Year 2 Class

Week beginning Monday 9th July 2018
 
Literacy
We will be completing the writing of our own books in the style of Anthony Browne. In spelling we will be revising some common exception words and being tested on possessive apostrophes.
 
Maths
We will continue our work on volume using litres and millilitres to measure liquid.
 
Science
We will be starting our topic about humans and other animals. We will find out what we already know and consider what we would like to find out. We will be looking at videos and presentations showing the life cycle of a frog and a butterfly. The children will then record their learning using diagrams and written explanations.
 
Topic
We will be starting our antarctic explorer work, building up to creating a non-fiction text about this.
 
We are looking forward to our Beatles' Story trip on Friday and to completing some KS1 activities with other year groups on Thursday.
 
Homework
Information and research about antarctic explorers as detailed in separate letter, and spelling test on Tuesday. New spellings (The final set for this year) will be sent home on Tuesday.
 
Have a lovely week in the continued sunshine!
 
 
 
Week beginning Monday 2nd July
 
Thank you to all our super helpers who were able to join us on the Royden Park visit. We really enjoyed having you with us and hope you enjoyed it as much as the children! Please have a look at the photos.
 
Literacy
We will be working on possessive apostrophes in spelling and continuing to develop our knowledge of contractions in grammar. Our Anthony Browne topic will continue.
 
Maths
We will be working on volume and doing some practical work to support the problem solving focus of Singapore maths.
 
Science
We will be doing some follow up work based on our Royden Park visit, prior to introducing our final topic about humans.
 
Topic
We will be having our exciting Andy Warhol art day. Please send in an oversized shirt with your child.
 
Homework
Homework will continue as usual this week.
 
 
 
26th June 2018
 
Thank you to all who have volunteered to walk the children to Royden Park tomorrow. We gratefully accept all offers of help and intend to leave school at around 9.15. If you are available at 9.00 we will meet you, allocate groups and talk through the risk assessments with you. Please report to the school office. Many thanks, Year 2 Team.
 
Week beginning Monday 25th June 2018
 
Literacy
We will be continuing our work on Anthony Browne and writing our own version of his picture book, 'The Gorilla', following on from our plans which we made last week. We will be working on apostrophes for possession and contractions this week and focusing on contractions in our new spellings too: can't, didn't, hasn't, couldn't, shouldn't, Mrs, Mr, it's, wasn't, wouldn't.
 
Maths
We will be moving on to learn more about shape, particularly looking at patterns in shape and the language used to describe them e.g. symmetrical.
 
Science
On Wednesday we will be visiting Royden Park as part of our topic. Thank you to all those who have returned their consent forms. Please remember these on Monday if they are still to be completed. We will also be looking at our class experiment results to see if it we are able to come to any conclusions about what plants need in order to survive.
 
Topic/ Art
We will be looking at the work of Andy Warhol and begin considering how we could recreate work using a similar style. Next week the children will need an oversized  old shirt to protect their uniforms as they will have an art day based on this. A separate letter will be sent home with details of this.
 
Homework
Spelling and handwriting sheets will be sent home and there will be some maths and comprehension sheets at the end of the week. Spelling test will be next Tuesday.
 
 
Week beginning Monday 18th June 2018
 
Literacy
We will be continuing with our Anthony Browne study, revising Year 2 grammar and punctuation objectives, and spelling words ending in -tion.
 
Maths
We will be continuing our work in mass. You might like to involve your children in any weighing activities that you are doing at home.
 
Art
We will be looking at and imitating the work of Andy Warhol.
 
Science
We will be looking at the results of our seed planting exercise and planning an investigation of our own to find out if our ideas about what a plant needs are correct.
 
RE
We will be continuing our learning about Judaism.
 
Homework
Spelling and handwriting sheets will be sent home and there will be some maths and comprehension sheets at the end of the week. Spelling test will be next Tuesday.
 
