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Welcome to Year 2!

Welcome to our Year 2 page. Here you will find important information about our Class routines, curriculum and general information. We will also keep you updated about the amazing activities we have been getting up to at school. Please scroll down to keep up to date with our class blog.

Our Year 2 staff:

Mrs Michelle Wright – Teacher

Miss Demi Allen – Teaching Assistant

Week beginning 10th February.20

English

In English this week, we have planned and wrote our own stories. We thought about some new characters and described them. We also decided on a setting and thought about what it looked like. After this, we thought about what the character was going to do as a build-up, what problem them might face and how to overcome it. We then wrote our own stories from the plan.

Maths

In Maths this week, we have continued to work on fractions. We thought about how to work out quarters, two quarters and three quarters. We looked at finding these fractions within shapes and quantities. We then investigated the conjecture that ‘a half and 2 quarters are always the same’. We found that this statement was true and found evidence to support it.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have continued to learn about animals including humans. We have focussed on humans. We looked at what food humans eat and sorted food in to the 5 main food groups. We then thought about how humans need to exercise and what effect exercise has on our bodies. We finally thought about human hygiene and ways to get rid of germs.

We also celebrated internet safety by thinking about rules to stay safe online. We went on to purplemash and completed an internet safety quiz.

Reminders

Please remember that children can access times table rockstars at home over the holidays.

Week beginning 3rd February.20

English

In English this week, we have started to read our new text “The Snowflake Mistake”. We read the story and described the winter weather types that Princess Ellie might see. We thought about what these weather types looked like and how they moved. We also thought about how we could make the weather using everyday objects and wrote instructions to help Ellie after she broke her snowflake machine.

Maths

In Maths this week, we have started to learn about fractions. Within this learning we thought about fractions as sharing something in to equal parts. We looked carefully at identifying and finding a half, a third and a quarter of shapes and quantities.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have continued to learn about animals including humans. We thought about how animals adapt to their habitats and how plants and animals depend on each other.

During topic this week, we also celebrated the Chinese New Year by looking at their traditions. As part of Chinese new year, we used our senses to describe and taste Chinese foods.  

Certificates and Awards:
English Award: Keelin for always presenting his work so beautifully.

Maths Award: Amelia for listening well during learning time which has allowed her to access her fractions work independently.
Head Teacher Award: Rosie for always being so kind to others and being a lovely friend!
Golden Table Awards: Kai and Thomas

Reminders

Please remember that it is our PE day on a Friday, therefore children will need their PE kit for this day.

Week beginning 27th January.20

English

In English this week, we have continued to read “Geronimo”. We have thought about how to write instructions to help Geronimo to fly. We looked at features of instructions and how we could sue these to write our own. We created a list of things which Geronimo might need using adjectives and used imperative verbs to explain how to get ready.

Maths

In Maths this week, we have focussed on 3D shapes. Within this, we thought about what 3D shapes were and we discussed their properties. The children then used the knowledge of to create and sort the shapes.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have continued to learn about animals including humans. We have thought about what animals might eat and created food chains based on this. We looked at what were producers, consumers, prey and predators.

Certificates and Awards:
English Award: Ellis for trying hard to include interesting adjectives in his work this week.

Maths Award: Cassie for working so well with shape this week.
Head Teacher Award: Ella for always having beautiful manners!
Golden Table Awards: Kai and Bryce

Reminders

Please remember that it is Number Day on Friday and year 2’s activities start in the school hall at 2:00pm.

Week beginning 20th January.20

English

In English this week, we have continued to read “Geronimo”. We wrote our own stories of Geronimo to put in our reading area, which were brilliant. We then transformed our writing in to a diary entry using emotive language and the first person.

Maths

In Maths this week, we have focussed on 2D shapes. Within this, we thought about what 2D shapes were and we discussed their properties. The children then used the knowledge of to draw and sort the shapes.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have continued to learn about animals including humans. We have thought about animals habitats and why animals might live there. We also thought about microhabitats and we went on a microhabitat hunt in school!

Certificates and Awards:
English Award: Logan for making a real effort with his story writing this week!

Maths Award: Bryce for working so well with shape this week.
Head Teacher Award: Thomas for always trying his best!
Golden Table Awards: Oskar and Keelin

Reminders

Please remember that it is our PE day on a Friday, therefore children will need their PE kit for this day.

Week beginning 13th January.20

English

In English this week, we have started to read our new text “Geronimo”. We have described the character and setting using expanded noun phrases and figurative language. We have also used past tense verbs and adverbs to describe Geronimo’s actions.

