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Contact us on our class email : mandela@summerswood.herts.sch.uk

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Welcome to our Year 2 page.

Welcome to Year 2!

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Florence Nightingale Class and Nelson Mandela Class

Florence Nightingale Class and Nelson Mandela Class 1
Florence Nightingale Class and Nelson Mandela Class 2

Nightingale Class- Miss Froy (Monday and Tuesday) Miss Leatham (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) and Mrs Harris

 

Mandela Class- Miss Paul and Mrs Ramalho

Week 3

This week was 'Walk to School Week' and for the four mornings of the week children and adults had an opportunity to join a walking bus to school from two different points. We hope you enjoyed walking with us! In class we completed a travel survey of how the children get to school, talked about green spaces within our area and about the benefits of walking and the importance of clean air. 

  

In English we used The Superworm story by Julia Donaldson as an inspiration to write our own story about a super minibeast, who was kidnapped by a villain and later rescued by its other minibeast friends. We used adjectives to describe the minibeasts, the villain and the setting of our story. We also tried to use some powerful verbs and exciting adverbs to go with the verbs. 

In Maths this week we looked at equality in multiplication in different contexts. For example, we thought about how we could make the same amounts of money with different coins (e.g. 10p x 2 = 5p x 4). We explored the same idea in the context of shapes (e.g. 6 triangles have the same number of sides as 3 hexagons) and we used symbols to compare various calculations (e.g. 3 x 5 > 2 x 3). 

Summerswood's Got Talent

 

In the last two weeks we have enjoyed the two rounds of the auditions for the Summerswood's Got Talent competition.  There were some amazing, mainly singing and dancing acts to choose from and we had a very difficult task of selecting just 3 from each class to move on to the next round, which took place this Thursday.  Out of the 3 acts from each class we then picked 2  - one from 2N and one from 2M class to represent our year in the school competition.  The winners will be announced on Monday.  Based on what we have seen, we can safely say that Year 2 has a lot of talent!  Well done to everybody who took part, practised their acts and was brave to perform in front of their classes.  We were so very impressed by you all!

Have a lovely long weekend.

 

The Year 2 team J

Week 2

This week in English we have been writing our own minibeast shape and acrostic poems. We have used adjectives, verbs and adverbs.

 

An adverb is a word which modifies a verb, which means that it tells you howwhenwhere or why something is being done.

 

Consider the following sentence:

I called to my little sister.

If you add an adverb, it gives you more information about the characters or the action in the sentence, for example:

 

I called angrily to my little sister. OR I called excitedly to my little sister.

 

In maths this week we have been solving word problems using a variety of different strategies.  We have read the problem and then decided whether we needed to do an addition subtraction, multiplication or division calculation.   The children have drawn pictures, used dienes and bar models to help solve the problems.  

 

We also enjoyed our scooter training on Wednesday! Thank you to those of you who 'ticked' for your child's scooter to be shared. 

 

*Reminder- please ensure you read the weekly newsletter as there are lots of events happening over the next few weeks!  Don't forget it is walk to school week next week too!

 

Have a lovely weekend.

 

The Year 2 Team :)

 

Scooter Training 2M

Empathy Day -Tuesday 11th June 2019

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Summer term 2- Week 1

We've had a great ‘Science Week’ this week with lots of experiments and challenges. Please see the photos below. We hope you enjoyed our open morning on Wednesday – it was lovely to be joined by so many grown-ups!

 

Today we have sent home the new homework grid. Children are expected to complete a minimum of 4 activities during the half term. We have really enjoyed looking at the homework the children have produced this year and are very impressed with the effort that has been put in. Thank you to the parents and well done to the children!

 

Next week is another busy week! We have ‘Scooter training’ on Wednesday so please remember to bring in your consent forms and your scooters!

 

2N will be holding their ‘Summerswoods Got Talent’ auditions on

Tuesday afternoon. Children can bring their outfits in a bag and any props they need for their performance!

 

Have a lovely weekend.

 

The Year 2 Team :)

Summer 2 Homework Grid

Balloon inflating experiment

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Popstar day!

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Flower experiment and how to get a toy out of ice!

Week 5 20th – 24th May

 

We have had a great last week to the end of our summer 1 term.  In English we have written another myth about ‘How a Bee got it’s Stripes’. We continued to use story openers, inverted commas, conjunctions and synonyms for the word ‘said’. We focussed on writing in the past tense, using adjectives and expanded noun phrases.

 

We have continued to learn about fractions this week in Maths.  We have focussed on counting fractions on a number line and with food. The children cut food pictures into quarters and halves and counted in fractions to make 1 whole or more.

 

On Thursday the children brought home a letter about a minibeast workshop.  Please read it and return the permission slip along with the payment of £6 by June 21st.  The letter is also attached below.   

 

After half term the children will have the opportunity to participate in 'Summerswood's Got Talent', so why not get practicing over the half term break!    

 

There are no spellings over half term but we have sent home comprehension for the children to complete.  We hope you have a lovely half term full of fun and hopefully some sunshine. 

 

We look forward to hearing about what you all got up to when you return on Monday 3rd June. Don’t forget that Monday 3rd June is wear your own clothes day in return for an item of stationary.  Year 2 have been asked to bring in pencils but any stationary would be welcomed.  Thank you. The newsletter about this was sent out on May 10th.

