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 or you can message me on Seesaw. 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 2019-2020
Mrs Clarke- Year 2 teacher
Miss Taverner- 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 Monday, 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. There will also be a spelling list assigned on 'Spelling Shed' for the children to practise for an online spelling test on a Friday. 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 also have 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 2 (February - April 2020)
Over the next half term our topic is : Local Mills and children at work in Victorian Times
We will use digimaps to identify what our local area looked like in 1890's, 1950's and today, discussing the key features of the maps and how the area has changed. We will locate Etherstone Mill and Mather Lane Mill. Using old photographs from these mills we will look at evidence of what life was like for children working in the mills. By reading the book 'You wouldn't want to work in a Victorian Mill! by John Malam' the children will discover the many jobs children had to do in the mills. They will use this information to compare their day to the day of a Victorian child in the form of two diary entries. We will visit Quarry Bank Mill to investigate real artefacts and role play some of the jobs children did. Linked to our computing unit, 'We are researchers' we will present our findings as digital content.
Our Science topic is: Continue work on Plants
We will continue to observe our crocus plants as they grow and mature into flowering plants. Growing seeds in different conditions, we will experiment what conditions cress seeds grow best in. Looking at the different parts of a plant, we will consider which part of a plant we eat.
Our DT topic is: Vehicles
We will investigate a variety of vehicles and record their uses and features. By looking in further depth, we will discover different ways to make the chassis using wheels and axles. Using a simple box, we will experiment with different ways of creating and decorating the body of a vehicle. We will apply all this learning to design, make and evaluate our very own moving vehicle.
Our English topics will include: Using the information we collected about plants at Pennington Park, we will write a non-chronological report to inform visitors of the plants grown there. Using the story 'Little Evie in the Wild Wood by Jackie Morris the children will learn how to use description, sounds and movement to create atmosphere in a story and consider how it affects the reader's feelings. The children will explore bad characters and experiment with changing these in stories. The children will go on a similies hunt in the poem Dragonfly and consider how they help to paint a picture. In SPAG, the children will experiment with past progressive verbs and be introduced to the exclamation sentences.
Our Mathematics topics will include:We will understand how fractions are part of a whole and know what the terms numerator and denominator mean. After looking in depth at 1/2, 1/4 and 1/3 of shapes we will start to work out fractions of amounts. Problems, Problems, Problems! We will continue to master the skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions by applying our knowledge to solve lots of different problems, related to measurements of length and height.
Our RE will be: Easter symbols. The children will learn which symbols are the most important in giving the message that Jesus came to save us from our sins.
Heartsmart- 'Don't rub it in, rub it out!'
This unit focuses on Forgiveness and learning how to process negative emotions, disappointment and hurt.
Don't rub it in, rub it out is about choosing to forgive, leaving the pointing finger in our pocket and accepting that we too need grace just as much as we give it away. Everyone makes mistakes. Don't demand perfection, instead celebrate progress, that's what loves does.
Our Computing topic is: We are detectives/We are researchers
Whilst continuing to solve the mystery of the missing chocolate cake, the children will develop the appropriate language to use and skills of editing and formatting text in their emails. Developing our skills further we will learn how to open and listen to audio files on the computer. Linking with Heartsmart the children will become more aware of e-safety issues when using emails.
Linked to our history topic, the children will work collaboratively to research what it was like to work in a Victorian Mill. They will learn how to create mind maps to record information effectively and create a short multimedia presentation to share what they have discovered.
Music- Machine Music/Victorian Mills
Building on pulse and rhythm skills, the children will be composing and performing group compositions using layers of repeated rhythm patterns to create the sounds of Victorian mill machines. They will learn to play a variety of classroom percussion instruments with control and will sing a selection of Victorian work songs. Children will record their rhythm patterns using basic musical notation and will learn how to play, read and write one-beat rests.
PE – Our School Games Value is RESPECT which compliments the Heartsmart theme –Don’t Rub it in, Rub it Out!
Indoor – Dance Around the World
We will be learning how to follow simple movement patterns at different levels, speeds and through a variety of pathways by copying simple dance routines, performing in character. We will be introduced to canon and unison in dance and understand the difference between the two. Using our leadership skills, we will work as a group to create our very own dance, moving to the rhythm of the music in different formations.
Outdoor – Invasion Games
We will be developing our understanding of the basic principles of invasion games such as attacking, defending, scoring and teamwork. The children will learn how to dribble with a football, to pass and receive the ball in a variety of ways to use space effectively in a game. They will learn how to dodge to get free from a defender to receive a pass as well as how to mark an opposition player.
Dates for your Diary:
P.E. days are Wednesdays (outdoor) and Fridays (Indoor)
World Book Day: Thursday 5th March
Educational Visit to Quarry Bank Mill: Friday 13th March
Sport's Relief: Friday 13th March
Easter Service in Church: Friday 3rd April
Spring Term 1 NEWS!
During Spring 1 we explored China! Using globes and maps we found China and learnt it was in Asia. Uncovering more of the world map, we learnt the names of all seven continents and the five oceans of the world. Using our maps skills we found out where the capital city Beijing and the largest city of Shanghai are, as well as the two main rivers, the Yellow River and the Yangtze. By watching videos we learnt about what life was like in China and how their life compares to our own. We found the major tourist attractions of the Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Army, using clay in Art we recreated our very own version of the Terracotta Army. In music, the children used a 5 note pentatonic scale to create simple melodies in the style of Chinese traditional music. They listened to Chinese folk music, learnt to sing Chinese folk songs and about traditional Chinese instruments.
