Welcome to Year 2!
We are always busy bees in Year 2 so we will make sure we keep our class page full of all the interesting work they are doing along with any important information you need for the year.
Our class page is also a really useful tool to find out information so please make sure you check it on a regular basis.
Miss Neville, Mrs Woodley and Dr Gould.
Star of the Week
Each week, the star of Year 2 will appear on our class page. Please make sure you check regularly to find out who the star of the class is that week!
Our star of the week this week is... Lucy!
Lucy has been trying really hard at school to focus on her reading, maths and writing. Each morning, she spends time with me going to through her reading book, spelling CVC words and practising her number bonds. It has been wonderful to see her enthusiasm and determination for this and she never gives up. The result of this has been that she is making fantastic progress and her reading is becoming more fluent. Well done Lucy and let's keep this up!
These children have been stars in Year 2 so far!
Leilah (10.11.2017), Logan (3.11.2017), Lily G (20.10.17),Ali-Jay (13.10.17), Avin (6.10.2017), Chris (30.9.2017), Valentina (22.9.2017), Lisa Marie (15.9.2017)
This week in Year 2!
In English, we will focus on our trip so that we can build up a personal recount.
In Maths, we will start using subtracting using the new methods and ensuring the children understand how to apply this to arithmetic and reasoning questions!
w/c 20th November 2017
||Drafting our trip recount
||Grammar - subordinating conjunctions
||Sequencing ideas for a letter
||Drafting a letter
||Subtraction with renaming
||Subtraction with renaming
||Consolidation of subtraction work
||Addition of 3 numbers
||Addition and subtraction consolidation work
Every day is vital in Year 2 and missing one of these days will have an impact on the rest of the week. Please ensure your child is in school unless they are really poorly.
Dressing spotty for Children in Need!
Tomorrow it is our 'spotacular' fundraising day for Children in Need and we have challenged the children to dress as spotty as they can. A prize will be awarded to the most imaginative outfit and we ask that a £1 donation be given as we are raising money for this brilliant cause.
If you cannot wear spotty clothing, you are more than welcome to wear your own clothes but please remember your £1. All the money we raise goes straight to Children in Need!
Well done to all the children for being so well behaved on our trip today. They really were a credit to the school and the actors were delighted with the way they contributed to the workshops. Take a look at the photos of our day out and watch the video of Louirette acting out the part of the Plague Doctor.
Materials investigation in Science
Our topic for Science this half term is materials. We have already looked at different materials and what they could be used for and on Monday, we took the opportunity to go outside and see the range of materials within our school grounds. The children took rubbings of the different materials to help them see the patterns and texture.
We need your jars!
As we start to think about our Christmas Enterprise, one of the things we will need for one of the crafts are empty jars. If you have any empty jars between now and the 8th December, please could you keep them, clean them and send them in to us. Many thanks.
Handwriting Heroes (6.11.2017)
This week I have 10 handwriting heroes. They are:
Seth, Gibril, Lily G, Avin, Ryan, Jake, Jarred, Chris, Ali-Jay and Logan
Congratulations to these children for taking the time and care over their handwriting. Gibril and Logan have both shown real improvements in their handwriting this week and it is clear they have wanted to become a handwriting hero. Each of them receive 5 housepoints towards their house teams. Well done!
How many children will be my heroes next week?
Previous handwriting heroes:
Chris, Seth, Avin, Alex, Lily G, Alicja, Ryan and Ali-Jay (9.10.2017), Lily G (2.10.17)
Well done to the following children who completed all of their homework and went online to complete their Mathletics, Activelearn reading and Activelearn maths work.
Alex and Gibril
This week (6.11.2017) these are the statistics for homework in Year 2.
||Number of children who completed it
||Number of children who didn't complete it
|Active Learn Reading
|Active Learn Maths
Important dates for your diary this half term.
|Monday 6th November
||Parent consultation slips to be returned to school
|Friday 10th - Wednesday 15th November
||Scholastic Book Fair in the school hall after school
|Weds 15th November
||Year 2 class mass in church from 10am
||Parents consultation afternoon: 1.15pm - 4.30pm
|Thursday 16th November
||Class trip to Tamworth Castle
(Please note, if you have not paid, this needs to be handed in to the office ASAP)
|Friday 17th November
||Children in Need Day - wear spots for £1
|Thursday 23rd November
||Year 1,2 and 3 Girls Football Festival at the Factory (details to be confirmed once if your child is selected)
|Thursday 14th December
||Christmas Enterprise Afternoon
|Friday 15th December
||Christmas Jumper Day
|Thursday 21st December
||Year 2 and KS2 Christmas performance in the church from 3.30pm
|Friday 22nd December
||Break up for Christmas at 1.15pm
Prayer of the week
Each week, the children will have a different prayer to focus on in class and learn. These are the prayers that Year 2 are expected to know off by heart. Please help your child by giving them time to pray at home.
