ (haunted, sauce, launch). Please practise these sounds as part of home learning. In phase 6 phonics we have been looking at verbs in the past and present tense. Can the children name some regular (add –ed suffix) and irregular (change the word) examples? Can they change a sentence from past to present tense and vice-versa? Perhaps you could give your children some sentences to change as part of their home learning.
We had a great time in Friday’s lesson testing our knowledge of verb endings through a new interactive programme called ‘Plickers’. The children were each given a personalised image that could be manipulated to show their answer to a question on the screen which was then picked up by scanning the room. Can the children remember some of the questions that they answered and the correct answers?
In Maths we have been looking at dividing by 5 and 10, using our knowledge of multiples. Can the children remember what the word multiple means and how to use it? Children need to be fluent in the multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables so please help them to develop their knowledge, speed and confidence in recalling these as part of home learning. There are many online games available to help with this on www.interactive-resources.co.uk – perhaps they could continue to try and improve their times for Wipeout Wall?
In Science this week we were investigating different materials that can be found inside and outside of the classroom (cardboard, paper, metal, plastic, glass, rock, wood and brick). We discussed some key terms to help describe the properties of these materials – translucent, opaque, absorbent and waterproof – and started to think about why some of these materials were found inside, but not outside e.g. paper is not waterproof so would not be a useful material to keep outside. As part of home learning, can the children conduct a hunt at home and see if they can find any other materials? (Please note, the children sometimes get confused between the object and the material that it is made out of).
In History we have continued our new topic of Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. We were gathering facts and information and created posters to show our learning.
In Art this week the children painted a seascape in the style of Lowri using only five colours.
We have had a very busy first full week back.
In English we have been studying a poem called ’The Hippocrump’ which is a mythical beast. Through this, we have been developing our skills in creating adjectives and expanded noun phrases, and our understanding of rhyme. We designed our own creatures and wrote poems to describe them. These pictures are of some of the children sharing their poems. Some of my favourite lines include:
'The Hippocrump often feels sad,
Especially when he is being bad'
Isabelle, Ava, Matthew, Sam, Bea, Millie and JJ
'His small, smelly nose is usually hidden,
He is very, very forbidden'
Gretel and Elliot
Our Phonics focuses for this week have been ‘ew’ (few, blew, crew etc), ‘ph’ (alphabet, dolphin, phonics etc) and ‘wh’ (when, which, where etc) and the tricky words ‘said’, ‘so’, ‘have’ and ‘like’. We have also been putting the sounds that we have already covered into sentences. Please continue to practise these sounds for home learning, putting the words into sentences where appropriate.
In Maths we have been developing our understanding of division and how it links to the key terms of ‘sharing’, ‘grouping’ and ‘halving’. We have also been answering the question ‘How do we know if a number is odd or even?’ and ‘What is different about odd and even numbers?’. Can the children tell you the answers to these questions?
We ave been conducting some investigations, trying to decide if a statement is always, sometimes or never true. These were the statements:
- Odd + Odd = Odd
- Even + Even = Even
- Odd + Even = Even
As part of your home learning, please could you continue to investigate these sentences, encouraging the children to practise the skill of adding two 2-digit numbers.
To help the children with their times tables and related divison facts there is a brilliant game on www.interactive-resources.co.uk called ‘Wipeout Wall’. With this, the children are timed to see how long it takes them to clear the wall of the answers to the questions. Perhaps they could do this exercise a few times, hoping to improve the time taken with each attempt as part of their home learning.
In PE , we have started our new unit of skipping. The children tried really hard in our first session to practise the ‘double bounce’ and it was really lovely to see them trying hard to improve the number of skips they managed in a row with each new attempt. I had children rushing across the playground to share their progress with me “Last time I did 3, but this time I got up to 8!”
In History we have started out new topic of Florence Nightingale. We started by looking at some clues to try and make us guess who the person of interest was going to be and we spent some time discussing what we already knew about Florence, and what we wanted to find out. It is lovely to see the children so enthused about this topic, as they were with the Titanic unit.
