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2 OAK - Mrs Hill

Year 2- Mrs Hill (2 Oak)

Email - bhill@st-peters.wakefield.sch.uk

 

You can find out what we are currently learning on our Curriculum Newsletter.

 

Welcome back to school and to year 2, I am so excited to be working with you and your child for the following year. Every day, you will be greeted with a big smile from a caring team. Throughout the year, I want to communicate with parents the best I can, so I will update the website as often as possible to show you what exciting things we have been up to. If you have a message for us, then please have a brief chat on a morning, or you can write a note in the reading record, which will come home with your child every evening.

 

In year 2, we encourage the children to be organised and prepared for each school day. Year 2 is an important milestone because of how much your child will grow, mature and become more independent over the course of the year. We appreciate your continued support in every aspect of your child’s learning.

 

About our class

In 2 Oak, we are a team! We work together, with the support and guidance of the adults, to be the best we can be. We support and celebrate each other’s achievements and we are proud when we accomplish something new. We follow our St Peter’s SPIRIT in all we do and we will be recognised and celebrated when showing these school values.

 

Homework expectations

Reading daily for at least 10 minutes

Spellings - please complete the weekly look, write, cover, check sheet that will be sent home on a Friday. ED SHED up to 3 tasks will be set weekly (on a Friday) and need to be completed at home by the following Thursday.

Mathletics as often as possible at least 3 times a week

TT rockstars as often as possible

Reading eggs can also be done at home as often as possible

 

 

Maths

Mathletics is a fantastic online resource for children to develop their mathematical understanding in a fun and accessible way. All the activities are differentiated for your child’s needs- meaning they provide just the right level of challenge according to their level and depth of mathematical understanding. If that wasn’t exciting enough, using Mathletics frequently earns your child points, which go towards bronze, silver and gold certificates. The more children in our class who use Mathletics will hopefully earn us enough points to win the weekly Mathletics trophy in Friday’s celebration assembly! (Mrs Wilson’s competitive side comes out here!)

As a school we are taking part in the ‘Times Tables Rock!’ challenge. By the end of Year 4, all children should know up to 12x12; however, in Year 2, we focus on knowing the multiplication and division facts for the 2s, 5s, 10s and the 3’s and 4’s. We complete a time table challenge as part of our morning work- Mrs Wilson may send a sheet home if she thinks anyone needs a little more practice. Please support your child with this.

Every child also has a tt rockstars log in and can practice getting quicker on line, how cool is that!

 

Reading

Reading is extremely important to children of all ages, but during Year 2, you will notice significant changes in your child’s reading fluency and comprehension as they become more independent. There are numerous things we as a school do to support children’s reading and coupled with support from home, their progress accelerates momentously.

 

  • Reading raffle- 1 ticket for every 5 times read at home, having had their reading records signed by an adult.
  • I would love every child to read for at least 10 minutes every day- reading is so important
  • We have an amazing reading garden in our classroom where we can chose to read, we even read outside quite a lot.
  • Guided reading- all children participate in a mixture of guided or whole-class reading every day in Year 2. Children will also have the opportunity to read individually with an adult at school too.
  • Phonics- we will be consolidating phase 3 - 5 sounds in the autumn term, then begin to work on Phase 6 for the rest of the year. All children will sit a phonics check within autumn 2, to ensure all sounds are consolidated from year 1.

 

Physical Education

Our PE days are Tuesday & Thursday. Both at the moment, will require an outdoor kit

Kit required for P.E:

Boys - White T-shirt and black shorts and trainers for outdoor games during summer and winter months. Warm navy/black tracksuit and trainers for outdoor games during the winter months.

Girls - White T-shirt, black shorts or cycling shorts (not nylon or lycra) and trainers for outdoor games during summer and winter months. Warm navy/black tracksuit and trainers for outdoor games during the winter months.

Please note earrings must be removed for PE or covered by tape provided by the parent.

 

Behaviour

We follow the ‘good to be green’ behaviour management system. Every child starts the day on the green lily pad; if they make bad choices (e.g. shouting out, not listening etc.) they will move down the chart onto the yellow warning fish or red consequence fish. However, they can rectify this with good choices and move back onto the green lily pad. Exceptional behaviour is rewarded by moving up to the rainbow.

