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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2

 

Our teachers:

Cyan Class: Alastair

Turquoise Class: Kelly & Liz

Helen (Cover Supervisor)

 

Our Class:

Year 2 is when children blossom and grow as independent learners. Through our  topics of Heroes and Heroines, An Eye on London and Rainforests the children explore all areas of the curriculum.

 

There are a number of class trips throughout the year to support and inspire our learning outside of the classroom. During the summer term the children have the opportunity to go on a mini school journey. This is a fabulous time for everyone involved as the children experience different activities and get to showcase their talents.

 

PE

Outdoor PE - Tuesdays

Indoor PE - Wednesdays

Turquoise Class Assembly Friday 6th December 2019

 

Please join us to celebrate our learning at our class assembly which will start at 9:10 this Friday.

Christmas Nativity Play

 

Please make sure your child learns their lines for the play.  The script is below.

Your child will need black trousers/leggings and a plain white top for the show.

 

 

Friday 29th November 2019

 

Maths: This week, we have started to learn about multiplication.  We began by putting objects into equal groups and counting the groups.  Then we introduced repeated addition.  Turquoise class have also introduced the multiplication symbol (Cyan class are a lesson behind due to class assembly practice and will introduce the multiplication symbol on Monday).

 

For example:

 

 

There are 4 equal groups with 3 in each group.

There are four 3s.

3 + 3 + 3 + 3 = 12

4 x 3 = 12

 

English:  In English, we have finished reading 'The Snow Queen'.  The children have identified similes and started retelling the story in their own words using descriptive language.

 

Spellings:

 

'le' or 'el' 

 

Rule: el comes after m, n, r, s, v and w

         le after an ascender or descender

 

stable

bubble

cuddle

pebble

bottle

table

tunnel

camel

squirrel

quarrel

 

These spellings will be tested on Thursday 5th December.

 

Please come to spelling club on Mondays from 3.30 to 3.45 pm.

 

Reading:

 

Please make sure that you read thoroughly with your child every day.  This should include asking comprehension questions to make sure they are understanding the words they are reading.

Reading books must be brought to school every day.

Picture 1

Maths trip to Tesco

Turquoise class enjoyed their trip to Tesco today to learn about money. Their challenge was to find out what they could buy for £1. Everyone enjoyed looking around the supermarket and choosing what to buy. 

Friday 22nd November 2019

 

Cyan Class Assembly: Please make sure that your child learns their part for the class assembly.  We will be practising every day next week! The script is below:

Christmas Show: Our nativity play, 'The  Angel Express', will be on Tuesday 10th December at 10 am and 2 pm.  Your child will bring a script home - can you please make sure they learn their lines.  A copy of the script is below.

To help with this production we ask that your child has the following items for the costume. If you are unsure of your child’s part in the play, then please ask us.

 

Angels – black leggings / trousers, plain white top (tinsel can be added to the top for extra sparkle)

Shepherds – black leggings / trousers

Sheep – black leggings / trousers, plain white top

Conductor – black leggings / trousers

Mary, Joseph and Kings – black leggings / trousers

Narrator – black leggings / trousers

Reader – black leggings / trousers

Donkey – black leggings / trousers, plain white top

Innkeepers – black leggings / trousers

Star – black leggings / trousers, plain white top

Maths: This week, we have carried on learning about money.  We have been working out the difference between amounts of money, and have started to learn about change and how much change is needed.

 

Next Wednesday, 27th November, we will be visiting Tesco to practise our new money skills!  It would be great if your child could bring £1 to spend.

 

English:  In English, we have started reading  a new text, 'The Snow Queen'.  We have acted out scenes and worked out what the characters are thinking.  We have learnt about expanded noun phrases and symonyms, and written a diary entry in role.

 

Spellings:

 

Verbs: adding -ing and -ed.

 

ask

hurry

reply

worry

smile

grin

bake

tiptoe

 

These spellings will be tested on Thursday 28th November.

 

Reading:

 

Please make sure that you read thoroughly with your child every day.  This should include asking comprehension questions to make sure they are understanding the words they are reading.

