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Year 2 Classes 7, 8 and 9 - 2021-2022

Friday 21st January

 

In English we have been learning suffix rules for adding s or es. We know that if the root words ends in ch, sh, x, o or ss we must add es. We have been reading our Power of Reading book, ‘The Princess and the White Bear King’. We have been pretending to be the princess or the king and writing in role as that character. We also created our own crowns and tried to persuade each other why our crown would be perfect for the princess.

 

This week in Maths we have been adding multiples of 10 to a 2 digit number.

We have followed 3 steps to do this;

 

Partition

Add the tens (using known facts within 10)

Recombine the tens and ones.

 

E.G. 27+40=

 

Partition 27 = 20+7

 

Add (the tens) 20+40=60

I know that 2+4=6 so I know that 20+40=60

 

Recombine (the tens and ones) 60+7=67

 

We can then check that we are right by adding on the tens by jumping down on our 100 square.

 

In R.E this week we have considered the importance of The Gospels to the parish family and also looked at the story of Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist. We re-enacted this story by making our own puppets.

In Art, we have been using pencils, charcoals and pastels to draw lines and shade whilst looking at the work of Leonardo da Vinci too. We are continuing this idea this week by asking you to look at a tree and try to describe it in words and draw it using just a pencil.

Friday 14th January 

 

In English we have been learning suffix rules for adding –ing. We have been dropping the ‘e’ before adding –ing and doubling the consonant when the root word is one syllable, there is a short vowel sound in the middle of the word and if it ends in a single consonant. For example run- running, jog- jogging, hop- hopping.

 

In Maths we have been adding and subtracting 10 to/from a 2 digit number.

43+10= 53

43-10=33

We have worked out the following

When you add 10

· The ones stay the same

· The tens change

· You can double check on your hundred square

Jump up one to take away

Jump down one to add

We have used this to solve addition and subtraction word problems and when we were increasing prices in shops that we set up.

 

In R.E we read some favourite Bible stories and then drew a comic strip of one of them so we considered the importance of the stories in the Bible – the most special book of all.

 

This week we continue our topic about healthy living and life processes by looking at the life cycle of a chicken. We had an afternoon of science creating a life cycle picture. We drew the inside of an egg by looking at a real egg that we cracked open on a plate. We then followed a set of instructions to make a paper chick and finally, followed a video to draw a chicken freehand.

Friday 7th January

 

Welcome back year 2.

What a super start and already Year 2 are back to working hard.

In English and RE this week we have been looking at the story of the Epiphany when the Three Wise Men came to visit Jesus in the stable at Bethlehem. We listened to the story, watched it, and then wrote about it in our books. Well done to the children, they remembered the story and managed to recall lots of the writing rules from last term too.

 

In Maths we have re visited the makes 10 strategy for subtraction.

15-8=

We need to take 5 away from 15 to make 10.

15-5=10

8 is made of 5 and 3 so then we take away the 3 from 10

10-3=7

 

So 15-8=7

 

We then went on to explore

If I know that

55-8=47

Then I also know that

45-8=37

35-8=27

25-8=17

 

We started our new Science topic about life, living processes and healthy living. They all really enjoyed being science detectives and guessing which teacher was which when they looked at photos from when they were little. We started to discuss the life cycle of human beings and how we change.

Thursday 16th December

 

This week in RE we have been writing about how Mary and Joseph prepared for the birth of Jesus, how they felt when they had to travel to Bethlehem and what happened when they got there.

 

In Maths we have continued to add and subtract single digit numbers from 2 digit numbers and we also solved the mystery of the disappearing reindeer bells!

 

We have finished our History Topic by finding out about the important jobs that many women did in the war and learnt about the bravery of Edith Cavell.

 

We all thoroughly enjoyed our Christmas singing today and would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas.

Friday 10th December 

 

This week in RE we have listened to and thought about The Annunciation and The Visitation. We read Mary’s Song and thought about how Mary would have felt. We also painted a watercolour picture to depict The Annunciation.

 

This week in Maths we have been using the makes ten strategy to help us solve addition and subtraction.

13+8=

8 is made of 7 and 1 so

13+7=20

20+1=21

 

22-5=

5 is made of 2 and 3 so

22-2=20

20-3=17

 

In English we have written an adventure story about Traction Man.

We have followed instructions to explain how to make a Christmas Card and used our best handwriting to write a Christmas message to our families.

