Welcome back

We hope you had a wonderful Easter break. First of all, many thanks must go to Mrs Dingwall for her colourful and creative Easter gifts to our class – they were gratefully received by all.

We have a busy, but extremely short term ahead of us. With our assembly, SATs and Sports Day all to fit in before Half Term. The children will be bringing the following documents home with them, but they are here for your reference too:

summer curriculum news

Explorers Home Learning Term 3

Remember, Book and a Biscuit will now be held on Tuesday mornings.

Up, up and away!

What a fabulous end to our final Spring term, as we celebrated our WOW Week – Up, up and away! This week we received a very exciting AirMail letter…from Australia! The children were so excited to hear from Thomas, who is ten years old and lives near Melbourne, Australia. We found out lots of interesting facts about Australia, which we didn’t know; including the fact that wombats do square-shaped poos to stop them rolling down the hills. As you can imagine, this was the children’s favourite fact! Year 2 have been extremely busy responding to Thomas, and a selection of the letters will be sent off to him after Easter, so they can travel ‘Up, up and away!’. We felt incredibly lucky to hear from him. We made some beautiful kites, which linked in well to our learning of 2D and 3D shapes – some of which are now on display in the Key Stage 1 corridor. Our new Science theme is Plants, which lead us to make dandelion seeds from A4 paper and observe how they moved through the air.

Thank you so much to all the parents who attended our recent Parents’ Afternoon and Evening – it was wonderful to share your children’s work with you and to listen to your responses too. Thank you for continuing to support your child’s learning at home, by reading, encouraging them to use Mathletics and Timetable Rockstars and completing the extra theme tasks.

Happy Easter from the Year 2 Team

Seeing spots!

We wrapped up our Australia topic lessons, by producing our own Aboriginal dot paintings, with the children choosing different animals to innovate. In Literacy, we finished our current unit focussing on instructions, with elves, aliens and unicorns being trapped, just to name a few!

The children have worked extremely hard this week, especially during their assessments, therefore they thoroughly deserved their Super Movers session and art activities (including fine motor skills activities which the children love) at the end of the week. Well done Year 2.

 

Happy Week – just a fraction of time!

Another week crammed with lots of different activities. We moved onto looking at fractions in maths, which saw use exploring fractions by trying to make the smallest fraction we could out of a rectangle. In Literacy, we innovated our instructions, trapping a fairy instead of a dragon! We wrote a Happy Poem to celebrate Happy Week, and completed lots of other activities including Just Dance to promote and encourage happiness.

Science Week.

This week has been British Science Week and we have celebrated by having special assemblies, a Science Fayre and different activities in class. We’ve also completed more activities linked to money and instructions in our Maths and Literacy lessons. Relating to our topic of Australia, we have create factfiles about their unique animals and looked at food chains in Science.

Money talks!

We have had a week full of lots of different activities this week. In Maths, we began looking at money and discussing what we already know about it. We are continuing to trap a dragon in Literacy, which has been great fun so far. Linked to our Australia Topic, we have looked at the work of Aboriginal artist, Michael Connolly, with the children imitating his work on the Rainbow Serpent, which will lead them to create their own image soon.

We celebrated World Book Day, with a Book and a Biscuit with our teddies and classmates. Mrs Reeve read stories to us every hour and we started to create our own bookmarks.

SATs Evening

Many thanks to all the parents and children who attended the Year 2  SATs Evening. We hope we were able to answer any questions you may have had – please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries. If you were unable to attend, do not worry, the presentation on the SATs and a further presentation about Well-being is now available here:

kst 1 sats presentation

Parents Meeting Mindfulness

 

Spring is in the air, or is it a dragon?

A great start back to our Spring term. Mrs Reeve was contacted by one of her friends in another school, as they had a dragon in their playground! Year 2 became dragon experts and were able to give Mrs Reeve some ideas and instructions about how the school could solve their dragon problem. We looked at a set of instructions, which told us the steps to trapping a dragon. The children have brought home a text map to help them to remember the contents and structure of the instructions. They will love sharing this with you at home.

