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Welcome to the Year Two page. We are a kind, caring and helpful class who always try our best. We enjoy coming to school and try hard to be great Primrose Lane Learners. We enjoy working together across the curriculum and being good partners and friends. We are enthusiastic in all that we do and persevere even when it is hard. We are encouraged to be creative in all areas of the curriculum, problem solving in maths and science, storytelling in English and taking the lead role in the Nativity. We try hard to be ambitious, challenging ourselves to do more than we think we can and stretching ourselves in maths using bronze, silver and gold to help us do the best we can. During and after our learning we reflect on how we have done and what we could do to even better. Throughout everything we try our best to be enquiring, asking questions and doing our own research through our class topics.

 

Mrs Bailey regularly uploads updates about our learning so please visit regularly to see what we have been up to.

This Week
Jack and the Beanstalk

This week we have continued our learning about Jack and the Beanstalk by exploring different versions of the story. We have particularly enjoyed reading ‘Kate and the Beanstalk’ by Mary Pope Osbourne and have ‘magpied’ lots of fantastic vocabulary from the story to write our own short descriptive pieces about finding a beanstalk and climbing it. We have started to think about our own giant plant stories and have been busy making puppets and scenes in class. Finally we have been planting our own plants. We could choose from sunflowers, sweet peas or pea plants. When the weather gets a bit warmer we will plant some potatoes outside too.

How does your garden grow?

This week we have done lots of science. We started by classifying things under the headings, living, once lived and never lived. We have learnt about what plants need to grow and now know that plants need water, warmth and nutrients. We then started to ask questions about what would happen if a plant didn’t have some of these things so we are going to investigate what happens when you change the temperature of where the plant is. We have put planted sunflower seeds and put them in different places and are excited to see which one will grow the best. We have also planted beans and are keeping a bean diary on Purple Mash. Finally we met a boy called Sujan who lives in Bangladesh. His families land is flooded every year leaving the land covered in sand. We are going to investigate if they will still be able to grow their crops in sandy soil by planting a seed in sand and one in soil.

Well Done Year Two

This week has been a busy week planning and doing our class assembly. The children all learnt their lines brilliantly and were excited to showcase all of their learning from last half term including their super penguin dance! Well done Year 2! We have also been outside looking for more signs of spring as we begin our new topic. ‘How does your garden grow?’ All the children have been really excited that the bulbs that we planted earlier this academic year have started to grow.

Clay Tiles

This week as part of our Frozen Planet topic we have been painting the clay tiles we made early in the term. We thought carefully about the colours that we would use and how to ensure that as we painted we didn’t lose the detail we had included. We all really took our time and are very proud of the finished results!

Purple Mash in Year Two

The PTA recently donated some money to school to enable us to purchase a three year subscription to Purple Mash, a cross subject learning platform for the whole school. This week in Year Two as part of our Frozen Planet topic we have been collecting data about our favourite polar animals. As part of this learning we have used the Purple Mash graphing program to create bar charts and pie charts of our data. All the children worked really hard to find the website, log on and create their graphs and persevered even when it was a bit tricky. They were all really excited when they saw their data convert to a graph in front of their eyes! Well done Year two for working together so well and big thank you to the PTA for donating the money we are really going to enjoy using Purple Mash!

Fantastic Fractions

Over the last two weeks we have been learning about fractions. As part of our learning all the children were asked to use classroom resources to show some of their learning. We have found fractions quite tricky so we will be revisiting this later in the year. Well done Year Two for trying so hard and persevering.

Welcome to the Spring Term!

Algorithms and much more

This week has been a busy first week back. We have started our topic Frozen Planet and have been learning about Ernest Shackleton and his expeditions to the South Pole. We have also started learning about algorithms and working with a partner to move a robot through a program to light up various different squares. This has proved much more difficult than we anticipated and has given us a great opportunity to begin to learn how to debug our instructions. To finish off the week we had a training session for the skipping competition that will take part in later in the year. All the children worked really hard during the session to develop their skills and those that found it tricky showed superb Primrose Lane Learner skills being ambitious with their learning regardless of how hard it was. Well done.

Sock Snowmen

As our Design Technology this half term we have designed and made sock snowmen as Christmas presents. We had to think carefully about who we wanted to make it for, some of us made it for our parents and others of us made it as a present for a younger sibling. We thought about what the recipient would like and also if there were any safety issues (especially with baby siblings). To make the snowman we filled a new sock with rice and tied string to close it and make a head. We then used our designs to decorate and personalise them. All the children were really proud of their finished product and excited to give them as gifts over Christmas!

