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Please have a look at what we will be learning about this term: Year 2 Curriculum Map Spring 1
Please find our Knowledge Organiser here: Knowledge Organiser Y2 Term 2
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11th December 2020
One week to go!!!! We’ve certainly been counting down the days to Christmas this week!
Year Two have had a lovely week full of activities.
In DT we learned about how Christmas is celebrated around the world and what different foods are eaten to mark this special occasion. Marika’s mum kindly made a delicious Polish vegetable salad and lots of us thought it was delicious. Ben’s mum also made a delicious Victoria Sponge cake…that didn’t last long!
We were very shocked on Monday to discover a letter from Father Christmas saying Christmas was CANCELLED!!! Apparently he is too busy and has to stay home to trim his beard and cook a turkey dinner for Mrs Claus! Well we decided this simply would not do…so we wrote back to him. Our class elf Pickle delivered him our letters and thankfully they were so convincing he has decided not to cancel Christmas after all!! Phew!
In Maths, we have been practising multiplication and division methods. We’ve learned that these can be represented as arrays or as repeated additions/subtractions. Keep practising those recall of the 2x, 5x and 10x tables at home where possible please.
Next week will be our last week in Olympus Park as we prepare for the big move into our forever home. Although it’s the end of an era, we are very excited! We will be doing lots of Christmas activities and will have our party on Tuesday afternoon. Ho Ho Ho!
Enjoy your weekends and see you next week for some festive fun.
Mrs Pritlove, Mrs Pearson and Mrs Lewis
4th December 2020
Another week has flown past as we head towards the final month of the year!
It feels like Christmas in Y2 with our decorations and our cheeky elf, Pickle making mischief in the classroom! The children have had an opportunity to practise for our Class Dojo video. We were all very impressed by word perfect lines so thanks for your support with this. Please keep practising these over the weekend.
Our Literacy this week was also based on a Christmas theme. Pickle surprised the children with a letter from Mrs Moss who was considering keeping the school open over the holidays! Thankfully, Year 2 wrote a convincing reply and persuaded her to reconsider using their excellent writing skills. Phew!
In Maths, we have covered a range of skills this week. The children have thought carefully about how to find equal groups of numbers and associated multiplication facts. They used counters and created arrays for different groups from a set of 10 (2 groups of 5, 5 lots of 2) and 20 (5 groups of 4, 4 lots of 5, 2 groups of 10, and 10 lots of 2). We have also been exploring directional language and talking about a whole turn, half turn and a quarter turn.
We are deep in our Geography topic now and have been busy creating fact files on Edinburgh and London. The class were fascinated by the facts and figures about different landmarks and rivers. Did you know that the River Thames has over 150 species of fish? We also discovered that ‘population’ means the number of people living in a country, city or area.
Finally, we enjoyed a lovely RE discussion about why gifts are given at this time of year. Children recognise that many Christians believe Jesus is the most precious gift. We suggested many thoughtful present ideas and recognised that a gift doesn’t always need to be something that costs money or is bought from a shop.
Enjoy your weekend and see you next week!
27th November 2020
This week, Year 2 have had a big focus on Anti-Bullying. We talked about what bullying is and what we can do if we see someone being bullied. We thought of many kind and unkind behaviours and decided it was better to be kind because being unkind can hurt people both on the inside and the outside. This was made even clearer to us when Mrs Pritlove showed us two identical apples. We said kind words to one apple and unkind words to the other. Although the apples looked the same on the outside, inside the bullied apple was all bruised and damaged! We decided we all have choices to make and made lots of sensible suggestions as to how we can unite together against bullying. These included things such as making sure no one is left out and not laughing at people if they are different to us. We have learned a lot about who we can turn to if we are feeling a victim of bullying or if we see someone being unkind.
In Literacy this week, we have been perfecting the skill of writing exclamation sentences. We watched an old McDonald’s advert where Santa’s reindeers were not left any carrots. We wrote some excellent exclamation sentences such as: How hungry they must be! What rumbly tummies they must have!
In Maths, we have started to recap 3D shape. We have been describing the properties of cylinders and cones using the vocabulary of vertices, faces and edges. I wonder if you can find any cones and cylinders in your home Year 2?
Next week, the countdown to Christmas officially begins as it will be the start of December! We hope the Christmas elves visit and make our classroom all Christmasy…We’ll have to wait and see!
Mrs Pritlove, Mrs Pearson and Mrs Lewis
20th November 2020
What a fantastic week we have had in Year 2!
