Autumn Term 1 2020
Welcome back to a new school year, we hope you had a fabulous Summer. We know it has been a long time since the children were together as a class of 30. So much has changed in the world, but it is our job to make your child feel happy and safe at school, and we will do our very best to make that happen. We have lots of exciting things planned this half term and we can’t wait to get our teeth stuck into our first topic. Our topic this half term is ‘The Great Fire of London’. Please have a look at our half term plan so you can see what we will be getting up to in all our curriculum areas. We have also put our first class newsletter on our page so you can see what your child will be up to this half term.
We are looking forward to welcoming you all back into the classroom and starting a new chapter in Year 2 together.
Mrs Hemming, Mrs LB and Mrs Harris x
First Day Back
Today we had a fantastic day back in the classroom. It was so lovely to see 30 smiley, happy faces looking back at me today as we started our new adventures in Year 2. All the children amazed me art how quickly they got back into school life. It’s like we have never been away!!
Today we have learnt about how things are different since they were last in school and talked about how to stay safe and keep the germs away in the classroom. We have developed our own class rules together and all the children took part in creating the rules.
As a class, we have created a worry box. Its a place where children can privately add any worries that they have so the staff in Year 2 can read about the worries and discuss with the individual child. We have talked today about how coming back to school after so long can be a worrying experience but we are all here to support them in their new adventures and challenges in Year 2.
During the afternoon, we braved the wet weather and went outside to create quiet spaces in the wood that we can go to with our friends for some down time. This was a great team building activity and we had lots of fun creating dens. We will visit them as much as we can over the half term, and add materials to them as we move through the half term.
I want to say a big Thank You to all the children in Year 2 for coming back with such grown up attitudes to their learning. You have made me a very proud teacher today, and I am looking forward to our year together.
Here are a few pictures from our afternoon outside….
Keep up the fantastic work and we will have a great year in Year 2.
Our prayer table is an integral part of our classroom; a place were we can reflect and gather our thoughts. We begin our day with our Collective Worship, focusing on the statement of the week; a thought for our class to think about and reflect on together. The children love to write their own prayers for us to use in class and these are thoughts that we place on our prayer tree. We will celebrate many saints days this year, but in particular our class saint- Saint Stephen.
In RE this half term our focus is on ‘Chosen People’, thinking about how and why people have been chosen by God. We have started this topic by thinking about why we were chosen to be part of God’s family and celebrating the skills and talents that God has gifted us. This linked really nicely to our Collective Worship focus this week too – ‘I can say one good thing about myself’.
We have been writing our own prayers to thank God for giving us the skills that make us special and unique. We shall add these to our prayer table to use as part of our collective worship. We have learned how to structure prayers and the importance of thank God as well as asking him for support or to seek advice.
This week we have been learning about the story of Abraham and how he was chosen by God. We discussed how Abraham had to have faith and trust in God and we tried to understand that sacrifices can be worthwhile if we have faith.
Over the course of the half term we have also looked at other key figures in the bible and how and why they were chosen by God, including stories of Daniel and the lion’s den and Moses.
This half term our writing and reading learning journey will be based around our two class texts linked to The Great Fire of London. We will be kick starting our learning by refreshing our memories on full stops, capital letters and finger spaces. We will then move on to learning about what an adjective is and using conjunctions in our sentences. By the end of the half term, all children will have the skills to write a story set in 1666 and also a diary entry, modeled on Samuel Pepys diary.
This week we have been blown away with the quality of Year 2’s writing. The children have used Mrs Hemming’s and Mrs LB’s top tips and created some fantastic sentences about Vlad and Boxton! The children were great at getting out their writing targets and focusing on them in all their curriculum areas. Next week we will be learning all about adjectives and using our detective skills to spot adjectives in our class text. We hope the children share some of their learning in class with you at home! Watch this space to see some our English lessons in action!
All children have shown us some fantastic reading skills in the past two weeks! We have had some great whole class guided reading sessions. Year 2 have enjoyed looking at a selection of pictures on Pobble 365 and making predictions about what they think is happening in the pictures. Children have also used information from other texts they have read to support their predictions. We introduced our guided reading characters this week that we use in all our reading sessions. Please use the characters at home when you are reading with your child so they are working on all their reading skills.Guided reading characters and questions
During maths this half term we are focusing on place value and number. We have started this topic by thinking about different ways numbers can be represented. When we think of a number we may think of it written as a numeral, for example, 38, however it can be written in so many different ways. Our investigating has lead us to finding many ways to do this.
We have continued our work on number this week by focusing on the ‘more than’, ‘less than’ and ‘equals to’ signs to compare numbers. We had great fun creating numbers using Base Ten equipment and then finding an example where our sign would fit to create a number sentence.
This week, we took our maths learning outside as much as we could! After spending the week learning all about hundreds, tens and ones and different methods to represent numbers, we took on some tricky challenges and completed them in the woods. The children were fantastic at showing their working out and making links to our learning over the past two weeks. We were really proud of children asking each other for help and explaining methods to each other. A great start to our math’s learning journey in Year 2! Here are a few pictures of us in the woods, working in our bubble and with our partners! Keep checking back to see more pictures of our maths learning this half term.
KIRFs ( Key Instant Recall Facts)
Our KIRF focus this half term is on times tables. By the end of Year 2, the children need to be able to recite their 2, 3, 5 and 10 x tables to x12. We are beginning by recapping 2, 5 and 10 x table for instant recall and reverse division facts. We will then move on to counting in 3s, which will lead us to being able to recall 3 x table facts instantly.
The children are already into a great routine in coming in the morning and working on their KIRF targets. So far we have had number wordsearches, games and lots of chanting to count in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s! We hope they are sharing their skills with you at home too!
Science is all about ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’ which is a great link to our topic work about our world. We have started looking at animals around the world and the habitats that they live in and how they adapt to their environment. It was hard work, but great fun trying to match the animals to their continent, and with team work and perseverance we succeeded!
After this we looked closely at animals and how they adapt to their environment and the clever ways their bodies are made. From the thick fur of polar bears to keep them warm to the dark circles around the eyes of meerkats to protect them from the sun-we discovered all sorts of amazing facts.
This week we looked at local habitats around our school environment and we were amazed by some of the creatures we found. There were the usual suspects that you would expect to see, such as worms and woodlice, but have you heard of a Asian Lady Beetle before? We hadn’t, but were very excited to find many on the leaves of trees around our school field. We thought it was a member of the ladybird family, but needed to use a special app when we returned to class to find out exactly what it was.
After collating all our information, we used this data to create tables and graphs to find out the answers to questions such as: Which creature did we find the most of? Which creature did we find the least of? How many more ladybirds did we find than beetles? We used our maths skills very well.
This half tern we will be starting our Year 2 computing curriculum by learning how to code using scratch on the IPADS. We have started our computing lessons by learning about directions. We have made links to maths during our lessons. This week, we created a list of directions for our friend to follow. We gradually made the directions harder and added a few clockwise and anticlockwise turns in! These skills will prepare us for our coding on scratch in the next few weeks. By the end of the half term, all children will have built up their skills to create a simple code to get a sprite to move across the screen! Watch this space!
This half term our topic is The Great Fire of London. To start our topic we have started to look at different types of settlements and what makes a place a village, town or city. The children had a selection of pictures of villages, towns and cities and their amenities. In teams, the children had to discuss each picture and put it into the correct column- village, town or city. There was some fantastic discussions in the classroom and children produced some detailed writing about different settlements. Our next lesson moved on to looking at the types of amenities London and Wetherby have and made comparisons. The children had some great discussions and made links back to their previous lesson! The children came to the conclusion that Wetherby is a town and London and Leeds are cities!
This half term, we are going back to 1666 to learn about The Great Fire of London and what life in London was like during this period. So far this half term, we have looked at a selection of books that the children have bought in and had some group discussions about what might have happened during the great fire. This week, all children created a list of questions that they wanted to find out about The Great Fire of London. We will be using books and websites in our history lesson next week to find out some answers to our questions. We will be using our reading around the subject sheet to help us. If you would like to do the same activity at home, here is the sheet to help you! You can use it for any of your subjects! We would love to see some of your home reading! So bring your completed reading around the subject sheets in!Reading around the topic sheet
This half term we are linking our music curriculum to our topic. We have started the half term by looking at the words and tune to London’s Burning. Currently we can’t sing the lyrics but we have had a go at clapping the rhythm and chanting the words. As we move through the half term we will be looking at different pitch’s in songs linked to London. Next week we are going to have a go at writing our own verse to London’s Burning, and explore a variety of instruments that we could use to play with the song. We then learn all about different pitch’s ( higher and lower) and experiment using instruments and chants to the song. We are looking forward to seeing if we have any talented musicians in Year 2!
This half term, all our PE lessons will be outside. On a Monday, Mrs Hemming will be teaching you lots of different gymnastic skills to the best of her ability outside! This week we learnt all about different ways to travel and thinking about the space that we need to complete our gymnastic skills and stay safe. Over the half term we will be learning a variety of jumps and balances, and working on putting these together into sequences. Mrs Hemming loves a challenge, so keep checking back to see pictures of us enjoying our outdoor gymnastic lessons!
On a Friday, Mrs LB will be supporting the children in their PE partner lesson. The children will be building on the skills they learnt during their time in Year 1 and working on team building skills and agilities. We will share pictures of the children in their lessons and the progression that they make over the half term! keep checking back for updates!
This half term PHSE is at the center of everything we do. We are so glad to to have 30 children back in the classroom learning again. On our first day back at school, we spent the first two days settling back into the classroom routines and spending time in our bubble. So much has changed in the past six months and we had lots of discussions and questions about the new normal at school. We created our own class rules and really thought carefully about what we wanted our classroom, friends and teachers to be like. We also created our own personal targets of what we would like to achieve over the term. The children created a special box in the classroom that is dedicated to their own personal worries. We have daily check ins to make sure we are all ok, and the box is there if anyone wants to write a worry down and share it in private with one of the Year 2 teachers. We also spent lots of time thinking about how to keep ourselves safe and ensure we try and slow the spread of the germs. The children had some fantastic ideas about how to wash our hands and about our new daily cleaning routines! They are super germ killers! Keep up the great work Year 2!
We are really proud of how all the children have retuned to school. They have all blown us away by how mature and adaptable they are to our new normal and KS1 bubble and we know we are going to have a great year building lots of positive relationships. Thank you for being so amazing Year 2. You have made our return to school so easy and taken away all our worries about returning to the classroom after six months!
This week, what better way to begin learning about democracy than holding our very own votes in class. In our first week of term we elected our class council and, in keeping with our country’s tradition, we held a vote and visited the polling station with our ballot form. We are pleased to inform you that our Class Councilors for Year 2 are…..