Our prayer focus for this week is the Eternal Rest. We have decided to focus on this as November is the month where we remember all those who have died.
So far, we have focused on the Our Father, Hail Mary and the Rosary in our lessons.
This week, the children started their first lesson of football training with Carly, an FA football coach. As many of them haven't really played football before, she started off with the basics of dodging and evading by playing a 'space football' game. The children had to try and move in and out of the star with their ball without being caught by the aliens. The children were brilliant and have already started to demonstrate some good ball skills so it will be great to see how this develops over the half term.
Anyone for tennis?
This half term we are really lucky to be receiving coaching from The Priory Tennis Club. Simon, the coach, came in for the first time yesterday and we had great fun during the lesson. We are looking forward to seeing how our tennis skills develop over the half term!
You should have received a note in your child's boo bag inviting you to bring your child to 2 free tennis coaching sessions at Lordswood Tennis club. The free sessions are on Thursday 2nd and Thursday 9th November from 5-6pm. You can just turn up to the sessions and all the equipment is provided.
Please check your child's bag for further information.
I hope you have all had a wonderful half term. Please be reminded that school reopens tomorrow (Tuesday 31st October) at 8.45am. Your child should make sure they bring in the following:
- PE Kits and joggers - Year 2 will have tennis on a Tuesday and football on a Wednesday so their PE kits must be in school at all times.
- Homework - handwriting should be completed and, where applicable, maths homework.
The Headteacher's award is given to those children who have been nominated for their beautiful handwriting. I was delighted to nominate Lily Green for the Headteacher's award today as she has been a handwriting hero of mine since she first started in my class. Her handwriting is always beautiful in everything she does and so, she truly deserves this award.
Well done Lily - we are very proud of you!
Spelling and reading superstars
This half term we have been having a reading and spelling challenge in class. I told the children that, if they read their reading book, had their diary signed and brought it in every day for the whole half term, they would receive a prize. I am delighted to announce that Jake, Katie and Jarred all completed the task and received a little prize to congratulate them.
We also had a spelling challenge running alongside this. In order to win, you had to get 10 out of 10 for each of the spelling weeks. Only 1 person managed 10 out of 10 each week so, our spelling superstar is Jake. Well done Jake!
The challenges will still be running next half term... let's see if we can get some more winners!
Planting in Science
Year 2 have been working hard with Dr Gould and Mrs Woodley on a Wednesday afternoon planting lots of seeds and bulbs. They have enjoyed learning about what happens when a seed germinates and have used their prediction skills to help them think about the conditions seeds and plants need in order for them to grow. We've just got to hope the frost and slugs don't ruin their hard work!
How our handwriting has changed!
It has been absolutely wonderful to see the change in handwriting for many of the children in Year 2. The really concentrate hard and strive for perfection in their writing as they know only beautiful handwriting will be rewarded with handwriting hero certificates. We spent some quiet time today practising our common exception words. The peace and quiet was heavenly and all heads were down focusing on our letter formation! Well done Year 2, you'll soon have the best handwriting in the school!
Our class page is an excellent source of information however, there may be times when we need to send a text message to you advising you about a change, a request for something or because something has been cancelled. Please can you ensure that your contact details are up to date in the office so that we are confident you will get the message.
Coordination and balance in PE
This half term, our focus in PE has been using a range of skills including coordination and balance. The children have worked really hard to focus on these skills and today they were able to demonstrate how well they have listened over the half term. Next half term, they are really lucky as they will be taught tennis by coaches from The Priory AND they will receive football training from a coach from the Women's FA. I'm sure the children will love PE next half term!
Dancing in the dark
One of our 2 minute challenges this half term has been Dancing in the Dark. The children are really enjoying the energetic dance moves with glow sticks. I'd like to think I wore them out but their energy levels still remain very high after the dancing has finished!
Your child's name
During assessment week, we ask the children to write their name on the front of their assessment paper. It has amazed me the number of children that don't know how to write their full name, some even writing their first name incorrectly.
This is really important so I would ask that you use any spare time at home to help your child write their full name.
Attendance teddy arrives in Year 2!
Rosie has returned to Year 2 at last. We won the attendance for EYFS and KS1!
Rosie will be with us for the whole of next week but we hope she stays with us for even longer. Next week, she'll be completing the assessments with us so make sure your child is in every day and maybe she'll be able to enjoy another week with us!
Lily's beautiful handwriting homework!
There is currently a problem with Big Maths so if you log on to this, there won't be anything for your child to do. We are aware of it and are trying to sort it out with the provider. In the meantime, please continue or start using Mathletics and Activelearn as there is definitely work assigned to the children on both of these websites. Thank you!
