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Y2 – Spring 2

 

Week 2

Congratulations to our Stars of the Week – You have really impressed us with your hard work!

 

This week in English we have continued with our learning journey of ‘An Interview with a Bengal Tiger and Other Clawed Beasts’. We have been practising writing some questions and answers in the style of Andy Seed for our own animals. We have also been focusing on adding coordinating and subordinating conjunctions within these.

 

This week in Maths we have been practising our recall of our 2, 5 and 10 times tables.  Becoming more fluent in these will help us with more advanced problems in our future mathematical learning! We also enjoyed the challenge of applying our timetables facts to some reasoning and problem solving questions.

Computing this week has been all about creating pictograms to display different information. We have worked in pairs to collect data about our classes favourite things and then we used this data to make pictograms so that we could easily see the answers from our group.

A storm came brewing in the Music & Drama room this week when our musical pirates learned a chant, continuing our Jolly Rogers topic. We learned that chants include a narrative and rhyming couplets. We then came up with creative ways to perform the chant, keeping the steady beat all the way through.

In PE this week, we have been developing our ball skills further. We have been practising moving smoothly and fluently whilst keeping control of the ball and have gradually started to increase our speed with this too!

In PSHE we identified special people in the school and community who can help us to keep them safe. We learnt that in an emergency the number to ring is 999. We found out that 999 is the number to call if someone needs the police, the fire service or an ambulance. We then acted out how to ask for help. We thought about the following:

  1. How to get someone’s attention (Excuse me!, Hello Mr/Mrs/Miss)
  2. Asking that person for help (Can you help me please?)
  3. Explaining why we need help (my ball has landed on the roof and I can’t get it down/ I’ve lost my mum, I last saw her by the green jumpers).

 

Did you know each class is working towards a team goal? – to collect class dojo points to gain a treat once they hit their class target. Points are awarded for things such as being kind and respectful, showing compassion, looking, listening and learning, persevering with a task, working hard, staying on task, teamwork, participating in lessons. Today (1.3.24) Puffins and Woodpeckers were so pleased to have their treat today as they both reached their goals earlier this week. Woodpeckers chose to have Golden Time and Puffins watched a film with a cookie!

Week 1 WC 19.2.24
Welcome back to what will be another busy and exciting half term in Year 2!

Congratulations to our Year 2 Stars of the Week! We are so proud of you all.

 

We started a new learning journey in English this week. Our new book is ‘An Interview with a Bengal Tiger and Other Clawed Beasts’. We are so excited that Andy Seed, the author of this book, will be visiting us in school in a few weeks! This week we have immersed ourselves into the text by matching questions to the correct animal. We also did some echo-reading of the questions and answers which helped our prosody and fluency. We then did a little drama to further practise interview technique. We had to think about our variety of tone we used when we were playing the animal. This depended on the personality of the animal who was answering the questions.

 

This week in Maths, we continued with multiplication. We were focussing on the fact that multiplication is commutative. This means that when two numbers are multiplied, this can be done in any order and the same answer will be obtained. We used arrays to help us.
Did you know that by the end of Year 2, we need to be able to recall all of our 2, 5 and 10 times tables? Please help us practise at home.

 

We were all super excited to start our History topic this week. Through a slow reveal picture we learned that our new topic was on …. The Titanic! We looked closely at an artists impression of it sinking and labelled what we could see. We spotted the iceberg, people in the freezing cold water, people in rowing boats (lifeboats), people being rescued, people still on the sinking ship, smoke from the funnels, the sinking liner.

 

Our new Music topic is titled The Jolly Rogers, and it’s all about pirates! We learnt two songs. The first was ‘Ten Lazy Pirates’ (sung to the tune of Ten Green Bottles). This was fun because the teachers chose ten children to pretend to be the lazy pirates. Our second song was ‘What Shall we do with a Lazy Pirate?’ (sung to the tune of ‘What Shall we do with a Drunken Sailor?’). We learnt that this song has a chorus and verses, unlike the first one. We came up with our own ideas on how to punish a lazy pirate and then made up two new verses to sing.

 

In Real PE this half term we will be developing and applying ball skills and counter balance. In this lesson, we tried to maintain control of a ball whilst moving it.

 

We are learning about the Christian Easter story in RE this term. This week we were thinking about something in our lives that has made us feel sad but then something happens to make us happy. For example, we feel sad when we fall over and hurt ourselves, but we feel happy when a friend helps us up and comforts us. We also listened to music and determined whether we thought it was sad music (Adagio for Strings) or happy music (Happy by Pharrell Williams). Can you tell from the pictures which type of music we were listening to?