SATs evening PP:
Newsletter for Summer 1:
Home Learning Grid for Summer 1: Please bring any home work in to show on a Friday
Year 2 Spellings: The children will be tested on these 3 times a year
Year 2 Curriculum statements: These are the expectations for Yr 2 for the end of the year
In Maths this week, we have continued to focus on measurement. However, we have challenged ourselves to compare lengths and now convert CM to M. In Literacy, we started off the week with some drama! We imagined we were Traction Man, and created our own adventures, we then used verbs and adverbs to write down the action. In DT we created our Leaning Towers of Pisa, using different types of joins and attachments. We also began our 8 week Maths Base camp. This is an extra 15 minute maths lesson, all revolved around place value and using the Rekenrek.
Welcome back to the last term of Year 2, Summer term!
This half term, our topic is ‘When in Rome..’, we are looking at all things Italy and our focus is Arts & Design.
In our Topic this week, we looked at Michelangelo, this inspired the children to have a go at drawing upside down, imagining they’re painting ceilings. We then moved on to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the children have been challenged to create and design their own 3D Pisa! We looked at different ways to join materials and next week, we will be making them. In Science we are looking at animals and their young, the class enjoyed looking at baby animals! In Maths we have been measuring. Last week we were measuring capacity and this week we are using CM and M. We’ve even been measuring each other. In Literacy we have been look at Traction Man, we have described him and written our own speech bubbles.
This week has been Science week. We spent the whole day on Monday completing lots of different Science experiments from dancing raisins, trying to get chocolate to change state in our hands and picking up ice with string! We also ventured out in the sun to see what creatures we have in our wild area. On Tuesday we also had Science Boffins in for a fantastic assembly to get the children excited about Science. We then had a ‘fabulous flames’ workshop, in this the children also learnt what to do if their clothes ever became on fire.. STOP DROP AND ROLL. In Maths, we have been looking at fractions of a number, we have covered 1/2, 3/4 and 1/3. The children really enjoyed doing this practically to check their answers. In ICT the children had a look at algorithms, they started by computing their friends to move and debugging them and then using the Bee Bots.
This week in Year 2 we have been extremely busy, we don’t know where the week has gone! In Maths, we have been looking at fractions (and eating cookies!!) we started with 1/2 then quarters and then thirds. Doing this practically really helped the children. In Literacy, we have been continuing with Little Red Riding hood, one of the key focuses has been direct speech. We used macaroni as our inverted commas and we wrote what our characters might of said. In Science we have been continuing with states of matter, we observed what happens with an ice cube and watched it change over time from a solid to a liquid. In Art we looked into an inventor called William Caxton who invented the printing press. We created our own prints and explored using different paints.
In PE this term, we have decided to hold our own Cogenhoe Winter Olympics. Each week, we will be competing in our house teams with a new sport. But as athletes, we needed to start off with a fitness test! The children fully enjoyed this lesson, I thought it would tire them out but.. nope! Next up, curling. In Maths, we have been looking at the properties of 3D shapes, their edges and faces and creating our own. In Literacy, we have started our new topic ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ we have made our story maps and written a recount about how Little Red would feel seeing the wolf!
Our first week back started of with our very last dance practise. The children really have enjoyed learning lots of different dances. We had the opportunity to perform in front of Pre School, Reception, Year 1 & Year 6. The children were absolutely fantastic and made all the adults and themselves very proud. In Maths we have started to look at properties of 2D shapes & next week we will be looking at 3D shapes. In Literacy, we are looking at instructions.. as a class we innovated our own instructions on how to catch a Unicorn, they they created an eBook on the Lablets of these instructions. On Thursday, they created their own instructions on how to trap their own creature. They were using fantastic vocabulary and showing off all of their punctuation skills.
10.2.22 The space museum
What a fantastic day we had! As always, Year 2 made the grown ups very proud with how well behaved they were. They really did enjoy the day. We started off in the planetarium going over ‘Night and Day’. This recapped our prior learning from Autumn, when we looked at Space in Science. The children enjoyed exploring the museum, we even walked up to the very top! We think we counted roughly 156 steps..
For both Maths & Literacy, we have moved on to our next topics. In Maths, we are now on to the topic ‘statistics’. The children have been creating their own pictographs, answering questions about graphs, collecting data and comparing. In Literacy, we are now looking at instructions. Our model text is ‘How to trap a dragon’, keeping with the dragon theme. We then had a go at giving each other very detailed instructions to make our own jam sandwiches! In our topic/ICT lesson, we explored the green screen! We created our own weather forecasts. In Science, using all the knowledge we know about habitats, we created our own animals, explaining where they would live, move and eat.
In Maths this week we have been finishing off our topic ‘Multiplication & division’ and using this to solve problems. In Literacy, we innovated our story ‘Kassim and the greedy dragon’ to ‘Ruby and the Unigon’. The children then boxed up their own story and finished off their Hot Writes with their new characters. Our next Literacy topic will be keeping to the theme of Dragons! In Geography, we studied our current weather and compared it to different continents. In Science, we researched different micro habitats and then went to explore the wild area to see if we could find any on school property.
