|Year 2 - Tulips|
Mrs Theobald, Mrs Russell,
Week 6 - 9th February
Another half term done and dusted and what busy bees we have been!
This week in our English and Geography lessons, we learnt about hot and cold countries around the world, with a particular focus on Norway and Mali. We found out many fascinating facts and produced booklets about both countries.
We all did very well in Maths, learning how to tell the time to the quarter hour and then to five minutes, as well as ordering intervals of time and solving problems related to time.
We carried out our heating experiment in Science and found out that not all foods melt when they are heated.
In Gymnastics we showed each other our sequences and pretended to be judges, giving each other scores for particular elements, such as a good, clear start, good poise, good control and a clear finish. It was a lot of fun!
In Computing we have continued to write algorithms, getting the program to do particular things.
Today we finished our class reader, Matilda, and we decided that next half term, we would like to read 'The Witches' by Roald Dahl. We had five suggestions, the children had a vote and this was the most popular, with eleven votes. The children may bring their own copies to school if they'd like to.
THIS WEEK OUR ACHIEVERS WERE HENRY AND MEDHAA WHO HAVE SUCCESSFULLY LEARNT HOW TO TELL THE TIME TO FIVE MINUTES. EXCELLENT WORK!
Over the half term break, the children have a challenge to do - this came home in book bags on Wednesday.
Just in case you missed it, here it is:
During the half term break we would like the children to research a famous person of their choice. This person can be living or from the past.
We would like your child to produce a piece of factual writing.
Facts may include:
Leo White and Ollie will come back after half term as seven year olds!
Have a lovely birthday, both of you.
Wishing everybody a restful half term break.
See you on Monday 19th February.
Week 5 - 2nd February
This week in Tulips, we have been learning about division and fractions. We realised that if you divide a number by two, it is the same as finding half. If you divide a number by four, it is the same as finding a quarter!
Next week, we will be revising how to tell the time... I wonder if our learning about fractions will help with this too?
We have finished writing our stories this week and I am very impressed with how much stamina the children have for writing now that we are nearly half way through Year 2. Well done, everyone! I am proud of you.
In Science, we asked the question:
Do all foods melt when they are heated?
We planned an experiment and next week we will carry out the experiment to find an answer to our question.
What do you predict the answer will be?
Yet again this week, I was blown away by the excellent gymnastic sequences the children have been performing and while observing Mr Rae's dance lesson this morning, I saw some very good concentration, focus and copying.
This afternoon, we enjoyed using the glockenspiels in music and had a go at composing our own tunes.
We have nearly finished our class reader, 'Matilda'. If you have any suggestions for our next book, please let me know.
THIS WEEK OUR ACHIEVERS WERE DYLAN AND FIN.
Both boys wrote a really engaging opening to their adventure stories. Well done, you two!
Some more lovely news... Leo White's baby sister Dixie was born last Sunday.
Congratulations to the whole family!
Have a great weekend!
Week 4 - 26th January
This week in Tulips, we have started planning and writing stories linked to Pete Rumney's 'Umbrellas and Raindrops'. The children are learning to be very imaginative and creative! They've had lots of good ideas.
Our maths learning has been focussed on multiplication and we are learning many multiplication facts by heart. Most of the children know the facts for the 10x table off by heart, which is great! We are now working towards 2s, 5s and 3s as well.
Next week, we will be practising division.
Mr Rae has been putting us through our paces this week! The children are learning a fantastic routine, having fun and getting fit in the process. I am so proud of them for their excellent concentration, focus and listening during Mr Rae's lesson.
In Gymnastics, we put together sequences including travelling, jumping and rolling. I was most impressed!
We enjoyed playing our recorders and glockenspiels again this week, and we have started learning some songs for the Year 2 Arts Festival which takes place at the end of March.
We used the atlases in Geography to revise past learning about the continents and oceans of the world, and we are starting to think about hot and cold countries. We used ordnance survey maps to look at the local area and the physical and human features which can be found where we live. The children were very excited about their learning, which was really lovely.
THIS WEEK OUR ACHIEVERS WERE ZARA AND ALICE.
ZARA WROTE A WONDERFUL RHYMING POEM ALL ABOUT THE WEATHER AND ALICE HAS SHOWN AMAZING UNDERSTANDING OF MULTIPLICATION.
