Homework grid and other materials:
Other Year 2 materials: Year 2 common exception words
To help with most areas of maths: 100 square grid
Interactive 100 grid: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/paint-the-squares
Interactive manipulatives resources which can help with maths understanding: https://toytheater.com/category/teacher-tools/virtual-manipulatives/?fbclid=IwAR25uGg8cxxtsH94shqE6zfgH7dPc6APngLbnk3QCtFy0H99vsSwDpIqAZU
To help with handwriting: Handwriting lines sheet
Reading and Phonics:
Well-being and outdoor activities, some of Mrs Reeve’s favourites:
National Trust 50-things-activity-list
For more resources and support for children in Year 2, scroll down to the bottom of the page.
What a very busy end to the term! We wrote a letter to Mr and Mrs Cobbler, based upon our work on the Elves and Shoemaker. In Maths we continued with time, finishing the week by looking at 5 minute intervals. In Topic, we discussed why people in the past are significant to us, and we explored the idea of equal rights. Science was a huge focus this week, which involved experiments and observations too. We froze people…Lego people…and observed and described the the changes of state. We even made a liquid turn into a solid by turning cream into butter!! I know the children would love to try this at home and explain what happens.
After Easter, please remember that the PE kits will stay in school, as they will be needed for tennis and cricket – Summer is nearly here!
I can’t thank the children enough for a super term, both remotely and in school they have continued to work hard, and most importantly enjoy their learning.
Thank you for your continued support.
Mrs R x
Homework grid and Curriculum News
Heading to Space
Where has this week gone? We have been so busy! In Literacy we completed some wonderful writing about our favourite things, and put all our ideas into a poem. In Maths, we moved onto Time – it would be amazing if the children could practise telling the time at home as well, as this really helps to reinforce what we are learning in school. In Topic, we combined our Science understanding, by looking at the British astronaut, Tim Peake. We found out the ESA (European Space Agency) are currently looking for new astronauts! We wrote letters applying for the position. In Science, we continued to look at Solids, Liquids and Gases, by using cornflour – we found it was both a liquid and a solid at the same time. There was some extremely deep questioning and observations made.
Please remember that we collect the Reading Diaries in every Monday – the children’s reading is coming on wonderfully.
Mrs R x
It’s a matter of state
What an amazing first week back! We have been working hard already, with a variety of different activities. In Maths, we began by looking at position and direction, using lots of different vocabulary linked to movement and turns. In Literacy, we started to develop our own poems linked to our favourite things. In Topic, we went back in time to the Tudors, by looking at William Shakespeare – the children have loved watching a Midsummer Night’s Dream whilst eating their lunch! Finally in Science, we looked at States of Matter, by playing a game of Solids, Liquids and Gases…be warned, they may want to be a molecule at home too.
We had a lovely Zoom Q and A with the author Sarah Oliver and designed a new front cover for her book, Pollyanne. More art was to follow, with us completing self-portraits of ourselves. We even practiced our handwriting for royalty!
A hugely successful week – well done Year 2
Mrs R x
Thank you so much to all the children and grown-ups of Year 2. You have made the last 8 weeks so enjoyable and memorable for all the right reasons. I could write a book on the moments we have had and how immensely proud I am of all the children. I can’t wait to get back to some sort of normality. Another great week of learning complete, but there’s no time to rest, as we will be moving onto Position and Direction in Maths and continuing with our topics in History and Science.
Remember to bring your PE kits, which will stay in school on Monday and it is as important as ever to ensure that all clothing and water bottles are labelled with your child’s name. Also as our windows will be open, please ensure that your child has a jumper or cardigan. Our drop off time is 8:45am and pick-up time is 3:00pm.
Please try and watch any of these videos from the author Sarah Oliver, before she visits us virtually on Monday:
Pollyanne – the incredible donkey story (20 mins) https://youtu.be/QdarHJWQvmg
‘The Best World Book Week Ever’ Picture book interactive reading session video (20 mins) https://youtu.be/Ex2sC0p9oFg
The art of writing a Writing a Picture book session video. (How I wrote ‘The Best World Book Week Ever’ and we write a picture book together) (30 – 40 mins as this video is paused several times) – No worksheet for this one but they will need a couple of pages of plain A4 or notebooks/paper. https://youtu.be/BMea6U0f-rw
Mrs R x
Spellings for week beginning 08/03/21
HOME LEARNING COVID LOCKDOWN 2021
Week 8 – 01/03/21
What a first week back to learning we have had! Superb You’re the Teacher sessions and incredible Dragons’ Den presentations. Our invited guests to our Zoom session could not believe the quality of the products and presentations. Everyone was amazing, showing speaking and listening skills beyond their years.
