Week commencing 23rd November 2020
This week we will be learning about 2D shapes in Maths, counting their sides and vertices, and practising using the correct vocabulary to talk about them.
In English, we will be writing riddles using descriptive language such as adjectives and similes and learning more about the Tomatina festival.
We have an exciting opportunity this week to take part in a dance session with a dance specialist and we have asked her to link the session to dancing for festivals and carnivals so it is related to our topic.
Week commencing 2nd November 2020
This week we begin our new topic all about festivals and celebrations, where we look at bonfire night, remembrance services, Christmas and Diwali. Have you ever heard of the Tomatina festival? This is one of the lesser known festivals that we enjoy learning about too.
In English, we will be writing acrostic firework poems and completing reading comprehensions on the story of Guy Fawkes.
In Maths, we are beginning our work on multiplication and developing our understanding of equal and unequal groups. We will be learning to use the x sign.
Please note that P.E. days will now move back to the original plan of Mondays and Fridays.
Week commencing 19th October 2020
This week we are using everything we have learned about the Great Fire of London to write our own newspaper reports about this significant historical event. We will be detailing the facts and even including some quotes from people who were alive at the time!
In Maths, we are continuing our work on addition and subtraction by looking at adding and subtracting tens numbers to/from 2-digit numbers, e.g. 45 + 40 = and 76 - 30 = . We will begin without crossing a hundreds barrier and then move on to crossing over a whole hundreds number.
Week commencing 12th October 2020
Our work on The Great Fire of London continues with looking in depth at Tudor houses and making our own model houses in order to construct a London street in 1666. Look out for our photos on Twitter so you can see what the houses were made of and how close together they were built.
In English, we are learning about different stop signs for the ends of our sentences, such as full stops, question marks and exclamation marks. We are writing questions for King Charles II with correct punctuation.
In Maths this week, we are beginning our work on addition and subtraction by looking at adding and subtracting single digit numbers to/from 2-digit numbers, e.g. 45 + 4 = and 76 - 3 = . We will begin without crossing a tens barrier and then move on to crossing over a whole tens number.
Week commencing 07.09.20
This week we are focusing on wellbeing and some lovely wellbeing stories, in particular 'The Worrysaurus' and 'The Colour Monster'. We are looking at colours and emotions and we will be learning about Jackson Pollock art and how chameleons change colour. We will be writing acrostic poems and revising our Y1 Maths. We are delighted to be back in school and the children are all coping amazingly well.
Week ending 06.03.20
This week in English we have been writing our own versions of the traditional tale 'Stone Soup'. The children all chose their own characters and setting and planned a story using a story mountain before writing their own version of the tale. In Maths we have started our learning about money. We have learnt how to recognise and count in pounds and pence and how to compare amounts of money. Our Topic work this week involved going on a bug hunt and creating a tally chart of our findings, which we then used to create pictograms. On World Book Day we had great fun! We all chose a word from the Year 2 Common Exception Word list. We researched and discussed what each word meant and we practised spelling our words and using them in a sentence. We then wrote a whole class story using every single word we had chosen! We shared our story with Year 5 children taking it in turns to say our word when it came up.
Week ending 28.02.20
This week we were introduced to the traditional tale 'Stone Soup.' We read three different versions of the tale and we began to plan our own versions of the story. In Maths we used our place value knowledge to support us to subtract one two digit number from another. Next week in Maths we will be moving on to the topic of Money, learning to recognise and count money in pence and pounds, find the total and compare amounts of money. Our new Topic 'Homely Habitats' began this week. We started by learning about what a habitat is and different types of habitat. We also began identifying and categorising mini-beasts. Next week we will be going on a bug hunt and we will be using our data to create pictograms and tally charts.
Don't forget Thursday next week is World Book Day (5th March) remember to bring a plain white T-shirt to create our class dictionary. In Year 2 we will be focussing on the Year 2 Common Exception Words. We will be looking at the spelling and the dictionary definition of the words, writing silly sentences and creating a whole class story.