 

Have a great half term.

 

The Year 2 team J

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Next week we will be supporting a local family in need of much support. During the week we will be joining many schools to raise money for Jake. All children in local schools will be doing ‘A Million Jumps for Jake’.

 

We are asking all children to bring £1 on Monday 20th May as a contribution towards Jake’s fund.

 

There is also a JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/campaign/jakecohen

Week 4 

In English this week we have been writing our own myth about ‘How the worm got its wiggle.’ As well as using story openers, inverted commas and synonyms for ‘said’ we focused on adding more detail to the middle of our stories by explaining our ideas clearly. We have also learnt lots of facts about bees when we wrote our non-chronological reports.

 

In maths this week we have been exploring 1/2 and 2/4      equivalence in shapes. We have used fraction cards and counting sticks to place the fractions in the correct place.  The children really enjoyed playing 'colour to win it'.  In partners they needed to select a fraction card and colour that fraction of the shape; the person to colour the most shapes won the game.    

 

In RE this week we talked about 'Why we are here?'. We thought about what we are good at and then used post-it notes to write what 5 of our class friends are good at.

 

Date for your diary: OPEN MORNING - Wednesday 5th June 2019  8:40- 9:10am

 

We hope you have a lovely weekend!

 

The Year 2 Team

Dear Parents

In 2M's PSHE lesson this week, Mrs Folkes-Jones will be talking about keeping our bodies safe. 

 

This week we will discuss that some parts of our body are private and that your body belongs to you. The lesson will be guided using the NSPCC's PANTS rules.

 

Privates are private.

Always remember your body belongs to you.

No means no.

Talk about secrets that upset you.

Speak up, someone can help.

 

All of the lessons are age appropriate but your child may want to talk to you about their thoughts and feelings regarding PANTS. You can find extra guidance at nspcc.org.uk/pants
If you have any questions please contact Miss Paul, Miss Froy or Mrs Folkes-Jones.

 

 

Week 4 6th - 10th May

What a great week we have had!  The children came back to school ready to learn on Tuesday after their long weekend.  At the beginning of the week in English we wrote a non-chronological report about worms.  We included information about appearance; diet; habitat and interesting facts.  Can your child remember any interesting facts like worms have existed for 600 million years?  Some children spotted a worm when out at playtime so we carefully picked it up and bought it back to the class so we could have a closer look.  We didn't keep the worm inside long and we took care when putting it back outside.  This will help inspire us next week when we write about how the worm got it's wiggle. See below for some photos. 

 

In Maths this week we have been focusing on how to tell the time.  We have learnt that the long hand on a clock is called the minute hand and the short hand on a clock is called the hour hand.  We have focused on o'clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past times.  We have also thought about how many minutes are in an hour and how each number on an analogue clock represents 5 minutes.   

 

If your child doesn't have their PE kit in school please remember it for game on this Monday and swimming kits for Tuesday / Wednesday. 

 

Have a lovely weekend,

 

The Year 2 team :-) 

 

How did the worm get it's wiggle?

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Another short week!

There are no spellings this week but we have still sent home reading comprehensions to be completed.

 

We hope you have a lovely long weekend and look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 7th May.

 

The Year 2 Team

*2N remember to bring your swimming kits on Tuesday!

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Welcome back and welcome to the Summer term!

 

We hope you had a lovely Easter break and enjoyed the lovely weather we had towards the end of the two weeks. It has been a busy 4 days In Year 2 – learning about British Values and our first swimming lessons. May we remind you that if children come to wearing their swimming costume or shorts to pack underwear in their swimming bag. 

 

Our topic until the end of the summer term is 'Beware of the Bugs'. We have a very exciting workshop in June- letter and details to follow!

 

This week in English we have been writing our own non-chronological report about ladybirds. The children have been describing the mini-beasts diet, habitat, appearance and interesting facts about them. Spellings were handed out on Thursday this week so we can do our spelling test next Wednesday. 

 

In Maths this week we have been learning about fractions.  We started off by finding 1/2 and 1/4 of amounts by using sharing circles. Then we moved onto finding fractions of a shape.  See the photos below to see how we have taught the children to do this. 

 

New homework grids were handed out on Friday. Children are expected to complete a minimum of 4 activities during the half term. 

 

We hope you have a lovely weekend and we look forward to a very short but very busy 3 days!

 

The Year 2 Team :)

British Values Day - Tuesday 23rd April 2019

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On Tuesday 23rd April we learnt the five British Values and why they are important.  We explored the meaning of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.   In groups we role played debating a question….. ‘Is it right to follow a rule if you do not agree with it?’ We explored the importance of freedom to have our own ideas and opinions, whilst at the same time respecting rules and following them because they keep us safe and protect us.

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Week 6

What a great last week we’ve had to finish off the Spring term.  The children are getting very excited for the break and all the exciting things they will be getting up to!

 

In English and Science this week we have been learning about food chains.  We have made our own flow chart to show the different stages of the food chain for a lion.  We have added key information about lions being predators and carnivores, and Springbok’s being prey for lions.  We have also learnt that grass is a producer as it produces food for herbivores.  We finished off our food chains with a vulture and included information about them being scavengers. 

In maths we continued looking at division (with a remainder) and solved some word problems involving this operation.  We used bead strings, cubes, sharing circles and arrays to work out the answers. We have also revised addition, subtraction and multiplication.