Week beginning Monday 11th June 2018
 
We had a busy first week back last week following our half term break. It has been lovely hearing the children's news of their holidays. We are glad you all had a nice time.
 
Literacy
In grammar we are looking at using inverted commas to write speech sentences. it's rather tricky but we are trying hard.
Spelling focus is suffixes... ly and less this week.
We are also looking at the work of Anthony Browne and finding out about him. We are really enjoying it.
 
Maths
We are looking at mass and using kg and g to measure the weight of classroom objects. Please involve the children in any cooking or baking you are doing and ask them to help you measure the ingredients.
 
Science
We are looking at plants in preparation for our Royden Park trip. This week we have planted broad beans and mustard and cress. We have decided how to look after our plants and made predictions about what will happen to them if we continue to do so. Next week we will be using some of our ideas to plan our own experiments.
 
Homework
Spelling and handwriting sheets have been sent home and there will be some maths and comprehension sheets at the end of the week. Spelling test will be next Tuesday: badly, hopeless, lovely, slowly, quickly, penniless, happily, joyless, careless, fearless.
 
 
 
Week beginning Monday 21st May 2018
 
What a week it has been! We really enjoyed our royal wedding project and all of the SATs tests have been completed. Well done to the children for their absorption and perseverance throughout the week. I hope you enjoy the photos of our lovely picnic celebrations.
 
This week we will be completing some Design Technology work all about Kites and also listening to a story related to kites. The children will then write their own kite stories. 
 
We will also be resuming our 1960's work.
 
Homework
 
Please continue to read with your children and revise the following common exception words for this week's test:  only, parents, pass, past, path, people, plant. poor, pretty, prove.
 
The words to learn for the following week, as per homework sheet are: should, steak, sugar, sure, told, water, who, whole, wild, would.
 
 
Week beginning Monday 14th May 2018
 
The children are really impressing us with their knowledge of the Royal family and of the forthcoming wedding. Thank you for your support with the homework and for helping to get them so enthusiastic about our class project.
 
They are taking the SATs tests all in their stride and some are even quite enjoying being out of the classroom and completing the quizzes.
 
We are all very much looking forward to a picnic celebration on Friday!
 
Homework
 
It is important the children get plenty of rest and enjoy the sunshine this week (for as long as it lasts).  However next week they will be revising the common exception words for the week so support learning those would be helpful: only, parents, pass, past, path, people, plant. poor, pretty, prove.
 
 
Week beginning Tuesday 8th May 2018
 
On Friday (4th May) group 2 magical science club came to a close, with the children completing their final session. Some got a little wet, but all agreed it was well worth it in order to have another little trick to play on those at home! Many thanks to all the wonderful year 2 children who have attended the club this year, they have been a pleasure to work with. Thanks also to all of the parents who have given such positive feedback about the club... it's good to know the children have enjoyed it.
 
Maths
We will be continuing telling the time. Please continue to support your child with this at home... O'clock, half past, quarter to and past are our priority. We will also be completing a reasoning quiz prior to next week.
 
Literacy
We will be writing a letter to Reverend Jane to thank her for our enjoyable and informative trip to the church. I hope the children have impressed you with their knowledge of baptism. We will also focus on comprehension, looking closely at the type of question that the children might be given next week.
 
 
Homework
Please continue to learn this week's common exception words. A  letter detailing  homework and  sats will be sent home on Tuesday. Have a lovely long weekend.
 
Week beginning 30th April 2018
 
This week we are continuing our hard work in Year 2. Our highlight has been a trip to Saint Bartholemew's Church where Reverend Jane talked about baptism and performed a mock baptism on a doll for us. It was most informative. We are going to link this RE trip to our literacy work and produce some recount writing this week. We have already written our plans!
 
Maths
 We have been learning to tell the time, which was very tricky. If you have any opportunity to look at watches or clocks with your child please ask them about their learning and look at how time can be recorded in digital and analogue forms. We have also been completing and reviewing some reasoning 'quizzes' and getting used to the types of questions asked.
 
