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Welcome to Year Two!  

 Welcome to the Year 2 Class blog! 

 

Thank you for taking the time to come and look at the exciting learning that takes place in Year Two. We will be updating this blog weekly, so scroll down for weekly information. Please have a read of this blog to find some interesting information about life in Year Two. We will keep this page updated regularly with blogs, pictures and information.


The Team

Our Year Two Team consists of Miss Beckett and Mrs King in 2W and Mrs Reskelly and Mrs Giles in 2B, and of course, our fantastic learners!

 

Learning in Year Two

 

We understand that the transition from Year one to Year Two can seem a little daunting, especially with the circumstances of the previous academic year. However, the Year Two team have been in close correspondence with the previous Year One team to ensure a smooth transition. This has included a detailed transition meeting between previous teachers and new teachers detailing where the children currently are in their learning and what their next steps are, along with friendship groups, likes, dislikes and interests. It was wonderful to spend time with both the children who were in school at the end of last year and the children who popped in for a short visit.

 

In September you will notice that the Year Two timetable from previous years will be slightly modified. This is to support the recovery curriculum and will allows us to review and revisit previous learning.  In line with our school values, we promote the use of the following learning skills; Find out Flamingo (curiosity), Keep going Koala (determination), Ideas Iguana (creativity), Have a go Hippo (enthusiasm) and Team Work Turtle (responsibility). Please feel free to talk to your children about these skills and how we use them in school.

 

Autumn Term

 

Writing: In writing we will be kicking off the year with the wonderful traditional tale of Little Red Riding Hood. During this term we focus on sentence structures with full stops, capital letters, finger spaces, adjectives and a developing knowledge of punctuation such as commas, exclamation marks etc. We start to develop pace and stamina to write at length as well as developing the use of joined handwriting.  

Maths: We start our mathematical journey with Place value and numbers to 100. We then start to explore addition and subtraction within 100 using resources, pictures and a formal written method.  
*Super Challenge* - With our helpful friend ‘Percy Parker’ we Begin to learn the 2s, 5s and 10 times tables.  

Reading: Once a week we will have guided reading/ whole class reading. However, this is not always recorded as it can take time away from discussions about books with the children. Each day the children will complete 1:2:1 reading as well as daily phonics and SPAG (Spelling and Grammar) lessons. In Year Two we also have other opportunities in reading which include: Applied reading, Paired reading, e-books, library sessions, audio books and shared reading with other year groups. 

 

Morning Routines

Each morning, we ask that the children are dropped off at the same green gate as last year (next to the Reception classrooms) between 8:20 and 8:35am. The children will then independently enter their classroom to organise their belongings and get ready for an exciting day of learning. This time of day is a busy time for teachers so we ask that any messages are passed on via the teacher on duty who will then pass the information on to the class teacher. If you have any further concerns or questions then an appointment can be made via the office. Unfortunately, due to the current situation, parents are not allowed past the green gate.

 

End of day routines

At the end of the day, please come to the same green gate between 2:35 and 2:45, so that we can dismiss your child to you and pass over any messages about the day. If you are ever unable to collect your child, please either phone the office or pass it on to the teacher on the gate in the morning. We will not send any child home with anyone different unless we have had a message to do so. Please remember that on a Friday, children should be picked up between 12:35 and 12:45.

 

Things to bring to school

Full school uniform, a waterproof coat, book bag with reading record and book, water bottle. In the summer months, please bring a hat and sun-cream. Please ensure that every item is clearly named.

 

PE Kit

Rather than keeping PE kits in school this term, please send your child in to school in their PE kit every Monday. They will then stay in their PE kit throughout the day.

 

Snacks

Free fruit will continue to be provided in Year Two. However, if your child would like to bring their own fruit then they are more than welcome to. In order to promote healthy eating, we do ask that children only bring fruit to school.

 

Lunchtimes

The children will continue to receive a free school lunch each day. The menu will continue to be on the school website so please have a conversation with your child each morning about what they would like to have. Alternatively, your child is welcome to bring their own packed lunch. 


