Welcome to our new Year 2 class page
We hope that you enjoy finding out about all the learning and fun things we have been doing in school. You may even be able to try some at home
Miss Mangnall and Miss Filer
Friday 9th March
We have had a great start to our new topic The Farm Shop. Last week we 'observed' (this word is one of our key vocabulary words that we've been making sure we all know the meaning of and use correctly) lots of different seeds and reminded ourselves how different seeds grow into different plants/fruit/vegetables. We also learnt what the main parts of a plant do.
This week we reminded ourselves what plants need to grow and survive and then we set up our growing investigation. In groups we planted two sunflower seeds. One seed we planted properly and will look after really well. Then each group planted a second seed and we want to find out what happens if we leave out one of the essential growing conditions. So one groups seed will have no light, another no soil, another no warmth, another no water and another will have no space to grow as we planted 10 seeds in each pot. We are going to observe and 'compare' (another of our key vocabulary words) what happens to all the seeds in the coming weeks.
Friday 9th March
This week in Maths we have been looking at fractions. We reminded ourselves about looking for the fraction of a shape and then moved onto finding 1/2, 1/4, 1/3, 3/4 of a number by sharing and counting. Everyone enjoyed finding fractions using Smarties (see the photos below) and we even tried finding the fraction of some amounts of money - because everyone loves to share their money
Here are some links to online activities and games involving fractions
Friday 16th February
This week in Maths we have been working with money. We have not just been counting and making amounts but we had to try to make the same amount in 2 different ways. We then 'went shopping' and had to use our subtraction strategies to work out how much change you get from 20p, 50p or £1.
Maybe over the half term holidays you could have a go at counting how much you have in purses, pockets and money boxes, counting the right amount to buy something at the shops or making a pretend shop at home.
Here is a link to an interactive money game you might like to play.
Thursday 15th February
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Wednesday 14th February
Over the last few weeks in our sessions with the PE coach we have been doing gymnastics. We have been working on creating a sequence of moves including rolls, balances and jumps. We then started to include some of the apparatus. It is always enjoyable watching other children's sequences and we even had a try at being gymnastics judges!
Have a look at some of the photographs and see what you would score our moves!!!
Monday 12th February
This week in phonics we will be covering..........
Mrs Scott/Miss Kinch's group - alternative pronunciations and spellings for ure, o
Miss Mangnall's group - au, ey, ea and split digraphs
Mrs Harris' group - segmenting and blending words using br, bl, cr, cl, pr, pl
Friday 2nd February
In English this week we have really enjoyed reading a book called The Great Kapok Tree. This book told us lots about the amazing rainforest and some of the plants and animals that live there. We found out the worlds rainforests are in danger of disappearing as people continue to destroy them by chopping trees down. We had to write persuasive letters to try to explain why we wanted this to stop. Everyone put forward a really good persuasive argument and there was some fantastic letter writing including, adjectives, adverbs and conjunctions.
Friday 2nd February
In History this week we started to think about Christopher Columbus. We will be doing lots more work about this famous explorer and his travels next week so you may want to see what you can find out at home.
This website has some information you may enjoy looking at
Monday 29th January
This week in phonics
Mrs Scott/Miss Kinch's group will be looking at alternatives for 'ur'
Miss Mangnall's group will be looking at split digraphs
Friday 26th January
This week has been international week in Year 2 and we have all enjoyed exploring Brazil. We researched and learnt lots of facts and information about what Brazil is like and the compared a day in the life of school children in Brazil to our day.
We found out that Brazil grows lots of cacao (cocoa) plants which are used to make chocolate. Tasting and comparing some different chocolate was obviously enjoyed by all
We loved finding out about the wonderful carnival in Rio and were amazed at some of the costumes and floats. We made our own carnival masks and then wrote some instructions to explain how we made them (remembering to start the commands with a bossy verb and trying to include lots of adjectives)
We had a try at recreating some samba rhythms and then tried to learn some samba dance moves. They were quite tricky and Miss Mangnall was rubbish but we had great fun trying!!
