I am very proud to have been your teacher this year and watch you all grow, learn and become more independent! Mrs Nanuwa and I will miss you all very much but we know you have a lot of new and exciting learning to look forward to! We hope to see you all soon. Well done for all your hard work so far and remember to keep it up next year too!
|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.|
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.
Please ensure children have an indoor PE kit that is labelled and jewellery is removed.
It is very important that 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
This year for Art Focus, Year 2 have looked at stained glass windows in our local area. We are really lucky to have a church close by, so we visited and had a look at the different pictures on the windows. We talked about the colours, pictures, and why we could see the pictures from the inside of the church and not the outside. We then had our own stained glass windows which we have taken a long time to fill in by using tiny pieces of tissue paper. They look beautiful on our windows in the classroom!
The last few weeks, we have been looking at spreadsheets on the computers. We have learnt language such as 'cells', 'highlight' and 'clip art'. We have created our own spreadsheets and learnt how the computer can calculate things for us.
Today we practised making 3D shapes out of nets! We learnt what this was and then made our own shapes.
Today was World Book Day and we brought our favourite book from home into school. We had a chance to share our stories with a friend. We were also lucky enough to have an author visit the school. He read us his story he had written. It was the first story book in the world to be made out of recylable materials with carrot seeds in the pages!
This week we have read our twisted tale 'The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig'. We loved the twists in the story. To prepare for writing our own twisted tales, we designed our own bad character, labelled the features and began writing the beginning part of our stories. Next week we will continue and finish writing them.
Today we made patterns with 2D shapes after answering questions about 2D shape patterns. We are really looking forward to next week where we will be looking at 3D shapes!
We have started our new topic by listening to the story of The Three Little Pigs and discussing interesting vocabulary. We then drew our story maps for the story and throughout the week have written the story making sure we include features of a traditional tale, as well as grammar objectives we have learnt.
This week we have started looking at symmetry. We practised folding shapes to find lines of symmetry, drew lines of symmetry on shapes and also found out all the 2D shape properties.
We have returned from half term with fantastic, creative homework. We researched an animal to find out where they live called 'habitat'.
The last 2 weeks we have been looking at features of a letter, planning our own and writing sections each day. They were brilliant and so detailed! To end off our topic, we played a game where we had to read who was saying the speech bubble and about who. A few were tricky!
Using our knowledge, we thought about what we have learnt about Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale and what we've found is the same between both famous nurses. We put our ideas into a venn diagram.
This week we have been introduced to 2D and 3D shapes. We have learnt to recognise and name the shapes and have also learnt how to count the sides and vertices of 2D shapes. We know about regular and irregular shapes too.
We practised making 2D shapes using geoboards today and we found it very fun!
Today we had safer internet day and learnt about what our identity was and how to keep this safe. We started off by looking at different avatars to hide our identity and then chose pictures to show off the things which made us, us. After this, we decided which of these pictures we would share online and which we would keep private and to ourselves to protect our identity.
The next day, we read a story about keeping safe online and then discussed kindness while online. We thought of kind and positive sayings from Year 2.
This week we have been looking at features of diaries, planning our own and writing a section each day. We have filled our working wall full of ideas!
Last week we had a go at sketching fruit as part of still life objects. This week we made a fruit face together as a class and then had a go at using our skills of sketching and shading to draw it.
Over the last 2 weeks, we have been looking at sharing and grouping to divide an amount. We have then linked that to division calculations and word problems and have thought about different strategies we can use to help us solve the answer.
After learning about the artist Guiseppe Archimboldo, today we have practised making our own fruit faces using pictures of fruit. We thought about how to position the fruit before sticking it down.
This week we have looked at working out time tables questions and problems using our knowledge of equal groups to help us. We have also started looking at what divide is all about. We have practised sharing to divide before moving onto sharing using bar models.
We have had a brilliant start to our week by meeting Miss Nightingale! She told us some more information about her life and then we got to take part in a few activities. These were dressing up as nurses and soldiers, sorting out objects into different groups, crushing ingredients using a pestle and mortar and finally making pills. We learnt so much more than what we knew already which helped us to write our diaries later on in the week.
This week we have started learning about Florence Nightingale. We've written time lines about her life after listening to and finding out information about her life. Towards the end of the week we learnt about the conditions of the hospital and what she did to change them.
After looking at equals groups we have moved onto arrays. We have enjoyed making them with cubes or counters, drawing them and writing facts by looking at pictures of arrays.
Since returning from our holidays, we have thought about new beginnings and what we might do to change the rest of this year either at home or school. We looked at the Roman God Janus who was the God of doors and doorways. We designed our own doors and wrote one thing we would change for the new year 2020!
We have finished learning about conjunctions now. Here is our working wall showing examples of conjunctions using rainbow grammar to help us.
We have moved onto multiplication and division this term, and we have started off by looking at equal groups, understanding what this is and what it looks like. We made equal groups practically and then spotted them in pictures.
