Welcome to Year 2, Summer 2020
Monday 29th June
Hello Year 2 - I hope you and your families are all well and have had some fun out and about this weekend. I travelled to Wales and visited my mum and dad for the first time since early March - it was such a treat to see them but strange not to give them a hug. I expect you're all starting to meet up with a few friends or family in small, safe gatherings and am sure you're having fun and enjoying long chats with each other.
I'd love to chat with all of you and see your smiley faces again! If any of you would like a phone call with me, then ask your parents to email me on email@example.com and we can arrange a time on Monday/Tues/Weds next week.
There are three more weeks of school left, so three more weeks of home learning. This week you can try some poetry, more fractions, learn about mosques and create some natural sculptures.Try to keep up with your studies Year 2 as it will prepare you for Year 3 in September.
With love from Miss Lewis
W/B 28.06.20: Maths
Congratulations to Cayde who has earned his second gold certificate in Year 2!
This week 11 children also received a bronze award; Rehaan, Theo, Yohan, Amber, Wojtek, Delphine, Catherine, Andrei, Nathan and Audrey. Great work Year 2!
Monday 22nd June
Maths: It's been another busy week on Mathletics - well done Year 2! We've achieved 1 gold, 2 silver and 9 bronze certificates in 7 days.
Congratulations to Audrey for earning a bronze, silver AND gold award and to Rehaan for earning bronze and silver.
Nathan, Tatiana, Yohan, Cayde, Theo, Andrei and Wojtek all earned a bronze certificate. Good work!
W/B 22.06.20 - Maths: Log on to the White Rose Home Learning page and use lessons from the week commencing 1st June. Contact me if you would like a copy of the corresponding worksheets.
W/B 22.06.20 - ART: Andy Goldsworthy Lesson 2/3 - Look at the slides to discover more about creating art in nature.
Task 1: Find a quiet spot outdoors and create winding paths, rivers etc using your natural materials. Take a photograph and email it to me so I can share your art with the class.
Task 2: Use paper/paint or crayons to re-create a piece of Andy Goldsworthy's work
On Thursday 18th June, the Duchess of Cambridge will lead an online assembly during which she will speak about the importance of mental wellbeing among children. The theme of the Duchess’ assembly is ‘spread a little kindness’.
The assembly will be live on the Oak National Academy website at 11 a.m on Thursday 18 June and can be accessed here:
A recording of the assembly will be available to view on the Oak National Academy website following the event.
Monday 15th June
Hello Year 2 and welcome to another week of home learning.
This week, I've been learning too! We have an apple tree in the garden and it is covered with millions of tiny green aphids, feasting on the sap of the new leaves. There have also been many bees, enjoying the aphids' sugary secretions, and this week we realised that the tree was a habitat for a different insect ...
We had no idea what they were so we researched them on the internet and discovered that they were ladybird larvae. Unfortunately, they are not from native British ladybirds but Harlequin ladybirds which arrived in Britain in 2004. They are bigger and stronger than our British ladybirds and are sadly overtaking other species.
That said, it's been interesting to see their life cycle. The larvae shed their skin several times, then eventually attach themselves to a sheltered spot on the tree, becoming a pupa. Finally, the adult ladybird hatches out.
Later in the week we think we spotted a pupa and a newly hatched ladybird.
It's a fascinating world out there Year 2 ... what can you discover about micro-habitats in your garden? Maybe you'd like to try this week's science investigation that Mrs Lane has found for you.
Please share some of your superhero pictures and ideas with me this week and remember to get in touch if you have any questions; use firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a great week.
Maths: A huge well done to Audrey who has excelled herself on Mathletics this week - she has a bronze certificate, but earned 10,024 points ... WOW! Congratulations also to Tatiana, Cayde, Catherine, Rehaan, Wojtek, Noah and Nathan who also earned bronze certificates and Andrei and Yohan who earned silver certificates. Super work!
Monday 8th June - World Ocean Day
Bore da Year 2! I'm sending everyone a big virtual hug and a pat on the back for all the effort you are putting into your home learning. I know it's not easy to keep motivated, but you're doing a great job.
Give yourselves a gold star!
Below you will find ideas to help you celebrate World Ocean Day, details of our first whole school Oracy competition, White Rose maths links as well as an introduction to this term's RE unit on sacred places. Remember that these activities are a learning guide and you don't need to complete everything - just do your best and try to enjoy your learning.
After so many weeks without shops and libraries being open, I'm sure that lots of you would like some different books to read. Plymouth Schools' Library Service has lots of ebooks available to borrow for children of subscribing schools. If you would like a password so that your child can access this service, please contact the school and we will provide a personalised password for you to use.
Have a great week, and remember that you can contact me using email@example.com. I would love to hear from you.
W/B 08.06.20 Maths: Well done to everyone who is working hard on Mathletics. Look at all the certificates you have earned since school finished on 23rd March ...
