Thursday 14th February 2019
We are almost at the end of our first half of the Spring Term – a reminder that school will close tomorrow for our Half Term break and will re-open at 8:40am on Monday 25th February 2019.
The children have been given a short reading comprehension activity to complete during the half term break. We have discussed it with them and it is a very similar format to others we have worked on.
Next half term we will be beginning a new short topic about castles and I have attached our KNOWLEDGE ORGANISER for you to look through during the break.
Friday 8th February 2019
Unfortunately, I have not been in school this week to see the wonderful things that the children have been doing but I have heard how hard they have been working and I know that the Year 2 Team has been very impressed with their poetry work and their fractions knowledge!
Try the following questions:
On Tuesday the class used the recycled materials you sent into school (thank you for the many items that were sent in) to make their own models of famous London landmarks and discussed their significance.
We are learning about the United Kingdom, the four nations and their capital cities. For your homework this week, please choose one of the Four Nations (England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales) and find out some interesting information that you can share with the class next week in our lessons. You can use your grey homework books to record your information in, or create a poster if you would prefer. You will get extra team points for presenting your work in an interesting way.
We have fallen behind in our ‘Daily Maths Challenge’ – apologies! Here are some questions to try:
Wednesday 30th January 2019
Next week, as part of our topic work, we will be using reclaimed/recycled materials to recreate London Bridge and various other key landmarks. If you have any materials we could use, eg empty cereal boxes, kitchen roll tubes, yogurt pots, empty plastic bottles, plant pots, etc, please could you send it/them into school over the next few days? Any items would be greatly appreciated!
Friday 25th January 2019
It has been another incredibly busy but FUN week in Year 2 this week!
COMMANDO JOE’S – Monday
SCIENCE – Tuesday
GEOGRAPHY – Naming and Locating the Continents and discussing Antarctica
HISTORY – Discussing Ernest Shackleton and his expeditions, the using the timeline to place the events.
Use your homework time this week to get used to using our Times Tables Rockstars programme. Have fun!
Thursday 17th January 2019
We have had a great start to our Spring Term!
In Literacy we have begun looking at Quest stories and checking our sentences to make sure we are using the correct tense.
In Maths we have been practising multiplication and division – writing fact families and solving problems.
In Science we have been thinking about the properties of materials and carried out an investigation into bouncy balls.
In PE we have developed flexibility and coordination through Dance sessions and yoga practice. We have noticed many of our class have returned from the Christmas break and have not brought their full PE kit back into school – please check with your child that they have everything they need in order to fully participate in our Curriculum lessons.
In our topic, we are starting to look at famous explorers.
In ICT we are enjoying using the computers to develop our coding skills, programming objects to move, appear and disappear.
In RE we are thinking about Bible stories and making links to people we have studied.
Your homework for this week can be found HERE
As mentioned in our recent Newsletter, next week we will be launching our new Rockstars programme to help children with their Times Tables. We are all really looking forward to getting started on this and are excited about dressing up as Rockstars for the day next Friday, 25th January.
On Monday we will begin working with Commando Joe and the children will all need to make sure that they have appropriate PE clothing in school – we do recommend trainers rather than PE pumps for the children to wear as they are more sturdy and secure when moving around, particularly on the outdoor surfaces.
Happy New Year!
I hope that you have all had a wonderful Christmas break and managed to relax and enjoy spending time together. I have very much enjoyed not needing to set the alarm each morning!
Now that we are all rested and raring to get started on the new year, I am looking forward to seeing you all again on Tuesday 8th January at 8:40am. The weather has turned colder, so please make sure that you are wrapped up warm and that any new things you might be bringing in have names in them so that they don’t get lost!
Thursday 20th December 2018
On behalf of our the Year 2 Team, I would like to say a huge thank you for your support so far this year and for your kind wishes, cards and gifts – we are very grateful!
Earlier this week we enjoyed our Treat Day, watching the Polar Express, drinking milk and eating cookies!
