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Welcome to Year 2

WB 17/1/22

This week has been another jam packed week in year 2. The children have done more PE sessions, with Sycamore exploring Spanish dancing and learning more catching and throwing skills in netball. Sycamore have also had more art lessons, learning what primary and secondary colours are and what colours we can make when we mix primary colours. To extend this, they looked at what happens to the colours they have made when white and black is added. Willow class have been composing rhythms in computing, on an app on the Ipads and Rowan class have been sharing their special books in their RE lesson and then acting them out!

WB 10/1/2022

This week, year 2 have been learning more about instructions and practising being able to follow them by making different things in class. They have learned how to make a paper plate turtle and an elephant out of milk bottles. How exciting! They also started their netball topic for outdoor PE, practising how to pass the ball correctly and then moving onto how to do a chest pass safely.

Start of 2022 - W/B 3/1/22

2022 is finally here and the children have settled back into school beautifully after their long Christmas break! There is now a third year 2 class called Rowan class and the children in there have been getting used to each other and their new, huge classroom! They have had fun looking at continents and oceans of the world in their geography lesson this week. Year 2 have also started their instructions topic in English this week and as you can see, Sycamore and willow have been arranging their instructions into the correct order. We have also introduced Rekenreks into all three classrooms and the children have loved becoming familiar with them.

WB 13/12/21

The final week of term has finally arrived and Y2 has been a buzz of activity. We have published the final part of our Peter Rabbit stories and completed a subtraction quiz to finish off this part of our maths learning.

In Willow class we designed and made a garden for Mr Mcgregor in DT. The final products were amazing. Mr Squirrel and Mr Bailey came to have a look and were very impressed by how creative the children had been.

This week was also an opportunity for the children to share the work they had been completing at home. Once again some fantastic work was brought in and we are very grateful to the parents for their support with this.

WB 6.12.21

This week it was Sycamore’s turn to make Sukkah photo frames during their RE lesson. They worked really hard to make their frames and were very proud of the results.

The Willow class children have been learning about tally charts and pictograms in their computing lessons this term. This week they used a computer program to create a pictogram to show the data that they had collected.

This week we also had our Christmas jumper day and Christmas dinner. While they were waiting to collect their dinner, they all enjoyed reading and sharing the Christmas themed jokes. They then enjoyed a delicious roast dinner along with a really tasty cake for dessert.

WB 29.11.21

This week Christmas has really started in Y2. On Monday morning all the children were treated to a performance of a show called Scroogical, they all really enjoyed this and joined in enthusiastically with the singing and dancing.

Our guided reading this week has involved us reading a set of instructions for how to make an advent wreath. The children learnt all about advent and how it is celebrated by Christians. They then worked with a partner to follow the instructions and create their own advent wreath with some fantastic results.

In Maths this week we have been continuing to learn how to subtract. We have been working really hard to find the answers to subtraction number sentences which involve exchanging, a very tricky concept. We have used the base 10 resources to support our working out and find the correct answer.

WB 22.11.21

Even though this was only a four day week Y2 have managed to cram in lots of learning.

In maths we are currently learning how to subtract and all the children are now able to subtract a 2-digit number from a 2-digit number using resources to help them if needed. In English we are continuing to write our Beatrix Potter stories, we are now at the dilemma part of the story mountain, next the children will be planning their own endings for The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

Sycamore class really enjoyed their forest school session this week, with lots of tree climbing, mud painting and other activities taking place.

In RE this week, Willow class learnt about the Jewish festival of Sukkot. They then created Sukkah shelter photo frames using a family photo.

Well done for another great week of learning Y2.

WB 15.11.21

Today it was lovely to see all the children in Year 2 supporting Children in Need by coming to school wearing pyjamas, this was a lovely way to round off a busy week of learning.

In History this week Willow class learnt about the kinds of toys that Victorian children would have played with. They really enjoyed exploring the examples that we had in school for them to see. A few children were able to catch the ball in the cup successfully!

In Sycamore class the children had to read and follow instructions to make an advent wreath. They worked successfully with their partners showing fantastic team work. The wreaths looked great, well done.

