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Welcome to Year 2

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 bellow:

Our Year 2 Staff:

Mrs J Owen – Teacher

Miss T Cuff – Teacher

Mrs L Walker – Teaching Assistant

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Friday 24th May 2019

Well done on yet another hard working week Year 2!

In literacy this week we have had a go at writing non-chronological reports all about pirates. First, we had to find out as much information about them as possible to include in our writing. Many children already knew lots about pirates and used their knowledge they have gained over the term. Some children remembered facts and stories from our pirate visitor! We used non-fiction books and worked in teams to find out as much information as we could, before writing the information into a report.

In Maths we have continued to learn about shapes and their properties. On Monday, we learned about 2D and 3D shapes and their properties, including faces, vertices, edges and sides. On Thursday we looked at lines of symmetry in 2D shapes.
Tuesday was maths day at Plains Farm and our special number was 50. We came up with lots of different ways to make 50 using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We also went outside to count how many exercises we could do in 50 seconds, followed by having 50ml of water afterwards. Then, we were told that Alnwick Castle is 50 miles away from Plains Farm, so we decided what we could buy from the gift shop with 50p. During the afternoon we learnt about Orla Kiely, a famous artist who designs shopping bags and patterned pieces of art. We used our knowledge of arrays to create our own!

In RE this week, Year 2 have continued to learn about Buddhism. We retold the story of the Buddha and talked about quiet places where we can reflect. Then, we looked at Buddhist symbols such as the lotus flower and the wheel of life, before thinking about symbols that represent us. Many children talked about their favourite things, like their family, football and dancing.

In science this week we have carried on learning about what humans and animals need to survive and stay healthy. We went outside to do some exercises so we could concentrate on what happened to our bodies.

This Friday is Wellbeing Friday and we are also having pizzas to celebrate the end of our assessments last week. We have done lots of pirate activities, including making eyepatches and place mats for our pizza. We will sing pirate songs too! We will also write anonymous kindness messages, where children secretly pick another child’s name from a hat and writes a kind message for them. We will look again at our feelings tree and think about mindfulness and how to improve our overall wellbeing.

This week, the Plainsy Platinum Pass goes to Amelia Co, for working well with her friends this week and having a positive attitude towards everything she does in school. Well done Amelia!

Have a lovely, relaxing half term and stay safe! I can’t wait to hear what you have been up to!

Attendance: 0
Minutes Late: 0

Friday 17th May 2019

We have worked so hard this week, well done Year 2!

This week we have written some fantastic four-part stories using a range of sentence types. We read lots of examples and magpied ideas, reread Pirates Next Door and tried to use all of the skills we have learnt to write exciting stories. We remembered to use commands, exclamations, questions and statements in our writing and we have used expanded noun phrases and conjunctions to add detail.

In Maths we have looked at lots of different mathematical concepts. We have used different coins to make the same amounts, described 2D and 3D shapes and found fractions of shapes, numbers and objects.

On Friday afternoon we watched a DVD to end the busy week.

This week, I am delighted to give the Plainsy Platinum pass to Amelia B for working extra hard this week and helping others with their work. Well done Amelia!

Attendance: 93.3%
Minutes Late: 0

Friday 10th May 2019

What a fantastic week in Year 2!

In literacy this week, Year 2 have focused on Pirates Next Door, our favourite pirate story. On Tuesday, we talked about the different parts of a story, including a beginning, build up, middle and ending. Then, we organised the story into the four different parts, using pictures to help us retell the story. On Wednesday we were very lucky and excited to have Mrs Owen come and teach us! She helped us use conjunctions and expanded noun phrases to add detail to our sentences.

In Maths we have been practising multiplication and division. On Tuesday, we revisited the methods we use for multiplication and division. On Wednesday, we started to look at inverse and using it to check calculations. We solved missing number problems and used our multiplication knowledge and facts to help us. We used cubes and counters to help with trickier problems.

In Science this week we have continued to learn all about what we need to survive. On Tuesday we talked about why it is important to exercise. We enjoyed talking about our favourite sports and ways we exercise and we discussed how it helps us stay strong and healthy. On Wednesday, we started to learn about hygiene and the different ways to keep ourselves clean, and we talked about why it is important to stay hygienic and not pass germs on. Then, we did an exciting investigation about why we need to use soap to wash our hands!
First, we had two bowls filled with water. Then, we sprinkled pepper on the surface of one of the bowls of water, which acted as the germs on our hands. We added clean water to the dirty water and nothing happened. Then, when we added a tiny drop of soap to the dirty water, the germs spread out and ‘ran away’ from it!

On Friday, we had our exciting pirate visitor in school to do a pirate workshop with us. Captain Raggy Beard was so happy to hear that we knew the story of The Pirates Next Door. We sang sea shanties, walked the plank and listened to some exciting stories. Some of us got some special treasure for answering questions! We were very excited when we received some mermaid tears! Next week we are going to write about our fun experience with our pirate visitor.

This week, Year 2 and the rest of Plains Farm Academy have worked extremely hard. Well done Plains Farm! We treated ourselves to free choice, DVDs and other relaxing activities.

This week, I am delighted to give the Plainsy Platinum pass to Joshua, for working very hard and having a positive attitude towards his work.

Attendance: 0
Minutes Late: 0

Friday 3rd May 2019

Well done to Year 2 for working so hard this week!
At the start of the week, we had a mysterious letter dropped off in the classroom! It was a message in a bottle! It asked us all about the main character in our pirate story, Pirates Next Door, so we have written some lovely character descriptions about him using exciting language and vocabulary. We have also practised using a range of conjunctions and writing expanded noun phrases to add more detail in our writing. On Thursday, we looked at the setting in Pirates Next Door and thought of lots of ways to describe it using our senses. On Friday we wrote our own brilliant setting descriptions. Year 2 have worked very hard to improve their handwriting this week. Keep it up Year 2.

In Maths we have been looking at number and place value. On Monday, we practised completing missing number problems by using inverse. On Tuesday, we identified the tens and ones in two digit numbers and we have been able to partition numbers. We have practised addition and subtraction using partitioning and crossing over the tens boundaries, and we have also looked at different representations of numbers. After that, we used our place value knowledge to compare numbers using the signs < > and =.

In Science this week we have been learning all about human needs. On Monday we talked about the basic needs of a human and what we need to survive. Then, we learnt about a balanced diet and discussed healthy food and why it is important to eat the right foods. We sorted foods into healthy and unhealthy and talked about having treats in moderation before creating our own food menus.

In RE we have started learning all about Buddhism. We were introduced to what Buddhism is and how it started.

This week, the Plainsy Platinum pass goes to Courtney for making a huge effort to take part in classroom discussions.

Reminders:
We have our pirate visitor coming in to do a pirate themed workshop next Friday, 10th May 2019.

Clubs run on the following days from 3:15 to 3:45:
Monday – writing club
Tuesday – maths club
Thursday – reading club

Attendance: 94.7%
Minutes Late: 0

Friday 26th April 2019

Welcome back! After a lovely break we have come back ready to work hard and do our best!

In Literacy we have been working hard to improve our handwriting. We have also written excellent recounts all about our Easter holidays and I have enjoyed reading what the children have been up to! This week we were introduced to our new topic, Shiver Me Timbers, and we have started to read Pirates Next Door. We have explored the different characters and used excellent adjectives to describe the main character, Jim Lad, to prepare us for writing an exciting character description.

In Maths we have been focusing on addition and subtraction, and practising crossing over the tens boundaries. We have also been using inverse to check calculations and make sure they are correct. In addition to this, we have been revisiting time throughout the week at different parts of the day, to practise telling the time.

This week was ‘Big Me’ week and Year 2 have enjoyed talking about what they want to be when they are older. We have set some goals and understand that aspirations, perseverance and working hard can help us be whatever we want to be. We have also been very lucky to have some visitors come into school and tell us all about their jobs! Our first visitor talked all about STEM, and she showed us the many different jobs that she does – we were also excited to hear about all the countries she has visited to do her job! Our second visitor worked in construction and we really enjoyed doing different activities to do with construction and teamwork.