Monday 22nd January
This week in phonics
Mr Roth's group will be looking at suffixes
Mrs Scott/Miss Kinch's group will be looking at alternatives for 'or'
Miss Mangnall's group will be blending longer words and compound words
Friday 19th January
This week was Emotional Friendly week in school and the children have been very open and honest when discussing their feelings, emotions and what makes them feel this way. We also learnt some good techniques to help us reduce any feelings of frustration or anger and to help us relax.
We especially enjoyed balloon breathing.
and yoga for children
Friday 19th January
This week in Maths we have been working on multiplication and division. A good way to help at home would be to make sure the children know the 2, 5 and 10 times table and are starting to work on the 3 and 4 times table.
Here is a great game to help
Friday 12th January
In Maths this week we have been working with weight. We have been reading amounts on scales, looking at the grammes and kilogrammes. We had to look really carefully when the hand was pointing between amounts to work out if it was counting on in 1's, 5's, 10's or 20's.
The link below goes to some online scales so that you can have a go at home.
Thursday 11th January
Today we were thinking about vehicles and especially wheeled vehicles. First made a list of vehicles that use wheels. Then we looked really closely at lots of wheeled toys and different construction kits with wheels. We wanted to find out how the wheels work, how they are attached to the vehicle and how the axle works. Hopefully this will help us when we start to make our space buggies with working wheels!
Friday 5th January
This week in Maths we have been working on our counting patterns, counting in 2's, 5's and 10's BUT not starting from 0 in the regular counting sequences! We have been starting from any given number and continuing to count in steps of 2, 5 or 10.
(10's) 3, 13, 23, 33, _ , _, _, _
(10's) 7, 17, 27, _, _, _, _
(2's) 41, 43, 45, _, _, _, _
(2's) 70, 68, 66, _, _, _, _
(5's) 6, 11, 16, 21,_, _, _, _
(5's) 9, 14, 19, _, _, _, _
Here is a link to an online game you can try
Friday 5th January
In English this week we used a new format to plan our learning. It was a KWL grid (and the children got used to this much quicker than I did ) We were starting our work on Explorers by thinking about Space and space travel.
On the first day we thought about K - What we Know.
The next day we wrote questions about W - What we Want to know.
Then finally we did some research to find the answers to our questions and lots of other information and recorded L - What we have Learnt.
We really enjoyed finding out lots of interesting things especially about Albert the Space monkey, Laika the space dog and how you go to the toilet in space!!
Happy New Year
We hope everyone had a lovely Christmas holiday and we look forward to another busy year at Light Oaks in 2018
Tuesday 2nd January
Our exciting new topic for this half term is Explorers so watch out for the information booklet to tell you more about exactly what we will be learning.
Friday 15th December
In Maths this week we have been learning all about fractions. We are getting really good and splitting shapes into halves and quarters and remembering each part must be equal. We have been finding half and quarter of some numbers and are starting to know lost of these as facts EG. Half of 12 = 6, half of 20 =10
We also started to look at some different fractions. Where shapes had been split into more parts than just halves or quarters. Eg Thirds, fifths, tenths. We had to look closely at some shapes to see how many parts it was split into and how many parts were shaded to then write the fraction 2/3, 3/5
This website shows you some good examples.
Tuesday 12th December
This afternoon all our hard work was rewarded by a very enjoyable toy afternoon for our Sunshine Time. We had a nice selection of toys and games and everyone shared their toys with others to make the afternoon more fun. We even had a biscuit treat as we watched part of the film Toy Story!!
Friday 8th December
This week the Year 2 children performed their Carols By Candlelight for 2 packed audiences. The children worked really hard to learn all the songs and sang with enthusiasm and gusto!! I was incredibly proud of all of them and we spotted a few parents with tears in their eyes as well.
Next week we're looking forward to watching the Reception and Year 1 children in their dress rehearsals.
Friday 1st December
This week in Maths we have been working with money. We have been counting amounts, making amounts and trying to make the same amount in two different ways. Working with money can be tricky as you have to remember the value of the different coins and be able to count up the total amount of a selection of coins. So lots of practise at home will always help! Paying for things in the shop, counting out the change from a purse or counting up how much in the piggy bank!
