Autumn Term 1 2021

Hello and welcome to Year 2’s class page for 2021-2022. We have had such a wonderful first week together in the classroom. I have been so impressed with how kind, resilient, engaged and hardworking Year 2 are and I know we will have a fantastic year together!

I will update our class page with photographs and descriptions of our weekly learning so please watch this space to find out what we have been up to!

Collective Worship

Our prayer table is a very special place in our classroom. It is a place we can go to throughout the day to reflect and gather our thoughts. Each morning, we have Collective Worship where we come together to think and pray. We start by sitting in a circle and listening to special music while we read our opening prayer. We choose a special object from our prayer table and read our candle prayer, which has been written by the children. We then read and discuss our statement of the week and think about how we can apply it to our day. We will celebrate many feast days this year, and in particular our class saint, Saint Stephen.

Year 2 have written their own candle prayer, with lots of inspiration from Emily in our class. We will say this prayer every day when we light our candle:

“I will pray to you everyday and I won’t stop praying until you come and visit me one day.”

This week in Collective Worship we have been reflecting on how we can ‘Live Simply’. We thought about all the things we are grateful to have in our lives and shared experiences of meeting people less fortunate than ourselves. The children showed such compassion for others and talked about their determination to make the world a fairer place. We also talked about how we can look after the world around us better and appreciate everything God has made for us. Some of us really enjoyed walking to school on Wednesday and we are really grateful to all families who took part in Walk to School Wednesday! We enjoyed reading a prayer about God’s world, while listening to the hymn ‘live simply’ and then we had a go writing our own prayer.

This week we have been reflecting on our statement of the week ‘I try to appreciate the beauty and wonder of the world around me’. We have chosen a light monitor to help us Live Simply and protect our planet. Each day, the children have been challenged to notice something beautiful. We have noticed sunsets, heavy rain, orange trees and colourful butterflies! We are going to sing ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’ tomorrow to celebrate all the wonderful things in the world around us!

Year 2 have written their own ‘Live Simply’ prayer:

RE

In RE this half term our topic is ‘Chosen People’. We will start by thinking about what makes us special and learn that we have each been chosen by God.

The children created some beautiful self-portraits to celebrate how we are all different and unique. They also wrote sentences describing what makes them special. We had lots of fun guessing which portrait was who!

This week, we will explore how we can thank God by helping others and learn about people from Bible Stories who have trusted in God. Next week, we will listen to the story of Abraham and talk about how Abraham had to have faith and trust in God.

 

We started our RE learning this week in Guided Reading, watching the story of Can’t You Sleep Little Bear. We explored the text using Assessment Focus Level questions. We then listened to the story of Abraham and explored the cartoon visual. We talked to our talking partners about the promises God gave Abraham and discussed what the story teaches us about God. Finally, we worked on whiteboards to record similarities and differences between the texts. This key literacy skill was a challenge but we worked from the most obvious similarities, of setting and stars, to exploring the characters and identifying what they want and achieve in the story. It was wonderful to see the children identify God as the light in the story of Abraham while the lanterns lit the darkness in the story of Can’t You Sleep Little Bear.

 

LO: To know that God chose Moses to help His people and that they are chosen to help others.

This week, Year 2 listened to the story of Moses. They loved joining in with key phrases and actions. ‘It was wet’, ‘Miriam was worried’, ‘The Pharoh was evil’, ‘Where was God?’. The children were able to recall each part of the story in sequence and most were able to predict that Miriam herself cared for Moses on behalf of the Pharoh’s daughter, showing good inference skills. We shared our experiences of times we have felt scared and wondered ‘Where is God?’ We discussed how this story helps us know that God is always there and he always has a plan, just as he did for Moses to be saved and lead his people. We talked about ways we can lead and help others, linking to our PHSE learning. The children then had a go writing sentences from the story and applying their BEE Zone learning.

The final story we explored in this unit was the story of Daniel in the Lion’s den.  Children listened to the story and worked in groups to perform key parts of the story. They then sequenced pictures from the story and wrote sentences to describe the events in each picture.

English

We have started our English learning this year by speaking, reading and writing sentences in the past tense, to share stories from our summer holidays. We have also explored different types of sentences and at the end of the week, spotted the sentences in our new class text ‘Vlad and the Great Fire of London’. Next week, we will explore how to punctuate different types of sentences and practice using co-ordination to write sentences based on our class text.

