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Year 2

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Click here for our class blog for the latest news and pictures from our class  - Soon to be added 

Welcome to our exciting year ahead in year 2  

Autumn 2  HAPPILY EVER AFTER 

This term we are learning all about fairy stories.  We have been reading loads of fairy stories including

The Elves and the Shoemaker

The Princess and the Pea

Hansel and Gretal

Little Red Riding Hood

Jack and the Beanstalk

Rumplestiltskin

We love fairy stories because we love the characters in them.  Fairy Stories can have heros, villains, helpers, but eventually the main character lives Happily Ever After :)  Remember that there are different versions of our fairy tale classics.

Which one  is your favourite ?  Come and tell me which one you like and why.

There are even some silly fairy tales where the traditional stories have been changed !  

In our topic work we will design a house for the 3 little pigs.  We will look at different houses from different countries and different climates.  How do houses differ and what do the 3 little pigs need in their house ?

In maths we are going to learn about using money.  We will count money, make different amounts using different coins and solve problems using money.  There are some excellent websites to practice using money.  Try these pages 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/coins-game

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/toy-shop-money

Come and play in our toy shop to practice counting different amounts of money.

We will also start looking at multiplication and what this means.  Try practising your knowledge with the game moonmaths.  Click on the picture below to go to the game page.

Look at our art work based on Paul Klee called Castle and Sun.

 

Spelling list - Click here 

Click on the spelling link above to go to our spelling lists for this half term.  Please help your child learn these spellings for our weekly spelling test on Mondays.  We practice our spellings each day after lunch in our spelling zappers.

Reading

Please continue to read as much as possible at home.  Your child can change their book once they have read and completed their book at home.  Your child may now start to read independently during a quiet time - before bed is a great time but what ever suits you is great.

We loved reading fairy tales in our lesson.  There are lots of fairy tales to choose in our class reading area.

 

CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCE  HEY EWE-  THURSDAY DEC 13th 

COME AND JOIN US FOR CHRISTMAS CAROLS BEFORE THE CHRISTMAS FAIR AT 3:00pm 

Spring 1 - Where In The World ?

Happy New Year

This term we are learning all about our Country the United Kingdom and learning about where we are in our big wide world.  

Did you know there are lots of stories and traditions from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. 

Do you know that each country has an emblem but do you know why ? 

Why do English footballers have the picture of 3 lions on their football shirts ?   

We will learn the answers to all of these questions and we may even make some traditional Welsh cakes.  Did you know that Mrs Bradbury was born in Wales ?

We will start by looking at the story of Fynn Mac cool - an Irish tale of the giants causeway between Ireland and Scotland.  Click on the link here to watch the story.   Has anyone been to the Giants Causeway ?  We'd love any pictures from anyone who has been there.

 

You can also hear it on the Oxford Owl website as an ebook.  Click here to register with Oxford Owl. 

We will read a lot of facts about the 4 countries of the United Kingdom and then present these facts as a factual report. 

In Maths we will focus upon multiplication and how we can use our multiplication facts to help solve problems.  We will also look at division and how this links with division.  

Continue practising multiplication facts with moon maths (see Autumn ) to help with quick recall of facts.  Why not try some multiplication and division problems on the Nrich website - A selection of puzzles written especially for children by the mathematics team at the University of Cambridge. 

Clck on the icon below to get to the Nrich site.

 

Remember how fun Mega Maths is to watch ?  They are now on YouTube.  Watching megamaths can help you remember your multiplication facts.  There are lots of episodes on YouTube covering multiplication.

 

 

Don't forget Maths Zone if you want to practice other mathematic skills :)

 

Click on the spelling link above to go to our spelling lists for this half term.  Please help your child learn these spellings for our weekly spelling test on Mondays.  We practice our spellings each day after lunch in our spelling zappers.

Reading

Please continue to read as much as possible at home.  It is so important to read as often as possible.  Your child can change their book once they have read and completed their book at home.  Your child may now start to read independently during a quiet time - before bed is a great time but what ever suits you is great.

 Our library is full of books about different countries to help with our factual writing this half term. 

 

Keep looking for updates and classroom photographs.

