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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 bellow:

Curriculum Newsletter Year 2

Our Year 2 Staff:

Mrs J Owen – Teacher

Miss T Hodgson – Teaching Assistant

Friday 29th March

Well with only a few weeks now until our Year 2 SATs we have not had time to wind down this week in preparation for Easter. All the children have worked really hard right up until this lunch time! The improvements the children have made this term across all areas of the curriculum is phenomenal and once again I want to say how proud I am of every single one of them.

This week in Maths we have finished our work on length and height. Please continue to work with your child over the Easter holidays with different elements of Maths. There are lots of SATs practise papers online for the children to complete over the holidays. There are also activities available online.

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We have also refreshed our skills this week on number and place value, including partitioning, adding 2d numbers, subtraction without regrouping and estimation.

In English this week we have finished our own stories based on The Lighthouse Keeper. The children have had some fantastic ideas and the finished stories are great!

After the Easter holidays we will be completing a whole school project based on ‘Everyday heroes’ As a school, we will all be entering into this years National Young Writers Awards. The first prize is a trip to Disneyland Paris, 2nd prize is £500 of resources for school and the third prize is David Walliams coming into school to do a whole school assembly.

Over the holidays we have set the children a project to make, create, design anything about their everyday hero. Remember an everyday hero is anybody who does something good. Please see attached letter :

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Thank you to all the parents who came to the family learning. It was great to see so many people here. I hope you all have a lovely and safe Easter and I look forward to hearing all about it on Monday 16th April.

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Attendance:89.2%

Minutes late: 57 minutes late nearly one hour of lost learning in 4 days!

Reminders:

Monday 16th April – Return to school – Homework projects due in

Friday 23rd march

This week we have enjoyed watching our chicks grow, cleaning them out and holding them every day. Last Friday we made a prediction of how many cubes we thought one chick weighed we than placed it in the scales and discovered it was 13 cubes heavy. on Monday we made another predictions and were amazed that it now weighed 18 cubes. 5 cubes heavier than Friday. We then made predictions each day. Yesterday afternoon was the final weighing and the chicks weighed a huge 31 cubes.

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Also this week we have finished our Maths work on fractions, we can now find 1/2, 1/4, 3/4, 2/4 and 1/3  of numbers and shapes. We have also started to learn about measuring length and height. On Thursday we used rulers to measure in cms and today we have measured larger objects using metre sticks.

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In English, we have continued to read the lighthouse keeper books. We created our own story maps changing the problem in the story. We then wrote our opening paragraph using interesting and adventurous vocabulary.

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Jaxon and Millie were added to the golden book for their good story openings and Joseph received the celebration certificate for his fantastic homework.

Next Tuesday is our Easter fair, we will be busy making things for you to buy on Monday so we hope you can all make it!

Homework – Please remember homework should be returned to school by Wednesday – all the homework being sent home is linked to the SATs children will complete in May so it is essential children are completing their homework, mainly independently and returning it to school on time.

Attendance: 96%

Minutes late: 14 minutes of lost learning – this is much better year 2 lets try to get it down to 0!

Reminders

Tuesday 27th March – Easter fair – Children can be collected from 1.30pm to attend the fair

Thursday 29th March – Easter crafts family learning from 1.15pm

Thursday 29th March – Break up for the Easter holidays

Friday 16th March

On Monday we were very excited when our chick eggs arrived in school. We had 10 eggs arrive and they were put into an incubator, we kept checking them all day to see if any had started to crack. It was a long wait though as our first chick did not make its appearance until Monday evening. On Tuesday the chn were so excited to see our first chick and we could now see more eggs with cracks in. By Wednesday afternoon we had 4 baby chicks. Then on Thursday another two hatched. We are still hoping the other 4 eggs hatch over the weekend!

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Also this week we attended the Sunderland Skipping festival. I was so proud of every child in our class whilst we were at  Thornhill Secondary. The behaviour was fantastic and everybody gave the competition 100%. We certainly made Plains Farm proud! Special well done to Maisie He and Levi who both came third in their solo skip!

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In English this week we have continued our topic ‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside’

We have read more lighthouse keeper books by Ronda Armitage and we have compared the similarities and differences within the books. Also this week we wrote a non chronological report about our chicks to inform people about what they eat, where they live and how to look after them.

In Maths, we have continued to look at fractions, we can now recognise and find 1/2, 1/4, and a 1/3. Its has been hard work but using our concrete resources and pictorial methods has really helped us. Next week we will look at 2/4 equivalences and 3/4s.

Thank you to all the parents who attended our final SATs  workshop about writing. I hope you have found the three workshops helpful and please remember I am always here to ask if you require any more advice or support in ensuring your child is ready for the SATs in May.

Also it was great to speak to so many parents at parents evening this week, it was a great opportunity to look through your child’s books and see how much progress they have made since September. If you were unable to make your appointment please speak to either Miss Hodgson or I on the door and we will rearrange another time for you.

Finally a huge well done to Amelia, Amelia was amongst lots of other children who enter the competition to design our school CD cover. She was chosen as the WINNER! She was presented was a voucher and a framed copy of her design in Monday’s assembly. We are all so proud of you Amelia!

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Attendance: 94.7%

Minutes late: 54 minutes late – 5 children were late this week! come on boys and girls try hard to arrive on time so you can receive your cube on Friday

Reminders:

Our Chicks will be live on the blog again from Monday morning.

Friday 9th March 2018

Well, we have definitely worked hard this week and made up for our three snow days!

It was lovely hearing about all the fun the children had in the snow last week.

On Monday we started our new topic ‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside’ In English we looked at a picture from the front cover of a book

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We discussed what we could see and made predictions about what the book is called, where is it set, what is the seagull doing, what will happen at the end of the story.

