Welcome to Year 2’s Class Page
Our teachers are Miss Keeton and Mrs Loftus
Our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Shadbolt
Our Year 2 Parent Booklet: Year-2-Parent-Booklet-Autumn-2022
Our PE days: are Tuesday and Wednesday
We ask that children bring their PE kits into school on a Monday. As PE is both indoors and outside please make sure your child has suitable clothing in case the weather is chilly.
Reading: Children bring home a decoding reading book in line with their phonics progress, as well as a sharing book (library book) of their choice each week. We change their school reading books frequently throughout the week. We expect the children to be regularly reading to an adult at home and we monitor this through their reading records.
We encourage and promote a love of reading. For more information and ideas on suitable reading books for your child please see the Reader Teacher top 100 books for children in Year 2: https://www.thereaderteacher.com/year2
and the School Reading List https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/reading-lists-for-ks1-school-pupils/suggested-reading-list-year-2-pupils-ks1-age-6-7/ for the top 50 suggested reads for children in Year 2.
Certificates have been awarded to the following children for the week ending: 18th November 2022
STAR OF THE WEEK – roman c
What a joy it is to have Roman in Year 2. He works hard, shows determination and has a wonderful sense of humility. You make our classroom a brighter place to be. Thank you Roman!
worker of the week – ann c
We have started a new topic in DT – moving vehicles. Ann has shown us what a fabulous designer she is by carefully sketching a toy car. Her detail was outstanding!
learner of the week – annabelle s
Annabelle is becoming quite the writer in our English lessons, she has used commas this week to add more information into sentences. She should be extremely proud of her work as we definitely are!
kindness award – jack h
Jack shows kindness both to the other children in our class and also to the adults. With a sore voice this week Jack has been very endearing checking in if I was ok. Thank you Jack.
Half Term Highlights
World cup dance workshop
This week, Aimee from Saracens organised a World Cup Dance Workshop. Year 2 were chosen to represent the Brazilian football team and were taught a Samba dance, which originates from the country. The Samba dance is lively, energetic and has big movements. Year 2 definitely rose to the challenge, had fun and got to perform their dance to Year 4.
We have been so lucky this week to take part in two workshops at school to celebrate the festival of light. The first was making Diya lamps. The children carefully painted brightly coloured designs and decorated them with sequins. The second was to learn a Karthik dance all about the story of Rama and Sita. In class we also used chalks to create Rangoli patterns and discussed why this time of year is special for Hindus.
We had such a lovely time at the zoo this week and the sun was shining! We took part in an amazing ‘Habitats’ workshop – where we found out all about the 4 main habitats – tundra, rainforest, ocean and savannah. We were lucky enough to touch animal bones and skins from animals who live in these habitats, and we learnt all about where they live in the world and what the climate is like there. At the end of the workshop, the children even got to touch a boa constrictor snake! We then explored the zoo and saw flamingos, rhinos, giraffes, a tiger, penguins, wolverines and many more animals.
As we start our Topic: Fire Fire we have looked into how different London used to be. We have researched what the houses looked like in 1666 and made models out of paper and cardboard… did you know that houses in 1666 were mostly made out of wood?
We were visited by Red Watch from St Albans Fire Station (St Albans Fire Station | Hertfordshire County Council)
The fire fighters showed us around a fire engine and explained how transport had changed over time. They answered our questions about why fire engines are red, how they feel going into real fires, and what their favourite part of their job is.
Then we set up our model houses into a London street from 1666. The fire fighters set ‘Pudding Lane Bakery’ alight and then we watched how quickly the fire spread! The flames went really high. The fire crew then safely put the fire out using a hose and water.
Target games. Year 2 have been practicing striking balls towards set…and moving targets!
We have started the term by revisiting colour mixing and matching. The children remembered how to mix primary colours together to make secondary colours. Next we made a colour wheel. We thought about how different colours make us feel and created a shade spectrum to show how vast feelings can be. We investigated how to make colours lighter and darker. Using this knowledge we then created ‘warm’ and ‘cool’ paintings. Our backgrounds are ‘cool’ and our foregrounds are ‘warm’. In fact… we thought of even better words to describe them: chilly, frosty, freezing, boiling, scorching and blazing. Amazing work Year 2!
We’ve started the year learning place value. Making the most of the dry and warm-ish weather we headed outside to order numbers on a number line. We then had a go at partitioning these numbers into tens and ones and representing them by drawing out dienes.
Home Learning is set every Friday via google classrooms. The children will be set one task each week based either on our topic work, English or Maths.
Reading – we expect the children to be regularly reading to an adult at home. Please record your children’s learning in their red records that come home every night.
Spellings – the children are grouped for spellings and are given a list of words to learn each Friday, these words are then tested the following Friday.
Times Tables – the children can practice their times tables using Times Tables Rock Stars.