Year 2 Weekly News

Friday 9th February 2018

English 

We’ve continued to look at Mufaro’s daughters this week. We have focused on using adverbs (-ly words) and contracting words using apostrophes for omission.

Maths 

This week we have continued our topic of fractions but instead of fractions of shape, we have looked at working out fractions of amounts. We made our own marshmallow kebabs, working out what fraction we had to split our marshmallows into. What a yummy lesson!

On Tuesday we learnt about how to keep safe online.  We designed logos and leaflets to share this important information.  Please ask the children about this.

We hope you all have a great half term. We look forward to seeing the children’s 2D and 3D castles.  Please remember to continue to read over the break too!

 

Friday 2nd February 2018

Our guest editors this week are; Holly W, Samar, Jenson, Daisy and Isabella.

This week, Year 2 have had an interesting week with many adventures. We visited Hertford Castle and were very fortunate as we had a visitor from Junior Sharks, who taught us how to play tag rugby. It was very muddy but lots of fun!

English

This week in English we have been learning about a book, called Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters.  It’s a very lovely book about one good sister and the other sister is mean. We enjoyed this because it had a lovely ending where the good daughter married a king. We also concentrated on speech marks which we found out are also known as inverted commas.

Maths

We have been learning about fractions, which helps us with our maths problems. It shows and teaches us to split things and shapes into equal parts. We learnt about halves, quarters and three quarters and how to find these in different sized shapes.

Topic

This week we have been learning about castles, there are three types of castles; a Motte and Bailey, A Stone Keep Castle and Concentric Castles. We were very lucky because we got to go to Hertford Castle and explore the grounds; we saw a gate house, a motte, arrow loops and battlements.

Next week

We will be continuing Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters and finding fractions of amounts.  Keep practising sharing over the weekend.  Don’t forget INSET day next Friday and Non-Uniform day on Thursday.  Please bring in newspapers for a collage project that we will be completing next week.

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Friday 26th January 2018

English

This week in English we have been editing our Rapunzel recounts and using a variety of writing techniques including adjectives, adverbs of time, expanded noun phrases and conjunctions. We loved reading the children’s traditional tales that they did for their homework. Please continue to write at this standard at home it just shows how much they are enjoying and improving their writing.

Maths

We have learning about division. How to make equal groups and share things fairly! Please continue this at home. We also looked at how this is the inverse of multiplication.

Science

This week we designed and engineered our own bridges in groups. They had limited supplies and had to be resourceful. We then tested these to see if a car would be able to go across it.

Topic

This week we have painted castle pictures inspired by Paul Klee’s Castles in the Sun. We used 2D shapes and watercolours. We also learnt about the features of castles.

Next week

Next week on Tuesday the children will be taking part in some tag rugby. Please make sure your child has their trainers with them. On Wednesday we will be walking to Hertford castle in the afternoon. Let’s hope for a sunny day! In English we will be learning an African tale and in Maths we will be going on to fractions.

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Friday 19th January 2018

This is the second blog of 2018 which has been typed and published by Year 2.

The guest editors from Year 2 this week are: Dylan, Erin, Simba and Ethan.

English

This week we have been writing our own Rapunzel sentences using noun phrases and conjunctions. Ask us what this means at home.

We enjoyed this because we learnt lots of fun ways to make our writing more exciting.

Maths

This week we have been learning about how to subtract. It is called the formal method.

We enjoyed this because we like taking away different amount using resources from our maths pack and trying a new way of doing subtraction.

Science

This week we investigated different bridges. We found out what material would be the best to build a bridge.

Friday afternoon

Today we said goodbye to Lexie. We had a lovely afternoon altogether going for a walk to say goodbye to her. We wish her luck in her new school.

Next week

In Maths we will be learning about division so get sharing and in English we will finish off Rapunzel and start Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters. This is an African traditional tale. On Wednesday 31st January at 1-3 we will be walking to Hertford Castle to link with our castles topic. If you are free and can volunteer to walk with us please could you email us or let us know next week.

Have a lovely weekend!

 

 

Friday 12th January 2018

This is the first blog of 2018 which has been typed and published by Year 2.

The guest editors from Year 2 this week are: Xavian Pettengell, Chloe Dutton and Leo Gugerly.

English

This week we have been looking at two different versions of the story of Rapunzel.

We enjoyed this because it was really fun acting out the story and we got to learn the different versions. In one she was brave and fearless and stood up to the witch!

