Year 2

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.

Week Commencing – 18th March

In Year 2 the children have been learning about:-

  • In English we are completing our Willow Pattern Plate poems and starting to plan and write an information text about Chinese animals.
  • In Topic we had a Chinese Schools afternoon where we watched film clips, undertook an exercise drill, used brushes to create words in Chinese calligraphy, wrote numbers from one to ten and then read number codes.
  • In Science we are investigating the strength of string, thread and twisted materials.

To support your child with continuing their learning at home, you could think about the special foods eaten and some of the traditions of Easter.

Week Commencing – 11th March

In Year 2 the children have been learning about:-

  • In Maths we are doing work on ¼ and 1/3 fractions of shapes and quantities and solving simple word problems. We are also beginning to understand what a denominator is.
  • In English we are writing a narrative of the willow pattern story and plate design. We are also writing a short poem as well.
  • In Topic we have created willow pattern plates showing each element of the story in blue and white.

To support your child with continuing their learning at home, you could ask them to use coins and share them into 3 or 4 groups in equal quantities, to support our class work on fractions.

On Wednesday 27th March in the afternoon (from 1.30pm - 2.30pm), we are sewing Chinese tunics for the Design Technology element of our Topic. We are looking for parents or grandparents to help with supporting small groups of children sewing the two sides of a tunic together. No particular skills are required apart from guiding them and being able to thread a needle!  All materials will be provided. Thank you, Mrs Clegg

Week Commencing – 4th March

In Year 2 the children have been learning about:-

  • In English we are learning about the Willow Pattern Story, have looked at the three main characters and have carried out a Decision Alley to decide whether the couple should escape to be together.
  • In Maths we are learning about equal parts and the fractions of a half and a quarter of both shapes, measures and quantities.
  • Testing different materials (including putty) for stretch and strength in Science.

To support your child with continuing their learning at home, you could get them to find out if members of their family are giving up something for Lent, following Shrove Tuesday.

Week Commencing – 25th February

In Year 2 the children have been learning about:-

  • Maths – looking at 3D shapes all around us and the 2D shapes on their surfaces. We have also been counting faces, edges and vertices and recognising 3D shape nets.
  • English – writing an information text about Chinese New Year in sections, using sub-headings.
  • In RE we are looking at a new Big Question ‘How should the church celebrate Easter?’ We will start by looking inside church buildings and at the different styles of crosses seen.

To support your child with continuing their learning at home, you could look at and name 2D and 3D shapes in the local environment and draw simple pictures of them.

 

 

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