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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2!

 

Our Class Teacher is Mrs Blackledge.

Our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Cooke.

 

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Year 2 Non-negotiables for Writing, Reading and Maths

Half-Termly Curriculum Letters

Year 2 Welcome Meeting

We have thoroughly enjoyed reading and exploring ‘The Colour Monster’ by Anna Llenas. It has helped us discuss different emotions and discover new vocabulary. We wrote stories about some of the monster’s adventures as well as created our own colour monsters.

In Maths, we have been making 2-digit numbers using sticks as tens and stones as ones. Some of us wrote place value sentences to match the numbers.

This week, the children discussed what they would like to do when they grow up. They had many different aspirations including becoming artists, firefighters, police officers, zoo keepers and inventors. They worked incredibly hard whilst writing up their ideas!

Welcome back Year 2! It has been wonderful to welcome you back and to see your smiling faces! We have been so impressed with your effort and motivation during your first couple of days in Year 2. We are very excited for the year ahead! smiley

Our Learning Journey 2020/2021

Have a wonderful summer! We have really enjoyed teaching you this year.

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Recently, we have been reading 'The Flower' by John light. We created descriptive posters that the main character, Brigg, could display in the city to help find the missing flowers.

In Art, we made plant pots! We tried to make them eye-catching by including careful details.

Sports Week: Here are some of the sporting activities we have taken part in this week. We have had a great time!

Sports Day June 2021

Year 2 flat races - you were so motivated and perseverant. Well done!

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Year 2 relay race - you displayed great team work!

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'The Lonely Beast' has inspired lots of Art and DT learning recently. We created our own jellyfish to display our fantastic descriptive poetry. In addition, we have created new friends for the lonely beast using playdough.

In Maths, we have been learning how arrays can help us to solve multiplication sums.

This week, we started exploring the book ‘The Lonely Beast’ by Chris Judge. We learnt how to perform parts of the story using body language to show how the character was feeling. Furthermore, we practised reading with confidence and using expression.

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We made clocks to help us learn how to tell the time!

In DT, we have been making moving pictures. We used sliders and levers to make our animals move.

In Maths, we have been learning to tell the time. We have been so attentive and motivated!

This week, we had a very unusual visitor join us in Year 2! This is Ozzy and he is a bearded dragon. We found out lots of interesting facts about him, including how to look after him.

During PE, we have been learning how to aim for a target using a bow and arrow. It has been great fun!

In Maths, we have been learning about Fractions. In this activity, we used pictures to help us find a third of an amount.

Today we started our KS1 gardening project! You may remember that we were inspired to improve an area of our school grounds after reading the story ‘The Secret Sky Garden’. We bought some plants and compost with the money you kindly donated. We can’t wait to see them grow!

To celebrate Earth Day, every child at Gade Valley has planted some sunflower seeds. We will be looking after them carefully and observing how they change over time.

In Science, we have been learning about habitats and micro-habitats. We found out about the conditions that minibeasts like to live in and made some bug hotels for them.

We have been learning about instructions in English. We followed different sets of instructions and then evaluated them. It helped us to find out what a good set of instructions need, for example, clear wording and specific details.

Year 2, well done for working so hard over the past few weeks. You have been Gade Valley CHAMPs! Today we had lots of fun creating windmills and hunting for Easter Eggs!

The story of ‘The Secret Sky Garden’ has inspired us to improve an area of our school grounds. We wrote a persuasive letter to Mr Barron asking permission to plant seeds, hang bird feeders, pick up litter, etc in this area near our classroom. He was persuaded by our letters so we are starting our gardening project after Easter! Thank you for all your donations.

Celebrating some of our learning inspired by the story ‘The Secret Sky Garden’.

In the story 'The Secret Sky Garden', the main characters both love flying kites! We decided to design and create our own kites and had a great time testing them out!

Here is some of our writing from this week inspired by 'The Secret Sky Garden'. We have written from the perspective of one of the characters, described our special place and written a character description.

This week we have started exploring the book ‘The Secret Sky Garden’. We have realised that littering is a big problem and we want to try and help our planet. Please watch our persuasive video below!

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We made our own binoculars and went outside to look at the birds. After, we created pictograms to show which type of birds we saw.

Well done to those children who took part in the World Book Day challenges last week!

Merry Christmas from all of us in Year 2! The children have worked incredibly hard this term and we are so proud of them 😃 Have a good break! 

 

We had a fantastic time in the woods this afternoon! Mr Barron helped create a fire and then we sat around it drinking hot chocolate. It was a great way to end our topic ‘Fireworks and Flames’.

Here we are singing ‘It was a starry night’ for this year’s nativity. Remember to go to the virtual events section on the website to watch it in full. Enjoy!

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Congratulations to our Wonka Bar winners during the autumn term. Remember to keep reading so that you are entered into our exciting Golden Ticket draw!

During the Great Fire of London, there was an eyewitness called Samuel Pepys who wrote a diary all about the events. We were motivated and attentive whilst creating our own diaries from his perspective. To make our diaries look old, we tea-stained the front covers!

Here are some of our beautiful calendars! We drew pictures to represent each of the four seasons, including events that we celebrate and changes in the weather. We feel very proud of our work!

In Computing, we have become detectives who are trying to solve the mystery of the cake thief! We learned how to record an audio file to record our detective work.

We will need to be perseverant and motivated when trying to identify the culprit.

It was great fun recording the audio files!

In Science, we have been learning about the uses of different materials. We investigated making bridges out of paper then tested our designs by seeing how many cars they held. We evaluated our bridges and decided that bridges need to be made out of stronger, harder materials like wood, metal or brick.

We will remember them...As part of Remembrance Day, Year 1 and Year 2 painted poppies. Mrs Reeve then made a beautiful wreath using our poppies.

Have you seen our new Great Fire of London window display? We created the houses using different types of paper. At the time of the fire, the houses were really close together so the fire spread very quickly!

In Maths, we have been partitioning numbers using place value charts and Base 10. We were very motivated!

Remember, remember the fifth of November. Gunpowder, treason and plot...this week we have been learning all about the Gunpowder Plot. We also created some fireworks pictures using chalks and pastels. We're really proud of our work!

Pirate Day: We thoroughly enjoyed becoming pirates for the day! We created healthy fruit skewers and used repeated patterns when we added the fruit. We also created treasure maps and wrote instructions explaining how to find the hidden treasure.

Pirate Paddy's Packed Lunch Problem: In DT we created lunch boxes for the pirates to help them carry food safely and to protect it from the cheeky parrots and dangerous storms.

During a special PE morning, we learned lots of new skills including archery.

Year 2’s Class Assembly

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Using practical resources, we have been practising the number bonds to 10 and 20.

In Geography, we have been learning the names of the world's continents and oceans. We really enjoyed identifying them in an atlas.

Using different coloured tissue paper, we made our own Planet Earth. We also wrote notes for living on Planet Earth to remind people to look after the planet and everything living on it.

We have been reading the book 'Here We Are: Notes For Living on Planet Earth'. It inspired us to go outdoors and explore our environment.

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