This week will also be a very busy one, as we will be celebrating World Maths Day and World Book Day. Our significant person this week is Martin Luther King, focusing on his dream that all people should be equal. This leads wonderfully later in the week to the work of Roald Dahl in his story the BFG, which has a focus on dreams.
Unfortunately, I will be unable to conduct the Zoom meetings on Monday. I am sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause, especially as it is short notice, but I will ensure that there is adequate work and presentation/resource support for you. We will catch up on ‘You’re the Teacher’ and reading 1:1 on Tuesday.
As always, thank you for you continued support. Your children are truly a credit to you all.
Mrs R x
Timetable and Daily Plans:
For any additional support for Monday’s lesson, you can visit: https://teachers.thenational.academy/lessons/reading-the-temperature-in-degrees-celsius-chk68d or https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/z99ncdm
Reading activity linked to dreams: Dreams
An extra book-themed comprehension activity: The greatest library
Reading activity for Friday: winter-sports-on-snow-differentiated-reading-comprehension
Extra World Book Day activities:
The following activities will be explained on World Book Day, as a part of a special event:
If you would any additional activities, please visit:https://www.worldbookday.com/resources/
Extra tasks including maths and well-being:
Week 7 – 22/02/21
I hope you are all feeling rested after a busy term. Spring is round the corner, and I hope you have been able to go outside and enjoy some fresh air. As I mentioned in the last Zoom meeting we had before Half Term, over the next two weeks the children will need some extra resources linked to their Science and Topic themes. In Science we will be learning about Solids, Liquids and Gases, and the best way for children to learn about this is have some practical experiences. In addition to this we will be having an exciting themed Maths Day on 3rd March and more creative tasks to complete in Topic. Here are a list of items which will be needed for the first two weeks back:
A glass jar, wool or string, beads (optional), paper plate (or card to be cut into a circle), craft items to decorate a glass jar. Different bottles or containers with different volumes (ready for our work on capacity in maths).
Chocolate, rice crispies or cornflakes, fruit juice, fruit and yoghurt to make fruit smoothies, lemonade, green food colouring, cream and sugar. Optional extra: ingredients for baking to give the children the practical experience of measuring using grams (linked to maths work).
Many thanks in advance for sources these items. I really would love the children to have fun with their learning this term.
Apologies in advance, as the website I use for the Morning Maths activity has not updated yet, so I will have to put the Powerpoint on when it has been downloaded, therefore it will not be on the daily plans as normal. Sorry for any inconvenience…answers are on the Powerpoint so no peeking…UPDATE – I’ve made a separate Morning Maths sheet with the whole week’s tasks on.
Mrs R x
Timetable and daily plans
Morning Maths Powerpoint: DU-Maths-MW-YR2-Statistics-Week-1
Morning Maths worksheet: Morning Maths week 7
Extra Arithmetic quiz if needed, it’s a long document so answers can be written down different paper and read off a screen:
Additional reading task linked to David Attenborough and habitats: Save_Our_Habitat_
Additional sport related reading activity: winter-sports-on-ice-differentiated-reading-comprehension
More information about the Greek Gods linked to the Pandora’s Box visit this website, it depicts the gods in a renaissance style:
Some wonderful clips of David Attenborough’s work – especially the Aardman clips https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03r3wqn
For some extra learning about Solids, Liquids and Gases (States of Matter): https://classroom.thenational.academy/units/states-of-matter-3a2a
Extra tasks including maths and well-being:
HALF TERM FUN
Thank you all so very much for the amazing work, determination and resilience you have all shown over the past term. Here are some fun creative ideas to keep you all occupied over Half Term.
Websites to visit:
Hygge in Danish means to feel cosy and content. Here are some great ideas to try. Scroll down the page to see the Bygge Hygge building activities.
