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, Dr Gould & 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 24th January 2020 is...Charlotte L!
This week, our star of the week was a very obvious choice. Since coming back from the Christmas holidays, Charlotte has been working so hard in every lesson but more importantly, she is smiling more and more. In fact, her smile radiates around the classroom and this is absolutely wonderful to see. In her maths lessons she is really thinking about how to work out the questions and it is clear that she is trying with some of the more difficult concepts. But it is in reading where he smile is the widest. We have been working on hard on her fluency and it has been an absolute joy to hear her read on a daily basis and she how confident she is getting. Each time she finishes reading, she looks up and smiles with pride. We are very proud of the wonderful attitude that Charlotte has and she is a fantastically caring little girl. Year 2 is very lucky to have her in the class. Well done Charlotte!
These children have been stars of the week so far this year: Tara (17.1.2020), Ella I (10.1.2020), Nicole (6.12.2019), Skipping Superstars (29.11.2019), Sophia (22.11.2019), Davina (15.11.2019), 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: 27th January 2020
In English we will continue working on the story of Lost and Found but will change our writing genre to 'letter writing' and a 'setting description'. They will look at what the South Pole looks like, use adjectives to describe the nouns and then write expanded noun phrases to describe what the boy would have seen when he arrived at the South Pole.
In Maths, we continue working on Shape.
||Reading: Features of an information text and Retrieval
||Reading: VIPERS - Unseen Text
||Grammar: Punctuation for different sentence types
||Writing: Planning an information text
||Writing: Drafting an information text
||Shape: Identifying sides of shape
||Shape: Identifying Vertices
||Shape: Lines of Symmetry
||Shape: Shaded shapes and symmetry
||Shape: Sorting patterns of shapes
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!
Spellings for Spring Term 1
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 20th January: We are learning the week 3 spellings which are words with 'ing' at the end.
This half term, we will be studying the following topics in our afternoon lessons. Knowledge organisers have been created for all of them so please use them to support your homework.
|Animals including Humans
||Portraits and Self Portraits
This half term, we have started our unit on 'Animals including Humans' in Science. God has created many wonderful creatures on our planet that we can learn about and think about how we can care for them.
To begin with, we looked at different animal babies, how animals are born and the names of the young and their adults. The children were very enthusiastic about this lesson and we all found it very interesting learning about the different ways animals are born. They all worked really hard on their written piece where they had to discuss whether 'All living things come from eggs', particularly as we discovered that this is most definitely not the case.
New Year, New Start
Happy New Year to all of the children and their families in Year 2. We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and we look forward to what is ahead of us in 2020.
A new year is often a time for a new start and this year is certainly no different. With God watching over us, we hope that this year is successful for each and every one of the children in Year 2. We hope he guides them to work hard, think about their actions and help them make the right choices both at school and at home.
It is also a new start for the staff in Year 2. In week 3, Dr Gould will become the Year 2 teacher and I will move into a targeting role. I will still be working with the children to help prepare them for their SATs so they sadly won't get rid of me that easily.
Best Wishes for the New Year.
Spring Term Homework
As we move into a new term, our new homework grid also begins. This homework grid is for the FIRST half term ONLY - not the whole term as previously given. In line with the Autumn homework, the children have a range of different tasks that are either compulsory (MUST be done) or optional.
Items in red boxes are compulsory.
- All children MUST complete the daily tasks of practising spellings, reading and going on Times Table Rockstars.
- Each child MUST complete one of the compulsory Home Learning Tasks each week and their homework book should be brought into school each Monday to have it signed off.
Please note: The children in Year 2 should take care over their homework, just as I would expect in their lessons. Any work that is illegible or has been rushed for the sake of doing it will not be checked off and they will need to do it again. Too many children are handing in work that is messy and does not show they have tried and this is not acceptable.
If your child is reading daily, they should be ready to change their reading book weekly on their designated reading day.
Thank you for all of the beautiful cards and gifts that have been given to myself and Mrs Finnegan over the past few days. It is very generous of you all and we are very grateful to you.
This year, as a staff, we have decided to spend the money we would normally personally spend on small gifts to buy new books for the library as a gift to all of the children in the school. We all have a passion for reading and we really want to share this with the children so we couldn't think of anything better than investing the money in brand new books for the library. We really hope this will ignite an enjoyment for reading in all of the children and the gift of reading is priceless.
