6th January - The children all came back to school filled with the excitement of Christmas this week. They loved sharing their Christmas adventures with their friends but quickly got back into the swing of school. This week the children were visited by a very unusual character - a plague doctor! The plague doctor answered the children's questions about the symptoms of the plague as well as how they tried to cure it. The children all agreed that whilst the plague doctor dressed very strangely, they were really helpful for our topic.
Have a look at the picture of our visitor below. Remember, they might look strange but they are just a normal person underneath the plague doctor outfit!
The Year Two team are made up of:
Edison class is located at the front of the school. In the morning, children can come in through the black gate by the Reception classrooms and turn immediately left. At the end of the day, parents can collect the children from outside the classroom and gain access to the school through the same gate.
Attenborough class is located at the back of the school near the rear entrance to the school office. In the morning, children can come in through the main gate by the bike racks. They will need to travel round the back of Hubble and Archimedes classrooms and then it is the fourth classroom along. At the end of the day, parents can collect the children from outside the classroom and gain access to the school through the same gate.
Bell class is located at the back of the school near the rear entrance to the school office. In the morning, children can come in through the main gate by the bike racks. They will need to travel round the back of Hubble and Archimedes classrooms and then it is the third classroom along. At the end of the day, parents can collect the children from outside the classroom and gain access to the school through the same gate.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to come and speak to one of us.
Our topics for the year are as follows:
Term 1 - Marvellous Me
English: key text - Paddington Bear. We will use this to inspire the children to write their own stories and sets of instructions.
Mathematics: We will be looking at place value as well as different methods for addition and subtraction
Term 2 & 3 - Time Travel
English: key text - Plague and The Great Fire by The National Archives. We will use this to inspire the children to write imaginative recounts through the eyes of people from this time. They will also write short descriptive accounts and stories based on this time in history.
Mathematics: We will be looking at money, multiplication, division and time as well as revisiting addition and subtraction. There will be an increased focus on problem solving and reasoning this term.
Terms 4 and 5 - Intrepid Explorers
English: key text - 'Where the Forest Meets the Sea' by Jeannie Baker. This is a wonderful picture book based on a boy's adventure on an island. It makes him consider the past of and possible future for the island. The text is used to inspire the children to write in the present and past tense as well as use noun phrases for description. We will also be using 'The Tunnel' by Anthony Browne to start off our journey into 'Intrepid Explorers'.
Mathematics: We will be looking at fractions, 2D and 3D shapes, reading scales as well as revisiting the four operations.
Term 6 - Mini-beasts
English: During English this term, Year 2 will be using a text called 'Mad about mini-beats' to inspire riddle writing. The classes will also be reading the text 'Superworm' to inspire discussion about measuring. This will link nicely to our maths topic of measuring. The children will also be studying the text 'The Very Busy Spider' which will also inspire writing, discussion and a D&T project. They will continue to look at writing short narratives as well as writing about personal experiences.
Mathematics: The children will be looking at measuring different real life amounts and distances. The children will be creating catapults in D&T and use the distances travelled to measure accurately in centimetres. They will also go on mini-beast hunts around the school and use this to create tables and bar graphs. The children will also look at how to give accurate change when spending money.
If you would like to find out any more about the curriculum for any year group, please contact Miss Baker (Curriculum Leader and Deputy Headteacher) on email@example.com
9th October 2019 - Kings Hill Map Making Walk
16th December 2019 - Christingle Service
17th December 2019 - Class Christmas Parties
18th December 2019 - Carols on the Playground
3rd February 2020 - Trip to Kent Life
4th June 2020 - Zoolab Visit
7th July 2020 - Bell Class Assembly
14th July 2020 - Edison Class Assembly
21st July 2020 - Attenborough Class Assembly
Throughout Key Stage 1, the children will be asked to read every night for their homework. The school has a book scheme that is grouped into different stages. These books are from a number of different publishers and school book schemes to enable the children to develop a love of reading a wide range of texts. The children are encouraged to read every night for their homework. Once they complete the book scheme, they will become a 'Free Reader' and will be able to select books from the classroom to read at home, under the guidance of the class teacher or teaching assistant.
