Welcome to the first year 2 blog of the school year.
All the children in Poplar, Rowan and Yew have settled into year 2 brilliantly. They have been enthusiastic in lessons and have started well on their learning journey for this year. Here are just a few highlights of what they have been finding out about so far.
The children have been looking at the story “Meerkat Mail”.
We have been looking at the author’s use of alliteration, conjunctions to join sentences, adjectives that add impact and how exciting verbs show movement by the characters. They wrote their own page of the story where Sunny visited another place, he did not want to live in. Why not ask your child what habitat they wrote about?
We have just started our next topic of non-chronological reports. The children started by having some information about meercats that they had to sort into sentences.
The children will be working towards writing their own report about an exotic animal.
We have been looking at place value. The children have been investigating number bonds to 10 and 100, counting in 2s,3s,5s and 10s, looking at how to tell if an amount is greater than, less than or equal to another amount before moving onto ordering numbers in ascending and descending order. Have a look at some of the work they have been doing.
The children have just now started to look at addition and subtraction. They have been looking at related facts, for example:-
9 + 8 = 17 17 – 8 = 9
8 + 9 = 17 17 – 9 = 8
17 = 9 + 8 9 = 17 – 8
17 = 8 + 9 8 = 17 – 9
Our topic at the moment is The Great Fire of London.
We have been finding out what caused the fire, why it spread so quickly and how it eventually went out. The children have looked at sources of evidence that tell us about the fire and are excited to continue with the topic after half term when they will be having a visit from the Local Fire Service and creating some art linked to the topic.
In RE we have been looking at special books from a range of religions. The children have been finding out what makes the books special and how they are looked after. They were all keen to share their own special books and the reasons why they were important to them. The children then wrote a set of rules for how their book should be looked after.
These are just a selection of the books the children brought in.
The children have enjoyed our first shared reading book of the year. They found out lots of interesting facts about space and next week they will be finding out about our Black History Month person, Mae Jemison, who was the inspiration of the child in the book. Why not ask you child who Mae is.
Reading is very important. Please spend some time every day listening to your child read and sharing books with them. The children need to have their reading books and records in school every Tuesday and Friday.
The children are able to visit the school library and borrow books from there to take home. Year 2 visit on a Tuesday.
Finally, we cannot believe how quickly this half term has gone and are looking forward to sharing the highlights with you at parents evening next week.
Thank you for all your support and if there are any questions, please ask one of the year 2 team.
Mrs Owen, Miss Gilbert and Mrs Bainbridge