Welcome to Year 2
In year 2, we are always busy bees and we love to learn new things and build on the skills and talents God has given us.
Our class page is a way of showing you what we have been learning in our lessons whilst also informing you about important things that might be coming up during the week. Please visit our class page regularly to see who our star of the week is, what we'll be learning about in English and Maths along with all of the other wonderful things that we do in Year 2!
Miss Neville & Mrs Finnegan
Star of the Week
'God wants to fill you with his grace and courage so that you can go out into the world and let your light shine!'
Each week, myself and Mrs Finnegan will choose a member of the class who has shone the brightest to be our 'Star of the Week'. Please come back each Friday to see who our new star is!
Our Star of the Week for Friday 15th November 2019 is... Davina!
Since our new year started in September, it is very clear who really wants to do well this year. They are the children who get on with their work, are very rarely in late club and who strive for the challenge in each lesson. This is very true of Davina who continually strives to do the very best in each and every lesson. She works hard and her work is always beautifully presented. She listens to advice and thinks about how she can use this in her own work. With this kind of attitude, Davina is sure to succeed this year and she should be very proud of what she is doing. Well done Davina!
These children have been stars of the week so far this year: Ella K (8.11.2019), James (25.10.2019), Dalia (18.10.2019), Year 2 (11.10.2019), Hattie (4.10.2019), Mollie (27.9.2019), Seena (20.9.2019)
What are we doing next week?
Week commencing: 18th November 2019
In English, we will continue looking at the story of the Tin Forest but also learn about question sentence types, the past tense and use our viper skills in reading.
In Maths, we continue with our unit on fractions.
||Teacher Training Day
||Reading: Predicting and making links
||Reading: VIPER skills
||Writing: Planning a setting description
||Fractions: Showing quarters
||Fractions: Showing thirds
||Fractions: Naming quarters
||Fractions: Making equal fractions
||Fractions: Comparing and Ordering Fractions
Spellings for Autumn Term 2
You will receive a copy of the spelling list in your knowledge organiser folder but, to clarify, our spellings for this half term are:
Week commencing 18th November: We are learning the week 2 spellings which are words with the 'l' sound spelt 'el.
Times Table Rock Stars - The Battles
This week there was a battle on Times Table Rock Stars for Boys vs. Girls. The children were challenged to go on the website and play at least one game each night to help their team win. The winning team would be given a reward at the end of the battle.
The results were as follows:
Top Boy: Kiesse
Top Girl: Seena
Remember, if you don't play at all or don't play each night, you won't be eligible for the reward!
Next week's battle starts Monday 11th November at 8.00am and finishes on Friday 15th November at 8.30am.
St Mary vs St Gregory
St Thomas Aquinas vs St Sebastian
Word of the Day
God wants us to be able to choose our words wisely and think about how we speak to others.
We can only do this if we have a wide range of vocabulary to choose from and this year, we are focusing on extending our children's vocabulary through all of their lessons. In addition to this, we will be learning a new word every day. Have a chat with your child about today's word and see if they can remember what it means!
Autumn Term Homework
As we move into the last half term in Autumn, we have monitored the homework that has been completed since we started in September. Some children have been working hard on their daily tasks, their enrichment tasks and some have even completed the 6 compulsory tasks that were set on the homework grid.
Sadly, there are a number of children that have NOT DONE ANY homework this term at all. This includes daily reading, times table rock stars or any of the work on the homework grid. This a real shame as this would enhance their learning considerably and, for some children, would help them become more confident with their Reading and Maths.
The new way of doing homework means the children do not have to complete a separate piece of English and Maths each week, so this has reduced what they have to do considerably. With 8 weeks already gone, some children now have a big task of completing the 6 compulsory homework tasks (highlighted in yellow below) by the end of the term. If this is not completed, they will not be given a homework grid next term and will be given English and Maths homework on a weekly basis.
Please be reminded that there are 6 daily activities that every child should do each night as part of their homework. It is important that they do these not only because they will help with their Reading, Spelling and Maths fluency but also to make sure they take time for themselves to be mindful and calm.
Any child who does not go online to complete the Times Table Rockstars (daily) or Big Maths (at least once a week), will be given paper copies to do at home. Times Table Rockstars only takes 2 minutes to do.
In addition, some children will have daily handwriting which will help with their letter formation and cursive writing.
