Dahl Class Year 2

Welcome to Year 2 Dahl Class!

 

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

Year 2 can also attend Maths Club in the school hall from 8:20am.

 

You can use this page of the website to find out about Year 2's weekly timetable, what we have been learning about during the current term and find out what each week's homework is.

 

Homework is due in on a Thursday. Reading books will be checked everyday so please ensure that your child brings their reading book in to school every day (even if they haven't done any reading). Friday will also be PE days so please ensure that your child comes to school with 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.

 

Term 3's Creative Homework- Look at our incredible Penguins! Aren't we talented!!

Term 4's Creative homework- We made Easter Gardens.

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 took part in the BBC Children In Need art project for King Charles II.

We've planted Sunflower seeds and lily bulbs as part of our Science this term. We can't wait to see what they look like as they grow!

In RE this week we learnt about the Jewish 10 commandments and how they uses Mezuzahs to show their faith. We wrote our own scrolls of special words and made our own Mezuzahs.

We have had great fun celebrating the festival of Holi with Year 1. It is the festival of colour, celebrating victory of good over evil. Mr Bollywood taught us 4 dances which we loved.

Holi dance moves- 1

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Holi dance moves - 2

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Holi dance moves - 3

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We created our own Phoenix pictures and discussed what they symbolised. We talked about why there was a Phoenix built on the new St Paul's Cathedral after the Great Fire of London was finished.

Growth Day- Food energy: Food energy- We read Goldilocks eat your greens and then created a healthy lunchbox for her. We talked about how we need food to give us energy. Then we watched a video about how to defeat the monster vegetables, and drew a picture of us defeating the vegetables.

Growth Day - Energy! We explored and created wind turbines!

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

 

Happy Pancake Day!

This week in English we worked together as a whole class to act out the story of Jim and the Beanstalk.

In Art we are going to be painting our own version of Van Gogh's Starry Night. We painted the background in shades of blues, making our brush strokes thick so you can see them- just like Van Gogh did!

We have been adding to our 'Starry Night' paintings inspired by Van Gogh!

In Science we have been learning about how animals adapt to suit their habitats. We had to work in groups to decide what animals lived in our given habitats and how it had adapted to be able to survive in the habitat's unique conditions.

We have been so inspired by Vincent Van Gogh in Art that we have now moved on to creating our own 'Sunflower' picture using lots of different mediums. Check back to see our final pieces!

We used collage materials to decorate the vases on our sunflower pictures. We chose colours that made us happy just like Van Gogh did!

Look at our fantastic finished Sunflower images! We are very proud of them!

Term 3

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.

We used watercolours to paint a sunset picture.

We added trees, grass and bushes to our sunset paintings!

Miss Orpin had no voice so Year 2 joined Year 1 for a big Gymnastics lesson. Look at our super balances and jumps!

Number Day 2023! We played number games, and built numbers or patterns.

Number Day 2023- We joined Reception and Year 1 for Numbercise outside!

Number Day 2023! We enjoyed our freeflow number afternoon with Reception and Year 1. We could play shops, make patterns, play games and make art work.

Growth Day! We had great fun painting Valentines Day Cards!

Growth Day! We spent the afternoon mixing with Reception and Year 1. We could watch a movie, do quiet colouring or reading, or take part in calming mindful stretching. It was a very peaceful afternoon!

Term 2

This term in English we are reading:

  • "Man on the Moon (a day in the life of Bob)" by Simon Bartram.
  • "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.

We put ourselves in the roles of different characters to create freeze frames from our new book Man on the Moon. One of us was a space tourist taking pictures whilst our partner was Bob the astronaut doing tricks. We then switched over roles so we could experience being both characters.

In PSHE we are learning about rights and responsibilities. Today we talked about our responsibilities to our school and our class.

In our anti-bullying lesson this week we looked at the power of words and how hard it is to take them back. We talked about other things we could do instead of using unkind words when our friends have upset us.

November's Volleyball Workshop

We used splatter paint to create a space background for our astronaut sketches.

World Cup Day- Crab Football with Miss Bracken!

World Cup Day- Active Flag Hunt with Reception and Year 1!

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

We have been using base 10 manipulatives in Maths to help us with our partitioning skills.

We celebrated the life of Queen Elizabeth II by sketching photos of her at different periods of her life.

In Geography we have been learning how to use an Index in an Atlas to find places around the world.

We had our first PE lesson in our school PE kits. It might have taken us quite while to get changed but we are determined to beat our times next week!

September- We had our first Volleyball workshop with Miss Bracken this week. We recapped all the skills we learnt last year such as volleying and digging.

We have been making Bear Hand Puppets! First, we had to sew the two pieces together, before gluing on eyes and drawing on the mouth and nose.

October- We had our second Volleyball workshop with Miss Bracken. This week we played Volleyball man in the middle, practicing volleying the ball over the 'net' person in the middle.

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, Working At the Expected Standard of Year 2 and Working at a Greater Depth within the Year 2 Expectations. Writing is judged completely 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.

 

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