Welcome to Year 2
This week has been our last full week in year 2! We have celebrated by playing a game of cricket lead by Mr Lawson. We had to try and hit the ball and then aim for the wall. It helped us apply our passing and catching skills that we have built throughout the year. We have also been on a SPaG hunt. We enjoyed our Maths hunt so much that we decided to do the same using SPaG questions. We had to hunt outside for different cards and answered them independently, in pairs or in groups. During Be Healthy week we tried to meditate but found it difficult to sit quietly whilst being still. We decided another way to calm down was mindful colouring. We enjoyed this much more!
We have been getting ready for our celebration assembly by practising songs, sharing our favourite memories and taking photos!
What a fun packed week we have had during our Wellness Week! On Monday we visited Peel Park Primary school. We had an amazing time at their forest school! We carried out a treasure hunt looking for shapes, berries and other parts of nature. In the forest their was an obstacle course, a mud kitchen, a camp fire, tyre swings, a mud slide and a mini-beast hotel. We loved exploring and eating all the mud pies and drinking leaf tea! When we got back we did foot-pool on the astro turf. On a huge, inflatable pool table we tried to pot the balls by kicking them!
We loved our pilates session with Helen. We impressed her with all our knowledge about the human body. During writing we have been thinking about what makes a good friend. We used suffix words to help us create a recipe. We have been learning about road safety and we created a poster to help others.
We have also been practising hard for the Wake up, Shake up competition. Don't forget to come and watch us on Friday afternoon!
In English we have been busy writing stories about a magic carpet. We used a checklist to help us to remember a beginning, build up, problem, resolution and ending. We also used conjunctions, exclamations, questions, commas and apostrophes.
On Wednesday we had our Moving Up Day! We enjoyed being Year 3s with our new teachers. We created our favourite meals and designed a plate, we wrote facts about our bodies and we discussed what we are looking forward to learning in September.
On Friday we had a great Sports Day. We enjoyed activities such as throwing, jumping and running. We worked really hard as a team and had lots of fun!
What an exciting and busy week we have had in year 2! This week we went to Skelton Grange to learn more about mini-beasts and their habitats. We went pond dipping and hunting in the meadow and the woodland. We found so many different creatures! We had an amazing day in the sun.
When we got back to school we were so excited to research mini-beast hotels. We used IPads to look at existing habitats to see what materials we need to gather. We cannot wait to make our own.
In Maths we have been recapping division. We have used our knowledge or times tables to help solve problems.
This week we have been finishing our stories using checklists. Then we redrafted the stories making sure we included all our changes to spelling, punctuation and word choice. We are so excited to put them on display!
In Maths we have recapped multiplication and division. We investigated the commutative and the inverse!
Thank you for coming to see our class assembly! We loved sharing our learning with you!
In English this week we finsished reading our story, 'Wild'. We thought we could improve it so we wrote our first draft of a story beginning. After, we used a checklist to help us identify the features and basic skills we did not include. We then rewrote our checklist making sure we used those features.
This week we continued our whole class reading using RIC (retrieve, infer and author's choice) We read more of the story, 'Fox' and thought about Dog and Magpie's feelings.
In Maths we have been making, describing and comparing 2D and 3D shapes. We created repeated patterns, discussed their properties and created 3D nets.
In Science we planned and carried out a fair test to see which liquid would clean a penny in the best way. We found out salt and vinegar made the penny very clean.
Welcome back! This week in Maths we recapped our learning on measurement. We practised using a ruler and measured different pieces of string. We then thought about how we can use our knowledge of cm to create shapes of set sizes! During Science we investigated our dominant side. We tested which side, either the left or right, we felt the most confident with when carrying out a range of activities such as winking, jumping, throwing and writing.
In our English lessons we researched different mini-beasts. We found out key facts and created posters using different types of sentences. We are going to use this information to create reports! In PE we continued our games unit. We thought out our team work skills whilst developing our agility, balance and co-ordination.
