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 if you need to speak to me, an appointment can always be made.
Our Year 2 Class 2021-2022
Miss Barton- Year 2 teacher
Miss Keay- Teaching Assistant
Mrs Bayatti- Teaching Assistant
The guided reading schemes we use in Year 2 are:
- Read, Write Inc
- Oxford Reading Tree
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. In addition, using Bug Club is a fun way to build comprehension skills by answering the little quizzes in each online book.
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. There will be access to a range of additional books on Bug Club, which will develop comprehension skills.
In Year 2 we follow Read, Write Inc
Each day we undertake a RWI lesson. During this time we review the set 2 and 3 sounds and will learn a new sound each day. After the Speed Sounds lesson we look at a key text for the following three days. RWI is really helpful for embedding spellings and during each lesson we come across new 'Red Words' which, we learn how to spell and are encouraged to use in our independent writing. We really enjoy our RWI time (particularly the partner work, actions and rhymes!)
Homework will be allocated on Power Jam each Friday and evidence is to be uploaded to Seesaw before the following Thursday. In addition, maths practise can be completed weekly on Numbots and Times Tables Rock Stars.
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.... Summer 2 (June - July 2022)
Over the next half term our history topic is Explorers! By stepping back in time, using our historical enquiry skills, we will discover different explorers from the past. Using old photographs and maps we will bring to light who Christopher Columbus was and how he shaped the world today. How would your life be different had he not stumbled on America? By comparing him to Neil Armstrong and Tim Peake, we will look at how the times changed and how the famous moon landing impacted on our lives today. Looking for similarities and differences between the two men, we will discover what traits are needed to become an explorer. Using the terms century, decade BC AND AD we will research other significant explorers in history.
In English we will be completing our work on Lila and the secret of rain. The children are then going to write their own story set in rainy Leigh and the secret of the sun. We are then going to write questions to Neil Armstrong asking him about his journey to the moon. The children will then write answers using the knowledge they have learnt in History.
In Maths we will be very busy exploring 2D and 3D shapes. The children will be able to explain how many vertices, faces and edges shapes have the differences between each one. We will still be playing TT Rockstars to help us practice our times tables especially 2s, 5s and tens. We enjoy playing numbots and are hoping each child will complete all the levels by the end of the summer term ready for year 3!
In RE we will continuing our work on the church. We will then compare our church to one from a contrasting faith, looking for the similarities and differences.
Our Science topic is Feeding and Exercise. To start our new science topic we are going to pretend we are stranded on a desert island and think about what we would need to survive. By looking at our diet we will discover the different food groups we need to eat to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We are going to look at different food labels so that we can understand what is in the food we are and know how to identify if a food has ‘gone off.’ Linked to D/T we will investigate dips and dippers and make our very own healthy dip!
Our Computing topic will cover Understanding what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and how programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions. We will use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs and recognise common uses of information technology beyond school. We will also understand how to use technology safely and respectfully.
Our PE theme will be:
Attacking and Defending – The children will play small teams games to help them understand the roles of attackers and defenders.
On Wednesdays year 2 will now be going swimming to familiarise them with the swimming pool and build up their confidence in the water ready for year 3.
Summer Term 1 NEWS!
During Summer 1 we were focused on showing everyone how fantastic we are in Year 2 as we prepared for the end of key stage assessments.
Literacy- We have been learning all about big cats and predators! We have been focusing on non-chronological reports and writing our own about sharks. We watched documentaries about big cats and read texts full of interesting facts, this helped us with our writing. We have been learning how to write headings, subheadings and how we structure a non-chronological report. We have also focused on the text 'Lila and the Secret of Rain by David Conway and Jude Daly' to learn new vocabulary and develop our skills of retrieval, inference, prediction, and sequencing. We used role play to explore Lila's feelings and learnt how the end of a story links back to events at the beginning. We learnt all about the 'Power of 3' sentence and revisited exclamation sentences. Using the toolkit we had developed from our reading we retold the story in more detail.
Maths - We were very busy mastering all of the skills we didn't feel 100% confident with and have been looking at multiplication and division. We have been trying very hard to learn the 2, 5 and 10 times tables! We have done lots of work on creating equal groups, writing repeat addition sentences and different ways we can divide items. We have been working on out problem solving skills and how we can work out the quickest way to solve different calculations. We have been having lots of fun with our maths!
Science - We started our work on 'Materials' by finding out the different the properties of materials and what materials items in our classroom are made from. We have worked scientifically to find out which materials are absorbent, which materials are waterproof and how we can change the shape of some materials. We have focused on making predictions before we begin out experiments to see if we get the outcome right! We have made lots of mess but have had fun with our learning!
