Thursday 17th May 2018
We have had an exciting week learning about the Galapagos Islands – the children have researched facts to begin creating their own information poster and they completed a comprehension activity to show what they had found out. We used this as the stimulus for our Extended Write this week and the children have had a great morning writing their own Desert Island Adventure stories – it was wonderful to see some of the children trying to include their ‘Super 7’ words in their writing this week and they have really got to grips with the 4 different sentence types! How fabulous they all are!
Calculations to try this week:
- _ X 2 = 12
- 40 = _ X 10
- 10 + 63 + 10 =
- 46 + _ = 50
- Write the fact family for 7 X 5 = 35
Next week the children in Year 2 will be taking their Key Stage 1 SATs and they have had lots of preparation for this through the range of activities we have carried out this year. During the week, the children will be split into 2 groups – one group will sit the test and the other will work with Mrs Shaw in the Hall. This enables us to make the best use of our space, so that the children can sit comfortably and to ensure that there are plenty of adults on hand to provide support to the children – this is what they are used to doing and is our normal practice. Once the first group has completed their test, the groups will swap over.
- Monday 21st May – Reading Paper 1 and Mathematics Paper 1 (Arithmetic)
- Tuesday 22nd May – Reading Paper 2
- Wednesday 23rd May – Mathematics Paper 2 (Reasoning)
- Thursday 24th May – Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling
- Friday 25th May – No Tests. Swimming will still take place this afternoon.
In readiness for next week, we have set a homework task that we feel will be very valuable to the children.
As a reward for their hard work (and because we are due an Attendance Treat again) we will be having a ‘treat’ at the end of next week – the children will not need to bring anything in for this. More details will follow nearer the time.
PLEA – If anyone has any spare food containers (the plastic takeaway types, with the lids) we would be really grateful if you could donate them to school as we still have a few classes left to cook for Wirral’s Homeless and we are running low on containers. Many thanks.
Thursday 10th May 2018
For homework this week:
Maths – the children have been given questions about their 5 times table, involving multiplication and division. I showed the children their task this morning and went through it with them – we even completed an example one together using the 2 times table, so they all know what to do.
Literacy – the children have an activity to complete about the different types of sentences (exclamations, commands, questions and statements.) We read through the sheet together today and our focus this week has been about the 4 different types of sentences.
Tuesday 8th May 2018
Firstly, I must apologise for not posting the homework tasks for last week on this page. Thankfully most of the children remembered what Miss Ogden had asked them to do, but the tasks can be viewed HERE for those who were unsure.
We have noticed that quite a few children are not reading at least 3 times per week. As this is part of our homework tasks, we do keep track of this and those children who are not reading at least 3 times, will be asked to read during their playtime or Golden Time on Friday afternoons. Developing reading ability and comprehension is incredibly important, so please make sure that your child is reading at home. Thank you.
We have been really impressed with how well the children have been working on their skills to edit and improve their pieces of writing. This half term we have concentrated on peer work and learning how to use dictionaries to help us to make our work even better.
In Maths we are looking at Multiplication and Division, creating arrays and bar models to help us to solve problems. We are noticing that some children still need to practise their 2x, 5x and 10x tables in order to help with their recall of facts – please work on these at home!
As part of our work on Oceans and Seas, we have been looking at the Pacific Ocean today – the children have been able to locate the Ocean on maps and they have used information books and laptops to research interesting facts.
Thursday 26th April 2018
Please click HERE to access the homework tasks for this week.
Tuesday 24th April 2018
Thank you for the effort that you all put into our homework last week – some of you have asked for additional practise and we will be setting some extra calculations each week alongside our homework for you to try with your child. If you wish, please have a go at these questions:
- 10 – _ = 2
- 4 + 5 + 6 =
- 9 X 10 =
- 56 – _ = 51
- 1/4 of 12 =
We have been encouraging the children to use their knowledge of fact families to find missing numbers, eg if they know that 25 + 6 = 31 they will also know that 31 – 6 = 25. We have also been asking them to use bar models and part whole models to support their working out – they are all able to do this!
I am sure that the children have mentioned that we are practising working in test conditions this week – they have all been VERY excited about this and seem to have really enjoyed it so far! The children are all working very hard and they have really been trying their best and it is really helping us to pick out the things that we need a bit of extra work on as we get ready for Year 3.
The following website has some very good ideas and information for parents to support what we do in school
This week we have also made a start on our new topic, Oceans and Seas and we have been locating the 5 major oceans and 7 continents around the World. Over the next term we will be exploring the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, investigating different methods of sea travel, reading sea mythology, creating maps and researching Treasure Islands (and pirates) and we will be finding out about the Galapagos Islands.
Thursday 29th March 2018
We have reached the end of our Spring Term! School will finish today for our Spring Break and we will return on Monday 16th April 2018 – on behalf of our Year 2 Team, I would like to wish you all a Happy Easter and a wonderful break.
The homework for this week can be accessed by clicking the links below – please look at each task and choose one to complete. You do not have to print it all off to bring into school, you can write your answers into your homework books/on paper and bring them into school when we return to school, or you can use the activities as talking tasks if you would prefer. In addition to the comprehension questions, there are also grammar and punctuation activities that you may wish to try.
By clicking the link below you can access information about activities during the next 2 weeks from the ‘Feeding Birkenhead’ initiative.
Tuesday 27th March 2018
I cannot believe that we are into the final week of our second term already! The year is really flying by.
The children have been very proud of the castles that they made for homework earlier this year and have been keen to know if/when they can take them home – we have told the children that their castles can go home tomorrow, Wednesday 28th March. You are welcome to send your child in with an extra bag tomorrow if it’s easier for them to carry their castle in this way. Thank you again for the effort that was put into them all.
Homework was not set last week, so please don’t panic! As discussed at our Parents’ Meetings, we will be sending home some examples of the reading comprehensions for the children to work on over the Spring Break and these will come home or be available on the webpage on Thursday 29th March.
Friday 16th March 2018
What a super day we have had! Thank you to everyone for sharing their games so nicely – we have read and followed instructions and worked in pairs and groups to play our games.
During this week, we have all been working on our fitness with coach Joe Wicks and, each morning, we have joined in with his live workouts for schools – we are incredibly proud of our Year 2 children, who really gave it their all in each session. Well done Year 2! For an extra challenge, see if you can create a similar workout for your family to join in with this weekend.
Today we had our eagerly anticipated egg-stra special, egg-stravaganza event – our Easter Egg Toss…every child took part and not only did they impress us with their throwing and catching skills, but we were egg-stremely proud of how well they cheered each other on. Thank you to those of you who brought your sponsorship forms into school today – if you haven’t brought it in yet, please bring it into school as soon as possible – instructions are on the form.
Please remember to read through the post below for this week’s homework – we have already gone through it with the children, so they should all know what they have to do.
Thursday 15th March 2018
Over the last week Year 2 have been working very hard in Maths developing their knowledge and understanding of 2D shapes and their properties, thinking about how we can group shapes and make patterns and sequences.
This week we have moved onto 3D shapes. Therefore, for homework we would like children to look out for real life 3D shapes that they may come across at home or whilst out at the weekend.
HERE you can find a list of 3D shapes that children may wish to use to look out for, and a list of examples. Children do not need to record this, but children must be prepared to share ideas in class.
Over the last couple of weeks in Literacy we have been looking at coordinating and subordinating conjunctions (because, so, but, when, if) and how we can use them in our sentences to add more information. For the second part of your homework this week please write a short description about something you do over the weekend and try to include a range of conjunctions.
An email was sent out to parents today, reminding you about the Easter Egg Toss event organised by our PTA – this event takes place tomorrow (Friday 16th March) and you can download the sponsorship form by clicking the link below.
Wednesday 14th March 2018
This morning we have had a great time cooking delicious meals for Wirral’s Homeless. The children were very thoughtful about who might be eating the meals tonight and how they might be feeling and they created lovely labels for the boxes of food.
We worked with Mrs Humphreys to make roast turkey, roast potatoes and vegetables, with chocolate cookies for pudding.
As we have won the attendance award so many times over the last few weeks, the children have earned a treat. We have decided to have a games day – we will play a variety of different games throughout the day on Friday 16th March and we would like to invite children to bring a board game that they are able to play into school on Friday. Please don’t send in anything that is very valuable or that has lots of pieces that could get lost or damaged – the children will be responsible for looking after their own games, but will be encouraged to play them with others. It would be helpful if games could be sent into school on Friday morning, in a named bag. Children do not have to bring in a game, but can if they wish. As an extra treat, children in Year 2 are able to come into school on Friday wearing their own sports clothes (NOT FOOTBALL KITS) if they wish.
Thursday 8th March 2018
It was lovely to see so many of you at our Parent Meetings this week – and to hear how pleased you are with your child’s work. I hope that the information given to you was useful and look forward to seeing your comments on your child’s Learning Journeys on SPTO.
As was evident from the books, expectations have been stepped up this year and the children are rising to the challenges – keep up the great support you are giving them at home.
Reading at home was one of the things discussed with a number of families this week, in particular the things that you can do at home to support your child’s understanding of the texts they are reading. I will be sending activities home over the next few weeks to target this with the children, but in the meantime, when your child is reading, it would be helpful to ask them questions such as:
- How does that character feel?
- How do you know?
- Can you find the word that tells you……?
- Can you find a word that means the same as…..?
- ‘The dog was happy’ Is that true or false?-how do you know?
- Can you put these events from the story in the correct order?
As far as supporting with maths goes, please continue to practise 2x, 5x and 10x tables as it is important for the children to know these well! Please also practise telling the time to 1/4 past and 1/4 to the hour – we will be working on this in school over the next term as well.
HOMEWORK for this week –
See how many of the following tasks you can complete this weekend:
- Tidy your bedroom without being asked
- Make mum breakfast in bed on Sunday (you might need an adult to help with this)
- Write a note to tell mum why you love her
- Offer to do the dishes at least once (you might need an adult to help with this too)
- Clean your teeth/wash your face without being asked twice
- See how many times you can make mum smile (we might convert smiles into teampoints if you work hard enough)
- Offer to do something mum would want to do – go for a walk together; sit and watch a film; read a story; go to a museum; go running; walk the dogs – be creative!
Have fun with the homework this week!
World Book Day Competition:
Wednesday 14th February 2018
I can’t believe that we are already halfway through the Spring Term! Please remember that we finish on Friday 16th February for our half term break and will reopen on Monday 26th February at 8:40am.
Many thanks to the children (and parents) for the tremendous effort that was put into our recent homework task – we have an incredible display of castles alongside some lovely descriptions of visits to castles. It has been lovely to see how enthusiastic everyone has been about this task – some children have brought in books about castles that they have bought, borrowed from the library or even made! We are very appreciative of your efforts, thank you.
During our first week back we will be celebrating World Book Day – which takes place on Thursday 1st March. In keeping with the spirit of reading and enjoyment of books, we are asking children NOT to dress up this year, but instead to focus on what they enjoy about reading and we have planned a series of activities to celebrate this. Your first task will be your HALF TERM HOMEWORK –
EXTREME READING CHALLENGE – during the half term break, we would love it if you could challenge yourself to read as much as you can and in the most unusual place you can find (safely!) For our Year 2 Challenge, I would also like you to:
- read your favourite book at least once
- read a book that you wouldn’t normally choose, eg something more challenging, a different genre, etc
- find at least 1 unusual place to read in – and bring a photograph into school to show us your ‘extreme reading’
- visit the library
- write a book review about 1 of the books you choose to read
- read with an adult at least 3 times and ask the adult some questions about the book
On World Book Day we would like you to bring your favourite book into school and be ready to talk about it and share the reasons why you like it so much – there will be opportunities throughout the day for you to read and listen to stories with a ‘reading buddy’ from another class, as well as chances to create your own stories! We are looking forward to a lovely day, focusing on the enjoyment of reading.
