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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

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Week beginning 11th February 2019

English
In English this week, we have started a new text called ‘Poles Apart’. In this text, we thought about what the penguins would need to go on an adventure. We then read some more of the text and described the places that the penguins travelled through. From this, we wrote instructions about how to get from the North Pole to the South Pole.

Maths
In Maths this week we have been looking at multiplication and division. We started the week using arrays to help us multiply numbers. We thought about multiplying as having lots of groups. We then moved onto division and thought about this as sharing into groups. Using this knowledge, the children then worked on inverse and noticed that, when you are multiplying, the biggest number is always at the end of the calculation and when we are dividing, the biggest number is always at the start of the calculation.

Topic
This week in topic lessons, we have continued to work on Science. This week, we have thought about plants and animals and thought about what they need to survive. We then thought more carefully about what extra things animals needs to survive such as a healthy diet, exercise and hygiene. We thought about all of the different food types and how much of these we should eat each day, then we thought about how to stay clean and hygienic and finally, we thought about how exercise keeps us healthy. We did some of our own exercise whilst skipping this week.
We also checked on our plant’s investigation from a few weeks ago and found that without light and water, plants may grow but wouldn’t grow healthily and would eventually die.

Certificates and Awards:
English Award: Ella for following our success criteria to improve her writing.
Maths Award: Ava. B for working well when multiplying and dividing this week.
Head Teacher Award: Madi for making good choices and following the golden rules this week.
Golden Table Awards: Robyn and Scarlett

Reminders
We hope you have a lovely week off and can’t wait to start our new topic of ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ when we get back!

Week beginning 4th February 2019

English
In English this week, we have continued to look at instructions. We used our knowledge from last week to write instructions to teach Geronimo how to fly. We then moved on to reading a text called ‘The Snowflake Mistake’. In this text, the main character is making weather using a machine. The children used their imaginations to think about how we could make different polar weather types.

Maths
In Maths this week we have been looking at money. We started the week with adding up amounts using our tens or ones. We then moved onto subtracting amounts in order to work out how much change you would receive from a certain amount. From this, we started looking at two step problems in which they children had to add two amounts and then take it away in order to receive the correct change.

Topic
This week in topic lessons, we have celebrated two events across school. On Tuesday we celebrated E- Safety day. During E– Safety day, year 2 discussed ways in which we went online including accessing the internet through games, phones, tablets etc. We then discussed ways to stay safe online e.g. by not sharing personal information. We then went on purple mash and completed and discussed the E-Safety quiz.

On Wednesday, we celebrated Chinese New Year. Year 2 had the opportunity to taste traditional Chinese foods such as noodles, prawn crackers, soy sauce, fortune cookies and Chinese donuts. We used our senses to describe the food and then tasted them to decide what we liked and didn’t like.

Certificates and Awards:
English Award: Daniel for using his sounds to write sentences this week.
Maths Award: Brandon for working well within money this week.
Head Teacher Award: Frankie for always making good choices and following the golden rules.
Golden Table Awards: Erin and Lucy

Reminders
Please remember that homework topics are due in this by Friday 15th February as we will be starting a new topic after the holidays.

Week beginning 28th January 2019

English
In English this week, we have started to look at instructions. We picked out typical features of instructions about thought about how to use these in our own work. We then thought about helping Geronimo to fly. We designed a flying outfit for him using exciting adjectives then told him how to put the gear on using imperative verbs.

Maths
In Maths this week we have been looking shape. We recapped the 2D and 3D shapes. We used this knowledge to identify 2D shapes on the face of 3D shapes. We then moved on to thinking about shape patterns and how to continue them and make them.

We also celebrated number day on Friday this week, within this, we answered maths clues in order to find the missing arctic animal. The children loved using maths in an active way and enjoyed spending time solving the puzzles with their adults. Thank you to everybody who came in to support us.

Topic
This week in topic lessons, we have continued to focus on Science. Using what we had previously learnt about what plants need to survive. We have started an investigation in which we planted our own seeds and taken away one of their main needs e.g. water, light or soil. We will continue to gather our findings from this investigation over the next few weeks.

