Weekly Learning
19.7.19
 
In Maths this week we revisited place value and used our prior knowledge to develop our problem solving skills. We all really enjoyed tackling a range of different problems. 
 
Thank you to everyone who came to our music assembly this week. We loved performing for you and showing off some of the songs we have been learning this year. 
 
On Wednesday we took advantage of the sunshine and all went onto the field to enjoy a refreshing ice lolly. Year Two have been amazing this year and thoroughly deserved their treat. Well done Year Two! 
 
On either Tuesday or Wednesday the children will be bringing their books home. If it is possible please can they bring in a strong plastic bag to put them in. Thank you in advance. 
 12.7.19
 
This week in English we have been looking at an information text all about chocolate. We identified key features of information texts and are getting ready to write our own. 
 
We really enjoyed having lots of adults visiting us this week to help with our art. We spent lots of time looking at the detail and sketching the outline of some fruit. We then created the colours we needed by mixing water colour paints. The results were fantastic! 
 
On Tuesday next week (16th July) it is our Music assembly. We will be singing some songs to show you what we have learnt in music this year. We look forward to seeing you there. 
On Wednesday next week (17th July) we would like to give the children an ice lolly as a treat for working so hard this year. If you have any concerns about this please let your class teacher know. 
 
Could all library books please be returned next week. Miss Donlevy and Mr Troup both have a list of books that have been borrowed if you have any queries. 
 
Have a lovely weekend! 

5.7.19
 
We hope you enjoyed sports day as much as we did this week. Everyone work really hard and scored lots of points for their house. Thank you to everyone who came to watch, the children really loved having your support. 
 
Everyone enjoyed visiting their new classroom and meeting their Year 3 teachers this week. Year 2 came back very enthusiastic about their next journey! 
 
In RE we have been learning about Jewish people's special relationship with God. We acted out the story of Abraham, learnt about Moses while making our own commandments and then made mezuzah's to put on our door. 
 
Have a lovely weekend! 
 
28.6.19
 
Year Two have worked really hard this week! 
 
We have been planning our own fantasy stories in English. We have started our descriptions of a new planet and decided what our characters are searching for. By the end of the week, we were starting to think of a problem they will come across on their way and how they will solve it. Have a look at some of our freeze frames below. 
 
We had an exciting visit to AHS on Tuesday for the multi skills festival. All children really enjoyed taking part in a variety of activities. They co-operated well as a team with both familiar and unfamiliar faces. 
 
In Science, we started to explore what is meant by a balanced diet. We sorted different food, learnt some food groups and created our own healthy meal. 
 
 
 
 
21.6.19
 
What a busy and exciting week in Year 2! 
 
In Topic this week we explored different features of a castle. We learnt the name of each part and why it was important. We were then able to apply this during our trip to Warwick Castle by pointing out all the different features.
Everyone had a fantastic day at Warwick Castle where we explored inside the castle, climbed up the tall tower and watched the trebuchet show. 
 
We also really enjoyed our 'Daniel Experience' at the church on Friday. We took part in four exciting activities which helped us to learn some stories about Daniel. We ended our morning learning some fun actions to a new song.
 
A big thank you to the parent helpers on both our Warwick Castle trip and our Daniel Experience! 
14.6.19
 
This week in Maths we have been using both the grouping and the sharing methods to help us to divide. 
 
We have really enjoyed Science this week. We investigated different ways animals grow throughout their life times and had fun comparing ourselves when we were very little and now. We also started to think about ways we can keep our bodies healthy. We observed how germs spread whilst getting our hands dirty with glitter! We then practiced washing our hands properly and talked about when it is especially important to wash them. 
 
In PSHE this week, we discussed how to be safe near roads. When you are out and about over the weekend it would be nice for the children to talk to you about where they think is a safe place to cross. 
 