This week in Maths we have been looking at sharing amounts equally between 2, 3 and 4. We have also been problem solving and dividing using our times tables. In Literacy, we started writing our own similes to describe a dragon, completed a senses map of how Kassim would have felt walking through the forest (for this we went on a virtual trek!) and on Wednesday Miss Sanders taught a mythical creatures lesson, the children had to create 1 part of an animal and then swap with a partner to keep building it. We had some very funny looking animals! 🙂 We continued our dance lessons, explored continents, cloud formations and local habitats!
13.1.22 First full week back!
This week we welcomed Miss Sanders, who is 3rd Year student from the University of Northampton and she will be with us for the next 2 half terms. She will be supporting the class with interventions and then progressing onto teaching! We are very excited 🙂
We started off the week with some dancing, the children really enjoyed this different PE lesson! We will be doing this every Monday afternoon this half term. In Maths, we have continued with our topic ‘Multiplication and division’ and we have be looking at equal groups and using our times tables to count out equal groups and put them into sums. We also sent out a group of 8 children to represent Year 2 at a gymnastics show, they thoroughly enjoyed it and made Cogenhoe proud with their fantastic behaviour. In our Topic lessons we used the laptops to search for Google Earth and compared different climates, we looked at Australia compared to Antarctica.
16.12.21 All things Christmas..
We’ve had a fantastic end to the year. We started the week off with Christmas art morning; decorating Christmas trees and making our own robins. Tuesday we has our class parties, playing lots of games and dancing! Wednesday, we had a FANTASTIC time at the Panto and Year 2 really did make the adults proud!
It has been an extremely busy week in Year 2 this week. We have been completing our Year 2 Phonics Screening, results will be sent out at the end of January once the government release the pass mark for 2021. We have also been doing our assessments this week, it is Year 2’s first time doing practise SAT’s papers, ready for May. There will be a parent Zoom for SAT’s information in January. Alongside that, it has all been about the nativity this week. On Thursday, we filmed the production with Boom and we cant wait to see the video! This should be sent out next week. Also, a massive thank you to parents as we managed to raise £33 for Gabby’s food. This should last her a couple of months, the children were very proud and already asking when they can plan their next fundraiser.
Attached is the classes next set of spellings, the test will be January 7th, so lots of time to practise!
This week we have been focused on our class nativity, lots of practising lines, making props and acting! We will be filming the nativity, with a film crew, next week! The class are very excited to be doing this and have the opportunity to be filmed and watch themselves back. On Monday, we had a session with Free Style! The children loved a morning PE session, which started our week off with energy. We’ve still squeezed in Maths & Literacy! In Maths, we are now looking at Multiplication and Division. We started the week off by making equal and unequal groups, we then moved on to repeated addition with pictorial representations and finished off with arrays. In Literacy, we have not stopped! We started by boxing up the text ‘Pirate Tom’, we then created our own adverbial sentence starters, created our own missing posters for our treasure and finally, wrote our own messages in a bottle. In ICT, we created our own algorithms for BeeBots and in Science we researched the phases of the moon!
Money, money money! In Maths this week we have taken a jump from recognising coins to adding pounds and pennies, figuring out the difference and working out change. As we don’t use coins as much, the class have found this quite difficult, so please support at home with using coins as and where you can. In Literacy, we have been using thesaurus’ to research synonyms for some boring words! The children loved finding new vocabulary. On Friday, the children enjoyed a lesson of kurling with Mr Roberts and then explored the BeeBots and creating their own algorithms. In our topic lessons the children have been creating a map for the classroom from a birds eye view. We then drew these up on Paint! In Science, we have been looking at day and night and what happens with the sun and moon.
18.11.21 – spellings
Monday morning started with an exciting treasure hunt! For our new Talk For Writing text ‘Pirate Tom’, we were sent a treasure map and the children had to follow the riddles to the next jewels. We then found the treasure box full of gold! In Maths this week we have been exploring money, we have been building on our knowledge from Year 1. We are comparing amounts, adding coins together to make different amounts and will be moving on to giving change. I’ve challenged the children to ask if they can help out at home exchange for coins (so hopefully your washing up should be done for you!). In our topic lessons we have been exploring hemispheres and facts about each of them. Did you know 80% of the worlds population lives in the Northern hemisphere! In Science we have been exploring planets that orbit the sun. We then researched how long it took some planets and finally made out own sun and earth.
11.11.21 – spellings
4.11.21 – Spellings
This week we started off with a dodge ball taster session, it was fun session for the children. We then had a visitor from a Sea Creature specialist Dr Steve (Thank you Jaxon) and the children got to ask him lots of questions about all different animals. In Literacy this week, we innovated our Penguin text to Narwhals, we learnt lots about them and then created our own information videos about them (check SeeSaw!). We then boxed up again using our own animals of choice. It was lovely to see all the facts children had researched at home :). In Maths, we started adding two 2 digit numbers that bridge 10. We then moved onto subtracting a 1 digit number from a 2 digit number. In Science, we started off our Space topic with some Jaffa Cake fun! I’m sure you all remember the advert.. full moon, half moon and TOTAL ECLIPSE.
