Weekly Learning
5.4.19
 
Another great week in Year 2! 
 
This week we have been learning to multiply by 5. We have used both skip-counting and dot paper to help us. Everyone is really enjoying learning the times tables and would really benefit from further practise of the 2, 3, 5, and 10 at home. 
 
In English lessons this week some of us have been working on communication. After writing an email and an invitation we focused on how we can communicate using tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. 
 
In RE this week we finished our learning about the Easter story. We wrote some fantastic diary entries from the perspective of one of Jesus' disciples. We then made some Easter cards which we are really excited to bring home. 
 
A really big well done to our Year 2 talent show finalists! Both acts were fantastic and we were very proud of them. 
 
Have a lovely Easter break! 
 
 
29.3.19
 
This week in Maths we have been learning how to multiply by 2 using both skip counting and dot paper. 
You could practise skip counting at home. For 3 x 2 the children put up three fingers and then count in twos for each finger. 
 
In Topic this week we compared the differences between firefighting in 1666 and 2019. 
We then wrote some comparative sentences. 
We also had fun making our Great Fire of London style houses. Thank you very much to everyone who donated some cereal boxes for us to use. 
 
We really enjoyed having lots of adults visit us on Thursday for stay and play. The children were really excited to share their learning with you. We hope you had as much fun as we did. 
 
Thank you to the parents that came to our English Information Evening on Wednesday. If you would like to have a look, the Power Points and handouts used will be on the school website. 
 
 
22.3.19
 
This week in Maths we have been learning how to divide using both the sharing and the grouping method. We are becoming much more confident in writing division calculations.
 
In RE this week we have been learning about the Easter story. First we looked at some objects we associate with Easter, like Easter eggs, and how these might link to the Easter story. We then investigated Christian beliefs on Jesus' resurrection and discussed our own opinions. 
 
We were very excited to observe our beans changing this week. So far we have noticed that all the beans that were given water have started to germinate. We were really shocked that the beans that have grown the fastest so far are the ones in the dark.  
15.3.19
 
What an exciting week we have had in Year 2!
 
This week has been Science week at school. The theme this year has been journeys. We have started to explore the journey a bean goes through to become an adult plant. We are currently growing some beans and have created our own investigations to test the effect of light, water and soil. We can't wait to find out which beans grow best. 
 
On Wednesday we had a great time experimenting with balloon rockets. We enjoyed working in teams to find out the best ways to make our rocket go further. We tried different amounts of air in our balloons and holding the string at different heights and angles. 
 
On Thursday we had a fantastic 'Silly Science' workshop. We watched and helped take part in some really exciting experiments. We watched fire, explosions and rockets. 
 
In Year Two we have also learnt about Marie Curie. We found out about her Nobel Prizes and how her findings are still helping poorly people today.
 
On Friday we launched a rocket on the school field. We were so excited and amazed at how high it travelled. We also made our own lava lamps. We loved watching the food colouring and gas travel up through the oil. If you would like to continue this at home drop in one Alka-Seltzer tablet into the bottle and enjoy! 
 
We continued with our weekly visit to the library this week. We absolutely love reading and sharing books! 
 

8.3.19
 
In Maths this week we have revisited column subtraction with regrouping. We are becoming much more confident with this and some of us are now able to do this without our dienes. 
 
In Topic this week we did some great writing as if we were King Charles. We looked at how the Great Fire influenced many changes in London including how houses are built. 
 
On Thursday we had a great time celebrating books! We enjoyed a fantastic George's Marvellous Medicine drama workshop in the morning. In the afternoon we loved reading our favourite books with some reception children. 
1.3.19
 
What a busy first week back!
 
This week we have carried on working on the column method for addition. We can now add two 3-digit numbers together and regroup both the tens and the ones. 
 
In Art this week we finished off our Great Fire of London style water paintings and started to sketch 1666 style houses. 
 
In ICT we have started to create PowerPoint presentations using what we have learnt about The Great Fire of London. We made our title page and learnt how to save a presentation. 
 
Reminder
Next Thursday (7th March)  we will be reading some stories to reception children for World Book Day. It would be lovely if the children could bring in a story they love from home. 
14/02/19
This week in Maths we have been working on the column method for addition and subtraction. We will continue to work on this after half term. 
 
In Art this week we have started to create fire inspired water colour paintings. We have finished our backgrounds and will be creating and adding silhouettes after half term. Whilst working on our Art we enjoyed listening to some music. 
 
We had an exciting visitor this week who helped bring some of our RE learning to life. We enjoyed being actors and becoming part of the story he was telling us. 
 
There is no homework this week. Happy Half Term! 

8.2.19
 
What an exciting week we have had in Year 2!
 