Friday is Wellbeing Day and the children are dressing up as their dream jobs to finish off ‘Big Me’ week. We are also going to revisit our feelings tree and do some mindful activities, including colouring and creating self-esteem rainbows. We have enjoyed talking about why ‘we are awesome’ and building our confidence. On Friday morning, we will be attending the movie morning with the rest of the school.

This week, the Plainsy Platinum pass was given to Logan for always giving 100% in everything that he does in school. Well done Logan!

Attendance: 99.6%
Minutes Late: 0

Friday 5th April 2019

We have had another excellent, hard working week in Year 2. In Literacy we have been doing some super writing! We have used all of our skills to write recounts about our class trip to Kirkley Hall. We have practised checking our work to make sure it has full stops, capital letters and to make sure it makes sense. We have also tried to uplevel our sentences to make them exciting and the best they can be. After writing our recounts, we decided to write a letter to Mrs Owen about our trip, we can’t wait for her to see them!

In Maths we have been focusing on time this week. On Monday, we recapped o’clock and half past, using our own small clocks to help us. Then, we moved on to practise reading and showing quarter past and quarter to on the clock. We made our own class clock with labels to help us remember ‘past’ and ‘to’. On Wednesday and Thursday, we moved on to reading the clock to the nearest 5 minutes and we worked very hard to use our five times table to help us. By the end of the week, we could draw hands on clocks to write the times given and we were still able to continue practising telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes.

In Geography this week, we have looked at maps and plans as well as aerial photographs of Plains Farm Academy and the surrounding area. We enjoyed pointing out where we lived or the places we recognised! On Monday, we made a plan of the classroom and learned about compass directions! We used our plans to give instructions to other children and Miss Cuff to navigate around the room to different places in the classroom, using north, east, south and west. On Tuesday, we created a perspective plan of the school and surrounding area, but included a key using symbols for different human and physical features that we learned about last week. Then, we created routes from the school to different places and used our knowledge of compass directions to write some directions.

This week, Year 2 have had lots of fun doing Easter crafts for the Easter fair and making Easter Cards to take home. On Thursday, we made chocolate lolly holders in the shape of an Easter rabbit, by colouring and cutting out the templates and sticking them together, then adding a chocolate lolly. Our Easter cards were fantastic, and we coloured in an Easter egg, then wrote our message to our families in our neatest handwriting.

Thursday afternoon was the Easter fair and Friday afternoon was family learning and Easter activities to end the term.

Well done for working so hard this term Year 2, have a lovely break and stay safe!

Attendance: 0
Minutes late: 0


Friday 29th March 2019

In Literacy this week we have been learning and practising our skills to help us write a recount about our class trip to Kirkley Hall. At the beginning of the week, we practised using subordinating conjunctions like ‘when’, ‘if’, ‘that’ and ‘because’ to extend our sentences. We have also been having a go at writing extended noun phrases to make our writing more exciting and interesting. We have planned our recount using fantastic time starters, conjunctions, adjectives and adverbs, ready to write on Monday!

In Maths we started the week by revisiting fractions and finding ½, 1/3, ¼ and in particular, ¾ of amounts. Some of us used cubes to help. Then, on Tuesday we moved on to repeating patterns and sequences. We have talked about the position of shapes in a repeating pattern and described the turns using mathematical language like half turn, quarter turn, clockwise and anti-clockwise. We also made our own patterns for other children in the class to continue and complete. We have looked at number patterns and sequences which were tricky at first, but we could find out the rule of the pattern and describe it, as well as continue the sequence.

In Science this week, we have looked again at our cress and we made conclusions about what we saw. We observed and described the cress from the sunlight, artificial light and the dark cupboard and we had a go at explaining why the cress in the dark had changed from green to yellow. Then we used our knowledge of what plants need to grow to help us understand why this happened.

In Geography this week, we have looked at aerial photographs of Sunderland to recognise human and physical features, and we recognised many of the places! We sorted the human and physical features of Sunderland and talked about what human and physical features are. We have also looked at different photographs of places such as villages, cities and towns and talked about what buildings or features they have.

Friday is wellbeing day in school and we have completed enrichment and mindfulness activities. We have a lovely ‘feelings tree’ on display and we have been able to talk about how we are feeling by placing our pictures on the different emotions. We have done some mindfulness colouring and talked about why we are special. We have also made some yummy crispy cakes and our Mother’s Day cards. We wore red to celebrate Sunderland going to Wembley too!

This week, Lillyrose has received our Plainsy Platinum Pass for being such a super helper in the classroom this week and always being a good role model. Thank you for your help this week Lillyrose, you should consider becoming a teacher when you’re grown up!

Attendance: 93.7%
Minutes late: 12 minutes

Reminders: Any donations for the Easter Fayre would be greatly appreciated, thank you.

Friday 22nd March 2019

In Literacy this week we have been learning and practising our skills to help us write interesting sentences. At the beginning of the week, we used exciting verbs and adverbs to rewrite the main event in The Great Kapok Tree. We have also been practising using past tense correctly by changing verbs and reading sentences to check that they make sense. We have also been discussing our class trip to Kirkley Hall, and we have sequenced the events of the day to prepare us for writing about our exciting trip next week.

Throughout the week we have been reading Little Red Riding Hood to help us retell a familiar story. We have discussed the key features and vocabulary, and also talked about similar fairy tale stories. Today we have written our retell using all of our skills that we have learnt, such as conjunctions, adjectives, past tense and adverbs.

In Maths we have continued our learning about fractions. We started the week by revisiting halves and quarters, and practised finding ½ and ¼ using cubes and written methods. We reminded ourselves about how the parts must be equal. Then, we started to look at thirds and noticed that there must be three equal parts. We started to find thirds of quantities and numbers on Wednesday. On Thursday we used all of our knowledge and skills that we have learnt so far to find ½, ¼ and 1/3 of shapes, quantities and numbers and today we have been introduced to ¾ and what this means, as well as how to find ¾ using cubes to help us.

On Tuesday, we went on our class trip to Kirkley Hall. We loved our visit to see and learn all about different animals. We split into two groups and some of us started the day by touring the zoo to see the different animals, and we were surprised to see some beautiful peacocks running around us! We saw lots of brilliant and interesting animals including monkeys, reptiles, ponies, birds and bush dogs. One of our favourites was a parrot that waved at us and said “bless you” when it heard a sneeze. Some of us could stroke a bearded dragon and some stroked a snake! As well as seeing some of the animals, we were able to walk around the woods and counted all of the wooden bears that we could see, and we visited the aquarium where there were lots of colourful and interesting fish. We had a brilliant time at Kirkley Hall!

In Science this week, we have been learning about plants. We sorted and classified a range of different plants, including flowers and trees, and we learned how some of our fruits and vegetables are grown. We looked at what we need to stay healthy and grow strong, then compared that to what plants need to grow to be strong and healthy. Today we have been learning about the life cycles of plants, and some of us had a giggle when acting it out!

In computing, we have continued to use Purple Mash to move the computerised turtles around different settings. Some of us moved on to tricky challenges.
In RE, we have learned more about how Christians celebrate Easter.

This week Taylor has received our Plainsy Platinum Pass for trying his best in all of his work this week and working independently. Well done Taylor, you have worked very hard this week!

Attendance: 90.7%
Minutes late: 15 minutes

Friday 15th March 2019

In Literacy this week we have been learning our final skills to help us write our four part story based on our quality text The Great Kapok Tree. At the start of the week we looked at past and present tense within sentences. Then we created a story map to help us structure our writing effectively. On Thursday we used our plan and word banks to help us complete our end story outcome. We also read over our own work with a partner and the teacher and made some edits and improvements. Finally today we have been learning about how to use verbs and adverbs to improve the main event in our story.

In Maths we have been learning about fractions. We started the week by practically making 1/2. We discussed how both parts must be equal. Then on Tuesday we found 1/2 of quantity’s and numbers. On Wednesday we moved on to learn about 1/4s and again discussed the importance of having equal parts. Then we looked at 1/4s of shapes, quantities and numbers. Today we discussed 1/2 and 2/4 and how these are the same.

