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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2

 

Miss Bishop is our Teacher.

 

Mrs Crenol is our class Teaching Assistant, she works Tuesday-Friday.

Miss Cooper teaches us from 10am until lunchtime on a Wednesday (Maths & Art).

Mrs Bryant  teaches us on Wednesday afternoon (SPaG, Multiplication Challenge & ICT).

 

Topic
Our topic this term is On this day...
Please have a look at our Topic Web to see an overview of some of the exciting things we will get up to!

Homework

This will be handed out on a Friday and is due back on Wednesdays. The homework will be linked to what the children have been learning about that week or will prepare them for what they are about to learn.

The 'Multiplication and Division Challenge' takes place on a Wednesday afternoon with Mrs Bryant. The children are speed tested for 3 minutes on their times tables (one per week e.g. 2s) and once they score high enough will move on to learn the next times table. This is to improve the children's fluency. There will be practice sheets for the children to take home if they desire- which we will be encouraging!

Spellings are also handed out on Fridays ready for a test the following Friday. Please make sure the children are practising their spellings every week.

 

Writing Journals

Year 2 have been chosen to trail a 'Writing at Home' initiative. At home there is a lot of emphasis on the children reading daily to improve their reading skills and knowledge. However, we do not ask the children to write at home. It is the same as with reading the more the children write the more progress they will make. Therefore, writing journals (which the children have decorated) have been sent home to encourage the children to have a special place to write. The children can write in these as often as they wish, they will not be marked. The journals will be collected towards the end of every half-term to see how the children have got on and what they are writing about. They can write about anything... stories, recounts, menus, football scores, presentations, explanations, facts, gymnastic reports, family, friends, poems, animals & the list can go on! Please encourage your child to look after these journals and write neatly in them (can they join their writing up!). I hope you will support your children with this journal and if you have any questions then do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Presentations

The Presentation List went home on Tuesday 5th September. The presentation can be anything up to 10 minutes long and be about something of interest to your child. These presentations take the place of show and tell and are only in-front of the class. 

Important dates...

6th November- Carnival Float Trip

7th November- INSET Day

10th November- Circus in School (PTA)

14th & 15th November- Parents Evenings (Sign up from 6th November)

20th November- Final Swimming

23rd November- Sleeping Beauty Production @9.30

5th December- Nativity @2pm

6th December- Nativity @10am

13th December- Cinema Trip PM

20th December- KS1 Christmas Party

 

We have settled in well to Year 2 and are loving our new classroom!

Week Beginning 11th September

WOW! What a busy week we have had in Year 2! We kicked off the week with our first swimming lesson and we were an absolute credit to Year 2! We celebrated Roald Dahl Day on Wednesday and designed and made chocolates and golden tickets! We've started our work on place value in Maths and have been practicing our fluency, reasoning and problem solving! We're continuing to label and write captions in English, this week we've been using adjectives and because to make our writing better! In Topic we have learnt about the Plague, located London on a map of the U.K and started reading about the Great Fire of London! In RE we've been writing our own morning prayers and psalms and thinking about why Christians pray in the morning.

A jam packed first full week back in Year 2, let's see what next week brings!

Week beginning 18th September

We have had another very busy week this week! We started the week with our weekly Swimming lesson and Miss Bishop was so impressed with our behaviour and effort levels! In English we have been using adjectives to make our writing even better. We have also learnt how to use a comma in a list. In Maths we are continuing our work on Place Value and have looked at how we can represent numbers using dienes and pictures and how we can put numbers onto a number line to count and order them! In Topic we did some comparative writing, comparing London in 1666 to London now. We have written our own class Psalms and Liturgys in RE this week too. We had a DT Morning on Tuesday Morning with Mr Fisher's class and painted our cardboard boxes to look like the houses in the Great Fire of London in 1666 (see pictures below)! We will be taking these and burning them as part of our WOW day on Thursday 5th October!

