Welcome to Year 2 - Primrose Class!
If you go down to the woods today you’re in for a BIG surprise. Foxes and badgers, voles and mice, beady eyed owls in the swaying tree tops. Beneath the leaves are tiny footprints – animal or imp? You decide. Deciduous or evergreen? Can you match a leaf to its tree? Can you match a petal to its flower?
Let’s build a den, stick by stick and branch by branch. Or we could make a teeny tiny home for a woodland fairy. Then let’s party down in the woods with Mr Fox and all his woodland friends. We’d better not get lost. Let’s leave a trail as we go. At last, it’s time to rest by the woodland fire, listening to stories and toasting our sweet, gooey marshmallows. Yum, yum.
We have had a very busy term, planting our seeds and watching them grow. We know what a plant needs to grown and made posters and presented our learning to the rest of the class. We have made our own rainforest plants sculptures and know the different parts of a plant and why they are important.
We were worked hard on our special year 2 quizzes and really loved our treat - a visit from Joey the Clown.
This has been a busy term, learning all about London now and in the past. We have looked at maps and aerial photographs of London, picking out some of the landmarks, using compass points to navigate around the city. We have planned a visit to London Zoo and made some souvenirs.
The Great Fire of London was a very important event in the history of our capital city. We learnt about the events that caused the fire in Thomas Farriner's bakery in Pudding Lane. We made bread and our own Tudor houses before recreating the fire in our Forest School area.
We were really lucky this term to have lots of visitors to help us with our learning. We had a great workshop about life inside a medieval castle, where we got to experience the clothes and how they might have cooked at that time. During our forest school day, we learnt about animals which tunnel and we dug our own tunnels. We built our own Norman motte and bailey castles out of the things we could find in the forest school environment and then made our own catapults to discover which materials would be best to attack and destroy the castles.
We learnt about towers around the world and built our own and then we looked at bridges. We looked at how we could make a bridge stronger or stiffer, making our own bridges out of spaghetti and marshmallow.
In English, we learnt the story of the Three Little Pigs and then created our fairy tales, using the pattern of this story.
What a busy term we had! We had a great day at Chatham Dockyard. We got to meet Pirate Pip and find out what it was like to be a pirate. We learnt about the historic rescue by Grace Darling and her father and everyone was able to be part of acting out the rescue before we all made our own medals. Finally, we had a found out why rope was so important to sailors and we made our very own long skipping rope.
We have learnt about floating and sinking, discovering how the shape of an object can affect its ability to float or sink by making boats from plasticene - it was tricky to find a shape that floated. We learnt about famous explorers, thinking about the differences between explorers from different times. We looked at maps of the world and a globe to find out about the oceans, continents and the Equator and we made our very own pirate treasure maps and added a key to help us to find the treasure.
We had a great day at Reculver, hunting in the rock pools, learning about what lives on our coastline and understanding the difference between things that are alive, dead and have never been alive.
We learnt about habitats and microhabits and found out how a habitat meets an animals basic need for survival. We compared the habitats of seabirds and common garden birds identified similarities and differences. We looked at the work of J.M.W. Turner and created out own seascapes using wax and watercolours.
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.
These are the topics we will be covering this year:
Towers, Tunnels and Turrets
Bright Lights, Big City
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.
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