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Year 2 (The Starfish)

Week beginning 11th June 

In English, this week we have been writing a newspaper report about Mr Soucepan falling from the far away tree. I’m sure this all sounds very intriguing but it makes sense to us! We have also been challenging ourselves in Maths - we have been learning a new method ready for our journey into Y3, the expanded column addition method. As well as all of this fun, we have been practising for Sports Day and completing our hot air balloons in  our Art sessions. It’s been another very busy week and topped off with a very exciting trip to Bewilderwood today!

 

Week beginning 4th June 

In the Year Two classroom last week, we looked at the features of a newspaper article/report.  We were writing headlines and looking at the layout of a newspaper article.

In Maths, we were learning about position and rotation.  We used words like anti-clockwise, clockwise, half turn and full turn.  We have completed this practically, using the iPads and completing worksheets given to us.

In other areas of our curriculum we had an investigative afternoon where we took part in a material hunt around school (Science), practised our athletics skills (PE), compared Skegness to Africa (Geography) and designed a hot balloon (Art).

Week beginning 21st May 

In the Year Two classroom this week, we have looked at describing our setting for our worlds that we created. All of this describing will hopefully mean that we write some fantastic stories for our worlds when we return to school after half term.

 

In Maths, we have been looking at place value and partitioning numbers into different combinations of tens and ones e.g. 93 can be partitioned into 90+3, 80+13, 70+23 and so on. This has been fun as we carried this out practically first.

 

In other areas of our curriculum, we had an investigative afternoon where we took part in the ‘Cotton Wool Experiment’ (Science). This was a lot of fun and we plan to do more science experiments to get us questioning and problem solving. We also continue to practise our throwing and catching in P.E.

 

We have now completed all of our challenge papers and we are immensely proud of ourselves for trying our best and giving everything to each challenge.  Well done Year Two!

Parent Drop In 24.5.18 

What a fantastic afternoon had by both children and parents/carers for our quiz.  The parents had to answer the children's questions and the children had to answer the parent's questions.  An excellent team effort by all involved.

Sorry about being late back, but every child and parent had to know the answers and result.

 

 

Week beginning 14th May 

In the Year Two classroom this week, we have started to write a character description for one of our characters from our new world we created last week. We have been looking at the features of a character description and looked at a good example and a not so good example.

In Maths, we have been looking at money and making different combinations of an amount given and the latter part of the week we have been looking at the inverse relationship between the mathematical operations.

In other areas of our curriculum, we created a poster to inform people how to look after a plant (Science), we have taken our learning outside and collected raw materials to use in a big piece of art work on the field (Art), wrote questions that local people may have asked before and after the railway station came to Skegness (History) and worked on our team spirit when taking part in a competitive game (PE).

We are coming close to the end of our challenge papers now and we have worked really hard to impress all adults in the school. Only a couple of days left to go.

  

 

Week beginning 7th May 

In the Year Two classroom this week, we have been looking at the world we created last week at the top of the Faraway Tree and have started to plan a story for our own worlds. We have thought about characters, settings and events that could take place and have put that into a story grid to help inform our writing next week.

In Maths, we have been focusing our learning on worded problems linked with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We blew the adults shoes off when we looked at addition and subtraction, but we found multiplication and division difficult. We will persevere and become masters though soon.

In other areas of our curriculum we have continued to check on our sunflower seed and wrote observation notes on what’s happened (Science), compared three different artists and their style that they like to paint in (Art), continued with our comic strips to show the impact of the railway coming to Skegness (History), looked at giving thanks (RE) and practised our throwing and catching (PE).

We have also started our ‘Challenge Papers’ and so far we are giving it everything that we’ve got.  We will continue with them next week also and we are looking forward to it because in Year Two, we love challenges.

 

Week beginning 30th April 

In the Year Two classroom this week, we have been looking in detail at the Faraway Tree and have created a new world at the top. We have created a poster to advertise our new world to encourage people to come and visit it and wrote our sentences under headings.

In Maths, we have been focusing our learning on fractions of shape and quantity. We are starting to master the skill of fractions, but we still need more practise at applying this in different ways.

