Weeks beginning 4th and 11th December 2023
We have been getting 'into' Christmas in a big way these past two weeks in Year 2! We were hard at work practising our Christmas Nativity play 'Barmy Bethlehem' last week and we hope you enjoyed watching it this week when you came on Tuesday or Wednesday. We certainly enjoyed showing it. The children did a fantastic job with all the songs and the acting, remembering all their words.
As well as enjoying Christmas activities the children, in their maths, have been learning about the properties of 2-D shapes for example, number of sides and vertices as well looking for vertical lines of symmetry within shapes. The children have been learning that a pentagon has five sides, hexagon six, octagon eight and decagon ten. They have continued with their science topic of animals including humans looking at what animals need to survive. The children learned of the three main thing that animals need to survive: Water. Oxygen, Food. We are also exploring how an animals habitat helps them to adapt and survive..
Please continue to read at least 4 times with your child at home each week and over the holidays too.
Many thanks for your help and support over this term.
The Year 2 team
Week Beginning 27th November 2023
This week we have been very busy practising our Nativity play- Baarmy Bethlehem. The children have worked really hard at remembering their lines and where they have to be on the stage. Thank you to all of the adults at home that have helped the children practise their words. We are really looking forward to showing you our play very soon!
In English, we have been reading and writing about the book 'Toby and the Great Fire of london'. We have been prediciting, sequencing and writing our own versions of the story. We have looked at using exclamation marks for exclamation sentences and for other reasons such as for emphasis and shouting.
In maths, we have begun our new topic of shape and have been naming the 2D and 3D shapes as well as looking at their properties e.g. how many sides and vertices they have. In science, we looked at how humans change as they get older from a baby to an elderly person. In art, we have been looking at how to cut out and add on bits of clay ready for our clay house tiles!
Thank you very much to all of the adults that have read with their children 4 or more times this week. Lots of children are now starting to get their bronze certificates for 10 weeks of reading 4 times- well done!
Well done to Birch class for their excellent attendance and well done to Hazel class for their lunchtime award for improvements when lining up!
Week Beginning 20th November 2023
This week the children have worked extremely hard completing end of term 'quizzes' in Maths, English and Reading. Even though these tasks were challenging at times, the children showed super resilience, trying their best and never giving up.
We have continued with our new science topic of 'Animals including Humans' In RE we are learning about why Christmas is a special time for Christians. We have continued to practise our Christmas play, the children's singing sounds amazing and they are all learning their parts really well. We cannot wait to show it to you in December.
Week Beginning 13th November 2023
This week in English we have been writing our own version of Samuel Pepys' diary. We have thought about all of the different feelings he would've had as well as things that he might see, hear, taste, smell and touch. We have written up our work using our special quill pens!
In Maths, we have been conituning to add and subtract 2 digit numbers. Some of us even had a go at the written method where we have to regroup or exchange.
We have also continued to look at the Nativity story, our families and started our new science topic- Animals including humans.
Rehearsals have started for our Christmas Play- Baarmy Bethlehem. All children have been given the words to all of the songs- if you are able to, please ask them to practise the words as they will need to know them off by heart! We have begun to give out some of the parts and we will confirm with the children next week which characters they are playing or which jobs they are doing- every child will be an important part of our production.
If your child comes home with a script, please take the time to practise their words with them so that they can say them loudly and clearly.
As always, a huge thank you to those that are reading 4 or more times at home.Both classes had their treat this week!
Week Beginning 6th November 2023
This week the children have been learning about The Great Fire of London 1666. This is our Cross Curricular History/English topic for this half term. We started off the week with some drama/improvisation where we imagined what it was like to live in those times. The children used this experience to write about the fire and we also learned about Samuel Pepys and his diary. Next week the children will have a go at diary writing. In maths this week the children have been practising adding two 2didgit numbers using tens and ones. We have started practising for our Christmas nativity play and in Religious Education lessons the children have been comparing two nativitiy stories from the Christian Bible. In Art the children had fun exploring and making with clay
In English this week, we have been writing about the Gunpowder Plot and Bonfire Night. We acted out, then wrote about the story of Guy Fawkes. We also generated a word bank for things that we night see, hear, smell, touch and taste on Bonfire Night. We used our vocabulary work banks to create poems. Some of us read out our poems to the class.
