Welcome to Year 2!
We are always busy bees in Year 2 but we also make time to have a laugh and smile as much as we can. We work hard in our lessons and try to follow in God's footsteps by thinking about the actions we take and the words we use to make sure they are always kind.
Our class page will tell you all about what we are going to do as well as what we have been up to in class. This is updated regularly so please make sure you keep coming back to see what is happening in our class.
Here's to a very happy year!
Miss Neville, Dr Gould and Mrs Barnett
Star of the Week!
Each week we nominate one child who has been a shining star in Year 2 during that week. This could be for hard work, being helpful around the classroom or simply because they have been a wonderful member of the class.
Our 'star of the week' for Friday 7th December is... Elias!
We have been really pleased in the progress that Elias has made this half term, not only in terms of his assessments but also with regards to his attitude towards his work. He has really settled down and this is definitely shining through this work in all of his lessons. During the assessments this week, Elias more than doubled his scores which is truly fantastic and is a testament to his good attitude and desire to learn. We feel very lucky to have Elias in our class as he is always smiling, always giggling and always listening... which makes us smile in return. Well done Elias and keep up the good work!
These children have already been superstars in Year 2:
Oliver (30.11.2018), Diba (23.11.2018), Isabelle (16.11.2018), Stephen (9.11.2018), Harley (26.10.2018), Violla (19.10.2018), Juwel (12.10.2018), Amelia (5.10.2018), Kenaz (28.9.2018), Uazan (21.9.2018)
Year 2 and KS2 Nativity
This year, the Year 2 children will join KS2 for their Christmas performance on Thursday 20th December at 3.30pm in the church. The Nativity performance is a celebration of song and retells the story of the Nativity. Year 2 play a crucial part by creating the Nativity scene in church and letters have been given out this week explaining which part your child will play in the performance. This is a non-speaking part so the children do not need to worry about learning anything other than the songs. In case you have mislaid the letter, the list of parts are below for you:
||Oliver, Kaiser and Stephen
||Isabelle, Nahal, Grace, Juwel, Violla, Kanika, Sienna, Jiya
||Harley, Jai, Jake, Noah, Kenaz
||Gabriel, Uazan, Joseph, Danial, Jakub, David, Tareek, Mason
What's coming up in Year 2?
Week commencing: 10th December 2018
With the assessments completed for this half term and a couple of Christmas events in the calendar for the next two weeks, we will be splitting our time this week between Maths No Problem, Enterprise and Nativity rehearsals. Our time table for Maths is therefore as follows:
||Fractions: Comparing and ordering fractions
||Whole School retreat day
||Fractions: Counting wholes and parts
||Fractions: Counting in halves
||Fractions: Counting in quarters
A time of preparation, a chance for us to give!
During the 4 weeks of Advent, the children are invited to wear their own clothes in return for supporting four different charities. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to extend our kindness to many people in and around Birmingham. The dates are listed below but here is a summary of what is happening each Friday.
||What you need to do
|Friday 14th December
||Birmingham Women's and Children's Hospital
||Wear your Christmas Jumper and bring £1 to support these charities
|Friday 21st December
||Cafod World Gifts
||£1 donation for wearing your own clothes
Important dates for your diary
Here are some important dates for your diary this half term. Please add them to your diary or calendar.
|Thursday 13th December
||Christmas Dinner Day
|Friday 14th December
Advent Charity Day 3: Christmas Jumper Day - £1 donation for Birmingham Women's and Children's Hospital
2pm: Christmas Enterprise
|Thursday 20th December
||Year 2 and KS2 Christmas Performance 3.30pm in the Church
|Friday 21st December
Advent Charity Day 4 :£1 donation for own clothes with all money going to Cafod World Gifts
School closes for the Christmas Holidays at 1.15pm
Birthday cakes and treats
It is always wonderful when children want to share their birthday with other children in the class and cakes and sweets are most welcome. However, could I please remind you that the school's policy on cakes is that they should either be individual cakes or a cake should be cut up and portioned ready to give out. The reason for this is that unfortunately, the time we have to prepare cakes at the end of the day is very limited.
Also, as we have a number of vegetarians within the class who are unable to eat sweets with gelatine in them (Haribo etc), if you do want to bring in sweets could you try to ensure that they are sweets that can be eaten by all of the class so that some children are not left out.
