Year 2 St Bernadette Class Page
Welcome to St Bernadette’s Class Page. Mrs Churchill is the Class Teacher and Mrs Nurse is the Teaching Assistant.
Our curriculum information for this half-term is:
PE is on a Monday and children require full PE kit (t-shirt, shorts and pumps/trainers). Children are not permitted to wear school uniform or school shoes for PE. Earrings must be removed or covered before coming to school.
Spelling tests will take place on a Thursday and will be done within the children’s phonics groups. Please ensure spelling books are in school on a Thursday. Spelling books with new spellings will be sent home on a Friday.
Children will be reading in a guided reading group once a week with the class teacher. The day of the reading group may vary due to teaching capacity so children’s books will not be changed on a set day, although it will be weekly. Therefore it is important that their book bag, book and home reading record are bought into school every day.
Autumn 2 Light and Dark
Welcome back to a new half term. It has been another busy week in Year 2, beginning on Monday with our awards assembly and a lovely afternoon at Woodrow library completing activities linked to our Science unit of work on seasons. During RE, the children thought about the thoughts and feelings of Mary when Jesus was on the cross and in English they wrote a non-fiction report about Bonfire Night. In maths, the children have partitioned numbers into different combinations of tens and ones and they represented numbers to 100 on a number line. We have practised for our class mass on Monday which starts at 9.10am. Parents/carers are welcome to attend.
What better way to start the week than with St Bernadette class leading their first mass. I could not be prouder of all of them for practising their readings and songs and being so respectful during mass.
Their hard work continued throughout the week with story mapping an invented non-fiction report in English, adding two and one digit numbers in maths using different methods and learning about seasonal changes in Science. During RE this week, the children learnt to pray the Rosary and why this is an important prayer to Catholics. In Art, the children created their own Rangoli patterns which they will be painting next week.
We finished off our week with a visit to the Pudsey café and took part in Children in Need activities in the afternoon.
During English this week, the children have finished off their invented non-fiction report about Advent and Christmas. Next week they will begin to retell the story of The Tin Forest, using a story map.
In RE, the children thought about the mysteries of the Rosary and which were happy, sad and extra special events in the life of Jesus. In maths, they have continued to add two and 1 digit numbers but they have learnt how to exchange 10 and draw their calculation on a place value chart, as well as in a column calculation.
We have been busy rehearsing this week for our Christmas play. Today children bought home letters stating what costume they will need. If your child did not receive a letter it may be because their costume is being provided. Should you want clarification of your child’s role and whether they need a costume, please contact the school ASAP as costumes need to be in by Monday 3rd December. Additionally, if your child has a speaking part, particularly a large part, please ensure they are practising as much as possible at home. They will not be able to have their script with them on stage so it is imperative that they know what they are saying and when. Thank you for your support with this.
We have spent a lot of time this week practising the Christmas play. It is beginning to come together but if your child has a speaking part, big or small, please continue to practise over the weekend and next week to ensure they are as confident as they can be for the performances. This includes making sure they use a loud, clear voice! Costumes need to be in on Monday 3rd December.
During English this week, the children have begun to learn a setting description from the story The Tin Forest. They compared two settings from the story using expanded noun phrases and similes. In maths, the children read word problems and carried out addition calculations to solve them. They also added three or more 1 digit numbers. In RE, the children thought about what prayer is and heard the story of The Call of the Disciples. They thought about why the disciples are special and what made them want to follow Jesus.
In Geography, the children learnt about human and physical features and identified these in an image of Lapland.
More Christmas play rehearsals have taken place this week, culminating in our whole school dress rehearsal today. The feedback from KS2 children and staff was very positive and the children are now looking forward to performing for parents/carers next week. In between play rehearsals, we have continued to learn the story map for the Tin Forest in English, learnt to subtract using a number line in Maths and written about the Advent wreath and what it represents in RE.
No new spellings will be issued until the new year. This is because we are currently undertaking assessments to identify the children’s progress in phonics this term and this may mean groups are adjusted after Christmas.
What a fantastic week it has been with the Reception and Key Stage 1 performances of Baubles. It has been an absolute joy to see the children enjoying themselves, taking pride in their hard work and seeing how much confidence some of the children have gained from being on the stage and performing in front of parents and family members. We definitely have some future actors/actresses at our school! I hope you enjoyed it as much as the children did.
In English this week, the children have written their imitated setting description from the Tin Forest story. They subtracted two digit numbers by partitioning in maths and in RE they wrote an account of John the Baptist in the wilderness.
Our busy week ended with the school Christmas disco where fun was had by all.