In maths we are continuing with addition and subtraciton. We looked at subtracting across 10, subtracting from a 10, subtracting a 1 digit number from a 2 digit number and finding 10 more or 10 less that a number up to 100.
If you have a chance, please try and practise the number bonds to 10 with your children as it will really help with this unit.
This week we have been finishing off our topic units from last half term- light in RE, glockenspiels in music and materials in science. We are just beginning our new PE unit of gymnastics- looking at balances.
Well done to Hazel class who won the attendance award!
Week Beginning 9th October
This week in maths the children have worked hard tp practise their number bonds to 10 and 100 e.g. 3 + 7 = 10 so 30 + 70 = 100
In English we have continued to practise our sentence writing using adjectives and noun phrases. The children have written some lovely descriptions.
Birch class finished making their finger puppets this week and we will evaluate them next week. The children have continued to explore materials in Science and the importance of Light within different religions.
Week Beginning 3/10/23
In English/history this week, we have been learning about different Monarchs. We have talked about a different monarch each day and then had a go at using the facts to write full sentences. Our focus has been full stops and capital letters.
In maths, we have been practising counting in 2, 5, 10 and 3. Some of us that are confident with this have even moved on to looking at times tables! Remember, there is a log in sticker in the front of the children's reading diaries for Times Tables Rock Stars. This is a great app for practising times tables.
We have also continued designing and making our finger puppets which we have all really enjoyed. We have continued out materials topic and looked at the reason certain materials are used e.g plastic is water proof, metal is strong etc, continued to look at how light is represented in different faiths and thought about how to keep ourselves safe when using the internet- take a look on Google Classroom for a link to a useful website 'Think You Know'.
Well done to Birch for having the highest KS1 attendance for the week!
Finally, a huge thank you to all of the parents that have read 4 or more times a week with their child- it makes such a difference to the children's learning.
Week Beginning 25th September 2023
This week we have worked really hard on our writing. We have been learning how to use extended noun phrases. We pretended we were king or Queen for the day and thought of all fun we would have! For example, if I was Queen I would wear a bright blue, sparkly crown.
In Maths we have practised counting in twos, fives and tens and we are beginning to learn these times tables.
We have continued to work on designing and making our puppets. We will continue this next week. In Science we have continued to explore the properties of materials.
Thank you for continuing to read with your children at home. We notice a real improvement in the children's fluency when they have been practising reading at home.
The First Two Weeks Back to School
Since we returned to school, we have been enjoying getting to know all of the wonderful children in Year 2. They have all worked incredibly hard and we are already very proud of them.
In English, we have been writing about ourselves. We have used noun phrases, question marks and conjunctions as well as thinking carefully about our letter formation.
In maths, we have been using the Base 10 to make numbers to 100. We have also been partitioning them into 10s and 1s e.g. 45 is 4 tens and 5 ones. We have been learning to add numbers on to a place value grid and use a part/part/whole model. Here are some maths games that the children might like to play:
In our other subjects, we have looked at different types of puppet, thought about our worries and how to log on to the computer/Google Classroom. We have also begun our new RE topic which is about the symbolism of light in different religions.
Please remember that the children need to read at least 4 times a week to get their reading challenge stamp- reading diaries will be collected in on Monday.
Week Beginning 18.9.23
Year 2 have worked extremely hard this week and have produced some excellent writing. They have used expanded noun phrases and thought of some great adjectives to describe our wonderful school. The children worked hard to present their work neatly.
In maths we have continued to practise place value and tens and ones. In science we have explored the properties of different materials, deciding if a material is man-made or natural. The children are designing their own puppet in DT and next week they will have a go at making a puppet.