Year 2 Blog

Our Year 2 Classes are Lifeboats and Coastguards.

These are our curriculum newsletters:

Summer assessments are upon us!

This week the children started their SATs by completing the spelling, grammar and punctuation paper. Everyone dealt with the paper in a mature fashion and it was a calm and relaxed environment in both classes. Next week on Monday and Tuesday Year 2 will continue with these assessments and will be competing the two reading papers. Please make sure your child completes their reading comprehension homework as this will help them to prepare and make sure they come to school well rested and on time to give them the best chance of succeeding.

In English we finished writing up our detailed and interesting recounts of our visit to Kirkley Hall and it was clear from all of the effort the children put in that they really have enjoyed our animal topic. In our art work we have been using our science knowledge to carry out some observational drawings of natural objects as well as using natural materials to create land art and sculptures in the style of Andy Goldsworthy.

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We have been revising the skills we have learnt over the year in maths and have been practicing applying these skills to solve reasoning problems. Revision will continue into next week in preparation for the Maths SATs.

We also came to the end of our computer coding project in ICT. The children have wowed us with their debugging skills and we definitely have some computer programmers of the futures in the year group.

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Don’t forget next Friday (18th May) is our royal wedding celebration day where all the children can come in wedding attire.

Spring has Sprung!

It has been a busy week in Year 2 studying animals and preparing for our imminent end of key stage assessments. Thank you to all the parent’s who attended the KS1 SAT meeting on Wednesday morning. If anyone has any questions about the upcoming assessments or would like some advice on how to help your child succeed just ask a member of Year 2 staff.

At the start of the week the children conducted a micro-habitat survey to answer the question ‘Do all mini-beasts live in the same habitats?’ They used their Maths skills to record their findings in tables and charts and discussed the results using the science terminology they have learned.

 

 

In English we have continued to study the Anthony Browne picture book called ‘Gorilla’ and the children are becoming great reading detectives, using their inference skills to decide how characters are feeling. The words sad and happy have now been banned and the children are improving and widening their vocabulary by coming up with some amazing words to replace these over used ones, which has been reflected in the descriptive language they have used in their writing.

 

At the end of the week each class held elections to choose two Junior Leadership Representatives. The children took this very seriously by writing their own campaign speeches and thinking about their election platform. After presenting their arguments to the class, there was an official democratic vote and we were very pleased with how all the children took part in such a grown up and mature manner!JLT elections (1) JLT elections (5)

 

 

 

 

Spring has Sprung?

In Coastguards this week, we have been looking at measuring accurately in centimeters and meters. We have been thinking about what are the appropriate units of measurement to use. We have applied our learning to solve problems involving ordering and comparing length.

In English we have been thinking about Traction Man as a toy and as a hero. Traction Man is the main character from our class text ‘Traction Man is Here’ by Mini Grey. We discussed our favourite toys and described them on Monday. We then moved on to think about what it means to be a hero and the heroes in our lives. The children ended the week writing some touching descriptions of their heroes and a book review of ‘Traction Man is Here’ which all the children loved.

In topic we have been thinking about where animals like to live and why. We used what we had learned to think about dinosaur habitats in the past.

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Next week will be assessment week. It is of vital importance that the children come to school on time and well rested to perform to the best of their ability. During the afternoons we will be completing our learning about Islam and continuing with our dinosaur research on food chains and habitats in order to write a detailed non-chronological report in the final week.

 

Have a lovely weekend.

Happy New Year!

Well it has been a lovely first week back to welcome in the new year.

This week, we have been consolidating our understanding of multiplication and division in Math to solve missing number problems and word problems. This has been much easier for the children who have been practising their times tables at home so don’t forget to go over the 2, 5 and 10 times tables with your child whenever you can!

In English we have had a fantastic time learning about how to use commas in a list and using our new knowledge to listen to and write our own list poems. The children have really loved looking at the classic poem ‘Pleasant Sounds’ by John Clare and the contemporary poem ‘The Sound Collector’ by Roger McGough.

In topic we have discussed how our we can express our feelings and manage our behaviour in order to be sensitive to the needs of others. We have also being creating a cat dance, which links into our Science work on Animal grow and life cycles. We conducted an interesting investigation into foot spans across the school and used the data we collected to complete a table and block chart.This will link nicely to the work we will undertake in Maths next week about gathering and presenting data as well as using charts and tables to ask and answer questions.

Next week we will be learning

  • To gather and present data in charts and tables
  • To ask and answer questions about data when presented in different forms
  • To describe characters and settings from the story ‘The Twits’ by Roald Dahl
  • To order and explain the life cycle of different animals
  • To being to understand what it means to be Hindu.

Don’t forget- PE for Year 2 is on Tuesday. Children need to come appropriately dressed for the weather in their PE kit on this day and any long hair must be tied back. Children with earrings must have them removed or if they need to stay in, then tape must be provided to cover them.

Happy New Year to you all!Cat dance 1 (1)

Let it Snow!

In English, we finished our work on the book ‘Man on the Moon’ by writing some amazing sequels to the story called ‘Aliens on the Moon’. The children really enjoyed meeting Bob and loved making up their own characters. Next week we will be looking at the real men and women who have landed on the moon, in order to write some factual biographies.

In Maths the children have been working on multiplication. We are extremely proud of how much the children remember about multiplication from Year 1 and they have been using their knowledge to solve some tricky reasoning problems. Next week we will be looking at division and the related facts.

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Next week we will be completing our end of term assessments before the Christmas fun starts. It is very important, therefore, that the children come to school on time and well rested so they can perform to the best of their ability.

Things to remember:

  • Please let us know if you will be providing a costume for your child for the Christmas play. If you are please bring it in in a named bag.
  • The Christmas performance dates are Thursday 14th and Friday 15th December. Both performances are in the morning at 9:30am