Welcome to our Year 1 Page

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Class Teacher

Miss C. Elvy

Teaching Assistant

Mrs C Jones / Mrs M Bird

Home Learning - given on a Thursday - due in on a Tuesday.


PE - Monday  - children to come into school in their PE kit please

Welcome to our Year 2 page

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Termly Newsletter

What have Year 2 been up to?

Home Learning Links

Today the children took part in an exciting session called 'Now Press Play'. Everyone had to wear a set of headphones so they could listen to and take part in the story based around everyday materials at the recycling centre. They became one of the characters and had to help rescue Scruffy the dog from the Wicked Witch of the Waste, with a little help from Wizard Silly Stuff. It was fantastic to see the children so animated. Everyone enjoyed the session, including the adults!

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The children have had another good week and produced some fabulous learning.

 

In maths, we have been looking at fractions of shapes - not easy. They have been finding out how to recognise and write a half, a quarter and a third correctly and find different fractions of shapes.

 

English has had a cross-curricular theme. The children wrote the instructions for making the crunchy Caribbean coleslaw they made in DT last week. They have also completed some history writing about the 2012 Olympics. They found out about the Olympic rings and then organised their information into a leaflet.

 

In DT they found out about some of the fish we eat. next week the children will be helping to make a tuna pasta salad.

This was our last week of Forest School. Over the 6 weeks the children have learnt so much and really grown in confidence to try new things. 

We played a game first and Jude showed us a very special book - 'The lost words'.

Once in groups, the children could do mud kitchen, walking the slack line, secret writing, toasting and eating marshmallows and trying stinging nettle crisps. All too quickly the afternoon was over and the children helped to put out the fire and shared their thoughts.

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Forest School has been such a success. Thank you Jude and Paul for teaching us lots of new things.
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A friendly dove even came to see us!
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Forest Schools - Week 5
 
Scavenger Hunt
Heating hot water for hot chocolate & blackcurrant
Making flower pictures
The very popular mud kitchen!
Making cupcakes from mud and flowers

Forest School has been a great success with the children. It has been wonderful to see their confidence grow over the weeks and their obvious enjoyment of all the different activities.

Please ask your child about what they have been up to.

We have one more week of Forest School next week.

Welcome back! I hope you all had a great Easter break with your families.

The children were glad to be back and quickly settled back into the routine of school. Please make sure your child has their book bag and planner in school every day and that home learning (access through Google Classroom) is returned each week on a Monday.

In Forest School this week the children decorated eggs. They peeled the skin off onions and used beetroot to colour the water that was heated on a fire. They collected small leaves and flowers to decorate their eggs. After wetting the eggs, they were decorated and then put into a bag made from tights. This was then placed in the hot water for about 10 minutes. Once taken out and cooled, the resulting pattern was revealed.

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In Forest School this week we worked in groups to do different activities. Each group rotated around the different tasks.

We ended the session by sitting around the camp fire. Jude made a fire and she made popcorn. The best part was when we all got to eat it!

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There is a class Easter song on Google Classroom - Spring Chicken

Our English this week has been based around a song written by an eight year old boy called 'World in danger'. It is all about how we are destroying our planet and the effect on the wildlife and thing we take for granted. Some great learning has been achieved.

In maths we have started to look at doubling and halving as an introduction to multiplication and division. On Thursday we thought about the census and created a tally chart and pictogram about eye colour. The whole school are counting eye colour.

In Forest School this week we looked at animal homes. A walk around the grounds resulted in finding a number of different habitats and animal homes. The children also made a den, made mud pies, tried a hammock, played hide and seek and made kites in the shape of a red kite.

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FOREST SCHOOLS

Please make sure your child is suitably dressed for the weather - they could get muddy and wet! Old warm clothes, an extra jumper, a warm and waterproof coat, wellies, hat, gloves and scarf. Please send a bag of extra clothes in case your child needs to change after the session. THANK YOU

We had our first Forest School session this week with our leader, Jude. We were very lucky with the weather, though it was a bit cold! 

The children worked in groups on different activities. A walk around the grounds was a chance to collect interesting things and try to identify them. The children also played some games. Great fun was had by all.

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As part of our topic about 'The Great Fire of London', the children created a collage of some burning buildings using different materials. Their pictures are fantastic. The pictures were then used to create a display.

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Mason was subtracting tens from a 2-digit number.
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Jasmine found the features of a non-chronological report about beaches.
Rosalia has designed her fabric face.
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In R.E. this week, the children have been finding out about the Torah. it is the most holy Jewish book. it is written in Hebrew and no-one is allowed to touch it. A Yad is used to read it.