Week beginning 25th September 2017

This week we have finished the work on our 'Labels, Lists and Captions' topic in English. We have created 'All about Me' booklets with lots of information about who we are, our families, friends, pets and favourite colours/sports/foods! We have used lots of adjectives, conjunctions, capital letters for proper nouns and some of us have used a comma in a list! We have also finished our 'Belongings' topic in RE, we had our Respond session on Friday! We enjoyed a biscuit and drink which represented the body and blood of Christ, reflected by colouring a picture of Creation and thought about how we could carry the message of prayer and love forward. In Maths we have looked at putting numbers on a number line and how we can partition numbers using the whole-part-whole model into tens and ones. The children were very pleased that Miss Cooper was back this week and have created the basis of a scratch art picture. In Topic we considered Why did the fire spread so quickly? and sorted statements into our own ideas of importance. We have been swimming this week too and are all making lots of progress, it's lovely to see the children enjoying it so much & in gymnastics we were practicing our forward rolls. What a busy week we've had! 

There's lots of exciting things to look forward to next week including: making sandwiches and our WOW day on Thursday!

Week beginning 2nd October 2017

We had our WOW Day the Fire Station this week and it was fantastic! We watched our houses burn, had a tour of the station, looked around a fire engine and saw a hose work! Thank you Fireman Matt and Fireman Mike! This week we have started our brand new English topic instructions! We have looked at the main features of instruction texts and labelled them applying what we learnt in our last topic! We have also made cheese and cucumber sandwiches (see the photos) to help us to write our first set of instructions!  We have also started our 'Signs and Symbols' topic in RE, we had our Explore session on Friday and looked at Catholic and Non-Catholic symbols and their meanings!  In Maths we have looked at using the part-part-whole model to partition numbers in different ways, which we have started to write addition sentences for. The children have created a scratch art Great Fire of London picture (see the photos). In Topic we considered How did people escape? How did the people feel? and watched videos to help us learn about this. In gymnastics we have started to put movements together for a sequence! Yet another busy week in Year 2!

There's lots of exciting things to look forward to next week including: making biscuits & class assembly practice!

Week beginning 9th October 2017

In English we have made biscuits this week to help us with our instruction writing. We have spent our week writing the instructions and making sure all of the features are in them. In Maths, we have ordered numbers and looked at < ,> and =. We have mastered it! In RE we began our 'Signs and Sybols' topic and have looked at the symbols of Baptism and who attends a Baptism. We have had another busy week in Year 2! We have also been practicing for our class Assembly which is on Friday 20th October and in Art with Miss Cooper we have made hats to wear!

 

Week beginning 16th October

We have made it to half term after a busy 7 weeks in Year 2! This week we have finished our biscuit instructions and have written up our first big write, our progress is amazing! We have also turned our instructions into recipe books to bring home! In Maths, we have continued looking at <, > and = with regard to problem and solving and reasoning, it's been tricky but we kept trying! In RE we continued to look at the Sacrament of Baptism and have learnt all about the ceremony and symbols. We had an exciting Topic lesson where we explored the life of Samuel Pepys, it was great fun! We used a listening station, photographs, research station, his diary, an interactive game and books to find this information out. In Art we did a whole class big art (see pictures below), it was lots of fun!  It was also our class assembly, we performed superbly and all made Miss Bishop and Mrs Crenol very proud!

Have a lovely half-term holiday (no homework this week!) and I look forward to seeing you back ready for a busy half term leading up to Christmas!

Week beginning 30th October

We have had a busy first week back in Year 2 this week! In English we have started our work on 'Information Texts' and have learnt all about the differences between fiction and non-fiction. We have also labelled the features of a non-fiction text and used actions to help us remember them! In Maths we had been comparing numbers and problem solving, estimating and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s! We ended our 'Signs and Symbols' Topic in RE by taking part in a Respond worship session, see below for our photo. In Topic we learnt all about Guy Fawkes and have made brusho firework pictures, blow paint firework pictures and toilet roll Guy Fawkes!

Next week we have swimming on Monday and our trip to see the Carnival Floats! It's INSET day on Tuesday too so no children in school!

