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January 04
Year 2 - Spring 1

Year 2 – Spring 1

We really appreciate any parental support that can be given at home through helping your child with basic number skills (times tables, counting and number bonds) and hearing them read regularly.

This half-term we will be learning about:

 

English:

In our English lessons we will be using a range of texts to base our learning from.

We will be working on writing non-chronological reports, persuasive letters and character descriptions.

 

We will also cover and revise:

 

- Sentence types and use of conjunctions (including - and, so but, because, with, if, when)

- Use of basic punctuation marks (capital letters, full stops, exclamation marks, question marks)

- Writing within the past/present tense

- Suffixes (-ing,  -ly-,  -ed,  -ment,  -ness)

- Handwriting—cursive script (joined where possible)

 

Maths:

 

In our Maths lessons we will be looking at the following areas:

 

- Fractions – finding halves, quarters and thirds of shapes and numbers

- Time – Telling the time to the nearest hour

- Money – Recognising coins and their values, adding and subtracting amounts with pounds and pence

 

Science:

Our new Science topic this half-term is ‘Living Things’. We will also be looking at ‘Animals including Humans’. We will cover:

 

- How animals are adapted to suit their habitat

- Food chains

- Different kinds of habitats

 

And much more!

 

YPC:

 

We will be completing the ‘Our World’ topic looking at the following continents:


- Antarctica

- North America

- South America

 

We will then be moving onto our next topic ‘Being Famous’. This topic will include looking at:

 

- Rosa Parks

- L.S. Lowry

- Grace Darling

- Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London

 

And much more!

 

Computing:

This term we will be finishing off our presentations topic using Microsoft PowerPoint. We will then move onto learning about control and movement using coding.

 

PE/Sports: Activity Skills/Basketball

 

On the days of P.E. lessons or Sports Clubs, pupils should come to school in their P.E. kit or clothing appropriate for P.E instead of their school uniform. Where possible, we will be conducting P.E. lessons outside so a hoodie/jacket and joggers are recommended. Please ensure that they still have a warm, waterproof coat for lunch and play times on these days too.

 

2L - Tuesday and Thursday

2M - Tuesday and Thursday       

2U - Thursday and Friday

2W - Tuesday and Friday

 

If your child wears earrings there are three options:

 

1) Send plasters in so that their ears are covered.

2) Children have plasters put on at home so that they are prepared for their P.E lesson.

3) Children do not wear their earrings on the day they have PE.

 

RE/PHSE: 

 

We will be considering and learning about how to look after our own mental well-being.

 

Homework:

 

The ‘Spring 1 Learning At Home’ pack is available to download from the ‘Latest Letters’ area of the school website. Please let us know if a paper copy is required. We also encourage the use of the learning platform as well as websites such as MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars. Please contact the school office should your child require their login details again.

 ​

December 15
2U - Autumn 2

What an amazing term we have had, 2U! I am really impressed with our hard work, maturity and effort over the past few weeks.

 

In Maths, we have covered basic skills in number, using pictures and concrete apparatus such as base-10, cubes and Numicon to support our learning.  We have also began to solve calculations with the 4 operations, showing much more confidence with addition.

 

For English, we have written a range of genres including recounts, character descriptions, diary entries and instructions. We thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘The Twits’ and found it really funny! Work included using adjectives, past tense verbs, both 3rd and 1st person as well as exploring all 4 sentence types.

 

During Science, we have completed our Materials topic. Learning included exploring different materials and their properties. We had fun designing our own cars using a variety of materials for each component. We also touched on Seasons, discussing the evidence that Autumn has left and Winter has arrived, through observations in nature.

 

Our YPC topic has been ‘Our World’ where 2U have studied some key continents such as Asia and Africa! We loved comparing life between children in Birmingham and Johannesburg. 2U also developed their Geography skills using Atlases, maps and Google Earth.

 

You all deserve a restful, fun break 2U. Well done on your achievements and look forward to many more to come in the new year. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

 

Mr. Ulhaq.​

December 14
2M Autumn 2

Well done, 2M. You have made such a fantastic start to Year 2 throughout the first term and I am so proud of the maturity you have shown during these tricky times.

 

Our Maths lessons have been jam-packed with lots of mathematical skills. Our knowledge of the four operations has really supported us to solve a variety of problems. We have even been looking at how some number problems can be commutative and used this knowledge to help us solve those tricky problems.

In English we have been doing lots of amazing writing including: retelling stories, writing instructions for our own pranks and writing a diary entry. We have also been working on our sentence structure and letter formation, which has really improved since September!

Science has been very exciting too! We have learnt all about different materials and focused on areas such as: suitability, everyday uses and properties. Luckily, we were able to look at some of the materials within the classroom and this really helped to secure our understanding. Since then, we have revisited Seasonal Change to explore the differences in the seasons now that we are in Winter.

During our YPC lessons we have been learning all about ‘Our World’ and explored the 7 continents. We really have been on our own adventure all over the world, looking at various landmarks, capital cities, animals and weather. It’s been lots of fun!

