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Year 2

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Welcome to Year 2!

 

 

Year Two Team 

Teachers

Miss Ruth Cousins (Dali)

Mrs Jan Figueiredo (Van Gogh)

Miss Sarah Millard (Hepworth)

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Fran Landau

 

 

 

 

Important Days
Our PE days are Monday and Thursday. Please ensure your child has their full PE kit, including jogging bottoms and a jumper, as well as appropriate trainers at school every day.

 

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Week beginning 09.07.18

Year 2 are developing their reasoning skills this week by using ‘Always, Sometimes, Never’ grids to sort mathematical statements. The challenge is to prove how we know we have sorted correctly. 

Wednesday 27th June 2018

Brave Nurses- Singing with Mr Meek

Year 2 have been busy perfecting their rendition of  the Brave Nurses song ready for thir performance at the Music Festival. 

Here is a snippet of what to expect. 

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Week beginning 18th June 2018 

We have been exploring non-fiction texts ready to write our own explanation texts about the digestive system. 

We created a colour coded mind map to share what we know already about non-fiction. 

Our Bodies

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Week beginning 11th June 2018

Welcome back after Half Term! Year 2 have been busy in English and Topic this week, thinking about parts of our bodies and the amazing things they do. 

We labelled internal and external parts of the body then watched a short film to find out facts about our heart. 

Week beginning 21.05.18

Year 2 enjoyed a wonderful trip to Shuttleworth where we explored the gardens, planted acorns and played in the sunshine. Look at the fun we had! 

Saving and Retrieving

Week beginning 07.05.18

Over the past two weeks, Year 2 have been creating Minibeast pictures in our Computing sessions. We have learnt how to save our pictures, giving them a file name, and have practised opening them again to make changes.  

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Week beginning 23.04.18

Year 2 created a Minibeast Playground in Design and Technology this week. They folded and curled strips of paper to create a 3D, imaginative model. 

Wednesday 18th April 2018

LI: To know about habitats

SC *Describe *Identify and name a variety of animals *Reason

Dali and Van Gogh enjoyed searching the school environments to look for animals in different habitats. 

We used a branching key as part of our Computing learning to help us identify and name animals that we were unsure of. 

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Week beginning 16.04.18

Welcome back after the Easter break! Year 2 have been busy exploring instructional texts in English this week. We discussed the features of instructions ready to follow instructions to build a ‘Bug Hotel’ next week. 

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Week beginning 19th March 2018

Year 2 enjoyed the theme 'Exploration and Discovery' as part of our Science Day this year. One of the investigations we carried out was to explore which material would be the best choice to build a shelter. We made a prediction then worked collaboratively to build a shelter using empty cans, lolly sticks, card, blocks and toilet paper. Surprisingly, we found that the toilet paper created the strongest shelter to survive a windstorm (a hairdryer!)

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Week beginning 12th March 2018

We have been making our own 'Flanimals' and describing them using expanded noun phrases. We focussed on using a comma between our adjectives.

Telling the time!

Week beginning 5th March 2018

We have been learning to tell the time to 5 minute intervals. We used our clocks to make different times and focussed on accurately positioning the minute hand.

People from the Past - Paul Klee and Florence Nightingale

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Week beginning 26th February 2018

As part of our Topic, we have been learning about Florence Nightingale and the important changes she made to Nursing. We looked at examples of Paul Klee's artwork and imitated his style to create portraits of Florence Nightingale using a mix of 'Hot' and 'Cold' colours.

Jill Murphy

Week Beginning 19th of February 2018

In Year 2 we have begun a new writing unit based on the author Jill Murphy. We enjoyed discovering some new characters and stories 

written by her. Have you got any Jill Murphy books at home? Which characters do you like?

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Wednesday 10th January 2018

In Year 2 we are researching different types of transport in English. We will be writing a non-chronological report using what we have found out. Here is some of the key vocabulary we have found and will use in our writing. 

Transport Vocabulary

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Entry Point From A to B 

Friday 5th January 2018

Year 2 started their new topic from A to B today. We designed and made boats in teams to try and take our figures across the river. In the topic we will be learning about travel and transport in the past. 

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Tuesday 5th December 2017

Year 2 had a fantastic afternoon finding out about the Christmas story 

with the Bridge Builders Charity. 

We met the three kings, the shepherds and even the baby Jesus!

Parents Open Afternoon

Tuesday 28th November 2017

Dali and Van Gogh Classes enjoyed sharing their learning with their families.