Certificates and Awards:
English Award: Robyn for always including description in her work.
Maths Award: Braxton for working so well with shape this week!
Head Teacher Award: Scarlett for trying her best to work independently this week!
Golden Table Awards: Madi and Maddison.

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

Week beginning 21st January 2019

English

In English this week, we have continued to read Geronimo by David Walliams. This week, we have decided to change the story and make it our own. We have changed the main character to a different arctic animals and thought about other ways the animal could try to fly using a variety of verbs. We have also thought about how the characters felt throughout the story in order to rewrite it as a diary entry from the main characters perspective.

Maths

In Maths this week we have been looking at capacity/ volume. Within this, we have thought about what we measure capacity with and what units of measure we would use. We have also been looking at reading scales with increments of 2,5 and 10. The children found this tricky to begin with but managed well after some practice. We then moved onto estimating and measure capacity using this knowledge.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have continued to focus on Science. Using what we had previously learnt about what animals needed to survive. This week, we thought about how the animals and plants would get these things from their environment. We looked at a range of habitats and thought about how animals have adapted to live in these specific places. We then went on a microhabitat hunt in our school to see which animals and plants we could find.

Certificates and Awards:

English Award: Marshall for always trying to extend and improve his writing.

Maths Award: Luke for trying very hard with capacity this week.

Head Teacher Award: Freddie for working hard this week, especially on his handwriting.

Golden Table Awards: Ava. W and

Reminders

It is number day on Friday 1st February, we can’t wait!

Week beginning 14th January 2019

English

In English this week, we have been reading a new text called Geronimo by David Walliams. From this, we used expanded noun phrases to write a character description. We then thought about his actions within the story and used this to thin of verbs. We used adverbs in describe the verbs and to add detail. The children were able to write some very descriptive sentences from this.

Maths

In Maths this week we have been looking at time. We started the week by recapping the o’clock and half past times which the children had previously learned in year 1. We then moved onto quarter to and quarter past times. The children are getting much better at recognising these times with practise. On Friday, we became a human clock and used our five times table to think about the minutes in an hour and seconds in a minute.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have focussed on Science. We continued our learning about animals. We have thought this week about human and animal life cycles. We have used this to recognise the different stages of human and animal life and how we all change with time in order to survive.

Class Attendance:

Our class attendance this week was 98%

Certificates and Awards:

English Award: Ava. W for some brilliant descriptive sentences this week.

Maths Award:  Robyn for working so well whilst learning about time this week.

Head Teacher Award: Tia for trying your best in every lesson!

Golden Table Awards: Maddison and Madi.

Reminders

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

Week beginning 7th January 2019

English

In English this week, we started to look at the polar region, linked to our topic of Polar Pitstop. Within this, we use our senses and physical objects to describe the setting. We have thought about the different word classes which we can use in a sentence and have used these to form a variety of expanded noun phrases. We then used this in a letter to tell Paddington all about the arctic.

Maths

In Maths this week we have been looking at and revising number. We started the work with place value, thinking about how many tens and ones were in a given number. We then used this knowledge to order numbers and place them onto a number line. We also practised reading and writing numbers in words and numerals.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have focussed on Science. We thought about animals and what they need to survive. We also identified and sorted things which were alive, were once alive and have never been alive. We discussed what animals at and grouped them using this criteria.

Class Attendance:

Our class attendance this week was %

Certificates and Awards:

English Award: Poppy for showing a great effort and improvement in her handwriting.

Maths Award: Elexis for independently ordering numbers to 100. 

Head Teacher Award: Erin for always listening in class and trying her best.

Golden Table Awards: Nicholas and Freddie.

Reminders

PE has now changed to a Friday, please ensure all children bring their PE kits in with them.

Christmas

The children in year 2 have had an amazing time in the lead up to Christmas. They did a brilliant job in narrating our production of ‘Prickly hay’, the sang beautifully at the church and have had lots of fun at their party!

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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