Tri-golf was a great way to start P.E. this half term. We were able to learning lots about the rules of the game and how to use all of the equipment. We have since moved on to gymnastics were we have learnt skills such as: jumps, balances and rolls.

 

I have certainly enjoyed my first term in 2M and I hope you have too! Have a wonderful break and make sure you come back well rested for lots more exciting learning. Stay safe and I will see you soon!​

December 14
2L - Autumn 2

Another half-term has flown by quickly.

We have had to adapt to remote learning once again this half-term, but it has been really nice to see how hard you’ve worked at home, as well as in the classroom. Thank you again to parents and carers for your support.

Whilst in school, we have been reading The Twits by Roald Dahl in our English lessons. We have used this to write character descriptions, looking at the use of positive and negative language and how this contributes to meaning. We planned our own prank based on those that The Twits play on one another and wrote a set of instructions to carry it out. We certainly have some masters of mischief in 2L! We also looked at the use of rhyme within the book and explored this by creating our own rhymes based on the book.

We started a new topic on addition and subtraction in our Maths lessons. We have learned how to add and subtract tens and ones from given numbers, using mental strategies to support us. We then moved on to looking multiplication and division. We have practised drawing arrays to support our understanding of multiplication calculations and used grouping to help us tackle division.

In Science ​we have been learning all about Materials. We looked for examples of different materials in our classroom and considered how the material is chosen to suit a particular purpose based on its properties. We also looked at how we can change the shape of solid materials by bending, stretching and squashing them.

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and holiday and enjoy a well-deserved rest, 2L.​
December 12
2W-Autumn 2

We have come to the end of our first term and haven’t we learnt a lot!

In English, we have been looking at ‘The Twits’. We found the text very enjoyable and we really enjoyed looking at the interesting description of the different characters. It was great fun creating our own pranks and creating a set of instructions to explain how to do them. We have also been learning how to make our writing more exciting. We have learnt how to use expanded noun phrases and different sentence openers to make our writing more interesting to read.

In Maths, we have been developing our understanding of the 4 different operations. We really enjoyed drawing the base-10 to support us when adding and subtracting but our favourite was creating arrays to help us when solving multiplication problems. During this half term we have played lots of games to help us learn our times tables. We are all trying hard to learn the 2s, 5s and 10s and even more. Remember, you can use Times Table Rockstars over the holiday to get even better.

We have really enjoyed YPC because we have been learning all about our world in our YPC topic. We really enjoyed learning about the different continents and comparing them. Throughout the topic we have looked at human and physical features and seen a range of different animals which live in the different continents. As a class we found it difficult to agree on a favourite continent because they are all so different and amazing in lots of ways. However, lots of us did really like Africa because of all of the amazing different animals it has like lions and giraffes.

We really enjoyed learning about Gymnastics in our P.E lessons and lots of us enjoyed making our sequences look elegant. We learnt lots of different jumps, rolls and balances and it was great fun creating sequences and performing these in front of the class.

Enjoy the holiday 2W! You deserve it!​

November 02
Year 2 - Autumn 2

We really appreciate any parental support that can be given at home through helping your child with basic number skills (times tables, counting and number bonds) and hearing them read regularly.

 
This half term we will be learning about:
 
English:

In our English lessons we will be using the text ‘The Twits’ by Roald Dahl as the basis for our learning.
 
We will be working on the following areas:
 
·       Sentence types – statement, command, question, exclamation.
·       Adjectives and expanded noun phrases.
·       Interesting sentence openers.
·       Contractions.
 
Maths:
 

We will begin by looking at:

 

·       Multiplication
·       Division
·       Fractions
·       Time

We will be using Numicon and Base-10 to support our learning.

 
Science:
Our new Science topic is Materials. We will be learning about:

 
·       The properties of different materials – hard, flexible, soft, rigid, brittle etc.
·       How materials can be moulded and shaped.
·       How materials are used to suit a particular purpose.
 

YPC:
Our first YPC topic is Our World. We will be learning about:

·       The seven different continents.
·       The Geography of the land.
·       Compare different cultures from around the world.
·       The animals and habitats.
·       The art from different cultures.
 
Computing:
This term we will be finishing off our Digital Safety topic. We will then move onto learning touch typing skills and how to use Microsoft PowerPoint.  

 
PE/Sports: Gymnastics and Tri-Golf
 
On the days of P.E. lessons or Sports Clubs, pupils should come to school in their P.E. kit or clothing appropriate for P.E instead of their school uniform. Where possible, we will be conducting P.E. lessons outside so a hoodie/jacket and joggers are recommended. Please ensure that they still have a warm, waterproof coat for lunch and play times on these days too.
 
2L - Tuesday and Thursday
2M - Tuesday and Thursday       
2U - Thursday and Friday
2W - Tuesday and Friday
 
If your child wears earrings there are three options:
 
1) Send plasters in so that their ears are covered.
2) Children have plasters put on at home so that they are prepared for their P.E lesson.
3) Children do not wear their earrings on the day they have PE.
 
RE/PHSE: 

We will be examining our feelings as well as looking at how to make the right choice.  
 