Our letter about our trip to Skelton Grange went out this week. Please send your permission slips as soon as possible!
This week we have turned into artists! We recreated Kandinsky's Concentric Circle Painting. We used our knowledge of primary and secondary colours to create canvases that built up the image. Along side these, we proudly displayed our sunflower watercolours. What a successful exhibition we had!
During Science this week we sketched trees and a flowering plant. Then we labelled our drawing and measured the leaves using a ruler. We then used our knowledge to create a classification tree. To help us we practised with sweets first!
This week we have been enjoying the sunny weather during lessons and playtimes. We moved our Maths lessons outside but this time we used our chilli challenges on our calculation hunt! Then we created directions for a treasure hunt using different directional language. During PE we carried out fun circuits outside. We made our way around skipping, stepping stones and aiming activities. During English, we became Van Gogh to write a diary entry.
This week we finally finished our class story, 'Lila and the Secret of Rain.' We discussed the story and inferred meaning about the characters and things that had happened. We loved discussing the amazing description such as 'the sky was filled with an ebony of emotions'. We answered different styles of questions about the text and particularly focused on find and copy one word questions because we found those the most challenging!
We have had very exciting outside Maths lessons this week. We have been hunting for calculations outside in the playground. Each calculation came with a letter. Then we had to use the letter to try and work out a work family treasure!
In Maths we have been focusing on subtraction. We have been practising exchanging our tens for ten ones when crossing the boundary. We then moved onto using our knowledge and methods to work out different calculations.
In English lessons we have been writing Lila's diary entry. We had to use our knowledge of personal pronouns and the past tense.
We started our PE lesson with one of our favourite games, cups and saucers! Then we practised our aiming and throwing using bean bags.
On Friday it was bake off. We were very excited to see all the wonderful bakes!
This week we have recapped adding two digit numbers. We worked our way through different challenges and problems each day. In English we have started our new book, 'Lila and the Secret of Rain' by David Conway and Jude Daly. We have been infering meaning about the characters feelings. We acted out different scenes, thought tracked each character and turned our learning into a display.
This week our afternoons have been very artistic! We have recreated Van Gogh's Sunflower painting using watercolours! We finished our week with a lovely art inspired trip to Farsley Library.
Welcome back! What a brilliant week we have had! Monday morning started with our new topic WOW! To celebrate different art, as a class, we created a huge pastel image of Van Gogh's painting, 'Starry Night'.
We have been inspired by this painting and used it in our English this week! We used adjectives, expanded noun phrases, alliteration and similes to describe the image.
"The curling clouds swirling in the wind." - Imogen
"Wolves howling under the moonlight." - Noah
"A tall church, silent inside." - Jarvis
We used this description to create a spine poem and setting description.
In Maths we have been using positional language to give a friend directions to move from one place to another. We have also been practising telling the time to quarter to, quarter past and five minute intervals.
On Friday we celebrated Science Day! We carried out a forensic science experiment. We had to work out clues to find out who had stolen a dog from the dog show! We looked at footprints, finger prints, pen ink and much more to help us. We also carried out an experiment called, 'Escape the ice!' We had to work out how to free the person from the ice block!
This week it has been Faith Week! On Monday we had a lovely visit from Seema. During the afternoon we took part in different workshops such as dressing up in traditional clothes, dancing, designing Mehndi patterns and listening the Rama and Sita story. Later in the week we acted the story out using masks and then wrote our own versions using pictures to help remember.
This week animation club went to the Golden Owl Film Awards and we won! Our film Little Red Riding Hood won the best adaptation film!
This week we got to share our amazing Easter spine poem in church. When we got back, we found out we had been visited by the Easter bunny!
This week we have had a lot to celebrate! We have taken part in two different sporting events. On Tuesday we showed off our athletic skills in a competition at Priesthorpe High School. We took part in races, showed our javelin skills and how far we could jump! Today we went to the skipping festival. We loved showing the different skills we have been practising and showed great resilience during the event!
