Year 2

Welcome to Year 2

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Miss Guest - Rosemary Class
Ms Bamford - Lavender Class
Miss Wakefield- Lavender Class
Miss McDonnell - Year 2 Teaching Assistant
Miss Langham - Year 2 Teaching Assistant
Miss Hydes - Year 2 Teaching Assistant
Miss Westerman - Year 2 Teaching Assistant

 
 

 

A Very Warm Welcome to Year 2

Welcome back to the first part of the Summer term 2022 from all of the Year 2 team. We are really excited to jump into teaching and learning with our amazing 'science and history' led topic.

'Can Plants Grow in Space?'

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This half term we will be exploring if plants can grow in space. We will be learning to label the parts of a plant, finding out what plants need to grow on Earth and investigating if it would be possible for them to grow in space.  In history we will be researching the first moon landing, what life is like on the International Space Station and discovering other space firsts. We will be looking at the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements including Yuri Gagarin, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins, Valentina Tereshkova, Mae Jemison, Tim Peake, and Laika the dog.

Our writing focus text this half term will include ‘Man on the Moon (a day in the life of Bob)’, The Way Back Home and Baboon on the Moon. We will be writing a Moon story and a science recount of our plant experiment.

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Over the half term, we will also be learning:

  • MATHS – Measurement, Geometry, Problem Solving
  • SCIENCE – Naming parts of a plant and finding out what plants need to grow on Earth and in space
  • COMPUTING – Robot algorithms.
  • HISTORY – Finding out about the first moon landing and other space firsts
  • DT – Space Buggies
  • RE – Christianity
  • PSHE – Digital Wellbeing
  • OUTDOOR LEARNING – Measurement and geometry
  • PE – Cricket and Country Dancing

We will continue to ask the children to read three times a week at home and to practise their spelling weekly. These will be given each Friday and tested the following Friday.  

Key Dates for Summer 1

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PE and Outdoor Learning

In the Summer term, PE takes place on Mondays and Tuesdays. Please could all children wear their PE kits to school each Monday and Tuesday. PE kits consist of PLAIN black shorts or jogging bottoms, PLAIN white t-shirt, and trainers. Children should wear their school jumper too. Them children will take part in Outdoor Learning every other week. Please see the timetable for this half term below:

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Homework in Year 2

Each week, we ask that all children read with somebody at home at least three times a week and record it in the Communication diary. This could be any adult, an older sibling or friend. Every little bit of reading really does help children on the learning journey and these children tend to make the most progress throughout the year. We also ask that all children practise the printed texts that are sent home each Friday in the reading bags. There will also be weekly spellings which can be found in Communication Diaries, along with the logins for NumBots and Times Table Rock Stars so that the children can practise their mathematical skills.

Y2 SATs Information

YR2 SATs assessments will take place during May. For more information please watch the video below. We do not do the non-statutory Spelling, Punctuation and grammar paper at John Clifford, but we will be administering the maths and reading papers. 

 

Check out the blogs below to see what we've been doing in our classes!

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Rosemary

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  • Week beginning 16th May

    We have had a lovely week this week in Lavender class.  This half term the year 2 children have been learning country Dancing. On Tuesday, the sun came out and so did the maypole which the children merrily danced around.   Don't forget to send in water bottles, hats and sun cream as the weather is getting hotter.   On Wednesday, we continued our science topic of plants and went on a plant hunt. The children found 25 different plants! We went back to class and tried to identify and label them.

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  • Week beginning 9th May

    We have had a busy few weeks In Lavender class. As part of our investigation into the question 'Can plants grow in space?' we have been growing runner beans in our 'space age' window pouches. We had an excellent view as our beans germinated. Some are even popping out of the top! The children have all been very enthusiastic about growing and learning about what plants need to grow well.   The children also began their Design and technology project 'moon buggies'. Many new skills were learnt, and the children's creative side has been unleashed. They can't wait to bring them home to show you at...

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  • Week Commencing 14th March

    Week commencing 14th March What a busy week it has been! We had Science Week, visiting musicians from the University of Nottingham and Red Nose Day. The theme for National Science Week this year has been ‘Smashing Stereotypes’ and in YR2 we have been looking at famous female scientists. We found out about Katherine Johnson who worked for NASA (whose life story was told in the film Hidden Figures) and we did some experiments using rockets.     On Thursday we had a visit from the flautists from Nottingham University and the children enjoyed conducting them and listening to them talk about their...

