Year 2 are pioneers!

Happy New Year! We are really pleased with how the children have come back to school and are eager to learn. We hope you found the reports helpful and we look forward to seeing you at our parents’ evenings later this half term or early next half term.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We started our exciting new topic about ‘Pioneers’ by looking at the fictional ‘pioneer’ of Mr Willy Wonka from Roald Dahl’s ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, and linking this with our science topic on healthy eating. Yesterday, we began our history topic with a big reveal from a mystery suitcase. We used the clues to discover facts about Florence Nightingale, and over this half term we will be considering her’s and Mary Secole’s contribution to modern day nursing. We are sending our knowledge organiser home today so please feel free to use this and talk to your children about what they are learning.

Our project outcome for this half term will culminate in a healthy eating recipe book, linked with healthy eating in science. We will be using our instruction writing in English to write our recipes and will pick our favourites to make during our Food Technology lessons. To help answer our key question: ‘What could my mission be?’, we will be publishing our recipes into a book, Each class will also pick a charity to support and ask for a small donation to buy our super recipe books. This will help them to learn about ways to make a difference by being ‘pioneers’ of change. We anticipate having these exciting recipe books ready for purchase just after half term. 

On Friday, we will be sending homework to write a recipe for your favourite healthy snack. We would appreciate you talking to your child about healthy choices and supporting them with writing simple instructions to make this. Please be as creative as you like, but remember to keep it healthy!

As ever, please feel free to pop in if you have any questions or queries. 

The Year 2 Team

 

 

Thank you and Project Outcome Event

Thank you all for coming to our Christmas Nativity ‘Hey Ewe’. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. We are so proud of all of your children. They worked extremely hard with their singing, playing and performing and behaved wonderfully. We hope it has put you all in the festive spirit.

We would also like to remind you that we have our project outcome for our ‘Fantastic Explorers’ Topic this week on Tuesday 17th December. This will be held in your child’s classroom as a 10 minute drop in session between 8.30am-9am. The children would like to share with you some of the art work that they have completed and carry out a short quiz based on their explorers topic to show you what they have learnt. We appreciate that time is precious at the moment, and that many of you have already taken time out of work to come and see one of our performances, so we have deliberately kept this as a low key event. Whilst it would be lovely to see you, we will completely understand if you are unable to make it and you can rest assured that the art work that we share will eventually come home for you to enjoy.

 

We would also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We hope you all enjoy the holidays and your celebrations. We thank you and your children for the super term that we have had and look forward to welcoming them back for further exciting topics in 2020!

 

The Year 2 Team

 

Space Day Fun on Wednesday 20th November

             

Just a quick reminder that we have our Space Day on Wednesday this week (20th November). The children are welcome to come in non-uniform (or any space related clothes if they have them). We will spend some time at the beginning of the day making space themed hats and accessories. Please don’t send children in any special clothes as we will being doing lots of art based activities during the day (including paper and paste), and whilst we will wear aprons, we wouldn’t wish the children to ruin any clothes that are special to them or you. Thank you for all of the bottles and newspapers you have sent in. Please keep sending in any newspapers as we get through lots when we are doing our paper and paste.

 

On Friday, we gave out parts for our Christmas Nativity, which we are all very excited about. We will begin our rehearsals on Monday this week, so if your child came home with lines to learn then we would really appreciate your support in helping them to learn them. We asked the children what roles they would like to do and have tried our best to match parts according to what they said, but as I’m sure you can appreciate, with 90 children it can be tricky to get this spot on for each child. If you have any concerns, please speak to your class teacher. We will aim to get costume letters home to you by Friday. We do have some costumes in school for key nativity characters and we will let you know if this applies to your child’s part.

 

Homework was also given out on Friday and is due in on Friday 22nd November. We send this homework home every two weeks, but children are encouraged to continue using RockStar Timestables every week and to practise their spellings each week. A number of children are missing their homework books in each class. If you could double check at home for these then that would be helpful.

