Friday 14th February 2020
Happy Valentine’s Day! And happy half term! Apologies that there was no update last week but as you know, we succumbed to a sickness bug in Year 2. Fortunately, we’ve been back in better health this week and have been working very hard!
We’ve been continuing getting to grips with money and securing our understanding of addition and subtraction in Maths this week. It’s been great fun as we’ve played lots of games to help to consolidate our learning.
Just as we started to read our new book in Literacy, The Day the Crayons Quit, something terrible happened - the black, grey and white pencils quit our classroom! So we’ve had to use blue pencils to write with in class. In order to understand why the black, grey and white pencils left us, we wrote letters imagining we were one of the pencils and explaining how we might feel. Personally, I’m surprised the glue sticks haven’t quit, as so many of them were left lidless this afternoon whilst we created our rainforest collages inspired by Henri Rousseau’s ‘Tiger in a Tropical Storm’.
In Geography we’ve been travelling the world, trying to remember the names of the seven continents and five oceans and visiting countries with contrasting climates, like Australia and Ethiopia. We also discovered the magic of Google Earth.
The children started to lead our classroom collective worship this half term and some of the children led a lovely one about friendship this week. In another collective worship we talked about the miracle of Jesus calming the storm and thought about how, when our minds are feeling stormy, we can ask Jesus to help us calm our storms and practised just being still and quiet for a few moments.
I haven’t sent any homework over half term - just enjoy the break and spending time together! We did have a spelling test this week, but not in the children’s spelling books, as I tested the common exception words (sent home before Christmas).
Have a fun, restful and sickness free half term! Don’t forget, the children don’t return to school until Tuesday 25th February.
Friday 31st January
We’ve finally reached the end of January! It’s felt like a very long month but there has been lots of learning in Year 2!
In Maths it’s been all about the money this week, as we have been learning to identify coins and have investigated how we can make different amounts of money using different combinations of coins. You could help at home by asking your child to choose the correct coins when you are paying for things (on those occasions that you still use money!).
We have written our own chapter of The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark, in Literacy, and the children have shown how brilliantly they have understood the story so far and what wonderful writers they are!
On Tuesday we had a trip to Tropical World as part of our Geography topic about the weather and climate. We had a great contrast in weather as it snowed on our way in! The children thoroughly enjoyed their trip and were very well behaved.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Friday 24th January 2020
We’ve had another great week in Year 2 this week! We’ve been learning more about shape in Maths lessons, by extending our understanding of 2d shapes and exploring the properties of 3d shapes.
We have learned a new piece of punctuation in our Literacy lessons, the apostrophe, and have investigated how to use it in a contraction, when we shorten two words into one (don’t, I’ll, can’t). We’ve also been planning our own chapter for the Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark, which we’ll be writing next week.
In Geography we’ve been finding out more about the seven continents and five oceans, and different climates around the world. Next Tuesday, we will be visiting Tropical World to experience some other climates for ourselves.
In RE, we have been reading about some of the miracles that Jesus performed and heard the story of the ten lepers this week. Whilst in art we have continued using collage techniques to create pictures.
As it’s Burns Night tomorrow evening, we celebrated in true Scottish style this afternoon by sampling some haggis, watching an ‘Address to the Haggis’ and listening to some classic Scottish music by the likes of Simple Minds, Teenage Fabclub and Deacon Blue!
Enjoy your weekend and have a great Burns Night! 🏴
January 17th 2020
Thanks to all those family members and friends who managed to join us for our class assembly all about journeys, on Thursday. We have been reflecting a lot on the poem ‘Footprints in the Sand’ (which we recited in our assembly) and remembering how God is always with us if we just trust in Him.
We moved onto the next chapter of ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark’ this week in Literacy and used clues in our reading to find out about the characters.
In Maths we are learning the names and properties of 2d shapes and next week we’ll move onto 3D shapes.
We also started our new geography topic all about the weather and climate. We have started by learning about the seven continents of the world and some facts about them.
Please see our attached termly newsletter below.
Have a great weekend!
January 10th 2020
Welcome to 2020! I hope you all had a lovely holiday! We've been getting straight back to work in Year 2, starting the week by making some resolutions for the year ahead, about how we are going to try and follow in the footsteps of Jesus and St Paul, and live in faith, hope and love.