Here are some other ideas:
Week 6 – 08/02/21
Great success again this week, as we continued our Superhero theme and completed our Statistics work. This week we will be moving on to Measurement in Maths, so it would be preferable if the children could use a ruler or tape measure, so that they can practically use measure around the home. In Topic, we will be completing our work on Inventions and Inventors, with the children becoming inventors themselves, in their own version of Dragon’s Den. During this week, we will look at online safety during Safer Internet Day and celebrate well-being on Northamptonshire’s Mental Health Awareness Day on the last day of term. No spelling test this week, instead the children will go through either the Year 2 list or attempt some of the Year 3 and 4 words, as this is what they have been working towards.
Having tried a new inactive game during one of of our live lesson, Vocabulary Ninja has proved to be a hit. Don’t forget to visit this website to give it a try.: https://games.vocabularyninja.co.uk/. This week our – ‘You’re the Teacher’ section began, and what an amazing four sessions we had! Many thanks to all the children, who have taken part so far – we learned about Predator X, building work and Police Dogs. It has proved to be an exciting addition to our live session, with the children demonstrating speaking and listening skills, but most importantly confidence and a sense of togetherness. These sessions will start again after Half Term.
I will continue to listen to my daily reader…I wonder who will be chosen this week? The reading skills of the children continue to impress me. Remember to try and take part in the Virtual Games, a new challenge will be out on Monday: https://www.northamptonshiresport.org/virtual-school-games-challenges
More photos have been added to our Home Learning Gallery, with some wonderful Lowry work completed this week.
Well done on another successful week, but most importantly, thank you for all the support, engagement and work you have all completed this term.
Mrs R x
Timetable and daily plans
Sentence starters: Time sentence starters
For Basketball fans an extra reading challenge: kobe-bryant-differentiated-reading-comprehension
Common exception words Year 2: Year 2 common exception words
Common exception words Year 3 and 4: Year 3 and 4 common exception words
Topic including ICT and PSHE
Topic: End of unit task
Interland website: https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/en_uk/interland
To help with the positive affirmations on Friday: positive-affirmations
Self – portrait: #Lesson Presentation
Charlie Mackesy prints to colour:
For additional support and information on food chains you can visit: https://teachers.thenational.academy/lessons/how-do-we-construct-a-food-chain-6mvp8t
If your child would like additional learning on habitats you can visit: https://classroom.thenational.academy/units/habitats-c850
Extra tasks including maths and well-being
SNOW BASED MATHS CHALLENGE
Week 5 – 01/02/21
An exciting start to the week with snow on the ground. It was wonderful to see the children combine playing in the snow and extending their learning too. This week, we will be completing our maths unit on Statistics, with us hopefully discussing the findings of the RSPB Birdwatch. In Literacy, we will continue with our Superhero writing, with us beginning to write a poem. In Science, habitats will still be our focus, and it has been wonderful to catch up on some of BBC’s Winterwatch, which has allowed us to explore habitats which we cannot access at the moment. In Topic, the focus is on the Industrial Revolution, which is quite a challenging, but with Art included as well, I am sure the children will love it. We are going to try out a new game in our live lessons. which you can use at home: https://games.vocabularyninja.co.uk/. This week we also begin our – ‘You’re the Teacher section’, when members of the class are going to teaching us all about a subject that interests them. I will continue to listen to my daily reader…I wonder who will be chosen this week? I really do love these reading sessions. Year 2 you are incredible readers! Remember to try and take part in the Virtual Games, a new challenge will be out on Monday: https://www.northamptonshiresport.org/virtual-school-games-challenges
More photos have been added to our Home Learning Gallery, so remember to check them out.
Thank you for another amazing week.
Mrs R x
Timetable and Daily Plans
Extra reading and writing challenge: TheGardenofLife
For Football fans an extra reading challenge: marcus-rashford-differentiated-reading-comprehension
Link to National Aquarium lessons linked to habitats: https://www.national-aquarium.co.uk/learning-at-the-aquarium/home-learning-sessions/
Extra tasks including maths and well-being
Upcycling activity from the RSPB: https://www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-families/family-wild-challenge/activities/upcycling-for-nature/
SNOW BASED MATHS CHALLENGES
Week 4 – 25/01/21
Another truly amazing week of home learning completed. The children (and grown-ups) have worked hard throughout the week and have even had to battle the elements to complete some of the science tasks. In maths we have now completed our unit on money, as we will be moving onto Statistics. Although the money unit is complete, children can still explore money, by setting up their own little shops and charging customers and giving them change – encouraging our children to apply maths in real life situations, is a wonderful way to extend their learning; it’s also a life skill. As we move to Statistics this week, it will help with our work in Science as we take part in the RSPB’s Birdwatch at the end of the week. The children will need some essential resources from home to make a basic bird feeder: an apple, birdseed and string/wool. They will also need some cardboard and other recyclable items in the week to make some BIG ART, linked to steam trains. Unfortunately the Powerpoint for the Habitats lesson will not download, so I will make time to show the children during one of their normal Zooms. Remember to try and take part in the Virtual Games, a new challenge will be out on Monday: https://www.northamptonshiresport.org/virtual-school-games-challenges
It has been just wonderful to listen to a reader each day, so be prepared, as Mrs Reeve may choose you this week…
Here’s to another week of fantastic learning – Year 2 you really do amaze us with your contributions, resilience and determination. Remember to check out the learning gallery further down the classpage.