Maths

This week we have been learning about money.

We enjoyed this because we got to make our own shop and buy lots of things with Mrs Southall’s birthday money. We even had to work out change.

Science

This week we have been learning about John Dunlop, Charles MacIntosh and John McAdam. We looked at the useful materials they have developed.

We enjoyed this because we learnt lots of interesting facts.

Next week

Next week in Maths we will be focusing on word problems. Please keep going over money with your children and get them to add up prices in a shop as well as working out how much change they should get and checking it when they get change. In English we will continue to focus on two different versions of Rapunzel and will focus on lots of grammar points in the stories. We will be building up to writing our own stories. We will also continue with our topic work on castles. Please if you have any boxes of any sort at home can the children bring them in in preparation for them making their own castles.

Have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday 20th December 2017

Friday 15th December 2017

We have to start with the play!  The children exceeded our expectations and did a marvellous job.  Thank you again for their super costumes and for helping them to learn their lines and songs.   Can’t wait to see what they perform next year as KS2!

The children thoroughly enjoyed the pantomime, “oh yes they did!”  Special highlights included the whole audience singing to Miss Riddle and Mr Mead’s debut on stage as a dog.  Please ask your children about this.

In preparation for a very exciting Design and Technology day on Monday 18th December, we have designed and created different Christmas crafts, using a variety of materials.  On Monday, we will be visiting the D&T workshops to create our very own toy.   The children will be using tools and learning new techniques from the Master Toymaker.  We would greatly appreciate a voluntary contribution of £1.50 in order to cover the costs of the materials used.  This will be payable on parent pay.

Enjoy the weekend!

Friday 8th December 2017

WOW! What a week!  We are sure that you have heard all about it and also now know many of the songs off by heart.  We just wanted to say a big thank you for getting the great costumes in on time.  We really appreciate it.

We will be writing a blog which will go on the main school website page all about the mysterious happenings this week…….

Next week, we will do Christmas activities, Christmas play and theatre trip.  For a festive homework, could you please research symmetrical and repeating pattern Christmas cards.

Can’t wait to see you at the event of the year, Tuesday 5:45pm!  Please ensure that the actors are in school by 5:25pm.

Have a lovely weekend and keep well!

Friday 1st December 2017

Due to Elf activity and Christmas play rehearsals the editors have had too much on their plates and so Miss Riddle and Mrs Southall have had the pleasure of writing again!

The different classes have focused on either English or Maths this week.  Deers have been counting and identifying money and they loved using real coins.  Please allow them to use real coins to buy things or practise counting what is in your purse/wallet.

The Foxes have enjoyed reading a story from Malawi about a boy who makes his own wire truck.  They described the character Kondi and created their own plan for a similar story.

We have spent a lot of time rehearsing the play and are delighted with how well the children have performed so far.  PLEASE practise this weekend, both the songs and their lines.  A gentle reminder that costumes need to be in by Wednesday 6th December.  Please speak to us if this is an issue; it does not have to be bought and can be made.

Next week, we will continue our play rehearsals and other Christmas themed activities.

See you at the Frost Fair tomorrow!

Thursday 23rd November 2017

Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to have our guest editors this week as practicing for the Christmas play took over.

English

This week we have been writing our stories based on the story ‘That Rabbit belongs to Emily Brown.’ The children loved writing their stories and we were amazed at what they are using in their story writing: adverbs, adjectives, adverbs of time and a range of punctuation. We have also looked at the story ‘Jolly Tall’ by Jane Hissey. The children really enjoyed listening to the stories and pretending to be different characters in the story.

Maths

In Maths we have been focusing on the 10 times table. We also moved on to looking at the 2,5 and 10s together and what patterns we could see. Some of us tried some tricky word problems where we had to work out what multiplication sum we needed to do!

Topic and other

This week we learnt about old and new teddy bears. We learnt about what teddy bears in the olden days looked like and explored how they have changed today.

We thoroughly enjoyed working with some Year 11 children this week looking at the synagogues they had made. We could tell them about what we had learnt in PRE and they could tell us all about what they had.

Next week

Next week in English the children will be looking at the story ‘Galimoto’. This story is linked to our toys topic. In Maths we will be focusing on money. We will also be in full swing for our rehearsals for our Christmas play. The children’s homework this week is to learn the songs for the play. These will be in their book bags on a separate sheet.

We hope you have a lovely long weekend!

