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Friday 23rd June

 

Here's what we've been up to this week: 

 

  • In Maths we have been reviewing our knowledge of fractions, and building our understanding by challenging ourselves with investigations involving fractions. 
  • In English we have been looking at the story The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch and getting to know the story ready for next week when we shall be learning it through Talk For Writing. 
  • In DT we have continued with our paper weaving and experimenting with different warps and wefts!
  • In Science we have been looking at habitats, where animals live and why. 
  • In Topic, we went to the beach! We had a lovely trip, and were able to link it to a variety of things we have already learnt. We discussed the beach as a habitat and the animals we may find, we built sandcastles and discussed what features we could include (linking back to our topics a few terms ago), and we had lots of fun! See below for pictures!

 

Friday 16th June

Here is what we have been learning this week:

  • In Maths, children have been reviewing the topic of addition and subtraction. They have practised bridging the ten barrier when adding two two-digit numbers together, using decomposition when subtracting, solving problems in context and balancing equations.
  • In English, children have enjoyed watching a video of Mrs Lytton and Mrs Farrell breaking the school rules, and they have created their own rules to tell the teachers how they should be acting in school! They have reviewed their use of different sentence types, and up-leveling their sentences to make them stronger.
  • In Science, children have continued their topic of habitats, and they have started to think about how animals are adapted to their habitat.
  • In Design and Technology, the children have practised making their own warp for their paper weaving. This is a great activity to do at home with the children and it is something they thoroughly enjoy.
  • In Topic, children have been looking at pictures from seaside holidays across the ages and they have been discussing and comparing the different time periods.

Friday 9th June

Welcome back for another fun packed half term at Grove! We hope you all had an enjoyable holiday. Here is what the children have been learning this week.

  • In Maths, the children have been looking further at understanding number. They have have been looking at the topics of partitioning a number in different ways using base 10 and money and using estimation.
  • In English, children have continued to look at the book 'The Day the Crayons Quit' and they have developed their own riddle for one of the poems. The children have been exploring using different sentence types and expanded noun phrases to make their riddle interesting.
  • In Science, children have started their new topic of 'Habitats'. They have kick started this topic by investigating if different items are living, not living anymore or have never been alive. This has really challenged the children's thinking, especially when it comes to items such as sponges and yeast. Why don't you try this at home?
  • In Topic, the children have started their topic "Let's go on Holiday". They have started by identifying the features of a sea-side holiday. The children will be going on a school trip to the sea-side to explore what a modern day holiday would be like and to look at sea-side habitats. This trip will be on Monday 19th June. 

Butterflies!

 

This half term we have been learning all about life cycles and we have been able to observe caterpillars turning into butterflies first hand! The children have thoroughly enjoyed watching the caterpillars change, and we have had some excellent discussions about what the butterfly needs to do in order to be ready to fly (e.g. pump blood through their wings to make them stronger). 

Below are some pictures of the butterflies emerging from their chrysalises and of when we let them go. 

Friday 5th May

This week in Year 2:

  • In Maths we have been been using the inverse to check calculations.
  • In English we have been using the story "The Day the Crayons Quit" to help us write a persuasive letter.
  • In Science children have continued observing the life cycle of the class caterpillars and exploring what animals need to survive.
  • In Topic children have continued to deepen their knowledge of the ancient Olympics.
  • In Music children have been practicing holding the ukulele and playing their chord.

 

Friday 28th April

 

This week in Year 2 we have been: 

  • Estimating answers to addition and subtraction questions, and using column method to complete harder sums. 
  • Listening to "Don't" by Michael Rosen and writing our own version of the poem. Many of the children also performed their poem to the class using great expression.
  • Observing our caterpillars in Science and noticing how much they have changed already!
  • Learning how to play the ukulele in music. We now know our first chord!
  • Completing 3D pictures of our hands in Art as part of our 3D Art topic. 

 

And of course, we started our "Going for Gold" topic which involved dressing up in Togas and taking part in some Olympics like the Ancient Greeks used to!

