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Welcome to our Year 2 page. Here you will find important information about our Class routines, curriculum and general information. Please scroll down to keep up to date with our class blog.
For more information please read our curriculum newsletter below:

Our Year 2 Staff:

Mrs J Owen – Teacher

Mrs Walker  – Teaching Assistant

Friday 15th November 2019

This week we have enjoyed celebrating anti bullying week. Within our class we focussed on verbal bullying. We talked about what verbal bullying is and how it makes people feel. We then watched a video on the Literacy shed website called ‘For the birds’ we discussed what happened in the video as well as the message which the video was telling us ‘treat others how you would like to be treated’.


After watching the video we then brainstormed words we could say about someone else to make them feel good about themselves. We then wrote these ideas into thought bubbles before choosing someone in the class to say the nice things to.

Also this week in Literacy we have developed out skills ready to write our narrative next week. We have learned about sentence types, tense and key vocabulary. Finally we created a vocabulary window with our key topic words on to support our learning over the next few weeks.


To make our classroom resemble London, which is our current topic, we worked together to create a soldier for out door. Take a look:


Today is children in need so everyone could come to school in their own clothes and bring a £1 donation for children in need. Earlier on in the week during assembly we were lucky to meet the actual Pudsey Bear, who is the children in need mascot.


This week we have enjoyed taking part in Maths England. Throughout the week we have focused on different shape activities within our maths meeting lessons. On Thursday we held a maths family learning. The children loved creating crown using shapes, lines of symmetry and Diwali rangoli patterns. We also went up to the computer suite with our grown-ups and showed them how to use timestable rockstars. As part of our celebration on Thursday we all dressed up as rock stars to reinvigorate timestables rockstars.
Here are some pictures from our family learning:

In art we have continued to develop our drawing skills. This week we have used sandpaper to establish what it is like to draw on different materials.


This week’s Plainsy pass winner is Teagan for making great progress across the curriculum but particularly with reading and writing. Well done!

We have joined Step Up, a new challenge to encourage people who live, work and study in Sunderland to be more active. We have worked out that this week our class walked 604344 steps while in school, which will be added to our school and the Sunderland total. You could take part too. It’s fun, free to register and everyone who takes part will get the chance to receive rewards. You can join by downloading the Step Up Sunderland app from the App Store or Google Play, or by logging into the website www.stepupsunderland.com

Minutes late: 165 minutes
Attendance: 99.6%

Friday 8th November

Welcome back! It has been lovely to see everyone back safe and well this week and we have thoroughly enjoyed hearing about your half term holidays, Halloween celebrations and bonfire/firework fun.

On Monday we watched a video of something peculiar outside our school gates, we were unsure of what or who it was but we did notice that it had left a chair in the middle of our school hall. Throughout the week different clues were added to the chair and it was moved around the school whilst we tried to locate the owner.

We were so baffled as to who it belonged to and where it had come from we decided to write a character description of the person on one of the clues who we believed was the owner to try to find him.

In English this week we started to look at different traditional tales. After a discussion on Monday about what a traditional tale is we then highlighted what the key themes within various traditional tales are as well as discussing the similarities within different tales. On Tuesday we shared our personal responses including likes and dislikes about some traditional tales and we read the story Goldilocks and the three bears. On Wednesday we discussed how our new topic is London, then we created a story map for our own version of Goldilocks called ‘Goldilocks and the Queen’s Palace’


Ask us to read it to you, we are very good!

Finally we acted out the story using the story map to support and adding simple actions to help us remember the story.

In Maths this week we have been learning how to multiply. On Monday we identified that the children were fantastic at chant counting in 2s, 5s and 10s but could not apply this skill to a multiplication calculation. So throughout the week we have worked really hard on developing our skills to enable us to solve 2s, 5s and 10s calculation in any order as well as looking at some reasoning and problem solving skills.

In RE we all brought in books from home that are special to us. On Wednesday we shared our books with our friends and discussed why they are important to us then we wrote about what happens in our chosen story, why they are special and drew a picture of our favourite character. Finally we discussed how everyone’s books were different but unique to them and related this back to the bible and the importance to Christians.

 
In art this week we have experimented with different grades of pencils to create lines of different shapes and thicknesses. We then applied these skills using pastels to create a fireworks picture.


This week’s Plainsy pass winner is Leighton for trying really hard to be considerate of other children’s feelings.

Attendance: 99.2%
Minutes late: 11

Reminders:
Monday 11th – Anti Bullying week and Maths week
Tuesday 12th – Odd socks day
Thursday 14th – Maths family learning from 9-10.15am

Friday 25th October

I cannot believe it is half term already! These last few weeks have flown by and all the children are well and truly settled in to year 2 now.