Homework
Spellings for this term have been sent home in advance. The children will be tested weekly on their listed common exception words for the week each Tuesday. Comprehension packs have been sent home. Working on these 'little and often' is considered to be the best approach. Maths homework will also be sent home in order to support the 'quizzes' being undertaken in class. Once again many thanks from all of us for your continued support.
 
Week beginning 23rd April 2018
 
Happy new term! It was lovely to see the children return last week, looking well rested and summery ... many in their summer dresses and shorts. Let's hope we get some more sunny weather to enjoy.
 
Literacy
Last week we were busy writing stories about dragons... they were super! This week we will be using the children's holiday homework in order to facilitate the writing of their Easter holiday diaries. We will also be completing fiction and non-fiction comprehensions/ 'quizzes' in order to prepare the children with the format of sats papers and working on our spelling of common exception words.
 
Maths
Last week we explored 2d shape, ensuring we recognised the names and features of these. This week we will be looking at 3d shape... naming them, their properties, looking at the shape of real life objects and understanding how 2d nets can form 3d shapes. We will be using some afternoon slots to also familiarise the children with the type of reasoning questions they will face on their forthcoming sats papers. We are keen for the children to remain relaxed about these, and we will be once again marketing these as informal quizzes.
 
RE 
In preparation for our church visit we will be taking a closer look at promises that the children have made, and at those made on the behalf of an infant during infant baptism. If your child has any photos or memorabilia of their own baptism, or of a baptism they have attended, we would love them to bring these into school during the next few weeks. If you have any precious items please ensure you send in photos of these rather than the originals. Although we will be very careful with any items we wouldn't like any accidental damage to occur. We will also be noting down any questions that we can think of to ask Reverend Jane to deepen our understanding of Baptism. Thank you to all those parents who have offered to accompany us to the church. We do appreciate you giving up your time to help us.
 
Homework
Spellings for this term have been sent home in advance. The children will be tested weekly on their listed common exception words for the week each Tuesday. Comprehension packs have been sent home. Working on these 'little and often' is considered to be the best approach. Maths homework will also be sent home in order to support the 'quizzes' being undertaken in class. Once again many thanks from all of us for your continued support.
 
Week beginning 26th March 2018
 
It was lovely to touch base with you all at parents' evening meetings last week. We hope you enjoyed looking at the children's work and found the feedback both positive and constructive. 
 
This week Monday will be a whole school focus on Easter with lessons being delivered teaching about Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Palm Sunday and Easter Day. The children will be in mixed age groups and will rotate around each activity. We are hoping it will be both educational and fun.
 
The Easter service will also take place this week and we will be rehearsing this too.
 
Literacy
We will continue our narrative writing.
 
Maths
We will be completing our work on money and revising arithmetic.
 
Science
We will be writing up our findings about maggots, using many of our literacy writing targets. Then, we are hoping there will be time to use the ipads/ laptops to hep us answer some of our own questions we have b compiling about mini-beasts and  habitats.
 
Topic
Time permitting we are hoping to explore some of the 1960's fashion and compare them present day ones. 
 
Homework
Homework will be sent home on Tuesday and Friday and will include spellings, Maths, reading and reading comprehension. It would be helpful if homework could be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday at the latest. The children will be tested on their spellings on Tuesday.
 
Homework will be sent home over Easter. Please aim to work with your child as often as you are able, completing small amounts of work when you can. We won't send home the usual spellings this week, instead we will send a copy of the common exception words for the children to familiarise themselves with. All of our children are at different places but it is hoped that most will be able to read and spell them by the end of the year.
 
We will be writing diaries after Easter. It would be great if you could keep a short log of activities over the holidays to jog the children's memories when they return to school.
 
Finally, thank you all for your continued support this term. We hope you have a restful, fun filled Easter holiday and we look forward to seeing you at the start of our summer term.
 
Week beginning 19th March 2018
 
Literacy
This week we will be writing some narrative stories using our own settings and characters. The stories will involve imaginary characters and plenty of adventure so please discuss this with your child.
 