The class also did some work with Mr Pratt, on how to deal with loss, through looking at the story 'Dogger' by Shirley Hughes.
We have begun to read 'The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark' in Literacy and started working with the Northern Arts Company, who will be with us for the rest of the half term, doing some drama work with us, to help us with our literacy skills.
In Maths, we have been consolidating our learning from last term. We have also begun to prepare for our class assembly, which will be next Thursday morning, and homework for this week is for the children to learn their lines.
I would like to welcome back Mr Dalton, who joined us for a week before Christmas, and will now be working with us until March.
Have a fantastic weekend and we'll hopefully see you at the assembly next week.
Friday 20th December
We’ve reached the end of our first term in Year Two and it’s finished with another busy week! We’ve been to the theatre, completed our fire engines in DT, had a fun-filled party day, sung lots of carols, made some decorations with Year 1 and Reception, then completed the week with a lovely whole school mass at church.
Once again, on behalf of myself, Mrs O’Hara, Mrs Lee and Mrs Busby, thank you for all lovely cards and gifts!
Have a wonderful Christmas and we’ll see you recharged and refreshed on January 6th 2020!
Friday 13th December
It’s been a fun packed week in Year 2 this week! The children were fantastic in our performance of ‘The Innspectors’ and I’m sure you were all very proud of them!! A letter has been sent home today so you can order a copy of the dvd if you like.
The children experienced a re-creation of the Great Fire of London yesterday, when the replica Tudor houses we had built were set alight in the playground! Fortuitously, the wind was blowing just as it would have done in 1666, so we could see how quickly the fire would have spread. It didn’t last four days though, as Mr Bowker and Mr Robert were on hand to put it out.
We then designed and made fire engines as part of our DT. The children have had a chance to evaluate their work and have started to improve it, which we will continue with on Monday.
On Thursday we also took part in the school’s election, where we all went to our polling station in the library and voted on what we wanted to change or improve in school. The winning idea was for us to have a school pet!
Don’t forget, it’s party day next Wednesday and we break up on Friday for the Christmas holidays (children can be collected from 2.30pm).
Have a fantastic weekend!
Friday 6th December
I hope you’re all looking forward to our Nativity next week! Performances are next Wednesday at 2pm and then on Thursday at 6pm. You should have all received your tickets! Thank you for sending the costumes in - if you didn’t manage to send them in today, it would be great if we could have them on Monday.
Apart from polishing our performances this week, and singing to our hearts content, we have managed to squeeze in some Maths and Literacy lessons and have continued to find out about the Great Fire of London.
On Monday we had a lovely Advent day, where we wrote our Advent promises and found out who we are going to be Advent angels for. It has been lovely to see children receiving pictures and treats from their Advent angels! We also presented an Advent Garden for the rest of the school, where we read prayers and scripture about light and lit candles and sang carols together. This helped to mark the start of our Advent season in school.
Finally, I’d like to welcome Mr Dalton to the Year 2 team. He has been working with us this week and will be joining us again in January until March.
Sorry for the lack of photos this week! Have a lovely weekend!
Friday 29th November
Along with Year 1 and Reception, we have been busy this week rehearsing for our Nativity, ‘The Innspectors’. Hopefully the children have been learning their lines and practising their acting skills at home!
Year 2 started the week with a scientific investigation with Mr Pratt. In Maths, we have been exploring different ways of adding and subtracting and looking at different coins and calculating who has the most money on each table. Today we started a number bonds challenge, where we are going to compete against ourselves to improve our accuracy and number bonds recall, on a daily basis.
We finished reading ‘Vlad and the Great Fire of London’ in Literacy and, linking it with our History lessons, we went back in time to see what might have happened in September 1666, based on the diaries of Samuel Pepys, which recorded in detail the events of those fire-filled days. We really enjoyed looking at the spellings of words in those days and how and why they have changed!
Have a fabulous weekend! Happy St Andrew’s day for tomorrow and enjoy the Christmas Bazaar on Sunday!
Friday 22nd November
Another busy week in Year 2 this week, learning about the Great Fire of London; adding and subtracting tens and ones; and writing our instructions for how to make bread.