Well done to Amber, Catherine and Nathan who earned silver certificates last week
Monday 1st June - Welcome back Year 2!
Hello everyone ... I hope you had a fun week, enjoying a little more freedom and getting out and about in the sun. I know that many of you have been swimming, have walked on the moors or been to the beach. I'm sure that a week away from home learning has given you and your family a much needed break and you are feeling refreshed and ready to crack on with this week's activities. Remember that these activities are a guide - you can work through them as you wish and don't need to complete everything. Just do your best!
I have had some lovely emails from many of you and have really enjoyed hearing your news. I truly miss each and every one of you and think about you every day. This week we are opening school for children in Foundation, Year 1 and Year 6. I'll be helping Mrs Boyle teach the Year 1 class, but will also continue to support all of you with your learning. If you have any questions or would like to speak to me, contact me through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay safe everyone and keep in touch,
Monday 18th May
Hello Year 2 - it's Monday again! There was great excitement in our house this weekend. Do you remember the vegetable seeds I planted at the beginning of lock down? Well we were able to harvest the first plants last night and eat them for our tea; spinach, rocket, lettuce and crisp radishes ...DELICIOUS!
Sadly, this reminds me how long it has been since we have been at school together and I am still missing you all so much. It has been lovely to bump into some of you in the supermarket or out on your walks and I have also loved the emails that have been sent to me. I am so very proud of everything you are doing at home and the work I have seen is superb!
This week's 'turtley terrific' home learning ideas are below - as ever, try to do what you can, but don't worry if you can't do it all. Remember that next week is half term and a chance for you to take a break from home learning and have some fun and relaxation.
Please keep in touch via email@example.com and let me know if I can do anything at all to help you at home. Take care everyone.
World Turtle Day is coming up on May 23rd. The theme of world turtle day 2020 will focus on bringing attention, greater respect and knowledge for tortoises and turtles. In addition,
Monday 11th May
Hello again Year 2! It's Monday again ... the start of another week of home learning. It amazes me how quickly the weeks pass by and I very much hope it won't be too long before we can all be together again. As usual I have set some tasks to give you a focus for your learning this week. Please do what you can, but don't worry if you can't complete everything. I know many of you have been busy completing your own projects and of course it's also important to try and read every day, exercise and find ways to be creative. I hope you are being kind and helpful to your family members and try to appreciate all the lovely you do for each other every day.
I miss you all and have really enjoyed hearing from some of you. If you haven't contacted me, then please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Tell me what's going well for you at home, share some photos and suggest how I can help make your home learning better.
Keep safe everyone. With very best wishes,
The Box Plymouth:
The Box Plymouth have produced a new series of Creative Curriculum Challenges; weekly learning challenges for children to try at home, inspired by the vast collections held at The Box. Each time a child completes a challenge and sends the team a photograph, they will be entered into a weekly prize draw to win a prize from The Box shop. Find out more at http://ow.ly/GMB850zA1uT
Monday 4th May
A big hello to everyone in Year 2 and all your mums, dads and carers,
I hope you are well and have had a positive week. Whilst it can be tricky juggling home schooling with working from home and other household activities, I know that many of you are enjoying the extra time with your family and the new routines and activities you have established. Below you will find a range of home learning ideas to keep your minds active this week, but as usual, please don't feel pressured to complete all of them. This week I have included some VE day ideas in light of Friday's commemoration and don't forget that there are also lots of online lessons on BBC Bitesize.
I was thrilled to communicate with so many of you last week and really enjoyed finding out how you're getting on at home and sharing some of your learning. For those of you who haven't been in touch yet, please email me using the school email; email@example.com and let me know what you've been up to. I'm happy to answer any questions you may have.
Best wishes to you all. Stay safe and happy,
You could make some bunting to hang in your window. Here's a great link to help you;
Monday 27th April
Hello again Year 2! Last week seemed to fly by. I've been busy working on school tasks at home and have also had 2 days at school looking after the children of keyworkers. I've also been busy in the garden and have enjoyed watching my vegetable seeds sprout and grow. We have Magpies nesting in a neighbour's tree and a family of mice in the garden wall - there's lots to watch! I've been walking every day and have waved to some of you in the park or in your gardens.
I hope you all managed to try some of the activities I gave you last week. I'd love to hear from you - maybe you can send an email to the office (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let me know how you've been getting on. Did anyone sing along with Gareth Malone? Did you enjoy the story of Pandora's box? Have you been chopping apples into thirds or quarters?
I look forward to hearing from you and answering any questions you may have. In the meantime, here are some new learning tasks to keep you busy this week, but don't worry if you can't complete them all. Remember that you can also dip into the original home learning activity ideas, or try some of the lessons on BBC Bitesize.