WELL DONE GIRLS!
Ellen celebrates her 7th birthday tomorrow. Happy birthday! Hope you all enjoy the party!
Have fun at the disco tonight!
See you next week...
Week 3 - 19th January
We have enjoyed another week of learning in Year 2 this week.
Here are the highlights:
- Performing and writing weather poems
- Practising our subtraction skills
- Developing our jumping skills in Gymnastics
- Painting weather pictures in the style of Pete Rumney
- Learning to play the glockenspiel in Music
- Dancing with Mr Rae
- Showing our learning to our parents during 'Open Classrooms' this afternoon!
Thank you all for coming... It was packed in our classroom!
OUR ACHIEVERS TODAY WERE MILAN AND DANIEL - BOTH BOYS HAVE SHOWN VERY GOOD PROGRESS IN THEIR READING!
Enjoy the weekend.
Week 2 - 12th January
We have had a very interesting week this week, keeping track of the weather. We wanted to answer the question: "Is the local weather colder in the morning or in the afternoon?" so we made some predictions and then we planned what we would do in order to find out.
Every morning and every afternoon, at the same time of day, we read the temperature on the thermometer outside our classroom. We also checked to see if there had been any rainfall. We talked about the conditions and then wrote a diary entry in the morning and again in the afternoon.
Today we were able to look at the data we had gathered and answer the question: The local weather is colder in the morning. We then talked about reasons why this might be and also whether this would always be true.
In Maths, we have been further developing our addition skills and learning new strategies for solving addition problems. Next week, we will revise subtraction.
We are enjoying playing our recorders and now know how to play the notes b, a and g. We know many tunes by heart. Next week, we are going to have a go at using the glockenspiels.
In gymnastics we have been perfecting our rolls: pencil roll, egg roll and teddy bear roll. We enjoyed some creative dance with Mrs Leyland this morning.
During Art this week, we used a special technique called 'pointillism' to paint tulips to go onto our calendars, which we will be bringing home next week.
OUR ACHIEVERS THIS WEEK WERE ADAM AND FELIX WHO BOTH USED SOME GREAT WEATHER LANGUAGE WHEN WRITING THEIR WEATHER DIARIES! WELL DONE, BOYS!
Have a lovely weekend.
Week 1 - 5th January 2018
HAPPY NEW YEAR!This week, the children have been writing a recount about their favourite times over the Christmas holiday. They have used interesting phrasing and are focusing on correct punctuation.
In Maths we have been learning about place value and matching number words and digits, as well as comparing numbers using the greater than (>), less than (<) and equals (=) symbols.
Congratulations to Lily and Leo B who were chosen to share their excellent maths learning in our achievement assembly today!
In Art, we have been researching famous paintings that depict the weather.
Next week in Science we will be designing an investigation to answer the question: 'Is the local weather colder in the morning or in the afternoon?'
We will be measuring temperature and rainfall. As well as this, we will be recording weather conditions so we can answer our question.
Enjoy the weekend...
Weeks 7 and 8
And so we come to our final news instalment of this term!
We have thoroughly enjoyed the festivities over the past two weeks and hope you have too.
I was incredibly proud of all of the children during our Christmas performance at St George's church on Tuesday. What confident speakers, singers and musicians they are!
We have continued to work hard over the last two weeks and have enjoyed learning the well-known poem 'A Visit From St. Nicholas' (also known as 'The Night Before Christmas') by Clement Clarke Moore off by heart. The poem is nearly two hundred years old!
We also wrote our own Christmas poems, which were fantastic!
In Maths, we have learnt to measure carefully to the nearest centimetre.
Today, we are sending home a sheet with suggested activities which the children can do over the holiday, if you have time.
Have a good rest and a lovely Christmas.
See you in 2018!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MAX WHO TURNED 7 LAST FRIDAY!
Week 6 - 4th December
This week we invented our own Matilda characters and enjoyed writing about them. We are really enjoying reading the book together in class as well. Our writing skills are developing well, and I am seeing lots of good spelling, joining and use of accurate punctuation, which is great!
In Maths we have concentrated on learning more about money this week.
The children have made total amounts of money in different ways and added coins together. We have also learnt how to convert pounds (£) to pence (p) and vice versa.
