Year 2 Class

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.