Friday 17th November 2017

Due to our exciting trip to Hertford Museum Takeover Day, we ran out of time to write the blog and so we reluctantly allowed Miss Riddle and Mrs Southall to write it for us again.

 

In English we have been enjoying the book, “That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown”.  We loved writing a persuasive letter to Emily Brown , pretending to be Queen Gloriana.    On Wednesday we really enjoyed having a visit from Alice Hemmings, a local author.  We especially enjoyed listening to her talking about how she plans a story, which we will be trialling next week.

In Maths we have begun learning about multiplication and have learnt how to use arrays to support our understanding.  We have looked at the 2s and 5 times tables so please reinforce this at home.

We have had the opportunity to play with Victorian toys this week including: quoits, marbles, Jacob’s Ladders, hoops and Jack in the Box.  We loved learning new games with old toys.

Next week, we will be writing our own version of, “That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown” and we will look at the “Old Bear Stories”.  In Maths we will be moving on to the 10 times table.  We will also begin our Christmas  play…..

Friday 10th November 2017

This is the continuing blog which has been typed, edited and published by Year 2.

The guest editors this week are: Raya, Sonny, Edith, James, Jack and Ziva.

 

English

This week we have been learning about apostrophes.

We enjoyed this because we got to shorten words.

 

Maths

This week we have been learning about 3D shapes

We enjoyed this because it was fun and then we got to make them from a net and using lego!

 

Topic

This week we have been learning about toys.

We enjoyed this because we were making spinning tops we even got to use a hammer. We loved learning about old toys.

 

Next week

Next week in English the children will be looking at the story ‘That Rabbits belongs to Emily Brown.’ They will be writing their own stories based on this book and it links really nicely with our toys topic! On Wednesday it is a special day as we have the author Alice Hemming coming into school and she is going to be working with the children. On Wednesday the children can bring in their favourite book! In Maths we are looking at multiplication.

Have a lovely weekend!

Friday 3rd November 2017

This is the blog which has been typed, edited and published by Year 2.

The guest editors this week were: Xavian, Summer and Chloe D from the Foxes and Fletcher, Isabelle and Harry from the Deers.

 

English

This week we have been learning about Guy FAWKES.

We enjoyed this because IT IS INTERESTING.

Maths

This week we have been learning about symmetry.

We enjoyed this because we got to cut out lots of shapes and use mirrors.

Topic

This week we have been learning about toys.

We enjoyed this because we were allowed to bring toys in and find out what they are made from.

Next week

Please note that spellings have changed in how we are going to test the children for the next 4 weeks.  You will find more information in their book bags.

We will be having a grammar focus in English and in maths we will be exploring 3D shapes.

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Friday 20th October 2017

Due to having so much fun, our guest editors ran out of time to type today. 

English

This week we have loved learning about Florence Nightingale.  This included learning about adverbs of time and we used these to write a recount about her life.  We also learnt about Mary Seacole which linked with our topic work.  We are sure that the children have shared lots of information about these inspirational women.

Maths

This week we have reviewed our understanding of time and how it is measured.   This has been a practical week and they have thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

After half term, our topic will be Toys.  If you have any old board or playground games that we could teach the children, could you please send them in.   In Science we will be learning about materials which will link with the topic.

Have a lovely half term!

Friday 13th October 2017

This blog has been typed, edited and published by Year 2.

The guest editors this week were:  Elsie, James and Sam from the Deers and Willow Winters, Oliver Fox and Sophia Bloss from the Foxes.

English

This week in English we have learnt adjectives and nouns.

We enjoyed this because a wizard bag came and we got to look through it.  Then we planned our own poems about 10 things in my pocket.

Maths

This week we have been learning are number bonds

We enjoyed this because it fun and it helps us add and takeaway.

We enjoyed this because it is easy and helps me with all my maths.

Science

This week we have been learning about diet.

We enjoyed this because I liked learning about different foods.

 

Next week we will be learning about time, continuing to write poems and also we will be writing a recount about Florence Nightingale.

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Friday 6th October 2017

This is the first blog which has been typed, edited and published by Year 2.

The guest editors this week are: Lucia, Rebecca and Jacob (Foxes) Mason, Zachary and Daisy-May (Deers)

English

This week we have learnt about conjunctions and, but and or.

We enjoyed this because it makes our sentences better.

Maths

This week we have been learning the bar method.

