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.