Looking for minibeasts
As a part of our current science topic, we’ve been learning about habitats and micro-habitats. We searched micro-habitats around the school playground to see what we could find!
Living and Learning: 8Rs for learning
In this half term, there has been a focus on the 8Rs for learning.
During one PE session, we focused on showing resilience. The children were set an extremely tricky task of trying to hit a tennis ball into a box from a distance. What made it unexpectedly harder was the wind blowing the boxes around! The children struggled to get the ball into the boxes but never gave up and some eventually managed it.
They all showed great resilience!
One of your five a day
In Reception, Year 1 and 2, the children benefit from the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme, a government programme that entitles every child to a piece of fruit or vegetable each school day.
Fruit and vegetables are key to a healthier lifestyle for all of us and experts recommend that everyone eats at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables in a day.
Eating fruit and vegetables every day helps children and teenagers grow and develop, boosts their vitality and can reduce the risk of many chronic diseases – such as heart disease, high blood pressure, some forms of cancer and being overweight or obese.
The children enjoy a variety of different fruit and vegetables and these all contribute to their 5 a day. We even tried radishes last week!
To ensure no food waste, sometimes the children may bring home a piece of fruit or vegetables. Change 4 life provides more ideas for achieving 5 a day.
If you would prefer, you are welcome to send a snack with your child for playtimes but this should only be fruit or vegetables.
Numbers to 100
In maths, we’ve been learning lots about numbers t0 100. We’re confindent with tens and ones and know how to represent two digit numbers in different ways.
We used colour mixing to find out about primary and secondary colours.
Living and Learning: 8Rs for learning
For the start of this half-term, our Living and Learning focus is the ‘8 Rs for learning’. This is about promoting good learning behaviour for your child.
In class, the children will focus on different ‘Rs’. We use an animal to symbolise each ‘R’, which might help your child remember all eight – can your child remember which animal matches the correct ‘R’?
You can support your child at home – we’ve listed a few ideas to help you below. Ask us if you’ve any questions or comments.
Talk about the difference between a safe and unsafe risk. At school, we want your child to take a safe risk by having a go at answering, even if unsure; trying something new and attempting harder learning.
Provide time and space at home so your child is able to organise themselves: their PE kit, reading book, homework, spellings and tables… Don’t organise everything for them!
Make a link between rights and responsibilities: your child has the right to a great education, but needs to be responsible for their own learning.
This could be responding to their teacher in class or responding to feedback in their learning.
Make sure your child is at school on time for a prompt start.
Make sure your child has had plenty of sleep so they are alert and ready to learn at all times.
Encourage your child to ask lots of questions – that shows they want to learn!
Encourage your child to be organised so they can play with a range of different toys.
Encourage your child to try new ways to solve a tricky problem.
Encourage your child to keep going! Set a tricky challenge or puzzle for your child to do.
Encourage your child to think of different ways of doing things.
Don’t let your child win when they play a game – they need to experience losing, too!
Celebrate mistakes as opportunities to learn – be happy that your child found some learning hard and encourage them to ‘bounce back’ and learn from the experience.
Relate this ‘R’ to Humpty Dumpty and our current whole school topic, After the Fall.
Make sure they have time to learn spellings, number bonds and times tables – a little practice daily is best.
Play memory games:
Kim’s game: show them objects for 30 seconds… can they remember all the objects?
Can they build up the sequence, ‘I went to the shop and I bought an apple’… ‘I went to the shop and I bought an apple and a bike.’… ‘I went to the shop and I bought an apple, a bike and a cucumber.’ etc … Take turns!
Talk with your child about what they’ve learnt, asking questions about how they learnt, why they learnt it, when they’ll use their learning, how they would teach this to someone else, what learning might link with what they’ve learnt today…
This week, children will have the opportunity to not only reflect on their learning in general but also reflect on how the 8Rs supports their learning.
Of course, these characteristics are referred to throughout the year across all subjects to promote good learning behaviour.
Take a look at a few photos from our latest Tennis session.