Baubles



What a fantastic week Reception, Year One and of course Year Two have had! After weeks of learning the songs and Year Two learning their lines and the many scene changes this week saw three super performances in front of the whole school and lots of parents. I was so very proud of all of the children and how well they did but I have been especially impressed with how Year Two have embraced what has definitely been one of our most challenging nativities to date. It can be quite nerve wracking for an adult to stand up in front of a hall full of people so it is certainly not easy for six and seven year olds however, all of the children worked so hard to help each other to learn when it is their turn to speak and come on or off stage. It has been a great to watch them grow in confidence as we rehearsed and develop their characters moves and expression. During the performances all of the children were very professional and were even able to adapt their lines and ‘style it out’ if they made a slight mistake like true actors! Well done. 

Here are some of the children’s thoughts: 

I really enjoyed being an angel and pretending to play the guitar- Alesha 

I was proud that I went on stage and said my lines – Josh 

I liked pretending to be the head teacher – Elise 

I liked the part when Elliot took Mary and Joseph to the stable – Seb 

Of course, there are lots of adults working behinds the scenes and without them the nativity would not be the performance that it is. So, with special thanks to: 

Mrs Lee, Mrs Booth and Mrs Turnbull for helping their children to sing so beautifully and creating our choir of mice
Mrs Ward for helping us to learn the songs and supporting the children that sang solos to develop their confidence 
Mrs Fielden for organising the Year Two costumes and her fantastic choreography of the angel dance
Mrs Smith, Mrs Brough and Mrs Sneddon for helping change children in to their costumes each day
Harriet Lee for organising the song words and doing the lighting
Mrs Thornton for her fantastic photos of the cast and performance 
And last but no means least
Mrs Duffy, Mrs Massingham, Mrs Harper and Mrs Brook for helping with the make up for each performance. 

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, Mrs Bailey

Dragons, arrays, reading with Leeds United and lots more!

This week has been a very busy week for Year Two. We have been reading the story ‘Tell me a dragon’ by Jackie Morris over the last week and exploring the wonderful language in the story. Words that the children have enjoying using include: snaggle toothed, rainbow hues and whisper thin wings. We then used the beautiful images from the story to inspire our own dragon pictures and create our own class dragon landscape. After we had drawn our pictures, we wrote detailed descriptions of our dragons using lots of the words we had found in the book along with on our Vocabulary Ninja wall.

In maths we have been learning about multiplication and how to recognise and make arrays. We started by looking around the classroom and found that there are arrays all around us! We are now applying our practical learning in our books and getting better at multiplication all the time.

Finally, we have also continued reading with our buddies from Leeds United Academy. This is the second time they have come into read with current Year Two and the second year that we have linked up with them. All the children read with the same buddy each time they come in and it is lovely to see them starting to build up a relationship as they become familiar with each other. The session lasts about half an hour, giving the children a quality opportunity to read and discuss what they have read. This week we also had a visit from Leeds United TV and they were very impressed with how well behaved all of Year Two were. Here are some of the children’s thoughts about the session:
I think that Luke and Oliver are really kind when they help me to read - Elliot
It is exciting because not that many people read with the Leeds United trainees- Sam
I enjoy it because it doesn’t happen very often – Harris
I think it is very fun – Victoria
They are very kind and funny and they help us when we get stuck on tricky words – Annika and Owen
I like reading with them so much because they help me a lot – Sebastian
We look forward to reading with them again in the spring term.

Stay and Read

This week Reception, Year One and Year Two had their first joint stay and read session. After the successful launch our new Rainbow Readers reading incentive program we wanted this session to focus on reading for pleasure. We want all children to enjoy reading and not see it as a chore so this session was about having the opportunity in school to sit with a special adult and share some quality reading time. The session was really well attended and it was lovely to walk around the classes, library and hall and see children and adults enjoying reading together. As well as reading we also had our first Primrose Lane Book Swap. Prior to the session all children were asked to bring in a book that they have enjoyed reading but were happy to give away. All the books were displayed in the all and every child was then able to pick a new book. There were lots of smiling faces as children left with their brand new books at the end of the day.