Week ending 07.02.20
This week we read our last African Tale, 'Cross Crocodile' and we discussed and compared the main characters and the storylines. At the end of the week we began preparing to write our own versions of an African story. We chose and described a setting and an African animal for our stories. Next week we will use these to plan and write our tales. In Maths, we learnt how to read scales in 2's, 5's and 10's and used this skill to find and compare weights of objects using different types of weighing scales. This concludes our learning on measure and next week we will be moving onto addition using practical equipment to help us to find and add tens and ones.
In science we observed, described and measured the changes in our plants. We look forward to seeing more growth next week! For our topic lessons we have been learning about traditional African patterns and we have used our African animal print designs to create a polystyrene printing stamp. Next week we will be using these to create African inspired materials with fabric paint.
Week ending 31.01.2020
This week we have begun looking at African stories written by the authors Mwenye Hadithi and Adrienne Kennaway. We started by using our prediction skills to predict what the story 'Hungry Hyena' might be about. We then moved onto the tale of the 'Running Rhino' and we began to compare the two stories. Next week we will be introducing a third book by the same author 'Cross Crocodile' and we will be starting to plan our own version of an African Tale.
In Maths we have started our learning on measurement. We have been measuring with a ruler and with a metre stick and we have been comparing heights and lengths using the greater than, less than and equals symbols < > = . Next week will be measuring using grams and kilograms and looking at temperatures using degree centigrade.
In topic we have learnt about the life of Nelson Mandela and we have researched and compared the weather in England to the weather in Kenya. In science we have started to monitor the plants in our comparative tests by measuring the growth so far. Hopefully next week we will see more changes.
Well done to all of those children who have accessed their spellings and times table practise games on Spelling Shed and TT Rockstars! We have seen some great results! Please see one of the Year 2 team if you need any help or support using these sites.
Have a lovely weekend,
The year 2 team.
Week ending 24.01.2020
This has been a very exciting week! On Tuesday we were visited by Zoolab 'ranger' Chris, who introduced us to a variety of exciting animals. We met Brian the African Snail, Casper the corn snake, Phantom the tarantula and Princess Katie the rat. We also had the opportunity to hold a real Ostrich egg which was much heavier than we expected! Chris was very knowledgeable and he told us lots about his time living in Africa and the various animals he met there. We also had the opportunity to ask him questions about African Lions, Leopards, Giraffes and Elephants to help us write our animal fact files in English.
In Maths we completed our unit on Fractions, learning about how to find a fraction of an amount using bar models to support us. In our Science lesson we learnt about germination and we set up a comparative test to investigate what plants need to grow. Topic lessons this week have involved learning about and creating our own African patterns inspired by African animals.
Next week we are going to begin reading African stories by Mwenye Hadithi.
Week ending 17.01.2020
This week in English we have been busy writing holiday brochures encouraging visitors to the beautiful country of Kenya. We focussed on using persuasive language and different sentence types. In Maths we have been learning how to recognise and find 1/4 and 1/3 of a shape and a number. Our Topic lessons have enabled us to develop our Geography skills as we learnt how to use an atlas and how to identify key features on a map. We searched for Kenya and found significant places such as Mount Kenya, Nairobi and Lake Victoria. Next week we will be researching African animals and writing a non-chronological report in English and in Maths we will be looking at equivalent fractions and learning that 2/4 is the same as a half.
Week ending 10.01.2020
The children have had a fantastic start back to the new term, new year and new topic 'Africa.' They have learnt all about the seven continents and oceans of the world and have used their learning to find Africa on a map. In English they have researched Africa and more specifically, the country of Kenya. They have used a Thesaurus to identify exciting adjectives to describe things to see and do in Kenya and have used these to write statement, question, command and exclamation sentences. Next week they will be using their learning to create a holiday brochure which persuades holidaymakers to visit the beautiful country of Kenya. In Maths the children have been introduced to 'Fractions' and have been finding half of a shape, a number and an amount. Next week they will be learning how to find a quarter.
