Class Blog for Year 2

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Meet the team! 

Here is the current Year Two team!

In 2W we have: Miss Beckett as the class teacher and Mrs Keat as class teaching assistant.

In 2B we have: Mrs Keat as the class teacher and Mrs Giles as class teaching assistant. 

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Welcome to our Year Two page! 

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 read 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 Keat in 2W and Mrs Keat, Mrs Giles in 2B, and of course, our fantastic learners! We are also delighted to announce that we will have student teacher Mrs Mullen joining us to complete her teacher training.

 

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 have the opportunity to spend some time with the children one afternoon before breaking for the summer and we can’t wait to see them again!

 

In September, you will have access to the Year Two timetable where you will be able to see your child’s daily routine and the areas of the curriculum covered. We will also update the blog weekly, where we will share what we have been up to, along with photos of our learning process.

 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 the Three Little Pigs. 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: Each day we will have guided reading/ whole class reading session. 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) at 8:25am. 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.

 

End of day routines

At the end of the day, please come outside your child’s classroom at 2:40 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.

 

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 Tuesday. They will then stay in their PE kit throughout the day.

White T Shirt or polo shirt or School PE Shirt/Black or very dark coloured plain shorts (with the option of leggings underneath or jogging bottoms on the top)/White Sports Socks/Trainers or Plimsolls/Either a school jumper, a very dark plain jumper (no hood) or the branded WPA PE Training Top.

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 Golden Ticket if their reading log is signed three times (or more) in one week.

Spelling Books: Your child will be given a little red book, inside will be the week’s spelling for them to practise at home ready for the weekly spelling test on a Friday. To accompany the weekly list, will be a story, where the children can spot and apply the spelling rule learnt that week. Please consider this as one of your 3 reads!

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 janetkeat@wadebridgeprimary.co.uk  

Miss Beckett & Mrs Keat (The Year Two Team) 

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Spring is in the air!

This week, Spring has well and truly sprung as Year 2 have welcomed some fluffy new arrivals into class. 

After twenty-one days of patiently waiting, tiny chirps could be heard from inside the shells and finally a little beak appeared.  We were all very excited, not to mention awe struck by the bedraggled bungle that popped out on its shell. 

Soon after chick number one appeared, his friends joined him and now we have five noisy fluffballs to look after!

We will keep them for a few days and then they will be off to their new home on a lovely farm where they can roam about freely.

 


English

Our Tanka poems are sounding great!  We have taken inspiration from the storm that is featured in our class story - The Mousehole Cat.  We have generated some really interesting vocabulary using stormy pictures to spark our imaginations and when we couldn’t think of an imaginative word, we used a thesaurus to create more.

Here is an example for you to read:

The Stormy Night

Thundering, huge waves

Snarl like a fierce, roaring lion

Whirling, whipping waves

Ebony, thundering clouds

Uncomfortable lightning

By Daisy

A Tanka poem comes from Japan and usually uses nature and feelings for inspiration.  It has five lines which always include the same pattern of syllables.  Can you work out what the pattern is by counting them in Daisy’s poem?

 

Maths

This week, we have learnt about capacity and volume.  We used the vocabulary of ‘full, empty, nearly full’ to describe the volume of liquid in different capacity containers.

 

Art

We wanted to say a big well done! To Merryn and Joseph from Year 2, who have won prizes at the Fowey Art and Writing Festival.  They will receive their awards this week which is very exciting and a brilliant achievement.

 

Enjoy your weekend,

Kind regards from

The Year 2 Team

 

 

 


 

Guess who's back, back again...

Hi, I’m back!


It has been lovely to return to 2W (and Wadebridge Primary) and to see all of the children across Year 2 again. It was delightful to see lots of smiling faces on a Tuesday morning greeting me.

 

Year 2 have had a busy week. During Geography, the children have been consolidating their cardinal directions knowledge. This has been expanded upon by looking at quarter and half turns as well as left and right for directional use. The children applied their knowledge by creating a set of directions and directing their peers around the playground and myself: luckily there was only one time that I was directed into a bench!