Here is a good game to help
Friday 24th November
Yesterday we completed our Exercise Challenge. We had to move through the ladders, up and down the bench, in and out of the cones, over and under the stools, do star jumps in the hoops and bend up and down to the hand mats. The children worked really hard even when they started to get tired and sweaty! Everyone had a go at all the activities and most people completed their full 30 minutes.
Friday 20th October
In Art this week we have been learning about the world famous Salford artist LS Lowry. We learnt a little bit about his life and enjoyed looking at and discussing some of his pictures. We then had a go at creating our own 'Lowry' pictures. The charcoal was a bit tricky (and messy!) but we think LS Lowry would have been impressed with our match stalk men and match stalk cats and dogs.
Friday 20th October
On Monday we had a great Sunshine Day with our Super Hat Day. A good selection of hats was modelled by everyone and we wore these whilst learning a traditional Mexican Hat dance! (see photos below) We made an origami paper hat and even a delicious hat biscuit! Then we finished the day relaxing and watching The Cat in The Hat.
Friday 6th October
On Wednesday we went on our trip to Ordsall Hall. We were very excited that we had been sent a double decker bus to travel on and enjoyed recognising some familiar sites on our route.
Once we got there the real fun began! First, in the Great Hallwe were introduced to what it would have been like to be a lord or lady, a merchant, a poor farmer or a servant at meal times. I'm sure the children would love to tell you the difference between the white and brown bread!!
We then explored the kitchen and tried on the yoke that would have been used to carry the water (it was quite heavy even without the buckets of water!) We also had to grind the spices and turn the spit over the fire. Most of us decided it would have been a hot, smoky and dirty job working next to such a big fire.
Then we went upstairs to the bedrooms to find out what it would have been like to be one of the lords or ladies. The beds were amazing and quite big and we were surprised to hear the servants sometimes slept under the big bed in case the lord or lady needed the chamber pot in the night! There was also a wooden bath in the corner of the bedroom but this would only have been used once or twice a year!
We completed our morning by trying on some amazing costumes and chasing away the rats with a rather noisy rat dance!
Friday 6th October
In Maths this week we have been looking at how addition and subtraction are opposites. We had to juggle the numbers in an addition number sentence to create another addition and then 2 subtraction.
8+5 = 13
5+8 = 13
13 - 5 = 8
13 - 8 = 5
Can you try these? (Don't forget the total is the biggest number in an addition and you have to start with the biggest number in a subtraction)
6+9 = 15
12+ 5 = 17
14+ 2 = 16
19 + 6 = 25
20 + 4 = 24
Friday 29th September
We have had a an extremely busy week this week! Fun Day on Tuesday was a bit different this year but as always great fun was had by all - and it didn't rain. We had our photographs taken on Thursday and I'm sure mums, dads, grandmas, grandads etc etc will love the gorgeous smiles
Thursday was also National Poetry Day so we went to Mrs Stirling's class to perform a section of The Crocodile by Roald Dahl that we had been learning. Mrs Stirling and her class enjoyed our performance and we felt really proud when they clapped and even asked could we do it again.
We are now looking forward to next Wednesday when we go on our trip to Ordsall Hall.
Friday 22nd September
In English this week we read a story called Let's Find Fred by Steven Lenton. Fred wanted an adventure and escaped from the zoo! We looked at the features that we needed to include in a good letter and we also looked at using conjunctions (but, so, if, because, and) in our sentences to add more detail and information. Then wrote a letter to Fred to ask him to come for an adventure in Salford! I'm sure if he read our letters he would be coming straight away.
Friday 15th September
Now we have settled into Year 2 we have been getting really stuck into our topic - The Place Where I Live. This week in English we researched some well known places in Salford and wrote our own brochure to tell people about some of the great places they can go to if they visited. In Geography we looked at maps of our local area and managed to find lots of places we knew (Eg. school, Light Oaks Park, hospital, Lancaster Road) We are looking forward to finding out even more in the coming weeks.