9/11/18

This week we have continued with our learning about Remembrance and World War One.  Both classes have now been on their visit to the Museum where they looked through the records of soldiers from Market Harborough who fought in the wars.  They also visited the memorial garden.  Our English work has centred around a book called Where the Poppies Now Grow.  We have written sentences, descriptions and a diary entry.

In maths we have worked with subtraction and have been taking away a tens number from any 2 digit number.

Next week we are starting a new unit of work in English centred around Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.  We will be looking at the setting and the characters as well as exploring new vocabulary.  In maths we will be continuing with our work on subtraction. It is also Anti-Bullying week next week so we will be doing a lot of PSHE work around this.

In phonics lessons the children have been learning the different rules for adding the ed and ing suffix onto the end of verbs.  The children have been finding this a little tricky so we have sent home a game to try and reinforce these spellings. They have played this at school so know what to do!

Other Information

If you listen to your child read at home then please can you write a short note, or just sign their purple book.  We have a lot of children are changing their book and haven’t got comments written in their journal.

5/2/18

We have continued learning about Christopher Columbus this week.  We have learnt how to write an exclamation sentence and have been trying hard to include these in our writing.  We have written a message in a bottle and have tried to include different sentence types.

In maths, we have been investigating how numbers change when we add or subtract a tens number.

Next week we will be starting to think about Autumn and will be reading and writing poems.

In maths we will be continuing to add and subtract tens numbers and will be solving problems.

Home activities

We have sent home today a maths homework sheet.

We would also like the children to bring in some Autumn leaves for us to look at on Monday, if possible.

If you would like to purchase some Christmas cards with your child’s design then the order form needs to be returned to school by next Wednesday.

29/9/18

This week the children have enjoyed learning about the famous explorer – Christopher Columbus.  We have researched interesting facts about his expeditions by using the ipads, have asked and answered questions and have drawn and coloured/painted ships.  We will be continuing with this learning next week.

In maths we have been exploring different calculation strategies including using a part part whole model and a bar model.  Using these we have looked at the relationship between addition and subtraction facts.

Next week we will be continuing to work with bar models in maths.  In English we will  be learning how to write exclamation sentences and will link this with our topic work.

Other information

We have sent home a spelling activity homework today – this doesn’t have to be returned just as long as the children practise their spelling!

We have a lot of unnamed jumpers and cardigans on our lunch trolley – please have a look to see if they may belong to your child.

 

21/9/18

We have had a very busy week this week and the children are settling very well into the routines and expectations of Year 2.

Over the past couple of weeks we have been exploring some books by Oliver Jeffers and have incorporated aspects of these into our written work.  We have been learning how to improve our sentences and add more detail by using expanded noun phrases.  The children are also learning how to use a comma when writing a list.

In maths we have continued with our place value work and have been thinking about where different numbers appear on number lines.  We have just started to look at  addition involving two-digit numbers and will be continuing with this next week.

In our topic work we have been learning about human and physical features of an area.  We have compared the different features of the seaside to Market Harborough.

We are working really hard on trying to improve handwriting skills – of both letters and numbers. We would really appreciate your help with this.  We need to make sure that the majority of children are able to write their letters correctly before we can move onto learning how to join.  We will be sending home some handwriting activities for the children who need to practice and improve correct letter formation.

Next week, in both our English and Topic work, we will be starting to learn about a famous explorer. We will let the children tell you all about this person next week!

Home Activities

Your child has been given a maths home activity sheet today.  This is designed to practise and reinforce basic number skills as well as reinforcing some aspects of maths that we have done in our lessons.   Some children may find the calculations easy, but our aim is that they can instantly recall addition and subtraction calculations without having to spend time working them out.

Just a reminder that the children can change their reading book on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If they wish to change their reading book on these days then they need to put it in the box in their classroom first thing in the morning.  We do not always manage to hear children read individually during the week but they all take part in a guided reading session which is designed to develop their comprehension skills.

Spelling

We are planning on having a spelling test at the end of next week and would like the children to learn how to spell the numbers from one to ten as well as the following colour words – red, blue, yellow, brown, black, green.  

Other information

Please could you encourage your child not to bring toys to school?  We have a lot of children bringing things in which have caused arguments outside and distractions in the classroom.  Our timetable is very full and we rarely have time to ‘show and tell.’  Children are welcome to bring in books etc that are related to what we are learning about and we will always make time to discuss these.

If anybody would like to come into school to hear children read then please let us know!  We would really appreciate having someone to work with children in both classes on a Wednesday afternoon. Please just pop in to see your child’s teacher if you are interested.

7/9/18

We have had a very busy week in Year 2 and we are sure that the children are ready for a weekend!  Most of the children have now settled into the routine of what is expected in Year 2 and we have been thinking about being Ready, Responsible and Respectful.

Our topic this term is called “What and where can we explore?”  This week we have started to explore books written by Oliver Jeffers and have focussed on the story How To Catch A Star.  We have started to use the co-ordinating conjunction ‘but’ in our sentences.  We have also explored colour mixing and have painted a colour wheel with primary and secondary colours.

In maths we have continued to look at the place value of 2-digit numbers and have been comparing and ordering them.  We have introduced the symbols for greater than and less than ( >   <) and have had fun writing them outside on the playground with chalks.

The children met our new PE coach, Mr Orr, this week and enjoyed their first session with him.

Next week we will be continuing with place value in maths and with stories by Oliver Jeffers in English.  We will also be looking at human and physical features of places in our Geography work.

We have sent reading books home today to the children who have returned them from Year 1.  We are still waiting for a few children to return their books before we can issue them with another.  Please write in your child’s reading journal if they have read at home.  We are waiting for some new reading journals to be delivered so if your child hasn’t got one at the moment please don’t worry!

Next week is our open evening and at the beginning of each block of time we will briefly share with you the National Expectations for children in Year 2.

Please can you make sure that your children’s jumpers/cardigans are labelled with their name? We already have an accumulation of unnamed clothing!  We will keep these on the lunch trolley so please have a look through if your child has lost one.

 

31/8/18

Welcome to Year 2!

As the children are beginning to settle into the routine of Year 2 we would just like to inform you of a few important things.

Reading books

In Year 2 the children are able to change their reading books on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  At the moment we are listening to every child read and will adjust their book band level if needed.  We are amazed at how well all children are reading and how fluent they are.  Comprehension and the understanding of vocabulary is important in year 2 so we will be assessing your child on this as they read their books to us.  Some children haven’t yet brought back to school their six books that they were given at the end of year 1 so please could you encourage your child to bring them back next week along with their green reading journal.  Some children have said that they have lost books so we would really appreciate it If you could have a look at home and return any that you find in order for us to have enough for both year 1 and year 2.

P.E.

P.E lessons are on Tuesdays and Wednesday.  Please make sure that your child has plimsolls or trainers in their P.E. bag  as they need to wear these in the sports hall.  If your child has their ears pierced, they need to either leave earrings at home on P.E. days or learn to remove them.  If this is not possible then please send them to school with some micropore tape which they can cover their earrings with. They need to be able to do this themselves.

Collection arrangements

Please let us know if your child is regularly collected from school by a child minder or after school provider so we can make a note of this.

Please could every child also have a named water bottle at school.

We look forward to seeing to all next week

7/7/18

We have had a very busy week this week – particularly with the visit from Ofsted!

We have continued with our topic “Enchanted Forest’ this week and we have created our own magical land that could be at the top of the Faraway Tree. We have written descriptions and drawn detailed pictures of our new lands.

In Maths we have used our reasoning skills to solve maths problems using addition.

Next week

Our transition sessions are Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning.  The children will need to be picked up from their new Year 3 classrooms at the end of the day on Monday, and dropped off there on Tuesday morning.  At the end of the day on Tuesday they will need to be collected from their current year 2 classrooms.

We will be collecting all reading books in on Monday so please can you make sure that your child has their book at school.  On the transition days your child will be encouraged to choose a book from their new classroom to read over the holiday and this should be returned at the beginning of the Autumn Term.

We still have some children coming to school without a drinks bottle and with this current weather and the very warm temperatures in the classroom we are encouraging the children to drink lots.  Please can you make sure that your child has a bottle that they can refill at school every day.

 

29/6/18

This week we have learned a lot about the armed forces as well as having fun on an assault course.  We have also been on a minibeast hunt around the school grounds and have even designed our own minibeast!   As part of our science work we have planted some cress seeds and are observing their growth over a few days.  We have placed them in different places to see how their growth is affected.

In maths we have been adding together two 3-digit numbers using different strategies.

Next week

We are enjoying listening to and reading ‘The Enchanted Wood’ by Enid Blyton.  We will be designing our own lands that could be at the top of the faraway tree.

In maths we will be using strategies that we have learned to help us to solve number problems.

Home Activities

We have sent home a sheet for the children to practise their joined handwriting.

Other Information

We still have children who are not bringing a drinks bottle to school.  Please could you make sure that your child has a named bottle at school that they can fill up during the day.

15/6/18

This week

We have had a very busy week this week!  Lots of children enjoyed sharing what they had learnt about knights and this was then used in a writing activity.  We haven’t painted our shields yet but will do so in the next week.

We all really enjoyed our trip to Warwick Castle – we hope that your children have told you all about it!

We have started looking at the place value of 3-digit numbers.  We have used equipment to partition a number into hundreds, tens and ones.

Next week

We will be continuing learning about 3-digit numbers – ordering, partitioning and adding them together.

In English we will be reading the story “Pea and the Princess” and will be using it to inspire our writing.

Home Activity

We are working hard on trying to improve our handwriting.  We have sent home some handwriting sheets for all children to practise.

Other information

We have noticed that lots of children are bringing toys to school again which is causing upset and arguments at playtime.  They are told to keep them in their bags but they somehow sneak out at playtimes! Please can you make sure that toys are kept at home safely?!

8/6/18

This week

We have continued with our topic “Towers, turrets and tales of old” this week and have been learning about how castles were built to defend themselves as well as how they were attacked. We have written descriptions, labelled diagrams and watched videos.

We have also enjoyed working with a partner to paint a large castle scene.

Sports Day was great this week and we are proud of how the children showed good sportsmanship and cheered their house on. Well done to Swallowtail for being the overall winners!

Next week

We are really looking forward to our trip to Warwick Castle next week. Fingers crossed that the weather is good for us!

There are a number of children in each class that we have not yet received consent for in order for us to be able to take them out of school.  Please can you make sure that your consent has been given as soon as possible. This is done through ParentPay.

If you have ordered a school packed lunch for your child then please make sure that you send your child with a drink.  We will send further details out about the timings of the day at the beginning of next week.

 

Home activity

We have sent home a sheet asking the children to design a shield and to find out five interesting facts about knights to support our learning next week.