Welcome to our class page.
I hope you enjoy finding out what we are doing in class. This will be an area that will celebrate our learning and keep you up to date with the things we are doing in class. Please check this page as much as you can as there will be things for you and your children to see and do.
Miss Kinch and Mrs Scott
Thank you to all the families who donated toys for our Early Years Playground. We have loved playing with them and sharing them with our friends. If you have more we would be happy to receive them.
Mrs Willett and the Early years team
Week beginning 26/06/17
This week was International week and we compared our country with the South American country of Brazil. We compared and contrasted climate, food, culture and habitats and found some similarities and differences.
Brazil makes chocolate and we tasted different types of chocolate to find our favourite as well as a discussion about what Fairtrade means. We made carnival masks and learnt to Samba then showed our work to the other Year 2 classes.
Wk beginning 19/06/17
A good start to the week with a science experiment. This week we have carried out the Blubber experiment. The experiment helped us find out how antarctic animals; seals, polar bears and sea lions survive in the ice cold water. We found out that the animals have a layer of fat called blubber so we used butter to see if similar fat could help us stay warm in ice cold water. It actually worked!.
Week beginning 12/06/17
Crosby beach last week-music workshop this week! Part of our music curriculum is listening to live music and today (Thursday) we had a visit from two gentlemen who showed us how brilliant it can be. Both played brass instruments and the theme they played to was 'The Sea and the Beach'. Our class were accompanying too.
Wk beginning 05/06/17
What an amazing day we had at Crosby Beach on Friday. The weather was beautiful and the children really enjoyed completing the tasks we had asked them to do. Lucas found a message in a bottle from the men standing on the beach. They were quite sad and wanted some help from the children. Our English work next week will use our visit to write some sensory maps and fantastic letters and we will show some on here.
Week beginning 22/05/17
We have all enjoyed the lovely weather this week and the children especially liked wearing their summer clothes on the last day. Everyone has worked so hard over the last half term and everyone deserves a well earned rest in the holidays. We had finished our work on The Lion , the Witch and the Wardrobe and then managed to squeeze in a special showing(with treats) of the BBC adaptation that the children loved so much.
Have a lovely holiday everyone and come back refreshed. There are so many lovely activities in the final term including the Year 2 Disco and our trip to Crosby Beach!
Week beginning 01/05/17 and 08/05/17
The weeks are getting busier and busier. We have begun some English Work linked to The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and the children love it! We are writing a letter to the White Witch next week. Watch out for photographs of how we did.
Maths has been a real mixture of reasoning and problem solving with the children getting better and better at applying what the know. Watch out for homework linked to reasoning, place value and numbers.
Our Olympics practise and coaching continues and we loved long distance running, Javelin and Discus.
Week beginning 17/04/17
We have come back to school raring to go with everyone having had a good rest. In PE we are beginning our coaching on athletics which eventually leads up to our Year 2 Olympics in the last Summer term. We won the cup last year so a lot to live up to!
This week we began to concentrate on sprinting. How to sprint well, how to improve time on time and the best techniques for jumping over hurdles when running fast too.
Week beginning 27/03/17
We are really looking forward to our holidays, but before we went we had a few things to do.
On Wednesday we were thinking about direction and rotation in the hall. We gave each other instructions for turning clockwise and anticlockwise and found out that you have to think quite carefully before moving. We also used the BeeBot program to give instructions too.
As you can see from our pictures it stayed sunny for our Easter parade but we had to hold on tight to our hats as it was a bit blowy!
Have a lovely holiday everyone and see you after our well deserved break.
Week beginning 20/03/17
What a brilliant Red Nose Day we had. We had a talent show in the afternoon where children could decide what they wanted to do. We had joke telling, dancing, singing and an original song composed for the day. Lots of talented people were found in our class. Photographs below.
Next week we will be solving lots of maths problems using different maths skills and watch out for the Easter Holiday homework coming at the end of the week.
Don't forget to make your Easter Bonnet for the Friday Spring parade too.
