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15th October 2021

It has been another busy week in Year 2. In English we began looking at the book 'Quest' by Aaron Becker. It is a picture book without words so we have had lots of discussions about what the words could be if there were some. We have looked at adding speech bubbles to the different pictures in the book too. We are looking forward to reading to the end of the book next week. 

In maths we have been looking at addition and subtraction, using the ten frames and double-sided counters to help us. We have looked at how we can use our number bonds to 10 to support us with our addition and subtraction. 

In science we investigated all about hand washing. We used glitter to represent the germs and washed our hands in different ways to see which is the best way to wash them! We discovered that washing our hands with soap and water is the best way to remove the germs. We also talked about other ways we need to keep clean. 

          

Pupils of the week this week are DT for increased independence and effort in all of her learning and AH for excellent description and use of conjunctions in his writing.

 

8th October 2021

We have had a good week in Year 2 with lots of work going on. In our topic session we learned all about Queen Victoria! The children were amazed that she had 9 children and 42 grandchildren! 

In maths we have been looking at adding and subtracting tens from different numbers, using different equipment to help us. For English we have been busy writing our own stories with our dragons as the main character. The dragons have been very busy on all of their adventures!

In science we looked at different animals and their young. The children were all amazed about what a baby ladybird looks like when we looked at the life cycle. Using the ipads the children then went on to research some different animals and what their young look like. 

We used the glockenspiels in music, and it certainly sounded more musical this week! It really does go to show how much practice helps! We managed to perform the song with singing and an instrumental! 

         

This week's pupils of the week are AI for her brilliant singing and playing of the glockenspiel in music this week and JG for a super piece of writing all about Queen Victoria. 

 

1st October 2021

It has been another busy week in Year 2. The children all did a fantastic job in the Harvest Assembly on Wednesday, performing our class harvest list poem. 

In our science work this week we investigated some different questions. We looked at whether the tallest person has the biggest hands, whether the oldest person has the biggest hands and investigated whether bigger hands can pick up more cubes! We discovered that sometimes this the tallest person had the biggest hands, sometimes the oldest person had the biggest hands and that it wasn't always the person with the biggest hands that could pick up the most cubes. 

         

In our topic work we found out all about Queen Elizabeth I and her reign on the throne. We thought about questions that we would ask her and tried to answer them with the knowledge we had discovered. Queen Elizabeth I then visited our classroom, and we were able to ask her the questions!  

In maths, we have been looking at addition and subtraction and looking at how when we know one fact we can find out more. In our English work we have been writing some character descriptions and designing our own dragons to feature in our own decagon stories next week.

Pupils of the week are GE for thoughtful contributions to our topic lesson about Queen Elizabeth I and IP for showing enthusiasm in all of her work and trying her best. 

 

24th September 2021

The children have been working really hard again this week in Year 2. In our English work we have been looking at harvest and have been writing harvest list poems using our knowledge of adjectives, nouns and verbs. We are hoping to share some of these in our school Harvest Assembly next week. 

Our maths focus this week has been on counting in steps of 2, 5 and 10. We are growing more confident with this and have been showing that we can do it in lots of different ways. 

We all travelled to a desert island in science this week, thinking about what we would need to survive if we were stranded there! We wrote our own messages asking for help and them put our messages in a bottle! Hopefully help arrives soon and we get rescued! 

     

In music, we have had fun using the glockenspiels to accompany a song we have been learning. With practice, we are getting better at playing the different notes in time with the music! 

    

17th September 2021

It has been a busy week in Year 2! The children are all getting used to their routines and did really well with their first 'Show me you know' spelling session. 

We have continued looking at the story of The Paper Bag Princess this week, building up to writing our own diary entries in the role of one of the characters. It has been lovely to see the children's ideas and language choices for these! 

In maths we have been continuing to look at place value, looking at this on a part whole model and a place value chart. The children are getting really good at using the different equipment to show the numbers in different ways. 

    

For our topic work the children enjoyed using the ipads to do their own research into different monarchs. They worked well in pairs and then reported back to the rest of the class the facts that they had found out. They found it very interesting that the Queen doesn't need to have a driving licence! 

The children loved having the opportunity to work with the tennis coach on Wednesday, listening carefully and working hard to balance the ball on the rachet and to shoot at a target!

       

Our pupils of the week this week are NS for great reasoning in his maths work and KS for always trying her best in all her work. 

 

10th September 2021

The children have all settled brilliantly into their new classroom and are getting used to the Year 2 routines. They have come back to school ready and eager to learn.

Our topic this term is 'Monarchs and Castles'. We have looked at what a good monarch does and thought about what we would have as rules if we were a king or a queen! There were some very interesting suggestions, including that children can drive cars! 

In our English work we have been looking at the story 'The Paper Bag Princess' by Robert Munsch. We have looked at sequencing the main events in the story and talked about what Elizabeth did and reasons for this. 

Our maths has been focussed on place value and we are all growing more confident when using the tens and ones cubes to make different numbers. 

        

In science we had fun investigating how we could make the biggest bubbles. We explored using water, baby bath, straws, whisks, spoons and our hands and found out that using a straw created the biggest bubbles! 

     

Our pupils of the week this week are EM for her readiness to listen and learn and JB for his positive attitude to his learning.