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1.7.2022 

 

This week the highlight for most of us has been our Whole School Languages Day which was yesterday. We all dressed up to represent a language or country of our choice.  We had Myton pupils come in and do a really fun assembly with a quiz about languages. After that we had visitors in every class room to teach us some of a different language.  In Year 2, we were learning some Thai, some Urdu and some French.  We all learned a song in that language and made flags too to wave when we recorded our class songs.  Finally we all painted a pebble with special paint to say 'Hello' or 'Welcome' in the languages we were learning today. 

 

We had an exciting time in Science too investigating what the best material for catching bubbles on was. Can you guess which material was best out of  plastic, paper, wool, cardboard and carpet?

 

Today we had a special visitor who brought some exciting creatures with her.  Angie introduced us to some different creatures which were either from Australia or Africa.  We held and stroked some of them. Take a look at some of our photos.

 

 

w a range of activities we have done over the last fortnight, including LegoWeDo  computing, Our recent trip to All Things Wild,  some of our Macbeth's Witches' inspired poems,  our research about William Shakespeare and our fundraising 'Race for Ukraine' afternoon.  Our teacher's didn't take any photos of Sport's Day as they were too busy running events, but it was great fun.

 

We hope you have a lovely weekend!

24.6.2022 

 

The last fortnight has been incredibly busy so here are just some of the highlights.......

 

The photos show a range of activities we have done over the last fortnight, including LegoWeDo  computing, Our recent trip to All Things Wild,  some of our Macbeth's Witches' inspired poems,  our research about William Shakespeare and our fundraising 'Race for Ukraine' afternoon.  Our teacher's didn't take any photos of Sport's Day as they were too busy running events, but it was great fun.

 

We hope you have a lovely weekend!

10.6.22

This week we have created our artwork for the covers of our new learning theme books. We used chalk pastels and used paintings of flowers by the artist Georgia O'Keefe as inspiration.  Did you know that Georgia loved to paint close up abstract pictures of flowers, as well as painting skyscrapers and bones in the desert?  We have also experimented using watercolours, chalk pastels and colour crayons to recreate some of her flowers.

 

This week in English we have started some descriptive writing linked to 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.' 

 

We loved having so many of our adults here for Come and Learn and did some fantastic instruction writing for 'How to Trap a Fairy.'

 

In Maths we have been practising our 2, 5 and 10 times tables and using these to solve problems too.

 

We have also started practising our activities for Sports Day and can't wait to show off our skills to our families when they watch!

 

 

 

6.5.22

 

This week in English we carried on our work based on Fantastic Mr Letter. We pretended to be Farmer Bunce and we wrote a letter to Farmer Bean asking him to join our plan to hunt down Mr Fox! We had to use a range of sentence types such as questions, exclamations and commands.

 

In Maths we have been doing lots and lots of revision of our Year 2 skills. We have looked at the four operations, statistics and word problems.

 

We have been lucky enough to have Steve from Warwick Boat Club come join us for PE this week. He will be joining Year 2 to do some tennis taster sessions over the next few weeks. We are very excited!

 

29.4.22

 

Welcome back! What a busy first week we have had!

 

This week in English we have been writing a WANTED! poster using expanded noun phrases to describe the sneaky, mischievous Mr Fox.

 

In Maths we have been looking at missing number problems and how we can use a bar model to help us solve them. We also looked at number lines and how we can estimate the numbers that appear.

 

Do bulbs and seeds grow at different rates? This is the Sciencesaurus' Big Question in Science this week. We chose a partner and one person planted seeds and the other bulbs. Each week we will observe how our plants grow and compare them to our partner's. We will let you know what the answer to Sci's question is!

 

4.4.22

 

What a busy half term?! We have been working so hard over the last few weeks and our teachers think we are definitely earned a well deserved Easter Break

 

In Maths, we have continued to learn about different types of measure. This week we have looked at Capacity and weight and learning how to read different scales.