It was so exciting to make our chocolate nests. We made our Easter cards and a zig - zag book about Easter story in RE.  In art we drew mini figures in different poses - we thought carefully about proportions and used the idea of 'sausages' and 'eggs' (i.e. limbs, joints) for different parts of the body and built the whole person using this technique.

 

May we remind you that swimming starts the first week back. 

2N on Tuesday

2M on Wednesday

 

Here is a list of a few ideas to do over the Easter holidays!

  •   Read a book by a different author
  •   Practise your times tables
  •   Visit a park/ do some exercise
  •   Make up  a new game
  •   Make someone laugh
  •   Practise telling the time to 5 minute intervals
  •   Have a rest!
  •   Have lots and lots and lots of fun!

 

The Year 2 team! J

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Week 5

We had a lovely muddy day at Moat Mount Outdoor Activity Centre on Wednesday and we were so pleased the sun shone and the rain stayed away! We took part in an assault course which was great fun! It was lovely to see children facing their fears and encouraging each other. The monkey bars were challenging and the cargo net initially looked daunting! We also took part in a range of team building activities including using guttering to get the tennis ball into the bucket, completing ‘big foot’ to work together to move the planks of wood and completing a huge puzzle by giving instructions to each other. We had a great day in the fresh air and we’re sure that the children (and adults!) slept very well on Wednesday night!  See below for some photos!

 

In English this week we wrote our own 'Scaredy Squirrel' stories using our story maps from last week. We used the same setting and beginning from the original story, but changed what Scaredy Squirrel was scared of. 

 

In maths this week we have solved multiplication and division problems. We also found out that you can share an amount and there may be a remainder.  To solve our division problems we shared into groups and to solve multiplication problems we used bead strings to group. 

 

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Week 4

Wow - week 4 already!

This week in English we read the story ‘Scaredy Squirrel’ by Melanie Watt. We started our work by acting out the story using different actions and facial expressions! We then drew a story map and then changed the main part of the story. In the original story Scaredy Squirrel was scared of tarantulas, germs, killer bees, sharks and poison ivy and had an emergency pack in case he came across them. We thought of other things Scardey Squirrel could be scared of and what he would need in his emergency kit, for example humans, snakes, birds, stinging nettles and frogs. At the end of the week we began to write the beginning of the story.

 

In our grammar lesson we learnt about using commas in a list for example: When I went to the sweet shop I bought a lollipop, cola bottle, chocolate buttons and some skittles.  We also learnt about expanded noun phrases; for example, the words 'girl' and 'hat' are nouns.  A simple noun phrase would be 'The girl had a hat'.  But expanded noun phrases use adjectives to describe nouns, i.e. 'The small friendly girl had a fluffy orange hat.  The adjectives 'small, friendly, fluffy and orange' expand the original noun phrase. 

 

In Maths this week we have been learning how to divide using grouping and sharing.  The children practiced answering division statements by sharing into equals groups or grouping on a bead string.  Can your child practice sharing some objects into equal groups at home?  We also looked at the inverse to division (multiplication) and fact families.  For example: 

3  x 5 = 15

5 x 3 = 15

15 ÷ 3 = 5

15 ÷ 5 = 3

 

In Geography this week we continued to learn about maps. We looked at different signs you would find on a map and worked out what they are. Next week in Geography we will be learning about directions and giving each other directions to find our way to and from different places around school. 

 

This week the children came home with a letter about milk, swimming and baking. We need consent from parents for children to make Easter nests, so please ensure the slip is returned to us.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

 

The Year 2 Team :)

 

 

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Wednesday 27th March is our school trip!

 

All the information was on the letter we sent home, but just a reminder.....

 

On the day please ensure that your child brings a packed lunch in a named plastic bag which can be thrown away after lunch. Please ensure that no sweets, fizzy drinks or food containing nuts are provided or metal cutlery from home!

 

Children also need to wear comfortable clothes and shoes which are

OK to get muddy (they will get muddy!).

 

Any questions, please ask!

 

 

Week 3

We had our amazing ‘Words in the Wood’ exhibition this week! The children had a chance to look at all the work from across the school which was inspired by Nick Butterworth’s book ‘The Whisperer’. Our children have produced fantastic descriptive writing and artwork!

 

In English we wrote a non-chronological report on the 5 elements of survival with the following subheadings; Introduction, Oxygen, Food, Water, Shelter and Sleep. We focused on using interesting sentence openers and conjunctions to extend our sentences.  We have also been trying really hard to read our own work back and edit our writing using the purple pen of power. 

 

In Maths this week we looked at multiplication.  Children used cubes to create arrays, drew the arrays in their books, worked out the ‘product’ (result) and wrote a multiplication statement.  We have also been solving multiplication problems using bar models and the cherry model.  Take a look at some photos of our working walls. 

 

This week was parents evening. It was lovely to see so many of you and we really enjoyed sharing the good progress your child is making this year. If you were unable to attend parents evening, please speak to your child's teacher to arrange a convenient time to meet. 

 

We had a very crazy 'Crazy hair day' today and enjoyed looking at the different hairstyles of children across the school. Thank you for the fantastic effort you made and the £1 donations.

 

We hope you have a lovely weekend, stay dry and warm!

