This year you will be taught by Miss Baker and Mrs Garfen.
We are really looking forward to an exciting year ahead working with all of you. We will be using the blog to keep you updated on what we have been doing in class and school. This is also a place where you will be able to find information such as any school trips and/or upcoming events.
Your child's reading book will be changed weekly. Below are the groups and the days the children's books will be changed. The children know their groups.
Monday - Roald Dahl
Tuesday - David Walliams
Wednesday - Enid Blyton
Thursday - Anthony Horowitz
Friday - Jacqueline Wilson
It is very important that your child brings in their reading book to be changed on the correct day so that they can have a variety of exciting and interesting books to read. Thank you for your continued support.
Homework is due on Wednesdays and given out on Fridays.
Please make sure you are signing your child's reading record at least 3 times per week.
W/B - 12.03.18
Maths - We have been learning to split arrays and represent them as a cherry model to multiply.
As the children became more confident throughout the week, we interpreted pictorial representations that would lead to using multiplication facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables.
Topic - As we come to the end of our Monarch themed topic, we have been looking at the various clothes and styles that have existed throughout the years. We especially liked discussing what we wear now as opposed to what people wore 200 years ago!
English - Luckily our knowledge of newspaper reports allowed us to write up all about the dinosaur bones that we have discovered.
Science - We collected frog spawn from the pond and look forward to examining it to watch it grow.
This morning we received a letter from Hertfordshire County Council's Chief Archaeologist. He has confirmed that the bones we found yesterday are the remains of dinosaurs, namely an infant Tyrannosaurus Rex and a Velociraptor! Please see the photo below for a copy of the letter.
A Strange Discovery...
Today we made a very strange discovery when out observing different habitats in the school garden. We found a collection of bones! We are waiting to hear back from the Hertfordshire archaeologist to see what these may be and will update you in due course. (See below for photos of our discovery, maybe you have some ideas what they could be?)
Week beginning 26.02.18
English – We have continued to explore the story Meerkat Mail. This week we have combined all our knowledge of story writing together with the facts about Meerkats and London that we found out last week and have written our own fantastic stories about the adventures of Sunny the Meerkat. The children have worked very hard to independently use dictionaries and thesauruses to improve their work further.
Maths – This week in maths we have been recapping on the 2, 3, 5, and 10 x tables. We have noticed patterns in these x tables and have been talking to our learning partners about using multiplication facts to solve simple problems. Some of us have challenged ourselves further by making deductions outside known multiplication facts.
Topic - We are continuing our work on The British Monarchy. We have learnt about the Royal family, who they are and what their roles are and how they are all related. We also looked at Kings and Queens dating back to the 17th century and ordered them on a timeline.
Week beginning 19.02.18
English – We have started a new book called Meerkat Mail. We enjoyed this book as it is full of puns and postcards. We began the week using the ipads and QR codes to research Meerkats and the Kalahari Desert. We then worked with partners and spent a few days transferring our facts on to a PowerPoint presentation (photos below). We learnt how to edit the PowerPoint presentation, add photos and make it engaging for the reader. We have also made and written postcards this week and look forward to continuing work on the book next week.
Maths – We have been hard at work learning to double and halve 2 digit numbers. Once we were confident with x and ÷ by 2, we applied this knowledge to doubling and halving with money. We also applied the strategies to money word problems. Some of us challenged ourselves by solving money word problems involving more than one step.
W/B - 29.01.18
This week in maths we have been learning to tell the time including quarter past and quarter to times. The children have also had a lot of fun estimating time. They chose an activity (e.g. 5 sit ups), estimated how many seconds it would take, timed the actual activity using a stopwatch and then calculated the difference between the two times. Photos below.
In English, we have been looking at shape poetry also known as Calligrams and we look forward to writing these up in best to display around our classroom.
We have enjoyed our grammar lessons in English this week and have recapped and learned many new grammar skills which we can now apply to our work. These include suffixes, subordinating clauses, punctuation and past and present. Wow – we have been busy!
In Geography we used our senses to think about the differences between a countryside and city landscape. We had fun practising our ruler and cutting skills to create a night time city landscape and a day time countryside landscape.
Maths - Next week we are looking forward to practising telling the time.
