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Each week we will be keeping you up to date with all the exciting and fun things that we have done in school. In addition to this please read our newsletter to find out what will be happening in Year 2 this half term.

Week 3 - 20th June 2022

Week 2 - 13th June 2022

This week has been another busy one for Year 2. We have been finishing off our fractions work in Maths, and we have all done really well on our post-assessments! We have also started to look at writing instructions in English in preparation for making our own seaside jars next week, we are very excited! 

 

The children have also been busy making play dough figures for their stop-motion movies which will be finished next week. We have looked at how Wallace and Gromit is made and the detail that goes into every second, and tried to recreate this ourselves. We will upload the finished movie next week! 

Week 1 - 6th June 2022

This week has been a jam packed week back at school! We have been learning all about fractions of shapes and have been using concrete shapes to find fractions of. 

 

We have also been discussing human and physical features of the seaside, and have managed to label some of these on maps! We are going to be very prepared for our seaside trip!

 

In PE we have begun our, run, jump, throw unit of work and we have been focusing on travelling safely with PE equipment, working as a team, and improving the accuracy of our throwing. 

Week 6 - 23rd May 2022

 

This week we have been very busy learning about the Queen's Platinum Jubilee! We have re-created pop art in the style of Andy Warhol, and we have also created a timeline of the 1960's and all the events that that Queen had in this decade. 

 

We have also enjoyed a picnic in the park with our parents and friends, which was a lovely treat for our last day of half term!

 

We have been working hard writing up our diary entries from our class story Lila and the Secret of Rain, and some of these are going to be hung up in our classroom on our writing washing line. 

 

Have a fantastic week off Year 2!

 

Week 5 - 16th May 2022

 

This week we have been busy preparing for our Jubilee Week next week by making decorations and bunting! I have been very impressed by the children's creative flair and their concentration. The children have really enjoyed working together to make union jack flags and paper plate suns. 

 

We have also been practising our arithmetic skills in Maths and I have been so impressed to see how far the children have come since the beginning of the Summer term! 

 

We have also been learning about life cycles in Science, in particular focusing on the similarities and differences between different ones, and what each living thing needs to survive. 

 

Week 4 - 11th May 2022

 

This week we have really enjoyed recapping our knowledge on fractions in Maths, and taking our Maths outside to use natural materials to help us build number sentences! 

 

In English we have been looking at the features of a diary entry in preparation for writing our own next week from the perspective of Lila from Lila and The Secret of Rain. The children managed to spot some key features and could also tell us what they needed to write about in a diary, so we can't wait to see their finished pieces next week! 

 

In PE we have been continuing to learn skills to help us defend and attack, and look forward to playing some team games next week so we can put these skills into practice! 

Week 3 - 4th May 2022

 

This week we announced the winners of our pictogram teamwork competition, and put our defending and attacking skills to the test in PE! We all did really well and were able to defend or attack using dodging, bouncing, intercepting or distracting the opposite team. 

 

We have begun to look at diary entries in English and are thinking about how Lila from our story feels, and what she may write in her diary entries at different points in the story. We used our time travelling verbs to start writing sentences together that would fit into a diary entry! The children have also enjoyed work on The Enormous Crocodile where they had to guess which animal the book was about from some very tricky clues! 

Week 2 - 26th April 2022

 

This week we have been very busy with our learning all about pictograms! We have made a class pictogram and are working hard to gain team points for teamwork to win a prize for our tables at the end of the week! 

 

We have also recapped road safety this week and we still knew how to stay safe at the side of busy roads! 

We also enjoyed learning more about attacking and defending tactics in PE, and are excited to put these skills to the test in team games next week!

Week 1 - 19th April 2022

 

This week has been a fantastic first week back! We have really enjoyed attacking and defending in our first outdoor PE lesson this year, and we worked really well as a team! 

 

We have also enjoyed Maths where we have been learning about different types of charts and have created a class pictogram for teamwork in our tables! We have also started our new topic of seasides and have started by discussing why we like to be by the seaside, and looking at some of the human and physical features. 

 

We are excited for our zoom with a mystery author next week and we have lots of questions for them! 

Week 5 - 28.3.2022

 

This week we had an action-packed last week of term! We observed how the seeds we have planted have changed and grown, and decided whether our prediction that bigger seeds produce bigger plants was correct (it was!). 