Week beginning 13/03/17
The most important event of the week was, of course, Sunshine Time! We had filled our marble jar so the children voted for a film and pyjama afternoon. As you can see everyone got into the spirit and a nice relaxing time was had by all. We watched the Penguins film and had a few snacks too.
Week beginning 06/03/17
This week we have been learning all about how to make diary entries and how to make sure that what we write is in the past tense- quite tricky when you have to remember all the different ways to spell the verbs too. Samuel Pepys was a famous diary writer who wrote in his own special code in the time of the Great Fire of London. We wrote a diary entry pretending to be him and writing about what it was like actually being in London when the fire took hold. The children's work was brilliant and there was some very good editing and redrafting too.
Week beginning 27/02/17
Just a quick blog this week. We hope everyone had a good holiday and are raring to go with this half term's learning. Our topic is Famous People and you should have received a little booklet to show you some of the things we will be doing this half term.
We are using the next two weeks in English to learn about the Great Fire of London and also to find out who Samuel Pepys was and what he did.
Maths this week is all about doubles, halves and then division. Problem solving and reasoning will be a big part of our learning and being able to use what you know already to help yourself!
World Book Day
As you can see from the pictures below we had a great time doing a range of 'Booky' activities. Some of our class dressed up and brought in potatoes that had miraculously changed into book characters too. We became book scavengers, reviewers and book mark makers too. Thankyou for all contributions.
Week Beginning 06 02 17
We now have two weeks in English using the Traction Man books as a focus. If your child has not already told you about them then ask them as everyone loves them. We have read them and then used the content to write a letter- we have innovated the story and are now in the middle of drawing and writing our own comic strip. We will post some examples next week when they are completely finished.
We did a lot of work at the beginning of the week on halves, doubles and then different fractions and everyone got much better at finding a fraction of an amount. Look out for the homework this weekend.
At the end of the week we began to concentrate on learning and using our times tables. We began with 2's then 10's and then moved on when ready to 5's,3's and 4's. Those children who were ready then began solving problems using what they knew. Next week we begin to read scales when measuring length, weight and capacity.
Week beginning 30/01/17
Our English and Computing merged together this week as we began to use the ipads to create ebooks. The children had to include all the features of a non fiction book and they could also add spoken word sections which they could record and add to the pages as they went along. The children worked in threes and are still putting the final touches to them.
Week beginning 23/01/17
A brilliant week had by all. Ordsall Hall was as good as it always is- we learned soooo much about how Tudor people lived and even got to dress up too.
Week beginning 16/01/17
Just a quick blog about our English and maths this week.
Well done to all those children who brought in their animal research to complete their report. Everyone enjoyed choosing which animal to write about and as you can see we had some lovely pieces of work.
Week beginning 09/01/17
Welcome back everyone! Everyone got to the end of the week but we were a bit tired by the end and especially excited when the snow came.
We have spent the week brushing up on our key skills in English and maths and our topic of 'Special places' is underway too.
Over the next few weeks our English is linked to the book' Meerkat Mail' and we begin next week by finding out all about Meerkats and writing a report about them. We also write a report about another animal of our choice and you should have received a homework slip asking your child to bring in some research about their favourite animal to use on Wednesday.
Week beginning 12/12 and 19/12
Pigs and Parties!
A really busy couple of weeks where we learnt a lot and partied even more.
Our topic of materials continued and our Design Technology work was linked to the three little pigs and the houses that they built.
We had a lot of fun building houses made of straw, sticks and bricks. We worked as a team to decide upon the best structure and how to actually make a house.
Week beginning 05/12/16
Our Carols by Candlelight was quite a success and the parents helped us a little by singing along too. Some of us had our hats and scarves on and some carried little tealights which looked nice in the darkened hall. We are now in full flight towards Christmas but lots to do before we finish, including parties!
Week beginning 28/11/16
A busy week practising for our Candles by Candlelight concert next week. Some of the carols are pretty tricky so we might need some help from the audience every now and then- please bring your singing voices!