Monday 20th April
Hello Year 2! It's now been 4 weeks since we've all been together and I'm missing you all. I hope you are all well, are having some exercise and fresh air every day and are being kind and helpful at home. I know you've all being doing lots of learning and fun activities with your families and have been keeping in touch with each other in various different ways. I'd love to share some of your great work on our web page, so feel free to take photographs of your activities and send them to our school email: email@example.com
I have set some new learning activities for this week below and will do the same each Monday. These are intended to be a guide - try to do what you can and feel free to adapt the activities, but don't worry if you can't complete them. A little maths and English each day, along with some physical exercise and creative activities will keep you busy!
I'm thinking of you all and look forward to seeing you all again sometime soon.
W/B 20.04.20 Music Home Learning
BBC Bitesize are publishing daily online lessons for all ages from Monday 20th April. I particularly like the activities on 'Start Singing' - why not join Gareth Malone to warm up your vocal chords and learn 'Don't Worry, Be Happy'. Ask your family to join you in some singing fun!
Visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize and go to the Year 2 lesson pages.
Welcome to Year 2, Spring 2020
The spirit of adventure prevails once again in Year 2 this term! Our cross curricular topic is ‘To the Edge of the World’ as detailed on the curriculum poster below. Whilst it has a strong historical focus, it is also a perfect springboard to examine human courage and resilience in the face of adversity. We will be celebrating Mayflower 400 and learning about the voyage of the Mayflower, as well as comparing the lives of Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong - two well-known explorers who lived in very different times.
Please log in throughout the term to share our learning and experiences.
03.02.20: Delphine’s mum and dad think she’s swallowed a dictionary! They are so impressed with all the unusual words and phrases she’s using at home, such as; pay no heed, tedious or farewell. Great work Delphine ... we love how well you’ve absorbed the language from the Mayflower diary we’ve been studying. Let’s hope you don’t have any reason to use today’s new phrase; foul stench!
One or two very knowledgeable children helped us out, and we soon learned that the pictures all linked to the journey of the Mayflower. There was lots more we wanted to find out. Here are some of the children's historical questions;
What was his name?
Why is he famous?
Where was he born? When was he born?
What job did he have?
Was the ship fast?
Does the Mayflower still exist?
Where did the ship travel to?
How many people were on board?
Did the Mayflower return?
Who are these people? Why are they here?
Where are they?
Why do they have guns?
Why did they go there?
What are some of the people's names?
Welcome to Year 2 - Autumn 2019
There are many adventures to come this term, as Year 2 embark on a 'Grand Tour' of Great Britain, travelling the length and breadth of the country from Land's End to John O'Groats. We will be exploring the landscape, finding out about famous landmarks and people, sampling local foods, learning new languages and discovering what makes our islands special. The children's KS1 Supersaver travel passes are all ready for their first trip on board the Magical Mystery Tour Bus ... keep checking our class page to join the adventure!
Webby Wolf has had a transformation this week. He’s been staying with Florence to help her learn about staying safe when using technology, but it seems he’s also been learning about fashion! Looking good Webby!
11.10.19: For those of you who missed our performance in the Harvest service this morning, here is our class poem, based on a famous poem by Christina Rossetti. The children looked closely at beautiful autumnal photographs, then worked in pairs to create descriptive couplets which we combined to make a class poem.
What Colour is Harvest? By Year 2
What is brown? A conker is brown
Popping out of its spiky shell.
What is black? A blackberry is black
Hiding in the prickly thorns.
What is ginger? A squirrel is ginger
Scampering up a bumpy oak tree.
What is gold? A leaf is gold
Dancing in the chilly breeze.
What is scarlet? Berries are scarlet
Being nibbled by hungry birds.
What is purple? A cabbage is purple
Tucked into its vegetable bed.
What is orange? A carrot is orange
Growing in the squishy soil.
What is beige? A hedgehog is beige
Hiding under the crunchy leaves.
What is chestnut? Why, a chestnut
Just a chestnut!
23.09.19: Year 2 have spent the last two weeks immersed in poetry, exploring the poems of two great British poets; A.A. Milne and Michael Rosen. We’ve had lots of fun reading poems aloud and have explored rhyme, rhythm and repeating patterns. We’ve used two of their well known poems as models for our own writing. Here’s a flavour of our amazing work...
Now I am Six By Leela
When I was one,
I ate a chocolate bun.
When I was two,
I went to the loo.
When I was three,
I jumped in the sea.
When I was four,
I went on a tour.
When I was five,
I jiggled and jived.
But now I am six,
I’m as perfect as perfect,
So I think I’ll be six now
For ever and ever!
I’m Just Going To The Library By Yohan
I’m just going to the library.
Because I love to read.
Because I love words.
Because the library is shutting this year.
Because it needs to be repaired.
Why don’t you stop saying why?
Library time why. High time you stopped saying why time!
I’m Just Going to Sleep By Josephine
I’m just going to sleep.
Because I’m tired.
Because it’s the weekend.
Because we need to rest.
Because we need to get ready for school.
Why don’t you stop saying why?
Sleepy time why. High time you stop saying why time!
Here is our finished agreement.