Year 2

Year 2

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WELCOME TO YEAR 2

We have had an exciting year so far in Year 2. During the Autumn term, the children loved our Pirate topic which explored many elements of Science and included looking at the geography of the world as well as learning great facts about pirates! Click here to read about what Daisy and Ashton thought of our Pirate day!

Leading up to Christmas, the class were extremely pleased to make a profit of nearly £100 at our Christmas fair. Everything we sold was made by the children, so well done to the children and thank you to everyone who bought something. All the money raised has gone towards funds for developing areas of the school further.

On the last day of term we were extremely pleased to invite Tim Farron in to school to present Sophie Tuson from Year 2 an award for winning second prize in his Christmas Card competition. Well done Sophie!

I was delighted to see how excited the children got about our ‘Famous Five’ topic at the beginning of this term. It was great to see lots of children coming to school with models and facts about the Fire of London and the First Moon Landing – many of which were unprompted. As you can see below – the children learnt about how the fire spread by making their own street then we set fire to it. This really helped the children with their descriptive writing about the fire. You can see evidence of some of our ‘First moon Landing’ work in the front library of the school.

This half term our topic is called ‘Where the Wild things Are’ which explores the life processes and thinks about how we know if something is living or not. Apologies if your child has adopted a pet pebble as a result of this topic!

HOME LEARNING – Click this link to find Year 2’s Home Learning List – a menu of activities to complete at home that link to our learning in school.

English:

Our English lessons will often be linked to our topics, however there will be continuous learning of grammar. Initially we will have a strong focus on writing sentences which include capital letters and punctuation as well as including description in sentences by using adjectives. Your child will receive new spellings every Friday (starting in the next few weeks) which will be tested the following Friday.

Reading:

To help your child’s reading, it is important that they are encouraged to read at least 5 times a week at home. Please can you continue to record this in their reading diaries so that we can have an on-going record of your child’s progress. Your child will be able to change their school reading book on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, however if it needs changing at a different time we will do our best to get it changed.  Even if it doesn’t need changing, please could you ensure your child brings their book to school every day so that they are prepared to read to an adult.

Maths:

Throughout the year, we will be exploring all areas of Maths. We have done lots of work on place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and especially thinking about how to apply these to solve problems. We are currently looking at fractions and thinking about how we can find fractions of shapes and numbers.

Maths Targets

You may remember, at the beginning of the year we sent home a Maths overview with the key facts that you can help your child with learning at home. We have now set up a target system in class, so the children will be set these key facts as targets for them to be fluent with. I am sure they have told you, their current targets are to learn the 2, 5 10 and 3 times tables. Please work on these with your children at home, as we will be having challenges to see how they are getting on.

Home learning:

We have made some changes to our expectations for home learning. At the beginning of every half term, your child will be given their home learning book with a choice of activities to complete. I would like them to complete and 2 activities of their choice at any time before the end of half term. I will then give them a new list to choose from next half term. As well as this, your child will receive about 2 structured maths activities each half term.

PE:

Thank you to everyone who sent your child with their PE kit at the beginning of term. PE will be on Tuesdays and usually Thursdays, which will include some lessons outside. Please can you continue to ensure your child has their PE kit in school throughout the week, as there may be a need for it on a day that doesn’t normally include PE. PE kit includes: Shorts and a T-shirt for inside. Trainers, jogging bottoms and a jumper are needed for outside.

 

If you have some spare time and would like to help out in the classroom or in other areas of the school, please come and see me as we always value help from parents.

 

As always, if you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to pop in and see me or call the school office. I look forward to meeting you all more throughout the year.

Mr Neal Banner

Click on this link to see our Curriculum Map for the whole of Year 2.

Our very own Great fire of London

During our topic about the Great Fire of London we all made a cardboard model of a Tudor house. Afterwards, some people helped Mr Banner stick them onto a mini cardboard street. We had to stick them close together because in 1666 the streets were really narrow. Then we all went outside onto the playground to watch Mr Banner set the street on fire. When we saw them burning it was amazing because we could see what it was like to live in that time.

Sophie S, Harry M and Ellen M – Y2

 

 

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