Our class staff are Mrs C Kitching (teacher), Mrs P Smith (teaching assistant).
In Year 2 our aim is to make every day engaging, motivating and challenging so that we can help to develop independent and resilient learners who are successful and show an enthusiastic attitude towards learning.
On our class page you will be able to share in many of the inspiring activities we encounter during the year. They will include class based and outdoor learning, visitors and trips, as well as the work we cover through our termly themes such as Science, History and Geography.
We hope you will enjoy looking at photographs and reading about the range of learning taking place. We very much enjoy sharing our experiences with you.
Happy New Year. It was lovely to welcome pupils and families back and hear exciting stories and holiday news. Thank you for an amazing selection of extreme reading photos and engaging book reviews.
Please find below an overview of our learning this term.
Maths:The children will be working on data handling including: completing a frequency table and using it to answer questions, collecting and sorting information using a Venn diagram, Measuring involving money, recognising and using £ and p signs and answering related questions in a variety of formats. We will be identifying and describing the properties of 2D and 3D shapes and ordering and arranging combinations in patterns and sequences. Our number focus will be fractions, we will recognise, find and write thirds and quarters of a length, shape, set of objects and quantities. We will learn to recognise equivalent fractions.
English: The work will be directly linked to the Inspire Curriculum and will include story writing based on a traditional tale The Sun and the Wind and instructions linked to our theme Blown Away. The children will write in a variety genres including poetry, letter-writing (to pen pals in our French link school) and to Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk, also they will write news recounts, stories and factual reports. Spellings will continue to be set weekly and tested on a Friday. The class book will be Little Evie in the Wild Wood by Jackie Morris and illustrated by Catherine Hyde as the children requested work linked to learning about alternative traditional tales, which this story encompasses. I met both the author and illustrator at the book launch last year and when I spoke about the class they kindly gave me a superb power point showing the stages involving in writing it and illustrating it which I am looking forward to using in class. We have signed copies of the book to read and share.
Science/Inspire: Our Inspire themes this term are Blown Away, Town Mouse/Country Mouse and Sowing and Growing. The children will be finding out about the weather and climates around the world. They will design and make weather collecting instruments to collect data about our weather which will be used to support and extend learning in maths and computing. Inspire will also include the National Curriculum subjects of Computing, ART, Design Technology and Music. Not every subject is taught every week but will be fully covered during the course of the term.
R.E. The children will continue to have visits from Churches Together and Mrs Bartaby will lead an RE themed assembly once a week. In the classroom we will be learning about our Cornish Celtic saints. Nearer to the end of term we will be researching Easter around the world and presenting our findings in a power point.
SMSC: The children will set themselves goals and work towards these throughout the term. They will also look at the skills which make an effective learner and will recognise their strengths, how we can learn from mistakes and how to resist distractions to become resilient learners.
P.E.:For the first half of the term we will be focusing on football and for the second half we will focus on swimming..
Homework:Maths or English homework, spellings and handwriting is set on a Friday to be returned by the following Wednesday. This is linked to work currently being carried out in class.
What's been happening in class this week? - Spring term
It was lovely to welcome parents into our class room this week to share in and enjoy our learning. The children were having a science lesson which involved an exciting morning of practical and written work learning about seeds and their life cycle. First, the children carefully dissected a butter bean, using a cocktail stick they removed the skin and located the shoot. They then planted their own broad bean seeds. Next they drew and labelled their own lifecycles showing how their seed will develop by drawing on the lessons experiences and also their reading comprehension work of the previous day on flow charts.(National Curriculum, Year 2 to observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plant, to find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy).
Our second reading comprehension this week focussed on reading a story booklet about a Javan rhino called Ronald. The children’s differentiated questions involved them referring to set pages to use techniques learnt to retrieve information to answer questions and show their understanding. It also allowed them to draw on previous non- fiction reading comprehension information and the children added facts and information to extend their writing further.(National Curriculum, Year 2 tounderstand both the books that they can already read accurately and fluently and those that they listen to by:
In math we have been learning about position and directions. This extended the children’s understanding of fractions as we moved objects through half, quarter, 90 and 180 degree turns. The children’s work here was cross curricular and enabled them to develop compass skills and understanding during our fieldwork in geography.
(National Curriculum, Year 2 to use mathematical vocabulary to describe position, direction and movement, including movement in a straight line and distinguishing between rotation as a turn and in terms of right angles for quarter, half and three-quarter turns (clockwise and anti-clockwise).
Historical Fun Fridays have been launched this week.Over the course of the next three weeks Connor Downs pupils and staff will be taking a step back in time each afternoon. Our theme for 2019 is Triumph and Tragedy. Classes have been mixed in KS1 and will learn about The Great Fire of London, Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus to understand how the events of the past have shaped our world today.
In Year 2 this week we have been busy launching our third theme of the term Sowing and Growing.
Our launch lesson involved a treasure hunt. We found in our outdoor learning area: a small bag containing some runner bean seeds, an egg painted gold, some feathers, a giant’s footprint, a piece of rope with the name tag ‘Daisy’ on it, a watering can and some plant pots. The children then used the clues to guess our story, Jack and the Beanstalk. The children’s next task was to help Jack to grow the biggest strongest beanstalk he could.
The children worked in pairs to come up with some questions to ask gardeners about how to grow the best plants.
o How much water do they need?
o Where should we plant them?
o What should we plant them in?
o How tall will they grow?
On March 27thtwe will be visiting Duchy College to find out how to grow plants successfully, and we will grow our own beanstalks and other plants to eat. ( National Curriculum, Year 2, pupils should be taught to: §observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants §find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy).
In English we have taken part in role play and listened to and talked about stories we can’t yet read for ourselves. The childrenworked in small groups to retell the story of Jack and the Beanstalk through role play. We remembered to use facial expressions and a special voice for our character. Our reading comprehension was based on a version of Jack and the Beanstalk and involved a range of questions to check understanding of the story structure. This week we also had our re-scheduled World Book Day. The children had great fun sharing their favourite book characters and information about their favourite authors.(National Curriculum, Year 2,to become increasingly familiar with and retell a wider range of stories, fairy stories and traditional tales).
In maths the children have been using and applying their skills cross curricular. We looked at local garden charges and work out the income from each category of visitor. The children recalled and used multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables to solve problems drawing tables and diagrams to help.
At the open day there is a giant vegetable competition. One person’s carrot weighed about 800 gs. Another carrot was 150 centimetres long. If carrots usually weigh 10 grams and are about 10 cm long, how many ordinary carrots are needed to weigh the same as the giant carrot? How many ordinary carrots are needed to make the same length as the giant carrot? How did you work this out? (National Curriculum, Year 2,to count in steps of 2, 3, and 5 from 0, and in tens from any number, forward and backward).
In art the children wereintroduced to Beatrix Potter’s art and technique. They experience a new form of drawing and looked at vegetables very closely and sketched and painted them. The children used pen to draw in detail. (National Curriculum, Year 2,to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space §about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work).
It was lovely to welcome the children back to school.
This week we have been busy focussing on our KS1 tests which we will do during May. We have been doing practise papers and looking at strategies and approaches to help us. We have learnt how to read and interpret the question, how to follow instructions correctly, where and how to do our workings and how to check and edit our answers if necessary. A key part of our learning has focussed on speed and stamina. At the end of the week we did our first timed practise tests in arithmetic (+,-, x and divide) and reading. I was so pleased with the children’s resilience, all tests were completed in the time framework and the scores were outstanding.
In English we used our preparation before the holidays to write our pen-pal letters. We included an address in the top right corner, the date, we used dear and from, we made our reason for writing clear and included questions to engage the reader and start a dialogue with our new friend.(National Curriculum English Year 2: develop positive attitudes towards and stamina for writing by: writing about real events §planning or saying out loud what they are going to write about §encapsulating what they want to say, sentence by sentence §make simple additions, revisions and corrections to their own writing by: §re-reading to check that their writing makes sense and that verbs to indicate time are used correctly and consistently, including verbs in the continuous form §proof-reading to check for errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation [for example, ends of sentences punctuated correctly] §read aloud what they have written with appropriate intonation to make the meaning clear).
In music we have been learning to listen to environmental sounds and describing them using musical vocabulary and using body percussion/instruments in a soundscape. We explored rural soundscapes in a very similar way to the exploration of urban soundscapes in our previous lesson. We used a stimulus, a trip to the woods and a few minutes quiet listening in the playground. We brainstorm rural sounds and then extracted some key characteristics as last time – e.g. peaceful, animal calls/sounds, soft, rustling. In groups, pupils decided which instruments/body percussion/vocal sounds would be the best for creating a country soundscape e.g. shaker moved slowly – wind in the trees, recorder – birdsong. They then collected their instruments and composed their own country soundscape. Each group performed their composition and we discussed which sounds are the most effective. (National Curriculum Music KS1: to experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music).
In science we described how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, identified and named a variety of plants and animals in their habitats and discovered that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited.We ask questions to extend learning:
(National Curriculum Science Year 2:to identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other §identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats).
Next week we look forward to sharing our photography with you based on the style of the photographer Slinkachu and which links to our work on habitats.
We have had a full and exciting week of learning and extra- curricular events this week in year 2.
In geography we have compared locations, in particular our school location and link school location in Cheltenham. We have looked at features of hamlets, villages, towns and cities. We then used a map of the UK and identified and marked our own school and our contrasting link school on the mapand consider what we will need to include in a model of the area. (National Curriculum Geography KS1- to use aerial photos and plan perspectives to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features: devise a simple map and use and construct symbols).
In maths we have completed our unit on multiplying and dividing and worked on some cross curricular challenges. These challenges have focussed on recallingand using multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables and recognising, finding, naming and writing fractions 1/3, 1/4,2/4 and 3/4 of a length, shape, sets of objects or quantity. Fractions will be our maths focus after half term so our tasks really enthused and prepared the children for the next step in their learning journey.The children had to solve problems about leaves being eaten at different rates and calculate the fractions of the amounts at each stage.Here is an example of their challenge: birds like to eat seeds. Can you work out this problem about sorting seeds?
You need a pile of counters or seeds and a box or bag for spare seeds. You are going to divide the seeds in half. Each time you keep half of the seeds and put the other half in the spare box or bag for later. If there is an odd number of seeds to divide you put one seed into the spare box or bag so you are left with an even number of seeds to divide. For example, if you start with 12 seeds, after halving you will have 6 seeds and put 6 seeds into the spare box or bag. You then halve you six seeds so you have 3 seeds and put the other three into the spare box or bag. As 3 is odd you cannot halve this. You need to put an extra seed into the bag or box so you have only 2 seeds. You then halve 2 seeds and so you keep 1 seed and put the other seed into your box or bag. This took three halvings to get from 12 seeds to just one seed. How can you record this?
Now start with a different number of seeds (less than 20) – do you always finish with 1 seed? Does it always take 3 halvings to do so?
When we started with 12 you only had to put an extra seed into the bag or box once (as 3 is an odd answer). Which starting numbers cause you to do this most? Which numbers do not make this happen at all? Explore different starting numbers.
Explore this when dividing into thirds. What is the same? What is different?(National Curriculum Maths Year 2, solve problems in multiplication and division, using materials, arrays, repeated addition, mental methods, multiplication and division facts, including problems in context).
In English we have planned a letter to introduce ourselves to our pen friend at a contrasting school and talked about information you can put in your letter whilst identifying key ideas and words to use through using a writing frame.(National Curriculum English Year 2, to develop positive attitudes towards and stamina for writing by writing about real events and writing for a purpose).
This linked to our Safer Internet Day 2019 activities undertaken on Tuesday 5thFebruary where we talked about keeping information about ourselves safe online. It was lovely to share this day with parents and grandparents.
I hope you enjoy looking at our photos and sharing in our learning.
In Year 2 this week we have launched our second theme of the spring term, Town Mouse, Country Mouse. Through our launch power point we learnt to compare town and country life, to know the location of our school and our link school, to ask questions about life of pupils in another school and consider and evaluate different viewpoints. We learnt and discussed features of hamlets, villages, towns and cities using aerial photos and photographs. We then studied aerial photos of Connor Downs and made our own street maps of our locality. We added a key and physical and human features.(National Curriculum Geography Key Stage 1: to use aerial photographs and plan perspectives to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features; devise a simple map; and use and construct basic symbols in a key).
The children had an exciting computing lesson making lego robot models and wind turbines, they then used ipads to programme them to move, rotate, make a noise and managed the speed of their rotations.(National CurriculumComputing Key Stage 1: tounderstand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions).
In maths we have been learning about multiplication and division. We have recalled multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables, including recognising odd and even numbers. We then calculated mathematical statements using arrays and grouping for division to help us.(National Curriculum Maths Year 2: to recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables, including recognising odd and even numbers §calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division within the multiplication tables and write them using the multiplication (×), division (÷) and equals (=) signs §show that multiplication of two numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and division of one number by another cannot §solve problems involving multiplication and division, using materials, arrays, repeated addition, mental methods, and multiplication and division facts, including problems in contexts).
In English we have studied different version of the Aesop fable Town Mouse, Country Mouse and written character descriptions. We have acted out the story, annotated texts and explored details of the story and its message.(National CurriculumEnglish Year 2: to understand both the books that they can already read accurately and fluently and those that they listen to by:
During PE we have explored gymnastic movements focussing on stretching and curling sequences. Our challenge this week was to
add more moves to sequences on the floor e.g. jump from apparatus, land on mat, forward roll to stand or forward roll to tucked sit, then rock to standing. The question given to the children was: Can you try to always use gymnastic moves to move from one action to another? (National Curriculum PE Key Stage: to master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities).
In English this week we have written stories based on the Aesop fable The Sun and Wind. The children wrote in clear parts and included speech. During our SPAG lessons we have learnt how to write and punctuate speech. There was lots of evidence of this being transferred into the children’s writing. In phonics we have been learning about suffixes and these have been evident with the use of exciting new words such as boastful, strongest. (National Curriculum Writing: encapsulating what they want to say, sentence by sentence, rereading to check that their writing makes sense and that verbs to indicate time are used correctly and consistently, including verbs in the continuous form, proofreading to check for errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation (for example, ends of sentences punctuated correctly), read aloud what they have written with appropriate intonation to make the meaning clear).
In class we have enjoyed sharing and discussing some wonderful new books (now in our book corner): I will love you anyway by Mick and Chloe Inkpen, a poignant and funny story and its sequel Fred about a troubled little dog who finally discovers his name. Our third book that the children have thoroughly enjoyed too was What Do People Do All Day by Richard Scarry and had lots of links to our school careers talks which we were able to discuss. (National Curriculum Reading Year 2 toread aloud and listen to books being read that are closely matched to their improving phonic knowledge, sounding out unfamiliar words accurately, automatically and without undue hesitation).
In Science we have observed, gathered and recorded data over the week using language or number to represent our findings. Pupils experimented with their data gathering equipment. They agreed how the equipment should be used, e.g. location, and the need to keep this the same, and had the opportunity to experiment with it in the playground.
The focus here was upon taking readings of key features such as:
Pupils also have given some thought as to how they recorded the measurements in a way that is both practical and effective. The readings needed to indicate when the measurements were taken as well as what they were.
We also considered how well our equipment was working and compared the techniques and identified which seemed to be working better.
We thought about factors such as:
(National Curriculum Science KS1 asking simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways, observing closely, using simple equipment, performing simple tests, identifying and classifying, using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions, gathering and recording data to help in answering questions).
This week in music we talked abouttwo pieces of music, inspired by clouds, describing how they sounded and how they made us feel and compared the two, expressing and justifying a preference. We listened to Clouds’ by Philip Glass from ‘Koyaanisqatsi’, ‘From the Clouds’ by Jack Johnson and ‘Clouds’ Django Reinhardt. We listened carefully, closing our eyes to help us to concentrate,gave reasons for our ideas and listened to other people’s ideas and reasons.(National Curriculum Music KS1 tolisten with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music).
Our week culminated with a special workshop with the presenter, engineer and scientist Shawn Roberts. The children learnt to design products that were innovative and learnt about the impact of well-known designers and inventors and how their products help to shape the world.
It has been a busy and exciting week in Year 2. In English we have been writing stories based on the Aesop fable, The Sun and the Wind. The children have explored the fable through drama and music, they have planned their own stories inventing new characters and including a moral.(National Curriculum Year 2 Reading, toread words containing common suffixes and writing, writing for different purposes).
Next week we look forward to writing our stories.
We also enjoyed launching our new class reading book Little Evie in the Wild Wood by Jackie Morris and Catherine Hyde, award winning author and illustrator. The children really enjoyed sharing the book, a signed copy of which is now in our class book corner. The children learnt a great deal about how to improve their writing.
In maths we have been learning about money developing our fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills. We have taken our maths learning outside to further develop skills in practical, fun sessions to cement understanding and provide challenge and opportunities for all.( National Curriculum maths Year2 to recognise and use symbols for pounds (£) and pence (p); combine amounts to make a particular value, find different combinations of coins that equal the same amounts of money, solve simple problems in a practical context involving addition and subtraction of money of the same unit, including giving change).
The children’s Constable style paintings are looking great on display. ( National Curriculum DT KS1 to select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing], select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics).
During our first full week back at school we have launched our exciting new theme Blown Away.
In our launch, geography lesson we have been learning to identify cloud formations and describe their respective shapes, we have develop and explore a range of vocabulary to describe cloud formations and explored links between cloud formations and weatherpatterns. We had great fun using a plasma ball to explore lightning effects and generate an interest in learning more about the weather. (National Curriculum Geography KS1-identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom).
In English this week we developed our learning and life skills covering skill 2 knowing and managing feelings. The children took part in a discussion with a partner or small group, taking turns and listening to each other ideas, then worked together to learn a poem by heart. Our poem was Who has seen the wind? By Christina Rossetti. The children then took part in a ‘think, pair, share’ exploring what they thought about the poem:
Our challenge was to learn a poem off by heart. We then wrote our own weather poems in the same style.(National Curriculum English Year 2-participate in discussion about books, poems and other works that are read to them and those that they can read for themselves, taking turns and listening to what others say §explain and discuss their understanding of books, poems and other material, both those that they listen to and those that they read for themselves).
In maths we have been doing our beginning of term maths assessments and solvingproblems by counting steps of 2 or 5, describing patterns in the count. We have linked this to our new theme and solved temperature reading problems eg.
On a very cold day, the temperature is dropping really quickly. It is dropping 2 degrees each time you check the thermometer. You start reading the thermometer at 28 degrees. It next shows 26 degrees, then 24 degrees. Can you count to say what the temperatures will be each time you go and read the thermometer?
On another day, the temperature is increasing by 2 degrees each time you go and look. If it starts at 6 degrees, what will the readings be?
The wind speed is increasing by 5mph each time you go and look. If it starts on 10mph, what will the readings be?
Amy knows the readings for the wind speed one day were 45, 40, 35, 30. She lost the next three readings, but knows the wind speed ended on 10. What are the missing readings?(National Curriculum Maths Year 2-solve problems involving multiplication and division, using materials, arrays, repeated addition, mental methods, and multiplication and division facts, including problems in contexts).
This has also been preparation for our weather surveys starting next week. Our DT has also prepared us for the next step as the children have been designing weather collecting equipment.(National Curriculum DT Key Stage 1- design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria §generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology).
What has been going on in class this week?
Our first term in Year 2 has ended with some exciting news from Young Writers, an organisation involved in promoting the enjoyment of reading and writing. This year as part of their 27th year of running an annual competition, poems written by children in Year 2 have been chosen for publication. The children were challenged to write a riddle on a theme of their choice, they made a wonderful effort and have been selected for publication. Little Riddlers- Cornwall is set for publication on 28thFebruary 2019 and the children and school will receive copies so all pupils have the opportunity to see their work in print. ( National Curriculum English, Year 2, to develop positive attitudes towards and stamina for writing by writing poetry and writing for different purposes).
The children have also shone on stage whilst developing their speaking and listening skills with a chance to perform in front of a growing audience. Our school nativity play, Christmas with the Aliens was excellent and included impressive performances on stage and hearty singing.
In computing we created power points about Christmas around the world sharing how different cultures celebrate Christmas. (National Curriculum KS1 computing, pupils should be taught to: understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs are execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions).
We linked our maths statistic work to our geography and collected our own data using tally charts about places in our locality. Next we constructed our own block diagrams and analysed our findings. (National Curriculum KS1 geography to use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of their school and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment).
Thank you for all your support this term.
We wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and look forward to an exciting spring term 2018.
It has been another busy and rewarding week in Year 2. In English our completed spell poems have been assessed against the toolkit. We allocated writing buddies for each writer or pair of writers and have discussed the poems one at a time using the ‘response sandwich’ prompts:
I like the way you…
It might have been even better of you’d………
I like the way you…….
We offered three responses to the poem linked to the success criteria on the toolkit. We allowed each writer time to make any improvements they have identified, then gathered to share poems, first revisiting the original learned by heart. Pupils were asked to identify favourite words and phrases from each other’s flight spell poems. (National Curriculum English, Year 2 to make simple additions, revisions and corrections to their own writing by: evaluating their writing with the teacher and other pupils: rereading to check that their writing makes sense and that verbs to indicate time are used correctly and consistently, including verbs in the continuous form: proofreading to check for errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation (for example, ends of sentences punctuated correctly): read aloud what they have written with appropriate intonation to make the meaning clear).
In Maths alongside our work on statistics we have collected data about Christmas presents, presented our findings using tally charts, tables, pictograms and block diagrams, solved problems about the prices of Christmas presents involving addition and subtraction of money of the same unit, including giving change. (National Curriculum Maths Year 2 to: interpret and construct simple pictograms, tally charts, block diagrams and tables: ask and answer simple questions by counting the number of objects in each category and sorting the categories by quantity: ask-and-answer questions about totalling and comparing categorical data).
In History we have read the story of Icarus and explored the question why have people always wanted to fly? We looked at different types of flying objects, understood how the invention of powered flight has changed peoples’ lives over the last 100 years and create a timeline of the history of flight. Next we looked at famous inventors and listed the special qualities they have. (National Curriculum History KS1-to learn about events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally [for example, the first aeroplane flight or events commemorated through festivals or anniversaries).
As always every moment is utilized and our week has also included KS1 Nativity play rehearsals and gingerbread biscuit baking for the Christmas Fayre. We look forward to sharing these wonderful events with you and thank you for your support learning lines and making costumes, it is very much appreciated.
Our English work this week has involved us expressing how text makes us feel and using rhyme and alliteration to create our own magic spell poems. We also practised reciting a poem dramatically. All our writing is supported by our daily spelling programme, SPAG, guided reading programme and twice weekly reading comprehensions. (National Curriculum, Year 2- Reading-continuing to build up a repertoire of poems learnt by heart, appreciating these and reciting some, with appropriate intonation to make the meaning clear. Writing- writing poetry and reading aloud what they have written with appropriate intonation to make the meaning clear).
In RE we have been developing our understanding of Christianity. Our aims have been to know about and understand Christianity as a living faith, to engage and develop knowledge and skills in making sense of biblical text and to develop our ability to connect. We have focused on the Gospel and explored Bible stories which give good news. We have written accounts of what this means, described how Christians show their beliefs, talked through, thought and asked questions to make links to our lives and experiences.
During our theme, Through the Keyhole, we learnt about materials. This week we have completed our work on materials. We identified and compared the uses of everyday materials, we observed closely and recorded our findings on a table, listing materials and their properties. The next step in our learning journey was to compare features and items discovered on our class trip to Lanhydrock House and understand why certain materials are used for different items. We used our outdoor area and feely bags to explore how materials change and computing to develop our understanding through images and video clips. We concluded by identifying the difference between man-made and natural materials, devised tests and presented our findings. (National Curriculum Science, Year 2Pupils should be taught to identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses and to find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching).
Our work was cross curricular and enhanced our statistic work in maths.(National Curriculum Maths Year 2-pupils should be taught to interpret and construct simple pictograms, tally charts, block diagrams and tables, ask and answer simple questions by counting the number of objects in each category and sorting the categories by quantity and to ask-and-answer questions about totalling and comparing categorical data).
This week has flown by in Year 2!
We have launched our next theme Flying High which will run alongside our current theme Through the Keyhole and take us to the end of the term. The two themes overlap perfectly.
The children have continued their DT work on textiles, sewing bookmarks and also designed and made aeroplanes. We then tested our planes and measured the distance flown in meters and centimetres. Congratulations to our furthest fliers at an impressive 6m 43cm and 6m 19cm.(National Curriculum KS1 to select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks, for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing).
Our maths theme is measurement. The children have been choosing and using appropriate standard units to measure and estimate length, height and mass to the nearest appropriate unit using rulers and scales.(National Curriculum Year 2 to choose and use appropriate standard units to estimate and measure length/height in any direction (m/cm); mass (kg/g); temperature (°C); capacity (litres/ml) to the nearest appropriate unit, using rulers, scales, thermometers and measuring vessels).
In English we have been busy learning how to use apostrophes for missing letters, exploring adjectives and writing descriptions. The standard of the children’s writing is excellent. In our descriptive writing about a storm there was also use of expanded noun phrases which we looked at a few weeks ago, eg the enormous, twisted, cracking and dark branches.(National Curriculum Year 2- writing down ideas and/or key words, including new vocabulary and to develop positive attitudes towards and stamina for writing by:writing for different purposes).
On Sunday 11th November, Connor Downs Academy were invited to attend a special Service of Remembrance at Hayle War Memorial. Many children and families took part. Our class school councillors and other children from Year 2 attended and we laid a wreath to remember our fallen heroes on behalf of the children, staff, families and community of Connor Downs Academy.
As a school we value the significance of this occasion in our lives and have learnt a lot from our annual participation.
We were incredibly proud of the respectful way all our children took part and very much valued sharing this special event with the wider community. (National Curriculum Key Stage 1- to understand the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. To learn about significant historical events, people and places in their own locality).
In science this week the children have been learning to identify and compare the uses of everyday materials. We used our outdoor learning area to observe materials closely and in the classroom we identified and classified materials and investigated their properties. We recorded our findings on tables using the correct names for materials and their characteristics. We then used our observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions. (National Curriculum Year 2- to identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses).
In RE this week we have read our class bible story, Moses. We thought about how we could re-tell the story in an engaging way. We talked about genres that we have been studying in English and examining features of in our reading comprehensions. We re-capped on our poetry writing with a pattern style. The children then re told the story of Moses in this style. We collected a word bank of useful words and phrases for our word wall.
Our aim was to have a clear poem pattern, capture the story and its meaning and punctuate to aid reading aloud. Performances were videoed and shared with encouraging and productive feedback from friends.