This week has been magical, on Monday we received a golden ticket from Mr Willy Wonka. It had a note with it saying it was for our amazing work. He told us there were 5 to collect to receive a special prize. After school on Monday we received our second ticket for sending fantastic emails to Barnaby bear. We must have worked super hard on Tuesday as received another ticket in the morning for excellent noun work and a forth ticket in the afternoon for the fabulous detail we had put into our dragon eyes. Alongside our forth ticket Mr Wonka also sent a selection of sweets and chocolates from his factory for us to taste.


In maths this week we have been learning all about 2D shapes and their properties. We started the week by naming shapes. Then we counted the amount of sides and vertices different shapes had. Finally we have looked at repeating patterns using 2D shapes.

Within our DT lessons this week we created our dragon eyes. On Monday we moulded and shaped our clay into the shape of our design criteria. Then we sculpted different patterns using the tools. Once they had dried on Tuesday we painted them in bright colours. Finally we evaluated our end product and discussed if we found it easy or difficult and if our end outcome was how we had planned.


In English this week we have focused on a range of GPS skills. We started the week transforming our non-chronological reports to ensure they included a range of adjectives. Then we learnt about proper nouns and common nouns and how to use them within our sentences. Finally we combined our skills and learnt about expanded noun phrases. To receive our final ticket Mr Wonka set us a challenge to try and create a new room for his factory. We came up with some fantastic ways to describe what our classroom would look like in his factory using some interesting and appropriate expanded noun phrases.

On Thursday it was our Halloween family learning and disco. Here are some pictures:

Finally we have finished the week with our well-being day. We have enjoyed thinking about our positive qualities and discussed how we can bring out positivity in those around us. After play we went into our yoga session and enjoyed spending quiet time reflecting and relaxing whilst moving our bodies in different ways.


This weeks Plainsy pass winner is Sienna for always being helpful, polite and cheerful to adults and children alike.
Next week is half term – school re-opens on Monday 4th November

Attendance: 99.2%
Minutes late: 52

Friday 18th October
Here we are at the end of another week.
This week we have written our non-chronological reports about castles and I have been so impressed with the factual information that the children have remembered and included within their reports. Once we had written our first draft we then found a partner and read our work to them. They gave us tips and hints on how we could improve our work linked to our success criteria.


In maths this week we have been learning how to subtract. We started the week by subtracting a 1d number from a greater 1d number. Then we subtracted a 1d number from a 2d number. Some of us used concrete resources and some used pictorial representations to help us to solve each calculation. Once we were more confident subtracting ones we then moved on to subtract 10 and multiples of 10 from a 2d number. We found subtracting multiples of 10 fairly tricky and we will continue to practice this over the forthcoming weeks.

In PE on Monday we practised our throwing and catching skills.


Today we had another yoga session we enjoyed learning new yoga positions and having time to relax and take in our thoughts.

In art this week we have been looking at various dragon eyes and discussing the appearance of various eyes. We then designed our own dragon eye. We thought about what colours and patterns we would like on our dragon eye. Next week we will begin creating our eye using clay.

Within PSHCE lesson we have been looking at how we can show people we love that we are grateful and thankful for the various things they do for us.

Finally, in RE we have created our family trees. It was interesting to celebrate how different everyone’s families are and discuss who is in their family and why they are important to them.

Here are more pictures of things we have been up to this week:


This week’s Plainsy pass winner is Milenna for always being a positive and friendly class member.

Our head boy George, has come up with a fantastic idea to raise money for the Year 6 trip to London in May. He asked staff to donate Halloween goodies in order to make up a hamper. Raffle tickets will be sold next week in school at £1 a strip. The raffle will be drawn next Friday. Here is what you could win:
Sweets and chocolate
Lollies
Cakes
Popcorn
Juice
Halloween books
£25 cinema voucher

Attendance: 98.8%
Minutes late: 134 minutes

Reminders:
– Thursday 24th October: Family learning 9.15-10.30am
– Thursday 24th October: Halloween disco 2-3pm
– Friday 25th October: Break up for half term. Back to school on Monday 4th November

Friday 11th October 2019

Another fun week full of smiles, laughter and learning.
This week we have celebrated world smile day. All classes across the school have completed activities that involved making/creating something that would make one person smile. One kind action – can shape another life!
In year 2 we made ‘Just because’ cards. We chose different people to give them to and enjoyed seeing them smile when they received them.

Also this week we have celebrated ‘mental health awareness’ by wearing bright yellow or bright colours on Thursday. During the day we discussed the importance of talking and speaking out. We also talked about the adverts used during Britain’s Got Talent, to get Britain talking. Finally we took some quiet time for ourselves to think about our good qualities and what other people like about us.