Thank you for your ongoing support in helping us to help your children to love reading!

Mrs Bailey

Changes in Living memory and lots more

What a busy week we have had in Year Two! In English we have been looking at poetry. We started by looking at fireworks poems and ended the week by writing our own versions of ‘The Magic Box’ by Kit Wright. I was really impressed with some of the descriptive language the children used. We also started our history topic by looking at changes in living memory which was part of our holiday home learning. Lots of us had spoken to our parents and grandparents about the things that have changed since they were little. We were really surprised with how far technology has come and we can hardly imagine what life without mobile phones and the Internet must have been like. We started to learn all about The Great Fire of London and have been playing our own Great Fire of London games in the playground. Finally, we learnt about the lifecycle of a bulb and planted some bulbs outside our classroom ready for spring!

Instructions

This week we have taken our learning about Paddington Bear on to non – fiction writing and have been learning about instructions. We looked at what makes a good instruction and played barrier games where we had to give detailed instructions to our partners. We learnt that instructions contain verbs (doing words) as well as often having adverbs and time conjunctions. We then made marmalade sandwiches for Paddington and wrote our own instructions. We really enjoyed making marmalade sandwiches and eating them and were proud of the instructions we wrote.

Investigating

We have been learning about different materials and their properties. As part of our learning we investigated which material would be good to make a waterproof coat for Paddington Bear. We discussed how a good material would repel the water rather than absorb it. We used water a pipette and dropped water onto felt, plastic, paper and kitchen paper. We also looked at what happens when you cover a piece of paper with wax crayon. We found out that plastic was the most waterproof material and would be best for a coat for Paddington. However, we also found that when you cover a piece of paper with a wax crayon the paper becomes less absorbent and more waterproof.

Paddington
This week we have been continuing with our Paddington topic. We have been writing our own stories all about Paddington visiting Primrose Lane and getting into all sorts of mischief including, flooding the cloakroom and climbing the trees in the playground. When we were writing our stories, we tried hard to make them interesting and extend our sentences with some conjunctions too. We have also had a visit from some Paddington teddies including one from a parent in the class whose mum used to have the surname Brown. Perhaps it was the real Paddington!

British Values

This week we have linked our learning about Paddington to our learning about British Values. We learnt that some children are not as lucky as we are and are forced to leave their homes due to war or natural disasters, becoming refugees. We thought about what it would be like to leave our home in a hurry and pack only our most precious belongings, this was harder than we thought. We also looked at ‘UN Rights of the Child’ and learnt a little bit more about what our rights as children are. We realised that we are very lucky to live somewhere safe, and to have an education and learnt that unfortunately there are some countries in the world where this is not the case.

To continue our learning we have been using the ‘Learnpads’ to conduct our own research about Peru and learn about the continents and oceans of the world. Here are some of the facts we found out about Peru:

  • Peru has a rainforest called the Amazon
  • It is quite a poor country
  • It is in the continent of South America and is the third largest country
  • There is a mountain range called the Andes it is the second biggest in the world
  • They speak Spanish and one of their national delicacies is roasted guinea pig
Season Watch

This week we started to talk about the seasons and the changes that we can see happening around us as we move into autumn. We discussed the recent Storm Alice and looked at the Newsround website to get a better understanding about how the weather affected people across the UK. Over the next few weeks I will be encouraging the children to bring in different things that they find linked to autumn as well as take photos of our school grounds as the changes happen. We also began looking at a map of the UK and where we are in relation to the rest of the world. We talked about the countries that make up the UK and learnt about their flags and capital cities.

Charlie and Lola

This week we have been reading the books by the author Lauren Childs including ‘I really don’t want to go to school’. We discussed how Lola used her imaginary friend Soren Lorenson to help her when she was scared about going to school. We then thought about what our imaginary friend would be like and where they would live. Some children even brought in shoe boxes that they had created as homes for their imaginary friend at home.

What a fantastic first week!

Year two have settled in brilliantly! I have been so proud of how independently they have all come in and how quickly they have learnt the routines of the class. As part of our week we have worked together to develop a set of class rules that we all agree with and the children have signed up to them to show that they know and understand what is expected of them. We have also really enjoyed using our new ‘Well Done Board’ and trying our best to get all the way to Neptune (harder than it looks). Finally, we have been practising our accurate counting skills in maths and have been trying really hard to write our numbers the correct way round.

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