After we finished our predictions I told the story the book we are reading is the Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch, we then read the story together and discussed the main characters and what had happened.

On Tuesday we continued to learn about the lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch, we identified who the main characters were and discussed how they felt throughout the story. We then looked at interesting words to describe good and bad feelings to make our writing more interesting. In Maths we looked at fractions, we worked in pairs and had to find 1/2 of different items on Mrs Grinlings list to make Mr Grinlings lunch.

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On Wednesday we were really excited to be finally having our movie morning, we enjoyed watching the film and eating hot dogs, sweets and crisps. On Wednesday afternoon we practised our song which will  be performing for our CD next Wednesday! We can’t wait for you to hear it!

On Thursday, we read through the story of The lighthouse Keeper again and then we answered questions based on the text. Some of the questions were styled like they will be in our SATs to give us lots of practice. In Maths we moved on to recognising 1/4s. We enjoyed splitting counters and other objects into 4 equal groups and working out how many were in 1 group. We also drew some of our own 2d shapes and split them equally into 4 parts. On Thursday afternoon we went into the hall to practise our

Today we arrived at school to a crime scene. The library had been taped off and police had left clues, witness statements and suspect reports. Mrs Owen’s expensive golden pen has been stolen!! The police asked for the children help them solve the mystery by using all of the information to work out which of the three suspects committed the crime. The suspects were: The dodgy dinner lady, the cunning caretaker and the crooked cleaner. The children have been truly inspired to write today and have produced some fantastic detailed writing across the school.

(Don’t worry the children will be told on Monday who committed the pretend crime)

Attendance: 98.7%

Minutes late: 59 minutes late – We still need to improve this year 2! Remember if you are late even by 1 minute you will not receive your cube for Friday’s tuck shop

Reminders:

Tuesday 13th March – Children will be producing the CD

Wednesday 14th March – Y2 Skipping festival – forms must be retuned by Monday

Thursday 15th March – Final Y2 SATs workshop – writing focus

 

Friday 23rd February 2018

Welcome back! Glad to here everyone had a lovely half term break and it was great to see everyone back safe and well and ready to get learning.

This week in Maths we have been looking at 2d and 3d shapes. On Monday we went on a hunt around school looking for regular and irregular shapes in our environment.

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Then we looked at the properties of 2d shapes. We have learnt about sides and vertices. Today we sorted shapes into different categories.

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In English this week we have written diaries in first person, as if we were Samuel Pepy’s. We put all the skills we have learned over the last few weeks together and wrote our diaries. We then edited and improved our writing and re-wrote them. Also this week we red the story of Little Red Riding Hood and then have created our own story character. Today we wrote character descriptions about our own characters.

Also this week we have finished our Art topic about Wassily Kandinsky, we created two pictures inspired by Wassily’s work.

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Thank you to all the parents that came along to our second SATs workshop this week. I hope it was useful.

Attendance: 95.7%

Minutes late: 141 Minutes late

Reminders:

Thursday 1st March: World book day – bring a book to swap

Thursday 1st March: Italian lunch day

Thursday 1st March: Family learning

 

 

Friday 9th February 2018

I cannot believe we have come to the end of the first part of Spring term already! This half term we have been working so so hard it has flown over, the children are making huge progress and I am sure you can all see a fantastic change!

This week in Literacy we have continued to build our skills to enable us to write a diary entry. We have looked at  apostrophes for possession, different sentence types and using past tense correctly. We are now ready to write our diary entries when we come back after the half term break.

On Tuesday it was great to see so many mams, dads and grandparents at our topic family learning session, the children were keen to show off what they had been learning about. We had some great feedback from parents and we have added some pictures and shared work completed within that morning to our classroom displays.

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In Maths this week we have been learning about block diagrams. We have gathered information about the class and transferred the data onto a block graph. We also used the IPADs to create a digital diagram.

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Also this week we have completed some practise SATs tests, the children have tried extremely hard and I am very impressed with the outcomes. I will now use these results to plan upcoming lessons to ensure we fill any gaps that arose.

In Art, we have been using chalks to recreate artwork by Wassily Kandinsky

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Also this week we have been learning about Shrove Tuesday and Lent which starts next week. I hope you all love eating pancakes.

Yesterday we had a fantastic turn out for our first SATs workshop on Maths. I hope you found the session useful and if you do have any questions or queries please feel free to catch me on the door or ring the school office. For homework this week I have only sent Maths work, they are SATs style questions based on what we discussed in the meeting.

Jaxon and Joseph were added to the golden book this week for working hard during assessment week. Millie was given the celebration certificate for working well in a team during Literacy lessons this week.

Attendance: 93.7%

Minutes late: 93 minutes late – Please try hard to arrive at school on time. remember our Easter challenge – if you come to school every day on time for a week you will get a prize on Friday!

 

Friday 2nd February 2018

When we came into school on Monday morning there was a huge mess of paper on the floor.

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The children were shocked and were keen to ask Mr Byers to look on the camera to see who had been messing up our classroom! After ringing Mr Byers we managed to get hold of the camera footage. This is what we saw:

The children decided the little girl was Goldilocks and there were appalled to see her ripping up the plans they had written for their story about Goldilocks last week. Luckily, Mrs Owen was already one step ahead of Goldilocks and had already photocopied their plans. So we discussed as a class and decided to write the story about Goldilocks anyway to show Goldilocks that we weren’t bothered that she came into our school.

The children came up with some really good ideas for their stories titled ‘Goldilocks and the three teachers’ Some of their stories even said Goldilocks had drank my coffee and sat in my chair!!

During the rest of this week we started to look at diary entries as part of our Literacy lessons. We have identified features of a diary, discussed the purpose, looked at similarities and differences between recounts and stories and commented on language and vocabulary within different diaries. We have also looked briefly at Samuel Pepys diary.

