Dahl Class Year 2

Welcome to Dahl Class!

 

Year 2's day is from 8:45am - 3:15pm and they come through the Playground Gate. 

 

You can use this page of the website to find out about Year 2's weekly timetable, what topics we will be studying during the current term and throughout the year, and find out what each week's homework is.

 

Homework is due in on a Friday. Reading books will be changed as many days as possible, but please ensure that your child brings their reading book in to school every day. Tuesday and Friday will also be PE days so please ensure that your child comes to school dressed in a dark tracksuit or sports clothes with trainers, their hair tied up and if possible earrings are removed. 

 

We will also add details, pictures and links to the fun activities we have been taking part in.

 

We hope the children will have a fantastic year with us in Year 2. 

If you have any questions please do come and see us.

Miss Orpin and Mrs Manwaring.

 

Look at these fantastic examples of our homework so far this year!

Term 6!

This term in English we are reading:

 

  • "The Magic Finger” by Roald Dahl.

 

Please DO NOT read this book with your children as it will ruin the slow build up and surprise we use in our English lessons. 

 

If you would like to read a similar book to your child then this term I would recommend:

  • "Fantastic Mr Fox” by Roald Dahl
  • “The Judy Moody” series by Megan McDonald
  • “The Julian Stories” by Ann Cameron
  • “Elliot, Midnight Superhero” by Ann Cottringer
  • “The Powers- The Not-so-super Superheroes” by Kevin Stevens
  • “How to Heal a Broken Wing” by Bob Graham
  • “Egg Drop” by Mini Grey
  • “Loveykins” by Quentin Blake
  • “Two Little Birds” by Mary Newell DePalma
  • “Have you Heard the Nesting Bird?” by Rita Gray
  • “Mama Built a Little Nest” by Jennifer Ward
  • “My First Book of Birds” by RSPB

In English this week we practised interviews. One of us asked the questions like an interviewer and the other person was either Mr Gregg or one of the Ducks. We had to use what we had learnt from the story to come up with our answers.

Term 5!

This term in English we are reading:

 

  • "Toby and the Great Fire of London” by Margaret Nash.

 

Please DO NOT read these books with your children as it will ruin the slow build up and surprise we use in our English lessons. 

 

If you would like to read a similar book to your child then this term I would recommend:

  •  "Vlad and the Great Fire of London” by Kate Cunningham.
  • “You wouldn’t want to be in the Great Fire of London” by Jim Pipe.
  • “The Baker’s Boy and the Great Fire of London” by Tom Bradman.
  • “The Great Fire of London” by Susanna Davidson.
  • “The Great Fire of London (Famous People, Great Events)” by Gillian Clements.

We had great fun in our Irie Steelpan workshop on Wednesday! Check out the videos on our Video Resource Page to see us dancing away! You can find out all about the steelpans by heading to the website address shown in the pictures:

Term 4!

This term in English we are reading:

 

  • "Jim and the Beanstalk" by Raymond Briggs.
  • "Rapunzel" by Bethan Woollvin.

 

Please DO NOT read these books with your children as it will ruin the slow build up and surprise we use in our English lessons. 

 

If you would like to read a similar book to your child then this term I would recommend:

  •  "Little Red" by Bethan Woollvin
  • "Jack and the Baked Beanstalk" by Colin Stimpson
  • "Trust Me, Jack's Beanstalk  Stinks!" by Eric Braun
  • "Jack and the Jelly Bean Stalk" by Rachael Mortimer
  • "Hansel & Gretel" by Bethan Woollvin
  • "Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion" by Alex T . Smith
  • "Little Red Hood" by Marjolaine Leray
  • "How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth" by Michelle Robinson and Kate Hindley
  • "How to Babysit a Grandad" by Jean Reagan and Lee Wildish

 

We used atlases to find the continents and oceans of our world.

In Art we began to create our own versions of Starry Night by Van Gogh. We tried hard to replicate his brush strokes.

Look at our World Book Day door!

This week we added our white and yellow stars to our Starry Night paintings this week.

We had a Philosophy for Children lesson with help from Maria. We were talking about the question Who is the most powerful in the story of Rapunzel and why?

