Classes 2018-2019 -
Year 2@West Wick 2018-19
Wow a fantastic week ! The Christmas play was polished and performed to two packed audiences yesterday . The children all sang and acted so confidently – every single word could be heard clearly across the very busy hall . The year 2 crew had the majority of the script to learn and all outdid themselves on both performances . The children are so pleased with their performances and all the staff are enormously proud of them. Well done to everyone involved .
We have been very busy getting ready for the Christmas play which is next week ! The rehearsals are coming together nicely.
In English , the children have been learning about the features of a newspaper and have had great fun writing short snappy headlines using alliteration . The children have been incorporating the 5 W facts in their ( what , where , why , when , who) in their reports and have linked their reports to our themed learning focus text – Meerkat Mail. The children have written super newspaper reports about the mysterious disappearance of Sunny the meerkats .
In Maths , this week we have been counting, comparing and selecting correct money. The festive season is an great time to practice these skills when out and about, so please feel free to ask your child what coins and notes you could use when buying your Christmas shopping. (Please note we keep pounds and pence separate at present and refer to amounts as £__________ and _______pence, year 2 do not need to include a decimal place.)
We are all really looking forward to seeing you all at the Christmas fayre tonight !
Rehearsals are well under way for our Christmas nativity, songs are being learnt, staging is being set and scripts are being learnt. You will have received letters regarding costumes this week for this. Please do not go out and spend a fortune, tea towels and gowns are just as good!
We would like to say a huge thank you to Mrs Jaswal who came in to speak to us and teach us about the Hindu festival Diwali on Friday, it was fascinating and the children asked some great questions. We found out that Diwali is the festival of light and is celebrated with candles and fireworks. We also shared with her what we knew about Rama and Sita; it was lovely to hear the children describing and talking so confidently about what they already knew. The children have had a go at designing rangoli patterns and henna hands to celebrate the festival too, they are on display in the classroom if you would like to see them.
In maths this week we have been looking at money we started the week by looking at and identifying the various coins, we then progressed to making different amounts and working out the total of coins. We found that there are not coins for every amount so we have to add up other coins to make the amounts. Lots of the children were very confident with this and had a great knowledge which we built upon.
Our English work this week was all about newspapers. We found out that newspaper reports have photographs, headlines, captions and eye witness reports. We spent some time looking at real newspaper reports before starting to write our own. We were all really good at remembering to describe the events by using the 5 W questions- When? Where? Why? What? and Who? We definitely have some budding journalists in our midst!
We would like to take this chance to remind you that next Friday is the Christmas fayre. The children have bought home white bags to decorate as well as raffle tickets to sell. We ask that these are both returned on Wednesday which is also dress down day in return for a tombola prize. We are aware that it is a very busy time of year for everyone but if you can spare any time to help our amazing PTA with this they would be extremely appreciative.
Weeks 1 and 2
Sorry we missed updating the page last week – the dreaded illness hit the teaching team .What a brilliant couple of weeks the year 2 crew have had! All the children came back from our two week break full of energy and eager to learn.
In English we have been innovating stories linked to travelling and quests and this week the children moved on to writing their own stories based on travelling . In their stories ,they incorporated what they had learnt about different countries and thought about different ways to start their sentences. All pupils are working hard on their cursive handwriting to improve the presentation of their writing and our weekly spelling check ups demonstrate how much the children are practising at home and school with the majority of the class scoring high scores or improving every week! Keep up the hard work everyone.
In maths , we have been consolidating addition and subtraction of two digit numbers using a variety of strategies . The children have really impressed me . I love the fact that the children are challenging themselves in their maths learning . Everyone’s favourite part of the week is our Mad maths minutes on Fridays ! They love it . All children are improving rapidly and they are so proud of themselves.
Last week , we also had a special visit from Rob French to share his experience of being in the military and the importance of Remembrance day. In Parliament , all children discussed Remembrance day and shared the poppies they had made and talked about relatives who had fought in the wars.Thank you to those children who also wore their uniform on Friday – you all looked great.
This week was Children in Need and the class was full of spots ! Check out my Twitter feed to see photos of the class dressed up ! This week was also Anti- Bullying week and the children discussed what it would feel like on the inside to be bullied and decided that everyone should show Kindness always – very true words!
Wow what a wonderful first term the year 2 crew have had . We have really enjoyed our learning this week including finding out about hot deserts and comparing hot and cold deserts . We have been developing our addition and subtraction strategies and innovating a familiar story in English .
In RE , the children have been comparing the Hindu creation story with the Christian story and the children noticed lots of similarities . We had great fun in PE recreating the New Zealand Haka – this dancing around the continents theme has really captured the children’s imagination and is helping them to learn the continents.
The children are working hard to learn their weekly spellings and believe it or not, they love the Friday spelling check up and I am seeing very positive results. Also on a Friday , the children have become mad maths champions by beating their scores. Please continue to help your child practise number bonds to 10 and 100 . Your children can show you how to play Hit the button to practise at home.
Finally congratulations to our learning champion – Zachary and to Ruby who was chosen as our Little hero for this term .
Have a great half term break .
This week the children loved immersing themselves in their learning by becoming bridge designers and engineers like Brunel. They worked in teams and had to overcome problems like wobbly arches and collapsing roads. This activity helped the children to understand some of the complexities faced by designers and there was lots of discussion about how to make improvements and solving problems – great team work Year 2 crew. Check out the photos on twitter.
