World Book Day
The children have had a very busy morning doing lots of activities for World book day. They have been reading books, making hats, word searches, character descriptions, making book marks, drawing story maps and so much more. Have a look at our photos.
Today we looked at how we can change the shape of materials by bending, squashing, twisting and stretching them! We tried this with sponges, play doh, tea towels, elastic bands, socks and plastic bottles. We made predictions on what we thought would happen to the objects before we touched them and then checked to see if we were right afterwards.
Spring:Term 4: Space
Maths: Measure and Fractions involving all 4 operations
Literacy: Non-fiction: Non-Chronological Reports, Play Scripts
Science: Materials - Changes (reversible and irreversible)
DT: Space Sculpture (Home Learning)
ART: Focussed Artist: Picasso and Mother's Day 31st March 2019
ICT: We are Astronauts, programming on screen
History: Space: History of Space travel to include Neil Armstrong and Tim Peakes
Music: Exploring duration and composition
RE: The Torah and Easter
PE: Real PE scheme and Dance
PSHE: Jigsaw: Healthy Me
End of term 3
Chinese New Year
What a fabulous time we have had today. We made a Chinese noodle salad and ate it with chop sticks, we made some Lei See envelopes, we wrote some number sentences in Chinese, researched answers to our questions, made a Chinese New Year Card and we looked at what year we were born in, in the Chinese Zodiac Calendar.
Have a look at some of the pictures.
Story Telling Week
Photos of us listening to the story teller ' Gav Cross'. He told an amazing story.
Reading Under the stars with Year 1
Our class Parents Reading Session
MATHS - Times Tables
Times tables are very important! In Year 2, we focus on the 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s. Your child needs to know how to count in steps of 2, 3, 5 and 10 - not just from 0 but from any number.
They also need to know their times tables in a random order. For example: 3 x 2, 8 x 5, 9 x 10, 6 x 3 etc. A quick recall is good. We will be working on this in school but it is also good for the children to work on them at home as well. Thank you for your support.
The children shared their special books with each other. Have a look at their special books.
Spring:Term 3: China
Maths: Number, Place Value, Multiplication and Division
Literacy: Fiction - Stories from other cultures (The Magic Paintbrush) Non-Fiction - Instructions and Book Talk, Reading Comprehension, Spelling and Dictation
Science: Animals - Offspring and basic needs for survival
ICT: Code Spark - Algorithm - Instructions
Geography: China - Location, food, culture, traditions, Chinese New year (05/02/2019 The year of the Pig)
Music: Exploring sounds
RE: The Family in Judaism and The Torah
PE: Real PE scheme and Dance
PSHE: Jigsaw: Dreams and Goals
End of term 2
Our Special Visitors
We were very lucky today to have Darren, Jamie, Mark and Andy from White Watch, Moulton Fire Station come to visit us. We were so surprised when they turned up! Darren and Jamie talked to us about:
- What we do at school if there was a fire...
- What we do at home if there was a fire...
- What lets us know when a fire has started...
- What can start fires...
- Kitchen Safety...and lots... lots... more
We were very lucky because then Mark and Andy showed us the fire engine and talked about some of the equipment they use when they fight fires. We even had a turn at squirting some water out of the hose. We had so much fun!!
Football with West Bromich Albion
We were very lucky today to have Adam and Luke from West Bromich Albion football club come to teach us some football skills. They taught us a couple of games and made up names for the different skills.
Can your child remember what they did for these?
Red Light, Green Light, Roundabout, Window wipers, Speed bump, tow tap and draw back.
The children really enjoyed playing a game of sharks and surfers. Ask them all about it.
Maths - Two digit and one digit numbers
School Play - A Midwife Crisis!
The children have now received their lines to learn for our school play. Please help your child to learn them. We have 3 full weeks and 2 days before our dress rehearsal to the school eek! Our performances to parents are on:
Thursday 13th December 2018 at 3.30 p.m and
Friday 14th December 2018 at 2.00 p.m.
Next week, we will be sending home a letter about costume suggestions for your child.
History - The Great Fire of London
This site is a fun way of learning about The Great Fire of London.
Maths - Websites
The children have really enjoyed playing some of the addition and subtraction games on 'Funky Mummy'.