We practised balancing, jumping and landing in Gymnastics and put together little routines to show each other. In Dance we made up small group dances around the theme of toys. Both of these PE sessions were very enjoyable and I am very proud of the children for their creativity!
We are still finishing off some DT day activities, so if anyone could spare a morning or an afternoon or even just an hour to pop in and help get things finished, we would be very grateful.
Now that we are busy getting ready for our Christmas performance, you may notice that we are not necessarily able to listen to the children read quite as often as we usually do, but we will do our best!
Please help your child to learn their words for the Christmas performance, if they have a speaking part.
Thank you for your support!
Have a great weekend...
Week 5 - 27th November
Our classroom is looking beautifully festive after DT day on Wednesday!
Thank you to everyone who was able to come in and help. We all had a wonderful day.
This week we have been reading Roald Dahl's Matilda and we have been thinking about what the characters in the story are like. Next week we will be developing our writing skills further by writing a detailed character description of our chosen character.
In Maths, we are becoming more confident with strategies for subtracting numbers. Next week we will continue to practise subtraction within the context of money.
Don't forget the Christmas Fair on Sunday from 11am - 2pm.
Week 4 - 20th November
This week we have been carrying out some scientific experiments using materials. The children planned and carried out an experiment to find out which type of paper is best for mopping up a spillage. This involved some careful measuring using a measuring cylinder. The children worked very well in groups to find out the answer: kitchen paper.
In maths, we have been learning all about 'mass': how much things weigh. We weighed some fruit and vegetables and even weighed ourselves! We used this information to practise addition and subtraction, as well as comparing mass using the <, > and = symbols.
In Gymnastics we worked in pairs to balance, showing poise and strong muscles. In Dance we moved like animals, again with our partners, and composed a short dance which could be repeated.
Our cinema trip on Tuesday was very enjoyable and we were extremely proud of the children. They were beautifully behaved. Everyone said that they would like to go again!
The preparations for our Christmas Art/DT day which is happening next Wednesday are well underway... Thank you to all those of you who have been able to sign up to come in and help. It is not too late, if you want to sign up. The folder is outside the office.
It is such a lovely occasion!
Enjoy the weekend...
Week 3 - 13th November
We have had another busy week this week...
We have been revising our understanding of time and really thinking carefully about the long hand and the short hand on an analogue clock. We have also learnt a little bit about digital clocks.
Our English this week was linked to the science topic of 'Materials'. We have been writing factual sentences to answer questions. We have also sorted objects and talked about their properties using lots of new vocabulary.
Next week we will be looking at fabrics and whether they are natural or man-made. The children will be doing some weaving.
In gymnastics we have been balancing on different parts of our body and learning to be poised and strong in our moves. Dance this week helped us to develop our partner work by following the leader and copying their every move.
This week, during 'Kindness Week', we have been thinking about how amazing we all are and yet how different. Today we enjoyed wearing odd socks to show that different is alright and that being ourselves is a good thing.
In History we learnt about Queen Elizabeth II and compared her life with that of Queen Elizabeth I.
We are looking forward to our cinema trip next Tuesday. Just a reminder that we will be leaving school promptly after registration in order to catch the train.
Have a lovely weekend!
Week 2 - 6th November
It was great to see so many of you at our parent - teacher consultations this week.
Your children are lovely!
We have enjoyed learning about Queen Elizabeth I this week and I know many of the children have been coming home with lots of fascinating facts which they have learned.
Our learning about fractions continued successfully, and we have learned how to find three quarters of amounts, which isn't easy! Some of us even moved on to finding thirds and fifths. Keep practising at home so that you don't forget how to do this... Don't forget we have a Maths Workshop coming up on Tuesday 21st November at 7.30pm where we will show you how you can support your child at home as their mathematical learning progresses.
Today, the children did us proud, showing prospective families around our school. I heard lots of compliments about our tour guides! Well done, everyone, and thank you.
Have a lovely weekend.
Week 1 - 30th October
We have had a lovely week back at school after the half term holiday.
This week, we have been finding out all about Guy Fawkes and the plot he was involved in to kill King James I over 400 years ago. We have done some brilliant writing!
In maths, we have been learning about doubles, halves and quarters. We have found halves and quarters of shapes, as well as thirds, fifths, sixths and eights. The children know that a fraction is an equal part of a whole. We have also been finding halves and quarters of numbers. This learning will continue next week...