This week we have celebrated National Science week by completing a plants related experiment. On Monday we planted cress and placed them in different places. One was put in the cupboard, one on the window sill and one was in the classroom. We made predictions about what we thought would happen and have monitored them throughout the week. Today we evaluated the findings from across the week and looked to see if our initial prediction was correct. We will continue to monitor them next week.

In Art this week we have been very busy creating our jungle puppets using a running stitch. We found this quite tricky but worked really well as a class helping each other whenever we were stuck. Once we had finished stitching them we then got to work adding in the detail required to make it look like our chosen animal. Here are the results:

In computing we worked on purple mash using the computerised turtles to navigate around different settings.

Today we celebrated comic relief. Thank you for your support in sending the children in their own clothes today and buying red noses.

This week Leighton has received our Plainsy Platinum Pass for being a fantastic role model with his attitude and work! Well done Leighton!

Attendance: 91.3%

Minutes late: 0

Reminders: 

Tuesday 19th March – Trip to Kirkley hall

There will be no parents evening for year 2 as this was held last week instead.

Friday 8th March 2019

In Literacy this week we have continued to develop our narrative skills using our quality text ‘The Great Kapok Tree’. At the start of the week we focused on our story opening and used a range of adjectives and conjunctions within our beginning. On Tuesday we edited and improved our beginnings following a success criteria and we read our work to our partner to check it made sense. Also this week we have looked at how to expand nouns in different ways and how to improve our writing by using a range of sentence types such as questions, statements and exclamation sentences. Finally we have used our new vocabulary and patterned phrases from the text within our own sentences.

In Maths we have continued to learn about different measures. This week we have focussed on capacity and temperature. At the start of the week we used < > and = signs to identify amounts that were more than or less than a litre. Then on Tuesday we learned how to read different scales to the nearest ml or l. On Wednesday we enjoyed completing a practical task look at volume and capacity and having discussions around the size and capacity of different containers. Finally we discussed how to measure temperatures accurately using a thermometer.


In Art this week we have started to learn about different textiles. Over the next few weeks we will be making our own jungle hand puppets so this week we have research different jungle animals and identified their key features. Then we investigated different types of puppets. Finally we created a plan and design of our chosen puppet.


In RE this week we have continued to learn about the start of lent and sacrifices that Christians make during this time.

Yesterday we celebrated world book day. Everyone came to school in their PJs and brought their favourite book. During the morning we enjoyed reading our books to each other and talking about why we liked reading them. In the afternoon we wrote some sentences about our favourite book characters. After that it was time for our family learning session and it was great to see so many parents join us. The children had fun creating masks of their favourite characters, writing book review, completing word hunts and writing character descriptions.


This week I am delighted to announce that Alicia has received the ‘Plainsy Platinum Pass’ for her fabulous contributions to class discussions and always trying her best! Well done Alicia I hope you enjoy your privileges next week!

Attendance: 96.3%
Minutes late: 83 minutes

Friday 1st March 2019

Welcome back!

This week we have started our new Rumble in the jungle topic. In English we have started our next narrative genre. Over the next few weeks we will be reading, analysing and re-writing the story ‘The Great Kapok Tree’. So far we have read the story and sequenced the main parts as well as discussing key vocabulary. We broke the story up into four parts; beginning, build up, middle and ending and discussed how each part fits together to form an interesting story. We have also described the jungle scene from the book using a range of adjectives and then added more detail by including a range of conjunctions within each sentence.

In phonics we have been learning about base words and how we can change them by adding a suffix or a prefix. We put some together and then we tried writing them in sentences – that is when we realised some of the words we had created were nonsense!


In Math’s this week we have been learning about different measures. We started the week learning about length and how to measure different objects in centimeters and metres. We really enjoyed measuring larger objects around the classroom and shared area using metre sticks. We have also learned about weight. We looked at the difference between balancing scales and kitchen scales and discussed measuring using stand units. We have read scales and measured different weights using grams and kilograms.


In RE we have started to learn about how Christians prepare for Easter. We have talked about what happens on shrove Tuesday and what we mean by lent. The children then thought about something they would like to change or improve themselves this year. Each child wrote on a leaf some things they weren’t proud of this year and then turned over a new leaf and made fresh promises to themselves.

On Tuesday Miss Cassidy held our daily assembly outside, we were all devastated to find out that the school were having to sell the MUGA to raise money for other funds in school. The children came back from assembly and couldn’t believe it, they thought it was really unfair so we decided to try and help Miss Cassidy to persuade the leaders of the trust not to sell it. On Wednesday we spent the whole day thinking about the MUGA. We discussed our favourite days spent on the MUGA and all of the learning we have done on it. We then created a story map of a recount of one day on the MUGA. The children came up with lots of different learning for a range of subjects that they had learned on the MUGA. Then after dinner all children wrote their recounts using a range of skills they have learned this year and their best ever handwriting. We also created a banner and hung it on the MUGA for everyone to see.

The rest of the school also tried to convince the leaders of the trust not to sell the MUGA and we are hoping to find out today if we were successful in convincing them to keep it!

This week Kiara was added to the golden book for her improvements in spelling within all writing activities and Alicia was added for her happy and enthusiastic attitude to all areas of learning.

Today was our first ever ‘Plainsy Platinum Award’ and our first winner was Gracie for being a fantastic role model by always being determined to succeed and preserving with difficult activities. Well done Gracie!

Attendance: 98.3 % Fantastic effort this week year 2! Keep it up!

Minutes late: 19 minutes

Reminders

Thursday 7th March – World book day – Children can come to school in their pjs as we are promoting bedtime reading. Children can also bring in a book that they like to read. Family learning session will take place at 2.30pm
Thursday 7th March – Year 2 parents evening – all appointments have been given out any questions or issues please come and speak to me before or after school.

Friday 15th February

Today is the last day of this half term. Time has flown quickly by since Christmas.

This week we have finished our narrative writing genre and the children have produced some lovely stories which they have also edited and improved in different ways. Also this week we have focused a lot on past and present tense and understanding what tense to write in. Yesterday we looked at expanded noun phrases and revised the way noun can be expanded. Finally today we completed a practice reading test paper to see how much progress we have made this half term.

We have been very busy in maths this week covering a variety of areas. Mainly, we have been learning about subtraction and ensured everyone understands subtraction means to take away therefore the answer can never be a higher value than the starting number. We have subtracted 1d from a 2d, multiple of 10 from a 2d, 2 2d where no regrouping was required and 2 2d numbers where regrouping is required. Finally we looked at how addition can be solved using commutativity but subtraction cannot.

In RE this week we have finished learning about how Christians belong. This week we learned about beginnings and endings. We talked about a new sibling being born, learning something new, starting a new book, moving house and starting a new class or school.

On Tuesday we completed some art work ready for our new topic for next half term ‘Rumble in the Jungle’. The children enjoyed using a range of resources and materials to make different jungle animals.


Also this week we celebrated Valentines day with a disco. The children all looked fab wearing red and pink and danced away with their friends in the hall.


This morning we had our last yoga session of the half term. We recapped lots of the skills we have learnt over the last few weeks.

Yesterday we created our class attendance display. We discussed promises we could make to try and improve or maintain our good attendance such as getting up when we are told, walking quicker to school, eating our breakfast faster etc. Every child then made their own promise and added it to our display. After that we discussed as a class how we could work together to improve our attendance we discussed being kind to one another in school, helping those who are stuck, listening and respecting one another etc We acknowledged that by doing this everyone will want to be in school and be happy to be there.


This week Alicia received the dip in the box for always helping and taking care of others in the class. Henley was added to the golden book for trying hard in all lessons and Steven was added for his fantastic story writing.

Attendance:
Minutes late: 26 minutes

Have a fantastic week off!!

Reminders:

Next week is half term – Children return to school on Tuesday 26th February (as Monday 25th February is an inset day)
Tuesday 26th February – Maths SATs workshop @ 2.30pm
Thursday 28th February – Reading SATs workshop @ 2.30pm

Friday 8th February

Another week is complete and now we are only one week away from half term.

In English this week we have continued to create a range of complex sentences which we might include within our own stories about ‘Our Snowy Day’. We have looked at how we use adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions and sentence openers to improve our sentences. We have also looked at the meaning of past and present tense.