Look at our finished Starry Night Cityscape pictures! Aren't they fantastic!

Term 3!

English Books!

This term in English we are reading:

  • "Lila and the Secret of Rain” by David Conway and Jude Daly.
  • "One Day, On Our Blue Planet… In the Antarctic" by Ella Bayley.

                     

Please DO NOT read these books with your children as it will ruin the slow build up and surprise we use in our English lessons. If you would like to read a similar book, or a book to aid their learning around our topic, to your child then this term I would recommend:

  • "Furaha Means Happy: a book of Swahili Words” by K Wilson-Max.
  • “Mama Panya’s Pancakes” by Cairns and R Chamberlin.
  • “The Day the Rains Fell” by A Faundez.
  • “Handa’s Surpise” and “Handa’s Hen” by E Browne.
  • “Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain” by V Ardeena.
  • “Mara Serengeti: A Photographer’s Paradise” by J Scott.
  • “The Most Important Gift of All” By K Littlewood and D Conway.
  • “One Night, Far From Here” by Julia Watuers.
  • “We All Went on Safari” by Laurie Krebs.
  • “African Animal Tales Collections” by Mwende Hadithi.
  • “A is for Africa” by Ifeoma Onyefulu.
  • “The First Book of Nature” By Nicola Davies.
  • “A Little Guide to Trees” and “A Little Guide to Wild Flowers” By Charlotte Voake.
  • “Acorn” by Edward Gibbs.
  • “Wild” by Emma Emily Hughes.

In English today we worked in teams to create different parts of the story Lila and the Secret of Rain. We then laid them out like a story map so we could use them to retell the story.

We have painted sunset safari pictures using water colours and black poster paint. We are very proud of them all.

Look at our finished sunset savannah paintings! Don't they look great!

We made African necklaces like the Maasai Mara Tribe wear.

We learnt about the Kenyan artist William Mutua. We have started to create paintings in the same style as him.

Growth Day- Try Something New! We painted Valentine's Day cards in the style of Pointillism, we had a Volleyball workshop and we planted flowers in front of the new Early Years Centre.

Term 2

English Books!

 

This term in English we are reading:

  • "Man on the Moon (a day in the life of Bob)" by Simon Bartram.
  • "The The Way Back Home" by Oliver Jeffers.

                   

Please DO NOT read these books with your children as it will ruin the slow build up and surprise we use in our English lessons. If you would like to read a similar book, or a book to aid their learning around our topic, to your child then this term I would recommend:

  • "Space" by Heather Alexander and Andres Lozano.
  • "Space Kids. An Introduction for Young Explorers" by Andrea De Santis and Steve Parker.
  • "The Skies Above My Eyes" by Charlotte Guillain and Yuval Zommer.
  • "Professor Astro Cat's Solar System" by Dominic Walliman and Ben Newman.
  • "The Story of Stars" by Neal Layton.
  • "Look Up!" by Nathan Byron and Dapo Adeola.
  • "Astro Girl" by Ken Wilson-Max.
  • "Toys in Space" by Mini Grey.
  • "Beegu" by Alexis Deacon.
  • "Wanda and the Alien" by Sue Hendra.
  • "Here Comes the Aliens" by Colin McNaughton.
  • "Wonderful Life" by Helen Ward.
  • "Dr Xargle's Book of Earthlings" by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross.
  • "The Earth Book: A World of Exploration and Wonder" by Jonathon Litton and Thomas Hegbrook.
  • "Earth from Space" by Michael Bright and Chloe Sarosh.
  • "Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth" by Oliver Jeffers.
  • "Planetarium: Welcome to the Museum" by Raman Prinja and Chris Wormell.

In English this week we have been reading Man on the Moon by Simon Bartram. We created freeze frames of the tourists visiting the Moon, watching Bob do his tricks.

In Art this week we used splatter painting to create a space background! We can't wait to show you our finished Space pictures!

Happy Bonfire Night! We painted firework pictures and Nursery taught us a very catchy rhyme about staying safe around matches and lighters.

We created poppys to celebrate Remembrance day.

Lest We Forget!

We made our own boats after learning about Christopher Columbus. Our boats were better than his because our boats didn't sink!