To date, activities have been assigned on Mathletics in the following areas:
- Number and Place Value counting
- Number and Place Value to 100 (1 and 2)
- Problem Solving
- Length, Mass and Volume
- Properties of Shapes
- Position and Direction
As the activities are linked to the Year 2 curriculum, I assign activities based on what we are doing in school to ensure the children are able to answer the questions.
Important: You may need to download flash player to complete some of the activities. Please don't worry if this isn't possible as there are plenty of activities to complete that don't need flashplayer. I am not expecting everyone to do everything but I would like them to try something!
To access Activelearn, you will need to ensure the pop ups on your tablet or computer allow access to this site. Below is a guide to problem solving on Activelearn.
A number of parents have asked about the assessment papers that were sent home with your child last week. These are not for you to be concerned about and they are not a reflection of how your child is doing at all.
In the parents' meeting last week, I advised everyone that I would be sending these home so that you can see what the SATs papers look like and where they need to be at the end of this year. You therefore do not need to worry about what mark your child got as they had to sit a test that is for the end of the year group.
A copy of my presentation at the meeting is below along with the document that was given to the parents who attended the meeting.
Parent Meeting Information - 21st September 2017
Using positional language in Maths
Today, the children tested their ability to use positional language to direct a robot around the screen. Working in partner, the children used the lightbot website and gave instructions such as forwards, backwards, left, right and turn to help guide their robot to the lightbulb.
The children had great fun and were able to use their computing skills to help recode the robot to succeed in the task. Well done Year 2.
This year, the children decided that your class wish for this year should be 'To always be ready to learn, be honest and helpful towards others.'
For the beginning of the year, I chose Roisin as the perfect example of someone who always fulfills our class wish. Roisin demonstrates a wonderful attitude towards both her work and her friends. She always has her hand up ready to answer different questions and shows a genuine kindness to the other children in the class. Well done Roisin!
The children attended an assembly by the NSPCC today in which they were given advice about what they should do if they feel unsafe or need to tell something important to someone. The children were exceptionally well behaved and were a credit to both myself and Mrs Woodley.
Noun Hunting in Grammar
We started our grammar off by checking that we understood what nouns are. The children hunted around the classroom to identify all the nouns they could see. This a great exercise to do as it focuses the children on what nouns are and how they are different to verbs. We then looked at adjectives and thought about how we can use adjectives to describe the nouns.
This week, we have been focusing on looking at 2D shapes and their properties. As the sun was shining, we took the opportunity to go outside and hunt for shapes in the playground. The children were excellent and spotted an array of shapes, discussing the number of sides to help them decide what the shape name was!
Your child has been given their spelling booklet for this half term. This lists all of the spellings that they will be tested on each week during Autumn 1. We will be teaching these daily in school but would also ask that you please help them practise these at home.
If your child achieves 10 out of 10 in their spellings, a sticker will be placed on the spelling booklet. We can only do this if your child brings in their booklet each week. The children who have 6 stickers on their booklet at the end of each half term will be given a treat.
Meeting with Miss Neville
I am available each morning at the beginning of the school day if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child or Year 2. However, I am unable to speak to you on a Monday or Tuesday afternoon due to our staff meeting and an afterschool club that I run. Should you need to speak to me on these days, please see the office to make an alternative appointment as I cannot come out of these sessions to speak to parents. If it is urgent, Dr Gould or Mrs Woodley are also available to help you.
Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
Changing reading books
Unless you sign your child's reading book, we will not change this. It is your responsibility to read with your child each night and sign their reading book. This is really important. There are times when we have a number of books that need to be changed and your child's book may have been missed out. On these occasions, we would ask that you show some understanding and remember that we have 30 children to look after. These things are never done on purpose!
To encourage reading at home, I have set up a reading challenge for the children in Year 2.
If they read their book each night, get their reading diary signed and bring their book in every day, they will get a tick. If they complete this for each of the days in the week, they will be put on the reading challenge chart. If they manage every week in the half term, they will receive a treat.
Reading is so important in year 2 as they have to been able to read confidently and fluently by the end of the year. They can only achieve this if they are reading at home regularly. We are not asking for them to complete the book each night, simply read a couple of pages and this will make a difference.
In terms of changing books, it is not manageable to do this daily so stage books will be changed every other day. Every child can take a second book home which can be changed as often as they like.
Online learning in Year 2
There are 3 different websites that you can access to gain access to the online learning for Year 2. I have put the website addresses and login details in the front of your reading diaries so that you have access to them at all times. Each week, I will update the websites to give access to different activities, books and games. These websites are a great way to support your child's learning at home and I would encourage you to visit them regularly.
Click on the links below to gain access to the websites:
Activelearn (Maths and Reading)
Big Maths (Maths)