In other areas of our curriculum we have checked our sunflower seed and wrote observation notes on what’s happened (Science), practised our painting skills by painting flowers (Art), created a comic strip to show the impact of the railway coming to Skegness (History), continued to look at musical notes (Music) and had a very competitive aiming and defending game (PE).

Week beginning 23rd April 

In the Year Two classroom this week, we have been looking in detail at the Faraway Tree and writing descriptive sentences about it to help us write a sense poem. We have enjoyed reminding ourselves about the different types of words e.g. nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs.

In Maths, we have been focusing our learning on addition and subtraction but in the form of missing number problems. This is still something that we find tricky but we never give up and each day we are increasing in confidence.

In other areas of our curriculum, we have planted a sunflower seed and created an investigation that we will closely monitor over the next few weeks (Science), continued to draw a silhouette of a tree painting (Art), discussed the railway coming to Skegness (History), tried to keep our pitch correct (Music) and practised our aiming skills linked with the game of cricket (PE).

What a busy week we have had in Year Two!

 

Week beginning 16th April 

In the Year Two classroom this week, we have been reading our new class book ‘The Enchanted Wood’ and have followed a recipe to make some delicious enchanted cupcakes. After we made them we wrote our own set of instructions for Mrs Allen so that she can make them herself and know what to do.

In Maths, we have been focusing our learning on estimation (with reasoning) and telling the time to the nearest 15 minutes or the nearest 5 minutes. This has been tricky, but I think we will be masters of it soon.

In other areas of our curriculum, we have looked at why Skegness is important to us (History), what we can remember about plants (Science) and how good we are at throwing and catching (PE).

It has been a great start back in the Year Two classroom and we look forward to the weeks ahead and the learning that will be taking place.

 

Week beginning 26th March 

In the Year Two classroom this week, we have been organising our class assembly and my goodness there was a lot to choose from but we managed it.

We had lots of fun in PE as we got to push each other on some Megascoots.  Now that was exhilarating.

As a class we have been introduced to our new topic title ‘What a Wonderful World’ for terms 5 and 6 and it looks exciting. The book that we will be focusing on is The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton.  We cannot wait to find out how the adults change our classroom.

We are really proud of all of our achievements and cannot wait to show off more of our skills next term with our fabulous new topic.

 

Week beginning 19th March 

In the Year Two classroom this week, we have been writing a diary entry for George from George’s Marvellous Medicine. We had to remember what to include as Miss Struggles told us she is going to assess our writing so we have to make sure we remember everything we’ve been taught.

In Maths, we have been looking at money and although we have looked at this many times we are still finding it difficult.  Miss Struggles and our adults keep telling us to think of money as just numbers but this is proving difficult. We will continue to listen and try our best at everything given to us and we are positive that we will succeed soon.

We have also enjoyed our final PE session of the term with Mr Parker and have loved being able to go outside and have more space. PE with Mrs Kilner and Mrs Allen has also proved to be hard work and we all have red, sweaty faces at the end.

Week beginning 12th March 

In the Year Two classroom this week, we have started to create our own stories for the East Coast writing competition. Some of the titles are very creative and hopefully we will finish off our 500 words over the next few days.

In Maths, we have been looking at a range of different problems relating to time, money, fractions, measure, multiplication and division.  It has been super busy but we have persevered and given 100% effort to each challenge.

We have also enjoyed our Science, Music, PE and Art this week, and have finished off our penguin pictures.  Charcoal is fun, but very messy.

Week beginning 5th March 

In the Year Two classroom this week, we have researched our chosen animal ‘The Sloth’ and begun writing a non-fiction information text about them, including all the information we have gathered over the past few days. Sloths really are interesting.

In Maths, we have been looking at 2D and 3D shapes along with fractions of shape and numbers. It has been rather difficult as 3D shapes have been quite tricky. It’s hard to imagine what is hidden behind when on paper. We think we have started to love fractionsjust like Miss Struggles and we are getting more confident each day tackling these problems.

What is authority you may ask? Well that’s what we have been discussing in other areas of the curriculum and we have come to the conclusion that everybody sees people in different ways and that is good.