Home Learning (Homework)

At Wadebridge Primary we believe that home learning is an important aspect of a child’s education. We believe that it encourages children to realise that learning can take place outside of the classroom as well as in school. Home learning allows parents, carers and the school to work in partnership for the benefit of the children. The home learning tasks give opportunities for children to practise and apply the skills learnt in school. We do understand that children are busy bees at school and are often tired when they get home.

 

Reading: Regular reading (3X weekly) recorded within your child’s reading record. Children will be given a Gold Ticket if their reading log is signed three times (or more) in one week.

Phonics booksThe books are a way for your child to revisit the single sounds, digraphs and trigraphs we learn in school.  Each digraph/grapheme has its own picture to help remember it.  The picture will also demonstrate how the letter is formed from the correct starting position.  Your child can practise their letter formation on separate sheets of paper.

Additional home learning: Your child’s class teacher will let you know about the additional home learning tasks that may be set for Year Two.

Optional home learning: We encourage the children to bring in any resources or projects linked to their current topic. For example, they may wish to go to the library to borrow books, paint a picture or build a model. The children can then share their learning with their classmates and display it with our topic display.

 

We know that the children often get up to some amazing things out of school too. If you have visited somewhere interesting or achieved an award (swimming, karate etc.) then please let us know! We love to celebrate all types of learning and achievements.

 

We look forward to letting you know more about Year Two soon and sharing pictures and learning with you.

 

If you have any questions, please do feel free to email us at sbeckett@wadebridgeprimary.co.uk  or nreskelly@wadebridgeprimary.co.uk  

Miss Beckett and Mrs Reskelly 


 



 



 


 

 


 


 




 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



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Hello from School!

Mrs Reskelly and Miss Beckett have been really impressed with all the fabulous home learning happening this week! 

We love hearing from you and seeing photos of the work you have done, so please keep them coming.

Here is a selection of photos we have been sent of the fantastic work you have been doing at home in week 1 & 2. 

There is also a lot of hard working (and quite a bit of fun!) happening in school at the moment too...we are missing our other lovely year 2's though! 
 
Stay safe everyone! 

 


 


Merry Christmas!

 

Just a quick message from the year two team to say a huge well done for this term, you have all worked incredibly hard and made amazing amounts of progress since September.  We have thoroughly enjoyed the memories we have made so far this year and we are really looking forward to starting our Rainforest topic in January.

 



As you have noticed we have not set any homework for the Christmas holidays, but please keep up with reading lots and learning to tie those show laces! Haha!  Most importantly enjoy this wonderful time together with your loved ones.

 Many thanks for all of our lovely gifts - It is safe to say we will be eating lots of chocolate! YUM! We hope that the children enjoy the goodies we have sent home in the cornucopias! 

We look forward to seeing you in 2021, let’s hope it’s a good one!

Stay safe, Best wishes,


Miss Beckett and Mrs Reskelly

 

OTHER NEWS:  

P.E: From January, P.E will now be taking place on Monday’s so please send your child to school in their P.E kit each Monday. White T-shirt, black bottoms, school jumper or plain black jumper please.

TOPIC: Each child will need to bring in a shoe box (or box of similar size) and some toilet/kitchen roll tubes in the new year for a D&T project. So if anyone is getting a shiny new pair of shoes from Father Christmas, please keep hold of the box and send in by the end of January.

 

 

 


 

One Week to go!

English:

In English this week the children have been ‘Have a Go Hippos’ and completed their big write about Mog’s Christmas Calamity. The children used their prior learning to practice all of their new skills! Within the writing they tried to include contractions a range of adjectives to describe the characters emotions.

 

Maths:

In Maths this week the children practiced their ability to use column method to answer sums to work out a range of word problems. For this, the children had to apply their prior learning to first discover whether the word problems were adding or subtracting and then find out the answers. We saw some fantastic ‘Ideas Iguanas’ in this lesson, well done Year 2!

 

Topic:

The children used search engines to be ‘Find out Flamingos’ and find out key facts about the Victorians. The children then then collated these facts and made their very own Victorian posters.   

This week we celebrated our WOW day to wrap up the Victorian topic! We just want to say we are so proud of you all, your costumes were brilliant and we have thoroughly enjoyed this topic!  