Maths
We are continuing our work on money and developing our addition and subtraction skills by calculating amounts and working out amounts of change. 
 
Science
We will be investigating some statements about maggots and making some choice chambers to investigate our ideas. I hope the children like maggots more than the teachers do!
 
Topic
We will continue to look at 1960's culture, toys and lifestyle.
 
Homework will be sent home on Tuesday and Friday and will include spellings, Maths, reading and reading comprehension. It would be helpful if homework could be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday at the latest. The children will be tested on their spellings on Tuesday.
 
Please be reminded that it is parents' evening on Wednesday and Thursday. Appointments have been sent home with your children. Please inform us as soon as possible of any problems.
 
 
Week beginning 12th March 2018
 
We hope you enjoyed last week's class assembly. Thank you so much for coming to watch it. We were all very proud of the children and their stunning performances.
 
Literacy
We are writing letters... one fictitious one about aliens invading our school, and another real life one to Mr Burrows about the new trim trail... I do hope he has time to reply!
 
Maths
We are working on money this week. The focus is on recognising coins and notes and making amounts in as many different ways as we can.
 
Topic
This week we are looking at 1960s toys and how they compare to those the children play with today. Time to own up if you remember the original action man, Barbie, slinky and hot wheels!
 
Science
We have been looking at how animals and plants are mutually dependant upon each other and have made some food chains to demonstrate this.
 
Homework will be sent home on Tuesday and Friday and will include spellings, Maths, reading and reading comprehension. It would be helpful if homework could be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday at the latest. The children will be tested on their spellings on Tuesday.
 
Science club will continue Friday lunchtime for the second group of participants. Hopefully they have enjoyed it so far.
 
Week beginning 5th March 2018
 
It was lovely to see the children return to school safely last week and to hear all about their relaxing half term break... it sounds like you all had a lot of fun! Despite the cold we did manage to enjoy a play in the snow which was great.
 
Numeracy
In our maths we began to look at pictograms last week. We will continue working on graphs this week and will link this to our science work. 
 
Literacy
Last week we spotted some features of diary writing. We will use our knowledge this week to write our own accounts about half term/ our weekend. We will be looking at each others' accounts to check for key features and be given the opportunity to edit and improve our work.
 
Topic
We will be using some of this time to sing some Beatles songs ... we want to get really good at them so we can perform them in assembly... we hope you are looking forward to Wednesday! We will be rehearsing this during the week.
 
Homework
Homework will be sent home on Tuesday and Friday and will include spellings, Maths, reading and reading comprehension. It would be helpful if homework could be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday at the latest. The children will be tested on their spellings on Tuesday.
 
Science club will continue Friday lunchtime for the second group of participants.
 
 
 
Week beginning 12th February 2018
 
This week we will be participating in Chinese New Year activities as part of a whole school topic. Thursday will be our main day learning about this.
 
Literacy
In grammar we are continuing work on past and present tense and continuing to learn our spellings with another big push on common exception words. We will be completing  Chinese New Year reading comprehension.
 
Maths
We will be introducing the concept of temperature and teaching children how to read scales. If you are doing any baking or have the opportunity to read scales of any sort with your children that would be helpful.
 
Topic
We will be continuing our tour of the 1960's.
 
Science
We will be drawing some of our own habitats and considering what might live there. We will be explaining our ideas, which hopefully will be based on our increasing scientific knowledge.
 
It is the last magical science club this week for the first group who have been participating. I have warned them that they might get wet so a waterproof coat might be helpful! Beware as they might be asking for some spare change after last week's session... but I'll let you find out about it for yourselves!
Group 1 have been a pleasure to work with and all seem to have enjoyed the activities offered to them. Group 2 will begin after half term for the next budding young scientists and I am looking forward to teaching them a trick or two!
 