They were able to make toys, play with old fashioned toys and look at our Design and Technology learning on pop up books.

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Friday 17th November 2017

Sporting Futures Pudsey Afternoon

Year 2 had a fantastic afternoon taking part in a range of sports and games hosted by sporting futures. 

Special Visitor!

 

Today year 2 had a very special visitor. Mrs Goodwin, who works for GSK, visited year 2 and told the children about how medicine is made, who makes it and what the staff have to wear during production. 

 

Mrs Goodwin brought some items in, that are made at GSK, so the children could get a hands-on look. The children asked some intriguing questions which heightened their enthusiasm throughout the afternoon. Two children were lucky enough to dress up in the overalls that are worn during the production stage and we had a discussion about why medicine needs to be kept clean.

 

The children were fully engaged and really enjoyed their afternoon.  

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Moving Picture Books 

Wednesday 1st November 2017

LI: To evaluate.

(CC Link to English)

*What moves

*How it moves

*Effect

In Year 2 we are beginning a Design and Technology unit where we will be learning all about pop-up and moving books. 

We started this week by looking at some moving books from the library, over the next few weeks we will be learning all the 

skills we need to make our own pop-up and moving books. 

 

 

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Year 2 were very pleased to win the "Blue Rosette" for their Hansel and Gretel display. 

All the children and adults would like to say a very big thank you to our parent helper Mrs Barnsley who used her artistic flair to create our forest scene. 

Monday 2nd October 2017

LI: To perform poetry.

(CC link to topic-Who am I?)

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*Use a clear voice

*Use actions

*Work with your group

 

The children have been performing poetry by Micheal Rosen. The children have really engaged with the start of our new learning journey coming up with exciting ideas. The children will now be writing a poem in the style of Micheal Rosen's "I know someone who..."

Performance of Don't do by Michael Rosen

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Wednesday 27th September 2017

 LI: To present information (orally).

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*Time adverbs

*Conjunctions- and, so, when, because

*Lexical vocabulary

 

The Human Life Cycle 

We have been learning about the human life-cycle in Science and English. 

We prepared oral presentations and shared them with the rest of the class.

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Partitioning to Add

18.09.2017

LI: To add

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*Put the largest number first

*Count on

*Check commutativity

We used dienes to help us make numbers using our tens and units knowledge. 

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Tuesday 12th September

LI: To take photographs
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*Framed
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In computing we are learning how to use technology safely. We practised asking the people if they were happy to have their photograph taken. We also let them know we would be using their photographs on the school website. 

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Common Exception Words

Friday 8th September 2017 

In Year 2, we will be practising reading and spelling the common exception words for Key Stage 1 accurately. We would appreciate your support with this and have attached a list of these words for you to download.

 

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Friday 14th July 2017

Swiss Gardens

Here are the photographs of Year Two's amazing trip to the Swiss Gardens at the Shuttleworth Estate.

We had an amazing time trying lots of different activities like planting bean seeds, taking texture rubbings, plant spotting and going on a sculpture trail. We even had a chance to ride on a open-top double decker bus which was over 100 years old!

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Wednesday 12th July

To comment on a product.

(D and T : CC Link Science) 

*Successes

*Improvements

*Reasons

We designed and made our own fruit salads.

We wrote a method and then used it to help us make our own healthy fruit salad. 

Can you see how much we enjoyed eating them? 

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Monday 3rd July 2017

LI: To recognise good and bad. (CC link - Maths - R.E - PSHE)

Today we learnt about the myth of 'Pandora's Box'.  We discussed the good and bad things in the world and what we would put in a good box and a bad box.  We came up with some lovely ideas and put our ideas onto 3d nets to make our own 'Pandora's box'!  Here are some things we would lock away in the bad box:

- War

- Hate

- Illness

- Unkind words

- Natural disasters

 

And for the good box:

- Family & friends

- School

- Pizza

- Chocolate

- Happiness

- Bees

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21.06.2017

LI: to tell the time.

Today we used small clocks to help us to tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes, and some of us, to the nearest 1 minute!

We worked in partners to take turns to set the time and read it, and to then say the time and match it!

Please test us on our time telling at home :) 

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Tuesday 6th June 2017

LI: To read and discuss poetry. 

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*Likes    

*Dislikes

*Reasons

We started a new learning journey in English all about poetry.

We are reading and performing poems all about our bodies, feelings and plants. 

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Wednesday 24th May 2017

LI: To edit a story.

