Welcome to Teal Class – Mrs Hare
Summer Term 1 2017
This week has been very busy for all the Year 2 children and I wanted to let everyone know how proud I am of Teal class.
Every child in Teal has worked with perseverance and conducted themselves impeccably throughout our special ‘Silent Chocolate Sessions’ as we have dubbed the SATs in our class – because, of course, we couldn’t talk during those periods and we gave ourselves extra strength and brain power through the magical effects of a chunk of choccy immediately before each one.
Well done Teal class – you have been great! Next week we will start making our scarecrows so please bring in anything you think will be helpful. Thank you.
Mrs Hare/Mrs Darlow
Dear Parents / Carers,
What a term this will be!
We, of course, are always busy but this term will prove to be even more so due to the SATS papers the children will need to sit. There are 2x maths and 2x reading papers which are statutory and the children will all do them, but this is not a problem in any way as they will do their best and this is all we ask of them. All we ask of you is that they are in school. Missing school will not mean missing the papers as they will sit them on their return.
This term we are taking on the challenge of the topic ‘Live and Let Live!’. This has been developed especially for your children and we shall link our writing and maths as much as we can to it in order to make their learning relevant and interesting. This topic will allow the children to grow a variety of plants and also think about the unenviable task farmers have of protecting their crop. The children will be designing and making their own bird scaring devices and we look forward to seeing how these develop. This term’s RE is a focus on Christianity and will further the children’s questioning and understanding of what it means to be religious and the key messages Christianity shares.
Please continue to read to your child and listen to them read. The language development they absorb from these activities is immeasurable.
The Year Two Team would like to thank you for your continued support,
Mrs Hare, Mrs Haworth, Mrs Ahmad and Miss Moulis
Spring Term 2 2017
Teal have been very imaginative over the past couple of weeks. We had a very enjoyable World Book Day with most of us dressing up as characters – mainly from traditional tales which was lovely. Everyone looked fantastic. Many thanks to all who helped to organise the costumes – these special events can’t happen without the wonderful parents!
During that same week we had a Classroom Swap day which meant children going to three different teachers to carry out exciting science-based activities linked to a children’s book. We learn about worms, magnets, plant life cycles, skeletons, baking and a lot more! You can see some of the tasks below in the photos, in which the children were sorting food types into healthy and unhealthy groups. They also had a go at making boats out of foil!
The last week has meant collecting lots of information about sea creatures for our non-chronological reports, learning about fractions of shapes, raquet skills in PE, analysing findings from a radish investigation to discover what sort of water helps them grow the best and spelling words with f/ph/gh and ge/dge.
Pirate have begun to pop into the classroom recently and they will be a big part of our story writing unit over the next 2 weeks. We have started designing our own pirate ship flags and will sing, read, draw and write about them in the coming days. With this in mind, if there are any items lurking in your homes that might help us dress up occasionally as pirates, such as eye patches, belts, bandanas and so forth, we would appreciate it if the children could bring them in at any time. (Obviously hard, pointy weapons – even if plastic toys – are probably best left at home.)
Mrs Hare/Mrs Darlow
Spring Term 1 2017
The children in Teal class have been so busy these last few weeks!
We have been focused on scientific investigations all about water and ice – looking at states of matter, freezing temperatures and whether other liquids freeze at similar temperatures – all very fascinating!
Now we have begun to look at water on Earth in our new topic: Water World. We’ll be studying maps showing the seas and then concentrating more on the UK and its rivers. the children will also find out why water is so important to life and how fresh water can be difficult to come by in some areas.
The children have made a good start with their spelling lists and are getting used to having weekly tests. Thank you for helping them at home to learn each set of words. Those who practise using them in sentences are making particularly good progress!
In English we have been concentrating on improving sentences through the use of noun phrases which include well-chosen adjectives for description. Punctuation and handwriting continue to be an area for improvement too. Expanation texts and fictional stories about animals of the Antarctic have been the subjects of written pieces. They can tell you of many such creatures!
Meanwhile, money has occupied us in Maths – identifying the coins, adding them and trying to work out change. Practical tasks have helped many of the children to grasp the values of our coins and the process of paying and needing change. Role playing with small change is always useful for this, especially in this age of paying with plastic, when children won’t even see coins very often! Pupils in Year 2 are expected to add and subtract amounts of money, record prices in £ and pence and know how to find different ways of making a given total.
Any donations of real coins for us to work with would be most appreciated as the children seem to learn so much faster with these, rather than with the fake plastic coins…..Just kidding!
Autumn Term 2 2016
We’re well into Christmas preparation this week!