Homework
Homework will be sent home on Tuesday and Friday and will include spellings, Maths, reading and reading comprehension. It would be helpful if homework could be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday at the latest. The children will be tested on their spellings on Tuesday.
 
It has been a pleasure to work with your enthusiastic children this half term. Have a restful holiday and enjoy your family time.
 
Week beginning 5th February 2018
 
Literacy
We will be writing our own limericks based on those of Edward Lear. In grammar we are looking at past and present tense verbs and considering how these change according to tense.
 
 
Maths
We are looking at length, units of length and ways of measuring this. Some children will challenge themselves to solve length related problems.
 
Topic
The 1960's topic continues, with the children organizing significant events on their own timelines.
 
Science
We loved exploring the habitats in our school grounds last week. This week we will look at pictures of other habitats and make some predictions about animals and plants that might live there. We will then use books and the internet to check our findings.
 
Magical Science Club is now in its fifth week. Many thanks to the children who are attending. We have had lots of fun, and the children are asking some fantastic questions. I am confident we are creating budding future scientists!
 
Homework
Homework will be sent home on Tuesday and Friday and will include Spellings, Maths, Reading and Reading comprehension. It would be helpful if homework could be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday at the latest. The children will be tested on their spellings on Tuesday. Please ensure your child uses the taught strategies to learn their spellings.
 
 
Week beginning 29th January 2018
 
Literacy
We will be looking at limericks written by Edward Lear. In Grammar we will be writing 'groups of 3 sentences'to improve our descriptive sentences.
 
Maths
We are looking at fractions of number and quantities this week. The children are able to find halves, quarters and thirds of numbers, with the challenge of calculating 2/3 or 3/4 of a given number.
 
Topic
The 1960's topic continues, with the children organizing significant events on their own timelines.
 
Science
If the weather stays dry we will be finishing off our indoor sorting activities, then walking around the school grounds to see if we can find any clues about the animals that might live in it!
 
Homework
Homework will be sent home on Tuesday and Friday and will include Spellings, Maths, Reading and Reading comprehension. It would be helpful if homework could be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday at the latest. The children will be tested on their spellings on Tuesday. Please ensure your child uses the taught strategies to learn their spellings.
 
Week beginning 22nd January 2018
 
Literacy
We will be working a little more on using commas to separate items in a list and playing some fun memory games to help us to do this. We will also be trying some reading comprehensions to check how well we can read and respond to a text.
 
Maths
We will continue our hard work on fractions and try our hand at comparing fractions to find which is the greater and which is the smallest of given fractions. We will be moving on (hopefully) to counting in halves and quarters.
 
Science
The exciting Mad Science assembly shortened last week's lesson so this will continue ... We will be looking around our school grounds for clues of what creatures might live there. We will be using titles: living, dead and never alive to sort objects. If you are out walking this week please feel free to send any collected items such as feathers, shells, stones, wood, fossils etc, into school to facilitate our discussion.
 
History
 The children have a good understanding of key events in the 1960's and will be doing some exciting I.C.T. work on space travel and Neil Armstrong's massive achievement during this decade.
 
Homework
Homework will be sent home on Tuesday and Friday and will include Spellings, Maths, Reading and Reading comprehension. It would be helpful if homework could be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday at the latest. The children will be tested on their spellings on Tuesday. Please ensure your child uses the taught strategies to learn their spellings.
 
We would like to sincerely thank you for all your continued support.
 
Week beginning 15th January 2018
 
Welcome back and a happy new year to you all. The children have settled back to into the school routine extremely well and it was lovely to see them all and hear all their holiday news last week. 
 
Literacy
We are introducing the owl and the pussy cat poem to the children, looking at commas to separate items in a list and adding -ing to verbs.
 
Maths
We are working on fractions and will be working hard to name and recognise halves, quarters, thirds etc. 
 
Science
We will be beginning our habitats topic and looking around our school grounds for clues of what creatures might live there. We will be using titles: living, dead and never alive to sort objects. If you are out walking this week please feel free to send any collected items such as feathers, shells, stones, wood, fossils etc, into school to facilitate our discussion.
 