Many thanks for your help and cooperation.
Materials in our environment
A Psalm of David. “The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof.”
As part of our Science topic, the children braved the cold and went on a Science walk this week around the local area to look at the materials that are around us. The children looked at what materials are part of our Church, as well as the shops and the park. We also saw a rainbow and reflected on the story of Noah, which we studied in September!
This half term, Year 2 are experiencing Art as part of their MMADDD timetable. We are exploring lots of different artists as part of this unit and last week they learnt about an artist called Piet Mondrian. During the lesson, they were really good at critiquing the artwork that they could see, commenting on the shapes and colours the artist used in his artwork. Then it was their turn and they were very keen to create their own versions using only the primary colours.
Is there room on the broom for me?
This half term, the children decided that we would learn the story of 'Room on the Broom' by Julia Donaldson. As with all new stories, we read them and explore them through our English lessons and this week was no different. First, the children used their inference skills to think about how the characters were feeling in different parts of the story. Then, we moved onto sequencing - a skill that is sometimes hard for children to grasp. The children listened to the story and then worked as a team to order the statements correctly. They worked brilliantly as a team and were delighted when they managed to sort them in perfect order. It was really wonderful to see them using the skills of listening and cooperation that God has given them to ensure that all children were able to play an active part in the task. Well done Year 2!
Welcome back to a new half term. I hope all the children have had a rest and enjoyed their half term holidays - I think it was very much needed after such a long and busy first half term.
As we move into the new half term and think about the preparations we will begin to make for the birth of Jesus, there are many other things to look forward to. Some of the children in Year 2 will begin a series of multi skills sessions at The Factory, we will practise our skipping ready for the KS1 and KS2 Skipping competition later this month, the book fair arrives this week and will give the opportunity for you to develop your love of reading further, the girls will have the chance to take part in a Football Festival plus all of the wonderful Christmas activities that will come towards the end of the half term.
I look forward to sharing your child's progress with you next week at the parent consultations however, if there is reason why you cannot attend, please do not hesitate to see me and we will book an alternative appointment.
The Big 10 club!
I've been trying to encourage the children to try their very best in their Big Maths Tests and the Spelling tests so I've introduced the 'Big 10 Club'. This is an exclusive club for children who achieve 10 out of 10 in their Spellings and their CLIC tests. Membership has to be sustained each week so, if they drop a mark in one of the tests, they come out of the club until they achieve 10 out of 10 in the next tests. If they are still in the club at the end of the half term, they will receive a reward.
So far, we have had 5 members of the club. Each of them have received their certificate and now they must make sure they keep their scores to stay in the club.
Let's see if we can get some other members next half term!
At the beginning of the year, I set the children a challenge to read as many books as they could in addition to their home readers. Reading for pleasure really helps with developing their imagination and, as a result, with the quality of their writing. I have been delighted that a number of children have accepted the children and read other books. Each child who took part received a certificate and a little treat but the overall winner for this half term was... Amelia! Well done Amelia!
Let's see who can be the winner next week!
Handwriting in Year 2!
This half term, the homework focus has been on your child's handwriting. This is a really important skill for the children however, despite giving homework since the beginning of the half term, there hasn't been a huge improvement in the quality of the handwriting in Year 2. I know this isn't new as Miss Murphy gave handwriting homework last year so, by now, the children should have an understanding of how to form their cursive letters properly.
Practise really does make perfect and I have seen dramatic improvements in children's handwriting in previous years. Take a look at Harley's work. The top shows how her writing was at the beginning of the year and the bottom shows how she has worked to make her letters smaller and make the joins neater. I've also included some other pictures below to show you other examples of beautiful handwriting. You can clearly see how the children have used the guidelines, are forming their letters properly and, for some, are now joining their letters. These children are well on their way to receiving a hand writing pen and I would love to be able to give more out.
Unfortunately, handwriting is not something I can ignore. If they don't perfect it now, they will continue to be targeted on their handwriting as they move through the school as they MUST be using cursive, joined handwriting in Year 6. I know this may seem a long way off but now is the best time to correct it. Please help support your child and encourage them to think about what they are writing and how they are writing it. Thank you.