 

In English, we have been using 'bossy verbs' to write clear instructions on 'How to Train your Dragon'. We have enjoyed writing simple steps on how to get your unruly dragon to fly. 

 

In DT, we have loved being creative and designing our own moving pictures using a lever or a slider mechanism. Our teachers were really impressed with our designs and final products. In Computing, we really enjoyed making short films using 'Stop Motion'. We took used egg shells to create the illusion of a dragon hatching - the final videos were really effective!

 

Hope you all have a very happy Easter!

 

 

28.3.22

 

Another busy week in Year 2! Thank you parents for meeting with the teachers to discuss how your child is getting on in school. If you missed your appointment - please chat to the teachers about rescheduling an appointment. 

 

We have LOVED writing our own 'Dragonology' this week in English. We have really impressed our teachers with our imagination and creativity and are showing what progress we have made already this year! We are all very proud of our writing.

 

In Maths, we have been using rulers to measure and learning about measuring temperature on a thermometer. Have you got a thermometer at home? We have also been adding and taking away multiples of 10 from any given number to 100.

 

In Science, we have continued to learn about life cycles and we have investigated the life cycle of a butterfly. We are still waiting for our caterpillars to change into their cocoons but they are getting very big and have been shedding their skin!

21.3.22

 

We have continued to learn about Money in Maths this week. We have been learning about the value of coins and notes and finding change. It is really important that we keep practicing this skill at home so please find time to play shops at home! 

 

In English, we have been researching exciting vocabulary to use in our own 'Dragonology'. We have enjoyed planning our text this week and we are looking forward to write them next week!

 

In Science, we have started to look at life cycles in different animals. We have learned about the life cycle of a frog this week and in preparation for learning about butterflies next week, we have 5 tiny caterpillars in school! We have observed what they look like and they have started to grow bigger this week. Watch this space for any updates!

 

We were really lucky this week to have the Heath String Quartet in school to perform some pieces of music. It was lovely to hear some different, live music and we enjoyed learning about how music can make you feel and imagine different things. 

 

18.3.22     This week we have had a visit and workshop with an OLYMPIC SWIMMER called Joe Roebuck and raised a lot of money for new sports equipment.  It was great fun as you can see from the photos!

 

  It has also been SCIENCE week and all of us researched a famous scientist and took part in a whole school handspan investigation. Our question was, "IS IT TRUE THAT THE OLDER YOU ARE, THE BIGGER YOUR HANDSPAN IS?'  

We had KS2 children come to visit our Science project fair and then lots of parents came too.  On Thursday, we visited the KS2 Science fair which was fabulous.

 

Today, we raised a lot of money for Comic Relief with our bring and buy sale and had fun too!  We also had a visitor come and teach  Year 2 about the special day of 'Shabbat' and about some special Jewish symbols and artefacts.  

 

Have a lovely weekend,

from All of Year Two

7.3.22

 

We have been really impressing our teachers this week with our learning so far in Year 2! We have enjoyed completing quizzes in Maths and Reading and have demonstrated how much progress we have made this year. 

 

In English, we have been learning about adding suffixes to our root words to create exciting vocabulary like 'darkness', 'enjoyment' and 'powerful'. We have been using these words to write some descriptive writing about dragons. Some of us are even starting to join up our writing!

 

In Geography, we have continued our work in Maps and been learning about the points on a compass. We enjoyed using the words - North, South, East and West to describe where features were on a map. Can you remember a way that we can remember these easily?

 

In PE, we have continued to practice our skills in Archery which we are really enjoying and starting to use dodging tactics to prepare us for some invasion games next week.

28.2.22

 

What a busy week? We can't believe we have only been back for a week? We have had so many activities this week as well as introducing our new learning theme, 'How to train your Dragon'. Our Year 2 House Captains have represented our school with Year 6 at the Pancake Race held in Warwick Square on Tuesday. Mrs Sheepy told us that the children did a fantastic job and were very well behaved and sensible - a pleasure to take on the trip!

