Year 2

Class Page for Year 2

Summer Term in Year 2 Cool

As the sun starts to shine (we wish!) Year 2 begin their Maypole dancing.  We have two opportunities to perform: firstly at the school’s Food Festival on Friday 18th May and then at the St Chad’s Church fete on Saturday 9th June. We hope you will come and support us as we keep this tradition alive!

The whole class has really impressed us with their hard work and grown-up attitudes to the quizzes they have taken. They have a few more to go this term so early nights, a good breakfast and water to drink in school would really help their concentration.  Thank you so much for all the support you have been giving your child in discussing the meaning of the text they read, learning spellings and times tables and the weekly homework.  It really makes a difference and strengthens the partnership between school and home.

Shh!  Secret mission – Can you find 5 different, interesting sentence starters from your reading book?  These could then be used to make your writing more exciting.  Write them out and show us for a housepoint!

We have been learning how to write non-fiction texts such as non-chronological reports.  Colin the caterpillar helps us remember all the features that we need to include in this type of information writing.  Can your child remember and explain all 10 body parts?! (Here are some clues to help them – T, Intr, TBox, Pic, Para, Sub, PresT, Cap, Sent and Conj).  The children have become very skilled at organising their writing into paragraphs and using conjunctions (such as ‘because’, ‘although’ and ‘if’). 

As part of our Science topic last term we looked at how humans keep healthy and the children enjoyed looking at the different food groups and exercising to see the changes that happen to our bodies.

This term we are learning about plants and how to care for them.  The class is investigating what cress seeds need to germinate and how to make plants grow healthily.  We will be growing our own beans and making sure they get everything they need to be strong and healthy.  Make sure there is a spot in your garden where you can plant it ready for the summer!

Shh! Secret mission – Why did the watered cress in the cupboard manage to grow without sunlight?  Come and tell us for a housepoint!

A huge thank you for all the hard work that went into the children’s India projects for International Week.  We were delighted by the effort and excellent content of each one.  The children loved the activities carousel that ran throughout each afternoon and worked brilliantly in mixed groups (YrR-Yr6).  Some of the activities included taking part in a bhangra dancing session, finding out about traditional Indian dress, making a tasty Indian dish and many different art tasks.

In Numeracy we are practising our times table multiplication facts (2x, 5x, 10x) as well as the division facts that are related. eg. 2x5=10 and 5x2=10 so therefore 10÷2=5 and 10÷5=2 The children really enjoy their weekly tests and are delighted when they move up a group.  We have been encouraging the class to use their trips up and down stairs to practise chanting the multiples. eg. 1st step "2", 2nd step "4", 3rd step "6".  Once they've mastered those, they can move onto 3x and then 4x tables.  Well done to those children who have already gained their first few certificates.

There are lots of maths games for you to try:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/maths/

Times tables http://www.what2learn.com/home/examgames/maths/subtraction/

Telling the time https://gb.education.com/games/time/

Further topics this term include The Fire of London in History, Celebrations in RE, working with Scratch in ICT and Puppets in DT.

Shh! Secret mission – Find out some facts about the Great Fire of London and record them in any way you wish.  There’s a housepoint reward available!

Mrs Dixon has lost a couple of her lovely Guided Reading team.  If any parents or grandparents would be able to come and listen to a group read, first thing on a Monday morning (9am- 10am), we would be very grateful.  If you can help, please pop in to see us.

Just a reminder...

PE 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 and Sports Day is just round the corner!

Spellings are set every Monday and are tested the following Monday; this is enough time for you and your child to do a few practice tests. 

English and Maths homework is set every week on a Friday and needs to be returned no later than the following Thursday so it can be marked. 

Please remember reading folders must be in every day as books are changed on a Monday and reading diaries are checked throughout the week. 

Our library session is on Fridays; please return all books even if your child wishes to renew theirs.  Please keep your Show and Tell items to those that are related to topics or achievements!

Mrs Dixon and Mrs Rhodes

Have a look at the pictures below of the class having fun on the Easter Trail, pancake racing, doing drama in English, making flapjacks, testing out Year 4 Scratch games, using the BeeBot cars in ICT, learning about Road Safety, making observations and measurements in Science and Maths.

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