What a busy week we have had! In Maths we have been learning about fractions. We have found fractions of shapes and numbers. We found out they had to be split into equal parts. We applied our learning of division and bar models to help find 1/2, 1/4, 1/3, 2/4 and 3/4. We investigated equivalent fractions and had to prove our answers using concrete or pictorial methods!
During English, we have applied T4W learning to create our own journey stories. First we planned our story, thinking carefully about the characters in the story and how we would describe them.
During our PE sessions with Mr Lawson, we have been continuing to improve our athletics skills ready for next week's competition on Tuesday. 12 children were chosen from a hat to take part in a competition. Fingers crossed!
On Thursday we finally got to share our class assembly that had been postponed due to snow. Thank you to everyone for coming!
This week we have been inspired by Andy Warhol. We created repeated images of Queen Elizabeth I. We knew we had to use bright colours!
On Monday we continued our learning about division. We solved division problems and some children challenged themselves to learn about remainders. Additionally, we recapped our learning about 2D and 3D shapes.
In English we continued to write the parts of our stories! We can't wait to finish them.
In Science we tested different materials. We found out if they could bend, twist, squash or stretch!
This week in Maths we have been focusing on statistics. We made tally charts, pictograms and block graphs. We loved drawing and answering questions about them.
In English we wrote our spine poems! First we worked with a partner and then individually!
In topic less we compared Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria. We used a timeline to compare events in their lives.
On Wednesday we enjoyed going out into the snow and having a snowball fight!
On Friday we enjoyed a belated World Book Day. We read with year 4/5, had a book swap, created a spine poem about Matilda and created a graph to show our favourite authors!
This week started with a delivery from Charlie. He brought us a loaf of bread, a slice of cheese and a square of chocolate to help retell his story. We retold the story using actions and a story map. We practised the story using the game babble gabble and the story map race. After, we imagined we were Charlie.We used freeze frames and hot seating to infer what the characters might be thinking.
Then we used other journey stories to magpie other characters, settings and descriptions. Finally we wrote spine poems using alliteration and similes.
Charlie also brought us a special story telling cloak that we have loved using!
In Maths we have started our unit on division. We have been sharing and grouping using concrete and pictorial methods! We have investigated the link between division and multiplication.
Our famous people topic has kick started with learning about Queen Elizabeth II. We created mirror images and used clay to create shields!
This week we continued our learning on Traction Man. We planned and created a comic strip story about his next adventure! We made sure we wrote in the same style as Mini Grey by using contractions, commas and the present tense.
In Math we have applied our learning of multiplication using a Blockbuster game! Some children choose to use arrays, groups of and applied their knowledge of the times table to work out answers.
On Thursday we celebrated the end our of topic with a Royal Banquet day! During the afternoon groups of children were given a variety of resources. They investigated how they could make a working drawbridge!
This week we have applied all our learning about castles to design our own castle in groups. We used the facts we have found out to deign and explain each room!
This week we started reading Traction Man. We used commas in a list to describe Traction Man's outfit and then applied this knowledge into a character description.
In Maths we have been using arrays to help solve multiplication problems. We had to reason our answers using a method!
We finished the week on Maths Day! We loved learning about Paul Kee and how he uses shapes in his art work. Then we completed different challenges as a class outside.
This week we found out all about people who worked in a castle. We used this information to help write an independent non-chronological report! In SPaG lesson we have been learning about and applying out knowledge of exclamation sentences!
In Maths we started to think about multiplication. We started by using equal groups and then moved onto repeated addition.
This week we have been writing non-chronological reports! We have used our information from Skipton Castle and facts we have researched to produce a report about castles! We had to include a title, introduction, subheadings, topic words and facts. Our SpaG learning this week was about subordinating conjunctions so we tried to apply them in our report.
In Maths we continued our learning about money. We have been investigating giving change and what calculation we would need. In Science we thought about different materials and what objects are made from different materials!
On Monday we received a letter from the giant from Jack and the Bean Stalk. We investigated the letter and the features of the letter. We used what we found to to write a reply back!
