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21st January 2022

The children have all risen to the challenge of the new Class Recognition Board, working hard to achieve this week's focus, proving that they can do it really well. 

Our English work this week has linked to our topic, and we have been learning all about Florence Nightingale and the work that she did to improve hospitals and help the soldiers. The children imagined that they were 'Billy', an injured soldier in the Magic Grandad clip that we watched. They wrote some super letters to Florence Nightingale thanking her for the amazing care that she had given them! We will be editing and writing these up in neat, ready to go on display. 

In maths we have been looking at sharing. We started the week looking at sharing into equal groups and then moved on to look at sharing by grouping. We have also had the division symbol introduced to us too! It has been lovely to see how much more confident the children are getting when counting in steps of 2, 5 and 10, and even 3! 

Our science work gave us the opportunity to investigate with materials again. We looked at whether the different materials were flexible or rigid and whether they could stretch or squash as well. The adults in Year 2 were all really impressed with our science homework from last week, where we designed our own outfits for Traction Man! The children were all so creative and did an amazing job! 

                

             

Our Year 2 pupils of the week this week are ED for good progress in her reading of different words and JA for super work on his sharing in maths this week. 

 

14th January 2022

It has been a busy first full week back in school and the children are settled back into their routines. We have started our 'Nurturing Nurses' topic by looking at Florence Nightingale and the timeline of her life showing her achievements. 

In maths this week we have been continuing to look at multiplication and in particular at the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. We have used our computing skills to take photographs of different multiplication arrays which we then uploaded to our Seesaw activity. It has been lovely to see the progress that the children have made with their counting in steps of 2, 5 and 10. 

In science we have been investigating which materials are waterproof and which are not, in order to help us with our homework task of designing, making and testing a waterproof outfit for Traction Man. We all worked really hard to investigate which materials were waterproof and most of us managed not to make our books wet! As a class we designed a table to show our results.

      

    

In our gymnastics sessions we have been learning all about creating different shapes. We have learned how to make a dish, arch and front support shape and are beginning to work to link these together. 

 

7th January 2022

A Happy New Year to you all. On behalf of the Year 2 team I would like to thank you for all the kind cards, messages and gifts we received at the end of last term. 

The children all arrived back at school excited to see their friends and get on with their learning. They have settled quickly into the classroom and school routines. 

In maths we have continued our focus on multiplication like we looked at before Christmas and in English  it has been a grammar and spelling focus.  The children enjoyed the work done with Mrs Ryan about Traction Man. 

In topic we have thought about what significant and famous mean and different significant and famous people that we know of. 

Pupils of the week are FN for good progress in reading and JR for starting 2022 with a hard working attitude. 

10th December 2021

The Christmas play rehearsals are going well and good progress has been made. The children are definitely getting louder in preparation for next week's performances! 

In English this week we continued with our fairy tale focus and looked at the story of Cinderella. The children we excited by this as many had seen it in panto over the weekend and are looking forward to it next week. We introduced the word type 'adverb' and had a go at describing Cinderella's dancing and outfit using these. 

In maths our focus has been on looking at equal groups and repeated addition in preparation for multiplication and division. The children have done really well with this and have shown their progress in their counting in steps of 2, 3, 5 and 10. 

Our puppets in DT are taking shape. The children worked carefully to sew around the edge of them are they are now ready for decorating; something the children are very much looking forward to. 

We enjoyed taking part in an athletics relay where we had to time how long it took us to run around a rectangle outside on the playground, passing the baton from person to person. We practised a few times and tried to beat our time each time.  

        

Our Pupils of the Week this week are PD for saying her lines loudly and clearly in the nativity rehearsals and IL for great progress in her reading. 

 

3rd December 2021

It has been another busy week in Year 2 with lots of learning and work being done, as well as some rehearsals too for the Nativity. The children are doing well learning their lines, and I am sure will be amazing for the performances! A big well done to all of Year 2 for taking their Phonic Screening in their stride this week too! 

In our English work this week we have been looking at the fairy tale Rapunzel. We worked hard to answer questions about the text and to place the main events in order before writing our own retellings of the story, 

In maths we have continued to look at money where we have looked at finding the difference and giving change. The children have all worked really hard on their money work over the last few weeks and have made good progress with this! 

For science this week we had to help Mrs Twidale out! She had spilt a cup of tea at lunchtime and didn't know how to clear it up. We tested different materials to see which were absorbent and which were not and then gave her some advice about which to use! We discovered that kitchen roll, our school blue paper towels or a piece of fabric like a tea towel would help her to clear up her mess! She was very grateful for our help!

        

Our pupils of the week this week are CFF for fantastic work in PE, jumping and travelling in a sequence and EI for fantastic reasoning in maths, linked to money problems.