In Year 2, the children continue to develop their use of phonics into spelling and we follow Letters and Sounds for phonics. The children will look at a variety of spelling rules for different phonemes as well as working on spelling the common exception words for Year 2. This year we are introducing a reading challenge which will encourage the children to read for at least 10 minutes every night.
Please click here to access the whole school provision map outlining all the interventions taking place in the school. If you have questions about any of the provision that is taking place for your child, please ask your child's class teacher.
In Year Two, please remember to bring in the following items labelled with your child's name:
In Year Two, we will endeavour to look at the children's school reading books every day, therefore, please ensure your child brings in their reading book and record. As far as possible, books will be changed every day but please be aware that there will be times when this is not possible. We are aware that sometimes only a page or chapter is read. This is absolutely fine but please still bring in the reading record as we like to look at what reading has taken place.
We will continue to give maths homework in the form of Big Maths. We will hand out practise sheets as and when the children request them, we do not need the practise sheets to be handed back to us. Each week the children will be timed to see how many questions they can complete, their achievements will be celebrated and their sheet sent home so you can see their progress.
On this page there is a list of the Year 2 Common Exception Words. These are the words the children are expected to be able to read and spell correctly by the end of Year 2. Please spend time practising these words, reading and spelling them. We won't be testing the children on them but we will expect to see them being spelt correctly in their learning.
If you have any spare time (half an hour or an hour) and you would like to help in class by listening to children read, filing work or preparing displays, please speak to your child's class teacher as we would really LOVE to have as many helpers as possible. If you are interested in being a parent helper, please can speak to the office to arrange a DBS check.
9th December: This week the children have been getting inspired by the pop-up story 'Santa's Gifts'. The children decided to up level the vocabulary in the book by adding noun phrases to the questions and statements in the story. The children then created their own version of the book and are really looking forward to having the opportunity to share their books with their parents after school on Monday 16th December.
The children have started learning about materials in the last two weeks in science. This week they had the opportunity to explore malleable materials to create a product. The children decided to create a Christmas pudding shaped candle holder.
2nd December: The children were very excited to get stuck into their new history topic this week. They started to learn lots of facts about the plague that swept through London in 1665. They found out that plague doctors wore strange outfits and weren't actually doctors at all!
11th and 18th November 2019 - After the disappointment of finding out that we had finished our 'Marvellous Me' topic, the children were all extremely excited to learn that we are now travelling through time for our 'Time Travel' topic. Andy from 'Andy's Prehistoric Adventures' told the children that he needed a new bag to bring things back from the past for Hatty. The children have been busy analysing different types of bags and their uses. They then designed a new bag to meet Andy's criteria. The children created prototypes for Andy's bag and thought about how it could be improved when they created their real bag.
The children then started to explore sewing techniques and learn how to use the running stitch to create some money purses to go in their bags. The next big challenge is to make the bags themselves. Come back next week to find out how they have got on!
Have a look at the pictures below to see how the children have been getting on.
28th October 2019 - The children were very disappointed to learn that we are coming to the end of our 'Marvellous Me' topic. However, they became much more excited when they found out that we were going to make some amazing sculptures in the style of Giacometti. The children created interesting facts files about him and looked at the different materials that sculptures can be made from. They then learnt different line drawing techniques to help them sketch out a realistic person followed by a person in the style of Giacometti. They learnt that Giacometti's sketches of people were usually black and they had very long, thin arms and legs.
The children then created their sculptures by twisting pipe cleaners to make the bodies, wrapping these in newspaper and finally layering them with mod-roc. Next week they are going to paint them black and write instruction texts, so that other people can make Giacometti sculptures too! Below you can see a few photos of the artwork that the children produced and their Giacometti sculptures.