We have finished working on Statistics, by looking at pictograms, and will now be moving onto money. In Topic, we focused on Aboriginal art linked to the Aboriginal artist, Michael Connolly and began to imitate his work based upon the Dreamtime story about the Rainbow Serpent. We learnt the different techniques and mediums they used, including making dots with sticks rather than paintbrushes. In PSHE, we created our designs for our Compassion Cobbles and discussed what compassion is and how we can display it. Thank you to the children who have already brought in their cobbles/stones to paint their designs onto.

I look forward to seeing you at our SATs meeting on Monday.

Another date for you calendars – we will be having our Class Assembly on Monday 29th April at 2:30pm. There will be a letter sent out in a few weeks time detailing more about the assembly.

 

What a ‘Super’ week!

The end of term is here – we can’t believe that we are halfway through Year 2. It has been assessment and Superhero week, and the children have been simply super during their assessments, which will be feedback to parents next term. We’ve also completed some MARVELlous hero tasks, such as: creating a hero, applying for the job of Captain Cogenhoe, making comic strips, identifying our own heroes and collecting and displaying data about our favourite Superheroes. A great range of different activities to extend the children’s learning and understanding.

Congratulations to Coco, who was Year 2’s Maths Champion for the term and to all the children who have been completing the homework and reading challenges.

A letter has been sent home, in regards to a SATs meeting on Monday 4th March – if you are unable to attend, I will post the PowerPoint presentation on our class page. Please do not hesitate in asking any questions about them. I hope to see you there. Also World Book Day is on 7th March.

Lastly, a little request, please can the children bring in one smooth, flat stone (about as big as their hand) in next term, in preparation for a creative project. Many thanks and enjoy Half Term.

 

Safer Internet Day and discovering Data

Another fun-packed week of learning in Year 2 has seen us, explore Internet Safety, but we also had some fun with emojis too. We discussed when they are used and what they might mean. Can you guess which emojis the children are?

Year 2 would like to share their Internet Safety Advice to you all:
– Only go on games and apps that are the right age for you. (Check the PEGI)
– Always set a screen time limit.
– Be kind to others.
– Keep personal information to yourself.
– Always ask for permission before going online..
– If something upsets or worries you online, always tell an adult.
The children had lots more ideas – talking about Internet Safety is so important – ask your children what they know. Well done Year 2 ⭐️

In Maths, we continued to look at Statistics, the children’s enthusiasm for this topic has been fantastic. We used the data we collected from our Birdwatch survey to create our own block diagrams.

We also looked at the difference in weather and seasons in Australia, with us all thinking of the summer weather…it will come around quickly! The children’s Australian homework is continuing to be an essential part of Show and Tell. Many thanks to Lianna’s Mum for her wonderful Slovak Marble Cake – Ďakujem

Reading Challenge

The children are so excited about the new Reading Challenge. The challenge should be in the children’s Reading Records, but if it’s misplaced, here is another copy:

Reading Challenge

Good luck Year 2!

Birdwatch, block diagrams and bricks

Thank you to everyone who took part in the RSPB’s Birdwatch. This week, we placed our fat cakes around the school’s wildlife area, which was perfect timing, as the weather has turned. In maths, we have begin to look at Statistics, specifically: tally charts, block diagrams and pictograms. With our new found knowledge and understanding we compiled the information form the surveys in a tally chart, which we will display in block diagrams next week. We also explored our local environment further and looked in different habitats for minibeasts, using tallies to record our information.

The children have continued to bring in their amazing homework activities with Millionaire Shortbread and a Lego Dingo being the highlights of the week. Thank you for your support at home.

 

Life Down Under and on the Moorland.