We have continued with our innovated Iron Man story and everyone has done really well. Betsy was our star writer this week. Well done Betsy.
Maths was all about money- totals, change and problems. Please keep practising this with your children when you go to the shops as nothing beats practical experience.
Next week we are being reporters and writing a report with paragraphs after we have researched some facts and maths is all about addition. We will be looking at different strategies to use, knowing the 100 number square without looking and then solving problems and reasoning. With Christmas coming quickly it's busy, busy, busy!
Week beginning 21/11/16
What an amazing time we had. Adrian showed us lots and although it looked like magic it was really science. As you can see from the pictures below we explored the properties of materials and also how they could be changed. Lots of learning done and lots of memories too.
Week beginning 14/11/16
Poetry continued this week and we used similes and rhyme to make ours better. Next week we begin an always popular text and set of work- The Iron Man! We will be using descriptive language, analysing what makes it a good story and then writing our own innovated story. We can't wait!
Mathematics this week was focussing on fractions of both shapes and amounts. As you can see we solved problems practically as well as in the written form.
Week beginning 07/11/16
Lots to do this week. We have been writing Firework Poems (including editing and redrafting them), remembering how to tell the time and then learning quarter past and quarter to the hour and also designing a clay pot and exploring how different clay tools can make different marks.
We collected ideas as extended noun phrases and then made them into a line poem. We then used our 'purple polishing pens' to edit and correct punctuation, change spellings and make our sentences better if we thought they needed it!
Telling the time
We were quite good already at remembering how to read o'clock and half past the hour on the clock. We then began learning quarter past and to and then even begun to read the clocks to 5 minutes. Homework this week helps everyone to improve their learning so remember to complete it!
As you can see we worked with a partner to make sure that we could set the hands on the clocks to the right times.
Exploring with clay tools
We used the tools to create different marks and then we could choose the patterns and designs that we wanted to put on our clay pot design.
Week beginning 31/10/16
Back to school and everyone had a brilliant evening with parties and 'Trick or Treating' galore but we were a bit tired on Tuesday.
Our English and History merged this week and we were learning about Guy Fawkes and then writing a diary entry where we pretended to be him. Everyone worked really hard and remembered lots of facts to include.
Lewis tried really hard and remembered to include everything he needed to. Well done Lewis. His work was chosen to be put in our Star Writers Board on Friday and will stay there for a week.
Mathematics this week has been all about repeated addition, multiplication and solving word problems. Soon we will be thinking about our times tables!
Can you write the repeated addition and the multiplication sentence too for these word problems?
Tara buys 6 packets of crayons with 10 crayons in each pack. How many crayons has she bought altogether?
There are 5 gorillas in the zoo. Each gorilla has 3 bananas. How many bananas altogether?
This week has been all about Red Riding Hood in English. We have learnt to tell the story with actions. This should help us to remember the order and also make sure we use some of the time vocabulary that we have been concentrating on. As you can see from our working wall we have also been making character profiles of the main characters in the story. Next week we move on to changing the story to make a new version.
Week beginning 03/10/16
Just a quick blog this week. We continued our work on Florence Nightingale with our activities finishing with us writing a newspaper report about what we knew. Here are some that we thought were really good.
Maths turns to measurement in mass, length and capacity. We need to know all the different units used for the different measures-Kg and g-L and ml-M and cm and then we solve problems and read scales. A busy few weeks ahead!
Week beginning 26/09/16
Over the next two weeks we will continue to mix our topic with our English work and we are learning about Florence Nightingale through questioning, explanation texts and reports. Thinking of questions to ask Florence about her life was trickier than we thought but easier when we had someone to ask.
As you can see Ella made a brilliant Florence.
Our maths this week is all about shape and symmetry. Thinking about what we already know and then extending our learning. Right angles, vertices and sorting by more complicated properties here we come!
There are lots of shape and symmetry games that you can play online. Check out the Woodlands Juniors site for some good ones and of course BBC Bitesize.