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In Maths this week we have been learning about Statistics. At first we looked at how to create a tally chart and what information a tally chart can give us. Then we used the information we found and put it into a pictogram using pictures to represent one number. On Wednesday we made tally charts with bigger numbers, we decided it would take us a long time to draw pictures in ones for big numbers so we decided to make a key and draw pictures to represent objects in 2s, 5s and 10s.

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In topic this week we looked at how fire services and equipment has changed and developed since the great fire of London and we also pretended we were eye witnesses to the great fire and we described what we could see, hear, touch and smell. In Science we completed our topic on animals including humans. We looked at a picture of a desert island and we had to pretend we were stranded on the island. We then described what resources and equipment we would need in order to survive. We thought back to things we have learned over the previous weeks.

This afternoon in Art we have looked at Wassily Kandinsky’s art work and tried to recreate some of it using different chalks and pastels.

Hand writer of the week was Melek for showing a huge improvement 🙂

Kirsty and Millie were added to the golden book and Kyra received the celebration certificate for always giving a 100% and showing improvements across all subjects daily.

Attendance: 95.3% – Next week is our last week before the holidays lets try for 100% attendance.

Minutes late: 53 minutes late – This is better year 2 but still nearly one hour of lost learning created by 4 children being late!

Reminders:

Tuesday 6th February – Family learning 9.10-10am – To share our Great Fire of London topic

Thursday 8th February – SATs workshop  2.30-3.10pm – Our first workshop is Maths, during the session we will look at different skills and techniques to help your children complete potential SATs questions. If you would like to come along please return your form to school asap.

Friday 9th February – Break up for the half term holidays

 

Friday 26th January 2018

On Monday I told the children about how my little girl cannot brush her teeth very well. I showed them pictures of her and explained how she splashes me with water and throws her brush on the floor. The children came up with a good idea to write instructions to teach her how to brush them correctly. Within their instructions they included a title, list of equipment and a step by step guide. Great job year 2 she is much better at brushing her teeth now!

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This week we have completed our work on non chronological reports. This week the children put all of the skills they have learned over the last few weeks together to write an interesting non-chronological report about the great fire of London. On Tuesday, the children wrote the first few paragraphs and then edited and improved them on Wednesday. On Thursday they wrote the last two paragraphs and edited and improved them on Friday. I am so impressed with the improvements within the children’s writing and presentation, children now need to remember to self check their work to check it always makes sense!

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In Maths we have developed our knowledge of division. We have drawn pictures using the sharing and grouping methods and our knowledge of the 2,3,5 and 10 times tables. On Monday we recognised odd and even numbers. On Tuesday we divided by 5 and on Wednesday we divided by 10.

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Then on Thursday we solved problems dividing by 5 and 10

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Today we split into 3 groups and completed a division investigation:

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Within our topic lessons this week we have looked at similarities and differences between London streets now and in the past. We have also discussed how there were no fire engines in the past. In music, we have been practising the London’s Burning song and singing in rounds. Next week we are going to use instruments too.

Our handwriter of the week was Jaxon. Well done!

The celebration award went to McKenzie S for a huge improvement with his effort and attainment.

Kyra was added to the golden book for never giving up and always giving 100% and Kayleigh was added to the golden book for always being kind and caring in class and around school. Fantastic girls!

Attendance: 94.7%

Minutes Late: 108 minutes late! – nearly two hours of lost learning year 2! Please ensure you arrive at school for 8.50am

 

Friday 19th January 2018

We have come to the end of our second week back and as always we have been learning lots!

In English this week we have continued to learn about how to write a Non-Chronological report. We have learned to recognise and use subordinating and co-ordinating conjunctions, to recognise and use proper nouns and common nouns and how to use appropriate adjectives. We have also planned our non chronological report about the Great Fire of London ready to write our report next week.

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In Maths this week we have practised the skill of dividing by sharing and grouping. We have looked at how to work out our division answer using our multiplication knowledge and had fun using concrete resources and drawing pictures to help us solve each calculation. Maths homework this week will help to consolidate learning completed in school.

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In Science this week we have continued to learn about animals including humans, this week we have looked at why exercising is important for the human body and how it makes our heart rate increase. We timed ourselves completing different exercises and then listened to our heart beat and recorded the beats per minute.

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In music we have learned the song London’s burning! Next week we will be singing it in rounds. In RE we have been looking at what belonging means to Christians, we have started by looking at what happens during Christening and why some people choose to get Christened.

Emily received the celebration certificate today for writing some facts about the Great Fire of London at home independently.

Maisie He was hand writer of the work for 100% effort.

Ryan and Sophia were added to the golden book. Well done!

Finally, I would like to say how incredibly proud of year 2 I am for the effort they are putting into their handwriting and presentation. I have seen a massive improvement this week and have been so pleased with the improvements. Some children are now beginning to write in joined up handwriting which is fab! Please continue to encourage your child to take pride in their work, especially their homework and hopefully this progress will continue.

Minutes late: 181 minutes late. This is a lot of lost learning time year 2 please remember the school door opens at 8.45am and closes at 8.50am.

Attendance: 95%

Reminders:

PE is on a Monday and Tuesday afternoon. Please ensure your child has their PE kit.

Sponsor money for the Readathon challenge is due in by 31.1.18

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 12th January 2018

Happy New Year!

Welcome back, it has been lovely hearing all about everyone’s Christmas holidays. All the children were excited to share what they did during the holidays and what presents they got. I am pleased to see everyone back safe and well.

This week we settled straight into a busy hard working term. Our new topic is the Great Fire of London.

In English this week we have started to learn about Non-Chronological reports. We have looked at features of a report, the purpose of a report, similarities and differences and new vocabulary. I wonder if the children could explain to you what they have learned this week? This weeks’ English homework is to write facts about the great fire of London, hopefully the children will know lots of information that they could write.