 

We also took part in some Easter activities where we made cornflake nests, Easter cards and coloured in some pictures! We can't believe that we had snow this week and we are glad everyone made it in safely despite this! The children were disappointed it had all melted by playtime as we couldn't build any snowmen! 

 

Have a lovely break everyone!

 

Week 4 - 28.3.2022

 

This week has been another busy week in Year 2! We have had our History Museum showcasing all the work we have done on castles this half term, and we have been busy finishing off our topic of time in Maths. The children have done really well with this and now have all decided they want a later bedtime now that they can tell the time! 

 

We have also enjoyed our PE again this week and are excited to be carrying on with our final week next week. We have been finishing off our monster short stories just in time to enter them into our competition, and it has been really tough keeping them under 100 words! 

 

You should receive a letter in the post soon from your child all about our trip to Skipton Castle, so keep an eye out for the postman! 

Week 3 - 14.3.2022

 

This week we have been busy finishing off our dragon eyes as part of our castles topic! We painted them in gold and silver, and then we glazed them with PVA glue to make them really shiny! 

 

We also published our letters to our parents about Skipton Castle, so keep an eye on the post before Easter for you letter! In Maths we finished our length topic and we really enjoyed comparing with our crocodile signs, and measuring using metres and centimetres around the classroom. 

 

We also really enjoyed PE where we were carrying on with agility where we have been practising balance, pose, and steadiness on our feet and at different heights. 

Week 2 - 7.3.2022 

 

This week we have planted some big and small seeds and predicted what we thought the difference will be, as well as carrying on practising our balance and co-ordination skills in PE with Mrs. Lilly. 

 

We have also been writing letters all about our trip to Skipton Castle to send home - watch out for your letter in the post! Next week we will be writing some short stories for a competition all about monsters, so practice at home to think of character names and some exciting events that could happen in your story! 

Week 1 28.2.2022

 

This week we have been very busy practising our lovely joined up handwriting, and some children have excelled themselves with their neat presentation!

 

We have also been on a very exciting trip to Skipton Castle where we particularly enjoyed "the long drop" which was the old fashioned toilet! We also found out that Lady Anne Clifford who lived at the castle planted a tree in 1659... and it is still thee today! To prepare for our trip we held a banquet in the hall where we made medieval scones and had jesters, knights, maids and Lords and ladies! We did some medieval dancing and we ate the scones that our cooks made. 

 

In Maths we have been focusing on division and we have enjoyed splitting numbers to see if they are odd or even. 

 

We have also had World Book Day, where the children had some fantastic costumes. We made BFG dream jars and bunting of our favourite books or book characters. What a busy week we have had!!

Week 6 7.2.2022

 

This week we have enjoyed Maths where we have been learning all about our 2, 3, and 5 times tables. We have been drawing and writing our number sentences to help us count in multiples. 

 

We have also really enjoyed science this week as we designed our own boats to make and test next week. We are going to use everyday materials and test how well they float and are waterproof. We have also discussed the properties of these materials and whether we can shape them to help fit our design. 

 

We have continued to work on our recycled tree sculpture, and we now just need to add the leaves! We will hopefully be able to show a picture of the finished product next week. 

Week 5 - 31.1.2022

 

This week at Westroyd has been jam-packed with fun learning! 

 

We have lots of children achieving certificates and even finishing Lexia for Year 2 which is great to see, and this is definitely being seen when we read with the children in groups and individually. 

 

We have looked at Greta and The Giants in whole class reading and everyone came up with some really good ways that we can help Greta in her fight to protect our world. We have also had so many children achieving green points on our new traffic light points system, and some children have moved on to their next group of spellings! We have also celebrated Chinese New Year by making tiger masks and discussing the traditions at this time of year, and it was lovely to see the children's creative sides. 

 

 

Week 4 - 24.1.2022

This week we have had another busy week in Year 2! We have started making our sculpture out of recycled materials and should be ready to reveal it at the end of the half term. Thank you to all the children who have brought recycling in to contribute! 

 

We have also finished off our story Traction Man which we have really enjoyed. We are now much better at describing things and using these adjectives in our writing! 

 

We have also had our last week of Bollywood dancing and are excited to start a new style of dance next week!   

 

 

 

Week 3 - 17.1.2022

 

This week we have had a great time again learning about different types of dance moves - shadowing, mirroring and back to back. 

 

We have also been learning about unit and non-unit fractions in Maths and we have been really successful with identifying and making each with concrete resources! 

