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Year 2

Friday 21st January

Another packed week for Year 2.  We started the week with some amazing hula hooping tricks; who knew that Year 2 were such a talented bunch!  There was also an exciting discovery of dinosaur eggs in the classroom to accompany the introduction of our new text, 'The Dragon Machine'.  We have been finding out about the cheeky things that dragons get up to and writing sentences to describe them using the conjunctions 'because' and 'when'.  In Computing we have continued to learn about online safety and have been considering our digital footprint this week and discussing what is safe/unsafe to share about ourselves online.  Money has become the focus  of our Maths lessons and we have been recapping the value of coins and notes, making different amounts of money and comparing different amounts of money.  We have enjoyed learning about the history of flight especially the footage of some early attempts to fly!

Hula Hooping

Glockenspiels and internet safety.

Friday 7th January 2022

We are pleased to report that the children have returned to school refreshed and more than ready to resume their learning after the Christmas break. This week, we have enjoyed playing some notes on the glockenspiels in Music and learning how to use the internet safely in Computing. In PE we have been focussing on ball skills giving us a chance to run off some excess energy. Maths has been quite tricky but the children have risen to the challenge of adding two 2-digit numbers crossing the tens boundary. We have used lots of practical resources to help us exchange ones for tens. In English, we have continued to build sentences for our factual report about owls and have written sentences using conjunctions.

  Friday 17th December

What a festive week it has been.  The children have been making Christingles and learning about what they represent in their guided reading.  We have had some special visitors into school this week, two reindeer called Vixen and Tinks who behaved very well whilst the children asked questions about them. They have found out many facts about them such as why they have extra wide hooves and that they loose their antlers every year.  We have also been making vehicles in Design Technology in which all children succeeded in creating a vehicle with a chassis, axles and working wheels before adding their own special touches. We have finished the week off with a class Christmas party.  Merry Christmas to you all.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas card making and festive jumpers

Friday 10th December


Well, we hope you are all as proud as we are after the children’s performance in the Wriggly Nativity! All the hard work has paid off and they were brilliant, all the lines, singing, dancing, acting and bowing (!) were fantastic.  Thank you, once again, for your support and help with lines and costumes and it was lovely to be able to see some of you in the audience. We’re sure you’ll be feeling festive now. 
 

The children have also been working hard this week, no wonder they are tired!  They have been solving problems in Maths relating to groups of numbers on the theme of ‘keeping warm.’  In English the children have enjoyed learning facts about owls and sorting these facts into subheadings ahead of writing a non-chronological report. The children have continued to learn the story of the first Christmas in R.E. We have also been making Christmas cards and enjoying eating our Christmas dinner. More Christmas fun to come next week!

The Wriggly Nativity

   Friday 3rd December

The children were very quick to notice that the Christmas decorations had gone up in the classroom and all around the school which has definitely put them in a festive mood this week. It is lovely that there has been so much excitement and enthusiasm about getting ready for their Nativity performance next week, they have been trying on their costumes and busting into song at every opportunity.  There has also been a lot of learning going on this week. In writing, they have been using adverbs to describe an owl's flight and also writing facts that they have learnt about owls over the past few weeks and from the texts that they have read in guided reading.  In Maths, they have continued to add 2 digit numbers using their knowledge to solve problems.  In gymnastics they have been learning some travelling movements and have added these to their sequences with the core shapes that they have already practised.  

 

Friday 26th November 2021

We have been super pleased with the children this week as they have been completing assessments in Reading, Phonics and Maths alongside their usual lessons.  In Maths, we have been adding two 2-digit numbers and getting to grips with the tricky column method of addition. The children have been excited by the introduction of their new class text, 'The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark'.  They have been finding out about owls, retelling the story of Owl babies, making predictions, writing adjectives to describe the character, Plop, and choosing adverbs to describe owls in flight; it's been a 'hoot'!  Spellings this week have been all about adding the suffixes -er, -est and -y to words ending in 'e' and the children have enjoyed the games we play to reinforce these patterns.  Reading skills have been taught in class and group sessions, focusing on phonic patterns, word recognition, information retrieval and some inference. Rehearsals for our upcoming nativity continue most days and we have been impressed by the way the children are learning their lines and delivering them loudly and clearly; so, thank you to those of you that are helping at home with these.   

Friday 19th November

What a busy week it has been! The children have taken part in activities for Anti Bullying week including wearing odd socks on Monday and designing their own odd socks. They have also enjoyed learning the words to the ‘One kind word song’ as well as practising our Nativity songs. In Gymnastics this week the children have been recapping on core shapes and have started to choose some of these to put into a sequence. They are developing their control and ability to work with a partner to perform a sequence. In Maths, they have been subtracting a one-digit number from a two-digit number crossing ten and solving subtraction problems. They have also been investigating spelling rules when adding er and est to adjectives. 

Friday 12th November 

This week has seen us focusing on remembering and reflecting; the children learnt all about remembrance and had some thoughtful  contributions to make in class and during our remembrance day worship.  Some children could recall seeing the remembrance garden in Loggerheads and those that couldn't were going to look for it on the way home on Thursday.  Maths this week has been all about addition and subtraction of two-digit numbers, the children have looked for patterns, doubles, bonds to 10 and near bonds to 10 as different strategies to help them.  They have also solved problems using reasoning and mathematical vocabulary.  We have seen some super stories this week featuring contrasting characters based around the story 'Troll Swap'.  The children have used expanded noun phrases and conjunctions to improve the maturity of their writing and have had a go at editing their work to include more adjectives, correcting spellings and making sure all their full stops and capital letters are in the right places.  Rehearsals for our up-coming nativity are now in full swing (I'm sure you've been treated to a sneak preview of some of the songs!), cast lists, costume requests, lines and lyrics to learn will all be sent home shortly.

 

  Friday 5th November

 The Year 2 children have settled quickly back into classroom life and the week has really flown by.  In English, they have been creating characters and planning a story about a troll.  They are really doing well building up their stamina for writing and always enjoy our Free Write which this week was to retell the story of 'The Lion and the Mouse'.  The children did well in remembering the Year 2 words that we were learning last half term in spelling and have started learning another set of words starting by talking about what they think is the tricky bit in each word. In Maths, they have been adding and subtracting ten and making ten to add. They have also been reasoning and explaining for addition and subtraction problems. The children started to feel a bit festive this week when they rehearsed some Christmas songs in hymn practise. 

National Poetry Day 2021 - On the Ning Nang Nong

Earlier in the term, the children celebrated National Poetry Day.  This year’s theme was ‘Choice’.  Each year group read a range of poems and chose their favourite to learn and perform to other year groups.  Please watch our performance of 'On the Ning Nang Nong' - we hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed learning and performing it.

Watch us in action...

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A poem performed by Year 2.

Friday 22nd October 2021


As we come to the end of a really busy half term, the children should be congratulated on all their hard work so far. They have settled in quickly and are showing progress already. We’ve been recapping what makes a sentence, this week, and identifying nouns and adjectives.  In Computing, we have been using free code to create our own scenes to make objects move and we have been using the ‘repeat’ command to help write code to draw shapes.  In Maths, we have been investigating patterns when finding ten more and ten less.  One of our proudest moments has been learning a poem by heart, ‘On the Ning Nang Nong’ and then performing it in assembly complete with actions, you may have heard us practising. As promised, a recording of it will be added to this page for your enjoyment, we know you’ll be joining in too! 

 

Friday 15th October

Year 2 have been busy in Art using their drawing skills to create texture by using patterns on a troll picture. They have also been looking at artists who use tone in their work and giving opinions about them. In English they have been looking at spelling patterns and exploring what happens when they add -ed and -ing to words. In Maths, they have been comparing number sentences and solving problems with missing numbers.  There have been some super scientists in Year 2 this week when we investigated how some materials change shape when they are stretched, bent, twisted and squashed.  

Friday 8th October 2021

 

That's another whirlwind of a week done in Year 2!  This week we have particularly enjoyed performing and singing in Music, we have accompanied South African songs on the glockenspiels.  In Geography, we have impressed Mrs Hibbert with all that we can recall about the countries and capital cities of the UK.  We have also been looking at map symbols and have come up with some of our own to represent school, takeaway and the Co-op!  We have started a new block of learning in Maths, addition and subtraction, and have been looking at fact families as well as investigating number bonds to 20. In English, we have written letters to Tabitha from her parents and have tried to include noun phrases and conjunctions.  It's been great to see all the children looking sunny and bright in their yellow today; we have taken time breathe as well as dance! We have also designed our very own super hero, bearing World Mental Health week in mind, with traits that would make him/her somebody that would make us feel better if we need to.  Thursday was National Poetry day, we have chosen a poem we would like to perform and have been busy learning it and thinking of some actions, keep your eyes peeled on the class pages for a video of our performance.

 

Friday 1st October 2021

This week Year 2 have been writing a letter to one of the characters in their story 'Troll Swap' complaining about how Tabitha has such bad manners. They have enjoyed finding out about all her bad habits!  In spelling lessons this week they have been investigating what happens to verbs when you add -ed and -ing.  In Maths, they have been comparing numbers using mathematical symbols and working out problems that involve comparing two or more numbers. We managed to avoid the rain at the beginning of the week to go on a Science walk around the school grounds to make observations of how materials had been used to make objects around the school. 

Friday 24th September - Year 2 Church visit

Another busy week for Year 2.  We have continued to enjoy our class text, 'Troll Swop' and have used it to write sentences about Tabitha comparing her to other children.  We have also retold the story of 'The Troll' by Julia Donaldson and have tried to extend our sentences by using words like 'because.' We have started coding in Computing and have had to debug some broken code this week to make planes take off. We are beginning to compare numbers in Maths and use different representations of 2-digit numbers.  We had a great visit to the church on Thursday where we learnt all about baptism and got a chance to dress up as the guests at a Christening and even got to baptise a 'baby'! We had an explore of the church, sang some rousing editions of 'Sing Hosana' and 'He's got the whole world' and made some recreations of stained glass windows.  The bus driver complimented us on our excitement and our impeccable manners; very proud teachers!

Friday 17th September 2021

The children have settled really well into life in Year 2 and have been working hard this week.   They have been recapping on letter formation for the lower case letters in handwriting and practising finding words in a text in Guided Reading.  They have started reading our new class book, Troll Swap, and have had a go at making predictions about the characters. They enjoyed writing instructions for 'How to be a Troll' in their writing lessons this week.  In Maths, they have been comparing numbers using mathematical vocabulary and writing numbers in words.  In Art the children have been experimenting with sketching and colouring pencils to create different tones.  What a busy week it has been!  Well done Year 2!

Welcome to Year 2.

 

Key information for parents:

  • Year 2 children come into school at 8.40am and enter school through their classroom door at the back of school.
  • Year 2 leave school at 3.05 pm through the same door.
  • PE takes place on Wednesday and children should come to school in their PE kit on this day.
  • Reading books are usually changed on Tuesday and Thursdays.

 

Mrs Bateman, Mrs Hibbert and Mrs Lakin look forward to seeing you in Year 2.

 

To contact Year 2, please use the form below.

Alternatively, you can email us directly at year2@hugomeynell.staffs.sch.uk

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