Week ending 4.10.19
The children have been busy this week asking and answering questions about the Great Fire of London, acting as eyewitnesses to the event. They have learnt about the re-design of St Paul's Cathedral by Christopher Wren and drawn pictures of how the cathedral looks today. Next week we will be writing newspaper reports about the fire.
In Maths we have looked at addition and subtraction of single digit numbers from two digit numbers and have used a variety of methods to solve problems. Next week we will continue to look at addition and subtraction but will be focusing on two digit numbers.
In Science we have explored a variety of materials and tested them to see if they would bend, squash, stretch or twist and then answered questions about their properties.
Next week we will be designing and making our Tudor houses so any empty cereal boxes would be very much appreciated!
The Year 2 Team.
Week ending 27.9.19
This week the children have been writing diary entries bout the Great Fire of London. They have imagined that they were a little boy called Toby who had seen the fire first-hand. They have written some lovely descriptions explaining what they saw, heard, smelt and how they felt. Next week they will be writing newspaper reports about the fire.
In Maths the children have been revising their number bonds to 10 and 20 and using these facts to solve problems. Next week we will continue to look at addition and subtraction
The children have enjoyed Judaism day today where they learnt all about the Jewish faith. They got to taste special food that would be eaten during different celebrations, they made Torah scrolls as well as learning about the synagogue.
Over the next few weeks we will be making Tudor houses to recreate a street in London. We are asking each child to bring in a cereal box to enable us to do this. We will also be ending the half term with our Art's week where we will be making a large scale boat from old drinks bottles (2pt or 4pt milk bottles or drinks bottles) so if you have any of these then we will be collecting these over the next few weeks.
The year 2 team.
Week ending 21.9.19
This week the children have enjoyed learning about the Great Fire of London. We have looked at Samuel Pepys' diary to learn about the events that took place and the children have made timelines, carried out role play activities and written descriptions using noun phrases. In Art, we have made some lovely pictures of the fire using watercolours and then added a silhouette of London on to this.
In Maths the children have continued to learn about Place Value and have been partitioning numbers into tens and ones. Next week we will be looking at addition and subtraction facts within 10 and 20.
Have a good weekend!
Week ending 13.9.19
The children have settled well into Year 2 and have been working really hard this week. We have enjoyed making Great Fire of London cakes and then written some detailed instructions of how to make them using imperative verbs (bossy verbs: put, roll, pour....). Next week we will start looking at the Great Fire of London, learning about what happened and the timescale of this.
In Maths we have been looking at the value of each digit in a 2-digit number and placing them in order. Next week we will continue to look at Place Value.
The children did their first spelling and times tables test this week and tried really hard. They should have brought new spellings home in their spellings books and there is also a note in their times table book to tell you which ones to learn for next week.
Have a great weekend!
The Year 2 team.
Week ending 6.9.19
We hope you have all had a great summer! It has been lovely to welcome the children back into school this week and to start their Year 2 journey. We have enjoyed hearing all about their summer holidays in the recounts they have been writing in English. Next week we will be starting our Great Fire of London topic looking at life in the 17th Century.
In Maths we have been learning to read and write numbers up to 100 and next week will be looking at partitioning numbers into tens and ones.
We have sent home our first set of weekly spellings. Spellings and times tables will be tested each Thursday and new ones will be sent home the following day. All children will be starting with the 2 times tables including 0 x 2 up to 12 x2. We have also sent home reading diaries which we ask you to fill in when you have heard your child read. Expectation in Year 2 is for children to read with you a minimum of 4 times per week. Thank you for your support with this.
Our PE days this year are Monday and Tuesday so please make sure children have PE kit ready for the start of next week. PE may take place indoors or outdoors so please have appropriate kit.
We hope you have a great weekend!
The Year 2 team