Year 2

Class Page for Year 2

Happy Spring Term! Laughing                      

We had a great Autumn Term learning lots of new things: following instructions for our snowmen decorations, designing and making tissue box vehicles and not forgetting our fantastic Nativity show!  

Look at the pictures below of the children learning whilst having fun: meeting a real author and her character Professor Broccoli, walking laps for the sponsored colour walk, learning a Diwali dance, using drama to help us write, watching a puppet performance about a mermaid, sorting materials in Science, creating patterns in Maths, following verbal instructions, measuring outdoors and using whiteboards outside for Golden Time reward!  We are very proud of Year 2 and look forward to a very busy Spring Term too.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents that have helped in school enhancing the children’s learning and enabling them to have fun too. We really appreciate the support.

English

The class is enjoying reading the traditional story of 'The Frog Prince' and we will be writing our own versions to include descriptions about characters and settings as well as editing our writing to include different punctuation. Learn about putting in the correct punctuation with this website:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/literacy/using_punctuation/play

We will also be looking at non-fiction books with the class. The features the children should be able to identify include: glossary, index, contents, labelled diagrams, captions, blurb and the use of illustrations and photographs. 

Knowing alphabetical order is an essential tool in using these kinds of information books. Test your child on the task below to see if this is something they need to practise.

Shhhh secret mission -

Put these words in alphabetical order –

Apple

Pear

Banana

Apricot

Satsuma

Plum

Pomegranate

There will be a house point reward if you complete this challenge.

We have also been focusing on grammar and punctuation.  Can you spot the adjectives, nouns, proper nouns, verbs and adverbs in these sentences?

Henry stroked the tiny puppy softly.

We have colour coded the answers for you:

Proper Noun Verb Adjective  Noun Adverb 

Shhhh secret mission -

Copy out the sentence below and identify where the proper nouns, nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs are.

Robert Falcon Scott bravely walked to the freezing, icy South Pole only to realise that he sadly wasn’t the first to get there!

There will be a house point reward if you complete this task.

Maths

The emphasis for the number side of Maths this term is multiplication and division, which means lots of practice on times tables!  Test how you are doing by playing some of these games:

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables

Measuring things is great fun in Maths. We will be looking at capacity by measuring the amount of millilitres and litres in different containers. A sunny day outside or in the bath is the perfect time to practise capacity with a litre jug and a variety of plastic containers.

We will also investigate mass by weighing everyday objects found in the home and reading the labels on food packets to compare weights. Estimating the mass of groceries and checking on kitchen scales is a fun way to learn at home and gain a real understanding of mass.

Shhhhh secret mission –

Take a photo of you measuring at home.  Maybe weighing ingredients whilst baking or measuring the length and height of things around your home?

There will be a house point reward if you complete this task.

LENGTH

Read the length of the red line in centimetres.

 http://www.funbrain.com/cgi-bin/meas.cgi?A1=s&A2=1&A3=0

MASS

Drag the parcel onto the scales, then read scales, (counting in 10s and 100s), finally enter the value shown to deliver your letter or parcel.

http://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/mostlyPostie/index.html

ICT

We will be creating branching databases in ICT and learning to code using the programming software Scratch.  We will also have the opportunity to test Yr4’s Maths games which they are making for us using Scratch. 

Science

Our topic in Science is “How does your garden grow?” which is all about the growth and care of plants. 

Humanities

In History, our topic is “Explorers of the Past”, which looks at the story of the English explorer Robert Falcon Scott and his fateful trip to the South Pole.

In Geography we will be looking at weather patterns around the world and measuring rainfall, air temperature and wind speed in our own playground.

In R.E. our topic is Sacred Books and after that we will be learning about the Easter Story.

P.E. is on Mondays and Fridays.  Please ensure your child has a full kit that is named and pumps that fit them.  Lots of children have had a growth spurt since the start of the year!

Tuesdays and Thursdays are when we try hard to fit in Show and Tell. We love hearing the children explain the new things they have learnt or discovered, such as dance certificates or natural items.  It is essential that children are able to give a couple of facts about what they are showing to improve their speaking and listening skills, so please ask your child what they will tell the rest of the class as a practice. 

Just a reminder, spellings are set every Monday and are tested the following Monday, this is enough time for you and your child to have a practise, use Look Cover Write Check techniques and maybe even a practice test.  English and Maths homework is set every week on a Friday and needs to be returned no later than the following Thursday. 

Please remember reading folders must be in every day as books are changed on a Monday and reading diaries are checked throughout the week.  If your child finishes their reading book before the Monday change day, please let them select a book of their choice to read and record in their reading diary.  Choosing their own reading book is an important part of the new curriculum where children are expected to read for pleasure. 

Our library session is on a Friday; please return all books even if your child wishes to renew theirs.

Do you have any spare time on a Monday at 9-9.45am to help with small group reading or Thursday 2.45-3.15pm to listen to individual children read?  If yes, please pop in to see us!

Mrs Dixon and Mrs Rhodes 

If you need to contact us, here are our email addresses.  Don't worry about remembering who is teaching that day, we will check them both!

dixon.k@welearn365.com      rhodes.n@welearn365.com

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