Class Blog for Year 2

Weekly Newsletter 

Posted: 13/11/2019
Celia Campbell















Maths

This week we have been subtracting two 2-digit numbers crossing a 10. E.g. 24-15. We have been learning to exchange one ten for ten ones to help us solve the number sentences. We did this first using practical resources (dienes) and then we drew our workings. It has been very tricky!

Literacy

We have been writing the story of ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’ remembering to include a story opener, writing in the third person and using fronted time adverbials. Next week we will be reinventing the story with some new characters!

In the wider curriculum…

Children have been reading the story ‘Thomas and the Tinners’ and researching mining on the iPads to understand what it must have been like for Victorian children working in the mines. In art we started to sketch a portrait of Queen Victoria. We sectioned the picture and our paper into 6 parts and worked on each section at a time, focusing on the outline. Next week, we will add shading and detail to our pictures. It was great to apply our sketching skills and use our knowledge of the different types of sketching pencil. We have also had circle time focusing on friendships and being kind to link in with ‘Anti-Bullying Week’. We have started to practice the KS1 Nativity ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’. The children are very eager to practise the songs and dances – we have some very enthusiastic singers! Please let us know if you are having any trouble trying to source costumes.

P.E is every other Monday with Mr Jones. On the weeks we don’t have Mr Jones, Year 2 will have P.E on a Friday with Mrs Chapman and Mrs Campbell. Please make sure P.E kits are in school on Mondays and Fridays.

Homework

Please have a look at the set activities on mathletics. If you have lost your login (and let us know) we are trying to get mathletics to issue you a new login ASAP.

Please practise spelling the Year 2 common exception words and read with your child every day for 5-10 minutes.


We hope you have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Chapman, Mrs Nute and Mrs Campbell
            

 


Weekly Newsletter 

Posted: 08/11/2019
Celia Campbell


            

Maths

This week, Year 2 have been learning how to add and subtract two 2-digit numbers. We used dienes to work out the answer then pushed ourselves further by drawing the apparatus and finally used the written method.


Literacy

This week we have started to learn the story of the 'Elves and the Shoemaker'. We sequenced the story, learned how to expand the noun phrase using adjectives and used fronted time adverbials.

Next week we will be writing the story of 'The Elves and the Shoemaker'.

In the wider curriculum...

We have continued to experiment with black and white images. This week, the children had to use a range of different sketching pencils to draw a picture. There are so many shades of grey in black and white images and we've tried to recreate many of them by thinking about the marks and lines we make with our pencils, how much force we apply and through the use of blending. The children have also been thinking about Remembrance and learned about why many people choose to wear poppies. The children in KS1 were keen to learn about flags and find out what each of the four UK flags look like.


Homework

Have a look go at the Mathletics activities that have been set. Please find time to read every day and practice the Year 2 common exception words.

For you information...

The KS1 Christmas play is called 'The Twelve Days of Christmas'. It will take place on Tuesday 10th December and there will be a performance in the morning and one in the afternoon. Next week you will receive information about what part your child will play and the costume they will need. If you are having any problems sourcing a costume, please come and let us know and we can help!

We have PE with Mr Jones every other Monday. On weeks when we don't have Mr Jones, it will happen on Friday. Please make sure you are always prepared by having your kit in school every Monday and Friday.

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Chapman, Mrs Nute and Mrs Campbell



 


Weekly Newsletter 

Posted: 01/11/2019
Celia Campbell

Our new topic for this term is 'How did the Victorians Live?'

What went well this week?

The whole of YR2 have been busy bees working together each afternoon on their topic work.

They have been learning about child labour in History, exploring the different jobs that children had and focused on the children working in the mines.

In Geography, the children have been learning about the United Kingdom. They have found it on the map and have began to learn the four countries that make up the island.

In Art, the children have been exploring black and white images and have been using charcoal to create different shades.


Maths

This week, all YR2 children have been learning how to add two 2-digit numbers. Please look at the maths section to see how you can support them at home.

Literacy   

The children have been busy making potions and have written a set of instructions to make a Halloween stew.

Homework for this week

Please can your child complete the set work on mathletics. Please read with your child every day.

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Chapman, Mrs Campbell and Mrs Nute

 


 

Posted: 11/10/2019
Laura Chapman

Addition and Subtraction

By the end of YR2 your child will be able to add and subtract two 2-digit numbers such as

12 + 72=

and

81- 19= 


They will also be able to solve missing number problems such 
as

25 + ___ = 52. 

To support addition and subtraction we use the 'tens' and 'ones' sticks and also place value counters.

Your child will start by making the numbers using these apparatus and will then move onto drawing them before being able to solve the sums mentally. 

Fact Families

In maths, the children have been learning their number bonds to 10, 20 and 100.
Knowing these facts will help your child to solve addition and subtraction sums.

We have been using the part-part whole model (the top picture) and the bar model (the middle picture) to represent our number bonds.

We will be using these models a lot throughout YR2 to support addition and subtraction. 



 


Toys 

Posted: 11/10/2019
Laura Chapman

Different Toys

The children have been looking at a range of different toys and identifying if they are old or new. We spoke about this old teddy bear and looked at the similarities and differences between this teddy bear and the teddy bears that the children are used to today

Toy Making

The children have been learning about Victorian Children and have been looking at the different life styles of poor and rich children. 

We got into character as 'poor' Victorian Children and made our own toys.

The boat toy was very tricky and we had to use our concentration skills to make it. 



Materials

We have been very busy looking at the different materials that toys are made from. The children have been identifying which toys are old and new based on the materials that they are made from. They have also sorted the toys into different material categories such as fabric, wood, metal, china and plastic. 

 


 

Posted: 20/09/2019
Laura Chapman

                                                   Our topic question for this term is 'What makes the best toy?'.


                                                             What has gone well this week?

In maths the children have been learning their number bonds to 10, 20 and 100. They have also been learning solving reasoning problems around number facts.

In English the children have now finished their stories and have now started to look at the features of instruction texts. The children have also been sequencing instructions.

In Topic the children have been doing some observational drawings of toys. They have also been inspired by Andy Warhol and have been creating 'Pop Art' pictures. 

                                        Homework

Please read with your child every day. “You can find magic where ever you look, sit back and relax, all you need is a book ”.

Please continue to practise the YR2 common exception words. If you need another copy of these then please ask. 

Please can your child complete the set work on Mathletics. 




 


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