Welcome to Year 2!
Miss Harris and Mrs Smith in Red Class
Autumn 1st 2015
International Primary Curriculum
These lessons include learning within Geography, History, Science, Art, DT and Music
Our IPC topic this half term is Buildings. During this topic we will be learning about famous structures, homes around the world and how to locate on a map. There will be a strong focus on Science and Geography. Children will be testing the strengths of structures as well as looking at materials used to build structures. Children will be able to use books, people and the Internet to obtain information.
Home Learning task
Students, parents, carers, brothers and sisters, we need your help to make this project end by raising the roof off our own school structure. !!! We have set you the challenge of recreating your own famous structure!! You have 5 weeks to plan, design and build a famous structure. Be as creative as you like ….. Can you build the Eiffel Tower out of pasta or the Colosseum with play-doh? Impressive us even more by adding a fun fact card next to your structure. Year 2 will have the opportunity to present their home creations and class learning, one afternoon at a workshop for all to witness in the KS1 hall at the end of the half term. Who will make the most unique structure?
Ideas of materials you could use:
Use the link below to help inspire you when choosing your structure to recreate. Good luck!!!
Miss O'Sullivan and Mrs Smith in Red Class.
Miss Armstrong and Mrs Aliu in Vermelho Class
Miss Shermin and Mrs Haussain in Lal Class
Miss Kain and Miss Ragno in Rouge Class
Miss Paca and Mrs Dell in Raudonas Class
Peer Marking in Year 2
At William Bellamy Primary School we are always looking for ways to encourage pupils to develop their learning and make as much progress as possibly.
The school has developed an effective marking policy which focuses on what a pupil has done well and what they need to do to make their learning even better. In every lesson the Learning Goal (what the focus of the lesson is) and Steps to Success (what pupils need to do to achieve the Learning Goal) are shared with pupils. When teachers 'mark' learning this is the focus and next steps are given to pupils. These next steps may be reflecting on how to improve the piece of learning or a challenge. Pupils respond to marking and are very much involved in the process. Even when misconceptions, errors or improvements are identified pupils see this as positive and know that we are all working together to get even better.
To further develop effective 'marking' an integral part of this process is 'peer' marking. This is when pupils use the Learning Goal and Steps to Success to assess each other's learning. Pupils enjoy being the 'teacher' and have developed effective ways of recognising what is good and what could be even better. Peer marking is effective throughout the school. In Key Stage 1 pupils are able to write small comments about learning and by Year 6 pupils are able to give full, thoughtful and effective next steps comments or challenges.
When you look at your child's book you will notice comments made in green by the teacher and comments made in red. These comments are either pupils responding to marking or brilliant examples of peer marking.
Below are some examples of our amazing pupils learning and their brilliant peer marking.
Summer 1 and Summer 2
This half term we will be learning about Non Chronological Reports. These are information texts which do not have to be written in the “correct” order. Children will be writing about Nocturnal Animals such as Skunks, Foxes and Owls. They will gather information from information books and the internet and use it to write their own report.
We will also be learning about descriptive writing and using the features to create a detailed character descriptive of a monster and the Gruffalo. To support this we will be going to The Chase Nature reserve to take part in a Gruffalo Trail! Finally we will be learning about different authors and creating persuasive texts.
Riley - I made sure I used my persuasive voice to get my audience to buy the Nissan Juke.
Sara - I used actions.
Dave - I used my writing to help me.
Julian - I spoke with a loud, persuasive voice.
In Maths this term we will continue to further our knowledge of word problems using various calculations. We will continue to use resources to support ourselves in becoming more confident in solving these. We will also be looking at angles of shapes and different turns that we make whilst giving directions. We will be learning to add larger amounts of money and give change. We will be practising our knowledge of subtraction using one of the following: column method, number line or objects. We will also revisit shape and look at investigating right angles.
Nafsin - I used my brain to help me count on in 5s.
Lucas - I thought about a number line in my head and used that to help me.
Laura - I knew what x10 means so I could count forward or back to help me.