 

In Maths, we have been learning all about 3d shapes and their properties. We also tried to sort a range of everyday objects into 2 groups - looking at their properties such as faces, edges and vertices. In English, we have learnt about homophones and suffixes such as 'ful', 'ness' and 'ly'. 

 

In Geography, we have introduced our new topic by learning how to draw a map with a key to identify different physical features. In PE, we started a new sport - Archery! We have enjoyed learning a new skill and our teachers were really impressed with our Bow and Arrow skills!

 

On Thursday, we celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as our favourite word - we had some very imaginative ideas. We also brought in our favourite book and discussed why we would recommend it to a friend. 

 

We also had the our 'Come and Learn' Sessions - focusing on maths. We hope that the parents enjoyed learning how we solve all four operations using a range of mental and pictorial methods. We better all have a well deserved restful weekend - ready to start again on Monday!

7.2.22

 

We are starting to come to the end of out 'Blue Planet' Learning theme and we have really enjoyed learning about our oceans and how we need to look after them. This week, we have started our Art topic, comparing the artwork by Anthony Gormley and Giacometti. We enjoyed looking at the different sculptures and choosing our favourite. Next week, we are looking forward to making our own piece of artwork in the style of Giacometti. Watch this space....!

 

In Maths, we have been learning how to subtract 2 digit numbers using the 'exchange' method. We have practised using practical equipment and are now beginning to work out problems pictorially. 

 

In English, we have been learning how to use apostrophes for possession. We used photos of various people around school and described the object that they had in their hand e.g. Miss Carter's laptop. 

 

We celebrated 'Safer Internet Day' by learning how to keep safe online. We completed a quiz as a class and learnt how we can show respect online and keep ourselves safe when having fun. We all know that we should speak to a trusted adult if we ever feel unsure about something that we see online. We really enjoyed creating our own Avatar for Purple Mash - it was really fun and we learnt how to keep our identity safe.

 

We are looking forward to our trip to the Sea Life Centre next week - it will be a great way to end our learning theme!

31.1.22

 

Happy Number Day! Today, the children have been celebrating 'Number Day' by practising various Maths Skills. We love dancing to maths videos - it keeps us fit and improves our mental maths! We have been learning how to add 2 digit numbers and exchanging 10 this week. We enjoyed doing this practically with dienes and drew pictures in our maths books towards the end of the week.

 

In English, we have been writing up our stories of 'Finding Nemo' and trying our best to remember the suffix 'ed' when using past tense verbs. We are beginning to write in more detail when writing stories and we have loved writing them up in our neat handwriting for display. 

 

We have all taken part in an Agility Course this week during our PE lessons. We have completed a variety of different tasks including a 40m sprint and standing jump. In Dance, we have continued to develop our dance skills and we worked within a small group to produce a short dance sequence - pretending to be the calm sea. 

 

In Science, we have loved learning about the Marine Biologist, Sylvia Earle. We are really inspired by her love of the ocean and her passion to improve the fight against Ocean Pollution.

24.1.22

 

Another busy week in Year 2!

 

In Maths, we have been learning how to solve multiplication and division problems in a variety of ways. We have learnt that we can use repeated addition to solve multiplication problems e.g. 3 x 2 is the same as 2 + 2 + 2. We have also been using our times tables to solve division problems. We know we must keep practicing our 2, 5 and 10 times tables! We can even start to have a go at learning our 3 times tables!

 

In English, we have been writing a narrative after watching a clip of 'Finding Nemo'. We are getting better at using the suffix 'ed' when writing regular verbs in the past tense. We have also started to edit our own work with purple pen - it is quite tricky to spot your own mistakes but we have enjoyed it! Our teachers have been really impressed with our writing this week.

 

In PE, we have been doing Dance and Gymnastics. In Dance, we have been moving like different sea creatures such as a graceful jellyfish or a side walking crab. In Gymnastics, we have been improving our body balances to make sure that we can hold the shape for longer.

 

We are looking forward to go to the Sea Life Centre later in the term which should really bring our 'Blue Planet' topic alive!