In Maths we started the week looking at multiplication and division. We learnt about commutativity and how it works for multiplication but not for division. Then we looked at word problems and how to identify the key parts of a problem and how to successfully solve. Also this week we have consolidated out knowledge on 2D and 3D shapes. We have identified different shapes and looked at their properties. Then we identified 2D shapes on the surface of 3D shapes. Finally we started to look at nets and how nets are formed from 3D shapes.

This week in Art we have continued to develop our knowledge on abstract artwork. On Tuesday we learned about Jackson Pollock who was an abstract artist that invented drip paintings. After learning about his work and how he was inspired we created our own drip paintings. On Wednesday we compared artwork by Pollock and Kandinsky. The children then wrote about similarities and differences within the two artists work. After comparing the artist’s work we then compared our own artwork and identified the similarities and differences within our work.

In RE this week we have continued to learn about how we belong. We talked about symbols which are important to Christians and what they represent. After researching how Christians belong we wrote about it in our topic books.
In Yoga this week we have continued to learn new moves and skills. We have enjoyed practising several stretches and relaxing our bodies.

Thank you for your support with homework this week. It was a pleasure to read some of the sentences which the children had produced. I could see they had tried really hard with their presentation and content. Well done year 2!

Attendance: 95.3%
Minutes late: 13 minutes

Reminders:

Thursday 14th February – Valentines disco at 2pm
Friday 15th February – half term starts at 3.15pm

Friday 1st February

Here we are at the end of another week in year 2!

This week in maths we have been learning all about money. We started the week by looking at the value of various coins and notes and then we made different amounts using a range of coins. Then we discussed how it is possible to make the same amount of money using different coins. We then decided to check this by using our adding knowledge to make the same amount in different ways. On Thursday we went to Mrs Owen’s shop. We all started off with 20p each. We discussed how sometimes when we buy things at the shops we give the shopkeeper money and receive change. The children then used concrete and pictorial representations to help them work out how to find out the change given from 20p. Once children were secure finding change from 20p we then increased the starting amount to 50p and 100p (£1).

In English this week we have started a new genre learning all about narrative writing. This half term we are creating our own stories based on the picture book ‘The Snowy day’. We started the week by looking at the text and discussing the events and sequence. We talked about story structure using the beginning, middle and end and how pictures are used to help tell a story. In a few weeks each child will write their own version of the story entitled ‘My snowy day’ so next we created ourselves as main characters. Each child was given a template the children had to label the template to state the clothing and accessories they would wear on a snowy day. Also this week the children have planned out the sequence of events within their story using pictures and explained in more detail what they are doing and feeling within the opening section of their story. Finally we have looked at a range of story openings and adjectives which could be used to write an effective story opening.

This week we have had a huge focus on handwriting expectations. Handwriting and letter formation form a huge part of the end of year assessments so it is crucial that each child takes their time, takes care and is proud of each piece of work they present. To help us recognize which letters in particular we need to work on we are going to be using handwriting sheets within all writing task for at least the next week.

On Monday this week we started to practice for the skipping competition we will take part in during the summer term. We were lucky enough to have a coach come into school on Monday to demonstrate the different styles and techniques we will need to use and he worked with us across the morning guiding and supporting us whilst we practiced our new skills. After February half term this will form part of our weekly PE lessons and the children will develop their skills and confidence in different skipping techniques.

In art this week we have started to learn about abstract art and we have focused particularly on the artist Wassily Kandinsky. We started the week by looking at some of his paintings and discussing how they make us feel. We then created our own abstract sketches inspired by a particular piece of Kandinsky’s art. Finally we have learned about tints and shades and how we can use these to create warm or cold colour combinations.

In RE this week we have continued to learn about what it means to belong within the Christian faith. This week we looked at various symbols within our society and what they represent. We then discussed how Christians have key symbols that represent their faith. After looking at various Christianity symbols the children created three of their own symbols that are important to them and gave their reasons why.

Attendance: 94.4%
Minutes late: 34

Friday 25th January 2019
We have reached the end of another busy week!

This week we have been doing lots of Science work developing our knowledge and understanding of living things and their habitats. We started the week by playing a game in small groups. The children had to sort lots of pictures of various animals into the four different world habitats and explain to each other the reasons for choosing that habitat. We then looked at all living things within those habitats and how they depend on one another in order to survive. We discussed how foxes eat squirrels and therefore depend on oak trees to enable squirrels to feed and breed and many more.

Later in the week we moved on to look at food chains. We discussed producers, consumers and predators and the role each one plays within a food chain we then created our own food chains.

As part of our science living things and their habitats topic we have been learning about living things in the sea and we discussed that seaweed is found in the sea. As a result we were lucky enough to then try some different types of seaweed provided by Li and his family. The children loved trying the seaweed and feeling the inedible seaweed in some water so a huge thank you to Li and his family.

In RE this week we have continued to learn about how we belong within our families and communities. Thank you to everyone for the great response we had to create our own family trees. Yesterday the children made their own family trees yesterday using the information leaves they had completed at home. We then discussed how all families are different and how different families have different traditions, beliefs and values. We highlighted how this is what makes us special and unique.

In English this week we have completed our instructions genre. We wrote a set of instructions to an Inuit to teach them how to make a delicious hot chocolate. Then we edited and improved our instructions working with our partner using a success criteria to remind us of all the year 2 skills we needed to include.

In Maths this week we have been developing our multiplication and division skills. We have looked at the multiplication and division symbols, what they mean and how we use them. We have also looked at a range of problems which may come up on our year 2 SATs.

This week we also started our after school interventions. This term we have:
Writing club on Monday’s until 3.45pm
Maths club on Tuesday’s until 3.45pm
Spelling club on Thursday’s until 3.45pm
If your child has been invited to one of the above clubs please ensure they have returned the letter and attend every week otherwise their place will be offered to other children.

Reminders:
Monday 28th January – All chn need to have their PE kit in school as we have a skipping coach in all morning
Wednesday: Homework is due in by Wednesday each week
Friday: The whole class do yoga on a Friday morning and need appropriate clothing

Friday 18th January

Another week has quickly passed us by and as always in year 2 we made the most of every moment.

This week we tested our Inuit boats to see if they would be successful in extreme conditions. When we put them in the water we found some of them were not waterproof, others had oars which were too short to reach the water properly and some didn’t have high enough sides to keep the water out. After we tested them we evaluated our boats and decided what we would change in the future.


Also this week we have made toy wooden sledges following a set of instructions. Making the sledges was quite a fiddly task and some of us needed lots of support from the teachers or fellow peers. Everyone tried really hard though and we had some very successful sledges.


We have worked really hard to develop our reading skills this week. Everyone has read 1:1 as normal and many children have read more than once too. Its great to see how much progress many children have made since September as a result of reading regularly at home and school. Some children have now read their home reading book over 70 times!


In Maths this week we have consolidated our addition skills using concrete, pictorial and abstract methods. We started the week by partitioning 2d numbers. Then we partitioned 2d numbers in different ways and gave reasons for our answers. On Wednesday we added a 2d number and tens and most children could do this well using pictorial representations (now we need to remember this method for when we complete our tests). The rest of the week we added any 2 2d numbers and explained our thinking. Next week we will be learning about multiplication and division.


In English this week we have continued to learn about instruction writing. We have built a washing line with key instruction facts to remember when writing our own instructions. We have explored the use of time connectives and imperative verbs within step by steps. On Tuesday we looked at a range of synonyms for commonly used imperative verbs. Also this week we have used subordinating and co-ordinating conjunctions to add detail to different instructions. On Thursday we explored the use of negative comments within instructions to inform the reader more. Today we followed instructions to make a hot chocolate and then we sequenced the steps and planned hot chocolate instructions of our own to write next week. When we have written our instructions we will send them to some Inuit’s in the artic to teach them how to make their own.


On Thursday we were all very excited when it began to snow. As our topic is ‘polar pitstop’ we decided to go outside and spend a short time in the snow. When we came back inside we discussed what it would be like to live somewhere that is always freezing and covered in snow.