Here is what the children thought about finding different amounts of money!
Julian - I enjoyed thinking about which coins I needed to use.
Laura - My group has to find different ways to make the amounts over £5.00. We enjoyed seeing who could use the least amount of coins.
Dave - I added up the coins in my head.
Gideon - I can go into a shop and give the shopkeeper the right coins.
This half term we are covering both topics “It’s shocking” and “Look and Listen”.
In “It’s shocking” we will be learning about a range of different materials and their properties, we will make simple comparisons between the materials and why they are used. We will also learn to make electrical circuits and about everyday appliances that use electricity. Finally we will be learning about people from the past and identifying why they are significant.
In “Look and Listen” we will be learning about Sound and Light. We will be learning about the main external parts of the body, know the names of the senses, know that darkness is the absence of light and that light travels from sources.
We conducted an experiment to see if we could use static electricity to see if we could pick up a piece of paper! The objects we used were a balloon, wooden pencil, mental spoon and a plastic ruler or comb. We wrote a prediction about what we thought would happen! Some of us were right!
Which objects do you think picked up the paper?
In Summer 2, we will be learning about the topic "From A to B!" We will be learning about different forms of transport and the History behind them. We will investigate transport from other countries and how their climates affect the way they travel. We will discuss movement and the speed of different methods of transport using different materials. In Science we will revisit learning about fair tests and using our ideas in an experiment. We will also create a "sound journey" for a journey that we have planned to take and lastly we will be learning about bike and road safety and why it is important.
In Year 2 we have been learning about aeroplanes and what they need to make them fly. We made paper aeroplanes from different types of materials such as paper, card, newspaper and plastic. We then had three experiments to attempt to see which aeroplane was the best! We stood on a line and measured the distance our aeroplanes travelled. We also aimed our aeroplanes at hoops on the ground to see if we could direct our planes and finally we aimed them through hoops hanging from the ceiling.
What did we find out?
Kevin - My aeroplane went through all three hoops. I think that was because I made sure my aeroplane had a pointed tip at the front.
Esther - My aeroplane travelled the further. I think that was because I made sure my aeroplane was long and thin.
Sara - My aeroplane landed in the most hoops. I think that was because my plane was big.
In ICT this half term we will be learning about photographs and how they are edited for improvement! We will be given cameras to use to take our own photographs and use various software to edit and evaluate them. Lastly we will be using the Scratch program to create and edit characters and stories.
In Summer 2 of ICT we will be learning about Digital Literacy and Research. In this topic we will be investigating different examples of Digital Literacy, how and why it is used. We will be investigating what it is and finally creating their own using a story they have written or a story that they are familiar with already.
This term we will be learning about Relationships. We will be discussing relationships at home and at school and how and why our actions can affect these. We will also discuss how we can improve relationships with one another and how we can ensure we have positive relationships.
In Summer 2, we will be learning about Changes. This will involve discussing Changes leading up to the end of this current academic year and what to expect in the new one. We will talk about changes at home and in school and how we can deal with them sensibly and safely.
Modern Foreign Language
In French this term we will be covering the unit “In the frit shop”. In this unit children will learn the names of different fruits that they may encounter at the shops. They will revisit counting and revise saying “Hello, please, thank you, yum yum and goodbye.”
In RE this term we will be learning about special books in the topic “How and why can books be special?” we will be looking at different religious books such as the Bible, the Torah and the Qur’an. We will be discussing why they are special to the followers of their religion and the different stories that teach lessons inside them.
In Summer 2, Year 2 will be learning to ask "BIG QUESTIONS!" about religion. We will use our knowledge from what we have already learnt and compile questions to challenge one another. We will be thinking about special people and places around the world. We will also be looking at how the same question could be answered differently by followers of different religions and why this is.
In English this half term we will be starting our learning with the topic of Recounts. Unfortunately when all of the teachers arrived in school on Tuesday Morning there had been a massive disturbance! All of the classrooms had been destroyed! Mrs Massar and Mrs Taylor have asked that the children write a recount of what happened when they came into school. This involves using their knowledge of chronological order to make sure that all the events are written about correctly!