If your child arrives home on Friday without their good to be green sticker, it means that at some point in the week they received a yellow warning or red consequence fish; it may be worth a gentle discussion with your child about how they need to make things better for the following week.

We love rewarding good choices and hard work; we offer certificates for Writer, Reader, Mathematician and Star of the week.  We are going to introduce a SPIRIT certificate to celebrate children showing our St Peter’s Spirit.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support and I look forward to a brilliant year,

Mrs Hill and Mrs Bird

DT - Dips & Dippers

As part of our new DT topic we have been trying different dips and dippers. Our favourite dips our guacamole and hummus and our favourite dipper was a dorito. We really didn't like the raita because it was very strong and tasty too garlicky. 

 

English

We have had lots of fun this week with our new story ‘The way back home’. We have been working hard on finding amazing adjectives for description by using a thesaurus and playing a game where we had to sort ourselves in to three groups to see who had a synonym for big, small or happy. We learnt lots of new words in this game and hopefully we’ll remember to use them in our next piece of writing! 

 

Science - Micro-Habitats

We have been continuing our Living Things and their Habitats topic this week by looking at different types of micro-habitats. We have learnt that big habitats such as woodlands have lots of micro-habitats such as leaves, under stones, grasses and inside fallen down tree trunks. We then went on a minibeast hunt to see what minibeasts live in micro-habitats around are school playground and wildlife area. We find lots of slugs, snails, woodlice, millipedes, spiders and lots more!

 

Computing

In our computing lesson, we were learning how to programme. We used bee bots and followed instructions to guide them around. We also used an app on the iPads called Alex, to programme our robot to follow the instructions and stay on the path! Some of us reached level 15! 

 

Great Explorers

We just wanted to share with you our new display relating to our new history focus: great explorers. We did these pictures by using blending techniques with soft pastels in our art lesson. 

 

English

We have started by reading a story in English called "Back to earth with a bump" where our character explores space. 

We have done some paired reading and answered retrieval questions about the story. We have also planned what we would take to space and explained our reasons why. 

 

Maths

We have been working out some tricky fractions in our maths lessons including 1/3 2/4 and ¾  and we are superstars now at knowing how to use a bar model to help us! Ask your children to show you how to work it out! 

Science

We have started our new topic ‘Living things and their habitats’. Last week we looked out sorting out whether objects were alive, dead, never alive or once alive. We were able to work this out by looking at the different life processes including Movement, Respiration, Sensitivity, Growth, Reproduction, Excretion and Nutrition  (MRS GREN).


 

PE - Tennis

We have been enjoying learning new skills as part of our tennis lessons. So far, we have been learning how to control and move the balls in different ways.

 

African Drumming (1)

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We are sounding amazing with our African Drumming! Watch our videos to see how good we sound!

 

African Drumming (2)

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PE - Gymnastics

We have enjoyed starting our new gymnastics lessons this half term. So far we have been learning how to move in different ways, what shapes we can make with our bodies and putting these in to little sequences. We even have some children who can do the splits – very impressive!

 

Maths - 3D Shapes

We have enjoyed looking at our 3-D shapes this week. We have learnt about edges, faces and vertices and comparing the different shapes. We know most of the names but get a bit confused with some of the pyramids so keep practising these names at home!

 

World Book Day

We have had a fabulous day celebrating World Book Day and we've been dressed up in some amazing costumes! A big 'Thank You' from Mrs Hill, Mrs Bird and Mrs Robinson to all the parents for making such a brilliant effort with costumes. I know the children are really appreciative! We have a had a great day looking at the books 'What a Wonderful World' and 'Singing in the Rain' and learning the songs. We wrote our own set of lyrics for 'What a Wonderful World' based on what we think makes our world so wonderful and we also did a short dance to 'Singing in the Rain'. Video to follow shortly.... 

 

Many thanks again for all your support and hard work - Mrs Hill, Mrs Bird & Mrs Robinson.

You can view all our photos and video here.