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  • Week Commencing 7th March

    Week Beginning: 07.03.22 In Maths, we have been learning about shape. We began the week drawing and identifying 2D shapes that had a vertical line of symmetry. We have also been looking at different 3D shapes, identifying the 2D faces on these shapes and counting the number of edges, vertices and faces. What 2D and 3D shapes can you spot at home? On Monday, our assembly focused on International Maths Day and we thought carefully about the importance of Maths in our everyday lives and in different jobs that we may do in the future. In English, we have been on our final week of our three-week...

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  • Week Beginning: 28th February

    World Book Day We have had an exciting week in Lavender Class! On Thursday, we celebrated World Book Day and it was brilliant to see the children dressed up as their favourite characters. Throughout the day, we read many books alongside different activities. In the morning, we created our own bookmarks and completed a story quiz. In the afternoon, we took part in a World Book Day parade to show everyone our costumes. Throughout the week, we have also had some exciting visitors. Each day, we have had a different member of staff visit us as a secret reader to share their favourite story with...

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  • Week Beginning: 21st February

    In maths, we have been learning about statistics. This has included tallying and drawing and interpreting pictograms. We have created a chart of our favourite fruits and we have created a tally chart from this. We continued this learning in our Computing lesson to begin our 'Data and Information' unit.  In English, we have been looking at the story and animated tale from Nigeria, 'The Strongest Man in the World', and we have focused on discussing the features of and creating a character description of the main character, Obasi. We have continued this learning in our whole class reading as we have...

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  • Week Beginning: 28th March

      Easter Bonnet Parade On Thursday, KS1 and FS gathered on the playground to display our Easter bonnets. We had a great time and it was a brilliant afternoon. Happy Easter! Thank you to everyone for a great Spring term. All the children have worked incredibly hard and we have had a brilliant half term learning all about Africa. Our next topic question is ‘Can Plants Grow in Space?’ and more can be read about this on the Year 2 Page. We can’t wait to start learning! Have a restful break and we look forward to welcoming you back on Tuesday 19th April. Kind Regards, Miss Guest.

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  • Week Beginning: 21st March

    In Maths, we have continued our learning about fractions. We have been finding one half, one quarter and one third of shapes and numbers. In English, we have been shared writing a non-chronological report about giraffes. We have been thinking carefully about the features we need in a non-chronological report and we have carefully structured and presented our writing. We have been using questions for our subheadings and using a range of conjunctions to extend our writing. In reading, we have been learning about the differences between fiction and non-fiction texts. We have also continued...

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  • Week Beginning: 14th March

    It has been a brilliant and busy week! Science Week This week, we have been celebrating Science Week. The theme this year is ‘Smashing Stereotypes’ and we have been learning about Katherine Johnson who began working for NASA in 1953. We also made our own rockets to launch into the sky. Flautist Visit On Thursday, we had a visit from the flautists from Nottingham University. We listened to them playing the flute and talking about their instruments. We also conducted them playing their song. Red Nose Day On Friday, we supported Comic Relief and came dressed in our craziest clothes. The school...

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  • Week Beginning: 7th March.

    In Maths, we have been learning about shape. We began the week drawing and identifying 2D shapes that had a vertical line of symmetry. We have also been looking at different 3D shapes, identifying the 2D faces on these shapes and counting the number of edges, vertices and faces. What 2D and 3D shapes can you spot at home? On Monday, our assembly focused on International Maths Day and we thought carefully about the importance of Maths in our everyday lives and in different jobs that we may do in the future. In English, we have been on our final week of our three-week cycle and we have been...

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  • Week Beginning: 28th February

    World Book Day We have had an exciting week in Rosemary Class! On Thursday, we celebrated World Book Day and it was brilliant to see the children dressed up as their favourite characters. Throughout the day, we read many books alongside different activities. In the morning, we created our own bookmarks and completed a story quiz. In the afternoon, we took part in a World Book Day parade to show everyone our costumes. Throughout the week, we have also had some exciting visitors. Each day, we have had a different member of staff visit us as a secret reader to share their favourite story with...

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  • Week Beginning: 21st February

    In maths, we have been learning about statistics. This has included tallying and drawing and interpreting pictograms. We have created a chart of our favourite fruits and we have created a tally chart from this. We continued this learning in our Computing lesson to begin our 'Data and Information' unit.  In English, we have been looking at the story and animated tale from Nigeria, 'The Strongest Man in the World', and we have focused on discussing the features of and creating a character description of the main character, Obasi. We have continued this learning in our whole class reading as we have...

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