In May, your child will be sitting tests in the areas of Reading, Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation (SPAG) and Maths. These tests are a Government National Requirement in England and the results are used to gauge your child’s educational progress.
Your child will also be assessed in writing and science; however, these judgements are based on teacher assessment and take into account a range of evidence from over the year. Teachers submit their final teacher assessment in Reading, Writing, Maths and Science in June. The SAT results are a small part of making a final teacher assessment. The judgements made will be reported to you in the final school report this July.
In RE, we have used collage to create stained glass windows surrounding Mary, Mother of God.
Y2 - Art by Sarah Shiundu
We have been studying art by Sarah Shiundu and we have created our own artwork inspired by her. We have used oil pastels to create a blended gradient, painted figures and used fabric to create and effect.
Literacy- diary entry
In English, we have written a diary entry in first person, as Dougal. We followed the learning journey to finish with a final piece.
In Maths, we have been studying measurement. We have calculated length and we have read time on analogue clocks. We have worked really had to apply knowledge to problems and explain our answers.
In RE, we have studied Judaism. We have studied the Jewish celebration - Shabbat. We watched a video showing how families celebrate Shabbat and why it's important to their faith. We then labelled and wrote about special items that are used during Shabbat.
Science- Plants and Growth
In science, have started their new science topic- plants and growth. They have used the pre-topic quiz to see what they can remember about the topic. They have also spent time reading their knowledge organiser, where we looked at familiar and unfamiliar vocabulary. We have then placed vocabulary in tier 2 and tier 3.
Geography- Life in Kenya
In Geography, we have started our topic- 'Life in Kenya'. Using what we learnt about continents, we have discussed how Kenya is located in Africa. We found out which countries are next to Kenya and which is the closest ocean. We have also discussed the climate in Kenya and how this is similiar or different to the UK.
Geography- Planet Earth
In Geography, we have been studying the continents of the World. We have studied the physical and human features of each continent, animals that may live there and the climate.
Computing - ipublish
In computing, we have looked at how computers have developed over time. We spent time looking at the World's first computer, which was the size of a room!
In RSE, we have continued to explore relationships. We have discussed who we can talk to about things that make us happy and things that make us sad.
In RSE, we discussed who is around us in our lives and who is important to us. The children drew their 'Super Hero Squad' to show some of the close relationships they have.
Science - Living things and their habitats
In science, we have been studying 'living things and their habitats'. We have observed how the habitat has changed over time.
Children's Mental Heath Week
Year Two have been reflecting on the growth they have noticed in themselves since September. We celebrated physical differences as well as academic differences. Here is a video of the children from September to now and the differences they have reflected on.
Safer Internet Day
Year Two took part in numerous, different activities for Safer Internet Day. For the first activity the children had to sort information into personal information that should be kept private, and offline and information that is safe to share online. They sorted information such as date of birth, a photo of your food, etc. We then discussed why certain information should be kept private and why other information is safe to post online. The next activity was called relationship rings. This was an opportunity for children to reflect on the different relationships that they can have in their lives and the degree of the trust that might be placed in each relationship. The next activity was called who helps you? The children had to draw who they would go to if they needed help with anything online. Once they finished drawing their trusted adults they labelled and explained why they are trustworthy. In our final activity we displayed our creativity skills. The children imagined they are creating their own user for a magic castle game. They had to create an avatar, username and password for the game. We discussed why using an avatar and a nickname as a username is safer than using a real photo of ourselves or our real name.
For todays Scotty's Heroes session the children had to use their memory skills to gather information. They had to look at an enemy base that Scotty had made and work as a team to recreate the same base. They had to co-operate and communicate effectively and comprise and discuss their ideas as a team. The children with the green bibs on are the team leaders. Here are Year Two’s final enemy base designs. Did they complete their mission from Scotty successfully?
Art- Maquette of Planet Earth
Year Two explored how 2D can become 3D by designing through making. First we cut simple shapes from card and used them to construct architectural forms. Then we used those shapes to create abstract elements to represent the ocean or grass. Here are our final creations. Year Two made a maquette to represent planet Earth. We loved showing our creativity and imagination through our sculptures!
Music- I wanna play in a band
This term our Charanga song is called 'I wanna play in a band'. We have loved all the warm up exercises, learning the song and experiencing playing a recorder. We have had so much fun! Enjoy our performance!
Literacy-News round report about Planet Earth
Year 2 have created an information text about our topic Planet Earth. We started by learning the seven continents of the world as well as the five main oceans. Then we built on that knowledge by learning interesting facts about each continent. Before we wrote our information text, we explored different sentence openers, subordinating and coordinating conjunctions and we developed our ideas to make our writing exciting and interesting to read. Finally we combined all our knowledge and facts about each continent to create our own information text about Planet Earth. We have made a news round report to show all we have learnt on our learning journey about Planet Earth so far.
RSE- emotional well-being
We are learning about different feelings. We explored how we might feel in different situations and how we can make ourselves feel better. Also, we have learnt it is possible to feel more than one feeling in a situation such as angry and upset. Then we are explored how feelings and actions are two different things and how sometimes feelings can lead to actions but also actions can lead to feelings. We now know when we make good choices about how to act, we often feel better for it.
