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Week beginning 9th March 2020
This week has been Science Week for the whole school. We took part in a whole school investigation on the best biscuit for dunking which was extremely messy and lots of fun. We enjoyed visiting the Year 5 and 6 Science Fair and learning about the Zoologist Jane Goodall and her inspirational work with chimpanzees.
We have enjoyed our Sport's Relief orienteering activity and our debating has been all about whether, or not, school uniforms are a good idea and whether teachers should be replaced with computers.
Week beginning 2nd March 2020
What a way to end a fantastic week with our Coten End World Book Day! We really enjoyed sharing our vocabulary word choices and dressing up as different words from 'vibrant' , 'supernatural', 'fearless' and 'cautious' to 'slumber', 'Flamenco and 'prehistoric'.
Earlier in the week on Tuesday, we also had a visit from the music teachers from Singing Playgrounds' , who taught us some really fun action songs. There was of course, lots more English work about dragons too with more incredible vocabulary alongside careful use of commas and possessive apostrophes. In Computing, we started learning about Coding and practised making simple programmes using algorithms. We also had a go at 'debugging' which means fixing the programme so it works. Next week, we're looking forward to Science Week and Sports Relief.
Week beginning 24th February 2020
We have had an artistic start to our half term Dragon topic. We have all been learning about VALUE in Art lessons and practised using charcoal to make a value scale from dark to light. It was quite tricky as the charcoal is very smudgy, but we did a great job.
We used charcoal to create our 'Dragon Eye' front covers. Some examples are in the photos, but make sure you look out for the real thing next time you visit us in school on our book covers.
We have also learned the 'Talk for Writing' text, 'How to Trap a Stone Giant' and then adapted an innovated to create our own Instruction Texts about Dragons.
Week beginning 10th February 2020
Well done 2WH on a spectacular Blue Planet Assembly and thank you for learning your lines and songs so well. Last but not least, thank you to parents and carers who made a fantastic effort with props and costumes.
We ended the week making clay sea creatures inspired by the sculptures of Giacometti. Earlier in the week we drew sketches of sea creatures and distorted their bodies in the style of Giacometti. Today we chose a sea creature and sculpted it using clay and wire to reinforce it.
We wish all of you a relaxing and happy half term and look forward to welcoming Year 2 back on Monday 24th February.
Week beginning 3rd February 2020
We've had another busy week in Year 2.
Congratulations to 2SL on their informative Blue Planet Assembly and well done for a magnificent effort learning lines and songs, as well as to parents for their help.
In music, we have been exploring dynamics and listening to pieces of music to identify where on the scale the loudness of the music sits, using words such as 'forte' and 'piano.'
We have almost finished our Science topic on materials and have investigated the effect of fricton, exploring how a toy car moves on different surfaces and why this might be.
In PSHE, we have drawn and named our own 'Amygdala Warrior' and talked about the part of the human brain which is responsible for feeling anxious and why we may have certain physical symptoms when we feel anxious. We discussed ways of helping calm our Amygdala Warrior, when these feelings are not helpful for us.
We have also completed some independent reading and writing tasks as part of assessment week.
Week beginning 27th January 2020
We've had another busy week in Year 2.
Congratulations to 2BS on their excellent Blue Planet Assembly.
In Maths we have moved on from division to finding fractions of shapes and then to finding fractions of numbers and linking this to the sharing strategy we use in division.
In English, we have been concentrating on using exciting vocabulary in expanded noun phrases and also transforming adjectives into adverbs by adding the suffix -ly.
We have continued to research the problem of plastic pollution in our Blue Planet topic.
In PSHE, we have continued to explore growth mindset and the importance of using positive language even when we're feeling frustrated or upset.
Week beginning 20th January 2020
On Thursday we enjoyed having parents and family to share our Maths learning in Come and Learn. We recognise it's not always possible to take time out of work to support these but really appreciate it when you can and it was lovely to see so many parents helping children whose adults weren't able to attend.
In Maths lessons, we have carried on with division this week and practised grouping and sharing as well as some tricky division problems.