In Science this week we have continued to learn about different habitats. This week we have focused on microhabitats and discussed the animas that would be found there and how they survive. Some children went home and found out some interesting facts about various minibeasts. Also this week we have explored world habitats such as ocean, rainforest, artic and desert. We worked in groups and presented our findings to the rest of the class.


Today we completed our second yoga lessons. It is fantastic seeing all of the children getting involved and learning lots of new skills.


Attendance: 94.7%
Minutes late: 7

Reminders:
Water bottles should be brought into school daily
All children should bring a coat into school every day
Children will do yoga every Friday morning and need to ensure they have appropriate clothing.

Friday 14th January 2019

Happy New Year!

It has lovely to see all the children back safe and well from the Christmas holidays. I loved hearing all about what they got up to over the Christmas break it sounds like everyone had a fantastic time.

We are now in the spring term and our year 2 assessments are fast approaching so we have settled back in to a busy learning week.

In maths we have been focussing on number and place value. On Monday we ordered numbers within 100 from smallest to largest and largest to smallest and discussed the value of each digit within the number. On Tuesday we moved on to using the greater and less than symbols to compare numbers. On Wednesday we looked at the equals symbol. We had two different calculations and discussed whether we thought they were equal or not and explained our reasons verbally, pictorially or using concrete resources. We then made our own calculations to make both sides of the equals sign the same. Finally on Friday we completed different SATs style questions related to ordering and using <  > and =.

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In English we have started our new genre learning all about instructions. We started the week by discussing what instructions are and when they are used. Then we looked at a range of instructions and identified the purpose. On Tuesday we highlighted the key features of instructions and what the purpose of each feature was. We discussed how the instructions would be harder to follow without these key features. On Wednesday we completed a comprehension task to retrieve information from a set of instructions. Then we wrote a statement of purpose for how to make a penguin linked to our new topic polar regions.

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In DT this week we have been learning all about Inuit boats. We looked at different designs and the materials that are used so that the boats can withstand the cold water. After we designed our boats we got creative and made them using a range of materials and resources.

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In Science we started our new topic ‘living things and their habitats’ we started by learning about things that are living, dead and never been alive. Then we discussed different habitats. First we looked at human habitats and discussed how they keep us safe then we looked at other habitats such as coral, garden, nocturnal and pond habitats. Today we went out into our secret garden to hunt for different habitats and identify animals within them. Then we created a map of the habitats we found.

Also this week we have taken part in a dancing class. We enjoyed learning about a new type of dance and learning some new moves to the greatest showman music.

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Today we had our first yoga PE lesson. It was great fun and we are already mastering new skills.

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Attendance: 95.3%

Minutes late: 48 minutes

Reminders:

PE is now on a Friday morning in the hall – please bring appropriate clothing to complete yoga activities.

Friday 21st December

4 more sleeps till Santa!

This week we had so much Christmassy fun! We started the week making our calendars, finishing our dragon eyes and making Christingles. Then on Monday afternoon we had our Christingle service which was lovely.

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On Tuesday we all headed off to the pantomime, ‘Oh yes we did!!’

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It was soon Wednesday and all of the children came into school in their poshest party clothes. Everyone looked fab and we partied the day away. Not forgetting our special visist from Santa himself!

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On Thursday the whole class were transported through the snow and onto the polar express. It was truly magical!

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Today is our last day! Thank you for a fabulous first term. It has been a pleasure teaching you all and I am really proud of the progress you have all made so far.

Have a fantastic and safe Christmas and I can’t wait to hear all about it when we return to school on Monday 7th January 2019.

Attendance:

Minutes late:

Please note: Miss Grotz will be leaving us today to work within another school in the trust. After Christmas Miss Walker will become the year 2 teaching assistant.

Friday 14th December

11 more sleeps till Santa!

Wow! What a busy busy busy week we have had.

This week we have performed our class nativity. Over the past few weeks we have worked incredibly hard learning all of our speaking parts and song lyrics as well as remembering when to stand up, sit down and come on and off stage. On Tuesday we thoroughly enjoyed performing our final piece to all the mams, dads, nans, grandads and everyone else. In case you missed it here are some fabulous shots:

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Well done to all the boys and girls – Mrs Owen was blown away by your fabulousness!

Also this week we went on another class trip. This time we visited Washington Wetlands centre. During our trip we learned all about the different animals found in wetland areas and what their habitats were like. We also got to feed the birds and otters. Finally, we were super excited to find out Santa was at the wetlands that day too and we got to go and meet him. We all told Santa what we wanted for Christmas and then sang some Christmas songs with him whilst enjoying a delicious biscuit. Take a look:

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Thank you to all the staff at the wetlands they made us feel very welcome and were very helpful and informative.

As always we have kept on working too. In Maths we have been learning all about time (so hopefully we won’t be up too early on Christmas morning!) We started the week recapping year 1 maths work about o clock and half past times then we moved on to learn how to read quarter past and quarter to times.

In English we completed our transform about the recount. Some children re-wrote their recount in third person whilst others made improvements to their original draft. Everyone worked extremely hard to produce some fabulous writing. Also this week we have been learning all about the Christmas story. We read the story together and sequenced the pictures. We also discussed some key words/vocabulary used within the Christmas story to ensure we understood the story in detail. Today we re-told the story in our inspired write books remembering to use correct sentence structures, punctuation and conjunctions.

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In RE this week we have continued to learn about why light is important to Christians. We have learned about Christingles and what each part of a Christingle represents. We now know lots of information ready for our Christingle service on Monday. We also designed our own light decoration and explained in a few sentences why light is important and what it represents at Christmas.

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Finally today we made our Christmas cards. No pictures yet though as we don’t want to spoil the surprise before we bring them home next Wednesday.

Attendance: 95%

Minutes late: 5

Reminders:

Monday 17th December – whole school Christingle service

Tuesday 18th December – Pantomime

Wednesday 19th December – KS1 party (pm)

Thursday 20th December – Polar express (tickets required – costs £2.50)

Friday 21st December – Last day before Christmas children can be picked up from 1.15pm

Friday 30th November

Unfortunately due to internet issues last week we were unable to update our blog but we didn’t want you to miss the pictures we took on our trip to the life centre so here they are:

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On Monday this week we were in the middle of our English lesson as normal when a knight from Alnwick castle came to visit us. He came to see us as he had heard we had been learning all about castles and fairy tales and he was extremely impressed with all of the information we knew. The knight informed us that he needed our help to prepare for a banquet happening at Alnwick and Hylton castle at the weekend.

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As a result, in maths this week we have been learning about fractions in order to help the knight. We learned how to half different quantities between both castles. Then we learned how to ¼ different quantities to ensure each table at the banquet had the correct amount of items. Finally we have learned how to find ¾ of different quantities.

In English this week we sequenced pictures from our trip and discussed technical vocabulary that we might include within our recount. Also this week we have learned how to write in the past progressive tense and we shared our personal feelings about different parts of the trip. Today we edited and improved our work by using a success criteria.

In PE this week we continued to practise our ball skills. We dribbled and controlled the ball with our partner.

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In Science on Monday we looked at which materials would be good to make different parts of a castle. Also this week in science we tested different materials to see if they would change shape by twisting, bending, squashing and stretching.

In Art this week we started to learn about sculptures and how different sculptures are made. We then discussed how we are going to be making clay dragon eyes. We were each given some clay to manipulate in different ways and enjoyed using the tools alongside them.

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Attendance: 92%

Minutes late: 23 minutes

Reminders:

Friday 7th December – Christmas fair at 1.15pm

Tuesday 11th December – KS1 Nativity – 10am and 2pm – tickets are available to purchase

Wednesday 12t hDecember – Year 2 trip to Washington Wetlands

Friday 14th December – Christmas jumper day and Christmas lunch

Friday 16th November

This week is ‘anti-bullying’ week so we have had lots of discussions about what bullying is and what is the correct way to behave and act. We have looked at ways to show respect to others as well as looking at different scenarios to understand what bullying is.

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In Maths this week we have been learning all about statistics. We started the week looking at tally charts, pictograms and block diagrams. We discussed what each chart represents and how to read the data presented in the charts. Then we created our own tally chart using class information about our favourite traditional tales. We then used the tally chart to create a pictogram and block diagram.