 

The Year 2 Team :)

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Week 2

What a fantastic and exciting second week back we’ve had!  In English this week we continued looking at Nick Butterworth’s book ‘The Whisperer’. We wrote out the beginning of the story, planned an exciting alternative for the middle of the story and wrote out the ending. There were some fantastic, imaginative ideas; can your child remember what changes they made to the middle of the story?  We were lucky enough to meet Nick Butterworth on Friday; he came to school to tell us all about 'The Whisperer' and what it is like to be an author.  We got to ask him some questions and he read the story to us!  Take a look at some of the photos below. 

 

In Maths this week we have been learning about repeated addition and multiplication. The children practiced counting in 2’s, 3’s, 5’s and 10’s in a variety of different ways, including using counting sticks, bead strings and highlighting the multiples on a 100 grid. The children really enjoyed some maths challenges this week where they had to count in multiples of 3 and write as many down as they could in 30 seconds. We also repeated this with the 5 times tables.

 

Thank you all so much for your support with World Book Day..... The children all looked fantastic and really enjoyed dressing up!  Class 2N were lucky enough to visit nursery and share some of our favourite books with them.  The nursery children loved listening to our fabulous readers.  Class 2M visited reception and read them some lovely stories. See below for some photos. 

 

Please make sure you access the Parent’s Evening system to sign up for an appointment to meet with us next Tuesday or Wednesday after school. Access the appointment booking system using this link https://summerswood.parentseveningsystem.co.uk.

Please come and speak to us if you are unable to make either evenings and we will arrange an alternative time to meet with you.

 

Please also remember to pay and give consent for our trip to ‘Moat Mount Activity Centre’.

 

Enjoy your weekend,

 

The Year 2 Team J

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Parents Evening appointments are now available online!

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Parents Evening – 12th and 13th March 2019

Please make sure you access the Parents Evening System to sign up for an appointment to meet with us. This is a key time to share information and see how well your child is progressing. Access the appointment booking system from 6pm this evening (Friday): https://summerswood.parentseveningsystem.co.uk

Please come and speak to us if you are unable to make either evenings and we will arrange an alternative time to meet with you.

Week 1

We’ve started the second half of the year with a ‘Love-ly Day’ on Monday – children talked about things, people and activities they love in the assembly and in the class.

We’ve started a new topic this half term – Survival of the Fittest.

 

In English we are using Nick Butterworth’s book called ‘The Whisperer’ as part of Words in the Woods. The whole school are reading this book and doing various writing activities this week and next week. Children have predicted what would happen in the story, described the characters and acted out parts of it. Next week we will be planning what happened when Monty and Amber left their families and writing our own middle of the story. We will be well prepared for Nick Butterworth’s visit to school next Friday!

 

In maths we practised doubling and halving and solved word problems involving multiplication and division. We have learnt that multiplication and division are the inverse of each other. We used the cherry model to help us share into two equal groups and double a given number.

 

Today we have sent the new homework grid home. Homework is due back into school on Friday 29th March. We have been very impressed with some of the homework we have seen so far this academic year. Please remember that children need to complete a minimum of 4 activities on their grid. We also sent home a letter about our school trip to 'Moat Mount Activity Centre'. May we remind you that if you pay on the gateway, the consent form still needs to be sent back!

 

Next Thursday is ‘World Book Day’. Children can come to school dressed as a book character. An order form has been sent home today with a selection of books written by Nick Butterworth. When he visits next Friday, he will sign any books which have been ordered. Order forms need to be returned to school with the money enclosed by Wednesday 6th March. 

 

Have a lovely weekend- hopefully the sun will come back out!

 

The Year 2 Team :)

Spring 2 Homework Grid

Acting out the story 'The Whisperer'

Reminder! PE kits need to be back in school on Monday 25th February!

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Week 6

We’ve reached half term! Another busy week in Year 2 celebrating ‘Feeling Good Week’. We spent the week thinking about what we love- such as hot chocolate, my bed, Frozen, football, friends , family and many more! We also thought about what we love about ourselves such as our hair, eyes or our kindness towards others.

 

In maths this week we revisited using dienes to add and subtract 2 digit numbers including subtracting when we need to exchange the 10. We then answered some word problems including 2 step word problems.

 

On Tuesday afternoon we took part in a mindfulness workshop and on Wednesday morning Miss McLaughlin taught us a yoga lesson.

 

While 2M were at the Church this week, Nightingale class made their Great Fire of London paintings using water colours and black card to make the silhouettes.

 

We hope you have a lovely half term and we look forward to seeing you on Monday 25th February J

 

The Year 2 Team

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Next week is 'Feeling Good Week' :)

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Another busy week in Year 2! 2N had their visit to All Saints Church in Borehamwood on Wednesday (2M are going next week) and we also had a visit from Borehamwood Fire Brigade. The firefighters talked about The Great Fire of London and also discussed what they wear when they are called to a fire. As they left they wanted us to let you know that they are happy to come and fit smoke detectors in your homes- just speak to them down at the fie station. 

 

In English this week we wrote our own fire poems. We watched clips of fires and thought of different adjectives to describe what we could see, hear and smell. We used a thesaurus to help find alternative words and created our own spider diagrams. We then wrote our poems onto fire shaped paper- they are fabulous!

