Welcome to Year 2

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2018–19

Welcome to Year 2

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Our class teacher is Miss Hulbert.

Our teaching assistant is Mrs Mulholland.

We have 29 delightful, hard working, well behaved and fun loving children.

We have a class puppet called Alfie too who is very excited about coming home with us. In Year 2 we also have Give Up Gerald the giraffe who always gives up and Work It Out Whizz who always tries his best and learns from his mistakes. We all want to be like Work It Out Whizz!

PARENT INFORMATION

Spelling

Spellings are sent home on Monday and tested the following Monday.

Reading

Please ensure children are reading their books and completing on line activities on Active Learn / Bug Club. Children  should be changing their reading books at least once a week.

Library books are changed on Fridays.

Maths

Children have mathletics passwords. This is a wonderful resource to consolidate learning in the classroom and learn any other maths e.g. times tables.

Homework

Sometimes maths or grammar homework will be set on  Monday night and this is to be completed for the following Monday.

The homework log is a project for each half term. It is given out the first Friday of each halt term and due back the last Monday before each  holiday. 

Spring Term

RE

In RE we have been learning about Sikhism. We learned that Sikhs display their commitment to their beliefs by wearing the Sikh articles of faith. The five articles of faith start with the "k" alphabet in Punjabi, and are thereby referred to as the ‘5K’s.

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Good News

Our new topic in RE this term is 'Good News' and in our art lesson this week the children designed their own good news trees. We thought about spreading love and happiness like Jesus, having helping hands and saying thankyou to God. 

PSHE

It was friendship Friday this week. We learned how to say compliments and how to be a good friend. We also thought about the mistakes we sometimes make and how to put those right. Here we are giving our friendship vouchers to each other.

English

In English, we have started a new unit of work on Beatrix Potter and we've been introduced to one of her most lovable (but mischievous) characters- Peter Rabbit. We have been writing and improving our sentences about poor old Mr McGregor, who has had quite enough of Peter Rabbit running riot through his vegetable patch! 
As inspiration for our work on Peter Rabbit, we made models of Mr McGregor’s garden. Using lots of different materials modelling clay, cardboard and different types of paper. We created beautiful, colourful models of Peter Rabbit’s favourite place. 
Our models were displayed on each of our tables and our writing in English this week focused on our senses. We wrote about all of the wonderful things you could see, hear, smell and taste in Mr McGregor’s garden.

We had so much fun learning the common exception words and homophones by playing all the amazing games the children made for their homework.

We had so much fun learning the common exception words and homophones by playing all the amazing games the children made for their homework.

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Maths

This half term started with lots of multiplication and division. We enjoyed sharing beanbags into hoops on the carpet and writing division number sentences to match these.

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In Maths this week, we’ve been practicing lots of arithmetic. As well as counting in steps of 2,3,5 and 10 by the end of Year 2, children should be secure with all of these X tables. We’ve listened to songs to help us memorise these and have started a new X table challenge called:'Times Tables Rockstars!' 

Autumn Term

Christmas

Magical Christmas Journey Production

If you were able to join us on Tuesday for our ‘Magical Christmas Journey’ we’re sure you’ll agree that the children sang and acted their socks off! Thank you for all your support in making this happen, the outfits were fantastic and the children performed their roles brilliantly.

Christmas Party Day

We enjoyed some more Christmas crafts, when we made reindeer dust and painted our Santa hats in preparation for our Christmas party. Thank you for the donations of food, the party was lots of fun as always, we enjoyed lots of games especially playing ‘pass the parcel’ and musical Christmas statues.

Singing at the Christmas tree festival

On Thursday we walked to the Christmas Tree Festival at the parish church. The audience were treated to a fantastic selection of Christmas carols and as always praise was given to the St Joseph's children for their wonderful singing and behaviour. 

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Friday was full of festive fun when we got to make Christmas crafts ready to decorate our Christmas tree, we also made, calendars and Christmas cards.

Magic Topic Week

How amazing our ‘Magic’ theme for topic week has been! After watching ‘Dazzling Darren’ on Monday, we were keen to find out how to entertain others with our own magic tricks... We’ve learnt how to do magic with: playing cards, pieces of string, cups and balls, paper clips and even climbing through pieces of A4 paper! 

 We’ve been very creative this week too, we made mythical creatures with paper plates. We learnt about optical illusions and created 3D hands. We decorated glass jars so that we can keep them as ‘magic memory’ jars. We wrote about some of our most magical memories and we now have a special place to keep them safe.

We also finished making and painting our mod-roc volcanoes. This was to enable us to make them erupt in our magical science lesson. Using bicarbonate of soda, vinegar, washing-up liquid and food colouring to create a chemical reaction. This was followed by making a gummy hand with gelatine, ‘elephant’s toothpaste’ from a yeast reaction and watching what happened when we created amazing rainbows from skittles and warm water.

We’ve reinforced our understanding of place value, when we unravelled the clues in our maths mystery: to find out who had bitten off all the legs of the gingerbread men!