On Tuesday we went to Skipton Castle! We really enjoyed our trip, especially our magical tour guide, Peter! When we got back, we wrote a recount about our day and applied our letter knowledge in an independent letter to Peter.
In Maths we have moved onto learning about pound coins and notes. We have used < and > to compare amounts.
Happy New Year!
Welcome back! This week has been short but very busy! We started the week by learning the story Jack and the Bean Stalk using T4W. Afterwards, we went to see the panto version. We discussed the differences in both versions. Then we thought about questions we could ask the character.
In Maths we have been learning about money. We have been recognising, ordering and describing different coins. Then we thought about how we could make different amounts.
This week we have celebrated all things Christmassy! On Tuesday morning we performed, 'Children of the World' in the hall to all our adults. We were really happy to hear how much you all enjoyed it! We continued to make Hama bead coasters to sell at the Christmas fair on Thursday. Nearly all were sold! During the week we visited the church to practise singing for our carol concert at St John's church and we also sang at Live at Home! We hope you like the Christmas cards we made.
Have a lovely Christmas!
This week we have continued our Christmas celebrations. On Monday we had our special Christmas tree assembly. We have also been practising our performance and making more Hama beads.
We have continued our topic, 'The World'. We split into group to research the different countries in the UK. We joined our research together to create a huge floor map!
This week we have started our Christmas celebrations. We have continued to practise our Christmas performance, 'Children of the World' and we have started our Hama bead craft to sell at the school fair. We created lanterns with beads, glitter and sequins to take to Farsley lights. During the week we were surprised to find magic pebbles in our playground. We wrote a story to find out where they came from! The next day the stone disappeared! In Maths we have continued our learning adding two 2 digit numbers. We applied this learning into problems.
This week we have been practising our Christmas performance. We have been on stage thinking about where we will stand and how we should enter and go off stage. Our SpaG lesson have been focused on homophones. We have enjoyed using homophones in different ways. In Maths we have been adding tens and ones. We have used base ten and Numicon to support our learning. In Science we have been thinking about hygiene. We discussed the importance of washing hands and created instructions using adverbs!
This week we continued to read, 'Little Evie in the Wild Wood'. We started to discuss the author's choice of words in more detail. We discussed how the setting had been described and the image it had built in our heads. During Maths we have been working on adding a two digit numbers and a one digit number. As well as subtracting a one digit number from a two digit number. We used the chilli challenges to ensure our learning was right for us! We were very exciting to take part in a skipping workshop on Wednesday. We practised a speed bounce, face to face skip and a class game with a large rope. We found it very challenging!
Our costume slips for our Christmas performance have gone out today. Please bring in costumes as soon as possible!
This week we started our new book, 'Little Evie in the Wild Wood'. We read the first two pages and thought about new words we didn't know. We discussed and found the meaning of stile, mama and disturbed. We compared the story so far to Little Red Riding Hood. During Maths lessons we have been thinking abut fact families. We have used our addition and subtraction facts to help apply the inverse to think of all the calculation we needed. Then we applied our learning by comparing calculations using < , > and =. We continued our Rhinos PE lesson and practised our side passes like a real rugby player! On an afternoon we created observational drawings of the nature we brought in from home. Then we used leaves to create symmetrical artwork!
This week has been Black History Week. We have been learning all about Nelson Mandela! At the start of the week we didn't know much about Nelson Mandela's life so we used books and the internet to help us research about him and why he is so important. To help us write a biography, we created a time line of the main events in his life. During Computing, we used Paint to help us draw an image of Nelson Mandela. We experimented with the different tools and text types. In Art we sketched portraits thinking carefully about position and scale.
In Maths we have been using and applying our number bonds to 10 to help us with our number bonds to 100. We used this knowledge to solve problems.
The Leeds Rhinos came in on Tuesday morning to help teach our PE lessons. We focused on building our throwing and catching skills.