This week in Year 2 we have really enjoyed the experience of performing on a stage for our friends, families and carers. Our whole school Music Night theme was songs from the musicals. In Year 2 we chose Let’s Go Fly a Kite from Mary Poppins. Long before Mary Poppins was flying across stages around the world, the beloved nanny was nothing more than an idea in the mind of author P. L. Travers. ... It wasn't until 1964 that Walt Disney's Mary Poppins was released, based only loosely on the original book series. Since then it has been released as a film and performed as a musical for generations to enjoy. Year 2 chose to sing Let’s go Fly a Kite to launch our theme Flying High and we are all looking forward to watching the new Disney film of this iconic musical which will be released at cinemas during the Christmas holidays. This week also marked Disney’s 90thanniversary!
The children sang with great gusto and gave an animated and confident performance. We were all very proud of them ( National Curriculum KS1 Music to use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs, English toparticipate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play/improvisations and PE to perform dances using simple movement patterns).
Reading has also been an inspiring and rewarding part of our week. Our half term assessments have shown impressive progress through levels and the majority of the class are now on our academy Accelerated Reading programme. Our class Guided Reading groups are enjoying sharing their learning and gaining confidence whilst exploring a range of texts and genres in a small group setting. At the end of the day we are reading our new class text The Hodgeheg by Dick King Smith which follows on from our outdoor learning. At the end of the day the text is displayed on the big screen and we are practising reading aloud with expression to further develop our reading skills and to practise reading to an audience in preparation for our KS1 Nativity.
The children’s comprehension and inference skills have been impressive in written activities as well. Twice a week the children do a reading comprehension.The children areidentifying the meaning of vocabulary in context, retrieving and explaining relevant details from fiction and non-fiction to demonstrate understanding of character, events and information, identifying sequences of events in a range of straightforward texts and making simple and general inferences based on the text.
In computing we have been using technology purposely to create and store content. The children have written Bonfire Night acrostic poems and added images. They have presented their work to their friends and peer assessed each other’s work. (National Curriculum KS1 to use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content).
In geography we have located and labelled the four countries of the UK and their capitals. We have discovered how all four countries join to make the Union Jack. (National Curriculum KS1 to name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom).
In PE we have been learning to jump safely from the floor and apparatus with neatness and control. (National Curriculum KS1 to master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities).
In Year 2, this week we have been developing our literacy through history. The children have learnt about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot through a variety of exciting activities. We have recalled key events and sequenced them, we have used time words to show a sequence and written in the past tense. The children took part in hot seating to understand the perspective of key characters in events. From this they wrote impressive eye witnessed accounts in a diary format. Their writing really showed excellent use of past tense, they wrote in first person and added description effectively, for example:
‘Guy Fawkes was all alone in the dark, damp, muddy, cold and echoing cellar’.It has been an inspiring and motivating start to the new half term.
(National Curriculum, English Year 2: to develop positive attitudes towards and stamina for writing by:
We have continued our learning journey in maths through addition and subtraction. Our reasoning and word problem solving challenges have linked to fireworks. Alongside this we have worked on our number bonds to 100, adding and subtracting continuing patterns and calculating 10 more and less than (National Curriculum Maths Year 2: solve problems with addition and subtraction: §using concrete objects and pictorial representations, including those involving numbers, quantities and measures §applying their increasing knowledge of mental and written methods §recall and use addition and subtraction facts to 20 fluently, and derive and use related facts up to 100).
In art and DT we have designed our Victorian bookmarks linked to our school trip to Lanhydrock House and our theme Through the Keyhole taking inspiration from the real samplers and images on display. The children then transferred their design onto dotty paper, using each dot for each hole on the binca material. The pattern will then fit onto the cloth. We will begin sewing next week (National Curriculum DT Key Stage 1: to design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria §generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology).
In Year 2 this week, we have continued our learning journey through our second theme of the term, Through the Keyhole.
We have been looking at Lanhydrock House. We located it on a regional map and map of the UK. Next, we used atlases to locate the four countries of the UK and their capitals (National Curriculum KS1 touse world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans studied at this key stage).
In English, we wrote fact files to consolidate our learning and used these to write an informative account encouraging others to visit Lanhydrock House. We included sub headings, an introductory sentence and persuasive language (National Curriculum KS1 Year 2,writing narratives about personal experiences and those of others (real and fictional)).
We have also looked closely at the journey we took from the entrance of Lanhydrock House to the nursery and composed a music journey to re-trace our footsteps. Next week we will perform this with instruments (National Curriculum KS1 to experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music).
In are we have been designing and making embroidery bookmarks ready for Christmas. The activity has involved using materials creatively to design and make products. (National Curriculum KS1: to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products).
In maths we have been using bar models to solve word problems. We have also extended our understanding of number by playing games from the past linked to our trip: Children in Victorian times played games such as Hoopla. Pupils score 10, 20 and 50 for throwing a hoop over a peg.
You have 4 hoops to throw.
What is the maximum you can score?
What is the minimum you can score?