Homework:
 
The ‘Autumn 2 Learning At Home’ pack is available to download from the ‘Latest Letters’ area of the school website. Please let us know if a paper copy is required. We also encourage the use of the learning platform as well as websites such as MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars. Please contact the school office should your child require their login details again.

October 19
2L - Autumn 1

​What a fantastic start 2L have made to Year 2!

We have had a lot to adjust to this half-term but you have all settled back into our new routines really well and now had to adjust to remote learning too.

In our English lessons we have looked at developing our handwriting and letter formation. We have used the story of Little Red Riding Hood to write a retell and look at the four different sentence types: statements, commands, exclamations and questions.

In Maths we have started off by looking at Place Value. We have looked at how to partition numbers into tens and ones, how to find 1/10 more/less of a given number as well as practising counting in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s from a given number.

We have looked at living and non-living things in our Science lessons. We have learned all about what the difference is between things that are alive and dead, such as their ability to move, grow, breathe or reproduce. We have also studied habitats of different animals and seen how they are adapted to suit where they live. We have seen some of this first-hand when exploring the forest school area.

Our YPC lessons have seen us look at Transport. We have done a variety of things this half-term. These have included learning about the impacts of HS2, how planes have changed since the first aeroplane flight in 1903, and designing and making a vehicle with an axle.

Have a brilliant half-term 2L and I look forward to seeing you all again soon.

October 19
2W-Autumn 1

What a fantastic first half term we have had in 2W! It has been a very different start but you have all adapted really well!

 

In English, we have had a big focus on how to form a sentence and developing our handwriting. We have been developing our understanding of different sentence types and we are starting to use them within our writing. It is important for us to remember the different punctuation to use. We have started to learn how to write in different styles of writing. An activity we really enjoyed was adapting the story Red Riding Hood and it was great fun sharing these with the class.  

 

In Maths, we started by developing our understanding of place value by using the Numicon and the base-10. During this topic we looked at comparing numbers, ordering numbers, and partitioning numbers. A skill we found particularly difficult was partitioning numbers in different ways. However, we were persistent and with determination we cracked it. We now have a great understanding of tens and ones.

 

We have been learning about transport in our YPC lessons. We really enjoyed learning about the impact HS2 will have and building our own vehicle with moving walls. We loved creating our own fantasy transport vehicles and evaluating them at the end of the topic. In the last few weeks, we have started our new topic which is called ‘Our World’. We can’t wait to come back and learn even more.

 

In Science, we have been looking at plants and living and non-living things. It was great fun learning about the different parts of a plant and we came up with funny ways to remember the different parts. For example, we think roots look like grey hair.

 

Keep up the great work 2W and have a great holiday!​ 

October 19
2U - Autumn 1


 

Well done 2U, we have made such a marvellous start to the year! I am really impressed with the level of maturity shown so far this year.

For Maths this half term, we have been working on our Place Value. We have covered a range of lessons including partitioning 2 digit numbers, comparing numbers, counting in 2s, 5s and 10s as well as ordering a range of 2 digit numbers.

In English, we have revisited basic presentation skills, letter formation and sentence building. Using the traditional tale classic 'Little Red Riding Hood', we have created a retell and have also adapted the end in a unique way!

Throughout our topic YPC lessons, we began with Transport, designing our own vehicle, discussing HS2 and it’s impact, along with studying some history with the first flight in 1903!

Science has been exciting, as we have learnt about living things around us. Lessons included: comparing living and non-living things, drawing and comparing microhabitats around our school and also discussing how insects have adapted to their habitats.

I look forward to continuing with our hard work in some new topics next half term.

See you all soon,

Mr. Ulhaq

October 19
2M Autumn 1

What an amazing first half term in 2M! It has certainly been unusual at times but we have rose to the challenge and shown how fantastic we are.


We have looked at a range of topics in English including: punctuation, sentence types, various word classes, descriptive language and letter formation. The progress the children have shown in just a few short weeks is evident, and will continue throughout the year!

Maths has been lots of fun, we have been doing lots of counting forwards and backwards in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s. We have also learnt how to represent numbers in a variety of ways, order and compare numbers and finding one/ten more and one/ten less than a number. Recently, we started to explore addition and subtraction number sentences once we were secure in our place value knowledge. 

During P.E. we began with football and focused on skills such as: passing, dribbling and shooting. Then, the HAKA! We were amazing at the HAKA stance and pulling scary faces. This topic enabled us to focus on dancing to a beat and performing in unison and cannon.

In Science, we started the year by recapping our knowledge of plants by identifying their features and sorting them into wild and common flowering plants. After that, we focused on living things and their habitats. This included learning about things that are alive, dead or have never been alive and minibeasts. Then, we began looking at what animals eat and how we can categorise them using this knowledge.

We started our YPC topic with a whole day learning about transport. Throughout the topic we have explored the history of transport, the First Flight and even designed and created our own functional vehicles with axels! 

Although our first half term was cut short, the progress we made was evident. 2M have shown such maturity, resilience and determination. It has been an amazing start to Year 2. Keep up the hard work!​
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