The nativity play is coming on nicely with the children gradually learning the old carols – perhaps those good singers amongst the parents could help them learn the words! Thank you!
English lessons this week have been introducing the pupils to traditional tales such as The Gingerbread Man, Sleeping Beauty, Goldilocks and Jack and the Beanstalk. We’ve learnt how stories have characters, settings, problems and resolutions – and worked in groups to perform some rather wonderful versions of our own, as short plays.
Maths has been all about multiplying and division. We have divided shapes and numbers in halves and quarters and trying to learn some halves of numbers by heart. As always, we still practise our 2, 5 and 10 time tables but are beginning to learn the 3s too.
Next week will be full of more Christmas preparations as we will get ready for the Fair. The children will be making salt dough Christmas decorations and will be selling special reindeer food for you to sprinkle over your lawn on Christmas Eve – so save your pennies for Friday please!
I was so proud of Teal this Friday! But I’m getting ahead of myself – I should begin with..
Monday – Mrs Haworth introduced instructional texts to the children and they began to multiply in Maths.
Tuesday – The children followed instructions to see how effective they were – making some rather good paper aeroplanes and cup & ball toys in the process. In the afternoon we learnt the story of Rama and Sita and wrote about it as part of our topic work.
Wednesday – we heard why Remembrance Day is so important and how poppies are associated with it. The children also made poppies to create a beautiful wreath for Friday.
Thursday – the children found out how commas are used in lists and drew lots of arrays to illustrate various multiplication statements using the 2x, 5x and 10x tables. In the afternoon we made tissue and card decorations inspired by rangoli patterns. See the photos below!
Friday – This was a special day, of course, because we were going to use our wreath to help us remember all the people who had given their lives for us. Naturally, this is a very difficult concept for our pupils but they conducted themselves beautifully in our special assembly. We began in the Hall, where we listened to a story about a family whose grandfather had died in WW1, then we filed outside and encircled the largest tree by the school. An egg-timer counted down the 2 minutes while pairs of children from each class brought up their wreaths and leant them against the tree. Meanwhile the whole school was quiet. Only a single, oblivious bird broke the silence. It was very moving.
I only tell you this because I want the parents to know how thoughtful their sons and daughters can be. I do hope that many of you took the chance to see the wreaths.
Dear Parents / Carers,
It is with great pleasure that the Year 2 team are informing you of your child’s next topic’s Learning Goals. This time of year there are lots of events and celebrations, many of which use fire, fireworks and light as a main feature. We have therefore created an informative and fun topic for this very busy term.
Please continue to read to and listen to your child read on a daily basis where possible. The importance of these activities is widely recognised for improving reading, speaking, writing skills and for emotional wellbeing.
Your child should be able to count in 2s, 5s, 10s. Your help to make sure that they can would be greatly appreciated. After these slip off the tongue, counting in 3s comes next.
0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24
0, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 110, 120
0, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60
0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30 33, 36
This term we shall be completing our:
Art Learning Goals through Christmas Activities
History Learning Goals through learning the stories of Guy Fawkes + The Great Fire of London.
International Learning Goals, Geography Learning Goals and Society Learning Goals will be explored through Diwali and Nativity linked activities
Music Learning Goals will be completed in the production of our Christmas Play its songs……can’t wait for this!
Physical Education Learning Goals will be continued to be explored with Mr Minall and followed up by the class teacher (please have PE kits in school every day)
Technology Learning Goals will be more than filled through Christmas Activities…..so exciting, but we will contain our excitement until December to let the magic remain special!
ICT & Computing Learning Goals this term will be exploring the programme Microsoft Word.
The Year Two Team would like to thank you for your continued support,
Mrs Pawley, Mrs Hare, Mrs Haworth and Miss Moulis
Autumn Term 1 2016
What a great start we’ve had to the year!
After a week of learning based on Roald Dahl, the Year 2 corridor was magically transformed into the colourful, fairy-lit tunnelled entrance to a Big Top and suddenly we were thrust into the wonderful world of circuses!
The children have worked so hard, learning loads about circuses. We have created big top models, (well, ‘little tops’ really,) made clown pictures using a paint programme on the laptops, performed poems and dances based on circus acts, made maps of the nearest towns and cities where the Wonder Circus appears, tried out circus equipment with real clowns and learnt about famous clowns like Marcelle Marceau and Coco.
I am very proud of all the teal children as they have all made progress and are trying their best as Mrs Darlow and I push them to reach their targets.
After half term the plan is to focus on Bonfire Night and think about reviving the tradition of ‘Penny for the Guy’ – remember all the groups of children that used to sit with their effergies on street corners, collecting pocket money for their sparklers? Lots of history, music and art activities are on the way – as well as Christmas of course! More of that in a few weeks.
