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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:

Miss Kiera Horn – Teacher

Week beginning 30th November 2020

English

In English this week we wrote the story of Paddington at St Paul’s. The children know the story very well and I was impressed by all of our writing! We have begun learning about postcards. We have identified the features of a postcard, changed a text from third person to first person and learnt how to use time adverbs effectively in our writing.

Maths

In Maths this week we have begun our money block. We have been able to recognize coins and notes and are beginning to understand the value of each. We have learnt how to count pounds and pence using our knowledge of tens and ones to help us.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have been learning geographical knowledge and skills in geography. We have been able to label the four countries of the UK and the surrounding seas. We have located on a map where we live, used simple compass directions and use directional language when looking at a map of London.

Certificates and Awards:


English Award: Leah M for writing a fantastic story about Paddington.

Maths Award: Leah C for counting pounds and pence confidently and accurately.


Head Teacher Award: Samuel for always working hard and being a lovely friend.

Reminders

Please ensure that your child’s reading book in returned to school on a Friday so it can be changed and ready to go back out on a Monday.

Week beginning 23rd November 2020

English

In English we have been reading Paddington at St Paul’s. We used expanded noun phrases to describe St Paul’s cathedral and looked closely at photographs from inside and outside of the building. We have learnt how to use comparative (-er) and superlative (-est) adjectives in our writing and have practiced using a wider range of conjunctions and past tense verbs.

Maths

In Maths this week we have been using the inverse to solve missing number problems. We solved missing number problems involving addition and subtraction. We used our knowledge of parts and wholes to help us work out the answer.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have continued our learning about the Great Fire of London. We have used tissue paper to make a collage of the fire and added silhouettes of the buildings. We have thought carefully about where we find information from the past from. We sorted through helpful and unhelpful sources. We also wrote a diary entry as an eyewitness of the Great Fire. We thought carefully about what we could have smelt, saw and felt if we were there.

Certificates and Awards:


English Award: Anya for making excellent contributions in class and fantastic use of conjunctions and adjectives in her writing.

Maths Award: Darcie for using the inverse the solve missing number problems.


Head Teacher Award:  Trang for excellent behaviour in school.

Reminders

Please ensure that your child’s reading book in returned to school on a Friday so it can be changed and ready to go back out on a Monday.

Week beginning 16th November 2020

English

In English this week we have been using our reading skills to complete comprehension questions. We worked on our ability to use inference, sequence events that we have read and understanding new vocabulary.

Maths

In Maths this week we have been applying our learning about place value and addition and subtraction to solve arithmetic and reasoning maths questions.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have continued our learning about the Great Fire of London. We learnt about the events during the Great Fire of London and placed the events on a timeline. We then learnt about Samuel Pepys and made a fact file about his life. We loved making our 1666 inspired houses using boxes, paint and card.

Certificates and Awards:


English Award: Ellie for fantastic reading this week and writing some super sentences!

Maths Award: Thomas for an excellent effort with your arithmetic an d reasoning questions.


Head Teacher Award:  Faith for demonstrating a fantastic effort within all subjects and showing great perseverance.

Reminders

Please ensure that your child’s reading book in returned to school on a Friday so it can be changed and ready to go back out on a Monday.

Week beginning 9th November 2020

English

In English this week, we have continued to read our new text ’Paddington’ by Michael Bond. We have thought carefully about the sequence of events in the story. We have practised using time adverbs to sequence the story and describing the characters actions using verbs and adverbs. We could retell the story and wrote our own version. We are remembering to use capital letters for names and places as well as adding more description into our narratives.

Maths

In Maths this week, we have been subtracting two 2-digit numbers. We used dienes and drawings of sticks and dots to help us. We then practiced exchanging one ten for ten ones to help us when crossing the tens barrier.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have begun our learning on the Great Fire of London! We have compared life in 1666 to the present thinking carefully about transport, clothing, streets, houses and the jobs that people have.

On Friday we came to school in non-uniform to raise awareness for Children in Need. Thank you all for your kind donations. We had a lovely day in school.

Certificates and Awards:


English Award: Trang for beginning to sound out words independently to write sentences.

Maths Award: Anna for using her fantastic understanding of addition and subtraction to solve problems and reasoning questions.