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In English this week we have done lots of writing. At the start of the week we wrote our story plans. Then on Tuesday we wrote the first draft of our story ‘the three little knights’. We had some fantastic outcomes. Then we edited and improved our stories in partners using a success criteria.

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Next week we are moving away from narratives and looking at recounts.

In music this week we have continued to practice our songs for our fast approaching nativity. Every child has been given the lyrics to the songs to practice this weekend.

In DT we have continued to develop our skills in making moving pictures. This week we have learned about levers and pivots. We made our own dragon heads with moving mouths and then created a design criteria for others so they could also make a dragon.

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In Science we went on an investigation around the school grounds to find out what materials different everyday objects are made from. We recorded our findings in a table. When we came back to class we discussed which material we had seen the most and why we thought that material was used the most.

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This week in PE we braved the cold and went onto the MUGA for our lesson. We had fun playing a Harry Potter warm up game and then we practiced our ball skills in pairs. One person stood in the goal and the other one tried to shoot.

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Today we all wore bright colours and raised money for Children in need:

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We are starting to get lots of work on our castle display now and I am sure you will agree it is looking fab. I am really proud of the work all the children are producing at the minute.

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Scarlett was added to the golden book for her fantastic narrative writing and Olivia was added to the golden book for her super participation within the anti-bullying tasks.

Attendance: 96%

Minutes late: 13 minutes

Reminders:

Children need to have their PE kit in school every Wednesday

Spelling tests are completed every Friday due to our trip next week the test will be on Thursday

Friday 23rd November – Year 2 trip to the Centre for life – Please return your slip by Wednesday 21st November

Friday 9th November

We have reached the end of another week! Time seems to be flying by before we know it, it will be time for our nativity.

In English this week we have continued to build our knowledge about traditional tales. We have learned about tenses and discussed what present, past and future tense means. We then identified past tense words and used them correctly within sentences. We have also looked at adventurous vocabulary that we can include in our stories to engage our reader. We have discussed nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs and created some silly sentences. Today we worked in groups of 5 to retell the story ‘The Three Little Knights’ through role play. Each child played the role of a character from the story and children were able to consider the flow and plot of their story.

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In Maths this week we have been learning about multiplication. Practising times table facts at home will really support your child’s learning! (x2 x5 x10)           We started the week looking at our two times table, we counted forwards and back and counted on from different numbers other than 0. We then learned our 5 times tables and 10 times tables by completing similar activities. It was evident across the class that the children need more opportunities to become fluent with their tables facts and be able to recall them out of order with accuracy and speed. Next week we are moving onto Statistics however we are going to continue to practise our times tables daily in our mental starters and maths meetings.

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In Music this week we have continued to learn our new song ‘Ho Ho Ho’ We used the recorders again and practised playing the tune in small groups. Over the next few weeks we are hoping to use some flutes alongside our song.

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Thank you to 25/30 children who brought their favourite book into school this week. It was interesting seeing the books children like reading at home and listening to their reasons when explaining why it is their favourite. We then used the books within our RE lesson on Friday. We talked about how and why they were important to us and linked it to the Bible being important to Christians and their reasons. Also is RE this week. We sorted information about the Old and New Testament into true and false.

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In DT this week we have been following design criteria’s to make dragon and knight sliders. On Monday followed a design to make a simple slider. The slider was a dragon which moved along a straight line. On Tuesday we made another slider but this time it had to appear and disappear from a bush. Today we combined our skills and linked it to our Castles topic. We used green card as our background and made a castle at the top using brown paper. We then created one slider with a knight that was approaching the castle and one slider with a dragon hiding behind a bush waiting to attack the knight. The results were fab:

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In Science we have continued to learn about materials, this week we have been identifying the uses for different materials within everyday objects and we discussed how some items can be made from different materials. Such as: a wooden table, plastic table and glass table.

Also this week we have remembered all the soldiers who died during World War 1. We have discussed why and when we remember these soldiers and the significance of this year being the centenary celebration. The children have all created a 3D poppy and discussed why a poppy is used to remember the fallen soldiers.

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Courtney received the celebration certificate this week for her excellent effort in using adventurous vocabulary.

Erin was added to the golden book for always having a positive attitude about learning and bringing a smile to everyone’s face. Li was added to the golden book for his excellent problem solving skills.

This week Steven was our hand writer of the week for his fantastic improvements.

Attendance: 97.3%

Minutes late:37 minutes

Reminders:

Movie afternoon – Tuesday 13th November – £2.50 ofr each child – this includes snacks and a drink

Friday 2nd November 2018

Welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely half term break.

This week we have started our new topic ‘Once upon a castle’ Before the half term children painted a drawbridge and turrets and were extremely excited to see our classroom door when they came into school on Monday.

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In English this week we have started to look at Narrative writing again. This half term we are looking at traditional tales. We started the week by looking at themes within traditional tales and enjoyed working in small groups. On Tuesday we looked at different characters from the story ‘the three little pigs’. We wrote about whether we liked or disliked the character and gave reasons linked to the text. Also this week we have looked at how the illustrator and author portray different characters using the words they say, actions they do and pictures they use. Today we thought about the traditional tale we will retell. We wanted to retell a traditional tale that would link in with our Castles theme so we have decided to retell a traditional tale with a twist. We will write the story of the three little pigs but change it to the Three Little Knights. So today we planned out our story keeping the main themes from the Three Little Pigs but changing the characters.

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In Maths this week we have been learning all about 2D and 3D shapes. We started the week looking at 2D shapes and learning all about their properties then we described them and completed a shape hunt. On Wednesday we looked at lines of symmetry within simple shapes. We had lots of different shapes to fold horizontally and vertically to find out how many lines of symmetry each shape had. On Thursday we learnt about 3D shapes and identified the different properties, we also learned a new shape song. Today we described the properties of 3D shapes and played different games in our partners to help use remember all of the shapes.

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This week we started our Design Technology subject. On Monday we looked at some medieval tools. We read a design on how to make a catapult and then we had a go following the design to create our own. It was quite tricky! On Tuesday we evaluated our catapult thinking about how easy or hard it was to make, whether it worked and what we would change if we made it again. Today we had the chance to make our catapult again putting in the changes we said we would do when we evaluated it on Tuesday. Next week we will look at more medieval tools and have a go at creating a design of our own.

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In music we started to learn our new song called HO, HO, HO! After singing it a few times and familiarizing ourselves with the tune we had a go at using the recorders to create some of the notes from the song. We found this quite hard but we tried our best and will continue to practice over the next few weeks. Hopefully some of us will be ready to perform at our class nativity in December!

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Also this week we started our science topic. In Science we will be learning all about materials. This week we have been learning about what different materials there are and how they can be used. In a few weeks we will be going on a class trip to the Centre for life to complete a materials workshop.

In RE this week we have started to learn about Christianity. We looked at what being a Christian means and then looked more specifically at the Bible. We read the 10 commandments and discussed what they mean then we wrote 10 of our own rules that we believed would make the world a better place.

On Wednesday we were all spooked out to celebrate Halloween. The children all looked fabulous in their costumes though some were very scary!

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Thank you to everyone who bought a cake at our family learning session. We raised £27 towards our trip!

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In the morning it was lovely to share our learning with so many mams, dads and grandparents at our family learning session. The children enjoyed showing their adult around and it was fabulous seeing so many happy faces. On Wednesday afternoon we headed into the hall for our Halloween disco. The children all enjoyed playing various games and having snacks and pop.

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This week Courtney was added to the golden book for always trying her best in school and Joshua was added for his big improvement with his writing.

Henley received the celebration award for his enthusiasm to learning!

Attendance: 96.7%

Minutes late: 33 minutes

Reminders:

Please make sure homework is completed and returned to school by Wednesday each week.

Children have a spelling test every week – please try to encourage your child to learn these at home as they will be expected to spell them correct within lessons after each test.

Friday 19th October

We have now reached the end of our first half term in year 2 and we have certainly finished it with a bang!

In English this week we have written our non-chronological reports about London. We came up with our own titles and sub headings and include lots of interesting information in our paragraphs.