We’ve travelled to the Southern Hemisphere this week when we celebrated Australia Day. The children took part in different creative activities linked to Australia. They made: rain sticks, Aboriginal Rainbow Snakes, Fairy Bread and ANZAC biscuits. Everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable day. The children have also been sharing the amazing homework activities they have completed – such detail and enthusiasm – thank you so much for supporting them with their learning at home.

Mrs Butlin visited to talk to us about the Hen Harriers and their habitat, the Moorlands. We learnt so much from Mrs Butlin and her volunteers. It was pleasing to see the children so engaged and asking so many questions. We continued with the bird theme, by making fat cakes for our local birds, which we will be placing around the school grounds next week. Also, we discussed the Birdwatch weekend, which we are taking part in: how to complete the survey, what birds to look for and why it is so important to do.

The next spelling test will be on Friday 1st February, due to the training day and extra curriculum activities we have completed during the week. Thank you so much for continued help at home, especially with your children’s reading, Timestable Rocks Stars (we won our battle!) and Mathletics – it has such a big impact on their learning.

What a performance!

We started the week with the children sharing the story of Kassim to the rest of the school, which they did so very well. We are extremely proud of them – they we so brave, as we were the first class to do this! Thank you to listening to their story at home too.

Many of the class have already completed some of the homework grid, which they have showed to us all. We particularly liked the Lego kangaroo and platypus that Michael and Blake made. What do you think? The children have also been so enthusiastic about Timestable Rockstars – they are absolutely rocking at the moment. Fantastic effort – let’s win that battle Year 2! Their understanding of division has been wonderful this week, with the children asking for more work!

Even thought the weather has turned, we managed to get outside this week in Science, to explore our environment and the habitats around us. We were discovering what was alive, dead or what had never been alive. It was a pity that all the mini-beasts were hiding from the cold! We will be talking about the Birdwatch Survey next week.

Brave children and hungry dragons!

It’s been a fun-packed week of learning in Year 2. We’ve begun our Science topic of ‘animals and their habitats’, which the children are very excited about. Also we have looked at the different continents, including Australasia and Europe. A special treat of ANZAC biscuits were baked as part of our homework grid by one of our class, which they kindly shared with the class –  they loved them. One of the class was heard to say, ‘They smell like popcorn.’ Mrs Reeve explained to the class how they got their name and why they were made. In Maths, we have worked on improving our multiplication knowledge and understanding, by using arrays and repeated addition.

In our Literacy lessons, we have been learning our model text about Kassim. Thank you for listening to the children at home, as they really enjoy sharing their story and all its actions with you. In class we explored the questions of: Should I go in the cave? Should I take the treasure? Should I fight the dragon? We pretended to be Kassim and the rest of the class told us what we should do and why. What a fantastic drama activity it was!

Happy New Year!

We hope you all had a wonderful festive time and we would like to welcome you back for the New Year. The Year 2 team would also like to thank you all for the gifts and cards we received – thank you for your generosity and kind thoughts.

What a busy start to the New Year we already have had! The children visited the Australian rainforest today, when they played a part in ‘I’m a child…get me out of here!’ Some willing volunteers, tried our very own Bushtucker Trail. They were brave enough to try lots of strange foods like: mealworms – spaghetti, eyeballs -pickled onions and even witchetty grubs – pickled gherkins! We are sure that the children will be talking about it for weeks to come. A huge well done to you all Year 2.

The children have also begun their new Literacy topic, which is linked to Warning stories. Next week they will be bringing home a ‘text map’ of the model text (story) we will be using. We are encouraging the children to share their learning with you at home, and for them to retell the story to you. This can be written in their Reading Records as a part of their daily reading. The children are very excited to show you!

Christmas Craft and Party Day

Lots of thank yous too!

It has been an incredibly busy end to our term: Nativity, Christmas Craft Day, party and pantomine.

