PE is on a Tuesday. Please can you ensure that your child's school uniform, coat, PE kit and PE bag is clearly labelled with their name.
Please can your child bring their book bag to school everyday as we don't have a set day for reading. Your child will bring home a reading book. Please feel free to write any comments about how they got on in the reading diary.
Your child can bring water into school in a water bottle with a sports cap. The bottles need to be labelled with your child's name.
This half term our topic is 'Houses and Homes'.
This term our topic is 'Traditional tales'
This half term our topic is 'Forest hunters'
This half term our topic is 'Treasure island'
This half term our topic is 'Our School' and lots of revision for the up and coming SAT's
Upcoming dates this half term:
Tuesday 23rd April - Back to school- Islam week
Thursday 25th April -After school clubs for Y2 start - (every Thursday for 5 weeks) 3.20-4.20
Tuesday 6th May - attendance treat
Friday 10th May - Inspiring others assembly
Thursday 23rd May - Outdoor learning day
Friday 24th May - finish for half term
Wednesday 5th June - Children return to school
WC Monday 10th June - Phonics screening check week.
KS1 SATs will take place in May 2019. Unlike KS2 SATs, KS1 SATs don’t have to be administered according to a nationally-set timetable in a specific week. Schools are free to manage the timetable and will aim to administer the tests in the classroom in a low-stress, low-key way; some children won’t even be aware they’ve taken them!
Please use the link below for further information or speak to your child's class teacher.
Children will be given weekly spellings to take home. They will be given them on a Monday and will be tested the following Monday. This will allow the children the chance to rehearse them at home with adult support. Children will be asked to write the words in a mixed up order to ensure the children can spell them correctly. We will send home a spelling slip to let you know how your child has scored. In September all children will be tested on the same spellings in order for us to assess each child's ability. Spellings may well change after the assessment period.
Children are required to learn their 2's, 3's, 5's and 10's times tables. We will be having lots of opportunities to do this in class using practical resources. As the year goes on children will be tested to see if they can pass the times table challenge. We will send the given set home on a Monday and again they will be tested the following week.
PE- Pirate Dance
For our PE unit we have been learning different dance movements. We linked it with our topic 'Treasure Island'. The children came up with the different moves that could be used. As a year group we performed our final dance for our parents.
At our performance we displayed our homework projects. Every child had made a treasure chest and had filled it with things that they treasure. It was a pleasure to share these special items with all our families.
RE- Other Faith- Islam
During our other faith week we looked at Islam. We found out about the importance of prayer for Muslims. As our activity we designed our own prayer mats. We looked at some real prayer mats and based our designs on them.
RE- Rejoice- Opportunities
During our theme of Opportunities, we looked at all the opportunities we have to serve others. Jesus showed us the perfect example when he died on the cross for us. We came together to reflect and remember all that we had learned. It was a time of reflection and rejoicing. We thanked God for what he had done.
RE- CAFOD- Lent
For Lent we supported the CAFOD 'Give it up' challenge. We all made a choice to give something up. The money we saved by giving something up was donated to CAFOD. This was an opportunity for us to help others. To remind us about our promise we all made a fish. We added our promise to it and they were all displayed on the corridor. Here we are pointing to our promises.
RE- Palm Sunday
In our RE lesson, we looked at the first event during Holy Week. This was Palm Sunday, when Jesus rode the donkey. We talked about how Jesus was welcomed into Nazareth by the crowds. The people were shouting 'Hosanna' and they lay their coats on the ground. People pulled palm leaves from the trees and waved them. As a group we acted out the story. We made our own palm leaves to wave.
Maths- Using arrays.
To help us with our multiplication we have also looked at using arrays. Arrays have helped us see the different groups. It has helped us work out the inverse and answer our multiplication questions. Here are some of our arrays.
Art- Georgia O'Keeffe
The artist that we looked at was Georgia O'Keeffe. We looked at her pieces of artwork. As an artist she liked to paint flowers. We looked at the keywords shade and tone. This is the skill that we would use when painting like her. On our tables we had real flowers to paint. We used white and black to change our colours.
During our PSHE lesson we carried out different activities to help us relax. We spent time reading books, watching a movie and having a lie down. All these activities were to help us relax. We then ordered different scenarios in order of their relaxation level.
At the end of our 'Thanksgiving' theme we gathered together to remember and rejoice. We thought about all the things we are thankful for and the many blessings we receive daily. Thank you cards were given to people we wanted to thank. Our go forth was to take a butterfly. The butterfly reminded us to be thankful to God.
Maths- Repeated addition
We have been looking at multiplication in our maths work. We know lots of different ways to solve the problems. One way we have looked at is repeated addition. We used this method to answer the questions.
British Sign Language
Year 2 have been very fortunate to have the opportunity to learn sign language. The children have worked with Ashley and James to develop their awareness of deafness. Each session the children learn a new way to sign. They can sign their name, colours, animals and food and drinks. The children also have learnt 3 different songs that we performed to parents at the end. Everybody gave positive feedback and the children have loved every session. We are sad it has come to an end.
Design Technology- Sliders and Levers
Our DT project was to create a slider or a lever on a treasure island themed background. In order to complete this we had to investigate the different types of sliders and levers that we could create. Market research allowed us to gain a better understanding of this. Designing was the next stage when we created two designs and chose our final design. We then had to use a range of skills to make our slider or lever. At the end we evaluated our work and looked at what we might have changed.
Our science topic has been to look at plants. We have looked at what a plant needs to survive. For our investigation we looked at the best conditions for a plant to grow. The plant that had the tallest stem was the one that had the best conditions. We made predictions about what we thought might happen. Over three weeks we monitored the progress of our plants and recorded them in a diary.
In our English lessons we have been looking at 'Journey Stories'. We have used the author Jill Murphy and her many stories. We started by reading lots of her books. As a class we imitated the text 'Peace at Last'. Our next task is to change the story to be our own Journey Story.
For our RSE lesson we had a special visitor come in to speak to us. PC Jade our community police officer came in to tell us about her role in our community. We asked lots of questions and recognised the positive impact she has. At the end of our lesson we had a quiet reflection time and said a prayer.
Year 2 spent the afternoon outside. This was to help us discover more about our outside environment. We had lots of fun going on a forest hunt. We found lots of creatures living outside and we even had the opportunity to go in the mud! At the end of our time we all planted a sunflower seed. We are going to watch it grow and then use our sunflowers to link in with our maths work.
This unit of Maths work is based on Number. We will be counting in 2's, 3's,5's and 10's. We will look at the value of numbers and odd and even numbers. Children in 2H will enjoy learning to write, read and record numbers as numerals and as words.
This unit of English is based on producing our own calligram poems. We will be looking at the features of a poem and we will be enriching our vocabulary with lots of new words.
RE- New Beginnings
Through this theme we will explore how we feel when we make a new start.Children will have the opportunity to look at how the world began. The children will look at prayers and bible readings linked to the story of creation.
Science-Living things and their habitats
During this unit of work we will explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive.
Geography- Physical and human features
Here the children will be given opportunities to use geographical vocabulary to refer to key physical features including beach, coast, forest, hill, mountain and valley. They will develop their language of key human features including city, town, village and factory. The children will go on a local walk to explore their local environment and will enjoy a day at Crosby beach where they will see lots of the physical features.
PE- Team games
Children will develop simple tactics for attacking and defending.