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In Maths we have been learning how to subtract 1 and 2digit numbers from a 2digit number. We have used concrete resources like tens and ones and drawn pictures to help us solve different questions. We have also completed some word problems.

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In Science we have looked at what materials burn easily and how that caused problems for people in London during the Great fire.

In DT, we have used Art straws to make a model of St Pauls Cathedral.

In Art this week we have used printing skills to create a backwash of fire and black card to create silhouettes of the buildings.

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Also this week we have worked together on a whole school project for display in the hall. We took a picture from the artist David Best. It was a picture of the model he created of the Great fire of London to commemorate 350years since the disaster. We have completed work across all curriculum areas based on the picture and have displayed our work in the school hall. Look out for it next time you are in the hall!

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Attendance: 99.2% – This is a fantastic effort for the first week back year 2, I am hopeful this will continue as we move through the Spring term.

Late:  173 minutes late! – Nearly 3 hours of lost learning year 2. Can we please try extremely hard to be in school on time, lessons start at 8.50am and children coming in after this time miss crucial learning time.

Reminders:

PE is on a Monday and Tuesday afternoon. Please ensure your child has their PE kit.

Clubs start next week – if your child would like to attend please return your form to school as soon as possible.

Friday 22nd December

So we have come to the end of our first term in year 2. This term has seen year 2, plan and send persuasive letters to businesses, hold a dragons den assembly and raise £500. Also we have learned all about Neil Armstrong and had a journey into space within a mobile planetarium. We became astronauts for the day, completed a readathon challenge and read 150 books in 24days and that’s without mentioning all of our day to day things like place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, money, narratives, discussions and instruction writing. To summarise, it has been a hectic term but I have loved every minute getting to know all the children and going through this learning journey together and I hope each child has enjoyed it too.

This week we made our seasonal calendars on Monday, we hope they are now proudly displayed at home. On Tuesday we wrote instructions to an alien to explain how to make a calendar.

On Wednesday, the children came to school in their party clothes. Everyone looked amazing! We played pass the parcel, musical statues and bumps and did lots of dancing.

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Also this week we have finished our work on multiplication, we made arrays, used the multiplication symbol and used different representations.

The children have worked so hard the term and we wish them and all their families a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Stay safe and we will look forward to hearing all about your Christmas holidays in the New Year.

Attendance: 93.3%

Late: 97 minutes late

Reminders:

Monday 8th January – Inset day (children NOT in school)

Tuesday 9th January – Children return to school

Please note our PE days have changed: PE will now be on a Monday and Tuesday afternoon, we will be preparing for the skipping festival within one of our PE lessons.

Friday 15th December

Only one more week in school before CHRISTMAS! We are super duper excited.

This week we performed our Nativity, thank you to everyone who came to watch we had a fantastic turn out and the children loved performing to you all.

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During the last two weeks of term every child that attends school on time has a chance of winning a selection box. Four children are chosen each day at random. This week two children from our class were chosen. Well done girls.

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This week we have had lots of superstars chosen to sit on our Santa chairs

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Also this week we have continued to learn about multiplication in our maths lessons. We have sorted amounts into equal groups, written these out in sentences (eg: 3 groups of 2 counters) and worked out the repeated addition.

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In English this week we have sequenced a set of instructions and then followed them to make our Christmas cards.

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This afternoon we went to the pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk. It was fantastic, we all had a fabulous time!

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Attendance: 97.7%

Minutes late: 136 minutes

Reminders:

Wednesday 20th December: Christmas party – children can come to school in their party clothes

Thursday 21st December: Christmas treat morning – For working so hard this term we are going to have a festive morning with treats and fun. Children do not need anything just themselves and a smile!

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 8th December

We are so excited there are only 4 more sleeps until our Nativity. The children have been working so hard practising their lines and learning lots of new songs. We hope you have all bought you tickets for either the morning or afternoon performance. I am sure you will not be disappointed.

This week we have been trying hard to improve our handwriting and spelling skills. Handwriting is of huge importance in year 2, over the next few weeks we will have learnt all of the individual letters and joins ready to start joining up our writing in January. Please can you encourage your child’s writing and presentation skills at home and within their homework. Writing should be consistently of a high standard and children should be reminded to produced work which they are proud of.

Our English lessons have focussed on spelling this week. We have learned about compound words, homophones and common exception words. A list of the year 2 common exception words have been stuck into the front of each child’s homework book. Please try to read and write and practise a few of these each week when completing homework. Year 2 children should be able to read and spell all of the common exception words by the end of the academic year.

On Tuesday we had our Christmas fair. We had made reindeer hot chocolate. They looked delicious and we should out very quickly.

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Also this week we made 3d baubles for on the Christmas tree in the hall

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In maths this week we have started to look at Multiplication. We have looked at equal and unequal groups and used practical equipment to make equal groups of different sizes.

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Lots of children have been chosen to sit on the Santa chairs this week for being Superstars:

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With only 5 school days remaining in our Readathon 150 book challenge. I am delighted to tell you we only need to read 21 more books in year 2!! I know we can do this, try to read at home this weekend and remember to bring your book into school to get your name on the rocket.

Millie’s name was added to the golden book today for trying hard within all lessons to work more independently. Kayleigh was added to the golden book for always being a good friend and a star pupil. Macie received the celebration award for putting 100% effort into our KS1 nativity practises.

Attendance: 95.3%

Minutes late: 146 minutes  – This is still a lot of minutes late year 2. We need to get to school on time to ensure we make the most of our day.

Reminders:

Tuesday 12th December: KS1 Nativity at 10am or 2pm (ticket event only)

Thursday 14th December: Christmas Jumper and Christmas dinner day.