In Maths this half term we will continue to reinforce our learning on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Children will learn different methods, mentally and written, and how they can use these to solve number and worded problems. We will also be learning about measurement and how we can use different methods to solve problems in real life.
Here is what the children thought about measuring.
Riley - I loved using the trundle wheel. Every time it clicked I knew that it was 1 metre.
Yashi - I found out that the longest distance was from the library to the reception corridor.
Noah - I know that 1 metre is 100centimetres.
We have been practising our directions today! The Circles, Triangles and Squares have been practising quarter turns, half turns and whole turns. The pentagons have been practising turning clockwise, anticlockwise, quarter turns, half turns and whole turns on a 4 pointed compass. Hexagons have been practising anticlockwise and clockwise quarter, half and whole turns on an 8 pointed compass!
In ICT this half term we will be learning about programming. We will be using a variety of ICT software to program robots so that they follow a set of instructions. We will also be becoming games designers, creating games for our peers to program.
IPC -Super Humans
This half term we are really excited about our IPC topic “Super Humans.” We will be learning about healthy eating, exercise and what humans need to lead a healthy lifestyle. We will be looking at similarities and differences between different species of animals, what they need to survive and how this impacts their lives.
We will be learning about different systems inside the human body such as the respiratory system and how this helps us to breath.
We will be learning different names of internal and external body parts. Lastly we will be looking at sound, how it is produced and how it travels.
Another area of this unit that we will be learning about in detail is technology. We will be planning, creating and evaluating different plans that we have made and looking at ways in which we can improve our models.
This half terms PSHE topic is relationships. We will be learning about relationships with different adults and children. We will be learning about the importance of these relationships and how we as individuals need to nurture them.
Modern Foreign Language
In French children will continue to consolidate their number skills, colours and common vocabulary used to describe their we live. Children will also learn the different names of animals and familiar songs.
In RE this half term we will be learning about “Special Places.” Children will begin by discussing places that are special to them and why. They will be sharing these places with their friends. We will then progress to learning about special places in our local and then national community. In this unit we will be taking a trip to St Pauls Cathedral in London where we will have a guided tour and children will be able to ask questions about why this Cathedral is special.
Please remember that all children need to have their PE kits in school. This half term we will be continuing our PE learning about Cooperative Games and Group Games and Inventing Rules.
Classes Rouge, Lal and Raudonas will continue swimming up until the Easter Break.
World Book Day!
On Thursday 5th March it was World Book Day. Children in Year 2 dressed up as characters from the Story The Magic Faraway Tree By Enid Blyton and the teachers dressed up as characters from Shrek The Musical!
Everyone had such a fun day!
Happy New Year we hope that you all had a relaxing break! If you would like to know what your child will be learning about this half term please see below!
This half term we will be learning all about information texts. These type of texts give information to their readers. Children will be learning about the key features of these texts so that when they are reading them they are able to identify the similarities and differences between them. They will also be creating their own Information Text about a famous person of the past!
Children will also be learning to use question marks and commas in their writing. Below are some interactive activities that may support them in this.
Stories with Familiar Settings
Over the next 3 weeks we will be learning about stories from Familiar Settings. Familiar Settings are those places that we know very well and see every day.
A setting that we have looked at a lot this week is the local Park. We read the story Sam and Ella go to the park and then visited the park ourselves. We needed to look for similarities and differences between our trip and the story.
Have a look and see what we did!
In Maths this half term we will be continuing our learning about Number and place value, addition and subtraction, Measurement
Multiplication and Division. Some children will also be looking at decimal points and dividing odd numbers in halve.
Below are some activities which will support their learning.
IPC - People of the Past
This half term we are really excited about our IPC topic “People of the Past.” We cannot wait to hear about all the information children have found out over the holidays and the costumes that they have made.
Our topic will cover History, Music and Art. We will be learning about individual people of the past and figures that have made a difference to our society.
