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Year 2 - What's happening this half term (autumn second half term)?

4th November 2021 Posted by Year 2

We really appreciate any parental support that can be given at home through helping your child with basic number skills (times tables, counting and number bonds) and hearing them read regularly. Texts are also now available to listen to on Virtual Library on the school website.

This half-term we will be learning about:

English:

In our English lessons we will be using a range of texts to base our learning from, such as: The Twits and Lost and Found. We will be working on writing:

-a book review and sharing our opinion on a book we have read.

-a recount based on the story book Lost and Found.

-a diary entry focused on Lost and Found. The children will need to pretend to be the penguin and share their thoughts and feelings.

-a set of instructions about creating a trick which will be based on The Twits.


Maths:

In our Maths lessons we will be learning about addition, subtraction, division and multiplication.

-In addition, we will look at adding ones and tens to a number, adding two 2-digit numbers together and adding three 1-digit numbers together.

-In subtraction, we will learn how to subtract ones and tens and how to subtract two 2-digit numbers.

-In division, we will learn about grouping and sharing an amount and how to count in 2s, 5s and 10s to solve a division problem.

-In multiplication, we will look at creating arrays, counting in 2s, 5s and 10s to solve multiplication problems.

Science:

Our Science topic this half-term will be Living Things and Their Habitats. In this topic we will:

-explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive.

-identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats.

-know that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants.

-how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food.


YPC:

We will be starting a new topic, ‘Our World’, this half-term. This topic will include looking at:

- our local area and creating maps of what we can see.

-following a map to complete a route.

-how the world is made up and learning about the different continents.

-how the weather is different around the world depending on the position to the equator.

-comparing different places around the world to our local area.

-key vocabulary which is used to describe human and physical features.


Computing:

This term we will be learning about digital safety and how to use the internet safely and correctly. We will also learn about making good choices and who we can trust with our personal information.


PE/Sports: Gymnastics and Tri-golf

On the days of P.E. lessons or Sports Clubs, pupils should come to school in their P.E. kit or clothing appropriate for P.E. instead of their school uniform. Where possible, we will be conducting P.E. lessons outside so a hoodie/jacket and joggers are recommended. Please ensure that they still have a warm, waterproof coat for lunch and play times on these days too.

Please remember, if your child wears earrings, there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, staff are not able to.

RE/PHSE:

We will be learning about how about how to share and be generous. We will also learn about Christmas and Diwali.


Dates for the diary:

Pupil Individual & Sibling Photos-Thursday 18th November


Work at home:

The ‘Autumn 2 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download here soon.

Please let us know if a paper copy is required. We also encourage the use of our Learning Hub as well as websites such as MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars.

Class 2H - Autumn 1

18th October 2021 Posted by Miss Hanif

Well done children, we have completed our first half term as 2H! I have been so impressed with your maturity and attitude towards school this past few weeks. You have been so kind towards each other and settled in wonderfully.

In English, we have covered sentence types such as questions, exclamations, commands and statements. We have also been enjoying our class text: Little Red Riding Hood and completing some fantastic work around retelling the story. It has been brilliant to read your interesting writing that have included adjectives and expanded noun phrases.

In Maths, our focus has been on number and place value. We have been learning all about the value of digits and practicing our partitioning and number line work. We have used lots of apparatus to support our learning and have really enjoyed using Base 10, Numicon, 100 squares, cubes and counters. We have also been practicing ordering numbers, comparing numbers and learning our times tables through lots of fun songs!

We have had lots of fun in YPC. We kicked off the year learning about Kandinsky and we even recreated his work using paints! We then moved onto learning about transport which was very interesting. We compared transport from the past and transport that we used now and through our D&T lessons we designed and made our own products.

In Science we have been investigating different materials. We now know lots about the properties, suitability and features of different materials. We enjoyed planning an investigation to see which materials are the most waterproof.

We have also been very busy in our Phonics sessions, recapping our sounds and practicing writing them in a word, in a sentence and finding them in a text. We are loving having Geraldine the giraffe help us to remember our Phonics sounds!

I am very much looking forward to the rest of the year. We have lots of exciting topics coming up next term! Have a lovely, well deserved break and I will see you in Autumn 2!

