Year 2 Class News

Maths: Understanding Data

Posted on Sunday 14 November 2010 by Mr Redfearn

This week in Maths we have been estimating weight and length. Ask your child to describe to you what weight and length are and how they can check their predictions.

Cubes test their prediction of what is heavier that a chocolate bar.
Cubes Group test their prediction of what is heavier than a chocolate bar.


Cylinders and Cones had to estimate what was lighter than a whiteboard pen.
Cylinders Group and Cones Group had to estimate what was lighter than a whiteboard pen.




















The children also carried out an investigation this week to find out what was the most common amount of letters in their first names. Ask your child if they can remember which one was the most popular and which one was the least popular letter. Go to the BBC for a great game all about interpreting data.

Maths: Understanding Data

Posted on Tuesday 02 November 2010 by Mr Redfearn

In Maths we have been collecting data on Class 2’s favourite toys and showing our findings in bar charts. Some of the bar charts the children have created this week have been incredible. They can answer questions about a bar chart, too: What is the most popular toy? What are the two least popular toys? Also, they can draw a pictogram to show their findings. In one of our lessons, we wanted to find out Class 2’s favourite football team. Disappointingly, Manchester Utd was the most popular team so I took that out of our findings. Here, Cubes group represent our data in the form of a 3-D bar chart.

Which is the most popoular football team?
Which is the most popoular football team?

Literacy: Instructions

Posted on Tuesday 02 November 2010 by Mr Redfearn

Follwing on from writing their own instructions, Class 2 have had the opportunity to make something. We decided to make some sandwiches so why not ask your child for your favourite one and they should be able to make it for you!  Here are some pictures of the fun learning:

Year 2 showing they have followed our 'SEAL' theme this week by working co-operatively.
Year 2 showing they have followed our 'SEAL' theme this week by working co-operatively.


Year 2 liked putting a lot of butter on their sandwiches. If you prefer your sandwiches without holes then please specify.
Year 2 liked putting a lot of butter on their sandwiches. If you prefer your sandwiches without holes, then please specify. This was the most fun part of the lesson, not to mention the most quiet!

To tie in with our topic this term, Toybox, the children this week will be learning how to make a paper aeroplane – so I apologise in advance if your home turns into a landing strip. At the end of this week, ask your child to instruct you to make a paper aeroplane and see if they can use:

  • time connectives (then, after, first, finally etc)
  • numbers for a list
  • ‘bossy’ verbs (place, fold, put, bend, touch, go)

Class Novel: A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch

Posted on Tuesday 19 October 2010 by Mr Redfearn

Following on from our first class novel (‘The Worst Witch’), Class 2 have entered into the world of Mildred Hubble again in ‘A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch’. If you answer a question right about the story then you become one of the lucky ones to wear Mildred Hubble’s own hat!

Mildred Hubble casting spells in the classroom.
Mildred Hubble casting spells in the classroom.

Those who wear the hat are said to inherit her magical powers. Luckily none of the children have turned me into a frog yet!

New Literacy Module: Instructions (Video)

Posted on Tuesday 19 October 2010 by Mr Redfearn

The children have started their new literacy learning, which is all about instructions. We have been practising reading and writing instructions, and even doing the actions!

Tomorrow we are going to see if we can write some instructions on how to make a sandwich!

Reading with your child

Posted on Thursday 14 October 2010 by Mr Redfearn

The commitment of parents / carers to reading with their child at home is fantastic. It’s clear to see in the classroom that children are becoming more confident with a variety of different texts.

We now have a ‘Reading Basket‘ where your child can place their book if they feel they are ready for a new one.  If your child has finished reading the book given, however, I suggest that before they change their book they demonstrate to you a further understanding of the text by completing one of the following activities:

  • Hot seating the main characters. This is where your child takes the place of a character in the book and is asked questions relating to their feelings. Alternatively, you could become one of the main characters and get your child to ask you questions.
  • A book review. I have templates available or you could just do a review with your child orally.
  • Reading without pictures. Ask questions about the text whilst reading through the book with the pictures covered. Can they find the word which describes how the main character is feeling? If you want to have some ideas of questions to ask the children when they are reading, please feel free to speak to me.

Also, remember that reading other texts, aside from reading books, is also very important. The children will benefit reading material that is in their everyday life. Books from the library, comics and even magazines are a great way for children to become accustomed to alternative texts.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask and thank you for your support with your child’s reading.

Maths this week: 11 October

Posted on Thursday 14 October 2010 by Mr Redfearn

Year 2 pretend to be lazy mexicans in their maths lesson.
How can taking a siesta help the Year 2s? Ask your child!

Children have been practising their number bonds to 10, 20 and 100.

Go to this website to practise number bonds to 10.

Too easy? Go to this website to practise number bonds to 20.

If you’re really confident why not practise number bonds to 100.

Literacy this week: 27 September

Posted on Friday 01 October 2010 by Mr Redfearn

In Literacy, the children have started to write the beginning and ending to familiar narratives. Our sentence and word level work has centred around full stops and capital letters. Once again, the site with good learning tools for these skills is the BBC. To encourage the children to think from the perspective of the characters in the narrative we have done some drama.
Evan is thought tracking Faye (playing Sam the dog), whilst Madison and Zakir take on the lead roles of Chloe and Jack.

Maths this week: 27 September

Posted on Friday 01 October 2010 by Mr Redfearn

In Maths, the children this week have been working on 3-D shapes, money problems and number patterns. They will benefit from practising their money skills on this fun game on the BBC.

Here are some of the children showing how they can do some complex patterns:

Finn is on fire we this complex pattern
Making complex patterns
This is fantastic pattern Josh; almost as good as your picture pose!
A fantastic pattern, almost as good as the picture pose!

Abbey House Museum Trip

Posted on Friday 01 October 2010 by Mr Redfearn

Class 2 walking to have their lunch in Kirkstall Abbey
Class 2 walking to have their lunch in Kirkstall Abbey

Class 2’s behaviour was nothing short of exemplary, leading one of the members of the museum to comment that we were one of the best behaved schools ever to visit Abbey House.