Maths

In Maths this week, we have started to learn about statistics. Within this, the children created and interpreted tally charts, pictograms and block diagrams. The children then transferred this data using computers to create their own bar charts on purple mash. The children also answered questions based on this.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have continued to learn about animals including humans. We thought about how animals change over time and sequenced the human life cycle. We also thought about what living things need in order to survive.

Certificates and Awards:

English Award: Kai for trying so hard to improve his writing.

Maths Award: Darcy for working really well with statistics this week.

Head Teacher Award: Paige. B for always being a superstar and trying hard in everything she does!

Golden Table Awards: Rosie and Paige. L

Reminders Please remember that it is our PE day on a Friday, therefore children will need their PE kit for this day.

Week beginning 6th January 20

English

In English this week, we have started to think about our new topic, ‘Polar Pitstop’. We watched videos and looked at practical objects from the Polar Regions. We used our senses to describe what we might be able to see, smell, hear and feel if we were there. We then wrote a letter to Paddington, telling him what to expect on his next adventure to the arctic!

Maths

In Maths this week, we have continued to look at multiplication and division. We looked at the vocabulary we might see in problems and what the words mean. We also thought about inverse to help us work our problems with missing numbers.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have started to think about living things and how we know if something is alive. We also thought about how humans and animals change as they grow.

In art, we thought about different ways to make patterns, including using stamping, rolling, printing and rubbing. We created our own stamps using sponges.

Certificates and Awards:
English Award: Ngan-Ha for writing CVC word using her sounds.

Maths Award: Jacob for using his arrays so well for multiplication and division.
Head Teacher Award: Oliver. F for always trying his best in every lesson.
Golden Table Awards: Paige. B and Cassie.

Reminders

Please remind all children to bring their books to school every day.

Week beginning 2nd December 2019

English

In English this week, we have started to look at examples of non-chronological reports and identify their features. We found examples of non-fiction texts in our library and thought about the differences between non-fiction and fiction.

Maths

In Maths this week, we have started to look at multiplication and division. We thought about multiplication as groups of amounts and division as sharing amounts. We used this knowledge to draw arrays to help us find the answer to problems.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have been practising our Christmas performance of ‘I’m Gonna Shine’. We are getting much better at reading our lines and our singing is coming on wonderfully. We cannot wait to share it with our adults.

We also we designed our Christmas jars to sell at the Christmas Fair. We then decorated them with our adults. Thank you to all of the adults that took part in our crafts morning!

During this week, we also had the opportunity to go to the pantomime at South Shields Custom House to watch Snow White. We had a brilliant time!

Certificates and Awards:
English Award: Kai for trying his best to improve his handwriting.

Maths Award: Ellis for always reading and interpreting questions carefully.
Head Teacher Award: Archie for listening well during learning time this week.
Golden Table Awards: Paige. B and Paige. L

Reminders

Our Christmas performance is on Wednesday at 10am and 2pm. Please buy tickets at the school office if you would like to see your child perform.

Week beginning 25th November 2019

English

In English this week, we have finished reading the story of ‘Paddington at St. Paul’s’. From this, we watched a tour of St Paul’s Cathedral and wrote descriptive sentences about what Paddington might have seen while he was there. We also used comparative and superlative adjectives to make our sentences even better!!

Maths

In Maths this week, we have been working on multiplication. We thought about multiplication as ‘groups of’ amounts. We also looked at how multiplication can be represented as repeated addition. Towards the end of the week, we started to draw arrays to answer multiplication questions ourselves.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have been creating some art. We first look at mixing paints together to make new colours. We then started to add black and white to colours to make tints and shades. Finally, we used this knowledge to create some lovely ‘Great Fire of London’ artwork.

Certificates and Awards:
English Award: Cassie for taking her time to think about her handwriting and spelling this week.

Maths Award: Rosie for thinking carefully about how to answer problems in maths this week.
Head Teacher Award: Millie for super reading at home and at school.
Golden Table Awards: Bryce and Cassie.

Reminders

Please help the children to practise and read aloud their narration lines for our Christmas production.

Week beginning 18th November 2019

English

In English this week, we started to read a new text called ‘Paddington at St. Paul’s.’ We thought about what London would be like if we were there. We used expanded noun phrases to write descriptive sentences about our capital city.

Maths

In Maths this week, we have continued to look at money. We thought about counting money to make a total. We then practiced giving change with our addition and subtraction knowledge.   

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have started to learn about ‘The Great Fire of London.’ We read the story of the event and then used artefacts to put the event on a timeline. We created our own timeline to show what happened at the time.

