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We are very excited to have you all join us in year 2!

Year 2 is the place to be this year so you are extremely lucky boys and girls.

We have lots of exciting learning planned that will ensure your minds grow and grow! There will be challenges and some things we may find tricky, but as a team we will all be star learners. We will make sure you grow in confidence, independence and knowledge so you can succeed in your final year in key stage 1 and be ready to smash key stage 2!

 

Remember we are here to help you on your journey in year 2.

 

Mr Whilton and Mrs Wood

Weekly Spellings w/c 23rd May

Our   fourth   topic in our year 2 learning journey is:

 

If you go down to the woods today...

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We will explore the woodland habitat and  the microhabitats they contain.

We are sure we will meet some interesting characters along the way!

We have a feeling we will be experience some disgusting things too!

 

Check out the Spring 2 Learning Leaflet...

Science - We made our own microhabitats and went out to see how many minibeasts had move in!

International Day of Maths - Year 2 explored French maths by counting and calculating with French numbers and playing L'Attaque! We even tried some French cuisine... baguette, brie et pain au chocolat!

Science Day - We learnt about the planet Mars, made a space rover and investigated materials to keep a space suit airtight

Science - WALA: microhabitats

Our   third   topic in our year 2 learning journey is:

 

We are heading to the second largest continent on earth... Africa .

We will explore the terrain, culture and  fascinating wildlife Africa has to offer. We are sure we will meet some interesting characters along the way!

Check out the Spring 1 learning leaflet...

Music - African Drumming

Art - WALT: paint in the style of Martin Bulinya

Art - WALT: apply paint in different ways and observe effect on texture

English - WALT: take on the role of a character to have a better understanding to be able to describe. TALK FOR WRITING

OUR NEW TOPIC UNVEIL. We went on an exploration to discover what our new topic was going to be about. We were thrilled to find out it was An African Safari Adventure!

Our   second   topic in our year 2 learning journey is:

Brrr... it's cold out there!

 

Winter is underway and summer days are long gone. We are going to travel to Antarctica this half term to meet some interesting wildlife. One in particular has wings but cannot fly. Any thoughts to who it might be?...

That's right we are heading to Antarctica and meeting a

penguin called Otto!

Check out the Autumn 2 learning leaflet...

DT - We designed, made and packaged a Christmas tree decoration. We learnt the skill of running stitch to make our own fabric decorations.

Science - Researching how animals keep warm in Antarctica. We looked at the effects of blubber in keeping us warmer for longer.

English - We did some role play and became Otto the penguin and used our knowledge of emotions to help us understand things from his perspective,

Anti-Bullying Week - Odd Sock Day - It's good to be different!

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English - Learning and reciting a poem

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Our   first   topic in our year 2 learning journey is:

Marvellous Monsters

 

The year 2 area needed sprucing up after a long summer. We have made it bright and vibrant to attract some cool and funky monsters to visit us!

We are enthusiastic to meet some to get to know them more as we know there are so many nice monsters out there that get a bad name!

Check out the Autumn 1 Learning Leaflet...

Computing - Digital Parenting week - thanking our grown ups for their support with our online learning

Reading for Pleasure - Drop everything and read session

Science - We looked at the properties of materials and discussed how some were hard, soft, smooth, rough, shiny and dull

Design Technology - we made our own burger box monsters. Their mouths open when we blow up the balloon inside

Jeans for Genes day - We learnt about children that a born with genetic disorders and raised money to help them

2W PE

Outdoor PE - Wednesday afternoon

Indoor PE - Friday afternoon

 

  Children are to come to school and remain in their PE kits all day on the days they have PE. 

 

Please ensure they are wearing the correct kit and that long hair is tied back.

They can wear plain tracksuit tops and bottoms in the cooler weather.

If they have indoor PE, then can wear warmer sports clothing over their shorts and t-shirt, or choose to wear plain joggers for the day. PLEASE CONSULT OUR UNIFORM POLICY.

 

 

Spellings

We will be assessing the children on their phonics and their spellings weekly on a Friday.

We will update the weeks spellings on the class webpage each week so your child can prepare for their Friday quiz.  

The spellings we will be focusing on to begin with are the Year 1 and 2 common exception words.

The children ideally need to be able to read and write all of these words by the end of Year 2.

The children will also have chance to practise these spellings when they first come into school each morning.

 

Home Learning

In year 2 our aim is for the children to get at least 4 pieces of home learning recorded in their diary each week. This can be anything from reading a couple of pages of their book or the whole thing, reading online books on Bug Club, practising their times tables or attending a club. It could even be helping prepare dinner, tidy up or helping look after and entertain younger siblings and pets!

**Remember practising your weekly spellings counts as a merit if recorded**

For each piece of home learning recorded your child will receive a merit. These are counted up at the end of each half term and get transferred into Learning Loot which can be spent in the Homework Hut!

 

15 merits = Bronze award

20 merits = Silver award

25 merits = Gold award

 

and for 2W, 50+ merits = Planet Perfect 

Let's see if we can all get on at least Bronze every half term team 2W

 

Reading books and Home Learning diaries

 

Reading books and diaries need to be in school every day and go home every night. 

When you read with your child this needs to be acknowledged in the diary. Let us know if the book is finished and it will be changed. If you have only read a couple of pages, that is fine, just note the pages that have been read and we can send the book back home to continue with. 

 

Reading is highly encouraged and is fundamental in your children strengthening their ability to learn. Do not feel pressured to finish books, a couple of pages and discussions, about what they have read, all contribute to developing confidence and fluency.

 

 

 

Home learning online

 

Your children have logins in the front of their red home learning diaries. These logins can be used to access different programs that we use in school and could be used at home to further their learning. Please let us know if you need new logins or you need any support with these.

 

Bug Club 

This is a website where children can access books that are tailored to the book band that they are  reading within school. It also includes questions to check their understanding and gives rewards too! This can be accessed on tablets as well as laptops. This reading can then be recorded in their diaries to earn more merits. 

 

Purple Mash 

This is another educational website that your child can access. It has games and activities for all areas of the curriculum. 

 

Spelling Shed 

This website allows the children to practise spelling rules and patterns in addition to their weekly spellings set by school. 

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