Week beginning 11.11.19
As I'm sure you are aware, the children were sent home with their scripts for the nativity this week. Please be learning their line with them at home off by heart. The children also have quite a few songs to learn so I shall be putting the lyrics for those up on the website next week. Class 2 are such a wonderful group of singers, I'm really looking forward to a very fun and festive performance!!
In literacy this week the children have been learning about expanded noun phrases to add more detail to their writing. This can be as simple as adding an adjective in front of a noun. We have been reading The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch and the children enjoyed a really creative lesson acting as and hot-seating the different characters. They then had to write a character description about Mr Grinling the main character.
In maths we have begun simple subtracting. The children were using a number line to count backwards or using dienes cubes to make the numbers and take them away physically. It's great for the class to have a few different methods and find which ones they prefer.
In topic this week we have been doing some Geography. We spoke about Captain James Cook and some of his voyages, therefore we began to look at the five main oceans of the world and the seven continents. The children enjoyed looking at the big map we have on our topic display in class.
Have a great weekend class 2, I hope you had a fantastic superhero day and enjoy Children in Need!
For maths this week, I have uploaded a document that has some ways of helping revise the 2 and 5 times tables. They involve some colouring in and some counting and a challenge question. Please have a go at these. (If you're unable to print at home just send a note in your child's reading journal and am happy to give it to them at school.)
This week's spelling rule is the /l/ sound spelt with '-le' at the end of words.
Week beginning 4.11.19
Class 2 had a fantastic, if a little wet, trip to Hastings on Monday!! Thank you parent helpers for joining us and all of you for picking up and dropping off in Tonbridge. It meant the day ran very smoothly. We walked to the RNLI station along the beach and they showed us their two lifeboats and a video of what they do. After lunch, the children got some time to play in a park on the beach and thankfully the sun came out! Pictures attached below.
In literacy the children have written a recount about their trip and have produced some fantastic writing. The main objective is that they write in the past tense.
In maths we are continuing with addition and moving into subtraction next week. We are really working on our instant recall with times tables and number bonds. The children will be doing ten arithmetic questions daily to really help with their speed.
In the afternoons, we have been doing some science and looking at what objects float or sink.
A great first week back class 2.
In maths please work on the five times table at home. The children are seeming much more secure with the ten times table so remember to tell them that the 5 times table is just half. For example 4 x 10 = 40 so 4 x 5 = 20. They just need to halve the answer!
Spellings: This week there are ten spellings. This is because there isn't a specific rule. These are just common exception words that the children need to learn:
Week beginning 14.10.19
I can't believe we are half a term in already! I could not be happier with how class 2 have settled into their new classroom and new routine. I was so proud of their singing and readings at the Harvest Festival and am excited to watch their confidence grow even more as we begin rehearsing for the KS1 nativity!
The class have been really engaged with our Wriggle and Crawl topic so I am looking forward to beginning our 'Land Ahoy' topic when we come back - jumping straight in with a trip to the Hastings Lifeboat Station! (I will attach a copy of the letter that was sent out so you can check any details again before the trip.)
The class thoroughly enjoyed making their giant bug hotel and putting in lots of straw and small areas for the minibeasts who will be hibernating during the winter (note to self - never open a bale of straw in the classroom again!!). Thank you for sending in lots of bamboo, pines cones, sticks and logs. We had great fun - there are some pictures below.
Have a wonderful half term. Lots of rest and relaxation!
Spellings: There are no set spellings to learn over the holidays. If you would like to practise spellings during the holidays please go over the spellings rules we have done so far and see if your child can remember them!
Additionally I have attached the Land Ahoy Glossary with some useful words for our next topic. Again this is optional, but please feel free to have a look at some of the words and their meanings.
Maths: The children have really enjoyed playing a game called 'Hit the Button' in class which we play in those ten minute transition times between lessons. It doesn't need to be a long time as it is online but you can choose to practise number bonds to 10 and 20 and the 2,5,10 times tables. It is so helpful for their maths at this stage if those numbers bonds and times tables can be recalled quickly.
Here is the link to Hit the Button, there is also an app. : https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button
Week beginning 7.10.10
This week in maths class 2 have been continuing with adding using two different methods. One using the part part whole method where they split up the tens and the ones and add them separately and one adding using the column addition method.
In literacy we begun writing some simple instructions and linked this in with some computing lessons looking at coding. The class had to give instructions to a small robot. They loved programming their Bee Bots to go around a course.