Today we used our imagination to come up with our own version of 'Something Fishy'. We added a new character in our story and acted it out using mime! This meant that we had to be completely silent and really use our body to portray what we were doing.

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Monday 22nd May 2017

We had two bee keepers come to visit our school. In assembly, they told us all about honey bees and other different bees too. 

They showed us how bees made honey and let us know that bees don't want to sting humans. After assembly, we revisited the hives and found the queen bee. We also tried two different types of honey and chose our favourite.  

Wednesday 17th May 2017

Parent Open Afternoon

Thank you to all the parents and carers who made it to our open afternoon today.

Everyone enjoyed making origami butterflies, drawings of snail shells, sea shells and corals.

There were also challenges to measure the adults’ bodies against the children’s.

 

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Tuesday 9th May 2017

'Take One Film' Choices

Today we watched 3 'Take One Film' options: 'Zahra', 'Something Fishy' & 'Eye of the Storm'.

We made choices about what we liked and disliked about each film which we noted on post-its.

We then thought about which film would be the best for our learning and chose individually.

Next, we split into groups and mind-mapped ideas about what activities we could do based on the 

film. We have now chosen 'Something Fishy'!

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Monday 8th May 2017.

LI: To retell stories.

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*Correct order

*Repeated phrases

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In Year 2 we have been learning about myths, today we acted out the story of "How the Elephant got its Trunk!"

You can view more stories using the Tinga, Tinga Tales online, reading them or Rudyard Kiplings "Just So Stories".

 

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04.05.2017

LI: To multiply.

*Write the number sentence using x

*Appropriate method

*Commutativity/inverse

Today we multiplied using arrays! We had 12x12 star arrays that we could use or we drew arrays on our whiteboard. We also used the commutativity  to check we are calculating accurately. For example 9 x 5= 45 then 5 x 9= 45.  

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Monday 24th April 2017

 

Today we were really lucky to have an extra PE session led by an external PE coach.  We took part in 4 different activities which required us to be speedy, accurate and work well in our pair!

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Wednesday 19th April 2017

Today, Year 2 discussed different types of living things and how we could tell if they are living or not.

We went outside and spotted living things, things that were once alive and things that were never alive.

We also discussed the seven characteristics of living things. 

Spring Home Learning Project 2017

LI: To research a famous historical figure of your choice.

You can present this information in a variety of ways.

* Drawing, paint or any other art material.

* A labelled picture of your person

*Poster or model

 

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Practise SATs Questions

30.03.2017

Please find attached an electronic copy of practise  English and Maths SATs, paper copies have been sent home to your child too. 

Tuesday 28th March 2017
(All Write-The Farm)
LI: To retell a story.
*Range of adverbs
*Expanded noun phrases
*Speech “”

The theater company came to visit this morning to perform the story of "Charlotte's Webb". 

We had a fantastic time watching the show. Afterwards, we wrote our favourite part as this terms All Write. 

Here are some photographs of the show too. 

 

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British Science Week

Week Commencing 13th March 2017

To celebrate British Science week we have spent an afternoon carrying out 4 different experiments.

The children visited each class in Key Stage 1 and carried out a different experiment in each room.

Here are some photographs to show us learning about sound, liquids, forces and chemical reactions.  

If you would like to recreate any of the experiments at home the links are added below.

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Wednesday 8th March 2017

LI: To identify how people in the pasts life

is different from our own. (CC link to Science)

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*Key facts

*Invention

*Importance

 

In Year 2 as part of our Science topic we have been learning about famous inventors who changed people’s lives. Today we learnt about Louis Braille. Here are some pictures of us trying to write in Braille, a system using six dots and spaces that enables blind people to read.

World Book Day

Thursday 2nd March 2017

What a fantastic day we had!

We all dressed up as our favourite book character.

Then, Year 5 came to join Year 2 in sharing some of their favourite books.

Finally, in the afternoon we were joined by Adam Jewitt who shared his illustrations with us!

Here are some photographs, we hope you enjoy looking at them.

 

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Common Exception Words

Friday 24th February 2017

In Year 2 we have been busy trying to learn to read and spell the common exception words. Please find a copy of the words attached so that you can practise them together at home too.

Common Exception Words

A letter from Martin Waddell

Monday 6th February 2017

Dali and Van Gogh Class were absolutely thrilled to receive a card and message from Martin Waddell! We wrote to him only last week and he swiftly replied with his best wishes, he told us to keep on reading and writing!

