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What an amazing day Year 2 had!

On Friday Kwame came to visit the boys and girls in Year Two. Kwame was born in a small village in Africa and he told us all about what life was like for him when he was a young boy. He taught the children some of the things he used to do including; printing fabric and making toy masks from recycled materials. He also taught the children some traditional African dancing and how to play the African drums.

At the end of the day we inviting parents in to come and share our learning in a celebration assembly. Don’t worry if you couldn’t make it. Here are the photographs of the day.

Florence Nightingale

Year 2 have had a busy half term and managed to squeeze lots in! Below is some of the work the children have produced. They are developing a real determination to keep pushing themselves and a resilient attitude not to give up.

 

 

Our surprise visitor…

On Friday 2nd February Year 2 had a visit from Amy. Amy taught us more about Florence Nightingale. We were able to act out different parts of her life using different props. The children were really excited and though of lots of different questions to ask. They learnt lots of new facts and will be sharing these in a school assembly.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year from everyone in Year 2

We hope you had a lovely Christmas break. We are so excited to be back and are looking forward to the exciting events happening this term.

We are starting the Spring term learning about ‘Women who made a difference’. The children will learn about Florence Nightingale who was known as ‘the lady with the lamp’. This is such an exciting topic and we have a surprise visitor to help the children understand why Florence Nightingale become so famous.


In Maths this term the children will continue their learning of how to add and subtract a two digit number using a variety of methods. They will continue their learning of multiplication and division and become more fluent counting g in 2s, 5, and 10s.


Jack and the beanstalk

What an exciting week it has been in Year 2. The children found a big hole filled with a giant’s shirt, some golden coins and a letter from Jack. The letter explained that a giant had been chasing him. The children when went exploring and they found the giants footprints around the school. The children are learning to retell the story with actions and will be learning to write their own defeat the monster tale.

As always, if you have any questions or would like to know how you can support your child with their learning at home, please see a member of the Year 2 team.

Miss Miller

Newspapers

WOW

Year 2 have been super busy this half term- especially in English. The children have worked really hard on ensuring their ‘everyday toolkit’ for writing is used in their stories. This includes, capital letters at the beginning of a sentence, full stops, finger spaces and using their phonics. During their work on learning to write a journey tale, the children developed this skills in using exciting adjectives to describe and coordinating conjunctions (or/and/but).

Here is some work which led up to the final task of their own journey tale.

In English are learning to write a newspaper report. If you would like to learn more about the features of a newspaper, maybe you could buy a children’s newspaper at your local newsagents to share together at home. Here are two we recommend.

In Maths the children have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes. They have been learning to recognise, name and describe a shapes properties. For example, being able to talk about if a shape is 2D, 3D, the number of sides, the number of vertices and the shapes faces. They also enjoyed learning about symmetry and repeating patterns. Here are some questions to get your children talking about their learning.

To continue learning about shapes at home, here are some websites.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/shapes

http://www.ictgames.com/shape.htm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/maths/shapes/play/

What is happening in the afternoons?

The children are working hard to learn their lines for the KS1 Christmas Production. It is tradition, when in Year 2, the children have the speaking parts in the Christmas Production so we have been working hard to remember our lines. They are so excited and we can’t wait for you to see them on the big stage!

 

 

 

As always, thank you for your continued support. Please feel free to speak to any member of the year 2 team if you have any questions.

Miss Miller


The Papaya that Spoke

Hello and welcome back,

We hope you all had a lovely half term. Once again we have come back with a bang! The children are all excited and enthused about a surprise video we received from the talking papaya! This is to enthuse the children ready for our new learning- to write a journey tale.

The Papaya that Spoke

Once upon a time there was a farmer who lived in a village. One day he felt hungry so he went outside to pick a papaya. To his amazement, the papaya spoke, “Hands off!”

The farmer looked at his dog. “Did you say that?” said the farmer. “No,” said the dog, “It was the papaya!”

“Aaaaargh!” screamed the farmer and as fast as his legs could carry him, he ran and he ran and he ran until he came to a market where he met a fisherman selling fish.

“Why are you running so fast when the sun is shining so bright in the sky?” asked the fisherman. “First a papaya spoke to me and next my dog spoke to me!” replied the farmer. “That’s impossible,” said the fisherman,

“Oh no it isn’t,” said one of the fish.

“Aaaaargh!” screamed the farmer and as fast as his legs could carry him, he ran and he ran and he ran until he came to a field where he met a shepherd with his goat.

“Why are you running so fast when the sun is shining so bright in the sky?” asked the shepherd.

“First a papaya spoke to me, next my dog spoke to me and after that a fish spoke to me!” replied the farmer.

“That’s impossible,” said the fisherman.

“Oh no it isn’t,” bleated one of the goats.

“Aaaaargh!” screamed the farmer and as fast as his legs could carry him, he ran and he ran and he ran until he came to the village where he met the King sitting on his old, wooden rocking chair.

“Why are you running so fast when the sun is shining so bright in the sky?” asked the King.

“First a papaya spoke to me, next my dog spoke to me, after that a fish spoke to me and finally a goat!”

“That’s impossible,” said the King. “Get out of here you foolish man.” So the poor farmer walked home with his head hung down. The King rocked back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. “How silly of him to imagine that things could talk.” There was a long silence and then suddenly the rocking chair spoke! “Quite so, whoever heard of a talking papaya?”