 

26th November 2021

The children have all worked really hard on their quizzes this week and should be proud what they have shown that they know. Well done to you all. 

In our science this week we went on a material hunt around school, both inside and outside! We took ipads with us and used them to take photographs of different objects. We then looked at the materials they were made from and thought about reasons why. 

   

We have continued with our money work in maths, looking at how we can make the same amount in different ways and have also been busy comparing different amounts. In our English work we have been focussing on our punctuation and when and where to use it. 

We have all enjoyed starting to make our own puppets. We drew around templates to get the right shape, persevered with the scissors to cut the felt and then started our sewing around the edge. The adults were once again impressed with everyone's determination with their sewing! 

     

Pupils of the week are MH for a lovely penguin dance, thinking carefully about her moves and CG for brilliant, expressive reading when reading aloud to the class. 

 

 

19th November 2021

It has been another busy week in school with lots of work being done to cover our 'Managing Hurtful Behaviour and Bullying' topic in our Skills for Life learning. We have looked at the story of 'The Ugly Duckling' and spoke about who the victim and the bully are in it, with the children making valuable contributions about what they had seen.  We also put ourselves in the shoes of August from the book and film Wonder, writing diary entries about how he was feeling. 

In our maths work we have been learning all about money! We can count different amounts of money using coins and notes and have been trying hard to count amounts using a mixture of both. For our English work we have continued our work on non-chronological reports having a go at writing our own about different animals. 

In topic we continued to use the atlases, this time focusing on the United Kingdom. We located each of the countries in the UK and labelled then on a map. We then had a go at locating where different castles are located within the UK. 

        

Our pupils of the week this week are GV for super money work throughout the week and AR for always giving everything her best and working hard. 

 

12th November 2021

The children have all been working hard this week! Our English work has focused on learning about non-chronological reports with a particular focus on a non-chronological report about castles. We have looked at and identified the features, looked carefully at the layout and had a go at writing our own castles non-chronological report.

In maths this week we have taken part in our school Maths Week looking at problem solving. We used the ipads to help us look at a problem where we needed to sort houses in different ways. We had some great ideas about how we could sort them, looking at sizes, types, colours and even the shape and number of windows.

     

We looked at food in science and how we can group it in different ways. We used different toy foods to sort them into the food groups and then designed our own healthy meal plan. 

   

In our topic work we had great fun using the atlases to locate the countries of different castles. The children were all very excited to use the atlases and worked well in their pairs! 

Our pupils of the week are KC for working hard on her spellings and JM for his enthusiasm in his reading. 

 

5th November 2021

The children have all settled well after that half term break and have settled back into the school routines. We have been busy looking at Sir Mo Farah in our English sessions this week, as part of our work for Black History Week. The children were all very impressed with how far he can run and how many gold medals he has won! We have enjoyed looking at some of the children's books that he has written, featuring a character called Little Mo and thinking about what might happen in them.

In our maths we have been focussing on subtraction of two 2 digit numbers, using the tens and ones equipment to help us. We have looked at what happens when the number you are subtracting from doesn't have enough ones to subtract from and how we can exchange a ten for ten ones. This has proven a bit trickier but the children have persevered. 

Our topic work has involved us looking at the different parts of a castle and what they are, including why they are designed in the way they are. 

In science we investigated how exercise effects our bodies and how it makes us feel. We counted our heartbeats before and after exercise and talked about  how it made us feel. 

    

For outdoor classroom day we had fun taking our learning in maths onto the playground to find numbers that added together to make 100 and our music lesson on the field investigating the different sounds we could find in nature. We discovered that if you hit a tree trunk with a stick it sounds a bit like playing the drums, using a stick and brushing it against leaves was like a guitar and that kicking the leaves makes it sound like a maraca. 

       

Pupils of the week are CS for a positive can do attitude in all his learning this week and FW for super subtraction work in maths.

 

22nd October 2021

We have made it to the end of half term! The children have continued to be busy this week and have all been working hard. We have made predictions about what we think will happen in Quest, read to the end and even transported ourselves into the story to be one of the characters. The diary entries we have written really do show the progress that the children have made since the ones they wrote at the start of this half term. 

Much of our maths has been practical this week, We have been looking at using base 10 cubes and place value counters to make different addition problems. We have even been trying to exchange ones for a ten where a new ten is made! Using the equipment has really helped us! 

In out topic we learned all about our current Queen, Queen Elizabeth II and her reign. We worked in groups to place events in her life in chronological order and then as a whole class to create a timeline across the classroom! 

Pupils of the week this week are EB for showing resilience with a mature attitude and EB for fantastic progress in reading this term. 

 

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.