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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

Autumn 2

Curriculum Newsletter

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Curriculum Newsletter

Homework Project

Week beginning 3rd December 2018

English

In English this week, we have read a little bit more of George and the dragon. The children used comparative and superlative adjectives to help describe the dragon. They then thought about whether he was a good or bad character, they used prediction to think about what he might do next and they thought about whether this text was fictional or not.

Maths

In Maths this week we have continued to look at money. This week, we have been thinking about what we could use to make new amounts e.g. ten 5ps could make 50p. The children have found working with money tricky but are showing great improvements with practise.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have focussed on Science. We thought about which material would make the best catapult. We built up a wall and predicted which material would break through it. The children decided that we needed to throw the materials from the same distance in order to make it a fair test.

Class Attendance:

Our class attendance this week was %

Certificates and Awards:

English Award: Nicholas for always checking through his work and editing it in order to improve.

Maths Award:  Christian for knowing and learning many times tables and division facts to help him with his learning.

Head Teacher Award: Emily for always bringing her reading book in and reading regularly at home.

Golden Table Awards: Ella and Erin.

Reminders

Please remember to buy your tickets for the ks1 Christmas performance at the school office!

Week beginning 26th November 2018

English

In English this week, we have thought about our recent visit to Newcastle Castle. We have sequences the visit using time adverbs and worked on past tense verbs within our writing. We then used this to transform our 1st person recount into the 3rd person. The children manage this week and I can’t wait to read their final recounts.

Maths

In Maths this week we have been looking at money. We started the week with recognising different coins and talking about their value. Using this, we put the coins in order from the smallest value to the largest. We have also been working on counting pence and pounds.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have focussed on PSHE linked to our feelings. We thought about what made up feel happy and what made us feel angry. We thought about how anger made us feel and how it changed us physically.

We also invited parents into school to help us prepare out Christmas crafts for the Christmas fayre. We had a fantastic morning and produced some brilliant Christmas decorations. Thank you to all of the adults who contributed!

Class Attendance:

Our class attendance this week was 96%

Certificates and Awards:

English Award: Madi for working hard on her writing this week!

Maths Award:  Elliot for working well with money in maths this week!

Head Teacher Award: Brandon Bestford for trying his best in every lesson this week!

Golden Table Awards:

Reminders

Please ensure children are bringing their reading books into school every day!

Week beginning 19th November 2018

English

In English this week, we have been looking at dragons. At the start of the week we used some adventurous vocabulary to describe a dragon. Then last in the week, we thought about verbs linked to dragons. We changed these verbs into the past tense and wrote about how dragons might move.

Maths

In Maths this week we have continued to look at fractions. We moved onto looking at fractions such as 2/4 and ¾. Within this, the children had to shade fractions of shapes and work out fractions of numbers.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have focussed on Science. We have continued to think about materials and sort them intro groups based on their properties. We also looked at materials which were natural and others which were manmade. We thought carefully about whether there were more manmade objects now or in the past.

Class Attendance:

Our class attendance this week was 92%

Reminders

Year 2 have a Christmas crafts morning in school on Wednesday. Please ensure you child bring a glass jar in to decorate ready for this day.

Week beginning 12th November 2018

English

In English this week, we have thought about the work we did on the three little pigs. We decided that it would be a good idea to change the story in order for it to match our topic. We started the week with changing the character: the children changed the pigs to jesters, princesses, knights and kings. They then changed the houses to castles and the wolf to a dragon. We described our new setting and characters using adjectives then used commas in a list to sequence some of the events. We then wrote our new stories!

Maths

In Maths this week we have started to look at fractions. We have thought about fractions as splitting something into equal parts using sharing. We have looked at halves, thirds and quarters and used our knowledge of these to split up shapes and share quantities. The children have worked well on fractions this week!

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have used our English knowledge in PE to create a dance to the story of the three little pigs. Later in the week, we focussed on Science. We thought about materials and which materials we might find in a castle. The children used some key vocabulary to think about the properties of these materials and their suitability.

Class Attendance:

Our class attendance this week was 95%

Certificates and Awards:

English Award: Frankie for a brilliant use of time adverbs in his recount of the farm.

Maths Award: Jayden for fantastic work on fractions this week.

Head Teacher Award: Elexis for making a huge effort with his independent work this week!

Golden Table Awards: Marshall and Braxton

Reminders

We are going on our castle trip on Friday 23rd November. Please ensure the children are wrapped up warm!

Week beginning 5th November 2018

English

In English this week, we have been thinking about writing a recount. We started the week by identifying features of a recount, then we moved onto sequencing events from our visit to the farm using time adverbs and finally we concentrated on writing past tense verbs correctly. The children then write their own recounts about our farm trip.

Maths

In Maths this week we have been looking at interpreting data. We started the week by creating tally charts based on our favourite animals from the farm. From this, we created pictograms based on the data we had collected. We then transferred this data into block diagrams. We have also used the data to answer questions using vocabulary like altogether, difference and total.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have focussed on History. We have been looking at castles and what goes on inside of castles. We have been looking at the jobs which people might do and how their lives might have been in the past. From this, we wrote diary entries using the skills of a recount which we have learned in our English lessons.

Class Attendance:

Our class attendance this week was 94%

Certificates and Awards:

English Award: Brandon for listening carefully on the carpet in order to improve his sentences.

Maths Award: Tia for working well independently on statistics in maths this week!

Head Teacher Award: All of year 2 for fantastic behaviour at the farm this week.

Golden Table Awards: Jayden and Oliver.

Reminders

Year 2 had a brilliant trip to the farm with outstanding behaviour!! We are very proud of how the class represented Burnside and can’t wait to go back for our visit in March!

Week beginning 29th October.18

English

In English this week, we have moved onto the familiar story of the three little pigs. We have used our knowledge of this story to support our learning progression. After reading and sequencing the story, we have focussed on commas on lists- initially a comma between two adjectives and then moving onto commas in list of objects/activities etc. The children are using this in their work to add more detail and extend their sentences.

Maths

In Maths this week we have been looking at multiplying and dividing. At the start of the week, we thought about multiplication as adding multiple groups, we then moved onto using arrays to multiply. After we secured our knowledge of multiplication, we move onto division. We thought about division as sharing and use our arrays to support us with this.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have focussed on our new topic of castles. Within this, we have thought about the different types of castle, the history of castles and the geography of castles- linking to castles in the United Kingdom.

Class Attendance:

Our class attendance this week was 92%

Certificates and Awards:

English Award: Braxton for working well on writing sentences independently.

Maths Award:  Daniel for working hard with doubling and halving numbers this week.

Head Teacher Award: Lucy for trying her best in every lesson this week!

Golden Table Awards:

Reminders

Year 2 will be going to Broom House Farm on Tuesday, please ensure the children are wearing warm clothes as it is very cold at this time of year!

Week beginning 15th October 2018

English

In English this week, we have been summarising our learning and thinking about how to present it. We decided to write a non-chronological report all about London. We used our prior knowledge from what we have learned over the last 7 weeks and researched more about London. We then wrote about 3 things which we had learned about London including its history, famous toys such as Paddington and popular landmarks.

Maths

In Maths this week we have been looking at shape. We started the week looking at the properties of 2D shapes and we sorted shapes based on their properties. We then moved onto 3D shapes and how their properties differ. We thought about which 2D shapes we could see on the faces on 3D shapes.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have focussed on Science. We thought about the Great Fire of London and the effects of heat. We carried out an investigation which showed heat and melting. The children really enjoyed this practical session. They loved predicting and carrying out the investigation to see if their predictions were right.

Class Attendance:

Our class attendance this week was 99%

Certificates and Awards:

English Award: Oliver for working hard to write sentences independently.

Maths Award: Lucy for trying hard with her shape work this week.

Head Teacher Award: Christian for always being so enthusiastic about our learning and showing this attitude in class time.

Golden Table Awards: Emily and Robyn

Reminders

Have a lovely week off and please remember to bring the reply slip from the farm letters in as soon as possible.

Week beginning 8th October 2018

English

In English this week, we have finished our Paddington bear text and we discussed how much we had learned about him over the half term. The children decided that it would be a good idea to write some information about ourselves and send it to Paddington. The children thought about themselves, their school and their city.

Maths

In Maths this week we have been looking at subtracting. The children have thought about what subtracting means. We started this week by subtracting a single digit number from a two-digit number then progressed and practised subtracting where we need to use exchanging. The children managed well with this and are continuing to develop within their maths skills.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have continued to focus on art. At the start of the week, we looked at landmarks in London and the children chose their favourite one. After this, we sketched our own London landmarks using different pencils. The children did a great job! We also thought about emotions in PSHE and how to calm down when emotions become too much. We discussed many different calming strategies such as counting back from 10 and even took part in some calming yoga!

Class Attendance:

Our class attendance this week was 94%

Certificates and Awards:

English Award: Scarlett for working so hard independently and trying to use her sounds carefully.

Maths Award: Madi for thinking carefully about using our strategies for adding and subtracting.

Head Teacher Award: Charlie for always trying her best and for listening carefully on the carpet.

Golden Table Awards: Freddie and

Reminders
Please ensure you child comes to school with a PE kit every Wednesday.

Week beginning 1st October 2018

English

In English this week, we have continued to read ‘Paddington at St Paul’s.’ While reading this text, the children have thought about what Paddington does using verbs, how he feels using emotive language and what kind of bear Paddington is using questions. We have done some hot seating in order to transform ourselves into Paddington and use the 1st person in our writing. The children thoroughly enjoyed this and are ready to write a diary entry as Paddington on Monday.

Maths

In Maths this week we have been looking at adding one and two digit numbers. The children have thought about partitioning numbers in order to add them. They have then gone on to adding the tens, using their ten times tables and add the ones, using their one times table. The children have also been practicing counting forwards and backwards to 100.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have focussed on art. Within art, we have used water colours and silhouettes to create images from The Great Fire of London. We have also started to explore colour. Within this, the children have had the opportunity to mix colours in order to create new ones and add black and white to colours in order to create shades and tones.