We have spent a lot of time this week sharing our favourite festive stories – it’s been nice to revisit some old favourites and also to discover some new stories.
We were very excited today as, not only is it our last day of term before the Christmas break, but we also finished our class story The Christmasaurus – we have all been gripped by William’s adventures!
There will be no homework set for the Christmas break as we want you all to relax and spend time together having fun. However, if you are struggling for things to do, try our Christmas Challenge
We will be taking part in Science Under the Stars again in 2019 and the children have already begun thinking about the song we will be singing. Click the link to practise over Christmas.
Have a wonderful Christmas everybody and we will see you all on Tuesday 8th January 2019.
Friday 14th December 2018
Our daily maths questions:
Thursday 13th December 2018
WOW! What an incredible few weeks we have had!
Last Friday we all enjoyed our Christmas Fair – the children looked wonderful in their festive outfits and worked their way around all of the stalls. At the end of the fair we were treated to a lovely concert by our choir.
In the afternoon, we were VERY excited about our surprise visitor…
This week the children in Year 2 impressed EVERYBODY and made us all incredibly proud with their AMAZING work in our Christmas Production – ‘A Present for the Baby’ reminded us all about the importance of love and kindness at Christmas.
As well as all of these exciting activities, we have still been very busy working – we continued our Polar Express work in Literacy and have produced some outstanding descriptive writing. We have also been looking again at writing letters, which links into your homework task for this week. Click HERE to access the task for this week please.
We have been carrying out some end of term assessments and have decided to put a ‘Daily Question’ (1 for Reasoning and 1 for Arithmetic) on our webpage to support the work that we have been doing in Maths. This will be to help the children practise the skills we have been learning, as well as to help parents to see the type of questions we are working on – it is not an extra task to complete and send into school. Our first set of questions is…
A reminder that tomorrow, Friday 14th December, is our Christmas Jumper Day – children are able to bring in £1 and can wear their festive jumpers to school. Children will also be enjoying their Christmas Dinner in school tomorrow – it looks to be a very fun and exciting day.
As we come to the end of our unit of work on the Polar Express (and the end of our first term) we thought that the children would enjoy a treat day next Tuesday (18th December 2018) Children can come to school wearing suitable pyjamas (coats and appropriate footwear will still be required for playtimes, etc) and can bring their favourite festive storybook to share with the class in the morning. During the afternoon, we will enjoy milk and cookies and will be watching the Polar Express. We are all very excited about it already!
Friday 30th November 2018
We have been exploring different celebrations, discussing why celebrating is important and what we do to celebrate. In preparation for our next lesson, please research and write 5 facts about the history of Christmas.
Please also practise your words for our Christmas Production as we have noticed in our rehearsals that many of us don’t know them! Thank you to those of you who have already brought in your outfits/costumes, if you have not yet brought it into school, please do so as soon as possible.
This year, for our Year 2 Stall at the Christmas Fair, we will be holding a ‘Book Tombola’ so if you have been enjoying a pre-Christmas clean-out (like me) please send into school any, good quality, children’s books that we could use on our stall. Many thanks.
Friday 23rd November 2018
We had a fabulous morning at Heswall Primary School, listening to the amazing author Steven Butler talking about his writing inspiration and his new book ‘Happy Howlidays!’ The children were, as usual, extremely well behaved during our walk there (and back) and during the author’s talk. We all thought he was very funny with the stories he told and we all laughed…a lot! For an extra homework challenge this week, see if you can find out some interesting facts about Steven Butler to share with the class next week…and maybe keep a lookout for any of his other books.
As you can see, we all enjoyed ourselves.
Thursday 22nd November 2018
For homework this week, you have a Reading Comprehension task (stuck into your Homework book) and a maths task, that can be accessed by clicking HERE
This week we have continued with our poetry work in Literacy, using our class text, The Christmasaurus, to develop our ideas for writing – we have been role-playing as North Pole Elves and trying to speak only in rhyme….it is very difficult to do this all of the time!