Miss Hanif x

Class 2M - Autumn 1

14th October 2021 Posted by Miss Murphy

Well done, 2M. You have made such a fantastic start to Year 2 throughout the first half-term and I am so proud of the maturity you have shown.

Our Maths lessons have been jam-packed with lots of mathematical skills. We have been largely focusing on our understanding of place value which will help us later on in the year. We have used this knowledge to partition numbers into tens and ones, represent numbers in different ways and find one/ten more than and one/ten less than a number. We have also become even more confident in our ability to count in steps of 1, 2, 5 and 10!

In English we have been doing lots of amazing writing while focusing on our key skills. We are very aware that sentences require capital letters, full stops, fingers spaces and they must make sense. We have made our sentences very exciting by adding lots of nouns, adjectives and even expanded noun phrases. Our vocabulary has also expanded by looking at the meaning of exciting new words. We have also been working on our letter formation which is really beginning to improve.

Science has been very exciting too! We have learnt all about different materials and focused on areas such as: suitability, everyday uses and properties. Luckily, we were able to look at some of the materials within the classroom and this really helped to secure our understanding. We have carried out investigations and discussed how to create a fair test.

During our YPC lessons we started off by learning all about the abstract artist, Kandinsky. We focused on how his art always included lines, shapes and colours and used this knowledge to recreate our own version of his famous ‘Concentric Circles’ piece. Then, we moved on to Transport where we looked at different modes of transport with a particular focus on wheels. We explored how wheels move and applied this learning when making our own toy car with a chassis, axle and wheels. It’s been lots of fun!

Football was a great way to start P.E. this half term. We were able to learning lots about the rules of the game and how to use different parts of our feet for different skills. We focused on dribbling, passing, shooting and game-playing.

I have certainly enjoyed my first half-term in 2M and I hope you have too! Have a wonderful break and make sure you come back well rested for lots more exciting learning. Stay safe and I will see you soon!

Class 2W - Autumn 1

12th October 2021 Posted by Mr Wearing

What an amazing first half-term we have had in 2W!

In Maths, we started by developing our understanding of place value by using the Numicon and the base-10. We now have a great understanding of tens and ones and can partition an amount in different ways. We also looked at comparing and ordering numbers. We had great fun creating them and comparing the different sizes.

In English, we have had a big focus on how to form a sentence and improving our handwriting. We have been developing our understanding of different sentence types and we are starting to use them within our writing. It is important for us to remember the different punctuation to use. We have started to learn how to write in some different styles of writing. An activity we really enjoyed was adapting the story Red Riding Hood and it was great fun sharing these with the class.

We have been learning about Kandinsky and Transport in our YPC lessons. We started by creating art in the style of Kandinsky. We really enjoyed using the watercolours to create a picture which looked similar to his work. Then, we moved on to designing, making and evaluating a toy car. It was great fun creating the chassis and the axles for our car.

In Science, we have been learning about Materials. We really enjoyed matching objects to the material they are made out of but our favourite lesson was when we investigated how suitable a material is for a purpose. It was great fun discussing why a car can’t be made out of paper and why a t-shirt can’t be made from metal.

Keep up the great work 2W and have a great holiday!

Class 2U - Autumn 1

12th October 2021 Posted by Mr Ulhaq

I am really impressed with the start made by 2U this year.

In Maths, we have been working on basic number skills. We have used Numicon, Base 10, number lines and hundred squares to support our understanding of numbers. Topics covered include: place value, partitioning, estimation, comparing numbers, counting on and calculating one or ten more/ less.

For English, 2U started with the wonderful Roald Dahl’s The Enormous Crocodile. Our work focussed on creating adjectives and noun phrases. We then moved onto the 4 sentences types: statements, commands, exclamations and questions. Our reading work has pushed our retrieval skills from well-known traditional tales, while our Phonics has been recapping some Phase 3 and 4 sounds to ensure we begin this year confidently.

In Y.P.C. lessons, we completed a very short Art topic on Kandinsky. Our class painted to classical music, seeking for inspiration for our concentric circles paintings. We also began our new topic on Transport, exploring the various ways we transport goods and people around the world. We developed some Design and Technology skills when designing a vehicle and using wooden axles to understand how wheels work.

During Science this half term, 2U have explored materials, in particular, focussing on what objects are made out of and comparing the properties of materials. We discussed suitability of products and linked this with our Transport topic, identifying materials in a car.