Our highlight this week was Wheelie Day, despite the wet weather! We all loved learning a song with the lyrics – Stop, Look, Listen, Think. We also recognised different safe places to cross and the the importance of securely fastening our helmets. We read ‘Tumble Ted’ – a story about a teddy that didn’t sit in his car seat safely. When the car stopped suddenly he fell on the floor, tore his stitches and his stuffing came out. We discussed and identified with the important safety message. In the afternoon, we made badges with warnings and designed reflective outfits. We hope that the children found it fun and valuable.
In Literacy, we learned how to construct an exclamation sentence. This type of sentence always begins with ‘what’ or ‘how.’ A short video clip, ‘The Clocktower’ inspired some very impressive exclamation sentences:
• How emotional the pretty dancer must feel!
• What a sad moment that was!
• How incredible to gaze at the colourful balloons!
It was amazing how much children inferred about the meaning of this story, despite there being no words in this lovely animation.
During phonics we worked together to identify the sounds and sorted groups of words with the same spelling. Each group shared their findings with the rest of the class. One group discovered that ‘oi’ is usually used in the middle of a word as in ‘coin’ and ‘oy’ is used at the end of word as in ‘enjoy.’
The main focus in Maths this week was subtraction and developing the skill of rounding a 2-digit number to the nearest multiple of ten. We continue to improve the recall of our times tables each week.
In Geography, we identified that the United Kingdom is made up of four nations. We carefully located each country and capital city on a map, as well as sharing some interesting facts about national flags and national emblems. The picture books, ‘Katie in London’ and ‘Katie in Scotland’ by James Mayhew have helped us to explore and recognise some key UK landmarks.
We hope you have a wonderful and restful weekend.
Mrs Pearson, Mrs Pritlove and Mrs Lewis
13th November 2020
This week has been full of fun. The class has been making us smile every day!
Our Montague PE session was great on Tuesday. We had a surprise visitor called Alan who coaches Aston Villa FC! He showed us how to dribble and stop the ball as well as score some goals.
On Wednesday, we all sat silently for 2 minutes at 11am to remember the soldiers who have fought in wars in the past and who are still fighting today. We watched the Remembrance service live and talked very sensitively about people in our family who are in the Armed Forces. Miss Bratt took our beautiful wreath to St James’ Church and laid it beside the cenotaph for the community to enjoy.
In our Maths lessons, we have continued to develop our subtraction skills. We are now getting very good at using jottings to help us calculate.
During Literacy lessons, we have perfected the skill of writing commands. We know it means you have to use bossy verbs and order someone to do something. We made some crowns and then wrote commands explaining how to make one.
Thank you for all the baby pictures that have been sent in for our Science topic ‘Animals including humans’. They have been put on display in the classroom and the children are loving guessing who is who.
Last Friday Miss Moosajee came to talk to us about Islam. We have been learning about Islam for weeks and it was really good to be able to ask her questions and hear about what her religion means to her. She showed us the special movements that Muslims perform before prayer and we even tried on some traditional Islamic headwear. Thank you Miss Moosajee!
Don’t forget…next Wednesday is Wheely Day. We look forward to seeing you on your vehicles. Please remember your helmet!
Mrs Pritlove, Mrs Pearson and Mrs Lewis
6th November 2020
We’ve had a great first week back after half-term with everyone showing our school values and working well together. Well done Year 2!
In our Maths lessons, we have started to deepen our understanding of subtraction and have enjoyed learning new strategies to solve problems. We continue to supplement our daily lessons with fluency work in number bonds, times tables and doubles. Our quick recall is certainly improving so thanks for your continued support on this!
In Guided Reading, we have been studying the text, ‘The Princess and the White Bear King.’ This was so much fun as the children used ‘hot seating’ to interview one of the characters. There were so many interesting questions and answers!
The class were excited to start our new topics, including our Geography topic on ‘UK Capital Cities’ and ‘Animals including Humans’ in Science. The knowledge organisers are accessible on Class Dojo via the Class Story page. Please take a look at this information with your child as it shows the key knowledge and vocabulary that we will develop this term.
Finally, in Art we discussed the significance of the poppy on Remembrance Day and then created beautiful poppies to recognise this important event.
We hope you have a lovely weekend.
Mrs Pearson, Mrs Pritlove and Mrs Lewis
23rd October 2020
Wow, we’ve reached the end of the half term! Where has the time gone? This week has been full of fun.
In Art, we have finished looking at the work of Vincent Van Gogh. We used collage techniques to create our own versions of Boats at Sainte Marie. Did you know that in June 1888, Van Gogh took a 30-mile stagecoach trip to the sea-side fishing village of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer on the South of France. Van Gogh’s week-long trip was taken to recover from his health problems and make some seaside paintings and drawings. At that time, Saintes-Maries was a small fishing village with under a hundred homes. He drew the fishing boats whilst at the beach. We loved learning all about Van Gogh’s life and creating our own versions of his famous painting.
