Friday 15th October 2021
We have enjoyed another super week with Year 2. On Monday afternoon we all had the opportunity to plant in our Prayer Garden with the help of Mrs Norwood and are now eagerly counting the days until we are allowed to use it. We worked incredibly hard to write our own historical story based on the Great Fire of London and will be copying it onto aged paper and stamping it with a wax seal like Samuel Pepys would have done.
We have also completed construction of our Tudor houses and are very much looking forward to showing them at our showcase next week. The time of the Learning Showcase next Thursday has changed from 3pm to 2.30pm and we hope that many of you are able to come to look at books, hear about our learning and see inside the classroom.
Next week, we are going to spend time reading poetry and writing our own class poem and continuing work on ordering numbers in Maths. We will be finishing our Topic work on the Great Fire of London, our PSHCE unit on bullying and our RE topic about Jonah and the whale.
Maths: adding and subtracting 10 activity sheet- a hundred square has also been sent home so that the children can use the method we practised in class.
English: Comprehension p.4 The Owl and the Pussy-cat. Please discuss the difference between poetry and prose (stories) with your child(ren) - how it is presented, the use of rhyme etc in preparation for next week's learning on poetry.
Spellings: 'u' spelt ew, ue and u-e
Have a wonderful weekend.
Mrs Bartram and Mrs Lee
Friday 8th October
We've just arrived back from our trip to London and what a fantastic day it has been. It was an absolute pleasure to take the children to explore the area where the fire began and took hold and to walk in the footsteps of Samuel Pepys. We have discovered lots of new information about life in London in 1666 and Samuel Pepys's diary. The children's stamina for walking, inquisitive questioning and fabulous manners made a real impact on our guide Margaret - I was extremely proud of them all today.
The trip has completed a great week of learning: securing place value in maths and developing sentence construction in English to include noun phrases and conjunctions. We have begun work constructing our Tudor houses and will continue next week with paper mache and painting. Next week in English, we will plan and write stories based on Toby and the Great Fire of London and complete some follow up activities from our trip today.
English - Grammar, punctuation and spelling p.6 Adjectives and p.10 Using and, but and or (conjunctions)
Maths - Mental Workout - Exercise 2
Spelling - the 'j' phoneme, spelt -dge
Please continue to read regularly and comment in Reading Record books. We will begin assessing children's reading over the next two weeks. Apologises to those children who didn't take books home today, we will send them out on Monday. Friday readers can change books on Monday instead. Thank you.
I'd like to say a huge thank you to the parents who supported today's trip, it is greatly appreciated. If you were available and didn't join us today then we will ensure you have priority on our next trip (Windsor Castle) towards the end of November, if you would like to join us then.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
Mrs Bartram and Mrs Lee
Friday 1st October 2021
We have had a great week in Year 2 and enjoyed a range of activities from sequencing events in our new text 'Toby and the Great fire of London' to testing the stretchiness of Mrs Lee's tights in the name of Science! Thank you to everyone who brought in food to donate for our Harvest service yesterday.
Next week, we will be exploring counting on and back in tens in our Maths lessons, building on our knowledge of place value in 2 digit numbers. In English we will be developing our understanding of expanded noun phrases and conjunctions, continuing with the same text. We will be welcoming a visitor for our RE lesson, who is coming to talk about why Christians sing in worship. On Thursday we will begin making our Tudor houses so please can children bring in a named box(es) by Thursday. The week will be completed with our class trip to London to explore the areas where the fire took hold, to dress in clothing from that time and to climb the monument - we're all very excited!
Please could we ask you to check that the children have all the supplies they need in their pencil case. Some children are needing whiteboard pens and glue sticks replenishing, while others need erasers. We have plenty of scissors in class for them to use. Thank you for your support with this.
We have our next science experiment on Monday and are in need of metal and/or wooden rulers. If you have any we could borrow, we would be very grateful.
English - CPG Handwriting p6 and 7. Please could you support your children to form the letters correctly and join them carefully. We are working hard with this in class but the children would really benefit from some one to one support to practise this.
Maths - home learning is on a sheet this week. We have sent out a range of activities to practise or extend class learning, so the children will not all be completing the same activity this week.
Spelling - adding the suffixes -ing and -ed
Reading - please continue to read five times per week.
Have a great weekend.
Mrs Bartram and Mrs Lee
Friday 24th September 2021
We have thoroughly enjoyed the sunshine this week; we hope you have too. We have been talking to the children about our outdoor environment and how fantastic it is to have so much space and greenery! This weekend, work is due to start on the KS1 prayer garden which will be situated on the grass next to the current position of the scooter stands. These will be moving next to the bicycle sheds and the area will be 'fenced off' for a few weeks whilst work is taking place. Year 2 will be able to see their ideas taking shape and our Ethos councillors will be helping with the digging and planting and are very excited!