Friday 3rd December

 

This week in English we have been writing a diary entry in the first person. We pretended we were Traction Man and described his adventures. We have also been learning about writing verbs in the past tense where the root word does not change. For example, walk - walked, jump - jumped.

 

This week in Maths we have been using known facts to 10 to help us solve addition and subtraction.

3+7=10

We have repeated these stem sentences

If I know that 3+7=10

I know that 13+7 =20

I also know that 23+7=30 etc.

 

If I know that 10-6=4

I know that 20-6=14

I also know that 30-6=24

Friday 26th November

 

This week we have started our new R.E topic of preparing. We have been talking about this time of advent when we prepare for Jesus' birth at Christmas. We have written our advent promises, made an advent wreath for our reflection areas and thought how we prepare for the holidays.

 

In Art we have continued our project of printing by creating Christmas tiles and making wrapping paper. We have crossed over two subjects by thinking about the properties of fabrics that we wear and tied it in with our reading book, Traction Man, who wears lots of different outfits in the story.

 

This week in Maths we have been using known facts within 10 to help us solve addition and subtraction.

We have used repeated stem sentences e.g

If I know that 3+4=7

I know that 13+4 =17

I also know that 23+4=27 etc.

 

If I know that 9-6=3

I know that 19-6=13

I also know that 29-6=23 etc.

 

In English we have carried on studying Traction Man by Minni Grey. This week we wrote verb phrases and thought of words that would describe Traction man’s character and appearance. We ended the week by writing a character description. The children are working really hard at improving the content and look of their writing and we are all really pleased with their hard work and effort.

Friday 19th November

 

In English we have been learning about Traction Man. We have been predicting what we think is going to happen in the book, thought about a voiceover and learned about Proper Nouns. Our homework this week will be linked to proper nouns. Remember, a proper noun is the name of a person, place or a specific thing. Eg. Miss O’Sullivan, London, Brentwood Cathedral.

 

This week in Maths we have been adding and subtracting single digits from a 2 digit number.

We have been using known facts within 10 to do this.

If we know that 3+4=7 then we will also know that 13+4=17, 23+4=27 etc

If we know that 7-3=4 then we will also know that 17-3=14, 27-3=24 etc

 

This week in school, we have been considering both Inter faith week and Anti bullying week. We have discussed respect for others, studied the Jewish ceremony of Shabbat and really focussed on saying one kind word to each other. The week has been full of compliments!

 

In Science we have carried out an experiment to find the best waterproof material by trying to keep a teddy bear dry.

 

In Art and Design we have combined lots of skills that we have been learning about and practising this term. We have designed a weaving frame using fabrics that we have printed with a repeating pattern. We evaluated our work when we finished.

Friday 12th November

 

In English we have been thinking about lots of different bug books. We persuaded the Bad tempered Ladybird to be good tempered, created our own bug pattern poem and retold the Very Hungry Caterpillar story by including our favourite food.

In R. E we completed our Signs and Symbols topic. We have really enjoyed talking about our own baptisms and the Rites of Baptism especially over the past few weeks.

What a fantastic week we have had. Maths week has ended up being so much more than just maths work. We have learnt about caterpillar life cycles in science, bad tempers and how to balance them in PSHE, and then we have practised patterns by printing in art. That is all alongside all of the mathematics work.

On Thursday we did, of course, think carefully about Remembrance Day. Each class in the school stopped at 11 am for 2 minutes silence. Year 2 also started their new history topic about World War One.

Friday 5th November

 

This week the whole school have been looking at British Values as part of our cultural calendar. We have really enjoyed learning all 5 of the values. We have played games to think about rules and we role played a story to think about democracy. We learnt about tolerance, respect and individual liberty too in our art and PSHE lessons.

Our homework this week is all about our rules at home.

 

This week in English we have been learning about Superheroes! We looked at what made a good superhero and created our own based on certain criteria. We used our top trumps cards to write a character description of a superhero. We also decided on what a good comic strip was and what we liked about them.

 

This week in Maths we have been taking away a single digit number from a teen number using the ‘makes ten’ strategy.

15-8=

We know that we take 5 away from 15 to make 10.

8 can be split into 5+3

So 15-5=10

10-3=7

We are teaching the children to use calculation strategies rather than just counting on.

Although this seems a rather long process it is a skill that will really help them when working with larger numbers and more complex maths problems.

Key vocabulary;

makes ten, subtraction, take away, minus, difference

Friday 15th October

 

In English we have been writing our own poetry. We have creating a class seasons poem and have created our own silly poem. We have been thinking about verbs and adjectives to describe the leaves.

