Thanks again for logging on to parents' evening and for all your positivity and helpful feedback. It was so lovely to see you all and I hope you enjoyed the meetings as much as I did.
We have been discussing the period of 'advent' at school. We talked about the approaching Christmas holiday, which groups of people celebrate Christmas and what Christmas means to Christians.
We were amazed to find out that Hollie was born on Christmas Day! Now her name makes a lot of sense.....
We also discussed 'advent calendars' and Barbara showed us this cool advent calendar of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) activities! We are going to try to find time to do some of the activities at school but thought you might also like to try them out at home. If you click on the picture it will take you to the website where there are loads of great ideas which need very few resources. Enjoy!
I loved seeing you at parents evening. Thank you for taking the time and effort in your busy evenings to connect. It was great to have such constructive conversations about the children's academic and social progress. I look forward to seeing the rest of you on Tuesday 1st Dec.
For those of you who had technological issues, I look forward to seeing you at our rescheduled times. Considering it was Virginia's first ever zoom parent teacher conference I am very impressed by the overall success.
For maths this week, the children are adding amounts of money. If they are finding it tricky to add the amounts mentally, they can use this interactive base-ten tool to help them.
We loved the children's odd socks combinations on Monday and we have been extremely impressed by their emotional literacy as they have given their insights while we have worked through various Anti-Bullying themed activities this week. We have used resources from the Anti-Bullying alliance and BigFoot theatre company to facilitate some great conversations.
Children in Need Day!
We had great fun this morning joining in with Joe Wick's 24 hour work out! We found out that Joe raised one million pounds for children in need!!!! WOW!! Thank you, parents, for your financial contributions and for sending the kids in their snuggliest PJs! They all look very cute.
A Message from the Student Council
In Maths this week, the children have been using mental strategies such as number bonds and doubles to add together three one-digit numbers. This exercise will help them practise those skills.
Next week in Maths we will be moving onto money! It would be great to spend some time over the weekend discussing money with your child and maybe taking them to the shops to participate in the shopping process.
We hope the children are enjoying their reading and feeling appropriately challenged by the books being sent home. Please do feed back to us via their reading records. Your observations are very useful to us.
That's all for now!
Have a lovely weekend.
We are looking forward to seeing you soon (virtually) for Virginia's first ever Zoom parents' evening!
The Year 2 Team.
Our First Week Back
Our first week back has been a busy one! The children have been introduced to our key text for this half term, 'The Bear and the Piano' by David Litchfield. They have made predictions about the text based on some objects that relate to the front cover and used the beginning of the story to learn about conjunctions and contractions. This term we will be responding the the text in many ways and they will build the skills to re-write the story with their own characters and settings.
In maths, they have been using their knowledge of base ten to add and subtract, mainly focusing on number bonds to 10, 20 and 100.
Our topic this half term is 'Music Makers'! As you will know from the newsletter, we will be listening to a range of different kinds of music and thinking about where different genres originate from and the history of music technology. In Science, we will investigate the science of sound.
This topic take-away menu is optional but can be used as a starting point if you would like to do extra homework with your child. You can also use it to supplement home learning in the case that your family needs to self isolate.
If anyone in your family bubble is musical please let us know by sending an email via Joan as we would love your contribution to our learning this half term.
This week we have been learning how to represent number bonds using a bar model. This activity will help to consolidate your child's understanding of the bar model. They need to find the value of the blank bar. For example, the answer to the first one is 12 because 12 + 8 = 20. If they are finding it difficult to recall the number facts, they can use a set of 20 objects (pasta pieces, beads, wooden blocks or anything else you have to hand) to solve the problems practically.
So that children can practise reading over the weekend, we will hand out reading books on Friday going forward. Please remind your child to hand their book back in by Wednesday so that we have time to disinfect and change the reading books.
That's all for now!
If we can support you and your family in any way through Lockdown 2 please don't hesitate to reach out.
Have a peaceful weekend,
The Year 2 Team.
We have reached the end of the first half term of Year 2! I've been very impressed by the children's ability to adapt to the new classroom set up and all the new routines we have in place at school. They have loved spending time with their friends this half term and I'm sure you'll agree they have earned a good rest over the half term.
Here are your very talented children performing their poetry slam video.
This week, in English, we have been learning how to edit, redraft and publish our written work. Here are some photos of the process!
I think you'll agree they've done a great job!
In Maths we have been learning how to use a number line to subtract.
You'll be pleased to hear that the children will not need to do any homework over the holidays.
We have sent extra books home and some of them will also have some Reading Challenge books to keep them busy.
If you would like to do some activities over the break, you can take some ideas from the Year 2 take away menu from this half term and do continue to support your child with their 2, 5 and 10 times tables.
Thank you for all your support this half term while we have been figuring out new systems and procedures.
Week 6 has been a lot of fun and I can't believe we are about to enter the final week of the the first half term!
This week we have been busy re-writing the story 'Wild!' The children have done a great job and we are about to start the editing and publishing process. We have also been practising 'Sick' by Shel Silverstein for poetry slam next week.
In Maths we have been using base-ten equipment to add and subtract 2 digit numbers without crossing the tens boundary. This will form the foundation for when we begin teaching column addition and subtraction.
We have also been learning about food chains in Science. We have learned that the sun is the original source of energy for all life forms and that plants helpfully convert this energy into nutrients via photosynthesis.
You can download the file here if you need to:
This week we have given the children some two times tables work. We highly recommend using some objects to show the children how two times tables work. You may wish to use pairs of socks, pieces of pasta (cooked or uncooked depending on how messy you feel like getting!), or any other small objects that you have lots of in your home.
The below image will support them up to 2 x 6 = 12.
The past two weeks' homework blogs were mysteriously archived and can be found here:
Please accept my apologies for any inconvenience.
This is a one off technical glitch and future Year 2 homework, news and information will continue to be posted on this Class Blog, not the archived Home Learning blog.
Many thanks for your understanding.
The Year 2 Team.
Well done, Year 2, on completing another successful week.
This week, we have really consolidated our knowledge of teen numbers, making them out of all sorts of manipulatives and even partitioning them into tens and units.
We have also been describing the settings in our key text 'WILD!' using noun phrases and prepositions.
We have really missed Shyma who has been on university courses all week.
Here's your homework!