In Science we discovered the names of different plants growing in our local area by visiting the local park.We became gardeners like the ones we saw in the park by planting crocus bulbs. We had to make sure we remembered to water our plant and we observed how much it grown and changed each week, recording in our diary. To prove what conditions plants need to germinate, we set up an experiment to create the conditions on planet Mars. We were amazed to discover the plant grow without light but it was yellow! In addition, we looked at the lifecycle of a dandelion.
In Mathematics we have been using our knowledge of counting in twos, fives and tens to solve multiplication calculations. Some of us can recall these very quickly after practicing lots on 'TT Rockstars', which was introduced to the children this term. We looked at sharing in groups of twos and fives to solve division calculations and continued to practice our arithmetic skills of addition and subtraction, using money.
In Computing we have been learning all about emailing. We received an email from our headteacher, Mrs Hill, asking for our help to solve a mystery. We could open the email and reply to say we would help. We will continue to investigate next half term to find the culprit.
In PE, we learnt how to strike and volley a ball using a tennis racquet, developing a good grip, stance and improving our control. By playing simple tennis games, the children followed simple rules and learnt about tactics.
In English, we used the book Traction Man to learn about super hero traits and villain traits and how they are used with a story. The children created their very own super hero and three villians. By introducing their characteristics at the start of the story, they could use these throughout the story to defeat the villians. The children also created a repeated refrain that could be used after each problem was solved. In SPAG, the children learnt how to write list sentences, 2A sentences and use conjunctions to add detail to their sentences or join ideas together.
Autumn Term 2 NEWS!
During Autumn Term 2 we were unbelievably busy. Continuing our work on 'Habitats' we used our data to create tally charts and bar charts linked to our computing unit. We grappled with branching keys to sort the bugs we had found and added information to a digital map to share what we had found at Pennington Flash before the holidays. The children have been interviewing older family members to find out what life was like in the 1960's. After discovering the changing fashions from 1950-1970 the children designed a puppet that was dressed in their chosen decade clothes. We discovered the importance of the Beatles in the launch of the modern day pop group, looked at the differences between the Mods and Rockers and compared our lives to those of the Hippies.
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 notes we have in Britain, comparing the value of each one. Applying our knowledge of addition and subtraction we had to find totals of money and the difference between totals.
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 'Everyone Loves a Baby'. 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, Miss McCulley 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.
In English we looked at traditional tales and the sequel to Jack and the Beanstalk, Jim and the Beanstalk. The children used their predicting skills to work out characters thoughts and feelings and infer information using clues from the text. They wrote a letter to Jim as the Giant to say thank you for all the gifts he had got. In PE we mastered our tri-skills and learnt lots of new rolls in gymnastics to create simple sequences, using balances as our linking moves.
Autumn Term 1 NEWS!
In Geography, we have been busy learning all about maps. Looking at photographs of the capital cities of the UK, we learnt what an aerial view is and spotted landmarks in each city. Using aerial views, we made a plan of our classroom using the shapes of the tables and chairs. We then went out and about to find landmarks in our local area and plotted them on a map of the area with the help of our grown up. Back in class we made a key, creating a symbol of each landmark that we could use on our own map. Using our symbols we made a simple map of our journey. Using 'Google Earth' we mapped out our journey to 'Pennington Flash' which we visited linked to our science topic. After our trip we used the compass rose to explain where to find the minibeasts we found on a simple map.
In Science, we have discovered what makes things alive, dead or never alive. Using this knowledge we looked for living things in their habitats. Starting with the ocean, we learnt the names of different plants and animals. We discovered what features these animals needed to be able to survive in the ocean, for example, fish have gills to breathe and fins to help them move, and how we wouldn't be able to live in this habitat. Looking in the woodland habitat, we discovered there are lots of micro-habitats which tiny creatures live in. On our visit to the woodland at 'Pennington Flash' we found lots of minibeasts and learnt the names of different plants and animals we didn't know using identification keys. We used the data to complete tally charts and bar graphs.
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 listening to lots of different stories from the Bible and choosing their favourite one. In PSHE, we have discussed how we have the power the be superstars and how we need to use the positive energy from batteries to make our school and the world a better place.
In Art, the children have looked at landscapes and cityscapes painted by Monet. The children used the tip of a paint brush and cotton buds to apply thick acrylic paint to recreate Monet's garden in Giverny, after looking the colours and brushstrokes in different Monet paintings. Using two of Monet's paintings of the 'Houses of Parliament, 1902' the children discussed how colours can be used to show the weather and time of day paintings were created. The children used pastels to create the colours in the sky, blending the colours together with their fingertips. They then used a template to cut out the shape of the 'Houses of Parliament' from black card and stick onto their sky. Using black pastels, they created the reflection of the building underneath. By looking at the landscapes painted by Vincent van Gogh, the children were able to compare the similarities and differences with their work. They again used the same thick paint, but slightly different brushstrokes (straight marks for the grass and sky, and round marks for the clouds) to re-create his painting 'Plain Near Auvers, 1890'.
The children have gained lots of new reading skills from following the Read, Write, Inc phonics scheme. They have been using their predicting and inference skills when reading the story 'Wild' using clues from the text to help with their understanding. We have learnt lots of new words during word of the day and how to create noun phrases, which we included in our retell of the story. We have recited the poem 'The Grass House' and used its structure to write our very own poems entitled 'The Forest House' using all the vocabulary we have learnt about the woodland habitat. The children have a clearer understanding of past and present tense from their work in grammar and have begun to understand the difference between a question and a statement.
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 to two-digit calculations.
In music the children have developed their listening and thinking skills. They have learned to recognise a range of simple song melodies by pitch and rhythm and have enjoyed learning to sing these melodies in time and in tune with each other. They have listened carefully to recorded music and have learned to identify and talk about interesting musical features.