Olympic Day

 

A huge thank you to the parents and all the effort you have put into the children's outfits! They all looked wonderful! The children have had a fabulous day where they went back to the year 776 B.C. and took part in their own Olympic Games. The children had four activities they needed to complete: running a race, throwing a bean bag the furthest, long jump and completing an obstacle course. We are all very proud of the effort the children put into the activities and the resilience they have shown. Eight winners were taken across the year group and those winners were awarded a laurel wreath. Congratulations to: Ruby M, Poppy, Eloise, Sasha, Callum, Hugo, Finley and Riley, who were our Olympic winners.  Below are a few pictures that show how the day progressed.

Friday 21st April

 

Welcome back for another fun packed half term at Grove! We hope you all had an enjoyable Easter holiday. Although it is only a short week, here is what the children have been learning:

  • In Maths the children have been reviewing their knowledge of estimation.
  • In English the children have been working on creating a recount of their Easter holiday. They have been focusing on using contracted words, commas in a list and using a variety of suffixes.
  • In Science the children have been continuing their topic of "Animals" with a focus on life cycles. The classroom butterflies have arrived and the children are very excited to see them grow.
  • The children's topic "Going for Gold" will start on Monday 24th April. We are planning to kick start this topic by holding our own Ancient Greek Olympics. Please ensure your child comes to school dressed as an Ancient Greek.

Friday 31st March

 

It's been a fun-filled last week of the term. We have been:

  • Learning about subtraction in Maths and understanding about composition (borrowing from the tens column)
  • Using story mountains to write our own story using The Book of Butterflies as a basis
  • Comparing different materials in Science, rounding up our materials topic before moving on to our animals topic next half term
  • Comparing Adele and Grieg in Music, which the children were very good at!
  • Rounding up all of our other foundation subjects, ready for new topics next have term!

 

We hope you all have a lovely Easter break, and Happy Easter to you all! See you on 19th April!

17th March

 

What a wonderful week we have had in Year 2!

 

  • In English a dragon visited the children and messed up their classroom! The children have worked very hard this week to create a wanted poster, so everyone can keep an eye out for the dragon.
  • In Maths children have been looking at money with a specific focus on making an amount in various ways. The children have found this extremely difficult, any support at home would be beneficial.
  • In Art children have been designing their own castle image in the style of Paul Klee's 'Castle and Sun'. 
  • In Science children have been continuing to look at what baby animals (including humans) need for survival.
  • In Topic children have been reading about the event of Mary Tudor being crowned Queen at Framlingham castle and what happened to Lady Jane Grey.

10th March

 

What an exciting and eventful week we have had! Here are some of the things we have been doing this week:

  • In Maths we have been refreshing our knowledge of multiplication and division and solving questions relating to this using skip counting. The children are really coming along with knowing their 2, 5, 10 and 3 times table!
  • In English the children have been looking at the new text type "non-chronological report" and have written a report on a dragon.
  • In topic we had our visit to Framlingham Castle. The children really enjoyed this and could find all the features of a castle! Thank you again to all parents who helped out! I have put a selection of pictures from the trip below.

Framlingham Castle

Friday 3rd March

 

We've had an extremely busy week in Year 2 this week and below are some photos to show the fun we've had!

 

Here's a breakdown of what we have been doing this week: 

  • In Maths we have been looking at addition and subtraction using column method. We even through in some missing number problems involving the inverse for which the children showed great resilience and high aspirations. 
  • In English we have been looking at character descriptions and story openers, and the children have written some wonderful, detailed story openers about dragons. 
  • In other subjects, we have been comparing different artists and looking at the work of Paul Klee, we have been learning the basics of unihoc, and looking at Grieg (one of our composers of the half term) in Music. 
  • In Topic, we have continued our learning of Castles, and the children used their knowledge of the different features of a castle to build their own castles out of Lego! Everyone worked very collaboratively and in their groups they were able to discuss how they had made the bailey, the battlements, the merlons and crenels, and we even had one group make a moat! 

 

We also had a lovely World Book Day where parents joined us to share their favourite books, the Year 5s came to read to use, and we got to wear some fabulous costumes!