Reminder: Next Thursday (20th June) is our trip to Warwick castle. The weather is very unpredictable so can you please make sure your child is prepared for sun (sun cream, sun hat) or rain (waterproof coat). Children will need to come to school in their school uniform but may wear comfortable trainers for walking. If children are bringing a packed lunch could it please be put in a disposable bag so that children do not have to carry around a lunch box all day.  Please remember children need to bring a water bottle with them. A disposable one might be better than one that is valuable to reduce the number of items the children need to remember to look after. 
7-6-19
 
A busy first week back for Year Two!
 
In Maths this week, we have been learning our three times tables. We learnt how to use both skip counting and dot paper to support our learning and decided which one we prefer to use. 
 
During PE, we tried archery for the first time. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and we saw huge improvements in just one lesson. Well done Year Two!
 
In our English lesson this week, we have been writing some descriptive piece about entering a magical washing machine. Everyone was able to include some fantastic adjectives and similes. 
 
We have now started our castles topic. We had a go at reenacting The Battle of Hastings, created some lovely story boards and learnt about the first castles to be built by the Normans. We had an interesting discussion about whether the children would prefer to build a Motte and Bailey castle or a Keep and Bailey castle. 
 
In Science next week we are going to be looking at animals and their young. We will be investigating how different animals change over time. It would be lovely if the children would like to bring in a baby picture of themselves so we can see how we have changed over time. This lesson will be Wednesday 12th June. 
 
 
 
17.5.19
 
This week in Maths we have continued practising reading and writing the time to the nearest 15 minutes. The children are much more confident at o'clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to. We hope they were able to show this off to you during their homework this week. 
 
In Topic this week we have been working really hard on our writing. We have written some lovely biographies about Florence Nightingale. 
 
In PE the children really enjoyed working on their throwing skills in preparation for Sports Day. 
 
 
10.5.19
 
In Math this week we have revisited our learning about the time. We have practised counting round the clock in fives to work out how many minutes past the hour the clock is showing. 
 
We created our own portraits based on the artist Arcrimboldo this week. We used different fruit and vegetables to inspire the different facial features. 
 
Year 2 have been learning the lyrics to some new songs in Music lessons. Hopefully we will be able to perform these in front of an audience soon! 
 
Thanks again to everyone who volunteered for our upcoming Warwick Castle trip. All of your support is thoroughly appreciated. 
 
2D were eager to share some pictures of the puzzle they worked on as a team during recent wet playtimes. They were then really excited to measure how tall they are. 
3.5.19
 
We have had a great week in Year 2!
 
In English this week we have been looking at different features of instructions.  We followed some instructions to make paper plate fish and had a go at giving clear, verbal instructions to our partners. We ended the week by making delicious pizza. Next we will use this experience to write a set of instructions of our own. 
 
During Topic lessons we have been learning about the conditions in Scutari Hospital before Florence Nightingale arrived. First we visited the hospital to see for ourselves what the conditions were like. We then used our experience to write fantastic setting descriptions. 
 
We learnt how to find fractions of amounts in Maths this week. If you would like to practise this at home it will be hugely beneficial. If the children want to find 2/4 of 12 they have been taught to first split a circle into 4 parts, share 12 dots equally between the 4 parts and then count how many are in 2 of the parts. 
 
Have a lovely extended weekend! 
26.4.19
 What a lovely first week back!
 
This week we started learning about Florence Nightingale. We learnt that her dream was to be a nurse but her family didn't approve. 
 
In Maths we have started learning about fractions. We can now identify 1/2, 1/4, 1/3, 2/4 and 2/3 of a shape. Next week we are going to learn to identify fractions of an amount.
 
We were very excited to finally burn our houses Friday afternoon. We were amazed at how quickly the fire spread because the houses were so close together and it was a windy day. 
 
2D -  I am very sorry that you do not have homework this weekend. Due to the exciting events Friday afternoon I forgot to hand it out. I have attached the homework (Reading Comprehension) to the blog if you would like to complete it. Alternatively, homework books will be given out on Monday and won't be due in again until Friday. Sorry again and have a lovely weekend!  - Miss Donlevy 
 

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. 
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