In our main Maths lessons we have been solving problems involving money and in our Morning Maths we have been practising telling the time – please keep working on this at home.
Our topic work has involved learning about Malala Yousafzai and her incredible story – the children were incredibly interested in what happened and managed to draw many comparisons with the work of Rosa Parks!
Next week we will be beginning our unit of work on The Polar Express – Christmas is in full swing in Year 2!
Speaking of Christmas – we are working hard on our Christmas Production and the children are keen to try out costumes and props. If you have your child’s costume, we would be grateful if you could send it into school as soon as possible so that they may begin to get used to it. Many thanks!
A reminder that tomorrow, Friday 23rd November, we will be walking to Heswall Primary School to spend the morning with the author Steven Butler – please make sure that your child has suitable footwear and warm coat, hat, scarf and gloves for the walk as it has gone considerably chillier this week! We will be returning to school in time for lunch.
Monday 19th November 2018
Thank you for your wonderful donations for our cake sale last Friday – we sold lots! We do have quite a few cakes left, so we will be selling the rest after school tomorrow, from the Poppy Shelter area – bring your 50p to buy a delicious treat!
We enjoyed our first Coding lesson today – programming objects to make them move.
Thursday 15th November 2018
Please click HERE to access the homework for this week.
Mrs Shaw has provided lyrics to the songs we need to learn for our Christmas Production and we would like you to learn these as part of your homework over the next few weeks please. We have practised all of the songs in school so the children are familiar with them.
A reminder that tomorrow (Friday 16th November) is the turn of our Year 2 Class to run the Cake Sale. Please could children bring cakes/biscuits into school for us to sell at the end of the day? Cakes/biscuits should be brought into school tomorrow morning so that we can set up our stall for the end of the day. Many thanks – we really do appreciate your support in this. Year 1 raised £93 at their sale and we are hoping that Year 2 will do just as well, if not even better!
Thank you for the fabulous effort that you and the children put into their wonderfully spotty outfits today, we were speechless at how creative you all were!
Thursday 8th November 2018
Please click the links below to access the homework tasks for this week.
We are very lucky to be joining Heswall Primary School at an ‘Author Event’ on Friday 23rd November, in conjunction with Lingham’s of Heswall. The children will have the opportunity to meet the author Steven Butler and to hear all about his fabulous new book. Further details can be accessed by clicking the link below.
A reminder that our fabulous PTA Fireworks Event is being held tonight – this is a ‘pay on the gate’ event and further details can be found at the top of this page.
An email was sent out earlier this week, detailing our plans for Children in Need next week:
Children in Need
We will be raising money for ‘Children In Need’ on Thursday 15th November, by coming to school dressed in anything ‘spotty’. We are asking for a £1.00 donation.
This is not compulsary. If you do not want to take part, then children should come to school in their uniform as normal.
This will take place on the day before (Thursday 15th November) as 4 classes are on a trip on the Friday 16th Nov and need to be in uniform.
Children will come to school in own clothes and ‘spots’.
We will have some prizes:
Pupil with the most spots
Pupil with the best spots
Pupil who is ‘spot on’
Pupil with most original spots
Thank you for your continued support.
Next Friday, 16th November, it will be the turn of Year 2 to host the cake sale! So far, Early Years and Year 1 have had great success at their events and we are hoping to do just as well. We are asking children to bring cakes/biscuits into school on Friday morning, ready for us to sell after school that afternoon. We are grateful for your support with this.
Thursday 1st November 2018
We all really enjoyed ‘Outdoor Classroom Day’ today. It was lovely to see everybody outside and engaged in wonderful activities. In Year 2 we began the day working on our calculation skills, playing number games outside where we had to run to different stations or pair up with someone and create a calculation – then work it out! For our Literacy work, we thought about the different Julia Donaldson stories we have heard and we went on a Treasure Hunt around the school grounds to locate clues and find the books – it was great fun! We are definitely hoping to plan many more outdoor activities over the coming weeks, so please make sure that your child has warm coats/hats/gloves and appropriate footwear, as you can see from our pictures how much we enjoyed it.