Friday 24th February 2017

 

 Here is what we have been learning about this week:

  • In English children have been exploring Kenning poems, which is where they used clues in their poem to describe an animal. The children had a grammar focus on being able to identify different nouns, adjectives and verbs.
  • In Maths children have been looking place value. Their work revolved around partition a number into different tens and units and ordering two digit numbers using the symbols <, > and =.
  • In topic children have started their new focus of "Castles". They have been looking at the terms portcullis, battlement (including merlons and crenels), drawbridge, curtain wall, bailey, keep and moat. All the children are extremely excited for the Framlingham castle trip on the 6th March, where they can start to see these features person and discover how they would have been used.
  • In science children have started their new topic of "Animals". They have refreshed their knowledge of the animal classification system and they had a good debate over whether a turtle is a reptile or an amphibian.
  • This week saw the change to our new golden assembly. It was wonderful to see the parents turn up to celebrate the children's work with them!

Friday 10th February

 

During this final week of the half term, we have continued learning about:

  • Directional language in Maths - left and right turns, clockwise and anti-clockwise. The children enjoyed directing the teachers around, especially when they made mistakes and kept banging into things!
  • Poetry in English. We received a replica crown from the queen and were requested to write a poem for her using similes. The children came up with some lovely suggestions, and then wrote their own simile poems during our weekly Big Write session. 
  • Kings and Queens in Topic. We have finished our topic and rounded up by reviewing what we have learnt over the half term. The children did very well at remembering all of the facts.
  • We have evaluated our instruments that we made in design, and many of the children were able to highlight the things that went well and things that they may need to change next time they decide to make a musical instrument out of junk modelling. 

 

As well as all of these things and more, the children have also spent time focusing on our Sign2Sing songs. They performed these really well in the whole school assembly on Friday. See the main page for more details on this!

 

We hope you all have a lovely half-term break! See you on 20th February!

Friday 26th January 2017

 

 Here is what we have been learning about this week:

  • In English children have been planning their own tale of fear, exploring simile sentences and developing their use of contracted words.
  • In Maths children have been looking at mass and weight and how to read scales in steps of 1, 2, 5 and 10. Not all intervals were numbered and children have been exploring how to find the missing number.
  • In topic children been investigating Queen Victoria and the impact she had on the lives of Victorian people.
  • In science children have conducted their test to find out which paper would be best for a paper bag. 

Friday 19th January

 

We've had another busy week in Year 2, and here's a breakdown of some of the things the children have been learning.

  • In Maths we have been reviewing our knowledge of multiplication and division, and building on it by trying to use skip counting techniques as opposed to drawing arrays or sharing. 
  • In English we have been adapting our class tale of The Dark. The children have been changing main aspects of the story to make it their own, which will lead onto them writing their own tales next week. 
  • In Topic we have continued our learning of Kings and Queens, and specifically looked at the Tudor family, including Henry VIII and his many wives!
  • In DT we have started to think about how we are going to make our own musical instruments out of junk - please continue to send any junk modelling materials that you may have at home!

 

As well we this, in Science we have continued our learning of materials, in RE we have been looking at different religious symbols and what they mean, in PSHE we have learnt what personal information is and why we shouldn't share it online, and in PE we have been doing gymnastics and dance. 

Friday 13th January 2017

 

 Here is what we have been learning about this week:

  • In English children have been learning their new topic "tales of fear". They have explored to the story "The Dark" by Lemony Snicket and have been learning their new story map based around this story. 
  • In Maths children have been using the column method to add and subtract numbers, with a focus on carrying the ten while adding.
  • Children have started their new topic of 'Kings and Queens' and have been exploring the term 'Monarch' and where monarchs live.
  • Science sees the continuation of the topic "Materials". Children have introduced to the new forces of bend, stretch and squash and how they can affect the shape of an object. 

Friday 6th January

 

Welcome back! We hope you all had a lovely Christmas break.

 

Although it has only been two days this week, the children have all shown a great attitude to learning and got straight back into the swing of things. We have been revisiting our knowledge of place value in Maths, have been learning about contractions in English (e.g. where do not becomes don't), and we have begun our new topic in Music named "I wanna play in a band". 

 

We have sent out our half term newsletters, but just to highlight a couple of things from it:

  • Please can we have any junk modelling bits sent it as the children shall be creating their own musical instruments from it and therefore the more the merrier!
  • You will see that we have scheduled in a SATs presentation to inform you all about the requirements this year and to give you more information about the tests your children shall be sitting later in the year. We highly recommend as many parents attend this talk as possible as there will be information you need to know passed on. If you have any questions about this presentation at all, please don't hesitate to ask the class teachers.