In Science we have started our new topic of ‘Uses of everyday materials’.
Happy new year!
Welcome back to the Spring term. I hope you all had fun, relaxing holidays and thank you to everyone for your kind gifts.
It was lovely to see so many of you at the 'Meet the Teacher' meeting this afternoon. For those of you who were unable to attend, I have attached the PowerPoint presentation at the bottom of the page. The focus of this meeting was to discuss the end of Key Stage 1 assessments (SATs); what they will look like; how they will be assessed and how you can best support your child at home. The children have already completed one 'mock' set of assessments and I am extremely proud of their results! They all worked hard, but were completely unfazed by the challenges. This is how we intend to deliver the real assessments in May, with as little stress as possible!
We spent some time on Friday morning going through the assessments that the children have taken. I have sent these papers home for you to have a look at and keep. For home learning, please discuss these with your child and guide your questions towards they types of questions that your child got wrong.
The children have come back to school raring to go! We have been practising our times tables in maths and writing a diary about Christmas morning in English, trying to remember and use as many features of good writing as possible in English. We have also been developing our phonics knowledge, focusing on the sounds ue (glue, blue, argue etc) and aw (claw, drawer, paw etc). Please practise these for home learning.
Our new half-termly project is about a significant person in British history. This can be anyone the children choose, from Henry VIII, to Theresa May or George Cadbury. Remember, projects should be presented in an interesting and exciting way. I am looking forward to seeing them!
Christmas is finally here and I would like to end 2017 with an enormous ‘thank you’. Thank you to the children for all of your hard work. I am so proud of you all and you should be proud of yourself. The nativity performances this week have been absolutely brilliant – you are all superstars. I would also like to say thank you to all of the parents for your support this term.
There is no home learning over the Christmas holidays – the children very much deserve a break over the holidays and need to re-charge their batteries for the Spring Term.
Here are a few photos of our week of festive fun. I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
I hope the children shared their Christmas cards from Santa's elves with you! We received this message via e-mail from the North Pole, explaning why Santa had been unable to reply to each child individually.
Reminder – the Autumn term home learning projects about ‘Our country: UK’ are due in by Monday 18th December. Also, the Autumn Term reading challenge deadline is approaching. Remember, completion of the challenge is worth 25 house points!
In Maths this week, the children have been working hard in consolidating the skills that they have learnt this term. Lots of this has had a Christmas theme! For home learning, please help the children to refresh their memories of units covered, including numbers bonds to 10 and 20, and the related facts to 100; counting forwards and backwards in 2s, 5s, 3s and 10s; using money and working out change from £1; 2, 5 and 10 times tables; adding and subtracting 1 and 2 digit numbers and estimating the positions of numbers on a number line.
For our English unit we have been studying the Raymond Briggs story of 'The Snowman'. Through this, we have watched the film (and the newer ‘Snowman and the Snow Dog') and read the original story by Raymond Briggs. Can the children remember what happened in the story? We have been working hard on developing our description, first describing the original snowman from the story, then designing our own snowman and writing a description. We are currently planning and writing our favourite part of the story from the man character James’ point of view. What was your child’s favourite part of the story? What happened? What adjectives and expanded noun phrases could they use to describe the setting, characters or events? Please discuss these questions as part of home learning.
As part of home learning this week, please can all children bring in healthy recipe for Mrs Wright, who is creating the Langrish Healthy Eating Cookbook! If they could make the recipe and provide a review as well that would be brilliant! This links to Article 12 (we have a right to have a say in all matters that affect us) and Article 24 (we have the right to the best possible health which includes nutritious food) of the UNCRC.
Reminder – the Autumn Term reading challenge deadline is approaching. Remember, completion of the challenge is worth 25 house points! We have also seen some home learning projects about ‘Our country: UK’ – the deadline for this is also fast-approaching!