14th October 2019 - During the last week, the children have been exploring other cultures. We found out that Paddington had travelled all the way round the world to Trinidad. He told us that he had enjoyed the stories that we sent with him in his suitcase and sent us a story from Trinidad to enjoy. The story was called 'Amazing Grace'. It was all about a little girl who dreamt of being an actress and kept practising her skills until she was able to do it well. Other people said that she couldn't succeed but through hard work and determination she did. It inspired the children to write letters to Grace telling her what they wanted to be when they grew up.
Paddington also told us that he had met a famous athlete, Ato Boldon, while he was in Trinidad. The children compared Ato Boldon's achievements to Kelly Holmes. The children all really enjoyed learning about Trinidad.
We hope you have a lovely half term holiday and look forward to sharing more of what we have been up to in Year 2 with you after the holiday! Below are some pictures that the children drew of celebrating the Trinidad carnival called Mas.
7th October 2019 - This week Paddington finally left the school. He set off with his suitcase filled with the lovely stories the children wrote about him. He did leave behind his brother, Paddington the Second, who will be hoping to visit all the children at their homes during the course of the year. As the children wrote such amazing stories for him, Paddington left one of his favourite stories from another culture, Handa's Surprise. The children loved the story so much that they decided to write their own versions of the text and they are currently getting these ready to type on to the computer and create stories with basic animations. They are hoping to share these with Year R next week. Keep posted for an update on how they got on!
Handa's Surprise is set in Africa and the children realised that the physical and human features in Africa where very different compared to the ones they could see on Kings Hill. Handa let us know that she was hoping to come to Kings Hill soon, so the children set out on a walk around Kings Hill so they could find out all the human and physical features that surround the school. Once they got back to the school, they then used these features to create a map for Handa, so she doesn't get lost when she arrives. They also mapped out all the things they could see at the cricket pitch using compass directions to help them work out where everything was. The children all had an amazing day exploring Kings Hill but they were very tired from all the walking when they got back! Have a look at how the walk went in the pictures below.
30th September 2019 - This week the children are writing stories for Paddington to take with him on his next adventure. They are changing parts of the original Paddington story and thinking about different problems he can face at the train station and when he arrives at Mr and Mrs Brown's house. We hope that he enjoys reading them when he leaves the school!
In topic, the children are preparing to go for their walk around Kings Hill next week. So, we are building up the skills they will need. On Monday, the children learnt about what physical and human features are in geography. They went on an exciting journey around the school to find all the different human and physical features that they could find. They realised that there was many more human features around our school as it was all built by humans! Later in the week, we will be starting to learn map reading and drawing skills.
In maths, the children have been exploring different numbers bonds and made posters out of what they found out using i-pads. Have a look at how they got on below.
23rd September 2019 - This week finally saw the arrival of Paddington Bear at The Discovery School. He announced his arrival in Edison class by leaving a trail of marmalade covered breadcrumbs across the classroom. The children followed the trail and found him hiding in the suitcase he dropped off for them last week. In the suit case he had a Paddington story book and he left a note asking the children to learn the story. The children were all extremely exciting by his arrival.
After a few days, Paddington started to complain that he was getting hungry and asked if the children could make him some marmalade. The children learnt how to peel and grate safely and hygienically. They then used these skills to make some delicious marmalade for him. However, Paddington is a very fussy bear and he won't eat boring looking marmalade. So, he asked them to create him an exciting label to make him want to eat it. He was very grateful for the children's hard work and is no longer hungry. The children had a fantastic time making the marmalade too. Below are some pictures of children's finished products.
16th September 2019 - The children were extremely excited this week to receive a suitcase and a letter from Paddington Bear. Paddington's letter sent them off on an exciting fact finding hunt. The children then sent him e-mails to find out more about him. Paddington then requested that the children write fact files about him before his arrival in the school. The children can't wait to meet him when he arrives!