What would you score if you threw 3 hoops on 10 pegs and 1 onto the 50 peg?
What would you score if you threw 2 hoops onto 20 pegs, 1 onto a 10 peg and missed altogether with a hoop? Explore other scores.
Where might your hoops have landed if your total score was 30? Can you find more than one way?
How many hoops would you have to throw to score 50? What is the quickest way? (National Curriculum KS1, Year 2 tosolve problems with addition and subtraction: using concrete objects and pictorial representations).
In PE this week we have continued our gymnastic programme focussing on Balances. The children have made a five part routine, in pairs, exploring different balances on a range of apparatus. We videoed final routines this week to share in our next lesson. (National Curriculum PE key stage 1:Pupils should be taught to: §master basic movements including balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities).
This week we have been busy continuing our learning journey and starting our second theme of Year 2, Through the Keyhole.
We launched our new theme with a class visit to Lanhydrock House.Our visit had a historical focus, to look at and experience life during the Victorian period. The sun shone for the duration of our visit and the children explored the house from the point of view of the children, family and servants. Everyone was fascinated with how different life was (National Curriculum History Year 2 to studysignificant historical events, people and places in their own locality).
Maths has also involved us starting a new unit addition and subtraction. The children have been recalling known facts to 20 and using related facts to 100. We have also played Victorian number games to develop our addition skills using concrete objects alongside mental calculations, these were the games that they saw in the nursery at Lanhydrock House ( National Curriculum Maths Year 2 toadd and subtract numbers using concrete objects, pictorial representations, and mentally).
In computing this week, we have been focusing on online safety, communication and collaboration. The children have written and sent a thank you letter to Lanhydrock House and emailed a report of our visit to the company who kindly sponsored us with free transport for the day. We focussed on sending suitable and purposeful emails and developing awareness of appropriate language ( National Curriculum Computing KS1 to use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies).
Our outdoor learning this week concluded our work on life cycles and we captured a lovely picture of a moth gently sitting on the children’s hands (National Curriculum Science Year 2 tonotice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults).
This week Year 2 have been using and applying maths across the curriculum. Linking our Maths and Science the children have chosen and costed items for our Healthy Cafe. We then broadened our understanding of place value in context and solved problems involving counting, we explained our reasoning using equipment and images (National Curriculum Maths Year 2 to count in steps of 2, 3, and 5 from 0, and in tens from any number, forward and backward).
Our English this week has been riddle poetry. We read and shared a variety of riddles, identified features, compiled a toolkit to help us to write our own riddles. We are currently making our own class book of these poems which will be on display outside the classroom next week. You are very welcome to come in and enjoy reading the children’s work before or after school. As part of this focus we are entering the children’s poetry in a Young Writers competition which will involve some having their work published in another book. I will let you know the finalists in due course (National Curriculum English Year 2 to develop positive attitudes towards and stamina for writing by writing poetry).
In Science we have been learning about healthy lifestyles. The children have studied food groups, taken part in fitness exercises and measured their heart rates and heights ( National Curriculum KS1 to describe the importance for humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene).
In Geography we have located key food locations in the UK and labelled maps accordingly (National Curriculum KS1 to name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surrounding seas).
Music this week explored tuneful singing, encouraged active listening and identified musical elements such as tempo and pitch. We also introduced our Music Night song which we are all very excited about and look forward to performing for you (National Curriculum KS1 touse their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes and to listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music).
It has been a productive and full week.
Welcome to Year 2 and the start of an exciting new term.
This week we have launched our first theme of the Autumn Term What do I need to be me? The children studied images of different animals, made and recorded comparisons and learnt about their offspring and how they change and grow. (National Curriculum Science Year 2: pupils should be taught to explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive).
The children’s maths journey has begun with place value. They have been busy counting in 2’s, 3’s, 5’s and 10’s from 0 as well as recognising the place value of each digit in a 2 digit number.( National Curriculum Maths Year 2: pupils should be taught to count in steps of 2, 3, and 5 from 0, and in 10s from any number, forward and backward and recognise the place value of each digit in a two-digit number (10s, 1s)).
In English, the children have written some extended pieces of writing to show their skills. One piece entitled A Surprising Summer demonstrated their imaginative skills and the children enjoyed sharing their work on the visualizer with others. We have also focused on speaking and listening with the children learning a theme linked poem off by heart and performing it in groups in front of their peers. (National Curriculum English Year 2: pupils should be taught to develop positive attitudes towards and stamina for writing).
Elsewhere in the curriculum the children have begun their Daily Mile challenge and PE programme of ball skills with Mr Kay. (National Curriculum PE KS1: pupils should be taught to master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities).