Year 2

Class Page for Year 2

Happy New Year and Welcome to 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! We are very proud of Year 2 and look forward to a very busy Spring Term. 

We had a brilliant school trip to Kenilworth Castle, where the children learnt all about the castle's history and its very important visitor. We then decorated shields and stormed the castle at the end of the day! Our Castle topic continued with two special visitors- Lord and Lady Tachbrook (a.k.a. the very lovely Mr. and Mrs. Webster) who taught us a traditional song and dance. This was followed by a real feast in the style of a medieval banquet, which all the children thoroughly enjoyed.

Look at the pictures below of some of the things we have been busy with:

  • Picking apples from our orchard at Harvest
  • Identifying and making 3D shapes
  • Racing our DT vehicles and recording the distances travelled
  • Visiting St Chad's for the Remembrance Day service and laying down our handprint poppy wreath
  • Making The Lost Son story cubes in RE http://www.dltk-bible.com/cv/lost_son.htm
  • Acting, singing and narrating our KS1 Nativity performance
  • Giving and following verbal instructions in English

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.  From our amazing Guided Reading team to those parents who were able to give some time helping on DT day or with our weekly Art lessons; we really appreciate the support.

English -The class have enjoyed reading the traditional story of 'The Frog Prince', as well as more contemporary versions that challenge the original storyline.  We have written some of our own versions that include descriptions about characters and settings. https://www.storynory.com/the-frog-prince/

Some children are beginning to include some high level punctuation, like inverted commas when characters in their writing talk.  Have a go at putting in the correct punctuation with this game:

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

(Choose “Really hard” level to practise speech marks.)

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, adverbs are.

Queen Elizabeth I angrily threw her fancy shoe at someone she disagreed with.

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

Numeracy - 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 Numeracy. 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.

MEASURE

A game about length and weight.  (Choose "Really hard" level for Year 2 objectives)

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

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/mostlyPostie.html

Science

Our topic in Science is “How does your garden grow?” which is all about the growth and care of plants.  We will be investigating exactly what things seeds need to grow, by restricting the elements of light and water; an experiment that always surprises the children.

Fancy doing some gardening together with your child?  Find out more here:

https://www.melissaanddoug.com/blogpost?postId=5-tips-to-teach-kids-how-to-care-for-plants

Geography

In Geography we will be looking at weather patterns around the world and measuring rainfall, air temperature and wind speed in our own playground.  We will also be remembering the continents and oceans of our world and where the colder and warmer climates are.

Find out more about weather here:

https://www.weatherwizkids.com/weather-climate.htm

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 made for us using Scratch. 

R.E

In R.E. our topic is about "What it means to be a Muslim", which gives pupils the opportunity to learn about the religion of Islam and what Muslims believe in.  This allows the class to consider their own beliefs and spirituality.

Find out more here:

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/religion/Islam.htm

PE

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!

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 try 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 choose 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 at some point during the week.

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

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