History
We are very excited to explore the 1960s this term and this week will be thinking about the key events during this decade. 
 
Homework
Homework will be sent home on Tuesday and Friday and will include spellings, Maths, reading and reading comprehension. It would be helpful if homework could be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday at the latest. The children will be tested on their spellings on Tuesday.
 
Week beginning 18th December 2017
 
The children really enjoyed their Christmas lunch and loved wearing their Christmas jumpers last week. We learnt about Save the Children and about how our donations help other people who are not as lucky as us. We also had fun designing some Christmas jumpers of our own. The picture has been added to our web page.
 
In class this week we will be getting Christmassy and finishing off our calendars and Christmas cards. We will be designing and decorating gingerbread men and making some Christmas crafts.
 
Please remember to help familiarise your children with the common exception words which have been sent home this week.
 
After the holiday there will be a 6 week 'magical science' club for year 2 children. Spaces are limited so please check your child's book bag for information, and reply slip, if you feel they would like to attend.
 
We thank you very much for all your ongoing  support this term and wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
 
 
Week beginning 11th December 2017
 
We were very pleased to see so many of you at our Christmas play last week. We hope you enjoyed it. We hope you enjoy the photos on our class website.
 
Literacy
The children will be writing letters to Father Christmas... I wonder if he will have time to reply?
We will be looking at different sentence types and writing our own Christmassy versions. Children will be encouraged to use and, but and or to join two simple sentences together (co-ordinating conjunctions to create a compound sentence) and using when, if, that and because (subordinate conjunctions) to create complex sentences.
The spelling focus will be common exception words, and a large sheet of these will be sent home. Our focus on these essential words will be ongoing so please practice the reading and spelling of them at home whenever you have the opportunity... the children are expected to be secure in the reading and spelling of these by the end of the year.
 
Maths
 
Maths will take on a Christmas theme this week.
 
Science
 
We will be looking at which surface material causes most friction to allow a vehicle to move more slowly that it would on a slippery road (very appropriate looking at the current weather conditions!)
 
 
Topic
 
This too, will take on a Christmassy feel this week.
 
Homework
 
Homework will be sent home on Tuesday Friday and will include spellings, Maths, reading and reading comprehension. It would be helpful if homework could be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday at the latest. The children will be tested on their spellings on Tuesday.
 
Week beginning 4th December 2017
 
We at very excited about performing our Christmas nativity play to you all this week. We really look forward to welcoming you to 'The Magical Christmas Jigsaw'.  We hope you enjoy watching it as much as we have enjoyed putting it together for you.
 
 
As the school week will be a little different this week, some of our topic and literacy lessons will have a Christmassy theme to them and we will be thinking about making some Christmas cards and calendars.
 
 
Maths
 
We will be looking at number families and developing our knowledge about division and multiplication.
 
Literacy
 
Spelling focus will be 'drop y, add ies' to create plurals.
 
Science
 
We will be finalising our science experiment planning to find which bottle is the most flexible and carrying out our investigation so we can record and learn from our results. Thank you once again for all the plastic bottles you have been sending in. They will be a great help... I just hope we don't get too wet!
 
 
Homework
Homework will be sent home on Tuesday and Friday and will include spellings, Maths, reading and reading comprehension. It would be helpful if homework could be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday at the latest. The children will be tested on their spellings on Tuesday.
 
Week beginning 27th November 2017
 
This week we are working very hard on our KS1 play. We are rehearsing hard and this is taking up some of our Topic and RE time.
 
Maths
Multiplication and division is our focus still and we are working hard to make four equations from the same family. 
 
Literacy
Spelling focus is igh spelt y. In grammar we are working well to recognise and write statements, questions, exclamations and commands.
 
Science
This week we are planning our investigation to find out which plastics are the most flexible. Donations of different plastic bottles with squirty tops would still be gratefully received.
 