Some pictures from our KS1 Christmas Event

Friday 16th December

 

What an amazing week it has been for Year 2! We are all very proud of all the children's performance in their Christmas Sing-Along Event and we hope you enjoyed it just as much as we did.

  • In Maths the children have been looking at money. Recapping the values of different coins and notes, adding amounts together to find a specific value and looking at how to make a given value using different coins.
  • In English children have been exploring recounts. They went on a treasure hunt around the school following clues left by a mysterious Elf. The focus of heir writing is to answer the 5W's (when, where, who, what and why) in their writing.
  • In Science children have completed their learning about the terms rigid, malleable and elastic and have experimented with making materials stronger.
  • In Art children have been experimenting with watercolours and how to create a "wash" effect.

 

Friday 2nd December

 

Well, another week is over and we are another week closer to Christmas! (Where has that time gone?!) We've had another busy week in Year 2 this week, which has included lots of practising for our Christmas production, recording our Christmas songs for the CD, making Christmas Cards for the school fair, and having lots of fun at our Parent Share afternoon! Thank you to everyone who came to our Parent Share afternoon - we're not sure who had more fun with some of the activities - the adults or the children!

 

This week we have also been learning about recounts in English, how to tell the time in Maths, healthy food in PSHE, comprehension questions in Guided Reading, and how to write a postcard about where we live in Topic. 

Friday 18th November

 

This week in Year 2, we have been: 

 

  • Multiplying and dividing: using a variety of methods such as arrays, skip counting, grouping and sharing to answer different number sentences and word problems. 
  • Creating our own wishing tales: planning them during the week to include a variety of different features and then writing our final version in our Big Write. 
  • Learning how to play the glockenspiel: copying rhythms, playing new notes and working collaboratively. 
  • Using aerial pictures to identify physical and man-made features in Australia and Lapland, and comparing them.

 

We are also starting to think about our KS1 Christmas event, and getting our crafts ready to sell at the Christmas Fair! We hope you can join us at both of these events. 

 

Friday 11th  November 2016

 

Welcome back to another fun packed half term at Grove! Here is what we have been learning about this week:

  • In English children have been adapting their wishing tale 'The Magic Paintbrush' to make it their own story. They have developed a variety of adjectives and characters that they have been eager to share.
  • In Maths children have been using base 10 in the column method to add and subtract numbers. They have enjoyed the book 'One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab' and have conducted their own investigation on how to make a number in different ways.
  • Children have continued their topic of 'Would you rather live in Australia or Lapland?' and they have been looking at where we find hot and cold places in relation to the equator. They have looked at the key vocabulary Northern hemisphere, Southern hemisphere, equator, near and far.
  • Science sees the continuation of the new topic "Materials". Children have investigated why a paper spoon is not any good to transport sand. They have revisited the term rigid. 

Friday 4th November 2016

 

Welcome back to another fun packed half term at Grove! Here is what we have been learning about this week:

  • In English we have introduced the children to a new text type "wishing tale". Mrs Lytton showed them a magic box given to her by a fairy that could grant wishes! 
  • In Maths children have been looking at how to spell number names correctly up to one hundred, how to partition numbers in different ways or using different resources and how to order numbers using the <, > and = symbols.
  • We have started our exciting new topic "Would you rather live in Lapland or Australia". Children have explored the names of the continents and oceans of the world and have identified the United Kingdom on a map.
  • Science sees the start of the new topic "Materials". Children have investigated the terms malleable, rigid and elastic by putting the forces bend, twist and stretch on different materials.

Friday 7th October - Our week in pictures!

 

This week we have had a variety of practical experiences to enhance our learning, and here are a few photos to let you keep up to date to what we have been doing!

  • The children loved watching Mrs Farrell make a potion she has been given the instructions for by her fairy friend to help vanquish a hobyah and then re-creating the instructions themselves.
  • We have been measuring our feet and investigating whether the bigger your feet are the taller you are - not always the case as we found out!
  • We finished our week with a performance by Thando in our Music lesson playing along to one of the South African songs we have been learning! Well done Thando!