In Maths this week we have been finishing off our unit of Multiplication and Division. We have started each lesson with a time challenge. We stand in a circle and count up in 2s, 5s or 10s (up to the equivalent of 12x). Then we start the timer and continue around the circle, this time saying the multiplication facts (e.g. 1x2=2, 2x2=4 etc.). We have improved on our time every day this week! Perhaps you could practise this game as part of home learning this week. The children are confident in counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, but struggle more when relating the answers to the questions in this way. This week we have also been looking at arrays, then writing the two multiplication and division statements that go with each one. For home learning, can you find different objects around the home to make arrays with? Then write the multiplication and division statements that relate to it.
In English this week we have been writing letters to Father Christmas. Instead of just writing what we would like for Christmas (which I am sure the children will be writing at home), we decided to write with some advice about how Santa can survive this festive season. We wrote about the problems, consequences and solutions, for example, if it is foggy, then he might not be able to see where he is going and he may get lost! However, Santa can solve this problem by making sure his Santa-Nav is fully charged and that he takes some battery-powered fairy lights with him to light the way. The children have done very well with these letters and I will be sending them off to the North Pole shortly. I am also sending a copy home for the children to share with you. Perhaps you can ask them what they are most proud of about their letter.
Our spelling and handwriting focus this week has been the graphemes oy and ir (bOY and bIRd) and the tricky words Mr, Mrs, looked, called and asked. Please practise these by putting them into sentences for home learning.
In PE this week we have been exploring the use of our bodies when telling stories. We have been doing this by listening to and following BBC radio dance sessions. Can the children remember the story that we were listening to?
In Maths this week we have been thinking about multiplication and what it actually means. We have started by thinking about the concept of ‘equal’ and how amounts can be grouped equally. We then progressed to the concept of addition and how this links to multiplication. We have discussed the 'x' symbol and how it means 'lots of' so 3 x 2 would be 3 lots of 2. Through these concepts we were applying our skills to fluency, reasoning and problem solving challenges, using concrete resources to help us. For home learning, please ask the children to break down groups so they are explaining what the group is, drawing it, working out the repeated addition and the multiplication facts. Here is an example:
In English this week we have been working in pairs to create our own version of ‘The day that Gold Crayon went to Italy’. The children adapted their original story maps, then rehearsed their stories orally before writing them down. We finished our stories by looking back at our original success criteria for a good piece of writing and seeing how many of the features we had used and what we might need to go back and add in. Here are the features that the children decided were the features of good writing. How many of them were they able to include in their story?
In Computing, we have been developing our word processing skills by typing up our crayon stories so we have an excellent ‘final draft’ to share.
Our spelling and handwriting focus for this week was the ‘ay’, ‘ou’ and 'ie' graphemes (crAYon, clOUd and tIE) and the tricky words 'oh', 'their' and 'people'. The children exceeded my expectations in thinking of words which contained phonemes and were able to put many of them into appropriate sentences. For home learning, please practise more of these words, making sure the children understand the meaning by writing them in sentences. Through our handwriting practise, we were focusing on joining the letters correctly, which can be tricky, especially with the top-joining ‘o’ and ‘r’.
In Science this week we decided to turn our learning question on its head – instead of ‘What does a plant need to grow?’ we decided to investigate the question ‘What does a plant NOT need to grow?’. We have planned our own experiments, deciding on four different locations to put our beans and predicting which of them is going to grow the best. We look forward to sharing the results of our investigations with you in the coming weeks.
Rehearsals for ‘Hey Ewe!’ are going well. Thank you to everyone for helping the children to learn their lines.
This week in Maths we have been combining several of the skills that we have learnt recently as we have been using addition to find the total amount spent, and subtraction to find the difference between two amounts. On Monday we created a shop of classroom items and the children enjoyed going ‘shopping’ to find amounts to add!
I am really pleased with the progress that the children are making, especially in subtraction, which has previously been a bit of a stumbling block. For home learning, please continue to practise adding and subtracting two-digit numbers using number lines, as this is having a great impact in class and the more practise the children get, the more confident (and accurate) they will be. Also, putting this into a real-life context would be helpful. This week we have applied our learning by solving problems involving money, which has brought us to the end of our unit. Next week, we will be starting our new unit of multiplication and division.