Religious Education - Who wants to be famous?
In RE this half term we will be learning about the topic “Who wants to be famous?” In particular we will be learning about Jesus and what made him special. We will be looking at the early life and Jesus and what made him the man he was.
Physical Education - Cooperative Games
This half term we are learning to play cooperative games. This unit of PE involves us being outside for most lessons so please make sure that your child is sent to school with correct PE kit.
The London Fire Brigade
On Wednesday the 7th January 2014, Year 2 were visited by the London Fire Brigade. We learnt lots of amazing things about what the Fire Brigade do to keep us safe! We learnt how important it was to know our home address because if we do not we won't be able to call 999 safely!
We also looked at potential hazards in our houses and what we could do to keep ourselves and our families safe!
We also learnt the rhyme "Don't hide - Go outside!!"
On Thursday the 18th December some children from Robert Clack Secondary School came over to teach Lal and Red Class Active Sports. We had so much fun, we learnt new skills and even practised some that we knew already!
In English this half term we will be covering a range of different topics. Our first topic that we will be learning about is Traditional Tales. In particular we will be looking at The Three Little Pigs, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the Bears. We will be learning the features of these stories and then we will use them to create our own Traditional Tale with a twist!
In English we have now begun to learn about Explanation Texts. So far we have learnt about the difference between fact and fiction. We have also been learning about alphabetical order! A fun task at home might be to put the names of the members of your family in order!
We will also be researching animals an then writing an Explanation Text about them. You could research more about this animal in books or on the internet.
This week we will be writing an Explanation Text about using a Gumball Machine. We will be showing the video below in class. It would be a great idea if you could visit a place with a Gumball Machine and explain to your child how to use one.
After half term we will begin to learn about Instructional Writing. Children will be asked to write a set of Instructions in their English Lessons. We will be learning about time connectives, ordering events in chronological order and imperative verbs. Over the next 3 weeks please ask your children to give you instructions on how to do this! They may give you instructions on how to bake a cake, make a drink or even brush their teeth!
This week we are beginning our work on "Stories from Other Cultures." In particular we will be looking at stories from Africa (Fly, Eagle, Fly and Amazing Grace). On Monday 17th November we were lucky enough that Mrs Wilmore organised for a drama group to come in and perform another story called "The Story of Chinye." It was really fun to watch and some of us even got to take part!
In Maths we will be covering the counting, partitioning and calculating unit of work. We will be learning to partition 2 and 3 digit numbers. We will then use our partitioning skills to add numbers together. We will also be estimating amounts and measures and finally looking at and describing shapes. Below we will add weblinks so that you can support your child's learning.
In Maths we are now moving on to learning about shape and space. Our focus will be 2D and 3D shapes. We will need to know the properties of both of these shapes and be able to sort them according to different criteria! At the end of the week we will be solving shape puzzles.
We are learning to tell the time! Why don't you practise your time skills using the games below?
In Autumn 2 of IPC Year 2 will be adventuring into the curious world of The Magical Toy Makers Workshop.
Children will learn about toys from the past and how they have changed. They will also be making toys and discussing their own favourite toy. We will also be visiting The Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood on Monday 10th November 2014, so please make sure that your child brings back their permission slip! We are really excited about this unit of work and we hope that the children will bring in their own or a member of their families toys.
On Tuesday 4th November something very strange had been discovered in Red Class... A Toy workshop had appeared! Nobody knew when it had arrived and nobody knew how it got there! Throughout the day children in Year 2 were sent to investigate! We finally discovered that a Magical Toymaker had decided to go on holiday and had requested the help of the children. The Toymaker had left materials for the children to use to make some amazing toys.
We found lots of ingredients such as imagination and magic dust which helped the Toymaker to think and create the new toys!
It was amazing! All of the children opened the imagination box and to their delight it flowed straight into their brains. Look below to see what was created! It was absolutely amazing!
On Monday 10th November Year 2 visited the Victoria and Albert Museum at Bethnal Green. We all had such a fantastic time. We were able to play with old and new toys which was really fun! There was even a rocking horse which everyone wanted to have a go on.