 

As I’m sure you are aware, we have made a few changes to our reading scheme. Each child should now be bringing two individual reading books home and a library book each week. The Oxford Reading Tree Book will be the book that your child reads with an adult in class and this will then be exchanged for another book from the scheme. The Big Cat book that they bring home may be swapped on a daily basis. We would like to encourage you to read as much as you can with/and to your children at home. It really makes a substantial difference to their learning and academic progress, as-well as instilling a life-long love of reading. It really is one of the most important things you can do for your child and is lots of fun too!

 

We look forward to seeing you at one of our Christmas Performances on 9th, 10th & 11th December. We would also like to invite you into classes as you drop off your children on Tuesday 17th December (8.30am-9am) so that the children can share some of their learning about space and ‘Fantastic Explorers’ as part of our project outcome.

 

Thank you. Please pop and see us if you have any questions.

The Year 2 Team

 

Year 2 Update

Year 2 have had lots of fun across this half term and have produced some amazing art work linked with our Great Fire of London History topic. Recently, they enjoyed looking at how St. Paul’s Cathedral changed after being rebuilt following the fire. They really looked closely at the fine detail to create their pen sketches.

 

In the last week of term, we worked on developing our skills of persuasion and concluded our work by writing a persuasive letter to Mr Applegate to ask to have a space day linked with our learning about Neil Armstrong in Autumn 2. We’re delighted to say that they succeeded and we will have our Space Day on Wednesday 20th November. Whilst the children are welcome to come in space outfits on this day, they have written in their letters to Mr Applegate that they will make their own costumes as part of our space themed activities, so please remind them to this. We would like them to come in wearing a coloured t-shirt but we will make head-dresses and accessories during the day, so there should be no extra expense to you. 

We also ask that each child brings in a used and washed 2L drinks bottle (with a lid) into school during the first week as we will be using these to create a fantastic space rocket. If you have any newspapers that you no longer need then we would be grateful for those too as we will be using them for paper and paste. 

We enjoyed seeing you all at our recent parents’ evenings and look forward to another exciting half term.

The Year 2 team

 

 

Fire! Fire!

 

Year 2 have been having lots of fun learning about the Great Fire of London. We’ve used the 5 W’s of Newspaper reporting (Who, Where, What, When, Why) to find out all of the key facts about how the fire started and why it spread so quickly. We’ve used these facts to write some amazing newspaper reports that you will be able to see in their books when you visit us on parent’s evening. Do use the Knowledge Organiser that we sent home to test your child on the facts. We’re sure you’ll be surprised about how much they now know.

We’re currently investigating fire safety in our school to help the children understand that fire safety has hugely improved since the Great Fire of London.

 

The children are also excited because we have introduced Times tables RockStars today. They will be coming home with their login details tomorrow. These will be inside their homework books. When they log in they will be able to create their own avatar and then will complete a short skills test game called the ‘Gig’. This may contain some challenging questions that your children will probably not currently be able to do. Please don’t worry about this. This is used to create a baseline to show how your child improves with their mental maths skills throughout their school career. The children will then be able to access our year group section of RockStars where they will be able to develop their skills with their 2 times tables. If you have any questions, please pop in and speak to your class teacher.

 

We look forward to seeing you all at one of our parent’s evenings.

Year 2 Team

 

Welcome to Year 2!

Hello and welcome to Year 2!

We are really pleased with how well the children are coming into school and how quickly they are settling into the new term. We are enjoying getting to know the children and are already excited about our new topic of ‘Everyday Heroes’ where we have started our learning using the adventures of the hero, Traction Man, from the books of Mini Grey.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to our Curriculum Morning next week, Thursday 19th September, between 9am and 10am. We will give you a brief overview of the Year 2 Curriculum followed by a focus on Maths; where you will be invited into the classroom to join the children in their Maths activity. We hope to see you there but if you can’t make it there is also a Year 1/2 Curriculum Evening between 6.30pm and 7.15pm on Wednesday 18th September.

 

Our PE days are Tuesday and Wednesday. Please make sure that PE kits are in school on a Monday morning.

 

We look forward to getting to know all of you over the coming weeks. Please come and see us if we can help in any way.

 

Year 2 Team

Mrs Rosso, Miss Burgess, Miss Tamblyn