 

In English we have been learning how to use expanded noun phrases to describe Traction Man and his enemies, with the "evil, malicious dishcloth octopus" being one of my favourites! 

 

Week 2 - 10.1.2022

 

We had another busy week in Year 2 this week! We have started our Bollywood Dancing theme in PE with Mrs Lilly and have also looked at David Attenborough in our explorers History topic this week! 

 

The children did a great job of asking questions about David and researching all about him in their home learning, ready for our History lessons! Some of their great work is displayed in class.

 

The children have also loved learning about fractions and dividing things into equal groups, and have done so well when being introduced to thirds and three quarters! 

 

 

Week 1 - 4th January - 7th January 2022

 

Happy New Year and welcome back to school! 

 

We have had a fantastic start to the New Year with some excellent independent and group learning in Year 2. 

 

This week has been Faith Week and we have been exploring the different faiths in our class, as well as looking at places of worship and special books for different religions. It has been lovely to see the children come together to discuss and make our faith tree, and we have all learned so much about the different faiths in our class! 

 

We have also done yoga in PE where we learned the tree, warrior, cobra, dish and downward dog poses, and put them into a sequence! The children really enjoyed this and are looking forward to starting dance next week with Mrs Lilly. 

 

We have started fractions in Maths where we have been thinking about equal parts and halves. We will move on to quarters and thirds next week! 

 

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Week 6 - 6th December 2021

 

What a busy week we have had this week! We have made our calendars for 2022 in the style of Mark Rothko using the skills we learned last half term, we have been practising our Nativity in preparation for next week, and a lot of the children have said they have thoroughly enjoyed finishing off our money topic too! 

 

We have also been making Christmas cards, practising our balancing and holding these in PE, and we have been learning about how to stay safe now it is darker outside in the evenings and now that it is approaching Christmas. 

 

We have been enjoying our advent calendar with a joke a day, and are looking forward to watching a pantomime in class next week! 

 

 

Week 5 - 29th November 2

 

What a week for Year 2! 

 

This week we have been busy practicing our Nativity with Year 1, carrying on with our Art projects for Christmas and our Art exhibition, and we have been busy doing lots of phonics too! 

 

In Maths we have continued our money topic and have opened our own grocery shop to add up the total amounts of items and give our customers change. 

We have also made Christmas tree design cards using powder paints and our fingers, and we all got 6 points to spend on pom-poms as baubles for our tree! 

 

We also had our Christmas Tree assembly which was lovely - we sang our nativity songs for Mrs. Ponton and she loved them! We are looking forward to another fun week of learning next week. 

 

Week 4 - 22nd November 2021

 

This week we have been preparing for our Nativity performance by trying on our costumes and singing the songs with Year 1. 

We have also been learning about money in Maths and we have enjoyed counting using plastic and real money! 

 

In English this week we have been working on character descriptions for Little Evie from our story, and have tried to pack more description into our sentences using comma's! 

 

We are looking forward to another jam packed week of learning next week. 

Week 3 - 15th November 2021

 

This week has been another busy one at Westroyd in Year 2! We have chosen our nativity parts and begun practicing our songs - so far so good! 

 

We had another gymnastics session and worked on holding poses and performing a sequence together. We also thought about exercise and why we need to move our bodies to stay healthy. 

 

We have started our money topic in Maths and so far we have explored the different coins and notes and begun adding them together. 

Week 2 - 8th November 2021

 

This week has been another busy one for our Year 2 learners! We have begun exploring the work of Kandinsky and have also imitated his work using concentric circles. We did a great job and the work is going to be put together to make one big picture! 

 

In PE we continued our gymnastics with Mrs Lilly which we are really enjoying, this week incorporating ribbons and holding poses. 

 

We have also been thinking about our Maths Day which is next week and how we might design our obstacle course in preparation for Monday! Have a lovely weekend everyone, you deserve it after all your hard work this week!

Week 1 - 1st November 2021

 

This week in Year 2 has been a fantastic start to the new half term! We have voted for our representatives for the school council for our class, started gymnastics in PE and learned about Black History Month! 

 

In English we have really enjoyed using role play and actions to re-tell the story of Little Red Riding Hood, which you can see on Seesaw. The children came up with actions for each event and character and then we rehearsed together and showed some of the LSA's what we had come up with! It was so good Mrs Brown gave a whole class dojo! 