W/B - 15.01.18
English - We have written to Judith Kerr this week explaining to her how we have written our own version of her story and the children enjoyed thinking of questions to ask her. Some of these letters will be displayed in the school hall.
Maths - We have been drawing subtraction calculations in expanded form and also learning to subtract 2 digit numbers.
Guided reading - We have begun to use thesauruses and dictionaries more independently to search for correct spellings and find more interesting words to use in our writing.
Geography - As well as learning the 7 continents (see video), we have also been researching the countries in the United Kingdom.
Science - Experiments!! (photos to follow soon...)
W/B - 8.01.18
Maths - We have been regrouping addition sums and then working the sum out in an expanded addition frame. Our practise drawing addition sums pictorially will help us with subtraction sums next week.
English - We have planned and written up our own version of the story 'The crocodile under the bed'. We changed the animal under the bed and designed some rides that the main character could go on.
Geography - We used an Atlas, a world map, globes and google maps to locate continents, oceans and countries in the world. We used this song to help us remember the 7 continents. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6DSMZ8b3LE
We have had a busy first few days back...
This week we have been focusing on statistics. The children particularly enjoyed completing their own class surveys, and then using this information to create their own block graphs. They have requested that we share the following website with you so they can make their own black graphs at home!
We have started a new book 'The Crocodile Under the Bed'. We have learnt the story map and acted the story out. We have also sequenced the story and identified punctuation used in the book. Next week we will start to write our own version of the story.
This term we will be focusing on our new science top of Everyday Materials. We have asked the children what they know already about materials and what they would like to find out? We have started work on identifying the properties of different materials.
Week beginning 27.11.17
English - We have enjoyed writing a recount of our trip to the science museum. We spoke about what we did using the time conjunctions 'first, next, then, after and finally'. Then we planned our recount in note form using bullet points and we finally wrote our recounts in full of the day. We enjoyed adding personal comments also to say what we liked most about the trip. Maths - We have continued to practice money; giving change and solving money word problems. We are becoming much more confident when working with money!
After a few intense rounds, we are happy to announce that Joshua and Freya are going through to the next round of the Geo-a-thon! Mazel Tov! A massive WELL DONE to the runners up; Ruby, Ethan Z, Nathan, Harry, Kitty and Daisy who also excelled with their knowledge of capital cities and continents. Well done to all the children who took part, we are very proud of all your hard work.
Week beginning 20th November -
In anticipation of our visit to the Science museum next week, this week in English we have been learning a story about a boy who wanted to go to space to catch a star. The children have enjoyed learning the story through a story map (and i'm sure they would love to retell you the story at home!). After learning the story and acting it out, we used a story mountain to plan the beginning, middle and end of the story. We thought we would challenge ourselves by changing the middle of the story and the children came up with some brilliant and imaginative ideas:
Jonah - 'the boy could call Spider-man to catch the star'
Evie - 'the boy could climb a rainbow to catch the star'
Daisy - 'the boy could jump on a trampoline to catch the star'
Danny - 'the boy could be fired out of a cannon to catch the star!'
Sammy - 'the boy could kick a football to knock the star down... but the corner of the star might pop the football!'
We can't wait to write our stories up in best next week!
In maths, we have been focusing on money; recognising coins, looking at different combinations of coins that make the same amount and solving addition and subtraction word problems involving money. So, when you are at the shops this weekend, encourage your child to find the coins you need, help work out the total and even estimate the correct amount of change needed. After all, 'the best way to learn is by doing'.
Year 6 Activity
We had a fantastic morning with Year 6 who had planned some great activities for the children. These included a ping pong game and a teamwork challenge where we built towers using tape and newspaper. We don't know who had more fun the teachers or the children!
Anti-Bullying Art Activity
As part of anti-bullying week the children created a mini art canvas for a friend that they might not normally play with in the class. First they discussed their interests with their friends. Then they drew out their designs in pencil before painting them. We will be sending these home for you to keep.
Week beginning 13th November.
We are very excited to share all that we have done during Anti-bullying week this week. Watch this space...
Week beginning - 6th November
This week in English we have been writing our own non-fiction texts. After learning about the different features of non-fiction texts and researching Great White Sharks, we wrote an exciting explanation text full of weird and wonderful facts. We also collected new vocabulary from labelling a picture of a shark as well as exploring flow charts to show a process; for example, how a shark eats.