 

Within RE, Year 2 have been learning about the Christian story of creation, which is followed on from their previous learning about inventors. Each class had seven groups and the children had to perform a ‘freeze frame’ of each of the seven days of creation. This was tricky as the children had no props and had to use their bodies to create their day. As you can see from the photos, the children were very creative with their ‘freeze frames’ and the rest of the class enjoyed guessing what day each group was portraying.

 

Finally, the children have been developing their observational art skills. Initially, the children explored their mark making with different pencils to see what effect this can have on the paper. This skill was transferred during the observational drawings and the children carefully chose what type of pencil they would need whilst thinking carefully about the pressure and stokes of their lines. Well done Year 2!

 

Have fantastic weekend,

Mrs Mullen

 


 

























Welcome back to Summer Term!

We hope that you had a lovely, relaxing Easter break and managed to enjoy some of the nicer weather.

The Summer Term is always a busy term especially as it’s a short, five weeks until our half term break.  We have a lot to pack in including SATs tests.  Many thanks to those of you who attended our meeting on Thursday.  If you were unable to attend or have questions then please do come and see us; we are more than happy to answer any queries that you may have.

Cornwall

We have started our new geography themed topic about Cornwall.  We will be learning a lot about our county including, where Cornwall sits within the world, what Cornwall is famous for and what the landscape of this beautiful county looks like.

Our first geography lesson looked at what Cornwall looked like on a map.  We learnt about the points of a compass and used geographical vocabulary of direction to plot some of the most famous physical and human features of the county.  

Perhaps, when you are out and about, you might find it fun to use the compass on your phone to navigate your route about town or even further-a-field.

If you have any interesting Cornish artefacts then we would be pleased to see them and add them to our Cornwall display.

Maths

This week, we have started to investigate the use of measure.  We used balance scales and the mathematical vocabulary of ‘heavier’ and ‘lighter’ to compare objects from around the classroom.  We discovered that even though one object was bigger, it was not necessarily heavier than another object.

English

We are using a lovely story about a small Cornish fishing village who face the perils of the mighty Storm Cat – perhaps some of you have or will visit this place.  The story is entitled ‘The Mousehole Cat’ and in the weeks to come, we will use the story and the storm scene as inspiration for some imaginative poetry.

Chicks!

We are very excited to be incubating some chicken eggs.  They are due to hatch in two weeks’ time so we will keep you updated on the new arrivals!

We hope that you enjoy our extended Bank holiday break and look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.

Best wishes,

The Year Two Team 



 










 





 

 

 

 

 


 

Welcome back to Summer Term!

We hope that you had a lovely, relaxing Easter break and managed to enjoy some of the nicer weather.

The Summer Term is always a busy term especially as it’s a short, five weeks until our half term break.  We have a lot to pack in including SATs tests.  Many thanks to those of you who attended our meeting on Thursday.  If you were unable to attend or have questions then please do come and see us; we are more than happy to answer any queries that you may have.

 

Cornwall

We have started our new geography themed topic about Cornwall.  We will be learning a lot about our county including, where Cornwall sits within the world, what Cornwall is famous for and what the landscape of this beautiful county looks like.

Our first geography lesson looked at what Cornwall looked like on a map.  We learnt about the points of a compass and used geographical vocabulary of direction to plot some of the most famous physical and human features of the county.  

Perhaps, when you are out and about, you might find it fun to use the compass on your phone to navigate your route about town or even further-a-field.

If you have any interesting Cornish artefacts then we would be pleased to see them and add them to our Cornwall display.

Maths

This week, we have started to investigate the use of measure.  We used balance scales and the mathematical vocabulary of ‘heavier’ and ‘lighter’ to compare objects from around the classroom.  We discovered that even though one object was bigger, it was not necessarily heavier than another object.

English

We are using a lovely story about a small Cornish fishing village who face the perils of the mighty Storm Cat – perhaps some of you have or will visit this place.  The story is entitled ‘The Mousehole Cat’ and in the weeks to come, we will use the story and the storm scene as inspiration for some imaginative poetry.

