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2 YEW - Mrs Wilson

Year 2 - Mrs Wilson

swilson@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. 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 2YEW, 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
  • ED SHED - up to 3 tasks will be set weekly (on a Friday) and need to be completed at home by the following Thursday
  • Matletics 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 blue fish, or 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.

    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 Wilson, Mrs Dewin, Mrs Pap and Miss Wingate.  

    PE - Football Skills

    In year 2 we have been learning our football skills. We have loved dribbling with the football and scoring goals between the cones! We know we have to keep the ball close to us at all times so we have it under control, we got much better at this the more we practiced! Ask us to show you our skills at home! 

     

     

    Synonyms

    We also went outside this week to learn about synonyms! We now know lots of new words for happy, big and small. We had to hunt for our word family and then join to make a group. We had so much fun doing this! 

     

    Spirited Arts

    We loved inviting our parents in this week to show them our spirited arts creations about "God's good earth" It was lovely to hear the children explaining their pictures to their adults and it was great to see so many of you in our classrooms. Thank you

     

    As part of our science learning, we have made bug hotels! We thought about what a creature would like to live in and we made our own out of recycled materials and things we found in our wild area. We will be checking on our bug hotels a few times a week, to see what living things are in them. We also made a poster to advertise our hotels, some even had a mud hot tub! (Think I will stay clear of that one!) 

     

    We are becoming amazing athletes with our hurdle skills! We have learnt how to use our arms and how to jump over the hurdles one foot at a time so we can keep running! We started by jumping in and out of hoops and then used real hurdles, they got bigger towards the end! We then loved having races!!! 

     

    Concrete Maths & Tennis

    We have been exploring measures inside and outside. We have used 30cm rulers, metre sticks and trundle wheels to measure different things carefully. We even managed to measure our playground! We loved using the equipment to learn this and measuring real life things! 

    We have also been learning the forehand shot in tennis!!! Ask us to show you our skills!! 

     

    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. 

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

    Today we did 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. 

    After that we were working out some tricky fractions, but we can all now find a third! Ask your children to show you how to work it out! 

     

    What a super day in year 2 becoming superheroes  and creating posters to help save our planet. The future of our planet is in our hands and we learnt all sorts of things we can do to help!

     

    We have worked with Slazenger's tennis club in Horbury to learn some basic tennis skills. They are running Easter tennis camps. We have learnt the forehand shot and really impressed the coach with our skills!

     

    Red Nose Day

    We have had a great time today showing our support for comic relief by dressing in something red! We have learnt all about the charities this supports and how our pound donation can make a big difference together! Thank you all for your donations! 

     

    African drumming

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    Jigsaw

    In our PSHE lessons this week, we have been looking at how we can keep our mind and bodies healthy. We found a relaxing position around our classroom and we thought about how it felt to be totally relaxed with our minds calm. Some of us found this position to be sitting up, some laying down and some looking out of the window. We then ordered some pictures from the most calm to the least calm. 

     

    English & Maths

    We have worked so hard this week on our new story Lila and the secret of the rain. We have written a diary and sequenced the story using a range of pictures. 

    In maths, we have been working on 3D shapes. We have loved exploring a range of 3D shapes and identifying how many faces each shape had. We also looked at the nets of these shapes. 

     

    World Book Day

    We have had the best day singing (and dancing) in the rain!!! We listened to the music, did a dance as a whole class and then thought of our own cool moves with our umbrellas! What a brilliant day! You can view all our photos and our video here.

     

    Science - Food groups

    Today in science we have been 'commander classify' and we have been grouping different foods into the different food groups. We learnt what each group does to help our bodies and we also found out which food group we should have the most and least of! We had so much fun sorting these items as a whole class. 

     

    Silver TT Rockstar

    We have our first silver tt rockstar in year 2 this week! I am so proud of how much the children are trying to learn their times tables! Just a reminder for bronze it is: 2, 5, 10 as well as a mixed sheet of them all (including division too!). And for silver it is 4 and 3. As well as a mixture of both (including division too!) 

    Please support your children in learning these at home too! 

    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.) 

    We have had the most amazing day for science day! We all came dressed as sports scientists ready to do lots of workouts. We thought about how our body changes over time when we exercise. First we looked at how we felt before. Then we did lots of workouts and decided how we felt afterwards. We understood the importance of diet and exercise to leading a healthy lifestyle. Tim Noakes (the sports scientist) helped us to understand this. We then created our own workouts and filmed these for our class friends to do! We had the best day understanding how exercise changes how we feel. 

