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Welcome to Year 2's Class Page!

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 - times table test every 2 weeks

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 amount, or writing the tables out. They will have their test in a muddled order.

 

Wednesday- hand in homework and spelling test

Children can practise their spellings in lots of ways such as look, cover, write, check, 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.

 

 PE Days - Tuesday and Thursday

Please ensure children have an indoor and outdoor PE kit that is labelled and jewellery is removed. 

 

 Friday - new homework, spellings and times tables will be handed out although this can sometimes be on a Thursday.

Reading

Please ensure your child reads at least three times a week at home with an adult and the reading diary is signed. We check diaries regularly and children are allowed to move their face on our chart. If children read three or more times in a week they receive 1 house point on Friday.

 

You can help your child to read by...

- Guiding them to break down longer words so that they can be decoded 

- Asking them what has happened so far before continuing to read

- Encouraging your child to predict what may happen part way through and how they might know this

- Asking your child questions about characters' feelings, emotions and thoughts

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The Legend of the Poinsettia

After re-telling this story through drama, this week has been really busy for us because we have made our own books and written the story. We have thought about including expanded noun phrases, conjunctions, apostrophes and different punctuation! 

Maths - Money

We have started our new topic in maths...MONEY! We have learnt how to count in p and £ and understand the difference between the two. We also counted pound and pence together as well as compare amounts. We've looked at the different notes we have in our country and practised counting these with other coins.

 

Our Year 2 shop is also set up and we have practised buying objects and counting money to see if we have been given the correct amount! 

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Our Class Poinsettia Flower

On Friday we were given a present to look after...our very own Poinsettia flower! We will have to care for it and look after it so that the leaves turn red by Christmas! 

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Anti-bullying week - Respect

This week we learnt about bullying; what it is, how to spot it and what to do about it. As our theme was Respect, we listened to a story called 'Something Else' who was not respected for the way he looked or dressed. He followed this behaviour with another creature but then realised this was the wrong choice to make. He respected the creature and they became best friends!

 

We talked about how we are all different to each other and we should show respect to each other and for each other so that we can all get along. We drew self-portraits of ourselves to show this too.

Mexico - The Legend of the Poinsettia

This week we have started looking at the Mexican Christmas story! We heard the story being read to us by the author and then we were put into groups to re-tell the story! We changed our voices to become the characters and made use of the classroom space too.

 

Later on in the week, we sequenced the story using pictures and started writing pages in our book applying the learning so far from our grammar lessons like expanded noun phrases and using conjunctions! Keep an eye out for pages of our book once they are finished!  

Picture 1 Lucida helping Papa feed the donkey
Picture 2 The priest asking for a new blanket for baby Jesus
Picture 3 Lucida and Mama weaving
Picture 4 Nanny running in telling Lucida her mother is sick
Picture 5 Lucida and Papa worried while having a chat
Picture 6 Gossiping ladies talking about having no blanket
Picture 7 Lucida tries fixing the blanket but gets tangled
Picture 8 People start walking into the church
Picture 9 Lucida talks to an old lady who says Mama is ok
Picture 10 Lucida prays with weeds but turn to Poinsettias!

Mexico - Maracas

This week we finished off our maracas and wrote instructions about how to make them. 

Maths - Addition and Subtraction

We have now almost come to an end with addition and subtraction in maths and we have learnt so much over the last few weeks. Here is our working wall. Please practise these types of questions and encourage children to work them out using these methods.

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Mexico - Maracas

Today we learnt about a Mexican musical instrument. We have started making our own! Keep checking to see how our maracas progress! Later next week we will write instructions about how we made them. 

History - Remembering 100 years

This afternoon we started making our poppy wreath. We talked about why this year is so important to remember those who fought in the war. On Friday we stood on the playground and took part in a 2 minute silence. We held our wreaths at the front of the school and then placed them in front of a tree in our field.

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English - Instructions

We have focused on writing instructions the last few days. First we looked at a traditional Mexican paper design called Papel Picados which are made by folding paper and cutting out shapes. We had a go and then wrote instructions about how to make them!

Mexico - Artefacts

This week we have looked at lots of different Mexico artefacts that have been sent to us by the wonderful library services. We learnt about each thing and even had a go at trying the shawl on!

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PSHE - Friendship

This half-term we are looking at friendship. Today we talked about what a good and bad friend was. We drew around 2 friends from our class and stuck our ideas down.

Geography - Mexico!

We have started our new topic all about Mexico! This week we have learnt about the flag and what it means. Why don't you ask us about it! We also did our own research and found facts from fact books which we put into our own words as we wrote our fact files. 

Mexico Homework

Look at our wonderful Mexican facts we have researched! 