Lastly, thank you to all of those who came along to share Harvest Festival with us. We hope you could hear our poem. The children behaved beautifully in church and on the walk. During Half term break please keep reading and learning by heart the number bonds to 10 (or 20!)
Enjoy the photos – and see you after the break!
This academic year has got off to a great start for Teal class! Mrs Haworth, Mrs Darlow and I are all very pleased with how the children have been settling into life in Year 2 and the terrific efforts they are already putting into their work.
The first week was spent celebrating the works of Roald Dahl and we found out about some of the famous books he wrote and the children are even able to go writing in their own ‘Roald Dalh writing shed’ in the corner of the classroom!
In English, we read The Enormous Crocodile and used the text to learn about description then wrote our own chapters to add to the story. Some of the fantastic drawings of the characters are shown below.
Maths has been all about naming and ordering numbers, looking at how to use place value to help understand whether a number is less than or greater than another and finding missing numers in sequences counting forwards and back.
But the big thing to hit Year 2 is the CIRCUS – as our topic this half term is entitled The Circus Is Coming To Town! Our classrooms have metamorphosed into big tops and are linked by a magical tented tunnel which has generated many an ‘ooh’ and an ‘aah!’
Clowns are a historic part of the circus and we began our art lessons looking at some of the most famous, painted by some very famous artists: Pablo Picasso, Georges Seurat and Toulouse Lautrec. Looking at the pictures of Harlequin below, can you work out which artist we have been learning to emulate?
Congratulations to those children who took part in the annual National Library Reading Challenge over the summer! We’d love to see the certificates to encourage more children to try it next year.
Please note PE takes place on Mondays and Fridays and pretty soon the children will need warmer tracksuit bottoms etc as the weather changes.
Lastly, please come and talk to us at 3pm if there is anything you wish to discuss. Thank you!
Over the next six weeks those of us in Year Two will be following a unit of work on a theme that focuses on ‘Movement and entertainment’.
This unit of work is part of the International Primary Curriculum. This new curriculum
sets out very clearly what children will learn – the learning goals – in three different areas:
The subjects of the curriculum. The learning goals for each of these subjects are in line with the National Curriculum.
Personal development – the characteristics which will help children become more responsible, independent learners.
International understanding – which will help children develop both a sense of the independence of their own country and culture and the interdependence between countries and cultures.
Each unit of work is based around specific targets derived from the learning goals for one or more of the subjects.
During this unit we will be focusing on Geography, History, Art, Society, Science and
In Art, we’ll be finding out:
How to draw faces and understand expressions
About the work of artists who have painted pictures about the circus
In History, we’ll be finding out:
What circuses were like in the past
About some of the people who made circuses famous
How circuses have changed over the years
In Science, we’ll be finding out:
• Which materials would make a waterproof tent
• Which materials to use for circus costumes
• About forces – pushes and pulls in circus acts
In Technology, we’ll be finding out:
• How to put up a tent
• How to plan and make circus tents for soft toys
In Geography, we’ll be finding out:
• How to draw maps and plans of a circus
• How to use maps and atlases to find out about the countries some circus animals come from
In Physical Education, we’ll be finding out:
• How to use juggling balls
• How to balance and make movements used in circus performances
In Society, we’ll be finding out:
• How to stay safe in busy places
• What it’s like to be a circus artist
In Music, we’ll be finding out:
• About music for the circus
• How to compose and write rhythms and tunes about circus performers
In ICT, we’ll be finding out:
• How to draw a plan for our own circus
• How to make tickets and a poster for our own circus
In International, we’ll be finding out:
• What different people think about using animals in the circus
• What the circus of the future might look like
All of the work we are going to do has been specially written to help your child reach the learning goals. Children will be reading, researching, writing, illustrating, working on their own and working in groups. We will be checking to see how well your child has learnt through particular activities and asking children to explain their work to you.
We already know the interest you take in your child’s work. If you can, please discuss with your child the work they have done as the term progresses and let them teach you.
Your child might ask you general questions about circuses today and in the past and for circus dressing-up clothes for role play in class.
If your child has some work to research, please help them, but without actually doing the work. If you have the chance to further their interest in the ideas of this theme please take it, but your enthusiasm and interest is most important.
By the end of the unit, we hope your child has achieved all of the learning targets. We hope they will have had an enjoyable time in the classroom. And we hope you will have enjoyed seeing your child work with enthusiasm. If you have any comments about the work your child will be doing, please get in touch.
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