May we take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Christmas and all our love for a wonderful new year.
Miss Neville and Mrs Finnegan
Bethlehem: The Musical
A huge congratulations to each and every one of the children in Year 2. We are so proud of each and every one of you. You were bright, shining stars and all deserve to have a very happy Christmas.
Well done Year 2!
This year, all of the classes have created Baby Jesus figures as part of a project set by the Diocese. Each of the children in Year 2 will bring home their Bambinelli tomorrow to place in your home. These will be blessed by Father at the first mass of Christmas. The mass times for St Rose are listed below and it would be wonderful to see some Year 2 Bambinelli's being blessed during the Christmas period.
Christmas Eve Masses:
Our Lady and St Rose of Lima Church - 5.15pm
St. Peter's Church - 8.00pm
Christmas Day Masses
St. Peter's Church - 9.30am
Our Lady and St Rose of Lima Church - 11.00am
We need your help!
We’re always busy in Year 2 but the next few weeks are especially busy and we need your help with a few projects that we’ll be working on.
Tomorrow - Recycling
Tomorrow, we’ll be learning about recycling in our Science lesson so we need some items to sort into different categories. Please could you send in your child with any items that would normally be sitting in your recycling bin so that we can sort them in class. We don’t need huge quantities but a range of glass, plastic, card and tin items (that have been cleaned) would be really helpful.
Bambinelli - Baby Jesus Project
This year, we will all be making baby Jesus figures in class that will be blessed in Week 6. In order for us to do this, we need each child to bring in a pair of white socks that we can use to make our little baby figurines. These need to be new as we will need to fill them to make the figure.
Please could these be brought into school by this Friday, 6th December.
Each year we make gifts for the elderly residents at Castlecroft and we would like to make them Christmas lanterns this year. The children will also make one each as part of their Christmas project. In order for us to do this, please could you send in a clean, glass jar that the children can use. These should be brought into school as soon as possible so that we have them ready to start working on them next week.
Christmas Carol Performance
Year 2 will be singing with KS2 for the annual Christmas Carol Performance and this will take place in the Church on Thursday 19th December at 2.30pm.
Advent Friday Charitable Giving
Just a little reminder about what is happening on the next few Friday’s during Advent.
- Friday 6th December (this Friday) – bring in any good quality books that you are happy to donate to our library. Put them in a bag with your name on them and then we can let everyone know that you donated them.
- Friday 13th December – wear your Christmas Jumper and bring in £1 to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
- Friday 20th December – bring in £1 and wear your own clothes for Cafod World Gifts.
Many thanks for your continued support.
Art in Advent
This half term we have been looking at the work of Matisse in our Art lessons and how he produced artwork by 'painting with scissors'. We learnt that he was the first artist to use this technique of cutting out and then composing a piece. The children loved painting sheets and then cutting out organic sheets to produce their own compositions in the style of Matisse. Well done Year 2!
Spade to Fork
Please be aware that all Year 2 children should come in suitable outdoor clothing and footwear each Thursday for their spade to fork session in the afternoon. This is applicable for the rest of this half term only.
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 in the 'safe zone' and will earn yourself a house point.
Tuesday 19th November 2019
We have started our Geography topic on the British Isles and I need your help to make our Geography display beautiful! Your secret homework is to draw me a beautiful poster for one of the countries in the British Isles or draw their flag. To remind you of what we learnt in our lesson:
The countries are:
- Northern Ireland
Use your knowledge organisers to help with the flags but make the name of the country you have chosen big, bold and beautiful so it can be clearly seen on our display. The best ones will be mounted and put on our working wall for everyone to admire!
Materials in Science
This half term, we have been looking at different materials in our Science lesson and exploring how and why they are used to make certain objects. We have learnt which materials are natural and come from the wonderful gifts that God has given us. We have also begun to learn to why materials are man made and what properties they have that make them suitable for different purposes. The children have really embraced this topic and there were some wonderful pieces of writing in their investigation task this week.
Have a chat with your children about the materials they can see around them and discuss what they are and why they have been used!
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
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.
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!