Homework
Homework will be sent home on Tuesday and Friday and will include spellings, Maths, reading and reading comprehension. It would be helpful if homework could be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday at the latest. The children will be tested on their spellings on Tuesday.
 
Week beginning 20th November 2017
 
Maths
We have been working on groupings and sharing to help us understand the concept of division. We will be continuing to use division using facts from the 2, 5 and 10 times tables to help us.
 
Literacy
This week we will be continuing our work on the book "John Patrick Norman McHennessy, the boy who was always late".  In grammar we will be looking at different sentence types particularly statements, questions and commands. The spelling focus will be 'al' used at the end of words.
 
 
Science
 If you have any empty squirty plastic bottles, such as those used for drinks, washing up liquid and ketchup please can you send them in to us? The more we can collect the better as we are going to test them for effectiveness. We will need these in the next couple of weeks. Many thanks in advance for your help with this.
 
ICT
 The children are continuing their Logo work and are learning how to direct and control an animation.
 
Christmas
As there are only a few weeks before the children take part in their Christmas production "The Christmas Jigsaw" we are making a start on learning the songs and the children will be given their parts in the play. We would be grateful if you could help your child with learning the words of the songs and any speaking parts they are allocated. Since we have a lot to do in order to get our production ready, we will be using much of our afternoon timetable as rehearsal time.
 
Homework
Homework will be sent home on Tuesday Friday and will include spellings, Maths, reading and reading comprehension. It would be helpful if homework could be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday at the latest. The children will be tested on their spellings on Tuesday.
 
Week beginning 13th November 2017
 
It was lovely to meet you all properly at last week's parents' evenings and chat to you about your delightful children. Please remember our door is always open should you need to check in with us again.
 
Maths
The children worked brilliantly on their multiplication unit last week and this week they will be moving on to division of the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. Please encourage them to discuss this with you and help them to see the link between division and multiplication.  
 
Literacy
This week we will be continuing our work on the book "John Patrick Norman McHennessy, the boy who was always late". The children will be writing letters and thinking of their own imaginative reasons for being late for school. In grammar we will be looking at different sentence types particularly statements and questions. The spelling focus will be 'il' used at the end of words. 
 
Science
Science will be getting messy this week as we will be looking at gloop and slime in our Materials work. The children will be thinking about which materials can change shape when exposed to force, heat, bending and squashing.
Please could we also include a plea for help with future lessons? If you have any empty squirty plastic bottles, such as those used for drinks, washing up liquid and ketchup please can you send them in to us? The more we can collect the better as we are going to test them for effectiveness. We will need these in the next couple of weeks. Many thanks in advance for your help with this.
 
ICT
 The children are continuing their Logo work and are learning how to direct and control an animation.
 
Christmas
As there are only a few weeks before the children take part in their Christmas production "The Christmas Jigsaw" we are making a start on learning the songs and the children will be given their parts in the play. We would be grateful if you could help your child with learning the words of the songs and any speaking parts they are allocated.
 
Homework
Homework will be sent home on Tuesday Friday and will include spellings, Maths, reading and reading comprehension. It would be helpful if homework could be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday at the latest. The children will be tested on their spellings on Tuesday.
 
 
Week beginning 6th November 2017
 
Maths
The children have now moved on to multiplication. They are learning the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. Any help to secure this knowledge at home would be really valuable as times tables are a foundation block for many other areas of learning in Maths.
 
Literacy
For the next couple of weeks we will be looking at the book "John Patrick Norman McHennessy, the boy who was always late". The children will be writing letters and thinking of their own imaginative reasons for being late for school.
 
Science
The topic in Science is Materials. The children have been looking at properties of Wood.
 
ICT
The children have been thoroughly enjoying using iPads and QR codes. To date the children have used QR codes across to learn more about the island of St Lucia and to compare it with other islands. A highlight of this topic has been hunting for QR codes outdoors. The children are now moving on to Logo and are learning how to direct and control an animation.
 