In Maths, we have been practising our addition skills. We found this really hard at the start of the week but have finally cracked it! We used all our Learning Powers and it worked as now we can add two 2 digit numbers like pros.
Are you kept awake at night by the sound of spiders building webs? Or zombies growling? If you are, you need to read the instructions we have been writing this week! We have worked really hard to write clear, detailed instructions on how to trap all manner of different creatures. Mrs Pritlove and Mrs Pearson have been so impressed with our writing as we’ve remembered to include all our targets such as expanded noun phrases and conjunctions.
Year Two you have been working so hard all term so really deserve a rest. Enjoy your half term holiday and see you when you get back.
Mrs Pritlove, Mrs Pearson and Mrs Lewis.
16th October 2020
It’s been another super week of learning in Year Two.
In Maths, we have been working really hard on using our knowledge of number bonds to solve trickier addition problems. We have added three single digit numbers successfully. For example, in 4 + 6 + 9 we noticed that adding the numbers 4 + 6 together first makes it much easier to then add 9. We also added multiples of 10 to two-digit numbers (e.g. 33 + 20; 25 + 40) and used base ten blocks to help with our understanding.
In Literacy, we have been learning how to trap a dragon. We discovered that a delicious piece of meat works as an excellent lure when placed over a camouflaged hole in the ground! Following this we wrote clear instructions on how to trap an angry giant and applied lots of writing skills. We continue to enjoy reading classic tales in class as they are full of description and have wonderful characters. We have smiled during our Winnie the Pooh reading adventures and love all the thoughtful things that Pooh Bear does. We also discovered some great links to our local area during our reading of ‘The Tailor of Gloucester’ by Beatrix Potter, as well as the importance of showing kindness. Children loved learning about the mice who set about helping the tailor with his work.
It was a delight to have our show and tell reward this week after earning so many pom poms for our classroom jar. What a variety of special items we discussed! Children were similarly thoughtful during our class discussion about the Qu’ran. In RE, children reflected on what they treat with respect and had many ideas for rules that would help to make the world a better place.
We have completed our Science Investigation. We concluded that the best material for Hoppity’s bag was plastic because it was strong and waterproof. Though we did recognise that this material is not the best for our environment. In History, we have been busy making narrowboat models and look forward to completing these next week.
We will post some optional history homework on Class Dojo. Thank you for continuing to complete our weekly spellings, maths and reading.
Well done Year Two another great week. We hope you all have a restful weekend.
Mrs Pritlove, Mrs Pearson & Mrs Lewis
9th October 2020
What an incredible week of fun and learning!
In History, we have ordered a variety of canal boats and spectacular ships according to when they were built. We identified their features and thoughtfully considered the purpose of each vessel – impressive Historians in the making! Children showed super teamwork to create a further historical timeline for the display. We were surprised to learn that the first canal boats were horse-drawn. We also marked key buildings and different areas of Gloucester Docks on a map. This was tricky but using the ‘Maps’ tool on our iPads helped everyone to complete this activity successfully.
This linked well with our ICT as we explored how technology can be used safely to help learning. Later in the week, we also used our iPads to discover and read information about Canal Wildlife on the Canal River Trust website.
It would be great if you could share how technology is used in your job or day-to-day routine so children recognise other benefits beyond school.
Our Science was such fun this week too! We planned an investigation to test the absorbency of materials. We made fantastic predictions and discussed how to make the experiment a fair test, such as using the same amount of water to test each material.
In our Literacy lessons, we have continued to learn how to use conjunctions (and, so, but, or, because) in our sentences. We are proud that children have started to use these independently. Finally, there have been some brilliant discussions during Maths on what the best strategies are for adding numbers. Children worked hard to recall their number bonds up to 20 (14 +6), doubles (7 +7) and near doubles (7 + 8).
Thanks to everyone for signing up to ClassDojo. We have been so impressed by the fantastic effort to upload homework related pictures and videos!
Well done Year 2, such a positive attitude shown again this week. We hope you all have a lovely weekend.
Mrs Pearson, Mrs Pritlove and Mrs Lewis
2nd October 2020
What a busy week we’ve had in Year Two this week. With Flu immunisations and Harvest Festival rehearsals we’ve been working non stop!
If you haven’t signed up to Class Dojo yet, please check your emails as you should have received an invite. Our Harvest Festival celebrations will be posted on there on Monday so watch this space!