Homework will be coming home on Friday and well done to all those who completed this week's over the weekend and sent it back on Monday. We had lots of people complete it!
Week beginning 12/09/16
We are really getting into the swing of things this week and have continued to read The Twits and learn more about Roald Dahl. Don't forget to bring in any research you have done about him as we are putting them up both in the classroom and on the display corridor.
Next week in English we really concentrate on our topic and begin to learn how our body works and also about the different types of food we need to eat to keep healthy. We will be making our own explanation text, writing instructions and labelling diagrams.
In Mathematics next week we start rethinking about place value in 2 and 3 digit numbers and then begin to use these symbols < and > to show our understanding.
Do you how what the number 2 means in the number 27? What about the 7-what does it mean?
Can you fill in the missing symbol in this problem- choose < or > to make it right.
5 lots of 10 and 5 ones ---- 49
Watch out for the homework that we will send home to help you practise using these symbols.
A New Year Starts!
Welcome back to everyone and here we are in Year 2!
Just a quick reminder that our PE days are Wednesday ( when we work with a sports coach) and Thursday too.
As you can see from our photographs we have started learning and working hard already.
Our topic this half term is Keeping Safe and Healthy and you should receive some information about our topic on Friday.
Every week you can visit our class page and have a look at what we have been doing and what we will be doing with some ideas for learning at home too.
Week beginning 11/07/16
What a fantastic time was had by all at the Year 2 Disco on Tuesday night.
Everyone danced the night away, enjoyed their hotdog and drinks and finished with a conga!
Here are just some of the photos from the event and everyone had a special photo taken which we will share before the end of term.
Week beginning 16th May 2016
Well today was the day that we released our Butterflies out into the wild. From eggs to caterpillars, to cocoons and then butterflies we had raised four out of the five sent and they were ready to go. We took them out onto the sandhills to make sure that they were away from the playground and then carefully opened the cage. They flew out really quickly but then landed nearby and kept flapping their wings, testing the air. We have really enjoyed watching them change and we have written a fantastic piece of writing where we imagined that we were that egg, caterpillar and butterfly and what happened to us.
Week beginning 09/05/16
This week in PE we have been learning to throw javelin and discus. It's trickier than you think and you need to think carefully about where you stand.
After the group had thrown we used the metre ruler to measure which throw was the furthest.
This week we have been learning about the books of Janet and Alan Allberg and next week we look at the different books of Anthony Browne. Have you got any at home or can you name any?
Maths has been a range of number and word problems and getting good at the tricky skill of explaining how you solved a problem.
If you want to try some really tricky problems then look on the NRich website where you will find some that really stretch your mind!
Next week we hope that our butterflies will come out of their cocoons and that our plants will have grown much taller. If you would like to have one at home please let us know!
Week beginning 25/04/16
Quck! There's been a robbery! Our children took part in a very special Science Workshop this Friday where they needed to act as detectives. Money had been stolen from the safe at school and we needed to use all our observational and deductional skills to solve the crime. We found fingerprints, footprints, DNA and clues to help us find out who had committed it. A brilliant session that the children really enjoyed.
Week Beginning 18/04/16
Hope you had a lovely holiday and are raring to go. We certainly are! Our Literacy this week is related to the fantastic Traction Man books and creating our own story using the characters. Ask your child what type of story they have wrote.
Week beginning 28/03/16
We have had an amazing morning! We have been learning about the fire of London and how it started. The houses were made of wood, the weather had been very dry, the wind was blowing and the houses and roads were really close together. When the fire started in 1666 it spread really quickly and in the end they had to blow up houses in the fire's way to stop it continuing to burn.
We had made some houses and the Fire Brigade visited this morning to set them alight and help us see how quickly the fire spread. The children were amazed as the fire went from house to house really quickly.
Thank you to Green Watch for coming to keep us safe and for putting out the fire properly at the end!
