What an end to the term!
As you know by now, Year 2 are always busy, but this week was definitely our busiest! We began the week by visiting Gabby the Leopard Gecko. Having visited her, we wrote an information text about her for our Cold Write. Later in the week, we visited Antarctica with Andy from CBeebies and began to learn our new model text about Emperor Penguins. We looked at the features of non-chronological reports and became experts on Emperor Penguins.
In Maths, we continued with our addition and subtraction unit, focusing on adding and subtracting 10s. In Topic, we finished our Coach Trip around the UK, by looking at the different foods found around the country and we recapped on all the things we had learnt about Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh. In Science, we finished our investigations linked to Materials. We devised an experiment to see which material would be best to make an umbrella…as you can see from the results our investigation was a huge success. We used some amazing scientific vocabulary to explain what might happen and why it happened. Budding designers and scientists of the future!
It was wonderful to see so many pumpkins in school too…there must have been lots of pumpkin soup and pies being cooked around Cogenhoe!
Year 2 should be immensely proud of themselves for achieving so much in the first term, of a very different school year.
Spellings for the first week back after Half Term
Listen to the music
Half Term is fast approaching, but this doesn’t mean that Year 2 have been putting on the bakes just yet! This week, we completed our Hot Write based on a journey story. The children did so well, as this is the most writing they have completed since starting primary school. In Maths, we continued to look at the relationship between numbers and began to investigate the operations of addition and subtraction.
Our Topic lessons were packed full of information this week, we listened and compared the national anthems of Wales, Scotland and Ireland. The children did amazingly well to hear the different instruments used. We also left Cogenhoe again and visited the cathedrals of Edinburgh, Belfast and Cardiff. We studied the stained glass windows and understood that they often tell a story. We then designed our own beautiful windows.
In Science, we had a mini-materials quiz and devised an experiment to see which material is best for making an umbrella…what this space to read about the results next week!
Remember, next week’s spelling test will be an assessment, so it will not follow the same format as previous weeks.
Raising the flag
Another busy, busy week in Year 2! We managed to complete two amazing topic lessons: one looked at comparing Northampton to the capital cities of Cardiff, Belfast and Edinburgh, and the other looked at the different flags which make up the UK – we even completed a flag quiz and looked in the atlases too! In Maths, we began to focus on addition and subtraction. Don’t tell Mrs Oldham, but we completed some graffiti maths! We also completed our weekly timestables quiz. It’s so important to use Timestable Rockstars, and the results each week keep improving – keep the great work up Year 2.
In Literacy, we are preparing for our Hot Write next week, when we will be writing our own journey stories. In Science, we investigated the changing shape of materials, and even looked at toilets in Japan that are transparent and opaque!
The children now have logins for Spelling Shed, where they will be able to play spelling games. This week’s spellings are based on the Year 2 common exception words (words that do not necessarily follow a set spelling rule). The following week there will be no spelling list/test, as we will be completing a spelling assessment on the children, which will inform us of any support needed.
Spellings: week 6
We have had some wonderful Book Talk and Guided Reading sessions, and the children are progressing well with their reading. We encourage the children to read with you 5 times a week. The children love to show how well they are doing. Here is a leaflet, which can help to support the reading at home.
Taking a day trip
This week we quickly took a trip to Edinburgh to take in all the sights. We visited Edinburgh Castle, Zoo and Arthur’s Seat to name just a few. We then wrote a postcard to Mrs Oldham to explained where we visited and some things which unfortunately went wrong. Fortunately though we still had a great time.
In Maths we finished exploring place value, which means we’re moving onto addition and subtraction in the coming weeks. In Science, we continued to look at materials, and how suitable they are for the jobs that they do. We learned new vocabulary, such as: opaque, transparent and absorbent.
In PE, we moved our feet to the music of Wales, when we began to learn the Nantgarw dance, which is quite similar to Morris Dancing. We also helped to sort the hand sanitiser Mrs Reeve received into groups of 10, so that it could be distributed to the other classes.
Spellings: week 5
Another busy week in Year 2, which saw us venture outside to discover the different materials around us and the different uses they have. Luckily, we were able to dodge the freak storm we had had earlier in the day, which as you can imagine caused much excitement!
The children became internet investigators, when they researched the different capital cities of Scotland. Wales and Northern Ireland. Their fact finding was so successful that they taught Mrs Reeve and Miss Hare some new facts about the different cities.
In Maths, the children continued to explore place value, by ordering numbers and determining which numbers were greater than or less than each other. They continued to dance the Highland Fling in PE, with a ‘copycat’ activity. In Literacy, we gave our opinions on the model text and learned about the different word classes. The children have an amazing bank of adjectives now and are hungry to use them in their writing!
Spellings: week 4
Ready, steady, action
This week Year 2 have been very active. We began the week by exploring place value and nature together, by using the things around us to understand number. Those things included: twigs, leaves, cones and stones. Throughout the week we explored numbers in different ways.