Tomorrow, Thursday 15th February, is our Valentine’s Disco – details have been on our ‘Newsletters’ page and can also be found by clicking the link below. An email has also been sent home to remind parents that pupils from Years 1 and 2 need to be collected from the library door (where we would normally come out at the end of the day) at the end of the disco – ALL CHILDREN MUST BE COLLECTED BY AN ADULT. Children will need to bring their disco clothes in a bag with their names marked clearly and we have asked that they bring no more than £1.50 to spend. Any child not attending the disco should be collected at the end of the school day as normal.
Friday 2nd February 2018
Today we have enjoyed Problem Solving in Active Maths – using our knowledge of multiplication and division to solve problems in pairs.
It was good to see the children taking the opportunity to use the skills that they have developed over the last few weeks, drawing bar models and using fact families to work out their answers.
We also spent some time today trying to edit and improve our fantastic writing from yesterday, once the children were happy with their instructions, they began copying their final draft onto our special paper, ready to create our class Instruction Book for ‘Bon-Bon Elf – The Mayor of Fairyland.’
Thursday 1st February 2018
This week the children have really impressed us with their understanding of ‘bossy verbs’ and adverbs and they used their knowledge today in our Extended Writing where they produced some fabulous instructions for getting around Fairyland. We will be using tomorrow’s lesson to edit and improve our writing, before putting our instructions together in a class book – photographs will follow.
In Maths we have continued with our work on Multiplication and Division, using our White Rose Maths Reasoning challenges, alongside our Active Maths work – we still need some children to practise their 2x and 5x tables at home so that they can recall these facts quickly, to help with problem solving.
We have been looking at Castles around the United Kingdom this week in our topic work – we even had a go at working in teams to build our own castles out of Lego. For your homework this week (and next week) –
1. Find out more about Motte and Bailey castles and try to build your own castle. It would be great if you could bring it in to display in the classroom, but a photograph will be fine if your castle is too delicate to bring into school.
2. Visit a castle and write about your visit, describing the castle and including any interesting facts you could find out about it.
I am looking forward to seeing your work.
The weather is very cold at the moment and many of you are well-wrapped up at the end of the day, which means it sometimes takes us a few moments to check who’s who when we are sending the children out to you. It is incredibly important for safeguarding purposes that we know that the children have gone home with their adult, so please make sure your child has got safely to you before walking away.
Thursday 25th January 2018
You have 2 homework activities to work through this week. Our Maths task follows on from the division work that we have been doing and can be accessed by clicking the link – Maths of the Day Homework 25th January
Your second task links to our work on ‘Instructions’ and checking that your writing makes sense, by thinking carefully about what you want to say. You can find the second task HERE – have fun creating your own Treasure Hunt!
This week we have:
- read the text ‘Instructions’ by Neil Gaiman
- discussed ‘bossy verbs’ and found them in texts
- explored book reviews and used these to help us to write our own
- role-played situations that may occur on the playground and talked about how they might make us feel and what we can do in these situations
- developed our coordination through Zumba and improved our balance with yoga
- increased our fitness and flexibility with short HIIT workouts
- shared our research from last week’s homework and used this to write informative pieces about the Four Nations of the United Kingdom
- practised division through sharing and grouping
- represented division through bar modelling
- investigated fact families for multiplication and division facts
Next week we will:
- continue to explore multiplication and division and use this to solve problems
- look at a range of instruction texts and use these to create our own set of instructions
- explore the absorbency of materials in our Science work
- improve our coordination and dance skills through Zumba activities
- research the castles around the United Kingdom and explore their locations
Last week, the following email was sent out to parents:
As part of our work on developing links within the community and thinking of others, we have developed links with Wirral’s Homeless Angels, to help to provide food for the homeless people of Wirral – you can find further information and/or follow their page on Facebook https://www.neighbourly.com/wirralshomeless/feed.
Each month a different class of ‘Mini-Angels’ will work with Mrs Humphreys to cook meals for the homeless, developing their own cookery, hygiene and health skills as part of their work. This month it is the turn of our ‘Tiny-Angels’ in EYFS who will be preparing the meals and I know Miss Grant and Mrs Embery have already mentioned this on their webpages. You will be notified by the classteacher when your child will be cooking. In order to enable us to carry this project out, we are asking for a donation of £1 per child to buy the ingredients for the meals and this is payable online, through our Tucasi system. We also require plastic ‘takeaway’ style containers to put the food in, so that it can be reheated at the Shelter, so if you have any that you could donate, we would be extremely grateful. We would also be interested in hearing from any local businesses who may wish to make additional donations to enable us to support this cause.
Should you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to speak to either myself or your child’s classteacher.
Many thanks for your support
Our F1 and F2 classes cooked yesterday and I delivered their food to our link at Wirral Angels last night – they were incredibly touched by the thought and care that had gone into the meals. Our Year 2 class will be cooking in March and we are still very grateful for donations of £1 and any takeaway containers (with lids) that you may be able to spare.
Thursday 18th January 2018
You can access the homework for this week HERE
Thursday 11th January 2018
Welcome back – we are already 1 week into the Spring Term and we are working hard! It was lovely to see all the children back in school this week, talking about the wonderful times they had with their families over the Christmas break.
This week, we have:
- listened to and discussed the story of Hansel and Gretel
- listened to the story of Baba Yaga and compared it to other stories we know
- created a story map to show how a story progresses and used this map to help us to retell the story of Baba Yaga
- discussed different countries around the world in which we have family living and used an atlas to locate these countries
- looked at a map of the United Kingdom to locate the four countries and find where we are in relation to other places
- practised rounding up/down to the nearest 10 in our maths work
Next week, we will:
- investigate the absorbency of different materials in our Science work
- plan and write our own stories, in a similar style to Baba Yaga
- begin to learn about traditional dances in the United Kingdom
- find facts about England
- find halves, quarters and thirds of shapes and amounts
Your homework for this week can be found by clicking HERE
Friday 15th December 2017
We have had such a busy, but enjoyable week! The children have again made us all incredibly proud with their wonderful performances this week. A huge thank you to the children who were able to make it back for our evening performance on Wednesday – we are all very tired now and ready for the weekend!
We would all like to say a huge “THANK YOU” to Mrs Humphreys and her wonderful team for the delicious Christmas lunch that the children enjoyed on Thursday – the atmosphere was very festive and we even enjoyed a Christmas sing-along!
Our Christmas Fair took place today and we all had lots of fun enjoying the stalls that the other classes were running and then got very excited with a visit to Father Christmas this afternoon.
As we are due a treat for our Attendance Award wins and have almost reached the end of our Polar Express topic, next Wednesday the children can come to school wearing their (suitable) pyjamas and bring in their favourite Christmas story. In the morning we will be watching the Polar Express and enjoying hot chocolate and marshmellows and in the afternoon we will have ‘Christmas Story Time’ – if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to speak to a member of our team. Children will still be moving around school as normal, so please ensure they are wearing suitable clothes and footwear.
The homework task can be found HERE . This will be the last homework task for this year and you can carry on with it over the Christmas holidays.
Friday 8th December 2017
Today we have explained to the children that, for the 2nd part of their homework, we would like their help with the organisation of our stall for the Christmas Fair. Each child has been given a brown paper bag that we would like them to decorate in a Festive style and then to put some (wrapped) sweets inside for us to sell at the Christmas Fair next Friday, 15th December. Bags need to be returned to school by next Thursday, 14th December at the latest. Many thanks.
Please also remember to send your child’s costume for the Christmas Performance into school by Monday 11th December – many thanks to those who have already sent their costumes in.
Wednesday 6th December 2017
Part of your homework this week will be to keep practising the lyrics for our Christmas performances. You can find the music and lyrics by clicking the links below.
Tuesday 5th December 2017
As you are aware, our Christmas performance is next week – we have been busy practising our song and learning about Spanish Christmas traditions. We would like the children to wear ‘party clothes’ for our performance – however we would request that all children wear soft, sensible shoes, ie pumps in order to avoid too much noise as we get on and off the stage. Please send your child’s clothes, in a named bag, by Monday 11th December 2017. Many thanks.
Friday 1st December 2017
It was lovely to see so many of you at our wonderful Art Exhibition last week and to hear how pleased you were with the children’s art work – they were all very proud to have their work on display!
Many of you have purchased our fabulous art work and we have been busy getting these ready for you. As detailed in our Newsletter, an email will be sent out to let you know when you can collect your pictures.
This week we have been comparing the work of Vincent van Gogh with that of L.S.Lowry.
The children have, again, really impressed us with the amount and quality of their writing this week. We have been exploring the story of The Polar Express, looking at the scenes and settings within the story and discussing the character’s choices. We began looking at adjectives at the start of the week and then expanded into adverbs and similes – in Year 2 – WOW!
The homework for this week follows on from what we have been doing in our Literacy work and can be accessed by clicking HERE
Please remember that homework books should be returned to school by the following Tuesday.
We have also noticed an increase in the number of children not reading regularly at home – reading is a vital part of your child’s education and we do ask that children read at least 3 times each week at home and to have an adult comment and sign their reading log when they have read.
Thursday 23rd November 2017
Homework will be sent home on Friday this week, as the children will need their grey homework books in school to complete their Extended Writing tomorrow (Friday 24th November.) Should you wish to begin thinking about your homework, we would like you to research Christmas Traditions in Spain. This term we have been learning about Spain and practising Spanish greetings and we have recently begun learning a Spanish song in preparation for our Christmas concert, so we would like to find out about traditions, customs and celebrations that are part of Christmas festivities in Spain. Please find out what you can and write about you learn in your grey homework books – remember to use correct punctuation in your writing and try to use the conjunctions (and, but, because, or, if, when) that we have been learning.
Pensby Primary School Art Exhibition 2017
Please read the attached letter below regarding our exciting art event on Thursday 23rd November 2017. Orders can now be placed online and forms can be downloaded.
Christmas Film Night
Please click the link below to read information about our annual Christmas Film Event.
Friday 3rd November 2017
This week we have been exploring characters from the different stories we have read so far this year – there are a lot! We have used adjectives and expanded noun phrases to describe our chosen characters – I have been really impressed with the writing that the children have done. To further develop our understanding of how adjectives can enhance our writing, I have asked the children to write a description of the fireworks they see this weekend as part of their homework task. In school today we have started creating firework art and we will be displaying these alongside the children’s writing next week. I look forward to reading your descriptions – remember to use your different senses in your writing…what can you see/hear/smell/feel/taste?
To develop the children’s recall of their 2x, 5x and 10x tables we have sent home a challenge sheet for them to complete – we have gone through it with the children and completed an example in class so they are all able to work through the sheet themselves.
Friday 20th October 2017
We all had a fabulous time at the Neon Disco last night – a HUGE “Thank you” to our wonderful PTA for organising such a fun event!
We have been made aware of an exciting opportunity for children to develop their Sports skills, through activities held at Bebington Oval Sports Centre – please see the posters below for details.
See you all after the half term break, on Monday 30th October 2017 – have fun and keep safe!
Thursday 19th October 2017
It was lovely to see so many of you at our Parents’ Evenings this week and to share how well your children have been doing so far this year – they are, quite rightly, very proud of themselves!
Just a reminder that we finish tomorrow for our half-term break – school re-opens on Monday 30th October 2017. What a busy and enjoyable half term it’s been!
In the first half of the Autumn term, we have:
- worked hard to develop our stamina for writing, by writing EVERY day
- produced our own versions of stories we have read
- begun reading the stories of Julia Donaldson and used them to create recipes and write letters
- developed our understanding of numbers and place value
- practised using part whole models and bar models in our maths work
- discussed strategies for adding/subtracting 9/11 (to +9, we +10 and -1, to -9, we -10 and +1; to add 11, we +10 and +1more and to -11 we -10 and -1 more)
- learnt our 2x, 5x and 10x tables and have started to use these to solve problems
- debated what is fair/not fair
- listened to the stories of activists Rosa Parks and Malala Yousafzai and talked about them
- found out about the life of Vincent van Gogh and have started to look at examples of his work (some of our own examples can be found in our Learning Journeys on SPTO)
- thought about how humans and animals grow and change and discussed what we need to survive
- developed our skills in balance and travelling through our gymnastics work
- practised mindfulness and developed our focus through yoga
Here are some pictures of our Year 2 journey so far:
During the next half of the Autumn term, we will be:
- continuing to learn our Spanish greetings – and maybe even learning a Spanish song
- enjoying more of the stories of Julia Donaldson and using them to stimulate our ideas for writing
- thinking about different habitats and learning about food chains
- looking at festivals and celebrations around the world
- exploring the lives of famous people from now and from the past
- using different resources to create our own artwork, in response to the work of Vincent van Gogh and displaying our work
- planning and performing sequences of movements in P.E.
