Welcome to Mrs Beattie's Year 2 Class Page

We do PE on: Monday and Tuesday

Please ensure the children have indoor and outdoor PE kits in school on these days - white t-shirt, blue or black shorts, blue or black jogging bottoms, tracksuit top and trainers.

We test spellings on: Friday

Please return homework sheets on a Friday with both sides completed.

We practise our times tables: Daily

Our daily homework is to read to an adult at home and practise our times tables and spellings in order to ensure they make the best possible progress during their time in Year 2.

Additional homework will be set occasionally throughout the year. This will usually be linked to our topic.

This term our topic is 'Cracking Ideas'. pdfclick here to find out about the exciting things we have planned.

 

 

Useful Documents

Class Letters                                         

pdfPractising Spellings at Home

pdfYear 1 and 2 Common Exception Words          

pdf50 Recommended Books to Read in Year 2

pdfMeet the Teacher PowerPoint

pdfExtreme Reading Homework

pdfSATS Parents Meeting PowerPoint

This year the theme of Science Week has been journeys. We have been learning about the journey of flight and how birds have inspired humans to want to fly. We have begun our work with a bird spotting walk around the school grounds. We decided how we would record the information about the birds we spotted. We recorded details about the colour, size and shapes of birds, as well as the noises we heard them make, the speed at which they flew and any other evidence we found of birds such as nests. In class we have also been researching which birds cannot fly and the reasons why.

In Art we have been reminding ourselves of the primary colours and then used these to create the three secondary colours. We showed all of these on colour wheels. Using this knowledge and skills we then painted beautiful mothers day cards, mixing different shades of blues and greens for the ground and sky, and mixing primary and secondary colours to decorate hot air balloons.

This term in maths we have been exploring 3D shapes. As part of our work we have been learning their properties and using these to describe the shapes. We have also been learning about nets and how these fold together to make the 3D shapes we have been learning about.

During World Book Week we have been working with Mr Tull's Year 5 class and using the author Roald Dahl as inspiration. Year 5 chose stories and books they would like to share with us and we took part in a paired reading session. We had to listen carefully to the texts as we had to answer questions about them! We then looked at the different characters Roald Dahl uses in his stories and wrote phrases that described their appearance and personality. We sent all of our work to Year 5 who put our ideas into poetry. We had the chance to listen to their work - the poems were fantastic and we could spot some of the vocabulary and descriptions we had composed. We also used adventurous vocabulary in our own work by creating adverts for different products that George (in George's Marvellous Medicine) put into Granny's medicine. We wrote slogans using alliteration and similes and then rehearsed the adverts before they were filmed. On World Book Day we also met the author Damian Harvey and had a chance to listen to some of his stories and poems.

Thank you to everyone who came to watch our class assembly. We really enjoyed sharing all the fantastic work we have been doing.

We had a visit from Prince Lumino who had been left in charge of Mathania and who was in big trouble! He had been too lazy to keep the town tidy and the magical Queen was on her way back! If he didn't tidy the town up and get the numbers and shapes back in order she was going to turn him to stone! Thankfully we were there to help, and using our maths knowledge of number bonds, times tables and shapes we were able to help him get everything tidy again.

Back in the classroom we then created our own maths challenge games which we shared with the class. We came up with lots of imaginative games we could play to practice our maths!

During our orchard week we have been using our creativity and imagination. We had a wonderful morning in the orchard creating art made from natural objects. We focussd on making patterns that we could then repeat using different objects. We took photographs of our work and left them in the orchard for the birds and animals to enjoy!

In mathematics we have been carrying out lots of practical measuring activities both indoors and out. We have been estimating and measuring the playground equipment in metres. We then worked on a smaller scale and used centimetres to measure the size of our feet and the distance that cars travelled. We even learnt about millimetres. We were able to order the lengths using the greater than, less than and equal to signs.

Our theme this term is 'Cracking Ideas'. We have been finding out about the cracking ideas that many inventors have had in the past. Working with a partner, we have been researching interesting facts and information about them. We then wrote fact files thinking carefully about the fearures we should include and how to set it out on the page. We learnt interesting facts about the inventors Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Eddison, Gustav Eiffel and Karl Benz.

This term in school we have launched our new Thrive initiative. To launch Thrive we invited parents and carers into class to complete a carousel of activities with us. We did yoga, made friendship bands, worked collaboratively using Lego and told stories.

We have been learning how to write stories. We took the story Little Red Reding Hood and using a game changed key parts of it, such as where Little Red Riding Hood was going and who the evil character was. Using these twists we then planned our new story on a story mountain, and finally used our plans to write our new tales. We thought they were very funny! We then decided to animate an event from our story. Using the computer program Purple Mash we created a short animation by drawng a sequence of pictures like a comic strip. Each picture showed a charcter changing slightly. When we played the animations they showed characters walking, being followed and being chased.

This week both Year 2 classes joined together and had their Christmas party full of lots of games and dancing. We were also lucky enough to have a special visit from Santa Claus in the afternoon.

After a very busy term learning about different events from the past, we completed our theme today with our landing. Both Year 2 classes worked together to celebrate and share everything we had learnt. In pairs the children designed posters that showed all of their learning from the term - we could remember a lot of facts and information! We then presented the posters to the rest of the children. It has been a very interesting theme and the children have asked many questions during it showing their keen curiosity in the world and history.

After learning how to make felt, we have used this skill to design and make our own fabric using our theme of Great and Ghastly Events as inspiration. We worked with a partner to first choose an event from the past and then created a simple design that showed this event - Great Fire of London, World War Two, the sinking of the Titanic and the first moon landing. Using careful colour choices of the merino wool fibres and the felting techniques (lots of rolling again!) we made pieces of fabric. Scroll to the end of the photographs to see our creations!

In maths we have been cooking up some spells with the help of Winnie the Witch and her potions. In order for the potions to work though we had to find half of all the ingredients first. Nobody turned green or grew a tail though so we think we were accurate with our workings out!

We really enjoyed performing our Christmas concert to the rest of school and then to our parents and carers. We had done so well learning all of our parts and the singing was fantastic!

Whether we are making felt beads or flat fabric, rolling is the name of the game! We have been learning the skill of felting and how to make fabric using wool fibre. By the end of the lesson we had all made a small felt bead and a flat piece of fabric. We were all very proud of our successes, although our biceps were a little achy!

 

Lights, camera, action! We are very busy learning our lines and parts for this years Year 2 Christmas concert 'Baubles'.

As part of our Great and Ghastly Events theme this term we have been learning about the Great Fire of London. We read extracts from Samuel Pepys' diary and found it really fascinating, although a little tricky to read when it was written in his own handwriting! In small groups we then worked together to create a short roleplay for the events he described.

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