Every day this week we have also written a sentence to say what is good about today.
In English we have continued to learning about castles and build our knowledge to enable us to write a successful non-chronological report next week. We started the week by linking related points together and discussing the importance of flow within our writing. We then focused on factual adjectives to ensure our writing was full of facts. Finally, we developed a picture map and worked on conjunctions and how to use them to add detail to a range of sentences.


In maths we have been learning about addition. We have spent a lot of time using concrete resources and becoming secure using pictorial representations.


In Art this week we manipulated some clay. We looked at a powerpoint on different ways to ‘play’ with clay and then we experimented moving the clay in different ways. We also used the cutters and carving to add more detail to our design.

This week Macey received the Plainsy Platinum Pass for always being a good friend and role model to others in class.

Attendance: 98.1
Minutes late: 72 minutes

Reminders:
– Homework must be returned by Wednesday – Homework returned late will not be marked
– PE kits should come into school Monday and stay in school till Friday

Friday 4th October
Can you believe we are in October already? Time certainly does fly when you are having fun and this week in year 2 we have had so much fun!

Let’s start with our castle workshop, on Wednesday we were lucky enough to have some visitors come into school from Sunderland’s only castle, Hylton Castle. Before school began I worked hard preparing the classroom to look like a banquet. When the children came into school the door was closed and everyone had to wait outside until we were all ready to go in. When we opened the classroom door the children were so excited to see the banquet set up and were keen to choose their place at the banquet table. Our workshop started in the hall where we learned all about objects and people you would have found within castles in the olden days. We also got to hold and look at several artefacts. Then we went back to the classroom and discussed the etiquette of a banquet. Some children got dressed up in medieval costumes and other put on entertainment for the guests at the banquet.

Linking to our castle workshop, in Literacy this week we have started learning about non-chronological reports. We have discussed what non-chronological means as well as identifying key features of a report and the importance of factual information. On Thursday we gathered interesting facts about castles using a range of different sources. Next week we will begin organizing the facts we have found under specific sub-headings and making other links.

In maths we have focused on addition. We discussed what addition means and other words that may be used that also mean add. On Monday we add 3 single digit numbers using our fingers. On Tuesday we added a 1d number to a 2d number which was a little trickier. On Wednesday we added 10 to a 2d number and then on Thursday we moved on to adding any 2 2d numbers – we did a lot of this practically at first.


In PE this week we completed more work on body posture and movements.


For DT this week we have completed our final moving pictures using sliders linked to our Castle and Dragon story.


On Wednesday afternoon we did some PSHCE. Within this lesson we looked st how to deal/cope with negative emotions without getting hurt or hurting someone else. From this we created our own coping toolkit.

This week Tyler has achieved our Plainsy Pass for always trying his best and participating 100% with year 2 objectives.

Attendance: 99.2%  Much better this week year 2 but we need to keep above 96% every week
Lateness: 60 minutes

Reminders:
Wednesday and Thursday – Parents evening

Friday 27th September 2019

Another busy week has passed. This week we have enjoyed doing some baking ready for our Macmillan coffee afternoon. We decided to bake lemon drizzle cakes. We made a mess but they turned out fab, I hope you managed to get a slice!

In English we wrote our ‘George and the Dragon’ story. Everyone included some fantastic vocabulary using our class working wall. Here are some of the end outcomes:

After we wrote the original story we then changed the characters and made the story opposite to the original. Our new story was called ‘Georgina and the mouse’. In the new story the mouse was the main character and he was afraid of the Princess. We created a new story map and looked at comparative adjectives. Later in the week we then transformed our story writing our new version.

In maths we have been looking at number bonds to 10 and 20. We looked at how we can answer these questions using concrete and pictorial resources. We then looked at how we can use these facts to help us solve calculations in multiples of 10. We have done lots of work this week on 1 ten being the same as 10 ones and the importance of counting in tens when using the dienes.

In PE this week we looked at ways we can skillfully move around. We moved on three levels, floor, middle, high. He also moved at different speeds and discussed how these moves can be useful when playing team sports.

We have continued to practice our hands, feet, heart song in music and added in more actions. We also learnt a new song called ‘the smiley face’ song.

Thank you to everyone who has been coming to our interventions this week, they are a really good opportunity for the children to embed their skills and make good progress. Another huge thank you for the commitment to listening to your child read. So many children have been changing their books daily which is fab!

This week Harry received our Plainsy pass for always trying 100% with his work!

Attendance: 93% Come on year 2 this should be over 96%
Lateness: 135 minutes

Reminders:
Wednesday 2nd October – Hylton Castle project
Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th – Parents evening

Friday 20th September

This week has flown by! We have learned so much we are ready for a few days off.