The children have also really enjoyed playing some of the number bond games on 'Hit the button'.
Literacy - Our writing imitation of The Rainbow Dragon
Literacy - Drama - The Rainbow Dragon
Music - African Drumming
Autumn term 2: Fire! Fire!
Maths: Addition and Subtraction
Literacy: Non-Fiction - Information text - The Rainbow Dragon (Imitate & Innovate) and the Fire of Northampton, Book Talk, Reading Comprehension, Spelling and Dictation
Science: Materials - Uses - Flammable and Inflammable
Art: 3D model of a house
DT: Lines, shape, tone and texture
ICT: Online safety and basic computer skills
History: The Great fire of Northampton and The Great Fire of London
Music: Exploring sounds
RE: The Family in Judaism and Christmas
PE: Real PE scheme
PSHE: Jigsaw: Celebrate difference
Home Learning has changed
Children still need to bring their home learning to school on a Monday but it will now be given out on a Wednesday. Each term, you will get a Literacy, Maths, Science, two reading comprehensions and a something to make activity. You still have five spellings to learn each week and you also need to make sure your child is reading at home. Their reading tree book mark is in their reading diary, so please make sure this is signed, so they can get a certificate at the end of the term/beginning of next. Three certificates means they get to choose a book to keep from our special collection.
End of term 1
Science - We made our own plate of food.
Science - Sorting food into groups
Geography - Australia
Maths - Place Value - Representing numbers
Literacy - Drama - The King and the Cockerel
Useful Year 2 Information
Monday: Children need to bring their home learning to school (at the moment we are just sending spellings home, but more home learning will be on its way to you soon). Home learning and spellings for the following week will be sent home on Tuesdays.
Spellings: We put the words we send home into sentences and then we dictate those sentences to the children to write down in their literacy books. We find this is a much better way then just calling out a list of words because it gives the children some sort of context.
Snack Money of £1 week is due in on a Monday. You can either pay weekly or for the term.
Book Bags: Please make sure your child has their book bag in school everyday with their reading diary and reading book in it. At some point during the week, all children will be listened to by either myself or Mrs Minney. If they were listened to by me one week then Mrs Minney will hear them read the following week.
Reading: Please try and read with your child every evening, they also need to hear you read too. Please ask them lots of questions about the book. Think of what, why, where, how and who questions as an example. Please date their reading book mark when you have read. We will change their books once a week as we firmly believe that reading a book over and over again is of great benefit. If however, you feel that your child has read the book a lot, then let us know and we will change the book for them sooner.
Reading Bookmarks: These will be collected in at the end of every term or at the beginning of the following term and a new bookmark will be given to you. Every child has the opportunity to complete 6 book marks throughout their time in year 2. Prizes are on offer for those who complete their book marks.
PE: Please ensure your child has a PE kit in school for our PE sessions on a Wednesday and Friday. No earrings should be worn for PE. At the moment the girls are very good at taking their own earrings out.
Autumn term 1: Australia
Maths: Place Value of numbers
Literacy: Traditional Stories from other Cultures: Fictional writing (The King and the cockerel and Australian Dream time stories), Book Talk, Reading Comprehension, Spelling and Dictation
Science: Humans: Basic needs for survival and Keeping Healthy
Art: Lines, shape and texture including aboriginal patterns
ICT: Online safety and basic computer skills
Geography: Australia: Location, Buildings, Landmarks, Schools, People, Climate, Traditions and Culture
Music: Exploring sounds
RE: The Family in Judaism
PE: Real PE scheme and Gymnastics
PSHE: Jigsaw: Being Me in My World
Firstly, I would like to say a very warm welcome to year two. I am really proud of how hard the children have worked since they started in year 2, two weeks ago. We do have lots of different routines and they are learning fast.
Say Hello to the Year 2 Staff
I am Mrs Freeman and my valuable support worker is Mrs Minney. Please come and speak to us either in the morning or at the end of the day if you need to.
September 2018 - July 2019 - Welcome to the children and their Parents/Carers.
Our final pledge is now complete. What an amazing time at the Racecourse it was! We played football and rounders. We played on the swings and slides in the park and some of us even learnt how to swing on a swing. We also took lots of science equipment and went searching for bugs among the trees. Our picnic lunch was fabulous, we sat on blankets under the trees in the shade.