 

Chicks!

We are very excited to be incubating some chicken eggs.  They are due to hatch in two weeks’ time so we  will keep you updated on the new arrivals!



We hope that you enjoy our extended Bank holiday break and look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.

Best wishes,

The Year 2 Team

 

 

 


 

Welcome back to Summer Term!

We hope that you had a lovely, relaxing Easter break and managed to enjoy some of the nicer weather.

The Summer Term is always a busy term especially as it’s a short, five weeks until our half term break.  We have a lot to pack in including SATs tests.  Many thanks to those of you who attended our meeting on Thursday.  If you were unable to attend or have questions then please do come and see us; we are more than happy to answer any queries that you may have.

 

Cornwall

We have started our new geography themed topic about Cornwall.  We will be learning a lot about our county including, where Cornwall sits within the world, what Cornwall is famous for and what the landscape of this beautiful county looks like.

Our first geography lesson looked at what Cornwall looked like on a map.  We learnt about the points of a compass and used geographical vocabulary of direction to plot some of the most famous physical and human features of the county.  

Perhaps, when you are out and about, you might find it fun to use the compass on your phone to navigate your route about town or even further-a-field.

If you have any interesting Cornish artifacts then we would be pleased to see them and add them to our Cornwall display.

Maths

This week, we have started to investigate the use of measure.  We used balance scales and the mathematical vocabulary of ‘heavier’ and ‘lighter’ to compare objects from around the classroom.  We discovered that even though one object was bigger, it was not necessarily heavier than another object.

English

We are using a lovely story about a small Cornish fishing village who face the perils of the mighty Storm Cat – perhaps some of you have or will visit this place.  The story is entitled ‘The Mousehole Cat’ and in the weeks to come, we will use the story and the storm scene as inspiration for some imaginative poetry.


Chicks!

We are very excited to be incubating some chicken eggs.  They are due to hatch in two weeks’ time so we  will keep you updated on the new arrivals!


We hope you enjoy the Bank holiday weekend and look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.

Best wishes ,
The Year Two Team

 


A Super End to the Spring Term! 

A super end to the Spring term…

 

English

We have been busy finishing off our non-chronological reports this week! All the children have worked hard to fill them full of amazing facts regarding Fairtrade products and used the key features of a non-chronological effectively in their writing. We enjoyed adding pictures to make our reports stand out to the reader.

Did you know there are over 30,000 Fairtrade products available to buy in shops?!

 

Maths

We also finished our maths Learning Journey on time this week! We have mastered new skills like finding o’clock and half past, quarter past and quarter to, as well as duration! Through the half term please continue supporting your children by spending time looking at the time, remember to use those key signs of success, using your five times tables knowledge and fractions to support you!

 

Science

We had to use our scientific and mathematical knowledge on Thursday to make our own stretchy slime out of PVA glue, bicarbonate of soda and contact lens solution. Together we explored the key properties of a stretchy item, by first watching a video of a bungee jumper before getting hands on with elastic bands, trouser elastic and balloons. We discovered how such items enlarge but also recoil to their original shape. We then wanted to discover if we could create slime that would stretch as far as these items, some of us were successful! Well done you budding scientists!

 

AOB

The children and Yr2 teachers would like to say thank you to all the adults who were able to attend our Rainforest café on Wednesday, the children were delighted to show you their amazing work! We managed to raise a fantastic total of £67 at the café, selling you our Fairtrade biscuits and squash, the money raised will be going to our school charity Prickles and Paws.

Finally, I would like to say a HUGE thank you to all the children from 2W and 2B who have made me feel so welcome this term! All the children have been a pleasure to teach and I am sorry to be leaving Wadebridge for my final teaching placement.

 

I hope you all have a lovely Easter, Miss Philp. 