 

On Tuesday it was ‘Safer Internet Day’ we read a story about Smartie the penguin and how he asked his parents what to do when he was online when he was unsure e.g. someone online was being unkind and when a pop up came up saying he had won lots of money. We then made our own mini ‘Who can I tell’ books which have the names and pictures of the adults we can speak to if we are unsure of something online.

 

During maths this week we have been learning how to collect data and represent it using a tally chart, block graph and pictogram. The children really enjoyed asking each other their favourite colour and then representing this in a tally chart. We have also been learning how to add a 1 digit number to a 2 digit number using pictorial representations such as bead strings and dienes.  

 

We hope you have a lovely weekend!

 

The Year 2 Team :)

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Week 4

This week we set fire to our houses and recreated ‘The Great Fire of London’. We were very lucky with the weather- no snow, rain or wind! It was a great experience for the children and really created a 'WOW!' moment. Thank you for all the cereal boxes and thank you to Mrs Norman and Mr Goldney who helped ensure the fire was safe and controlled.

 

We discussed fire safety during the week in PSHE, talking about what to do if there is a fire in your home and also the importance of smoke alarms.

 

After recreating the fire we then wrote about what we could see, hear, smell and how we felt- a bit like Samuel Pepys' diary entries. Earlier in the week we finished writing our own non- chronological report about ‘The Great Fire of London’ using sentence openers and conjunctions. 

 

*Next week- we have a visit from the fire brigade! 

*Nect week - 2N have their church visit so please make sure consent forms are sent back into school.  2M will have their church visit the following week. 

 

In Maths this week we have been looking at the capacity of a variety of jugs and containers.  In order to be able to read how much liquid a container could hold we needed to practice looking at the scales and reading them.  The children realised that you need to look carefully to see what numbers are marked on the scales in order to be able to measure the capacity.  We have also looked at the information that can be gathered from tables, as well as what information we can display in Carroll Diagrams.  See some photos below of our working walls and examples of children's work. 

 

We hope you have a lovely weekend- again, keep warm! :)

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Week 3

This week in English we have started to write our reports about the Great Fire of London. We are explaining how and where the fire started, why it spread so quickly, how we know about the fire and what changed after the fire. Ask your child to share some of the information that they can remember. Thank you to those of you who came and saw Nightingales class assembly. The children did really well to learn all their lines and hopefully the catchy song wasn't in your heads for too long!

 

During the beginning of the week in Maths we were learning how to answer money word problems.  We started by looking at a variety of coins and recapping how many 1p's make up particular amounts of money.  For example; there are 50 1p's in 50p and 200 1p's in £2.  We then thought about the number sentence we need to use to answer a money word problem.  For example: I spend 50p on a banana and 40p on an apple.  How much did I spend altogether? Could be represented as 50p+40p=.  At the end of the week we moved onto measuring.  We used scales to weigh a variety of masses (100g, 500g, 1kg) and everyday objects such as a bottle of water and tin of beans.  We compared the different weights using these symbols < > and the language of heavier and lighter.  We also had great fun using trundle wheels, metre sticks and rulers to measure different items around school to compare their widths and heights.    

 

As the weather has turned colder, can you please ensure your child comes to school in appropriate clothing including hats, scarf and gloves. They can come to school wearing boots / wellies; however, they need to have their school shoes in their bag to change into.  Due to the cold weather conditions children are also required to be prepared for both indoor and outdoor PE lessons.  Please ensure your child has the following:

- White PE t-shirt

- Navy blue, black or grey jogging bottoms (outdoor PE)

- Plain navy blue, black shorts (indoor PE)

- Socks.  Please note tights are not allowed so if your child is wearing tights in school they must have a different pair of socks for PE

- Trainers - Please ensure these are different from school shoes

- Black plimsolls (KS1) If the coach decides to work outside children should have a tracksuit to wear

- Depending upon the outside activity and how cold the conditions are, the coach will inform the children if they are allowed to wear hats and gloves.  Please note hats would not be allowed if they have dangly parts or anything around the neck

- Outside coats are not allowed

- No items, such as scarves are allowed to be worn around the neck

 

 

Reading comprehensions have been sent home today. Please make sure your child completes it and returns it on Thursday along with their spellings.  Please also ensure the spellings are returned in the spelling wallet provided. 

 

Have a lovely weekend - stay warm!

The Year 2 Team :)

Please can we have empty cereal boxes by Tuesday!

Please can we have empty cereal boxes by Tuesday! 1

Our week

Week 2

Another busy week in Year 2!

In English we have written our own ‘We’re going on a fire hunt’ stories using repeating patterns and adjectives. When we finished writing our stories we edited them to make improvements.

As part of our grammar this week we have been looking at using apostrophes for contractions; joining 2 words together to make a smaller word using an apostrophe for missing letters. For example; he is becomes he’s, I will becomes I’ll.

 

In Maths this week we have been looking at number sentences and finding the whole and part numbers).  For example: 2 + 8 = 10 (2 and 8 are the part numbers and 10 is the whole number.  We then represented the whole and part numbers in a cherry model and bar method.  We also learnt that the inverse to addition is subtraction.  For example the inverse of 2 + 8 = 10 or 8 + 2 = 10 would be 10 - 3 = 7 or 10 - 7 = 3.

 

We had a great time with Laura Mitchell the GB Gymnast on Tuesday. We spent 10 minutes carrying out different fitness activities and then had an assembly from her. During the assembly she told us all about her training, injuries and perseverance. At the end of the assembly she showed us a few gymnastic moves including walking across the hall whilst doing a handstand and then a cartwheel followed by X4 back flips! We did remind the children not to try this at home!!

