Dahl Class Year 2

Welcome to Dahl Class!

 

Year 2's day is from 8:40am - 3:10pm 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. Sound Books will be assessed on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday but please ensure they are in school every day. 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 of 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.

 

Story time!
Follow the link below to hear Miss Orpin reading stories
Resources to help your children in their home learning.

How to work out Addition calculations with exchanging

How to work out Addition calculations

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

Check out some of our favourite Maths games to play!

 

Funky Mummy

Shark Numbers

Hickory Dickory

Coin Calculator

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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. 

This is your homework for the week and some extra work if you want to challenge yourself! If you need any of the sheets again please come and ask!

Term 1

This term in English we are reading:

"The Jolly Postman" by Janet & Allan Ahlberg.

"The Day the Crayons Quit" by Drew Daywalt.

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.

 

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

In Geography we have been learning about maps. This week we used the index in the Atlas to find different places in the UK.

This term we have been sketching and painting teddy bears. We followed the style of Molly Rausch and started from the outside of our pictures and worked our way in.

Term 2

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. 

We have been creating Freeze Frames from our new book in English called Man on the Moon (A Day in the Life of Bob). One of us was Bob doing tricks to entertain the other person who was a tourist visiting the moon.

Happy 5th November! We had great fun creating splatter paint firework pictures (apologies for those who went home messy!).

We have been learning about creating algorithms. We worked together to write an algorithm to get from one part of the playground to the other.

We used white and yellow paint to create a splatter painting of space to use as a background for our astronaut pictures.

Lest We Forget

This week has been strange for Year 2 as we have had to go into isolation, but look at the fantastic work that we have been doing at home!

Year 2 have been home learning heroes this week and I am so proud of them! Check out their fantastic work from this week.

In Computing this week we have been programming and debugging the BeeBots to get them across the space map!

We've had some special visitors join us this week!!

We sketched astronauts to stick on to our space paintings. Look at the fantastic finished pieces!

Merry Christmas from us to you!

Merry Christmas from all of us!

Glitter, glitter and more glitter! Christmas 2020!

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 our toys at home and resources in school to recreate the story of Lila and the Secret of Rain

We used water colours and black card to create Sunset Safari pictures.

We have been creating our own versions of William Mutua's african animal art.

We made African Collar Necklaces!

We have been using 3D shapes to help us learn about their properties.

It is okay not to be okay sometimes.

We have been making a special surprise for our friends who are learning from home!

We had snow!

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 worked together to recreate the characters and settings from our new story Jim and the Beanstalk.

We used magnifying glasses to observe plants closely. We then sketched and labelled them.

Plant Update: week 2- our sunflowers have finally grown. No movement on our bulbs yet though.

Our artist for this term is Vincent Van Gogh. We have begun to create our own versions of his painting ‘Starry Night’. Check out our fantastic backgrounds!

Art - To learn to complete a painting in the style of Vincent Van Gogh's 'Starry Night'

In Geography we have been learning about the different continents. Today we focused on Europe, particuarly the country of France. We tried lots of different French food.

We made Easter chocolate rice crispy cakes!

We had an Easter Gift Hunt!

We were tasked with researching plants that grow on a particular continent and presenting them in a creative way for our homework. Look at the incredible results!

Plant Update: week 4- look how big they’ve got!

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.

Philosophy for Children Week 2. Linked to our story book 'Rapunzel' from last term we discussed the questions "Who is the most powerful in the story?" and "Who is the villain in the story? Does this change as the story progresses?"

This week we recreated a human chain that passed buckets of water along to show how hard it was for firefighters to tackle the Great Fire of London in 1666. We got a little bit wet and very tired! We all decided those firefighters needed some new equipment!

We used 2D shapes to help us make sketches of the London skyline.

We sorted animals by carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. Then we had to pick our own categories to sort the animals by.

This week in RE we made our own Jewish Mezuzahs to help us remember what is important to us, just like Jewish people use to help them remember Moses and the 10 commandments.

We used chalk to make pictures of the fire in the style of the artist Jan Griffier.

We used cotton buds to paint images of the Phoenix that is on St Paul's Cathedral. It is a sign of resilience and new life to remind people to never give up.

Growth Day! Today we enjoyed doing some mindful stretching, playing with bubbles, planting herbs in our allotment plot and having a movie afternoon to celebrate completing our end of term assessments.

Click on the link below to hear us sing a song about The Great Fire of London that we have been learning in our Music lessons.

Our creative homework task this term was to recreate St Paul’s Cathedral using any medium we liked. Look at our fantastic results!

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

Term 6- We are using the book 'The Invisible' by Tom Percival this term in our P4C lessons. In week 1 we discussed how the little girl became invisible and what happened when she noticed other invisible people. Everyone agreed that she was invisible because she felt sad and lonely, like nobody noticed her anymore, but when she made new friends she became happier and therefore visible again.

This week in Maths we have been learning about measuring Mass. We used balance scales to help us decide which object was heavier or lighter. We then used cubes to help us measure the mass of different 2D shapes.

In English we have been reading 'The Magic Finger' by Roald Dahl. This week we took turns acting out interviews with the Gregg family, asking questions about their time spent as a duck.

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