In Science, we investigated which was the most waterproof fabric to make a new raincoat for Mrs Sheepy. We discussed which material would be both the most waterproof, that repelled water and those that were just very absorbent and soaked a lot up.
In English we have been using lots of subordinating conjunctions to link our sentences and also practising scanning for key words when we are retrieving information from a non-fiction text.
Week beginning 13th January 2020
The highlight of our week was our brilliant trip to the Sea Life Centre where we had a fabulous time and learned lots of new facts about sea creatures and our oceans to include in this half term's learning. Did you know that many of the creatures that live there are on the endangered list, have been rescued and cannot be released into the wild?
In PE, we carried on with gymnastics work on balancing and controlled movements.
In Science, we investigated why some material were not suitable for a use.
In Maths, we did some more work on adding and subtracting two digit numbers and solving problems.
Week beginning 6th January 2020
What a busy and productive first week back we have had in Year 2!
In Art we have been learning about tints and shades and applying this knowledge to create our Ocean themes front covers.
In PSHE, as part of our work on Health and Wellbeing, we have started looking at the differences between fixed and growth mindset and explored how mistakes can help us learn. We read 'Your fantastic Elastic Brain' by JoAnn Deak.
In PE, we have been developing different passes in Ball Skills and in Gymnastics we have reviewed and practised different types of balances. In English we have been learning about using apostropes as well as practising retrieving information from texts by scanning for key words.
Week beginning 16th December 2019
A massive well done to all Year 2 children who put on such a spectacular Christmas show and worked so hard to learn songs, dances and lines. What a fantastic way to end the Autumn term! Thank you of course to all parents and families for your contributions, from prop making to song and line-practising.
We have had a jam-packed week with lots of festive activities. We really enjoyed our Festive Fun day, sharing our games and toys with our friends. We also had great fun making some Magical reindeer food to be sprinkled outside the house on Christmas Eve before bedtime.
Wishing you all a very lovely Christmas holiday with your family and friends,
Year 2 Children and Staff
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Week beginning 9th December 2019
Thank you so much to parents and families for all your hard work to get costumes and props ready and in to us on time.
Our dress rehearsal today was watched by all siblings and a hall full of classes and the children did amazingly well with their singing, lines and acting. Every single Year 2 child should feel immensely proud of themselves. We are very excited about sharing our show with family and friends next week!
On Thursday afternoon, all of Year 2 travelled by coach to Warwick Arts Centre where we watched the play, 'Father Christmas' by Rymond Briggs. It was great fun! We have also really enjoyed attending one of the Reception class dress rehearsals and the Year 4 dress rehearsal.
In Maths we have been learning about 2D shapes and symmetry. We have also completed some end of term quizzes for History about the Gunpowder Plot and the Great Fire of London and for RE, completed a quiz about Hinduism. Our teachers were very impressed with how much we remembered!
Have a lovely weekend
Week beginning 25th November 2019
Rehearsals for our Christmas production, 'Let It Shine' are going well. Well done to all the children who have worked hard to learn the songs - they are beginning to sound very lovely!
Our History theme day on Wednesday was really great fun and included a range of activities from baking bread rolls, making Tudor Houses out of cereal boxes and watching Mr Garlick teach us how to make fire using just wood and hay. Despite the soggy weather, Mr Garlick managed to start a fire and demonstrated how wind could quickly fan the flames to set alight to the nearby houses. We also played a Great Fire of London Themed board game and played percussion instruments while singing 'London's burning.'
In Maths we have investigated odd and even numbers and linked doubling and halving to multiplying and dividing by 2 and in English we have been using apostrophes for contractions.
Week beginning 18th November 2019
We have begun rehearsals for our Year 2 Christmas Play and are loving learning the catchy songs. Only 3 weeks to go until the curtain lifts!
In Maths we have continued work on Multiplication and Division. We have been dividing by sharing and have also begun dividing by grouping.
We have carried on reading The Owl Who Is Afraid of the Dark' and using inference to explain how we know characters are feeling a certain way.
In RE we have begun learning about Hinduism and who Hindus worship and described some of the items used in Hindu worship and their significance.
