Welcome to Year 2
During the week we have been applying all our learning about recycling. We decided to write our letters to Mrs Ponton asking for a change in school. We worked hard to improve and make additions to our letters.
We have been busy doing lots of Maths this week. We have started our measure unit and practised measuring in meters and centimeters. We have also been on a Maths treasure hunt, answering different fluency questions.
This week in PE we have been improving our agility with Sam, our Rhinos teacher. We had to dodge cones and balls whilst applying our throwing and catching technique.
** We have been watching some bits of Junior bake off ready to inspire us for Monday. Don't forget to bring your labelled entries for Bake Off on Monday 20th May! **
**Recommended Reading list: Google Ashley Booth Reading list (link wont work)**
This week has been a very arty week! We have created different images of under the sea using sketching, water colours and collage. These are now displayed in our classroom. This week in PE we have been practising our throwing and catching. We focused on our catching hands and applied this in a competition with our Rhinos PE teacher. We have merged on PSHE and Music lessons. We have been listening to friendship songs and answered questions about what we could hear.
This week we have been thinking about how we can help the environment, especially the oceans. In Science we sorted a range of materials. We then investigated which materials could be recycled. We discussed what changes we could make to ensure Westroyd helps the planet more. We decided one thing we could do is make it clear in our classroom what waste should go in each bin. Did you know that there is more than 5 trillion pieces of rubbish in the sea? We thought more about our topic and created detailed observational drawings of shells.
We have been writing diary entries pretending we are Lila from our class book Lila and the Secret of rain. We had to include events from the day, thought and feelings and tried to use different types of sentences.
This week we started our new topic, seasides! We were inspired by Harry's Farsley Library book, 'Secrets of the Sea.' With Mrs Burden, we carefully sketched and used water colours to paint. We have added them to our learning journey to build up part of the sea!
We have been excited to start a new book in English called, 'Lila and the Secret of Rain.' We create a story map of the part part of the story and used drama to imagine how Lila would be feeling. We also started our book, 'Fox' in Reading lesson. We started to visualize using the first sentence of the book to help us.
Yesterday was our class assembly. We shared our all about our previous topic, castles. Thank you to everyone that came to watch us!
**Home learning has gone out tonight. Please practise telling the time with the school clock provided. All children know which chilli they need to practise!**
Summer 1 Week 1
What a busy first week back! This week we have been celebrating Easter. We have created Easter cards using water colours and we did some Easter baking. We had to follow a receipe and identify the verbs and adverbs when we made gingerbread. Then we looked at the instructions closely and identified the different features. We used this to create a success criteria to write our own set of instructions.
We have been busy learning time. We have been practising telling the time to quarter to and quarter past the hour. Some of us moved onto learning about 5 minute intervals. We used money to help us understand how many minutes are in an hour and represensented each minute with a 1p coin. Then we used 5p coins for each 5 minute interval!
**Don't forget our class assembly is Thursday 25th April 2019 - scripts went home today to practise as home learning!**
This week we have celebrated faith week. We have been learning all about Islam. We started by learning all about a Mosque. Some children in class go to Mosque every week and they helped us all with their own knowledge. Then we moved onto look at different stories and the morals of the story. We found out Allah wants everyone to treat everyone and everything equally. On Wednesday, we had a special visitor. We learnt all about how Muslims pray and the special wash ritual you have to carry out first.
In Maths we have learning about symmetry. We had to find the vertical, diagonal and horizontal lines of symmetry in some 2D shapes and then we applied this to a problem.
During English lessons we have created spine poems. We had to use similes, adjectives and alliteration to describe nouns about Traction Man.
In Whole Class Reading we have been reading Piggy Book. We created thought bubbles about what we thought the characters might be thinking.
We enjoyed listening to 'What a Beautiful World This Could Be' in Music. We had to find the chorus, verse, hook and the bridge in the song.