We have also started practising for our Nativity. All the children have been given their lines and the words to the songs, to practice at home, which is this week’s homework. I’m sure you’ll all be singing them in your sleep soon, like I am already!
With Mr Pratt, in Science, the class have been learning some scientific investigation skills. Whilst in PE, we have continued with our gymnastic work and linked shapes and different ways of travelling to create a sequence.
We ended the week by creating Tudor houses (although the paint went a bit pink rather than a brownish white!) and finding out about what actually happened in the Great Fire of London and why it is called ‘the Great Fire’. There had been other fires in London before 1666, but various factors caused this one to be worse than the others, and prompt changes like the introduction of the fire brigade.
Have a fantastic weekend everyone!
Friday 15th November 2019
We have finished our friendship week in a fantastic way with Children in Need today, where the children showed great friendship by raising money for other children who are less fortunate.
All through the week we have been trying to think about how we can show kindness to everyone, not just our friends. We can do this by being positive and always trying to use kind words and actions. ❤️
The corridors were filled with the beautiful smell of baking on Wednesday, when we made some bread! 🍞This is linked to our history topic of the Great Fire of London. Luckily, we didn’t set anything on fire! 🔥We looked at some records from Pudding Lane in 1666, just before the fire started, that told us that the baker, Thomas Farriner, had 4 hearths (fireplaces) and one oven. It was here that the fire started! We also looked at the features of instructions, in Literacy, through reading different sets of instructions and picking out things like imperative verbs, writing in chronological order and speaking directly to the reader. This will help us to write our own instructions for baking bread, next week.
In Maths we have been working with multiples of ten, and finding number bonds to a hundred. Today we also worked in groups to try and solve reasoning and word problems.
We started our coding topic on Tuesday, using a program on Purple Mash. The children were able to instruct fish and crabs to move different ways across the screen. 🦀🐠
The mystery of the Holy Trinity has been our focus in RE this week, as we thought about how God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are one in the same. We also talked together about what and where we think heaven might be and continued to pray for all the people we know who have died and for those who died in the First and Second World Wars.
Have a fantastic weekend everyone!
Friday 8th November 2019
First of all, thank you for all the photos of the children and their family members, reading books. I'll be using the pictures for a display in the classroom and asking the children to share their favourite books with the class, this half term. We're also going to reading the poetry of Spike Milligan this half term, as he is our featured class poet. The story that we've been looking at this week is the story of Little Red Riding Hood. We have looked at a few different versions and particularly enjoyed reading Little Red by Bethan Woollvin. In this version, Little Red defeats the wolf and the children wrote diary entries, imagining that they were Little Red and telling the story of what she did to the wolf!
Our Maths lessons have been further developing our fluency and understanding of addition and subtraction. It is really important in our Maths learning that we have a good grasp of the basic number facts (like the numbers that add together to make ten and twenty). As part of this week's homework, I have sent home Times Table Rockstar usernames and passwords and have set different times tables for the children to practise each week. I also sent Purple Mash usernames and passwords, so the children can explore the different activities on it. In our computing next week, we will start to learn about coding using this website.
Gymnastics is our new area of learning in PE and we will be focusing on balancing. We have started by thinking about different shapes that we can make, star, straight and tuck, and we have also been learning about good stretches that help to ensure that our bodies are ready for exercise, like the seated straddle fold and the standing pike fold. It has been great to have some of the children who do gymnastics out of school, helping to demonstrate the different movements!
We had a lovely mass with Father Philip on Wednesday morning and then he came in to talk to us on Friday morning, answering the children's questions about the different things that had happened during the mass. We also started our RE topic 'Mysteries' and thought about those big questions that we've always wondered about. As November is the month of remembrance, we have all written down the names of people that we know who have died and put them in our prayer pillow, so that we can say the 'Eternal Rest' prayer for them all, every day this month.
Finally, our history topic for this term is 'The Great Fire of London' and we'll be thinking about how we learn about the past and what changed after this event in history.
Have a fantastic weekend!!