Week beginning 21/03/16
Happy Easter everyone. We had a parade in the hall where everyone wore their hats. Those children who did not have one were offered the chance to make one later AND the Easter Bunny made a delivery later on in the day. Have a lovely Easter weekend- next week we write a diary entry just like Samuel Pepys did in 1666 and our mathematics is all about money. Can you recognise all the coins, make totals and give change? More next week
Week beginning 14/03/16
As promised here are a selection of the children's art work based on the work of Lowry. This linked with our topic of Famous People, especially as he was a kind of local hero. The children worked in pairs and used pastels to create their own work in the style of Lowry. We spent a lot of time improving our skills and techniques before we tried ourselves and it took a few weeks to complete the final pieces. What do you think?
Mathematics next week turns to division and it's connection to multiplication. We have continued to do our times table tests and we have some children who have passed their 2s, 5s and 10s. Well done! This is now an expectation of the year 2 curriculum so please practise these tables at home and when your child knows them well they move on to 3s and 4s.
Week beginning 07/03/16
The fun never stops! This week we have had a visit from a real life author. Her name is Alicia Wright and she has had 3 books published-modern day fairy tales sometimes with a twist. Alicia came and read some of her work and then the children got to ask her questions about how to be an author.
In mathematics we have been working with fractions and as you can see we have worked hard and are becoming quite successful! (We still need to keep practising though)
Week beginning 29/02/16
Just a quick blog this week. It was World Book Day on Thursday and the children dressed up as a book character and also brought in books to swap with others. As you can see the children were very excited and wore some brilliant costumes.
Next week our Literacy work is linked to the book 'Meerkat Mail'. We will learn about the story first and then innovate it to make it our own. Watch out for samples of our work next week.
Our Mathematics work next week is all about fractions. Can you-
Next week we will learn how to do them all!
Week beginning 22/02/16
Well here we are at the beginning of another busy term and we hope that you have had a really good holiday. We started off with Heart Start training at the beginning of the week and we have also started our topic this half term of Special People. We will be talking about lots of different people from the past and from current times- can you make a list of the people who you think are famous?
The Heart Start training was very good and we learnt a lot. The children got to practise their skills and were eager to tell others about it too. Here are some photos to give you a flavour of what we did.
Our mathematics next week concentrates on multiplication and times tables. It is important that your child can count in 2s,5s and 10s accurately and then can count in 3s,4s and 6s. Please practise this at home as well as writing down the multiplication problems in order so that the children can see the patterns that the numbers make.
Well here we are at the end of another term. As you can see over the weeks we have done lots of brilliant learning. We had one more exciting thing to do this week which was to have our 'Sunshine Time'
as everyone had worked hard to collect our marbles. The children decided to have a computing afternoon and some of them brought in tablets and ipads to work on. Other children used school netbooks to compose and create pictures, songs and stories and others used the BeeBots to do some programming!
As you can see everyone had a good time.
Week beginning 01/02/16
What a fantastic week we have had. We visited Ordsall Hall on Monday afternoon and then had Number Day on Friday. At Ordsall Hall we learnt lots of different things and found out how people lived in Tudor times. We dressed up as Lords, Ladies, Merchants and Farmers and found out what they ate and the jobs they did. We saw the fantastic Radclyffe bed and went into the kitchens too to fetch water from the well.
Our maths this week has been a problem solving week with missing numbers on a number line, creating your own number line to problem solve and using what you know already about numbers to estimate an answer for a problem. Our final number day challenge used the numbers we had chosen and were wearing to find as many facts as possible about it and we then did some Tudor maths! What a week.
Something to practise at home-adding multiples of 10 to a number-23 add 20, 34 add 30, 47 add 50 etc.
We have had a brilliant week researching and investigating facts about Brazil during our International Week. We have also learnt to Samba, made carnival masks and created our own carnival music too. Check our blog next week to see photos.
This week we have also had some PE coaching from Premier Sports. Our focus was points and balances- here are just a few of our class demonstrating their work. Harrison and Keabi were our star performers of the week and were jointly awarded the certificate. Here they are looking very proud!
Happy New Year !