Happy Children in Need! Thank you for all of your donations!

Look who has come to visit us! Meet Sprout the Elf! He brought us a special treat too!

We put our class Christmas tree up! Now we just have to make the decorations to hang on it.

Christmas craft- candy cane tree decorations!

Christmas Craft - we painted string lights!

We learnt about the artist Trevor Paglen who made a reflective sculpture and sent it into space. We had a go at designing our own reflective space sculpture using tin foil.

Term 1

This term in English we are reading:

"The Jolly Postman" by Janet & Allan Ahlberg.

"The Last Wolf" by Mini Grey.

Please DO NOT read these books with your children as it will ruin the slow build up and surprise we use in our English lessons.

 

 If you would like to read a similar book ,or a book to aid their learning around our topic, to your child then this term I would recommend:

  • "Katie Morag Delivers the Mail" by Mairi Hedderwick.
  • "Dear Mother Goose" by Michael Rosen.
  • "Dear Fairy Godmother" by Michael Rosen.
  • "Mixes Up Fairytales" by Hilary Robinson
  • "Each Peach Pear Plum" by Janet & Alan Ahlberg.
  • "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book?" by Lauren Child.
  • "Beware the Storybook Wolves" by Lauren Child.
  • "I am so Strong" by Mario Ramos.
  • "Goldilocks and Just the One Bear" by Leigh Hodgkinson.
  • “My First Nursery Collection” by Tony Ross.
  • “Mr Wolf’s Pancakes” by Jan Fearnley.
  • “The Way Home for Wolf” by Rachel Bright and Jim Field.
  • “Wolf Won’t Bite!” by Emily Gravett.
  • “The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig” by Eugene Trivizas and Helen Oxenbury.

 

You could also read any of these Stories:

  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • Hansel and Gretel
  • Cinderella
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • East of the Sun
  • West of the Moon
  • Aladdin
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Peter Piper
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • Three Little Pigs
  • Mother Goose
     

Or any of these rhymes:

  • Old King Cole
  • Incy Wincey Spider
  • There was an Old Woman who lived in a Shoe
  • Hey Diddle Diddle
  • Simple Simon
  • There was a Crooked Man
  • Little Jack Horner
  • Eeny, Meeny, Miny Mo
  • Humpty Dumpty
  • Jack and Jill
  • The Queen of Hearts
  • Sing a Song of Sixpence
  • Little Miss Muffet
  • Pat a Cake
  • Baby Bunting
  • Three Blind Mice
  • Baa Baa Black Sheep

This week we drew observational sketches of teddy bears! We had to look really closely at the shapes that we could see.

Year 2 Assessments

In Year 2 we take part in the End of Key Stage 1 SATs in May. For this assessment we complete 4 test papers: Maths Arithmetic, Maths Reasoning, Reading Paper 1 and Reading Paper 2. The reading papers in particular require the children to read a large chunk of text and then answer questions about them. Children often find this really tricky so any extra reading you can do at home will really help the children. The evidence collected from these 4 tests are then combined with evidence collected from the children's work in class to decide if they are Working Towards Year 2 Expectations, Achieving the Expected Standard of Year 2 and Working at a Greater Depth within the Year 2 Expectations. Writing is judged sorely on the work in their English books. We often find children's handwriting or spelling can let them down, so any extra work you can do on this at home will greatly help.

 

This year due to Covid-19 Year 2 will also be expected to take the Phonics Screening Assessment, that they should have taken at the end of Year 1, in December. To pass this assessment the children will have to read 20 alien words (nonsense words) and 20 real words, using their sound knowledge to decode and blend the words. If the children do not pass the Screening they will be given the chance to resit the Phonics Screening in June. 

Resources to help your children in their home learning.

Check out some of our favourite Maths games to play!

 

Funky Mummy

Shark Numbers

Hickory Dickory

Coin Calculator

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Online Safety Guides

How to work out Addition calculations

How to work out Addition calculations with exchanging

How to work out Subtraction calculations

How to work out Subtraction calculations with exchanging

How to work out Multiplication calculations.

How to work out Division calculations.

How to work out a Fraction of a number