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Year 2

WELCOME TO YEAR 2

 

Mr Keohane (Monday and Tuesday), Mrs Smith (Wednesday to Friday), Mrs Cahill and Mrs Ball look forward to working with the class this year.

 

PE: In Year 2, P.E. will take place on a Wednesday and Thursday this term.  Please make sure the children have their full kit with them on this day (including tracksuit bottoms and trainers for the autumn term). However, children need a full PE kit from Monday to Friday in case we do an extra lesson or activity.

 

Library:  In Year 2, our library day is Friday. We will encourage children to select appropriate books to read independently or a book which you could read with them.

 

Our second theme of Year Two is DINOSAURS.

Please take the time to read the Curriculum Newsletter for the term.

For HOME LEARNING information, please scroll down to the bottom of this page

OUR CASTLE COSTUME DAY: SEPTEMBER 2019

On Friday 6th September, we kick-started our topic with a costume day. We had a vast selection of princesses, knights, the Queen’s guard, and even a chess set!

Either wearing a costume or bringing in a prop to share, the children were asked to consider what they already knew about castles. This is called a ‘knowledge harvest’. We will be building on what we already know and answering lots of questions we have about the topic.

ROALD DAHL DAY: SEPTEMBER 2019

On 13th September the Year 2 classroom was taken over by a whole host of mischief-making
Charlies, Oompa-Loompas and Matildas. 

We began the day focussing on The Twits and creating disgusting, worm-filled dishes. 
Then, we spent time looking at Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes and considered how he tweaked the famous fairy-tales.

Finally, Mrs Cooper then awarded certificates to costumes that really shone. 

Year 2 fully immersed themselves in The Wonderful World of Dahl. It was GREAT FUN!

WINDSOR CASTLE TRIP: SEPTEMBER 2019

On 25th September, we all enjoyed an excellent and informative trip to Windsor Castle. We have been learning about the features of castles (battlements, crenellations, portcullis etc.) and also about Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II (past and present residents of the castle). Therefore, today our learning was put to the test and we were able to see these things first-hand. 

 

We began our day with a workshop (A Royal Home) in the Billiards Room. We were told a story about Queen, then Princess, Victoria being shown around Windsor Castle by Felix the guard. We were shown real artefacts from the time and also more modern-day things, like the Royal Standard. It was a real interactive workshop with many of the children being chosen to play certain roles: the upstairs and downstairs maids and even the Queen!

 

We were then able to explore the castle grounds, the State Rooms, and even St. George's Chapel.

 

It was a thoroughly enjoyable (but exhausting!) day. 

BUTTERCUP THE COW: SEPTEMBER 2019

On Monday 30th September,  The Newbury and District Agricultural Society brought in Buttercup the Cow to visit us. We were taught all about how cows were once only allowed to be milked by women, called milkmaids. Now farmers use machines to milk the cows twice a day, once very early in there morning and later in the day. The milk is then cleaned. We were told that one cow generates 30 litres of milk!

 

Milk has always been delivered to schools but many years ago it was delivered in small glass bottles with a foil lid. Nowadays, Tetra Pak is used for storing school milk so it lasts longer.

 

Then, the exciting part! EVERYONE got the chance to milk Buttercup. Some were even called ‘professional milkers’!

CREATIVE CASTLE PROJECTS: OCTOBER 2019

The children have worked incredibly hard this half term creative some fantastic pieces. Some have created complete castles, labeling to show the features and others have created crowns, swords and even booklets filled with facts. It has been a real pleasure hearing the children discuss with the class how they have created their projects and why. We are so pleased the children have enjoyed their learning about this topic. We are both sure the children will feel the same way about the next. 

BUILDING MINIBEAST HABITATS: OCTOBER 2019

On Wednesday 23rd October, we created our own habitats for minibeasts. We have been learning about living things and their habitats in science this half term. Last week we used the iPads to spot minibeasts and discuss their habitats. Luckily, we have an allotment at school so used the natural resources (leaves, grass, flowers, and soil) to create our own minibeast homes.

DINOSAUR HOOK DAY: NOVEMBER 2019

On Monday 4th November, we had a jam-packed day full of exciting dinosaur-related activities. First, we truly became paleontologists and carefully chiseled away to discover dinosaurs hidden inside eggs. This was very messy but lots of fun!

 

We then had an AMAZING workshop with Ranger Chris! He brought along Ronnie, Trixie, Trudy, Nibbles AND Suzie! It was such a treat!

 

Chris took us back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, talking us through the vast array of dinosaur species. He also 'debunked' some common misconceptions about the size and look of a number of dinosaurs which we have seen in various films. 

