Welcome to Year 2

Spring 2 Week 3

Year 2 have been working hard on their Geographical skills this week. They have recapped the 7 continents of the world and sang a song to remind them! They then learnt about the UK and they identified the four countries within it, as well as their capital cities. They used an atlas in pairs to identify these areas and label them on a blank map of the UK.

 

In P:E they practised their co-ordination skills by catching a ball from a partner which was passed to them via a tennis racket.

I have been testing the children on their times tables facts and there is still lots more practice to be done! Knowing their times tables means recalling them without hesitation or the need to work them out! Please encourage your child to chant them daily whenever they get the opportunity e.g. in the car or walking to school etc. This is an invaluable bit of rote learning! If your child is confident at recalling their facts for the 2,5 and 10 times tables, please get them to learn the other related facts e.g. 2×5=10/5×2=10/10 divided by 2=5 / 10 divided by 5 = 2. 

Also, 9 children were awarded reading raffle tickets for reading the minimum of 3 times a week at home. This is not enough! The expectation for Year 2 children is that they read 90 words per minute! This means reading without sounding out and with fluency. Please ensure they are reading daily!

Thank you for your continued support.

Have a brilliant weekend. 🙂

Miss Clifton.

Spring 2 Week 2

Year 2 have continued their fraction learning. They have learnt the terminology; numerator and denominator and have begun using them when solving fraction calculations e.g. 1/4 of 16 or 3/4 of 12 etc. They have learned that the denominator (bottom part of the fraction) tells us how many equal parts to divide our whole into whilst the numerator (top part of the fraction) tells us how many parts to count.

In Literacy, the children have consolidated their historical learning on Florence Nightingale by writing their own biographies about her. They were given facts in note form to support them but they had to create their own sentences and try joining more than one fact together using conjunctions such as and or but.

How can you help at home? 

Give your child two simple sentences and ask them which conjunction could join them to make one detailed sentence (compound sentence). Example: I ate my lunch. It tasted vile. This becomes; I ate my lunch but it tasted vile. Both simple sentences (main clauses) are of equal weight within the sentence and they both make sense on their own. However they can be joined by the conjunction ‘but’ to show contrast. 

The spelling homework this week contains Common Exception Words as many of the children are still struggling to spell them by rote. These are words that MUST be learnt by heart and it is expected that the children know how to spell them. Common mistakes from the Year 1 list are ‘were’ and ‘where’ and knowing the difference between the two.

See you next week!

Miss Clifton

P.S. Apologies for the lack of photos this week!

 

Spring 2 Week 1

This week the children were introduced to fractions and their notation i.e. 1/2 and 1/4. They have learned that a fraction is an equal part of a whole. They have found fractions of shapes, objects and are beginning to find fractions of quantities by using the division ‘sharing method’.

We were privileged enough to have a visit from Karen Gee and Dodger Dog which the children absolutely loved! He was a softie!

In Science, the children sorted pictures of things that are dead, things that are alive and things that were alive but are now dead.

In Literacy, the children looked and biography writing as a non-fiction style and learnt the main features e.g. heading, sub-headings, image, caption, paragraphs etc. They matched topic vocabulary (about Florence Nightingale) with their correct definitions as they will be writing their own biography on Florence next Tuesday. They have planned their heading and sub-headings!

 

Miss Clifton 🙂

 

 

 

 

Spring 1 Week 6

Half Term is here and it is well deserved! The children have worked really hard this half term and need a good rest!

Here are some pictures from the week:

HALF TERM HOME LEARNING:

All the children must learn their 2, 5 and 10 times tables off by heart i.e. without having to work them out! This is the best way to recall them quickly and accurately, provided they learn them well! 

I have given them a sheet to help them practise. They can chant or sing them. In order to truly be able to recall their times tables, they should be able to say them without hesitation in any order. I will be testing them in Spring 2!

Have a happy half term! 🙂

Miss Clifton

 

 

 

 

 

Spring 1 Week 5

This week in Year Two, the children have been planning their own ‘journey’ tales’ in Literacy. They are focusing on writing descriptively through the use of adjectives, adverbs, similes and lots more! It is great to hear the children expressing ideas for phrases from reading they have done in class. This shows the value of reading in order to become a  good writer!

In History, the children role played a Victorian hospital scene vs a Modern hospital scene. They really enjoyed it and went on to write about hospital conditions in both time periods. They used topic words such as; nowadays, in those days, unhygienic, hygienic, sanitary, unsanitary, wounds etc.

In Maths, the children have been exploring possibilities through the use of a range of operations (+, -, x). They consolidated their understanding of ‘sharing’ as a method for division and will be moving onto ‘grouping’ next week.

In P:E the children have been practising their jumping and balance skills with Coach Gill.

Please note that we have started a reading reward system as a school. This is to raise the profile of reading as it is vital for every child’s progress across all subjects! One of the main ways they can receive a raffle ticket (to be in with a chance of winning a free book!) is by reading to an adult at home (the adult must record this in the reading record) at least 3 times a week! This doesn’t mean the book needs to be finished each day of course! However, please record the date and which pages were read to an adult. 🙂                                                                                                       Happy Reading!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Miss Clifton 🙂