Welcome to Year 2

An overview of  Year 2’s curriculum:

To find out more about Year 2’s curriculum, please click on the current newsletter below or speak to your child’s class teacher / Year Leader (Mrs Ali).

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Year 2 - Latest News

2nd – 16th October 2017

We are coming to the end of our first half term in Year 2. The children have been working very hard and have learnt so many new things already.

How are the children getting on with the reading challenge? Remember children must complete book reviews. These can be found in the Home Reading Journals.

Parents’ evening is on the 17th and 19th of October so we hope you have booked appointments with class teachers. If you have any problems with the time given, please discuss with your class teacher. They are more than happy to accommodate.   

The focus for last week’s Numeracy was: Multiplication. We discussed the meaning of multiplying and revised counting in 2, 5 and 10s. The children have learnt a new strategy for multiplication called Arrays. We looked at where arrays can be found in real life:

The children investigated by making their own arrays for multiplication number sentences. Have a look at some children having a go:

This week in Numeracy we will start looking at Division. We will be introducing division using the sharing concept.

This video shows you the process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckHBomau8D4

During our reading lessons, we have been reading a range of space themed stories. Here is an example of one of these called ‘The Way Back Home’ by Oliver Jeffers.  

Once there as a boy, and one day, he found an aeroplane in his cupboard.

He didn’t remember leaving it in there, but he thought he’d take it out for a go right away. At first, all went well and the plane flew higher and higher and higher until… suddenly, with a splutter, it ran out of petrol. The boy was stuck on the moon… and he was not alone…

Click on the link and scroll down to share an animated version of the story with your child:

http://www.literacyshed.com/the-adventure-shed.html

Oliver Jeffers very cleverly added a mystery page to the end of his story. We used this page to think up another story featuring the same characters.

A list of other Oliver Jeffers books you may want to look up the next time you visit the library with children:

Lost and found

How to catch a star

Up and down

Stuck

Year Group Events

Autumn 1 - Space Displays

Click HERE to see our fantastic Space Displays that we have created this half term.

 

 

Writing in Year 2

 

 

 

Science in Year 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'My Favourite Story' - by Miss Reain

Each week we will ask a member of staff in Year 2 to share their favourite books with us all and tell us why they enjoyed them so much. 

My favourite children’s story is ‘The Enchanted Wood’ by Enid Blyton. I fell in love with this book after reading it with a previous Year 2 class. Every time we read it we were transported to a completely different and magical world!

The story is about three ordinary children that move to the country.  One day they decide to go exploring and discover a deep, green forest.  Inside the forest they notice a magnificent looking tree.  They start to climb up the tree and quickly bump into all sorts of interesting characters along the way.  When they reach the top of the tree different magical lands are revealed, each one bringing its own different adventure.

 

'My Favourite Story' - by Miss McCarthy

Each week we will ask a member of staff in Year 2 to share their favourite books with us all and tell us why they enjoyed them so much. 

sharks-big-surprise-1One of my favourite stories is ‘Shark’s Big Surprise’ by A.H Benjamin. I first read this at home with my nephews and we loved the surprise at the end of the story.

Shark is feeling very lonely and upset that no-one wants to play with him. Shark makes a plan and goes out in search of some new friends but scares them when he pounces and scoops them into his bag. When they get to Shark’s house, there is a surprise in store.

This book has lots of repetition and exciting vocabulary so it is great fun to read.

Miss McCarthy – (Mars Class)

'My Favourite Story' - by Mrs Lacey

Each week we will ask a member of staff in Year 2 to share their favourite books with us all and tell us why they enjoyed them so much. 

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One of my favourite books is ‘Into the Forest’ by Anthony Browne. I first read this book as a bedtime story when my own children were young. The story starts with a lightning storm and a little boy who is worried as he doesn’t know where his Dad is. He sets off across the forest to visit his Granma and, on the way, he meets all kinds of fairytale characters.

I love this story as it is full of mystery and excitement and the illustrations are amazing. If you look very carefully, you will find many hidden pictures amongst the pages. Why don’t you read the book to find out how it all ends up?

 

 

 

'My Favourite Story' - by MIss Ball

Each week we will ask a member of staff in Year 2 to share their favourite books with us all and tell us why they enjoyed them so much. 

billy-2My favourite story is ‘Billy Monster’s DAYMARE’ by Alan Durant. I discovered this book last year with me previous class during reading week. I love reading this book with children and it’s great to know that even monsters get scared!

During the night, Billy Monster wakes up screaming because he had a daymare. He had been dreaming about a child! Daddy Monster tries very hard to help Billy Monster to sleep. He gives him a cup of cold slime (eughhh!), strokes him soothingly and checks behind the curtain and in the cupboard. Finally Daddy monster reads Baby Monster a story about a brave, little monster and he happily falls asleep.

Everyone loves bed time stories… even monsters!

 

 

 

'My Favourite Story' - by Miss Uddin

Each week we will ask a member of staff in Year 2 to share their favourite books with us all and tell us why they enjoyed them so much. This week Miss Uddin tells us about one of her favourite books.

bear-huntOne of my favourite books is ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen. I discovered this book in year one and I loved reading it with my class, especially with all the different sounds; splashing and squelching. I later bought this for my cousin and we love reading this book together.

A family decide to go on an adventure wading through grass, splashing through a river and squelching through mud in search of a bear. A surprise awaits them in the cave on the other side of the dark forest!

A dramatic and comic masterpiece….Beautifully produced, written and illustrated, this is a classic.

 

 

'My Favourite Story' - by Mrs Ali

Each week we will ask a member of staff in Year 2 to share their favourite books with us all and tell us why they enjoyed them so much. This week Mrs Ali tells us about one of her favourite books.

what-the-ladybird-heardMy favourite book is ‘What the ladybird heard’ by Julia Donaldson. I bought this book for my daughter and we spent many, many evenings reading it over and over again, doing impressions of animals.

A very clever ladybird overhears an evil plan by

Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len to steal the prize cow from their farm. The animals unite with hilarious results to foil the thieves.

Children can follow the sparkly ladybirds trail through the farmyard as she whispers her plan, to save the day, to the animals. This is a beautifully written story with excellent illustrations, one of the best books by a brilliant children’s author.

 

 

 

Archived News from Year 2

18th September and 25th September 2017

We have had an interesting couple of weeks in Year 2 so far this year.

Over the last couple of weeks in Numeracy we have introduced partitioning and the Year 2 calculation strategy for Addition. The children have learnt how to use Number lines to count on in Ones and Tens. The Year 2 Teachers and Teaching Assistants have commented on how well the children have worked using the number line strategy. Most children can now draw their own number lines and count on and back.

Next week we will be introducing subtraction on a number line.

Click HERE to see example of using a number line

This week in Literacy, we started our three week Narrative unit. We will be reading a Space themed story called The Sea of Tranquillity by Mark Haddon.

 

Our Year 2 children have really enjoyed reading this story. They particularly enjoyed the part where the little boy imagines himself walking with the Astronauts.

While reading this story, children were introduced to some new words and phrases such as:

 

‘Mars, the tiny space tomato…’

‘binoculars’

‘bay of rainbows’

‘cloudless night’

‘flickery screen’ 

 

Through this story, we will be unpicking the little boy’s character and discussed his appearance and personality. Children will be writing some character descriptions – We are looking forward to reading some fab pieces of writing.

Science in Year 2 has been really exciting! The children are learning about different materials and their properties. They know now why certain materials are used to make certain items and are able to clearly explain why.

Have a look at this game with your child to further develop their understanding:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/7_8/characteristics_materials.shtml

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