Times Table Rockstars
As part of their daily homework tasks, the children should be going on to Times Table Rockstars to improve their times table fluency. At the moment, only a handful of children access this on a daily basis which means most children aren't completing this daily task. Please could you ensure your child spends a few minutes EACH day on this website.
Click here to login. Your username and password is in your reading diary.
Select the Garage area and play the games in there to show me you have been playing on times table rockstars.
I will be monitoring this so anybody who doesn't access this over the half term will be given hard copies to complete each week.
Well done to the following children who have joined Ella I, Ella K, Ellysha and Dalia in becoming members of the Big 10 club this week:
- Charlotte L
- Charlotte M
These children go on the Big Maths website regularly and this has helped them continue to score well in the tests. Try going on once a week to help improve your scores so that you can become a BIG 10 member next half term!
We have had a lot of fun this half term looking at plants, observing our seeds and bulbs and learning about the types of plants we eat to keep healthy. Seeing God's creation grow in front of your very eyes has been very rewarding for the children and it has helped them to understand the best conditions for plants to grow. We are keeping our fingers crossed that our daffodil bulbs survive the Winter so we will be able to see the flowers bloom in Spring.
We have now moved on to looking at materials and this week the children were able to identify the materials that have been used for everyday objects. They learnt about the words transparent and opaque, natural and man made. Have a chat with them about what they remember about these terms or have a look at their new knowledge organiser and quiz them about it later!
Learning about Jesus' history
We've moved onto our next unit of work in RE and this focuses on Jesus' family and his life. In our first lesson, the children completed a time line of Jesus' life right from the Annunciation through to him rising from the dead on Easter Sunday. The children used their investigative skills to use the information in the pictures and the text to help them order the key life events in chronological order. We then learnt about the story of the 'Flight to Egypt' and how this shows us that Joseph cared for both Mary and Jesus.
Have a look at the new knowledge organiser to see what else we will be learning about in this RE unit.
Miss Neville's Secret Homework Challenge
Each week, I will put a secret homework challenge on my class page relating to one of our knowledge organisers. I won't tell you about it in class so you must keep checking the class page to see when it appears!
If you complete it and bring it in, your challenge could appear on the class page and you will automatically become an 'intergalactic superstar'!
Friday 21st October 2019
This week we finished looking at the story of Daniel and the Lions as part of our RE unit on the Old Testament Story. My secret homework for this week is for you to draw me a picture of your favourite story that you have learnt about in RE this half term. On the back, explain why this is your favourite. Bring it in to me to be part of the Intergalactic Star group!
Science Secret Homework - w/c 23rd September
Big Maths and Times Table Rockstars
We will be putting your child's online login details for both Big Maths and Times Table Rockstars in their reading diaries so that they can access both websites at home. Both websites are an essential part of your child's daily homework as they will help with their overall number fluency.
Big Maths helps them to recall number facts quickly in their learn its test and practise their skills for their CLIC test on Friday.
Times Table Rockstars helps them to become more fluent with their times tables. By the end of year 2, the children should be able to recall the 2, 5, 10 and 3 times table off by heart so daily practise will help them with this.
The links to both pages are below.
Planting seeds and bulbs in Science
God has given us such a beautiful world and it is wonderful to take the time to appreciate the wonder and beauty of nature and the process that takes place for living things to grow. Our Science lessons help us experience this process and enjoy the many things that God has created for us.
This week, we continued our unit in Science on plants and began to learn the difference between seeds and bulbs. The children demonstrated that they understood when it was best to plant seeds and why bulbs could be planted in the winter. During the lesson, each table planted a daffodil bulb ready for the winter and this is something we will observe over the rest of the half term and through to Spring. We also set up a test to see the best conditions for growing sunflower seeds and the children made their predictions. Ask your child what they predicted and why they decided this?
Don't forget, planting something and watching it grow is one of your enrichment homework tasks so now is a good time to plant a bulb ready for it to flower in Spring!
Tints and Shades in Art
God's world is filled with beautiful colours in every tint and shade. We see different shades of green in the trees that surround us, different tints of colour in the fragrant flowers and the warming sun lightens even the darkest places. We are very lucky to live in a world that is so colourful and vibrant!
In our Art lesson this week, we began looking at how to create tints and shades of a colour. The children were excellent at recapping primary and secondary colours before they learnt what a tint and a shade was. In the lesson, they used the time to change the colour blue into different tints and shades.
Ask your child how they made a tint and shade in the lesson and see how much they can remember!