PE is now indoors as the weather is getting colder, wetter and less reliable, which means we do Gymnastics on a Wednesday morning and Dance on a Friday morning. The children just need shorts and t-shirts.
This week we have made Christmas cards in readiness for them to be ordered and printed. Look out for more details about this next week.
Finally, we had two birthdays over half term. Elena and Fin are now both 7! CONGRATULATIONS!
This weeks' spellings
WORDS WITH THE ‘OI’ SOUND (oi, oy)
WORDS OF THE WEEK
Week 7 - 16th October
WOW! I actually cannot believe that we are at the end of our first half term in Year 2 already!
The children have had a fantastic start to the year and have learnt so much. I am very proud of them for their hard work and effort in all they do.
We enjoyed writing our own versions of Oliver Jeffers' 'Stuck' this week and have been revising our knowledge of 2D and 3D shape in Maths. We had a little assessment on number, addition and multiplication this week, to see what the children have remembered and they did very well.
In Geography we have continued to learn about the seven continents and five oceans of the world and we used the atlases to find out about some of the physical and human features of each continent.
In Computing, the children were all able to create a poster about themselves using the 'Piccollage' app. It never fails to amaze me what computer whizzes they are!
The Harvest assembly this morning was wonderful - the children did us and you very proud!
I wish you all a restful and enjoyable half term and we look forward to seeing you on Monday 30th October from 8.45am...
This weeks' spellings
WORDS WITH THE ‘OO’ SOUND (ew, ue, u-e)
WORDS OF THE WEEK
Week 6 - 9th October
This week, our learning in English has focused on the author, illustrator and artist, Oliver Jeffers, who has written and illustrated some fantastic stories for children! We have read one of his stories every day. I think the current favourite is 'Stuck'. Next week, the children will be planning and writing their own stories based on ideas from 'Stuck'.
We have found out a little bit about Oliver's life and his work, and on Wednesday we each wrote him a letter to ask him some questions. Hopefully he will write back to us...
In Maths, we have been multiplying numbers by drawing pictures to help us. Some of us know quite a few multiplication facts already, which is great!
This morning we watched Alliums perform their country dance. They were amazing! We then had a go at the same dance ourselves. Watching the other children perform really helped us to get our moves right. It was great exercise as well - there were lots of red faces!
We continued to develop our hockey skills this week and I must say I am very impressed with what I saw. Some of the children are showing real potential. Well done, everyone!
In Geography, we have been using the atlases to learn about the continents and oceans of the world. I wonder if you can memorise them over the weekend?
Don't forget our Open Morning and Bake and Taste tomorrow between 10am and 12pm... There will be computing activities set up in some of the classrooms for the children to have a go at, if they would like to. Hope to see you there!
This weeks' spellings
WORDS WITH THE 'OA' SOUND (ow, oe, o-e)
WORDS OF THE WEEK
Week 5 - 2nd October
AND SO WE HAVE COME TO THE END OF ANOTHER WEEK! TIME'S FLYING...!
This weeks' highlights include:
- Learning about living a healthy life and writing leaflets
- Practising adding by drawing pictures and partitioning the numbers into tens and units
- Problem Solving and Reasoning
- Learning to play Hockey
- Learning to play more tunes on our recorders
- Learning songs for our Harvest Festival
- Learning about the four countries of the UK
- Practising our country dancing
- Creating posters about ourselves on the Learn Pads
But I think the best learning of all was designing and making our own pizzas!
They smelled and looked delicious!
I hope you all enjoyed eating them...
Wow! What busy bees we have been!
Have a restful weekend...
This weeks' spellings
WORDS WITH THE 'IE' SOUND (i-e, igh)
WORDS OF THE WEEK
Week 4 - 25th September
WHAT A LOVELY WEEK OF LEARNING WE HAVE HAD THIS WEEK!
We did some role play activities in English where some of us got into character as Florence Nightingale and answered questions about how she felt when she went to help the wounded soldiers in Scutari. After this, we wrote letters from Florence to her family, telling them all about her experiences.
We have learnt many facts about the life of Florence Nightingale now. I wonder how many you can remember?
