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Welcome back to Year Two

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Year 2 Team.

Thursday is recorder day! Thank you for naming the recorders; it makes it much easier to match the recorder with the child. Mrs Meek

 

Welcome to Year 2. We are so pleased to be back together in school this term and we cannot wait to get started. We have lots of new strategies in place to keep you safe, as well as our usual hand washing routine.

A very warm welcome back to Year 2. 

 

 

Your teaching team is Mrs Hughes, Mrs Shaw and Mrs Meek. Mrs Shaw will be our teaching assistant and she will be with us Monday – Friday mornings. Mrs Meek will teach Year 2 on a Tuesday afternoon. Mrs Lowe, Mrs King and Mrs Bolton will also be supporting us throughout the week.

PE will be on a Monday (indoors) and Friday (outdoors weather permitting) afternoon. Please can long hair be tied back as per the PE policy, thanks.

Recorders  - Thursday afternoons - restarting after Easter 2021.  Update 10/5/21- recorders are on hold at the moment. 

 

We are so glad to have all the lovely Year 2 children back at school!

 

Mrs Hughes, Mrs Shaw, Mrs Meek, Mrs Lowe, Mrs King and Mrs Bolton

The Year 2 Team

 

Upcoming Events

Mon 19th April 2021 - welcome back after Easter

WK beginning 10th May - assessment week

Friday 28th May 2021- close for half term

Latest News

14/6/21

Mrs Hughes Spellings

All red words have been covered now so we are revisiting some Year 1 words that prove tricky as well as Year 2 Red Words.

Red words

pull

were

once

friend

school

says

 

This is the last Unit so no new unit words will be posted next week. For the last few weeks words will be revisited from each of the units from across the year.

Words to log and learn 2B unit 15

Adding the suffix es to words ending in y

(nouns)

babies

families

bodies

(verbs)

spies

multiplies

replies

 

 

14/6/21

Mrs Hughes Spellings

Red words

wear

where

clothes

sure

hold

Christmas

 

 

Words to log and learn 2B unit 14

Words ending in tion

vacation

station

motion

option

affection

nation

 

 

 

7/6/21

Mrs Hughes Spellings

Red words

down

hold

walk

buy

sure

Christmas

Words to log and learn 2B unit 13

Adding the suffix ment to make verbs into nouns

entertainment

excitement

argument

measurement

amazement

development

 

Hi there,

Last lap now! Hope you all had a lovely half term break.

We are finishing the year with the topic Colour. It's going to be quite arty and we will study the artist Matisse. We will explore a variety of different techniques and media which is a really nice way to finish the year.

In maths we are looking at Position and Direction first followed by Measuring Temp and Mass. We will look at compass directions and maps in Geography linked to Matisse and where he lived. We will be revisiting Year 2 grammar and spellings in these last few weeks in prep for moving to KS2. I can't believe we're only 7 weeks away. 

Take care

Mrs Hughes and the Year 2 Team

 

24/5/21

Mrs Hughes Spellings

Red Words

father

brother

mother

why

where

again

Words to log and learn -  2B Unit 12

Adding the suffix less to make adjectives

thoughtless

careless

toothless

fearless

faultless

painless

24/5/21

Hi there,

We've had a very busy half term and everybody worked so hard during the recent assessments so well done Year 2. The 'Beanstalk stories with a twist' have been amazing. Some of the stories have been pages long. I was absolutely blown away at how much the children could write. :) Another very well done Year 2. 

Our work on 'Time' in maths is coming to an end this week so it would be really helpful if you could keep practising telling the time at home. We have covered telling the time to 5 mins so now it's just practice to embed the learning. Thanks to all those who've been practising lots already - it really makes a difference.

We will be doing our last check ups on our 'Beanstalks' this week in science and measuring how tall they are. We will also be finding out what happens to plants when you take sunlight, water or soil away - interesting! The children's predictions are very varied from them 'growing faster' to 'growing more leaves to try and get sunlight' to 'not surviving'. We shall see.

Thanks to everybody for getting to grips with 'Go Read' and ticking 'completed' when books have been read. The system is getting 'slicker' all the time. 

As part of Traditional Tales in English our current class story is Hansel and Gretel. There are some very wicked goings on with the witch and she is definitely up to no good. Quite a contrast to Jack and the Beanstalk.

Do take care and thank you for all the support,

Mrs Hughes and the Year 2 Team

 

 

17/5/21

Mrs Hughes Spellings

Red Words

sure

buy

how

talk

walk

saw

Words to log and learn -  2B Unit 11

Adding the suffix ful to make adjectives

successful

colourful

cheerful

thoughtful

peaceful

careful

10/5/21

Mrs Hughes Spellings

All Y2 red words have been covered now so we are revisiting ones that were tricky first time around and ones that are frequently misspelled in writing.

Red Words

again

could

even

father

mother

brother

Words to log and learn -  2B Unit 10

words ending in al

crystal

vocal

magical

sandal

medal

capital

FYI - Recorders are on hold. We will let you know when they are to resume.

10/5/21

Hi There,

We've had a very busy start to the summer term and will be doing some assessments this coming week. We are also starting the 'Time' unit in maths this week. I have moved it forward to give us more time to practice as lots of the children are not very confident in this area. It is really important to practise telling the time so it would be great if you could help with this at home. Analogue clocks (with hands that are different lengths /colours) are a 'must' to help with understanding - 'Fitbits' are not so useful. It takes a lot of repetition to make it 'stick' so daily time telling would be really helpful to compliment learning in class. We will recap 'O'clock' and 'half past' then go straight onto 'quarter to' and 'quarter past' (this is where lots got stuck). We then go onto telling the time to 5 minutes. The content is on the math's page below. Thank you again in anticipation. :)

The assessments are nothing to worry about. They will help to assess how the children are doing so we can best plan next steps. It has obviously been a rather 'bonkers' 12 months so we can only do our best. 

More excitingly we have been doing a lot of planting in science (Amazing Plants) and are checking our 'beanstalks' daily. We have also planted some peas to 'experiment on' when they have grown a bit. The seeds have provided a great contrast to the bulbs from the Autumn. Traditional tales are part of English and storytime at the moment and the Fe! Fi! Fo! Fum! stories that we are writing are a great twist on the tale. Who knew 'Wolfie' got involved with Jack and his beanstalk after fleeing from the woodcutter and Red Riding Hood!

Do take care and thank you for all the support,

Mrs Hughes and the Year 2 Team

 

 

4/5/21

Mrs Hughes Spellings

Red Words

who

why

where

beautiful

walk

talk

Words to log and learn -  2B Unit 9

words ending in el

squirrel

jewel

angel

level

parcel

cancel

28/4/21

Mrs Hughes Spellings

Red Words

could

again

were

because

all

small

Words to log and learn -  2B Unit 8

words ending in le

little

triangle

uncle

simple

bottle

cuddle

23/4/21

Mrs Hughes Spellings

Red Words

busy

Tuesday

Wednesday

Friday

Saturday

Words to log and learn -  2B Unit 7 (2)

(adding the suffix - ness to turn adjectives into nouns)

sloppiness

jolliness

happiness

silliness

cheekiness

giddiness

 

18/4/21

Hi there,

Hope you have all had a lovely Easter and have maybe managed to enjoy taking advantage of some of the lockdown easing this last week.

We are really looking forward to seeing all the children again for our final term together in Year 2.

Our new topic for summer 1 is 'Amazing Plants'. We will be catching up with our 'bulbs' (Check out the class tubs below. The bulbs we planted in the Autumn are looking amazing!) and planting seeds in science as well as investigating and finding out what plants need to grow and to stay healthy. 

We will continue with 'Fractions' in maths this week then we will move on to 'Measurement - length'. In English and at story time we will be sharing 'Traditional Tales' - some with a twist. We will be looking at structure, settings and characters as well as repeated language and story phrases. We will also share non fiction topic texts.

Reading Books books will be sent home on a Friday to be returned the following Tuesday. This will help with our ability to turn the books around. Thanks for your help with the books and 'Go Read'. 

We hope you are all well. Thank you for your continued support.

Take care,

Mrs Hughes and the Year 2 team.

 

 

30/3/21

Mrs Hughes Spellings

Red Words

could

whole

beautiful

clothes

hour

sure

Words to log and learn -  2B Unit 6

(adding the suffix - ness to turn adjectives into nouns)

darkness

fitness

foolishness

goodness

softness

illness

 

 

22/3/21

Mrs Hughes Spellings

Red Words

sugar

down

plant

old

bath

path

Words to log and learn

donkey

chimney

hockey

money

monkey

valley

 

 

 

16/3/21

Hi there,

Great to be back to 'sort of normal'. Thank you for all your amazing support during 'home learning'. Everybody worked so hard. Thank you.

We are taking things one day at a time so homework will be reading for now. We are getting to grips with the new 'Go Read' system but turning reading books around remains very time consuming as lists of books already read gets longer and lots of books are regularly in quarantine. We look forward to when this won't be necessary.

 

The children are very smiley and are happy to be back. We have had lots of fun already trying to remember all our routines. We had a great week last week and focused on health and well being. 

We are getting stuck into the curriculum more this week which is going well. The maths shape work has really stuck and the children are very confident. It's onto 'Fractions' next. 

 

We hope you continue to stay well. Thank you for all your support and kind comments. We really appreciate it. Do give us a wave at drop off or pick up if you get chance - it's not easy with all the staggering! I am missing not getting to see you all at the start and end of the days.

Do take care,

Mrs Hughes and the Year 2 team.

Planting Bulbs In The Autumn

Bulbs - Look at them now!

1st September 2020 - Drop off and collection arrangements

English

We will spend time initially recapping phonics, spellings, handwriting and grammar from Year 1. There will be an emphasis on reading and we will be sharing texts in class in guided reading sessions.

Reading - Reading at home is very important. Please encourage your child to read aloud each evening and discuss what they have read. You can support your child by asking them questions about what they have read, help them to make predictions and explore what a character is thinking and feeling. Inference is a 'BIG' Year 2 skill so discussing texts is super important with those 'why' questions. It will take a little while to reintroduce reading books/reading records and your patience is appreciated. We have a new scheme in school and we have some new  phonics books for practising particular sounds. 

Do use the question suggestions in lots of the new reading books. They are varied and can guide your discussions.

Update - 19/4/21 - Reading books go home on a Friday to be returned the following Tuesday. Please keep the 'post it' attached so we quickly know whose book is whose in the quarantine box. We are expecting some 'fancy' new reading book wallets very soon which will make things easier. Thanks so much.

Maths - we will be recapping work from Year 1 as we move through the maths topics.

Homework

 

Update: Reading is the homework for now. (8/3/21)

 

In Year 2, homework is set now being set each Monday and should be completed by Monday of the following week. This has been changed so that we can choose our spelling words to 'log and learn' together for the new unit on a Monday.

No actual work needs to come into school at the moment so most of the homework is activities, discussions, online games etc. I will set Purple Mash 2Dos linked to learning in the classroom and I will post replies weekly to work submitted. There are some great games so do have fun!

It is really important that Year 2 pupils work on their spellings at home. There will be weekly spelling check- ups. Times tables will be introduced later in the year.

Please do get in touch if you have any questions about homework. Hopefully it all makes sense and is easy to follow :) 

KS1 Non Negotiable Spellings

Expectations for year 2 in reading, writing and maths.

Other useful links.
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