We enjoyed this because it helps us to add numbers.

Harvest

On Tuesday we went to the church.

We enjoyed this because we sang songs.

Next week

Next week in English we write our own story using a recurring language pattern and create some poetry.  In  Maths we will be focusing on subtraction.

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Friday 29th September 2017

English

This week we have been studying the book ‘On The Way Home’. The children again enjoyed learning the story through Physical Literacy. In the story the main character Claire has hurt her knee so she sets off home to tell her mum all about it. On the way she meets her friends and tells them how the fall happened. But just how did it happen . . .? Was she dropped by a wolf, a slithering snake, an enormous dragon or a hairy gorilla? The children really enjoyed writing their own page of the story about how Claire had hurt her knee and making up some interesting ideas of their own.

Maths

In Maths the children have been looking at number patterns and number bonds. We were introduced to a new resource called Cuisenaire. The children enjoyed exploring with the new resource and using it to support them to do their Maths work.

European Languages Day

On Tuesday it was European Languages Day. The children loved dressing up and learning about different countries and how to say Hello from these places. As well as it being European Languages Day the children also took part in the fun run which they all really enjoyed but were very tired after.

Next week

Next week in English we will continue to focus on the story ‘On The Way Home’. We are going to plan and write our own versions of the story. In Maths we will be focusing on addition work. Next week is a busy week as on Monday we have the Infant Agility Festival at Wodson Park and on Tuesday we have our Harvest festival at All Saints.

Have a lovely weekend!

Friday 22nd September 2017

English

This week we have been learning about the past tense and how verb endings (suffixes) are added to make this happen.  Ask them to tell you about any rules they have learnt and any rule breakers!  Please encourage your child to spot verbs in the past tense as they read.  We have thoroughly enjoyed reading, planning and writing our own story based on the book, “Ready, steady Mo”.

Maths

In Maths the children have continued to explore problem solving with base 10.  This has included partitioning numbers into different parts, comparing and ordering numbers and they have been introduced to the symbols for more than and less than; < and  >.   Please encourage them to continue using these symbols to compare numbers.

Next week

For the next two weeks in English we will be reading, “On the way home” by Jill Murphy, a different story focusing on recurring language. We will be doing some physical literacy and planning and writing our own versions of the story. In Maths we be looking at how we can use and apply our number bond knowledge to solve problems and to help us with addition.  Please remember that Monday is an INSET and Tuesday is European Languages day when the children can dress up in anything that is linked to a European country; football kits, flamenco dancers or even just the colour of a European flag.

Have a lovely weekend!

Friday 15th September 2017

English

This week we have had great fun learning all about “The Twits”. We wrote descriptions of The Twits using adjectives, we wrote a story about what trick Mrs Twit would play on Mr Twit with her glass eye. We even wrote a horrible recipe like the wormy spaghetti in the story of The Twits and we finished the week by doing some research about Roald Dahl himself. The children have really enjoyed this week and have produced some fantastic work that will be used to create a Roald Dahl display in the corridors.

Maths

In Maths the children have been introduced to a new resource called base 10. The children have loved exploring with base 10 this week. We have been exploring what 24 actually is made up of, for example, it is made up of 20 and 4 not 2 and 4. We called these tens and ones.

Next week

Next week in English we will be focusing on stories with recurring language. We are going to be using a book called “Ready Steady Mo!” This has been written by Mo Farah. We will be doing some physical literacy and planning and writing our own versions of the story. In Maths we will continue our place value work and look at number patterns. In our topic work we are going to explore our houses compared to someone that lives in a different country.

Have a lovely weekend!

Friday 8th September 2017

English

This week we have written a recount about our summer holidays and created lots of questions.  Today the children have written questions to ask their parents/grandparents/uncles and aunts etc. about life when they were 6.  These are on a lined piece of paper in their homework books.   We look forward to comparing how different life is now to how life was in the past.

Maths

We have been carrying out a PE audit and used our estimation and careful counting skills to complete this.  The children really enjoyed estimating how many bean bags there were and then checking the actual amount; 111 in total!  Please continue practising these vital skills at home.

Next week is Dahlicious Week – please remember fancy dress on Wednesday although we think the children have already repeatedly reminded you about this.  Our chosen book is “The Twits,” which we have begun to read and this has caused much laughter.  Please check your spaghetti!  In Maths we will be focusing on counting in 10s and learning about place value.

What a fantastic start to the year!