RE - In RE we started our work about the church, discussing our own special places and looking at the church as a special place for Christians. We visited our church and Reverend Saunders gave us a tour around showing us the important artifacts.
Computing - We started our work on coding, learning an algorithm is a set of instructions given to a digital program to allow it to work. We created our own simple algorithms to allow our character to complete tasks and debugged any errors as they occurred to be successful!
Geography - This term we have been on safari to Kenya in Africa, we found all 7 continents and have been able to find Africa and the UK on our world map. We talked about how different out weather in the UK is compared to Kenya, some of us said we would love to live in Kenya because it is very hot! We used our skills to direct our safari jeep around the map using a compass, we came up with a rhyme to remember the four compass points, naughty elephants squirt water! We thought that this fitted in well with our learning about Kenya and the animals that live in the Savannah. We looked at the Maasai tribe and compared how their life was different to ours and also the people living in the city of Nairobi.
Art - We explored African colours, shapes and patterns to produce our own tribal designs. After studying the different masks used by the Maasai tribe, we made our own animal masks. By looking at the work of Shirley Shelton & Sarah Shiundu we understood how beautiful the African landscape is and made our own African sunset piece of art using collage.
Spring Term 2 NEWS!
During Spring Term 2 we were very busy and here is a snapshot of what we did:-
History - We kicked off our new history topic, Children in Victorian Mills, with a visit the Spinners Mill in Leigh. We found out that cotton used to be transported down the canal on a boat to the mill. We discovered other mills in the area called Etherstone Mill and Mather Lane Mill. Using old photographs we looked at the horrible conditions the children lived and worked in.
English- This term the children worked hard writing instructions for making a sandwich, we had some very interesting ingredient combinations! We learnt that instructions begin with an adverb and include a 'bossy' verb. The children got to grips with using conjunctions in their writing and loved the story of 'Mr Bunny's Chocolate Factory by Elys Dolan. Our class book was a children’s version of Oliver Twist as this linked well to our history topic.
Mathematics- We worked hard to master fractions this half term. We discovered there are equal parts of a whole and the denominator tells us how many equal parts a whole has been split into. The children found out it was very similar to division as they enjoyed sharing out smarties to find the answers to simple fractions.
We continued to use 'TT Rockstars' to improve the speed of our recall of the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. Thanks to your tremendous efforts our 'heatmaps' are starting to show that some of us are becoming Rockstars with these tables, so we need to start to learn the three and four times tables too!
Science- We investigated materials and their properties. Using our working scientifically skills we tried to generate our own questions to investigate. We found out which materials are used for which purposes and explained why materials are suitable/not suitable for a job. We looked at the four different ways of changing the shape of materials and discovered harder materials are more difficult to change shape. We also learnt about recycling materials and why this is important for our planet, setting up a battery recycle project throughout school.
RE- In RE we talked about the importance of the Paschal candle and what the symbols on it mean, then we had a go at designing our own. We looked at the Easter story and discussed the true meaning of Easter, when Jesus died for us and how the bread and wine we have in church represents his body and blood.
Art /DT- The children began to work with clay and created some beautiful Easter crosses. They carefully painted them and took them home. We made some lovely Easter cards and Easter baskets in preparation for a visit from the Easter Bunny.
Computing - We worked as teams to research our history topic, using search engines and books we compiled our facts into mind maps. We then used these to make a power point presentation using the app Keynote and presented our findings each other.
Outdoor – Invasion games – This term we played games that involved attacking and defending a zone to score goals or points. They practiced their dribbling skills in football, played piggy in the middle and had a try at playing rugby. Hopefully next term we can fit in a game of football and rounders.
Indoor – Cityscapes and Landscapes – The children began this unit by learning how to safely do different types of rolls. They progressed onto jumps and balances and used their bodies to create bridges. Once they mastered the bridge they attempted a backwards bridge, they found this very tricky!
Spring 1 NEWS!
In English the children wrote some wonderful stories based on the book The Crow’s Tale. They included detailed setting descriptions and character feelings. Then then wrote their own story about a pink rabbit who went to find water but fell into the river washing away all of his beautiful pink fur. We began reading Meercat Mail, the children loved this story and the post cards Sonny sent home to his family. They have started to write their own post card and this will be finished in Spring 2.
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 Science we became gardeners and planted a variety of seeds and bulbs. We had to make sure we remembered to water our plants and we observed how much they grew and changed each week, recording the growth in our diary. To prove what conditions plants need to germinate, we placed 3 basil plants in different places. The one without water wilted and died, the one in the fridge also died and the one in the dark continued to grow but turned yellow. Plants has been our favourite science topic so far!
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 received emails from different witness’ and gathered the clues together. Eventually we solved the mystery by putting the clues into a spreadsheet and found the cake thief!