- learning to tell the time and looking at other units of measurement
- using our knowledge of addition and subtraction to solve problems and reason about number
When we return to school after the half-term break, we do anticipate that the weather will have turned much colder, so please ensure that your child has a warm coat and appropriate footwear to enable them to enjoy outside play. We have also noticed many children are bringing large rucksacks into school – while these bags are very lovely, they do take up an awful lot of space, so unless it is necessary for your child to bring one in, please could you avoid sending such large bags into school.
*Please note, reading books have not been changed today, Thursday 19th October, as we have had a very busy afternoon getting everybody ready for the Neon disco. We will ensure that all books are changed tomorrow (Friday), but please remember that your child can read a range of other books and the half term is a great opportunity to visit the local library.
Thank you for a super first half term, enjoy a relaxing break and we will see you on Monday 30th October at 8:40am ready for Autumn 2!
Thursday 12th October 2017
Using your ‘Fast 5’ or ‘Super 7’ list, write each word in a sentence using correct punctuation and your best handwriting.
Days of the week activity and sentence practise.
Play ‘Counting Home’ to practise counting forwards and backwards in ones and tens.
Extra challenge – use your hundred square to practise adding/subtracting 11/9 using the strategies we discussed this week.
Tuesday 10th October 2017
Today we have been learning about Rosa Parks and have been discussing rights and responsibilities. We began our lesson by telling the children that only girls would be allowed their playtimes from now on as we had decided that boys could not go out to play – obviously this was not true and was just aimed to encourage the pupils to discuss what is fair/not fair and how they feel about these things. As you can imagine, the children were quite vocal and we had a great debate about fairness! It has been an interesting afternoon of discussions and research and the children worked in pairs to produce some lovely posters about Rosa Parks. We all particularly liked the following quote:
“My message to the world is that we must come together and live as one.” – Rosa Parks
All children will still be having their playtimes as normal!
Thursday 5th October 2017
Your homework task for this week can be found by clicking HERE and the children have been given a sheet of number cards to help with their activity. We have also given out our ‘Fast 5’ or ‘Super 7’ words for the children to practise – some children did not learn their words last week and so may have been given the same list again.
Thursday 28th September 2017
In order to become really good readers, we have been working on our inference and prediction skills. Your homework task this week is to read the inference and prediction cards in your grey book and discuss each one. Try to write a sentence for each scenario.
Extra challenge: Can you make up one of your own?
We have also included a copy of our 100-square for you to keep at home to practise counting in different ways. We have been using it to count forward and backwards in 10s, 5s and 2s from any number. Some children are still confusing ‘teens’ and ‘tys’ eg saying ‘70’ instead of ‘17’ so please check this at home.
Children also have their ‘Fast 5’ or ‘Super 7’ packs to practise over the weekend – we were very impressed with how well they did last week!
Friday 22nd September 2017
The children are really starting to settle back into routines now and are definitely finding their feet within Year 2. Everyone has worked very hard again this week and we are all ready for a relaxing weekend!
This week we have:
- Planned, wrote and improved our own stories about a ‘Secret Pet’
- Compared and ordered numbers using mathematical symbols <, > and =
- Observed a chicken hatching from an egg and described what we could see
- Studied Autumn pictures from different artists and created our own observational drawings, using oil pastels
For homework this week, the children have brought home a maths activity which will help them to think about the values of digits within numbers. Their task is stuck into their homework books. We have also sent home a sheet for children to practise forming their letters correctly – please keep this sheet at home and have a go whenever you get the opportunity. Everyone was very excited this week to get their ‘Fast 5’ folders back with new books and new sets of words! As in Year 1, we would like the children to practise reading and writing their words over the weekend and then bring their folders back into school on Tuesdays.
Thursday 14th September 2017
Many thanks to those of you who came to our ‘Welcome’ meetings yesterday, it was lovely to have the opportunity to meet you all. If you were unable to attend, the information discussed can be found in our ‘Welcome to Year 2’ letter, by clicking the link below.
This week we have:
- Made predictions and inferences about texts
- Begun to make comparisons between texts and our own experiences
- Described a ‘secret pet’ that we would like to have, in preparation for writing our own stories next week
- Travelled back in time to 1666 to discover what happened during the Great Fire of London
- Wrote a recount of events from 1666
- Impressed everybody with our wonderful handwriting, as we begin to use joined up writing
- Thought about ways to keep our minds healthy through our yoga and mindfulness activities
- Begun to reason about numbers and to partition 2-digit numbers using part whole models
- Practised our 2x and 5x tables
- Thought about strategies to help with our spelling
The homework this week follows on from the work that the children have been doing in their Phonics and Spelling activities, creating ways to help us learn how to spell words. This week I would like you to look at the common exception words would, could and should. Examples of the work we have done so far are below to remind you what to do.
Next week we will:
- Plan and write our own stories about a secret pet, after reading ‘The Pet who flew’ and ‘A lion in the meadow’
- Continue to develop our knowledge of Place Value and use this to help with reasoning and problem solving
- Learn what our bodies need to grow and to keep healthy
- Look at the work of famous artists and begin to create our own seasonal pictures in a similar style
- Remember our school rules and think about the importance of being kind to others and choosing the right games to play
- Think about the shapes our bodies can make and the ways in which we can travel around, as part of our gymnastics work
- Improve our balance and flexibility through yoga and improve our fitness through our Daily Mile
- Develop our comprehension skills through regular reading and discussion about texts
Thursday 7th September 2017
The children have made a super start to Year 2 this week! Everybody joined in our yoga session yesterday and this morning, we all completed our first piece of extended writing – all about our summer holidays! We have had to give a few reminders about putting capital letters and full stops in the correct places, so we would like you to practise this at home whenever possible.
As part of our early morning maths work, we have been practising our times tables – we started off with 2x and 5x tables – please could you practise these at home, as it is important that the children gain confidence in recalling these facts quickly.
Our newsletter (which can be accessed via the ‘Documents’ tab) explained that we will be holding our ‘New Class’ meetings next Wednesday (13th September) – this is an opportunity to find out about the expectations in Year 2. As mentioned in the newsletter, please do not worry if you are unable to attend the meetings, as all information will be put onto our class page by the end of next week.
Tuesday 5th September 2017
Welcome to Year 2!
Myself, Mrs Brett, Mrs Peter and Miss Ogden have all been very busy preparing the classroom and thinking about the exciting things we will be learning this year. We are really looking forward to the new year ahead.
I hope that you have all had a wonderful, relaxing summer and are ready to start Year 2 tomorrow (Wednesday 6th September.)
At the end of the summer term Mrs Sibthorp sent home your packs of ‘Fast 5’ words for you to practise – please bring these back into school this week so that we can get your new packs ready to send home next week.
I will add to this page to keep you updated on topics, homework, general information and pictures throughout the year, so please keep checking!
See you all tomorrow, for a great start to our new year!
Thursday 20th July 2017
Our final week of the term (and the year) has involved some lovely activities.
Yesterday we had our ‘board games’ day – the children played a range of different games during the morning and then spent the afternoon designing, making and playing their own games!
Today we enjoyed crisps, biscuits, juice and a dance, before settling down to enjoy an afternoon film.
Thursday 13th July 2017
Your homework this week (our FINAL homework challenge in Year 2) is a problem solving task, from our Active Maths challenges. Please click the link below to access the activity. I look forward to hearing how you get on with it.
The children have coped well with their new way of going out of school at the end of the day in preparation for Year 3, so we will continue this with them next week. Please remember that school finishes at 3:20pm in Key Stage 1.
Wednesday 12th July 2017
The link above may help you to answer any questions you have about your child’s results at the end of Key Stage 1.
Wednesday 21st June 2017
Please click the link below to view the information about our trip to the Liverpool Philharmonic next week, Wednesday 28th June 2017. In order to confirm your child’s place on the trip, you must pay online.
As mentioned in our Newsletter, this year we will be having a Sports Week, ending with our annual Race for Life event on Friday 7th July. More details about the event will be sent out closer to the time. In the meantime, please click the link below to access our justgiving page and begin fundraising! Thank you.
Tuesday 13th June 2017
An exciting opportunity has arisen for children to take part in a Dragon Making Workshop at Heswall Primary School. The event takes place next Monday, 19th June 2017. Please click the link below to read the information and book your space!
Friday 9th June 2017
For homework this week we have asked the children to practise their talent, ready for our auditions next week. Any music, props, costumes, etc that children require for their performance will need to be brought into school by Tuesday 13th June.
Many thanks for the effort that everyone put into the half term homework, building your own boats – they were all excellent and we are looking forward to arranging our boat race once the weather is a bit better!
Next week, as part of our Oceans topic, we will be looking more closely at the Pacific Ocean and the Great Barrier Reef and creating fact files and information texts about them – it would be useful if children could begin to research some interesting facts that they can share with the class as part of their homework for this week. We will also be starting to explore the Galapagos Islands over the next few weeks.
Wednesday 7th June 2017
A reminder that school is CLOSED to pupils tomorrow (Thursday 8th June 2017) as our school is being used a polling station for the general election. School will re-open on Friday 9th June 2017.
It is the last swimming session for Year 2 on Friday 9th June – please ensure that children bring their swimming kits in on this day.
We have noticed a number of children do not have:
- P.E. kits – please send them in as soon as possible.
- water bottles – it is important that children stay hydrated throughout the day, please ensure that your child has a water bottle to enable them to do this!
- sunhats and suncream – although the weather has not been as warm this week, there have been patches of sunshine and we are hoping for more, please ensure your child is ‘Sunsafe’.
Friday 26th May 2017
As you can, we have all had a wonderful day – thank you so much to Year 6 for organising such a fantastic event!
Just a reminder that school closes today for our half term break – let’s hope that the lovely weather continues! We will return to school on Monday 5th June 2017.
During this half term we have been working through our Oceans and Seas topic, learning about different continents and oceans around the world. This week the children have been learning about different types of boats. For your homework over half term, Mr Glendenning has asked the children to design and build a boat – you can use any materials you think will be suitable. Please bring your boats into school by Tuesday 6th June – we will hopefully be testing their sea-worthiness in our ‘Year 2 Regatta’ next half term.
Don’t forget about our Logo competition and practising your talent, ready for our ‘Talent Show’ auditions!
Next half term we will also be learning about the Galapagos Islands and the Pacific Ocean in our topic work and linking this to our Science work, thinking about plants and habitats.
In P.E. we will be practising different skills ready for our Sports Week and will continue to get ready for our Race for Life event.
From all of the Year 2 Team, we hope that you have a wonderful break and we look forward to seeing you on 5th June!
Wednesday 24th May 2017
We have introduced our ‘Logo Competition to the children – they are all excited about it. Please click the link below to read more information.
A reminder that this Friday, 26th May, is our Year 6 Charity Day – children are to come to school in non-uniform and should bring money (loose change rather than notes) to spend on the stalls. Every year the children in Year 6 work very hard to provide us with a fun-filled and exciting Charity Day and this year looks to be just as memorable.
Today we have discussed the Talent Show with the children – all are welcome to enter, but nobody has to! We will be holding auditions in class during the week beginning 12th June 2017, so everybody has plenty of time to practise their talent – I have promised the children that I won’t be singing, as we don’t want to spoil the lovely weather we’re having! One act from each class will be chosen to perform in the ‘Grand Final’ on Friday 23rd June, in front of the whole school. The children will need to provide whatever they need for their act, eg music, costumes, props, etc and a panel of impartial judges will decide the overall winner on the day. We have so many talented children in Year 2 and we are excited to see what they can do!
