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Science Week

 

On the first Thursday and Friday of this half term, January 4th and 5th, the whole school engaged in 2 full days of Science.  On Thursday, in Key Stage 1, we completed a carousel of Science experiments across both Year 1 and Year 2.  These included the skittles experiment, walking water, elephant toothpaste and invisible ink.  On Friday the children in Year 2, wrote up one of their experiments using accurate scientific vocabulary and appropriate sub headings for an investigation write up.  Finally we began our new topic, which is Materials.  Each child completed a knowledge harvest identifying what they already know about materials and asked questions relating to what they would like to know about materials.  We aim to answer these questions over the next 4 weeks of teaching, and at the end of the half term the children will self assess their learning and confirm whether or not their questions have been answered.

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Spring 1


English

  1. this half term the children will be reading two short narratives including Man on the Moon (a day in the life of Bob) and The Dark. These texts offer a differing style of narrative and will allow the children to adapt their writing accordingly. Both narratives have a range of interesting and detailed illustration which will be used to support the children’s use of inference, as well as aiding them when writing from the perspective of a character. In grammar lessons, we will be focussing on using unfamiliar punctuation, such as commas, ellipsis and exclamation marks. In addition to this the children will be learning to spell different homophones accurately, as well as using a range of suffixes. Bedtime stories for Year 2 will be on 27th February 2018. All parents/carers are invited and encouraged to attend.

 

Maths

In Maths we learn through a range of activities. We focus on the 4 operations (+,-, x and ÷) and how to apply them in real life contexts to solve problems. The focus will be on the learning below:

· Fractions (finding fractions of shapes and amounts)

· Doubles, halves and near doubles.

· Mental Mathematical strategies.

· Times Tables ( learning x2,x3,x5 and x10)

 

Creative Curriculum

This half term our creative curriculum focus is around Geography.

The children will be identifying all of the countries that comprise the United Kingdom, recognising their capital cities and plotting these on a map. In addition to this they will be learning about the different continents and oceans in the world, and using all of this information to help compare and contrast two different countries.

The children will also be using the ICT suite to research different countries, looking for differences such as climate, location and topography.

 

PSHE

Teachers from each class have identified areas of need within their class and will be addressing these in a range of formats, appropriate for the children within the class. This may take the form of circle time, board games or physical activities etc.

PSHE will now take place every Friday afternoon before Golden Time.

 

Modern Foreign Language

In MFL children will continue their French learning. They will learn

numbers to 20, how to talk about where they live, how to say their name, colours, days of the weeks and months of the year.

 

RE.

The topic in RE this half term is Why Do We Care For Others? Children will be looking at stories from a range of different faiths where the focus will be caring and treating other people fairly.

 

Home Learning

English

  1. will need to complete their Spelling Journal each week. Please support your child to learn these words, practice the tricky part of the word and use them within sentences.
  2. should read daily and a record of this should be noted in your child’s home reading log.

 

 

Maths

We are no longer subscribed to Mathletics as a school. Instead all children have new logins to a new online Maths forum called My Maths. Your child’s class teacher will show the class how to log in and access the sight at home. If your child does not have a log in please speak to your class teacher and this will be rectified as soon as possible. Please encourage your child to access this site at home as it is extremely beneficial to their learning and to the progress they will make during Maths at school. Please ensure that your child is completing the designated pages from their Maths Log weekly, and returning to the class teacher on the correct day so they can be marked.

 

Science

Materials.

Our new topic in Science is Materials, and the children will be looking at different materials and what they are used for when they are in school. Please encourage the children to look at different materials they may come across when they are at home. How many can they find in the house? Is this different to when they are out and about?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn 2

 

English

This half term, in Year 2, we will be basing our learning around a range of texts, including ’Traction Man is Here’ and newspapers.

We will be focussing on writing our own newspaper report, based on a break in at the school. All children will be using this genre to improve their non-fictional writing. The skills they will be learning are to use the third person as a narrative voice, to write in the past tense and to use reported speech in context.