We have loved reading about Traction Man. We have planned and created a shared write for an alternative ending. We had to make sure Traction Man came to rescue an invented character! In Maths we have been naming and describing 3D shapes. We had to think about the edges, vertices and faces when making different shapes out of Play-Doh and different construction. We applied our learning in a riddle. In Reading lessons we read the story, 'Gorilla'. We have been asking questions about sentences in the book. We've had to use our inference skills to help us!
On Friday we celebrated Comic Relief by having a joke competition!
This week we have continued our learning about fractions. After an investigation, we found out 1/2 is equal to 2/4. We proved this in different ways. Then we found out about 3/4. Our home learning this week is to apply our knowledge about fractions! There is an example on the sheet to support adults.
We have celebrated World Book Day. We loved our book swap! It was so exciting taking new books home. During the day, we found out about our favourite characters. We created a tally and block graph to show our results! At the end of the day, we finished with an interactive assembly from Farsley Library.
We have been doing lots of wondering this week. Every reading lesson, we have discussed wonders about an image. This is going to help us start asking questions about what we are reading.
In PE we have been practising balancing on the balls of our feet. We had to walk on the balls of our feet around the hall and over different apparatus.
During English we have been writing non-chronological reports. We have completed these step by step. We challenged ourselves by turning our sub-headings into questions. Our home learning this week is to write a non-chronological report about an animal. If you are finding this challenging, please look at the WAGOLLS below.
This week it was Digit Day on Tuesday! We came to school dressed as numbers and completed lots of Maths challenges such as a treasure hunt, a 1K run and tower building with spaghetti. In English we have been writing letters to say thank you to the people at Skipton Castle. We had to remember the key features such as the reason for the letters, extra information, a sign off and the address. We also have been busy creating maps of Skipton Castle. First of all we drew the maps and then we completed them with water colours. In Science we have been measuring our heart rate. We had to complete activities such as running, throwing and catching and jumping to see how our heart beats changed each time.
This week in Maths we have moved onto finding fractions. We found fractions of different shapes. We thought about the whole, half, a quarter and a third.
During whole class reading we have been using the Enormous Crocodile! We have made predictions and applied our RIC questioning skills. This week in English, we have been looking at letters. We identified the features of a letter and wrote letters with a partner to our Skipton Castle tour guides. During History we created a large scale timeline to show how old Skipton Castle is.
This week we visited Skipton Castle and we had an amazing time. Our tour guides Peter and Gary showed us around the castle and we found out so many new facts! Some of our favourite parts were visiting the dungeon and the long drop! When we went in the dungeon, the light was turned off so we knew how it felt to be a prisoner. At the long drop, we found out you had to look down the toilet first so you didn't get shot! When we got back to school we wrote a recount of our day using conjunctions (when, if, that, so, because, and) and time adverbials (then, next, later)
To help our topic, we have investigated different sources to look at the features of a castle. We then created an image of the castle and labelled the features we identified. In preparation for our visit to Skipton Castle, we wrote questions to ask our tour guide. We thought about all the facts we wanted to know and made sure we used a question mark!
During Science this week, we completed an experiment using marshmallows. We had to predict what would happen to a marshmallow after it had been in the microwave, freezer and a cupboard. Then we wrote about our findings.
**On Monday we are visiting Skipton Castle, please make sure you come with a hat, scarf and gloves to help keep you warm during the trip!**
This week has been our creative writing week. We started the week by using T4W to learn and retell the story Beauty and the Beast. Then we innovated the story by changing the characters, setting and our story had to have a different change. We then wrote the story and ended the week by watching Beauty and the Beast, the panto! In Maths we completed our unit on dividing. We applied our knowledge to help investigate odd and even numbers! To help our understanding of castles, we had to order some known buildings from oldest to newest. We sequenced these buildings to show how old Skipton Castle really is! For our home learning, we are applying our knowledge of sequencing to create a timeline. In PE we have been practising our tuck jumps. We jumped off of a range of apparatus, ensuring we bent our knees, tucked our legs tightly under and had a interesting finishing position.