As we are having such lovely weather at the moment, it is fabulous that we are all able to enjoy spending more time outside – to ensure that we all keep well during the warm weather, please check that your child has sunscreen, a sun hat and a water bottle in school (all with names clearly labelled please!) We are also spending more time outside practising our running in preparation for our annual Race for Life event – your child is welcome to wear trainers, rather then school pumps while they are running if they would prefer.
Friday 19th May 2017
What a busy week!
The children have been AMAZING during their SATs this week – they have all worked incredibly hard and shown positive attitudes and maturity throughout – we couldn’t be more proud of them and we hope that you all are too!
Everyone had fun learning about shipwrecks, desert islands and treasure maps throughout the week and all were eager to get to our Pirate Party today.
Many thanks to all for the effort put into our castle making earlier in the year – we had a huge variety of materials used to create your fantastic designs and we are sad to see them leave our lovely display.
Wednesday 17th May 2017
Please click the link below to find out information about the exciting, annual Charity Day Event- prepared for and run by our fabulous Year 6 pupils.
Thursday 11th May 2017
Next week (week beginning 15th May) Year 2 will be completing their Key Stage 1 SATs – I discussed this with the children today and they are all quite excited! During the year we have taken many different tests and looked at similar questions to those that they will be working on in their SATs and so next week will be nothing new to the children.
Throughout next week, we will also be working on our ‘Oceans and Seas’ topic – the children will develop their map skills looking at treasure maps and creating their own! They will read and write a ‘message in a bottle’ and will design and build their own ‘fantasy island’. At the end of the week, the class will display their efforts as part of our ‘Pirate Party’ celebration on Friday 19th May – as you can imagine, everyone is very excited at the prospect of our Pirate Party and have been eager to discuss it today; the children are allowed to wear ‘Pirate’ fancy dress if they wish, but they do not have to, they can just wear suitable party clothes if they would prefer. Please remember that children will still be going out to play on this day, so clothing and footwear must be suitable for moving around school safely.
In preparation for next week, I have designed a homework activity that should help you to relax and feel prepared – please click the link below to access your homework task.
Friday 5th May 2017
Please click the link below to access the homework for this week – we have already discussed this with the children, so they know what they are doing.
From our recent spelling assessments, we have noticed many of the children are struggling with some of our Year 2 words – the list is attached, please practise reading and spelling these words.
Thursday 27th April 2017
Please remember that Year 2 will begin their swimming lessons tomorrow, Friday 28th April. Your child should bring their swimming costume and a towel in a named bag – they will be getting changed themselves so please help them to practise with any tricky straps.
For your homework this week, you have been set some challenges on MyMaths – use your login details (stuck into your homework diaries earlier this year) to access the tasks that I have set.
Wednesday 26th April 2017
In P.E. Mr Glendenning has been working with the class to develop their tennis skills. We have been learning different passes and been finding our way around a tennis court.
In Literacy we have been sequencing stories, acting them out and learning how to change verbs from present tense into past tense – we will be using these skills in our ‘Big Write’ on Thursday.
In our new topic, Oceans and Seas, we have been learning about sea mythology and have used an Atlas and a Globe to locate and name the 7 continents and the major oceans of the world.
Information about KS1 SATs:
Please click the link to view a video from STA that we feel may be of benefit to you.
Tuesday 28th March 2017
On Monday, we were fortunate enough to be invited to watch a very special performance of The Lion King by the talented children of Stanley School. We went along, with Year 1, to see their show and we were all so impressed! Our Year 2 class have been writing some lovely letters of thanks to the staff and pupils of Stanley School and we are hoping to pass these along at the end of this week.
We hope that you all enjoyed the Mother’s Day cards that the children made last week – they worked very hard on writing their list of reasons about why their mum is so special.
Today we have begun learning about Easter – the reasons why it is celebrated by Christians and the different ways in which it is celebrated. We had some interesting discussions this morning about Hot Cross Buns and chocolate eggs! We are all looking forward to continuing to find out more about this special time and to enjoy making some Easter treats of our own in our maths work later this week.
Tomorrow we will be writing our own Traditional Tales, using the plans that we have created over the last week and modelling our stories on the tales that we have read so far, Baba Yaga and Hansel and Gretel – the staff are really looking forward to reading some more fabulous writing from our class!
We have been continuing our focus on mindfulness and have talked about the importance of keeping our minds happy and healthy as well as our bodies – the children (and staff) are still enjoying working through the ‘Cosmic Kids Yoga’ sessions and we will be developing this further next term.
Friday 24th March 2017
What a fabulous day we have had for Red Nose Day! It was wonderful to see all of the children wearing their noses!
Following on from our work on the four Nations of the United Kingdom, we would like you to research Ireland for your homework this week. We will be using your research to complete our information posters about Ireland next week.
Friday 17th March 2017
This week we have been:
- Exploring Traditional Tales from other cultures. We looked at different versions of the tale of Hansel and Gretel, making predictions based upon what we already knew.
- Acting out stories we have read or have been read to us, showing our understanding of events and characters.
- Mapping out the story of Baba Yaga and using our plans to re-write the story ourselves.
- Recognising that 2/4 is equal to 1/2 and using this to help us to reason about fractions.
- Competing in a Fractions ‘quiz’ with Mr Glendenning.
- Discussing ‘the Pantasaurus’ and remembering the NSPCC tips on keeping ourselves safe.
- Learning about the features of castles and exploring different castles from around the United Kingdom.
- Locating the 4 countries of the United Kingdom on a map, using an atlas.
- Using dictionaries to RESCUE words.
- Investigating stretchy fabrics and looking at the properties of different materials, while we helped Harry Potter with his Quidditch Flying suit problem!
- Remembering what the 4 different types of sentences are and trying to use these in our independent writing.
Next week, we will be:
- Practising our techniques in our half termly assessments.
- Revising our 2x, 5x and 10x tables (and, for some, our 1x tables!) – please practise these at home over the weekend.
- Planning and writing our own version of a Traditional Tale, using the features that we have been learning about this week.
- Discussing the feelings of belonging to a community, a group of friends, a class, etc and thinking about the feelings associated with these relationships, as part of our RE work.
- Practising our throwing and receiving skills in PE, as well as developing our fitness through our Daily Mile – now that the weather has improved, we are able to get outside more, so if you would like to send trainers in for your child to wear outside instead of PE pumps, that would be great!
- Learning about Ireland, it’s culture, location, features and traditions, as part of our topic work.
- Evaluating our castles – from our homework task this week.
- Wearing our Red Noses on Friday 24th March as part of our Comic Relief celebrations.
As noted in our Newsletter this week, you can now keep updated on your child’s progress throughout the term by accessing their report, using your login – instructions and explanations are on the Newsletter (which can be accessed through the ‘Documents’ tab on our homepage.)
Thursday 16th March 2017
This week we have been learning about castles in our topic work and your homework is connected to the work we have been doing. I have explained the activity to the children, please click the link below to see the task.
Friday 3rd March 2017
This week we have been:
- learning about fractions – finding 1/2 , 1/4, 1/3 and 3/4 of a shape, set of objects or amount
- practising the 4 different types of sentence – exclamations, statements, commands and questions
- learning to use conjunctions to show subordination – when, that, if and because
- sharing our favourite stories, as part of World Book Day
- suggesting our own hypothesis for an investigation into bouncy balls
Next week, we will be:
- continuing our work with fractions – reasoning and solving problems involving fractions
- planning, writing and editing our own recounts, creating a diary for an animal, in a similar style to ‘Diary of a Wombat’
- developing our core strength and stability through Yoga work in our PE lessons
- researching information about Scotland, as part of our ‘We are Britain’ topic
- learning to count in Spanish
- looking at the importance of staying safe and knowing what to do when something is worrying us, as part of our PSHE work
- thinking about ways in which we can help others as part of our daily, class ‘thoughtfulness’ time
- using dictionaries to help us to develop our understanding of unfamiliar words that we come across in our reading
Following on from World Book Day yesterday, for homework this week we would like the children to take on our ‘Extreme Reading Challenge’ – choose an unusual (but safe) place to read your favourite book and bring in a photograph of you reading in that place. Please write a short letter to our class explaining why you have chosen this book and why they should read it to! We would like to display your letters and photographs in our reading area in the classroom.
Please remember that we do ask children to read at home at least 3 times per week. In order to develop our reading skills further, in your reading log, please begin to note down any unusual words that you come across in your books and use a dictionary to find out what these words mean.
Wednesday 1st March 2017
Our PTA ‘Pancake Flip’ on Tuesday was a great success – all of the children had a turn and we had such fun!
Tomorrow is World Book Day – a text was sent home earlier this week to let you know that children can bring their favourite book into school to share with our class. We are looking forward to predicting what each book may be about, sharing our stories, discussing the different characters, reviewing different stories and, possibly, even writing our own stories!
In our Maths work this week we have begun learning about fractions. Today we thought about this problem:
Amy is picturing fractions. She says, “I think 1/4 will be bigger than 1/2 because 4 is bigger than 2.” Draw these fractions to prove her wrong.
In Literacy, we have been learning about conjunctions ‘when’, ‘if’ and ‘because’ and using these when writing sentences. We have also been revising the 4 different types of sentences – exclamations, questions, statements and commands. Look at the picture below and see if you can write 1 sentence of each type.
Sunday 26th February 2017
I am looking forward to seeing everyone back in school tomorrow, Monday 27th February, ready to begin the second half of our Spring Term. I hope that you have all had a lovely half term break and that the many bugs that were around last half term have all been wiped away with fresh air and a good rest!
During the last half term, we began looking at some reasoning challenges from White Rose Maths Hub as part of our early morning challenges, I have posted some examples of the questions below for you to have a think about. We will be looking at similar questions each morning in school and I will post the challenge on here at the end of each day for you to discuss at home.
Thursday 9th February 2017
Mr Hayes has been working with the children on our ‘We are Britain’ topic. Today they have been thinking about what makes them special – the things that each of us enjoy, how we are similar and how we are different. The children created their own shields, designing symbols to represent their interests. In preparation for the next part of our topic, where we will be exploring the four Nations of the United Kingdom, we have set the children a research task for their homework this week. Mr Hayes has already discussed this task with the children and they have come up with lots of ideas for facts that they would like to find out. Please click the link below to access the homework task for this week.
Tuesday 7th February 2017
It is only Tuesday, but it has been such a busy week already! We wanted to share with you some of the exciting things we have already done.
In Literacy, we are learning about humorous poetry and have been learning the poem ‘Aliens stole my underpants’ by Brian Moses. We have discussed the use of rhyme and rhythm in the poem and have practised reading it aloud in different ways, adding our own actions and performing to our class.
In Maths we have been learning about the properties of 3D shapes, finding and describing their faces, edges and vertices. We even carried out an investigation, using 12 straws to make a cuboid.
For our class assemblies this half term, we have been thinking about ‘New beginnings’ and fresh starts, setting ourselves goals and challenges and thinking about the year ahead. We have also continued to work on our focus and calm, through Mindfulness activities and short yoga sessions, which we are all really enjoying!
Mr Hayes worked with the children this afternoon in Science to investigate fabrics and discuss materials which are waterproof and those which are absorbent – everyone had great fun!
Thursday 2nd February 2017
As I’m sure the children have probably told you, we are very fortunate this term to have some additional adults working in our Year 2 Team, enabling us to work in small groups for Maths and Literacy. This week we have been looking at SATs-type questions and have worked in our groups to discuss the questions, think of the strategies we would use to answer them and then have a go at finding the answers. Working in such small groups is really helping to build the children’s confidence in asking for help and means that we can quickly address areas in which particular children need more practise with.
As we have been working on maths questions this week, for homework I have asked the children to have another go at the problems in the photographs below – they have been asked to ‘teach’ their grown-ups how to answer the questions as by teaching someone else they will further develop their own reasoning skills and show their understanding of the question. For an extra challenge the children have been asked to think of their own, similar problems. I have also set a MyMaths task if you wish to complete it.
Thursday 19th January 2017
Please click the links below to access the homework task and weekly words for our class this week.