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Year 2 Displays

Friday 3rd February 2017

We have just added the finishing touches to our Year 2 displays, all about the topic of transport.

Please come and visit our displays located in the Year 5 and 6 corridors when you visit for Parents'

Evening next week. We are very proud of all of our cross curricular learning.

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Martin Waddell

Tuesday 24th January 2017

LI: To retell stories.

 

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*Correct order

*Repeated phrases

*Body language

 

In Year Two, we have been learning all about the author Martin Wadell.

We ordered the story of The Pig in The Pond using time, place and manner adverbs.

Then as a class we took on the different roles and retold the story.

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Thursday 19thtJanuary 2017

LI:To copy and paste images.

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*Images found

*Images copied

*Images pasted


Today we used the laptops to search for images of transport. We learnt how to copy and paste them onto a word document.

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Thursday 12th January 2017

In Music we have begun to learn the song "Engine, Engine, Number Nine".

Mr Meek taught us this song to link with our new topic on transport, From A to B.

We hope you enjoy listening to our first recital.

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Friday 6th January 2017.

We designed and made boats to see if we could make one that got from one

side of the tray to the other. Here are some photographs of our designs and us seeing if we were successful in our challange! Maybe you could try and build a boat at home that can float across the tray.

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This is our home learning project for Autumn Term.

To create a magical toy.

You can present this information in a variety of ways.

* Drawing, paint or any other art material.

* A labelled picture of your toy

* Making a model of your toy.  

Year 2 Parents Afternoon

Monday 12th December 2016.

Year 2 parents joined Dali and Van Gogh for an afternoon of toy making linked to our current topic “The Magic Toy Maker”. 

We made Nutcracker Soldiers, Spilt pin models and thaumatropes. We had a fantastic time, and here are some of the adults’ comments:

 

“Love the open afternoon. I really enjoy spending time doing activities with my son”.

“Great range of activities. I like that it’s linked to the project we are doing at home”.

“Fun and creative, great to go in multiple rooms to try different activities

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On Friday 2nd December, Year 2 visited the church as part of our RE learning.

We met the 3 Kings, Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus. We enjoyed it so much!

Woodpeckers

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LI: To make a toy.

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*Scissor skills

*Accuracy

*Make a working toy

 

Today we made an oscillating woodcutter.  We used card, a template, elastic band, cellotape and a straw to make our woodcutters!

 

We had to cut carefully and glue accurately to make sure that it worked in the end!

Science Experiments

LI: To experiment.

Wednesday 16th November 2016

SC *Predict *Measure *Conclude

 

In Year 2 we are learning about forces. We carried out an experiment

using balloon cars to see how far each would travel.

 

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LI: To follow instructions.

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* Instructions read

* Steps followed

*Chronological order

 

In Year 2 we followed instructions to make rocket fireworks.

Tomorrow we will be writing a recount of our learning.

Religious Education Learning

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LI: to compare a Church and a Mosque (art) and to design own version.

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*Discuss the difference (verbally)

*Use key words (verbally)

*Use art skills to design your own hold place

 

Today Van Gogh  and Dali discussed the difference between a Church and a Mosque.  We used our prior learning to say the differences and to name important parts or objects in the place of worship.

 

Next, we each had a template of a Mosque or a Church and we used paper to design our own version.  

 

Here are some of our designs:

 

Little Red Riding Duck

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In Year 2 we chose the book Little Red Riding Duck as our Take One Book. We are acting out the story and writing our own versions.

Year 2 Display Boards

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Here are the Year 2 display boards from our topic "Who am I?". They are located outside Year 6.

 

 

Michael Rosen Poems

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This week Year 2 have been looking at Michael Rosen poems and today we practiced and performed them! Here are some of our performances!

I Know Someone Who...

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Here we are performing the Michael Rosen Poem I Know Someone Who...

Our Giuseppe Arcimboldo Inspired Portraits

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In Art, as part of our “Who am I?” topic we looked at portraits by the Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo. We use different types of food and plants to make the features of our faces. Which is your favourite? Why?

Number Bonds

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In Maths we have been practising our number bonds to help us be fluent with numbers.

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Andy Warhol Inspired Portraits

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This was the entry point to our new topic "Who am I?".

We looked at the "Pop Artist" Andy Warhol and used his work as an inspiration for own portraits.

What do you think of them?

 

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The Music Festival

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Here are Year 2 singing the song "Friendship and Music" in a round

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'Take One Picture' Art Learning - 'George and the Dragon' 1 Year 2 recreated the painting in sections.

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