Year 2 (The Starfish)
Week beginning 8th January
In the Year 2 classroom this week, we have started our new topic ‘Let’s Investigate’ and we have begun our journey with Christopher Columbus around the world. We have thought about sailing and have focused our English on poetry, particularly the poem ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’. We really enjoyed our drama session on Monday. Acting is fun.
In Maths, we have been looking at statistics and have thought about which continent we would each like to visit. As a class, we voted and we put all the results into a pictogram. We then analysed the results together by answering some questions.
It’s been a week of firsts in Year 2 as we also took part in our first session of yoga. It was so much fun. At the end we felt like falling asleep and not doing any work and that was just the adults. We look forward to our next session next week.
Week beginning 11th December
In the Year Two classroom this week, we have been focusing our skills on writing a middle part to our Charlie and the Chocolate Factory story. This part has really been the best because lots of funny things have happened like Augustus Gloop being sucked up a pipe and Mike Teavee shrinking to a very tiny person. What a fantastic end to this terms writing!
In Maths, we have been looking at addition and subtraction facts to 20 and some of us even moved our learning onto facts to 100. We have been using the numicon to help us and even Mr Beau Jingles has taken our learning on board and done some himself. How amusing!
We also had the pleasure of performing our Christmas Service at the church this week and it went really well. We know how to rock!
Week beginning 4th December
In the Year Two classroom this week, we have been continuing to write our own version of the Roald Dahl classic ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. We have been trying to think more about the composition of our work and the flow of what we are putting. This has been interesting as we have really had to slow our writing down to ensure it makes sense but it has been a beneficial process and our writing is getting much better. What a relief!
In Maths, we have been looking at maths challenges and Miss Struggles has been assessing what we have remembered and what we need to review. We have really surprised all of our adults.
This week, we also received a surprise package under our class Christmas tree in the shape of ‘Mr Beau Jingles’, one of Santa’s most loyal and trusted elves. He is going to be with us until 19th December and we are keeping a diary of what he has been up to throughout the month. Let’s hope he makes good choices.
Week beginning 27th November
In the Year Two classroom this week, we have been writing a story beginning, ensuring that we include all of the necessary details. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was used as an example and, again, we have had the pleasure of seeing some of Miss Struggles’ excellent drawings as part of our planning process.
In Maths, we have been looking at 2D shapes and lines of symmetry. This has been fun and we have even been using the mirrors to help us see the reflection and find the quite tricky lines of symmetry that Miss Struggles had done for us. How sneaky!
The focus of the week though has been our visit to Cadbury’s World. It was an early start to the day and a later finish than normal but what a great experience for us all to have. Keep an eye out for some of the pictures on our Year Two page to see what we got up to. It really was fun and the smell of chocolate was brilliant. It really was a good job that none of us ended up like some of our story characters e.g. Augustus Gloop and Violet Beauregarde. How funny that would be!
Week beginning 20th November
In the Year 2 classroom this week, we have been exploring storytelling and have been retelling a familiar ‘happily ever after’ story in our own words. This is where we have been able to show our adults what we have remembered and, trust us when we say this, they have been very impressed. We have also started to use our ’editing pen’ to improve and develop our writing. Miss Struggles looked a little bit scared when we were using pen in our books, but we showed her how sensible we are when doing more mature things in our learning. How fantastic!
In Maths, we have been looking at Miss Struggles’ favourite thing, fractions. We are now familiar with halves, quarters, thirds, three quarters and two thirds. You know what, fractions are just like division.
We also completed our class assembly on Tuesday and we enjoyed showing our parents what we have been busy learning at school. This showed them how much we have been using our topic of ‘Happily Ever After’ and the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We are very excited about our visit to Cadburys World next week and the learning that we will be completing when we get back. What an exciting adventure!
Also, not to take our attention off Cadburys World, but we have also been thinking about our carol service. Mrs Kilner and Mrs Allen are in their element!
Week beginning 13th November
In the Year 2 classroom this week, we have continued to focus our learning around the topic ‘Happily Ever After’ and in particular the story book ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. In English, we have looked at recipe writing and the features used in this style of writing. We have now thought of a new sweet for Willy Wonka’s factory so we will be writing down the secret recipe for him. Some of our ideas are very creative!
We have linked our recipe writing in English to our Maths and have been learning about measuring in different ways. We then used these skills to make biscuits. Measuring all of the ingredients was great fun and this helped us to write the recipes for our own sweets.
In other areas of the curriculum, we have looked at why we as humans need exercise in Science, human and physical features around the world in Geography, moving in different pathways in PE and following a beat and rhythm in Music.
A very busy week indeed!
Week beginning 6th November
In the Year Two classroom this week, we have been focusing on Charlie Bucket and we have written a character description about him. We have amazed Miss Struggles by how much we have remembered about him from the film and the story, albeit some facts recalled were a little fictional.