Tuesday 17th January 2017
Today we had a special assembly to discuss the amazing ‘Science Under the Stars’ event taking place next Thursday (26th January) at Heswall Primary – this is a FREE event for our local Primary schools and we do hope many of you will be able to attend. Further information is available if you click the link further down this page. The children sang their song ‘Tell me a story’ and they sounded wonderful – it will feature as part of a film being shown at the event next week.
This afternoon we have enjoyed another fabulous Yoga session – this time following the story of Frozen. The children are really enjoying these activities and we have been building ‘mini-mindfulness’ sessions into each day, using the Cosmic Kids Yoga sessions.
I found this poster at the weekend and thought it gave some super suggestions for supporting reading at home:
Thursday 12th January 2017
Happy New Year – and welcome back!
We have had a great first week back and it has been wonderful to see everybody again and to hear all of the lovely stories about Christmas.
Mr Glendenning is not working with us during this half term, as he is visiting another school – he will be returning to work with Year 2 in March. In the meantime, we are fortunate to have Mr Hayes working with us this term instead.
Everybody thoroughly enjoyed our PE lesson this week – we revisited our yoga work from the beginning of the Autumn term. We used the Cosmic Kids Yoga videos and had a go at Harry Potter yoga! It was fantastic, all of the children (and staff) really enjoyed practising yoga poses and listening to the story. We will definitely be developing this skill and encouraging the practise of calm and mindfulness. Namaste.
Please click the link below for this week’s homework.
Thursday 22nd December 2016
We have reached the end of the Autumn Term! The staff and children are all ready for a 2 week break to relax and spend time with our families.
A huge ‘thank you’ from the Year 2 Team – we have been overwhelmed by the lovely cards and gifts that we received this week – you are all very kind.
We hope that you all enjoy a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year. Although I am sure you will all be incredibly busy opening and playing with presents, should anybody be ‘bored’ during the 2 weeks off, please click the link below to try the Christmas Challenge tasks – this is not homework, but an activity for you to complete if you wish!
From our recent assessments and work scrutiny, we have noticed that the children are regularly misspelling certain words – I have put these together in a list for children to practise over the holidays whenever you get the chance.
From all of our Year 2 Team, thank you for a wonderful 2016, we all wish you a very, Merry Christmas and a super 2017!
Wednesday 21st December 2016
We have almost reached the end of term! What a busy, challenging and fun-filled time we have had. Everyone has worked incredibly hard this term and we are all looking forward to a relaxing Christmas break.
We do still have one day left before we finish for Christmas and we have planned some nice activities for the children to enjoy. In the morning we will be enjoying ‘Christmas Storytime’ – each member of staff will be sharing their favourite Christmas story with the class and we will be reviewing the different stories. To finish off our unit of work on the Polar Express, as an end of term treat the children will be watching the film tomorrow afternoon.
Wirral Science Under the Stars
Teachers from local schools have been working together to organise a science event for January. This has been led by Heswall Primary School who are hosting the event. All families are invited to attend free of charge. There will be a host of scientific educational stalls and hands on scientific adventures to enjoy. The children of Pensby Primary are also featured in the interactive 3D film to be shown. This is going to be a great opportunity to discover new scientific ideas and we hope that it will be very well attended by families from our school. More information will be shared with the children after Christmas but we wanted to let you know about it in good time so you can put the date in your diaries. Please click the links below to find out more.
Thursday 15th December 2016
- Tomorrow (Friday 16th December) is our Christmas Jumper Day, in aid of ‘Save the Children’ – children can come into school wearing their Christmas jumpers and bring £1 to donate to the Save the Children charity.
- A text was sent home to remind you that tomorrow is also our Christmas Fair and children are able to bring in some money to spend on the wide variety of stalls. We are all getting excited after seeing some of the class stalls being set up this afternoon!
- It was wonderful to see such incredible support from families and friends at our Christmas Concert earlier this week. Weren’t the children superb? As always, we were very proud of all of our children, but especially our Year 2 class as they had to learn 3 different songs! Well done Year 2!
- Our class Reflections this week have centered around ‘Making the right choices’ and ‘Being kind to others’ after we had a few children choosing inappropriate games at lunchtimes. We have spent some time discussing how to play nicely, not playing games that are too rough and the importance of listening to our friends and other adults. We are hoping that next week will be much better! We are using our ‘Think’ poster to remind children about being kind.
- In R.E. we have continued our work on The Christmas Story – learning about the birth of Jesus and the message received by the shepherds.
- In Maths we are continuing to work on Reasoning skills and have had a lot of fun debating ‘Which One Doesn’t Belong’ as part of our morning maths work. Have a look at the picture below and discuss at home which you think doesn’t belong and why…
- We are continuing our Spanish work this week and have progressed to using ‘Senora’ and ‘Senorita’ when answering the register.
- We are all still really enjoying our work on the Polar Express story and all of the staff have been incredibly impressed by the standard of writing this week!
- In addition to this, our class story this week has been ‘The Christmasaurus’ by Tom Fletcher – the staff and children are all loving this wonderful book!
- In keeping with the Christmas theme, your homework this week involves writing a letter to Father Christmas – with a difference! Please click the link below to read the instructions – we have already discussed this activity with the children, so they know what to do and are all excited about it.
Friday 9th December 2016
This week we have been practising our Spanish greetings, continuing to answer the register in Spanish and thinking about different places in the world where Spanish is spoken. Next week we will be learning to say “Merry Christmas” in Spanish.
Just a reminder that our Christmas Carol Concert takes place on Monday 12th December 2016 – we have 3 performances that day, as detailed in the texts sent out last week. We asked that Year 2 children bring in clean pyjamas to wear as their costume for the performances – thank you to those of you who have sent your costumes into school, but if you have not yet sent them in, COSTUMES MUST BE IN SCHOOL BY 8:50am ON MONDAY 12th DECEMBER please.
As we are coming towards the end of term, we are noticing that certain items are creeping into lunchboxes that are not terribly healthy. We do highlight on our ‘School Lunches’ page that packed lunches should be as healthy as possible and that no sweets should be included as lunch. Please remember that children in Key Stage 1 are entitled to Universal Free School Meals and you can view a copy of delicious menu by clicking ‘Lunch Menu’ on the ‘Our School’ tab on the homepage. We will be speaking to the children to remind them of the importance of making healthy choices with their meals.
The children (and staff) are thoroughly enjoying our unit of work based on The Polar Express at the moment and we have worked together to produce lots of fantastic shared writing, vocabulary walls and grammar work – our classroom has been redecorated with the pages of ideas created so far! I am really looking forward to seeing how the children incorporate their amazing adjectives, astounding adverbs and smashing similes into their writing next week.
In maths we have continued to develop our knowledge of multiplication and division – the children are able to recognise that multiplication is ‘commutative’ and that division is the inverse operation. We have explored and described arrays and have begun to develop the use of Bar Modelling to help us with Problem Solving tasks.
In R.E. our Bible Story work has moved onto looking at the story of The First Christmas and we have begun to write about the visit Mary had from the Angel Gabriel. We will continue with this next week, using our Carol Concert to support our retelling of the story.
Many children have begun to bring in Christmas cards this week to give out to their friends, this has been lovely to see, but we would like to remind children that, if they wish to post their cards in our postbox, then they must remember to add the class of the child receiving the card so that it gets delivered to the correct person.
The children all had a wonderful time at our ‘Film Night’ last night – we watched Santa Paws 2, ate hot dogs and chips and had a magical time playing outside in ‘the dark’ (with lots of torches and glowsticks to light the way.)
Please click the link below to access information about our annual Film Night – it will be another fabulous evening!
Friday 2nd December 2016
This week we have finished writing our Stickman Adventure stories and had lots of fun discussing the journey Stickman might have taken. Continuing with the theme of journeys, during the next few weeks we will be looking at the special journey taken by Mary and Joseph as part of our work on the First Christmas and we will also be using the story of The Polar Express to develop our writing skills further in Literacy – we are all very excited about the activities coming up!
With the arrival of December (and our Christmas trees), we are all very much in the Christmas spirit. As you are aware our whole school Christmas performance takes place on Monday 12th December and Year 2 will be singing ‘Away in a Manger’ which they have been practising with Mrs Shaw. Many of you are anxious to know about costumes – as we are singing a lullaby, we thought it would be nice for the children to dress in pyjamas for our performance. Please send your child’s costume into school in a named carrier bag, no later than Friday 9th December – footwear should either be school pumps or suitable slippers (nothing large or novelty that will be a trip hazard please!)
For your homework this week we have asked that children check the webpage as so many of them are still not looking at it regularly. Now that you have accessed our page, please click the link below to see the lyrics for ‘Away in a manger’ and practise these over the next week. The Weekly Words for your group can also be accessed by clicking below.
Finally, many thanks to you for your generous donations to Thompson’s Mission, our charity this Christmas – we have received such a wonderful amount of items that will be distributed to the homeless. Mr Klausen and I will be delivering them to the drop-off points this weekend.
Monday 28th November 2016
This afternoon we have been learning about the life of Vincent Van Gogh – the children thought of some really good questions that we might ask him if he were here:
- “How long did you paint for?”
- “How did you get your paintings to look like that?” – techniques he used.
- “How many paintings did you do?”
- “Which was your favourite painting?”
We watched an information clip on Espresso which answered many of our questions. Afterwards we looked at one of Van Gogh’s famous paintings ‘Sunflowers’ and, using oil pastels, we recreated the painting ourselves. I’m sure you will agree that the results were fabulous, with lots of detail included!
Friday 25th November 2016
If you have not done so already, please remember to click the link above to find out our Film Night – permission/payments must be given by 1st December or your child will not be able to attend.
Many thanks to those of you who have already sent items in to be donated to Thompson’s Mission – as detailed in our Newsletter – if you still wish to send items into school, please do so by December 2nd 2016.
Thank you to everybody for such a fabulous response to our homework last week – it was lovely to see all of the information that the children had found about their chosen celebration. We have begun using their information this week to create our own class information book – although we do have a lot of pages about Christmas!
This week we have been learning about ‘past tense’ and have looked at different spelling rules to change verbs into past tense form – we used this to help us to re-tell the story of Stickman. Next week the children will be planning their own Stickman adventure story – they are very excited about it and we look forward to sharing some examples on our webpage.
Please click the links below to access the homework and Word Work for this week.
Friday 18th November 2016
Just a reminder that children are able to come to school in their own clothes today as it is Children in Need day – the theme is spots and children should bring £1 donation.
Thursday 17th November 2016
We have been very busy encouraging the children to read more and promoting an enjoyment of reading. Today we introduced our weekly library visit – the children were able to visit our school library and choose any book that they wish to read during our ‘quiet reading’ time after lunch. Everyone was very excited at being able to “choose ANY book” and it was lovely to see the children so absorbed in their reading.
As we have been learning about information texts in our Literacy work, we have decided to link this in with our topic work and will be creating our own class information book next week, based around ‘Celebrations’ and we have spent some time discussing it this week. Your homework this week is a research based task to prepare for creating our book. Please click the link below to access the homework activity and the ‘Fast 5’/’Target 10’ words for this week.
Monday 14th November 2016
Last week we discussed the fabulous fireworks we had seen and the displays the children had visited. We used chalks, oil pastels and glitter to create our own fireworks display and produced some wonderful results which we have displayed in our classroom. As part of our activity, we shared adjectives that could be used to describe the fireworks – some of the children even worked on similes after we had spotted them in one of our class poems!
We have been investigating doubling and halving in our maths work this morning and had great fun solving problems. Please practise doubling and halving at home as we have noticed some children are still relying on using their fingers to count the answer instead of knowing it.
Thursday 10th November 2016
Our ‘Attendance Treat’ afternoon was great fun!
For your homework this week, you have been set a MyMaths task to link with our work on number sequences and fractions. If you do not have access to a computer at home, please let me know and you can complete the task in school.