     

    Our new topic this term is Kenya in Africa! We have created amazing safari pictures, our own collage animal and some wonderful poems about lions and elephants! We are also learning some African drumming, which we LOVE!! In our geography lessons we have learnt the seven continents! Ask us to sing you our song! It is very catchy! We even know them in order of size! 

     

    Dodgeball & Maths

    This week we have loved learning a new sport of dodgeball! We started by learning the key skill of throwing a ball. We had so much fun! 

    In maths, we have been practicing our times tables as we are now doing lots of work on multiplication and division! We do this by chanting them with our chatty partners! We are first ensuring we are super confident with our 2, 5 and 10 times tables. We will shortly be starting our tt rockstar challenges, so please practice at home as often as possible so your children can receive badges to show us that they have achieved that times table. We will then be working on 3's and 4's. Lots of chanting anywhere and everywhere really helps learn these! Thank you for your help! Mrs Wilson.

     

    Children in Need

    Today we celebrated children in need. We had some fantastic outfits! We are also the spelling winners of the week! Thank you for helping us with this by supporting your child with their ED SHED at home. 

     

    Odd Socks Day

    To raise awareness of anti bullying week we all wore odd socks. We had an assembly all about choosing to be kind! This week we are working on spreading the ripple of kindness by saying nice things to each other and celebrating our differences. There will be a kindness award given at the end of the week! 

     

    PE - Dance - Musical Instruments

    Continuing with our toy topic, today we have become toy musical instruments in our PE dance lesson. We worked on staying in time to the music and doing movements with our whole body! We played the trumpet, the flute, the guitar, the drums, the piano, the cymbals ans more! Ask us to show you our moves at home! 

     

    Remembrance Day

    You can view our Remembrance Day gallery here.

     

    We have explored the good outdoors to plant crocus bulbs to improve the environment and raise awareness of the importance of green space in our community. These were donated by The Rotary Club of Horbury & Ossett Phoenix. 
    The bulbs also support the project to eradicate polio from the world – a terrible disease that can kill or severely disable children, which has some relevance with the pandemic we are currently battling with. 
     

    Money

    Today we have started looking at money and counting coins. We have looked at greater than and less than and compared coins. Please speak to your children at home and do some fun money activities like playing shops and recognising coins and notes.

     

    Today we tried out some yoga to help us with our mindfulness. We really enjoyed this activity and it calmed our bodies and minds. Try some children’s yoga out at home too if you can. 

     

    Using our senses

    Today we have started reading our new fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel. We got to the part where the children were left in the forest. We then went to explore in our forest to describe things in there using our senses. We thought about what we could see, hear, smell, taste and feel. We tried to use adjectives to describe our nouns. We will now be writing our own setting description of the forest. 

     

    Yorkshire Sculpture Park

    We were so excited today to finally get to go on our first proper school trip! Speaking to some parents as we left, it was clear the children were really excited for this and I am so so pleased that we are able to offer these fantastic experiences again! What a beautiful day in the sunshine, looking at local artist Barbara Hepworth and her amazing sculpture, family of man. We even got to try make our own sculpture using clay and some natural materials around us. We had the best day ever! You can here 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 then could chose a topic of our choice and try to write a poem about that. Some topics were: pets, favourite toys, unicorns and rainbows! They were great to hear! 

    Music - Djembe drums

    Today we were so excited to get to play the Djembe drums. We know they are from West Africa and we loved learning some new rhythms. We stayed in time really well and created an excellent sound! 

    African Music, Rugby & Bean Planting

    Today we have had the best day! First we learnt some African music and how to use our bodies to create percussion noises! We also learnt some pretty cool dance moves! Ask the children to show you them at home! 

     

    After that, we used the tag belts in rugby. The aim was for us to dodge our partners and hopefully keep our tags in place. This was great fun and we now know to dodge, we have to be on our toes and ready to move! 

     

    Finally we planted some beans in science, so we can grow our own beanstalks alongside our Jack and the Beanstalk work in English. Mrs Wilson is trying to grow hers in the cupboard, but the children are growing theirs in the sunlight at the back of the classroom. We will update you on the progress of our beanstalks! 

    We are now settling well in to our year 2 ways and I am so impressed with how our independent work is improving. Many of us over the last few days have even reached our superstar tasks in maths! What superstars! 

    During an 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 last week) 

     

    Our first week

    Wow! What a start to life in year 2, we are so so proud of everyone for how they have settled into the new routines and remained focused. Thank you and well done! 

    This week we have enjoyed reading outside, learning how to pass a rugby ball and getting to grips with our tens and ones using base 10. We are also learning about David Hockney (an artist from Bradford) and we have explored the colour wheel. Our new science topic is plants and our topic is all about Horbury. Please take the opportunity to discuss these things with your children at home. 

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