Weekly Learning
20.3.2020
 
It has been a very busy and slightly surreal week in Year 2. In Maths we were learning about using mental subtraction and developing quicker strategies. In PE we took park in Interhouse Cross Country. Well done to all the children for taking part. We looked at our plants that we have been growing in different conditions and compared their progress. The children we able to discuss how removing a variable (e.g light or water) had affected the growth. 
With all the news this week, we have spent a lot of time on PSHE and discussing and answering questions the children have had. We looked at the importance of hand washing and personal hygiene, as well as watching the pepper experiment you may have seen online. 
Keep save everybody, we look forward to welcoming you back to St Mary's as soon as possible. 
 
Year 2 Team
13.3.2020
 
What a busy week for Year 2 this week! We've been working hard on multiplication and and division in Maths. We've been working hard to recognise multiplication as "groups of" an amount. 
e.g. 5 x 3 is 5 groups of 3. 
The children have been using pictures and physical objects to help them with this. 
In P.E we worked hard on teamwork and developing our balance. 
We also made our Great Fire of London houses. Thank you for all the donations of cereal boxes. We hope to set fire to these in the next couple of weeks. 
 
6.3.20
 
This has been a very busy week for Year 2! We have been busy rehearsing for Sing Up Day next week. The children have become a lot more confident with the different verses. In Maths we have been working hard on subtraction and developing our problem solving skills. In Science we have been learning more about plants. We have started an experiment to test what the best conditions are to grow a plant by planting beans and placing them in different areas around the classroom. 
We are very excited about celebrating World Book Day on Monday. We can't wait to see everyone in their costumes - keep an eye out for what the staff will be coming as! 
7.2.20
 
What an eventful week in Year 2! Things didn't get off to the greatest of starts when we had to reschedule our Great Fire of London day at very short notice. Thank you to all the parents for their patience with this. We managed to have it on Wednesday and we must say a huge thank you to all the parent helpers who stepped up at short notice, we couldn't have done it without you. 
 
The children really enjoyed the day. The morning was filled with a range of activities where the children got to have a go at some drama, candle making, printing, weaving and perfume making amongst others. In the afternoon we learnt about the style of houses used, more about how the fire spread and then excavated some artefacts. The children had a great time and the work and activities really brought to life what they had been learning in the classroom in preparation. 
 
This week we have also been testing different materials in Science. We tried to see if we could rip, twist, squash or stretch different materials. We've also investigated what happens when you mix lemonade and herbal tea, which gave us some very interesting results!
 
Have a great weekend.
31.1.20
 
This week in Maths we have been looking at column addition with regrouping. We worked hard at understanding the method and then spent time using it to solve different problems. We focused on the mathematical language that helped us to understand whether to add or subtract. 
 
In Science we have been sorting materials. We used scientific vocabulary to help sort and classify objects based on their properties. 
 
This week we also had a visit from a Rabbi. He talked through Passover and the Sedar Plate. He also gave an assembly to Year 1 and 2. We finished the week with a dance workshop run get Get Fit Go Green, which was really enjoyable. 
 
On Monday it is our Great Fire of London day. We are really excited. Come back next week for lots of pictures of what we got up to. 
24.1.20
 
This we have been learning more about the events of September 1666. We discovered some wine, cheese and a diary that was buried by Samuel Pepys. The diary was really interesting and gave us more information about how and why the fire spread so quickly and how it was put out. We then had a go at writing our own diaries as if we were there in 1666.
In PE we have been doing more cross country and building up the length and distance we can run for.
In Maths we have been working on addition and solving problems using formal methods.
We spent two days on R.E this week learning about Passover. This was in preparation for our special visitor on Monday.
 
Enjoy the weekend! 
 
17.1.20 
 
Year Two have had a really busy, active week. We spent Monday afternoon doing some baking as part of our Great Fire of London work. The children followed a recipe to create some rock cakes. We've also compared London in 1666 to modern day London. In PSHE we have been thinking about what makes us all different and discussed what would life be like if we were all the same. The children discussed their hobbies and interests and spent time listening to others. 
We have learnt to compare three digit numbers, using apparatus to make numbers. We have been using 'greater than' and 'less than' to compare numbers. 
Enjoy the weekend!
 
10.1.20 
 
First of all, welcome back and we hope you had a great holiday. The children have quickly got back into the swing of things in Year 2. We have been learning about counting in ones, tens and hundreds using three digit numbers in Maths. There has been lots of equipment to use to help the learning. We have been outside doing lots of running during our PE lessons. The children have also been developing their co-ordination in PE by using different sizes balls to catch. 
Our Great Fire of London topic has started this week. We started off by looking at some different sources of information and tried to work out what they told us about the events of September 1666. 
 
Have a lovely weekend.
19.12.19
 
What an end to a busy term! The children have worked so hard this week, particularly focusing on sewing skills. We have been learning about weaving, including running stitches, back stitches and cross stitches. 
On Wednesday we put this all together and spent the day designing and making puppets. These will be put on display later in the year. 
On Thursday we had a final celebration assembly of the term with lots of awards being given out. We also played some maths games that had been designed earlier in the week. 
Enjoy the break!
13.12.19
 
This week the children took part in two fantastic christmas performances on Tuesday and Thursday. They have been working so hard to learn their lines, songs and routines. Thank you to everyone who came and a huge thank you for all your help with costumes.
 
We also went to watch Year Three do their performance which was great. We have been learning more about weaving and developing skills using paper plates and thread. It was great to see the children have such a "can do" attitude towards this and they showed great determination to succeed. 
 
Have a good weekend!
6.12.19
 
December has arrived but it's been another busy week. The highlight of the week was a fantastic dress rehearsal to Year 3, 4 and 5 on Thursday. The children have been working so hard and can't wait to show everyone their performance next week. 
 
We've also been doing some Science outdoors. We investigated camouflage by trying find coloured capterpillars amongst the leaves. We learnt that brown was the best colour to be a caterpillar as it was very difficult to see them amongst the fallen leaves. 
 
In Maths we have been learning about money. We have been adding amounts of coins to find totals and find different ways to make amounts - e.g. 50p by making 20p, 20p and 10p or 5 lots of 10p. 
 
Have a good weekend!
29.11.19
 
This week has been another busy one in Year 2. We have continued to rehearse for our production. Thank you to everyone for bringing in your costumes! 
 
In Maths we have been learning about money. We have learnt about different coins and discussed how to recognise them. We have also investigated ways to make different amounts using coins. 
 
In R.E we have been looking at the nativity story in more detail. In PE we have continued to develop our hockey skills and applying them in small sided games. 
 
15.11.19
 
This week in Maths we have started learning about column subtraction. We have used dienes to help us complete them practically. Next week we are going to have a go at regrouping with subtraction. 
 
In Topic we learnt about the countries that make up the United Kingdom. We labelled a map and spoke about the capital cities. In computing we then had a go a creating flags from within the United Kingdom. 
 
We read through our Christmas play for the first time this week. Thank you to everyone who has helped their child to learn their lines. 
 
Reminder: Next Wednesday (20th) is the KS1 Stay ad Play. 
8.11.19
 
This week in Maths we have been learning how to regroup. We can now complete column addition calculations where regrouping is required. We have been using our dienes to help us. 
 
We started our Geography topic about the world this week and looked at the difference between human and physical geography. In ICT the children then used a simple programme to design their own flags. 
 
This week we have told the children their role in the Christmas performance. You should have received a letter with information about costumes and some lines to learn if your child has a speaking part. All children chose whether they would like a speaking part or not. If you have any questions, please feel free to come and talk to your class teacher. 
 
Have a lovely weekend.