Wonder and awe in God's Creation
God saw all that he had made and it was very good. Genesis 1:31
We began our first Science topic this week and were able to go outside and enjoy observing the plants and trees that God has created for us. The children wowed me with their knowledge of the different parts of the plants and trees and were very curious about the different plants and trees we have around our school environment. They took great care to draw and label their findings and then produced some really detailed writing back in the classroom.
Learning about colours in Art
God has given us many talents and we should use these to paint the world a better place.
Our first Art lesson looked at primary and secondary colours, something we had touched on in our MMADDD sessions last year. The children were excellent at remembering the ways in which we make secondary colours and were inspired by the work of Kandinksy when they made their cool or warm circle paintings.
Our class wish
God wants us to think about how we treat others and follow in his footsteps by making the right choices and spreading love in all that we do.
Today, we talked about what our class wish for this year should be. We always try to think about how a wish could make our time in school even better and the children were really insightful with their responses. They wanted to make sure we always showed love and kindness to each other, never hurt or said or kind things and did things that would help other people. The photographs are their way of showing how they will fulfill this wish.
I'm sure you'll agree, the class wish they created is a really lovely one and i'm sure it will be really hard to pick just one child each half term who has fulfilled this.
Attendance and Punctuality
Each day really does matter in Year 2. We have a lot to learn before we take our SATs in May so it is important your child is in school and ready to learn at 8.45am.
I've attached copies of our timetable below so you can understand how precious every moment really is.
Timetable A is for the odd weeks in the term (1, 3, 5, 7) where we have a reflection on the Monday.
Timetable B is for the even weeks in the term (2, 4, 6, 8) where we have mass on a Wednesday.
Our homework takes a new format this year as it links in with our knowledge based curriculum. Instead of giving out weekly homework sheets, one sheet is given out for the whole term. The homework challenge sheet will be included in the knowledge organiser and your child's homework book. Included in this are:
- Daily tasks that need to be completed that should be done each day. This includes reading, practising spellings, completing a daily maths challenge to remember some of the maths fact fluency addition facts (at the beginning of their homework book) or practising their times tables.
- Super tasks which provide an opportunity for enrichment at home.
- Home Learning Tasks which relate to the different subjects we study in our lessons.
- Extension tasks for those children who want to challenge themselves further.
The homework book is for the children to complete their work in and, once they have completed one of the home learning or extension tasks, they should bring it in to us so we can stamp it to show they have done it.
I will also be giving out handwriting as additional homework and this will come home weekly for them to practise their cursive letters which is a requirement for the end of KS1.
In order for your child to be able to fully access the curriculum and to enable us to read with them, please could you ensure your child has the following with them each day:
- Book bag
- Reading book and diary
- Pencil case with essential items
- Knowledge Organiser Folder
Please be reminded that a £5 deposit is required for the pencil case and Knowledge Organiser folder and this should be paid into the office. Thank you.
Striving to be the best that we can be!
God wants us to be the best person that we can possibly be and this comes from trying our hardest in everything we do.
Year 2 is a busy year and there is no escaping that we have to work hard to be ready for our SATs in May but I like to create an environment where children are excited and enthusiastic about their learning. We have lots of reward systems in place to help this and this has always created a real buzz around the classroom.
- House Reading Book Challenge
Daily reading is essential for your child to be fluent with their reading and we need to see this recorded in their reading diaries every night. We also need to have their reading books and diaries in every day so the house reading book challenge is designed to help with this.
Each morning, the children self register when they have brought in their reading book and diary and placed it in the box. If the whole house team brings in their reading books and diaries, each child receives 5 housepoints - a great way to earn lots of housepoints each week!
- The BIG 10 club
Each week, the children will be tested on their 10 spellings and 10 questions in their Big Maths CLIC test. If they get 10 out of 10 in each of these tests, they will become part of the BIG 10 club. It is their job to stay in the club until the end of the half term to receive their BIG 10 certificate and reward.
Make sure you're practising those spellings at home and going onto Big Maths to help you with your CLIC.
- Octopus 8 Club
By the end of Year 2, all children need to be writing using the cursive style with some children joining these letters. Handwriting is therefore a crucial part of their curriculum and will help them as they move through the school. The Octopus 8 club looks for 8 children who are trying really hard with the presentation of their work in all of the lessons. Each week, we look for 8 new members who will wear their Octopus 8 badge with pride. The top 3 children at the end of the half term will receive some special golden time!
Please note: online logins will be given out in their reading diaries next week!