Head Teacher Award: Emily for being a good friend.

Reminders

Please ensure that your child’s reading book in returned to school on a Friday so it can be changed and ready to go back out on a Monday.

Week beginning 2nd November 2020

Welcome to Autumn 2 I hope you all had a lovely half term and are continuing to keep safe. This half term our topic is all about London.

English

In English this week, we have been reading out new text ’Paddington’ by Michael Bond. We have enjoyed listening to the story and have been working on developing our inference skills. We have described Paddington using adjectives and created a fact file all about him!

Maths

In Maths this week, we have been adding two 2-digit numbers! We have used a range of methods to help us solve the calculations. We have thought about how we can exchange ten ones for one ten to help us count how many there are altogether.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have been learning about Guy Fawkes and The Gunpowder Plot.  We compared 1605 to now and discussed how many objects, transport and clothing has changed. We learnt about what happened during The Gunpowder Plot and wrote some questions and answers about the events.

Certificates and Awards:


English Award: Samuel for much improved pencil control and writing independent sentences.

Maths Award: Leah for adding two digit numbers with an exchange!


Head Teacher Award: Brody for being helpful and working hard.

Reminders

Please ensure that your child’s reading book in returned to school on a Friday so it can be changed and ready to go back out on a Monday.

Week beginning 19th October 2020

English

In English this week, we have been writing a letter to the King. We transformed our writing from the third person to the first person using ‘I’. We then looked at the features of a letter and learnt about the audience, form and purpose. We decided we wanted to apologise, as the dragons, for destroying the kings castle.

Maths

In Maths this week, we have been subtracting a one digit number from a two digit number. We began by using our tens and ones to subtract and learnt how to use pictorial representations to help us. We then learnt how to solve subtractions when bridging across the ten. We learnt how to exchange.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have been designing and making our own goblet for a king or queen. We designed our goblet thinking carefully about the shape and colour. We then made our goblets and once they had dried we carefully painted them.

We all enjoyed our Halloween day in class on Friday. It was fantastic to see you all dressed up. You looked amazingly spooky!!

Certificates and Awards:


English Award: Faith for writing a fantastic letter and improving her spelling.

Maths Award: Anya for subtracting one digit and two digit numbers using exchanging.


Head Teacher Award: Phoebe for having a positive attitude to her work this week.

Reminders

Please ensure that your child’s reading book in returned to school on a Friday so it can be changed and ready to go back out on a Monday.

Week beginning 12th October 2020

English

In English this week, we have been reading our new class text ’The Paper Bag Princess’. We enjoyed reading the story and discussing the setting and characters. We have been thinking carefully about how the dragon destroyed the princesses castle. We thought of some lovely verbs and adverbs to add detail to our sentences. We then rewrote that part of the story ourselves.

Maths

In Maths this week, we have continued our learning about addition and subtraction. We have been adding and subtracting tens and ones using dienes and drawing the dienes to help us. We have used our knowledge of number bonds to help us add to 10 to make our calculations easier to solve. We have added 2 digit numbers with 1 digit numbers.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have been learning how to draw a castle. We practiced drawing shapes using a ruler. We drew triangles, rectangles, ovals and many more! We then used these shapes to build a castle. We added some shading and lots of detail. Our castle drawings were incredible.

Certificates and Awards:


English Award: Thomas for trying hard to improve his handwriting this week.

Maths Award: Ellie for solving her number bonds independently.


Head Teacher Award: Leah C for working hard all week and asking for help if she needed it.

Reminders

Please ensure that your child’s reading book in returned to school on a Friday so it can be changed and ready to go back out on a Monday.

Week beginning 5th October 2020

English

In English this week, we have been writing our non-chronological report about castles. I was blown away by all of the amazing facts we knew about the castle! The pupils wrote their reports in sub-headings and paid careful attention to include all of the features needed to make our reports AMAZING! We then chose a paragraph of our report to edit and improve. We learnt how to use expanded noun phrases and a range of coordinating and subordinating conjunctions. We then included these into our new paragraph.

