Year 2 Blog

Our Year 2 Classes are Lifeboats and Coastguards.

These are our curriculum newsletters:

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.

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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

 

 

Welcome back!

Hi all, hope you have had a fantastic half term break!

The children came back eager to learn and to participate in the fantastic Halloween activity day where we all had loads of fun and raised lots of money to help continue to build our library resources.

In English, we kicked off the week by being word hunters, collecting  spooky adjectives to write some brilliant Halloween poems. We continued to work on our understanding of nouns and adjectives by learning about expanded noun phrases. We used our learning to produce some descriptive sentences about all the beautiful fireworks we hope to see this weekend.

In Maths, we have been looking at adding 2 digit numbers, using written methods such as column addition. Whilst we found it quite tricky at first to set the numbers out carefully, we have made lots of progress and next week we will be moving on to subtracting using written methods.

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In topic, we have been learning about the art of Joan Miro and creating our own Miro inspired pieces. Miro worked in many different artistic styles and we have already produced a fantastic Magic Realism drawing and a Surrealist pastel picture too. Next week we will be learning about printing to create illustrations.

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On Thursday KS1 had an amazing day out at the Centre for Life. It was a brilliant way to start off our Space topic and the children were buzzing to share all of the information they have learnt.

Next week we will be:

Starting our narrative topic on ‘Man on the Moon’ by Simon Bartram
Learning about written methods of subtraction
Learning about electricity and electrical safety
Learning how to stay healthy and personal hygiene
Learning about print making and illustrating.

Welcome Back!

It was a delight to welcome back the children on Tuesday and my how they have all grown! Everyone has settled into their new Year 2 classrooms really well and they have returned to school with a sensible and mature attitude for this important year.

 

We started the week by writing a recount of the adventures they got up to over the summer. The children loved telling each other all about the fun they had and explain who, what, where, when and why in their sentences. We then moved on to looking at our class story ‘A Dark, Dark, Take’ by Ruth Brown. We will be learning this story in great detail so we can innovate it an make our own versions next week.

 

In Maths we have been looking at place value and partitioning (splitting up) numbers into tens and units in different ways. We were pleased that lots of the children remembered and applied their learning from Year 1 to solve the problems. Our homework relates to the work we undertook this week in class and we will be continuing to look at place value next week.

Everyone was happy to hear that our first topic is Castles. Many children could tell us lots of information about castles and they all had lots of interesting questions that they wish to investigate the answers to over the half term. Learning began with identifying the different parts of a castle. The children were able to explain what each part was and why it was important to the running of the castle.

 

Next week we will be learning the following:

  • Retelling ‘A Dark, Dark Tale’ by Ruth Brown and innovating it.
  • Using place value (tens and units) to partition and solve problems.
  • Who lives in a castle and why?
  • Properties of different materials.
  • How to stay safe online.

Year 2’s P.E. day is Tuesday. Please ensure that children come to school in their plain P.E. kit on this days, dressed appropriately for the weather. Long hair should be tied back and earrings are removed.

Homework is sent out on a Friday and should be returned for the following Thursday. The spelling test will take place on Thursday morning.

 

Have a lovely weekend

Year 2 Team