In English, we have been creating stories based on ‘The Day the Crayons’ quit, based on where the crayons go when they are having time away from their normal lives. We have accessed this through ‘Talk4Writing’, where the children have learnt a story with actions, then re-told this version, applying as many features of good writing as possible. Next week, we will be adapting the original story to create our own versions, maintaining the original structure of the text.
This week has also been anti-bullying week with a theme of ‘All different, all equal’. As part of this, the children took part in an anti-bullying workshop which focused on confidence and body language. We also discussed what the children should do if they see another child being bullied and the importance of involving a trusted adult rather than trying to sort it out themselves. Can the children remember why odd socks were mentioned in relation to this?
The anti-bullying workshop links to UNCRC Article 19 (Protection from all forms of violence): Children have the right to be protected from being hurt and mistreated, physically or mentally and Article 29 (Goals of education): Children’s education should develop each child’s personality, talents and abilities to the fullest.
In Science on Monday the children were creating some scientific drawings and taking measurements of leaves found in the school grounds. Can the children remember the four different parts of a plant? Can they remember the four different parts of a tree?
‘Hey Ewe’ rehearsals have started and the children are coming home with their lines to learn. Please help them to learn these so they are confident to say them out loud (Can the children remember how to speak in a confident way from our anti-bullying workshop?) Thank you in advance for the costumes, which need to be in school no later than the 13th December.
In Maths this week we have been counting, comparing and adding money in pounds and pence. The children have shown a lot of confidence in this area and have enjoyed the challenges set. For home learning please get the children to use their skills in everyday life – can they count the right amount of money to pay for something you need? Can they give alternatives for making a certain amount of money e.g. 20p could be made up of 2x10p or 4x5p. How can I make 20p using only bronze coins? There are also some excellent games on www.interactive-resources.co.uk that you can play. Some favourite of mine are ‘Cash Compare’, ‘Money match challenge’ and ‘Shopping spree’. Search for these in the search bar and they will (hopefully!) appear.
In English we have been doing a rotation of activities based around the text ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’. As part of this, the children have been consolidating and applying some previously learnt skills, such as the four types of sentence, while introducing some new ones such as the concept of suffixes (specifically –ful, -less, -ness and –ment) and thinking about how they change the meaning of words. We will be continuing our work on this text next week and we will be writing a letter to show off our new found skills.
On Monday we had our RE day based around the concept of ‘Belonging’ and how it relates to Baptism within the Christian church. The children showed an excellent understanding as well as a mature attitude, and were able to relate some of the theoretical discussions to their own lives. Through this study we were exercising our rights, specifically Article 14 of the UNCRC– you have the right to choose your own religion and beliefs.
As part of our Rights Respecting School’s journey, we are taking part in the UNICEF OutRight campaign, which is encouraging the children to think about the fact that every child has rights, whatever country they live in. They are particularly focusing on the rights of children who are refugees. As part of the campaign, the Rights Respecting steering group (led by Ms. Fiers) will be writing a letter to the government, and we will be enclosing some art work created by the children. For home learning, we would like the children to draw a picture or to create a poster to show that refugee children have the same rights.
Christmas is slowly starting to creep into the Year 2 curriculum… We have been continuing to sing our songs for ‘Hey Ewe’ and have produced some lovely Christmas pictures which will be turned into Christmas Cards.
Welcome back! I hope you had a lovely, relaxing half term.
Thank you for coming to our Meet the Teacher meeting on Thursday. Please remember to sign those e-safety agreements and discuss the importance of keeping safe when using the internet with your children. This links to Articles 16, 17 and 19 from the UNCRC.