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Maths - Adding and subtracting 2 2-digit numbers

In maths we have been looking at different methods to work out larger numbers now. We practised with equipment first and looked carefully at the symbol to see if it was + or -  . We then moved onto using drawings to either add more tens and ones, or cross off tens and ones if it was a subtract number sentence.

Diwali

This week has been all about Diwali! We recapped the Diwali story which Hindus follow, but we learnt about the Sikh story which Sikhs follow and is the reason they celebrate Diwali too! We performed drama after listening to the story, wrote our own story boards and learnt about acrostic poems! We wrote our own acrostic poems about Diwali. They were really challenging!

 

We were also really lucky to learn about how Hindus celebrate Diwali. We saw how rangoli patterns were made and also took part in traditional dancing which we performed to KS1!
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Maths - Using a number line

This week we have recapped using drawings to add and subtract a 2-digit number and a tens number. We have moved onto using number lines to add a 2 - digit number and ones. You can get more practise by trying some out by yourself using our working wall methods below!

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Collective Worship - Creativity

We have returned back to school ready to learn! We started off our learning with our Christian Value - Creativity. We recapped about how some people believe God is the creator of the world. We went outside to pick up pieces of God's creation, and later in the afternoon we made our own creations using our imagination!

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Year 2's Pirate Day!

To make our topic come to life, we held a Pirate Day! We started off the day by reading a letter that was left in our classroom. We had a mission to complete today! After this we learnt about a famous pirate and wrote a fact file about him too.

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After this some of us helped with preparing a pirate feast! We practised skills of cutting safely using a knife when cutting oranges and grating cheese using a grater. An adult helped us to measure ingredients to make hard tack! Others were drawing their selves as a pirate on a stick and practised using thick and thin pens for detail. We created a display in our classroom.

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Before lunch time, we finally got to read The Pirate Cruncher from beginning to end, and found out what happened to those greedy pirates! Some of us were accurate in predicting the end of our own stories!

 

After lunch time, some of us found clues that were left behind from Captain Purplebeard! He had hidden pieces of a treasure map around the school. It was our job to find these clues and find the treasure!

We managed to find all the pieces of the map which showed us where the treasure was hidden! We told our adults which way to go by following the map. When we got there, we couldn't believe our eyes! 

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We brought the loot back and shared it out between the class. We enjoyed our well-deserved pirate feast too! The adults even gave us a taste of bombo! What a great day we had!

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English - predicting endings to a story

We have been really busy this week in Year 2 learning how to predict an ending to the story we have been reading this half term. We came up with lots of ideas and planned our ending first before writing it up in our best handwriting and remembering to use past tense. Have a read of what we thought would happen next! 

Geography and Art - Designing a treasure map

This afternoon we discussed what physical features were and looked at examples of treasure maps. Earlier on in the week we used watery paint to give our maps an 'old' look. Today we used pencil colours and crayons to draw on our physical features using different pressures to give different shades.

English - Describing a setting

Today we looked at describing a setting in the story we are looking at. We thought about what we could smell, taste, hear and see. We listened to video clips and touched objects related to our Pirate theme that would help us with ideas. We worked together in teams to record our ideas down!

Science - Describing how things move

This afternoon we raced our pirate ships and observed to see whose moved the slowest and fastest and why. Later in the week we wrote up our investigation and thought about what we would do next time. 

English - Sea Monsters

This week we have read further on in our story, and we discovered that there is a sea monster out at sea! We designed our own sea monsters and labelled the features using powerful adjectives. The next day we put our ideas into sentences which is a really tricky skill, but we all did really well to write a sea monster character description.

RE- The Creation Story

Today we listened to a special story which Christian and Jewish people believe is how the the world was created. We talked about what happened on each day and then drew our own pictures to show how we thought that day would look after it was made. 

English - The Pirate Cruncher

Over the last few weeks, we have been focusing on the story called 'The Pirate Cruncher'. We have looked at writing a list of pirate jobs, describing ourselves as a pirate using powerful adjectives, writing speech bubbles for the characters in the story so far and describing what we can see on the front cover. 

Maths - Place Value

For the last couple of weeks we have been working really hard on our 2-digit numbers. We have learnt about tens and ones and how we can make 2-digit numbers in different ways using maths equipment. We have learnt how to draw 2-digit numbers too, as well as partition them using part-whole models and write number sentences! 

Collective Worship - Trust

This half-term our Christian Value is Trust. We talked about what we thought this was and then took part in an activity where we had to walk our partner to the hall blindfolded. Our partner had to trust us to take care of them and walk them safely - some of us found this really tricky!

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Making Portholes

Our first topic is Pirates and we have been busy this week looking at different parts of a pirate ship and what they would be used for. We looked at portholes and discussed what we would see out of a porthole on our pirate ships! Have a look at the pictures and see if you can guess!

Pirate Homework

The Year 2 children have come back to school ready to learn and what wonderful homework we have received already!

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