Friday 25th October 2019
So, that’s our first half term in Year 2 completed! It was lovely to meet all the parents this week at parent’s evening, to discuss how well the children have settled in to Year 2 and we hope you didn’t find the classroom too spooky 👻🕸.
We finished our stories of the Tunnel this week in Literacy and started to read about a character called Dodsworth, who visited London, which we’ve been learning about in geography this week too! We looked at some aerial photographs of London to see what we could recognise and if there were any familiar landmarks that we could spot. We also looked for these in another story called The Queen’s Hat, and traced the places that the Queen visited on a map of London.
We have been consolidating our knowledge, understanding and fluency with fact families, in Maths. We also played some maths games together and today completed some Halloween maths activities! 🎃
Have a lovely half term, hopefully with some sunnier weather, and have a wonderfully spooky Halloween!! 🧛♀️🧟♀️
Friday 18th October 2019
Thank you to all the family members who made it to the assembly yesterday! A lot of the class were very nervous about performing in front of everyone so were a bit quieter than they had been in the practice sessions. But I am really proud of all of them and think they did a brilliant performance!
Apart from practising our assembly, we have done lots of other things this week too. In Literacy, after analysing some of the pictures in The Tunnel, we began to write the rest of the story ourselves. There are some creepy creatures and wicked witches involved in some of the tales! Meanwhile, in our phonics work, we continued to revisit and secure the phonemes or, ar, ur, ow and oi, using Phonics Bug books and practising using word with these phonemes in, in our writing.
In Maths, we have begun our unit on addition and subtraction. To begin with, we are looking at fact families (2+18 = 20, 18+2=20, 20 - 2 =18 and 20 - 18 = 2), which should help to embed the relationship between addition and subtraction.
Finally, in this afternoon‘s art lesson, it was lovely to see the children working together and sharing their ideas whilst they explored colour mixing and blending, using chalk and oil pastels, crayons and pencils.
Have a lovely weekend everyone!
Friday 11th October 2019
Despite it being a shorter week this week, it has still been busy in Year 2!
We have continued enjoying reading our current story ‘The Tunnel’ and did an activity called ‘conscience alley’ to help us to think about how it was difficult for the sister to decide what to do when her brother disappeared into the tunnel. We have also been practising writing with a capital letter at the beginning of our sentences and a full stop at the end.
Counting has been the theme in Maths this week and we’re getting really good at counting up in 2, 5, 10 and 3. The more we practise, the better we’ll get!
We did some more work about keeping safe online, using https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/4_7/. This week we explored the idea of whether something is a good surprise or a secret that makes us feel uncomfortable. We even learned a song in sign language, to help us to think about what to do if we are unsure about someone or something online.
Both our PE lessons this week have involved lots of team work, from working together to get sweets from a ‘witch’s cauldron’, to trying to get across the hall without falling in the lava!
I haven’t set any homework this weekend as we have our assembly next Thursday at 9.05am, so I’ve sent some words home for the children to practise. Spellings will be sent out again on Monday.
If you are having any problems with the times or dates for parent’s evenings (which are the week after next), please come and see me and I’ll be happy to find another time if possible.
Have a fantastic weekend and don’t forget our assembly on Thursday!
Friday 4th October 2019
Just as September finished on Monday, in Year 2, we also finished reading George’s Marvellous Medicine and started to look at a new text, which some of us thought might be Matilda (as we were able to sneak a peak at a little bit of the front cover) but it was revealed to be The Tunnel by Anthony Browne. In the story, the main characters, a brother and sister, don’t get on and are completely different. We compared the characters and also imagined we were one of the characters complaining to a relative about our sibling.
In Maths, we have begun to compare numbers, and revised the use of the greater than and less than signs that the children used in Year 1.
We are getting really good at working in teams in our PE lessons and our throwing and catching skills are developing well.
In Art this afternoon, we used water colours again, this time to paint some of the luscious green landscapes of Wales, Northern Ireland, England and Scotland (linking with our Geography work about the United Kingdom).
As part of our learning in computing for this half term, we started to do some work about keeping safe on the internet. The children talked about some of the games they play online and what we can do if we think a stranger is playing with us. We watched a cartoon called ‘Jesse and Friends: Playing Games’ from the ‘thinkuknow’ website and discussed who we can talk to if we don’t feel safe online. See https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/4_7/ for more details.