We have had a great first week back and have been learning lots of new things, as well revisiting some previous learning.
We have been estimating and rounding numbers to the nearest 10 and 100.
We have also revisited odd and even numbers. Most children could remember the rule. Ask your child to tell you. Some children found it useful to use the Numicon tile shapes to help them spot the odds and evens.
The children have really enjoyed reading The Iron Man by Ted Hughes!
We have drawn story maps and made our own stories up based on
Ted Hughes' version. Discuss the story with your child at home.
Next week is International Week in school. Our class will be finding out about Brazil. Please see this weeks homework for ideas of how you can support your child at home with some research.
Week beginning 16/11/15
Just a quick update about our learning this week.
The Year 2 Christmas Production is really starting to come along. It is called 'Prickly Hay' this year and the children took home some of the words to practise. We hope you have booked your tickets!
We have been busy writing about our trip to the airport and some teachers from another school came to see us. They thought we were pretty good writers! We had to write an advertisement for the airport to attract some people to take on different jobs. What skills do you think you need to have to be part of the cabin crew or a pilot?
Our mathematics this week has been all about fractions . We need to know about how to find 1/2(a half) of a shape and amount, a 1/4(quarter) of a shape and amount and even 1/3(a third)! We are getting better but there will some homework coming home just to make sure that we are really good. Please make sure you do this with your child and you can use everyday objects(cakes!) etc. to keep practising finding different fractions of objects and amounts.
BBC Bitesize for KS1 is a website that has fractions games to play. The children will show you what to do.
Christmas is coming!
Last week we had all the excitement of Bonfire night and all the learning we could do about that. We learnt about a man called Guy Fawkes and why we have bonfires and fireworks on November 5th .We made a guy and also wrote poems and newspaper articles about what we had found out. What do you think of our Guy?
This week we have been visiting Manchester Airport as part of our writing project with other schools. Although the weather was awful we had a wonderful time looking at the different planes, going onto the flight deck of a plane, seeing Concorde AND watching the largest plane in the world land in the rain. Everyone had a brilliant time and learnt a lot.
Our mathematics work is all about arrays and repeated addition. Ask your child to see whether they can draw a picture to match' 3 lots of 4 buttons'- if they can draw this can they then change it into a repeated addition number problem such as
4+4+4= or 3+3+3+3=
This is all practise for multiplication and those times tables that we need to know too.
There are lots of number games that you can play on the KS1 BBC Bitesize website. Ask your child to show you the games we have already played at school.
Week beginning 21st and 28th September
We have been learning through lots of different areas of the curriculum over the last few weeks.
In Design Technology we have been testing Dips and Dippers which has been very tasty!
As you can see from the picture below we tested different dippers with Hummus. We had to find out which was the best for taste, crunchiness and whether the dipper could be used again for another taste. We rated them 1-10.
We then looked at the wrappers to look at the food content and ingredients. We looked at calories, sugar and fat.
Our focus in English has been Non-Fiction texts, their use and how to write about the facts we have researched ourselves.
We have learnt a lot about Florence Nightingale and have created our own text to tell people about our learning. You can see below some examples of how well everyone did .
Week beginning 5th October
This week we begin to focus on Traditional Tales in English. We are going to look at and use actions to tell the story of Little Red Riding Hood but then we begin to change and innovate the story to make it different. Have a chat with your child and see whether they already have some ideas about how to change the story.
Our mathematics work this week is all about subtraction- how to do it with bigger numbers now and how to apply it in everyday problems. We will look at different strategies that you could use:
Which would you use or is it a mixture of all the above depending on the problem?
We are enjoying reading 'The Twits' by the famous author, Roald Dahl.
The children thought of lots of adjectives to describe 'The Wormy Spaghetti.'
It was lots of fun making up our own tricks!
We would like to learn more about Roald Dahl and his books so children have been asked to do some research at home to help. They can present this in any way they want to. This may include:
Reading other Roald Dahl books
Our topic this half term is 'Keeping Safe and Healthy.' The children have been thinking about what they already know.