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.
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 Monday and will be done within the children’s phonics groups. Please ensure spelling books are in school on a Monday. Spelling books with new spellings will either be sent home on the Monday or Tuesday..
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.
Our curriculum information for this half-term is:
Spring 1 Healthy Living
Welcome back to school and I hope you all had a lovely break. This will be a very busy but exciting half term and I know the children will learn a lot! Please take a look at the Medium Term Plan on the website to see what Year 2 will be learning about in the first half of the Spring term.
A quick reminder that we would like the children to complete a project about our topic. You can choose to do either a research project or an art project. In order to achieve in line with National Year 2 expectations, pupils must research using books, the internet etc. to find out things. We would like the children to complete a project about “How and why we should eat a balanced diet to keep healthy.” This can be presented as a pamphlet, a book or a power-point. Please encourage children to use sub-headings, labelled drawings and key facts to engage the reader.
Projects will count as evidence towards their Year 2 Science SAT assessment.
Please ensure homework is in school by Friday 8th February 2019.
A huge thank you to children and parents for sending in such high quality homework projects. They really are fantastic and all so different and I have really enjoyed reading them. It has been so lovely to see the children so enthusiastic about completing this homework.
During our maths lessons this week, the children have begun to learn to divide, beginning with dividing by sharing and dividing by grouping. We will continue to learn about division next week. In English, the children learnt some new spelling rules and wrote a description about a dinosaur from a story we have been reading. In Geography, the children learnt the names of the 5 oceans and recapped their knowledge of the continents. In Science, we carried out an experiment to find out where germs are hiding. Ask them where we rubbed a potato! The children will be observing the changes over time and recording what they find out.
Another busy week for Year 2 this week. In English, the children have written an invented character description, with the character being themselves. They had to describe themselves using expanded noun phrases, use pronouns and include commas in a list. They produced some excellent work!
In Maths, we have continued our work on multiplication, particularly focusing on the 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables. Please encourage your child to practise their times tables whenever possible. Next week the children will begin to learn how to divide. In Science, the children thought about the basic needs of humans and animals for survival, ask your child to tell you what they are.
In RE, the children heard the Parable of the Sower. They thought about the message behind the parable and how they are like the seeds that fell on the good soil, growing in faith and strengthening their belief in God. The children said they can behave how Jesus would want them to by listening to their parents, teachers and other adults, showing love and kindness to each other and respecting those around them.
In Art, the children painted their healthy clay plate and they will be able to bring them home once they are dry. They also learnt about hot and cold climates in Geography and how and why certain produce grows in these climates.
The children wrote their innovated character description in English this week, and next week will move on to writing their invented character description about themselves. When the children had finished their work they were encouraged to use a thesaurus to see if they could find any alternative adjectives to make their work sound more interesting. In Maths, we began our unit of work on multiplication and division, beginning with multiplication. The children learnt to recognise equal groups, make equal groups, add equal groups, understand the multiplication symbol and represent multiplication using arrays. We have been practising our 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables whenever we have had the opportunity, not just in maths lessons. Lots of the children can count in multiples in order, e.g. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 etc but when asked a multiplication question e.g. 2 x 6, they are not able to answer. Quick mental multiplication is a vital skill, now and as the children progress though school, so any opportunities that you have to practise times tables at home would be beneficial. In RE, the children learnt about the Sacrament of the Sick and why this important Sacrament is given. They also heard stories about a number of Jesus’ miracles, and summarised the problem, how Jesus dealt with it and the impact of this on those present. In Art, the children made a healthy plate from clay and next week they will paint it.
Please remember to send your homework projects in by Friday 8th February (details above). This is a requirement for all Year 2 children.
In English this week, the children have written their imitated character description and next week they will write their innovated version. During Maths, the unit of work on money has continued with children adding amounts to find a total, making amounts in different ways, comparing amounts and thinking about the difference between two amounts of money. In RE, the children heard the parable of the talents. They thought about how this parable relates to their behaviour and work ethic in school and they thought about the many talents that they all have and how they can use these talents to serve God. In Geography, the children learnt about the equator and hot and cold climates and in Science they labelled the parts of the human body and learnt about mammals and how they change as they grow.
Please encourage your child to practise their handwriting at home. It is essential that children are forming their letters correctly and using finger spaces between words. We do weekly handwriting practise in school time and the children are always writing in lessons but any additional practise they can get will be beneficial.
The children have settled back in to school life very quickly and they have been working very hard. In English, we heard the story ‘A Piece of Cake’ and then completed a character description about Mrs Large. We have story mapped the character description and learnt to recite it with actions. I have uploaded it onto the class page so please ask your child to show you. In Maths, we began a new unit of work on money. The children counted in pence, pounds, in a combination of pence and pounds and thought about the appropriate coins to use to make an amount. As a challenge, they had to think about how to make the same amount in a variety of ways. If the opportunity arises at home, please show your children some money, ask them to pretend to pay for something, discuss what coins they could use, how much change they would get, what is the difference between the value of two coins/notes and if they bought multiple items how much would it cost? All of these skills will be useful in the coming weeks.
In RE, we completed the Christmas unit and talked about epiphany and the wise men’s journey. We also heard the story of The Prodigal Son, and the children reflected upon what this parable teaches us.
During our Science lesson, the children learnt about the importance of washing their hands. Ask your child about our messy experiment and what we found out!
The children also learnt about the 7 continents and named and located them on a map in Geography and they completed a drawing in art of a fruit bowl.
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.
Our final week at school saw us complete our maths unit of work on addition and subtraction, with the children learning to subtract and exchange 10. When we return in the New Year we will begin our unit of work on money.
We began our unit of work on Christmas in RE, and the children wrote a letter as Mary, describing her thoughts and feelings when she was visited by the Angel Gabriel and thought about the journey to Bethlehem from Joseph’s perspective. In Geography, the children located and named the four countries, capital cities and surrounding seas of the UK.
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.