The class have also been busy practising their song for the Harvest Festival and are sounding beautiful.
Next term our topic is 'Land Ahoy'. On the first day back of next term (4.11.19) class 2 will be going on a trip to Hastings to visit the RNLI Hastings Lifeboat Station. A letter detailing the trip will be going out next week but if you think you might be available to be a parent helper on this trip please do email the office. We will be meeting in Tonbridge and getting the train to Hastings.
Finally, next week we will be making our bug hotels in the afternoon. If you have any natural materials at home/ in your recycling bin/ in your garden that can be brought in - please send them in with the children on Monday (e.g. cardboard boxes, sticks, pine cones, bark, moss, bamboo).
Well done class 2,
This week's spelling rule is the /j/ sound spelt with a 'g' before i,y, and e.
Please see attachment sheet which has some questions on to practise the two different adding methods. These can be written onto a whiteboard or notebook or printed out.
Week beginning 30.9.19
This week in numeracy class 2 have started using addition. We have been using two different methods - counting on using a one hundred square and using dienes cubes (ones and tens) to make the numbers we are adding. The class are doing really well with this.
In literacy the class have been writing their own endings to the book Superworm. They are very enthusiastic about this book therefore have produced some wonderfully imaginative endings of their own. Next week we are going to work on some editing where the children will go through their work and see where any full stops or capital letters are missing.
In topic we have been learning all about bees. We have looked at their life cycle from egg to larva to pupa to adult bee and how they make honey!
On Wednesday the class enjoyed a fabulous RE day. The day was broken into four activities and in each one we explored a church school value using a Bible story. Alongside this, the class completed some fantastic craft using natural materials, tissue paper and origami!
A super week class 2.
This week's spelling rule is 'ge' at the end of words. The spellings are:
For maths please practise adding two digit numbers. A nice way of doing this could be to roll a dice twice and one of you add the numbers together in ones and the other add the numbers together in tens.
You roll 3 and 4. You say 3 ones add 4 ones = 7 ones which is 7
Next person says 3 tens add 4 tens = 7 tens which is 70
This is a nice way of reinforcing place value of ones and tens and adding.
Please continue to practise the ten times table and this week I have also introduced the 5 times table.
Christmas Card Competition/PTA Christmas Cards
Tom Tugendhat (Member of Parliament for Tonbridge and Malling) is running a competition to design his Christmas cards again , please see an extract from his letter below:
‘Over the past year, I have met thousands of people and heard inspirational stories from so many of our community champions. I must now write many cards this Christmas to thank people.
I remember designing my own Christmas cards when I was at school and the effort that went in to it. This year, I hope to have something even better than those; a design from one of your students. Given the creativity and imagination of pupils across the community I was hoping you would ask student to submit entries for a competition to design the card, which I will have printed and sent to thousands of people who I talk to in our county.
Drawings should be on A4 (portrait or landscape) using any medium. It would be great if children were able to stick to a Christmas theme and sign their name on the front, so it will appear on the card. The winning four designs will receive 100 copies of their own card, a Tour of the Houses of Parliament with their parents and a special prize.’
Please can the children bring their designs in to school by no later than Friday 11th October so we can post them in time for the deadline the following week. Mr Tugendhat is planning to come in to school to present the winning children with their prizes some time during November or December.
Week beginning 23.9.19
The class enjoyed a super trip to the Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve on Monday. A huge thank you to parent helpers. The children were so engaged in the activities looking for minibeasts and the tutor was very impressed with all their answers to her questions. There are some pictures below.
This week in literacy the class finished off writing their poems and we combined a rhyming couplet from each child to make our very own class poem. We have also been doing some guided reading as a class and the aim is to begin to build up the stamina to read longer pieces of text independently.
In maths we have been looking at number patterns and seeing what happens when you add 10,5 or 2 to a number and seeing what happens when you take them away.
The class have also started to learn their song for the Harvest Festival and therefore in RE we have been learning all about harvest.
A fantastic week, well done class 2.
Reading: The class have been sent home with two reading books in a new folder. This folder is to last them through year 2 and hopefully to year 3..! Due to having different staff in the classroom on a Friday we are sending home two books on Thursday for the weekend but please send them back in on Friday so their spelling results can be written into their diaries.