‘Traction Man is Here’ is a graphic novel and we will be using this stimulus to encourage children to work on writing in a social context, using genres such as letters and diary entries. Our grammar focus during this 3 week period of learning will be using a variety of different sentence types for e.g. statement, command, exclamation or question.

 

Maths

We have 2 focus areas of Maths this half term in Year 2— money, multiplication and division.

Children will have the opportunity to use a range of manipulatives and mathematical equipment to support their learning. We feel that is fundamental to their progress and mathematical learning journey, that all children have the opportunity to use tangible resources to cement their knowledge and understanding before they attempt to move onto reasoning and problem solving. Children will be using coins and notes to solve problems, as well diennes, place value counters, multilink and shapes to support their understanding of the different methods of multiplication and division.

 

Creative Curriculum

Our topic of learning this half term is All About Communication. The children will be learning about 3 different forms of communication; hieroglyphics, runes and braille. As well as learning about the historical side to these different forms of communication, children will be given the opportunity to research their own aspects of communication using the school’s ICT suite. In addition to this the children will be learning about online safety and safe communication through online sources.

 

 

PSHE

 

In PSHE children will be discussing the different relationships that they are part of. There will be a big focus on their relationships with their peers, centring around Anti-Bullying week.

 

Modern Foreign Language

 

In MFL children will continue their French learning. They will learn

numbers to 20, how to talk about where they live, how to say their name, colours, days of the week and months of the year.

 

RE

In RE children will be discussing the importance and symbolism of light and dark within the 3 Abrahamic religions. We will be learning about the use of light in a range of religious festivals such as Advent, Diwali and Hannukah.

 

 

HOME LEARNING

English

  1. will need to complete their Spelling Journal each week. Please support your child to learn these words, practice the tricky part of the word and use them within sentences.
  2. should read daily and a record of this should be noted in your child’s home reading log.

Maths

Please continue to support your child learning their number bonds and/or times tables and using maths in real life contexts. For example ask your child to tell you the time and work out change in shops.

 

Your children have been given their logins to Mathletics and can access the Mathletics website: http://uk.mathletics.com/. Please encourage your child to go on as often as possible.

With this username and password children will be able to log in and play games which practise maths skills.

 

Maths Home Learning

We will be learning about money this half term, including identifying coins and notes as well as finding the total amount and the change needed. If possible let your child help you when handling money. See if they can recognise the correct coins. Can they tell you how much change you should have? Can they tell you how much money you need to hand over?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valerie Bloom

 

On Thursday 12th October 2017, the renowned poetess Valerie Bloom visited William Bellamy Primary School.  She held an assembly with the children in KS1 during the morning part of school.  She read a few different poems to the children, as well as teaching them to join in with some of them.  In order to do this they had to learn some Jamaican patois, which they thoroughly enjoyed.  At the end of the session the children were able to ask question about her life and how she became a poet.  A thoroughly enjoyable morning had by all!

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Maths

In Year 2 we are learning lots of different ways to add and subtract.  We have been learning how to use bar modelling to add and subtract.  In order to understand what we are doing and why we are doing it, it is important that we can see what the calculation looks like using different mathematical equipment.  When we learn a new concept or method we learn practically first, writing on whiteboards or using sugar paper to put on our learning wall.  The next day we record our learning in our Maths books.  Here are some pictures of Red Class using some of our new maths equipment to find 4 calculations using 3 numbers.  They are working practically in their learning partners. 

 

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Alien Day

 

The Year 2 children have recently finished their first English text, Beegu.  To celebrate all of the wonderful learning they completed, Year 2 had an alien party on Friday 22nd September 2017.  Children (and staff) came to school dressed as aliens and took part in some weird and wacky alien activities.  First up there was alien wake and shake in the Key Stage 1 playground.  Some pirates from Year 1 joined in as well - some very strange dancing partners!  After that the children made their own spaceships, as well as decorating some biscuits with yucky alien slime.  In the afternoon all of Year 2 watched the film 'Home' while enjoying their biscuits.  To finish off a fun packed day, the children had football and games for Golden Time.