Reading books must be brought to school every day.

Friday 15th November 2019

 

Maths: This week, we have started learning about money.  We have been adding pence, adding pounds and have also started adding pence and pounds together.  We have been trying to make amounts of money in different ways.

 

Please practise recognising coins at home.  We will be testing children next week to see how well they know their coins!  Please make sure they understand that if a coin is copper or silver in colour, it is a pence coin.  The £1 and £2 coins are both a mix of gold and silver colours.

 

 

English:  In English, we have been creating our own versions of 'The Bear Under the Stairs', called 'The Dread Under the Bed'.  Children told their stories orally before writing in their books using descriptive language.

 

Spellings:

 

Common exception words.

 

 

 

went

when

then

what

after

come

some

something

someone

asked

 

 

These spellings will be tested on Thursday 21st November.

 

Reading:

 

Please make sure that you read thoroughly with your child every day.  This should include asking comprehension questions to make sure they are understanding the words they are reading.

Reading books must be brought to school every day.

Friday 8th November 2019

 

Year 2 were visited by the London Fire Brigade today.  They have asked us to share this information with all children and parents about how you can get a free home fire safety visit, including fitting a free smoke alarm where needed.

 

 

 

Maths: This week, we have been carrying on adding and subtracting, including exchanging across ten.  We have used Dienes to support us.

 

English:  In English, we have been looking at the Bear Under the Stairs in more detail and have made a story mountain.  We have written our own class versions of the story.  The last part, we wrote ourselves in pairs.

 

Spellings:

 

Contractions – the apostrophe is placed where letters are missing

 

cannot           can’t

did not           didn’t

has not          hasn’t

could not       couldn’t

would not      wouldn’t

should not     shouldn’t

it is                it’s

I will              I’ll

 

These spellings will be tested on Thursday 14th November.

 

 

Reading:

 

Please make sure that you read thoroughly with your child every day.  This should include asking comprehension questions to make sure they are understanding the words they are reading.

Reading books must be brought to school every day.

Friday 1st November 2019

 

Maths: This week, we have been adding and subtracting, introducing the column method supported by Dienes.

 

 

 

 

English:  In English, we have started reading a new story called 'The Bear Under the Stairs'.  We have learnt about creative writing and rhyming.

 

Spellings:

 

‘dge’ or ‘ge’

 

badge

large

page

huge

bridge

sledge

hedge

stage

sponge

change

 

These spellings will be tested on Thursday 7th November.

 

 

Reading:

 

Please make sure that you read thoroughly with your child every day.  This should include asking comprehension questions to make sure they are understanding the words they are reading.

Reading books must be brought to school every day.

Friday 11th October 2019

 

Maths: This week, we have been working on comparing and ordering numbers and number sentences.

 

 

 

English:  In English, we have continued working on the features of a recount.  Following our Thames landmark walk, we have now planned our next recount ready to start writing next week.

 

Spellings:

 

Common Exception Words

 

door

floor

poor

move

prove

improve

old

cold

gold

told

were

people

 

These spellings will be tested on Thursday 17th October.

 

 

Reading:

 

Please make sure that you read thoroughly with your child every day.  This should include asking comprehension questions to make sure they are understanding the words they are reading.

Reading books must be brought to school every day.

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Parent Workshop Years 2, 3 and 4  Reading for Pleasure 

Useful websites

 

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/

https://clpe.org.uk/

Friday 13th September 2019

 

Maths: This week, we have been working on our understanding of place value, concentrating on tens and ones.

 

English:  In English, we have continued reading Paddington.  We are working on writing strategies ready to start retelling the story ourselves next week.

 

Spellings:

 

Plural spelling rule

Add es if the singular word ends in a hissing or shushing sound (x, s, ch or sh). All other words add s.

 

Please learn and use the spelling rule for these words.

 

match

box

bean

cross

trick

sound

wish

dress

name

cake

 

Reading:

 

Every child has taken home Oxford Reading tree books and their reading records.  Please make sure you read with your child each evening and that your child brings their books and reading record to school with them every day.

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