Wednesday 9th November 2016
I am sure your child has told you that we won the attendance award again last week – that is our 4th win! It is wonderful that our children consistently attend school and understand the importance of good attendance and punctuality. We held a vote yesterday for the children to choose what they would like to do as their ‘Attendance Treat’ – after explaining why we couldn’t go to Bubbles, or have a water fight, we settled on a ‘Pyjama/film afternoon’. Our ‘Attendance Treat’ will take place tomorrow afternoon (Thursday 10th November 2016); if the children wish to wear their pyjamas, they should bring them into school in a named bag so that they can change into them after lunch. We have explained to the class the importance of wearing suitable pyjamas and footwear.
Thursday 3rd November 2016
What a super first week back it has been! We have worked really hard since returning to school on Monday – it was wonderful to see how many children had read so much during the half term break and it has really shown in the wonderful writing that has been produced!
- We have read and discussed poems with repeated patterns and phrases.
- We explored adjectives and wrote descriptive phrases.
- We worked in pairs, in groups and on our own to create poems similar to those we have read.
- We practised our measuring skills and explored how to record measurements of length.
- We used our knowledge of measurements to help us to solve problems – these were quite tricky… “It was really hard at first, but it was good fun and I could tell you how to get the answer at the end.” – a comment from one of our Year 2 children this week.
- We discussed our special gifts and talents as part of our R.E. work.
- In our topic work, we heard the story of Malala Yousafzai – the children were really interested in the events that happened – “I am going to go home and find out more about this because it is really interesting.” – India.
- As part of our Science work, we explored our school grounds, investigating objects that were ‘Living’, ‘Dead’ or ‘Never been alive’ – “Science is my favourite thing! I love to learn about things – I want to be a Scientist when I am older!” – Jacob.
Please click the link below to access our homework task for this week:
‘Weekly Words’ will be discussed and given to the children tomorrow, Friday 4th November.
- We will be reading Information texts and discussing their features.
- In Maths, we will be exploring Number Sequences and investigating fractions.
- In our Science work, we will begin looking at Habitats.
- We will be looking at how Primary Schools have changed over time, as part of our topic work.
- In Art, we will use different materials to create firework pictures, linking in our Literacy work from this week.
Don’t forget that our ‘PTA Firework Event’ is happening tonight (Thursday 3rd November) – information can be accessed on the poster at the top of this page – we hope that you all enjoy yourselves, stay safe and have a great time!
Wednesday 19th October 2016
It has been lovely to meet with so many of you this week to discuss how your children have settled into Year 2 – we have had some great feedback about the good level of challenge that the children are receiving and how enthusiastic they have become about their learning, especially their reading and enjoyment of problem solving!
A reminder that tomorrow, Thursday 20th October, is our Halloween disco – please click the link at the top of our page to access further information. Please can children bring any costumes in a bag with their name clearly marked on it, to change into at the end of the day? Any money sent in for the disco should be in an envelope or purse/wallet with your child’s name marked on it – Year 2 staff will collect their money in the morning to keep it safe and then hand it back to them as they go to the disco. We are all looking forward to seeing the super costumes and having a good boogie!
The homework task for the half term break is to:
- Read as often as possible.
- Practise 2x, 5x and 10x tables.
- Relax, go out into the fresh air, have fun and enjoy family time!
As part of our Golden Time tomorrow, the children will be watching ‘Room on the Broom’ – the story we have based our Literacy work around over the last 2 weeks. Next half term we will continue our work on Julia Donaldson – I have had great feedback from parents and children about how much you are enjoying this work!
Please remember to check our page over the half term break.
Friday 14th October 2016
Please click the links below to access the homework and spelling activities for this week. All activities are stuck into the children’s Homework diaries as well.
This week we have been learning about Monarchs, particularly Queen Victoria, which the children found incredibly interesting – many of them went away and completed additional work at home, which was lovely.
On Tuesday, we discussed ‘what is fair/unfair?’ as we began looking at activists. The children engaged in great debate about things that they felt were unfair for people. Our focus this week was Rosa Parks and again, the children were incredibly motivated throughout the afternoon. Next week we will be learning about Malala Yousafzai.
Next week we have our Parent Meetings and I am looking forward to meeting with you all again and looking through the fabulous work that the children have done this, very busy, half term!
Monday 10th October 2016
Links to access homework and spelling for 6th October:
Today we have been learning about Queen Victoria, following on from our work on Queen Elizabeth 1 last week. We used the timeline and our ‘Kings and Queens’ poster to give us more information, as well as researching ‘Mystery items’ and creating an information poster about Queen Victoria.
In our maths work we have been enjoying ‘Problem Solving’ tasks and have worked in groups, pairs and individually to investigate and apply our skills.
In Literacy, we have been reading Fables and looking at proverbs. We have also been learning how to include speech in our writing and have produced our own Fables. We carried out ‘Peer Discussions’ today to help us to edit and improve our own writing.
We have linked our Science and PE work to focus on keeping healthy and investigating what effects exercise has on our bodies.
Friday 30th September 2016
Please click the links below to access the homework and spelling lists for this week.
Friday 16th September 2016
Today we have had our visit to The Light Cinema to watch The BFG as part of celebrations for Roald Dahl’s birthday. The children, as ever, were impeccably well behaved and were a credit to our school! The film was wonderful and everyone had a thoroughly fabulous time – I am sure you will hear all about it over the weekend.
Our homework this week links into our visit today and consolidates the work that we have been doing on adjectives this week. The activity has been stuck into your child’s homework book, but you can also click the link below to view the task.
We have had another really busy, but fun week. It was lovely to see so many of you at our meetings on Wednesday – I hope the information wasn’t too overwhelming, as I said, please feel free to speak to any member of our Year 2 team if you should have any questions.
This week we have:
- Developed our ideas for writing through role-play and discussion.
- Begun to focus our Problem Solving skills and share our ideas for ‘how we could…’
- Researched what happens as a chick hatches from an egg.
- Heard about the Great Fire of London, using video clips and placed the event on our Timeline.
- We will continue our Literacy focus, creating a story about an unusual pet.
- The children will continue to work on their self-correction and Red Response strategies.
- In Maths we are revising Number Facts to 20 and using these to help us with Problem Solving.
- In Science we will learn how babies grow and change.
- Our Daily Mile will take place each day as part of our P.E. work, provided the weather is not too hot! We will also be developing our fitness and stamina through Circuit Training activities.
- We are going to share the facts we learnt about the Great Fire of London and create our own News reports.
Friday 9th September 2016
What a great first week back we have had! The children have worked incredibly hard already, producing some lovely, independent writing about their holidays and they have settled into our new routines very well – although we are all very tired now that we have come to the end of the week!
We have not set homework this week, however I have suggested to the children that they practise counting to 100, particularly concentrating on ‘teen’ numbers as there has been a lot of confusion this week between “fourteen” and “forty”, “fifteen” and “fifty”, etc and they could also practise counting backwards in preparation for our ‘Number’ work next week.
At 3pm and 5pm next Wednesday (14th September 2016) there are opportunities for parents to come into school to find out about our routines and expectations for children in Year 2 and we are looking forward to seeing you.
Next Friday (16th September 2016) we are very fortunate to have the opportunity to visit the Light Cinema for a special viewing of The BFG as part of national Roald Dahl celebrations – as detailed in the newsletter, please make payments through our TUCASI system to give permission for your child to attend this exciting event.
Most of our class have already brought in their P.E. kits, but if you have not yet sent it in, please do so before Wednesday as this will be our P.E. day – we will also be completing our ‘Daily Mile’ so children are welcome to bring in a pair of trainers as part of their P.E. kit as well. It has been great to see so many of the class remembering their water bottles – it is still quite warm despite it being the Autumn Term; we do encourage the children to drink water throughout the day, but they can only do this if they have their own water bottles as we are not able to provide cups for them.
We are looking forward to seeing you next week at our ‘New Class Meetings’ and hope that you all have a lovely and restful weekend.
Thursday 4th August 2016
I hope that you are all enjoying the Summer Break and are making sure that you are relaxing, enjoying yourselves and reading lots! My family and I have already visited our local library quite a few times and are enjoying discovering new books – I am looking forward to hearing about the different books you have read when we return to school in September.
For those of you eager to find out what we will be learning about next term, please click the link below to view our Year 2 Topic web. The topic web gives a brief overview of what we aim to cover during the Autumn term, but there will most likely be lots of other ‘mini-topics’ running alongside this.
If you haven’t already checked, further down this page is a link to access your ‘Summer Holiday Homework’ – please make sure you read it and practise the things I have asked, so that you are ready for learning in September.
Enjoy your break!
New to Year 2…
Friday 15th July 2016
We had a lovely morning getting to know our new class today. The children chose their ‘team names’ and shared some interesting facts about themselves. We also had a good chat about ‘what we want to be when we grow up’ – what a versatile class we have! Our aspirations range from ‘Bus driver’ to ‘zookeeper’ to ‘astronaut!’….I’m still torn whether or not to become a writer, chocolate taster or princess!
During the morning we talked a lot about what next year might be like and I explained to the children that I would put their ‘Summer homework’ on our page today, but that they will need to keep checking throughout the summer for any additional information. We use our page a lot in Year 2 so it is important that the children get used to checking it regularly.
Please click the link below to access our summer homework. Information on our topics for the Autumn term will be posted next week. We hope that you all have a wonderful (and safe) Summer!
Tuesday 12th July 2016
What an exciting day we are having!
Sprint races; Egg and Spoon; Hurdles and Relays!
Copy of text sent our to Parents this morning:
Due to the very wet weather this week, the field and playground areas cannot be used for sports day today for Key Stage 1. We will hold a sports day event inside the hall for children, but as space is limited we cannot invite visitors to watch. Sadly we cannot control the weather!
The safety of the children is our priority, therefore we are unable to hold our races outside today. We are busy setting up ‘Plan B’ so that the children will all still have a wonderful day, enjoying the sports activities we have been practising and earning points for their teams. Please check back on our page later on today to see some photographs of our activities.
Thursday 7th July 2016
- Next Tuesday (12th July) is our Key Stage 1 Sports Day – starting at 9:30 and lasting, approximately, 1 hour (weather permitting). Please check this weekend that your child has the appropriate kit and that their P.E. shoes fit them.
- The children have produced some wonderful writing this year and from reading the comments that they have made on their reports, they have all really enjoyed the range of writing we have completed. We have the opportunity to enter a writing competition and this week’s homework will be connected with this task. I would like to speak to the children more about this and so they will bring their homework home tomorrow (Friday 8th July) rather than today.
- We are fast approaching the end of our school year and many of our children are very tired. We have spent some time this week talking to them about the importance of getting a good night’s sleep, having a regular bedtime and not accessing TVs/phones/tablets too close to bedtime as this disrupts their sleep.
- We have been reviewing the year with the children as we have been writing their reports and it has been wonderful to remember all of the things that we have been fortunate to do this year, from trips we have taken, to school events that we have held and not forgetting the MANY new skills that we have developed along the way! The children will have the opportunity to spend some time in their new Year 3 classroom next week and to meet the staff that they will be working with next year – they are all very excited!
Thursday 23rd June 2016
Firstly, a reminder that tomorrow (Friday 24th June) is the day of our trip to the Liverpool Philharmonic. All permission slips have now been signed and returned (thank you) and the children are all very excited about our visit. They have been working very hard over the last few weeks with Mrs Shaw, talking about the orchestra and identifying different instruments. We will be leaving school after we have had our lunch and then returning before the end of the school day.
Yesterday we were fortunate to hear a variety of music performed by Wirral Grammar School Junior Orchestra – it was a wonderful experience and has got everybody even more excited to hear the music in the Philharmonic.
This week we have been developing our writing skills, through lots of talking, role-play, planning and group discussion. We have also spent a lot of time talking to the children about their targets and what they need to do to improve their work. They have, as always, risen to the challenge and it was amazing to see them flicking through their books to find their current target and check their work against it during our ‘Big Write’ today. Mrs Arnold and I were blown away at the quality of writing the class produced today – we are so proud of them!