 

Next week we are collecting cereal boxes ready to make our Tudor houses. Please can we have empty cereal boxes brought into school.

 

* Reminder *

Wednesday 23rd January 2019 - Nightingale Class' assembly at 9am

 

Have a lovely weekend!

 

The Year 2 Team :)

 

GB Laura Mitchell visit

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GB Laura Mitchell visit 5
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Welcome back!

We hope you had a lovely Christmas break and are ready for an exciting new term. Our new topic is ‘London’s burning’ and we have spent some time this week finding out about The Great Fire of London. We have looked at how London has changed from 1666 to now. 

 

In English we have begun to plan our own ‘We’re going on a fire hunt’ story. We read the story 'We're going on a bear hunt' and looked at the repeating patterns and language. We thought of the different obstacles that there would have been during the fire and wrote adjectives to describe them. 

 

Next week we will start to send home reading comprehension activities to be completed and then handed in on a Thursday. This will help to continue to develop your child’s comprehension skills.

 

In Maths this week we have been learning how to round up and down to the nearest multiple of ten.  For example the nearest multiple of 10 to 45, 46, 47, 48 or 49 would be 50. Whereas the nearest multiple of 10 to 44, 43, 42 or 41 would be 40.  In order to practice this we have been re-balancing number sentences by rounding the first number up or down.  For example; 47 + 5 = 50 + 2 The number 47 has been rounded up to the nearest multiple of 10 and then 5 has changed to 2 in order to re-balance the number sentence, but the answers are still the same.  

 

Homework grids have been sent home today. May we remind you that children are expected to complete a minimum of 4 activities on the grid. Homework is due in on Friday 8th February.

 

In a few weeks time we will be using cereal boxes to make Tudor houses.

If you have any empty cereal boxes could you please bring them in for us!

 

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

 

The Year 2 Team :)

Spring 1 Home Learning Grid

Week 7

We've had an amazing week in Year 2!

In English we looked at a TV advert about Monty the Penguin, which inspired children to create three different pieces of writing. We worked in groups to write either a letter to Santa using persuasive language, a non-fiction report about penguins or a story based on the advert with a different character.

 

During maths we looked at the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction: 14 – 8. We asked 'what do I need to add to 8 to make 14?’ (8 + ...... = 14). We used bead strings to work out similar calculations with numbers up to 20.

Later on in the week we explored complements to 100 and regrouped the numbers to 100 to make the same total. We used tens frames and bead strings to do that. (40 + 30 + 30 is equal to 20 + 50 + 30).

 

Throughout the week, children enjoyed working on a number of holiday/Christmas related art and craft projects; such as Christmas baubles/snow globes, Christmas cards, calendars and number and phonics puzzles.

 

We enjoyed our festive Christmas lunch on Tuesday with Reception and Year 1 and particularly enjoyed pulling our crackers to see which toy we had!

 

Thank you very much for the lovely cards and gifts we received. We hope you have a lovely holiday and we wish you a very happy new year.

 

See you in 2019! (Monday 7th January)

The Year 2 Team J

Have a lovely holiday and we look forward to seeing you in January 2019!

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Week 6

What a fantastic week we’ve had in Year 2. We are sure you will all agree that the children have been amazing during their Christmas Productions. The children’s confidence has grown so much in their short time in year 2 and they were all wonderful to watch during the productions this week. Thank you all so much for coming to watch and showing your support!

 

Our Christmas production has formed part of our English lessons where we have been focusing on drama. We have been learning to project our voices and articulate what we are saying, as well as adding expression in order to emphasise what a character is saying or doing.

 

During Maths this week we have been looking at the number 20 and how we can add different numbers together to equal 20. We used two tens frame to show this. The children have also looked at re-balancing number sentences to show different ways to find the same answer. However, they had to ensure they used the number 10 when re-balancing the number sentence.  We used bead strings to help us! See the picture below.

 

Thank you to everyone who handed their homework in today.  If your child did not finish or hand their homework in then please use this weekend to finish it and hand it in on Monday.  It can then be marked before the Christmas break, thank you!

Week 5

Another busy week in Year 2! Our Christmas production is looking fabulous and we are looking forward to our performances next week.

 

In between acting and singing we made bunting for the Christmas Fair tomorrow. It is hanging up just outside our classrooms.

 

Next week children will be bringing their PE kits home to be washed. When we come back to school in January can you please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school and named!

 

Indoor P.E. Kit

Plain navy blue/black shorts

Plain white short sleeve round neck t-shirt (available with school logo)

Black plimsolls (KS1)

 

Outdoor P.E. Kit

Navy, black or grey jogging bottoms

Navy/black long sleeved sweatshirt

Training shoes

 

We hope you have a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing many of you at our Christmas Fair. :)

Week 4

Well this has been a very short but very busy week! On Monday we found out all about our Christmas Fair which is taking place on Saturday 8th December. We looked at all the exciting things that will be taking place on the day.

 

On Tuesday we finished our last part of our non-chronological report, found out where different food comes from and practised our Christmas play. During the 4 days off, please help your child to memorise their words and include expression/ actions when they are talking.

 

Today 2N had their Warburtons Workshop, which was enjoyed by all! We have uploaded some photos from it below.