Week beginning 6th November

Another busy and exciting week in Year 2 this week! In English we have been looking at using possessive apostrophes, expanded noun phrases and writing questions- we have worked very hard and understood this all well, I look forward to seeing these skills used in our writing next week! ! In Maths we have been counting in 2s, 5s, 10s and 3s! Miss Bishop was very impressed with our counting in 3s, we will continue to practice this to master it. We have now finished our Place Value Topic and will be moving on to Addition and Subtraction next week! In RE we have been learning about Shabbat a Jewish holiday that is celebrated every week from Friday evening to Saturday evening, we have looked at preparations, blessings and how Shabbat ends. In Topic we went on a trip to see the Carnival Floats on Monday, we were a credit to Year 2 and asked lots of questions and were very inquisitive! We tried on costumes, helped to paint and watched a carnival float light up and move!

Next week we have swimming on Monday and begin practicing for our Nativity!

Week beginning 13th November

In English this week we have been writing up our Information Texts and applying everything we have learnt so far! They are very informative and we look forward to writing them up properly next week! In Maths we have been recapping our number bonds to 20, we have found this tricky despite learning them in Year 1. There is a maths game on the link below that you can play to practice these. ! In RE we have been thinking about Preparing and all of the things we do in the busy run-up to Christmas! In Topic/ICT we have created powerpoints about Guy Fawkes with Mrs Bryant. We have been busy practicing our Nativity songs and words!

Next week we have our last swimming on Monday, will be busy practicing for our Nativity & have a production of Sleeping Beauty coming into School!

Curriculum Letter- Autumn Term 2017

On This Day... Topic Web

Information Texts- We would like to share our Information Texts all about the Great Fire of London with you! We have been working hard on these over the last 3 weeks and are very proud of them! Enjoy!

Information Texts- We would like to share our Information Texts all about the Great Fire of London with you! We have been working hard on these over the last 3 weeks and are very proud of them! Enjoy! 1
Information Texts- We would like to share our Information Texts all about the Great Fire of London with you! We have been working hard on these over the last 3 weeks and are very proud of them! Enjoy! 2
Information Texts- We would like to share our Information Texts all about the Great Fire of London with you! We have been working hard on these over the last 3 weeks and are very proud of them! Enjoy! 3
Information Texts- We would like to share our Information Texts all about the Great Fire of London with you! We have been working hard on these over the last 3 weeks and are very proud of them! Enjoy! 4
Information Texts- We would like to share our Information Texts all about the Great Fire of London with you! We have been working hard on these over the last 3 weeks and are very proud of them! Enjoy! 5
Information Texts- We would like to share our Information Texts all about the Great Fire of London with you! We have been working hard on these over the last 3 weeks and are very proud of them! Enjoy! 6
Information Texts- We would like to share our Information Texts all about the Great Fire of London with you! We have been working hard on these over the last 3 weeks and are very proud of them! Enjoy! 7
Information Texts- We would like to share our Information Texts all about the Great Fire of London with you! We have been working hard on these over the last 3 weeks and are very proud of them! Enjoy! 8
Information Texts- We would like to share our Information Texts all about the Great Fire of London with you! We have been working hard on these over the last 3 weeks and are very proud of them! Enjoy! 9
Information Texts- We would like to share our Information Texts all about the Great Fire of London with you! We have been working hard on these over the last 3 weeks and are very proud of them! Enjoy! 10
Information Texts- We would like to share our Information Texts all about the Great Fire of London with you! We have been working hard on these over the last 3 weeks and are very proud of them! Enjoy! 11
Information Texts- We would like to share our Information Texts all about the Great Fire of London with you! We have been working hard on these over the last 3 weeks and are very proud of them! Enjoy! 12
Information Texts- We would like to share our Information Texts all about the Great Fire of London with you! We have been working hard on these over the last 3 weeks and are very proud of them! Enjoy! 13
Information Texts- We would like to share our Information Texts all about the Great Fire of London with you! We have been working hard on these over the last 3 weeks and are very proud of them! Enjoy! 14
Information Texts- We would like to share our Information Texts all about the Great Fire of London with you! We have been working hard on these over the last 3 weeks and are very proud of them! Enjoy! 15
Information Texts- We would like to share our Information Texts all about the Great Fire of London with you! We have been working hard on these over the last 3 weeks and are very proud of them! Enjoy! 16
Information Texts- We would like to share our Information Texts all about the Great Fire of London with you! We have been working hard on these over the last 3 weeks and are very proud of them! Enjoy! 17
Information Texts- We would like to share our Information Texts all about the Great Fire of London with you! We have been working hard on these over the last 3 weeks and are very proud of them! Enjoy! 18
Information Texts- We would like to share our Information Texts all about the Great Fire of London with you! We have been working hard on these over the last 3 weeks and are very proud of them! Enjoy! 19
Information Texts- We would like to share our Information Texts all about the Great Fire of London with you! We have been working hard on these over the last 3 weeks and are very proud of them! Enjoy! 20
Information Texts- We would like to share our Information Texts all about the Great Fire of London with you! We have been working hard on these over the last 3 weeks and are very proud of them! Enjoy! 21
Information Texts- We would like to share our Information Texts all about the Great Fire of London with you! We have been working hard on these over the last 3 weeks and are very proud of them! Enjoy! 22
Information Texts- We would like to share our Information Texts all about the Great Fire of London with you! We have been working hard on these over the last 3 weeks and are very proud of them! Enjoy! 23
Information Texts- We would like to share our Information Texts all about the Great Fire of London with you! We have been working hard on these over the last 3 weeks and are very proud of them! Enjoy! 24
Information Texts- We would like to share our Information Texts all about the Great Fire of London with you! We have been working hard on these over the last 3 weeks and are very proud of them! Enjoy! 25
Information Texts- We would like to share our Information Texts all about the Great Fire of London with you! We have been working hard on these over the last 3 weeks and are very proud of them! Enjoy! 26
Information Texts- We would like to share our Information Texts all about the Great Fire of London with you! We have been working hard on these over the last 3 weeks and are very proud of them! Enjoy! 27
Information Texts- We would like to share our Information Texts all about the Great Fire of London with you! We have been working hard on these over the last 3 weeks and are very proud of them! Enjoy! 28

