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Slyne-With-Hest St Luke's Church of England Primary School

Listen, learn, love and laugh as part of God's family

Year 2

Welcome to Year 2

Our teacher is Ms Forbes.

We are helped by Mrs Ashwin and Mrs Savage.

Year 2 Curriculum

Science

Our science work took us out into the beautiful sunshine this afternoon, as we headed up to the nature area to look at trees. We looked carefully at the different parts of a tree and took rubbings of the bark. We then collected leaves and brought them back to the classroom so that we could observe them more closely under a magnifying glass. 

Summer Term

 

Hello, I hope you all had a lovely Easter and a well deserved rest! 

 

Our theme for this term is 'At the Seaside', where we will be comparing seaside holidays now and in the past in history, and using geography skills to locate and identify features of seaside locations across the UK. Our science work will be focusing on plants and animals and in English we will be writing our own fantasy stories using the book 'Flotsam' by David Wiesner, as well as writing leaflets about seaside resorts. 

 

We are back to having two PE sessions a week, so the children will need to come in their PE kits on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Easter Egg Hunting

We had a super time hunting for Easter eggs this afternoon - the Easter bunny had been very busy! I hope you all have a lovely break. See you in a few weeks. 

Welcome back.

 

It has been so wonderful to welcome all of the children back into school this week. They have settled back into the school routine brilliantly and are very pleased to be back with their friends.

 

Over the first few weeks we will be focusing on recapping skills. In maths we will consolidating our home learning work on addition and subtraction and looking at position, direction and time. Our English work will be based on George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl, which is in keeping with our current theme 'Doctors and Nurses'. In history, we will be studying the lives of famous nurses, such as Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole and developing an understanding of how things have changed over time. In science, we will be thinking about the human body and ways that we can keep ourselves healthy. 

 

Important pieces of information:

  • Reading - we try to hear the children read as often as possible in school, however, in order for your child to continue to make good progress it is very important that you listen to your child read as often as possible at home. We will send reading books home from school and children are encouraged to change their books as soon as they have finished them. All reading books are quarantined before being sent home with another child. 
  • Spellings are sent home on a Friday and tested the following Friday. Please encourage you child to learn their spellings using the read, cover, write, check format that we practice in class. 
  • PE will take place every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. All children should come to school in their PE kits on these days.
  • Water bottles - The children are asked to bring in their own water bottle to keep in class, which they can access throughout the day. The bottles will be sent home daily to be refilled for the following day. 

 

Christmas Party and Visit from Santa

We had a lovely Christmas party playing socially distanced party games, dancing and eating party food. We also loved wearing our homemade party hats and dressing up in party clothes and we even got a visit from Santa!

History Workshop

Year 2 had a fantastic afternoon learning all about the Great Fire of London, during our history workshop. We learnt more about how the fire started, why it spread so quickly and acted out the events that took place over the five days that the fire caused chaos. We also took part in some activities that helped us to understand how the fire was put out, including passing buckets of water and passing a 'ball of fire'. 

Children in Need Day

Thank you School Council for organising such fun activities to raise money for Children in Need. We enjoyed dressing up in yellow, just like Pudsey, and found lots of Pudsey pictures on our Pudsey letter hunt, which spelt out the phrase ‘Children in Need’. We also enjoyed some delicious Pudsey biscuits, made by Mrs Cranston, while we watched Britain’s Got Talent’s winner Jon Courtenay and Pudsey doing some funny things on the big screen.

Our Amazing Moving Pictures

Year 2 have been designing and making their own moving pictures in DT, in order to retell the story of Jack and the Beanstalk to younger children. We looked at lots of moving picture books and decided to use sliders and hinges for our designs. I'm sure you'll agree that they look amazing!

Medieval Shields

Our castle visits

More fantastic castle pictures

Castles

Here are some fantastic photographs of Year 2's visits to various local castles. Do you recognise any of them and can you spot any castle features?

This half term's theme is 'Castles'.

 

Last week Year 2 began to look at the earliest 'Motte and Bailey' castles, built by the Normans. We drew and labelled pictures and and explored a castle's main features. This week we have been exploring the purpose of some of the features in more detail, thinking about why they were important and how they could help to defend the people who lived there. 

 

Unfortunately, this year, due to current restrictions, it won't be possible for us to go on our usual trip to Hoghton Tower, to explore a real castle. Therefore, if you have chance over the next few weeks, it would be great to hear about any visits that you have made to a castle yourselves. Some ideas of where you might like to visit include; Lancaster Castle, Wray Castle, Sizergh Castle, Lowther Castle but any castle is fine. We would also love to see some pictures of where you have been, so please e-mail any photographs that you have taken while you were there and we will have a look at them in class and add them to this web page. 

 

As part of our castle theme, we will be looking at traditional tales in English and exploring the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. The children will then be planning and producing their own alternative versions of the story. 