In Maths this week, we have been learning all about 3D shapes. We have learned to describe these shapes using language such as vertices, edges and faces. Why not go on a 3D shape hunt at home and post photos of what you find on Dojo…
We have learned to use a new skill in Literacy called ‘co-ordinating conjunctions’. We found out that these are words such as but, and, so, because and or. They join clauses together. On Wednesday, our class teddy Hoppity made an awful jam sandwich that had jam and butter on the outside and inside of the bread! So we wrote instructions to help him next time he makes one. We thought hard about including conjunctions in our writing such as ‘Then spread jam on the bread but be careful not to cut yourself with the knife.’
We enjoyed becoming artists this week and have designed a bird table for Kier. They have promised to build one for us at the new school. Hopefully they like our designs.
We look forward to celebrating Harvest Festival with you on Monday. Remember to check Dojo for our video. 😊
25th September 2020
We have had a fabulous week in Year Two.
Our Maths this week has been focusing on shape. We can now identify pentagons, hexagons and octagons and know the difference between regular and irregular shapes. Challenge us to point some out around the home!
We continued to practise using expanded noun phrases in our writing. We read a very funny version of The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig and wrote some amazing setting descriptions. Mrs Pritlove was particularly impressed by phrases such as ‘bright, glowing sparks exploded from the drill’ and ‘bits of muddy, lumpy dirt sprayed up into the pig’s face’. Our writing is beginning to sound really interesting.
During Science we really enjoyed finding out how material’s changed by bending, squashing, twisting or stretching. We were surprised by see that the metal spoon did bend a little bit. We had an interesting discussion about how some materials shape change forever once a force is applied, whereas others just bounce back.
In RE we have been learning about Islam. We enjoyed exploring the Islamic artefacts and are excited to find out what Muslims use them all for.
I hope you have all received the letter about Class Dojo from your children. I have posted some Art homework on there this week and look forward to seeing your child’s masterpiece soon. Have a go at uploading a photo of their finished work.
18th September 2020
What another wonderful week we have had in Year Two!
In Maths we have starting to learn all about a greedy alligator that likes to eat larger numbers. Watch the funny song we learned and play some games here: https://www.education.com/game/alligator-greater-than-less-than/
We have been learning a new skill called ‘expanded noun phrases’ in Literacy. Mrs Pritlove and Mrs Pearson have been very impressed with the wonderful adjectives we have been using in our written work. Well done to all those children who have been reading lots at home too!
Thank you for providing the objects from home for our Science lesson this week. We had some interesting discussions about materials objects are made from and how they are used at school and in the home.
In Art, we became Vincent Van Gogh and used pastels to create our own Starry Night pictures. We think they look just like it, don’t you?
11th September 2020
What a busy week we have had this week in Year Two! Mrs Pritlove and Mrs Pearson have both been so impressed with our fantastic attitudes to learning. If this continues, we are going to have the best year ever!
In Literacy we have been remembering how to use capital letters, full stops and finger spaces correctly. We’ve learned about proper nouns and how they too need a capital letter. We wrote some very interesting sentences about the teachers and remembered to use all the correct punctuation.
In Maths we learned how to partition numbers and are beginning to understand that 2 digit numbers can be split up in all sorts of ways.
We started our Science topic on Materials. We went on a material hunt around the classroom and learned lots of new words to describe their properties. Try asking us what rigid, stiff or stretchy means… Next Monday we will be comparing the materials of objects found at home to objects found at school. For this activity, can your child please bring in an object of their choice. It can be anything they like such as a toy, a piece of cutlery or crockery, some clothes…anything really. It will stay in their bag all day and only they will touch it in order to show the class.
We were very excited to have the Montagu coaches back in this week. They played lots of games with us outside including one where we had to balance cones on our heads! Our co-ordination and control was really tested!
We cannot wait for another week of learning next week. We have really shown that we are up to the new challenges of Year Two so can’t wait to see what next week brings.
A couple of reminders:
- Some of the children’s feet have grown lots in the holidays. Please can you check their PE shoes still fit as some were a bit of a squeeze this week.
- Please remember to read at least 3x a week at home and record in the reading Record when you do. If your child reads 5x they enter the Regular Reader draw to win a book.
- Don’t forget your item from home for our Science lesson on Monday.
4th September 2020
It is lovely to welcome you all back to school this week and we have enjoyed getting to know you all.
We have had a busy few days but you have all settled in beautifully and enjoyed your first week back in Year 2!
Please remember to bring in reading books and reading records every day as these will be changed regularly.
We are looking forward to another busy week next week.
Mrs Pritlove, Mrs Pearson and Mrs Lewis