This term is going very quickly, but we are keeping up with the pace and loving learning.

 

 

Week beginning 26th February 

Well this week was a little short but in the two days we were in school we managed to finish off our character description of George and we also looked at shape.  Well done Year 2.

Week beginning 19th February 

In the Year Two classroom this week, we have begun a new book from Roald Dahl, ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’, as this term we need to investigate and be more scientific. We have focused on the character George and have written a character description of him. We have even focused our writing on presentation and we are all working towards gaining a pen licence, but that’s only if our presentation is of a consistently high standard and we are joining our letters. How tricky!

In Maths, we have been looking at measure and in particular we have been using the book to help us make some of George’s medicines for Granny. We worked as a group to use the jugs to measure each liquid ingredient. Some sounded and looked disgusting. Luckily it didn’t turn out horribly and nothing exploded.

We have taken part in our new and improved Science lessons and it was fantastic. We had a game of taboo with our topic vocabulary. This was fun and then we moved our thinking onto habitats and why certain animals need to live in particular places.

 

Week beginning 5th February 

What a week it’s been in Year 2!

This week we have written a letter in response to Christopher Columbus’ letter to his wife. We used a visual literacy to help us write it and what an amazing job we have done.

In Maths, we have looked at estimation, multiplication and division using a number line.  It’s been a busy week in Maths but again we have tried really hard and increased our own confidence in all areas.

Music has been challenging this week looking at notes in music but we persevered and did our best. P.E. was very competitive, especially between Miss Struggles and Mrs Allen, but Team Struggles won again.  A bit of healthy competition is always good.

 

Week beginning 29th January 

This week in Year 2, we have moved our learning on to looking at a letter written from Christopher Columbus to his wife. This week we have focused on the skills found in a letter so we have looked at types of sentences, proper nouns, and many other features that we see in a letter. It has actually been fun to look over the skills and master that before we apply it in our writing.

In Maths, we have started to look at missing number calculations for addition and subtraction. Now let me tell you, this has been tricky but we have persevered and not given up. We have used the inverse operation to help us solve the missing number problems. We are still working on this but we don’t mind putting in the extra work now as we will reap the benefits for our hard work later.

In other areas of the curriculum, we have continued with our bat and balls skills in PE with Mr Parker, we have looked at musical notes with Mrs Taylor in Music and we have researched animals from our first three continents in Science. What a busy week!

 

Week beginning 22nd January 

In the Year 2 classroom this week, we have continued to look at a diary entry from Christopher Columbus detailing the trials and tribulations leading up to his voyage. We then had the challenge of writing our own diary entry as if we were Christopher Columbus himself.

In Maths, we continued to explore problem solving, including 2-step problems and seeing challenges presented in a variety of different ways. We have made sure that we read the problems rather than just guessing what the problem is asking. This was tricky.

We have tried to be active this week and have taken part in numerous active literacy and numeracy activities to get our brains working. We really enjoyed the apostrophe Super Movers as well as the counting Super Movers. We are looking forward to the multiplication, exclamations and questions sessions.

 

Week beginning 15th January 

In the Year 2 classroom this week, we have looked at a diary entry from Christopher Columbus detailing the trials and tribulations leading up to his voyage. We looked at the skills involved in writing a diary entry (past tense and the use of pronouns). At the latter part of the week we then planned our own diary entry from Columbus either detailing his time at sea or when he found land.

In Maths, we have continued to look at statistics and have created our own based on Christopher Columbus’ journey. We have even linked in our counting in steps of 2, 5 and 3.

We have enjoyed starting our new Science topic ‘Living Things and their Habitats and have sorted pictures into groups to show if they are living, dead or never been alive. We were a little confused about some of the pictures, but after clarification of our misconceptions we understood where they should’ve been put.  How tricky!

I wonder what next week will bring?

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 4th January 

Yo Ho Ho Year 2, welcome back. This week we looked at Christopher Columbus and his journey around the world.

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 31.10.17 

What a surprise!  The classroom is a sweet factory. Yum! Yum!  We cannot wait to find out what we are learning about this term.

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.