We have also been involved in a hoopstar day, this involved practising our hula-hooping skills. The children had a great time and have continued this all week at play times and lunchtimes.

Class Attendance:

Our class attendance this week was 99%

Certificates and Awards:

English Award: Maddison for always trying to include more detail in her work!

Maths Award: Marshall for really challenging himself with reasoning problems this week!

Head Teacher Award: Poppy for coming into school with an excellent attitude this week!

Golden Table Awards: Scarlett and Poppy

Reminder

Please ensure children are bringing their reading books into school every day!

Week beginning 24th September 2018

English

In English this week, we have started a new text called ‘Paddington at St Paul’s’. We have used some of our previous knowledge of Paddington to think about what might happen in the story. We have also thought carefully about how to include more detail in our work, focussing on expanded noun phrases and comparative and superlative adjectives. The children are managing well with including more detail and I can’t wait to see their story openings this week!

Maths

In Maths this week we have been looking at adding and subtracting within 20. The children have recapped on what they did in year 1 and have refreshed their memory about how to add, subtract and count carefully. We have moved the children’s learning on this week and they have started to think about how to find missing numbers in calculations. We have also thought about how to use our knowledge of number bonds in order to use it to work out bigger calculation e.g. if we know 3+2 = 5, we know 30+20=50.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have focussed more on the details of The Great Fire of London. The children have remembered the story well and are able to recall facts about what happened. This week, year 2 have thought about what it would be like if we were there. We used our senses to help us describe what Samuel Pepys might have seen, smelled, heard and felt. In PE, we have been thinking about throwing and catching, the children have been practicing how to use underarm throws, overarm throws and chest passing.

Class Attendance:Our class attendance last week was 96%

Certificates and Awards:

English Award: Ava-June for really focussing on her spelling in her writing this week

Maths Award: Ella for having a really positive attitude in maths and for always trying the challenges she is set.

Head Teacher Award: Elliot for really asserting himself this week and trying his best to improve in every lesson.

Golden Table Awards: Tia and Lucy

Reminders

We are really looking forward to seeing some homework projects in our class so please ensure the children are bringing them in once they are finished!

Week beginning 17th September 2018

English

In English this week we have continued to look at our Paddington text. We read some more of the story and the children wrote instructions to help Paddington with his bath time routine. We then moved onto sequencing the story and using time adverbs to move our story forward. The children have enjoyed reading our Paddington book and are looking forward to writing the whole story themselves.

Maths

In Maths this week we have started to look at measuring including length and weight. We thought about how we might measure length and weight and when we would need to use these measurements. The children enjoyed the practical lessons in which they got to measure classroom objects themselves. Finally, we moved onto comparing measures using the less than <, greater than > and equal to = symbols.

Topic

In this week’s topic lessons, we have started to think about the Great Fire of London. We have compared objects from the past and present and explained why they have changed over time. We have also thought about why the fire spread so quickly in 1666. Finally, we created a timeline of events and retold it to our friends to help us remember what happened. The children in our class wanted to create a fire effect on our display so used paint and sponges to make the fire background.

Class Attendance:

Our class attendance last week was   %

Certificates and Awards:

English Award: Freddie for some fantastic choices of vocabulary in his writing this week!

Maths Award: Nicholas for always being ready for a challenge in his maths work.

Head Teacher Award: Ava. W for always trying her very best in every lesson.

Golden Table Awards: Nicholas and Elliott

Reminders

Please ensure any cardigans and jumpers are returned to school if they are not your child’s.

Week beginning 10th September 2018

English

In English this week we have started to look at a Paddington bear text. The children have described Paddington using some interesting adjectives. They have also used inference when thinking about the character. The children predicted what might be in Paddington’s case and gave reasons as to why they thought he had the objects. They also thought about some of Paddington’s actions and what they could tell us about the characters. Finally, the children wrote a fact file to teach other children about Paddington.

Maths

In Maths this week we have started to look at place value. The children have looked carefully at how many tens and ones are in each number. They have used this to help the think of some sums e.g. 40+5= 45 and 45=40+5. From this the children also thought about writing numbers in words and numerals. After working on our tens and ones, the children managed this job easily. Finally, we moved onto comparing numbers using the less than <, greater than > and equal to = symbols.

Topic

Last week, we had a mini topic about fire safety. Within this, the children retold a story about the dangers of matches, wrote instructions about how to escape from a house fire and even got to talk to real firemen who let them go into a fire engine and squirt water from a hose. This week, we have started to think about our new ‘Bright Lights, Big City’- which focusses on London. The children have discussed what they would like to learn about in the next few weeks.

Certificates and Awards:

English Award: Erin for some super extended sentences in her writing this week!

Maths Award: Frankie for being super helpful to his friends in our maths lessons.

Head Teacher Award: Jayden for always coming to school with a brilliant attitude to learning.

Golden Table Awards: Robyn and Elexis.

Reminders

Please remember that children should bring their reading book into school every day, even if they have not read it at home.

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