Certificates and Awards:
English Award: Ella for using colourful semantics so well this week.

Maths Award: Ava-Mai for working well with positional language this week.
Head Teacher Award: Logan for always being so helpful.
Golden Table Awards: Millie and Paige.B

Reminders

Please remind all children to bring their books to school every day!

Week beginning 11th November 2019

English

In English this week, we have continued to read the story of Paddington. We sequenced the story and used past tense verbs to describe what was happening. We then wrote the full story using everything we have learned over the last few weeks. The children did brilliantly with this activity!

Maths

In Maths this week, we have continued to look at money. We thought about what we could use to make the same amount and compared them. We also recapped on finding the total of amounts and the difference using addition and subtraction.  

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have started to think about the terms ‘past’ and ‘present’. Within this, we have look at how London has changed over the last 400 years and why these changes have occurred. We have looked at streets, lighting, transport and jobs. The children loved learning about what life was like in the past.

We have had an eventful week in our wider curriculum this week. We started the week with remembrance day and created a poppy wreath as a class.

We also celebrated antibullying week this week with our odd socks day on Tuesday.

Later in the week, we had a special visit for Pudsey Bear!! We learned about what children in need is and the importance of it.

We also had the opportunity to take part in a ‘Hoopstarz’ workshop where we leanred how to hula-hoop. We really enjoyed this activity!!

Certificates and Awards:
English Award: Oliver.G for making a real effort with his spelling this week.

Maths Award: Oliver.F for always tackling reasoning problems with resilience.
Head Teacher Award: Keelin for working well independently this week.
Golden Table Awards: Ava and Ella

Reminders

Please remind all children to bring their books to school everyday.

Week beginning 4th November 2019

English

In English this week, we started to look at a new text. Our new story is all about a little bear called ‘Paddington’. This week we have used adjectives to describe the character. We then moved on to inference and prediction to decide what the character’s personality was like.

Maths

In Maths this week, we started to look at money. At the start of the week, we identified different coins and notes. We then moved on to counting pound and counting pence. The children managed this well using their knowledge of partitioning and addition.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have been learning about ‘the gunpowder plot’. We sorted items from the past and present and thought about their uses. We then moved on to reading and retelling the story. After this, we looked at what happened after the event and created wanted posters for Thomas Percy. Finally, we created some artwork linked to this learning.

Certificates and Awards:
English Award: Paige. L for thinking carefully about the sounds she needs for each word.

Maths Award: Thomas for working hard to add money this week!
Head Teacher Award: Jacob for always trying his very best!
Golden Table Awards: Archie and Keelin.

Reminders

Please remember that we are wearing odd socks on Tuesday for anti-bullying week.

Week beginning 21st October 2019

English

In English this week, we transformed our story writing to a diary entry. We thought about using time adverbs to move the diary forward, we used first person to talk about ourselves and we used past tense verbs correctly.

Maths

In Maths this week, we have started to think about directions. We looked at moving forwards, backwards, left and right. We followed directions in the hall using a grid then applied this knowledge to our activity in our books.  

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we visited Newcastle Castle and wrote a recount about the day. We used our English knowledge of recounts and included time adverbs and adjectives.

Reminders

Please remember that we are back to school on Monday 4th November.

Week beginning 14th October 2019

English

In English this week, we have retold the story of Zog. At the beginning of the week, we acted out the story to ensure we knew it well. We then sequenced the story and used verbs and adverbs to describe the dragon’s actions.

Maths

In Maths this week, we have continued to focus on addition and subtraction. We thought about subtraction and addition using exchanging. We then moved on to inverse addition and subtraction calculations.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have continued to think about materials in Science. We took a vote to decide which materials would be the best for a castle. Our class decided that wood, brick or plastic would be the best materials. We carried out an investigation where we built a wall from these materials and threw a cannon at them to see which one would stay standing the longest.

We also had a workshop from ICECATS this week, which showed us how to be safe in case of an emergency.

Certificates and Awards:
English Award: Amelia for always taking care to ensure her work is presented neatly.

Maths Award: Oliver. G for working well with inverse addition and subtraction this week!
Head Teacher Award: Ava-Mai for some super number work this week!
Golden Table Awards: Jacob and Ellis.

Reminders

Please remember that we are going on our castle visit on Tuesday, the children need to wear uniform for this visit.

Week beginning 7th October 2019

English

In English this week, we have started a new text called ‘Zog’ by Julia Donaldson. In this story, we meet a dragon who is trying his best in dragon school but faces some problems. We have used inference to think about the character’s actions and what they could mean.