17.1.22

 

We are deep into our new topic, 'Blue Planet' and are really enjoying learning about the 5 Oceans and the creatures that live in call them home. We hope you enjoyed having the chance to look at our books this week, we are really proud of all of our work - we hope you are too!

 

In Maths this week, we have been using arrays to help us solve division questions by finding 'groups' within a number. We have liked learning a new method to solve division calculations and even managed to solve some division word problems by the end of the week. We have also learnt how to add three single digits and find their total. Our teachers encouraged us to look for numbers that made number bonds that we already knew!

 

In English, we have continued to practice writing accurately in the past tense - next week, we will be using the skills that we have learnt to rewrite a short clip from the film 'Finding Nemo'.

 

We have loved doing some experiments this week in Science. We predicted what would happen if we mixed water, oil and bicarbonate of soda together...can you guess what happened? To research the impact of acidic sea waters on coral, we investigated what happens to egg shell when you place it in vinegar overnight... ask us what we found out...! We really need to make sure we look after the coral reefs and all the amazing wildlife in them!

 

10.1.22

 

Another busy week in Year 2. We have been working hard to show our teachers everything we have learnt so far in our Maths and English lessons - our teachers are very proud of us!

 

We are really enjoying our new topic 'Blue Planet' and we have been learning about the problem of 'Plastic Pollution'. We have been looking at ways that we can reduce our single use plastics by using refillable water bottles and 'bag for life' bags when we go shopping. Do you know it takes over 20 years for a plastic bag to decompose?!

 

We decided to do a litter survey in our Geography lessons this week. We walked around the Lower School Playground and Wildlife Way. We used a tally chart to find out which materials we found. Can you predict what we found out? Plastic was our most common material! We now need to think about what we can do to improve things... We have become very passionate about Saving our Planet!

5.1.22

 

Happy New Year Everyone!! We hope you all had a lovely Christmas break with your families and had a well deserved break.

 

It has only been a short 3 day week but we have managed to cram in a lot of learning already!

 

In English, we have been learning about using the suffix 'ed' to write in the past tense. We enjoyed writing about our Christmas Holidays and what we all got up to. We have taken some photos of some of our news writing from 2MC. We are working hard to remember when to add 'ed' to our root word when writing in the past tense.

 

In Maths, we have enjoyed learning about arrays! We used counters to create arrays and then have learnt how to present these pictorially. Did you know that addition and multiplication are both commutative? Try asking your child if they can remember what this word means?

 

We are really looking forward to learning more about our new learning theme, 'Blue Planet' which we have started this week. Check on Google Classroom for more information and websites for more information.

17.12.21

 

2CS started the week with their Christmas concert and it sounded wonderful - well done to them.

 

On Tuesday, we took a trip back to 1666 on our History Theme day.  We had great fun having our own Great Fire and burning our Tudor houses.   We also made some 'fire art'  and wrote with quills, which was very tricky.

 

This week was a very fun Christmassey week! We had our Christmas lunch, Christmas party AND Storytime with Santa

We learned about hues, tints and shades in Art, by adding different amounts of white and black to make our hue lighter and darker. We used this to make our new theme topic book Artwork Blue Planet.

We ended the week with Christmas jumper day and toy day and played with our friends.

We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year with your families. Stay Safe and we will be back with more news in 2022.

 

 

10.12.21

 

2MC and 2SL have now have our Christmas concerts and it was great to have our family members watching on Thursday and Friday of this week.  2CS are looking forward to theirs on Monday afternoon.

 

In English we finished writing our non-fiction style information texts about the Magical Firebirds and wrote bout their diet, habitat and special powers.

 

In Maths we were learning about 2-D shapes and their properties and had fun using an i-pad camera to check our answers.

 

In Science, we investigated how to make a paper bridge stronger so it could carry more weight. No sellotape was allowed!

We made the paper more rigid by folding it in different ways. 

 

2SL also made their diva lamps this week to finish off our learning unit about Hindus and Diwali.  We talked about other festivals people celebrate as well where light is important, like Christmas, Eid and Chinese New Year.