In English , the year 2 crew have been learning about the features of a non- chronological report by reading reports and analysing the different elements . They then went on to write reports about Antarctica in a group and then independently .
In maths , the year 2 crew have been adding and subtracting and consolidating their knowledge of number bonds to 10 and 100. The children love Mad maths minutes on a Friday and this week every single member of the crew beat their previous score !!!!
The year 2 crew have been learning the names of the 7 continents by singing songs and by dancing dances form different continents – this week it was Asia with some Bollywood dancing .
Lastly, in RE the year 2 crew have started thinking about the question – why is our world special ? We listened to the Christian creation story and shared our thoughts .
The year 2 crew are looking forward to sharing all their fabulous learning with you at the Learning review meetings next week .
I cannot believe I am typing week 5 ! Where did September go ? The year 2 crew have all been fantastic learners this week . In English we have sequenced , retold and written the story of The Snail and the Whale whilst focusing on quality presentation . The children want to publish their stories and share them on our class pages so watch this space . We used spelling scribbles to consolidate our spelling of our weekly words – the children loved them.
In maths the children have been using commutative law and inverse to find related facts ( ask your children what the commutative law is !) We have called this week’s maths LAZY maths because if we know one fact 15 + 5 = 20 we know other related facts like 5 + 15 = 20 , 20 – 15 = 5 .
The year 2 crew had a great visit from Liz from Lower Stock farm who taught the children about birds eye view , maps and keys and we had fun using a compass to navigate . We used the rhyme ‘Naughty elephants squirt water’ to remind us of the cardinal compass points .
Have you checked out my Twitter feed to see a video of the children in their dance lesson concentrating hard to show how their bodies would move through the sea ?
What a busy week for the year 2 crew ! We have been learning how to write persuasive letters and even wrote to Mrs Dadds to persuade her to travel to the 4 countries of the UK – I wonder whether she has been persuaded ?
In Maths we have been practising our maths fluency with our mad maths minutes – finding number bonds to 10 against the clock and finishing our place value unit – we can now order and compare numbers to 100.
The children have looked at the work of Georgia OKeefe and have been trying to create Autumnal artwork inspired by her Tree and leaves pictures . Watch this space to see the finished articles. To deepen our knowledge of the seasons and seasonal weather patterns , we are compiling weather charts and measuring the temperature each day ( it was chilly this morning) and even presenting our own weather forecasts . IMG_0475 IMG_0477
In RE , we have been finding out about Hinduism and we have been learning about Hindu worship .
Sadly , we said goodbye to one of our crew today – good luck Afia , we all wish we were coming with you to Mauritius !
We have had another very enjoyable and busy week in year 2 . In English , we have been developing our use of descriptive vocabulary to describe characters and settings from our class story and in maths, we have continued to develop our understanding of partitioning two digit numbers into tens and ones in order to solve problems . The children have been using their oracy skills in maths by focusing on reasoning and explaining – comments like ‘ 42 is greater than 34 because it has more tens so must be a larger number , ‘ can be heard from all pupils .
The children have a secure knowledge of the 4 countries that make up the United Kingdom of Great Britain and can identify human and physical features. They thoroughly enjoyed developing their sketching skills this week whilst copying images from the UK . ( Check out the photos on my twitter feed above )
Well done to Emmanuel for being chosen to be this week’s learning champion for his consistently mature attitude towards his learning .
The year 2 crew have been recognised on our recognition board this week for being responsible and for following instructions .
Please can I ask you all to check your child’s school jumper as we have a few missing ones already – please name your child’s jumpers- it really helps.
Have a great weekend .
The year 2 crew have had a very busy week of learning . In maths , the children have been practising partitioning two digit numbers in different ways using a range of manipulatives .
In English , our learning has been based on the story the Whale and the snail and the children have been expressing their opinion of the story, asking questions of the characters and writing postcards and letters from the snail . The wonderful writing produced by the children is thoughtful and imaginative . Here is a small selection for you to enjoy.
The children have been learning the 4 countries of the UK and learning the names of the capital cities and in PE they were penguins !!
The spelling list has come home with your children – please help them to practise some or all of the spelling words . Year 2 spellings – cursive print term 1
Have a great weekend .
WELCOME TO YEAR 2
We have all had a fantastic first week getting to know each other and the class routines. We have been learning how to learn like champions and always try our absolute best , persevere and keep trying .
We started our week with a team building activity creating towers out of spaghetti and marshmallows – it was very sticky and the spaghetti kept breaking but the winning tower was Ada’s -a massive 35 cm !!!
The year 2 crew have unpicked the new 3 school rules : RESPECT YOURSELF , RESPECT OTHERS and RESPECT THE ENVIRONMENT and have decided that in year 2 you will see children being kind and listening politely when others speak and you will hear kind words , compliments and phrases like ‘ I can’t do it yet !’.
Today , we launched out learning theme with a very exciting aeroplane flight landing in two contrasting destinations : Beijing and the Congo . Children learnt how to count and write in Mandarin ; how to use chopsticks and made decorative fans and flags . We also found out the Great wall of China is over 2000 miles long .
Find out about Year 2 @ West Wick by reading our parent information learning theme plan Where in the world am i(info for parents)
Mrs Hardy-Smith is looking forward to seeing her class again in September!