Poppy Pictures- To help us to think about the significance of Poppy Day we created some fantastic Brusho Poppy Pictures!

"Shabbat Shalom" the children used the Jewish greeting to greet one another this week as part of our Judaism Topic

"Shabbat Shalom" the children used the Jewish greeting to greet one another this week as part of our Judaism Topic 1

Carnival Float Art & Design- After our visit on Monday to the Carnival Floats we created our very own carnival float designs in Art!

Carnival Float Visit- This afternoon the children went on a trip to the Carnival Floats! We saw Masqueraders Carnival Club and tried on costumes and helped paint it! Then we saw lots of others including Ramblers Carnival Club who put the lights and movement on for us to see! We had a brilliant time and can't wait for carnival tonight!

Guy Fawkes Toilet Roll Puppets- In preparation for Bonfire Night we have made Guy Fawkes toilet roll puppets by carefully colouring, cutting and sticking a template!

Respond Worship- Signs and Symbols. The children planned their 'Respond' session as a class in RE and took part in a worship to help us to consolidate and apply our learning.

Respond Worship- Signs and Symbols. The children planned their 'Respond' session as a class in RE and took part in a worship to help us to consolidate and apply our learning. 1
Respond Worship- Signs and Symbols. The children planned their 'Respond' session as a class in RE and took part in a worship to help us to consolidate and apply our learning. 2

Blow Art & Brusho Art! To mark the start of November and Firework season we created blow and brusho firework pictures! They look fantastic! We are very excited about Fireworks and Carnival and have been learning all about Guy Fawkes to prepare!

Recipe Books- We have turned our biscuit instructions recipe books! We are very proud of them and hope to enjoy them at home.

Recipe Books- We have turned our biscuit instructions recipe books! We are very proud of them and hope to enjoy them at home. 1

Our 1st Class Assembly

RE- Recreating a Baptism. Can you spot the Priest, Mother, Father, Baby and Godparents?

Great Fire of London Big Art! On Wednesday 18th October we had a 'Big Art' session and worked in groups on whole class art activities!

Biscuit Making- Today we have made biscuits as part of our instruction writing! We will write what we have done into instructions and turn it into a recipe book!

Making our own Scratch Art Great Fire of London

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DT Morning- Making London!

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Roald Dahl Day Chocolate Making

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