Week beginning 11th November 2019
In History we have been comparing jobs in the 17th century to jobs today, deciding if the jobs in the 17th century were still around today and if so how the roles were different. For example, we compared the role, equipment and skills of carpenters and blacksmiths then with today and looked at the advances in medical roles and firefighters' equipment. We all agreed that a Gong Farmer was definitely the worst job to have in the 17th Century!
In Science we began our topic on Materials and their uses. We sorted lots of everyday objects according to their material and practised using vocabulary to describe it such as transparent, translucent, opaque, rigid , hard, soft, smooth, bumpy, brittle and flexible.
In PE, our focus is improving ball skills, passing accurately and controlling the ball when dribbling in hockey and football.
We have continued with multiplication in Maths, focusing on linking equal groups to the rows and columns in arrays and reasoning linked to the 2 times table. Next week we will be making the link between multiplication, equal groups and division by sharing and by grouping.
In English, we have been enjoying reading the first three chapters of 'The Owl who was afraid of the Dark' by Jill Tomlinson and will carry on with this next week. It was brilliant to see so many of you at our Reading Come and Learn session, which we really enjoyed sharing a chapter from this story with you.
Week beginning 4th November 2019
This week we have started our topic 'Gunpowder, Treason and Plot' and we travelled back in time to 1666 to search for clues about the Great Fire of London.
We used collage to create a front cover for our topic books to represent a fiery London skyline. We also used an online dictionary and thesaurus to explore some new topic related vocabulary, including, 'conspiracy', 'engulfed' and 'treason'.
In Maths we have been exploring the link between equal groups, repeated addition and multiplication and will carry on with multiplication next week, before moving on to division.
We are looking forward to welcoming parents and carers to our Year 2 Come and Learn Reading Session next Tuesday at 9.05. Please come if you can!
Week beginning 21st October 2019
This week has been Parents' Evening and we hope you enjoyed looking at our books; we have been very busy!
The highlight of the week for lots of us was cooking Jolloff rice which was healthy and tasty. We especially liked the sweet potatoes and chickpeas.
We are looking forward to starting our new Learning Theme after half term which is called 'Gunpowder, Treason and Plot where we will explore the Great Fire of London and the Fire of Warwick.
Remember that that Monday 4th November is an INSET day and we look forward to welcoming the children back on Tuesday 5th November.
Week beginning 14th October 2019
This week we been learning about what makes a healthy and varied diet and finding out about how different foods are grown and where they come from. We have been looking at some African recipes and thinking about a recipe we can choose which has a wide variety of healthy ingredients, ready for cooking next week.
In Maths we have been adding and subtracting two two-digit numbers using dienes to explain our thinking.
In Computing we have been using a program to create a branching database using our knowledge about animals and our knowledge from Science lessons.
Week beginning 7th October 2019
This week we have been investigating different sentence types and linked punctuation. We have been learning 'Kung-Fu' punctuation to help us remember when to use question marks, exclamation marks, full stops and capital letters. We have also been continuing to discuss the meaning of interesting vocabulary that we can use in our writing.
We joined the whole school Harvest assembly and shared our poems and Harvest songs. Below is a photo of some of the food we collected for the Leamington Night Shelter.
In Maths, we have been finding 10 more and 10 less and then subtracting multiples of ten from two-digit numbers.
We also had fun printing our T-shirts using fabric paint and our Adinkra stamps. They will need ironing for 5 minutes on the patterns, through a clean sheet of paper on a wool setting if you do want to be able to wash them. Thank you!
Week Beginning 30th September 2019
We've had another jam-packed week in Year 2. This morning in Art and Design we made our Adinkra stamps using cardboard, string and lots of PVA glue to create stamps based on the designs we had drawn in our sketchbooks.
In Science we began by recapping and building on our knowledge of common plant names and worked in a team to sort plants according to their habitat. An example is below. Can you spot any that are incorrectly sorted in the example below?
In English we read Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett and did lots of related work on verbs and using the past tense. We also completed our 'African Safari' Guides, ready for display.
In Maths we have continued work on Numbers bonds to 10 and 20, linking them to number bonds to 100 and solving related problems.