The children were creative in their different craft workshops – we hope you like the work they brought home. They performed three amazing performances of their Nativity: A Magical Christmas Journey. We hope you’ll agree, we have some stars of the future amongst our cast. Huge congratulations must go to our children. Thank you for helping them learn their lines and for providing their costumes. The Christmas Party was a huge success, with lots of food, laughter and festive cheer. Again, many thanks for all the food provided – the children loved it.

As an extra treat, the children were given personalised tags made by Alfie’s Mum – thank you, they were amazing! Many thanks to Oliver’s Mum for providing prizes for our party games – pass the parcel was a huge hit!

Merry Christmas to you all and we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.

Mrs Reeve, Miss Humphries and Mrs Scott.

 

A Rough Guide to Year 2’s travels

What an exciting Week to Wow we have had! The children had the opportunity to visit seven different countries on Monday; by the end of the day there were some symptoms of jetlag! They visited: Australia, China, India, Italy, Iceland, Wales and they finally landed in Denmark. During their travels, they learnt and experienced different activities linked to the various country. Their final destination was Denmark, which involved them learning about the geography, history, culture, language and Lego of the country. Tak år 2 du har været fantastisk! Thank you Year 2, you have been amazing!

Festive fun.

Year 2 have been very busy preparing for their Nativity play, but they have also been doing lots of learning too. We have started to round off our Topic, Science and Literacy units of work and the children have now moved onto developing their multiplication skills in Maths. In addition to this, they have created their own personalised Christmas bauble, which will soon be on sale for £1.50, to help raise funds for the school. We think you’ll agree, their efforts are amazing.

A list has been put up about the Christmas Party – if you have not seen the list or would like to know what your children can bring in, please ask one of the Year 2 team. Many thanks.

Message in a bottle!

What a surprise we had this week, when we found a message in a bottle in the classroom! We discovered that it had been written 9 years ago by a girl called Polly, who was looking for her friend. The children we then inspired to write a story about Polly finding her long, lost friend. Fantastic use of adjectives and verbs were used to describe their stories in detail. Great work Year 2!

We’ve also been busy rehearsing our lines and songs ready for the Nativity play. Children should have brought a letter home (a copy is also available in our Year 2 letters section), about ticket allocations. The tickets will be the returned slips, once they have been processed by the office. If you have any queries about the play, please ask a member of our team.

KS1 Calculations

For those parents who could not attend the Maths Evening, I have converted the presentation, which was used into a PDF file so that you can take a look. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask me. Many thanks, Mrs Reeve.

KS1 calculations

The Great Cogenhoe Bake Off

Paul and Prue would be very impressed by Year 2’s baking this week. We definitely had more success than Thomas Farriner (the Great Fire of London baker)! The children had to follow the recipe, make the bread and then evaluate it by looking at the appearance, taste and texture. Mrs Reeve had to give lots of Star Baker handshakes – their baking was fantastic!

The children also completed activities linked to Road Safety week and they have started to learn their Nativity songs. Letters have been sent home about their costumes, which need to be in by Friday 7th December in a bag labelled with their name. We can’t wait to sparkle and shine!

Celebrating our similarities and differences

Linked to Anti-Bullying Week, we have discussed who we are, we even created our own washing line of odd socks with words to describe us. We completed activities about cyber-bullying and talked about what we can do if someone is upsetting us. Very sensible comments and thoughts have been shared throughout the week. The children have loved listening to Andy and the Odd Socks (I’ve popped the link on here). Come and see our washing line at the next Book and a Biscuit.

https://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/anti-bullying-week/odd-socks-day-anti-bullying-week-0

Parents’ Evening

Many thanks to all of the parents and carers who have attended our Parents’ Evening. I mentioned to some parents about the spellings, which the children are expected to know by the end of Year 2 – these are called Common Exception words.

Here is a list of those spellings, with a section to tick if they can read the word and another for if they can spell the word. I hope this is useful for you.