Friday 15th December: Pantomime – Children will return to school at 4pm

Friday 1st December

Well this week we have been so busy in year 2. On Monday we used practical resources to partition 2d numbers again. We were much better at using them today and showed some great progress. On Monday afternoon we talked about different space themed activities we would like to do during our ‘day as an astronaut’ We designed a table with different activity ideas and pictures.

On Tuesday, we had a coach in school called Dan who taught us some basic tag rugby skills.

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We had to all link arms and try to turn around, sit down and stand up without letting go of each other. It was really funny and very hard but when we worked together as a team we managed to do it! Well done year 2. After tag rugby we practised our Nativity. It is really coming on well now and we hope you have all bought you tickets. (If not you can purchase them at the year 2 entrance/exit every day before or after school)

Wednesday was our Space themed day. The children looked fabulous dressed up as astronauts. What an amazing effort year 2! The children were shocked and excited to see even Miss Hodgson and I dressed up too.

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For the first part of the morning we had a visit from COSMOS planetarium. We moon walked into the hall and were fascinated by how big the dome was. Our guide was called Steven and he helped us into the planetarium safely.

IMG_4347[1] Steven explained that we were going to sit in 3 rows and feel like we were being transported to outer space.

Once inside it was quite dark, (apologies if the pictures are not very clear)  the dome gave us a 360 view. We learned more about Neil Armstrong and fellow astronauts, the international space station and Tim Peakes. Steven was impressed with the amount we already knew.

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When we came back to class we made our own footprints on the moon using black paper and chalk, we ate some space food, designed our own astronauts and coloured in some space pictures. We had a great morning!

On Thursday morning we completed our first skipping festival training session. We had two coaches Gail and Nick come into school and teach us the skipping skills we need to learn for the festival in March. It was great fun learning and practising new skills. We will be training in our PE sessions every Tuesday morning after Christmas. The coaches did leave some skipping ropes to purchase if you wish (although this is not required) they are £5 and available from either myself or Miss Hodgson.

Today we had another Christmas delivery in our classroom. It was a book and an Elf note from sparkle.

The Elf note was for Leah:

 

The book told us we had an elf visiting from the North Pole, Maisie Ho’s name was pulled from the hat so she got to name him. She chose Jack. The children then hunted around the classroom until they finally found him and were very excited to say hello. IMG_4383[1]

Our elf will visit and watch us everyday and report back to Santa at night. We must remember not to touch him otherwise he will lose his magic.

Today Leah was picked out of the hat for the first chocolate from the advent calendar.

Sophia and Jaxon were chosen to sit on the Santa chairs.

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Jayden’s name was added to the golden book for a huge improvement with his behaviour and attitude in class. Maisie Ho was added to the golden book for trying hard especially in Maths. Jessie received the celebration award for working really hard to complete an independent Maths task using her increasing addition knowledge.

We are now 3 weeks (15 school days) into our Readathon challenge and so far year two have read 112 books. We are aiming to read 150 within 25 days. We have 2 weeks left and are currently well on track to achieve our goal. I am so proud of the effort children having been making with their home readers. Let’s keep this up and be the first class in the school to reach 150 books.

Attendance: 94.8%

Minutes late: 127minutes late. Over two hours of lost learning. Every minute you are late for school impacts on your total learning time. Please try hard to get to school on time.

Reminders:

Tuesday 5th December School Christmas Fair from 1.30pm

Tuesday 12th December: KS1 Nativity

Thursday 14th December: Christmas jumper day and Christmas lunch

Friday 15th December: Pantomime

 

 

Friday 24th November

I can’t believe we have come to the end of another week in year 2! This week we have done lots of writing tasks. On Monday we completed our discussion write about whether we think our school is safe and what could be done to make it safer. On Tuesday we went for a walk within the school grounds and completed different tasks along the way such as star jumps, running, jumping, creeping and spinning. On Wednesday we wrote a simple recount telling Miss Hodgson what we had done as she was out on Tuesday and missed it.

Today a mystery parcel arrived in our classroom:

IMG_4295[1] We were very intrigued to find out what was inside the bag but it did not have a label or message on, so we didn’t know if it was for us or if we were allowed to open it. After a short verbal discussion we decided to write our opinions in a discussion piece of writing in our inspired write books. When we came back after play we had a letter. It was from Santa’s helper:

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So we opened the bag:

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We used the delivery off Santa’s helper for our science lesson this afternoon, we looked at the importance of eating a balanced diet and eating foods from all the different sections of the food pyramidin order for our bodies to be healthy and well.

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In Maths this week we have continued to learn about money, we learned how to count coins, count notes and then count a mixture of coins and notes. We have also looked back at partitioning. We have been partitioning numbers in different ways using concrete resources.

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Also this week we have completed some art work. We have been learning about the artist Wassily Kandinsky. We made primary and secondary colours and created tints and tones.

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Attendance : 94.1% – This needs to improve please year 2!

Minutes late 153 minutes late – Nearly 3 hours of lost learning this week year 2. It is really important you arrive to school on time.

Reminders:

Wednesday 29th November – COSMOS Planetarium will be in school in the morning completing a workshop about Space.  The children can come to school dressed as an astronaut and we will complete different space activities throughout the day.

Thursday 30th November – This year, year 2 will take par in the Sunderland skipping festival. The festival takes place in March but our first training session is on 30.11.17. Chn must ensure they bring their PE kit to school today.

 

 

Friday 17th November

What a busy busy week we have had!

On Monday we wore odd socks to recognise the start of Anti-Bullying week. It was lovely seeing all the different miss-matches.

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In Literacy we have been learning all about anti-bullying week. We have been discussing ‘What, if anything could we do to make our school a safer more inclusive environment’ On Monday we discussed this in our class and wrote our own opinion. On Wednesday we decided to ask the opinions of others in the school to make our discussion more interesting. We went in small groups to Year 3,4,5 and 6 and asked the opinions of the children and their class teacher.