 

Then, we met Nibbles (the Raptor), Susie (the Stegosaurus) and Trixie (the Triceratops). We all got to stroke them and say hello. Trudy (the Troodon) was very sleepy but also in training so got to show us some of her amazing tricks. 

 

Finally, last but not least, Ronnie the Tyrannosaurus Rex came to meet us! He was very impressed with Mia's amazing artwork and was actually very friendly. Ethan was incredibly brave and had his hat pinched. 

 

It was a busy but fully immersive day which started our dinosaur topic off with a great, big ROAR!

Dinosaur Eggs

AUTHOR VISIT - RACHEL JANE: NOVEMBER 2019

On Tuesday 5th November, author Rachel Jane visited us. She came to share her three stories: Milo goes to the Seaside, Lil's Cupcake Delivery and Tallulah goes to the Festival. 

 

Rachel talked to us about how she was published, how she had to complete many drafts and edits before she felt her story was finished and where her ideas come from. Her illustrator is actually her cousin so her stories are a family business. 

 

Once she had shared 'Milo goes to the Seaside', Rachel challenged us to have a go at planning our own story involving Milo, the campervan. She was so impressed by all of the amazing ideas the children had and thought the children's stories would make some amazing adventures. 

 

Thank you for visiting us, Rachel!

 

www.racheljaneauthor.co.uk/

AUTHOR VISIT - ZEB SOANES & JAMES MAYHEW: NOVEMBER 2019

On Tuesday 12th November, author Zeb Soanes visited us. Zeb started his visit with a very interactive assembly - Skyping with his illustrator James Mayhew. Zeb spoke about how Gaspard was based on a real fox who visited him in London. James then drew us our very own Gaspard which he is going to send us in the post!

 

Zeb then visited classes to talk about the second book in the Gaspard series, Gaspard: Best in Show. He was kind enough to answer many of the children's questions - from publishing to writing ideas (he was even able to answer many fox-related questions!). 

 

Just before he left, for those who had already purchased books, he kindly signed copies of Gaspard the Fox and Gaspard: Best in Show. He even had a special stamp that had Gaspard's real pawprint on it (so it was like he was signing them too!)

 

Thank you for visiting us, Zeb!

 

www.gaspardthefox.com/

ODD SOCKS DAY: NOVEMBER 2019

On Tuesday 12th November, we celebrated Odd Socks Day. Used to celebrate what makes us all unique, and to help raise awareness of bullying, it kick-started highlight Anti-Bullying Week.  

 

Mrs Coxell set each class a challenge, to create an eyecatching photo image of the children wearing their odd socks. 

 

Here is our Year 2 entry:

Picture 1

Home Learning

Times Tables: 

Towards the end of the autumn term, each Monday Year 2 will be taking part in the Times Tables Challenge.  All children start at the first stage.  To move onto the next stage children must complete the challenge in 3 minutes with all answers correct. Children need to know all their multiplication and division facts up to the 12 x table. 

Children can now practise their times tables whenever they want to with TIMESTABLES ROCKSTARS.  Log in details stuck in the back of Spelling Homework Books. Please click on the link to practise these vital skills.

Times Tables Support

Reading: 

The children are expected to read at home 5 times each week. Please make sure you sign their reading record each time you hear them read.  You can also make a comment on their enjoyment and understanding of the book, how fluently they read and any difficulties they experienced, at the end of each book. Don't forget the children can also comment on their own book in the new reading record !The children should bring their book bags to school every morning so that we can monitor their progress. Reading Records will be checked on a Wednesday

Children can now practise their reading comprehension whenever they want to with READTHEORY. Log in details stuck in the back of Spelling Homework Books. Please click on the link to practise these vital skills.

Recommended Reading List for KS1

Jolly Phonics Letter Sounds (British English)

Listen to the 42 letter sounds of Jolly Phonics, spoken in British English. Each letter sound is clearly spoken twice, before an example word is given. Perfect for parents, teachers and children who aren't sure how to pronounce the letter sounds.

Spellings:

All children will get ten spellings to learn every week. The children are given a suggested activity to support them to learn their spellings, these will be stuck in their Spelling Homework Books. Please can their (yellow) Spelling Homework Books be handed back in on a Tuesday. Then the new activities can be stuck in ready for the new spellings to be handed out on Thursday. Children can now practise their spellings whenever they want to with SPELLING SHED. Log in details stuck in the back of Spelling Homework Books. Please click on the link to practise these vital skills.

National Curriculum Spelling List Year 1 and 2

Curriculum Newsletters

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