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Later in the week we edited and improved our work and tried really hard to do our best handwriting.

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In maths this week we have moved on to trickier addition and subtraction sentences. We have added 2 2d numbers whilst crossing the boundary and subtracted 2 2d numbers whilst crossing the boundary. It has been really hard so we have use lots of concrete resources and pictorial representations to help us. This week’s maths homework is linked to addition and subtraction to consolidate your child’s knowledge. Please encourage them to use pictorial representations (drawing the tens and ones) to help them solve the calculations.

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On Monday this week we were very lucky to have a special visitor in our class. Steven’s dad came in to school to talk to us all about the duties he had to complete as a guard at Buckingham Palace. It was really interesting listening to the rules and routines he had to follow and he even brought in his boots for the children to wear and hold. After a discussion Steven’s dad then showed us how to march and the children enjoyed having a go too.

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Thank you for coming in and sharing your experiences with us it was extremely interesting.

In art this week we added our burnt buildings to our backwashes and we mixed primary colours to create secondary colours.

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In music we sang our ‘music is in me’ song with the instruments for the last time and then we completed an end of term evaluation about what we have learned.

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On Wednesday afternoon we did our weekly PE lesson. This week all the games were Halloween related. First we played trick or treat then we played haunted house.

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Also on Wednesday we had a visit from the fire brigade. They showed us all of the equipment they use today in comparison to what was available during and before the Great fire of London. We all got to have a go at using the hose which was great fun.

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They told us what to shout in an emergency and put their lights and sirens on for us.

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On Thursday afternoon we wrote about similarities and differences between the fire service then and now. We also matched some equipment up to the present day and 1666.

Today we finished learning about the Great fire of London by writing an eye witness report using our senses to describe what we would see, hear, touch and smell.

Next term we will move on to our new topic ‘ Once upon a castle’

Finally I just want to say a huge thank you to the children for their hard work and effort this term. Everyone has settled into year 2 very well. I am particularly impressed with the amount of children returning their reading books regularly and this is having a fantastic impact on their decoding skills.

I hope you all have a fabulous well deserved week off. Stay safe and see you all refreshed and ready to go on Monday 29th October J

Attendance: 94%

Minutes late: 10 minutes    Let’s try to improve this next term!

Reminders:

Today we finish for half term returning on Monday 29h October

Tuesday 30th and Thursday 1st November – Parents Evening – Please come and see me if your appointment time is inconvenient.

Wednesday 31st October – Halloween family learning 9.15am – 10am

Wednesday 31st October – Halloween disco – 2-3pm (Children can come to school in their costumes)

Friday 12th October

This week we have been so busy it has flown by!

In English we have continued to look at non-chronological reports. On Monday we looked at factual sentences and adjectives. We discussed the important of only using facts to inform the reader.

For example: Some children said last week ‘Buckingham Palace has 1 million windows’ but the fact is it only has just over 700!

Also this week we have worked together to group facts together so they can be organized under specific sub headings. Today we wrote our first attempt at an introduction. We found it quite hard to write a brief summary/overview but we had a really good try.

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In Maths this week we continued to work on our addition and subtraction skills. We started the week adding 3 single digit numbers, then we added 1d to a 2d number, then we subtracted 1d from a 2d number and finally we added/subtracted multiples of 10 from a 2d number. We have used lots of concrete resources to support our learning but as we have moved through the week we have realised that using pictorial representations provide us with a clearer, easier to read and solve method. Plus we can draw pictures to help us in the SATs!

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On Monday we finished our RE work on Venerable Bede. We watched the video of his life again and discussed key moments in his life then we created a simple timeline.

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Also on Monday we went to the computer suite and learned how to send emails safely to one another. The children loved typing their own emails and receiving real responses from their friends.

On Tuesday we practiced our painting skills in Art. We used watercolours to create backwashes for the Great Fire of London.

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Also on Tuesday we continued to improve/embed our music skills by playing notes in time to the beat. It was great fun but tricky to concentrate on singing and play at the same time!

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On Wednesday we started to discuss the Great Fire of London in more detail. First we came up with questions we wanted to know and find out about the fire then we listened to the events during the days of the fire and sequenced them in our topic books. We continued to learn about the fire today. We looked again at what happened during the fire and put the events into a simple timeline.

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On Thursday KS1 and KS2 were lucky enough to take part in Sunderland ‘Go run for fun’ event. Over 1400 children took part but we were by far the best! We showed fantastic sportsmanship to one another and really showed how fab Plains Farm children are. We arrived back in school at lunch time and even though the children were shattered they all worked incredibly hard in the afternoon. Well done everyone! You should be super proud of yourselves!

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Handwriter of the week this week was Gracie for a huge improvement with her formation.

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Lillyrose was added to the golden book this week for trying hard in maths and not giving up even when it was tricky. Logan was also added to the golden book for his fantastic contributions during carpet time.

The celebration certificate this week was awarded to Amelia Co for always trying to be the best she can be in all subjects.

Attendance: 97%

Minutes late: 35

Reminders:

Please make sure homework is completed and returned to school by Wednesday each week.

Children have a spelling test every week – please try to encourage your child to learn these at home as they will be expected to spell them correct within lessons after each test.

Thursday 18th October – School photographs – please ensure your child has returned their consent form

Friday 19th October – Children break up for the half term holiday and return to school on Monday 29th October

Friday 5th October

We are now at the end of week 5 and as always in year 2 we have been working hard all week.

This week we have moved away from Narrative writing within our English lessons and are now focusing our learning on Non-chronical reports. As we have not written a non chronological report before we have spent most this week looking at different examples, understanding what is included in the report, recognizing the purpose for writing them and the importance of using factual information. Today the children looked at different sentence types used within a report and how they impact the way the reader interprets the texts.

The children enjoyed identify similarities and differences in two non chronological reports on Wednesday and having the opportunity to magpie their ideas with others in the class.

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In maths this week we have looked at number bonds and addition and subtraction within 20. We started the week using lots of concrete resources to secure our understanding. We then moved on to using pictorial methods and/or abstract methods to complete different calculations. We looked at different language used which means the same addition and subtraction and also different ways of writing and completing calculations.

For example:

17 + 2 = 19

19 = 17 + 2

17 + ___ = 19

19 – ___ = 17

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Over the next few week’s we will be learning about the Great fire of London as part of our History lessons but before we look into the past of London we have spent time this week learning about what London looks like now including different attraction and buildings. We have also learned about some well known people in London such as the Royal family, the Prime Minister and some Celebrities.

In art some children used different tints and tones to create the River Severn with paint for our London display. The rest of the class applied the drawing skills we have learned over the past few weeks to create boats to sail on the river away from the fire.

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Due to the poor weather again on Wednesday we had our PE lesson inside again. This week we played fireman sam. During our first game children had to run around and try not get hit by the Fireman Sam’s who were practicing by throwing water bombs (pretend). We then imagined we were in London during the Great Fire. Some of the children were firefighters and had to run around putting fire blankets over burning buildings (bibs on top of cones) whilst the others were Naughty Normans and kept removing the blankets. It was a fab lesson!

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In Music this week we decided not to get the musical instruments out so we could focus on timing. It is important children can master the timing to their songs so the song flows correctly.

Also this week we have been reading the story The Rainbow people during our PSHE lessons. The story celebrates difference and highlights the importance of accepting others for who they are. On Thursday the children became the characters in the story to actively retell it before writing the retell in their books.

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In RE this week we have learned about the Northern Saint Venerable Bede. We watched a short story about his life and how he helped people and then we wrote postcards to his parents to tell them how he was feeling and what he was doing in the monastery every day.

Our handwriter of the week this week was Li. Keep up the hard work Li!

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Amelia Ca was added to the golden book for trying hard with her writing during our PSHE retell. Amelia B was added for settling in well during her first week and giving all lessons 100%. Myla received the celebration award for trying hard with her reading and writing at home and in school.

Attendance: 96.3%

Minutes late: 24 minutes

Reminders

Wednesday – PE lesson – please send in a PE kit and appropriate outdoor footwear.