Homework for this week:
We have been reading the story of Stickman, by Julia Donaldson this week and have been very upset that he was missing! We have talked about creating a ‘Missing’ poster to help Stick Lady Love to find Stickman and bring him home. In groups we worked together to look at how to write a good description of the character. Use what you know to create a ‘Missing’ poster for Stickman. The example that we started together is shown below to give you ideas on how to set it out and how you might begin.
BONUS CHALLENGE: Following on from the fabulous ‘Outdoor Learning Day’ that we have enjoyed today, try to get outdoors over the weekend and use your description to help you to find/create your own Stickman!
Monday 29th October 2018
Welcome back to school! I hope that you all had a lovely, relaxing break – I certainly did!
It was so nice to see the sun shining again today, but we could definitely feel the chill – please make sure your child is coming to school dressed appropriately for the weather (warm coats, hats, gloves, etc.) We also have a number of children who have forgotten/misplaced their water bottles – we are unable to provide cups for all pupils, so please check that your child has a water bottle with their name on, so that they can have access to it all day.
Our Newsletter was sent out today, detailing many more of the exciting events we have coming up this half term:
- Wednesday 31st October – our PTA have organised a special treat for children to decorate a spooky Halloween biscuit for only £1 per child. Please send £1 into school with your child if you wish for them to take part in this event.
- Friday 2nd November – Year 1 children will be selling cakes at the end of the school day, from the Poppy Shelter. Please see newsletter for details.
- Thursday 8th November – PTA Firework display. Please click the link at the top of this page for further information.
- Thursday 29th November – PTA Film Night. Further information can be found by clicking the link at the top of this page.
- Friday 7th December – Children’s Christmas Fair. Our annual event is back! Further details can be found via the link at the top of this page.
- Tuesday 11th December – Nursery, Reception and Key Stage 1 Christmas Production. We are very excited about our performances again this year – further details will be available closer to the time and information regarding costumes will be sent out in the next week.
Before we finished for half term, we all enjoyed the Neon Disco. The children looked fabulous in their Neon T-Shirts, decorated by themselves and everyone had a wonderful time, as you can see…
Please click the link below to find out more information about our PTA Neon Disco event.
Following a number of comments from children in our class about their use of screens and the different things they watch and/or play, we spent our PSHE time discussing the importance of a ‘healthy diet’ regarding technology. We took a poll and discovered:
- 14 (45%) of our class have a television in their bedroom
- 29 (94%) have either an iPad or Tablet
- 15 (48%) of these children use it “to get to sleep at bedtime”
- 10 children (32%) say that their bedtime is later than 8:30pm
- 14 children (45%) say that they have either watched or played things with content suitable for only those over the age of 12.
The National Sleep Foundation and other research tells us that the use of electronic devices before/during bedtime, can be “physiologically and psychologically stimulating in ways that can adversely affect your sleep” i.e. electronic devices such as tablets, DO NOT HELP CHILDREN GO TO SLEEP.
The NHS recommends that children of 6/7 years of age require between 10-11 hours sleep per night.
Games that we are particularly concerned about include Fortnite, as mentioned yesterday, due to it’s violent content and ‘Mr Baldi’ which is billed as an educational game, but reviewers indicate that it is in fact “a horror title set in a school” and that content is not really suitable for those under 13 years of age.
Please be vigilant about what your child is doing online and how much time they are spending on electronic devices as studies have shown the significant impact this has upon Mental Wellness and social skills, not to mention their general wellbeing and academic development.
Thursday 11th October 2018
A number of our children have been talking about the game ‘Fortnite’….guidance states that, due to the level of violence, this game is not suitable for children under the age of 12. Please check the games that your child may be using, to ensure that they are appropriate. For further guidance on internet safety, please visit our e-safety tab for Parents, which can be accessed at the top of the page.
Many thanks to those who have already remembered to bring in their T-shirts to decorate for the Neon Disco. We will be painting our T-shirts in Golden Time tomorrow afternoon, so if you are coming to the Neon Disco, please make sure you bring an old, white T-shirt into school tomorrow.
This week we have been learning to use expanded noun phrases in our writing and have been thinking about character and setting descriptions. For homework this week, choose a person you know, a character from a film or book or a place you know well and write a short description, remembering to use a range of adjectives (describing words) – bonus team points are available if you can use better adjectives than ‘nice’ in your writing! Here is an example that we wrote together in class.
The Gruffalo was a tall, hairy beast. He had rough, brown fur all over him but on his back were purple, spiky prickles! He had terrible tusks and sharp, pointy claws. His eyes were bright orange, like fire! Although he looked very scary, he was actually very nice and was quite scared of the mouse.
Maths homework – Write the fact families for the following:
- 8 + 2 = 10
- 13 + 7 = 20
- 20 – 1 = 19
- 60 + 40 = 100
- CHALLENGE: Use the fact family to find the missing number. 8 + _ = 13
Thursday 4th October 2018
Our class have really been embracing our ‘Daily Writing’ tasks this half term. As we explained at our Parent Meetings, we do this in order to develop the children’s stamina for writing. Alongside the increased amount of work, 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 he would like to go home with 1 child each week that has shown particularly fantastic effort and enthusiasm for Literacy – he will be going on his first adventure this weekend and we are looking forward to hearing about it next week!
At our meetings last week, a number of you had questions about Key Stage 1 SATs and the curriculum in Year 2. As promised, I have attached the link for ‘The School Run’ website, which has some very good ideas and information for parents to support what we do in school
Next Wednesday, October 10th, is World Mental Health Day. We all think a lot about the ways in which we can keep our bodies fit and healthy and in school, we have also been looking at ways to keep our minds fit and healthy – we incorporate daily mindfulness and yoga into our curriculum, as well as building up to our ‘Daily Mile’. For your homework this week, I have set some ‘Healthy Mind’ challenges that I would like you to complete. Don’t feel that you are limited to the activities on the list, if there are other activities that you could add, please feel free. I am looking forward to hearing about them next week – in particular, which ones you liked most for ‘calming down’.
Dates for your diary for the Autumn Term:
- Please send a named, old, white T-shirt in for your child to decorate for the Neon Disco, by Wednesday 10th October.
- Tuesday 16th October – book ‘drop-in’ – an opportunity for you to view the work your child has been doing so far this year. Additional details on Newsletter.
- Thursday 18th October – PTA Neon Disco. £3 per child – please pay via Tucasi. Further information can be seen by clicking the link at the top of the page.
- Friday 19th October – school closes for our Half Term Break. We will re-open on Monday 29th October.
- Week beginning 29th October – this week is an additional opportunity for you to meet with your child’s teacher to discuss any issues, if you wish.
- Thursday 8th November – PTA Fireworks Event – pay on the day. More details will be available closer to the time.
- Friday 16th November – Year 2 Cake Sale – please send cakes into school on this date, for our class to sell. Further information available on Newsletter.
- Thursday 29th November – PTA Film Night. £3 per child, includes meal. Please pay via Tucasi.
- Monday 3rd December – Round Table Carol Wagon – a very fun event! If you would like to volunteer to support this, please contact our school office.
- Friday 7th December – Children’s Christmas Fair – £3 per child. Please pay via Tucasi.
Further details of each of these events can be found by reading our Newsletter, accessible via the ‘Documents’ tab on our homepage. I will add to this throughout the term to keep you updated.
Monday 24th September 2018
Many thanks to those who brought it to our attention that the children did not have their grey books to complete their homework task this week – apologies, it was my mistake for not sending them out! Thank you to those who had a go at the task on paper. Don’t worry if you didn’t get chance to do the task – we will discuss it in our phonics sessions and make sure we send the correct equipment home next week!
Thursday 20th September 2018
This week we have:
- role-played characters from stories we know to help us to understand them better
- used the text ‘Dear Greenpeace’ to help us to write our own letters
- looked at mathematical symbols for greater than, less than and equals and used them to compare numbers in our work with Mrs Sibthorp
- developed our coordination and worked on our fitness in PE
- thought about why being a good listener is important and practised ways in which we can be better listeners
Next week we will:
- work on our flexibility in PE
- practise greetings in Spanish
- be news reporters, discussing the Great Fire of London
- investigate how animals change and grow
- explore and sketch leaves as part of our work on Autumn
- begin to look at information texts and discuss how to look after pets
1. Read at least 3 times and ask your grown up to sign your reading log.
2. Practise saying your 2 times table.
3. We have been learning different strategies to help with our spelling. This week we have practised spelling ‘because’ in our phonics lesson. Your task – Use one page in your homework book to practise spelling our common exception words
Remember to use only one page and to try out the different ways of writing that we practised in class. Please look at the examples below to remind you.
Thursday 13th September 2018
What a super start we’ve made to our year – the children have really impressed us with their attitudes to learning over the past week. We have worked hard and it has been challenging, but the children have given everything a go with big smiles on their faces – well done Year 2!
Thank you for the super effort everyone put into last week’s homework – I feel like we all know so much more about you now. We have continued to be impressed with how many more children are more confident with their 2 times table – please keep practising this as it is very important for the children to develop fluency with their times tables.
This week we have:
- read the story of Tiddler by Julia Donaldson and used it to stimulate our own writing
- got into character (Miss Skate from Tiddler) and wrote letters
- used equipment to support our understanding of partitioning
- looked at part whole models and found ‘the missing number’
- watched a chick develop inside an egg and worked in groups to create a poster of what we found out
- discussed the Great Fire of London and shared facts
- begun to talk about values – particularly ‘cooperation’ and how we can show this ourselves
Next week we will:
- continue to develop our Place Value knowledge in maths
- edit and improve our pieces of writing, using our knowledge of conjunctions
- improve our fitness with circuit training
- continue to learn about the Great Fire of London through the diary of Samuel Pepys
For your homework this week, I would like you to continue to practise your 2 times table and try this challenge from our Active Maths work Y2 Active Maths Homework 13 September 2018
Thursday 6th September 2018
Today has been another great day in Year 2!
In Literacy we read through our writing from yesterday and became Editors in order to improve our work.
In Maths we had a ‘Missing Number’ challenge in Active Maths – the staff have been very impressed with the children’s Place Value knowledge so far. Next week we will be looking more at Number and Place Value in our Maths work.
In R.E. we talked about feelings, being afraid and being brave and we looked at the story of Daniel in the Lion’s Den.
Our day was finished off with a music lesson with Mrs Shaw!
I have set a short homework task for this week, designed to help us find out a little bit more about our class. We have gone through the activity with the children and they all seem very happy with what they need to do.
Thursday 6th September 2018
For your homework this week, I would like to find out about YOU! Please use your homework book (grey book) to write and draw all about yourself. Include information that you think I need to know – what you like, what you dislike, what your interests are and maybe what you hope to learn about in Year 2.
Please return you homework to school by Tuesday 11th September. Thank you.
I would also like you to continue practising the 2 times table please.
Wednesday 5th September 2018
Welcome back to a new school year! Our Year 2 Team have all been very excited to meet the class and get started on our exciting activities.
What a lovely and very busy first day back we have all had. I imagine that the children are all going home quite tired tonight after a very active day!
We discussed our summer holidays this morning and then I set the children a writing challenge to describe what they thought I did during the summer – I seem to have been very busy trampolining and competing in Tough Mudder according to some! Then we did Active Maths, looking at Place Value in number and finished off with some yoga this afternoon. What a day!
Our team will be having an early night ready for another exciting day tomorrow.