Maths

In Maths this week, we have been focusing on addition and subtraction. The children have used their prior knowledge of place value to add and subtract numbers to 100. They have managed this really well!

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have been thinking about materials in Science. We have thought about everyday materials and their properties. We have also thought about why materials are chosen for specific objects. Later in the week, we investigated how some everyday objects can be changed using stretching, twisting, bending and squashing.

Certificates and Awards:
English Award: Millie for some super inference this week.
Maths Award: Logan for some brilliant addition and subtraction!
Head Teacher Award: Bryce for having a great attitude to learning this week.
Golden Table Awards: Amelia and Paige.L

Reminders

Please remember to return your child’s castle trip letter as soon as possible.

Week beginning 30th September 2019

English

In English this week, we have thought about our visit to Broom House Farm. We decided to write a recount to tell others about the fun we had. At the start of the week, we sequenced our visit using our knowledge of time adverbs. We also looked carefully at past tense verbs and how to use them correctly.

Maths

In Maths this week, we have been looking at numbers. We have thought about our number bonds knowledge and how this can relate to number bonds to 100 e.g 3 + 7 = 10 therefore 30 + 70 = 100. We then moved on to adding numbers with single digits.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have been thinking about clay. The children designed a dragon’s eye. They then created the dragon’s eye using clay and clay tools. The children painted their finished product and evaluated the outcome. They looked amazing!!

Certificates and Awards:
English Award: Oliver. F for writing some super descriptive sentences about the farm.
Maths Award: Kai for working well with related facts in maths.
Head Teacher Award: Ellis for always listening and contributing to class discussions.
Golden Table Awards: Thomas and Oliver. G

Reminders

Please remember to return your child’s reading book every day!

Week beginning 23rd September 2019

English

In English this week, we have thought about writing our own story based on the changed we made last week. We wrote sentences using time adverbs to move our story forward and acted it out to ensure that we knew the sequence. We then wrote on own versions of the story.

Maths

In Maths this week, we have been looking at numbers. At the start of the week, we used our place value knowledge to compare numbers. We then moved on to deciding whether a number was odd or even. By the end of the week, we moved on to our number bonds within 10 and 20.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have been thinking about our choices. In PSHE, we have looked at good and bad choices and thought about how to make these. We then thought about changing a negative viewpoint in to a positive. We discussed how we could use these in everyday situations e.g. a challenging lesson, learning to ride a bike etc.

Certificates and Awards:
English Award: Thomas for having such a positive and resilient attitude towards his writing this week!
Maths Award: Archie for always listening carefully and trying his best to tackle problems in maths.
Head Teacher Award: Ngan Ha for settling in to Burnside so well!
Golden Table Awards: Darcy and Rosie

Reminders

Please remember that children should have their earrings removed before their PE lesson on a Friday.

Week beginning 16th September 2019

English

In English this week, we have continued to look at the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’. We have used our knowledge of this story and changed it to make it relevant to our current topic of castles. We have changed the characters and thought about what might happen, following the traditional sequence.

Maths

In Maths this week, we have been looking at place value. We have been thinking about how many tens and ones are in each number and how these can be partitioned differently to make the same amount.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have been thinking about the different jobs that may have been seen inside a castle. We have identified the people who might have lived there and thought about their lifestyles compared to our own.

Certificates and Awards:
English Award: Jacob for trying hard to write in full sentences this week.
Maths Award: Keelin for working well with number bonds this week!
Head Teacher Award: Darcy for always trying her best!
Golden Table Awards: Thomas and Logan

Reminders

Please remember that we will be visiting the farm on Tuesday therefore children will need to wear suitable clothing and footwear.

Week beginning 9th September 2019

English

In English this week, we have been reading the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’. We have tried to use our knowledge of this familiar story and add detail to it. We have looked at the characters and thought about which adjectives we could use to describe them.

Maths

In Maths this week, we have started to look at counting. We started the week with recalling our numbers to 100. We then thought about counting up in 1s, 2s and 5s. We used our fingers to help us as we locked one number in our brains and counted on.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have started to think about our new topic of ‘Once upon a castle’. Within these sessions, we have looked at the history of castles and how they have changed over time. We have also identified castles across the United Kingdom and thought about how they have been built.

Certificates and Awards:
English Award: Rosie writing some brilliant descriptive sentences this week.
Maths Award: Paige. B for working hard on her counting skills this week.
Head Teacher Award: Cassie for always trying her best and contributing to class discussions.
Golden Table Awards: Kai and Oliver. F

Reminders

Please ensure you are regularly reading with your child and that they bring their reading record in to school everyday!

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