This week in year 2 we have been seeing what we have learnt over the term. In maths we have recapped number sequences and we have been practising counting in 2's, 5's and 10's. We applied this learning in our 2x table test.
In PE we have been learning how to work as a team. We used lots of different games such a hungry hippos to help us. In Science we worked as a team to find and photograph things that are living, once lived and never been alive. We used a splat word mat to help us discuss our findings using scientific vocabulary. We have used a map to label the countries in the UK.
During English lesson this week we started the beginning section of our stories. We looked at different beginnings and tried to magpie other people's ideas. We then used our purple polish to make the beginning of our stories more engaging for the reader. During SPaG lessons we have been learning about commands. We used this learning and our question learning from last week to write a riddle. In Maths we have been learning about 2D shapes. We used games and the areas to help describe their properties. We then used our riddles knowledge to help gave our partner clues about a particular shape. During Science we thought about everything we have learnt so far in Living Things and their Habitats. We created a thought shower for our post assessment. In PE lessons we have been learning how to skip. We are starting to practise now ready for a competition later in the year!
During Playtime, some of us decided to create a mini-beast habitat!
In English this week we started to think about planning our own stories! We discussed and thought about the features of a story mountain. Then we used this structure to plot the different parts of our class book, 'Lost and Found'. During SPaG lessons we thought about different questions we could ask the boy and the penguin. We talked about what makes a question a question and then moved onto open and closed questions. Additionally, we responded to our 'even better if...' feedback in our independent writing books. We have been very excited this week to practise our number bond challenge! Some of us have already moved up to the next challenge. We can't wait for next week.
During Science we discussed food chains and used new scientific vocabulary such as producer, consumer, predator and prey!
During our Harvest Festival we performed 'Oliver's Vegetables' using
We started practising for our harvest assembly this week. We imitated the story, 'Oliver's vegetables' using T4W actions. We thought about how we could change our voice and perform to entertain an audience. This helped during National poetry day! We learnt, practised, performed and wrote our own poems! Our 'WOW' this week was a visit from a space dome.We imagined what it was like to be in space and tried to become a character. We used this inspiration for our story pre-assessment. Our Maths lessons this week focused on comparing the length of objects. We used our knowledge of more than and less than signs to help us.
This week we loved sharing our learning during our class assembly! Thank you for coming to watch
This week we have been using our story Lost and Found to help write similes. We have created similes to describe different scenes from the story! In Maths we have been comparing numbers by using the more than and less than signs. We have found it tricky to reason our answers! During Science we sorted and describe things that are living, non living and dead as part of our Living Things and their Habitats unit.
This week we have started 'I Wonder...' books. We used these books in the areas to plan, do and review our independent learning. We love having the ownership of the book! Additionally, we have loved our new writing board in class!
include conjunctions we have used in our SPaG lesson. In Maths we have been counting in 1's, 2's and 10's. We used our counting to help us find missing numbers in sequences.
During daily handwriting we have been practising our diagonal joins to letter with no
This week was extra exciting because we had a special visitor. When we came into our room we saw icy footprints leading to our Antarctica reading area. There we found a penguin! We became investigators, looking all around school for clues to see if we could find out where the penguin had come from. We thought he might have come from our class book 'Lost and Found'. We didn't find any clues so we created a found poster! We had to
ascenders. We have been making sure we apply these skills in all our writing!
We have had a very exciting start to year 2! This week we have been learning about animals and their habitats. We found out what we knew already by creating a thought shower of pictures and words. We have been helping to personalise our room by creating self portraits with pastels. We sketched and then blended the pastels using our fingers. We used the school library to choose one of our books to send home next week! We have already read part of our books in school. In Maths we have been thinking about place value. We have used Numicon and Base 10 to make and describe two digit numbers. We focused on getting the right amount of tens and ones. To help with our fluency in Maths we have learnt a new game to support us with our number bonds to 20. In English we have been writing a recount about what we did in the holidays. We have been thinking about our new year writing targets!
We love our new classroom, especially our Antarctica reading area!