WB 8.11.21

This week Y2 were very excited about their first forest school sessions. Everyone in Willow and Sycamore class really enjoyed learning outside and took full advantage of all the activities that were available to them. The Willow class children climbed trees, made swings and dens, created their own ‘fire circle’ and came up with some very imaginative games. In Sycamore class they also built dens and hammocks, climbed trees and were keen to search for bugs in the forest school area. Everyone is really looking forward to their next sessions.

WB 1/11/21

The children have had a great first week back starting their new topic The World of Beatrix Potter. In Science this term we are continuing with our learning about materials and their properties. Sycamore carried out an investigation this week to find the best material to use to build a shelter to protect the teddies in EYFS. In English this term the children will be writing an alternative ending for the story of Peter Rabbit. This week we begun this process in Willow class by reading the story of Peter Rabbit, ordering pictures of the main events in the story and then using this to retell the story with a partner. Well done Year 2, a fantastic start to this half term!

Wb 18/10/21

It’s the final week of the term and the children are still working as hard as ever! This week, our homework was due in and it was amazing to see all of the fantastic things the children have been doing at home. The children in Willow class done a ‘gallery’ activity and had a chance to look at everyone else’s homework. Ms Northfield and Ms Linton will be creating a display in one of the communal areas with as much of these beautiful pieces as they can fit! In Sycamore class, the children have done DT this week, creati8ng their houses from Pudding Lane in 1666. They have used cereal boxes, lolly sticks, straw, paint and glue and have done a fantastic job. Well done Sycamore!

Great Fire of London day - 13/10/2021

This week, year 2 were lucky enough to experience what it was like in 1666 when the Great Fire of London happened! The fantastic History Off the Page provided them with an amazing experience for a whole day. The children got to listen to stories of what it was like in London when the Great Fire of London happened. They got to explore what the shops would have been like and the kinds of things that would have been sold/made in the shops. They also got to explore artefacts, look at the different items that were used in them days for different jobs and look at different diary entries that had been found since the fire. Overall, it was a very enjoyable day and the children looked fantastic in their outfits. Well done year 2!

Wb 4/10/2021

It’s been another busy week in year 2! This week the pupils have been learning a new hip-hop dance in indoor PE. They looked at the steps individually and then had time to practise the sequence at the end. They tried really hard and thoroughly enjoyed it! We have also started our addition topic in maths this week. The children have started by looking at 2-digit add 1-digit numbers and using the concrete materials (base ten) to add the two numbers together.

Wb 27/9/2021

This week has been another fun week in year 2. Willow class have been exploring the town of Colchester in the RE lessons. They have been creating their own maps and talking about the places they like visiting the most. In Sycamore, for PSHE, they have been looking at how to work as a team successfully by playing games that rely on the participation of all members involved. Safe to say it took some practise but was enjoyed by all!

Our learning - Wb 20/9/2021

This week, year 2 have been getting stuck into their learning. Willow class are lucky enough to be having art lessons delivered by Miss Fisher and have been learning lots of new things. This week they used blue and yellow to mix different shades of green, exploring how different amounts of each colour will change the end result. In Sycamore, children were learning more about the past in their history lessons. This week pupil’s looked at timelines and how they show events that happened in the past. They also had a look at what ‘plague doctors’ used to wear to protect themselves! I’m not sure the children would want their doctors dressed like that now!

Great Fire of London programme - Wb 13/9/2021

This week the children were lucky enough to have someone from the fire service come in and teach them all about fire safety and the Great Fire of London to support with our history topic this half term. They were shown pictures and some real life equipment. The pupils found it very interesting and their recall of facts about the Great Fire of London afterwards was fantastic. Why not ask your children some questions?

Welcome back! Wb 6/9/2021

This week all of the year 2 pupils have settled in fabulously into their new classrooms. They’ve been learning their new routines and what life is going to be like in year 2 going forward. This week has been jam packed with maths and English and also lots of learning about the continent North America. Please encourage your children to share any information they’ve learned with you! This week we also had our ‘inflatables day’ which was postponed from the end of last year. They all thoroughly enjoyed it. See below for some photos of how this week has gone for the year 2 pupils.

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