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When we came back to class we chose some of the opinions and copied them into our Literacy books so we can use them when we do our writing next week. On Thursday we practised our anti-bullying poem which we also had for homework last week. After practising it we then performed it at the front of the class.

Of course we didn’t want you to miss it, so we filmed it:

In Maths this week we have been learning all about money. IMG_4162[1] We have made amounts within 10p using 1p coins.

We also matched amounts within 50p to the correct coins.

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Finally we made the same amounts in lots of different ways using various combinations of coins.

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During our afternoon sessions we have created anti-bullying superheroes and created our class definition of bullying. Also we have continued our space topic and completed a timeline about Neil Armstrong.

Today is Children in Need, all the children made a fantastic effort dressing up in spotty clothes.

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Lets not forget the effort Miss Hodgson made too:

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Thank you to everyone who came to the family learning afternoon – It was great fun!

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McKenzie.R had his name added to the golden book today for showing huge improvements within all aspects of school life. Melek was also added to the golden book for trying hard with her independent maths work.

Joseph received the celebration award for trying hard with his reading especially at home! Well done!

Attendance: 99.3% – Much better Year 2 well done~!!

Minutes Late: 80 minutes of lost learning this week year 2, we need to improve this please.

Reminders:

PE will be outside on a Wednesday – the weather is very cold now, please send suitable clothing.

 

 

 

Friday 10th November

So this week we have started our new topic:

‘Destination outer Space’

On Monday we read the story ‘Man on the moon’ We then answered questions based on information from an extract from the text. Also on Monday we wrote on post it notes what we already know about Space and what we want to know?

On Tuesday we talked about Remembrance day. We discussed who we remember and why especially at this time of year. We also talked about the significance of a poppy. After our discussion we then wrote some facts about remembrance day on some themed lined paper using a word bank.

On Thursday we retold the story of the Gingerbread man in our inspired writing books. The children acted out the story first:

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Emily was the Gingerbread man and kept running away from the cat, dog, cow, horse, boy and girl. However, when she needed to cross the river she trusted Cory the fox to carry her across.

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But Cory the fox was very sneaky and gobbled her up!

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After he had finished he licked his lips and said ‘mmmm lovely gingerbread man’

On Thursday afternoon we created fact sheets about Neil Armstrong. to go onto our new space display that we have started to create this week.

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In Maths this week we have completed more work on subtraction we looked at how to work out the inverse so we can check out answers and discussed how addition can be completed 2 ways but subtraction can only be done one way.

We have also been learning our months of the year:

Today we have done some hot seating in English. Some of the children pretended to be Neil Armstrong and the rest of the class asked him questions.

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This weeks maths wizards were Cory and Millie

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Next week:

Next week we are starting our whole school Readathon. We are extremely excited and I know year 2 are going to be the first class to read 150 books!! Please try to hear your child read this weekend and remind them to bring their reading book in to school on Monday morning. The 3 children who have their name on our rocket the most during the 25 day challenge will receive a special treat!

A huge well done to Maisie He, Kyra, Sophia, Emmy and Jaxon for completing your extreme read

Attendance: 94.3% – This is below our expected 96%

Minutes late: 38 minutes late- This is much better but could still be improved! 🙂

 

Reminders:

If you haven’t completed your extreme yet, please try and take a picture this weekend of you reading in a different/unusual place and send it to me at readingchallenge@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

Monday 13th – Odd socks day

Nov 13th – 17th – Anti Bullying week  – Children will complete different activities throughout the week about anti-bullying

Friday 17th – Children In need – Children can wear spots. No football kits please. Children can bring money in to buy a cake from tuck shop.

Friday 17th Afternoon – Family learning afternoon from 2pm

Friday 3rd November

Welcome back Year 2, we hope you had a wonderful week off!

On Monday we had our Halloween Family Learning afternoon where parents and carers joined us for activities such as making skeletons, pumpkins and bats.  We also enjoyed sharing our homework projects which was to design or create an idea from their favourite book.

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On Monday we also had a DBA Awareness Day where the children and staff wore red to support Chloe in finding a suitable donor.  In the school hall we had a DKMS drop in where the public could provide a sample of their DNA through swab tests to try and find a match for Chloe. If you missed this opportunity and would like to provide a sample then please contact https://www.dkms.org.uk/en

On Tuesday we dressed up in our Halloween costumes for the school disco, after dancing away with our friends we sat down with some party food which included hot dogs, crisps, juice and a packet of sweets.

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In Maths we have been learning how to subtract and partition two digit and one digit numbers using concrete resources and with pictorial representations.

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On Friday the whole school joined KS1 for the raffle draw which was set up to support the Investment Assembly which we had on the 20th of October to improve our outdoor area in KS1.

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Attendance-95.9%

Lateness-47 minutes

Friday 20th October

I can’t believe we have come to the end of our first half term in year 2 already. We have had such a busy few weeks and we have definitely ended on a high note today.

So on Monday Macie received a letter from the farmer addressed to her and all of year 2. The farmer had sent us some turnip seeds to plant outside. We really enjoyed going into our outdoor area and planting the seeds.

On Tuesday as soon as the children came into school they were keen to go outside and see if the turnip had grown but unfortunately nothing had grown. We decided to water the seeds and hope that would help them grow. Then we created story plans for our own version of the Enormous Turnip using our own characters.

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On Wednesday we were all shocked when we went to look at the turnip. It was ENORMOUS!

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The farmer sent us a challenge to use our plans to write our stories using our own characters. All the stories were fab and really funny using teachers and peers as characters in their story.

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Also this week we have finished our topic work on harvest.

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In Maths we have been completing more addition work. We have used a range of resources to support our learning.