What amazing homework we have after returning from our 2 week break! We have all learnt some very interesting facts about the continents which have helped us to locate and name them on a map. We have also located the oceans around the world as well as looking at the United Kingdom, the countries and capital cities and the surrounding water.
We have recapped the Christmas story and have focused on the good and bad news. We were put into groups and were given a character. We organised ourselves thinking about which characters came in which order in the story, and then thought about what each character would say. We then performed this to the class.
We have investigated if different solids can change shape by bending, twisting, stretching or squashing. We had lots of different objects on our tables to explore, and recorded our results in a table.
We have started learning about money and have learnt all the coins and notes we have in our country. We have practised choosing coins to make an amount, added pence, added pounds and added pence and pounds.
We have now finished our topic and have enjoyed learning about our village and City Centre!
This week we have been looking at maps. We have learnt what aerial and satellite maps are, the symbols on maps and what a bird's eye view is too. We have had a go at drawing a bird's eye view of the classroom first before trying to draw a map of the school. We have really enjoyed this week!
We have now finished learning about different types of sentences.
Statement - tells the reader something
Question - starts with a question word and ends with a sentence
Command - starts with a bossy word and usually gives an instruction
Exclamation - usually starts with 'how or 'what' and shows a shock or surprise
We made a paper chain with the adults included, to show that we are all different and unique and this is something to celebrate. We talked about what bullying is, how to spot and stop it and who we can go to. Our paper chain shows that we can go to anyone in the class if we have a problem. We also shared our thoughts during our Wednesday morning assembly.
This morning we were designers and we had to design a bag, water bottle and chair seat for Miss Dosanjh by thinking about the materials for each object and their properties. We had different materials we could choose from as well as water, to test out how waterproof each one was.
Today we looked at the history behind Remembrance Day and what it is all about. We talked about the people and some of the countries involved, and why the red poppy is so important during this time. We then decorated our own poppies to make a wreath. Keep an eye out for the picture of our wreath!
This week we completed our City Centre Survey! We were very excited to travel by coach and complete our litter and traffic tally charts. We also had time to go into the Guildhall Museum and look at the artefacts found in Leicester from a very long time ago. After this trip, we wrote about our findings and completed another set of pictograms and block diagrams.
This week we have been excited to go on our village walk to look for human and physical characteristics as well as carry out a litter and traffic survey. This week we have completed tally charts, written simple recounts to show our findings and create pictograms and block diagrams too.
We have started our new topic by looking at the season we are in. We looked for clues which told us that it was Autumn and then compared Autumn to another season.
We have returned after half-term and what wonderful homework there is! The homework was based around materials and their properties. Lots of us did posters and pictures and there was also a creative game which we enjoyed playing as a class.
This half term we have focused our art work on the artist Wassily Kandinsky. We have learnt all about him and then practised colour techniques such as mixing primary colours, making colours lighter and darker and even thinking about warm and cold colours. We then painted our backgrounds and then decided on our techniques for our circles which were a mixture of thick and thin circles. This is what our paintings looked like overall! What do you think?
After finishing our Titanic books this week, we have moved onto finding out about what life was like on board the ship. We entered our classroom with our very own tickets and had information which we used to find out facts about the class we were in (1st, 2nd or 3rd class). We recorded our facts ready for writing next week.
This week we have thought about thankfulness. We had a think about what we are thankful for and the things in our lives which we have and are grateful for.
The last 2 weeks we have been really busy in Year 2 as we have learnt all about the Titanic! We have had books in class to complete, to show how the Titanic sank. We have used our knowledge organisers really well to help us write each page. Some of us have been so inspired by this new learning that we have re-created the Titanic using lego. Can you spot the Titanic, life boats and the iceberg?
This week we have been thinking about how things move and now we are comparing how things move using the words fast and slow. As part of D&T, we made our boats firstly deciding how to make our boats waterproof and then deciding how to make it the fastest. We used a range of materials and can't wait to test them next week!
This half term we are learning about the creation of the world. We listened to the story and decided on a day we would like to show in our own way using a range of media.
This week we have started our class book ' The Pirate Cruncher'. We have described what we can see on the front cover, practised writing questions about what we want to find out about the book and wrote our own suggestions for characters' speech. Towards the end of the week we read a bit more of the story and had some objects on the table to feel and touch using our senses. We also listened to sounds linked to the book to help us think of ideas for describing the setting.
We have learnt how to use different equipment to represent a 2-digit number. We practised counting in tens and ones and we used equipment like bead strings, numicon, tens and ones, counters and straws.
We have learnt about different parts of a pirate ship and what they are useful for. We concentrated on port holes and discussed what we would see out of one. We wrote very descriptive sentences too.
What a wonderful start to the new academic year! Our first topic is all about pirates and we have amazing homework from the Year 2 children! It is already up in our classroom for everyone to see!