Year 2 common exception words

Happy Diwali

This week the children learnt about the festival of Diwali and its links to light. We looked at and created our own Rangoli pictures and watched video clips about the celebration. We used our imaginations to create poems about fire and the Great Fire of London – they are amazing. The children imagined that the fire was like many different animals, including: a tiger, phoenix and dragon! In Science, we continued to investigate the properties of materials by testing if they were flexible. We have been continuing to develop our understanding of addition methods by developing our partition addition strategy. Year 2 welcomed parents and grandparents to our Book Talk session on Wednesday, which was a huge success. We are very proud of the children’s progress in their reading, which all could see during the session. Thank you to all the adults who attended.

 

Yo, ho, ho me hearties!

We’ve had a busy start to our new term! Linked to our theme of the Great Fire of London, we walked around Cogenhoe looking at the different types of houses and then compared them to the style of housing in 1666 London. We even used Google Earth to complete a virtual walk in parts of Cogenhoe we didn’t visit. To our surprise, we were visited by Long Lee Silver, who took us on a treasure hunt to discover the story we will be using in Literacy this term. The children had to solve the riddles and discover that the pirate in the story is called Tom! We were rewarded with a story and some gold coins! We have started our tennis lessons in PE and the children have already started improving their techniques. In science, we discussed  what materials would not be good for a fire officer’s uniform and a parachute (our scientists helped with the investigation in the ‘lab coats’). We hope the parents and grandparents, who came in to have lunch with their children enjoyed their meal.

Wild Wow Week

This week has seen Year 2 walking on the wild side. We’ve completed lots of different activities linked to our week theme of Animal Kingdom. In ICT, we used paint to create sea creatures, and we learnt about how plastic is affecting the sea animals and endangering many of them. We have been creating a sculpture of an endangered sea turtle, by using recycled items (mainly plastic and paper). We even have had an animal theme in PE, as we played Monkey Ball, which was a huge hit, and we moved with Bridget the Lioness – learning our 2 times tables at the same time! We have been developing our creative writing skills by writing about a phoenix and have used birds as a focus in art, as we improved our sketching skills by drawing a bird’s eye. In PSHE, we discussed how we can make the world a better place for animals, and we even involved animals in our maths! What a busy week!

A huge thank you for the wonderful donations to our class hamper for the Hope Centre – your generosity means so much.

 

Our mini Great Fire of London

We were visited by some of the crew from The Mounts Fire Station this week, who helped us to recreate the Great Fire of London. The fire was started at Thomas Farriner’s bakery and spread rapidly over 4 days (about 4 minutes) until it was extinguished. Tom, Adam. Leon and Mark then talked to us about fire safety, their uniform and the different jobs they do. As a real treat, we had a guided tour of the fire engine inside and out. To end the visit, we were treated further, by all having a chance of using the hose – we think the adults enjoyed it too! We will be revisiting fire safety on the run up to Bonfire Night.

 

Teamwork and Mosaics

A great PE lesson on Monday, (which will be our last on a Monday, as from next week PE will be on Tuesdays and Fridays) as we had to use lots of teamwork to be successful. As well as developing our throwing skills, we also used our maths skills by counting up in 10s and 20s to score.

We were very lucky to have a visiting artist help us to make a new school mosaic with our motto: Inspire. Aspire. Achieve. Later in the day, we made mosaics back in class to represent our value of the term: Respect

Thank you for your donations to our Harvest hamper for the Hope Centre.

Material World

Although this week has been short, we’ve managed to fit a lot in. In Science we have started to look at the everyday materials we use. We have explored the school to find different materials, described different materials to the class and made suggestions for their uses.

We have been improving our handwriting and fine motor skills by weaving paper and using our new handwriting books.

Mrs Reeve brought in some Roman pottery for the class to look at, which the children all had chance to look at and touch.

To end the week, we made our Tudor/Stuart houses linked to our Great Fire of London theme – look at our amazing creations! We will be having a very special visit from the Fire Service in a couple of weeks, when we will be re-enacting the Great Fire of London.