The class have worked extremely hard this week. In English, we completed our unit on Rapunzel and have explored noun phrases and conjunctions as well as writing a diary extract as Rapunzel. The class certainly impressed us with some wonderful descriptive writing. Next week, we are commencing 3 weeks of historical fiction based around 'Toby and the Great Fire of London'. The emphasis is on reading skills next week. In Maths we will be exploring the place value of 2 digit numbers, using a variety of methods. In RE, we are looking at how Christians use worship songs, ready for a visitor the week after. We designed some fantastic Tudor houses on Thursday and will spend next week practising our cutting and joining skills ready for the big build! Please could you help the children to find suitable boxes to build with. Some will require one, whilst others would like 2 or 3 for their designs. If you have an extra boxes we would be very grateful for them. Please do not send them in until the week beginning 4th October as we don't have enough storage space at the moment.
Next Thursday is our Harvest Festival service at 9am in St Mary's Church and we would be very grateful for any donations of tinned or dried food that will be donated to local community charities.
English - comprehension: p3 Making Lemonade.
Maths - targeted question book: p.7 Counting in 2,3,5,10 and p.11 Place value.
Spelling: 'Long a' sound on Look, say, cover, write check sheet.
Reading five times over the week.
Have a wonderful weekend
Mrs Lee and Mrs Bartram
Friday 17th September 2021
It has been another busy week in Year 2 and we have continued to build on our Y2 expectations and structure.
In English we have been enjoying 2 very different versions of the traditional tale of Rapunzel. In Maths we have concentrated on inequality, counting on and back, using our strategy of 'Think 10' /number bonds. Next week we are looking at place value and regrouping ones to tens, tens to ones. Our Science lesson on Monday, will involve testing the strength of paper using penny coins, ready to give advice to the Billy Goats Gruff! In RE next week we will carry on exploring the story of Jonah.
It was lovely to see so many of you at our 'Meet the Teachers' event on Wednesday afternoon. If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to ask one of us after school or arrange a meeting via the Office.
English - Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar book. Page 4 - Verbs and page 12 - Capital letters and full stops.
Maths - Mental Workout Exercise 1
Spelling - Common Exception Words (CEW) on Look, say, cover, write, check sheet
Please continue to read and sign the Reading Record five times each week.
Have a lovely weekend.
Mrs Bartram and Mrs Lee
Friday 10th September 2021
It has been a busy week learning new routines and a new timetable. The class has continued to settle down and into life in Year 2, and we are very proud of them.
This week in English our text has been: Frog and the Stranger by Max Velthuijs. We have revised simple sentences, explored interesting vocabulary and sequenced events. Next week, we will be reading 2 different texts on 'Rapunzel', comparing and contrasting fairy tales and characterisation.
In Maths, we will be continuing our first unit, revising number concepts, including partitioning, number positions and equality/inequality. Our Science topic on Materials will begin next week as will our PSHCE unit on 'Me and My Relationships'. We have had a very enthusiastic start to our Great Fire of London topic and have been busy discussing the difference between London in 1666 and 2021. Next week we will begin designing our Tudor houses with a view to beginning construction in 2 or 3 weeks.
Next Wednesday we look forward to meeting you on our Zoom 'Meet the Teachers' at 1:30pm and after school in the hall face to face, for any questions or further discussion. Please do take time to read through the PowerPoint and look at the creative curriculum map which will be available on this page on Monday. We will be ready for any questions you may have - large or small!
Your child should have brought home 2 reading books as well as their new Reading Record on Thursday. Please read the books with your child(ren) 2 or 3 times so that they have opportunity to build up their fluency of vocabulary and understanding of the text. Please sign their Reading Record each time you hear them read (5 times a week). The books (including the signed Reading Record) then need to come back to school on the allocated day (written at the top of their Reading Record) for us to see how they are getting on, and to exchange for new reading books. In addition, children will visit the library on a Friday where they can borrow a book to take home, this can be exchanged for a new book each week.
The children will bring a spelling sheet home each week with ten words to learn. These will be a mixture of phonics based word lists, spelling rules and Year 2 Common Exception Words (CEW). The look, say, cover, write, check sheets are for the children to practise their spellings and should not be returned to school. Spelling tests will take place on a Friday.
Each week the children will have an English and Maths activity to complete. These should be returned to school by the following Wednesday when they will be marked. This week's home learning:
Maths: Targeted Study and Question book - Year One Objectives Test, pages 2-5.
English: Comprehension - How to Grow a Seed, page 2.
Spelling: 10 CEW
Have a wonderful weekend,
Mrs Bartram and Mrs Lee
Friday 3rd September 2021
It has been wonderful to welcome your children into Year 2 and we are looking forward to teaching them and partnering with you in their education and care.
Our class page will be used to keep you updated on learning, events and key information and will be updated weekly.
The children have had a fantastic two days settling into Year 2 and have shown excitement and enthusiasm for all the back to school activities. This afternoon we have been busy creating a tree for our reading corner and they demonstrated great team work and artistic skills - photos to follow when it has been installed!
We have begun to hear and assess reading levels and will be sending books home from next week. Homework will also start next Friday. Further details of this, class routines, expectations and curriculum will be shared at our Meet the Teacher Meeting on Wednesday 15th September.
Mrs Lee will teach on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Mrs Bartram on Thursday and Friday.
PE days are Wednesday and Friday - please can children come to school dressed in PE kit.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend,
Mrs Bartram and Mrs Lee