 

Finally, I would just like to say how well the children are coping with all of the new rules and routines that we now have in school. There have been quite a few changes, both in the classroom and during playtime, and all of the children are trying so hard to make sure they are doing as they should. It can still be tricky to remember all of the rules but we are constantly reinforcing social bubbles, hand washing, not playing close contact games and only sharing when it is safe to do so, and it is beginning to become our new 'normal'.  I would also like to say thank you for understanding how tricky it can be for me to speak to you at the beginning and end of the school day and that, although I'm not as available in person, I am happy to be contacted via e-mail or telephone. 

 

Thank you for your continued support.

Reading Book Update

 

All children should now have been issued with a reading book. For many children this will be on the band that they were working on before 'lock down' but some of you may find that your child has been given a book from a previous book band if it is felt that they need a bit of a recap after such a long time out of school. 

 

We have been working very hard to assess the children as quickly as possible but as I am sure you will understand this is very much an ongoing process which will take place over the next few weeks, in order to assess comprehension as well as word reading. During this time, your child may move up a band, or two, depending on the progress they have made. 

If you would like to make a comment in your child's reading record to update me on how they have been getting on at home that would be lovely. 

 

We will do our best to change books and listen to your child read as often as possible but due to the current climate we now have to quarantine books for 72 hours, so it may not be possible to do this as often as we would have previously. With this in mind, we would encourage you to listen to your child read every day and share books whenever possible. I have provided each child with a book mark with question prompts to help you support your child whilst having discussions about books.

Welcome to Year 2!!

 

Hello and welcome to Year 2! It is so lovely to be back after such a long time out of routine and the children have settled in really well - I am incredibly proud of them all!!

 

I hope that you have all had a lovely time over the summer and are ready to start the year. As there are lots of new challenges and exciting approaches to learning in Year 2, I have put together a little bit of information to give you an idea about what you and your child can expect this year, and provide you with a few other pieces of information that I thought you might find useful. I am very much looking forward to getting to know you all and working together so that we have a very exciting and productive year. If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact me, either by e-mail or by filling in the contact form below. Many thanks, Miss Forbes. 

 

Reading

In order to continue to make good progress, it is very important that you listen to your child read each day. If you are short on time, just a few pages is enough, with a focus on quality rather than quantity. At school we will attempt to hear each child read two or three times a week, so please ensure that your child has their reading book in their book bag every day. The children will also be given lots of opportunities to read and enjoy books at other times.

Spelling

Your child will be bringing home spellings to learn each week; using the Look, Cover, Write, Check format. They will be tested every Friday and new spellings sent home that day. 

Homework

Some homework will be sent home in addition to spelling and reading to help reinforce the learning objectives taught in class. 

Handwriting

It is important that your child learns to form their letters correctly to gain a flow with their writing. If you would like some handwriting sheets to work on at home please ask. We also have sheets to help form numbers correctly.

 

General Reminders

  • The children will be doing PE on Wednesdays. In order to avoid bringing additional items into school, please send your child to school in their PE kit on this day (white T-Shirt and blue shorts/ tracksuit bottoms on colder days) with their school jumper). 
  • The children are asked to bring in their own water bottle to keep in class, which they can access throughout the day. The children are asked to take them home each day to ensure that they change their water regularly. Please make sure your child’s name is written clearly on their water bottle.
Please contact me by email at e.forbes@slyne-with-hest.lancs.sch.uk or use the contact me box below, if I can help you with anything or would just like to say hi. I would love to hear from you!

Miss Forbes

All information below relates to last years class (2019  - 2020). It gives you an overview of what the children enjoyed up to lockdown. This year, while following a similar curriculum overview, there will be changes to the content and delivery to meet the needs of the new group of children. Watch this space to see more information and in time see some pictures of the children at work.

Spring Term 2020

 

After a very busy first half term, learning all about Africa, we have come back refreshed and ready to start some new topics. Our Topic for this half term is People Who Care For Us, focusing in on the life of Florence Nightingale and how she nursed the soldiers during the Crimean War. We compare her story with that of Mary Seacole thinking about how their experiences were so different and why.

 

We recently held a parents' information evening as preparation for SATs 2020, if you were unable to make it, please see the PPT added to give you some updated information about how the assessments work and what you can do at home to help. 

Class Assembly on The Great Fire of London.

Wow, what a great class assembly!

 

Year 2 were fantastic in this morning's class assembly, entertaining us all with super singing, fantastic dancing, wonderful recorder playing and amazing acting. They retold events of The Great Fire in 1666 with confidence, demonstrating everything they have learnt over the half term.

 

 

 

Nature Scientists

Today we became nature scientists, looking for microhabitats in our nature area. We explored the area and used magnifying glasses to observe the living things that we found and where they lived. We used identification cards to name the plants and animals and used this information to draw conclusions about what lives where and why. 

Elf Run

 

We have been very busy little elves this morning, running around our school running track to raise as much money as we can for St John's Hospice. It was hard work but a lot of fun!