In Maths we have continued with ‘Time’ and have been doing lots of practical work, using clocks, ordering times and working out ‘how long until…’ The homework this week is a MyMaths task, based on the work that we have done in class – alongside this work, please continue to practise telling the time. Most of us are now able to tell the time to quarter past/to the hour, some of us are even working in 5 minute intervals! Keep up the good work.
Children also have their weekly words to learn this week, in addition to this, we would like to ask that all children practise the following words, as these are regularly written incorrectly in their work:
Friday 17th June 2016
We have been looking at ‘Quest’ stories this week – we have used ‘Lost and Found’ and ‘The Way Back Home’ (both by Oliver Jeffers) to help us sequence and plan stories. We have enjoyed role-play and ‘freeze-framing’ activities and we worked in groups to create story maps.
In maths, we have been developing our mathematical vocabulary and problem solving skills.
Please remember that we are going on our class trip to the Liverpool Philharmonic next Friday (24th June) – you can click the link below to access the letter about our visit. We do need permission slips and contributions to be returned as soon as possible. Many thanks.
Just a reminder that any ‘Race for Life’ donations should be added to our ‘Just Giving’ page (click the link below) or sent into school by Friday 24th June. The children were excellent on the day and we are so proud of their achievements and very grateful for the money raised so far!
Pensby Primary School’s Summer Fair 2016Click on the links below for more information…
Wednesday 15th June 2016
Next week Year 1 and Year 2 children will be going on our trip to the Liverpool Philharmonic, following on from the work that Mrs Shaw has been carrying out in our Music lessons. We are all very excited about the trip. Please click the link below to access the letter, giving further information about our visit.
Race for Life/Charity Day 2016
To donate, please go to our Just Giving Page by clicking HERE.
You can also view the information letter by clicking HERE.
Sunday 5th June 2016
I hope that you have all been enjoying a lovely break in our wonderful weather – it seems that Summer has well and truly arrived! I am looking forward to seeing you all back in school tomorrow, Monday 6th June 2016. Please make sure that you bring a water bottle into school so that you can drink plenty of water throughout the day, I would also take this opportunity to remind you to bring in sun cream and a sunhat if you have one, as it is very sunny at the moment.
I have been making the most of the sunshine to spend lots of time outdoors this week, making fairy houses in Wales, enjoying picnics and bug spotting in the woods and watching boats on the River Mersey – which has helped me to plan the next part of our topic about ‘Oceans and Seas’ as, during the next few weeks, we will be looking at boats and ships and investigating how sea travel has changed over time and the roles played by our own local rivers.
In our Literacy work this week we will be reading, reciting and writing poetry. We will explore familiar poems and rhymes and create some humorous poems of our own. If any children have books with their favourite poems that they would like to share with the class, they are welcome to bring them into school.
In Maths we will be describing and building 3D shapes and will be practising telling the time to the nearest 1/4 of an hour. In our ‘Basic Maths’ we will be revising multiplication and division as the inverse operation.
Our work on Plants continues in Science and we will hopefully be planting our own seeds and observing how they grow.
During this half term we will also be taking our trip to the Liverpool Philharmonic following on from the work that the children have been completing in Music with Mrs Shaw – we are all very excited about this and further details will be given closer to the time.
It is looking like another busy, but exciting half term!
Thursday 19th May 2016
As I’m sure you are aware, this week our Year 2 children have been taking their SATs. As expected, the questions were quite tricky but our class tried incredibly hard and demonstrated such positive and hardworking attitudes throughout the whole week. We could not be more proud of them – well done Year 2! 😀
In addition to our tests, we have also been continuing with our topic work – writing poetry, creating treasure maps, building our own desert islands and working in teams on ‘Shipwreck Survival’ games – what fun we have had!
To finish off our very busy week, we will be having a ‘Pirate Party’ tomorrow for our Year 2 children. A text has been sent out to Year 2 parents today, but please click the link to find more information. As mentioned, children are welcome to dress up if they wish, but DO NOT HAVE TO.
No additional homework has been set for this week, however, please do keep listening to your child read. Many thanks for the enthusiastic responses to the homework set last week – if you wish to continue and check off more activities from that list, please feel free to do so!
Next week we will be preparing for our ‘Race for Life’ event, so if your child wishes to bring trainers/running shoes into school to help with their running, they would be most welcome.
Wednesday 11th May 2016
Our Year 2 children have been very busy and hardworking during the last couple of weeks! We have been practising addition and subtraction of 2-digit numbers – using a variety of methods! We have also been using the tablets, laptops and non-fiction texts to research dinosaurs and sea creatures.
In our topic work this afternoon we managed to complete Geography, Science and Art – we even went to visit our timeline to do some History! We have been exploring the Pacific Ocean, learning about marine life food chains, discussing the countries surrounding the Pacific and researching interesting facts, including the fact that Europeans first sighted the Pacific Ocean during the 16th Century!
Following on from our work on J.M.Turner, we have begun work on our new class display – once this is complete, I will post a photograph to share the fabulous work from our class.
Please click the link below to access the homework for this week.
Thursday 28th April 2016
As part of our topic work this week, we have been learning about the artist J.M.Turner and have looked at some of his famous seascapes. We used watercolours to create our own seascape paintings and will be using these to create a collage next week. The children were very interested in learning about J.M.Turner and discussing the changes in sea vessels since the 19th Century. We used the timeline in the corridor to locate the 19th Century.
If you wanted to find out more about J.M.Turner, the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight are exhibiting his works.
Next week, our Literacy work will be based on information texts and we will be learning about dinosaurs! I know lots of you are very interested in dinosaurs and if you have any interesting dinosaur books that you would like to share with our class, please do bring them in!
Homework activities have been stuck into our purple homework books and spellings have all been copied into our spelling logs, but please click the links below to access this week’s homework and spelling tasks.
A plea – it is very important that you hear your child read, we have noticed that many reading records are not being written in, therefore we do not know if your child is reading. Please try to hear your child read at least 3 times per week and make a note in their yellow reading records. There are also a number of purple homework books that have not been seen for many weeks – please ensure that homework is returned to school by the following Tuesday after it has been set. Many thanks.
Don’t forget that school is closed on Monday 2nd May, due to the Bank Holiday – please enjoy the long weekend and stay safe!
Tuesday 26th April 2016
Today we have been learning about the continents and oceans of the world. We played a ‘Passport’ game and used the atlases to help us to locate and label the continents and oceans. We had great fun!
Friday 22nd April 2016
Summer Term – week 1
It has been lovely to see everyone back after our Spring Break and to hear about the wonderful things everybody has been doing, but what a busy first week back it has been!
In Literacy, we have been looking at the stories of Anthony Browne, in particular ‘Gorilla’ and we have used this as a model to write our own stories about a toy that comes to life. It has been lovely to read so many exciting and imaginative stories! In addition to planning and writing their own stories, the children have been learning about expanded noun phrases and subordinate clauses and we have begun trying to incorporate this into our independent writing.
In our maths work, we have been learning more about fractions – finding 1/2, 1/4, 1/3, 1/5 and 3/4 of an amount – some of us have even begun solving problems involving fractions – wow!
On Wednesday we began our new ‘Underwater Worlds’ topic, using atlases to locate the seas around the UK and we explored further afield to discuss and label the continents of world! It was a very interesting lesson and we enjoyed lots of discussion about the many different places we had visited or wanted to explore some day.
As part of the celebrations for our Queen’s 90th Birthday, we have been doing some research into her interesting reign and our homework this week links to the Radio Times competition. We have asked children to use the information that they have collected about the Queen to design a birthday card for her. I am really looking forward to seeing their designs next week!
Tuesday 12th April 2016
Hello! I hope that you are all enjoying the Spring Break – I am having a wonderful time relaxing with my family and, of course, busily planning lots of exciting things for us to do when we return to school on Monday 18th April.
For those of you who wished to have some additional activities to complete over the holidays, remember that I have set you a MyMaths challenge that you can access with your login details. There are also some reading tasks set on your Bug Club pages if you would like some different things to read!
In our first week back, we will be planning our own stories in the style of those we have already read and will be doing lots of role-play work to develop our understanding of characters within stories. In our Maths work we will continue our work on Fractions and will be solving problems involving fractions. Our ‘Underwater Worlds’ topic will begin with sessions exploring oceans and seas around the world and locating them using an Atlas.
Enjoy the rest of your break – have fun and stay safe! I look forward to hearing what you have all been doing, when we return next week.
Thursday 24th March 2016
Just a reminder that we are closed tomorrow and Monday as it is the Easter bank holiday weekend – school will re-open on Tuesday 29th March 2016.
We have had a very busy week again this week and we are all ‘egg-cited’ about the long, relaxing weekend!
The children have really impressed us with their efforts they made in building their own castles and in designing their eggs – we have some ‘egg-stremely’ creative pupils!
From all of the Year 2 Team, we hope that you have a wonderful Easter – your homework task for this weekend is to enjoy spending time together as a family.
Thursday 17th March 2016
I have been really impressed with the exceptional castles that have been created so far! Many thanks for taking the time to build and photograph your work. We have begun to create a display of the castles so far and have included the decorated eggs that have been sent in – it looks ‘eggs-cellent’…
If you have not yet sent in your castle or decorated egg, please remember to do so.
The children really impressed us with their ‘Sign 2 Sing’ performance this morning – all of the hard work paid off and I know that Mrs Shaw was very proud of them.
Tomorrow (Friday 18th March) is our Sport Relief day – a text was sent home to let you know that children can bring £1 to wear their sports clothes for the day and take part in some fun, sporting challenges.
Next week we will be learning more about the Easter story and learning to follow and write instructions to help us to make Easter nests – I am looking forward to ‘testing’ out the chocolate!
Please click the links below to view the homework and Spelling tasks for this week.
As you are aware, we have continued to have a number of bugs still floating around – we are constantly reminding the children about the importance of good hygiene and as part of this, have stressed the need for children to bring in their own, named, water bottles. Please ensure that your child has their own water bottle, with their name clearly marked upon it.
Thursday 10th March 2016
We have had great fun this week, writing introductions to our news reports. I have attached some examples of the shared writing that we did – can you guess the news story?
Many thanks for encouraging your child to take part in our ‘Extreme Reading’ activity for World Book Day – it has been great to look through the photographs and see the interesting locations the children chose to read in! We are busy putting together a display of their drawings, photographs and book reviews. Some of our children in Year 2 stood up in assembly this week to discuss their favourite books – not an easy task at 6 or 7, so a huge well done to them!
Please click the links below to view our homework for this week and to see the ‘Fast 5’ or ‘Target 10’ words your child is working on.
Tuesday 8th March 2016
Many thanks to those of you who attended our Maths Meetings last week – if you were unable to attend, or attended a different year group, please find attached the Powerpoint presentation used during our meeting. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
Last week we explored the features of Newspaper reports and we read some fun examples. This week we have begun to plan our own reports – each group has been given a slightly different story to report on, from traditional tales, Julia Donaldson stories and nursery rhymes, to troll break-ins at Hogwarts Castle! I am very much looking forward to reading the reports at the end of the week.
Our maths work this week involves learning about fractions. We have been concentrating on finding halves and quarters of amounts and will be developing our skills throughout the week to help us to solve fraction problems.
Many apologies, as unfortunately homework books were not sent home last week; however, we had discussed with the children that their task would be to begin building their own castles after exploring many different versions during our topic work last week. Some children have already begun working on these and I have seen some wonderful creations. As this is quite a big task, it will be carried over for 2 weeks, so please don’t worry about needing them to be ready for this week. Please continue with reading as normal.
Thursday 25th February 2016
We hope that you all had a very enjoyable half term break – it is nice to see all of the children back and ready to learn!
This week we have been treated to some wonderful presentations by the children, who have all been very eager to display their homework to the rest of the class. Many thanks to you all for taking the time to work with your child on their Great Britain project, their posters were wonderful.
We have continued our topic work this week and have begun looking at castles around Great Britain – the children have really enjoyed this and are eager to continue. We practised building our own castles using Lego and will be looking at Motte and Bailey castles over the next few weeks – we might even set a castle-building challenge for homework!
