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Welcome to Year 2's Class Webpage!

On our page you will find a variety of things that we have done over the year across all areas of learning. The newest posts will be published at the top so please make sure you scroll down so you don't miss a thing!

We hope you enjoy looking at Year 2!

Important Dates:

Tuesday: every second week on this day children will have their times tables test.

Children can practise in a variety of ways such as chanting, singing songs, drawing groups of or lots of an amount and counting in the tables to find the total and writing the tables out. They will have their test in a muddled order!

Wednesday: hand in date for homework and spelling test

Children can practise their spellings in a variety of ways such as look, cover, write, repeating the words, using a rhyme for each letter of the word, finding common words in the word that they already know and can see, segmenting the word or breaking it down into syllables.

Wednesday and Thursday: these are our PE days. Please ensure children have an indoor and outdoor labelled kit and jewellery is removed. We will aim to hand out spellings on Thursdays.

Friday: new homework is handed out as well as times tables every second week.

 

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Morning work

The children worked exceptionally hard this morning whilst coming into school! They were given a set of numbers to find the relationship between them using add and subtract only. The Year 2 children have thought very carefully about their number sentence learning so far, and showed all the different types they could think of! 

 

We decided to take a picture to show off our amazing maths work first thing in the morning!

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Festival of Remembrance

Today we discussed why we have this day each year and who we remember. We talked about how we remember those who lost their lives in the wars a very long time ago, but also those who are fighting now for us in dangerous places and countries so we can be safe.

 

We drew around our hands and cut them out to make poppies which were then stuck onto a wreath.

 

On Friday, the whole of KS1 took part in a 2 minute silence where we placed our remembrance creations for all to see.

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D&T - Mexican Maracas

Alongside the biscuits, we also made maracas! We followed instructions to make them, and then once dried we painted Mexican patterns. 

English - Instructions

Here are our instructions about how to make our noisy Mexican maracas!

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Cooking - Sombrero Biscuits

Today we practised following instructions to make sombrero biscuits. First we learnt about what sombreros are and then watched Miss Dosanjh make hers. We talked about each instruction and spotted they were all commands! Then we had a go at making ours!

English - Instructions

After making our sombrero biscuits, we wrote instructions.

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Maths - Adding and Subtracting on a Number line 

This week we have been looking at adding and taking away on a number line. It was tricky at first but we have got the hang of it now! We have been following these steps on our working wall to get our answers and using a 100 grid to continue practising our counting on or counting back. See if you can complete the ones given by drawing your own number lines at home!

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Geography - Mexico

We have kick started this half term with our new topic - Mexico! We have been reading facts and highlighting important key words, writing facts and learnt the story behind the Mexican flag! In a few weeks we will start looking at how Christmas is celebrated in Mexico.
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"There were these people and they were looking for Mexico, then one day they saw an eagle on a rock eating a green snake and that's where they put Mexico."
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English - Fact files

We turned our facts into fact files by learning about headings, sub-headings and keeping our facts similar to each sub-heading.

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Mexico homework facts!

Thank you to the children who completed their homework which was to find out facts about Mexico! I learnt some interesting things I never knew as I was reading each of them, and now we have a lovely display in our class - WELL DONE! 

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English - Types of Sentences

This week we have been learning about 4 types of sentences. These are commands, statements, exclamations and questions. We have had lots of practise to read sentences and punctuate them correctly as well as write our own.

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Our Class Example

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Maths - Word problems

This week we have looked at language in maths problems. We followed a set of rules that would help us work out how to find the answer to a word problem...

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If you want to practise solving word problems, have a go at these! The link at the bottom will take you to a hundred grid that we use in class!

 

A bowl has 34 apples. I add another 13 apples. How many apples altogether?

 

There were 87 leaves on an oak tree. On a windy day, 45 of them blew away. How many leaves were left?

 

Find the difference between 24 and 3.

 

What is the sum of 64 and 7?

 

What is 17 fewer than 80?

 

There are 56 stickers on a chart. How many more do I need to get 80?

 

Work out 64 plus 30.

 

Subtract 40 from 90.

 

RE - Sikh Diwali Story

This week we have learnt about the Sikh Diwali story. After we were told what happened and why Sikhs celebrate the festival of light, we re-told the story through drama and then wrote it on a storyboard too. Furthermore, we wrote acrostic poems as well as practising our mouse control to draw firework displays on the computer! 