 

OTHER NEWS:

Wild Tribe: This week was the last wild tribe for Year Two, so they will not need their wet weather gear next Friday – Mrs Blackbird was so impressed with their progress and wished she could continue with us after Christmas. The children wrote her a beautiful card which brought a tear to her eye.

P.E after Christmas will now be on a Monday this is to ensure all children have access to appropriate resources and facilities. Also just a reminder about P.E. kits: Children are to wear white t-shirts, black bottoms (these can be shorts, leggings, skort or joggers).  If it is cooler weather the children are allowed to wear their school jumpers over the top to keep them warm.

 

Dates:

Class Cinema Afternoon – Wednesday 16th December

Christmas Party Day – Thursday 17th December

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

The Year Two Team  

 


 

Two weeks to go!

 English: 

In English we have started our learning journey of Mog’s Christmas Calamity. The children have been exploring a variety of skills such as sentence types, contractions and describing emotions. They have then applied these skills though various activities. The children are really enjoying the story so far and can’t wait to write their own versions.

 


Maths: 

In maths the children have deviated from their learning journey to look at column addition. The children have been problem solvers when answering questions that require them to carry a ten. In the later part of the week the children then started to answer reasoning questions that display real life scenarios.


Topic

In topic this week we talked about the vast differences between rich and poor families for children growing up in Victorian times. The children thought of questions that they would like to ask children from rich and poor Victorian families. They then took turns to role play being Victorian children to answer the questions their classmates had written; this activity is known as ‘hot seating’.

 


SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education)

This week year 2 participated in a very interesting debate:

‘Is it fair that some people have more money than others?’

The children shared their thoughts and came up with some interesting ideas how things could be fairer. Some children firmly believed that if you worked hard for your money then you should be entitled to keep it, whereas others believed everyone should share to make things fair.

 

Other News

DON’T’ FORGET: Please remember it is our Victorian WOW day this Thursday. We are excited to see the children in their Victorian costumes to celebrate the end of this topic.

Wild Tribe: Wild Tribe finishes next week on Friday 11th December. We realise this is Christmas jumper day, but please continue to send your child in suitable Wild Tribe clothing (they can bring a change of clothes if they need to). As the days are getting chillier please continue to send your child with suitable outerwear for the colder weather (coats, wellies, hats and gloves please!).

 

Dates:

Year 2 Christmas Dinner: Tuesday 8th December

Victorian WOW day: Thursday 10th December

Christmas Jumper Day: Friday 11th December

Class cinema Afternoon: Wednesday 16th December

Christmas Party Day: Thursday 17th December

 

Have a great weekend, Merry Christmas!

The Year Two Team

 


 

Week Twelve


English: 

In English this week the children have written instructions on how to make a grinder bread man. They used their toolkits to ensure the application of year two skills. The children used verbs, adverbs and interesting vocabulary to bring their instructions to life. The instructions are now displayed in our Key Stage 1 corridor. 


Maths: 

This week in maths the children continued with column subtraction. However, this time they were learning to steal a ten with our friend ‘Rob the Robber’. To the left is an image of how we carry out column subtraction. We placed an emphasis on the importance of place value and where we move the tens once they are stolen.

Topic

We had an exciting week in year two becoming designers! We designed and built our own working models of London’s Tower Bridge. We became engineers by using levers, pivots and pulleys to make our bridges move up and down. Then, the children tested the strength of their own bridge by investigating whether it was strong enough to withstand the weight of a toy car. Next, we wrote an evaluation of our design including whether we had met the design criteria and any changes we would make.

Other News

Wild Tribe: Wild Tribe finishes on Friday 11th December. We realise this is Christmas jumper day, but please continue to send your child in suitable Wild Tribe clothing (they can bring a change of clothes if they need to). As the days are getting chillier please continue to send your child with suitable outerwear for the colder weather (coats, wellies, hats and gloves please!).

Dates:

Year 2 Christmas Dinner: Tuesday 8th December

Victorian WOW day: Thursday 10th December

Christmas Jumper Day: Friday 11th December

Class cinema Afternoon: Wednesday 16th December

Christmas Party Day: Thursday 17th December

Christmas Cards: Handed in by Friday 4th December and given out on Friday 11th December

Have a great weekend,

Best Wishes

The Year Two Team

 


 

Week Eleven!