 

Our topic for the week has been Black History and we have been learning all about Nelson Mandela and his fight for equality. The children really enjoyed learning about how different life used to be for black people and how much has changed since Nelson Mandela was born in 1918. 

 

Next week we look forward to learning about shape in Maths, and beginning our Art work looking at Kandinsky in preparation for our famous Art Exhibition later this half term! 

Week 7 - 18th October - 21st October 2021

 

This week in Year 2 we have been finishing off our Lost and Found story by designing boats and testing them to see if they would float and carry the penguin safely back to his friend! We have had some really well thought out plans and all the boats so far have floated! 

 

We also say goodbye to Dan from Leeds Rhino's today as it is our last PE session with him - the children have loved every minute and learned lots of new teamwork, throwing, catching and strategic skills for playing sports and fitness games! 

 

Next half term we are moving on to look at money and shape in Maths, and our focus will be on Art, where we are looking at Kandinsky! Have a lovely break and we can't wait to get started when we get back! 

Week 6 - 11th October - 15th October 2021

 

This week has been another busy week for Year 2! We have enjoyed our Welly Walk and one child did 13 laps which is amazing! Hopefully we will manage to buy some more Ipads for our school so thank you. 

 

As always the children have loved PE with our Leeds Rhino's coach this week, playing frogs and toads to try and use their balancing skills. 

 

We have also been using our practical resources in Maths to find ten more and ten less and to compare number sentences!

 

We are looking forward to making our bunting next week and joining it all together, and to planting our bulbs on Monday! 

Autumn Term 1 - Week 5 - 4th October - 8th October

 

This week has been another very busy week for Year 2! We have been carrying on with our hot or cold topic by investigating hot and cold colours, classifying animals based on their habitats and retelling our story Lost and Found all about a penguin who is looking for a friend!

 

The childrne have really enjoyed PE with Leeds Rhino's coach Dan, who taught them dodgeball, teamwork and over-arm throwing skills this week. The children have also been really busy in Maths and have been learning different ways to compare number sentences, and count in 2s, 5s and 10s independently. 

 

We are looking forward to our Welly Walk next week as well as beginning our DT project of designing and making flags and bunting! 

Autumn 1 - Week 3 - 20/9/2021

 

We have had a very busy week this week in Year 2! We have all taken part in bikeability Tuesday to Thursday and it has been wonderful to see the children growing in confidence (and balance!) as the week has gone on. 

 

We have also had some fantastic English work this week as we have done more work on The Three Little Pigs. We have re-told the story and looked at some alternative ways of telling this together in groups. 

 

We have been building houses for each little pig in construction so that the wolf cannot blow them down, with some excellent pictures on Seesaw to showcase this. 

 

Next week we will start our Hot or Cold topic, and we have a very exciting virtual workshop with Tropical World Leeds all about habitats which the children are every excited about. 

Autumn 1 Week 2 - 17/09/2021

 

Year 2 have had another busy week settling in to our new routines this week! Some of our highlights that the children have loved are:

 

PE with Dan from Leeds Rhino's - we worked on balancing and working in teams this week and a lot of the children said this was their favourite part of the week!

 

Geography where the children were making globes using balloons and continent maps, Ted said he has loved it and he particularly loved reading up about Antarctica!

 

Our focus this week has been PSHE and we have been looking at how to be a good friend. We have enjoyed making a long paper chain of all our friends to put up in our classroom and writing some good qualities that we would want in a friend. We also painted a repeating dot pattern on boiled eggs for Dot Day, and have been improving a sketch of a butterfly all week, ready to add colour to today!"

Autumn Term Week 1 - 10/09/21

 

"We have had a very busy start to Year 2, with lots of fun activities and learning to get stuck into! We have enjoyed exploring our classroom and chilli challenges, with some children showing number bonds to 10 and 20. We made everyone a birthday card for our birthday card box - just in time as we already have a birthday this weekend! 

 

One of our favourite parts of the week was having PE wth Dan from Leeds Rhino's - we loved his silly tig games and getting to know him! A lot of us really liked the diamond cone game, we hope we get to play it again!

 

Some of the children have really enjoyed participating in the Maths chilli challenges this week and we have enjoyed reading rhyming stories by Dr Seuss, as well as looking at some books about animals and how to be a good friend. We can't wait for next week when we will have phonics superheroes, Westroyd learners of the week and so much more!" 

 

 

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