Picture 1 The Emperor locking away the 52 kings...
Picture 2 The Emperor locking away the Guru...
Picture 3 The Guru and 52 kings miserable in prison...
Picture 4 People shouting outside saying "Let them go!"
Picture 5 The Guru and the Emperor making a deal...
Picture 6 The 52 kings walking with the Guru by the cloak...
Picture 7 People cheering as the Guru and 52 kings leave!

Collective Worship - Friendship

This half-term we are looking at the Christian value - Friendship. In class, we talked about what this meant. Here are some of our thoughts.

 

Friendship is...

'welcoming friends to school or the country.'

'don't ignore friends.'

'don't hurt anybody.'

'when people come together after a fall out.'

 

We also decided on 5 rules to work on throughout this half-term in order to be a good friend to others, as well as writing on a key to show others what we think is key to being a good friend.

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Maths - Adding 2 2-digit numbers

Today we have been adding 2 2-digit numbers like 31 + 42 using lots of different equipment. Using equipment helped us a lot! Some of us began adding on a number line with a little help.

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Buddy's Big Work Out!

This afternoon we took part in a dance-a-thon to raise money for the NSPCC. Don't forget to collect your sponsor money over half term and bring it back when you return to school!

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Maths - Addition and Subtraction

The last few weeks we have been concentrating a lot on adding and subtracting 2 numbers. These can be... a 2-digit number and a ones (32 + 5 or 45 - 7)... 

a 2-digit number and a tens (45 + 20 or 32 - 10)...

and a 2-digit number and a 2-digit number (32 + 34 or 65 - 11).

 

We have used equipment as well as drawings too to help us! 

 

Our part part whole model has helped us to understand the relationship between 3 numbers and that there are lots of different ways to write number sentences, even ones where the answer is at the beginning!

 

45 = 40 + 5

5 + 45 = 45

45 - 5 = 40

45 - 40 = 5

5 = 45 - 40

40 = 45 - 5

45 = 5 + 40

40 + 5 = 45
 

 

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  • Choosing 'Find a Number' will let you listen to the question and choose a number which comes between 2 numbers.
  • Choosing 'Count On & Back' will let you practise counting on and back to get to the correct answer.
  • Please choose 1 to 100 to become familiar with larger numbers.
  • Please choose 'Total less than 20 or 50' as we have not covered other areas yet.
  • Children can use drawings to work out the answer to each number sentence if they need to by drawing sticks for the tens and dots for the ones
In Letters and Sounds we have been looking at the homophone 'there' and 'their'. We have been practising to write sentences with the correct word!
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Year 2's Pirate Day!

This morning we were all really excited about PIRATE DAY! Here are some of our outfits...

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We received a letter from Captain Purplebeard too...
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We had tasks to complete like making pirate flags for our orange boats, preparing our snacks for this afternoon (cheese biscuits and orange boats), pirate sudoku, making pirate hats and pirate dancing!
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Throughout the day we had clues which would lead to a piece of a treasure map...
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We had a go at mixing, measuring, and cutting using the bridge cut...

If you would like to make your own cheese biscuits or swords, then here is the recipe for you to follow...

 

Ingredients

120g soft butter

450g grated cheese

250g plain flour

1 teaspoon salt (optional)

 

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 200C/gas mark 6. Grease a baking tray.
  • In a large bowl cream butter and cheese. Stir in flour and salt and mix well.
  • On a lightly floured surface roll the dough. Cut into strips. Place strips on baking tray.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until crisp.

 

In the afternoon we walked the plank! It was a close race!

WALK THE PLANK!

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We successfully found most of the pieces to the treasure map and started to use our knowledge of compass directions to lead our way to the treasure! It looked like Captain Purplebeard had hidden it in the conservation area!

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We brought the treasure back to the classroom and listened to The Pirate Cruncher story retold by the author while we had our snack! It was delicious and healthy! What a packed day we had! 
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RE - What do Year 2 like about the world?

Our topic this half term has been about Creation. We have explored a lot about our amazing world, what we like about it and who we think made the world. Here are some pictures about what we like about the world. We have made these using lots of different things like blocks, drawings and lego. 