As you can see, the children are trying really hard to watch the ball onto their racket. The children have been working independently to improve their hand eye coordination. They are trying to position their body and read where the ball is bouncing before striking it again into the air. Soon, the children will move onto playing in pairs to test out these skills with a partner.
What a first two weeks it has been! All the children have settled back into school life brilliantly. I have been really impressed to see how the children have adapted to the ‘new normal’ in school.
Here’s a little bit about our plans for the next few weeks…
In maths, we’re beginning with place value and looking at numbers to 100. We are recapping some of the learning from Year One, to make sure that everyone is confident before moving on to the trickier Year Two skills.
Starting at any given number, support your child at home by counting forwards and backwards within 100. Also, give them a number and ask them to tell you how many tens and ones the number is made up of.
In writing, we’re looking at sentence structure. Again, we’re recapping on Year One learning to begin with. This will help the children become confident writers, for when we begin to write our own short narratives, recounts and diary extracts.
Support your child at home by asking them to write sentences using varied punctuation, including full stops, question marks and exclamation marks.
In reading, we’re using our whole school novel ‘After the Fall’. In Year Two, we practice reading in a variety of ways. We have daily phonics and fluency (ask your child what this is) sessions, one-to-one reading and lessons that teach skills such as RIC (retrieval, interpret and choice).
Please read at home as much as you can. Look out in the coming days for your child’s home reading book. Reading this as much as possible at home, will help build up your child’s fluency.
In topic, we will use the book ‘After the Fall’ as a stimulus which will inspire lots of artwork. The children will take part in sketching, painting and collaging.
We will miss you, Year 2
Hello Year 2 and your families
What a year and what a class! We are so disappointed that we’ve not been able to finish this year back together. You have been such a great class and we will miss every single one of you.
You have proved to us, while you have been at home, what resilient and responsible learners you are so a big well done to you and your families for coping at home for so long. We have been so proud to see your efforts with your learning at home.
We’ve so many happy memories from teaching you all this year even though it was cut short. Why not have a look back at our class news page to reflect on and remember all the wonderful learning and experiences we have had.
We would like to share a couple of farewell messages to you all.
Finally, all the Year 2 staff would like to thank the children and their families for the very generous gifts we have received. They are very much appreciated.
We hope you all have a happy and healthy summer and we look forward to seeing you all back in school in September.
It’s the end of the school year! All the staff in Year 2 would like to say WELL DONE and THANK YOU for being such a great, hardworking class.
YOU ARE ALL AMAZING!
Here’s a poem I’ve written for you. I hope you enjoy it!
Amelia, every day you make me smile,
And Tommy tells a joke, every once in a while.
Betsy a gymnast through and through,
And Javier, your confidence just grew and grew.
Penelope, your artistic eye just blew me away,
And Inaaya, the school rules you always obey.
Ehtasham your manners are great,
And Omar, remember those Skittles you ate!
Evie’s a great friend to one and all,
And Zhuokai’s very talented when playing football.
Ralph your efforts in school are simply superb,
And Moosa, is ‘jumping’ a verb?
Saif, such a character, who will be missed,
And Hafsa, when hula hooping, can really twist.
Leon is patient, kind and caring,
And Jiya is too, especially when sharing.
Theo, your head’s overflowing with fiction and facts,
And Kian, is talented with add and subtract.
Edith, a pleasure to work with and teach,
And Sunny, is now confident with his speech.
Cate, you bring sunshine into our class,
And, Danny, when given a challenge, will never pass.
Evan, your outstanding efforts should be praised,
And Ewan, with your worldly knowledge, you always amaze.
Hardev, your reading has got better and better,
And Jaiden, a developing, spelling checker.
Parnita, a hidden gem, her hand goes up more,
And Olivia, in many ways you’ve really matured.
Rufus, we’ve really got to know you,
And Sienna, your spelling scores were impressive, too!
Well, Year 2, the time is now here,
To say farewell, and a great BIG cheer.
Each one of you has progressed in many ways,
And, as you know, we love to praise.
Year 3 is waiting around the bend,
Good luck to you all we’d like to send!
HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!