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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 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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