In Maths, we have been getting to grips with adding by counting on. Lots of us are very accurate at doing this now. Next week we will be adding bigger numbers and drawing pictures to help us.
Today we played a game called 'Tables on Tables' where we got to sit on top of our tables and compete against each other to stay in the game for as long as possible by answering 10x table questions quickly and correctly. It was very nerve-wracking but good fun!
We enjoyed practising our tennis skills during PE and had another go at country dancing. We have been learning a dance called 'Circassian Circle' which we are getting pretty good at, even though there is a lot to remember and the music is quite fast!
In Art, we sketched and painted tulips - we have some budding artists in our class!
Next week, we will begin our learning about keeping healthy.
The children will learn about eating a balanced diet and will be designing and making their own pizzas. They will make these on Wednesday and will be able to take them home to eat for tea.
Finally, we had another birthday this week. Grant turned seven on Wednesday! Enjoy your party this weekend!
Have a lovely weekend...
Spellings - week 2
WORDS WITH THE ‘EE’ SOUND (EA, EY)
WORDS OF THE WEEK
Week 3 - 18th September
WE ARE WELL INTO THE SWING OF YEAR 2 NOW!
This week, we have been brilliant ambassadors, doing important jobs around the school, such as helping with the signs, taking the fruit trolley out at playtime and bringing the teachers their class registers in the afternoon. We will continue with these jobs next week as well.
Another important mile-stone was our very first recorder lesson!
We learned how to hold the recorder correctly, how to blow and how to cover the holes so that we don't squeak! We learned to play note 'B' and played a tune called 'Easy B'. It was great fun.
Lots of practising at home please, everyone!
Our learning in English this week focused on the life of Florence Nightingale. We wrote fact sheets and will be writing letters pretending to be Florence next week.
What important facts can you remember?
In maths, we learned more about place value and number sequences. Next week, we will be learning more about addition.
We had our first spelling test and I was blown away by everyone's effort and determination to learn the words! Well done, team!
We really enjoyed dance this morning. We learned a country dance called 'Circassian Circle'.
It was lovely to see so many of you at our 'Meet the Teacher' meeting on Wednesday evening.
If you were unable to make it, you should've received a hand-out with all of the information yesterday, as well as a leaflet about applying for a Year 3 place.
Do pop in and see me if you have any questions about any of the information...
WE'VE HAD TWO BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: ALICE AND DYLAN ARE 7 NOW! CONGRATULATIONS YOU TWO!
Have a great weekend, everyone.
Spellings - week 1
SPELLINGS FOR TOMORROW:
Week 2 - 11th September
WHAT A BRILLIANT WEEK OF LEARNING WE HAVE HAD THIS WEEK IN TULIPS!
We are all learning to work calmly and quietly, helping each other to concentrate well.
In Maths, we have been revising our understanding of what it means if a number is odd or even.
We have also been learning about the value of numbers, thinking about how many tens and units there are in two-digit numbers and how many hundreds there are in a three-digit number. This is called 'place value'. We learned to partition the numbers into tens and units (and hundreds too).
We enjoyed reading the story of Little Rabbit Foo Foo and some of us even got into character, pretending to be him and answering questions asked by our friends.
We learned about the four different types of sentence: a statement, a question, an exclamation and a command and had a go at retelling the story in our own words. What great writers we are!
In Art, we enjoyed sketching our self-portraits and looking at how much progress we have made in our sketching ability since we were in Year 1 and Reception.
We had a lovely final swim. Thank you to those parents and grandparents who were able to help with changing.
Next week, our class will be the ambassadors for the coming two weeks. That means you will see us doing lots of very important jobs around the school.
Have a great weekend!
POPPY IS SEVEN TOMORROW!
HAVE A LOVELY BIRTHDAY AND ENJOY YOUR PYJAMA PARTY...
Week 1 - 6th September
We have had a great week in Tulips!
Everyone looks so smart and grown up.
We have settled well and we are getting used to the new routines.
There has been so much to take in!
I hope to have read with every child by the end of next week and get new reading diaries and reading books sent out. Thank you for your patience!
Class swims next week.
Have a lovely weekend...
WE HAVE OUR FIRST SEVEN YEAR OLD IN YEAR 2 WHO CELEBRATED HIS BIRTHDAY LAST WEEK...
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HENRY!