In Maths this week we have started to use the column method to add 3 digit numbers. We can now complete simple calculations and next week we will be looking at calculations where regrouping is required 
 
In Science this week we investigated which materials will float and which will sink. We then used what we had learnt to design and build our own boats for Samuel Pepys to escape London. To see if our boats were strong we counted how many marbles they could carry before sinking. The winning boat was able to hold 60 marbles before it sank. Wow! 
 
Thank you to everyone that provided costumes for our Great Fire of London day. They all looked fantastic and really helped to bring the day to life for the children. We had a fun day travelling back in time to 1666. We learnt all about the fire and the jobs people would have had at the time.  
1.2.19
We hope you have all had fun in the snow today!
 
This week in Math we have been comparing 3-digit numbers. We were then able to order a set of numbers and describe which is the greatest and which is the smallest. 
 
In RE this week we continued to look at Muslim prayer. We are lucky enough to have some children of this faith in our classes. They enjoyed sharing their experiences with us and tried to answer our questions. 
 
In Science we tested the strength of different materials. We tried to scrunch, rip, twist and stretch a range of materials. Next week we will be testing whether the same materials are waterproof and able to float. We will then use our results to build a boat for Samuel Pepys to escape London. If you have anything at home that your children would like to use to build their boat we would be grateful for any extra materials particularly plastic food containers. We will be making our boats on Thursday.
 
We hope everyone found the SATS evening useful on Thursday evening. You can find the PowerPoint we used below. 
 
25.1.19
This week in RE we started off our new topic Islam. We will be learning all about how and why Muslims pray. If there are any parents who are willing to come in and share their experience of this with the Year 2 children we would be very grateful. 
 
In Science this week we have been describing and sorting different materials. We came up with some fantastic adjectives to describe our materials including shiny, hard, soft, smooth and rough. We even discussed transparent and opaque which are two words we hadn't heard before. After that we had a go at using these words to sort our materials. 
 
In Maths this week we have started to look at 3-digit numbers. We are now able to use our dienes to make the numbers and then discuss how many hundreds, tens and ones are in each number.  
 
Thank you to everyone who has already volunteered to be a parent helper for our Great Fire of London day. We still need two more volunteers to ensure this day can go ahead and run smoothly. It is a very fun and exciting day! If you are available on Friday 8th February and are willing to help please let your child's class teacher know. 
18.1.19
 
We started off our week by writing some fantastic comparisons between London now and London in 1666. We were shocked that they didn't even have cars or the internet! :) 
 
In Science this week we investigated reversible and irreversible changes. We found that once bread has become toast it cannot be made back into bread. However, once water has been frozen and become ice it can melt into water again. 
 
In PSHE this week we set ourselves some goals and thought about what we want to be when we are older. The children have some really interesting aspirations they might like to share with you. 
 
11.1.19
 
What an exciting week we have had in Year 2! 
 
We have started Forest School this week and have been really excited to get outside and explore. Please remember children will need their wellies and waterproof clothing every Friday this half term. 
 
Last week we learnt that The Great Fire of London started in a bakery so this week we did some baking. All children got involved with weighing their ingredients and following a simple set of instructions. We ended up with some delicious Great Fire of London style cakes. We hope the children enjoyed eating them as much as they did making them! 
 
In Maths this week we have continued to learn about money. We have been adding and subtracting different amounts of money using methods learnt previously. 
 
During PE we started our cross country unit this week. We enjoyed playing a game which involved running for a long period of time and quickly learnt we may need to save some of our energy until near the end of a long distance run. We then set ourselves a group running time to try and beat each week. 
4.1.19
 
Welcome back! We hope that everyone had a lovely Christmas break. 
 
In English this week we wrote about our Christmas and created New Year poems. 
 
Our new topic in Maths is money. This week we have been learning what each of the coins and notes are worth starting at a one pence coin and going all the way to a fifty pound note. Showing us any coins or notes at home and talking about what each of them are worth would be great practise. Some of us even understand that one hundred pence is the same as one pound.
 
We started our Great Fire of London topic this week. We investigated a crime scene to work out where and when the fire could have started. We really enjoyed working this out and came to the conclusion that the fire started in a bakery in 1666.
 
Reminder - Next Friday we will be starting Forest School. Please remember to bring in wellies and any other waterproof clothing. 
 
 
14.12.18
 
What a great week we have had!
 
Thank you to everyone who came to watch our Christmas performance. We loved showing you what we have been learning and were really proud of ourselves afterwards. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.
 
In Maths we have been working on column subtraction with regrouping. We are getting better at doing this with the help of our dienes. 
 
In Science we investigated the colour of caterpillars. Red, green, yellow and black caterpillars were hidden on the school field for us to find. We predicted which would be found first and why. We noticed that the brighter colours were found first. The black and green caterpillars were found last because they camouflage.