Year 2 are working really hard on using their cursive starting joins and we always start our writing with a handwriting warm-up to get our fingers ready! See if you can get your child to teach our warm-up at home! We tap our fingers, build our shoulder strength, make a butterfly to move across our midline and play a super tricky finger twist game with a partner!

Year 2 have turned into Boxton the Rat this weekend and explored some of London’s landmarks which we have been learning about in Geography, as part of our Great Fire of London topic! Children did a brilliant job writing sentences in the past tense, applying their starting joins and exciting adjectives to add interest to their sentences. Towards the end of our week, we have used our Purple Polishing Pen to edit our writing.

Year 2 have done some fantastic writing this week across the curriculum! We have written extensively in our History, Science and RE lessons. We are using word mats to promote independent writing. We have been focusing on our BeeZones and really enjoyed telling a story through sentences with our CAPital letters and full stop punches!

Year 2 have spent this week applying their Topic learning about the Great Fire of London and their PHSE learning about how to stay safe in a fire, to their English work. We were very excited to meet Wetherby Fire crew and spent time talking about what we wanted to find out. Children applied their BEEzone learning to write questions in their English books. We used our best speaking and listening skills to ask our questions to David the fireman and had so much fun having a tour of his uniform and fire engine! We learnt so much and are so grateful to our wonderful emergency services for sharing some of their time with us today to help enrich our learning.

Maths

Photo Credit- White Rose Maths

During maths this half term we are focusing on place value and number. We have enjoyed using a range of concrete materials to explore different ways numbers can be represented.  Later in the week, we met THE NUMBERGATOR, who always likes to eat the bigger number so he taught us how to compare numbers. Finally, we practiced recognising odd and even numbers, subitizing with numicon and using our understanding of place value to recognise the units number.

Year 2 have got stuck in to working with base ten the past few weeks. We have used this tool to consolidate our understanding of place number, to partition numbers and to compare numbers. We loved becoming the numbergator and eating the BIGGER number!

This week we are consolidating our multiples! We played relay races, counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and different kinds of movement games which required children to know their multiples. For example, if the number is a multiple of 2- jump, if it is a multiple of 5- spin around, and if it is a multiple of 10- walk backwards! We introduced the language of timetables and children moved their bodies to find the answer, for example, 3 x 2 meant children took 3 jumps and shouted 6!

Year 2 have continued learning to count in multiples to find totals. Today we worked in groups using coins to practice our counting in 2s,5s and 10s.

Year 2 worked really hard to apply their knowledge of multiples to solve problems. We discussed how we can represent our workings out on white boards by drawing in our multiples. We know that deciding our method and displaying it clearly are really important skills which grown-up mathematicians use so we are very excited to be trying this already in Year 2!

Science

Our Science unit this half-term is Materials. Children will be supported to recall their learning about Everyday Materials from Year 1, using correct terminology for their names and properties.

We loved being active learners and exploring materials in our first science lesson of the year! We used our scientific vocabulary to describe the properties of each material and recording this key vocabulary on our working wall. We learnt new property language such as opaque, transparent and absorbent.

In the next week, we applied our knowledge of material properties to help group materials. We used sorting rings to create a life-size Venn diagram and identified materials which could be grouped together. We found rough and smooth materials, and soft and hard materials. Our favourite investigation was finding out if materials were waterproof or absorbent! Year 2 then worked scientifically to record their findings in their books. We showed resilience when recording our work like scientists because it was the first time we had chosen how to record our findings and drawing Venn diagrams is challenging!

We started by recalling our most advanced properties vocabulary: absorbent, transparent and opaque. We are trying to be life-long learners in Year 2 so want to remember this advanced vocabulary! We then explored different ways to change materials and showed ‘squashing’, ‘bending’, ‘twisting’ and ‘stretching’, in a fun, active experiment.

We then worked scientifically in groups to investigate which materials could be changed in these four ways. Children decided it would be most fair to let everyone try and then record the most popular result, to help make it a fair test. We used a table to record our results like scientists!

Computing

This half-term, we will be linking our computing curriculum to our Great Fire of London topic. We will build on the programming skills children started in Year 1 using a programme called Scratch.

Year 2 loved their first lesson on scratch! We started our ICT learning this year with internet safety, revisiting all their learning from Year 1 and recording how to stay safe online on a flipchart for our display. Children then had a go on their ipads making their Scratch avatars!

 

Year 2 made excellent progress, programming their avatars to move and complete different actions. Children were able to explain how to start and stop motions using the flag and stop symbols. Year 2 then learnt to use the microphone to add audio to their creations! 

This half-terms learning has been uploaded onto Showbie so please do visit your child’s page there to see their wonderful work in ICT!

Design Technology

Our DT project this half-term is to make Tudor Houses, using our learning about the Great Fire of London. Children will follow the plan, do, review process and begin by exploring Tudor design before drawing their own sketches.

Year 2 did a super job recalling their DT skills developed in Year 1 and identifying which skills they would develop in their new topic. They drew careful plans in their sketchbooks. This week we started building our houses, using card beams to support the structure. It was so much fun! Everyone did a super job using equipment to cut and shape and safely join materials.

Year 2 have taken the next step in their design process and painted their Tudor houses. We are learning about different materials and have applied our scientific understanding to think that we might need to add more glue and more paint next time! We are really looking forward to using different materials to make a thatch roof next week!

This week in DT,

Year 2 went back to their designs to discuss the characteristic Tudor beams. We talked about the different patterns and looked at photographs of different designs. The children applied their mathematical understanding to recognise that it was a repeating design where the beams and white space were equal. Children used their measuring and cutting skills to create beams the right size.

History

This half term our topic is The Great Fire of London. We started our learning this week with a Geography lesson, helping us to  locate Wetherby on a map and then find London. We enjoyed working in groups to learn about different key features of London and sharing them with the rest of the class. The children were challenged to read a map of London and find the location of their key feature! The next day, we reflected on which place we would like to visit most and why and lots of children chose Big Ben to see the clock, or Wembley Stadium to see the football players!

We have loved learning about the events of the Great Fire of London! We learnt that the fire started early Sunday morning and was finally put out on Thursday so London burned for four days! We sequenced the events and used a timeline to record what happened. We then learnt about Samuel Pepys, and loved watching a video all about him! We compared him to Grace Darling, another key historical figure who we learnt about in Year 1. They were both involved in disasters and responded very differently so we are learning to explain the actions of people from the past. Next week, we will be pretending to be Samuel Pepys as we apply our diary writing skills learnt in English in our Topic lesson!

If you want to do more Great Fire of London learning at home, have a go playing this Minecraft game. https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/discover/great-fire-1666

Remember to always have a grown-up nearby when using the internet to make sure you stay safe online. I can’t wait to hear what you find out!

We applied our reading skills today to create a human timeline of the key events of the Great Fire of London! This supported our BeeZone learning because we know that proper nouns, like days of the week, need capital letters!

Year 2 have worked really hard to develop their understanding and skills using sources. First, we learnt to identify primary sources and to think about they tell us. Then we made links between different sources and thought about how each item helps us learn more about something significant from the past, both in our Great Fire of London topic and in our previous topic, Grace Darling. Finally, we were challenged to answer questions about sources, to demonstrate what we have learnt from them. This utilized our reading skills and was good comprehension practice for us!

 

MFL (French)

We started our French learning in Year 2 by reflecting on why we learn French. All the children understood it was so that we could speak a different language, and help us to understand more about different people and cultures.

Year 2 were fascinated to discover the link between their History topic, The Great Fire of London, and France! They learnt that England had been at war with France in the past and this made French people quite unpopular in London. Therefore, when the fire happened, a Frenchman called Robert Hubert was blamed. Year 2 had learnt about the Tower of London in their Geography learning about London so were very excited to learn about someone who was sent there!

This week, Year 2 listened to their song from Music, London’s Burning, in French. We recalled our Music learning to help us sing the song and learnt to identify what each French word means. Why don’t you try showing off your French singing skills at home?

Year 2 worked in groups to match foods with their names in French. This was a fun game which helped the children see similarities between the two languages. This learning linked to our Geography learning about different parts of the world where we are learning about where food comes from. Children then practiced using this new vocabulary in role-play.

 

Music

Year 2 loved exploring their voice in our music lesson today. Our learning was linked to our History topic, the Great Fire of London and children started by learning to use a soft, gentle voice singing “Flow, flow, flow”.

