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Welcome to Year Two's Page
We are enthusiastic and investigative learners in Year 2! We are continuing to build up our independent learning skills and love discovering new facts and trying out challenges. As a class we enjoy working and playing together, getting lots of stickers and climbing up the well done board! 
Year 2 Key Information

Welcome to Year 2! Please find some documents below to inform you about the expectations for the end of Year 2 as well as information about spellings for the start of the year.

Easter eggs!

Year 2 have rounded off the Spring term by joining in with the whole school Easter egg competition. Lots of children brought in eggs and we had a whole class judging session, this brought up discussion around voting and democracy. There was a joint tie for first place with 5 votes each. Celia's 'cactus egg' and Hugo's 'Yoda egg'- both excellent entries! We all enjoyed looking at the eggs and also had fun taking part in our own egg hunt around the classroom.

PSHE- Calling 999

Year 2 have had a great start back at school after our extended absence. Well done everyone! This week in PSHE we have been learning some essential life skills- in particular how and when to call an ambulance.
We used scripts to act out scenarios where we might need to call an ambulance. We discussed why, when and how we would call an ambulance and enjoyed acting all of it out in groups.

P.E

We have been keeping fit and active in our PE lessons. We have been doing some dance sessions in the hall and have also been focusing on our footwork skills outside, as well as practising throwing and catching.

Mandarin

Year 2 have really enjoyed getting back in to their Mandarin lessons. We started off with a re-cap, focusing on greeting each other. We then moved on to looking at numbers up to 10 and this week we have been learning how to say and write where we live. We worked really hard on writing the Mandarin characters correctly.

ICT

In ICT we have been learning about Microsoft Word- focusing on how to get on to it, what it is for and how to type a sentence. We had a go at typing our own sentence on the laptops.

Virtual After School Sport Club Opportunity!
Update: Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Youth Sport Trust

As you will have seen from the email sent out, the Youth Sport Trust will deliver a free virtual after school club as part of a national response to the second lockdown. The 30-minute club will take place at 5pm each weekday on YouTube Live and be led by a different member of the YST’s Athlete Mentor network. Starting on Thursday 12th November with world number one female inline skater and 10-time British Champion Jenna Downing. Aimed mainly at primary-aged children, a different theme has been assigned for each day of the club - Adventure Monday, Tuesday Play, Wild Wednesday, Thinking Thursday and Fun Friday. Follow us using #YSTAfterSchool and click below for more information.

https://www.youthsporttrust.org/AfterSchoolSportClub

Certificates!

In Year 2 we really love getting stickers and certificates for our hard work, which we do lots of! For reading at home we can move up on the colour bands of Rainbow Readers and for super behaviour/ learning we can get a certificate. If we've had a really super week all round then we might even get star of the week.

Halloween!

What a super half term! Our whole class have worked really hard over the last 7 weeks and have enjoyed a fun day today celebrating Halloween. We had a pumpkin design competition, a chocolate hunt and did some great Halloween paintings. We really enjoyed dressing up and had a super day.

Pop Art

We have been learning all about Pop art, with a focus on the artist Roy Lichtenstein. We learnt about what pop art looks like and how cartoons and comic books use art to tell stories. We enjoyed looking at various pieces of pop art and chose our favourites. We then had a go at creating our own masterpiece based on one Lichtenstein's paintings.

Reading 

In Year 2 we are enjoying the opportunity to do some free reading with a partner for 15 minutes before lunch. We have been reading books chosen from our book corner, Leeds library books focused on our materials topic and our home reading books on different days to ensure a variety of reading materials including fiction and non-fiction. This is really helping us support each other with our reading and develop an enjoyment in reading for pleasure. We are also enjoying reading our books at home and are starting to move up on the rainbow readers chart! 
Halloween Decorations

As a class, during our golden time on Friday afternoon we enjoyed making some spooky Halloween decorations for our classroom!

Maths

We have been working really hard on our maths in Year 2. We started off re-capping our numbers to 20 and 50, then we've moved on to numbers all the way up to 100! We have been doing lots of focus on place value, making sure we are really confident with tens and ones. We have also been comparing numbers and going over our 2's, 5's and 10x tables before shortly moving on to our 3x tables.

Science Experiment!

Our science topic this half term in Year 2 is all about materials and their uses. In class we discussed the properties of various materials and what their uses are in everyday life. We then made protective coatings for an egg drop experiment using a variety of suitable materials. We will be putting our eggs into our parachute boxes next week and seeing if the materials we have selected will protect the eggs. This also links to our English learning about Humpty Dumpty; we are hoping we won't have to try and put our eggs back together after the fall!

Settling in to Year 2

Year 2 have had a great first week back at school. We have been working really hard and have also enjoyed some Golden time on Friday to play together. As a class we have made our own Humpty Dumpty's linking to our learning about courage and the book we are reading- 'After the Fall'. We have done really well getting used to all the new covid related routines and look forward to continuing our learning journey in the coming weeks!

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