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.
Here are some of the children with some flowers they have grown or discovered in their gardens. As the weeks continue there will hopefully be more photos of things you have been up to at home. Some great work and car cleaning from Rupert along with Evie's M & S seedling planting outside.
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The children have been doing a lot of cross curricular learning utilising the laptops and Purple Mash. Our topic this half term has been all about famous and significant people. As part of this we have been learning all about Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Neil Armstrong, Christopher Columbus and Ernest Shackleton.
We did a project around emailing where we emailed Rosa Parks to learn more about her. We were very excited when we received our replies. After we had learnt about Rosa Parks we realised that she wasn’t actually the one sending the emails but we had learnt a lot through the emails.
In addition, we worked on our empathy skills of being an explorer like Christopher Columbus and created a Mashcam involving our faces being imported into a sailor’s body. We then wrote about how it had been on board our ship on our adventures around the world across the seas. Some of us wrote about being very sea sick and fixing our sails after storms had broken out.
The children have also been getting to grips with some coding. There has been a lot of debugging going on and we have a lot of budding coders who would really like to create computer games when they are older. Some of us completed lots of levels once we got the hang of using the different algorithms.
As part of our learning about famous explorers we have been working on some art work of a ship similar to that of Christopher Columbus. We also did some writing as if we were an explorer travelling in our ship to antarctica. Here are some photos of some of us at work on our pieces of art.
We have been learning all about the different continents and oceans around the world as part of our learning about explorers to see where they travelled. Lots of us love our song that we use to help us practise so here is a link to try out at home. I know many of the children have been using this already at home and showing off their singing.
The children have been enjoying learning all about Fractions but it has been quite tricky. We have been looking at recognising halves, quarters and thirds. We have then been trying to find a fraction of a number such as a 1/4 of 12. We are starting to understand a lot more and some of realised that 2/4 are the equivalent of a half.
Year 2 have really enjoyed writing about Edgar the Dragon and were so excited to have a slightly smaller dragon visit! Thank you very much to Angus and his mum for coming in to share all their knowledge about bearded dragons.
The children have been working hard to use their knowledge of Samuel Pepys to create a ‘Mashcam’ as him and completed a speech bubble sharing what they had seen with the fire spreading. In addition they have been creating some art work using the painting tools to show a scene from The Great Fire of London.
A huge thank you to all of the grown up helpers that were able to come and help – it was a brilliant turn out! The children were so excited to share their knowledge with you and design their models. All those cereal boxes were truly transformed! The children had an amazing time and here are some thoughts from the grown up helpers and children in Year 2.
‘It was such fun making the models and we learned so much about the Great Fire of London’ – Amy Clelland.
‘What a fun morning – loved seeing all the different creative designs.’ – Sally Gwilliam.
‘It has been an amazing morning creating models. These children are very creative! Thank you for a fun morning – Ellie O’ Donoghue.
‘Lots of fun and mess! Great knowledge about the fire too, some very creative designs.’ – Tessa Critchlow.
‘What a great way to mix learning and creativity. I really enjoyed making the house with Evie.’ – Sarah Warnock.
‘Evie enjoyed everything it was all very fun!’ – Evie C.
‘I enjoyed making my model with Hughie’s mum.’ – Emily.
‘I had fun making my house because I used lots of materials and because I had so much fun!’ – Imogen.
‘I liked having my grown up come in.’ Noah and Maddie.
We were lucky to have a visit from Malcolm who works to help the prevention of fires. He spoke with the children about what things were safe to play with and what wasn’t safe. We had some impressive discussions and he was very pleased with us! A lot of the children had some great questions and some feel like they would like to be a firefighter in the future. We hope to be able to work again with Malcolm in the future. It helped us to learn about the improvements in the fire service since The Great Fire of London, particularly with equipment.
Tallulah’s family very kindly brought in a wasp nest for us to explore. We had to think about what it could be at first and what might be inside. We were all truly fascinated to see the inside and it wasn’t what we were expecting! We thought it was very unusual and had a go at sketching some parts. Some of us couldn’t believe how clever the wasps must be to use it even if we find them annoying when it is the season for them to be around!
We have been working really hard on our touch typing skills. It’s been tricky but we are starting to recognise those tricky letters on the laptop such as an l. Our fingers have been getting better at being in the correct position as well.
The children really enjoyed taking part in ‘The Big Morning Move’ and getting active. Later in the day Miss Dealtry set them a challenge to create a Pudsey Bear face using items that were all natural materials. A lot of us noticed the signs of the seasonal changes with the leaves as well.
The children in year 2 have been learning all about Samuel Pepys and the other key events of The Great Fire of London. We have been acting out and using freeze frames to help our learning. We’ve then been writing diaries as if we are Samuel Pepys!
The children in Year 2 and Year 4 had a reading buddy session together and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The key skills that the children were working on were their fluency and expression. Year 4 modelled how best to read with expression and then Year 2 copied their buddy. The children worked really well together and Miss Dealtry and Miss Palfreeman were really proud of the kindness, enthusiasm and team work that the children showed. They were true Primrose Lane Learners throughout the session.
