Year 2 Silver Birch

Summer 2 – Our Local Area

Week 2

This week the children have been working very hard to perfect their Gospel assembly.  Letters were sent out earlier in the week, but as a reminder it is Year 2’s gospel assembly on Monday (18th) at 9.10am and parents/carers/friends are welcome to attend.

At the beginning of this week we visited the library.  The children were shown images of Redditch from the past and the present and they had to decide how old the images might be, discuss the clothing and transport in the images and compare the images.  The children have been learning a new story this week in literacy, The Pea and the Princess by Mini Grey.  They have been enjoying role playing the story, creating a story map and writing the opening and build up to the story.  During our maths lessons, the children have created tally charts and block diagrams and interpreted data from tally charts, pictograms and block diagrams.  In RE, they learnt about the conversion of St Paul on the road to Damascus.

Week 1

We have had an enjoyable first week back in Silver Birch Class and the children have been working very hard.  They have written recounts in literacy, measured the mass of objects and read scales in maths, learnt about seasonal changes in Science and thought about the importance of the church in RE.

Today we had a visit from Jump Rope UK who delivered a very enjoyable skipping session to the children.  It was lovely to see how much more confident the children were with this skill in a short space of time. The adults enjoyed it as much as the children did!

To finish off our busy week, we learnt about the work of Andy Goldsworthy in art.  Inspired by his work, the children made pictures or sculptures using things from the natural environment.  Have a look at our

impressive work below.

Summer term

We have had an extremely busy few weeks in year two and we cannot believe how fast this half term is going!  Some of the things we have been doing include: role playing the events of the Resurrection and making Paschal candles in RE, observing the changes to our sunflowers and thinking about why they have/haven’t grown well in science, becoming authors in literacy and writing our own alternative ending to The Flower story and learning how to tell the time in maths (which the children in Silver Birch class are all very good at).  The children also recreated their own Van Gogh Sunflowers pictures in art.  The standard was extremely high and I was very impressed with how much care the children took to ensure they produced a lovely piece of artwork.

As the Key Stage one assessments have been taking place this week, and will continue next week, Silver Birch and Acer class have been working together on some exciting STEM projects.  They have created their own skeletons and learnt about parts of the human body, made maths board games on a maths topic of their choosing and today they have completed a range of phonics, maths, art and problem solving activities based on the theme of the Royal Wedding.

Our whole school Royal Wedding celebrations continued this afternoon when the whole school went outside on the field and we shared cakes, biscuits, juice and played with the outdoor equipment.

How do plants grow?

Welcome back to a new school term.  We have lots of exciting things to do this half term.  We began the week with a visit from the Dogs Trust.  The children learnt all about the senses

of dogs and how they are different from our own.  They also learnt how to be responsible dog owners.  Take a look at some of the photos from the morning.  In science, the children have planted their own sunflowers and thought about what plants need to grow.  We look forward to seeing how big our sunflowers grow over the next few weeks.  In art, the children have practised drawing a sunflower by following some simple steps.  They have produced some fantastic work and they are very proud of their achievements.  We are learning a new story in literacy called ‘The Flower’ by John Light and will be completing activities based on this book over the next few weeks.  In maths we have finished our unit of work on fractions and next week we will be revisiting a unit of work on shape.

Week 1 -2 of Spring 2

The children have been working very hard since returning to school and are enjoying our new topic Animal Planet.  Our visit from Weird and Wonderful was very exciting (please see photos) and we all learnt a lot about some exotic animals, including their native habitat and diet.  The children enjoyed World Book Day and completing activities linked to our focus text of the day, The Day The Crayons Quit.  It has been lovely to hear that some of the children now have the book in their own book collections at home.  We have been learning about foxes in literacy and the children’s prior knowledge of foxes has really impressed me.  We will use a text about foxes as a focus for our writing.  We are continuing to learn about division in maths, now focusing on even and odd numbers and dividing by 2, 5 and 10.

Animal Planet

Welcome back to school for a short but very busy half term.  Our topic this half term is Animal Planet and in literacy we will be incorporating Geography into our written work.  Rather than  focus on a fiction text we will be completing a range of different non-fiction writing including recounts, instructions, setting descriptions and diary entries to name a few.  In maths we are continuing our work on multiplication and division and when that is complete we will begin to explore 2D and 3D shapes and their properties.  To launch our topic, Weird and Wonderful will be coming in to school on Tuesday  27th with a variety of exotic animals for the children to learn about.  World Book Day is on Thursday 1st March where the children are invited to come in to school in their pyjamas.  Both days will be lots of fun and photos will be uploaded so you can see what we have been up to.

SATS meeting

Thank you to parents/carers for attending the Year 2 SATS meeting after  school on Monday, we hope you found it informative.  We know some parents/carers were unable to attend due to work or childcare commitments so the link to the presentation is attached for your information.  As always, please get in touch should you have any questions or concerns.SATS-Meeting-1

To The Rescue

Welcome back to a new school term.  Our topic this half term is To The Rescue and this week the children have written their own Superhero stories.  I have been very impressed with their ability to create interesting stories using their fantastic imaginations.  In maths we are learning about money and considering which coins and notes should be chosen to make different amounts of money.  If the opportunity arises, please allow your children to become familiar with coins and notes, perhaps allow them to pay for some shopping or tell you how much money you would need to pay for certain items.  This will allow them to experience seeing and using money in a real life context.  We have had a lot of fun in Science learning about germs and how quickly they spread around the classroom, including how easily they are passed from person to person.  We are also looking forward to finding out the results of our ‘mouldy bread’ experiment next week and seeing if our predictions about the best place to store bread are correct.


Although a shortened week at school due to the snow, we have still managed to fit a lot in!  We had a lovely time on our trip to Smart Trees.  Despite the rather cold, damp weather, the children enjoyed looking for clues on the 12 days of Christmas trail, meeting some Reindeer, making a wish in the magic wishing well, and most importantly of all meeting Father Christmas.  He was very impressed with the children’s behaviour and he commented on how well mannered and polite they were when he gave them a gift.

The children have enjoyed making their items for the advent fayre next week and we hope you like them too.

Please take a look at some of the photos from our trip.

We have had another busy week in year 2.  We have been practising for our fantastic Christmas play ‘A Midwife Crisis’, please continue to practise the children’s lines at home so they are really confident with what they have to say and when.  In RE we thought about how Mary was feeling when she saw Jesus on the cross and we learnt how to pray the Rosary.  The children were very respectful during this special prayer and understand why it is an important thing to do.  The children have produced some wonderful pieces of writing during our literacy lessons and  are really enjoying writing about the events in the Nativity story.  In maths we have been learning how to add using column addition, including how to exchange and carry over tens.  And finally, to end our week the children completed some Children in Need activities and attended our school disco.  They had a wonderful time and demonstrated a range of impressive dance moves!

Friday 20th October 2017

Today the children finished making their rockets.  They had to design their rocket, make it and evaluate how successful they were in making a rocket that looked like their original design.  Here is a photo of all of the children with their rockets, they all look very proud of their finished products.  I hope you all have a restful half term and I look forward to seeing all of the children when we return on October 30th.

What a fantastic start we have had to year 2 in Silver Birch class.  I am very impressed with how well the children have settled in and they are working very hard.  Please take a look at some of our photographs to see some of the things that we have been doing.


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