Hamley's Toy Shop
On Monday the 24th November and Wednesday the 26th November, Year 2 went to visit Hamley's Toy Shop! It was absolutely fantastic! We were greeted at the door by The Santa/Hamley's Elf work force and we even got to sit in Santa's Grotto!
A lovely Rag Doll called Becky and a Ring Master came to meet us and told us lots of interesting facts about Hamleys! It was amazing! They told us that Hamley's has 5 floors, on the shelves there are over 50,000 toys and if you scanned each toy through the tills it would take 50,000 seconds... I wonder how long that would be in minutes???
We also found out tat Hamley's is 254 years old... That's even older that the United States of America...
The most expensive toy that they have sound was a lifesize African Elephant which cost £7500, which we all decided Ms Preston should buy for Year 2!! They also sold life size Cheetahs (bought by Russell Brand) and a life size Giraffe (bought by Derren Brown).
The Teachers in Year 2 would finally like to say a massive well done and thank you to the Year 2 children! The Hamleys staff commented on how well behaved they were walking around the toy shop and how sensible their questions were. We are all very proud of how you represented the school Year 2!!!
In International Primary Curriculum (IPC) we will be learning about Buildings. In Art we will be desiging and making houses uses different materials such as paper, straws and clay. In Technology we will be making our own 3D houses using wood and card. In our Science area we will be testing the strength of structures using different weights. We will also be learning about different buildings in different countries and how they different to those in England. We will also be using a timeline to help us plot out the changes made to structures from the last 100 years.
On Wednesday 17th September 2014, Year 2 went on a walk to observe the buildings and structures in our Local Area. They were spilt into groups and given a question to answer. The children were very successful and were even able to identify the oldest buildings in our local area.
In RE we will be covering the topic Caring for Others. In this topic children will learn how to be kind to one another and how they can help their friends in and around school. Children will also be learning about the word respect and what it means to respect each other.
In Autumn 2 our RE topic will be all about celebrations in different religions. We will be learning about Hannukah, Diwali and Christmas. We will be learning about why light is important to these festivals and how they celebrate them.
In Autumn 2 we will be learning all about Communication. In Year 2 this means we will be looking at how work is shown using ICT. We will be learning to use different keys on the keyboard to make our work more appealing to the people that may read our work. We will also be editing and improving other people's work and the work of different story writers. In particular we will be reading and improving the work of Christopher Wormell who wrote the story, The Animal Train.
If you would like to help your child at home, why not type some sentences with mistakes onto a computer and ask them to find and edit the mistake.
E-Safety is the unit we will be covering in computing this half term. We will be learning about how to keep safe whilst using the internet. We will be discussing whether a website is factual or fictional and whether we should trust the information it has on it. Our IPC topic of Buildings will also link in to Computing as we will be researching Buildings and the differences in countries.
This half term Red Class and Vermelho Class will be going swimming on a Friday. Children will be required to be in school by half past 8 - ready to leave at twenty five to 9. This is because our swimming lessons start at 9 o'clock. Please make sure that the correct swimming kit is brought each week so that children can fully participate.
Rouge, Raudonas and Lal will be linking their indoor PE lessons to our ICP unit Buildings. They will be learning about different balances and linking it to dance and gymnastics.
Black History Week
In Year 2 we took part in a dance and story workshop. We listening and helped to act out The Story of Anansi. We learnt a song and we acted like the animals in the story. I wonder if you can guess what animals we were pretending to be in these pictures?
Statement of 'British Values'
The Department for Education recently reinforced the need ‘to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of:
• the rule of law
• individual liberty
• mutual respect
• tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs’
Each school has been asked to publish a statement about how they ensure that pupils are developing a full and balanced understanding. At William Bellamy Primary School we are proud to represent a number of cultures and faiths and always strive to promote these key aspects of being a well-rounded citizen.
Please find attached the School’s statement.
If you require any additional information please contact the Headteacher through the school website.