We have continued to use our sweet shop when receiving gold awards, but we have now moved our learning onto division and, again, we have remembered a lot from Year One. We now have to use the unstructured number line to aid our workings, but this skill will continue to be mastered in the upcoming weeks.
On Tuesday, we also had the pleasure of taking part in a road safety walk around our local area with Carole Hatt. We found out what the road signs meant in our local area and consolidated our previous knowledge on how to be safe when walking near busy roads. This was fun but also something we took very seriously.
Week beginning 16th October
In Year 2 this week, we have been continuing to look at the book ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ and have been writing a letter to Duncan from all the crayons, as he hadn’t responded to their individual letters.
In Maths, we have been looking at multiplication/division and showing these using arrays. This has been tricky, but we have been persevering and we are starting to understand it a little more now. We have also been checking our understanding of other calculations, to make sure that we haven’t forgotten our previous learning.
In other areas of the curriculum we have been learning about the different food groups and thinking about what a healthy plate of food would look like, but then challenging ourselves further by explaining why our plates are healthy.
It has been a fantastic first term. Well done everyone!
Week beginning 9th October
In Year 2 this week, we have been looking at the book ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ and have been taking part in some hot seating activities as if we were the crayons! It was really funny when Miss Struggles pretended to be the peach crayon!
In Maths, we have been learning to tell the time on an analogue and digital clock. We focused our learning on o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to the hour. We have cracked it on the analogue clock and now need to keep working on the digital clock. Please practise this together at home whenever you can.
Mr Parker has been impressed with our football skills, especially our control over the ball. We think this is because Miss Struggles is such a huge football fan.
We cannot believe how quickly this term is going, but we will make sure next week is just as good, if not better.
Week beginning 2nd October
In Year Two this week, we have been writing a narrative based on a picture Miss Struggles found on Pobble, a website full of amazing images. The photograph that we used on this occasion was of a secluded beach. We created a story map to help aid our writing but we only did part of it together, we then had to do the rest independently. Throughout the week we used our story maps to change our pictures into words and what a great job of this we did.
In Maths, we have been looking at multiplication and repeated addition. We have moved our learning on to using the number line to help solve multiplication problems and we even went on to further develop our skills by solving some pretty tricky problems. In the words of one of class, ‘This week has been awesome, I love Year 2!’
We hope this continues throughout the year and carry on impressing our adults with our amazing work, great attitude and enthusiasm for learning.
Week beginning 25th September
In Year Two this week, we have been looking at expanded noun phrases and ensuring that we had included 2 adjectives (with a comma in between them) before the noun. We have used pictures to help aid our writing and have focused on the picture of a glass house. The children came up with lots of different nouns and then we slowly developed our writing to include adjectives and then a determiner. As a challenge we went onto extending our expanded noun phrases further by making them into full sentences.
In Maths, we have been looking at subtraction, mainly on the unstructured number line, and have been using tens and ones to help us subtract. We need to remember that when we take away we start from the other side and count back - we need to make sure we are counting carefully.
In other areas of the curriculum, we have been dancing to Mamma Mia, using our football skills to dribble and control a ball, creating new devices to program on Learn Code and also sorting human and physical features. No wonder we are tired this week!
Week beginning 18th September
In Year Two this week we have been looking at different types of sentences (statements, commands, questions and exclamations). We have been thinking about when best to use them and trying to identify them in a crowd, like Where’s Wally?
In Maths, we have been looking at place value and we have been partitioning 2-digit numbers into tens and ones showing different combinations. This has been fun as we having been playing our place value loop card game. At the start of the week it took us nearly 8 minutes to complete it (bearing in mind this is the first time we have done this type of game) but by the end of the week we had nailed it and got our time down to 5 minutes.
We have also organised and performed a Science experiment with our parents and grandparents. We all took part in a range of activities and recorded our results and then collated them as a class at the end. It was so much fun and even our parents and grandparents enjoyed the activities.
What an amazing week!
Week beginning 11th September
We have been continuing to write about ourselves under the headings, ‘Likes and Dislikes’ and ‘Future Dreams’. Some of these were interesting! We have looked at addition in Maths and have reminded ourselves about the unstructured number line. We did amazing and have taken our learning on to solving problems using the new technique ‘Bar Models.’ What an awesome class we are!
We have loved our PE session with our new coaches from JB Coaching and Miss Struggles is really enjoying being back in Music where she can let her hair down and dance. How funny!
Week beginning 4th September
It’s been our first week in Year Two and it has been jam packed with learning. We have been writing about ourselves and will be continuing this next week. Our aim is to have a non-chronological report all about us. We have looked at the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction and writing down all the ways that we can make calculations with 3 numbers. Some of us have taken to this, like ducks to water! Art has been strange this week as we have been drawing self-portraits but in the style of Picasso. How weird!
This term is going to be amazing and we are looking forward to the journey.