Well done to our two footballers for trying their very best in the talent show. Have a look at them perform.
What an amazing arts week we have had!
Our recycled arts week topic was all about Africa. We made African animal masks, silhouette safari scenes, expanded an animal print pattern, decorated half of a cheetah (Miss Dean's class decorated the other half), made animal poo cakes, made samba instruments and took part in a samba workshop. We did a bit of African dance.
Now have a look at our Samba music Workshop video
Have a look at our photos Mrs Freeman's class against Miss Dean's class.
The children visited the synagogue with Mrs Hanlon on Tuesday. They were fantastically behaved throughout the whole trip and learnt a lot more about the Jewish religion and the Jewish way of life.
Dear parents and carers,
Arts week is rapidly approaching and year 2 have now decided on our activities for arts week, however; we need your help with some recycled resources. Our activities and resource list is below.
African Animal Masks
· Large cereal boxes / cardboard (not too thick)
· Pipe cleaners
· Plus any other bits you have lying around which you think would be good to decorate an African Animal mask.
· Pringle tubes for drums
· Any wood, plastic or metal container with ridges on the side for scraping a pencil down to make different sounds.
· Milk cartons, lentils, split peas, rice, pasta etc. to fill the milk cartons to make a shaker instrument.
· Any metal container, e.g. coffee containers for creating different deeper sounds.
Chocolate Cornflake Cakes
· Chocolate we can melt
· Paper cake cases
African Animal Patterns
· Any material / paper you have lying around with animal patterns on.
If you can help with any of these resources it will be greatly appreciated.
Please could you bring them into school by Friday 29th June?
Thank you for your help
From the Year 2 staff and Children
Relationships and Sex Education
Thank you to all the parents that attended the meeting before half term. As promised, here is a list of books that might be suitable to share with your children.
Let’s talk about the birds and bees – Molly Potter
Hair in funny places – Babette Cole
Secret Girls’ Business - Fay Angelo, Heather Anderson & Rose Stewart
Secret Boys’ Business - Fay Angelo, Heather Anderson & Rose Stewart
Puberty Girl - Shushann Movsessian
Puberty Boy - Geoff Price
For older children
It’s perfectly normal – Robie H Harris
The Period Book - Karen Gravelle
What’s Going on Down There - Karen Gravelle
All the children were absolutely fantastic at sports day today. I am very proud of all of you. Have a look at the photos.
Words of the Week
Where you are going to
comparing with something else
Saying something that is true
Our reading tree is beginning to grow lots of leaves. Well done to all those who have a leaf or two on our tree from terms four and five. Remember to keep reading at home!!
Literacy - Drama - Poetry
For the next two weeks in Literacy, we are looking at poetry.
We started our lesson by listening to this poem. Have a listen yourself, the children really enjoyed this.
Then, Mrs Freeman gave us a selection of different poems to look at, read and talk about which one was our favourite poem and why. We then chose our favourite group poem and read it as a group to the whole class.
Maths - Money, Money, Money
We have visited the clothes shop, the garden shop, the book shop, the food shop and the games shop this week. (only pretend) Mrs Freeman gave us some money to spend at these shops. Some of us were shopkeepers and some of us were customers. As a customer, we had to add up what we had bought and the shopkeeper had to work out how much change they needed to give us.
Story Maths Photos Give me Half!
Story Maths Give me Half!
We have had a fabulous day and a half learnImg this week with our maths linked to a story. We planned and made fraction pizzas using our knowledge on halves and quarters, we shared out cakes using our knowledge on thirds and measured out juice using our knowledge on capacity and shared the juice out equally between 2, 3 and 4 by measuring the juice out carefully. We used lots of maths language and had so much fun. Photos will follow soon.
We have now completed another one of our pledges. We had a fabulous time At the cinema today with year one watching Sherlock Gnomes.
Literacy - Drama - Hot Seat
Today, in literacy, we were reporters and wrote some questions for Neil Armstrong. Then we interviewed Neil Armstrong, we asked him the questions to see if he could remember the answers. Have a look at our photos.
Words of the Week
Our class have been amazing with our words of the week. They have been using them in sentences and finding them in books.
These words are:
finding something by chance or for the first time
to think that it is true without being sure of it
What's special about you
firm and safe