Week beginning 23rd September 2019
In PE, we have finished our Animal yoga course and next week we will begin African themed dance.
In Maths, we have been working on adding a single digit number to a two digit number using a numberline to count on. We have also been using our knowledge of number bonds up to 10 and number facts such as doubles and near doubles to add three 3-digit numbers mentally. For example:
In English, we have been continuing to research African wildlife facts to help us complete our 'Safari Guide.' Did you know that an elephant's trunk is not only extremely strong and flexible but also so sensitive and dextrous that it can pick up a coin from a flat surface? We have been combining our new knowledge with our continued work on conjunctions. This week we have looked at all the conjunctions we used last week and have also learned about subordinating conjunctions including because, if, when, that and therefore.
In Science we have been exploring how different animal are suited to living in their habitat. We have looked at squirrels, camels and lions. On Thursday we celebrated World Languages Day and had a special assembly to celebrate all the languages we have in school. During the day we also explored the different languages we speak in our Year group and talked about how important it is to learn about different languages and cultures. We have also begun learning Harvest songs ready for our Harvest celebrations.
Thank you for all the white t-shirts we have had in ready for our Adinkra art which we are beginning next week.
Week beginning 16th September 2019
At the beginning of the week, we went on a Geography field trip around Warwick where we were identifying human and physical geographical features. We have also been looking at the geographical features of Kenya so we can compare the two.
We have continued our work on place value in Maths and begun to apply our understanding to some problem solving. We are beginning to get more familiar with dienes as a pictorial representation of number and can use them to solve more complex problems. There is a good game here: https://www.ictgames.com/sharkNumbers/mobile/index.html that we have been using to help us with recognising numbers represented as dienes.
In English, we have been working our our accuracy of comprehension retrieval when reading and have been identifying and clarifying the meanings of some challenging vocabulary. We have also begun to use conjunctions to join clauses together in a sentence. This week we have learnt about the co-ordinating conjunctions (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so).
Week beginning 9th September 2019
In PE we have been developing our skills in balancing, control and co-ordination while practising different animal yoga poses. We have learned lots of different yoga poses including Downward Facing Wild Dog, Zebra, Tiger, Snake and Sleeping Lion.
We have worked on our own and with partners to link different poses and also create other poses for different African animals.
On Wednesday we had a brilliant Geography themed assembly with an interesting visitor, Estie deKock, who showed us how Table Mountain came to be such an unusual shape. We learned lots of interesting facts about Table Mountain, including about all the plants and animals which thrive there, such as the Rooibos plant that is made into a healthy caffeine-free tea drink.
We have also continued our work on place value in 2-digit numbers and have been comparing and ordering as well as daily practise of mental maths skills. In English, we have done a lot of work on nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs.
Week beginning 2nd September 2019
We have had a fantastic first week in Year 2, beginning work in our Awesome Africa learning theme books. As well as getting used to our new classrooms, teachers and routines, we have already completed lots of work in Science, Geography, English, Maths, PSHE and PE.
In Geography we have been learning about Continents and Oceans as well as hot and cold areas of the world and their relation to the equator. In Science we have been classifying things under living, dead or never alive and explaining our reasoning scientifically.
Maths has been fun and we have been learning to describe the place value of 2-digit numbers using dienes to make the numbers practically. We have also been recapping on 1 more and 1 less for numbers up to 100 and practising recording our work in a clear and organised way in our new Maths books.
In English we have reading 'The Ugly Five' by Julia Donaldson. We have also been learning about different types of nouns and adjectives and having fun describing African animals.
We also held our House Captain elections and want to say a huge well done to everyone who put themselves forward to stand and gave fantastic speeches in front of all of Year 2. Congratulations to all of our new House Captains.
Just a reminder that Spellings will be sent home on a Wednesday, and tests be the following Wednesday.
Homework Books will be sent out on a Thursday and need to be handed back in on Monday each week. The Homework can be found under 'Year 2' then 'Homework.' If you do need a printed copy, please talk to your child's teacher and we will arrange this for you. PE kit should be left at school for the half term. Any questions, please come and ask your child's teacher.