In Literacy this week, we have been learning how to write letters and have used the Harry Potter story to help us. The children have got into character and have written letters about their first term at Hogwarts.
In Maths, we have been looking at arrays and the links between multiplication and division. We will continue this next week and use these skills to help us to solve problems.
Remember that we will be holding our ‘Maths Meetings’ on Tuesday 1st March, in response to your request to understand how we teach maths in each year group since the changes to the National Curriculum. At the meetings you will be given the login details to access your child’s online report. I look forward to seeing you there.
Next week is World Book Day and our homework this week is a reading challenge. Please click the link below to access the homework (a copy is also stuck into your child’s purple homework book.)
Friday 12th February 2016
Earlier this week, we worked together to develop our understanding of e-safety. We had some very good discussions and the children showed a good understanding of how to keep themselves safe online. During our discussions, we discussed the importance of knowing who we are ‘talking to’ online and the type of information we should not share – many of the children understood that the message of ‘Stranger Danger’ is true whether they are out in public, or online. To illustrate the need for supervision when online, I asked the class to imagine themselves getting on the train to Liverpool and walking around the City Centre, unaccompanied – many said that they would not like to do this because of strangers and the risks of what might happen – I explained that this is a similar idea to them accessing games where they ‘chat’ to people or accepting ‘friends’ that they do not know and that grown-ups should know what sites/games they are on and who they are talking to at these times. We completed a survey as part of our discussion and photographs of our results are below. There are some ‘home’ questions that you and your child could discuss together. If you wish to explore e-safety further, the www.thinkuknow.co.uk website is useful.
In addition to our e-safety work, we have been enjoying writing recounts, using our class text ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ to support our work. The class have responded very well to this story and we will be continuing with it after half term.
Homework for this week is a research based task and I would like the children to create a poster to present their findings. The activity has been stuck into your child’s purple homework book and you can also access it by clicking the link below. Many children have asked for more books to be set on ‘Bug Club’ for them to read over half term and they can use their logins to see the texts I have set for them. There is also a MyMaths activity for anyone who wishes to do this.
Next half term we will be looking at Castles and Mountains around Great Britain and we will be working up to our own ‘British Bake Off’ after exploring cakes and bakes associated with England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
We hope that you all have a wonderful half term break and that we can all return to school on Monday 22nd February without the bugs that seem to have plagued us over the past few weeks!
Friday 29th January 2016
After celebrating our ‘Attendance Success’ last week, we have been hit hard by the sickness bugs this week! Many of our children have been struck down with bugs and we have been reminding those who have been in school of the importance of good hygiene to help stop the spread of germs. We have also been encouraging the children to keep drinking water, as this will help them to feel a little better. There are still a large number of children who do not have a water bottle in school – please try to send your child into school with a named water bottle.
This week we have begun reading a new text, to help us to learn about the features of a recount. The children (& staff) have really enjoyed sharing ‘Diary of a Wombat’ and over the next week, will be creating their own version of this book. We will be asking children to choose an animal more common to our country and to research facts about it, eg a squirrel, a hedgehog or a mouse maybe. If anybody wishes to choose their animal over the weekend and get a head start on their research, that would be great!
We have noticed the extra pride that many of the children have been taking in their work this term and it is wonderful to see the additional effort that they are putting in. Our ‘Literacy Bear’ has decided that she would like to go home with 1 child each week that has shown particularly fantastic effort and enthusiasm for Literacy – she has gone on her first adventure this weekend and we are looking forward to hearing about it next week!
We have begun a new topic in our Science work and we are learning about ‘Living things and their habitats’ this term.
Most of the class will be learning about units of measurement in our maths work next week and we will be carrying out lots of practical activities, so you will hopefully get to see photographs of our work when you come for your Parents Evening meetings in February.
Homework set this week was a Literacy-based task. Some children have been asked to create their own poem, following on from our Poetry unit; some children have been asked to focus on practising using commas when writing lists and others have been given a spelling task to help them to develop their understanding of spelling rules. The homework should be completed in the grey books that were sent home and children have been reminded that they should be writing in pencil, not biro and should still be thinking about their handwriting and presentation.
Thursday 21st January 2016
Our week began with the excitement of choosing our class treat – our reward for winning the attendance award again. This time, the children voted to have a ‘Pyjama/Film Afternoon’ and they were all incredibly excited to be wearing their pyjamas in school!
Once we had recovered from the excitement of Tuesday afternoon, we returned to our normal business of working hard and learning lots. This week we have been revisiting number bonds to 10 with some of our groups as a lot of children seemed to have forgotten these over Christmas! Please keep practising these at home with your children.
A ‘MyMaths’ online activity has been set for your homework this week. Please encourage your child to have a go at the task independently and remind them that I do check to see who has accessed the activity!
We have noticed that some of the children are returning from playtime very cold – please check that your child’s coat is warm enough for this time of year and encourage them to wear hats, scarves and gloves.
A quick reminder that children should not be playing on the amphitheatre or running through the ‘Poppy Shelter’ before or after school. We remind children to go straight to their adult and to stay with them at the end of the day, please help us to keep them safe by encouraging them to do this.
Friday 15th January 2016
Thank you to those of you who attended our New Curriculum and Assessment meetings this week – we hope that the information you received was helpful and that it answered any questions you may have had. Please do not hesitate to speak to me, or any other member of staff, if you should have any further queries.
This week we have been looking at poetry in our Literacy work and the children have begun using examples that they have read, to write their own poems in a similar style. We have learnt about descriptive clauses, linking in our knowledge about adjectives and some children have even begun to write their own similes!
In maths we have been revisiting properties of number, in particular we have been looking at multiples of 10 and of 5 and we have been learning about rounding 2-digit numbers up or down to the nearest multiple of 10. I have been really impressed at how well the children have been learning their times tables, in particular the 5x and 10x tables practised last week. I would ask that children continue to practise these at home so that they are well embedded as we move through other times tables.
Despite the change in the weather, we are still trying to get outside for our ‘Daily Mile’ as the children enjoy it so much and are really benefitting from it. With this in mind, if your child has trainers that they can bring into school to change into for our run, it would really help their running style.
Our homework this week was a research-based task, related to our new topic. Please click the link below to access this homework.
Monday 11th January 2016
Happy New Year!
We have all had a wonderful first week back at school and it has been lovely hearing all of the different stories about Christmas. The children all seem well rested and ready to learn!
In our Basic Maths work, we are continuing to learn times tables – the homework set for last week was to practise 2x, 5x and 10x tables (Rectangles group were also asked to practise 3x tables.)
Our Literacy focus is Poetry and we are using the 5 senses to create descriptive phrases which will help us to create our own poems in a similar style to those that we read.
On Wednesday 13th January, we have our ‘New Curriculum and Assessment’ meetings for those of you who wish to find out more about the ways in which we are assessing in line with the new National Curriculum. We look forward to seeing you there.
Well done to all of our children for their fabulous performances during our Nativity shows!
We were so impressed with the super behaviour from Year 2 again during our trip to Discover CLC – everyone had a great time. Click the link below to see some of the pictures from our visit.
Next week will be our final week of the Autumn Term and what a busy term it has been! The children have really made us proud with their attitudes to learning and we are thrilled with the progress they have all made. We are all looking forward to a break over the Christmas holidays and are very excited to see what the Spring Term will bring. To see this week’s newsletter, please click the link below.
From everyone in Year 2, I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy and Happy New Year!
Friday 27th November 2015
This week we have been learning about Vincent van Gogh. We learnt about the techniques he used in his artwork and we looked at some examples of his more famous paintings, ‘Sunflowers’ and ‘Starry Night.’ We used oil pastels and created our own interpretations of his work. Here are some of the fabulous examples from our budding artists:
We have been enjoying a new maths game this week, called ‘Shut the box’, so far it has been a big hit!
We are really looking forward to our trip next week – if you haven’t already sent your permission slip into school, please return it as soon as possible!
Friday 20th November 2015
We have had lots of fun with our Maths work this week. As part of our ‘Famous’ topic we have learnt about Ada Lovelace and Alan Turing and on Thursday we tried our hand at codebreaking and problem solving. It was very tricky, but lots of fun and the mathematical vocabulary used by the children was wonderful!
The children are really enjoying exploring the stories of Julia Donaldson and I am looking forward to reading their letters next week to see which books they recommend.
We have been developing our measuring skills in maths – looking at decimetres, centimetres and some of us even tried to measure in millimetres!
In Science we discussed the reasons why certain materials are suitable for specific jobs.
Along with our Newsletter this week, you should also have received a letter about our upcoming trip to Discovery CLC on Friday 4th Decemeber. We are all very excited about this trip as we will be spending the whole day learning about Christmas, creating our own short animations, visiting the Stardome to look at the stars and constellations, exploring materials to decorate biscuits and looking at 3-d films!
I have also sent a short letter home this week explaining the role your child will be taking in our Christmas performance and suggesting a suitable costume for them to wear. I know many of the supermarkets now stock Nativity costumes and if you wish to purchase one that is fine, but please do not feel that you have to!
Finally, this is the last week that we will be sending out a paper copy of our class newsletter – from next Friday, I will be uploading them here for you to view.
Wishing you all a safe weekend and a great week!
Friday 13th November 2015
As part of our Literacy work this week, we have been creating our own stories about a magical object. As part of our planning process we have worked with talking partners and were ‘magpies’ to borrow ideas from others that we can develop in our own stories. Please click on the link below to see some pictures from our work.
Thank you to everyone for the effort put into the poetry homework – we were so impressed with the poems from all of the children. To have a look at some of the examples of our writing, please click the link below.
Finally, please click this link to access our Newsletter for this week.
Monday 9th November 2015
This week we have begun learning about William Shakespeare and J.K.Rowling. The children have really enjoyed researching them today and have been exploring the Fantasy Characters that they created.
In maths, we have been developing our ‘peer learning’ skills – we worked in pairs to discuss methods to solve calculations and we found that it really helped us to understand how to work things out!
We have been practising shadow movements as part of our Dance work in our P.E. lesson. Below are some photographs of the shapes we explored.
Many thanks to those of you who have already completed your homework, I have really enjoyed reading through the poems you have written and am looking forward to reading them all.
Monday 2nd November 2015
Many apologies to those of you who may have been looking for updates on our class page – we had some technical issues! Thankfully, this has now been resolved and you should be able to access past copies of our newsletters by clicking the links below.
I am looking forward to seeing you all back in school tomorrow (Tuesday 3rd November) ready for another very busy half term.
Please remember to bring your P.E. kits back into school, along with your reading books and warm coats now that the weather has turned much cooler!
Don’t forget that we are holding a Fireworks event on Thursday 12th November and entry is payable ‘on the door’.
Please click the link below to view our Halloween Disco Flyer…
Friday 25th September 2015
We hope that your week has been as fun as ours! 😀
If your child does not already have a water bottle in school, please send one in with them so that they can keep hydrated during the day, it is very important, especially as we are trying to complete our Daily Mile challenge.
Thursday 17th September 2015
What a busy week it’s been! Please read our Newsletter to find out what we have been learning this week.
Thank you for taking the time to complete our homework task last week with your child – it sounds as though everyone enjoyed researching the ‘Famous Faces’ and finding out interesting facts.
Homework for this week is a MyMaths activity to be completed online – we have shown the children how they login using their details given in the information packs last week. Please let me know if you experience any problems in accessing the tasks.
Thursday 10th September 2015
Many thanks to those of you who attended the ‘Welcome Meetings’ that we held on Wednesday 9th September – I hope that you found them informative. If you were unable to attend the meetings, please pop into school so that I can pass along the pack for your child.
I have attached a copy of the ‘Welcome Letter’, ‘Tips for Reading’ and our ‘Topic Web’ to this page – if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
As I explained in the meeting, our homework task this week is topic-based and is designed to generate discussion about the ‘Famous People’ we will be looking at this term.
Monday 31st August 2015
Hello and welcome to our Year 2 page.
I hope that you have all had a wonderful summer and managed to find some sunshine somewhere! I am looking forward to seeing you all on Wednesday 2nd September and hearing all about your holiday adventures.