Mrs Johnston, Mrs Summers, Mrs Wilson and Mr Grugel
Welcome to Year 2! This page will be updated with news and photographs of our work and fun in school so please come back regularly to find out what we have been up to!
Happy New Year to you all! What a super start we have had to 2019 in Year 2! The children have come back with a great attitude to their learning and are showing resilience and perseverance in all that they do. We are lucky enough to have the expert tuition of a gymnast from the Beth Tweddle Gymnastics Team each week this term. We started on Thursday and the children thoroughly enjoyed practising new positions and balances. They listened carefully and worked hard to improve! Well done Year 2!
Key Stage One and Reception have a visit from Santa!
Year 2 Information Evening Presentation
As part of World Kindness Day and Anti-Bullying week, the children in Year 2 thought about what kindness is and what it looks like in action in our classroom. We worked with our friends and created posters to help us to think about how we could act so that everyone feels happier. We talked about different ways we could be kind in class, at lunchtime and at playtimes. The children came up with lots of ideas like asking someone to play if they are on their own, using kind words and compliments and being fair when we are playing games. Well done Year 2 - let's promise to choose kind!
The children have been learning about the 100 year anniversary of the end of the First World War. They have learnt about why a two minute silence is held on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. The children can say why poppies are used as a symbol of remembrance and took great pride in drawing their own poppies. Some children helped with the incredible display at the front of school by painting the poppies or writing on the names of the soldiers from Ainsdale who lost their lives. They have listened with interest and respect and shown a great level of maturity - we are so proud! Well done again Year 2.
On a rather chilly day last week the children wowed us with their cycling ability. Many of the children who were able to cycle already had fun showing off their skills and many of the children who started the session unable to ride their bikes either managed to cycle unaided or were extremely close! Every single one of them showed great resilience and determination and we were very proud of them all! Well done Year 2!
Year 2 had great fun and learnt lots about healthy eating when Emma from Active Sefton came to visit us. She taught us all about a balanced diet and the types of foods we should be eating in what amounts. The children listened very carefully and were able to answer questions about healthy choices as well as giving examples of healthy foods they could choose. Several members of the class were chosen to help Emma to make a banana, strawberry and milk smoothie. All of year 2 tried the smoothie afterwards. I wonder if they can tell you the main food groups and which we should be eating the most of!
Year 2 finished their materials topic in science by exploring how different materials burn. We began by making predictions whether wood, metal, cardboard, hay and stone would burn or not. We then burnt each material in turn to find out whether our predictions were correct. The children then related what they had learnt to our history topic on the Great Fire of London. The children understood that some materials burn more easily than others and this is why wood and straw were not used to rebuild the capital after the fire. We also talked about the safety aspects of fire and how we need to think about safe behaviour. Year 2 you were AMAZING!
Year 2 wowed us last week with their fantastic ideas for poetry! We explored the poem 'What is pink?' by Christina Rossetti. The children had to move around the coloured tables and come up with their own ideas for different colours. We shared our ideas then tried to think of words to rhyme with our different colours. Like the original author we struggled to find words to rhyme with orange! We then wrote a class poem. Fantastic learning Year 2!
Day of European Languages
The children had great fun learning all about Sweden! We loved seeing them in the colours of the Swedish flag! They also painted their stones with a Swedish flag before hiding them in Rainbow's End. They then had to find another stone and return to it to their friend with a kind word or two! They learnt many facts about Sweden - I wonder if they can share these with you? They learnt what the capital city is called, what foods are typical and about famous buildings and structures in Sweden!
Year 2 have been continuing to learn about place value. We have looked at different ways to partition numbers into 10s and 1s and used balls skills to help us. We made a throw in the air worth 10 and a bounce on the floor worth 1. We then worked with partners making numbers without speaking and our partners had to work out what number we had made. The children then came up with other creative ways to show 10s and 1s such as a clap for 10 and a stomp for 1. They then had to say 10 more than a 2 digit number by counting in 10s not 1s. Can they share what they learnt at home?
As part of Great Fire of London topic children have been learning all about the types of jobs that people did in London in 1666. They had great fun acting out these jobs whilst their classmates had to guess which job they were doing. I wonder if they can tell you what these jobs involve: a chandler, a scullery maid, a chimney sweep or the most disgusting of all - a gong farmer!
The children have made a great start to the new academic year. We have been thrilled with their fantastic attitude to their learning and their enthusiasm in class. We have started the year with stories from our summer holidays. We have enjoyed reading what the children have been doing. In our maths learning we are focusing on Place Value. The children have enjoyed partitioning numbers and saying what each number in a 2 digit number is worth. They can say for example that 22 is 2 tens and 2 ones and they can say 22 is 20 + 2. You can practise this with children at home or whilst out and about, for example, with door numbers or numbers in and around the house. We have also enjoyed lots of counting practice! We have also started our Autumn Term topic 'The Great Fire of London' - the children have already wowed us with their knowledge!
Homework will be set at the beginning of the term using a homework grid. The children will bring these home this week and the book should be returned each Monday to be marked, the books will then be returned home by Wednesday.
Spellings will be set at the beginning of the term. Children should learn the spellings for that week and will be tested on a Friday. Please let us know if the children are having any difficulty with these and we can suggest activities that might help or alternatively reduce the number of spellings they have to learn.
Reading - It is expected that children will read two school books at home each week. The children will change these on a Monday. We love to hear about any other reading the children are doing at home such as books they are reading independently or books you are reading to your child so please feel free to record these in their reading record books too!
PE - Children will do PE lessons on a Friday but should have their PE kits in school each day.
If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate in talking to any of the team.
We thank you for your continued support and look forward to an exciting learning journey this year!
Wow! What a term Year 2 have had! Each and every one of them has worked their socks off - making huge improvements in all areas of their learning. We are so very proud of them that this week, instead of choosing one 'Star Learner', they were each awarded 'Star Learner.' We had fun in Rainbow's End to celebrate! Well done Year 2! Enjoy half term and we will see you for more fun and exciting learning next term!
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Our Year 4 Buddies!
Year 2 and Year 4 have been working together and sharing their learning! Year 2 have shared their learning all about the Great Fire of London - a topic many of the Year 4 children remembered from their time in Year 2 - whilst the Year 4 children have been teaching us all about deforestation!
Year 4 shared their amazing Powerpoint presentations with us which taught us that the world's rainforests are under threat from deforestation. This deforestation is not only terrible for the land, it has a devastating effect on the wildlife that the rainforests house.
Year 2 are joining Year 4 in raising money to protect these animals and to do more to stop the effects of deforestation. We will be holding a cake sale on Friday 16th March to raise money for this worthwhile cause! Thank you for you support!
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