Heritage Fortnight

We've been learning all about our heritage this week and we’ve really enjoyed finding out about the heritage of lots of children in Year 2. We certainly have an international class, with children whose families come from the: Philippines, Poland, Italy, Australia, Malta, South Africa, Ireland and India!  We designed beautiful and informative posters about India and learnt some fascinating facts. We cooked some delicious samosas and made a raita to accompany them. The best bit was tasting these in class. Luckily we made plenty to go home too!

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PSHE

Odd Socks Day

For Anti-Bullying Week, we have talked about the importance of standing up to bullies. We learnt some fantastic ‘Odd Sock’ songs about being unique and choosing to respect the differences of others. 

Growth Mindset

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Year 2 have had a wonderful start to the year. We have been thinking all about having a growth mindset and the things that we should think and say to be the very best that we can be. We made ourselves into growth mindset superheros.

RE

Advent and Christmas

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In RE we were given our (secret) Advent Angels. We thought about the different ways we could share kind gestures or actions for that person. It could be to remember them in our prayers or make room for them at our lunch table. We wrote promises about how we hoped to achieve this throughout Advent. 

The Christmas story

As well as singing and acting out the Nativity for our production, we’ve also been writing about it in our RE lessons. The children obviously paid lots of attention as they have written an amazing re-telling of the story of Christ’s birth.  

Mass lead by Year2

Well done to Year 2 for their wonderful Mass. Fr Lawrie and Mrs Knight both commented on the children’s fantastic participation and beautiful reading.

Remembrance

Year 2 marked Remembrance day by writing poems about the things that we remmeber and painting poppies. They were very excited to receive their knitted poppies.

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The Trinity

We have been learning about the Trinity. We thought about the different roles we have as: sons, daughters, siblings, nieces and nephews, whilst still being the same person. We can think about the Trinity in a similar way: as God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. We reflected on the different ways to describe God in his different forms and how we see Him as: a miracle maker, a cross carrier, a promise keeper, life keeper, fruit grower and a time starter were just a few of the ideas we discussed. 

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Chosen People

We have been reading bible stories and learning how people are chosen by God. We learned about Moses and thought about the story from the viewpoint of Miriam. we used role play to retell Daniel and the lions.

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Where is God?

We answered the question Where is God? by creating beautiful art work. The children wrote fantastic answers: “God is so near that it feels like he is next to me” “God’s love shines so brightly in all our hearts” God is with his angels watching over everyone in the world”

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We though about the special gifts we have that we can shine brightly around the classroom and St Josephs school.

Harvest

In RE we have been learning all about Harvest and in art we finished our Harvest food pictures in preparation for our assembly on 5th October.

The children were amazing in our Harvest assembly. We used the letters in HARVEST to make other words to explain the meaning of harvest. We thanked God for all our wonderful food, well nearly all of it!

Thank you so much for the food and present donations from our Year 2 children, we have been overwhelmed with the generosity once again. The hampers have now been wrapped up and are ready to be delivered. 

Maths

To revise subtraction methods we had lots of fun trying to get Father Christmas to his workshop, landing on elf and reindeer cards on the way.

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In Maths we have begun to look at multiplication. We have thought about different vocabulary for multiplication and used practical resources to help us with our understanding of 'equal groups' (repeated addition).  Just before the Christmas holidays we sang 2 and 5 times tables to the tune of Jingle Bells.

Maths has been full of lots of practical and outdoor activities to learn about place value and number. We’ve been learning about place value, enjoying how to find different ways to represent tens and ones using: number bead strings, numicon, counting towers and even straws!

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Charlie Crocodile, who was swimming near our islands, helped us to understand greater than and less than.

We have used so many different ways to add tens and two digit numbers.

English

It’s been another busy week in Year 2. Our English lessons this week have been based on the story, ‘Harvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Present.’ We thought about all the different ways that Father Christmas travelled to get to Harvey’s house. We used our brilliant imaginations to come up with some of our own fantastic ways to travel and wrote about these.

We have just enjoyed reading our new book Message in a Bottle which we are beginning to do lots of writing about. To get started the children designed the most imaginative islands that they would like to visit.

Here are some of out creative and imaginative islands.

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We’ve learnt all about nouns in English and had lots of fun learning about some of the unusual words for collective nouns. Did you know that a group of parrots is known as a ‘pandemonium?’ 

Spelling

There are so many words to learn to spell! Here we are playing matching pairs and using homophones in sentences.

Geography and History

This week in Year 2 we have learnt so much about our amazing town of Otley. Whilst exploring we visited: Otley Bridge and found a monument of The Wharfedale Printing Press and a sun dial, we found out what life was like at the Courthouse, we visited the Methodist church, the Parish Church and the Jubilee Clock Tower. With our heads bursting with facts we began to make our pop-up books of Otley.

For our topic lesson, Explorer Bear let us have a look in his backpack and we found a compass, so it was off outside again to practice our navigational skills. From the playground we learnt which direction was north, south, east and west.

Here is some of our wonderful homework exploring alsorts of wonderful places.

Science

Year 2 have made the most of the late September sunshine this week and in our science lesson on Habitats we have enjoyed building ‘Bug Hotels.’ Branches, leaves and pebbles were just a few of the materials we used to create the perfect habitat for our creatures. 

In science we were able to explore outside in the sunshine; our task was to sort and label items into ‘alive’ and ‘never alive.