Congratulations to all the children that have completed their phonics screening. We could not be prouder of the results.

English

This week the children have spent their English lessons being ‘keep going koalas’ and practising their handwriting skills by completing daily handwriting booklets. In addition, the children have been working exceptionally hard on their cheeky split diagraphs in phonics – The lesson this week were adapted due to the children completing the Phonics Screen.

 

Maths

The children used their ‘have a go hippo’ skills this week to learn the new maths skill of column subtraction. The children have followed the process of:

1.    Writing their number sentence (Layering like a cake)

2.    Taking away ones first, smallest number from the biggest.

3.    Taking away the tens, smallest from the biggest

4.    Finding and recording the total.

After a few tries and following their steps to success the children achieved this new skill and will soon progress onto column subtraction with exchanging.

 

Topic

This week in topic the children continued to explore the Victorians by investigating the artist Charles Mackintosh and creating their own stained-glass windows. They also used their prior learning about materials and Victorian toys to create their own bilboquets. The children then continued to further their knowledge about Victorians by learning about Victorian classrooms. The children then went on to identify the similarities and differences between Victorian classrooms and our own – resulting in a wonderful information booklet.

 

Other news

This week the children completed their phonics screen. It was an excellent effort from everyone, and we could not be more proud! Well done Year Two!

·         Now that the phonics screen is completed the children will move on to begin learning their weekly spellings. The children will update their red spelling books every Monday with new words and then practice spelling them throughout the week ready for their spelling tests on Fridays.

 

·        With Christmas fast approaching you can all expect to receive a letter from Mrs Whitlock providing details about the upcoming Christmas festivities such as Christmas jumper day!

 

We will soon be coming to the end of our Victorian topic. To celebrate all of the children’s fantastic learning we have organised a Victorian WOW day on the 10th December. We would like to ask that children wear Victorian outfits on this date to help us celebrate their super learning! Please do not worry about the costumes or purchasing online – Boys can wear school trousers, white shirts with an optional tie and hat, girls any pretty dress or pinafores, aprons, white shirts etc. If you have any problems we have lots to hand in school J

 

As always, have a wonderful weekend!

Best Wishes,

Miss Billingham and the Year Two Team 

 


 

Week Ten!

 

We have had the most fantastic week.

 

English

In English this week, our pupils have been ‘have a go hippo’s and learning all about verbs and adverbs. They had to sort them into the correct category and then create exciting sentences applying the new skill. The children have also been continuing on their Gingerbread Man learning journey and directed Mrs Giles on how to make a gingerbread man. This was at first a messy process with flour covering most of the room! But, once the children used their verbs and adverbs the baking was far more successful!

 

Reading

In guided reading this week the children learnt all about Remembrance Day, how we remember and why. The children used their retrieval VIPER skill and extracted information from the text to answer questions in their books. Well done Year Two!

 

Maths

This week we started to learn to subtract two 2-digit numbers. For this the children learnt the pictorial method for subtraction and were able to successfully subtract two 2-digit numbers. Next week we will be starting the abstract column method for working out our two 2-digit subtractions. How exciting!

 

Topic

This week took us one step further on our Victorian topic learning journeys. The children learnt about Victorian toys and what kind of materials they were made of. The children even did a material treasure hunt and found lots of items made of different materials. They then designed and labelled their own Victorian Toy and thought about a suitable material it should be made of. Finally the children wrote a detailed sentence explaining its function.

 

Wider Curriculum

In R.E the children have been continuing their learning about Judaism and Chanukah. This week they made their own dreidels and learnt about why dreidels are significant to the Jewish religion.

 

 

Other News

Well done everyone!! The children looked fantastic in their pyjamas for Children in Need. We appreciate all of the effort that the children made.

 

Just a reminder, on a Tuesday, if we don’t have Plymouth Argyle the children will be doing P.E. instead. Children no longer need their P.E. kits on a Wednesday.

 

Also, LAST CALL FOR SMALL CARDBOARD BOXES – Please can they be in school by Friday. Thank you so much to those that have already brought lots in. Well done!! J

 

Such a brilliant week, have a lovely weekend.