Children then listened to some ‘early’ instruments from the 17th century, including a recorder and flageolet (another kind of whistle-flute), viol, theorbo (a kind of big lute, like a pear-shaped guitar) and ‘harpsichord’ (a twangy keyboard instrument). Children learnt to perform rhythmic actions including hand clapping games with a partner. Finally they learnt the song ‘loves of bread and puddings and pies’ and we discussed the pitch and melody of this song.

As part of our dance lesson, we learnt the round London’s burning, and had lots of fun creating dance routines to accompany this song.

In music today, we revised our Great Fire of London song ‘London’s Burning’ which we have learnt as a round.

We then learnt a new song ‘Let’s get building’ and children listened to the melody and sang it back. We talked about changes in pitch; where the notes go up and down.

We then had lots of fun creating a building sound scape. We used our feet, arms, hands and different textures in the classroom including carpet, chair legs and our own bodies, to create different sounds. We created a ‘crescendo’ where the sound built up and up, just like the new buildings of London being build in 1667, after the fire.

 

PE

In our weekly PE lesson, we will develop children’s mastery of movement through Great Fire of London themed dance and gymnastic lessons. In our first lesson, Mrs Harris taught us a really fun tap dance warm up and we learnt to move safely and in different ways through the maze-like streets of Medieval London!

Year 2 learnt various dance moves to different Great Fire of London songs, take a listen here! https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/history-ks1-ks2-the-great-fire-of-london/z4bft39

Children then choreographed their own Great Fire of London dances to perform to each other. 

We then continued our moving safely learning in a Gymnastics lesson. We learnt to make hills and valleys with our bodies, listening carefully to instructions and developing our flexibilty and strength. Lots of the children shared their gym skills which they have developed through out of school clubs.

 

PSHE

In the first half-term, we will focus on children’s wellbeing and address any worries and concerns about starting Year 2.

We will develop children’s emotional literacy by learning to name, recognise and manage different feelings, both their own and the feelings of others around them. This will start with our colour-based characterised well-being check ins each day. We will also have a classroom wellbeing display to promote awareness of our feelings throughout the day.

We looked at our new class display board, all about our feelings monsters. Each child was given their monsters to look after in their pencil cases and we talked about when we can use them. We are going to use our feeling monsters during check-in and throughout the day to share our feelings. We talked about why it was important to share our feelings and listed all the different feelings words we know. We talked about how we are going to use the mirror to explore facial expressions and how we can tell how other people are feeling by looking in the mirror!

We also met our worry monster again from Year 1 and talked about when we can use him to help us in Year 2.

This week in PHSCE we linked our learning to our History topic- The Great Fire of London, exploring how to keep safe in the event of a fire and how to prevent fires. We started by recording what we know on a flipchart, listing ideas such as; tell a grown up if you see a hazard or fire, call 999 and say ‘fire’ and give address, crawl on the floor if it is smokey.

We then played a game to help us recognize hazards at home. We looked at cartoon videos of bedrooms, living rooms and kitchens and talked about the different hazards we could see. The game told us if we were right or wrong and gave an explanation. Finally, we read a Firefighters text in guided reading to consolidate our learning about the Fire Bridage. On Friday this week, we are meeting Wetherby Fire crew on zoom and asking them lots of questions!

Children’s Mental Health Week- Year 2

We learnt about Kindness by watching the story Kind by Axel Scheffler. The story gave us ideas about how to be kind and help each other. We learnt that kindness helps us to feel good about ourselves; it give us a warm fuzzy feeling in our tummy.

We talked about trying new things. We realised this gives us confidence and resilience; we can keep going and keep trying. We watched a video about trying new things (CBBC) where characters learnt to do tricky things for example, riding a bike. We talked about trying new food to help us expand our experiences and meeting different animals and trying new dance moves.

On Wednesday we did PE with Mrs Powell. We learnt this helps our bodies keep fit outside and look after our insides. We know eating healthy foods helps our organs. We think getting fit and breathing in fresh air helps our minds to think better. We even talked about how our brains release endorphins which are a happiness chemical to help us feel good.

On Thursday we talked about ways to feel better if we are sad. We recognise it is always important to share how we are feeling. We find it helpful to say sorry if we do something wrong. We know we can always talk to a grown-up but we also wanted to develop our own strategies to help ourselves. We practiced using a happy memory to make ourselves feel better: we closed our eyes and thought about a happy time from the past or in the future to help us feel better now.