Christmas
As there are only a few weeks before the children take part in their Christmas production "The Christmas Jigsaw" we are making a start on learning the songs and the children will be given their parts in the play. We will be sending home their words during the next week and would be grateful if you could help your child with learning the words.
 
Parents Evening
We look forward to meeting you all this week and celebrating your child's work so far this term.
 
Homework
Homework will be sent home on Tuesday Friday and will include spellings, Maths, reading and reading comprehension. It would be helpful if homework could be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday at the latest.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week beginning 9th October 2017
 
Maths
This week the children will be starting subtraction, progressing to subtraction with renaming.
 
Literacy
Year 2 will be looking at j and g sounds eg. giraffe and jungle. We will also be looking at a new book "The Lion in the Meadow".
 
Geography
Following the fruit tasting the children will be devising, making and evaluating their own Caribbean fruit smoothies.
 
Science
The children will be testing everyday materials to test for their absorbency.
 
ICT
Year 2 will be using search engines to investigate facts about islands that can then be compared with their facts about St Lucia.
 
Homework
Homework will be sent home on Friday and will include spellings, Maths and reading. It would be helpful if homework could be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday at the latest.
 
 
 
Week Beginning 2nd October 2017
 
Last week we were lucky enough to enjoy the school harvest festival which was led by the Year 3 children. It was interesting to follow this up with some class based harvest activities in which we were encouraged to think about those people who do not have as much to eat as we do.
 
Maths
This week we will continue with addition and subtraction. We will be setting out sums in columns and learning to 'rename' the ones.
 
Literacy
Year 2 will be using their plans to begin the writing of their own fables. In spelling they will be looking at words ending 'dge' and 'ge' (pronounced 'j'). This will be reflected in their homework this week.
 
Science
The children will be working on materials to sort out which are waterproof and which are not. They will be devising ways in which to test these out, and explain which are fit for purpose.
 
Geography
The children will continue their exciting St Lucia topic. They have proved most enthusiastic geographers so far!
 
Homework
Homework will be sent home on Friday and will include spellings, Maths and reading. It would be helpful if homework could be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday at the latest.
 
Week beginning 25th September 2017
 
It was lovely to meet so many of you at the Learning Links Meeting. We have sent home a copy of the handout for those who were unable to attend, please let us know if these haven't made it home.
 
Maths
This week the children will be moving on to addition and subtraction.
 
Literacy
Year 2 will be looking at more fables and starting to plan their own fables. In spelling they will be looking at gn and kn words. In grammar they will be continuing to develop expanded noun phrases.
 
Science
The children will be asking their own questions about materials and exploring ways in which these can be answered.
 
Geography
This week the children will be identifying physical and human features of St Lucia.
 
The children will be reflecting on Harvest Festival and writing their own prayers.
 
Homework
Homework will be sent home on Friday and will include spellings, Maths and reading. It would be helpful if homework could be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday at the latest.
 
 
 
 
Welcome to our new
Year 2
 
Welcome back to school after the summer holidays, we hope you are all well rested and looking forward to a new term and a new year.
As you know the new staff in Year 2 are Mrs McNee, Mrs Hosker and Mrs Cutts with Mr Greenop teaching ICT.
The children have settled really well and we are looking forward to a happy and successful year.
To help you to know what your children are learning in school we will let you know the subjects and content of the lessons on a regular basis.
 
Homework Homework will be sent home on Friday and will include spellings, Maths and reading. It would be helpful if homework could be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday at the latest.
 
Week beginning 18th September 2017
 
Maths
We are looking at place value and understanding of number.
 
Literacy
Year 2 have been listening to traditional stories (fables) with a focus on character traits and a moral. The children will be writing their own stories focusing on animal characteristics.
 
Science
The first topic is Materials, looking at their properties and uses.
 
Geography
The children will be learning about characteristics of an island and doing a study of St Lucia.
 
Homework
Homework will be sent home on Friday and will include spellings, Maths and reading. It would be helpful if homework could be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday at the latest.