P.E- parachute games
As a reward for improved attendance, we had an exciting P.E lesson with the parachute. We warmed up our bodies and muscles first by playing banana tig. Then we played our first game with the parachute where the aim of the game was to stop the ball from going through the hole in the parachute. After that we made a multi-coloured dome by pulling the parachute over our heads and sitting on it. In our next game we had swap places with someone in the circle who had the same birthday month and then the first initial in their names. Our final game was cat and mouse. The cat had to crawl on top of the parachute to find the mouse who was crawling underneath the parachute. We had so much fun!
RSE- God made me, God made you
In RSE Year Two have been exploring similarities and differences between each other. We have learnt about what makes us unique and special and how God made us with love. Here is a song we sing after every RSE lesson which fills us with happiness, it reminds us that God made each of us individually and how he loves everyone equally.
Our anti-bullying mission was to spread kindness throughout school through creatively designing positive words on rocks because kind words rock! We started by painting and designing our rocks. Then we thought of kind words or phrases that we could say to people to make them smile! Finally, to spread our kind words with the rest of the school we placed our rocks outside in the playground for everyone to read. KIND WORDS ROCK!
We gathered outside of school for our Remembrance Day service. We learnt why a poppy is an important symbol and how we remember those who gave their lives for us. In R.E we wrote a Remembrance Day prayer asking God for peace in our world. We will remember them!
Year Two joined author Serlina Boyd, creator of Cocoa Girl magazine, to hear all about her book Cocoa Girl Awesome Hair a celebration of beautiful black hair, featuring real life girls who love their hair. Serlina spoke to children about why she wrote her book, and shared more about the history of Black hair, Black role models and Black culture. In Topic lessons we then learnt all about Mary Seacole and why she is important.We compared Mary Seacole to Florence Nightingale and their experiences as nurses during the Crimean War. Year Two combined all they has learnt about Mary Seacole and made a fact file about her!
Year 2 were focusing on different skills during P.E. We practiced our agility skills by running and changing directions. We practiced balancing on one leg. We improved our strength by holding ourselves in the plank position. We used our co-ordination to throw and catch a ball against a wall. We had lots of fun being resilient and working independently and collaboratively as a team.
In my hands, in my feet, in my heart
This term our Charanga song is called 'In our hands, in our feet, in our heart'. We have loved all the warm up exercises, learning the song and experiencing playing a recorder. We have had so much fun! Enjoy our performance!
Materials- Changing shape experiment
For our Science topic, materials, we found different materials to observe to see if they could change shape. We used sponges, paper towels, wool, fabric, elastic bands, metal spoons and wooden and plastic pegs. The children squashed, bent, stretched and twisted the different objects to see if they can easily change shape. We wrote down our observations and at the end of the lesson we reflected on which materials can change shape and which are harder to change.
Our immersive classroom
Welcome to our immersive Victorian classroom! Year Two have loved their first half term learning about Victorians!
#Take10 for reading and wellbeing
Year Two began by listening to the famous author Tom Percival who read an extract of his new book which was very exciting. He then showed us different animations and how he designed his characters on the computer. Then we took 10 minutes to read our favourite books. Year Two love reading!
Our class reader book
In Year Two we are learning about the Victorian era. Our class novel 'Tilly and The Time Machine' is about a girl called Tilly who lives with her dad. Tilly's dad builds a time machine in the shed and there's only one place Tilly really wants to go but then something goes wrong! Tilly's dad gets stuck in the past and only she can save him. On Tilly's adventure to find her dad she goes back in time to the Victorian era. She meets Queen Victoria and a chimney sweep. The children will dive deep into the vocabulary of the book, make predictions, retrieve information they need to answer questions and summarise and discuss what they have read with the rest of the class. I can't wait to read it with the class to find out how Tilly finds her dad and how she escapes the Victorian era.
Also, have a look at this link for some great FREE reading materials!
Hello Year Two!
I am so excited to have you all in my class this year! I hope you all have had an amazing, fun summer holidays and are now raring to return to school. We are going to do and learn so many exciting things. I hope you have all your school supplies ready and I hope to see you soon!
Help my class to use their eyes to see their friends,
Open their ears to listen,
Open their mind to learn new skills.
Let their heart love everyone around them,
Help them to grow and learn each day
and to be the best they can be this school year.
School starts at 9:00am with the school gates opening at 8:35am (allowing extra time for all the children to make their way onto the school playground).
Please ensure the office staff have your up to date contact details.
Please ring the office if your child will be absent.
Breakfast club starts at 8:00am and the gates will be closed at 8:15am.
If you have any questions or concerns please see Miss Langston. I am more than happy to speak to parents about any issues or conerns or whether you want an update regarding your child.
Reading is at the heart of all our learning at Holy Family. To support this at home, please could all children ensure that they read their school reading book every night and that the planner is signed by an adult. Children need a reading book in school each day. Books are closely matched to their reading ability and will be changed as they improve and can answer comprehension questions about the text.
All children will be given weekly English and maths homework along with the weekly spelling pattern we are focusing on the following week. This is to be completed and returned to school as required. All written homework must be presented to the highest standard.
PE days are Mondays and Wednesdays - please make sure you bring the correct kit (white top, dark shorts and indoor shoes in the Winter term). Please make sure any earrings can be removed or are not worn on PE days. I recommend children bring their P.E kits to school on Monday, leave it at school and take it home Friday to be washed.
We pride ourselves on the appearance of our children. Please help us to maintain this by ensuring all children attend in the correct uniform, including school shoes.