Don’t forget, school is closed on Monday, as we have a training day. Enjoy the long weekend!
Friday 27th September 2019
It’s been a wet end to the week in Year 2 today, not only because of the rain, but also because we have been studying David Hockney’s painting ‘The Splash’ in Art this afternoon. The children used water colours to paint the sea, trying to add shades and tints to create waves and splashes.
Way back on Monday morning, the children had pedestrian training and learned all about the Green Cross Code. Then back in the classroom, we had a go at some of our own poetry in Literacy, learning about onomatopoeia (I wonder who can learn how to spell the word!), rhyme and alliteration.
In Maths we are still focusing on securing our knowledge of place value. If you want to find out more about how we teach maths in Year 2 and throughout the school, please come to our Maths workshop on Wednesday from 5-6pm.
This week in RE, we read the story of Abraham and talked about how he was chosen by God. Next week we will be looking at Moses and how he was chosen as a baby, to do great things for God.
Finally, in topic we have been starting to look at the countries that make up the United Kingdom and what the difference is between a city and a country.
Have a fabulous weekend and don’t forget to use the Green Cross Code!
Friday 20th September 2019
We have had a hard-working and fun week in Year 2 this week. The children have been trying really hard to get an ‘awesome’ sticker and have been showing a great growth mindset.
This has been particularly apparent in Maths, where we have continued to use equipment to practise counting, and have begun to partition tens and ones and look at different ways that they can be represented. You can see some examples in the photographs below.
George has been making his marvellous medicine for Grandma, in our story this week and so have we! We put powdery, gooey and runny ingredients in to our mixture, to help us to think about our work on nouns and adjectives. We then wrote some of our own noun phrases today, which we will use to help us to write some poetry next week.
In RE, we have started our topic about God’s chosen people and thought about what is special about us and how we can thank God for choosing us.
Thanks to all of the parents who made it to our meeting on Wednesday afternoon- if you missed it, all of the details are in the class newsletter.
I have sent the first piece of homework home tonight, which is due in on Wednesday.
Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the sunshine!
Friday 13th September 2019
We have had a great week in Year Two this week, with a special focus on Roald Dahl, as we celebrated Roald Dahl day today.
In Literacy we are reading George’s Marvellous Medicine and learned one of the poems from it, which we performed for Year 1 this afternoon. We have also been learning about synonyms and nouns. Our George’s Marvellous Medicine theme has continued into our art, where we thought about how we could create the fizzing and popping ingredients that George puts into his potion, using different materials.
In our Maths lessons, we have been counting in tens and using lots of equipment to help us to do this.
As part of a whole school focus on virtues in RE, we are looking at the virtue of mercy. The children did some lovely dramatisations of the Good Samaritan and thought about how the Good Samaritan showed mercy towards the injured man. We also had a lovely mass this morning to celebrate our new school year.
Thank you for reading with your children this week and remembering to send their reading books in today. We have changed them and sent a new set home.
I sent the class newsletter home today too, with some key dates for the term and other information. Next Wednesday at 2.45pm there will be a meeting in the Year 2 classroom just to introduce you to the Year 2 curriculum and routines, and give you a chance to ask any questions.
I look forward to seeing you then and meanwhile, enjoy the sunshine and have a lovely weekend!
6th September 2019
Year 2 have had a fabulous start to the new school year! It’s been fantastic to see everyone looking so smart in their uniforms and wearing their proper kits in PE.
We are lucky enough to have an extra PE session with Leeds Rhinos this half term and this week we have been starting to think about how we can accurately throw a ball to a partner.
The children wrote some lovely prayers for our class prayer book yesterday and over the last couple of days, in PSHE, we have been thinking about how we can ‘fill our buckets’ through kind words and actions. We have also been thinking about who can help us when things change and we might lose something or somebody close to us. All the children shared some lovely thoughts about the friends and family who would help them.
We also managed to do some maths and art this week too: it’s marvellous to see so many fantastic mathematicians and artists in the class!
Have a wonderful weekend everyone and it would be great if the children could attend the children’s liturgy at 10 o’clock mass on Sunday at St. Paul’s.