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Today we had our investment assembly. The children were so excited this morning. Thank you to everybody that came along, we had a fantastic turn out and I am sure you will all agree  that the children were excellent. A credit to the school and their parents. Miss Hodgson and I are really proud of them all. After the assembly the local businesses came down to our classroom and looked in our outdoor area.

A special thank you to Crisp Clean Carpets, The Hollymere, The Creation station and Silksworth tennis and  wellness centre who all made huge contributions today. Also thank you to Sainsbury’s, Lidl, Barnes Toby Carvery, Sunderland Beauty salon and Halfords for their fantastic raffle contributions.  Also thank you to Mrs West and colleagues for your contribution from the trust.

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The Sunderland Echo also came along to our assembly and were very impressed. Some children had their photos taken and will hopefully be in the paper in the next couple of days, so make sure you buy yourself a copy!

The children will be writing thank you letters after the holidays.

This week’s handwriter was Kirsty – What a fantastic improvement!

Joseph was added to the golden book for making a huge improvement with his work and Sophia was added to the golden book for being a good role model at all times around school.

Mia received the celebration certificate this week for trying hard with her presentation and concentration. Well done!

The Maths wizards this week were: Lexie, Leah and Kyle

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This week’s English wizards are Sophia Macie and Mia

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Readathon Challenge.

After the holidays we will be completing a whole school reading challenge. Each class needs to read 150books in 25 days. Children have all received letters today with more information on. Children have also been given pledge forms to collect sponsor money for reading 150 books. In class we have made a readathon rocket chart to fit with our space topic after half term.

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Let’s try to be the first class in the school to read 150 books!

Attendance: 97.9%

Minutes late: 75 minutes – More than 1hour of lost learning this week year 2. We need to improve this!

 

Have a super and safe half term break year 2. You really do deserve it!!

Reminders:

Next week is half term – Monday 23rd October – Friday 27th October

Homework Project: To kick start our Readathon challenge the homework projects across school are to make, create or design anything to do with reading.

 

 

 

Friday 13th October

It’s been another fun week in year 2! On Monday we read the story of The Enormous Turnip again. We discussed new vocabulary and used dictionaries to find out the meanings of different words. In Maths we used practical resources to make number bonds to 20.

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On Tuesday we sequenced the story and then on Wednesday we acted out the story in groups. The children really enjoyed playing the different characters and could remember and recite the correct order of the story. The children performed their acts to the rest of the class.

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Also this week we have tasted different fruits that would be harvested at this time of year. We created a class tally chart of our favourite fruit and typed them up in the computer suite.

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Today we wrote a persuasive letter to the farmer from The Enormous Turnip book to ask him to send us some seeds. The children were really excited about sending their letters off and are hoping the farmer will have replied by Monday. Fingers crossed year 2!

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Within our learning environment this week we have been working on improving our Maths area. We decided to create a ‘magic maths area’

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To link in with our magic theme since yesterday we have chosen a Maths wizard and Literacy wizard during each lesson.

This weeks Maths wizards are Jaxon and Kayleigh:

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This weeks Literacy wizards are Jessie and Kyra

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We have continued to practise our assembly. This week all of the children who wanted speaking parts have been given there lines to practise. Please encourage your child to learn them over the weekend and continue practising the songs. We are all so excited about  our assembly next Friday.

Macie’s name was put into the golden book for trying hard to finish her work on time. Leah was also added to the golden book for always doing smart sitting on the carpet and joining in with class discussions.

Brenden received the celebration award for getting all of his spellings right this week. Well done!

Attendance: 97.9% – Well done year 2 this is much better than last week!

Minutes late: 33 minutes – Huge improvement Year 2! Lets keep this up!

Reminders

PE: Tuesday and Wednesday – Earrings should be taken out or covered with plasters and all children should bring in  their PE kit with appropriate footwear for outside.

MUGA – Children can go on the MUGA on Friday providing they bring a change of footwear.

Tuesday 17th October – Individual photo day

Friday 20th  October @ 9.15am – Year 2 class assembly

Friday 20th October – Half term from 3.15pm

 

 

Friday 6th October

So, it’s the end of another week in Year 2. It was lovely to meet all the parents and carers this week at parents evening. I have shared your child’s targets with them and I look forward to seeing them progress and achieve their goals.

This week we have made huge progress with our ‘watch this space topic’. On Monday all the children wrote letters to their parents and carers to invite them to our assembly. After photocopying them all the children excitedly took their letters home to give to you. We really hope you can all come to the assembly on Friday 20th October. The children will receive their lines next week and I would really appreciate you taking time to help them become confident reading them at home. We have also been practising our songs daily.

Here is one of the songs ‘When it’s a sunny day’ if your child would like to practise it at home.

Also this week we have worked in groups of 4 to write up our outdoor area designs. The children chose one resource which they would like outside and wrote up a detailed plan for that resource.

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This afternoon the children have then drawn up and labelled their designs. We have discussed the benefits each resource will have on the children’s learning and why it is important to them to have one outside.

We have continued our work about Harvest festival. In English we have started looking at traditional tales. We played a game on Tuesday where the children were given small bits of information about a story setting and characters and they had to guess which traditional tale it was. Then on Wednesday we read the story of the Three Little Pigs and children completed a cold write to retell the story. Yesterday we read The Enormous Turnip. The children really liked the part where the cat, dog and mouse helped out.

In Maths we have completed our final week on place value. The children have been using practical resources to make different amounts and completed an end of unit assessment. All the children have worked really hard within their maths lessons over the last few weeks and are now ready to move on to addition.

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Jaxon was added to the golden book this week for always being helpful and polite. Mckenzie.S was also added to the golden book for his huge improvement with his handwriting.

Melek received the celebration award for always doing good listening.