21.10.21 – Spellings
We have had a fantastic last week of term, but more specifically what an amazing Art day we had! The children started by creating whatever colourful art work they would like. We then turned the classroom into a gallery and wondered round to see what everyone had been up to. We then explored different tones of colours – cool & warm. We experimented with paints to make lighter and darker colours. I introduced the class to Marc Chagall and his famous artwork ‘I and the village’. We then replicated it with our own twist – memories that we have in our home village.
14.10.21 Spellings 18.10 Spellings – topic words
In Maths this week, we have been focusing on number bonds to 100 and ten more and ten less than a number. The children were able to use their prior knowledge from Year 1 and enjoyed the practical lessons. In Literacy, we have moved on to non-chronological reports. The end of this term and next, our model text is ‘Facts about Penguins’. After half term the children will be writing their own information texts about a chosen sea creature, so please support them in researching facts. In Science, we finished off our materials topic with building the three little pigs houses. The aim of the lesson was to chose suitable materials that would hold a strong structure and not blow down, hold weight and be water proof. The children did so well at this!
7.10.21 Spellings – Year 2 Term 1A Week 6 Word Lists
Year 2’s have been busy moving on to our next Maths topic – addition and subtraction. We have been problem solving different sums to work out which are true or false. We have also been comparing number sentences e.g. 4+6 > 1+4. In Literacy, we have written our Hot Writes, going on our own journeys, and I must say.. for our first hot writes this year, I was so proud of the class. In our topic lessons, we have been researching the patron saints of the UK and writing different facts about them. In Science, we experimented with materials. We tested which would protect the egg from being dropped, it got a little messy!
30.9.21 Spellings Year 2 Term 1A Week 5 Word Lists
As always, we’ve had such a busy week in Yr 2!
In Maths, we finished off place value by counting in our 2’s, 5’s and 10’s forwards and backwards. We then moved on to counting in 3’s. In literacy, we found the key parts of our texts to create our tool kits. We then moved on to our warm writes, innovating our story. In Art, we started to look at pencil shading and the different tones that pencils can have. We also had a very informative assembly on harvest!
23.9.21 – Spellings- Year 2 Term 1A Week 4 Word Lists
In Year 2 this week, we have been busy learning new skills in Literacy. We recapped what an adjective is and moved onto nouns. We then learnt what an extended noun phrase is and wrote our own sentences with expanded noun phrases in. We have also been thinking of why we like a story and why we don’t like it, but ensuring we explain our reasoning. In Maths, we have continued with place value, but comparing groups of objects to each other and looking at a range of ways to make a number. In Topic this week, we created our own stained glass windows that we might find in a cathedral in a big city. In Science, explored different materials and if they would be good for different jobs! For example, would metal be good for windows? We also created our own Cogenhoe Flag after researching why flags are a certain colour or why they have lines/marks on them.
This week has been assessment week, we have been doing quizzes to see what we need to recap. The children have been sent home with their Yr 2 common exception words, please practise these. We will have regular tests throughout the year. In Music this week, we have been learning a song called ‘Hands, Feet and Heart’. We have been finding the rhythm and and playing clapping games. In Science, we were identifying different object materials but also, identifying why they make good materials for that specific item. The children’s cricket skills are also improving with our weekly lesson with Paul.
Thank you so much to the parents that were able to join us for Book & a Biscuit, the children LOVED having you here!
6.9.21 – Our first full week
The children have really enjoyed having Gabby Gecko as our class pet, we’ve learnt lots of facts and we are all making sure we take good care of her. The children have had a chance to hold and stroke her. This week in Maths we have started to look at place value, seeing how many hundreds, tens and ones are in numbers and how to represent them with a range of different manipulatives. In Literacy, we have been learning our text map ‘Little Charlie and the light house keeper’s lunch’. Out aim of this Literacy topic, is to write our own journey stories. In Art this week we created our own flag collages of the UK countries.
Our first couple of days in Year 2..
Welcome back parents! We started off the year with a nice relaxed start, discussing what we were excited for and how we want to work to our goals. We also started our ‘Exploring the UK’ topic off with a WOW morning, taste testing soda bread, scones, welsh cakes and short bread. We then had a quiz of where we think they had originated from and if we liked them or not! We created our own lighthouse collages, linking to our Literacy topic ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’, keep your eyes peeled for our story map that we will be sending home.
Year 2 will now be having cricket on Friday afternoons, and they loved this! I would also like to introduce you to our Year 2 council – Imogen & Caiden! Well done, we did a fair class vote and the class feel that both of the children will support the school with their ideas!
First weeks spellings: Spelling tests will now be on Fridays. The first test is Friday 10th September