Our Geography this term we focused on our local area and to start our new topic we went on a local area walk. We created a tally chart with the different types of houses and recorded what we saw. We completed a scavenger hunt and ticked off what we could see e.g. a vets, a doctors, a cycle lane, a post box and more. We looked at different types of maps of the area and the different symbols used. We then wrote a recount of our walk.
In DT the children designed and made their own vehicles. They then tested their vehicles to check it would travel and could carry objects.
In RE we explored how Jesus was a friend to everyone. The children loved listening to the different bible stories and understanding the meaning of each one.
In PE the children completed a plants dance unit linked to our science topic. They explored different movements and combined these together to create their own dance routine. The children also completed an outdoor PE unit that focused on developing their running and jumping skills. We explored the different speeds at which they could move their bodies and how to safely jump and land.
Autumn 2 NEWS!
In Maths the children have worked very hard to master addition and subtraction and have strengthened their understanding of number bonds to 20. They began to add two 2-digit numbers together and subtracting a 2-digit number from another 2-digit number. To help strengthen this new skill the children used place value grids, part whole models, number lines, bar models and tens frames. We then progressed onto the money unit and how to understand the value of each coin and note. The children were able to count amounts of money and then find how much change was needed.
In English the children unpicked a non-chronological report and looked at all the different features needed. Using our writing rainbow, we wrote our own reports on hibernation and habitats. This linked in with our science topics and we were able to include all the facts we had learned. The children did extremely well with their home reading and many completed their Christmas reading reward charts.
In Science we had a very exciting new topic to get to grips with, habitats. To get the children engaged with this learning we went on a mini beast hunt to Pennington Hall park, we looked at the habitats around us and explored microhabitats for bugs and insects. We took photographs and kept a tally chart, this helped us to keep a record of what we saw and linked to our computing unit, We are zoologists. The information gathered will be converted into graphs and charts. The children went on a school safari to look for worms and we looked closer at pond habitats. We had lots of fun exploring the world around us and learning about the many types of habitats.
In RE the children explored the topic of good news in the bible and how it was delivered to God’s people. We discussed how angels often brought good news and then explored the nativity story. The children loved listening to the story of Jesus’ birth and hearing about the many visitors to the stable. This linked with our school nativity play, A Bundle of Joy.The children retold this story and had a wonderful time doing so.
In DT the children looked at types of puppets and how they are different. With lots of practice they successfully mastered a running stitch and a whip stitch. They then drew their own hand puppet design and created it from felt. They were all very proud of their efforts.
Our music this term was linked to our history topic of The Swinging 60’s so all the music they listened to was from this famous time. They sang along to some of the more famous Beatles songs; Yellow Submarine, Let it Be and With a little help from my friends.
In PE the children explored dance and how they could move their bodies like some popular toys such as a jack in a box and a toy soldier. Each week they practised new movements and synchronised them into dance routines. They were able to change the speed, weight and size of their movement. In our outdoor PE unit the children built on their knowledge of bat and ball gained in year 1. We began by recapping on how to hold the tennis racket correctly and progressed onto the different ways to throw the ball to a partner. We had a try at some tactics that we could use to help us win the game.
Autumn 1 NEWS!
In Maths we have been mastering place value to 100, using lots of different resources. We have been using the part whole model to find number bonds to 20 and 100. The children have been getting to grips with our new maths scheme Power Maths by solving lots of real life problems.
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 been introduced to the 'Writing Rainbow' and the different FANTASTIC symbols, which we included in our retell of the story. We then wrote our own Autumn poem using all the vocabulary we have learnt about the woodland habitat.
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.
As part of our Geography topic the children explored the seven continents and the five oceans of the world. They know that we live in a town and that our country in part of the continent of Europe. We have learnt lots of facts about each continent and how they are all different. We looked at some of the world's most famous features and determine if they are a physical or human feature.
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 seascapes painted by Monet, Hokusai and Turner. The children used pastels to create the colours in the sea, blending the colours together with their fingertips. They used strips of blue and green tissue paper to recreate the waves. They explored the prime colours and learnt how to change the tone. At the end of the unit they worked in a small group to create a large seascape painting.
In Computing we became photographers taking photographs of ourselves in focus and saving them as digital content. We then used our new skills to photograph flowers. We choose the best ones to edit and then created a picture collage.
In music the children have developed their listening and thinking skills. The children began playing the recorder, understanding how to hold it correctly, make a good sound and how to play different pitches.
In PE, we have been developing our gymnastic skills by learning new balances and jumps. We practised the log roll and worked on rocking to our feet in preparation for learning forward rolls which some of us mastered too. Applying all our new skills, we made sequences on the apparatus.