Welcome Back! We hope you have had a brilliant Christmas and new year! We have been so excited to come back and start our castles topic. We have been looking at, designing and making a family crest for the front of our door. We loved it so much we made individual ones to go around our learning journey! We have shared our amazing home learning about castles. We found out so many facts and some people in class were so inventive!
This week we got our Times table Rockstar password. We are practising our 2, 5, 10 and 3 times tables using the garage and arena part of the program. If you are finding this tricky at home, please just get used to the format of the program.
This week our letter went out for our Skipton Castle trip on Monday 28th January. Please return your slip ASAP. If you can help on the trip please speak to a member of the year 2 team.
What a busy week we have had! This week we have been completing all our Christmas activities. We finished our beautiful Christmas cards and calendars ready to take home! We have also been really busy preparing for our art exhibition. We completed our water colour paintings and they looked amazing in the hall! We were so proud to see our work displayed.
Have a lovely Christmas and a happy new year!
This week we have continued learning about multiplication. We recapped all the ways we know so far (repeated addition and groups) to solve multiplications. We moved onto using arrays to help us!
In English we completed our setting description hot task. We independently wrote a description about Little Evie in the wild forest. We used our checklist to make sure we included adverbs, similes and noun phrases.
On Monday we completed our amazing Hama bead decorations ready to sell at the Christmas fair. They were a real hit! We performed, 'Hey Ewe!', our Christmas perfomance to the rest of the school. Everyone loved our dress rehearsal! We can't wait to show adults tomorrow!
This week we started our Christmas craft and made Hama bead decorations! We thought of different patterns we could create and made them with a partner!
We started our multiplication unit in Math. We found out about equal groups, repeated addition and the times symbol (x).
We have been continuing our Christmas performance practise. Costumes must be in school by Monday 10th December at the latest ready for our dress rehearsal on Tuesday.
This week in English we have been writing settings for stories. We created different noun phrases and thought about how we could extend our sentences. We recapped our learning of verbs and then found out about adverbs. An adverb describes a verb e.g quickly.
In Maths we have been adding and finding the difference in money! We are going to start applying our learning by finding change.
On Friday it was Christmas art day! we created stain glass houses ready to build up a scene of Bethlehem in the main school hall!
Costume slips for our Christmas performance went out this week. Please let Miss Maybank know if you have any problems or questions.
This week has been really exciting because we have auditioned for our Christmas performance Hey Ewe! Everyone has been given a part and if you have a speaking part, lines have already been sent home. Please start learning these ASAP! We have also been practising the songs in class.
In small groups, we have been sketching and using watercolours to paint Van Gogh's Sunflower painting. Our classroom now looks like an art exhibition.
In Maths we been learning all about money. We have recognised and ordered coins. Then we moved onto adding pounds and pence and applied this knowledge in problems!
In English we have been reading Little Evie in the Wild Wood. We pretended to be Evie and thought about how she would be feeling in the different settings of the story.
In Science we had to sort different animals into their habitats. We thought about why they were suited to that habitat.
In PE we have been balancing on points and patches during gymnastics. A good balance had pointed fingers and feet and it lasted 3 seconds.
Thank you for coming to see our class assembly. We loved sharing our learning with you!
This week to celebrate our new topic we recreated Concentric Circle by Kandinsky! We could choose any medium to recreate one part of the famous art work!
During our English lessons we have been focusing on the story Little Red Riding Hood. We created actions to help us with the main events. Then we retold the story using extra description. We listed all the nouns we could to describe Little Red Riding Hood. This will help be the base of our spine poems.
This week we have helped to write the script for our class assembly next week. The scripts have been sent home so we can learn our lines ready to perform!
This week we have been celebrating WW1 centenary by basing our learning on the story Where the poppies now grow by Hilary Robinson and Martin Impey. We read the story and discussed the role of a solider. We investigated different word classes such as nouns, verbs and adjectives. Then we used this to create an image of a poppy. We were so inspired by the story we created a repeating poem. This week we started our whole class reading lessons. We have started by focusing on retrieval questions .
