Year 2 Class News

Working together

Posted on Thursday 11 January 2018 by Mrs Taylor

In our Living and Learning session this week, we focused on how we can achieve, our strengths and our areas to develop.  This included how we can work well as a team so each group was set a challenge.  There was some great teamwork, turn taking, sharing and we eventually had a group that achieved the challenge.

This was also a good test of our resilience, one of our 8Rs for learning.

Take a look at this video all about not giving up.

 

Handwriting

Posted on Thursday 11 January 2018 by Mrs Taylor

We’ve been having a big focus on handwriting and presentation across all our learning – not just in writing books.

Our cursive handwriting scheme has just three rules.  Please refer to this when your child is writing at home, for example learning their spellings.  Before writing, ask your child about the lazy eight handwriting warm up that we do.

There are groups of letters that follow the same pattern when we write them.

We’ve been using an exciting prop this week to do big movements when writing letters.

 

Material testers

Posted on Thursday 11 January 2018 by Mrs Taylor

This week during our What’s the matter? science mini topic, Year 2 had an interesting investigation to carry out from Mr Vango.

Throughout the investigation, we used lots of science skills.

Starting with questioning, considering what equipment we’d need and the method for the investigation, we then focused on predicting which material would be the best for the tent.  We recognised that predicting is a skill we also use in reading.  We were then ready to get testing.  Using observation skills was key to our investigation so we could make a conclusion about the materials.

Ask your child what material they concluded was the best one to use for the tent.

Well done to Vedant who realised that to make the test fair we would need to add the same amount of water from the syringe when testing each material.

A great team effort!

Posted on Wednesday 10 January 2018 by Mrs Taylor

In our Living and Learning lesson this week, we were discussing how to work well as a team and Year 2 have definitely shown that in our assembly today.

Well done to all the children for learning their lines, reminding each other when to speak and listening to others when they were reading.

Thank you to Clare Luther, author and Evie’s auntie, who inspired the children with her visit to class last week.

Finally, thank you for coming to watch the children and supporting them with learning their lines.

Hope you’ve been reading this evening!

Class assembly

Posted on Wednesday 10 January 2018 by Mrs Taylor

The children have been busy rehearsing and look forward to welcoming you to watch our class assembly this afternoon.

It starts at 2:40pm.  We hope to see you then.

Using commas

Posted on Monday 08 January 2018 by Mrs Taylor

In Year 2, one of our writing objectives is to use commas correctly in a list.

Ask your child to check the following sentences and spot the correct one.  Can they tell you why the others are not correct?

Can your child finish this sentence using the spellings for this week as a list.

This week, our spellings are …

Author visit!

Posted on Friday 05 January 2018 by Mr Wilks

This morning, we had a visit from an author, Clare Luther, who talked to us about her books and answered some of our questions. It was great fun!

Living and Learning

Posted on Monday 01 January 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Living and Learning sessions are held weekly, in class, to promote social and emotional aspects of learning and other areas of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE).  This half term we have two main themes, from our long-term plan.
  • Drug, alcohol and tobacco education (DATE) 
  •  Keeping safe and managing risk
Internet Safety Day, 06.02.18, is part of the keeping safe and managing risk theme.  More information will follow about this.
We begin the half term with a focus on manners and in particular interruptions.  Children will consider what is a valid interruption, for example an emergency and what alternatives are there to interrupting?  Children across school are encouraged to use our brain, buddy, boss system to try to avoid interruptions.  This means they would first think themselves.  Then, they could try asking a friend and the final option would be to ask the adult.  This encourages the children to become independent and take responsibility.

Here are the weekly Living and Learning statements, for this half term, to support this learning.

  • I don’t interrupt (with my mouth or my hand).
  • I can make things better.
  • I know what a drug is.
  • I am aware of risks.
  • I make safe choices.
  • I stay safe online.

Class Novel

Posted on Monday 18 December 2017 by Mr Wilks

After the Christmas holidays, we’ll continue reading Beware! Killer Tomatoes by Jeremy Strong.

Here’s the blurb….

Jack’s in trouble. Big trouble. Not only is he in hospital with a leg in traction (boring) but he knows the police are coming for him. Because of an accident – a tomato-related accident – involving a supermarket pyramid and an old-age pensioner. Whoops!

Be mindful

Posted on Saturday 16 December 2017 by Mrs Taylor

At this busy time of year, mindfulness can help children to take control of their emotions.

During our recent themed week, all children took part in mindfulness workshops to learn a variety of techniques to use at school and at home.  Here’s a reminder of a few of them that might be useful for over the holidays.  A mindfulness newsletter/parent guide will be sent out in the new year.

Breathing hug

Start with both arms in the air.  Put one hand across your tummy and the other on your shoulder.  Breath slowly in and out.

Breathing tree

In a standing position, raise your arms as you  breath in and release your arms back down as you breath out.

‘Ok’ breathing

Make an ‘o’ sign on your tummy button to represent that it is ok to feel different emotions.  Slowly breath in and out.

Mindfulness bottle

This is a bit like a snow globe.  Shake it up and watch it.  Simply watch the disturbance as it begins to settle – as does our mind.

Take a bottle, add glitter and food colouring and seal tightly.