In Maths, we enjoyed learning a new technique using Cuisenaire rods.The technique was called the Part-whole model and we found out how it was especially useful when working out maths problems. The Part-whole model helped us to identify the ‘inverse’ which is the operation that reverses the effect of another operation; e.g. 5+2=7, 7-2=5. You can use the Cuisenaire rods at home with your child to find inverse operations using this link - https://nrich.maths.org/content/id/4348/cuisenaire.swf
Week beginning 30th October 2017
Topic - Explorers!
This week we made Bear Grylls survival kits. We discussed all the objects that we would need in our survival kits. Then we used a ruler to draw the objects and we cut them out and added detail. When all the objects were in the survival kits, we became real explorers and hunted for leaves and grass to decorate our kits.
Week Beginning 16.10.17
This week we have been continuing with our Science topic focusing on growth and survival, linked to our topic of explorers.The children have been learning about 'basic needs' as the essential things we need to survive. We have been applying this knowledge to making a 'pet fact file' of how to care for a particular pet, thinking about essential and non essential needs. The children used a qr code and scanner to take them to a specific website to find out facts about their chosen pet.
This week the children have been continuing their work on Rapunzel and writing up their own versions of the story. We have been amazed at their creativity in the new characters they have chosen to rescue Rapunzel including:
Kitty - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs stacking on top of each other to reach Rapunzel.
Ilana - A wizard with an invisibility cape.
Evie- Rapunzel's mother and father.
Nathan- A giant who was wandering through the forest.
We have been particularly proud of the children applying what they have learnt in the build up to writing their own story. They have all worked so hard to include adjectives and conjunctions in their writing, and as a result had 5 minutes extra break as a reward!
This week the children have focused on regrouping and bridging 10 for addition and subtraction calculations. They have all been using the 'think 10' strategy when regrouping their numbers. Please see the attached PowerPoint from our 'They didn't do it like that in my day' maths workshop, for a more detailed explanation of the strategies used in year 2.
Week Beginning 09.10.17
This week we are preparing to write our own traditional tale based on the story of Rapunzel. We used a story map to learn the story, and then we decided to make some changes to one section of the story. We decided to change who rescues Rapunzel from the tower and the children all came up with their own ideas to use in their version of the story.
Please see our story map below and ask your child to act it out for you.
This week the children have been focusing on how to partition 2 digit numbers in different ways. They have been doing this using our base 10 equipment.
We hope you will join us for our 'They didn't do it like that in my day' maths evening. Where we will be showing you how you can support your child with the different strategies we use to teach maths at school.
Last week we completed our first science experiment. We investigated the question...
'Do humans run faster as they get older?'
We predicted that humans would start running slowly (when they were toddlers), get faster and finally slow down (as they became elderly).
We had great fun testing our prediction by asking different people to run and timing them.
We even got to time Mrs Cohen and Mr Conway!
We found out that Mr Conway was the fastest runner and our nursery child was the slowest.
We had great fun!
Wow...what a week! We have been really busy in Year 2! In English they have enjoyed exploring two versions of Rapunzel in our new topic 'Fairy Stories'. They re-enacted the traditional version, trying to include interesting adjectives and time words, and they will be working towards writing their own Fairy Story.
The class loved making their own Explorer hats and binoculars in DT. They worked well in pairs, supporting each other to create tabs and stick the different parts of their hats together.
Pictures to follow next week!
Shabbat Shalom and wishing you well over the fast.
The Year 2 team
Welcome to the new Year 2 page!
We’ve had a great first week back! We’ve been spending time getting to know each other and thinking about how we want our class to be. The children have enjoyed taking on responsibilities within the class room and they have been working together to keep their equipment and the classroom organised.
The children have especially loved the work based on Roald Dahl’s ‘The Twits’ – We apologise if they are inspired by Mr and Mrs Twit and start playing tricks on you this weekend!
We have given out reading books and reading records today. Please ensure that they bring their books in to school every day, particularly on their book changing day.
They will be given Home Learning books next week. We’re sure they’ll need a good rest this weekend after a tiring first week back!
The Year 2 team