Our handwriter this week was Emmy. What a huge improvement Emmy, Keep it up!

Attendance: 94.1% – This is below the expected percentage. Come on Year 2 we can do much better!

Minutes late: 106 minutes – This is much better than last week but still nearly 2 hours of lost learning time. Let’s try harder for next week.

Reminders:

Homework should be handed in by Wednesday each week.

Spellings will be given out on a Friday with homework. Spelling tests will be on a Thursday.

Friday 29th September

Another busy but great week in year 2!

On Monday whilst we were in assembly we had a delivery off Little Red Riding Hood.

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Inside the basket was the story of Little Red Riding Hood and some delicious biscuits. Mrs Owen read the story to the children. After reading the story we decided to stick it into our Literacy books so we asked Miss Hodgson to photocopy it for us BUT

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Miss Hodgson accidently dropped the whole story and it was covered in paint. The children thought it was hilarious until they realised they now couldn’t stick the story into their book.

The children thought about what they could do and then

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All the children agreed and so they wrote the story into their inspired writing book.

On Tuesday we started learning about harvest festival. We looked at how it is celebrated in the UK and why we celebrate it.

This week we have continued with our topic ‘Watch this space… ‘ After sending out our letters on Friday inviting local businesses to our assembly on the 20th October. We received our first response on Monday. We are so lucky as we have now had replies from several businesses to say they will be attending. We have also heard back from some VIPs which we invited and are delighted to say they can come along too. On Wednesday we heard back from the Sunderland Echo and they have confirmed that they will also hope to attend.

With our assembly only being 3 weeks away the children have been working hard preparing their work. Every day we have been practising our 2 songs and we have began make a fundraising pot for our class display. In DT we have created initial plans looking at specific areas the children would like to improve.

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All the children have got some fabulous ideas and I can’t wait to see them develop these next week. The children will be writing to parents on Monday to invite you along to the assembly too.

This week we have also done some baking for the Macmillan Coffee Afternoon. We made flapjacks and 2 lemon sponge cakes. Yummy!!

 

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Our handwriter of the week was Millie. Super work Millie!

Our achievement assembly is on Monday this week so I will post the golden book and achievement certificates then.

Attendance: 97.7%

Minutes late: 223. Over 3 hours of lost learning this week year 2! Please try to arrive to school on time.

Reminders:

Homework must be handed in by Wednesday each week.

Please encourage your child to read at home and sign in their purple diary when they do. We are having a big push on reading at the minute in year 2 where the children are trying to complete the reading challenge.

Our MUGA day is Friday. Children must have a different pair of shoes to wear.

Wednesday’s PE lesson will be outside. Please make sure your child has suitable outdoor footwear with their PE kit.

 

Friday 22nd September

Well, what a fantastic week we have had. On Monday, we had a special delivery letter off Miss Cassidy. She told us how proud she was of our safety work and set us a challenge to buy, create and make resources for our year 1 and 2 outdoor space. After having a look at the space we decided to write back to Miss Cassidy to persuade her to give us some money to make the improvements.

On Monday afternoon we discussed ways we could raise the money to create an exciting outdoor learning environment. After lots of discussion the children have decided to hold an assembly (dragon’s den theme) for all parents and local businesses in the hope that they can help us achieve our goal to improve our outdoor space. Miss Cassidy came down to our class again and kindly gave us a contribution to start us off.

The rest of the week in English we have been learning skills to help us write persuasive letters to local businesses and all our parents to persuade them to come to our assembly. In design technology we started to think about what resources we would like, materials we would use and how we could create or buy them.

Yesterday (Thursday 21st) we came in to a trashed classroom! Somebody had been in our classroom over night. We decided to ask Mr Byers for the camera footage and found out that it was the Maths wizard.

The wizard STOLE our cheeky monkey prize box!!

Luckily he had sent us an email apologising and set us some challenges to retrieve our prize box. The children worked really hard to measure in cms different wands and successfully completed the challenge! Well done year 2!

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Maisie received an achievement award today for reading her home reader every night. Keep it up Maisie.

Lexie’s name was added to the golden book for learning and remembering her 5 times table. Sophia was also added to the golden book for always trying hard in lessons.

Our handwriter of the week is Jessie. Well done!

Finally a huge well done to: Leah, Mia, Kyra, Emmy, Kia, Harry, Jessie, Melek, Amelia and Macie. They have all read 5 books and received their certificates.

A special well done to Kyle and Maisie He who have both read 10 books. They have had a certificate and a dip in the cheeky monkey box.

Attendance: 100% – Fantastic year 2!

Minutes late: 84 minutes

Reminders:

Homework should be handed in by Wednesday every week.

Please try to hear your children read regularly.

 

 

 

Friday 15th September

Welcome to year 2! It has been lovely meeting all the children properly this week and getting to know them. We are looking forward to the year ahead and helping them learn and grow.

We have had a busy week. This week our topic has been ‘Safety’.

On Monday, in the poor weather we went on a trip to Silksworth Park. On the way there we discussed potential safety issues we could see. The children were really good at identifying potential risks and could explain how to avoid them.

In school  we made a list of potential dangers at the park and we also explained to an alien ‘how to cross a road’ safely. Yesterday we designed safety posters to put up in school to show other children how to keep safe.

Our handwriter of the week this week is  Amelia.

Kyle’s name was added to the golden book for always trying hard in maths and Amelia’s name was added for being the first person to read 5 books.

Our celebration certificate this week went to Kayleigh for  putting 100%  effort in to every lesson.

Reminders

Year 2 will have PE every Tuesday and Wednesday. PE kits should be brought into school on a Monday and taken home on a Friday. The children can use the MUGA on a Friday. Children must have a spare pair of shoes to wear on the MUGA.

Attendance: 98.3%

Minutes late: 124

Mrs Owen