The children have completed their first genre of writing, which was non-fictional recounts.  They have learnt how to use expanded noun phrases, time connectives, chronological order and the past tense.  Their writing has been of a high standard and very impressive.

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Meet the Team

All children will be predominantly taught by one Class Teacher and one Teaching Assistant during their time in Year 2.  However there is a strong likelihood that they will also come into contact with, or be taught by a number of different adults within the year group.  We have different phase groups for phonics and also some afternoon intervention groups, all taught by different Year 2 adults.

Red Class

Red Class 1
Miss Maria and Miss Smith (Year group leader)

Vermelho Class

Vermelho Class 1
Miss Koabo and Mrs Keene

Rouge Class

Rouge Class 1
Mrs Rose and Mr Qureshi

Raudonas Class

Raudonas Class 1
Miss North and Miss Paca

Lal Class

Lal Class 1
Mrs Dell and Mr Donnellan
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Mrs Aliu - Cover Supervisor Y ear 2

Welcome to Year 2

 

Welcome back to Year 2 after the holidays.  We are very excited for the coming year and hope that all children and adults feel the same way!  We have lots of amazing learning opportunities in store for the children, as well as some exciting trips and WOW experiences.  Please keep an eye on the website for photos and information about what your children have been up to and what the plans are for the up-coming half term.

The Year 2 newsletter is available to read in the Year 2 notice board which is just outside Red Class, in the Key Stage 1 playground.

English

This half term, in Year 2, we will be basing our learning around the book ‘Beegu’.

Whilst reading this text the children will have an opportunity to learn about 2 different genres of writing; recounts and acrostic poetry.

They will have the opportunity to use alliteration and similes in their poems, as well as beginning to develop and deepen their use of vocabulary.

 

We will be looking at a range of features of recounts, including verb tense, expanded noun phrases, use of suffixes and time connectives. This should aid the children in their ability to structure their writing as well as being able to write in a chronological order.

 

 

Maths

 

In Maths we learn through a range of activities. We focus on the 4 operations (+,-, x and ÷) and how to apply them in real life contexts to solve problems. The focus will be on the learning below:

· Number and place value ( focus on partitioning)

· Addition and subtraction ( linked to money)

· Measures and Shape (cm and direction)

· Doubling and halving ( numbers to 20 and exploring the concept of even numbers)

 

Creative Curriculum

 

We will be learning all about Volcanoes during this half term—with a focus on geography and DT. The children will learn how and why a Volcano erupts, as well as being given the opportunity to design, create and “explode” their own volcano.

 

 

PSHE

 

We will be renewing our focus on PSHE this year because we, as a school, feel that it will aid the development of relationships between children and adults at William Bellamy Primary School. This is something that we feel is of the utmost importance in order to create a happy and safe learning environment for our students. This half term we will be discussing tolerance and accepting others, predominantly in the form of circle time in the classroom.

 

RE


The children will be learning about the importance of stories in a range of different religions including Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism and Judaism. There are strong links from RE to PSHE as we feel that the sharing of religious stories goes hand in hand with the attitude of tolerance and accepting others.

 

Modern Foreign Language

 

In MFL children will continue their French learning. They will learn

numbers to 20, how to talk about where they live, how to say their name, colours, days of the weeks and months of the year.

 

Home Learning

English

All children will need to complete their Spelling Journal each week. Please support your child to learn these words, practice the tricky part of the word and use them within sentences.

  1. should read daily and a record of this should be noted in your child’s home reading log. Reading logs and books should be returned to school daily.

 

 

Maths

Please continue to support your child learning their number bonds and/or times tables and using maths in real life contexts. For example ask your child to tell you the time and work out change in shops.

 

In the coming weeks children will be given a username and password to the Mathletics website: http://uk.mathletics.com/ . Please encourage your child to go on as often as possible.

With this username and password children will be able to log in and play games which practise maths skills.

 

Science

Can you investigate another habitat?

We have learnt about the pond and it’s inhabitants, please support your child in learning about another habitat. Why not take advantage of the good weather and visit the park or the seaside?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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