 

Spellings have been sent home today and the spelling test will be back to Thursday next week!

 

Dates for the diary:

Saturday 8th December 2018- Christmas Fair

Friday 14th December 2018- Homework due in

 

Today your child came home with a letter about tickets for our Christmas play. Please ensure you send your slip back before Friday 7th December to avoid disappointment. A copy of the letter can be found below. 

 

We hope you have a lovely few days off and we look forward to seeing you on Monday 3rd December bright and early!

 

The Year 2 Team :)

Christmas Production Letter for Parents regarding tickets

Warburtons Workshop 2N

Warburtons Workshop 2M

Week 3

This week we have been writing a non-chronological report about healthy living. We have used headings, sub-headings and key facts to write amazing reports. 

 

In Maths this week we have been adding two 2 digit numbers together and subtracting a 2 digit number from a 2 digit number using a 100 square and dienes rods to help us. We have also been practicing ordering two digit numbers up to 100 by using the dienes to represent the number and then comparing them.  See below for the speaking frame we used to compare and order the numbers.    

 

As a school we have focussed on ‘Road Safety’ this week. We have spent a lot of time discussing how to stay safe. We created posters to remind children to wear bright colours when walking in the dark and to promote the 'stop, look, listen, think' rule. We also designed a cycle helmet which will be judged by Mrs Freeman! Winners to be announced shortly!  See the photos below of some children creating their posters and a short clip reminding you of the crossing the road safety rule. 

 

2M had their Warburton's Workshop this week. 2N have theirs next Wednesday afternoon. 

 

May we remind you about the importance of reading with your child at home and also the correct coloured hairbands as part of the school uniform. 

 

Have a lovely weekend - 3 day week next week! 

 

The Year 2 Team :)

 

 

 

 

Maths speaking frame

Road safety

Stop, look, listen, think!

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Road Safety 2M

Reminder! Please ensure your child has a warm coat, hat and gloves in school.

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Week 2

This week we have been very busy as it has been Anti-bullying week, Children in Need, Diabetes Day we have started practicing our songs for the Christmas show (details to follow).

 

In English we have written our own version of the story of Hansel and Gretel. We broke it up into 3 parts- beginning, middle and end. After we wrote the middle we used the success criteria to edit and improve our writing. This helped us to make our ending even more fantastic!

 

In Maths this week we have been making our own 2 digit numbers with place value arrow cards and then finding out how many tens and how many ones are in the number before representing it in a variety of different ways.  For example, on a tens frame, using dienes, using money and on a bead string.  We have also been regrouping 2 digit numbers in different ways, for example: the number 53 can be regrouped into 5 tens and 3 ones, or 4 tens and 13 ones.  Take a look below to see the examples or how we represent numbers in different ways and how we can regroup in different ways!

 

As part of ‘Anti-bullying week’ we watched a short clip from Lilo and Stitch where they were not being kind. We discussed and then wrote what they could do differently in the situation. We also thought about what respect looks like in different situations (see photo below) and used an egg to think about what happens when someone is continuously unkind to another person. When the egg was broken we realised it was difficult to fix. 

 

*REMINDER*

Please can you make sure you read with your child and sign their reading record book. You do not need to write a comment each time, just a signature is ok. 

 

We hope you have a lovely weekend. 

 

The Year 2 Team :)

Anti-Bullying Week

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Week 1

Welcome back! We hope everyone had a lovely half term.

This week in English we have been looking at the story of Hansel and Gretel and discussing the main parts of the story in preparation for us writing our own versions of the story next week. Ask your child about what happens in the story and what their favourite part is.

 

In Maths this week we have been looking at how many tens and how many ones are in 2 digit numbers.  We have also looked at regrouping ten ones for one ten. We even used 1p's and 10p's to represent how many 10p's and how many 1p's are in a 2 digit number. 

 

The new homework grids have been sent home today. Children will need to bring their work in on Friday 14th December. 

 

In the next few weeks we will begin learning the songs to our Christmas play and children will have words to learn at home.

 

Take a look at the photos below of the planetarium visit.  The children very amazed and had great fun!

 

Have a lovely weekend.

 

The Year 2 Team :)

Week 7

At the beginning of the week in English we were learning about calligrams. We have read different calligrams and written our own. Towards the end of the week we created villains that Doctor Who might come across on Planet Treat and made wanted posters for them. It was a great opportunity to describe a setting and a character and we were very impressed with the rage of vocabulary used.

 

In maths this week we subtracted a number using a number line. At the end of the week we revisited ‘odd and even’ numbers and discussed what makes a number odd.

 

In science we investigated making shadows using torches and in PSHE we talked about what we can do if another child is feeling left out.

 

Next half term our topic is ‘Food, Glorious Flood’. Please ensure you send the consent form back for the Warburtons workshop so your child can take part. If we do not have written consent they will not be able to participate.

 

Parents evening is the first week back after half term. You can book an appointment online or speak to the school office.

 

We hope you have a lovely half term and we look forward to seeing you on Monday 5th November.

 

The Year 2 Team :)

We hope you enjoyed our open morning!

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Thank you for all the recycling you have brought in!