The children made their own scrolls and made them look old using cold tea to stain the paper.

They wrote messages on their scrolls that explained different ways to make the world a better place.

WELL-BEING WEDNESDAY

 The children had a non-screen day today. They did lots of different activities based around the book 'A helping hand'. They worked well together and produced some fantastic learning.

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In computing we have been learning all about coding.

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Here is some learning that the children have been doing in school this week.

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The children made bees and honeycombs in art. 
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In English the children read a story called Traction Man. They painted pictures of him.

The children have been working hard this week, both in school or learning from home.

In English, we looked at the book 'That rabbit belongs to Emily Brown'. The children had to write a description of Emily Brown and to create their own story about her. Emily had a different toy in the stories. Some of them were shared in a live session on Google Classroom.

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Some children painted pictures of Emily Brown and her toy.
It has been great to see the children during the live sessions on Google Classroom. The learning has been fabulous. 
A great week - well done.

WELCOME BACK!

I HOPE EVERYONE HAD A GOOD CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR.

The children have been accessing their learning on Google Classroom this term.

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Our new DT topic is 'Our fabric faces' - the first task was to explore fabrics. The children had to look at different fabrics and then describe what they looked and felt like. Drawing round hands and sticking different fabrics on, she then used words to describe them e.g. snuggly, soft, hard, fluffy

Thank you very much for all your help and support during this very challenging term. The children have done so well and are very proud of their achievements.

WISHING YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND ALL GOOD WISHES FOR A SAFE AND PEACEFUL 2021

 

from the Year 2 team

The children have been finding out about the Christingle and what all the different parts mean. They have been learning the special song, ready for this afternoon. With a little help, the children made their own Christingles. We then turned all the lights off, pulled all the blinds down and lit the glow candles. They sang the song while holding their Christingles. It looked and sounded magical!

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Today in art the children created their Lowry collages. They had to cut out their buildings and their matchstick people and stick them onto the background. WOW, the finished collages look absolutely amazing!!! We have some budding artists in the making!

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In art this week, the children have been finding out about LS Lowry's matchstick figures. They looked closely at a painting and enjoyed finding different people. Their observation skills were amazing! Then it was their turn to draw their own matchstick figures. Next week they will be putting everything together to make a Lowry collage.

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JOLLY JUMPER DAY

The children came dressed in their Christmas jumpers and dresses. They looked fabulous. During the day the children made Christmas cards, calendars and a Christmas stocking display.

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In art this week we looked at the buildings that LS Lowry used in his paintings and his use of perspective. The children had a go at drawing their own buildings. It was not as easy as they thought it would be. Once they had finished we had an art gallery, so the children could share their learning with the class. Well done everyone.

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We went to the computer suite this week for our lesson. The children used RM Colour Magic to create either a firework picture or one about Halloween.

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In art this week the children learnt all about perspective. When looking at a painting, the things that are far away look very small, whereas the things that are closer look bigger. The children looked at perspective in some paintings by LS Lowry. Then it was their turn to mix their own colours to create a background.

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In English this week, all our learning has been based around the book 'The owl who was afraid of the dark'. They have planned and written a new chapter called 'Dark is amazing'. 

The children have worked really hard this week and produced some excellent learning. Well done everyone.

In art this week the children have been finding out about the different colours that LS Lowry used in his paintings. They found out that by adding black you can make a colour darker and by adding white you can make the colour lighter. Mixing different combinations of the primary colours (red, blue + yellow) will make different colours. The children painted a seascape and had to mix their own colours. The pictures were amazing!

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We have been learning about purple poppies. People wear them to remember the animals that died in the war.

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We have started a new art topic about the life and work of LS Lowry. Today the children found out a little about his life and some of his paintings. Their task was called 'Inside a painting'. They had to imagine they were inside a painting called 'Industrial Landscape' and think about different things.

e.g. things I might be able to hear. things I might be able to smell. How I feel when I look at the picture and why.

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The children looked amazing in their Halloween costumes. The make-up really added to the costumes. There are some really talented people around. Well done and thank you.

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Thank you for all your help and support with the children this half term. They have worked so hard and achieved so much. We are all very proud of them.

      The Year 2 Team

 

     HAVE A GREAT HALF TERM AND STAY SAFE

The children have had another good week and produced some great learning.