Science, Safety and Super Movers

Another busy week for Year 2 – we have been learning about Place Value in Maths, by using number lines to help us, and in Literacy we have continued to learn and talk about our story ‘Little Charlie’ – ask the children to tell the story with the actions too!

After Mrs Reeve’s whole school assembly on gaming, we discussed and designed ‘Game Safety’ posters. Year 2 were incredibly sensible when it came to discussing playing online and playing ‘computer’ games, and they were able to identify the dos and don’ts.

Linked to our Maths learning the children had their first go at Super Movers – Maths with Movement! We had great fun learning and dancing to number patterns.

We had three scientists visit us too, and they conducted an experiment with raisins. They children had a super scientific discussion about milk being thicker than water, and that the bubbles in the sparkling water made the raising dance. We even learnt that the gas in the bubbles is Carbon Dioxide. Watch this space for more visits from other scientists…

Look out for our class scarecrow at the weekend’s fete – Where’s Wally?

And relax!

We had a lovely morning experiencing a yoga taster session with Heather, who is hoping to start a Yoga Club at school. The children loved it, they were very relaxed by the end of it.

The children also voted for who will be representing the class on the School Council this year. All the children who wanted to be voted for, told the class why they wanted to be on the School Council and what they would do for the class and school. They were absolutely amazing; so many thoughtful speeches –  they made Mrs Reeve and Mrs Scott incredibly proud. The class all displayed the school value of respect, by listening to each other. A huge well done Year 2!

 

 

The day the ‘Great Fire’ came to Cogenhoe.

What a truly fabulous day we had when Patrick from History off the Page came to visit us! We learnt so much about how the fire started and what life was like in 1666 London. The children ,and adults, learnt some incredible facts about the fire, which involved us all participating in different activities and workshops. Later in the day, we were treated to a fascinating story told by Patrick. We do hope the children tell you lots about their day in Stuart London – they may have even seen some rats!

What a great start!

We had our first Book Talk session today, which was absolutely wonderful. The children quickly got used to their groups and new books, with some very detailed answers and responses given. Keep the great work up Year 2!

To introduce the children to their new literacy unit of work, we all went outside and listened to some volunteers, who read out their journey stories, which they had written last week – they were so brave. Mrs Reeve then went on to read them ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’, which the children listened to brilliantly and were able to respond with some super answers about the text.

An exciting day ahead, when History off the Page will be visiting us to help with our ‘Great Fire of London’ Day – photos to follow.

The children will be coming home in the next few days with their Curriculum News and Home Learning Grid. They are on here to help, just in case anyone loses theirs.

Explorers Home Learning Term 1

Autumn Curriculum News

Meet the Teacher

It was so lovely to meet so many of you at our Meet the Teacher event. A great opportunity to talk and listen to one another. Thank you so much to those who attended. For those who couldn’t attend and for everyone who would like the evening’s information, I have added them to our class page. I look forward to seeing you all at our Parents’ Evening and our SATs meeting in the future.

Meet the teacher Class presentation year 2

Learning-Times-Tables – I strongly recommend ‘Hit the Button’ as it is available on Android and Apple. Children really enjoy it.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Welcome back!

Mrs Reeve, Miss Humphries and Mrs Scott welcome you all to Year 2! We will keep you up-to-date with the class’ learning and the different activities and events they are involved in. Here’s to a fabulous year ahead!

We had a wonderful first day back – packed full of different activities, including taster sessions for: dodgeball, dance and netball. The class also discussed our first school value: Respect, with some incredibly mature comments and opinions. Earlier in the day, we discussed expectations and consequences, which the children listened to brilliantly. All the children read to an adult and were given two books to start them off.

Thank you for a great day Year 2.

 

 

 

 

Recommended Books for Year 2

In Year 2 we try to encourage children to read as much as possible at home. If your child would like to read books from home, alongside ones which are provided by school, they may like to try the texts listed on the link above.