Thank you for all the recycling you have brought in! 1

Week 6

This week in English we have been writing a recount about Neil Armstrong’s journey to the moon. We watched video clips of when Apollo 11 took off, and also Neil Armstrong’s first step on the moon. We used the notes from the information about the journey and turned them into sentences. We made sure that our sentences started with a good sentence opener for example, Did you know that…. Surprisingly….. An interesting fact is……

In grammar this week we have been learning what a noun is. We now know that a noun is a thing, person, place or animal.

In maths we have been learning to add a two digit number to a two digit number. We were even challenged to add a two digit number to a three digit number!

 

In geography we found out the names of the different oceans and where they are on a world map.

We had a lot of fun designing our rockets ready for next week! Thank you very much to all of you who have donated your recycling!

 

We had a special visitor in school today called Thabani.  The children really enjoyed learning and performing some African dancing. 

 

Next week is open morning. It is 9:00 – 9:20am on Wednesday 24th October and is an opportunity for you to look at our homework, do a quick harvest activity and listen to us sing a harvest song! We look forward to seeing you!

 

Last Friday we sent out the letter for our Planetarium visit. Please make sure the consent form and money is sent back to school before Tuesday 6th November 2018 so your child can join in!

 

Have a lovely weekend

 

The Year 2 Team

Week 5

This week in English we have been busy imagining we are Christopher Columbus on his voyage across the ocean to discover America. We role played being on the ship- discussing how we would feel in a storm and discovering land. Since Christopher Columbus was unable to email or call from America, we wrote our own message in a bottle from him. We planned our recount and then edited it before writing it up on special bottle paper ready to be displayed. Watch this space for photos of our super writing!

 

In Maths we were learning to subtract two digit numbers using diennes. We answered the number sentences practically and then solved them in our books by drawing the diennes. Later in the week the children had to work out the number sentence and find out if they were correct or incorrect and say why.

 

In Geography we found out about the 7 continents and labelled them on a world map. We had a lovely discussion about the countries we have visited, would like to visit, and questions we had about our lovely world.

 

Next week we are designing our own space rockets which we will then make the following week. If you have any recycling i.e. plastic bottle and cardboard boxes (of all shapes and sizes!) we would be very grateful to receive them!

 

We hope you have a lovely weekend- whatever the weather decides to do!

 

The Year 2 Team

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We have our open morning on Wednesday 24th October 2018 at 9:00-9:20am.

We are looking forward to seeing you J

Autumn 1 homework is due in on Friday 19th October 2018

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Wednesday 24th October 2018- Open morning! Details to follow......

Wednesday 24th October 2018- Open morning! Details to follow...... 1

Week 4 1st - 5th October 2018

 

This week in English we have been learning about the past and present tense. The children have looked at an article about Neil Armstrong’s moon landing and identified the words within the text that show us this was a past event. We have looked at various pieces of writing and changed it from the present tense to the past tense. The children also looked at facts and opinions; learning that facts are true whereas opinions are what somebody thinks.

 

During Maths we have been regrouping numbers using tens frames. The children have looked at addition number sentences and used a tens frame to show how they could find the answer by regrouping the numbers. Can your child show you how the 9 could be regrouped to solve 5 + 9

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In Science we continued learning about materials and what materials would be appropriate for different objects. For example: Would plastic be a good material to make a jumper and why?

 

Please may we remind you that the plastic spelling folder we sent home during the first week of school needs to be brought to school on a Thursday and put in the spelling box. We can then hand out spellings on Friday and children can put them straight into their folder and then into their bag. 

 

Have a lovely weekend,

 

The Year Two Team

Week 3!

This week in English we have been rewriting the story ‘Into the Forest’ by Anthony Brown. We have been focusing on using great sentence openers (First, Then, Next, Finally, So) and adjectives to describe a setting.

To help your child develop their vocabulary you could give them an object and ask them to think of as many adjectives as they can to describe that.  For example chair – soft, comfy, colourful.

 

In Maths we have been regrouping numbers to 20. We have used the cherry method and balancing scales to do this We have used vocabulary such as more than, less than and greater than.

 

In RE this week we designed our own signs which represent us as individuals and in science we went exploring around the school to find different objects made of wood, plastic, fabric, glass and material.

 

We hope you have a lovely weekend! 

 

The Year 2 Team.

 

Week Commencing 17th September 2018

 

This week in English we have been reading the story ‘Into the Forest’ by Anthony Browne. We sequenced the story and wrote speech bubbles about the characters conversations. At the end of the week we used a thesaurus to describe the forest in the story.

 

In maths this week we have been learning to partition two digit numbers. We began the week by ordering a random selection of numbers and discussing how we know where it belongs on a number line.

 

In our topic work we found out about the lives of Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong and worked in small groups to order their timelines. In RE we were learning about ‘signs’ and the signs in our environments. We talked about why signs are different colours and their importance.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

 

The Year 2 Team :)

This week and last week we started our topic ‘Let’s explore!’ We were explorers ourselves and went around the school looking for the two missing famous explorers. We found different clues and put the pieces of the puzzles together to find the mystery explorers. We used adjectives to describe how we felt when we were exploring.

 

We’ve had our maths lessons outside and used natural objects to revisit different aspects of maths e.g. shape and measures, number and calculations.

 

This week in English we have been learning how to write questions. We also wrote a description about where we would like to explore. As part of our topic work we sorted out the facts about Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

 

The Year 2 Team

Meet the teacher presentation

Autumn 1 Topic Web - Let's Explore