Year 2 Chinese New Year Wednesday 30th January 2019

As part of our topic, ‘Where in the World’, Year 2 will be holding a ‘Chinese New Year Day’ on Wednesday 30th January.  During the day the children will learn about the Chinese New Year story, make puppets and be involved in a dance.  The children in Year 2 are invited to wear red, black or yellow clothing to school.

Here are some photos from our Chinese New Year Day

Chinese New Year

 

Curriculum Matters

Year 2 Curriculum Matters Spring 1

Spring 2 - Roald Dahl 

This half term we are learning all about the children's author  Roald Dahl

 

Did you know  ?

  • He wrote most of his stories in a shed at the bottom of his garden
  • He has a writing table with an electric pencil sharpener and lots of interesting things on it like bone shavings
  • He was born in Cardiff
  • He joined the Royal Air Force as a pilot

 

CLICK HERE for a link to a webpage about Roald Dahl  

There is a website dedicated to Roald Dahl click on Matilda below 

 

We have been using the stories written by Roald Dahl to find examples of conjunctions, commas and apostrophes.

 

 

This half term we are looking at fractions - Look at these great websites to practice fractions.

World Book Day 2019 - Year 2

World Book Day 2019 Year 2

Summer 1 - The Great Fire of London 

 

Summer Term Spelling list - Click here

 

Click on the spelling link above to go to our spelling lists for this half term.  Please help your child learn these spellings for our weekly spelling test on Mondays.  We practice our spellings each day after lunch in our spelling zappers.

 

This half term we will be learning about THE GREAT FIRE OF LONDON 

There is so much to learn about this historic event.  Here are some of the things we will learn about

When did the fire start ?

Where did the fire start ?
How did the fire spread ?

Why did the fire spread ?

What was the impact upon London ?

Are there any clues about the Great fire in modern London ?

Who was Samuel Pepys ?

 

In art we will use different techniques to  re-create  the scene painted here of the Great Fire.

Look at the huge, hot flames behind the houses and the people seeking safety from the fire in boats.  Did you know that Samuel Pepys sat on a boat watching the fire and wrote about his experience in a diary ?        Keep looking on the website for an update on how our scene is coming along.

Here is an excellent on line quiz to test your knowledge of The Great Fire Of London - Click on the link below to start. 

Here is the 'Magic Grandad' episode 

 

In maths we will be consolidating everything that we have learned over the year so far -particularly in problem solving.  Please continue to use the links above to Nrich  mathszone Topmarks  and Moonmaths for great websites to help with maths skills. 

WOODLANDS MATHS AREA is also a great fun website to help practice maths skills. Click HERE to go straight to the website. 

Our class text this half term is George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl.  We have 30 copies borrowed from Sheffield Schools' Library Service but you can always bring in your own copy to read.

 

 

 

The SATs assessments will be administered during this half term - if you have any worries please pop into see me.  All past KS 1 SATs are published online.  If you would like to have a look at them click HERE.

 

Summer 2 - A trip to the Past - Victorians

On Friday 14th June Year 2 will be going on a trip to The Museum of Childhood at Sudbury Hall.  Please see your email for the trip details.  Payment is now available on parent pay.

 

This half term we will learn about Queen Victoria and what it was like for children in the Victorian times.  We will order the Monarchs from Queen Victoria's time to the present day and discuss what it meas to be a monarch.  Before our trip to Sudbury Hall we will look at the toys that children played with in Victorian times and compare them with the toys we play with today.

We will discuss the following 

When did the Victorians live ?

Who was Queen Victoria ?

Why is Queen Victoria so famous as a monarch ?

What did children do in Victorian times ?

What was the most popular past time for Victorian families ?

 

Going to the seaside was a huge part of life for families in Victorian times.  We will learn why this was important for families, where families from Sheffield would go and what they did for entertainment at the seaside.  As part of our Design and Technology lessons we will design and make our own puppets.

 

In English we will continue to use all the techniques for writing in our work, to embed our learning, including using 

Full stops, capital letters and commas in lists

apostrophes for contractions and to show possession

expanded noun phrases

adverbs 

exclamation marks and question marks

We will look at classic poems and write a recount of our trip to Sudbury Hall.

 

Barlow Walk - June 2019

Once again we had wonderful weather for our annual Barlow Walk. Everyone enjoyed being out and about in the countryside.  Please see News/Galleries for more photos from our day.

Have a look at the Year 2 common exception words.  Can you read and spell them ?