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

http://www.fireoflondon.org.uk/game/

This site is a fun way of learning about The Great Fire of London.

Maths - Websites

http://www.ictgames.com/funkyMummy/index.html

The children have really enjoyed playing some of the addition and subtraction games on 'Funky Mummy'.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button 

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

Curriculum

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.

Curriculum

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

Welcome!

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.

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Racecourse

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.

 

 

Talent Show

Well done to our two footballers for trying their very best in the talent show. Have a look at them perform.

 

 

Arts Week

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.

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Now have a look at our Samba music Workshop video

 

Penultimate Pledge

Maths Competition

Have a look at our photos Mrs Freeman's class against Miss Dean's class.

 

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Synagogue

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.

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Arts Week

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.

Activity

Resources required

African Animal Masks

·        Large cereal boxes / cardboard (not too thick)

·        Wool

·        Pipe cleaners

·        Elastic

·        Plus any other bits you have lying around which you think would be good to decorate an African Animal mask.

Samba Instruments

·        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

·        Cornflakes

·        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

 

Sports Day

All the children were absolutely fantastic at sports day today. I am very proud of all of you. Have a look at the photos.

 

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Words of the Week

destination

comparison

truthfully

solitude

Where you are going to

comparing with something else

Saying something that is true

being alone

Reading Tree

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!!

 

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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.

Good Morning Dear Students by Kenn Nesbitt

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.

 

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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.

 

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 Story Maths Photos Give me Half!

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 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. 

Cinema Pledge

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.

 

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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:

discover

assume

personality

secure

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

 

 

 

Attendance Cup

  We won the attendance cup! Well done everyone!

 

 

SATS

Good Luck to all of our Year 2s taking their SATS this week. They have worked so hard.

Monday morning - Reading Paper 1

Tuesday morning  - Reading Paper 2

Wednesday morning - Maths Reasoning

Thursday afternoon - Maths Arithmetic

Remember all you need to do, is try your very best!

 

Literacy - Neil Armstrong

We have now started our research on Neil Armstrong. We started with extracting information from different pieces of text to help us decide on our sub-headings for our report. We then used our information to create a newspaper report on Neil Armstrong and will then create a written report with a title, sub-headings, facts and diagrams. Have a look at some of what we have done so far.

 

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Literacy - Tim Peake

We have been doing lots of research on Tim Peake to help us create our newspaper report. We then used our newspaper report to create a fabulous piece of report writing.

 

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Maths - Money

We had a fabulous time exploring the different coins and making different amounts using different coins.

 

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Maths - Weight

In measure we have been looking at grams and kilo grams. In one of our maths lessons we were comparing different weights of food objects. We thought about whether the items were heavier or lighter than each other.

 

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Maths - Time

We have been learning to tell the time on an analogue clock. Some of us have been learning o'clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to and some of us have been learning 5, 10, 20, 25 minutes past and 35, 40, 50, 55 minutes past. What times do our clocks say?

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Art - Pottery

We have been studying Hundertwasser in art. He was fascinated by spirals so we took our inspiration from him to make our spiral clay pots, plus it ticked off one of our pledges!

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Sponsored Bounce

The weather was fantastic for our sponsored bounce today. We were even able to bounce outside.

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Science - Habitats and Micro-habitats

In science, we are learning about habitats and micro-habitats. During one of our lessons we went on a walk around the school looking for micro-habitats. We found lots of places. Have a look at our photos. Can you spot some of the creatures?

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Home Learning - Space

Have a look at our space home learning models we made. We worked hard at home to make these.

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Maths - Shape

Below are some photos of a shape hunt some of us went on around the school.

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Welcome

Welcome to our new website year 2 parents. We have a very busy term ahead of us especially with our special quizzes coming up in a couple of weeks.

In Literacy we are working on report writing and are currently in the middle of writing a report about Tim Peake. Please ask your child about him as they should know quite a bit by now. We will then be reporting on Neil Armstrong and comparing the two astronauts.

In Maths we have finished our work on shape (for now) and almost finished our time lessons. We will then be moving on to measurement and then money.