 


What an ‘eggellent’ time we’ve had this week… 

What an ‘eggellent’ time we’ve had this week…

English

 

This week in English we have started our new Learning Journey, studying non-chronological reports and learning how to make our own. We have been exploring how to create an informative report on Fairtrade and how we can support farming communities around the world. This learning has linked in with our Rainforest topic and the children have used lots of facts, learnt throughout our topic and trip to Eden to impress our reader! The children have learnt what key features make a non-chronological report and how to successfully utilise these in their independent writing. We look forward to sharing these with you at our Rainforest café!


Maths

 

In Maths this week we started our Learning Journey on Time! The children have really enjoyed learning this new concept and being hands on with the class clocks! We have been learning how to recognise o’clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past, with our knowledge of the five times tables and fractions supporting us to achieve this successfully! We will be continuing this learning next week by exploring telling the time to five minutes and learning about durations of time. To further support your child’s learning, it would be fantastic if you could look at the time together, focusing on key moments throughout the day, lunchtime, and bedtimes for example to continue your child’s amazing learning.

 

Science



We had a ‘cracking’ science lesson this week! Miss Philp and YR2 received a video plea from her ‘Granny Bessy’. Granny Bessy was rather upset to find eggs which had fallen out of a nest and broken on her garden path. We decided we must do something to help! Therefore, as a class we came up with the idea to place a basket underneath the nest and catch any fallen eggs! However, we thought the eggs would smash in a hard basket and we would need to create a lining to protect the falling eggs! We discussed the properties of materials and how we could use these to create a lining for the basket to protect the eggs as they fell! The children came up with some amazing words to describe materials such as ‘soft’, ‘bouncy’, ‘cushioned’, and ‘layered’. In learning groups, the children were given the opportunity to investigate and decided which resources they would like to experiment with to create a safe basket lining. Some of the materials included
bubble wrap, cotton wool, packing peanuts and newspaper. The children also discovered the importance of creating a fair test and how this can be achieved using a metre ruler to drop the egg from the same height. We then conducted the experiment, dropping boiled eggs from one metre high onto baskets lined with children’s chosen materials, we were all ‘eggstatic’ to take part and were amazed to find out the results!

 

Up Coming Dates:

April 6th WOW Day- Rainforest Café @ 2.00pm

April 8th Half Day 



 


 







The Garden of Eden


Design Technology

This week, Year 2 have enjoyed a fun packed week.  Not only has it been fun but it's also been jam-packed with learning too!
At the beginning of the week, we started to design and make our little botanist's bags.  We wanted to make a small bag that could be used to collect interesting specimens when we go on scientific walks.  We used flower petals and leaves to create printed dye patterns and used hammers to extract the coloured juices from the flowers.  As you can imagine, it was very noisy but a lot of fun. It was fascinating to see the beautiful colours emerge from the petals. You could try it at home with some of your garden flowers. Our next task was to use a running stitch to sew the sides of our bags and some of us included a button fastening.  Take a look at some of the designs -  don't they look great!

The Eden Project
It's been a very exciting week for us all as we were able to finally go off on a school trip!  Everyone was very excited as we boarded the coach and headed to The Eden Project - we were not disappointed! Our Eden teacher, Robbie, taught us all about 'Green Machines' in our workshop.  He explained how incredible the plants that surround us really are and we learnt how, unlike man-made machines, plants get all their energy from the sun.  Later, we walked through the rainforest and found leaves that were taller than a person and cocoa pods that hung from the branches like golden treasures.  Some of us even spotted a gecko sunning itself on a shack roof and some roul-roul birds pecking around the undergrowth.   It was a brilliant day and everyone learnt a lot more about rainforest environments and how valuable they are for our world.

Maths
Shape has been the focus for this week's learning in maths.  We have identified 2-D and 3-D shapes and looked at their properties in order to sort them.

English
We have written diaries from the view point of our story characters; Snowboy or Greenbackboy.   All great writers learn to edit their work in order to improve their ideas and Year 2 have all worked hard to add interesting vocabulary and correct punctuation to their texts.

We would like to thank you all for supporting the school's charity fundraising this week by providing fantastic outfits for both the Ukraine day and Red Nose Day and for your kind donations.

We hope you enjoy the weekend and look forward to seeing you next week,

The Year 2 Team




 


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