Medieval Dancing in MMADDD
This half term, the children have been learning dance and drama in their MMADDD sessions. I have heard that their Medieval Dance was a sight to behold so I took the opportunity to pop down on Friday and take a look for myself. I most definitely wasn't disappointed and it made me really proud of all of them. Click the link below to have a look at the video of them performing to an Ed Sheeran song.
Year 2 Medieval Dancing: click here to watch the video.
This half term, we have been learning a multitude of skills in our PE lessons using lots of different equipment and parts of our body. Today, the children had the opportunity to put these skills to the test in a circuit of activities ranging from Bench throws to Human Skittles, Dribbling to Crab walks. It was a thoroughly enjoyable lesson and the children were absolutely fantastic. I was really proud seeing them using the different skills they have learnt this half term and it was wonderful to hear the buzz around the hall. They really did work well as a team and it was clear that our class wish was being fulfilled by everyone, a truly shining example of them being the children that God wants them to be. Well done Year 2, you made me incredibly proud today!
Following a week of reading about instructions and understanding the features of this type of text, the children were given the opportunity to follow and edit a set of instructions for making a pizza. Working in teams, the children were given their ingredients and asked to make a set of instructions better. It was interesting seeing how they worked together and also how well they understood which steps were missing and how they could make it better. They were most disappointed when they were taken away but not all hands were washed so we couldn't take the risk!
This week, we have been looking at instructions in our English lesson and the children were quick to identify that instructions needed to be written in the correct order otherwise things would go terribly wrong. After a couple of lessons of learning the features, I set them the task of sequencing a set of instructions using only the text as a clue to the correct order. The children worked brilliantly with their partners and I saw lots of evidence of our class wish being lived out in the lesson as they were kind, loving and respectful towards each other. I look forward to seeing whether they can continue this good work next week when we carry on our instructional work.
Read all about it!
Did you spot us in the Birmingham Mail last night? Our work with the Children's Hospital hasn't gone unnoticed and they were very pleased to have us as their Charity Champions this week. It is wonderful to see how much they appreciate what we do and it makes me even more proud of what we achieve as a school.
Abraham and Isaac
Genesis 22 1-19: “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”
Year 2 have been working hard on some of the traditional stories from the Old Testament. This term they are reading the stories about Noah, Abraham & Isaac, Jonah and David & Goliath. The story of Abraham and Isaac really grasped their imagination and they all wrote extended stories about the relationship with God.
This year, we have embarked on a new scheme to help the children understand different stories and to be able to retell them using a variety of different tools. Our story for this half term is taken from the Old Testament, which is a unit of work that the children learn in Year. We love learning about the Old Testament in RE and there are some wonderful stories that the children learn but our 'Oral Storytelling story is called 'Daniel and the Lions' - a fabulous example of how your faith in God will help you in times of need.
At the beginning of the half term, the children amazed both myself and Mrs Barnett with how quickly they remembered key parts of the story so this week we moved onto mapping out the story. There were some interesting discussions about our drawings but the children were brilliant at working on their own versions. It really is a lovely way to end the morning and I'm looking forward to playing some of the storytelling games with them next week.
Ask your child if they can remember the story to test how much they have been listening!
During our reading and grammar lessons, we are constantly looking to find out new words and to understand the different word types. So far, we have focused on nouns and adjectives, sentence openers and yesterday we looked at verbs and how they differed to what we have already learnt in our lessons. The children were brilliant at working in pairs, thinking about the actions they could show for their chosen verbs, although some were a little harder to guess than others... and that was just myself and Mrs Barnett.
Stepping back in time - A trip to Warwick Castle
We always try to book the weather for when we go on a trip but even we couldn't believe how lucky we were with the glorious sunshine we had for our trip to Warwick Castle. Exploring new places and appreciating the world that God has created for us is always better in the sunshine as it shows its true beauty and Warwick Castle really is a wonderful place to visit.
The children were treated to two tours led by experts at the castle. First, we explored what it would be like to live and work inside a castle. We heard about the different jobs that men and women had and how hard the children had to work during Medieval times. Ask your child about how the women washed clothes back in the time of William the Conqueror! Later, we discovered how enemies attacked the castles and the defence system that was in place to help protect the Lords and Ladies of the castle. The children were brilliant and listened carefully to everything that our guides told us. If these tours weren't enough, we were also lucky enough to watch the Trebuchet show and the Bowman show, much to the delight of the children and the archer even had them flossing when he managed to hit the target!