Friday 30th September

 

Time has been flying this week and we can't believe we are already half way through the first half term! Here's what we have been learning about this week:  

 

  • Maths - in Maths we have been learning about division and fraction. Wwe have been sharing cheerios, dividing cheerios, and doing lots of maths with cheerios! The children have shown great skill working out how to share equally and use this knowledge in division questions. 
  • English - this week the children have adapted our class story of The Hobyahs to create their own unique warning tale, and we have been so impressed by the results! The children have used excellent adjectives, and they have been able to plan their stories well which is a great skill. 
  • Science - in Science we have been looking at different types of leaves and sorting them into different categories depending on what features we can see when we look closely at them. 
  • In our foundation subjects our learning has included creating timelines of how trains have changed through time, we have been learning to sing and play along to an African song in Music, and continued to build our football skills in PE.

 

This week we also had a visitor! The wonderful Spellbinder visited us again this year, and the children really loved getting up, dancing about and listening to the story. Here are some pictures of the event:

Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3

23rd September 2016

 

This week in Year 2 has been a filled with a variety of practical experiences for the children!

 

  • In Maths we have been rehearsing our multiplication skills, specifically the 2, 5 and 10 times table. The children have started to make arrays to support their working out when given multiplication number sentences. They will never look at cheerios the same way again!
  • In English the children have adapted their own version of 'The Hobyahs" and had a go at writing their story. These stories showed a lot of imagination and creativity. Well done!
  • Science has seen the children exploring the question "Are seeds alive?" They conducted an experiment that required them to look closely at two broad bean seeds: a dry one and one that had been soaked in water overnight. They compared the colour, shape, texture, size and smell of the beans to identify if it was alive. Children were able to indicate that beans are alive because they grow.
  • Our Foundation topics are continuing from the previous week where children are learning football skills in P.E., food chains in D.T., listening to and comparing African music and learning about George Stephenson and the importance of trains on our lives today. 

 

We have had lots of children read every night, and the amount of children who got 9/10 and 10/10 on their spelling test this week was admirable. so well done everyone! A huge thank you for your continued support at home to help build on your children's learning.

Cheerio Array Fun!

Cheerio Array Fun! 1
Cheerio Array Fun! 2
Cheerio Array Fun! 3
Cheerio Array Fun! 4

16th September 2016

 

This week in Year 2 has been a busy one, and the children have been learning a variety of skills.

 

  • In Maths we have been reviewing our numbers bonds to 20, and learning how to use number lines effectively as an additional method to add and subtract numbers.
  • In English we have been learning the Story Map for our Talk for Writing text "The Hobyahs" ready for adapting it to make our own versions next week.
  • Science included us looking at things that are living, things that were once alive and now dead, and things that have never lived. The children did brilliantly at recognising the different requirements for each category.
  • In our Foundation Subjects, we have been building on our Football Skills in PE, understanding how food goes from 'Farm to Fork' in DT, listening to and comparing African music in Music, and learning about George Stephenson and the importance his invention of trains has had on our lives today. 

 

We have had lots of children read every night, and the amount of children who got 9/10 and 10/10 on their spelling test this week was brilliant, so well done everyone! Thank you for your continued support at home to help build on your children's learning. 

English W/C 5th September

This week in English your child will be looking at poetry, specifically how to use expanded simile sentences to describe an object. On Monday 5th September, we had some great fun using our senses to generate a selection on adjectives to use throughout the week. We had great fun touching, tasting, smelling and hearing a variety of objects. Some of the objects we loved and some we did not like at all! We have included below a small selection of the adjectives that the children came up with.

 

Hayden "Yucky"                                           Ethan "Tingly"

Gracie "Slimy"                                              Freddie "Crunchy"

Marcus "Disgusting"                                    Maisie "Wobbly"

Poppy "Squishy"                                          Jaime "Sweet"

Sam "Banging"                                             Hazel "Soft"

 

 

5th September 2016

 

Welcome back to Grove and to a new, exciting year in Year 2! This website will be regularly updated with what we have been learning in class, including photos and videos, and also we'll provide suggestions which will help build on your learning at home. 

 

Under each star on this page you'll find important information - our class timetables, our newsletter, and important websites linking to what we have been learning in class and what is required in Year 2. 

 

Mrs Farrell and Mrs Lytton are always available if needed, and so if you have any questions at all throughout the year, then please feel free to arrange a meeting with us so we can help in any way we can. 

 

We look forward to the year ahead, and getting to know you all a lot better!

 


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