Welcome to Year 2’s Class Page
Our teachers are Mrs Warner and Mrs Loftus
Our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Shadbolt
Our Year 2 Parent Booklet: Year 2 Parent Booklet
Our PE days: are Monday (Maypole – Mrs Warner) and Wednesday (Team Building – Mrs Loftus)
We ask that children bring their PE kits into school on a Monday. They will be wearing them home on a Wednesday. 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 levelled reading book as well as a 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: 30th June 2022
STAR OF THE WEEK – Willow
We LOVE Willow’s confidence and her strength in knowing her own mind. She shows us resilience, even on a beach in crazy rain, Willow managed to smile and giggle! We have no doubt that Willow’s star quality will take her far and we are going to miss her when she moves on to Year 3!
worker of the week – Nathan
Nathan takes pride in his work. He listens carefully to instructions and is meticulous when adding detail. Best of all, Nathan has the biggest smile when he has finished. Keep being proud Nathan because we are proud of you too!
learner of the week – all of year 2
On Monday Year 2 went to visit Southend Seaside. We were SO proud of their learning behaviours. They were respectful, polite and represented the school ALL day! Anyone who saw their school jumpers would have thought what a wonderful place How Wood School is
kindness award – harvey
Harvey is a wonderful friend because he listens to others and loves to play fun games. When we ask the children ‘who was kind to you at play time’ Harvey’s name is always mentioned. Well done Harvey!
Half Term Highlights
southend seaside trip
Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!
Year 2 visited Southend to spend the day celebrating the end of Year 2 and our fabulous Seaside Topic. We went to the Sea Life Centre and saw lots of sea creatures, as well as the penguins being given their lunch! After that we ate our lunch on the beach and had ice-creams in the sunshine. Playtime in the sand and sea followed with the children finding shells, digging in the sand and paddling in the water. We came home with the smell of the sea in our hair and a bucket full of memories of a fantastic year!
Year 2 had a brilliant time performing Maypole dancing to the whole school and our grown ups from home, as part of Village Day 2022. The children learnt 4 traditional dances and wore country dancing clothes. Our flower queen was Lily-Belle and our flower king was Harvey. Chelsea was our flower girl, and Alex was our very smart attendant. The smiles say it all, we are one very proud Year 2 team!
maths open morning
The Year 2 mathematicians enjoyed showing our grown ups from home how to solve problems, find and identify shapes, make amounts of money and use methods to add, subtract, multiply and divide. We had a lot of fun hosting, thank you for coming!
jubilee celebration day
We have LOVED celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in school today. We dressed in our best clothes making sure we had a red, white and blue theme too. We sang our national anthem in assembly with the whole school and then spent the day painting a decorative plate, creating collages and making flags. We took our flags and hats outside to join the rest of the school for a picnic inspired by the Queen! We had a marvellous day and look forward to seeing how the whole country celebrates over the next weekend too!
We have started our new topic ‘Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside’ by looking at natural and man made objects in the world.
As artists we have explored tone, sketching techniques, created wax rubbings, ink prints and clay impressions. We have used shells and leaves as our muse – what do you think?
We are also learning all about Victorian seaside holidays. We have compared what Victorian children wore on the beach to what we wear today. Using mashcams we have become Victorians:
Inspired by a Punch and Judy show we are learning how to sew! Here we are learning the running stitch:
We have also made hand puppets out of paper bags using card to create pop-up features.
We have been learning all about neurodiversity this week in our guided reading sessions. The children have discussed how our brains work in different ways and enjoyed reading about how different characters in the stories navigate school life.
We also LOVED having a visit from Electric Umbrella who showed us that there’s no such thing as normal! Here we are rocking out in the sunshine!
Reach out refugees
We joined over 40 schools in Hertfordshire to support ‘Reach out for Refugees’. Our school gates are now beautifully covered in yellow and blue ribbons. We have written messages of hope to children who have become refugees and displayed these on our class window.
dt healthy eating
Our finished food products:
We have really enjoyed our DT topic: healthy eating. We learnt about where food comes from and designed healthy fruit and vegetable salads. We talked about food products, a target audience and how to make a product enticing to eat! We of course couldn’t design a nutritious salad without first sampling what should go in it! Here are some photos from our lesson: Taste It and Rate It!
Grown ups – We have joined in with ITV’s ‘Eat Them to Defeat Them’ campaign! Coming home is a sticker chart to track how many vegetables your child can eat!
world book day
We have dressed up as our favourite characters for World Book Day! What do you think? We loved reading ‘The Journey’ by Aaron Becker and did some fun visualisations around the imagined narrative of the story. We also buddied up with Year 3 to read our favourite stories and talk about what makes a good story. Please check out our google classroom for our filmed performances of these books too!
feel good week
The theme for Children’s Mental Health and Well-Being week was: Growing Together.
We have read the book ‘Bloom’ by Anne Booth:
Throughout the week we have been working on the 5 ways to well-being:
We have written post cards to a loved one that we want to ‘connect’ with. The children spent time designing pictures that would make their special person smile.
We have been exercising and stretching in our Yoga session with Mrs Warner and our Invasion Games skills session with Mr Illori. As a class we have discussed the impact that moving our bodies has on our minds.
As we take notice of the world around us and the simple things that make us smile, we have each planted a sweet pea to take home. As this flower blooms it will remind us about how living things need love, care and attention to grow. In our class we have created a ‘mindfulness garden’ painting pebbles and making flowers to make our tables a brighter place to work.
We were very fortunate to have a visit from a therapist called Pretish who spoke to the children about what a therapist does. He spoke about positive thinking and ways to keep your mind healthy. We all learnt something new!
The challenge was to write a gift voucher for a gift that is completely free and makes someone feel loved! This task really made us smile. We hope all of the grown ups enjoy the promised breakfasts in bed, movie nights, massive hugs, yes days, massages and tidied bedrooms – all of Year 2’s own ideas!
We have used Henri Rousseau’s ‘Surprised!’ to inspire our poetry this week:
Surprised! Thunder hits the ground, Skies turn darker and darker, Flashing lightning underground explodes water, Crackling scares frightened, growling tigers. By Year 2
Art – Dancing ladies
We have explored shadow and tone. The children looked at how to create shades and learnt that although in our head we think of shadows being black, in reality they are different tones of white, black and grey.
Then we looked at some of the artwork by Jamaican artist: Bernard Hoyes:
We re-created the shapes in the art using our bodies and then made simple 3D models out of tinfoil:
Using oil pastels and watercolours we then step by step drew our own dancing lady:
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 Tuesday, these words are then tested the following Monday.
Times Tables – the children can practice their times tables using Times Tables Rock Stars.