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Reading at home

Here is the link to the Oxford Reading Owl webpage https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/

You can sign up and have access to wide range of books for your child to read online.

This Week In Year Two
Reading Buddies

Over the past few months a group of students from the Leeds United Academy have come into read and share books with Year Two. At the start everyone was quite nervous however as the children have become more familiar with their reading buddy there have started to share discussions about the books they are reading. These sessions are beneficial for both groups of students as the children really engage with reading with the students from the Leeds United Academy, and look forward to them coming. It is lovely to listen to the conversations that they are having with each other and the Academy students are developing good questioning skills as they become more familiar with how the children read. I have been really impressed with how well Year Two have behaved. We are looking forward to continuing these reading sessions over the coming months.

I enjoy reading with them because it is really fun and they help me by sounding out words I don’t know- Heidi

I like reading with them even though they haven’t read with someone as young as me before. It is exciting because they play for Leeds.- Isaac

I like it when they help me when I am stuck on a word.- Ella

I like it because I enjoyed reading with them. – Erin

I was a bit nervous at the start but I liked reading with them. – Madeleine

I like reading with them because they are kind and help me with words if I am stuck. – Lewis

I like my buddy and we share lots of interesting facts from my book. – Charlie

Well done Charlotte!

Charlotte entered a Blue Peter competition during Children in Need to send in anything Pudsey Bear related. She skilfully carved a pumpkin into the face of Pudsey Bear and they were so impressed they sent her a Blue Peter Badge. Well done Charlotte.

Arctic Art

This week we have started to develop our painting skills. We have been looking at primary and secondary colours and created our own colour wheels. We have been trying hard to mix powder paints correctly and carefully and also make sure that we are controlling the paintbrush. We have also looked at artwork linked to the Arctic and talked about how the pictures make us feel and what we like about them. Watch this space as we attempt some of our own pictures using a range of different colour tones.

Lost and Found

We have started our new topic ‘Frozen Planet’. We began by reading the story ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers and putting our own actions to the story. This was really fun and it helped us to learn the story by heart. We then made our own posters about the penguin from the story. We are looking forward to writing our story next week about a character that finds a different animal out of its habitat.

Algorithms

This week we have been learning about algorithms in computing. We used the ‘Hour of Code’ website and developed our own algorithms to help the robot move around the screen and light up the squares. It was harder than we thought it would be and we had to use our debugging skills when the robot didn’t end up where we thought he should.

Contraction Surgery

We have been finding writing contractions correctly in our writing a bit tricky so we have done some contraction surgery to help us learn which words you cut out and replace with an apostrophe.

Nativity



Hey Ewe!

Taking the lead role in the Nativity is one of the highlights of being in Year Two and being a Year Two teacher and this year has been no exception. All the children were very excited when they learnt the parts that they were going to have just over three weeks ago and couldn’t wait to start rehearsals. Once we were under way there were plenty of opportunities to add their own parts into the performance, including sheep jokes and dabs! I was really impressed with how the children learnt their lines, when to come on and off stage and how they slowly learnt to make their characters come alive for the audience. All the children worked together as a fantastic team from start to finish, encouraging and supporting each other right through to the final performance.

I was so proud of each and every one of the children during our performances and could see from the smiles on their faces how proud they were of themselves too. Well done Year Two!!

Here are some quotes from Year Two about their Nativity:
I enjoyed doing the Nativity, saying my lines and being a sheep.  – Thomas T
I loved it because everyone was watching it and I really liked the angel dance – Erin
I really liked my character although it was hard to learn all the lines - Heidi
I really liked doing the Nativity because I enjoyed learning my dance and being on stage – Charlotte
When I was first on stage I was nervous but by the end I was really excited – Maddision
I liked learning my dance and lined – Charlie
I was nervous at the start of learning it the Nativity but by the end it wasn’t so bad- Jack
I was excited at the end singing Away in a Manager – Hettie
I liked learning all the songs and all the dancing – Nell

Nativity really is team effort so there are a few people Year Two and I would like to thank.

Thank you to Mr Simpson for putting up the stage and helping us with the backdrop. Thank you to Mrs Dowson, Mrs Booth and Mrs Fielden for helping with the backdrop. Thank you to Mrs Lee, Mrs Colclough and Mrs Booth for helping Reception and Year One to be a superb choir of sheep. Thank you to Mrs Ward for helping us learn all the songs and for playing the piano at our performances. Thank you to Mrs Thornton for taking photos which you can see on our class page on the website. Finally thank you to parents who came in to help with the face painting each day so that we all looked so professional on stage.

I wish you all a merry Christmas!
Mrs Bailey
Arrays

This week we have started learning about multiplication. As part of our learning we made our own arrays and found arrays in our classroom environment.

Year Two Skipping

Last Friday Year Two had a skipping morning in preparation for the Skipping Festival in February. All the children were shown and had the chance to practise a range of skills including the double bounce, side swing and face to face pair skipping. I was really impressed with how all the children persevered with their skipping skills and tried their best and we are looking forward to taking part in the competition.

It was very fun and we learnt different skipping skills.- Honour
I really enjoyed it but I found it quite difficult- Cameron
I found skipping a bit hard but I am learning it- Erin
It was quite hard but I am getting the hang of it – Ella
It was so fun my favourite skip was the side swing- Thomas T
It was really good and I liked the big skipping rope – Zack
I liked doing face to face in partners – Anum

Halloween and Bonfire Night

This week we have been exploring which materials are the most absorbent as a naughty witch spilt her potion in the classroom. We have also been reading poetry and writing our poems about Bonfire night. To accompany our poems we made fireworks pictures using salt and PVA glue to make them sparkle.

Instructions

This week we have been making marmalade sandwiches for Paddington and writing instructions to go with them. We had lots of fun.

Paddington character descriptions 

This week in English we have been writing character descriptions of Paddington Bear.
Before we wrote our own we read examples written by other children in different schools and highlighted the bits we wanted to ‘magpie’ to put in ours.

Autumn Walks

This week we have been walking around our school grounds observing all the different signs there are of Autumn. We have really enjoyed looking at the different colours on the trees and collecting different things to display in our Autumn interest tray.

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