In DT they have been designing their  own moving pictures. It was up to them whether they used levers, sliders or a wheel mechanism. Over the last few weeks they have been learning how to do the different moving pictures. Now it is time to put into practice what they have learned in their own design.

In maths we have been looking at ordering 2-digit numbers. We made the different numbers with sticks of 10 and ones. Then they had to look at the number of 10s to help them decide which order to put the numbers in, starting with the smallest. We have also been comparing numbers using the mathematical symbols for more than and less than.

The children have worked really hard at improving their joined writing. Daily practice has really paid off. The children should feel very proud of the improvement they have all made. It is amazing to see! Well done everyone.

In English this week, the children have been learning how to write instructions. They have been using time words to put their steps into the right order and using imperative (bossy) verbs. e.g. 1. First, get two slices of bread. 2. Then, spread butter on both slices.

We will be learning to write different types of instructions.

In maths we have been looking at 2-digit numbers and what the different digits mean. The children have been using Dienes equipment and money (1p & 10p) to show the different numbers. 

23  =20  +3         23p = 10p + 10p + 1p + 1p + 1p

In DT the children have been making and using a wheel mechanism to move pictures around. Next week they are going to be designing their own moving pictures using sliders, levers or wheels.

Some great learning has been produced this week. Well done everyone.

The children have been finding out about the Jewish harvest festival called Sukkot. As part of the Sukkot celebrations, Jews use something called the Four Kinds. People take the Four Kinds, say a special prayer over them and wave them right, left, forward, up, down and backward. The class made their own Four Kinds.

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In science this week the children had to sort some pictures into the 6 animal groups - fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, birds and insects. A lot of discussion took place to decide which group the different pictures belonged to.

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Y2 have had another great week and did some great learning. They were keen to answer questions and share their ideas.

In English we were working on using capital letters and full stops correctly and beginning to edit their own learning. Different story starters were created and the children had to remember to use adjectives (describing words) and the correct punctuation. They underlined the adjectives with a coloured pencil and used a red pen to show the punctuation.

In science we looked at how animals are the same and different to each other. Using humans as an example, we looked at the different things that they can do as babies, young children, adults and as elderly people. It was an interesting discussion with some wonderful ideas.

In DT (Design technology) they made sliders for the story of the Gingerbread Man. They look fabulous.

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Y2 have settled back into the routines of school really well. They are becoming a lot more independent and are trying to do things themselves before asking for help. In writing they are trying to use their phonic knowledge to help with spelling.

It was the first full week back and the children produced some fabulous learning.

In English we have been looking at the story of the Gingerbread Man and the children have been learning to use describing words (adjectives) in their sentences.

In maths we looked at counting and regrouping numbers up to 20. They used number sentences, pictures and mathematical diagrams.

In science we sorted things into those that were living and those that were not. We looked at what made them living e.g. could grow, could breathe, could move.

For Roald Dahl Day we looked at the story of the Enormous Crocodile. After watching an animation of the story, the children used adjectives to describe the different characters. In maths we used the more than and less than symbols to compare numbers, but we made them look like crocodile jaws, complete with teeth!

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Welcome to Y2.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

School looks a little bit different - the safety of the children and all the adults is very important, so regular hand washing will be taking place. We (the year 2 bubble - children and staff) have our own area to play on the field / or playground. Packed lunches are eaten in the classroom.

 

On Mondays we have PE with Mr Edwards, so the children will need to come to school dressed in their PE kit (joggers and a jumper with trainers for their feet). Please note that wherever possible, PE will be done outside.

 

Home learning will be sent home on a Thursday and collected in on a Tuesday. Please listen to your child read and ask them some questions about the book to check their understanding - thank you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to come and chat - after school is better.

It was great to see everyone last week, both the children and all the adults. The children were so excited to see all their friends after such a long time.

We began by explaining what was expected in class - e.g. hand washing, playtime and  lunchtime arrangements, where to find different equipment etc.

In maths we did some counting and number recognition to 20, while in  English the children wrote about something they had done in their holiday and completed a reading comprehension about the story 'You're not ugly, duckling. We also did some simple phonics and handwriting. In science we looked at similarities and differences between each other. We also created our class charter.

 

I was very impressed with how all the children got on being back in school - well done to everyone.

 

WHAT WILL WE BE DOING THIS TERM?

Our topic is history based and is all about significant people - 'Nurturing nurses' (Edith Cavell, Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole).

 

Our science topic is all about living things.

Our DT topic (Design Technology) is called 'Moving pictures - traditional tales'