In English this week we have continued to develop our story writing skills around the book “George and the Dragon” On Monday we looked at some new vocabulary and we learnt actions to help remember them. We used words like colossal, ferocious and even hideous! On Tuesday we developed our sentences using conjunctions and on Wednesday we developed our knowledge on past tense in relation to our text. Also this week we have use used expanded noun phrases and put all our learning back in the classroom.

In maths we have been learning to write and read numbers to 100 in words. We tried hard with spelling and completed some reasoning around number as well. We have answered true or false questions and worked on our reasoning skills to explain why an answer is false.

On Monday in PE we moved to different around the room on different levels again and then began to practise our throwing and catching skills. We discussed different ways we can throw a ball and counted how many times we could throw and catch with our partner without dropping it!

This week we were extremely lucky to take part in a reading and maths escape room activity. We went into the hall and were given different challenges to solve to crack a code. It was so much fun!

Also we have developed our sliders in design technology. We discussed how a slider can be used to make an object appear or disappear. Then we created a scene from our story using a dragon and some high high mountains.

In computing this week we learned more about being safe online and how to search for information on the web efficiently and safely.

Well done Ruby for doing some extra writing at home linked to our topic!

Huge well done to those children bringing their reading book in regularly – you are doing a fab job!!

This week’s Plainsy Platinum Pass is Teagan for always giving all activities 100%. Well done!

Attendance: 90.8%
Lateness: 0 minutes

Reminders:
Interventions start next week. Please ensure your child attends.
Monday – writing club and phonics club
Tuesday – maths club and reading club

Friday 13th September 2019

Welcome back! It is great to see everyone back from the holidays and we have loved hearing all about the fun packed summer everyone has had.

We spent our first few days in year 2 setting our class rules, getting familiar with our new classroom and expectations and making our classroom a bright and welcoming environment. We chose our school council and anti-bullying team as well as creating our well-being display and anti-bullying charter.

On Monday we started our new topic ‘Once upon a castle’. In English we read the story ‘George and the Dragon’. After reading the story twice we then sequenced pictures into three sections, beginning. Middle and end. Once we had sequenced the story we worked together to create a story map. Our story map was made up of lots of pictures to help us remember the story and re-tell it fluently. On Tuesday it was time to act it out. We split into two groups and used the story map to create actions to go with the story and act it out. Once we had practised a few times we then performed it to each other. Mrs Owen was so impressed with how well all the children could remember the story that she told nearly every adult she saw for the rest of the day! On Tuesday afternoon we focused more on the main character, the Dragon. We looked at a large picture of him and then as a class gathered lots and lots of adjectives. We then wrote sentences about the dragon including at least one appropriate but adventurous adjective. On Wednesday we created more adjectives but this time it was for the mouse and again we wrote more creative sentences. Finally on Thursday we looked at the Dragon again. We created a spine using the dragon’s main features and discussed how the writer uses the features to highlight the power of the dragon.

Here is our story map – have a go at reading the story at home!

In Maths on Monday we used concrete resources to find 10 more and 10 less than numbers within 100. Some of us were so good that we could work out the answers using only a 100 square. On Tuesday we learned how to count forwards in 2s from any number within 100 and thought about what resources we wanted to use to support our learning. On Tuesday afternoon it was time to count back in twos. Again we took ownership of our learning by selecting resources to support us ourselves. On Wednesday we moved on to counting in 5s and finished with counting back in 5s on Thursday. Although everyone has tried really hard this week in maths we still need lots of practise at counting in our 2s, 5s and 10 times tables as well as counting from any number in sequences of 2,5 and 10 to consolidate this learning.


Also on Monday we had our first PE lesson with our coach. We learned how to create different shapes at different heights with our body. These included a star, pike, straddle, tuck and stretch. We enjoyed playing different games that involved moving around the hall in a range of ways.


On Wednesday we started to learn our new song ‘Hands, feet, heart’ We listened first to the music and tapped the beat on our fingers and then we discussed rhythm and timings within songs.

On Thursday we started our DT for this half term. We looked initially at moving storybooks and why moving pictures are used within books. Then we discussed the use of a slider. After watching how to make one it was our turn and we had a go at creating our own dragon sliders and used them alongside reading our story map.

This week’s Plainsy Platinum pass went to Bobby Well done!!

Lateness: 2 minutes
Attendance:     97.3% – A great start year 2 keep it up!

Reminders:
PE is on a Monday and Friday – please ensure PE kits are in school all week.
Reading books should be brought in daily.
Homework is handed out on a Friday and must be returned by Wednesday.