Year 2

Mrs C Kitching

Class Teacher

Mrs P Smith

Teaching Assistant

WELCOME TO YEAR 2
 

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.

Here are some of the children’s thoughts about Year 2;

“Our classroom is really good. We have so much space and lots of things to help us to learn.”  Flora.

“I really feel happy in Year 2 because everything we do is fun and I learn a lot.” Seth.

“I like all our learning and tests. It is very nice because we can always get help.” Oscar.

Our themes for the term are; What I need to be me? , Through the Keyhole and Flying High.

During the first half of term, we will be looking at how to keep fit and healthy and make the right choices. The children will find out about exercise and food that will help them to grow and keep well. 

Just prior to half term our theme will change to Through the Keyhole. This is a local study based around Lanhydrock House. We will visit and explore the famous house and gardens and the children will look at what the building is made of and how people use to live there.

 

Our trip to Lanhydrock House will be on Tuesday September 25th.

In December we progress onto our theme Flying High. The children will learn about flight and how it changed people’s lives. They will also think about magical flying creatures including Father Christmas and his flying reindeer.

 

Our first theme will also start our English program where we will be looking at animal poetry and writing riddles. This will lead on to instruction writing and recounts. Alongside Guided Reading we will be creating reading journals.

 

The class will be covering all aspects of Maths work over the term. We will be reading, writing and ordering numbers, linking with our theme to cover data handling, measurement and money. We will continue onto addition and number patterns. Alongside this I will be doing a 2 minute Maths activity daily to develop Mental Maths skills. On a Friday we will be doing a Distance Maths problem solving activity.

 

Our P.E this term will be on a Friday afternoon and we will be working on games skills. We will also be doing our class daily mile.

 

For R.E we will be studying special books: The Bible. Our class bible story is Moses.

What has been going on in class this week?

9.11.18

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).

 

2.11.18

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:

  •        writing narratives about personal experiences and those of others (real and fictional)
  •        writing about real events
  •        writing poetry
  •        writing for different purposes).

 

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).

 

19.10.18

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).

 

28.9.18

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).

21.9.18

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.

14.9.18

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).