Mrs R x
Timetable and Daily Plans
Extra reading and writing challenge: Velocidad Train
For Spurs and Football fans an extra reading challenge: harry-kane-differentiated-reading-comprehension
Additional website for more information about trains: https://www.railwaymuseum.org.uk/
Wordsearches: World Habitats Word Search
Extra tasks including maths and well-being
Farm animals drawings (turn the sound off is my advice): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rK2wF2_KMRw
SNOW BASED MATHS CHALLENGES
Do-you-want-to-build-a-snowman Top Trumps based questions
Snowflakes-snowflakes-all-aroundProblem puzzles to solve
Week 3 – 18/01/21
Our first full week of remote learning has been a huge success. The children (and grown-ups) have all worked incredibly hard, which is evident in their contributions in live lessons and the work they have completed. Thank you to everyone for adapting so well and for putting in such an amazing effort.
In Maths this week, we will be finishing our money unit. The end lesson will recap on all their learning from the unit – perhaps to end the week, the children may even make a home shop where they can test out their newly acquired money skills. In Literacy, we will be continuing with our non-fiction writing unit, which has seen the children researching and writing about subjects which interest them. These have ranged from footballers to Vikings, from Lego to horses, just as examples. Wonderful writing skills have been used from their previous learning too. In Science, we will continue to explore different habitats, looking at how we know if something is living or has never been alive. Hopefully, we will be able to explore more outside…In addition to our normal Science lesson, on Friday there are a selection of rainbow experiments, which can be tried at home (a lovely link to the children’s writing unit). In Topic (History) this week, the sky is the limit – as we will focus on the incredible achievements of the Wright Brothers. There will also be an opportunity for the children to be creative linked to flight. I wonder, has anyone joined in with Joe Wicks this week? Or have you seen Oti’s dance workouts on CBeebies? If you fancy something completely different, there are the Virtual Games Challenges you can to part in too – they are great fun and everyone can have a go. For more information visit: https://www.northamptonshiresport.org/virtual-school-games-challenges
Make sure to have a go at one of the well-being activities – they’re my favourite activities! Thank you for another week of super learning Year 2.
Take care, Mrs R x
Timetable and daily plans
Extra comprehension and writing task if required: Thestampede
Topic – History
Link to Duxford museum: https://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-duxford
Survey Activity Sheet– tally chart sheet from last week – let’s hope the weather is kinder this week.
Weather friendly activities due to Storm Christoph: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/z44g9j6
The website which I mentioned on Zoom: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2019/06/minibeast-activities-crafts/
Minibeast Complete the Pattern Activity Sheet Minibeast Identification Activity Sheet Minibeast Word and Picture Matching Activity Sheets Minibeasts Fact File Sheets Minibeasts Legs Or No Legs Sorting Activity Minibeasts Scene Labelling Cut and Stick Activity Sheet
Extra tasks including maths and well-being
Week 2 – 11/01/21
Thank you to the children and grown-ups for a fantastic start to our Home Learning. We’re all adjusting to the new set-up each day, and hopefully, like I have said to the children, we are another step closer to be being back altogether. This week we will continue with our maths work on money. To help the children they can use items around the home to help them with their calculating. If you haven’t got the coins or notes needed, you can always use everyday items like pasta, Lego or even left over Christmas chocolates to help. Making coins from paper may also help. In Literacy, Science and Topic, we will carry on with our different units of work. I will always put on additional maths, reading and well-being challenges, which you can use to supplement your child’s learning. I would like to draw your attention to the wildlife and wellbeing activities at the top pf the page, as these are wonderful to do as a whole family.
