04/10/2019 at 12:37 PM
This week we have learned about another famous nurse from Victorian times, Mary Seacole. Like Florence Nightingale, Mary also helped the British soldiers in the Crimean War. Children learned about her life and played a game to answer questions. The children also compared her to Florence Nightingale and sorted statements about their lives and work.
Here we are engrossed in our activities and discussions!
We were so impressed with the children’s alternative versions of The Little Red Hen. They had such lovely ideas and were so enthusiastic about their writing. Building up writing stamina is something we usually work on in Year 2 but the children already seem to have this!
After writing our stories, we moved on to instructional writing. We gave precise instructions for an adult to follow to make a jam sandwich. The children learned more about using imperative (bossy) verbs to write command sentences. E.g Cut the bread in half. We ordered sections of a set of instructions and then had a go at writing our own.
In maths this week we have been counting in 2s, 5s, 10s and 3s. The children have been completing sequencing and reasoning activities to show what they have learned. Here we have written some of our own sequences, counting in tens from any number:
Here are some links to songs and activities:
We had a great time in PE developing our speed, agility and quickness.
There is a new learning log challenge linked to our work in English this week. We look forward to reading your healthy recipes!
27/09/2019 at 1:37 PM
We have had another busy and exciting week in year 2.
In English we read the traditional tale ‘The Little Red Hen’ and have looked at the alternative version ‘Mr Wolf’s Pancakes’. We found out that in both stories the main character wanted to make something but their unhelpful friends refused to help them. The children are now busy planning their own alternative version which they will write next week. Can they tell you about the ideas they have planned?
In maths we have continued our work on place value looking at comparing and ordering numbers. Can you explain how to use the symbols < > = to an adult? We have also been putting numbers in order. You could play this game at home to practise:
Continuing with our ‘be healthy’ topic, we have designed and made our own food plate collages in art. We used foil, sponge, tissue paper and paint to create our art work. We think they look good enough to eat!
We would like to say a big thank you to Charlotte and Annette for coming in to speak to the children about their work.
Charlotte (Eesa’s mum) is a doctor . She brought in her doctor’s bag and showed the children the different equipment used to help diagnose patients’ illnesses.
Annette (Sebastian’s mum) is a children’s dietician. She explained how to feed poorly patients in hospitals when they are unable to eat.
20/09/2019 at 12:52 PM
Earlier this week, a mysterious suitcase arrived in our class. The children had to look at the objects and artefacts contained within the suitcase and work out who the case belonged to. After we realised that it belonged to Florence Nightingale, we had to piece together the evidence to try and tell her story.
Yesterday we had a lovely time learning all about Florence Nightingale. The children took part in a workshop where they learned all about Florence’s life and work. They enjoyed a number of activities including sorting objects into those that would be found in the dirty hospital before Florence arrived, and those that would be found in a clean hospital. They also used a timeline to find out about things that Florence would have known about and things that she wouldn’t; this really helped them to understand chronology. They loved dressing up as porters and nurses and were very enthusiastic about cleaning Scutari hospital and looking after the wounded soldiers!
Here are some pictures:
In maths we have continued our work on place value looking at comparing and ordering numbers. Can you explain how to use the symbols < > = to an adult?
In PSHCE, we have continued our work on ‘Being Healthy’ by learning about why exercise is important and the benefits that exercising brings. We had a go at performing some different types of exercises and seeing how many we could perform in one minute. We thought about the changes in our bodies and how exercising made us feel.
13/09/2019 at 12:55 PM
This week in Year 2, we started our new topic “Be Healthy”. We talked about what we need to do to keep our bodies healthy. We thought about what we typically eat and drink in a day and if we choose ‘5 a day’. We have sent home a 5 a day chart; please can children complete these and bring them back to school for a ‘Be Healthy’ dojo!
In English this week we have been using our senses to help us generate vocabulary for poetry. We particularly enjoyed using our senses to write a poem about different fruits!
This week in maths we have been partitioning 2 digit numbers. We used part whole models to show how to partition a number into tens and ones.
We have thought about different ways to partition numbers. For example:
36 = 30 + 6
36 = 20 + 16
36 = 10 + 26
We used this activity in class today to practise partitioning 2 digit numbers into tens and ones. Choose the TU numbers option.
On Friday afternoons, the children have started taking part in different activities:
- In RE children are finding out how Christians and Muslims welcome new life.
- In coding, children are programming Beebots and learning about simple algorithms.
- In food and cooking, the children are practising cutting skills.
- Mrs Kenny is working with groups of children every week to keep the garden area outside Year 2 attractive and to encourage wildlife. They have made bird feeders today!
Next week we are looking forward to welcoming parents into the classroom on Wednesday after school. This is a chance for parents to see some of the work the children have done already and to ask any questions.
We are also looking forward to our Florence Nightingale workshop on Thursday. Please can you make your contributions on ParentPay if you haven’t already done so.
06/09/2019 at 2:43 PM
What a fantastic start we have had in Year 2!
We have been so impressed with how well the children have settled into their new classes and how quickly they have got used to their new routines.
This week we have been thinking about class rules, the learning hives and how we learn. We have set ourselves some targets for the year linked to these. We created some wonderful personal art work.
In maths this week we have started to learn more about the place value of numbers.
In topic this week, we shared our holiday stories and used maps to find the places we have been to.
In English we wrote letters to Farsley Bear telling him about where we have been in the world and where we would like to go. We did a great job!
We have done some amazing reading already too. We have used the reading dogs to help us answer different types of questions.
Can your child remember any of the characters?
Thank you for your support so far. We are looking forward to a really great year!
The Year 2 Team.
19/07/2019 at 12:52 PM
We had a fantastic time on Tuesday at Skelton Grange learning all about the different mini-beasts that live in different habitats. The children really impressed the staff at Skelton grange with their knowledge and enthusiasm. The children were an absolute pleasure and a credit to the school.