We were treated to a Freestyle session of Dodgeball, as well as our normal PE lessons. Continuing our journey around the UK, we began to learn the Highland Fling, which we needed to do in the shade of the tree, as the weather was so hot!
There was plenty of action in our Literacy lessons too, as we ventured on our journey with Little Charlie and learnt about the use of verbs and tenses. In Topic, we located the different nations of the UK and their capital cities. We also identified different materials and their different uses in Science.
Just in case any spelling sheets are lost, I will put them on here every week.
Spellings: week 3
Year 2 have been on their travels this week! We had a whistle-stop coach trip to Edinburgh, Belfast and Cardiff, as the children began to learn about the nations of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Thankfully, we did not get stuck in traffic and were able to make it back to Cogenhoe in time for the end of school – phew!
In Literacy, the children have quickly learnt their new model text, Little Charlie and have told us how much they have enjoyed sharing it with you at home. When they share their model text it can be written in their Reading Diaries, as it counts towards their reading (5 times a week). In Maths, we have started to look at place value, particularly numerals and words. The start of our Science unit, has seen the children become material detectives, when they discovered what materials could possibly be in the science bag. An amazing first full week back – keep the good work up Year 2!
We also had a visit from artist, Darcy, who showed us how to make shoes from wire and metal tape. It was quite tricky, but we were determined to do it. Year 2 are now true cobblers!
What a wonderful start!
We couldn’t be more proud of Year 2 – they have had the most wonderful start to the new school year. They have already displayed our value of the term: Courage. Very quickly, they have adapted to our new school routines, which will adapting and improving all the time. This week, we have already completed our first piece of writing linked to our new Talk for Writing unit, explored the value of courage and learnt some interesting facts abut Northampton linked to our new Project Conquer. Please ask the children to share a fact they’ve learnt about their hometown. As you can imagine, we have a very busy two days back, so photos were a little limited this week…more to follow in the future. Next week we’ll settle into our normal school week, with PE on Mondays and Fridays, so remember to be in PE kit for those days.
Well done to everyone for a super start – we’re going to have a fantastic year.
Welcome to Year 2 2020-21
The new school year starts in September; Mrs Reeve and Miss Hare are looking forward to seeing all of their new children and parents. Here is some information to help with the transition into Year 2. To accompany this, I have also included at the bottom of the page, an extensive list of online resources, which may help your child and you.
Have a wonderful Summer.
An overview of the Year 2 objectives:
Creative learning tasks for home linked to the term’s theme:
Help with timestables and maths, in addition to Timestable Rockstars and Numbots:
We quiz on our 2, 5 and 10 timestables termly, here is an idea of the format we will use. They will have 2 mins 30 secs to complete the quiz each time.
Handwriting skills in Year 2 are taught regularly and systematically through the use of the PENPALS Handwriting scheme (Cambridge University Press).
Five stages are identified and these form the basic organisation of the scheme:
1.Readiness for writing: gross and fine motor skills leading to letter formation(Pre-school and Reception)
2.Beginning to join (Upper KS1)
3.Securing joins (Lower KS2)
4. Practising speed and fluency (KS2)
5.Presentation skills (KS2)
Goodbye and thank you
It’s a year which none of us could have comprehended, but our children showed us how resilient, creative and caring they are. Thank you to everyone who played a part in this 2019-20’s Year 2 class. This will be a year which we will never forget, but for all the right reasons: from performances at the Harvest Festival to Little Star’s journey; to our trip to Brazil to our A&E casualty treatment in our Nurses role play. The children demonstrated what stars they truly are.
Thank you for your support, kind words, cards and gifts. We certainly have lots of wonderful memories to put in our Happy Pots.
Mrs Reeve x
Wellbeing activities for the Summer
Different creative and academic Lego activities, which also involve maths and sceince: https://thestemlaboratory.com/lego-stem-activities/
For more creative ideas, you could use:
Home Learning Photo Gallery
Additional Useful Websites
I have also compiled a list of free teaching resources. These websites will help to engage your children while they are absent from school. I hope you find this useful.
To help with spellings:
Phonics Play https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/PicnicOnPluto.html
Small Town Superhero game – help with phonics and spelling rules on BBC Bitesize:
To help with reading: lots of authors and celebrities reading different stories, very similar to CBeebies.
Reading Eggs is a fantastic resource, which is currently offering a free 30 day trial for parents:
Extra online books are available at: https://readon.myon.co.uk/library/browse.html
To help with Maths:
Amazing videos to show step by step approaches, also worksheets and activities available. The children are also familiar with the format as we use them in class.
In addition to White Rose the following website is also offering a similar thing:
Active Maths is a great resource, many of the activities can be used at home and will help your child to be active and use maths skills at the same time. The children love their Active Maths sessions…give it a go.
To help with PE:
Premier League activities: https://plprimarystars.com/news/home-learning-activities-school-closures?utm_campaign=1867544_homelearning_19.03.20&utm_medium=email&utm_source=edcoms&dm_i=3VTU,14108,1IIAVQ,3WJHS,1
Body Coach fitness routines: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ?safe=true