 

Miss Billingham and the Year Two Team 


 


 

Week 9!

What an exciting week we have had!

English   

In English this week the children practiced their handwriting and English skills by writing up their Gingerbread stories. While doing this they made sure to use all of their fantastic ‘ly’ and ‘ed’ endings so that the stories could go into their star writer books! 

Reading

This week the children were using their VIPER skills, in particular their ability to use inference skills. The children used the cover of ‘There’s a lion in my cornflakes’ to make inferences about what they thought would happen in the story. Well done to everyone that has done lots of reading at home after half term!

Maths  

In maths we have started to subtract 1 digit numbers, finding 10. This approach not only helps the children to learn to count backwards, but it also helps them to develop their understanding of number bonds to 20. The children completed this task by using concrete and pictorial skills, next week they will move onto abstract! We are so impressed with all of the children and their ability to be ‘have a go hippos’. Excellent work year 2!

Topic  

This week we began our Victorian topic! The children learnt all about Queen Victoria and where she ruled around the world. During the lesson the children learnt how to identify different parts of the United Kingdom on a map and how to use a key to label the different places using that key. The children also learnt all of the capital cities for the four countries that make up the United Kingdom! There were some fantastic examples of ‘keep going koala’s’ this week, well done!

Other News

In R.E. this week the children learnt the story of the first Chanukah and why it is important to the Judaism religion. In the lesson the children learnt about tableaux’s and how they can show the emotions of the Jewish people throughout the Chanukah story by using their facial expressions and bodies in freeze frames!

We loved the firework themed clothes for the firework party today and you may spot some children with a ‘best dressed’ certificate. Also just a reminder P.E. is now only on a Tuesday, don’t forget your kit J

 


 

Week 7! 

And..... We made it!  

What an amazing term we have had, the children have worked so hard this term and completed some wonderful learning. You should be so proud and we can't wait for next term to begin. We have some really exciting things planned in the lead up to Christmas! That's right CHRISTMAS!!  


English  
  

In English the children completed their Gingerbread Man stories, they had the opportunity to share these stories with their learning buddies and pretended to be Authors editing their work - After half term they will haver the opportunity to write these up in best to go in our Star Writer books. 
Reading  
 

This week the children participated in a Guided Reading Carousel. The different activities ranged from reading an alternative story to sequencing story boards. Also, all children should now have a new reading book. After half term we will check all reading bands and move up any that need too. Please continue to focus on those VIPERS skills when reading at home :) 
Maths  
 

In maths we have started to add two 2 digit numbers together with exchanging (Crossing the ten) . The children approached this using a formal written method - We discussed the relationships between number bonds to 10 and 20 and how that can help us when adding 2 digit numbers together. 
Topic 
 
 

WOW! What a brilliant WOW day! Thank you so much for putting in such great effort with your costumes, the children looked fabulous and couldn't wait to tell us who they were and why. In the afternoon the children had the opportunity to make Fruit Skewers as our 'Healthy Snack' and designed who they were on Paper Dolls. At the end of the session the children then started to think of questions they would like to the find the answers to about Victorians

 

Other News 

* We have now finished our 'Superhero' topic and our next topic will be Victorians - To celebrate this topic we would like to invite the children to come dressed as someone from the Victorian Era - On this day we will also be making Gingerbread men, creating cornucopias and sharing our work with our learning buddies! - This WOW Day will take place on Thursday 10th December 2020   You will receive an email with all the information regarding the WOW day after half term. 

* For our Victorian topic the children will be making models of the London Bridge - We are asking around for any cardboard boxes (smaller than a cereal box) or cardboard tubes that you may have and to bring them into school. 

*P.E. - This week you will have received a letter about the change of P.E. day. The children will now have P.E. on a Tuesday. This will take place every session that the children do not have PAFC. 

* Phonics - On Thursday you child will have been sent home with a Phonics pack, please complete as much or as little of the pack as you like. We have provided the pack in preparation for the Phonics Screen. 


We hope you have a magical half term, we can't wait to hear about what you got up too!   

Miss Beckett, Mrs Bennett and Mrs Reskelly 

 


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