Science - Our Sound Walk

This afternoon we went on a sound walk around the school. We learnt that sound can come from lots of different places so we investigated our sounds in and around the school grounds. 

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Maths Working Wall - Place Value

We have now finished our Place Value strand in maths. Here are some of the things we have covered so far. Below are some ideas you could try with your child to continue recapping the learning...

 

  • Make a list of odd and even numbers up to 100
  • Write 2 digit numbers and identify which are the tens and which are the ones
  • Partition a 2-digit number into tens and ones by pictures, writing number sentences or writing how many tens and how many ones
  • Practise writing number sentences with the more than (>), less than (<), equal to (=) signs making sure they read correctly!
  • Choose 'Odd and Even 1-100' and have a go at reading the sentence and knocking down the coconuts!
This game is great for continuing to practise counting our tens sticks and ones cubes. Children will need to choose the correct 2-digit number from a choice of three.
Choose 'Up to 100' to order numbers!
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English - Poetry

This week we have been learning about sea shanties! They were sang when pirates were out at sea to help their jobs seem a little less boring! We have been focusing on 'What shall we do with a grumpy pirate?' and changed parts of the poem to make it our own. We wrote them out on special scrolls and performed them to the class. Here are a few.

Angry pirate

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Fat pirate

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English - Sentence structure

Today we had our first Rainbow Grammar lesson in Year 2. We recapped that a basic sentence has a noun (usually) at the start, followed by the action and not forgetting our punctuation at the end!

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English - The Pirate Cruncher

By the end of this week, we have finally finished writing our own Pirate Cruncher stories, but have changed the ending by using our own monsters we created a few weeks ago. Have a read of our story. These are pages from different children in the class!

Science - Do our boats move faster or slower than others?

This afternoon we tested our boats to see if they moved faster or slower compared to other ones! Some of our boats were really interesting and afterwards we wrote up our results and what we would have done next time! 

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Maths - Can we find the matching cards?

Miss Dosanjh gave us a challenge to find the 2-digit number with the matching word, and matching tens and ones picture! We did really well!

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Maths - Partitioning 2-digit numbers

This week we have been practising to partition 2-digit numbers. We have learnt that they have tens and ones which can be shown in lots of different ways!

PE - Meeting the tallest man in Britain and tallest basketball player

We had a treat today to meet Paul Sturgess. We got to see him in assembly where he told us he was 7ft 7! That is pretty tall! After break our class had a session with him where he taught us basketball skills along with Mark. We had so much fun and some of us even had a chance to have a basketball spinning on our finger!

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Finished pirate ships

Here are our finished ships!

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D&T - Making Pirate Ships

Thank you to all the grown ups and children who sent in items for this afternoon! We had different materials to choose from, and after looking at the designs and shapes of a range of boats we got cracking! Some of us worked in pairs whilst others worked independently. Next week we will test these in water to see which move the fastest and which are the slowest!

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English

We have read more of our class story up to the part of a sea monster hiding in the seas, waiting for pirates to arrive so it can gobble them up! We thought about what the sea monster could be and drew this with description of the features using adjectives!

Drama - The Pirate Cruncher

Today we acted out 6 parts of the story that we have read so far! We got into character and performed freize frames for the rest of the class to see. We had to concentrate on facial expressions and body movements and control. 

Picture 1 The fiddler playing his song...
Picture 2 The pirates running towards their ship...
Picture 3 Sleepy pirates dreaming about sea monsters...
Picture 4 Pirates with numbers making sure they're all there

English

Today we read more of The Pirate Cruncher, and thought about what the pirates would say! We filled in speech bubbles for different characters.

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RE - The Creation Story

Today we listened to the Creation Story and how God created the world in seven days. We also talked about how different people believe the world was created in other ways too and that was also okay! We decided on a day from the story and showed this using paint, chalk, collage or crayons!

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English 

Today we described a pirate scene and practised writing sentences!

Collective Worship - Respect

We have started off the term with thinking about what Respect is. We discussed it as a class and then acted what we thought it looked like. Some of us thought it was standing up for ourselves and others, treating others how you want to be treated and being kind and generous.

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Summer holiday homework

Look at all this fantastic and creative homework by the new Year 2 children! A lot of treasure maps, pirate ships, cutlasses, telescopes and more!

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