 

 

This week in Maths we have been adding 2 single digit numbers using the ‘makes ten’ strategy.

8+5=

We know that 8 needs 2 more to make 10.

5 can be split into 2+3

So 8+2=10

10+3 =13

We are teaching the children to use calculation strategies rather than just counting on.

Although this seems a rather long process it is a skill that will really help them when working with larger  numbers and more challenging maths problems.

Key vocabulary;

makes ten, addition, add, plus, together

We have noticed that some children have forgotten their number bonds to 10 so they are finding this method a bit hard. We are practising quick fire bonds to 10 at school but extra practise at home would be really beneficial.

 

In RE we have continued to look at the rites of Baptism and the importance of the symbols reflecting Baptism.

 

In Geography we have been looking at man made and natural features. We created maps of Brentwood and really enjoyed looking at the features in our own town.

 

Well done Class 7 you spoke in clear and expressive voices in your assembly about Beginnings and we are really proud of your hard work and performance.

Friday 8th October

 

Well done this week to Class 8 for your assembly on St Francis you used your big clear voices and we are proud of your first performance in front of your families for a long time.  

On Monday, the children in St Francis’ house looked so  bright in their yellow clothes. 

 

In English we have been recalling facts about foxes. We have also been recording sentences with nouns, verbs and adjectives. Our homework this week links to our English learning. How many nouns can you find in your house?

 

In R.E we have started our new topic of Signs and Symbols. Father Gary visited Class 7 to discuss the symbols of Baptism. 

We have also really enjoyed the start of Black History Month by beginning to look at the life of Martin Luther King. 

 

This week in maths we have been looking at number lines.

We looked at our class number line which goes up to 100 and rulers that go up to 30.

We then predicted where numbers were on a 0-20 number line that only had 0 and 20 marked on it.

For example 10 is going to be in the middle because it is half way between 0 and 20.

9 is going to be just before 10 because 9 is 1 less than 10.

 

                    

 0                                                                                                9       10                                                                                                        20

 

We then looked at empty number lines to 100.

We marked on the units of ten and then reasoned about where other numbers should be placed.

 

          

0                  10                 20                  30                  40                 50                  60                  70                 80                   90            100

We then had great fun making a life size number line and placing ourselves in the correct places.

We remembered to use the key vocabulary:  in between, more than less than, multiples of ten.

Friday 8th October 2021

 

This week in maths we have been comparing numbers using the inequality sign.

 

< less than

or

>greater than

Or

= equals to

12 > 8 13<42 20 = 2 tens

 

REMEMBER the widest part of the sign faces the biggest number.

 

 

In English this week we have been sharing facts about hedgehogs. We have worked with a partner to record the facts and we have looked at what makes a good fact file. We have also recapped the au, aw, ir, er and ur digraphs. The teachers have been giving out white handwriting house points for children who have shown clear letter formation when writing. Keep up the super work Year 2!

 

 

This week in R.E we have been completing our current topic of beginnings. We have been reflecting on the new beginning that God offers us everyday. We have listened to some lovely music and considered all that God has created.

It was wonderful this week that Class 9 were able to hold their assembly in the hall with their families there too. Next week it will be Class 8's turn.

 

In Science we have been looking at clothes and fabric and considering what fabricas are made from . The homework this week will be about the sources of textiles.

Well done to so many of you in year 2 who have participated in the school clubs that started this week. We hope you had fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 1st October

 

This week in Maths we have been comparing numbers using the inequality sign.

 

< less than

or

>greater than

Or

= equals to

12 > 8           13<42           20 = 2 tens

 

REMEMBER the widest part of the sign faces the biggest number.

 

 

In English this week we have been sharing facts about hedgehogs. We have worked with a partner to record the facts and we have looked at what makes a good fact file. We have also recapped the au, aw, ir, er and ur digraphs. The teachers have been giving out white handwriting house points for children who have shown clear letter formation when writing. Keep up the super work Year 2!

 

This week in R.E we have been completing our current topic of beginnings. We have been reflecting on the new beginning that God offers us everyday. We have listened to some lovely music and considered all that God has created.

It was wonderful this week that Class 9 were able to hold their assembly in the hall with their families there too. Next week it will be Class 8's turn.

 

In Science we have been looking at clothes and fabric and considering what fabrics are made from. The homework this week will be about the sources of textiles.