Spelling: Please do continue to practise the spellings at home. This week the rule is the /j/ sound spelt 'dge'
Maths: The children will come home on Friday with a hundred square. Choose a number and tell them to put their finger on the number e.g. '45' then ask them to add 1,. Can they add 5? Can they add 10? Choose another number e.g. '36' can they take away 2? Take away 10? Take away 5? etc. This will reinforce what we have been doing this week.
Week beginning 16.9.19
Dear class 2 parents,
The class all looked fantastic at Roald Dahl day this week. We enjoyed reading an extract from Fantastic Mr Fox and drawing Farmer Boggis, Bunce and Bean! The class got to parade their outfits around the playground with the rest of the school. A super effort - well done year 2!
This week in literacy we have been writing poems all about minibeasts that include rhyming couplets and adjectives. In numeracy, we have been focussing on number bonds. Firstly, number bonds to ten such as 4 + 6 = 10 and then bigger number bonds such as 5 + 30 = 35.
The class have been learning about creation in RE which is linking nicely with our topic. They created little booklets that show the Christian story of creation.
Reminder - our trip is on Monday! Apologies for the confusion regarding lunches. We will provide the lunches for year 2 at the trip. Just remember outdoor clothes, waterproofs and wellies and a plastic bag to take wellies home in and a morning snack and water bottle.
Have a lovely weekend,
This week's spelling rule is why i,y and e make the /c/ sound a /s/ sound. You can help your children remember this rule with this short phrase "i,y,e makes a softy of c" !! The spellings are:
Spelling results will be going home in reading journals with the spellings that were spelt incorrectly written down too. There was slight confusion this week with this so apologies if the result was circled or crossed out. It should have an 'S' next to it for spellings. Please practise any incorrect spellings at home.
Maths - please work on number bonds to 10 at home so your child can instantly recall their number bonds to 10. You can use a dice again to practise by rolling it and seeing who can say the number bond to 10 first for example: you roll a 4 - and see who can shout 6 first!
Week beginning 8.9.19
Dear Year 2 parents,
Thank you to those of you who managed to attend the curriculum meeting today. Do not worry if you were unable to make it as all the information discussed is attached. Please email if you have any questions about anything.
This week in literacy the class have been writing fact files about minibeasts. They all chose different minibeasts so see if they can tell you what their minibeast eats, what its habitat is and how it protects itself! We have also been looking at how commas are used in lists so you don't have to keep writing the word 'and' - e.g. In the garden there are spiders, worms, slugs and snails. See if your child can show you what a comma is in 'Kung Fu Punctuation'!!
In maths we have been counting in tens and comparing numbers. We counted up all the pencils in class and put them into groups of 10. This was to show the children that times tables are groups of numbers e.g. 4 x 5 is 4 groups of 5 pencils.
A super week class 2. Well done!
This week's spelling rule is when the /r/ sound is spelt 'wr'. The spellings are:
Maths homework - Have your child roll a dice twice. This will give them their number e.g. 45. Roll the dice yourself twice to get your number e.g. 76. Then see if they can work out which number is the smallest and which number is the biggest. Can they tell you why e.g. 'because 76 has 7 tens and 45 has 4 tens.' Encourage them to say things like 45 is less than 76 or 76 is more than 45.
Term 1 Week 1 : 6.9.19
Welcome to year 2!
A warm welcome to year 2! It has been lovely getting to know the class this week and hearing all about their wonderful trips and holidays during the summer.
This term our topic is 'Wriggle and Crawl' and the class managed to do a minibeast hunt on the first day back once the sun had come out! The class seem really enthusiastic about this topic and have already exhibited a lot of prior knowledge about minibeasts and their habitats. Our trip for this term will be a visit to Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve to do some minibeasting and pond dipping - a separate letter will go out next week with all the relevant details.
In literacy we have recapped what goes into making a proper sentence and the children then wrote some super sentences about their summer holidays. They had to make sure they had used a capital letter, a full stop and finger spaces between their words.
In maths we have started counting in tens to make it easier to count to 100. The class did brilliantly with this and we will continue to focus on numbers to 100.
The class have settled really well into their new classroom and I am looking forward to the year ahead with them! If there is anything you need to chat to me about further please do email the office.
Have a wonderful weekend year 2,
In year 2 homework will be set via the website instead of going home in books.
There will be 5 spellings to practice but we will also be practising them everyday in school. On Thursday afternoon we will have a spelling test. This week's spellings are:
For maths I will usually ask you to practice a times table at home or give you a game to play to reinforce the maths we've been doing in the week. There is no maths for this week.