All of the school books have been collected in (please return any that you have at home) in order for an audit of books to take place. Children will still be able to bring home a library book and they all have Bug club books available. Please see me if you need a reminder of your child’s log in.
Autumn 1 Bright Lights, Big City
The children have all settled in really well to Year 2 and are producing some fantastic work. We have been very busy in English learning the story of The Three Little Pigs. The children have written a retell of their story and as they know it so well they have also been able to innovate (change) their story and invent (create) a new story of their own. In maths we have focused on the crucial topic of place value and developing the children’s understanding of the value of tens and ones in a number. Some of the children have even moved on to hundreds and thousands! We have also been practising counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. Please continue to practise this skill at home with your child.
In History we have been learning about the important historical event of the Great Fire of London. We also created our own Great Fire of London pictures in art. Ask your child to tell you all about it.
Our RE lessons have focused on the stories of Noah’s Ark, Abraham and Isaac and Jonah and the Whale. I have seen some fantastic role play and read some very reflective pieces of writing.
What a busy week it has been! I am very proud of how hard the children are working and they are very proud of their achievements too. A big thank you to parents/carers for ensuring book bags have been in school every day, it is essential when doing guided reading as we can then review the book that the children took home and issue a new book. Books have also been allocated to every child on bug club and password reminder letters were given out last week. Please come and see me if you still need your child’s bug club log in.
During our English lessons this week, we have been learning a new story called The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig. We have spent this week learning the story using a story map; complete with actions, and the children have written a retell of the story. I have uploaded a copy of the story map so please ask your child to read it to you like they do at school, I know you will enjoy it. Next week we will be innovating the story. Our Maths lessons have required the children to complete activities that involve counting forwards and backwards in 10’s and 3’s. The children have completed missing number sequences and solved problems using their knowledge. They have also begun completing mental maths tests 3 times a week and they are really enjoying the challenge. I have been really impressed with how quick they have become at answering the questions in the space of one week.
We carried out an experiment in science whereby the children had to test a range of materials to see which would be the most suitable to use to make a roof for a house for The Three Little Pigs. The experiment provoked lots of discussion among the children using scientific vocabulary.
The children have heard the story of David and Goliath in RE. They thought about the talents and qualities that David had and reflected upon what talents and qualities they have and what makes them special.
In Computing the children have been doing some coding and in History they have continued to learn about the Great Fire of London, this time focusing on the importance of Samuel Pepys and his diary.
This week the children have written their new innovated story in English. They are becoming much more confident at using adjectives, temporal connectives and conjunctions in their writing and they can explain what all of these terms mean. During our Maths lessons we have explored the relationship between numbers in a fact family and practised adding and subtracting numbers within 20.
We continued our work in RE on the bible story David and Goliath. The children have role played the story and written letters, as David, to a friend explaining how he defeated the giant.
We had fun in Science testing different materials to see which could be bent, stretched, twisted and squashed.
The children had a very exciting History lesson on Friday when they got to write on paper from Samuel Pepys diary! The excitement of the paper led to some wonderful diary entries, written from the perspective of Samuel Pepys, and all of the children wrote in their best handwriting.
We ended our week with a visit to the CAFOD fair and the children had fun playing games in the hall.
The children continue to impress me with their growing confidence and hard work in every lesson. This week they have written their invented story in English and it has been wonderful to read such a range of imaginative stories. Our Maths lessons have focused on finding related number facts and learning number bonds to 100. The children learnt the story of Daniel and the Lion’s Den in RE and wrote a character profile about Daniel.
We finished off the week by making felt poppies in DT.
Thank you to everyone who has sent in donations for the food bank, it is appreciated.
Despite being tired and ready for a well deserved rest, the children in St Bernadette class have continued to produce some lovely work this week.
They have begun to retell a story map based on a non-fiction report about Guy Fawkes. We have discussed the features of a non-fiction report and the children wrote one of their own. During maths lessons the children have added and subtracted one from a number and completed number tracks. They have also added and subtracted ten from a number and answered problem solving questions involving addition and subtraction. Our unit of work on addition and subtraction will continue after half term.
The children heard the story of the Flight to Egypt in RE, and they wrote a postcard as Mary, explaining the reason for the journey and how she felt.
We also began practising for our class mass on the 12th November. Readings have been sent home over half term for the children chosen to read in mass. I have added a You tube link to a hymn that the children will be singing in our class mass so providing your child has your permission, please could they practise singing it so they are confident with the words.
No new spellings were set for the holiday but all children were sent home with a copy of the KS1 common exception words. These are important words for the children to be able to read and spell so please practise these during the half term break. Maths homework in the form of a workbook was also sent home. Bug club books will be available as normal.
I hope you all have an enjoyable and relaxing half term.