Our P.E lessons have covered key skills in football, such as passing, shooting, dribbling and tackling. We have also covered Dance, focussing on the Haka dance performed by the New Zealand rugby team. We worked on timing, rhythm, creating our own moves, working in unison and cannon.

I am looking forward to our next half term, and hope you all have a brilliant half-term break.

Mr. Ulhaq.

Year 2 - What's happening this half term (autumn first half term)?

8th September 2021 Posted by Year 2

We are really pleased to welcome back our pupils this week. If you have any questions related to the reopening of school, please see the ‘Key information’ on the school website. We really appreciate any parental support that can be given at home through helping your child with basic number skills (times tables, counting and number bonds) and hearing them read regularly.

This half term we will be learning about:

English

In our English lessons we will be working on the following areas:

  • Sentence structures

  • Use of basic punctuation , . ! ? “

  • Using descriptive language/stories with familiar settings

  • Word classes e.g. nouns, verbs and adjectives

  • Handwriting — correct letter formation and cursive script


Maths

We will begin by looking at number and place value. We will be learning about:

  • Counting forwards and backwards in 1s, 2s, 5 and 10s

  • Representing numbers pictorially

  • Ordering and comparing numbers

  • Finding one more and one less of a given number and ten more and ten less of a given number


Science

Our first Science topic is Materials. We will be learning about:

  • Recognising different materials and some of their properties

  • Comparing the uses of different materials

  • Investigating how a material can change

YPC

Our first YPC topic is Kandinsky and then we will move on to Transport. We will be learning about:

Kandinsky-

  • Learning about who Kandinsky is

  • Creating artwork in the style of Kandinsky

Transport-

  • Exploring the history of the wheel

  • Investigating how wheels are used and how they work

  • Designing, making and evaluating a vehicle with an axle


Computing

This term we will be learning about Basic Skills and how to navigate a computer.

  • Children will learn how to independently log on and access various programs.

  • They will understand how to use the computing equipment correctly and be able to use the ‘Stay Safe Online’ website.

PE/Sports: Football and Dance

On the days of P.E. lessons or Sports Clubs, pupils should come to school in their P.E. kit or clothing appropriate for P.E instead of their school uniform. Where possible, we will be conducting P.E. lessons outside so a hoodie/jacket and joggers are recommended. Please ensure that they still have a warm, waterproof coat for lunch and play times on these days too.

If your child wears earrings there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, teachers are not able to.


R.E./P.H.S.E.

We will be learning about why we need rules in society and how they keep people safe and help us work together.

Dates for the diary

Roald Dahl Day-Monday 13th September


Work at Home

The ‘Autumn 1 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download from the school website soon. Please let us know if a paper copy is required. We also encourage the use of the learning hubs as well as websites such as MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars.

Class 2W - Summer 2

14th July 2021 Posted by Mr Wearing

What a fantastic final half-term we have had!

In English we really enjoyed reading Fantastic Mr Fox. We thought it had some great characters in it and we enjoyed writing a character description about Farmer Bean. We also created a book review based on the book. We really enjoyed sharing our opinion and giving our recommendations on the book.

In Maths, we had lots of fun learning about money. We looked at recognising the different coins, adding them together and solving change problems. We really enjoyed creating a pretend toy shop to develop these skills. We also looked at time and learnt how to read the time and create a time. It was important we remembered the difference between the minute and hour hand.

It was great fun creating a clown car in YPC for our Circus topic. We started by looking at different toy cars and then we designed our own with moving axles. Then, we built it using cardboard and wooden dowels for the axles. To finish the topic, we learnt some circus tricks with Mr Jones which was lots of fun!

In Science, we have been carrying out Scientific experiments. The topic has been all about bubbles and we were challenged to try and make different shaped bubbles, different sized bubbles and change the colour of them. We also grew some strawberry and tomato plants. It was important that we gave them enough water, light and heat.

Well done class for working so hard during this year! It has not been a normal year but you have risen to the challenge and I have been so impressed with how hard you have all worked! I wish you all the best of luck in Year 3 and I look forward to seeing you around school.

Class 2M - Summer 2

14th July 2021 Posted by Miss Murphy

What a brilliant final half-term, 2M!

During our Maths lessons we have had lots of fun learning about money. We looked at recognising the different coins, adding them together and solving problems to find change. Using these skills, we were able to create our own pretend toy shop where we could buy and sell lots of different things. We also enjoyed looking at time and learnt how to read and show the time. We were able to develop skills such as remembering the difference between the minute and hour hand, counting in 5 minute intervals and using mathematical language related to time.

In English, we have really enjoyed reading Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox. We really enjoyed seeing how the author had used positive and negative language to describe the characters and applied this knowledge when writing our own character description of Farmer Bean. After we read the book, we also created a book review based on the book. It was lots of fun to share our own opinions.

We had so much fun making our own clown car for our Circus topic in YPC. We started by exploring different toys cars to identify the features before designing our own with moving axles. After designing, we built our cars using cardboard and wooden dowels for the axles. As a special treat to finish the topic, we had lots of fun learning some circus tricks with Mr Jones.

In Science, we have been carrying out lots of Scientific experiments. Our topic of ‘Bubbles’ has allowed us to develop our investigative skills when we were challenged to try and make different shaped bubbles, different sized bubbles and change the colour of them. We learnt a lot about creating a fair test and making sensible predictions. We also spent some time recapping our knowledge of Seasonal Change.

Well done, 2M. It has been a very difficult year but you have been incredibly mature and positive throughout. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you all and I am sure you will continue to be just as successful in Year 3. Have a lovely break and I look forward to seeing you around school next year.​

Class 2L - Summer 2

13th July 2021 Posted by Mr Lloyd

Although we are ending the year in the way none of us wanted - being back to remote learning - it is important to reflect on what a great half term we have had in 2L prior to now.

In English, we have written a recount and a diary entry based on the Great Fire of London, reading several stories based on these events. We also read ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’ by Roald Dahl and wrote a character description and a book review.

In Maths we have looked at measure, including: length, capacity, mass and temperature. We looked at the different apparatus needed to measure these different things and applied our learning to real-world problems. We then moved on to Money and learned how to make values using different coins and the skill of finding change.

We have continued to learn about Seasonal Change in our Science topic, looking at the changes between spring and summer. We also looked at ‘Bubbles’, working scientifically to conduct our own investigations into what makes the biggest bubbles. We changed variables such as the amount of washing up liquid, the size of the bubble wand.

In our YPC topic we have learned all about the Great Fire of London, examining what primary and secondary sources can tell us about these events. We have also looked at the lives of famous women in history, such as Grace Darling and Rosa Parks, creating art work and profiles. Our final topic this year was ‘Circus’. We had the opportunity to design, make and evaluate a clown car, considering how we can make it appealing to children, through use of eye-catching designs and appropriate size.

I have really enjoyed teaching you all this year and you should be very proud of the achievements you have all made. Wishing you all the best for when you start Year 3 in September. I know you will have a fantastic time with your new teacher, Mr Shah!

Have a wonderful summer, 2L.

Class 2U - Summer 2

12th July 2021 Posted by Mr Ulhaq

We’ve had an amazing year 2U – you should all be proud of your achievements this final half term.

For Maths, we covered Measure, learning about capacity, length, temperature and mass. We also have learned about money, combining coins and calculating change. Finally, we looked at telling time on an analogue clock.

In English, we have used our Y.P.C topic to read texts on the Great Fire of London, writing a recount and a diary entry. We focussed on writing in 1st person, conveying feelings and looking at their impact, physically. Also, we have looked at redrafting some of our favourite pieces, editing and improving our previous pieces of writing.

In our Science lessons, 2U completed work on Seasonal Change, in learning about the wonderful changes that Summer brings. We also developed our scientific inquiry skills by completing a special mini-topic, Bubbles.

During Y.P.C lessons, we had a special visitor show some weapons, armour and artefacts from the Middle Ages that knights or kings might have used, completing our Castles topic. We then moved on to Famous Events and People, using our historical skills to study the key moments of the Great Fire of London. In addition, we studied historical sources to find out more about significant individuals, such as Grace Darling. Finally, we used Design and Technology skills in our Circus topic to design, create and evaluate a toy clown car.

I am really proud of all of the hard work and achievement 2U. I hope you enjoy your well-deserved Summer holidays and I wish you all good luck for Year 3 in September!

Mr. Ulhaq.