 

Mental Health Week

This week in Year 2 we have been looking at ‘Reaching for the stars’ as part of Children’s Mental Health Week. We enjoyed singing along to and joining in the actions for the song ‘Reach’ by S Club 7 and talking about different goals that we can set for ourselves and how we often need to take small steps to reach those goals. We created a ‘Reach for the Stars’ display on our classroom door where each child wrote a goal that they would like to achieve by the end of Year 2.

 

Topic - Countries

In topic this term we have been looking at the 7 continents and 5 oceans. Over the last couple of weeks, we have been looking at the UK and what countries make up the UK and what their capital cities are. We completed a quiz to find out what each of the 4 countries were famous for including food/drink, landmarks and musical instruments.

 

English - The Ugly Five

In English we have been looking at our new book ‘The Ugly Five’  which is a narrative poem. We have enjoyed gathering lots of new vocabulary and finding lots of adjectives to describe the ‘Big Five’ animals as well as the ‘Ugly Five’. We finished by writing our own setting description for an African Plain and the ‘Big Five’ animals.

 

Year 2 visited church, we had an amazing time doing different activities to teach us what Christians believe. 

  1. God created earth (we made our own things using play dough) 
  2. Jesus came to earth to get rid of the bad things we do (he knocked down the wall between us and god, we showed this using sugar cubes) 
  3. We Can talk to god through prayer (we played Chinese whispers to pass messages and also listen like we should listen to God.) 

 

Topic

We have really enjoyed delving in to our new topic ‘Amazing animals and Safari Adventures’ over the last two weeks. We’ve produced some fabulous artwork based around African animals. 

 

English

We have been working hard this week looking at different animal poems and gathering some lovely adjectives to describe an elephant and finding some suitable rhyming words ready to write our own shape poem based on an Elephant.

 

Christmas Spirit!

English

We have been doing some fabulous work on our story book this week. We have sequenced all the events that happen and been able to describe what happened at each stage of the story. We have done some fabulous recounts of the story this week as well!

 

Children in Need

We have really enjoyed coming in to school in our pyjamas today for Children in Need – don’t forget to watch the special TV show tonight!

 

Science - Everyday materials

In science this term we are looking at uses of everyday materials. So far we have been investigating different objects around the classroom and identifying what they are made from.

 

Toys from the past

Our new topic this term is Toys from the Past. So far we have enjoyed reading the book ‘Lost in the Toy Museum and we are looking forward to doing some super writing based around this book next week. We will be looking at how different toys move and eventually having a go at making our own!  If you have old toys at home that you wouldn’t mind us keeping for display purposes please remember to bring these in. We promise to look after them!

 

Money

This week we have started looking at money and counting coins. We have looked at greater than and less than and comparing the value of coins. We have also learnt how to combine notes and coins to make an amount. How about doing some fun money activities with your child at home like playing shops and recognising coins and note?

 

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

We were so excited to finally get to go on our first proper school trip! It was lovely to see the children so excited as they came in to school and I am so pleased that we are able to offer these fantastic experiences again! We had such a beautiful day in the sunshine, looking at local artist Barbara Hepworth and her amazing sculpture, family of man. We even got a chance to make our own sculpture using clay and some natural materials around us. We had the best day ever! You can view all our photos here.

National Poetry Day

To celebrate this we wrote thank you poems, there were so many things we were thankful for! We realise how lucky we are and are so grateful for this! We read out some of our poems to our friends- they were great to hear! 

Planting beanstalks

We were so excited to plant some beans in science, so we can grow our own beanstalks alongside our Jack and the Beanstalk work in English. Miss Childs has been trying to grow hers in the cupboard, but the children are growing theirs in the sunlight at the back of the classroom. So far the beanstalks are growing amazingly – the children love checking them every morning to see how much they have grown!

 

In RE we are thinking about special books. In one RE lesson we had a special gift wrapped up on our tables. When we opened them, we found many versions of the bible. We talked about why the bible was a special book to Christians (just like we shared our special books to the class). We have also been thinking about what Jesus taught us about being kind to everyone and making sure we treat everyone the same.

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