We have had a lovely first week back. In Maths we have been finishing off our addition and subtraction unit by solving problems involving addition and subtraction, for example – Bob buys an apple for 32p and a pear for 25p. How much money does he spend? How much change would he get from £1? This will lead us perfectly into our next unit – measurement, with a focus on money. The children have practised their skills at adding and subtracting using a number line in class, however they would benefit from further consolidating their skills at home. I am sending home a copy of the resource we have been using in class to help with this. This resource is yours to keep – please encourage the children to complete addition and subtraction questions as part of their home learning.
In English we have been studying poetry. We have looked at several different features including rhythm, alliteration, onomatopoeia and rhyme. Can the children remember what each of these terms mean? How are they used to make poetry more interesting? Can the children remember any of the lines from the poems that they have written this week? Are there any poetical features that they enjoy using?
Our spelling focus for this week has been homophones – specifically see/sea, blue/blew, be/bee and hour/our. For home learning, can the children write some sentences including these words?
In Science and Geography we have started new topics this week – ‘Plants’ and ‘Our country: UK’ respectively. We have also started to learn the songs for the Infant Nativity, which will be performed in December. ‘Our country: UK’ will be the focus of this half term’s home learning project. Perhaps you could make a PowerPoint presentation? Write a story? Create a picture? These will need to be in school by Monday 18th December.
On Monday we will be having our RE day on the theme of ‘Belonging’. As part of this, we will be looking at Baptism. There will be a chance to share any of the children’s personal stories, experiences and memories relating to this – please discuss this with the children this weekend so we have some stories to share on Monday!
Thank you for coming to join us for our Titanic museum on Wednesday – the children were so proud to share their learning with you and both Mrs Rawlings and I are extremely proud of all of the children’s hard work, enthusiasm and talent. I would also like to say an enormous ‘Well done’ for all of the home learning projects that were completed about the Titanic. I was amazed at the amount of effort that has gone into these projects, so thank you parents for helping the children with these.
There will be no formal home learning over half term. The children have worked very hard this half term and need some time to rest, relax and re-charge their batteries. However, please do continue to read regularly throughout the break.
In Maths this week we have been subtracting using a number line. This has highlighted that many of the children find counting backwards quite challenging. We have been completing a timed challenge in class; we have 2 minutes to count up as high as we can go, then 2 minutes and 30 seconds to try and count back down to zero again. If we achieve this we all get house points. It has been lovely to see the children working as a team to try and help each other out when they get stuck. Perhaps this is a challenge that you could try at home!
In English this week we have been learning about co-ordinating conjunctions, specifically ‘and’, ‘but’, ‘so’ and ‘or’. We have been writing sentences using these examples. We have also been really trying to get to grips with capital letters and full stops, especially identifying where one sentence ends and the next begins. Perhaps you could discuss this as part of your questioning when reading with your child. We have also been looking at play scripts and we are starting to put together performances of the script we have been using for our guided reading sessions. Keep an eye on the website for pictures of the performances!
On Friday we were able to participate in a brilliant workshop called ‘Under the Sea’. The children really enjoyed this!
*** Date for the diary - The Year 2 'Meet The Teacher' meeting will be at 2:40pm on Thursday 2nd November***
A quick reminder – Titanic projects need to be in school ready for our Titanic Museum open afternoon. We would love for you to come and join us on Wednesday 18th October at 2:30pm.
In Maths this week we been continuing to look at addition and subtraction, focusing on using mental strategies to work out 10 more and 10 less than any given number and adding multiples of 10 to any given number. For example, what is 15 + 20? If you were to add another 20, what would the next number be? What is the next number in the sequence? For home learning, please practise these mental calculation skills. We then progressed to using number lines and more formal written methods to add 2-digit numbers and 1s, then other 2-digit numbers. For example, what is 25 + 6? What is 35 + 14? We have been practising crossing the tens boundaries and are starting to discuss the concept of exchanging 10 ‘ones’ for 1 ‘ten’. Please also continue to practise adding 2-digit numbers and ones / tens for home learning, using predominantly mental methods and number lines.