 

 

3.12.21

 

In Maths we have carried on learning about fractions and we have been finding a half, a quarter, two-quarters and three quarters of quantities.

 

We have all been practising the Christmas songs for our class concert next week and the music and lyrics are on google classroom if you want to practise some more!

 

In  RE,  we have been learning about what Hindus believe about Brahman, the Supreme God of Hindu.  Some of us have finished our work about Hindus and made Diva lamps  when learning about the Hindu story of Rama and Sita and about why Diwali is special to Hindus. Some of us will be making our lamps next week.

 

In English, we described the Firebird from the story and imagined seeing it for the first time.

 

We had another fun end to the week, with a fabulous time at the Friends Christmas Fair where we won lots of prizes. It was very exciting.

 

A big thank you to all our families for helping us make the  Stuart/ Tudor houses ready for our 'Great Fire' on our theme day. 

 

Have a lovely weekend,

from the Year 2 children and teachers

26.11.21

 

In Maths we have started work on fractions and loved making halves and quarters out of playdough shapes.

 

This week in Reading, we started reading the Firebird by Mairi Mackinnon  and carried on reading The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson.

 

In Science we worked in groups and tested the strength of different papers. It was lot of fun.

 

In History we got to pretend we were Christopher Wren and drew our own architect's plan of what London should look like after the Great Fire and follow some rules to make London better protected from another fire.

 

We ended the week with our non-uniform day and brought in prizes for the Friends chocolate tombola.

 

Stay warm this weekend!

from the Year 2 children and teachers

19.11.21

 

We began the week with a special visitor in assembly, who talked to us about the Five Pillars of Islam and showed us about how Muslims pray and about giving to charity.

 

This week in History, we found out what happened in the Great  Fire of London   - we sequenced the events on a time-line. Did you know that the fire lasted for 4 days? We looked at some of the reasons the fire spread so quickly and talked about what it was like for Fire fighters in the 17th Century.

 

In Maths we have practising recalling addition and subtraction  number facts up to 20 and using these to help us work out missing number problems.

 

In Gymnastics, we have practised jumping, balancing and  holding shapes. We enjoyed leaping off the apparatus!

 

This week in PSHE  we talked about Anti-Bullying Week, which is called 'One Kind Word' this year.  We also made a poster that had to include a 'Kindness' quote from an author. 

 

In English we practised writing different sentence types and wrote a letter to Guy Fawkes from Robert Catesby.

 

In Science we carried on looking at different materials and their properties.  We investigated how we can change the shape of materials by bending , squashing, stretching and twisting.  

 

We ended the week with the Children in Need Cake Sale - and ate some delicious cakes!

 

Have a relaxing weekend

from the Year 2 children and teachers

12.11.21

This week in History, we time-travelled back to the Year 1666 when an important event took place.  Do you know what it was? A dusty mystery suitcase appeared full of clues.  We looked at the historical sources  and thought of questions we'd like to ask about our new History topic.

 

In Maths we have practising addition and subtraction and solving some problems using pictures.

 

In PE, we have practised balances and shapes in Gymnastics  and in Circuit training, we practised different activities that all had jumping in them.  It was fun using the stopwatches but a bit complicated too. 

 

Our Jigsaw learning this half term is 'Celebrating Difference' and in pairs, we talked about things we had in common with our partner and wrote it on a shield. 

 

In English we made a 'Found' Bonfire Night Poem, using words and phrase we collected from a story we read and rearranging them into a poem.  There were some tricky words  like 'cacophony of noise' that we learned too. 

 

In Science we carried on looking at different materials and their properties.  We investigated some natural and man-made materials and what they are used for. 

 

Have a lovely weekend

from the Year 2 children and teachers

 

5.11.21

 

This week we had school photographs and also our flu immunisations.

 

We did our topic covers for our new theme, 'Flames and Fireworks' and you can see some examples in the photos.

