Our Year 2 Class
A very warm welcome to our Year 2 class page. In Year 2, our children are really starting to fly! Building on previous years they become confident readers, writers and mathematicians. As school life falls into place, they find themselves our oldest infants and begin to develop a real sense of responsibility. I hope that you find all the information useful and if you have any questions I am available after school for a quick chat. As you can understand I need to be in class with the children in the mornings but messages can be passed through Mr Southern on the playground. If you need longer, an appointment can always be made through the school office or via the contact link below.
Our Year 2 Class 2017-2018
Mrs Clarke- Year 2 teacher
Miss Taverner- Teaching Assistant
Miss German- Teaching Assistant
Miss Thistlethwaite- Higher Level Teaching Assistant
The guided reading schemes we use in Year 2 are:
- Read, Write Inc
- Oxford Reading Tree
- Rigby Star
Home Reading books
Whilst your child will read regularly in school you can make a big difference by listening to your child read and asking them questions about what they have read for just ten minutes each night.
Please note: Your child will only change their books on a Friday, when they will bring two books home to read the following week. This is to allow your child to become a fluent reader and have time to spend discussing the text. This will develop their comprehension skills.
In Year 2 we follow Read, Write Inc
Homework will be given out on a Friday and is to be handed in on a Thursday.
The homework set will be Literacy and Numeracy based and sometimes Topic and will reflect what we have been learning during the week. This helps to reinforce learning that has taken place during the week and also inform us of any areas that your child may need further assistance with. We have also just launched our 'Seesaw' app which allows you to view your child's learning at home and will highlight areas that need extra practise at home to secure your child's targets.
This half term.... Spring 1 (January- February 2018)
Over the next half term our topic is : Intrepid Explorers!
We will be travelling back in time to find out about two famous explorers. Step back to 1451 when Christopher Columbus was born and discover how life was so different without 'Electricity!!' Could you survive without the internet or television? We discover what it was like to be one of Columbus' sailors exploring and unknown seas and the new discovery they made. What would life be like if he had never brought the potato back to Europe? We discover how the things Columbus brought back to Europe changed the country. Moving forward find out what life was like before the first aeroplane flight took place! How did this day change the way we live our lives? We will learn all about the things we can have now that we couldn't have before, and how we can now see parts of the world that were impossible to visit before. Our second explorer is Neil Armstrong. We discover all the things that had been invented by the time Neil Armstrong explored Space and what objects we have today because of the technology used for exploring space. For our science topic 'Move it!', we will focus on working scientifically. The children will carry out lots of investigation to discover how the shape and material of an object affects how it moves. We will make flying fish, explore air and gravity to make a flying mouse travel higher and perform simple tests to make a straw rocket travel faster!
Our English topics will: We begin by looking at the story 'The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers'. Recapping our work on verbs, adverbs and noun phrases. Continuing with the same author we study the story 'Lost and Found' ensuring we can write all four sentence types: statement, command, questions and exclamation sentences. The children will be introduced to the theme of adventure and exploration using the film 'Up'. They will use their senses to imagine what it would be like to be transported by balloons and use the story mountain to plan their own adventure story with a dilemma and resolution. After being introduced to new vocabulary the children will write their story and edit together with a partner to check they have used a range of sentences and select words well to engage the reader. They will learn about the life of Amelia Earhart by asking and answering questions based on her biography, as well as reading, writing and following instructions.
Our Mathematics topics will include: Get ready to master multiplication! We will look at how we can solve multiplication calculations by drawing arrays and how we can apply all that counting in different steps from autumn term, until we become masters of our 2s 3s 5s and 10s times tables. Don't be frightened of fractions, as you will soon understand those funny symbols.
Our RE will be: Jesus friend to everyone - the children will learn how God loves everyone and use his guidance to help them with their every day relationships with others.
Our SEAL theme will be: Going for Goals
Our 'Heartsmart' theme: Too Much Selfie isn't Healthy!
Dates for your diary
PE: Wednesdays and Thursdays
SATS Meeting: Wednesday 17th January 3.45 pm
Parents Evening: 13th & 14th February 2018
Enrichment Day: 16th February 2018
During Autumn Term 2 we were unbelievably busy. Continuing our work on 'Habitats' we delved under the Ocean and discovered why some animals can live under water. We labelled the different parts which were vital for life underwater, such as gills to breathe and fins to move. We produced some lovely art work using watercolours and coloured pencils. Looking at the designers Cath Kidston and William Morris we discovered how they used repeated patterns in their designs. Using this techniques we designed our very own bag repeating ocean creatures. Using printing equipment and adding finishing touches with fabric crayons, we made our designer bags! We have become very familiar with the 'Rainforest', learning all about what it would be like there. First, we looked at which continents of the world they could be found in and how tropical rainforests are found near the equator. Next it was time to discover the names of the different layers in the rainforest and what animals lived in each one. We made a lovely watercolour painting and learnt how the different animals rely on each other for food by making food chains. Later we visited Chester Zoo and got to meet some of the animals we had been studying. In our workshop we got to hold and feel real life artefacts from the Rainforest and discovered which plants and products that we use from there in our everyday lives. Imagine if we didn't have rubbers! The children used I Pads to photograph the animals they saw to use in their computing work. Back at school they selected which pictures they wished to use in their Rainforest presentation and added labels and captions. They used google maps to pinpoint school and Chester Zoo to show their journey.
In Mathematics we have been using our knowledge of the place value of 2-digit numbers to add and subtract. It has been challenging to get to grips with tens and ones and counting forward and backwards on empty numberlines. We then had to become familiar with the different coins and note we have in Britain, comparing the value of each one. Applying our knowledge of addition and subtraction we had to find totals and difference in amounts of money.
In RE we learnt about how God sends us messages, especially the importance of the angels in the Christmas story. Whilst we were working hard in class we were also honing our acting talents to take the lead in our Key Stage One Nativity performance of 'A King is Born!'. There were lots of visits to church and Rev Saunders was always there to help us out. We think you will agree that we all did great! What a team! Of course it couldn't have happened without Mrs Gornall, Mrs Simm and all of the staff who helped especially our wardrobe department and finally our supporting stars; the amazing angels in Reception and the superb flock of Year 1 sheep.
We have been very busy this half term learning all about how to keep fit and healthy. The Year 2 children are now making more healthy food choices by trying to eat more fruit and vegetables, after studying the eat well plate and our classroom has also been brightened up by our lovely self-portraits. It has been tricky trying to remember the names of the capital cities of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. During History the children have been looking at 'Heroes'. We have looked at what makes a hero and chosen our very own hero from history explaining what makes them our hero. We have started our work on 'Habitats' by looking at the Woodland habitat. We have studied the animals there and made simple food chains of who eats who. Getting up closer, we peered into micro-habitats to find creepy crawlies and using oil pastels we drew the micro-habitat we had seen.
In RE we have been learning about the Bible and why it is important to Christians. We brought our own special books into school and sorted the books of the Bible into the Old and New Testament. The children enjoyed retelling the story of calming the storm, emphazising with how the disciples must have felt.
The children have gained lots of new skills from following the Read, Write, Inc phonics scheme and are now getting much better at holding sentences in their heads and proof-reading work.
In Maths we have been mastering place value to 100, using lots of different resources. We have been using the bar method to find number bonds to 20 and 100. The children have been practising hard at using the part whole model and a number line to solve simple one digit addition and subtraction to two-digit calculations.