Year 2 Class News

We are constructing.

Posted on Monday 14 October 2019 by Mrs Freeman

Last week, Years 1 and 2 joined forces to begin their work on constructing boats. The children chose from a range of materials and were able to use these appropriately.

The children were supportive to one another offering help if needed.

My boat is not very secure. I’m going to add more tape.

How can I make the mast more stable?

I wonder if this material is waterproof?

The finished products were amazing!

Supporting your child’s learning

Posted on Sunday 13 October 2019 by Mrs Weekes

Thanks to everyone who attended the learning workshop last week.  We hope that we were able to answer any questions that you had and that you feel able to support your child’s learning at home.

Remember, short chunks of time will work best to keep your child focused and interested.  Try learning a few spellings or times table facts a night rather than looking at them all at the same time; listen to your child read for 10 minutes but then read to them too; and make sure they see you read for pleasure, even if it is a newspaper or magazine.

Here is the powerpoint that was used for the workshop.  Please come and ask if you have any questions.

School Savings Club paying in dates 2019/2020

Posted on Wednesday 09 October 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Did you know we offer a School Savings Club in association with Leeds Credit Union?

The account is open to all children and it is free to set up. As there is not minimum deposit requirement, it is a great way for your child/children to learn the importance of money.

As an extra incentive, Year 3 pupils who open an account, or who currently have an account, will be credited with £10.

We offer paying in sessions every half term where you can bring along any savings to be paid into your child’s account.

The paying in dates for this year are at 3.15-3.45pm on the following dates (the penultimate Monday of each half term).

  • 14 October
  • 09 December
  • 03 February
  • 23 March
  • 11 May
  • 06 July

If you’re unable to attend in person, please hand in any money to be deposited to the office in a sealed envelope addressed to Mrs Tiffany.

To find out more about the accounts or if your child would like to open account, please enquire at the office.

Living and Learning: 8Rs for learning

Posted on Wednesday 09 October 2019 by Mrs Taylor

This week is our final week of 8Rs learning (responsible, risk taking, resilience, resourceful, ready, responsive, remember and reflect) as part of our weekly Living and Learning sessions. Of course, these characteristics are referred to throughout the year across all subjects to promote good learning behaviour. The parent’s guide to the 8Rs can help to reinforce this at home.

After covering all the 8Rs over the past few weeks, Year 2 worked in their groups to discuss which of these characteristics are most important. There were no right or wrong answers and the children were able to talk through their choices with a good understanding and reasoning.

‘You need to be responsible for your own learning because it is your job.’

‘If you are not ready, you can’t learn.’

‘If you don’t remember your learning, you can’t learn more.’

Class assembly

Posted on Tuesday 08 October 2019 by Mrs Taylor

We look forward to welcoming you to our first class assembly tomorrow. The children are looking forward to sharing their learning with you.

Thank you for your support to help to learn their lines at home.

The assembly starts at 2:40pm.

Maths is all around us homework.

Posted on Thursday 03 October 2019 by Mrs Freeman

Thank you to all the parents that joined us today for a homework review. The children had been very creative and imaginative with their ideas. From a car journey to baking a blueberry cake, Year 2 had really looked out for maths both in and out of the home. Well done all!

Healthy Schools revalidation

Posted on Wednesday 02 October 2019 by Mrs Taylor

We are proud to continue to be a happy and healthy school.

‘Congratulations on re-validating your Healthy Schools Status using the School Health Check tool, indicating that your school has self-evaluated whole school health. This demonstrates that your school is continuing to embed and improve provision against the four core areas of Healthy Schools.’

Health and Wellbeing service, Leeds City Council

Our re-validation was based on the four core areas of Healthy Schools –

  • Personal Social Health Education (PSHE)
  • Healthy Eating
  • Physical Activity
  • Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health

A visit will be arranged later this year to externally reassess this self-validation.

 

 

This status is valid for three years before re-validation is necessary (August 2019 – August 2022). During this period, a visit will be arranged to externally reassess your self-validation. Once the school has had a successful reassessment, you will then receive a Healthy Schools plaque and feedback report. In the meantime, we do recommend that you update the School Health Check on an annual basis.

 

Science and dance

Posted on Wednesday 02 October 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Monday afternoon is when Year 2 become scientists. With the help of our materials monster, we’ve been busy learning lots about everyday materials.

This week, the children were provided with a selection of objects and they were asked to generate some questions of what they wanted to find out.

We decided to test whether we could change the shape of the objects by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching (one of the science objectives for Year 2).

Here are some of the working scientifically objectives we covered as well.

I can ask simple questions and recognise that they can be answered in different ways.
I can observe carefully, using simple equipment.
I can perform simple tests.
I can identify and classify.
I can use my observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.
I can gather and record data to help in answering questions.

Following on from this learning, Year 2 used their bodies in dance to show some of these properties. Can you guess which of the poses show ‘stretch’, ‘bend’, ‘squash’ and ‘twist’?

 

DT skills in action

Posted on Sunday 29 September 2019 by Mrs Freeman

Design Technology

Posted on Friday 27 September 2019 by Mrs Freeman

Our current topic, ‘Where the Wild Things Are,’ is primarily driven by design and technology. This is our main focus but we also incorporate many other subject areas into our learning.

The age related expectations for Year 2 children is to be able to:

Skills

  • generate, develop and communicate ideas in different ways (eg by talking, drawing)
  • design purposeful, functional, appealing products based on given design criteria
  • select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [eg cutting, shaping, joining and finishing]
  •  select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials and textiles
  • explore and evaluate a range of existing products
  • evaluate my ideas and products against given design criteria.
    Knowledge
  • know that products are designed
  • know, through exploration, how products can be made stronger, stiffer or more stable

In the story, Max sails away in a boat to where the wild things are. The image below has inspired us to make our own boats.Image result for where the wild things are max boat

We have looked at existing boats, made shapes for the bottom and sides using playdough, completed some observational drawing and created Lego boats.

Today, the children thought about different joining, fixing and attaching methods. After experimenting with joining techniques, Year 2 were asked to note down the strongest and weakest ways of joining materials.

I thought the blu tack was the weakest because the materials didn’t stick together. It was too soft.

I’m going to use the tacks for my boat. They held the materials together and were solid.

The pins would help my boat to be stable.

Cello tape might go soggy when it gets wet. My boat wouldn’t float.

Having explored all of the above, Year 2 are now ready to design and construct their own boats.

Finally, the children decided a design criteria for their own models.

• The boat can float.
• The boat has a triangular sail.
• The boat is sturdy and stable.
• The boat can hold one Lego person.