23/03/2018 at 2:22 PM
We have had yet another busy week in Year 2! Children have been learning about measuring in maths, we have been finding out more about life in Kenya and have enjoyed reading the story ‘A Lemur’s Tale’ in English. In science this week with Mrs Wilson, we learned all about nocturnal animals. The children really seemed to enjoy this and have been keen to find out more. In RE we started to think about prayer and we are looking forward to learning more about this at the Mosque next week.
Here we are sorting pictures of Kenya into urban and rural, discussing the human and physical features.
In maths this week we have been estimating and measuring length in centimetres. We discussed the importance of starting at zero, positioning your ruler correctly, reading the numbers and recording them accurately.
In English, we read a story about a baby Lemur who had been taken from his home in Madagascar.
The children produced some lovely writing from the point of view of the lemur in the story, comparing his feelings from the beginning of the story to the end. We also wrote some descriptions of Madagascar.
This morning, some of the children created amazing African sunset artwork. They used chalks to make a sunset background then cut out animal shapes on black paper to create a silhouette.
Next week we are looking forward to our Mosque visits on Monday (2Lo) and Tuesday (2La) followed by a morning of African activities on Wednesday.
Have a lovely weekend,
the Year 2 Team
23/03/2018 at 1:55 PM
This morning, 30 Year 2 pupils took part in a skipping competition with 6 other local schools.
Children took part in individual and team skipping events: double bounce, speed bounce, side swing, paired skipping, run jump out and keep the pot boiling.
All children took part in extra skipping throughout the morning, learning some new skipping skills.
Everyone received a certificate for taking part and some children earned extra bronze or gold awards for their individual or team events. The organisers said how close all the school’s scores were so everybody should be very proud of their efforts.
Most importantly, all the children had a great time and were a credit to themselves and the school. Well done everyone!
16/03/2018 at 2:18 PM
We have had another busy week in Year 2.
In English this week we have been reading, performing and writing poetry. We have looked at rhyme, alliteration and have focused on choosing adjectives and verbs for effect. We wrote our own poems, edited and improved them and copied them up in our neatest handwriting.
We had great fun on Tuesday with All Stars cricket. We practised throwing and catching and learned some new games.
In topic this week, we used maps and our imaginations to travel to Africa. We found out lots of amazing facts.
In special mention assembly this week, some children were presented with special certificates and prizes from Mrs Kenny.
These children have been working hard in maths following the 1st class@number programme.
These children have made terrific progress with their reading.
A big thank you to Mrs Kenny for her hard work, time and encouragement.
2La met with their reading buddies this week. 4K came to show us their pop up books about vertebrates. We enjoyed looking at these and showed them some of our work too.
09/03/2018 at 1:32 PM
It has been a week of maths learning, starting with the staff on Monday and including our World Maths Day on Wednesday.
We had a fantastic day on Wednesday celebrating World Maths Day.
We spent the first part of the morning solving maths puzzles on the theme of African animals. Here are some of our solutions:
We then had a Mathletics Assembly with Mrs Fisher:
We were really proud of the five children who were awarded wrist bands for being in Farfield’s top ten of high scores.
Here we are hard at work:
In the afternoon we completed our Mathletics challenges. This was great practise for learning our number facts. By year 2 we hope that most children have a really good grasp of these to enable them to make links and support their calculation. For example, if you know that 3 + 4 = 7, you can derive the answers to 30 + 40, 23 +4, 7-4 and so many more!
Finally, linked to our Africa topic, we learned about a traditional game from Kenya called Shisima. We looked at the picture of the game to try to work out the rules. Then we made our own game boards and played the game. We hope you are enjoying playing it at home!
Have a fantastic weekend!
From the Year 2 Team
02/03/2018 at 1:15 PM
We have had another busy week in year 2 with some slight changes to planned activities due to snow days!
In English this week we have started our own Tinga Tinga stories. The children produced some super stories using some very imaginative ideas. These included a leopard who got his spots when a mischievous chameleon painted him, a crocodile who learned to snap his jaws after an annoying bird put a stick in his mouth and a giraffe who asked a lion to pull his neck so he could reach some leaves because he was so fed up of eating fallen coconuts! We have talked lots about right choice words for creating descriptions and how our story ideas should flow from beginning to end.
On Thursday, we did some lovely descriptive writing, based on the story ‘How the Elephant got his Trunk’. Children worked in partners to think of adjectives to describe the main character at the beginning and at the end of the story. They then wrote some detailed paragraphs to describe the Elephant.
In maths this week, we have continued our fractions work, focusing on fractions of amounts. Children have really grasped the concept of finding half using their doubles knowledge. We used bar models to support our understanding.
Here we are sorting equivalent fractions:
In geography this week we learned about the physical and human features of a place. Physical features include rivers, mountains and forests whereas human features include houses, roads and canals. We will use this knowledge when we start to look more at Africa.
On Thursday we learned some facts about the continent of Africa. We then used the app Pic Collage to make information posters. This is a great app for children to use to organise their ideas adding text and pictures. Here we are at work and some of our final pieces:
We have also produced some fantastic Tinga Tinga art. Here we are at work:
And finally, here we are playing in the snow!
See you all next week on Tuesday (Training Day Monday). Remember on Wednesday we will be celebrating World Maths Day. Keep practising for the competitions on live Mathletics. We will be doing ten games on level 1, five on level 2 and five on level 3.
23/02/2018 at 4:07 PM
We have been so impressed with how hard the children in Year 2 have worked this week. We have been really busy getting to grips with our new topics.
In maths this week we have been learning about fractions. We were really good at identifying halves and quarters of shapes. Some of us even managed to identify three quarters and thirds.
Fact of the week: 1/2 is the same as 2/4
Today we used cubes to find fractions of amounts. Here we are finding 1/2 and 1/4 of 8 and 12. Can you remember how to find 3/4?
Our new topic is Africa and in our geography lesson, we started thinking about how near and how far different places in the world are. We recapped the continents and learned the names of the world’s oceans. Next week, we will start to think more about the continent of Africa.
In English, this week we have enjoyed listening to some different Tinga Tinga Tales. We started the week by reviewing the story ‘How Elephant got his Trunk’. We then used the story ‘Why Monkeys Swing in the Trees’ to help us write some description. We enjoyed sequencing the story ‘Why Snake has no Legs’.
Today we have started to plan our own stories about African animals. We came up with some brilliant ideas but found it quite tricky to think about how the animal changes in the story. If you have time this weekend, please can you talk about your story plan and maybe find out more about your animal. You could also watch some episodes of Tinga Tinga Tales on cbeebies to get some further ideas.
Have a great weekend,
The Year 2 Team