We have been learning all about how to write instructions. We have worked on our understanding of verbs, adverbs and time conjunctions. The children created some marmalade sandwiches for Paddington Bear to enjoy.
Some children cut their finished product into squares, triangles and rectangles. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves even if they got a little bit sticky! Many children tried marmalade for the first time as well.
The children evaluated their sandwiches after tasting them of course. A few Paddington Bear's snuck in to join the marmalade sandwich picnic!
As part of our science topic we have been exploring different materials and the best uses for them. We have also compared the properties of different materials and considered their suitability. In addition, we have been looking at which materials we can bend, squash, stretch and change. We really enjoyed this and even used our socks to see who had the stretchiest pair!
Year 2 really enjoyed their skipping festival day! They can't wait to take part in the competition next year.
Callum and Isla were really proud of themselves for performing in the skipping assembly later that day.
Brandon said he couldn't skip but by the end of the session he was smiling from ear to ear because he had managed to do some jumps through the skipping rope.
Year 2 thoroughly enjoyed the African Drumming morning on Wednesday. They listened really well and joined in with all the different activities from dancing to drumming! Here are a few of the children's thoughts about the day.
I liked the dancing part – Henry
I thought it was very loud but I enjoyed it – Daisie
I liked joining in with the singing and trying the dancing – Brandon
I liked the drumming- Ted
I liked the part where we had to drum on our legs, it was hard to keep up – Chloe
I liked listening to the music – Isla
I liked trying some of the drumming, it was exciting – Callum
I enjoyed doing the dancing and clapping and stamping our feet – Ava
I liked the dancing and making the chicken noise – Evie C
I liked making all the loud noises when we banged the drums – Rupert
The children have been working really hard on their place value understanding. Many of the children have been finding it tricky to add and take 10. Here is a game we have enjoyed using to help with this https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/chopper-squad Some of us have then been working out how you can use this knowledge to add 20 more or 20 less. Some of us then challenged ourselves to find 30 more and 30 less!
We have been looking at the bar model as well as how to partition numbers and use partitioning and base 10 drawings to help us add 2 digit numbers add 2 digit numbers. In addition we have been enjoying learning about fact families such as knowing
4+ 6 = 10 so 6 +4 = 10
10 - 4 = 6 and 10 - 6 = 4.
We have then been exploring other related facts that we can know from these such as 40 + 60 = 100 and then using the fact family idea to see the extra facts we can make.
The children have been developing their skills on the laptops and the learn pads. They have been learning about how to navigate around Purple Mash and use google chrome for research on Peru. We have been using our research to write a postcard on Purple Mash from Peru. In addition we have been using 2 paint to show what we think an autumnal tree would look like compared to other seasons in the year.
To help us develop our reading comprehension skills many of the children have been using serial mash to read chapters of a story online and then answer questions and complete some grammar activities linked to that chapter of the book.
The children have been using collage techniques to create a Paddington Bear face. Paint and other media could also be used and the children have gone about this in different ways and styles.
Paddington Bear has been getting up to a lot of mischief in Year 2 recently. He has been helping the children learn about using question marks and exclamation marks.
Rupert decided Paddington would say… Please can I get a drink from my water bottle?
Tallulah – Put yourself on the well done board Paddington!
Ted- Tidy those books up now!
In addition, he has been acting out some movements created by the children to show how to use an adverb to add more interest to how he did something.
Hughie – Stupidly Paddington Bear got himself stuck into one of the trays.
Emily – Paddington Bear carefully pulled down the blinds in the classroom.
Imogen, Daisie and Eshal – Paddington Bear lined up ready for lunch smartly and sensibly.
Paddington Bear has also been writing to us from many places about his adventures. He has sent us postcards from Ireland, Scotland, The Lake District, London, Australia and Sri Lanka! We have enjoyed learning about where these places are on a map and how they are similar and different to Boston Spa.
Our theme this month is Trust and we have been thinking about how we can show someone we trust them and how we can be trusted. In PE we had a team challenge that involved a lot of trusting. One person in our team had to be blindfolded and they had to trust the words of others to direct them to where they needed to be. We had to make sure that no one touched the lava (bean bag!). We really enjoyed this activity and found it very exciting!
We have also been on a scavenger hunt to find clues about the season we are in. We had to work as a team and find anything that helped us to know about what season we were in. We thought about how each season was different and which season was our favourite and why. Lots of us liked summer and winter best, especially if it snowed!
In maths we have been developing our understanding of 2 digit numbers and how to partition them. We have also been on a treasure hunt to look for items from around the classroom. This involved a lot of counting. In maths we have also been learning a ‘Baby Shark’ themed counting song which many of the children love to do! To make it trickier sometimes Miss Dealtry pauses the song so we have to freeze and share the next number or we have to think what is 1 more or 1 less.
Year 2 have settled really well and shown a lot of increased independence, particularly on a morning. We have been creating our class rules and getting used to our new routines. A lot of us have done a great job with moving places on our Superhero well done board. We are working on increasing our learning super powers!