In our last Literacy lesson, we mentioned optical illusions. I have found a fun website for your child to explore them more: https://www.optics4kids.org/illusions
Thank you for all your emails and pictures, as you will see I’m creating a gallery of the children’s home learning activities, as I would do if we were in school.
Take care and remember those Joe Wicks’ workouts start again today 😉
Timetable and daily plans
Extra comprehension and writing task if required ( do not complete the section which mentions metaphor ): TheFox
Topic – History
POP Task – what do the children already know about inventions?
Powerpoint:Living, Dead or Never Alive
habitat word grid -vocabulary check
Survey Activity Sheet tally chart activity
Additional activity if required: British Habitats Word Search
Extra tasks including maths and well-being
We have so much to look forward to learning this year, but for the time being we are back to teaching and learning remotely. As you can imagine, the speed in which this has all happened has meant that we have had to move quickly and plans which we had for learning in school have changed. The children will be learning about different inventors and inventions in their History based Topic lessons (which has an accompanying homework grid). In Literacy, we will be using a Talk for Writing unit booklet, which we will discuss and go through activities on a daily basis. The unit is linked to rainbows and explanation texts. In Maths, we will begin the term by looking at money, as this is something that everyone at home can join in. Each lesson has a Powerpoint to accompany with worksheets available to use on the class page. In Science, we will be exploring habitats, with the children having the opportunity to get outside and explore their local habitats. I have put additional websites and support for Maths and extra reading resources if needed. In regards to handwriting, there will be a task set from our unit of work each week, with the handwriting paper template available on the class page. If you would like more work or challenges, I have included timestable quizzes at the top of the page and if you scroll to the bottom of the class page there are lots of different websites for all the different curriculum areas.
As we move to Home Learning again, it will take time for us to adapt, which may mean that things might change on a daily or weekly basis, but I know we will learn and have fun along the way.
Thank you to everyone for their time, support and encouragement at this difficult time. Most of all stay safe and I can’t wait to see you all again in person very soon.
Mrs Reeve x
If you need to contact me, or send work: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 6th January 2021
Worksheets – Count-Money-Pence lesson 1
Powerpoint – Count-Money-Pence lesson 1
Worksheets – Count-Money-Pounds lesson 2
Powerpoint – Count-Money-Pounds lesson 2
Additional money resources and activities if needed: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zp8dmp3
Extra Maths challenges if needed:
Additional reading comprehension activities if needed: linked to our Science topic of habitats
Additional resources if needed and if the weather prevents you for going outside: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zx882hv
Extra Science activity for Thursday or Friday if needed: scavenger-hunt_
Home and School Learning Gallery
We Wish You A Merry Christmas!
What a wonderful end to the year we’ve had this week! We started the week with a walk around Cogenhoe, where we discovered different human and physical features. We saw a lovely lady who used to go the old school. We also spotted road signs and even a map! At the end of the walk we went to the playing fields and used a compass to navigate ourselves around it. When we returned to school, we wrote a recount about our adventures. In Maths, we completed lots of fun Christmas themed activities. Throughout December, we have been completing acts of kindness, one of these was making Christmas cards for our local communities.
In addition to our walk, we read the end of The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe, and tried Edmund’s Turkish Delight. Although we couldn’t go to the panto, the pantomime came to us. We watched Cinderella and joined in all the fun jokes and callouts. To end the week, we had a fabulous time at our Christmas Craft Morning and our Christmas Party.
Even more out of this world…we heard back from retired NASA astronaut, Clayton Anderson! He answered a few of the children’s questions about space – we were over the moon!
We would like to take this opportunity in thanking you all for a wonderful two terms, under very strange circumstances. The children have been amazing and we are incredibly proud of them. We say a goodbye to Miss Hare, who will now be working in Reception, and welcome Miss Fraser to our team in the New Year.
Thank you for your kind words and gifts – we wish you all a very Merry Christmas x
Spellings Week 1: week 1
Christmas activity pack for those who would like some fun activities to do: Christmas-Activity-Pack-FINAL-VERSION-2020
Around the Solar System
We were zooming around the Solar System this week, as we completed multiplication and division facts. More exciting than this, we actually managed to get in touch with a real astronaut, and asked them some questions about space…watch this SPACE next week for the replies!
We continued to learn more about our story, Pirate Tom, in Literacy and have loved talking about the story too. We created a 3D map, which we programmed the Beebot around in our Topic lessons and managed to even complete some Christmas activities.
Next Monday we are going on our walk around Cogenhoe, so be sure to wear waterproof, warm clothing and wellies. It’s also Christmas craft and party day on Thursday.
There are new spellings next week, as we are giving the children their new speed spellings, which are completed in school. They will be given their spellings for the first week back after Christmas, next week.
A very special message from Year 2:
What an amazing week we have had! The children have been very busy doing lots of quizzes, but in addition to this we have managed to cram lots of fun activities in too. We started our new Talk For Writing unit, called Pirate Tom. We were taken on a treasure hunt, and had to solve riddles – thankfully we found the treasure in the end…which we ate back in the classroom! In Topic we looked at Ordinance Survey symbols, and created our own symbols for things you can find in Cogenhoe. Incredibly, we managed to learn about grid references, which involved finding different places on a pirate map. To finish the week, we completed a really fun activity linked to the phases of the Moon…don’t tell Mrs Oldham, but we actually ate Oreos and did our learning at the same time!
At this time of year, it is lovely to complete acts of kindness as a part of Advent. Year 2 have already been wonderful this week, they have: feed the birds, paid someone a compliment and made an older relative a card to make them smile. We can’t wait to see what next week’s will be.
This week’s spellings are linked to our new model text, Pirate Tom. In the last week of term there will be no spelling test, as we will be doing our Speed Spellings.
Spellings Week 6: Pirate Tom
In a spin.
We were spinning around this week in Year 2, as we continued to learn about the Solar System and how we orbit the Sun – we even tried orbiting the Sun in the playground. In our Geography lessons, we created our own treasure maps, by using our ICT skills and compared different types of maps.
If your child is interested in following the International Space Station as it orbits Earth this month you can visit: https://www.meteorwatch.org/ to see the times of the passes.
Our Hot Write on Narwhals is now complete, with the children writing some fascinating non-chronological reports based on these amazing creatures. In Maths, we continued to investigate multiplication and division through the use of arrays. We continued to develop our gymnastic skills, by experimenting with balance.
Spellings week 5: week 5
Out of this world!
Another busy week in Year 2, with the children learning about the magnificent creatures, Narwhals, in preparation for their Hot Writes. The children began to explore multiplication and division in Maths. In Science the children continued their space theme, with a focus on how day and night occur – they even completed some beautiful Solar System art! Watch the skies in the coming weeks as the International Space Station will be zooming across our skies.
Spellings Week 4: week 4
Marvellous Maths Week
The week began with lots of activity in Year 2. To begin Maths week, we completed an Active Maths lesson, which involved us needing to use the whole playground. It was so good to see the amazing teamwork and collaboration being used to solve the various problems. We continued with our addition and subtraction strategies and ending the week with our timestables quiz. Throughout the week, like every week, we had the chance to use Timestable Rockstars. In Literacy we nearly finished our Warm Write about Sea Turtles, and we discovered many fascinating facts about them. I wonder what their Hot Write will be about?
In Topic, we used out new-found compass skills to follow directions around the MUGA and then used those skills to navigate around a map. In Science, we mapped out the Solar System, and even completed a space quiz. Most memorable of all was our Remembrance Day, the children produced some truly wonderful watercolours of poppies and learnt how and why the poppies are made.
Spellings week 3 – week 3
Mapping out our new term.
We’ve had a fantastic start to our first week back. In Maths, we have been using different strategies to work out addition questions and by the end of the week we had started to add 3 digit numbers together! In Literacy we continued to look at non-chronological reports, focusing on the different sentence types. The children have become experts at identifying: statement, command, exclamation and question sentences.
We began our new Geography theme, by looking at compasses and navigating each other around the playground. In Science, we blasted off into our Space unit of work, which the children were very excited about. As this week was also Parliament Week, we learnt about the Houses of Parliament, how a Government works and we even had our own debate in the House of Commons. The class voted on whether we should wear school uniform. They voted 13 for and 12 against – so we’re still wearing school uniform!
Please ensure if your child wears earrings that they are able to either take them out themselves, or they have tape or plasters to cover them up during PE lessons – thank you
Spelling Shed is now live! Hopefully you’ll be able to see this week’s spelling rule. Remember the login details are at the front of the Reading Diaries.
Spellings for week 2 – week 2
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)
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:
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