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Welcome to Year 2!

 

In Year 2 we have three teachers; Miss Rose in Class 7, Mrs Salter in Class 8 and Miss Coles in Class 9. 

 

We are lucky to have a team of talented support staff, Mrs Pike (HTLA) and Mrs Waters who help us with our learning.

 

Year 2 library day is Thursday.

 

PE days are as follows:

Class 7 - Wednesday & Friday

Class 8 - Monday & Wednesday

Class 9 - Tuesday & Wednesday

 

 

Curriculum Letter

Please make sure your child has their PE in school at all times.

Times Tables

 

As part of the Year 2 Curriculum we are learning our 2,5,3 & 10 times tables.  If you are looking for ways to support your child to do this the links below offer some ideas. 

 

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

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10 Level 2 (This game can also be used to practise addition and subtraction facts)

https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/306/Maths-Fishing-Multiplication

https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/399/Archery-Arithmetic-Multiplication

 

Alternatively, if your child enjoys listening to songs take a look at some of these times tables songs in order to practise your times tables facts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWcrmsDRmQw (2x tables)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGWMPqh04o4 (2x tables - reggae version!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKOpFBXmxhY (5x tables)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfRVYPcfecE (5x tables - reggae version!)

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k14Mt4pqRNA (10x tables)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yxMJUHBslY (10x tables - reggae version!)

Year 2 had a fantastic day at the Winchester Science Centre! We took part in a design your own rocket workshop and had a rocket race where (with adult help!) we launched them along wires on the ceiling. Afterwards, we spent some time looking round the various exhibitions; the running track, the mind bending and the colon café were particular favorites. After lunch, we had our planetarium show, where we learnt about different constellations and the different planets in the solar system. The children behaved brilliantly and did Oakridge proud.

We were the first year group to use our brand new virtual reality headsets! We used them to explore places in the United Kingdon in preparation for our new English learning journey, The Queen's Handbag.

w/b 25th March

 

English:  We have started our new learning journey, all about Ernest Shackleton's exploration to Antarctica.  Last week we imagined we were explorers preparing for the expedition and thought about how we felt when we were training.  This week we will begin to look at different sentence types that are used in non-fiction books in order to prepare us for writing our own fact files about Ernest Shackleton.

 

Maths:  We are continuing with shape, including symmetry this week.  We will be investigating the different properties of 3D shapes and classifying and sorting them.  We will then be moving on to positional language (right, left, turn, quarter turn, half turn, forwards and backwards.)

We have been recapping how to stay safe online as part of internet safety week.

w/b 14th January

 

English: We will be looking at the different grammatical elements of the story 'How to wash a Woolly Mammoth,' focusing on writing lists using commas (e.g. You will need: shampoo, conditioner and a hair brush) and using the possessive apostrophe (e.g. The mammoth's eyes)  Towards the end of the week we will begin planning our own stories!

 

Maths: We will be looking at positional and directional language; using words like forwards, turn, left & right moving on to naming and describing 3D shapes using the vocabulary vertices, faces, edges (e.g. a cube has 12 edges, 6 faces and 8 vertices)

w/b 7th January

 

Welcome back!  We hope you had a lovely break.  This week in Year 2...

 

English: We start our new learning journey "How to wash a woolly mammoth" which will lead us to writing our own instructional texts.  

 

Maths: We have moved on to time; we will be focusing on telling the time to the nearest whole, half and quarter.  To support us further we will be revising counting forwards and backwards in steps on 5.  

This week in Year 2 10th - 14th December:

 

English:  This week we have started a new poetry unit, based around the poem 'What is pink?' our end purpose being to write our own poem in a similar style.  We have been outside, looking at the natural environment and generating vocabulary relating to this.  Back in the classroom we have used this vocabulary to write sentences and learnt how to use prepositions e.g. The bare, tall trees are in the woods.  We have also looked at rhyming words and words with the suffixes er/est.

 

Maths: We have been adding and subtracting this week, including some work on missing number.  The children have been doing this by drawing their tens and ones or using an unstructured number line. Any further questions please ask your child's class teacher.

This week in Year 2:

 

English:  In English we have continued our journey 'You can't take an elephant on the bus.'  We have explored adventurous vocabulary, using 'leap' instead of 'jump,' for example and started learning about contracted forms (would not = wouldn't) and their use within writing.   We are nearing the end of this unit of work so will be completing our longer pieces of writing in the next week.

 

Maths:  This week we have been learning about fractions - halves, quarters and thirds.  We have been using shapes to support our learning, shading them in to certain fractions and writing what fraction they have been cut in to.  We will continue with fractions next week.

 

This week in Year 2:

 

English: We have started looking at the text 'You can't take an elephant on the bus.'  We used our prior knowledge and inference skills to discuss whether this would actually happen.  Next week we will move on to thinking of verbs to describe animals movements and adventurous vocabulary to describe what they look like.

 

Maths:  We have been dividing numbers by 2,5 and 10 in different ways; sharing in to groups by drawing, drawing array and using practical objects.  Next week we will be continuing with this before moving on to fractions.

What a great start to the year we've had!  We are so proud of how well the children have settled in and adjusted to life in Year 2.  We are still getting to know our new classrooms and have been enjoying using all the new outside space.  We can't wait for all that is to come! 

 

The Fire Service

We have a very exciting week ahead; the fire service are coming to visit us on Monday and we'll learn more about what they do and go on the fire engine!  Then on Friday the Treehouse Theatre Company are coming in to do some work with us about The Great Fire of London.  Check back next week for photos!

We have been loving TT Rockstars - this week we have been practising our 2 times tables.

We are loving our No Nonsense Spelling programme! We have been practising inside and outside the classroom!

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