In English this week the children have been really focusing on finishing their Titanic work in order to share it with you on Wednesday. We have also been writing acrostic poems using words such as ‘Titanic’, ‘catastrophe’ and ‘disaster’ and making use of our knowledge of expanded noun phrases. We have consolidated our knowledge of the four different types of sentences and applied our knowledge by writing either speech bubbles or newspaper articles.
We have been looking at the Year 2 tricky words and discussing strategies to help us remember how to spell them. Can the children build 'word pyramids' to help them remember some of the new words?
We have had lots of extra opportunities in our learning this week, with a fantastic workshop from the Hampshire Fire Service on Monday and an excellent Indian dance workshop based on the celebration of Diwali on Wednesday. These sessions really helped develop the children’s knowledge, skills, talents and interests and they were thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Finally, the children had an interesting art lesson on Thursday, where they went off exploring the school grounds to find different materials with which to create some pieces of art.
A quick reminder – we are nearing the end of our Titanic topic and we would like to invite you into school to share the children’s learning on Wednesday 18th October at 2:00. I have seen some of the children’s Titanic based home learning projects – please help your children to remember to bring them in before this date.
Thank you for coming in this morning to work together on our shared vision for Year 2. Some very interesting discussions were had and valuable ideas shared. Our resulting document can be seen on our new 'Learning Together' webpage.
In Maths this week we have started our new unit of addition and subtraction. We have been using number bonds to 10 and 20 to work out related addition facts. For example, if 10 = 6 + 4, then 100 = 60 + ? For home learning, please practise these skills using concrete resources (e.g. counters, buttons, match sticks etc.) to help the children develop their speed and confidence. In particular, we played a game with blocks in a bag. We had 20 blocks altogether, one child took some and we had to work out how many were left in the bag using our knowledge of number bonds.
Our English this week has once again been linked to our History topic of Titanic. We were imagining that we had just boarded the ship and were getting used to our new surroundings. The children were able to choose which class of passenger they were – either first or third (nearly everyone chose first!) and they were writing a postcard to a friend at home. The children were able to recall some excellent facts about life on board the Titanic and created some wonderful pieces of writing. We look forward to sharing them with you on Wednesday 18th October. We have also been looking at the four different types of sentences - statements, commands, questions and exclamatory sentences. Can the children remember the job of each type of sentence? Can they remember what puctuation each one needs? Perhaps you could write some of each as part of the children's home learning. Next week we are going to be writing a newspaper article about the sinking of the Titanic. For home learning, please can you have a look at some newspapers together and identify some of the features such as headline, byline, introcution, main body of text and conclusion.
In Science this week we have been learning about the different animals found in habitats across the world, specifically focusing on the rainforest, a desert, the ocean and the polar regions. Can the children remember what animals were found in each of the four habitats we have studied? Why could a polar bear not live in the desert? Why could a camel not live in the polar regions? What are the similarities and differences between the two animals?
In PE we have been developing our skills in football and gymnastics. We really enjoy putting our skills into practise in games!
Coming home today is the Year 2 E-Safety agreement, which was created by the children after learning about being safe online. Please take some time to read and discuss this with your child this weekend, then sign it and bring it back to school. Thank you.
In Maths this week we have come to the end of our unit about Number and Place Value. We have been counting in 2s, 3s, 5s (starting from 0) and 10s (starting from 0 and other single digit numbers e.g. 3). For home learning this week, please practise these skills with your children. Why not have a timed challenge each day? See how far you can count in 2s, 3s, 5s or 10s in two minutes – hopefully, each day the number you will reach will be larger! Please also remember to be practising the 2, 5 and 10 times tables with your children.
Our English this week has been linked to our History topic of Titanic. The children have been using sequential words (next, after that etc) to write a recount of our trip to the SeaCity Museum last Friday. We have also been continuing our work on expanded noun phrases, using them to write the story of the sinking of the Titanic. We focused on describing the ship itself, the iceberg, the ocean and the dark night. Can the children tell you what adjectives they used to describe these things? Can they spot any adjectives or expanded noun phrases in their reading books? Keep a record of those that you found in your reading or home learning journal.