Here are some of the objectives the children will be learning during this unit of work:

  • Orally retell a well know journey tale
  • Orally retell their own journey tale
  • Write consistently with capital letters and full stops
  • Write questions which are correctly punctuated
  • Identify and use the term noun and proper noun

London's Burning

London’s Burning

Wow! What an amazing turn out from parents on Monday. Thank you so much to everyone who was able to make the Year 2 sharing assembly on Monday it really means a lot for the children to share their learning with you. For those who couldn’t make it here is some pictures.

Coming up next half term…Let’s go to the arctic!

The Magic Porridge Pot

Wow, what a busy few weeks back at school with lots of fun had by all. Thank you to so many parents for attending our first parents evening where you would have found out a little bit more about the plans we have for the forthcoming year. If you were unable to attend please feel free to catch a member of the Year 2 team and we will be more than happy to talk you through what we discussed.

English

On Monday, whilst we were walking back from assembly we smelt smoke in the woods. With the teachers’ supervision, we went to investigate and discovered a little, old lady cooking porridge on a magic porridge pot!

The little old lady handed Miss Miller a story Map.


The Magic Porridge Pot

Once, not twice but once upon a time there was a little girl called Poppy who lived with her poor old mother.

Early one morning she was walking in the woods when she helped an old lady carry her bags home. SO the kind old lady gave her a magic porridge pot.

“Say the words, ‘Cook, little pot, cook’ and it will give you hot porridge. But once you have eaten enough, say ‘Stop, little pot, stop’, or it will carry on cooking.”

Poppy ran home and showed her mother. “Cook, little pot, cook” said Poppy.

Soon the pot was full of hot, sweet porridge. “Stop little pot, stop,” said Poppy, and the porridge stopped cooking.

One day Poppy was visiting her grandma when her mother felt hungry. “Cook, little pot, cook.” Said her mother. Soon the pot was full of sweet porridge as hot as boiling soup. Unfortunately, she could not remember the words to make the pot stop!

Oh dear there was porridge, porridge everywhere. The porridge poured out of the pot. Onto the floor, up the stair and out of the door into the rooms and down the lane until there was porridge, porridge everywhere.

When poppy cam back she shouted out, “Stop little pot, stop!”

Luckily, the pot stopped.

In the end everyone had to eat porridge for a whole month and they lived happily ever after!


Throughout the week the children have learnt to verbally retell the story whilst looking at the text in greater detail and unpicking some of the features. They used adjectives to describe Poppy and some children even learnt how to write a ‘2A sentence’ (a sentence with 2 adjectives). For example, Poppy was a courageous, caring girl.

 

During the next few weeks we will be learning to create a class version of the story before the children are ready to write their very own version. We can not wait to hear their stories with you because we know they have some great ideas!

Maths

In Maths this week we have been learning to use our knowledge of place value to add and subtract a one digit number from a two digit number (28-6 or 32+5). Some children have also been learning to add or subtract 10 or 20 to a two digit number.

Hello and welcome

Hello and welcome to Year 2.

We hope you all had a happy and relaxing summer. We are so excited about what this year will bring for our children. We have lots of exciting things planned including school trips and visitors from afar!

This term our first topic is ‘The Great Fire of London’. To kick start this topic, we had a visit from the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service on Wednesday. They taught us all about staying safe and preventing fires. We had an amazing time playing games, learning rhymes and of course going in the fire engine and having a go on a real fire hose.

As part of our topic, we are going to re-enact our own version of the Great Fire of London. To do this, each child will need to bring in an empty box (cereal box, shoe box etc.) so they can make their own 1666 house. To celebrate the end of our unit of work we will be inviting our parents and carers in so the children can share their learning with you. This date is still to be confirmed but it will be towards the last week of this half term.

As always, if you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to catch a member of the year 2 team at any time, we are always happy to help.

Many thanks

Miss Miller

Supporting at Home

Supporting your children at home

If you would like to support your child with their learning at home they need to become fluent in recalling their number bonds to 20 and recalling their 2, 5 and 10 times tables. Below are some games you can play to support this.

Number bonds to 20

http://www.ictgames.com/numberFacts.html

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

http://mathszone.co.uk/number-facts/number-bonds-to-10/

Times Tables

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables

http://www.maths-games.org/times-tables-games.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/game/ma13tabl-game-tables-grid-find

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/maths/timestable/interactive.htm


Year 2 Home Learning

Below is a list of words that your child will be learning to read and spell throughout their time in Key Stage One at Warren Park Primary School. They are a mixture of words that we encourage children to use in their writing and words they often misspell. Along with reading at home, we would be grateful if you could support your child to read and spell the words from the lists as part of their home learning.

We will continually assess the children with reading and spelling these key words and send them home with some of the words to practice on a weekly basis.

If you would like any advice on how to practice these spellings please come a see a member of the Year 2 team.

Year 1 Common Exception Words to download and print

Year 2 Common Exception Words to download and print


In Maths the children have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes. They have been learning to recognise, name and describe a shapes properties. For example, being able to talk about if a shape is 2D, 3D, the number of sides, the number of vertices and the shapes faces. They also enjoyed learning about symmetry and repeating patterns. Here are some questions to get your children talking about their learning.

To continue learning about shapes at home, here are some websites.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/shapes

http://www.ictgames.com/shape.htm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/maths/shapes/play/