 

In the playground, lots of us have been improving our skipping skills and love two feet skipping, hopscotch skipping and running skipping. 

 

In Maths we have practising multiplying and dividing and solving some problems using pictures.

 

Materials is our new Science topic and we have been sorting different materials and practising using the right Science vocabulary to describe them.  Did you know the difference between  translucent and transparent

 

In History we have been learning about the Gunpowder Plot. Did you know that Robert Catesby was the ringleader of the plot and not Guy Fawkes?  Guy Fawkes was the expert in explosives. 

 

Have a great weekend

From Year Two

22.10.21

 

This week was teacher assessment week for us and we did some  Maths quizzes  independently as well as a Phonics quiz and a Science quiz.  Our teachers were very impressed with how hard we tried.

 

We also read the book 'Why Elephant has a Trunk'  and  sequenced the events in the story.  We wrote some sentences to describe the setting and the main character, trying to use expanded noun phrases, full sentences and conjunctions.

 

It was really lovely to welcome some of our families into school to share some Reading and Phonics with us in our 'Come and Learn ' workshop.  We want to say a big thank you to all our families for helping us with our learning.

 

Wishing you a relaxing half term

 

from the Year 2 children and Staff

 

 

 

 

17.10.21

 

The highlight of this week was cooking our modified version of the West African dish Jollof rice -  each group chose to add either lentils or chickpeas for extra protein and some extra of our favourite vegetables. Some of us even added some extra smoked paprika for added spiciness. We practised the bridge and claw methods of cutting foods and also used graters and peelers. There are many different recipes of Jollof rice available and the one we adapted is the one you can find on this half term's knowledge organise for those of you that want to make it at home. 

 

We also had a visit from Reverend Kevin to help celebrate our Harvest Assembly.

 

In Science we have been learning about simple food chains as part of our work on Living Things and their habitats.

 

In English we have been practising extending and joining short sentences using different conjunctions.

 

In Maths we have been practising methods for multiplication and division.

 

8.10.21

 

We ended the week with a fabulous Music assembly, with children from Warwick School playing woodwind and string instruments for us. What a treat!

 

In PSHE we talked about good strategies for helping us if we feel worried.

 

In Science we have carried out a 'woodlice investigation' to see which habitat they preferred, then recorded our results in a pictogram. We had some interesting results.

 

In English we did our last piece of work on Meerkat Mail and wrote a postcard from Sunny to his Mum and Dad to tell them all about Madagascar.

 

In Maths we have been partioning two-digit numbers in different ways, using diennes to help.

 

 

 

1.10.21

 The highlights of our week this week have been our African workshops for dance and drumming on Tuesday and making our Adinkra stamp t-shirts in Art.  You can see some photos below. 

 

In Science we have been learning about ADAPTATION and how living things adapt to survive in their environment. 

 

Our English this week has been linked to the story 'Meerkat Mail' by Emily Gravett and we have been thinking of questions to ask Sunny the meerkat. 

 

In Maths we have been continuing our work on adding and subtracting pictorally by drawing Tens and ones.

 

In DT we learned about where food comes from and also learned about why we should eat a variety of different foods to stay healthy, ready for cooking Jollof rice next week.

 

 

 

24.9.21

We have had a very learning-packed few weeks so far this half term in Year 2.  Today we ended the week with some fun language quizzes to celebrate European Languages Day 2021.

Last week we went on a Geography fieldtrip around St Nic’s park to look at human and physical features.

In Science we have been learning about living thing and their habitats and this week we went on a minibeast hunt to see which micro habitats we could find.  We found the most under the logs, under and on bark and in the soil.

In Maths last week we used Dienes to add 2-digit numbers and then drew these in our books as pictures. This week we subtracted using Dienes and then drew the pictures in our books.

In Art we have designed our Adinkra stamps and will be making them next week ready to print on our T-shirts. You can see some examples of our designs attached.

In English we have been learning how to use an online thesaurus to find synonyms and also practised identifying nouns, adjectives, verbs and even adverbs. 


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