Visiting a historical place is really important as to understand where we are going, we really need to know where we have come from and the history behind Warwick Castle really does enlighten us as to what life was like in the past. We had a wonderful day, walked many steps (mostly backwards on my behalf) learnt new things and hopefully, the children will remember this for their writing next week!
Green fingered Year 2!
Our first topic in Science is plants and the children have already begun looking at how plants grow from seeds in their lessons. They have thought about God's world and how we can make it even more wonderful by planting seeds and bulbs that will grow into beautiful flowers in the Spring. As part of one of their lessons, they walked around the school looking at the different plants that have been planted to make our grounds more beautiful.
This week, they worked together to plant seeds and bulbs following a set of instructions. They considered the best environment for seeds and bulbs to grow and set up an experiment that tested this. The children really loved having the opportunity to plant something that they hope will develop and grow in the spring. All of the bulbs and seeds have now been placed in the greenhouse for the magic to begin over the winter period!
This week we have started our journey with number in Maths and have looked at the values of numbers and what they really mean. Maths is definitely an area where we can showcase the talents that God has given us and the children worked really well using the resources provided to show how different numbers can be formed. This also helped them become more confident in understanding what the digits in a 2 digit number really mean. Over the weekend, think about asking your child about different numbers, which are greater and which are smaller and how many ways you can make them.
What God wants for us!
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
During their first RE lesson, the children considered what their hopes for year 2 are, what they will try to do throughout the year and what they actually will do in Year 2. The thoughts have been placed in a jar which will stay in the classroom. The class we will reflect on their hopes again at the end of the year. They also thought more deeply about the two virtues that we are focusing on this half term and considered how they could be 'compassionate' and 'loving' towards other people this half term, both in their words and actions.
Attendance and Punctuality
Every day in Year 2 is important for your child. Our timetable is very busy and gives your child so many opportunities to learn new information and consolidate previous learning. Each minute and every day really do matter so attendance and punctuality is crucial.
Our day starts at 8.45 and there is always a morning task waiting for your child in the classroom.
For those children who are in the line on time and get into the classroom promptly, this is their opportunity to consolidate their learning in Maths. This can have a real impact on how quickly they are able to use the strategies that have been taught to them in their Maths lessons. We are also able to hear readers during this time.
At 9am, we move straight into phonics or guided reading for half an hour. Both of these activities have a considerable impact on your child's ability to read fluently whilst demonstrate a good understanding of what they have read through the different question types they learn along with the skills of skimming and scanning.
If your child is persistently late, the impact of this could be as follows:
|Arrive at 9.00am
||Miss 4 questions
||Miss 4 questions
||Miss 4 questions
||Miss 4 questions
||Miss 4 questions
|Arrive after 9.00am
||Miss guided reading
||Miss guided reading
||Miss guided reading
||Miss guided reading
||Miss guided reading
If your child is late every day, that equates to 20 Maths questions missed at the very minimum.
Our Class Wish
Each year, we think of a wish that we would like to live out throughout our time in Year 2. It is a time to reflect on the way we think God would want us to think, behave and act towards others. This year the children gave some wonderfully insightful thoughts as to what our wish should be. We combined these together to make our Year 2 class wish.
There will be times in Year 2 where we need to send out important information to you. Please can you ensure you check your child's book bag each evening just to make sure you receive any communication that we send out. I will always try to put it on the class page as well but checking your child's book bag on a daily basis for letters and their reading book and diaries would be really helpful. Thank you!
God gives us many wonderful talents. Some we have already learnt before we even step foot inside the Year 2 classroom and others are developed throughout this year. One of the wonderful talents we all have is the ability to read and this is hugely important in Year 2. We provide children with a home reading book and this should be read on a daily basis however, reading for pleasure is also really important and is something I want the children to do this year. Reading other books will not only help their understanding but it will also enable them to learn new words that will help with their reading.
This year, I am setting the children a Super Reading Challenge. The challenge is for them to read as many 'books for pleasure' as they can during the half term. Their trackers have been stuck in their reading diaries. Simply record the name of the book, the author and the date it was read in their reading diary and we will add a stamp to their chart. Each child that takes part will receive a reward and the person who reads the most by the end of the half term will win a prize.
Please encourage your child to read as much as they can and use the talents that God has given us to their full potential!