Year 2

Year 2 
This page contains useful information relating to Year 2 and will also be updated with what the children have been up to.
In the year 2 team you will find:
  • Mrs Bailey
  • Miss Pearce
  • Miss List
  • Mrs Fletcher
  • Mrs Blunt
Year 2 SATs week
Year 2 will be sitting the End of Key Stage One assessment papers (SATs) from:
Monday 14th - Friday 18th May 2018
The children are aware that this will be "Quiz Week".
They will sit 6 papers in total, in small groups, with their class teacher.
Please ensure your child is on time and well-rested during this week.
If you have any questions, please speak to your child's class teacher.
Spring B & Summer A:
Splash Attack
This term we are learning all about continents, oceans and all things wet and wild. Our topic splashed off with a fantastic trip to the Sea Life Centre in Birmingham. We loved seeing all of the exciting animals and had such a fun day. Thank you to all of the parents who volunteered their time to help the trip be so successful!
Our book this term is 'The Snail and the Whale' by Julia Donaldson. We have enjoyed researching humpback whales and creating information pages bursting with facts. We even linked our topic work to the story by mapping the snail and whale's journey swimming the oceans around the world!
Sea Life Centre Visit
Spring A:
Dangerous Dragons
This term kicked off with the discovery of a giant egg in the Year 2 outside area. It was such exciting news that we worked in groups to perform a TV news report informing people about the event. We then received a letter from the editor of the First News who asked us to create a newspaper article about the egg discovery. Our class story has been 'The Egg' by MP Robertson. In the story, George also discovers a giant dragon egg and, as his mother, has to teach the dragon dragony ways. We loved getting to know the story and retelling it in our own words!
Look at our amazing homework linked to our Dangerous Dragons topic!
Autumn B:
Ferocious Fire & Devious Dark
This half term has kicked off with the children exploring Bonfire Night by writing and performing Firework poetry using onomatopoeia and alliteration. We have also looked at the history of Bonfire Night celebrations by learning about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot.
In English, we are reading the story of 'Orion and the Dark' by Emma Yarlett. Orion, the main character, is afraid of so many things! We linked this to our own personal fears and thought about why we might have certain fears. We are really enjoying getting to know the story before we retell it ourselves.
In maths, we have recapped and consolidated our place value knowledge. This then progressed on to setting out column addition and subtraction for 2-digit numbers up to 100. We are really proud of how well the children have achieved with this skill! We are currently learning to tell the time to the nearest 15 minutes and had great fun applying this skill to a time treasure hunt!
The Great Fire of London 
We have been learning about the events of the Great Fire of London in 1666. First we sequenced the events and acted them out. Then we made models of the houses from Pudding Lane (where the fire started). After we invited the local fire service to help us safely set fire to our models and watch how the fire spread. They then safely put out the fire for us. We then had a chance to sit inside a real fire engine! The firefighters showed us the equipment around the engine and we had the opportunity to ask questions relating to fire safety. Following this we are writing a non-chronological report containing all of the information we have learned about this event!
October 2017:
Please see link below for the topic web and tic-tac-toe homework for the second half of Autumn Term.
Forest School
November 2017
KS1 production
Year two performed our production 'Tattybogle' to the school and parents in October. We were very excited to take on the responsibility of acting and learning lines and we practised often to ensure we gave the best performance! Well done Year 2!
Autumn A:
Elite Explorers
This term we are focusing on exploring different habitats and our local environment. Our English work is linked to the story 'Meerkat Mail' by Emily Gravett featuring Sunny the meerkat and the mischievous jackal who travel to different habitats around the world. This links to our Science focus on habitats and microhabitats and the animals who live there.
In geography we are looking at human and physical features, in particular, those in our local environment. We are using this knowledge to create maps of our local features. We explored the local Woodloes area looking for human and physical features. We then worked in teams to create a map of our route, using a key to identify features. Thank you for all our parent volunteers who made the walk so successful!
September 2017:
Please see link below for the topic web for the first half of Autumn Term.
Year two have enjoyed a science practical to find out...
How is mud made?
We used measuring vessels to compare different amounts of water with soil to find the best capacity to make mud. We compared 200ml, 400ml, 600ml and 800ml and decided that 200ml mixed with a spade of soil makes the best mud because it is sticky, mouldable, squishy and not too runny. 
See our messy pictures below!
 Regular reminders:
  • Please make sure your child has a labelled water bottle in school.
  • We have PE on a Tuesday afternoon. Please ensure your child has clearly labelled: black shorts; white t-shirt; pumps or trainers; and jogging bottoms.
  • Weekly homework is handed out on a Wednesday and we request you return this completed on the following Monday unless otherwise stated.
  • Year 2 will participate in forest schools once each half term. Please keep and eye out in the window for the dates your class are going and bring the required clothing/shoes including a wet weather coat and wellies.
  • The tyres positioned outside of the year 2 classrooms are used as planters. Please ensure your children are not climbing or playing on them.
  • Please ensure all jumpers and cardigans are labelled.
  • We love weekly art sessions in year 2! If you have any art resource donations please hand them in to the class teacher. We would appreciate any spare materials, such as, paper, card, sequins, googly eyes, gems, paints, pastels, collage materials, pipe cleaners, plastic plates, tissue paper and anything else you think would be creative.
If you have any spare time and would like to come in and volunteer to listen to children read then please let your child's class teacher know.
If you would like to support your child at home, here are some useful websites to look at: