Year 2

Week Commencing – 15th July

In Year 2 the children have been learning about:-

  • Looking at junior style newspapers, seeing how they are written, comparing statements and opinions, wring a story for a photograph and understanding jobs associated with the news.
  • Learning about Vincent Van Gogh and producing a sunflowers picture in his style.
  • Creating model playgrounds for the design technology element of our Great Outdoors topic.

To support your child with continuing their learning at home, you could find out more about the art of the impressionists and Vincent Van Gogh.

Week Commencing – 8th July

In Year 2 the children have been learning about:-

  • Maths – finishing off measuring capacity in litres, reading scale and solving word problems, revising column addition and subtraction methods.
  • English – continuing to read Charlie Fry the Football Boy Wonder and writing a recount of our day at Earth Trust on Friday.
  • Designing an attractive playground for our design technology project this term.

To support your child with continuing their learning at home, you could look at First News, The Week or other child newspaper to see what is currently in the news and discuss it. If you purchase or borrow any of these, it would be helpful if your child could share it with the class please.

Week Commencing – 1st July 

In Year 2 the children have been learning about:-

  • Looking at a new book called Charlie Fry Football Boy Wonder by Martin Smith, writing about the main character, taking notes and creating a story mountain of the plot in English.
  • In Maths we are completing our work on measures by solving word problems on mass, capacity and temperature.
  • In our Topic lesson we are preparing for our trip to Earth Trust by and agreeing our rules for the trip and how to respect wildlife and look after the environment for the future.

To support your child with continuing their learning at home, you could talk to them about micro habitats, food chains and how we can respect the environment.

Week Commencing – 24th June

In Year 2 the children have been learning about:-

  • Further work on measures looking at capacity in litres or millilitres and degrees centigrade on a scale in Maths.
  • Continuing descriptive writing based on Anthony Browne’s story entitled 'The Tunnel' in English.
  • In Science we are exploring contrasting world habitats such as polar, ocean, desert, grassland, rainforest and woodland and how wildlife have adapted to these conditions.

To support your child with continuing their learning at home, you could look at packets, tins, cans and bottles labels to see the amount in the container. Also looking at equivalents for example, ½ l, 0.5 l and 500 ml are the same amount.

Week Commencing – 17th June

In Year 2 the children have been learning about:-

  • Looking at mass in grams and kilograms, ordering weights and solving simple word problems on balance scales in maths.
  • Completing Owl Diaries with an adventure of their own for Plop and editing their work carefully for accuracy in English.
  • Finding out about the Jewish Sabbath day of Shabbat and the symbolism of the special meal they prepare.

To support your child with continuing their learning at home, you could talk about local wildlife in and around Goring, go on a walk and look at animal habitats and how they need food, water, shelter and protection in order to survive. You could also do some cooking, look at the packaging of the ingredients and weigh them out carefully on kitchen scales.

Week Commencing – 10th June

In Year 2 the children have been learning about:-

  • Continuing to read the Jill Tomlinson story and compile a diary for Plop the Baby Barn Owl in English.
  • Completing the Science unit on Plants by suggesting which plants would grow the best and why - in an assessment activity, to consolidate our learning.
  • Looking at how traditional Jewish families spend their weekends with a first look at Shabbat in RE.

To support your child with continuing their learning at home, you could investigate mini beasts in your garden or go on a walk and see which is the most common plant or animal in those places.

Topic Homework is environmental art in the Style of Andy Goldsworthy and to take a photograph of it, please see further details in Homework books.

Week Commencing – 3rd June

In Year 2 the children have been learning about:-

  • Starting to read ‘The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark’, describing Plop and writing a series of diary entries in English.
  • Looking at directional movement, turns clockwise and anticlockwise in Maths.
  • Thinking about how we spend the weekends to begin our new ‘Big Question’ in RE.

To support your child with continuing their learning at home, they could navigate from A to B using terms like quarter/half/three quarters/whole turn and clockwise or anti-clockwise.

Please continue to send in items we can use in our environmental art at school over the next 2 weeks. Thank you

Week Commencing – 20th May

In Year 2 the children have been learning about:-

  • In S.T.E.A.M Week we have enjoyed outdoor Maths games, made spaghetti and marshmallow structures, worked on our power point slides, tried circular weaving, performed an informal music concert and used microscopes hired out to us.
  • In Science we have looked at bean seeds and carried out an assessment on how to plan a fair test by growing plants in plastic bags with compost and researched unusual plant facts.
  • To support Goring Library we have designed elephants to celebrate 30 years of Elmer the Elephant stories. These can be viewed in the Library soon.

To support your child with continuing their learning at home, you could plant some seeds in a greenhouse or garden and share them with the class later in the term either a growing in a pot or in the form of a photograph.

On Monday June the 17th we are planning to go on a walk along the Thames Path during the afternoon. If you could spare a couple of hours to join us, please let Mrs Clegg know. Thank you.

Week Commencing – 13th May 

In Year 2 the children have been:-

  • In Topic the children have been thinking of ideas to include in tourist information leaflets, based on Katie Morag’s Isle of Struay.
  • Looking at the story of Jonah and the whale in RE, thinking about how stories and events can change people.
  • More planting investigations in Science, comparing plants grown in different environments and looking at seed packets and fun facts about plants.

To support your child with continuing their learning at home, you could visit a local garden centre and look at the types of plants and seeds for sale for our Science Topic.

A note from Mrs Parkinson related to our STEAM Week beginning 20th May:

On Thursday 23rd May during our Class Music Lesson, Year 2 are going to have a short or very informal concert. Children who wish to can perform a piece on an instrument, or sing a song. There will also be a ‘try out a percussion instrument’ activity for children who would prefer not to perform on their own. If you have any questions, please talk to Mrs Parkinson.

Week Commencing – 7th May 

In Year 2 the children have been learning about:-

  • Taking mock Sat’s tests in reading, spelling, grammar and maths (arithmetic and reasoning) to become familiar with the style of questions being asked.
  • Thinking what it would be like to live on Katie Morag’s Isle of Struay for a 2 week holiday and writing a postcard home. We are also continuing to produce illustrated glossaries of land features in our Great Outdoors Topic.
  • Reading the story of Zacchaeus in RE, seeing the dramatic change in the tax collector and thinking of modern examples of this happening

To support your child with continuing their learning at home, you could plant some seeds at home and read the instructions and tips of the back of the packet. You could also look at plants in your garden and different crops grown in your locality.

Week Commencing – 29th April

In Year 2 the children have been learning about:-

  • Brushing up on grammar in English – homophones, possessive apostrophe, un/dis prefix and words with a ful/less/ness/ment prefix.
  • Looking at units of time, conversions into hours and minutes, duration of time and simple problem solving in Maths.
  • Observing plants growing in different conditions (without water, light and warmth) and comparing them to those grown in more normal conditions. Making predictions and notes about what they notice in Science. We have also looked at the centre of a bulb and how it can grow roots and a shoot when left in water.

To support your child with continuing their learning at home, you could help them examine a variety of plants in the environment which have originated from a seed, bulb or cutting.

 

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