This week we have been celebrating Black History Week. We have been learning all about Nelson Mandela! To help us with our learning we found out about past tense spelling rules. We then applied this learning to a biography all about Nelson Mandela's life. We created a human timeline to help us learn about the main events in his life. On Tuesday, Moving Words came in to help us with a black history workshop. We created performance poetry which we displayed in assembly. See our photos below!
In Maths we have continued our learning about addition. We are confidently, making, drawing and solving problems when adding tens and ones. Soon we will move onto applying this learning to subtract.
We had our last PE lesson with Mr Lawson. To celebrate our last lesson, we played a variety of games applying all the skills we have learnt this half term. Good luck to Mr Lawson in his new job!
Happy half term!
This week we have been investigating animals that live in cold environments. We carried out a Science experiment where we used wax crayons to colour in a penguin. Then we sprayed the penguins with water to find out how their bodies reacted in the arctic conditions! We found out their feathers are tight together to insulate their bodies. They are also waterproof. In partners we researched either penguins, polar bears or seals. We created posters with the facts that we found and shared these with the class.
We had a different PE teacher this week. Ellis helped us to develop our throwing and catching skills. We had to throw the ball, let it bounce and then catch it. To make it trickier we used our less dominant hand.
In Maths we have been adding 2 digit numbers. We have moved through the chilies so much that most people are now crossing the ten boundary!
This week we have been boxing up the story lost and found. We have thought about what goes into each part of the story and planned it out into sections!
On Thursday we celebrated Poetry day and we were inspired by Roald Dahl's poems, Dirty Beasts. We created our own rhyming dirty beast poems using sentence starters to help us.
In Math we have been using our number bond to 10 and 20 to help us solve problems. We used bar models to help us.
Some of our adults attended our McMillian coffee morning. Thank you to all those that came!
In English this week we have been describing. We have learnt all about adjectives and similes. We have had to describe the ocean setting from our story Lost and Found.
In Art we have been investigating hot and cold colours. We have been creating shades using white.
We have started our spelling 250 Challenge. We loved that it was just like Number Bond Challenge! Most of us are now on Bronze 2. Next week we will have a spelling test on Wednesday and Friday so we can start to move up the challenges quicker!
We loved our PE lesson with Mr Lawson. We tried to get faster by using our arms. We discussed different gears of running.
We loved taking part in our welly walk to raise money for school!
This week a penguin turned up in our Arctic role play! We wanted to know where it had come from so we created a found poster! We thought about the different found posters we had seen before. Lots of people discussed lost pet posters. We thought about the features we needed to include. We wrote our own making sure we included capital letters and full stops!
In Maths we have been partitioning numbers in different ways. We used apparatus to partition into tens and ones. We used our knowledge of number to see how many ways we could partition two digit numbers.
In Science we continued to find out about hygiene! We investigated sneezing. We found out how far germs can travel and discussed how we can prevent this.
This week we started our class text, Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers. We thought about the two main characters and how they were feeling. We acted out freeze frames and then created a role on the wall. Afterwards some of us dressed up as the penguin to carry out a hot seating activity. In Maths we have been working on place value. We have created 2 digit numbers using apparatus and found them on number lines. We applied this knowledge to problems. On Friday it was Dot Day. We celebrated our perseverance skills. We created butterflies and gave each other feedback about how we can improve. We also created a human pit and talked about how we feel at each stage in the pit.
Welcome back! We hope you have had a lovely Summer
We have had an amazing start to year 2! One of our favourite things was choosing and earning Dojos! We have been learning about our ASPIRE poster and how we can earn Dojos. So far we have found out about being ambitious, successful, positive and independent! We have loved exploring our new classroom and creating a large painted polar bear and penguin to go into our writing and reading area. We have used our challenge cards to carry out independent activities! We created our class contract and created rules for our cloakroom. On Thursday we had PE with Mr Lawson from Leeds Rhinos. WE loved playing the alphabet game and practising our jumping skills!