Welcome to Year 2

2017-2018

Our teacher is Mrs Roy. Our Learning Support assistants are Miss Patterson and Mrs Jackson.

Our Class Saint is St Martin de Porres

Our Topic this term is 'Pack your Suitcase'. Please see our topic web below. 

Homework


We have weekly spelling tests every Friday morning. Please spend time practising these spellings at home. We also have a mental maths test as part of our newly launched '99 Club'. There are some additional materials on Mrs Ford's maths page to support this. 

                                                     

Each week Mrs Roy will set a Mymaths homework or reading comprehension. Homework folders are to be handed in on a Wednesday and returned on a Friday. More information is available on the class information letter below. 

                                                      

Reading is an important part of the homework cycle. We ask that all children are read at least 4 times a week for 5-10 minutes. Please indicate that this has happened by signing and dating your child's reading record. We love to see all the other reading that is taking place at home. Feel free to record this too!

 

PE 

Our PE days are a Tuesday and Thursday. We ask for PE kits to be kept in school during each term in case of changes to the timetable.  During Term 1 and 2 we will be swimming every Tuesday. Please can all children come to school with a swimming kit including: towel, swimwear and googles. We ask that girls do not wear tights to school on swim days to support them getting changed. Earrings are not permitted. We look forward to developing our swimming ability and water confidence!

 

 

                

Term 1 continued

RE 

We have really enjoyed our Creation unit this term. We have been focusing on prophets from the Old Testament, particularly Amos, Jonah and Noah. We have been thinking about what the message in these Bible stories might be and have had some interesting discussions. We have been learning about the why the Old Testament is important for the church and why we proclaim it. We have also been learning lots of new vocabulary including Gospel, Liturgy of the Word, Homily and Bidding prayers. We have solved some team challenges to help us learn their meanings. 

We love to read! 

We were very lucky to have some Year 6 children visit us in Year 2. We took the opportunity to share our reading skills with the older children. They were very impressed with our reading skills and tested our comprehension ability by asking us lots of tricky questions. We all had a lovely time! :-) 

    

     

We also visited the book fair! We spent some time exploring the different selection of books and choosing one we would like to look at in more detail. The book fair was in school for a week and lots of us were very lucky and our Mummy's and Daddy's treated us to a new book. Thank you for supporting our reading journey!

 

 

Term 1

We have settled in to Year 2 really well.  We are enjoying our new classroom and trying so hard to be great role models to other children, particularly the new Reception class.

 

Our Value for this term is Hope. Mrs Roy and Miss Priddle did a launch assembly to inspire us to think of our hopes for the year, believe in our dreams and never give up! We all agree we are 'better together!'

 

 

St Patrick's Rocks!

We have worked hard in pairs to decorate a kindness rock for our whole school project. We have put some on our prayer table to support our learning and help each other by passing on a kindness rock. 

        

 

 Fantastic Numbers 

We have been enjoying practising our place value work this term. We have been using base ten to partition 2 digit numbers into tens and ones. We have enjoyed recording our maths work using a 'sticks and dots' technique to support our addition and subtraction skills.

                                                               

 

 Super Science 

We launched our science topic all about humans and animals with a fun challenge. In pairs we had 5 minutes to label as many different body parts on our partner using post it notes. We found it really fun and Mrs Roy could see what we already knew. We can't wait to learn more about animals and their life cycles.

   

We were also really lucky to have a whole school visit from the Explorer Dome! The theme was on Space. Inside the dome we had our very own Planetarium. We learnt about the Stars, Moon and Sun as well as the planets in our solar system. We also heard stories and myths from the Ancient Greeks. It was such a lot of fun, we were all wishing we could do it all again. 

 

                                      

The Papaya that Spoke 

We have been using the 'Talk for Writing' text 'The Papaya that Spoke' for our first English fiction work in Year 2. We have used story mapping skills, actions, sequencing work and art to learn the story. We have written newspaper accounts and innovated the story to add our brilliant ideas. It has been great to see us using new sentence openers and conjunctions to make our writing better!

 

 

RE

We have enjoyed learning all about our class saint St Martin de Porres. We have been thinking about how we can use him as a role model and try to show his qualities this year in school. We enjoyed creating portraits of him and learning about his history. We have been thinking about our school mission statement "Learning Together with God" and discussed how we live out this mission everyday in school. We have been revisiting our daily prayers and have enjoyed playing games to help our understanding of the Lord's prayer. We are working really hard to all be prayer leaders in Year 2 and supporting other children during reflection time.