 

Well done to so many of you in year 2 who have participated in the school clubs that started this week. We hope you had fun.

Friday 24th September

 

In English this week we have continued to read The Hodgeheg by Dick King Smith. We imagined how the lollipop lady would have felt when she saw the hedgehogs trying to cross the road. We retold the ‘First Crossing’ using adjectives, interesting sentence starters and Kung Fu Punctuation.

 

This week in Maths we have been partitioning into 10s and 1s and using this to create an addition equation.

We have also continued to use the repetitive sentences to say what we have,

 

Using the number 17

 

My whole is 17.

One part is 10.

One part is 7.

Together I have 17.

 

We know that we need to add both the parts to make the whole so…

10+7=17

We can also say

7+10=17

or

17= 10+7

or

17=7+10

 

This week in RE we have been looking at psalms and recording our reactions to them by drawing and using the iPads. We went out into the peaceful garden to look at God’s creation of nature. We took photographs using the I pads and talked about everything we could see.

 

In PE this week we have been able to get onto the field to practise running and ball skills and today we are going to join our tag rugby coach to learn even more ball and games skills.

Friday 17th September

 

In English this week we have continued to read The Hedgehog by Dick King Smith.

We thought about Max the Hedgehogs personality, what he looked like, his likes and dislikes and what other people knew about him. We then wrote a character description remembering to include capital letters, full stops, adjectives and interesting sentence starters.

 

This week in Maths we have been partitioning numbers into tens and ones.

We have used the stem sentences:

My whole is 17.

One part is 10.

One part is 7.

Together I have 17.

 

Repeating these sentences for each number that we partition has really helped the children focus on the process that they are completing.

Key Vocabulary this week:  part, whole, tens, ones, partition.

 

This week in RE we have continued to read and consider beginnings . We have listened to Psalm 139 and practised responding to it. We then wrote a beginning prayer as a class and on our own. 

In science, we continued looking at materials by comparing plastic, metal and wooden spoons. We decided which was the best type of spoon by thinking, looking and testing carefully. 

 

In ICT we began looking at and reviewing photographs. We are going to learn to take and edit them in the next few weeks using the iPads. Look out for this week's homework about photographs. 

 

Friday 10th September

 

Maths

This week we have been counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. The children have particularly enjoyed doing this as body counting. We have also recapped on the names of 3D shapes (cube, cuboid, cylinder, sphere, cone, pyramid) , values of coins and telling the time to o clock and half past.

 

English

This week we have started reading ‘The Hodgeheg’ by Dick King Smith. We have enjoyed writing a setting description about the park and imagined what it would have been like to be a hedgehog trying to cross a busy road. We reminded ourselves to use our Kung Fu Punctuation in all of our writing.

 

This week we began to look at the story of the creation in the Bible. We have talked and written about our beginnings at the start of our day and how we feel when we have to do something new. 

In Science we began our topic on Materials. We sorted out lots of objects into groups e.g. metal and wood. The children worked well in small groups using scientific vocabulary and sorting carefully. 

 

We all read the book The Colour Monster to discuss a range of emotions and how they make us feel. 

 

P.E lessons will be on Friday afternoon for all year 2 classes. Weather permitting, it will also be on: Class 7 - Monday and Thursday Class 8 - Tuesday and Wednesday Class 9 - Monday and Wednesday.

All earrings will need to be removed before children enter school, hair tied back and please ensure that P.E kits are always in school. 

 

Homework and spellings will be handed out on Friday and should be returned on the following Thursday. A letter has been sent home with your child's homework this week. Bug Club and Mathletics log ins will be in your child's reading diaries.

 

Please ensure that all clothing is clearly labelled.

Monday 6th September 

Welcome back Year 2 . You came into school beautifully this morning and showed us you are ready to be in Year 2. We are all really looking forward to the hard work and fun ahead of us this year.

This week, we will be starting our new book The Hodgeheg by Dick King Smith. He has written lots of books, have a look and see if you recognise any of them by doing an internet search with your parents. The teachers will hear you all read this week. You will receive a new guided reading book and find out your reading day. We will continue to send you home with three supplementary books each week. On Thursday you will be given your first homework of the year and spellings too.

In Maths, we will be revising number orders, basic addition and subtraction. We will start to practise counting in twos and fives. Everyday we will be revising our mathematical skills using songs, mental and written methods.

We will start our science topic of materials and we will begin our PE lessons too, so parents please make sure that all P. E kits are in school.

Thank you. 

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