Welcome to Year 2 - Primrose Class!
Mrs Stevens Mrs Jefferies
(Class Teacher) (Teaching Assistant)
We are always happy to help, at the end of each day we are on the door and available for any questions or queries.
What did we do at Monkton Nature Reserve?
We had a wonderful time this morning and the children were exceptionally well behaved. When we arrived, we were lucky enough to be the first school to use their new outdoor education shelter where we were introduced to Caroline and Clive who taught us lots about minibeasts and their habitats. We now know that minibeasts are invertebrates and that they can live on land, in the air and in water. During the morning, children had the opportunity to hunt for minibeasts on land, identifying the microhabitat that they were found in as well as using a classification sheet to name the minibeasts they found. They also had the opportunity to pond dip in the newly renovated pond area and learn about how these minibeasts have adapted to living in water. We found caddisfly larvae which were hard to spot because they cover themselves with plant debris (see if you can spot one in the photos). Monkton Nature Reserve is well worth a visit and I highly recommend visiting over the Easter holidays as the children were all keen to see newts today, but sadly it is too cold for them to be spawning at the moment.
What methods are we currently using in Maths?
In maths, we have been naming fractions and finding fractions of numbers, objects and shapes. We know that halving means to divide into two equal groups. Some of us can calculate half of smaller numbers to 20 or 30 mentally. The written method we have used is sharing circles (please see below).
When finding one quarter, we know that we need to divide a shape, number or group of objects into four equal groups. Some of us can find one quarter mentally by halving and halving again. The written method we have used is sharing circles. This time, because we are dividing into four equal groups, we know we have to use 4 sharing circles.
When finding one third, we know that we need to divide a shape, number or group of objects into three equal groups. Some of us can do this mentally by counting in groups of three. The written method we have used is sharing circles and because we know we are dividing into three equal groups, we know we have to use three sharing circles.
What will we be learning in Spring term 4?
Grab your coat and pooter - we're going out and about on a minibeast hunt!
Lift up logs to see who's home then set up your own minibeast laboratory to observe their every move. Add notes and labels and ask your own research questions - just like a real entomologist!
Learn about bees, worms and butterflies too. Can you make a food chain to see who eats who? Carry out investigations to find out more, like how far a snail travels in a day and how a spider catches its prey.
Then animate to show how your favourite bug transforms from one form to another, perhaps a caterpillar to a butterfly or a maggot to a fly...urgh!
On your belly, legs at the ready, it's time to wriggle and crawl!
Each term the children will be given a topic based home learning project. Here is the home learning project ideas for Autumn term 1:
Maths challenges and activities will be set for the children to complete on My Maths later in the academic year. If you need a reminder about your child’s log in details please come and see us.
Please help your child to learn pairs of numbers that make 10 so that they can quickly be recalled. Then do the same for pairs of numbers to make 20. This work underpins much of our maths work in class. Consequently it is very important that this is constantly revisited and practised throughout the year.
Addition and subtraction of small numbers can be practised and reinforced by playing simple board games such as Snakes and Ladders using two or even three dice. Card games such as Pontoon or ‘Making 21’ also work well to support addition and counting on skills.
Also, please practise counting forward in jumps of 2, 5 and 10 to help learn the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. Then try counting back in jumps of 2, 5 and 10. Then do the same for the 3 and 4 times tables.
Please listen to your child read at home as much as possible and comment in their home reading records when you do so.
Please continue to read and enjoy lots of additional texts with your child. Reading and listening to a variety of different text types are so important not only to support your child’s reading development but also their writing development.
Please see additional information regarding supporting your child with their reading skills, particulalry comprehension, in the section further down the page.
The spelling lists document (attached below) includes a list of words for each week. These are words that we will practise reading and spelling during the week at school. You may wish to help your children to practise spelling these words at home .These are words that the children need to be able to spell as part of the Year 2 spelling curriculum.
What did we learn in Spring term 3?
Hot, hot, hot! Dancing feet, step to the samba beat! Shake it, shimmy, hands in the air, wave your flags in the cool night air.
Come join in the party down in Rio, keeping the rhythm with your party shaker! Bright colours, patterns and feathers…Can you design and make your own headdress or party mask?
Meet the magical creatures from Brazil’s myths and legends and create your own too…Be as fancy as you like! We’ll explore traditional tales from the UK too. What’s your favourite?
Be an explorer….What is it like to live in Brazil? How does it compare to the UK?
Let’s go down to Rio where football is king! Find out about the importance of exercise and eating the right amounts of different types of food.
Now we need to plan a celebration with fabulous music and song. Let’s invite parents and friends – they’ll all come along!
Bem-vindo ao Brasil os meus amigos!
What did we learn in Autumn term 2?
In term 2 our topic was 'Splendid Skies'.
In History, we learnt about the work of Irish-British hydrographer Sir Francis Beaufort. We thought about how his work contributed to national and international achievements. We also looked at the invention of flight and how aircraft have changed over time. To enagage the children in this learning, we took a trip to the RAF Manston History Museum to explore the aircraft.
In Geography, we used world maps and atlases to name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans. We also named, located and identified the characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surrounding areas. Then we explored and compared the climate of different countries around the world.
In art we compared skies in art, by exploring the work of different artists. We then created our own art using collage and painting techniques.
In Science, we went on a nature walk to explore signs of the current season. We then moved on to identifying the uses of a variety of everyday materials including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard. We tested materials to see if they were waterproof. We also investigated how the shapes of solid objects could be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.
The children really enjoyed their trip to the RAF Manston History Museum in week one, with one pupil giving it a five star rating! All children agreed that they enjoyed it so much they would like to go again! Lots was learnt about the artefacts on display and the children then wrote excellent recounts in English.
We also enjoyed our nature walk. We identified lots of signs of the season and began to learn about weather forecasts and symbols.
In Maths, the children enjoyed measuring length and height with rulers and tape measures. We investigated objects in the classroom that were shorter than a metre, objects that were longer than a metre and even challenged ourselves to see who could find something as close to 1 metre as possible!
Thank you for all those who attended our SATS workshop. Here is the PowerPoint for you to read with some useful links. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions.
Below are the links to the PowerPoint at the meeting.
In Year Two we have selected six topics that we hope will captivate the children’s interests. Through cross-curricular teaching we will cover different areas of the curriculum in an exciting and engaging way. We begin a topic with something to hook the children in, this is called the “engage” stage. The children then “develop” their learning before presenting what they have been learning. This provides the children a context to share their work and we refer to this as the “express” stage. At the end of a topic we would like to invite you into school so that we can showcase the children’s learning. This will also be an opportunity for you to see the children’s classroom and books.
Here is an overview of all the topics we will be covering throughout the year:
Here is an outline of what a week looks like in Year 2. As the year and the children evolve, our weekly timetable will change accordingly. Please click for current timetable below.
We believe in positive praise and always seek opportunities to reward the children. We always try to follow the “5 B’s” which are:
Be kind and gentle
Be the best you can be
Our friendly classroom critters live in a bubble. They love to watch us learning and sometimes, if we are working very quietly, they like to sit on our desks!
Please see the topic overview for further possible trips. We will notify parents as soon as trips are confirmed.