In Science we have been studying the local habitat and animals that live there. This week, we went on a minibeast hunt in our chosen microhabitat (can the children remember what this scientific term means?) to see the similarities and differences between animals found in different places.
In PE we have been developing our skills in football and gymnastics.
In Art next week we will be sketching leaves, pinecones, conkers and other autumnal objects. Please can you collect some examples (1 or 2 each) and bring them in on Thursday for our art lesson. Thank you!
We have arrived back from our fantastic trip to SeaCity Museum where we spent the day learning all sorts of weird and wonderful facts about the Titanic! I hope the children have shared some of their learning with you today; please encourage them to discuss their experience as we will be writing about it in English on Monday! Also, please continue to support them in creating their Titanic themed home learning project. This can be done in any form - posters, 3-D models, PowerPoint presentations to name a few. These will need to be brought into school in the last week of this half term (week beginning 16th October).
Keep a look out for a gallery of pictures of our visit.
In Maths this week, we have been comparing numbers using the < > and = signs. For home learning please use two-digit numbers (or objects around the home) to help the children practise using the corrent symbol. In English we have been thinking about expanded noun phrases and trying to include some in a story based on the book 'A New Home for a Pirate'. Ask the children to explain what a noun and an adjective are and what an expanded noun phrase is. Can they create some of their own to describe objects around them? We have been continuing to practise and develop our handwriting skills, focusing on some of the tricky letters to join such an 'o'. Please continue to practise handwriting at home using the PowerPoint at the bottom of this page.
The Autumn Term Reading Challenge has been launched and challenge cards can be found inside Home Learning Journals. As part of our on-going review into Home Learning and response to parent feedback, the expectation is now that all children attempt to complete this. The 'Recommended Reads' list referenced can be found at the bottom of this page, why not make a start with your first challenge this weekend? Good luck!
Well, we have come to the end of our first full week and what a week it has been! A particular highlight for us was Roald Dahl Day on Wednesday, where we designed and created our own medicines using the same ingredients that George used in the book George's Marvellous Medicine! See our folder on the gallery page for pictures. On Wednesday, we also started our topic 'Titanic', which the children abolsultely loved! They are very excited for our trip to SeaCity next Friday.
In Maths this week we have been studying place value in two-digit numbers. For home learning this week, please can you find different objects around the house to use to represent numbers in different ways (see the picture for an idea of how you might do this). There is also a good game on www.interactive-resources.co.uk called 'Sid Says' which you can also help your child to play. You can type 'Sid Says' into the search bar and it will appear.
In English this week we have been writing our own story based on The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch. The children have showed some excellent creativity and great description.
It was lovely to see so many of you at Meet the Teacher yesterday. For those of you who were unable to make it, the documents that were shared are available at the bottom of this page. The main focus was the new expectations for home learning. Children are expected to be completing a maths task and to practise the tricky word spellings on a weekly basis. These will need to be recorded in some way in their home learning journal and will be acknowledged, but not formally marked. Daily reading and questioning should also be taking place and recorded in the pink reading journals. You will not be receiving a half-termly gap analysis. Please make sure you look to the website for weekly guidance about home learning.
I hope you all had a wonderful, relaxing Summer holiday. The children are back and raring to go with their learning and we have enjoyed our first week together in Year 2.
Please note, our PE days for this year are Tuesday and Friday. Please ensure PE kits are in school on these days.
I am looking forward to seeing you next week for the first 'Meet the Teacher' meeting of the academic year. This is on Thursday 14th September at 2:30. In this meeting we will focus on the home learning expectations for the year.
Wednesday 13th September is Roald Dahl day. We have been reading Esio Trot and George's Marvellous Medicine in class in preparation for this. Keep an eye on the website to see what special activities we get up to next week!
Reminder: The Summer Reading Challenge finishes on Saturday 16th September. If you have completed the challenge and received a certificate, please bring it into school on Thursday 21st September.