Wednesday – homework must be returned

Thursday 11th October – Children are taking part in the Run for fun – 9.30-12noon

Friday 28th September

We have now reached the end of our 4th week in year 2 and already we have made phenomenal progress!

This week we have put our baking hats on and become chefs to make delicious cakes for our Macmillan coffee afternoon. We made 2 sponge cakes. First we had to put all of the ingredients together and mix them well, once they were cooked and cooled we layered each sponge with jam and put them together before adding icing to one and chocolate to the other.

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You are lucky they made it to the coffee afternoon as we were all desperate to eat them ourselves.The coffee afternoon was a great success as were our cakes as when I went in the hall at 2pm there wasn’t even a crumb of either of our cakes left!

Also this week we have been inspired by Wassily Kandinsky to create a whole school display in our school hall. We have all crested different circles and added them to a school tree which highlights we are all ‘rooting’ for each other.

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In English this week we have been applying all of our narrative skills we have learned over the past few weeks to retell the story of Katie in London. We used two Literacy lessons to ensure we had plenty of time to write our stories in detail. The writing we have achieved is fab!

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Also this week we have transformed our stories by changing the character to the opposite. We all changed the actions of the lion so he became mischievous when travelling around London. The children came up with some fantastic ideas such as instead of eating his ice cream in the park, he chased people and stole their ice creams or instead of marching with the guards he stuck out his paw and tripped them up.

In phonics we have been applying our sounds in different ways to help us remember them. This week the children particularly loved writing on each others back.

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In Maths this week we have been using the language greater, less than and equals to to compare different lengths and weights. On Tuesday we found various objects around the classroom that were greater and less than a metre then we compared the length of different London buildings. On Wednesday we all held a 1kg weight, then we compared different items to it. On Thursday we introduced the symbols < > = and we discussed a fun way to remember the meaning ‘The crocodile eats the biggest number’. We spent the rest of Thursday and Friday’s lessons practising using and applying the symbols in different ways developing our reasoning and problem solving skills.

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We have completed our final bits of Geography for this half term, we have learned about what an island is and how they are formed. We have also looked at where different Islands are located in our world and all about the different continents and oceans.

In PE we continued to practise our football skills. We played a game of Tom and Jerry and practised our tackling and control skills by trying to get the ball through our partner’s legs.

In music we have continued to master our song with musical instruments. We played our instruments to each other.

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Our first hand writer of the week was awarded to Erin and our first reader of the week was given to Gracie well done girls!

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Aaron’s name was added to the golden book this week for a fabulous story and Steven’s name was added for being helpful and polite to the dinner staff.

Alicia received the celebration certificate for a detail and exciting retell of Katie in London.

Attendance: 99%

Minutes late: 2

Reminders

Wednesday – PE lesson – please send in a PE kit and appropriate outdoor footwear.

Wednesday – homework must be returned

Friday 21st September 

Well what a busy but fun week we have had.

In English this week we have continued to look at the story ‘Katie in London’. We have looked in more detail at the characters from the story and what their appearance, personality and likes and dislikes are. We have also consolidated our knowledge of what an adjective is and developed our knowledge on nouns. Today we wrote character descriptions about the lion from the story.

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In Maths we have been learning to read and write numbers to 100 in numerals and words. We started off the week with numbers to 50 and then moved quickly onto numbers within 100. We soon learnt that if we know how to spell numbers 1-9 and multiples ten we can write any number to 99 in words. To embed our learning we have participated in several practical activities.

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On Thursday we went on a number hunt around the classroom, shared area and KS1 outdoor space. Some numbers were written in words and others were in numerals. We had to write the opposite of what we found (find a numeral write the matching word).

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On Friday we went in the hall and played a speed reading number game. One child stood up and if another child had the matching numeral or word they would have to stand up too.

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In Art this week we used the art pencils to draw a London double decker bus. First we practiced creating lines of different thicknesses and shapes. We also used the pencils to create patterns using lines and dots.

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 In music, we continued to sing the song ‘hands, feet, heart’. We added instruments to the music and tried to clap when to play different notes.

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In Geography we have continued to learn about the four nations of the UK. We have learned about the flags, national anthem, national flower, population and language of each country. We all had lots of interesting facts to write about England.

Our PE lesson was indoors this week due to the strong winds. We enjoyed playing different games which involved using different speeds. We also played games that involved dribbling a ball and being able to control the ball whilst moving across the hall.

Finally this week we have continued to add work to our London display, we all helped to re-create the Big Ben.

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Well done to all of year 2 for their commitment to reading! So many children have been returning their reading books daily and I can already see an improvement in their reading skills and attitude to reading. Please encourage your child to return their book daily (even if it hasn’t been read as we may have time to hear them in school).

This week Amelia Co received the celebration award for trying really hard to produce interesting sentences in Literacy. Logan was added to the golden book for his fantastic attitude towards all activities and Gracie was added for always having a positive attitude towards all aspects of school life.

Attendance:

Minutes late:

Reminders

Wednesday – PE lesson – please send in a PE kit and appropriate outdoor footwear.

Wednesday – homework must be returned

Thursday 27th September – MacMillan coffee afternoon @ 1.15pm

Friday 14th September 2018

Welcome back!

It has been lovely to hear about all the fun each child had over the holidays and of course it was great to see everybody back safe and well and ready to start year2!

As you are aware the children have a busy year ahead of them preparing them for the juniors but after only one and a half week’s back I can already see that every child is going to do fab this year!

Last week we completed lots of settling in tasks and the children were able to explore our newly renovated outdoor space. The children really enjoyed learning through play with the new activities outside and have even been out this week to complete some of their maths and English tasks. In the afternoon’s last week we learnt all about water safety and how to keep safe near different types of water.

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This week we have started our new topic which is called ‘Bright Lights Big City’ We are going to be learning all about our capital city London over the next few weeks.

In English we have been learning a range of Narrative skills. We started the week by reading the story ‘Katie in London’ We have sequenced the story, looked at Key vocabulary, identified co-ordinating conjunctions and ensured we have use correct sentence punctuation. Ask your child about the story they should be able to retell it to you in lots of detail. Today we wrote the opening of the story using the skills we have learned this week and the children produced some fabulous work!

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In Maths this week we have been learning about number and place value. We started the work ensuring the children understand how the value of the digits in a 2d number and we partitioned 2d numbers into tens and ones. Also this week we have been counting forwards and back in tens and fives. We have used lots of concrete resources to help us work out 10 more/less and we used 100 squares to support our learning too.

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On Wednesday we had our first PE lesson. We are really lucky this term as we have a sports coach in teaching us throwing, catching and agility skills. We went out on the MUGA and had lots of fun trying to throw the ball to our partner in a straight line. Our PE lessons will always be on a Wednesday, if it is dry we will be outside so please ensure that your child has appropriate outdoor clothing and a change of shoes to wear on the MUGA.

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In Geography this week we have been learning about the two countries that make up the British Isles. We have also been looking in detail about the four nations that make up the UK.

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In RE we have been thinking about beliefs and how people believe in different things. Each child wrote three things they believed in and shared it with the class. We discussed having respect for each other’s beliefs however different they may be.

In ART we looked at different drawings of London created by various artists. We discussed how each drawing made us feel and how each artist had different effects in their work.

Finally we have put up a new ‘Selfie show off’ display. Throughout the week children have the opportunity of getting their selfie up on the wall to show off work which they/we are really proud of. Huge congratulations to Erin, Scarlett who have made it onto the wall this week!

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This week Olivia received the celebration certificate for working her socks off and being an excellent role model during our first week back. Leighton was added to the golden book for trying hard in all lessons and Kiara was added for reading her reading book every day this week.

Attendance: 100% fantastic effort, keep it up!

Minutes late: 15

Reminders:

PE is on Wednesday’s – appropriate clothing and outdoor shoes should be provided

Homework is handed out on a Friday – It should be completed and returned by Wednesday so it can be marked and handed back out the following week. Each week children will receive a Maths and Literacy homework linked to the previous week’s learning.

Spellings are handed out with homework on a Friday and will be tested the following Thursday

Children are encouraged to read their book as often as possible. Please send your child’s reading book in daily (even if it hasn’t been read) as they may be heard read in school.