Maths

In Maths this week, we have continued our learning about addition and subtraction. We have identified related facts for example is 2 + 4 = 6 then we know that 20 + 40 = 60. We have used our knowledge of number bonds to 10 to help us work with number bonds to 100. Then we used dienes and number lines to help us add and subtract ones.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have been learning about materials in Science. We built on the knowledge we learnt in Year 1 about different types of materials. We were able to say what materials objects in our classroom are made from. We discussed the suitability of materials and thought carefully about the properties of materials. We have enjoyed bending, twisting, stretching and squashing different objects/materials to see if we could change them. Finally, we investigated which material would be best to make a castle.

Certificates and Awards:


English Award: Anna for writing a excellent recount about Newcastle Castle.

Maths Award: Trang for working hard to improve her number knowledge.


Head Teacher Award: Darcie for always trying her best and helping her peers.

Reminders

Please ensure that your child’s reading book in returned to school on a Friday so it can be changed and ready to go back out on a Monday.

Week beginning 28th September 2020

English

In English this week, we have been planning our non-chronological report about Newcastle Castle. We have identified common features of reports e.g. title, introduction, sub-headings and pictures. We have used the iPads to conduct our own research about the castle and wrote our introduction.

Maths

In Maths this week, we have begun our addition and subtraction block. We have used our knowledge of number to create fact families using the addition and subtraction sign. We have also been checking if calculations are right by using the inverse.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have completed our D.T block. We designed our own dragon eye by drawing and colouring. We then practiced techniques to help us make our own model using clay. We then painted our model using our design to help us. We then evaluated what we thought worked well and what we could improve. All of our models looked amazing and I know all of the children were so happy with how they turned out!

Certificates and Awards:

English Award: Brody for amazing independent sentences this week.

Maths Award: Faith for excellent explaining and reasoning when working with addition.


Head Teacher Award: Leah M for having a positive attitude. You are our very own little Miss Sunshine!

Attendance:

Our class attendance for this week was: 100%!!!!!!!! Well done!

Reminders

Please ensure that your child’s reading book in returned to school on a Friday so it can be changed and ready to go back out on a Monday.

Week beginning 21st September 2020

English

In English this week, we wrote the story of the Three Little Pigs. I was blown away by the standard of our stories. We all worked incredibly hard! We then began to change the story into our own version. We changed the three pigs to the three princesses. We changed the big bad wolf into the big bad dragon and we changed the straw, stick and brick houses into straw, stick and brick castles!

Maths

In Maths this week, we have been partitioning numbers into tens and ones using part-whole models, place value charts and in number sentences. We have been counting in tens to help us.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have been learning about the history of castles. We have labelled parts of a castle and learnt about the drawbridge, battlements, moat and towers. We know how these parts keep the castle safe. We have also learnt about the different jobs people had in a castle and wrote a diary entry as a servant.

Certificates and Awards:


English Award: Darcie for writing a wonderful story of the Three Little Pigs.

Maths Award: Samuel for excellent counting and number recognition this week.


Head Teacher Award: Anya for being a caring friend and always trying her best.

Look at some of our amazing writing!

Week beginning 14th September 2020

Welcome back to the new school year. We have had a brilliant start to the Year in Year 2. Last week we enjoyed our Wellbeing Week. We enjoyed mindful colouring, yoga and learning new skills. I am so proud of all of the children for having such a positive attitude coming back to school. I am glad to see that we are all happy and settled in school again.

English

In English this week, we started to look at a new text. Our new story is one that I know we were familiar with ‘The Three Little Pigs’. This week we used adjectives to describe the pig and the wolf. We have used time adverbs to help us structure the story and have worked on extending our sentences using ‘and’ and commas.

Maths

In Maths this week, we started to look at Place Value and working with numbers to 100. We have been able to count to 100 and on from a given number. We have been able to read and spell numbers in word form and have practised using tens and ones to represent numbers.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have started our new topic ‘Castles’. The children have all wrote a question about castles that they would like to learn about over the next couple of weeks. We have started off by locating some castles in the UK on a map and ordering castles on a timeline. We have also completed our PSHE unit about positive thinking.

Certificates and Awards:
English Award: Leah C for amazing sentences all week and trying her very best.

Maths Award: Phoebe for excellent number work this week.


Head Teacher Award: Thomas for an excellent attitude and behaviour in school.

Reminders

Please remember to return home reading books on a Friday only. Homework books should also be returned on Monday. There will be a box at the door on these mornings to put any returned books.

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